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Being A Man


I’ve heard it all before. The questions arising as if I’m seeking the answers once again. Before it all may sound confusing I’m talking about being a man. 

Some can ask me, “Did I really do it, crack the code?”. There isn’t a “code” to be cracked. The common issue I’ve come to realize that has plagued us men is that we have allowed the world to define who we are.

God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. (Gen. 1:27)

In Genesis, God reveals to us that He made man in his image. We’ve been allowed to embody the same characteristics of God; To feel, love, and etc. Some can argue and say we were not completely human as we ate from the tree, allowing us to know good and evil. Reality is, the dire consequence of that moment bred sin, evil into the world, our connection to walk with God lost, that is til Jesus. 

From as early as I can remember, I’ve been told that I wouldn’t be a man until x reasons. Until I was able to drive, drink, had sex, was 18, could vote, had a job, bought a car, bought a house, had a family, and etc. As I grew, I kept checking off the qualifications and always asked myself the simple question, am I a man? 

People can tell me that they know when, yet again, They hold to what someone defined for them. It isn’t like one day we wake up and say, “Hey, I’m no longer a boy!”. Puberty can hit us and still, people will say that girls mature faster. In my life I had to mature dramatically due to being homeless and the effects of my choices, the street life and etc. So then does all of that qualifies me as being a man? No. Does being 26 years old guarantee I’m a man? No.

Throughout my years I’ve seen that being a man can only truly be determined by 3 things. Who we are in Christ, who we are to ourselves, and to others.

Now some can debate and dismiss this notion that we are determined by who we are in Christ, I am Christian of course, so a non believer will simply say that their manhood is not defined by a fantasy. Yet to my point, Christ, who was a man that lived and breathed, historically was said to have lived a blameless, perfect life, so even if one does not believe in his divinity, can still come to the realization that he is the standard we are to meet. For those in the faith, Christ is not only the example we follow but also the God who shaped us in his image, to reflect who He is. 

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.” (Psalm 1:1-3)

Our hope is not only found in Christ but our manhood. Christ has foreseen who we are and has set us out to tend to His work, to obey and live the godly life.

“Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.” (Gen. 2:15)

When it comes to who we are to ourselves it is about learning self-love as well being honest with oneself. It is easy to try to go to the gym or even put in work for a new look, car, etc. But why do you do those things? Do we lie to ourselves to attain something and if so, would it truly benefit is or help inflate our ego? To know who we are is to learn to respect ourselves as much as others. Sex will not make you a man, No matter how many females you do it with. Being in a relationship or getting married won’t either. To learn your flaws, work on them and improve, this is what allows us to grow. We are not perfect and when we learn to accept who we are, what our limits are, and etc, we come closer to the truth.

Who we are to others also plays a key role in determining our manhood. Are you a husband who leads as well as being led? Are you a hard worker who puts in his full effort in all that you do. We have been throughout time seen as the “strong”, the courageous, as is spoken about in scripture to be that way. As well, We are not just told to be presented as warriors but also to be as kings, lovers, and teachers. We must love and respect others and be firm in truth and love. This is why men take to arms to protect peace or to liberate others, Why some truly serve others as well. Men or I should say a true man, understands that he is part of something more than himself and in knowing this, he works to help make it better or stronger. 

In today’s age we have instead allowed ourselves to a villian or act like a victim. Men are seen as weak when emotions are shown. In the race for equality between genders roles may have flipped, who brings the bread in, but don’t be discouraged and think it makes you less than a man. Take it from someone who has gone down the list, I didn’t really grasp the significance of what it meant being a man as well as trying to figure out what to do since I knew I was one. Boys eventually grow up and decisions will be made that will not only impact you but others, you must be ready for that. You will have sex and if not careful, you will have a child, you must understand the consequences and be able to handle them as they come. Being a man is being someone who acknowledges all of this and does not wait idly by. 

This post isn’t just to help those men who believe in the illusion the world has created for us. Wasn’t to help you fully grasp what being a man is either but a wake up call to help you reflect in who you are in Christ, yourself and others. What needs to change, why do you need to change? From man to man and to any women that read this and wish to pass it along to the men, by all means. This is Gee_ology signing out, be blessed all.

Acting Love

Let’s not throw dirt under the rug. Let’s put everything out there on the plate. It is better to be honest and lead by example than being seen as one who just talks the talk and even though you can’t physically see me, walk the walk.

I’m Christian, sorry to burst your bubble of you expected more or less. I honestly don’t have to apologize and I’m not going to “push” my beliefs on anyone. A lot of what I write will reflect my beliefs though.

Now, to the topic at hand. I’ve been busy from but for the most part, like I stated before, I’ve been reflecting my life. I can easily say that I’m Christian but the real question is, are my fruits beating the reality of what I claim to be?

Being a 26 year old male is not easy in this world. Guys are stereotyped and judges by our race or past. I’m Dominican and Chinese so I usually fall into the category of being a party animal, drunk, player/womanizer, or just reserved. Yet, I don’t fit into any of the occasional norms.

I’m still single since my last relationship which is coming to 2 years. I haven’t had sex in about that same allotted time and even though I’ve tried to be abstinent we all know as human beings, temptation can strike, like with pornography. I’m not a saint nor claim to be one. But I do know I rather not engage intimately with someone unless I’m in love and heading towards marriage. I honestly can’t do it anymore. The games or body hopping people do nowadays to what I used to do during my early years. I haven’t really had a huge body count (saying it creeps me out) but I do know I’ve only ever truly felt I was making love with one person out of the few. Let’s lay it out there, I’m a sex addict, an ex alcoholic, and unstable person who has the worst kind of OCD. As apart to most people with OCD, I have violent or sexual images pervade my mind along with the usual compulsive thoughts, cleanliness, ticks and etc.

Now, when I say unbalanced I mean I can jump from being eccentric to completely shutting down on you. My emotions will be almost non-existent and it honestly bothers me.

People think that as a Christian we are supposed to be these angelic people who are sin free now. Now, yes, Christ paid the penalty and the spirit is working within us to shape us in the image of Christ and we obey God; We also know that the flesh draws us to want to call prey to our desires.

I’ve reduced the amount of alcohol I consume to only special events and just enough to not allow myself to be tipsy. I’ve prayed and grown to see what affects my lust. I’ve also promised God I would be abstinent till marriage. Now I may be living what is perceived a celibate life now but I do so until I know I am ready to pursue or God allows me to see who he has prepared for me. At times we focus on waiting and not realizing God wants us to act and I intend to discern.

The reality is that the Christi an life is not easy. The world can influence us. The songs we listen to, shows we watch, people we are around. We can be a light in the darkness but remember with every storm the fire can be overcome if not covered sufficiently.

I advise all my brothers and sisters in the faith as well as myself, when I look back at this post. Trust in God. Be led in love and let love be your guide, to love is the greatest of gifts and the ultimate sacrifice, to love is to act and in the act We reveal who we are and meant to be. God bless you all. Gee_ology out.

All In One

A common question arises to the Christian when explaining their belief, this not only entails: who Christ is, who is God, why is there evil, and etc. For topics sake, today I will touch upon who is God in the sense what many try to understand, God as one, while still understanding the trinity. Thus it is true, Christians believe in the believe (myself included), while some try to justify that scripture does not speak of such matters. Let us be first clear that no one can truly comprehend God, we are but finite beings. But as well let us take note what is revealed in scripture and that is what I intend to do.

Before I let scripture and my own understanding be shown, let me as well clarify some things to those who have tried to understand or tackle this matter: 1. There is one God. 2. The Trinity consists of three persons. 3. Each is distinguished. 4. Each member is God. 5. There is a subordination within the trinity. 6. Each member has their own tasks. Now that this is explained, let us continue.

God, the Father

“One God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist…” ( 1 Corinthians 8:6). The Father, the ultimate cause of the universe. Understanding that God himself exists before time and space, unrivaled, and apart from the laws that man abides to by natural means. The same God who’s wrath will be poured out and because of his love sent his son to die for us as substitute. (John 3:16) The almighty God, on his throne, described in Revalations.

God, the Son

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1) our Lord and savior (2 Peter 3:18). In this verse it comes to mind what was spoken about in Isaiah, “I, even I, am the LORD, And there is no savior besides Me.” (Isaiah 43:11). And even looking at the book of Isaiah, the prophecy spoken about Jesus’ birth. “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6) It is not something shocking when we allow his word to speak about God, it is the clearest picture of who God is and even though we have not seen the father, because of the son we have a picture of who he is. “15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell” (Colossians 1:15-19). A thing to note as well is not that he was created, it is stated, “ALL THINGS” were created through and for him. Just the same, the declaration of Jesus himself as stating, ” 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” (Revelation 22:13) with the following verse 16 revealing who is speaking, Jesus. A title given to God, the first and the last. Or even how the Father himself reveals who he is, “8 But about the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom. 9 You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.” 10 He also says,“In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth (Hebrews 1:8-10). Looking back at the beginning of Genesis and seeing God said, let US make man in our image. We can even take account what his disciples stated, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28).

God, the Holy Spirit

“3 But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land? 4 While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to man but to God”. (Acts 5:3-4) This passage in itself reveals who it is Ananias lied to. We at times don’t take into account that the Spirit resides in us as believers. God dwells within us, our bodies a temple (1 Corinthians 3:16). “Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, “I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.” (2 Corinthians 6:16)

Now I get asked many times why is not three Gods? They are not three gods and not three beings. They are three distinct persons; yet, they are all the one God. Each has a will, can speak, can love, etc., and these are demonstrations of personhood. They are in absolute perfect harmony consisting of one substance. They are coeternal, coequal, and copowerful. Scripture shows that the Holy Spirit is subordinate to the Father and the Son, and the Son is subordinate to the Father. This is an internal relationship and does not deny the deity of any.

The truth is, we as mere men and women will never truly comprehend God. What is required of us is seeing his Glory and grace, his power and bowing to him in worship. All knees shall bow to the Lord Jesus Christ. All mouths shall praise our God, the Father, on his throne, and all spirit will reside with the Holy spirit bearing witness of our salvation. To God be the glory. Let us then continue walking in faith, ” therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” ( Matthew 28:19) Be Blessed.

Let Light Shine

For at one time you were darkness, but now you are a light in the Lord. Walk as children of light. (Ephesians 5:8)

For what can be said about a believer, the Christian, even myself? I look at the reflection in the mirror and stand perplexed at the person I see. They say that you are so used to seeing yourself, that you don’t or can’t see the beauty. Our smallest qualities or characteristics can be see by ourselves as flaws while they may be what makes us be “us”.

There is no lie, within us is a darkness that tries to overtake us. The world in itself shows us how cruel humanity can be or how selfish we can be. Though the night and day have the same time span, it seems that the world grows darker and colder. We all look or await the sun that will shine and show us a new day, no longer worrying in fear. As believers we become a light (matthew 5:14) yet this light, is not a light found within ourselves, but the light of Jesus. For God said “let light shine out of darkness..”(2 corinthians 4:6). The world covered by sin and death needed a light, a way for those that were lost, could find their way to life.

Now upon this knowledge, there is a call, because we as believers or merely as people entirely. It is because of what Jesus did, died for our sakes so that in him we have life, we no longer live for ourselves but live for him (2 corinthians 5:15). But what does all that entail? Jesus stated that the greatest commandment is to love God and to love thy neighbor. Paul describes walking in the faith as following the examples of Jesus, reflecting his image, his light. Amongst the the things the world may showcase and people imitate by the celebrities, the culture, we are dead in our old ways.

In the book of Galatians, we see that we have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who live, but Christ in me, we live now by faith (Galatians 2:20). To return to our old ways in sin would be to submit once again to a yoke of slavery that Christ has freed us from. We see the works of the flesh that we are to die from and are warned against in Galatians 5:19-21 but then we see the fruits of the spirit which we now should live by. For did not Jesus himself say, if we are to follow him we must carry our cross? We must put to death the patterns of the world and in turn repent and follow God.

It is easy to say or proclaim oneself a child of the light. Yet one can easily be puffed up and boast in our own religious self righteousness which has no power, that of works. But to reflect a light that is of Christ is to have a sincere heart leading many to his calling and love. For we cannot save people, only God can. We reflect his light, his image and in turn be a light in the darkest of places so that others see not who we are but he who is in us. Let us be renewed in mind and seek holiness (ephesians 4:23-24). Live for God, be a light, an example, becoming leaders as a servant of Christ but leading them to he who is Lord. Be blessed.

Lost in Space

21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 claiming to be wise, they became fools, (Romans 1:21-22)

Since the fall of Adam sin has been a problem. For generations man has stumbled upon the ideals and justification of what is “right” or “good”. We have assembled what we call or deem acceptable based on past experiences or “rights”. Yet the issue at hand is not necessarily knowing what is considered to be right but in the nature our hearts seem to take and in turn, rebel against God.

In the book of Romans, we see Paul address why God left man to revel in their ways, verse 28 of the first chapter states, “and since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.”. Since the beginning when Eve was tricked by the serpent and Adam enticed by the woman we see that we are easily pulled to think of ourselves or want a desire to be as God. For some can debate we were made in his image, to love, create, and etc. Yet within our discoveries of self we easily replace our primary focus or center and sway away to whatever is apart from truth and trade it for a lie. Some can state sin as being, anything that is against God, others have said sin is, anything that is apart from God, while some say that it is that which does not glorify or bring worship to God. Because of this, we are dead in our ways, lost in space, still claiming to build that tower of babel and reach to the heavens, with our own understanding, egos, pleasure, and ultimately being mastered by different forms of idolatry.

The grave reality upon any matter or view of the subject at hand is that, no one is “good”. Apart from God, no one is righteous. “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God.”. Yet it is through faith in Jesus Christ for those that believe that we are made righteous (Romans 3:21-32). We are lost and helpless without God. Was it not God who sent the son for all who needed him, that though he leaves us to do what we desire he still loves us with so much grace that he allows a chance to be saved. Yet it is truly remarkable, that though God rich in mercy, took on the charge of my sin, our sin, placed it as his own and died, raised to show power of death, over sin, to bring freedom for those who believe. We don’t recognize the magnitude of this in its entirety, we are as a grain of sand, a small rock floating around an expanding universe and yet the God who made all, came to rescue us within our darkness, he allows us to have light.

Yet through it all, it isn’t hard to find God. “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” (jeremiah 29:13). He hasn’t gone any where and he is always looking for those who look for him. God knows all our needs, he longs to be close to us. For though he does not need us, he wants us. When I say or have stated that we are lost is because we are trying to find our way through this life, filled by a void only God can fill. Lost in space, a space that is created because we have departed from God, turning to our own ways or indulging in our foolish ways, wickedness. But God tells us to turn to him, believe in Jesus, die to our old ways, and live in obedience to him, reflecting the light and image of Christ. Be blessed brothers.