Are there connections between faith and sports? Have you heard this saying, "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God"?
Now for a response to a comment that was made public a few days ago.
One thing that impressed some people when they heard about Richard Seymour's first press conference is he prioritizes and focuses on his faith, his family, and football.
If indeed Richard Seymour, an Oakland Raider, focuses on his faith, then Seymour has a belief system. Belief systems usually have books of wisdom defining and outlining acceptable behavior or game plans for the game of life.
Some folks use the Tanach, Torah, Bible, and other books of wisdom.
From my research, it is discovered that Bruce Gradkowski uses the Bible as his source of inspiration, knowledge, and game plan for life. Since sports is a subset of life, then whatever governs life also governs sports.
I often tell people that if the mind can think of the finite and infinite, in a classroom, for example, then it has the ability to think about time and eternity. Time is finite; eternity is infinite.
If the mind can think about the fine-tuned universe and the fact that galaxies are still forming, then it has the ability to realize the expansiveness of all of this in which we dwell.
If, in fact, you have been a student of the Hebrew language, then you realize that the word "sin" in Hebrew is "chatar," which is an athletic term meaning "to miss the mark."
How can an athlete hit the mark, if he can not see the mark?
Now research is a powerful tool. Research helps us see and discern. There is an article titled, Religion: Sports and the Bible . It was inspired by a question from a journalist. The full response is found on this link.
Definitions and quotes are always good when you start a discussion:
"He that doth not know those things which are of use for him to know, is but an ignorant man, whatever he may know besides." --Tillotson. [1913 Webster] ...
Another historical quote:
"Did I for this take pains to teach Our zealous ignorants to preach?" --Denham.
I will answer Denham, and I will "preach" or teach in order to shed light on those areas where darkness seems to limit the insight and vision of some people. Also, my definition for "preach" in this particular forum is:
To inculcate in public discourse; to urge with earnestness by public teaching. "I have preached righteousness in the great congregation." --Ps. xl. 9. [1913 Webster]
In a reference article by Bob Armbruster, dated April 3, 2009, the following examples of sports in the Bible are given:
1. Sailing and rowing -- Acts 27
2. Swimming --Acts 27
3. Horseback riding-- 1 Kings
5. Mountain climbing
6. Wrestling -- Genesis
7. Boxing and Track-- 1 Timothy
10. Javelin throwing
The author of my reference article wrote:
"Was shooting a rock from a slingshot, the method of warfare in which David killed Goliath, somewhat similar to discus throwing?
"Perhaps you can find other references to sports, or what are now sports, in the Sacred Scriptures.
"I was discussing this matter with a rabbi who said baseball is ref erred to the Bible. I looked surprised, and he chuckled, In the big inning ."
Now back to an issue that needs a forum. Fans and bloggers are encouraged to research and identify how many of the Oakland Raiders have a belief system, or have some type of faith?
How many of the Oakland Raiders and members of the Raider nation believe that all that we do in life and in time, somehow connects and gets transformed into infinity or eternity?
If, then, you realize that there is a connection between time and eternity and you know that you are now dwelling in "time" how then might you be transformed to dwell in "eternity"?
These are questions for you to think about when you have "time."
Now an argument built on "transitivity."
If the Oakland Raiders are a subset of mankind; and if mankind is governed by some books of wisdom, say, for example, the Torah, Bible, Tanach, or other; then, the Oakland Raiders, by the law of transitivity, are governed by those books of wisdom.
In a symbolic argument, it goes like this:
a --> b, b--> c, therefore a--> c
Or in words, if a is related to b, and b is related to c, then a is related to c.
So if the sports franchise, Oakland Raiders is related to mankind and if mankind is related to books of wisdom, then the Oakland Raiders are related to (taught and governed by) the books of wisdom.
Now, the conclusion to this forum is found in Romans 12:21, which is numbered by a palindrome 1221, when read backwards is still 1221. It simply says, in summary, "to overcome evil with good." I will define ignorance, in this forum, as "evil" and, knowledge as "good."
Got it! Now, smile because either way you look at it, it just makes sense to think before you write or speak in a public forum.
Now use your fine mind and answer the thesis question: Do Oakland Raiders and the Raider Nation think and have priorities somewhat like Seymour and Gradkowski?
What do you think?