There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; 10 but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 11 For God does not show favoritism.

Romans 2: 9-10

The second part of yesterday’s reality check

Yesterday, we indulged a relatively figurative reality check. The original intent of the post was to be a an instruction for a quite literal reality check. The reality check is fn important stepping stone on the path to lucid dreaming. Here’s the thing about dreaming, when we’re in the dream, we rarely know that we aren’t actually living in reality. But if we can trigger a really weird event in the dream, sometimes that can be enough to snap us into awareness that we’re actually in a dream. But you kind of have to put this event-creating habit on auto-pilot, because you’re not going to be salient enough in your dream to simply ask yourself if your’re dreaming–UNLESS you build that habit into your daily life. So, what I recommend (and other before me have recommended) is that every hour today at work (or every half hour if you’re really bored), you look down at your hand, and you ask yourself “am I dreaming?” Then take your opposite pointer finger and try to press it through the palm of your outstretched hand. You should try to feel genuinely surprised when you can’t push it through. IF you do this often enough, then eventually you’ll do it out of habit in a dream. When you actually succeed in pushing your finger through your palm, you’ll recognize that you’re in a dream. It’s important that you truly try to have no idea whether it will work or not when you try to push your finger through. Simply resolve to accept whatever the results may be.

Another version of this would the the text-change reality check. For some reason, text rarely stays the same n a dream, so as you go about your day, look at a sign or something with words on the wall, then glance away and quickly glance back. did the words change? If not, you’re probably not in a dream. This works with digital clocks (not analog, apparently) and patterned carpet too.

God’s (lack of) favoritism

I explored potentially favoritism on God’s part a while back. In fact, I titled the post “Does God Show Favoritism,” which looks a little silly in light of Romans 2. However, I think the question is still an ok one to ask. Even though Paul is very clear today that God does not show favoritism, he is very clear that distress or glory will fall first to the Jew and then to the Gentile. Is that not favoritism, or at least some sort of bias? What thinkest thou, O reader?

Memory Movie

Today President James Monroe (5) helps me with today’s keywords “There, first. But, good.” (I already know the “God does not show favoritism part” from listening to the chapter just a handful of times. )

This post is day 10 in a 31 day series about memorizing Romans 2. If you’d like to start at the beginning of Romans 2, please check out this post. Overall, this post is day 69 in a 366 day series. If you’d like, check out one of our “Getting Started” posts to learn more about our overall mission to memorize the book of Romans in one year.

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