About me

You want to know about me? Well, the title of the blog — “A geek for God” — says it all, really. The two most defining things about me are my “geekiness”, and my desire to serve God.

What is a geek? Well, the term usually means someone with an interest in one of any number of highly-intellectual pursuits: computers, science, mathematics, complicated strategy games like go or chess, science-fiction novels, etc. That describes me very well. I’m a computer nut — have been since I was five years old — and in the twenty years I’ve been fiddling with computers, I’ve learned a thing or two about them. I also enjoy science fiction, play chess just well enough to beat beginners and get (soundly) beaten by experts, and love logic puzzles.

But if all you knew about me was that I’m a geek, you’d only know half of my character, and the less-important half at that. The last two words in my blog title — “for God” — are even more important than the first two words. That’s the purpose of my life: to serve God. I realized many years ago that God deserves more from me than church attendance on Sunday and reading the Bible from time to time. Those are good things, but they’re not enough. God deserves nothing less from us than everything: our whole life should be focused on serving Him. Not out of religious obligation, but out of gratitude for what He’s done for us.

And so that’s why I’m where I am today: in Africa, working as the tech-support person for a missionary organization. Because I want to use the computer skills that God has given me in a way that will serve Him.

What? You really want to see a picture? Fine. Click below to see what I look like.
Robin Munn

6 Comments

  • Steve M says:

    Good work, I do like the same stuffs. To me life is all about Family, technology and most important Jesus! Love him more than anything! All other things have to work to fulfill the threefold!

  • Bill says:

    Hey Robin, Nice to see you’re serving Him.

  • Todd Smith says:

    Thanks for the SSL Cert infos with SVN. It’s nice to hear that you appreciate your spiritual need and that have decided to put your best foot forward in serving God. Praying for God’s kingdom to come and for his name to be sanctified is very important as well. That is how Jesus taught us to pray. It’s it great that God wants his name to be sanctified? Clearing his name is very important and spreading the word like in Matthew 24:14. But what is God’s name? Psalms 83:18.

  • josh says:

    I happened to stumble upon your page and noticed that your title was a oxymoron. You give your fellow geeks around the world a bad name. Until you stop believing that there is a mythical magical supreme being who is powerful enough to simultaneously listen to the thoughts and prayers of millions of people around the world you need not call yourself a geek. Geeks are focused on the pursuit of knowledge and crave understanding. Believing in god is the exact opposite of this. It is blindly following what your parents told you to believe. Do you still believe in Santa Clause? Believing that someone can travel around the world in a single night pulled by flying reindeer is much more believable than thinking there is a supreme being who knows everything, can do anything, but still chooses to not alleviate all of the suffering in the world. If Santa Clause could, I bet he would make sure no one in the world went to bed hungry.

    Use your geekiness to think from a statistical perspective. Wouldn’t we have found evidence by now that those who pray receive what they ask for more often than those who don’t? Sure, every once and a while someone with a terminal disease prays and is suddenly healthy. Do you really think that was god? Or do you think that there is just a small, but statistically significant chance that the human body can, on rare occasions, overcome such diseases? If you think it was god, then please explain to me why my sunday school teacher (the most devout person I know) was diagnosed with breast cancer. We all prayed and the cancer went into remission. We all thanked god that our prayers were answered. Soon thereafter, the cancer came back and she withered away and died a slow painful death.

    We happen to know that there is no chance of the human body regrowing a limb after amputation. So why does god NEVER seem to answer the prayers of amputees when they ask for their limbs to be restored? What does god have against amputees? This idea is not my own, I saw it on a webpage a while back. I used to be like you. I went around saying that everything I accomplished was due to god. Now I realize how pathetic that was. YOU accomplished it. It is alright to take credit for your accomplishments every once and a while.

  • Robin Munn says:

    Josh,

    The “If God is good, why doesn’t He do something about the suffering in the world?” argument is one of the strongest for not believing in God. Entire books have been written about it, both pro and con, and I don’t have room to deal with it in a single blog comment. So I’ll recommend The Problem of Pain, by C.S. Lewis, as a very in-depth treatment of the subject from a Christian perspective.

    For myself, I’ll just say a couple of things:

    1) When I was a child and a teenager, I was indeed “following what my parents told me to believe,” as you say. But while I was attending Wheaton College (a Christian college near Chicago), I started doubting my faith, and went through about a year of questioning everything about Christianity. Was there really a God, or were church services just an exercise in working ourselves up to an emotional high? Was the Bible really reliable, or was it something that was cooked up several hundred years after the events in question, after all eyewitnesses who could contradict its story were safely dead? (And do we actually have the original text of the Bible, or do we have something that was garbled and/or deliberately changed somewhere along the line of being copied and recopied by hundreds of scribes?)

    I never tried to answer the “Does God really answer prayer, or are healings and so on just coincidence?” question, because it’s not provable. No matter what experimental conditions you set up, people would be able to say “Oh, God decided not to heal that person for reasons of His own,” or “No, the prayer had nothing to do with the cancer going away, it was just spontaneous remission.” There’s no way to prove it one way or the other, because there’s no obvious cause-effect link to test. I did, however, wrestle with the exact same question you’re asking about. One year, there were two people at Wheaton College who had life-threatening conditions. One was a 20-year-old student who had been in a car accident and was in critical condition at the hospital, and the other was a school employee (a janitor, I believe) who had a serious illness — I don’t recall exactly what the illness was. Both were prayed for publically in chapel, and privately by their many friends and relatives. The student recovered, the janitor died. I wrote a letter to the school newspaper saying, “Was there any difference in the prayers offered for these two people? No. Was one of them less loved by his family and his friends? No. There are no easy answers here: sometimes God says “Yes” to our prayers, and sometimes He says “No”. But He never seems interested in explaining His decisions to us.”

    It wasn’t the problem of pain, or questions about unanswered prayer, that finally resolved my doubts, though. What finally did it was examining the question of the resurrection of Jesus. That one is a falsifiable proposition. If you can prove that the Resurrection didn’t happen, then all of Christianity falls apart. (The Bible even admits this — 1 Corinthians 15:14 says, “If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.”) On the other hand, if the Resurrection really did happen, then there’s something unique going on here that hasn’t happened anywhere else in history (other religions have stories about a resurrected god, but Christianity is the only one that makes a falsifiable historical claim about a specific person, at a specific time, returning from the dead under his own power). If the Resurrection really happened, then the other claims of Christianity need to be examined more closely as well.

    I don’t have room to write my “why the Resurrection really happened” reasoning here; I’ll turn it into a full blog post. You should see it in a couple of days.

    2) I’m no stranger to pain myself, though in my case it was emotional pain rather than physical. I’m back from Africa now (I really need to update that “About me” page), but while I was there, God put me through the wringer. And yes, it was quite clear to me that God, not circumstances, was the one setting me up for all this pain. But after I got through it, I was stronger for it. So I don’t feel angry at God — I feel grateful. The pain He put me through was, basically, the pain of surgery. Again, I don’t have room to write the whole story here (I wrote it all out once, and it turned out to be about 5,000 words long) but I’ll make a separate post on the subject. (This time I’ll edit the word count down a little.)

  • David says:

    Josh, I saw that webpage too, and I’m surprised that a geek such as you could be swayed by a simplistic non-argument like that one. Think about this from a philosophical angle. What if God simply answered every single prayer out there, in the exact way that the people praying wanted the prayers answered? Well, wouldn’t the people praying just become “God-in-proxy” themselves, and thus become demigods? Thinking from another perspective… Everything has a consequence. You would never know what would happen once a prayer is answered or not. The sum total of something happen or not happen in the grand scheme of things is not calculable by human beings or any man-made computer; Only God knows the sum total of every consequence of every happening. Also, take the invisible realm of the spirit into account, who is to say which action has which kind of spiritual consequence to every being? For every apparent good there may not be an infinite chain of good attached, and for every apparent evil you can say the same. Who are we, as mere limited human beings, to claim some kind of “semi-omniscience” by saying “hey, this [event X] is ‘good’/'bad’, so why was it permitted/not-permitted?” I think to make that kind of a claim would be overreaching epistemically- To commit an act of epistemic arrogance. The ultimate counter-question would be, “do you know everything behind everything else?” If the answer is an obvious “NO” then we must defer to someone or something that does.

    I’m a geek, and I design computer chips. You might be using something I had a hand in right at this moment. I’m also for God, and I know for a fact that many of my coworkers are also for God. Also, I did not grow up in a Christian family. Please put prejudgements aside.

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