I asked ChatGPT to explain the Christian gospel. Here’s how it responded. John Knox, ··Mar 4, 2023 · NottheBee.com
I asked ChatGPT to explain the Christian gospel. Here’s how it responded. John Knox, ··Mar 4, 2023 · NottheBee.com
Updated Mar 10, 2023
16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Mathew 28: 16-20, NIV.
“Apologetics derives from the Greek word apologia, “to give an answer.” 1 Peter 3:15 gives us the defining statement: “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer (apologia) to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”
Leveraging the interrelationship between Christianity, Citizenship, and Quality Management has the potential of providing a needed context (frame of reference, worldview) that can immediately address the most pressing issues of our time, help mitigate the effects of conflicts, and improve the quality of life throughout all levels of our society.
Christianity, Citizenship, and Quality Management share a common aim: Reducing variation from the ideal will lead to more perfect outcomes. Excellent quality is the result of doing the right things, right.
PDSA Apologetic-Based Examples
My book (PDF): Success Through Quality – Support Guide for the Journey to Continuous Improvement by Timothy J. Clark. An introductory but comprehensive overview of the history, methods, and basic tools of quality. Examples include personal, family, society, and government. The book was published by the American Society for Quality – Quality Press.
The text includes an expanded description of variation that was accepted by the American Society for Quality and included in their glossary: “What is the Law of Variation?“
SuccessThroughQuality.com – articles and application examples:
American Worldview Inventory 2023 Release #1: Incidence of Biblical Worldview Shows Significant Change Since the Start of the Pandemic, Dr. George Barna, Director of Research Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University Release Date: February 28, 2023.
Could those with a Biblical worldview be much higher than 4%? Variation (variety) is a natural part of creation that identifies that everyone and everything is unique – one of a kind.
The Bible describes perfection as all needs being met. Given that perfection in this life is not possible, aren’t Christians expected to work together to reduce variation? The U.S. Founding Fathers understood that perfection is not possible but identified that working towards “a more perfect Union” was a needed direction.
The quality profession with members located throughout the world has validated through the Taguchi Loss Function that the closer any product/service gets to the ideal of “more perfect” as defined by the customer, the higher the quality (more needs met), the lower the cost, and the less overall harm to the individual and society. A customer need (such as better health) can be in alignment with a human need identified in the Bible.
Do you believe that more perfect products and services that result in outcomes where all customers (and citizens) are satisfied with no harmful effects are a good thing? Would you expect those answering Yes to be higher than “4%”?
The Barna survey also identifies that Most Americans (68%) consider themselves to be Christians which implies that they believe the statement made by Jesus Christ: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6, NIV.
Of Christians, how many recognize that their “good works”, e.g., the continual application of their God-given talents, gifts, and capabilities in alignment with their purpose, including their response to opportunities and trials, will be judged, recognized, and rewarded?
A Perfect Individual Performance Assessment
A major difference between a Christian and a non-Christia n is the source document for the moral standard being used to identify the right (more perfect) things. For a Christian, it would be the Bible. For non-Christians, it would be someone or something else which could lead to better arguments as to which belief system would produce the best results with the least harm to others.
Supporting information – on variation and application of the quality principles, methods, and tools.
Updated Jan 27, 2023
Optimal performance in any aspect of life is not possible without a basic awareness and understanding of variation and the inter-relationship between science and religion. The contributions of W. Edwards Deming regarding quality improvement are more commonly known within the management, engineering, and statistical communities. Deming’s work is not commonly known within philosophical and religious circles.
Albert Einstein on Religion and Science
Clare-Crawford Mason introduced the relevance of Deming’s contributions within the context of philosophy. She was the producer of the NBC documentary “If Japan Can, Why Can’t We?” (1980) which introduced Deming’s work to America. This led to Deming’s book Out of the Crisis (1982). The first edition of Deming’s book, The New Economics was published in 1993.
Collection – Clare Crawford Mason articles- Curious Cat Management Improvement
Not commonly mentioned including by Clare-Crawfored Mason, is that Deming was a devout Christian and would have been heavily influenced by a Biblical worldview. I provide additional information on the likely effect of this influence in my posts and website.
Deming also acknowledged the influence of C.I. Lewis who was introduced to him by Walter A. Shewhart. In 1986, Deming stated that “Another half-century may pass before the full spectrum of Dr. Shewhart’s contributions has been revealed in liberal education, science, and industry.” (Walter Shewhart, Statistical Method from the Viewpoint of Quality Control (New York, NY: Dover Publications, 1986), p. ii.).
In the first edition of his book: The New Economic, Deming used referenced the term “metanoia” (spiritual conversion). This term was eliminated in future editions that were published after Deming’s death. Metanoia and Transformation II – Norman Todd , The Way, 52/2 (April 2013),
What is the “perfect” individual performance appraisal or assessment? The lack of understanding of variation led quality expert W. Edwards Deming to conclude that individual performance appraisals (and grades in school) are among the “deadly diseases” of management. Variation is a natural part of creation. Mark Hitchcock reinforces that God has identified a two-part individual “performance“ assessment – Heavenly Rewards Episode 70:
Context: Improvement – “,,, it all has to do with reducing variation”
A comment to the post and my response:
Response to the article: True Disciple Making by Ken Adams
Facebook Post of the article and context — My Response:
Appreciate your examples. Another perspective: Variation is a natural part of creation- God’s design. No two people or things are or will be exactly alike. Variation is a gap between the ideal (perfect) and an actual situation. In the context of the bible, perfection (acceptable degree of variation) is described as all needs being met – Garden of Eden for example. When Adam and Eve sinned, an unacceptable degree of variation was introduced into the world. God’s intent is for us to help reduce it and the bible provides the guidance. The actions that you described are examples of reducing variation.
The So What? The quality profession has identified through the Taguchi Loss Function that the closer any service (an act) or product gets to the ideal, the higher the quality and the lower the cost to the individual and society, e.g., more needs are met; less harm to people as a result of unmet needs. Relevance? Surveys by Gallup, Barna, Rasmussen, et. al., identify downward trends in areas that include the belief in God, church attendance, and biblical worldview. People can abandon their belief in God, but variation is a constant and can shift the discussion and awareness of God’s intent and contrast to other beliefs. In a biblical worldview, God defines the ideal, in quality management, the ideal is defined by the customer and producer, and in America, We the people define the ideal, e.g., what a more perfect union” should look like.
Everyone on the planet has reduced variation and few realize the correlation between their actions and a biblical worldview. Knowledge and understanding of variation can provide a common ground in support of the Great Commission. A summary of the concepts at the following: SuccessThroughQuality.com.
The challenge? In support of the Great Commission, I advocate for a Christianity, Citizenship, and Quality Management apologetic. Within the Christian community, feedback has included that quality management is a business thing. Within the quality profession, God is not mentioned, and in America, We the People think our obligations end with the vote and are not aware of our responsibility to learn about and apply better methods for reducing variation from the ideal of “a more perfect Union.”
The Great Commission, the Mandate to make disciples of all nations” given by Christ to his disciples following his death and resurrection.
Are we learning anything yet? Another survey that reinforces the decline in the belief in Christianity. As with similar surveys, the results are unlikely to lead to a realization by most that the messengers are not communicating the right message. How about considering a new perspective, e.g.,
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12: 2, NIV).
Variability is an integral element of God’s design for man and nature, e.g., everyone and everything will always be unique – one of a kind. Variation represents the gap between “perfection” – where all needs are met, and the current situation. The Christian message can be reduced to just a few words: “ It all has to do with reducing variation.”
The quality profession, which supports a secular approach to improvement, has identified through the Taguchi Loss Function that reducing variation from the ideal (more perfect) results in better quality and lower costs to the individual and society. The hypothesis can be validated through a simple question:
Do you want better quality at a lower cost or the same level of quality at a higher cost?
The dilemma for the non-believers is that if you no longer believe in Christianity, will you still expect better quality?
Linkedin Post – Reply from a post from the Deming Insitute
Deming’s philosophy represents a secular approach to improvement. Deming was a devout Christian and reinforced that improvement “all has to do with reducing variation.” This is a biblical-based principle.
Variation is a natural part of creation and represents the difference between “perfection” – the ideal or target, and imperfection. God’s description of perfection is that all needs are met – the Garden of Eden is an example. Jesus is the standard of perfection. A sincere belief and acceptance of Christ lead to salvation – eternal life – a perfect degree of variation.
Deming recognized the value of Shewhart’s work in managing and reducing variation which is validated by the Taguchi Loss Function. Deming also reinforced: “Anything less than optimization (more perfect) of the whole system will bring eventual loss to every component in the system.”
The So What? An awareness of the foundation for Deming’s philosophy can support more successful applications. For instance, a wider understanding of the variation principle may help develop an understanding within society as to why the use of grades in schools can be destructive, counter productive and suboptimal.
Additional context provided at the following: Success ThroughQuality https://lnkd.in/edH5C4d
Updated Oct 6, 2022
For the military members and veterans that may be Christians or others that may be interested, have you ever thought of the Bible from a military perspective as God’s war plan for saving humanity with a clear intent for guiding our behavior in support of his plan?
The “So What?” is that the military perspective does offer a frame of reference for supporting the Great Commission in raising awareness that a sincere belief and acceptance of Jesus Christ leads to salvation — eternal life.
The military decision-making process begins with a mission and commander’s intent, followed by an analysis of the mission. Mission analysis includes identifying the facts, assumptions, constraints, resources, and risks, along with the stated, implied, and essential tasks. This leads to identifying the best courses of action and a plan. Assessing the effects of the plan and making needed adjustments is also part of the process. What is working, what is not, and what changes might be needed?
Surveys by the Barna Group, Gallup, and others identify declining trends and variations in what is considered a biblical worldview. A belief in God and church attendance have also been declining. And, similar to the U.S. Constitution, some Christians believe that the Bible can be considered a “living document” that can be interpreted to fit with the times.
Variation is a natural part of God’s creation and represents the difference between the ideal (a more perfect outcome) and the actual situation. An implied and essential task includes reducing the variation from the ideal. This is done by taking action motivated by love that results in more needs being met.
When considering the need for improvement, a good question is, “By what method? The military decision-making processes can be applied to almost any situation.
Updated: Oct 3, 2022
A few takeaways from the lesson and discussions:
The Deity of Jesus Christ I AM He Sep 28 2022
Why do good things happen? Through God’s grace. The Garden of Eden represented a perfect degree of variation where all needs were met including eternal life.
Why does God allow bad things to happen? Man was given free will which includes consequences for our actions. Adam and Eve chose to defy God which introduced sin (imperfection) and death into the world.
God promised that he would give man another chance through the sacrifice of his son – Jesus Christ. All we have to do is have a sincere belief and acceptance of Christ and we will be returned back to the Garden of Eden. (Revelation 22.)
A sincere belief in Christ leads to an alighment with the 0 Commandments – which are easier to follow when you love God and others. Inspirational Bible verses About Love
Free Will. Given that bad things will happen, we do have control over our reaction to the situation. God has given us the strength to work through it. For every action, God has provided his saints (believers in Christ) with a purpose, plan, and gifts (capabilities) to provide support.
For instance, given crime, we have saints (police, justice system) working to prevent and respond to events. Given world conflicts and war, we have saints in government and the military to help defend our nation. In the health care area, for illnesses and diseases, we have saints working to prevent, treat and provide support. For the darkest of times in our life, God has given us pastors, friends, family, community and churches to provide support.
Variation is an integral part of God’s design and represents the difference between the perfect and the imperfect. God’s guidance includes the fact that actions motivated by love can continually lead to outcomes where more needs are met. This also results in less harm to people when their needs are not met.
The quality profession supports a secular approach to improvement and has validated that the closer any product, service, contribution, et.al., get to the ideal (perfection) or target, the higher the quality and the lower the cost (tangible and intangible) to the individual and society. (Ref: Taguchi Loss Function)
Additional information and context on the topic from a quality perspective: SuccessThroughQuality Excellent quality is the result of doing the right things.
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