Publication date: 2018-05-04 04:57
this article resonated with me, very much so.
I have been on this discovery road, most of my life. Last year my wife became a 8775 born again 8776 Christian, so I found that I needed to 8775 relearn 8776 a lot of stuff.
One thing that I 8775 unfortunately/fortunately 8776 found, there is a reason that I left the church many years ago.
I have always loved God, but I find that a lot of stuff gets in the way.
Sweep the floor, clean the cob-webs off and Grow some more.
Then Isaac and Rebecca had twin sons, Jacob and Esau. Esau was the &ldquo father&rdquo of the Edomite nation 655 and NO ONE considers the Edomites &ldquo Jewish.&rdquo How could Jacob be &ldquo Jewish&rdquo if his twin brother was NOT &ldquo Jewish&rdquo ?
Thanks for the opportunity to be here. It s just nice to be somewhere with lots of fellow Catholics around. You know, right now I live out in the country near the little town of Ozark, Missouri. Is anyone here from the Ozarks? Well, if you know the area at all, you know that it s a bit backwards you know, a little behind the times. I remember how, long ago when I was growing up in Georgia, there were some little country towns that were so backward, they hadn t yet gotten indoor plumbing or television. Well, the little town of Ozark is so far behind the times, they haven t yet gotten original sin.
I appreciate your tension you’re trying to balance between having knowing of God and yet recognizing the mysteries that we can’t know. So, I’d completely agree that we can have knowledge of God which accurately corresponds to His nature, while recognizing that it’s not comprehensive knowledge. After all, this is the case even with our knowledge of finite things such as pens, computers, table, even people.
More s hopeful remark, and his frequent meditations on the last things, suggest a final question about humor: Does it survive our death? If the purpose of a godly humor is to make us see this world aright, what happens when we have left this world behind? We have spoken of the soteriological value of humor what is the eschatological status of humor? (Sorry I had to put those big words in there for the sake of the theologians in the audience.)
God gave mankind the power to exercise choice. The moment His children choose to give their loyalty and allegiance to Jesus, they receive the right to become sons of God. They receive the right to attain this high rank by serving their King Jesus and making choices that form their character into His likeness. It is a position that was given to high ranking angels, and it is a position that God’s loyal children can also try their best to achieve. God wants all of His children to attain this high rank. Jesus died in part to help all of His children mature into sons.
Jesus joking comments about the hypocrites of His day focus on the incongruity of their self-righteousness and their pride. The humor, I think, appears most sharply when we try to imagine such people literally taking part in the activities our Lord described. The image of a blind man leading another blind man, and both falling into a ditch (Lk 6:89), reminds me of bumbling episodes from slapstick TV comedies the Three Stooges, for example, come to mind. Or a similar picture is evoked by His words about the hypocrites who blow trumpets to announce the jingling of their pennies in the collection plate (Mt 6:7-9).
A form of circular reasoning in which a conclusion is derived from premises that presuppose the conclusion. Normally, the point of good reasoning is to start out at one place and end up somewhere new, namely having reached the goal of increasing the degree of reasonable belief in the conclusion. The point is to make progress, but in cases of begging the question there is no progress.
This error is a kind of Ad Hoc Rescue of one's generalization in which the reasoner re-characterizes the situation solely in order to escape refutation of the generalization.
While I appreciate that you are growing spiritually (and totally applaud your dedication to Sabbath), I was taken aback by the assumption that church is not authentically true and loving. I have found just the opposite.