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11/11/2010 - 08:10 Persevere to the End Blog entry

"He who perseveres to the end will be saved." This came to me today, "He who continues to be fully aware and engaged to the very end will be made whole."

I like to play Spider Solitaire on my computer whenever I just have a few minutes. It's kind of a mindless game that usually only takes a few minutes to win. The... Read more

11/14/2010 - 20:40 Who is the True Child? Blog entry

Who are the true children, those who were born to a parent, or those who are living the life worthy of bringing honor to the parent? If a child has come into a family by being born, and yet treats the parents with scorn and catempt, is that children a true child? In contrast, if a child wasn't born into the family, but was adopted instead. If this child treats... Read more

11/17/2010 - 21:32 Thoughts about Repentance Blog entry

For much of my life, whenever I heard a preacher preach about "repentance", I always thought of it as something like, a person had to be totally broken, kneeling "humbly" before God, and saying something like, "Oh God, I'm a horrible sinner. I'm not worthy to come to you, but I cry out to you. Change me...." The sinner had to admit his sin and recognize... Read more

11/24/2010 - 07:40 Religion and Friendship Blog entry

Being a true friend is helping another person to discover his own path. "You can't teach a person anything. You can only help him discover what is in himself."

A religious mind will try to make that person like onself.

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11/29/2010 - 14:45 Prudence Biblio

Texts :... Read more

01/15/2011 - 22:45 Working Premise Book page

When we begin with a  premise about a subject we distort the outcome. For example, if we believe that the earth is flat, and we "know" that to be true, then everything we discover must fit within that parodym or we won't accept it. In other words, we only accept proof that supports our premise.

For  example, if we... Read more

01/15/2011 - 23:04 Authorship of the Bible Book page

Who wrote the bible, and under what conditions?

Did men write the bible as the "Spirit" told them what to say? Did the "Spirit" actually move the hands of the authors, so that in fact, the men's minds weren't involved in the writing process?

If we are to say that the Bible was actually written by God, let's look at the implications of that belief:

If the books of the Bible... Read more

01/15/2011 - 23:06 Belief in the Bible Book page

I've learned a few things. Just because someone believes in something does not make it true. Just because someone believes INTENSELY in something does not make it true. Someone's belief in something has nothing to do with whether or not something is true. Something is true because it is true, and for no other reason.

My Belief:

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01/15/2011 - 23:08 Bible Copies and Translations Book page

 

The religious beliefs of a translator will greatly affect how they translate the text. There is not a direct word for word corelation between Greek and English.

01/15/2011 - 23:10 Does the Bible Claim to be the Word of God? Book page

(If we want to see all the articles about the Bible on one page, ... Read more

01/15/2011 - 23:13 Demystifying the Word(s) Book page

I would suppose that the documents of the Bible (see footnote below) were originally written as very practical everyday letters and documents to help others live a responsible and fruitful life. However, over nearly two thousands years of retranslations and adding religious meanins to the original Greek and Hebrew words, the meaning of the writings can be altered considerably. But, once we... Read more

01/15/2011 - 23:15 Effects of One's Belief System Book page

Just because we belief somthing doesn't mean that it is true. Just because we believe something very strongly doesn't make it true. The strength of our belief has no bearing upon whether or not the object of our faith is true.

2Cor 13:5 "Make a test of yourselves, if you are in the faith; make certain of yourselves. Or are you not conscious in yourselves that Jesus... Read more

01/15/2011 - 23:17 Evaluating the Bible Book page

Any thinking person will evaluate what he or she is reading. While reading it is normal to ask questions about the content of what is being read.

  • Who is the author?
  • Does the author have first-hand information about what he or she has written?
  • If the author doesn't have first hand information, did he or she thoroughly research the subject?
  • Does the author... Read more
01/15/2011 - 23:18 History of the Bible Book page

 

 

When we look at historical events we need to realize

  1. There are the events that actually happened. There is a lot more happening, and a lot more people being affected by what happens, than anyone can ever know.
  2. Each person who ...... the event interprets it within the framework of his own past experiences, biases, prejudices,  and his ability to... Read more
01/15/2011 - 23:20 Is the Bible True? Book page

Is the Bible true? Can we trust the Bible? When someone asks these type of questions, we need to answer with truth. It doesn't give the bible any more credibility when we speak falseness about it. The Bible will stand or fall on its own. When questioned about the validity of the bible we need to give credible answers that have meaning. Just replying that "the Bible is the Word of God, so... Read more

01/15/2011 - 23:22 Labeling Book page

I've noticed how quick some Christians are to give negative labels to people or ideas that they disagree with. For example, one common negative label is to call some beliefs "New Age". Once the Christians give the idea a label, then they can just quick disregard the idea or belief. In many ways giving something a negative label is a very prideful thing to do. It implies, "I am right" and "You... Read more

01/15/2011 - 23:23 Notes Book page

Perhaps make out a multi-part questionaire, survey, or test, or use CCK (as I did in the homeschool writing website) Say in the questionaire that there are no wrong answer. This is about you, and helping you discover what you think and believe. We would suggest that you not ask anyone else about this. (It's OK to show the questionaire to others to get advice about the questions, but in giving... Read more

01/15/2011 - 23:25 Quality of Writing Book page

There is a difference between well thought out, well researched writing and emotional .... off-the-cuff writing.

If we have the mind of Christ, then a well thought out document will reflect Christ's mind.

01/15/2011 - 23:27 Scriptures Book page

What does the Greek word for scripture really mean?

In Christianity there is much said about the "Scriptures". But what did the Apostles and other really mean with they wrote in their original languages? Let's look at what a Greek dictionary says about the word:

G1121 (Mickelson's Enhanced Strong's Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries)
G1121 γράμμα... Read more

01/15/2011 - 23:29 Study it Out Book page

We have some excellant examples of intelligant thinking people....

Luke 1:1 "Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. 3Therefore, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed... Read more

01/15/2011 - 23:31 The Law and the Prophets Book page

"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'All the Law and the Prophets hang on these... Read more

01/15/2011 - 23:32 Why Book page

 

Why am I spending so much thought and so much energy on debunking the Bible misconceptions?

Because the focus of many Christians is on the wrong ...... Our main focus should be on...

We need to think beyond just studying or memorizing the words on the page

We also need to realize that God is all around us, and he has much to teach us through each interaction or... Read more

01/15/2011 - 23:34 Word of God - Bible? Book page

What the word of God is....

What the word of God is not....

It is simplistic to say that any one book (i.e. the Bible, or any other religious book) is THE Word of God. If there is a God, and if he spoke to prophets and others, who wrote it, is it... Read more

01/15/2011 - 23:36 Words Versus Concepts Book page

 

The writers of the different documents of the Bible describe their lives and what they had experienced and learn ed. They give us examples of how to live our lives. Many of their writings give us examples of how to live our lives. Some of those are examples of what NOT to do, and the consequences.

The lessons, concepts, and examples are what is important, not the words that... Read more

01/15/2011 - 23:38 Word of God Came to Me Book page

Although I had read and studied the Bible for years, the word of God never reached me during all those years. The word of God came to me and became real through my journey through my journey through the Oregon criminal justice system

01/15/2011 - 23:40 The Dark Ages Book page

Is it just a coincidence that after the "Word of God" was canonized (about 393-397 AD) into a book that the dark ages ( starting about  400 to 500 AD) followed this event?

01/20/2011 - 00:00 Looking past the Offense Blog entry

Tonight my son was playing with our new 2 1/2 month old puppy. I think that my son may have played a little rough with the puppy because the puppy either bit or clawed my 12 year old son. I didn't see it happen, but my son came and showed me the scratch, which was about 3 or 4 inches long, on his arm.

As I thought... Read more

01/24/2011 - 11:58 The words Blog entry

As I was walking today I got to thinking about all that God has been teaching me over the past few years. Much of it doesn't agree with "traditional" christianity.

Then a realization hit me. God is not human. He is spirit and those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth. When the writers of the New Testament, they used human words to try to express spiritual truths and to... Read more

01/25/2011 - 11:33 Just mentioning something doesn't make it so Blog entry

Just because a writing mentions another writing doesn't make the first writing to be the second writing. For instance, if I were to write a letter telling how valuable the Rodale cookbook is, that doesn't make my letter into the Rodale Cookbook. Here's another example. If I write an essay about the history of America, and if I quote Poor Richard's Almanac, my... Read more

01/26/2011 - 23:26 Spiritual and Secular Blog entry

When I was young I looked upon life as divided into two parts, the spiritual part and the secular part.

Nowadays I don't see a separation, all of our life is one. What matters is how we live our lives in all circumstances.

01/27/2011 - 21:16 Our Perceptions Affect Reality Blog entry

What we think that we believe (our perceptions) will guide our actions, and those actions will affect reality. For example, let's say that someone believes that his highest calling is to preach to the unsaved and try to win souls at all costs. He sees the world full of unsaved people who are going to hell. He believes that the bible is the word of God and that... Read more

01/31/2011 - 09:58 The Six Pillars of Character Biblio

The Six Pillars of Character


Six Pillars

The CHARACTER COUNTS! approach to character education doesn't exclude anyone. That's why we base our programs and materials on six ethical values that everyone can agree on —... Read more

01/31/2011 - 18:00 Portals to the Dark Side Blog entry

 

Portals are merely openings or entrances to another place. They can be either good or bad. In this writing we are describing portals to irresponsibility or the dark side.

The portal has enticing sites, sounds, and smells the draw the ignorant to it. The portal is often located close to a seeming desirable... Read more

02/01/2011 - 20:20 Our Attitude Can Affect the Outcome. Blog entry

This morning I had been walking with a new friend. During our walk I had laid on him some pretty heavy stuff. He seemed to handle it OK. At at the end of our walk we parted pleasantly, but we d idn't make any plans for walking tomorrow. Tonight I walked to talk to my friend about walking tomorrow so I pulled over to the side of the road. At first I felt grumpy... Read more

02/01/2011 - 23:17 A Self-Centered God? Blog entry

I recently heard someone who is close to me say, "God is selfish. It's all about him." In a very real sense this is true. For example, if we met a human whose main thought was having everything to be about him, and if he sought glory for himself, we'd call that a very selfish man. However, we attribute those same motives to God. We say, "It's all about God!" I... Read more

02/10/2011 - 17:21 Truth Blog entry

Thy word is truth, OR, conversely, you could say, Truth (that which is true) is thy word.


It is questionable just how open and truthful humans can be.

As we grow and mature, we are (hopefully) able to tell truth to a... Read more

02/10/2011 - 18:10 Through the Ages Blog entry


If you were to bring an aboregenie, who had never seen anything of the modern world, out of the most primitive areas of Africa, into a modern day city, with all the modern cars, buildings,... Read more

02/16/2011 - 09:00 Spirit and The Letter Book page


"The letter kills, but the spirit gives life." This applies to many areas of life.

We are use words to communicate with one another. Sometimes we struggle with trying to find the right words to express our thoughts. Sometimes we bungle and say the wrong words to... Read more

02/22/2011 - 06:46 Possible Topics for Study and Essays Book page

I have a number of topics on my mind that I'd like to study and write about.

Character Development

  • How to apologize
  • How to Take Responsibility
  • How To Genuinely Love
  • How to be a Good Father
  • How to be a Good Husband
  • How to Change a Habit
  • How to be a Man, OR what does it mean to be a man
  • What does Responsible... Read more
02/22/2011 - 10:38 What is Sin in Islam Biblio

The Holy Last Messenger (s.a.s.) said:

“Righteousness is good morality and sin is that which causes discomfort (or pinches) within your soul and... Read more

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