If you wanted to become an Israelite in the Old Testament times (this was before the notion of a Jewish race), there was a ceremony that was meant to set males apart and designate them as part of the Israelite … Continue reading Symbols: Circumcision, Baptism, & Phylacteries
I’ve been rereading the New Testament and, as always happens depending on life stage and circumstances, something stood out to me that previously had not: two similar statements made by Jesus when confronted by religious leaders. So, I decided to … Continue reading Mercy > Sacrifice
Have you ever been in a situation where your view differed so drastically from the majority, or a leadership personality, that you felt as if you must be completely wrong? Perhaps, in that moment you felt the need to change … Continue reading Social Legalism
“When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees [rule-following religious teachers] saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: ‘Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?’ On hearing this, Jesus said to them, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.’” -Mark 2:16-17 Christian music, Christian books, Christian movies, Christian television, Christian clothing, Christian YouTube, Christian coffee houses… The list could go on forever. Those seeking to live a “Christian” existence could easily live in a nearly exclusive … Continue reading Stop Being So Christian and Start Following Christ
“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
–John 4:24-24 [emphasis added]
What does it mean to worship in ‘truth?’
What does it mean to worship in ‘spirit?’
Assertion: “Jesus was not a literal person, just a myth. The fact that there is no extra-biblical testimony is proof.”
This one is pretty easy to disprove.
There are many people who lived in Rome and not all of them are verifiable 2,000 years later. It would be extremely significant to find references to people who lived in the days of Jesus.
Since Jesus was a literal person, we are able to find extra-biblical, non-sympathetic references to his life and impact on society.
I hate to disappoint those of you looking for a debate over the recent Supreme Court decision regarding homosexual marriage. However, if you clicked on this link for that reason, then there’s a good chance you should read this post anyway.
So, what is love?
We are constantly bombarded with Hollywood’s presentation of epic love stories where boy meets girl (mostly), they fall for each other, then live a wonderful life. Sometimes, they don’t even need to be single. After all, if we are all helpless victims of love and can’t help who we love, then it’s okay to leave a relationship in order to pursue that new-found love… right?
Depending on your understanding of love, and the core of your belief system, the correct answer for you may be a simple “Yes.” Continue reading “Is All Love Equal?”