The Illusion of Reality

There is much current thought concerning the nature of reality and the world we live in. These ideas are expressed in our movies, and written about in our books, and promoted by our gurus and teachers.
Though Rene Descartes’ grappling with the reality of his existence is the usual link to this type of thinking, there is a long history of the concept that reality is only an illusion, dating back to Plato and his man in the cave analogy.
It’s current terminology is simulation hypothesis.

 

 

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Rites of Passage

I am convinced that it is the lack of understanding these realities that gives rise to the hopelessness and despair that is so prevalent within our society today. Hosea scolded the Jewish leaders because God’s people were being destroyed due to a lack of knowledge, and this failure to know more than just “what’s happenin'” had devastating consequences. (Hos. 4:6)
Thomas Jefferson wrote to George Ticknor, criticizing the people of his day who made up the various state legislatures “… the members of which do not generally possess information enough to perceive the important truths, that knowledge is power, that knowledge is safety, and that knowledge is happiness.”

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What can we learn about “agape”/unconditional love from a non-Christian?

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Dear Whomever Reads This,

i write this because it keeps going through my mind.  i have learned to listen to my inner voice… the one that is often times more quiet than the cacophony around me.  Sometimes, it is the voice in my mind below even the chatter and cacophony of the surface there.

i just want you to know that i love you.

As simple, silly, fluffy, “New Age” and B.S. as this might sound.  i am committed to living my life as a journey, expression, honor, and experiment of what it means to live my life fully as love in action.  Often times, i find myself filled with disgust, rage, frustration, apathy, and deep and profound hurt and grief.  i fall very, very far short of my commitment.  i am a human being who has deep and intense emotions, feelings, thoughts, beliefs, and values.  i do not…

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The Road Less Traveled

The possibility of two roads demanding our choice of one is an old concept.
M. Scott Peck (1936-2005) wrote “The Road Less Traveled” using Frost’s theme for his title.
Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven” contains the line “Yes, there are two paths you can go by…”
Jesus also said there are two paths from which we may choose. One is broad and leads to destruction; the other is narrow and             leads to life. (Matt. 7:13-14)
The Bhagavad Gita, the Hindu scriptures written at least two centuries before Christ, describes two paths to gain emancipation.   (One is better than the other.)
Jesus also said, “I am the way…” (John 14:6)

While all Christians acknowledge that Jesus is the way, most stop at a point in time–the time they “got saved,” not realizing that   He said He was the ‘Way’–not just a point at the crossroads.
Sincere Christians then begin to walk one of two paths, neither of which is the way to complete salvation/emancipation.

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This reveals a major crippling aspect for the Christian. Read, absorb, and appropriate this truth.

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I give myself between 450 to 500 words to write a post, that’s not always enough words to make plain every aspect of the subject matter, but today I want to leave readers with absolute certainty about what I hold to be true.

A few days ago someone made this comment to me; “for Christ’s sake, why don’t you stop playing around and tell people they are sinners?”, or words to that effect.

The answer is simply because; we are not sinners!!!  this blog aims at renewing the minds of believers, (that’s not to say that if an unbeliever stumbles upon my blog I don’t want them to read it ~ but they cannot yet have their mind renewed because the Spirit of God has not yet made His home in them, and so they need to face up to their need for a saviour first); ~ but they are…

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The Bible–No Errors?

The Bible is a collection of 66 books written by about 40 authors, in three different languages, on three different continents, over approximately 1600 years.  The Bible claims to be inspired and men have also said it is without error (inerrant).  This means that the Bible claims to be from God and that it is without error in everything it addresses. 
When applied to sacred writings, inerrancy is the belief that the words are God’s true revelations to mankind. An inerrant text is considered infallible, truthful, reliable, totally free of error and absolutely authoritative. Inerrancy is not restricted to moral and religious truth. It is normally applied to all statements of fact in the Bible: “scientific, historical, or geographical.” 

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30, 60, 100

   Printed on banners and held aloft in the end-zone of football games, stamped on t-shirts and bumper stickers, the        ubiquity of “John 3:16” is at an all-time high.
It is the marquee verse for evangelical Christians, the apparent go-to text for persuasion to the Christian ethos.
The interpretation of the verse, however, is fraught with difficulty, depending on the school of soteriology to which one subscribes.

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