In the New Beginning…

In the new beginning, God brought heaven to earth. And the earth was devastated and ruined, and spiritual darkness covered the abyss we were in. And God said, “Let there be Light!”  And there was light.  And the One who brought life was a light to all mankind.  And that Light remains shining in the … Continue reading In the New Beginning…

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A Formula for Birth?

The goal of all religion is to overcome the negative aspects of humanity—the fallen state in which we exist.  As far as I know, all religions provide some formula for attaining perfection, a god-state, higher consciousness, heaven, nirvana, or redemption.  The end states vary slightly, but the formulas are generally very similar, involving ritual, human … Continue reading A Formula for Birth?

Dissecting the Trinity, Part III

Dissecting the Trinity, Part I Dissecting the Trinity, Part II As we continue to look at the various Christian views of the nature of God, there is one hybrid view that is likely to be rejected by both strict Trinitarians and strict Unitarians but I believe, manages to preserve the most accurate view of the … Continue reading Dissecting the Trinity, Part III

Dissecting the Trinity, Part II

Dissecting the Trinity, Part I One of the most inflexible dogmas of most Christian denominations is their view of the nature of God.  Most denominations label competing views as heretical, and emotions tend to flare when discussing the subject.  Because the traditional views of the nature of God contain some aspects that seem unsupported and … Continue reading Dissecting the Trinity, Part II

Dissecting the Trinity, Part I

One of the “essentials” of Christian doctrine is the trinitarian view of the nature of God.  Trinity is a word created out of tri- (three) and unity—a concept designed to describe the supposed three-part nature of God.  This view usually presents either three beings in a harmonious relationship or a single being with three parts.  … Continue reading Dissecting the Trinity, Part I

The Problem With Religion

Religion is any human-centric or man-powered attempt to reconcile ourselves with God.  Religion has produced many beautiful buildings and is the source of some interesting cultural pageantry.  But religion (yes, even the Christian religion) is functionally useless, for it does not achieve the reconciliation or healing that mankind desires.  In fact, it proves to be … Continue reading The Problem With Religion

Political Coercion vs. Spiritual Transformation

Apparently there’s a pretty lively debate among Christians regarding the appropriate approach to criminalizing abortion.  One side will accept nothing less than complete prohibition, while the other side thinks it more realistic to attempt an incremental approach, gradually working through the legal system to put smaller prohibitions in place until a full ban is achieved.  … Continue reading Political Coercion vs. Spiritual Transformation

The Bible Is Not the Source of Truth

Truth is reality.  When our perception differs from reality, we are in error.  Sometimes we perceive a portion of reality which we extrapolate to describe the entirety of reality.  This is also an error.  See the story of the blind men and the elephant for an illustration. One of the greatest errors of Western Christianity, is … Continue reading The Bible Is Not the Source of Truth

Throwing Rotten Tomatoes at the Audience

There was a time when audience members would throw rotten tomatoes at lousy stage performers.  In Christianity, we sort of have a metaphorical reverse of that concept where the ones on the stage throw proverbial rotten tomatoes at members of the audience who dare challenge The Narrative. Question policy?  You’re a nuisance. Question methodology?  You’re … Continue reading Throwing Rotten Tomatoes at the Audience