As I reflected on my last post on seeking truth and maintaining cordial relations with others despite our disagreements, I felt that something was missing. So I figured I’d do a follow up post that offers some balance. What was missing was an acknowledgment of the unfortunate reality that despite our intentions of good will, … Continue reading When Parting Ways Becomes Necessary
We disagree—you, me, everyone. Like fingerprints, every single individual’s worldview and perspective are unique. No two people on this earth will agree on everything. So we argue and fight over the issues that are most important to us. Working through issues on which we disagree can be extremely educational, but our disagreements can also create … Continue reading What is Truth?
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…
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 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 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
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
A good deal of discussion has taken place this year on the Protestant Reformation, which is apparently a big deal now because it happened 500 years ago, and 500 is a really round number. A number of writers whom I respect have written about it. There is much truth in what they say, and their … Continue reading There Never was a Reformation
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
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