I Kinda Miss Being An Evangelical

Given what I post here the title above probably sounds like sacrilege to you. But in many ways being an Evangelical was just easier than taking my spiritual life seriously. I was an Evangelical for twenty-five years so there had to be something that kept me going back. Here are the things that I miss about being an Evangelical: The Conservative Evangelical Church is primarily … Continue reading I Kinda Miss Being An Evangelical

The 21st Century Interpretation of the 10 Commandments.

I was fascinated by this modern interpretation of the 10 Commandment when I came across them recently. I must admit that I didn’t really feel that the Old English version found in most Bibles applied to me. It’s kind of like when I read the Bible from cover to cover, I have done that on three occasions, and always found myself struggling through it. The … Continue reading The 21st Century Interpretation of the 10 Commandments.

Miracles And The First Century Mind….

I’m going to do a philosophical post of my own making for today. I will get back to studying others next week. With this post, I am certainly exercising the creative side. I will try to analyze the mind of a first-century citizen and his writings with my 21st-century views. Up front, I will admit that much of what I speculate is just that, speculation. … Continue reading Miracles And The First Century Mind….

(WS) I’ll Tell You What the Bible Says…

While waiting for my car to be serviced recently I browsed a Barnes & Noble store.¬† I don’t do that often anymore as most of my purchases are now e-books. When I came upon the Bible section it suddenly caught my attention as to the number of books by people who propose to “tell” me about what the Bible says. For those who are unfamiliar¬†with … Continue reading (WS) I’ll Tell You What the Bible Says…

My View Of The Bible ‚Äď Part 6 Closing Thoughts‚Ķ

This six part Sunday series was about looking at the Bible as a human document. That is, it was written and assembled by humans with¬†different¬†life experiences, viewpoints, and passions. ¬†Much of¬†their¬†thoughts and words were believed to come from divine inspiration. Many believed they were writing what God wanted them to write. When I study the Bible I try to understand the reasons why some of … Continue reading My View Of The Bible ‚Äď Part 6 Closing Thoughts‚Ķ

My View Of The Bible ‚ÄĒ Part 5 Summing It Up..

This is the fifth post on this series about the Bible. If it is not obvious by now I want you to understand that I put my¬†Christianity¬†on Jesus Christ not on a book about him. I will try to keep this brief as it is really a wrap-up of the past posts. About the Literalists: Panic ‚ÄstIn some cases I see almost total panic in … Continue reading My View Of The Bible ‚ÄĒ Part 5 Summing It Up..

My View Of The Bible ‚ÄďPart 3.. Other Views

Now that I have told you what I believe about the Bible I will go over a short list of things that are somewhat widely accepted by some twenty-first century Christian denominations but of which I basically disagree. Most of these topic titles are ¬†from texts of discussions I have had with Christians. I put them in a special category here because they were so … Continue reading My View Of The Bible ‚ÄďPart 3.. Other Views

My View Of The Bible‚ÄĒ Part 2 .. What I believe (con‚Äôt)

This post continues with my¬†fundamental¬†beliefs about the Bible. I have not come to these beliefs on a whim. They are the result of many years of thoughtful prayer and study. I am also not trying to prove anyone wrong. Everyone should come to God in their own way. So let‚Äôs get on with the final four areas of my view on the Bible. Some words … Continue reading My View Of The Bible‚ÄĒ Part 2 .. What I believe (con‚Äôt)

My View Of The Bible ..

For the next three Sundays I want to bring over some slightly edited posts of things I discovered about the Bible while blogging at RedLetterLiving.net. These posts were from early 2014 but my feelings about the topic really haven’t changed all that much. I have been spending quite a bit of time lately thinking about the Bible and my experiences with it over the last … Continue reading My View Of The Bible ..

An Eye For An Eye Makes the Bible Blind

Having dipped into theology for a ten year period I learned that some have been studying the Bible for centuries and have a name for almost every concept that it might contain. The ‘flat Bible’ is a new one for me but the concept is one I most adamantly disagree with.¬† Putting every word in the Bible as being of equal importance make absolutely no … Continue reading An Eye For An Eye Makes the Bible Blind

How Well Do You Know Religion?

In fact, religion is invariably a tangle of contradictory teachings ‚ÄĒ in the Bible, the difference between the harshness of Deuteronomy and the warmth of Isaiah or Luke is striking ‚ÄĒ and it‚Äôs always easy to perceive something threatening in another tradition. Yet analysts who have tallied the number of violent or cruel passages in the Quran and the Bible count more than twice as … Continue reading How Well Do You Know Religion?

The History Of Christianity???

I am bringing over a series of posts for my Sunday entries from my now inactive blog over at RedLetterLiving. This is the last¬†of a six-part series from about a year ago about the importance of the Bible in my spiritual life. After a ten-year study I finally understand what millions of other have discovered¬†before me‚Ķ. It‚Äôs about Jesus, not the Bible‚Ķ What About The … Continue reading The History Of¬†Christianity???

How Did The Bible Get So Filled….

I am bringing over a series of posts for my Sunday entries from my now inactive blog over at RedLetterLiving. This is the third¬†of a six-part series from about a year ago about the importance of the Bible in my spiritual life. After a ten-year study I finally understand what millions of other have discovered¬†before me…. It’s about Jesus, not the Bible… How Did The … Continue reading How Did The Bible Get So Filled….

I Read The Bible And Everything Became….

Originally posted on RedLetterLiving:
What About The Bible… ? (Chapter 2) I know that from all the rhetoric about this topic you are expecting the next word in the title to be “Clear” but actually for me it is “Fuzzy”. I don’t know how many times in my life I have heard the phrase “just study the bible for the answer to your problems. When… Continue reading I Read The Bible And Everything Became….

Mislabeling the Word of God – Red Letter Christians

‚ÄúIn the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.‚ÄĚ ‚Äď John 1:1, ESV The Bible is not the ‚ÄúWord of God.‚ÄĚ It is inspired by the Holy Spirit. It contains words of God. It even talks about the Word of God‚Ķ but it is still not THE Word of God. The Word of God is actually Jesus … Continue reading Mislabeling the Word of God – Red Letter Christians

Humble Emergents vs. Absolutists….

Lets continue on with some more quotes from the book by Tony Jones entitled¬†The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier “I’m humble,” an emergent might tell you, “because I don’t know what I’m wrong about today. I’ll speak with confidence, and I’ll speak with passion, but I won’t speak with certainty.” Being humble/uncertain in any area of theology is very intimidating to some within … Continue reading Humble Emergents vs. Absolutists….

Institutional Purity…..

The primary reason there are 39,000+ Christian denominations is that each are trying to maintain “purity” of beliefs. Here is how that logic usually plays out: ” If we allow differences of opinions among us then we will soon reach a slippery slope where we will slide into heresy. For that reason we must be on the constant watch to exclude anyone among us who … Continue reading Institutional Purity…..

Remaking Ourselves….

As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world — that is the myth of the atomic age — as in being able to remake ourselves. — Gandhi

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood ¬†behind me.¬† — 1 Corinthians 13

Looking back on my life Gandhi’s quote above inspires me with its wisdom and the second quote from the Bible mirrors the same message. ¬†Being able to see the circumstances and the facts and then making changes is where the greatness lies.
This seems to be a very tough message in today’s world where gridlock and stubborn instance of being right is the norm. There are just too many in the world who are consumed by their current worldviews ¬†and are totally unwilling to even consider that they just might not have all the answers. Continue reading “Remaking Ourselves….”

Shouldn‚Äôt you read Paul in light of Jesus, instead of reading Jesus in light of Paul?‚ÄĚ

I started out my Spiritual journey as a Catholic because that is what my parents were. I came to find out that they were only tepid Catholic as they really didn’t go to church themselves very often but more often just dropped us off and then went home. ¬†Upon entering high school I went about twenty years moving between an inactive Christian and an agnostic … Continue reading Shouldn‚Äôt you read Paul in light of Jesus, instead of reading Jesus in light of Paul?‚ÄĚ

Second-Hand Thinking…..

A man in the country does his own thinking, but you get him into town and he soon will be thinking second-handed. – May 1, 1926 ¬†Will Rogers Second hand thinking seems so prevalent today especially in our nation’s capital. Each political persuasion has their own set of key words that must be spoken during any discussion of their ideology.¬†Most of these words come from … Continue reading Second-Hand Thinking…..

Why Didn't God Write a Book?…..

Why didn‚Äôt God write a book or maybe I should say scroll? ¬†Of course many of you Christians will mention the Bible. Many Muslims will point to the Koran. Many Jews will say the Koran. ¬†But I guess I have a different understanding of those documents. Yes, they have God’s fingerprints on them but they were not written by God himself. There is one religious … Continue reading Why Didn't God Write a Book?…..

About the Bible

Source: http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/05/19/6677671-is-the-bible-full-of-forgeries Just a short note to refer you to the article above. It is about the Bible and how it was written. For those who think the Bible is 100% from God this article will probably be somewhat disturbing. The article reports that through the ages many believe that most of the books of the Bible were probably not actually written by those whose … Continue reading About the Bible