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Then come together again

-1 Corinthians 7:5-

-“Do not deprive each other except by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.”-

I think about me and the relationship I am in. I often wonder if it’s alright that only one of us believes.
Paul is nuts.

Am I to be patient with God or HE with me? Am I to be patient with my partner? Does that imply that my partner is a child?
Or is he to be patient with me and all my tantrums and paradoxes and complications?

-1 Corinthians 7:14-

-“For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy.”-

Here is Grace and Mercy and Forgiveness and Gentleness and Kindness and Self-Discipline.
Further:

-1 Corinthians 7:16-

-“How do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or, how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?”-

Intense. Even the grammar. And the punctuation. And I think there is space for my lover and I to love each other in God.
I think it’s possible.

-Leviticus 10:10-

-“You must distinguish between the holy and the common, between the unclean and the clean.”-

I just don’t know how to do it.

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Posted by on June 15, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Of Athens

-Acts 17:21-

-(All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas.)-

This is such an interesting verse….

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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When all seems lost, do not become discouraged

-Galatians 6:9-

-“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”-

Generations have passed and this is a new generation. The moon is always the same, only the water changes. Justice remains the same justice, learning the same learning, as people and nations change.

Generations have passed; the true meanings stay constant and are eternal. The water in the stream may have changed a million times — the reflection of the moon and stars stays the same.

– Jalal-ud-Din Rumi-

 
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Posted by on May 1, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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On humor

-Genesis 21:6-

-Sarah said, – “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will be laughing with me.”

  1. Astonishing to think that The Old Testament God of Soap Opera and killing, of Jealousness and Violence, should have a sense of laughter.

And what a way to express it!

Too often Leviticus is quoted to injure homosexuals – unfocused on the injury to women, ALL women – whilst here, in this single verse, God laughs;

And Sarah laughs, and everyone laughs, and the dignity of the wife is restored and the dignity of the husband is restored, and the dignity of his host is restored – truly, hilarious.

Then this;

-Genesis 30:16-

-“So when Jacob came in from the fields that evening, Leah went in to meet him.

“You must sleep with me,” she said. “I have hired you with my son’s mandrakes.”

So he slept with her that night.”-

Mandrakes.

The scandal! The treachery! The salaciousness!

I am reminded to laugh and to laugh WITH people and not AT them.

I am reminded too of The BHAGAVAD GITA, and of Hindu Mythology, and Hindu God’s, and of the Mahabharata, and of Draupadi

2. -“…whose rape is thwarted by the mystery of her never-ending Sari.”-

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Draupadi

-1 Corinthians 6:20-

-“…you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”-

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Healing

-Isaiah 6:5-

-“Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.”-

And we think we are good people. And cannot save ourselves from ourselves. What evil there is in the world did not just come from nowhere.

Those running for refuge, we treat as shit. Those of a different religion, we condemn. Who are poor, we blame. Who are suffering, we turn away.

Yet I hear the boasting take over the world: We are human, we can change the world! We are atheist, change starts from within! I am an individual, fully free and with all rights! We can change the world if we want to, we don’t need God! I’m different! I’m good!

And so we have never wanted to change the world. Or if we have, we have failed again, and again. At least we’re human right? At least we try – that’s what humans do.

I’m thinking about Holiness… And Piety. Fake cleanliness abounds in all the Churches Of The world.

What is real Holiness? I don’t know. Perhaps cleanliness of intention?

Perhaps being able to be with someone, wholly, without thoughts of anything else.

I don’t think it’s possible to be ceremonially clean. The Old Testament is wild. Try it. It is not possible to follow all the Law – and the punishment for failure is Banishment and Death.

I don’t know how I feel about that. I can imagine though, the horror of standing before Holiness. Where would I hide?

‘God’ is causing a lot of problems right now. ‘God’ is fanning a piousness among believers that is cruel and shrill and self-centered and God-less.

I want to erase God and see if I can find goodness in what people think and what they say and what they do.

And I can.

Just not Holiness.

Isaiah met Holiness or he met Holy Aliens.

Isaiah was sawed in two.

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Mathematics

-Genesis 18:23-33-

-Then Abraham approached him and said: -“Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked?

What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it?

Far be it from you to do such a thing – to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike.
Far be it from you!

Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?”-

The LORD said, “If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.”

Then Abraham spoke up again: “Now that I have been so hold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and she’s, what if the number of the righteous is five less than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city because of five people?

“If I find forty-five there,” he said, “I will not destroy it.”

One again he spoke to him, “What if only forty are found there?”
He said, “For the sake of forty, I will not do it.”

Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak. What is only thirty can be found there?”
He answered, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.”

Abraham said, “Now that I have been so bold to speak to the Lord, what if only twenty can be found there?”
He said, “For the sake of twenty, I will not destroy it.”

Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten can be found there?”
He answered, “For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it.”

When the LORD had finished speaking with Abraham, he left, and Abraham returned home.”-

It’s a full conversation with a voice.
God.

God talking, is madness, surely?
And yet; God speaks.

I love it.

-Genesis 19:16-

“-When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and if his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the LORD was merciful to them.”-

In my mind Syria and Iraq and the Occupied Territories come to mind; I can see the scene…angels clasping the hands of terrorised humans and leading them to safety in the fog of war.

Furtive.
A daze.

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Hypocrite

-1 Corinthians 10-

-“For if anyone with a weak conscience see you who have this knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, won’t he [she] be emboldened to eat what has been sacrificed to idol’s?”-

Indeed. Am I authentic? Is it alright to follow a religion, yet frown on another?

Is it alright to follow more than one Religion? Is it possible?

This is tearing the world apart.

-photo – personal-

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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To believe or not to believe

-Luke 4:40-

-“… When the Sun was setting, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them.”-

All.

-Luke 5:4-11-

-When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”

Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”

When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.

When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from my, Lord; I am a sinful man!

For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.

Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will catch men.”

So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.-

These stories I remember from when I was a child. Even the song, Fishers of Men.

But belief is all I have this far out.

This morning, as in a dream, I saw that Believing in God is madness, even from the point of view of the Bible.

The Old Testament is a slaughter-house. God and Israel wreak genocide on whole peoples – women and children included.

These peoples are God’s own people – descendants of Abraham; the Canaanites are descendant from Noah himself – they’re cousins.

And God is not the only one waging these wars and Israelites are not the only ones experiencing good civilisations.

The Gods of Eygpt are at times ascendent – of Assyria at other times, of Rome of Greece of India.

Yes, all fall but then so does Israel.

Yes Israel is forgiven and rises again but they are not the only ones.

So starting with Matthew, the miracles are extraordinary. And the only way to believe is to believe that they happened. They were seen. They were experienced.

Nevermind that; ‘How blessed are those who believe and have not seen….’ stuff.

If I believe today then I must be willing to accept the accusation that I am believing the fantastic. I must accept that these things don’t really happen, that Science is in fact correct, that I am behaving in exact contravention of the Laws of Life.

I have to.

Because if I don’t, I am overwhelmed by the loneliness I feel in believing something so obviously un-natural, that I must be mad and I am in danger of justifying the madness and violence this belief has wrought on Human History.

If, however, I was there, and the fish were threatening to sink the boats, then I must believe.

Is EVERYTHING in the Bible true? As written? Infallible? Exact?

-Luke 7:14-

“-Then he went up and touched the coffin and those carrying it stood still. He said, Young man, I say to you, get up!”-

How can I know? I can only have faith. And I must rely on the Spirit – which sometimes appears fickle.

Hitler used it. He was full of Spirit. So is Putin. So is Trump. There are pastors whose anointing is so full of Spirit they receive millions and millions of dollars preaching.

What do I do?

I have been meditating and praying for years. And I may do so until I die.

I am afraid I must now, not because it’s true but because it’s the only way I have to justify my life and the choices I have already made.

I am acutely aware of how ridiculous believers sounds to non-believers….and how silly I sound to myself.

Conviction alone cannot be the basis of belief…can it?

The only redemption I find is that these are spiritual matters.

I don’t think Jesus claimed to be the ONLY way.

He only says that he IS the way. Are there others? There certainly are stories. In fact. Every religion.

And so Christians think that they can go across and say, no, ours is the only way?

Not seeing that every other religion sits in exactly the same boat?

Do I know the way? Can I know the way?

Am I called to read between the lines? Or am I then, a heretic?

And when all is said and done, I turn, I turn and face God.

-Luke 5:15-16-

-“Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses.

But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”-

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Suns Exist


“…If you are seeking, seek us with joy
For we live in the kingdom of joy.
Do not give your heart to anything else
But to the love of those who are clear joy,
Do not stray into the neighborhood of despair.
For there are hopes: they are real, they exist —
Do not go in the direction of darkness —
I tell you: suns exist…”

– Jalal-ud-Din Rumi –

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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On Jews and Gentiles, Slaves and Freedman

Who said this is the only Universe?
Kenyans and Circumcision, and Israelis and Immigration, and Liberals on Circumcision and Conservatives on Liberals:

-1 Corinthians 7:18-

-“Was a man already circumcised when he was called? He should not become uncircumcised. Was a man uncircumcised when he was called? He should not be circumcised.”-

Fascinating.
I did not know that Freedman was a word.

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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