Monthly Archives: March 2021

a few things on my mind

a few things on my mind

This will be a chaotic blog of things that I have questions about or maybe I wonder the ‘what if’s’ of things. I will just use maybe a sentence or two to voice my concern.

Here goes-

Is tradition a good thing in religion?

Is the ‘Church’ here yet?

Do christians really ‘know’ the bible?

Is the ‘new testament church’ just replicating the ‘old testament church’?

Is body of Christ to be represented by the ‘all’ or just the few?

Is the bible literal or allegorical, or both or just allegorical?

Why do we not talk about the book of revelation very much?

Why do we not start communities around us in our neighborhoods?

Are we in a ‘Paradigm shift’ in christianity today?

Why are christians living so ‘high on the hog, when their neighbors are starving or need clothes?

Can Christians survive by only 20 minutes of the word a week?

Do we really need a ‘place’ to go to ‘be’ with God?

When will christianity begin to start lamenting to God?

Who does Christianity really worship?

These are just a few of the questions that I have with many more to answer in my studies.Let me know if you have pondered some of these questions too? and what are your answers.

I feel better now that I have gotten those off of my chest. thanks.

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a few things on my mind

This will be a chaotic blog of things that I have questions about or maybe I wonder the ‘what if’s’ of things. I will just use maybe a sentence or two to voice my concern.

Here goes-

Is tradition a good thing in religion?

Is the ‘Church’ here yet?

Do christians really ‘know’ the bible?

Is the ‘new testament church’ just replicating the ‘old testament church’?

Is body of Christ to be represented by the ‘all’ or just the few?

Is the bible literal or allegorical, or both or just allegorical?

Why do we not talk about the book of revelation very much?

Why do we not start communities around us in our neighborhoods?

Are we in a ‘Paradigm shift’ in christianity today?

Why are christians living so ‘high on the hog, when their neighbors are starving or need clothes?

Can Christians survive by only 20 minutes of the word a week?

Do we really need a ‘place’ to go to ‘be’ with God?

When will christianity begin to start lamenting to God?

Who does Christianity really worship?

These are just a few of th questions that I have with many more to answer in my studies.Let me know if you have pondered some of these questions too? and what are your answers.

I feel better now that I have gotten those off of my chest. thanks.

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To reiterate it.

I have told multiple people and few mentions in my blogs about the four chapters in the bible that are without SIN as a piece of trivia. In the narrative of God in the bible, there are only four chapters that are not succumb to the paradigm of sin in the world.

It is in this little piece of trivia that seems to have been just been glossed over in our theology in christianity. It is just a small detail, to get the story going, and to end things. Genesis 1,2 and Revelation 21,22 are the only places in the bible that it is free from the concept of ‘sin’. It is because of this that it has been the “oh, well it had to have the beginning of it started out right”, but it is the most important thing of any story being told then let alone now for any story being told. It sets the stage for what is to begin the story, it is the foundation, bedrock, reality of the goal of the storyteller.

Why has these two chapters ever been pounded into all our lives thru the generation of our families? Why? If we were to be taught these only four chapters of the bible, would we have missed anything?( I would really like to hear your opinion on this!)

Let me expound on this, so that we know what we are talking about. The beginning, Genesis 1 and 2 is the creation of the universe(Kingdom of God), the placement of everything that is what we know of today in our world, from planets,stars, moons,plants,trees,flowers. Then came His everlasting image that He created to be the caretaker or gardener of the universe to keep it as ‘ours’. This ‘picture’ of God’s desire for his creation to be a representative of himself, and for his creation to be his image to be a ‘oneness’ in the ‘wholeness’ of creation’. God’s creation of man was his sole purpose in having communion with him. This is what is called the ‘The Eternal Purpose’ of God.

This was the initiation of the purpose. It is in the storyline of Revelation of chapters 21 and 22 that tells of this finalization of his purpose being realized. It is and always been know to be finalized to be done in God’s time and way.

So, Let’s go back to the storyline in Genesis 1 and 2 to realize our vocation was and is to be and just believe and ‘See’ it and know that God is welcoming all of us into this reality of all men to have fellowship with Him in His Kingdom! Revelation 21 and 22 is coming and we want to be seamlessly want to go into this kingdom of God!!

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Poor,Rich

It will always be. You’re going to have both, and the in-between.

I am kinda a historical nerd, in that what I write about I have had to research history way back into the 2nd century BC to find things about my studies. Now, seeing that there was no major proclamation that ‘WE’ did it!! By anyone that they achieved the magical institution of equalness in the society’s measurement of happiness in the papers or in the media, then I will proclaim here and now that, in the desires of the world that have had a plethora of issues, none have worried about this issue, until now.

You see, there seems to be this on the surface tension that Everyone needs to be ‘equal’ in every way and form. Especially money. (there is a bible verse about this I believe, but that is another blog) I will not write about this in the usual way that people talk about, but in a different way.

Just as in my 2nd paragraph mentions that in four centuries of existence in the world, their has not been a stampeding of urgency of pushing this agenda to a group,country,society or the world. It’s never been mentioned. period.

What I do want to bring up into discussion is in the bible that in Deuteronomy 15.11 it says “For the poor will not cease to exist in the land; therefore I am commanding you, saying, ‘You shall fully open your hand to your brother, to your needy and poor in your land.‘ And in 1 Samuel 2.8 it says

1 Samuel 2.7“The LORD makes poor and rich;
He humbles, He also exalts.

Unchecked Copy Box 1Sa 2:8 “He raises the poor from the dust,
He lifts the needy from the garbage heap
To seat them with nobles,
And He gives them a seat of honor as an inheritance;
For the pillars of the earth are the LORD’S,
And He set the world on them.

Now it is this thought that should and could radiate from this discussion of Poor and Rich. It is thought that There will ‘always’ be poor and rich, it doesn’t matter what ‘system’ you are in, that will cause this to happen. The world works this way for a reason, it is caused by ‘mankind’ which has a ‘virus’ for a long long time ago, from this man called Adam. It is and was a seed of turmoil for mankind.

It will not change until the vaccine for this virus is used in the cure for mankind, Jesus Christ thru God the God of all in all becomes the norm. The norm will look like man giving to his neighbor clothes,food, shelter,and love no matter what he has himself. It is the not the ‘everyone for themselves in this world‘, but that we are one in this world together.

I believe that we have made a wrong turn in life as a ‘PEOPLE’ of this world, in that we have gone down this road of ‘individuality,and ME’ for way to long, it has screwed up life as the individual and all those around them. It is our duty to understand that in God’s Kingdom it is all about US, ALL of US, that need to be concerned about. God’s love for us(ALL) is for us as christians here in this kingdom of Earth, that we see that we will need to start changing into the New and Holy realm of the New Kingdom that God has prepared us for. God is All in All!!

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My People

14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (2 Ch 7:14).

If my friend joe,fred,suzy,betty,anthony,debbie,george,etc would humble themselves and pray and seek my face…….

The latter verse is one that I feel that is what is read into the scriptures so that our theology jives with what we think and do. This concept or paradigm is one that has been in use or believed in for over 1500 yrs with adverse effects other than the obvious.

It is the previous statement of verse 14 of 2 chronicles chapter 7 that says “if my people”…… . This verse is the plural or corporate expression of God’s people. The plural of God’s expression of His Love for man has always been this way. All thru the bible God’s concern was to restore mankind to it’s former self.

This is the paradigm in which we must work with in our theology, God is Love, Love trumps everything.

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Where are we at?

I think we have been here before. Is that what is called Deja vu?

Back during the old covenant, the Israelites were confined to the meeting of God to one place, in going to the temple and to bring sacrifices to him, for various reasons according to their faith. It was for the offering of their best cattle or sheep, being their first fruits of their labor.

This ‘going’ to a place to be ‘where’ God was located was a very new and strange thing for the Israelites, because in the gentile world, their gods were nowhere to be seen or heard. The Israelites being set apart from the gentiles, their God was connecting with them thru the building of a temple that was creating by man for God to make his presence known to man. It was because of the downfall of man in the Garden of Eden, that God had to create his Temple for man and for Him to walk and talk together in the world, that God had to start with a pinpoint on the earth, only behind a veil, for only a High Priest to ‘be’ with Him.

This was God attempting to start small, and simple for God’s people, to get them to follow rules(the 10 commandments) to show them the human way of following God to Himself. It is during this journey that Israel tries, but fails in its attempt to follow these rules to ‘be’ with God. This ‘human’ attempt at trying to be with God, was a obvious a failure just waiting to happen. Humanity is flawed in that it is not of God, in ‘knowing’ God. It has only known itself in that when we(humanity) chose not to have ‘Life’, but to ‘know’ good and evil, We are separated from him.

It is here,the scene where we are still going to ‘this’ temple as the ‘only’ place where can ‘be’ with God, in this small Holy of Hollies, that we then leave and go back to our lives and our so called life to live. It is again calling us to go back to this scenario the next week to visit this veiled area that we perceived to be where God is, when we leave our sacrifices at the alter.

Our giving of our sacrifices of our ‘first fruits’ in a building, is the ‘Cain’ attempt of sacrificing. It is the giving of ourselves as God’s people to him we will be Only restored back to Him.

I believe that we may have believed the ‘only’ way to God is thru the building. The building was established thru laws of God’s people the Israelites kept, in which they were not able to follow, resulting in God leaving the Temple, and the Temple being destroyed, taking away all the regulations and traditions of their covenant. It was over.

God’s plan was not yet completed. There are three things that are described in God’s plan: God, a people, a Kingdom. I only mentioned 2 of the 3 in the description of God and the Israelites. God left the temple, He destroyed the temple, but He was still their God.

God’s original King,Kingdom, and people was already used in his story to be used for the model of His Kingdom. It was the Garden of Eden!

This is the desire for God(King) that God’s people will be ‘in Christ’ which is of God(Kingdom),will be with Him in the New Jerusalem(Garden of Eden,land,Whole World)

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Revisiting Garden of Eden & Revelation

I have touched on this subject probably on a few occasions with some different proclamations, but today I am using the two statements in a different way.

I have started another long and winding road towards the matters of studying the early church fathers, not knowing where it will lead me. But it is the way I like it. New and Different, outside the box kinda thing, I say! It is here, that I found out studying another subject, that all the answers that we are searching for in between these two statements of ‘Garden of Eden’ and ‘Revelation’ are in these two statements!

I have like I said pointed out in my blogs that it is in these two statements, ‘Beginning & ‘Eternal’ that we can find our storyline to follow in between the two statements. But it is the two statements that will drive our storyline to fruition.

So let’s re look at the beginning, the garden of Eden, What was it,and Why? God’s desires an image, an image in his likeness in his world(Temple), with fellowship together with them. It is in this fellowship that His desire is to commune with them. It is the unity of the Trinity of God that is the basis of Life. This Life is the sole instrument of what God is. Life is the Alpha and the Omega.(This statement should be written into our minds and our hearts to guide us to God’s desire for Man)

God’s beginning was not conditional on whether it worked on man or not, it would work! There’s no plan b. God’s fellowship was his goal with his creation, to create a land, a people, and a King/Priest to enjoy eternity, worshiping the creator by the creation.

God created a masterpiece in the universe that man can only see a very minute piece of it at this time, which it stills boggles my mind on our magnificent it is. I can’t even imagine what we will exclaim when we can see the whole thing,(I am assuming that the only way that we will be able to see the whole thing is when Heaven and Earth are re-united together soon.) It is this backdrop in the image of God’s desire to set up the most desirous thing possible for us by Him. There has not been anything spared in the luxury’s of God’s world for us. It was us and God,mingling,walking,talking,living together!

This is the life.

No, This is Life.

Now let’s fast forward in time and the story. God is describing the New Jerusalem(this context is pointing to that of ‘it’ is the temple that God was always wanting(Garden of Eden), Man inside his temple and all his Glory). New Jerusalem will be flowing with the river of life, stones of beauty to show God’s utmost of himself, It’s symbolism of the the twelve tribes of Israel, the Glory is all in all.

God’s reality of His Kingdom is now come to it’s fruition. It is the accumulation of all things together in God’s name that the ‘Eternal Purpose’ has come to God and Man.

Now it is just the journey in the middle of the story that will continue the story from A to B, this is the journey, to lead us into the Glory of the Lord in his ‘New Kingdom’.

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The story that christianity missed

It seems that christianity got off on the wrong foot.

It’s like they jumped into the story right in the middle of the story telling. They missed the beginning. The reason for the story.

Christianity has jumped into the middle, even as the story was being told thru the eyes of Israel which even they didn’t understand.

What was it that made them start in the middle? Was it the feeling that this was when the story really gets interesting? Was it the just the part of the ‘New’ Testament(covenant) that brought them in? Or was it the part of the story that they thought the answer was coming to light, according to them. The middle of anything can always cause trouble when you start there.

The middle of a story, either being told to you, or you telling the story is neither good for anyone. I believe that the most harmful,devastating, outcome of starting in the middle is you don’t know the plan, outline,plot, subjects or motives of the story. With one outstanding missing question in the whole storyline that can be missed, Is who is directing the story.

Christianity has started from the middle of the book, or what is actually the beginning of Christ’s ministry and has assumed the reason on why ‘the Messiah’ is doing what He is doing. We have taken things for granted,assumed, misread scripture because of not knowing the beginning of the story and knowing the strategy that God was doing his works with his people and his kingdom. It is because of this starting in the middle of story, that we seem to be in the situation that we in now. The message has been wrong, for us and to all the world that we have presented ourselves to be.

We are God’s image. We belong in His Temple. We are to be his people. He is to be Our King.

This is what God was describing in Genesis 1,2. It hasn’t changed. This is all that God wants to do, to walk with us in the garden in the eternal purpose.

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