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by W4TVQ
April 8th, 2009, 12:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Prayer
Replies: 12
Views: 20440

Re: Prayer

Nothing in the biblical studies I have done over the years has contained another or expanded verson of the "Lord's Prayer" ... though many have had long and sometimes interesting commentaries. I can see two possible reasons for this: one, the biblical literalists, convinced that every word of the bi...
by W4TVQ
April 1st, 2009, 12:03 pm
Forum: The Sand Box
Topic: just a small thing
Replies: 12
Views: 20427

Re: just a small thing

Just an aside, irrelevant to al the profundity here ... regarding the use of scripture to prove whatever one wants proven: A Baptist preacher led a congregation so small that baptism had to be done in a stream outside the church. He pleaded with his board of deacons to get him a pair of hip boots fo...
by W4TVQ
March 26th, 2009, 12:42 pm
Forum: The Sand Box
Topic: just a small thing
Replies: 12
Views: 20427

Re: just a small thing

Along these same lines I just posted this on another board, and it spoke to me, I think, more than the person to whom it was addressed. I've struggled with the idea that "all roads lead to god" (they do) and that "all religions say the same thing" -- which they don't. Then this occurred to me (not a...
by W4TVQ
March 12th, 2009, 12:39 pm
Forum: The Sand Box
Topic: just a small thing
Replies: 12
Views: 20427

Re: just a small thing

I suspect that the reason we are limited to "children's stories" and fairy tales -- at least for now -- is that those things convey real truth, truth which gets mauled, battered, compressed and "pretzelized" when we try to contain it is "serious" words. Much has been written to support this idea: fo...
by W4TVQ
February 19th, 2009, 1:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why Can’t I Own a Canadian
Replies: 4
Views: 10802

Re: Why Can’t I Own a Canadian

What a hoot! thanks for posting it. I am continually amazed, posting on a "Chnristian" board as well as on this one, that so many with whom I chat have joyfully acknowledged that the Levitical Law was for those people in that time, and no longer applies to us ... and then just as joyfully replace it...
by W4TVQ
February 13th, 2009, 3:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Prayer
Replies: 12
Views: 20440

Re: Prayer

That passage (Luke 9:54) in which Jesus' friends James and John are "outraged" at the Samaritans who did not make Jesus welcome, is one not often made the topic of a sermon. "Do you want us to call down fire from heaven to destroy them?" Yet it seems to be the unspoken undercurrent of all too many s...
by W4TVQ
February 5th, 2009, 1:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Prayer
Replies: 12
Views: 20440

Re: "Orthodoxy"

My words fly up, my thoughts remain below. Words without thoughts never to heaven go. Prayer is the soul's sincere desire, uttered or unexpressed; the motion of a hidden fire that trembles in the breast. I certainly agree with your observations concerning prayer. I've often thought that God simply ...
by W4TVQ
February 2nd, 2009, 3:12 pm
Forum: The Sand Box
Topic: "Orthodoxy"
Replies: 12
Views: 19746

Re: "Orthodoxy"

Jut recently I discovered, in a dialog I was/am having with a Roman Catholic on another board, another hole in the fabric called "orthodoxy." I noticed that both of us were arguing that "I am right and you are not," and each of us seemingly unable to understand why the other could not see "my" point...
by W4TVQ
January 25th, 2009, 10:22 pm
Forum: The Sand Box
Topic: "Orthodoxy"
Replies: 12
Views: 19746

Re: "Orthodoxy"

"Orthodoxy" can be deadly, admittedly. Lately I have been gaining a great deal in the way of new perspectives form two books: One is a collection of essays entitled The Emerging Christian Way , especially the first chapter by Marcus Borg; the other is This Hebrew Lord by Bishop John Shelby Spong. Bo...
by W4TVQ
December 30th, 2008, 2:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Absolutism v. Relativism
Replies: 1
Views: 7164

Absolutism v. Relativism

This is a subject that has been on my mind for a while. Briefly, it is this: there is absolute Truth. the Truth is true regardless of our perception of it. For example: on a cloudless morning, the sky is blue. If I say, "No, it is orange," and you say, "No, it is chartreuse with cerise polka dots," ...
by W4TVQ
December 9th, 2008, 7:45 pm
Forum: The Sand Box
Topic: Blaspheme Me?
Replies: 2
Views: 7881

Re: Blaspheme Me?

The term "Son of Man" is used with more than one connotation in the bible. In Ezekiel, it is the title by which God addresses the prophet. In later Jewish thought it came to be taken as a Messianic title, and when Jesus claimed the name "Son of Man" in speaking to his disciples,they would have under...
by W4TVQ
November 20th, 2008, 1:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Parallel lives?
Replies: 8
Views: 16905

Re: Parallel lives?

Not to worry: the History Channel repeats shows frequently. This was an episode of the series "The Universe" and will be shown everal times before they put it away. It was an excellent show, covring the possibility of several scenarios, including an infinite number of parallel universes outside of o...
by W4TVQ
November 17th, 2008, 3:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Parallel lives?
Replies: 8
Views: 16905

Re: Parallel lives?

FYI: Tomorrow (Nov.18) at 9 p.m., the history channel has a 1-hour episode of The Universe dealing with Parallel Universes. The history Channel is a wonderful source of information presented without a particular "liberal" or "conservative" agenda. The series called The Universe has been dynamite, as...
by W4TVQ
November 6th, 2008, 4:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Parallel lives?
Replies: 8
Views: 16905

Re: Parallel lives?

why aren’t we aware of these parallel lives, why don’t we have memory of them? To that, I suppose the answer is, Who’s asking? As ACIM says, "there is another way of looking at this." We tend to operate on assumptions, and one of those is that, if indeed there are parallel universes in which we lea...
by W4TVQ
November 2nd, 2008, 4:34 pm
Forum: The Sand Box
Topic: Turning Points
Replies: 12
Views: 18039

Re: Turning Points

It seems to me that I have come to a genuine turning point. For anyone else, it would seem like a non-point, a "who cares" issue, but for me it is a "big deal." I grew up Episcopalian. High church Espicopalian, with bells, incense, gregorian chant and all that. The venue was the elegant stone gothic...