Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Asceticism.


It is clear that St. Paul retained some of the Asceticism that he learned in the strict sect of Pharisees in which he was trained.

Asceticism in the ancient world taught that abstinence from sex was necessary for spiritual development.

And this influence can be seen in Paul's writings.

But Jesus said, "'For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, "He has a demon"; the Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, "Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!"  Luke 7:33,34 (NRSV)

This indicates that John the Baptist was an Ascetic.

But Jesus himself is definite in his statement that he is not.

This is consistent with the scriptural assertion that the Way of Love which Jesus taught is greater than the Way of Asceticism or Self-Denial.

John the Baptist himself says, "'I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal.'" John 1:27 (NRSV)

This inferior way survives as the Christian tradition of mortification of the body.

But this practice derives from the writings of St. Paul not the teachings of Jesus.

Jesus way is the Way of Love.

He did not practise or recommend Asceticism.

So Paul's writings about the body and sex, including his condemnation of homosexuality, can be ignored because they are not consistent with the Way of Love.


[Scripture quotations (marked NRSV) are taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible. copyright © 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission.  All rights reserved.]

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Monday, 17 June 2019

Progressive Christianity.



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Invested.


It is clear that those older people who have remained in the Church have invested their lives in good works.

The Way of Good Works which leads to Heaven and avoids hell was the standard teaching of the Church.

So it is no surprise that they have internalized it.

But the new teachings of Progressive Christianity maintain that the Way of Love is greater than the Way of Good Works.

And this is confirmed by scripture.

But the older generation  are so firmly entrenched in the Way of Good Works that they may try to tell you otherwise.

Their fear of hell is too strong.

It is not for me to deny them their place in Heaven.

But I will not be diverted from the Way of Love.


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Sunday, 16 June 2019

Heartless Threats.


Despite what some in the Church may tell you gay men and lesbians will not go to hell.

Bigotry and prejudice thinly disguised as moral superiority is no longer credible.

As for extremists making statements on behalf of Christians they don't have the authority or the right to spread hate in the name of Jesus Christ.

And if we criticize their statements on homosexuals we are not persecuting them.

It is our right to oppose their views and inform the public that there are other Christians who accept and affirm gay people.

So don't take their heartless threats to heart.

Gay men and women will go to Heaven.


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Saturday, 15 June 2019

Viceland.


The latest Satanic curse is Viceland.

This is designed to corrupt you.

And it is no coincidence that it contains Satanic rock shows and cartoons.

These are vehicles for Satanism in our world.

If you watch it you are being poisoned and cursed.

Turn it off.

And turn to the goodness of God.


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Friday, 14 June 2019

Unexpected Evil.


We are benevolent and trusting.

And we expect others to be so as well.

But some may not be as good as we expect.

For example we trust rock stars and sportsmen.

But I believe that many rock stars and sports men and women have sold their souls for fame and fortune and do the devil's work in the world.

This is unexpected evil.

And it has spread through our media and now forms a web of evil throughout the world.

It plays constantly in discos.

And it saturates our entertainment.

They call us suckers and laugh at our naivety.

So be more discriminating in your listening and viewing.

We are surrounded by hidden evil.


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Thursday, 13 June 2019

Fear.


Fear makes people do strange things.

Fear makes people attack (fight).

Fear makes people flee (flight).

Fear makes people use violence and force (war).

Fear makes people hate.

Fear makes us hard and cold.

Fear make us anxious and irritable.

Fear inspires avarice.

Fear engenders jealousy.

Fear triggers anger and revenge.

We learn fear as children.

And we bring it to our adult lives.

Until we find love.


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