Tag: The Universe

John takes a spiritwalk – Revelation 3-5 (NTiR)

In the last entry, Jesus was sending nasty letters to the seven churches of Asia. These letters contained everything from praise to condoning the murder of children. There were also some bits about stars and candlesticks and whatnot. I dunno, it isn’t my hallucination… Chapter 3 Three more churches to go. Three more messages to read. I am starting to grow weary of this book, but I know far weirder things lie ahead. The churchLearn More

Down the rabbit hole – Revelations 1-2 (NTiR)

Ah, the book of Revelations. The capstone of the New Testament. The weirdest book in the whole Bible, and one of the weirdest books ever written. Revelations makes Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland seem pedestrian. The end of the world, the four horsemen, something about swords and seals and locusts… I have had a life-long fascination with Revelations. I remember back in my high school days ordering a set of three booklets offered on a late-nightLearn More

Three Rings for the elven-kings under the sky – 2 John, 3 John, Jude (NTiR)

Hey, we made it! We are at the end of the Epistles. The last three books of the New Testament before the beast that is Revelations! This has been a long, tough road to haul. I truly wasn’t sure if I’d get through the letters or not. Paul’s batch of letters really did sap a lot of my enthusiasm out. I wondered a few times whether I shouldn’t just give up on this project. AsLearn More

Be excellent to each other – 1 John 3-5 (NTiR)

Chapter 3More “children” stuff, but at least this time John is including himself, and saying everyone is God’s children. This I can handle, since it is consistent with the entire Bible, Old and New testaments. We don’t know what we will truly be like until we meet Jesus in heaven. Just as Jesus was revealed to be the sacrifice that saved humanity from sin and the devil. One thing I like about John is hisLearn More

My little children – 1 John 1-2 (NTiR)

In our last installment,┬áPeter tried to answer the question: why hasn’t the world ended? Why hasn’t Jesus returned? Where’s the end-time that you promised us? Peter’s answer was, basically, “screw you guys! God has decided to give you guys more time to repent. Don’t tell me anything, He sets the time frame. I don’t know how well that answer was received, however. since 2 Peter ends at that point. However, I am guessing that itLearn More

What happens when the world doesn’t end? (2 Peter)

Every now and then, one of the books in the New Testament annoys me so much I can’t even talk about it, and must move on. That was 1 Peter. Hopefully the sequel won’t suck as much. The Second Epistle of Peter Chapter 1 The chapter opens with a florid, ostentatious greeting and introduction. This chapter exists to establish credibility for Peter and the church elders. He recounts that he and other disciples were thereLearn More

Interchangeable apostles – 1 Peter 3-5 (NTiR)

Chapter 3 Here’s the reason I don’t like Paul’s letters, and I am beginning to dislike Peter’s: they are not about Christ’s teachings, but are instead about seeing Christ as a god figure. Instead of talking about the man, they talk about the concept (“exalt Christ as Lord in your hearts”). Instead of internalizing the message – as James did – Peter keeps everything at an external, exterior level. While James defined sin and whyLearn More

Six of Peter, a half-dozen of Paul – 1 Peter 1-2 (NTiR)

As I mentioned when I wrapped up my last entry, the second half of James, I was surprised to find that I liked James. It was a well-written, even-toned, intelligent, introspective work. James did a great job of distilling Christ’s message and giving examples of how that should be lived. The stress was on doing and saying and thinking how Jesus did, not as someone who is trying to co-opt the church does. That’s aLearn More

Christ’s message personified – James 3-5 (NTiR)

Those of you who’ve been reading this series of articles probably noticed by now that I have a healthy dislike for Paul. I think that he was an overbearing personality who co-opted Christianity for his own goals, to push his own personal agenda. And since it feels like most of the New Testament to this point has been written by Paul, it follows that I haven’t found much to like – let alone respect –Learn More

A return to Christ’s teachings – James 1-2 (NTiR)

Just when I thought I was onto the New Testament’s tricks, I get thrown a screwball. The book of James was actually written by James! Up until this point, Paul had been writing all of the letters, and book names were deceiving. Now we are seeing some honesty! Honesty from the New Testament. Will wonders never cease? [Note: That was a joke, don’t take offense.] It appears that we are done with the letters fromLearn More

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