Parallels. There are parallels everywhere. What can we learn from parallels in teachings?
Is life a constant struggle of good and against evil, even within ourselves?
In this ancient Letter, a murderer promotes a way of living based on Love instead of Law. It should either be really good, or simply insane.
The wisdom of this world demands recompense – retribution. The Gospel changes the subject. To the person carrying the Kingdom of Heaven concepts, the focus of life is not behavior: to focus on behavior is to focus on death. The focus of life is Love.
part 3 of the series The Measure of Acceptability In this continuing series of essays seeking to understand the Measure of Acceptability, this essay provides some limited information to build a more complete concept of the Greek and Roman mindset. These concepts help us understand the letters Paul sent to the newly formed churches. The …
This quest, this desire to know the truth, drives on the desperate pilgrims – us. Beliefs that lead to a misunderstanding of Paul’s statements lead the pilgrim, inescapably, to a universe without hope. The pilgrim strives to find hope, fervently desiring to believe in the Hope offered by Jesus, yet comes to teachings of Paul that indicate that for some classes of sin there is no forgiveness, no love, no family, and no hope. For the pilgrim that ponders the depths of meaning, this becomes the ultimate nightmare – an unavoidable eternal collision with terrible and empty fate.
In 2 Samuel 11 and 12, we find the story of David and Bathsheba and Uriah, a story of sex, conspiracy, betrayal and murder. Bathsheba gets pregnant, Uriah carries his own death sentence from one friend to another, then gets murdered by his friends, and the baby dies. If the story itself is not enough …
Jesus shows what Love is by asking self-righteous people if he can have dinner with them.
Jesus wants these people at Philadelphia to keep being loving, even while a mean group of people depise them. Strangely enough, this ties to ancient Egyptian and Assyrian history.
In this Letter, Jesus writes to a group that look really good, but are dead. Jesus encourages them to live again.