Friday, February 14, 2014
“…he who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone…”
“The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the center of the court, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?” They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground. But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court. Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.” (John 8:3-11, NAS)
I will proclaim that I am not a Christian. For the past five years, I have not placed myself under that man-made label. Please, don’t call me a Christian.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Monday, December 16, 2013
A few days ago, my 19 year-old son asked me if I had read a blog post which had gone viral. The post is titled Marriage Isn’t For You and written by Seth Adam Smith. At approximately the same time my son was asking me about the article, his girlfriend happened to message me a link to it and asked for my opinion. I was curious what this post was all about and took the time to read it multiple times and ponder it for a couple of days. I asked my husband (of 26 ½ years) to also read the article.
I offered my son and his girlfriend a different viewpoint:
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Part 3 – The Greek Word Hades
If you have not read Part 1, A Brief Backdrop of My Journey or Part 2, The Hebrew Word Sheol, please do so before reading this Part 3.
Once again, I’ll repeat myself and say that mankind’s present is enormously influenced by the past and by other cultures. Christianity’s modern ideas of hell have mostly come from Greek and Roman mythology, the poetic (and fictional) writing of Dante Alighieri’s (1265-1321) Inferno, and from ancient church leaders of Roman Catholicism and so called “church fathers” who had the wrong perception of God’s character, held an unhealthy fear of God, and/or wanted to have power and control over people.
In Part 2, I explained the Hebrew word Sheol which is used in the Old Testament. In this Part 3, I will explain the Greek word Hades, which is the equivalent to Sheol.
What is Hades?
The Greek word “Hades” ([h]ades) is constructed out of two root words:
Thursday, August 22, 2013
If you have not read Part 1, A Brief Backdrop of My Journey, please do so before reading this Part 2.
Now, let’s get on to our discussion about hell…
So…what the hell is hell, anyway?
Where does the idea of hell and it being promoted as a place of eternal conscious torment come from?
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Part 1 – A Brief Backdrop of My Journey
I have appropriately used the word “unveiling” in the title to this series about hell because God is the One who must lift the veil or pull back the curtain for us to see any truth. And that’s precisely what He has done for me and continues to do on a daily basis.
“A man cannot get anything if it should not
be given him out of heaven.”
be given him out of heaven.”
(John 3:17, CLNT)
Please bear with me for a moment while I set a very brief backdrop of my spiritual journey.
Friday, August 16, 2013
The last writing (or “book”) in our modern Bibles is commonly known as Revelation. The New American Standard (NAS) translation titles it “The Revelation of John”.
The Concordant Literal New Testament (CLNT) most appropriately titles it “The Unveiling of Jesus Christ”.
The Writ, Dabhar Translation Vol. 2, simply shortens it to “Unveiling”.