#0012 In My Father’s house are many mansions…

1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. 5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? John 14: 1-5 (KJV) This is a popular and…
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#0011 The woman clothed in the sun—the bride of Christ

In a posting a couple of weeks ago, we started to get into some symbolism in the Book of Revelations that we decided was depicting the Church. The symbols we were considering seemed to illustrate not one but two churches. The symbol for each was a woman; but the kinds of women were not only unique and different from each other, they seemed to be opposites. One of the most profound differences was in the depiction of the offspring of each of the women. The first woman was described as, among other things, being clothed in the sun. This woman had newly birthed a male child; he was an infant…
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#0010 Let’s get personal; I’ll go first. (cont.)

We talked and talked, and Ed continued with his work in the kitchen. The more we talked, the more we sensed that something was happening to us, but we couldn’t say what it was. I confided in Ed that I’d been praying a lot in the past couple of weeks and one thing I was praying for was for God to show me His church. I told him about a meeting I’d had over at my friend Dave’s sister’s place—she and her husband had recently joined the Jehovah’s Witnesses and really liked it. At the meeting Dave’s brother-in-law told us all about the Jehovah’s Witnesses and did so in a…
Read More

#0009 Let’s get personal; I’ll go first.

I want to begin transitioning the BLOG into more of a conversational forum which I hope will inspire and encourage people to submit their thoughts and ideas using the comments box at the bottom of each posting. A good place to start, I guess is with my own story beginning with my conversion experience in 1970. I was born and raised Catholic—meaning I attended Catholic Schools throughout my childhood (with the exception of Kindergarten and 6th grade). Within the very 1st year following my graduation in 1969, I had some experiences that wound me up in a situation I never-ever could have anticipated. It happened at the end of my…
Read More

#0008 “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.”

My Objective in this BLOG and in posting controversial articles isn’t to be radical and disrespectful toward religion and religious doctrine, specifically…but rather to challenge readers to think on their own—and to think deeper about God and to get a more specific image of their very own, of who God is. This can’t be accomplished as long as preconceived images of Him remain in our minds. All of us carry around in our heads incorrect images of God; we carry other images or ideas about God that have gotten skewed somehow; there are still other ideas about Him—to which we hold tightly—and we’re not  exactly sure what it is we’re…
Read More

#0007 A cultural rift in the Church (part VII)

5 She [the woman clothed in the sun] gave birth to a son, a male child, who “will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.” Rev 12: 5  In the last posting we spent much time discussing the kind of church represented by the other woman described as the MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES. This depiction tells us that her numerous offspring were all women and they were just like her; this depiction gives us clear reason to suppose that she is only capable of reproducing more versions of herself. In stark distinction, the woman representing the authentic Church produces a male child. In John’s using the image of an offspring…
Read More

#0006 A cultural rift in the Church (part VI)

Can the hierarchical church redesign its structure and rethink its approach? Is it absolutely necessary for it to do so? Many of the traits affiliated with the original doctrine-based group can be traced directly to the hierarchical structure and its culture of hierarchy. I don’t like to get into the scriptures in the Book of Revelations because it can get pretty dicey in there; but it does offer a few symbols that might prove helpful for us in this discussion. In Revelations hierarchy might well be metaphorically depicted as a dragon…  1 A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet…
Read More

#0005 A cultural rift in the Church (part V)

So far in this series on the cultural rift in the church, we have been giving a lot of air time to a group on just one side of the rift. Members of this group are ones who whole-heartedly embrace religious doctrines and view their God through the lens of this doctrine. In the last post we observed that their doctrinally-framed God has become so solidified in their collective religious psyches that they are unable to differentiate the image of the Father of Jesus from the mutant God of the Mosaic Law. They have discovered a way, or found some special welder’s goggles they can wear which enable them to…
Read More

#0004 A cultural rift in the Church (part IV)

In the last posting we concluded that the voice of God in Leviticus was false! If this is so then it stands to reason that the image of that God must also be false. In that post I also said that a God with an unending capacity for forgiveness wouldn’t command people to be put to death for their transgressions; well I’m amending my statement to say He couldn’t make such a command, because by doing so He would be going against the essence of His own nature. To see an illustration of this we only have to look at the Pharisees’ response to Jesus when He challenged them in…
Read More

#0012 In My Father’s house are many mansions…

1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. 5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? John 14: 1-5 (KJV) This is a popular and…
Read More

#0011 The woman clothed in the sun—the bride of Christ

In a posting a couple of weeks ago, we started to get into some symbolism in the Book of Revelations that we decided was depicting the Church. The symbols we were considering seemed to illustrate not one but two churches. The symbol for each was a woman; but the kinds of women were not only unique and different from each other, they seemed to be opposites. One of the most profound differences was in the depiction of the offspring of each of the women. The first woman was described as, among other things, being clothed in the sun. This woman had newly birthed a male child; he was an infant…
Read More

#0010 Let’s get personal; I’ll go first. (cont.)

We talked and talked, and Ed continued with his work in the kitchen. The more we talked, the more we sensed that something was happening to us, but we couldn’t say what it was. I confided in Ed that I’d been praying a lot in the past couple of weeks and one thing I was praying for was for God to show me His church. I told him about a meeting I’d had over at my friend Dave’s sister’s place—she and her husband had recently joined the Jehovah’s Witnesses and really liked it. At the meeting Dave’s brother-in-law told us all about the Jehovah’s Witnesses and did so in a…
Read More

#0009 Let’s get personal; I’ll go first.

I want to begin transitioning the BLOG into more of a conversational forum which I hope will inspire and encourage people to submit their thoughts and ideas using the comments box at the bottom of each posting. A good place to start, I guess is with my own story beginning with my conversion experience in 1970. I was born and raised Catholic—meaning I attended Catholic Schools throughout my childhood (with the exception of Kindergarten and 6th grade). Within the very 1st year following my graduation in 1969, I had some experiences that wound me up in a situation I never-ever could have anticipated. It happened at the end of my…
Read More

#0008 “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.”

My Objective in this BLOG and in posting controversial articles isn’t to be radical and disrespectful toward religion and religious doctrine, specifically…but rather to challenge readers to think on their own—and to think deeper about God and to get a more specific image of their very own, of who God is. This can’t be accomplished as long as preconceived images of Him remain in our minds. All of us carry around in our heads incorrect images of God; we carry other images or ideas about God that have gotten skewed somehow; there are still other ideas about Him—to which we hold tightly—and we’re not  exactly sure what it is we’re…
Read More

#0007 A cultural rift in the Church (part VII)

5 She [the woman clothed in the sun] gave birth to a son, a male child, who “will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.” Rev 12: 5  In the last posting we spent much time discussing the kind of church represented by the other woman described as the MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES. This depiction tells us that her numerous offspring were all women and they were just like her; this depiction gives us clear reason to suppose that she is only capable of reproducing more versions of herself. In stark distinction, the woman representing the authentic Church produces a male child. In John’s using the image of an offspring…
Read More

#0006 A cultural rift in the Church (part VI)

Can the hierarchical church redesign its structure and rethink its approach? Is it absolutely necessary for it to do so? Many of the traits affiliated with the original doctrine-based group can be traced directly to the hierarchical structure and its culture of hierarchy. I don’t like to get into the scriptures in the Book of Revelations because it can get pretty dicey in there; but it does offer a few symbols that might prove helpful for us in this discussion. In Revelations hierarchy might well be metaphorically depicted as a dragon…  1 A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet…
Read More

#0005 A cultural rift in the Church (part V)

So far in this series on the cultural rift in the church, we have been giving a lot of air time to a group on just one side of the rift. Members of this group are ones who whole-heartedly embrace religious doctrines and view their God through the lens of this doctrine. In the last post we observed that their doctrinally-framed God has become so solidified in their collective religious psyches that they are unable to differentiate the image of the Father of Jesus from the mutant God of the Mosaic Law. They have discovered a way, or found some special welder’s goggles they can wear which enable them to…
Read More

#0004 A cultural rift in the Church (part IV)

In the last posting we concluded that the voice of God in Leviticus was false! If this is so then it stands to reason that the image of that God must also be false. In that post I also said that a God with an unending capacity for forgiveness wouldn’t command people to be put to death for their transgressions; well I’m amending my statement to say He couldn’t make such a command, because by doing so He would be going against the essence of His own nature. To see an illustration of this we only have to look at the Pharisees’ response to Jesus when He challenged them in…
Read More

#0012 In My Father’s house are many mansions…

1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. 5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? John 14: 1-5 (KJV) This is a popular and…
Read More

#0011 The woman clothed in the sun—the bride of Christ

In a posting a couple of weeks ago, we started to get into some symbolism in the Book of Revelations that we decided was depicting the Church. The symbols we were considering seemed to illustrate not one but two churches. The symbol for each was a woman; but the kinds of women were not only unique and different from each other, they seemed to be opposites. One of the most profound differences was in the depiction of the offspring of each of the women. The first woman was described as, among other things, being clothed in the sun. This woman had newly birthed a male child; he was an infant…
Read More

#0010 Let’s get personal; I’ll go first. (cont.)

We talked and talked, and Ed continued with his work in the kitchen. The more we talked, the more we sensed that something was happening to us, but we couldn’t say what it was. I confided in Ed that I’d been praying a lot in the past couple of weeks and one thing I was praying for was for God to show me His church. I told him about a meeting I’d had over at my friend Dave’s sister’s place—she and her husband had recently joined the Jehovah’s Witnesses and really liked it. At the meeting Dave’s brother-in-law told us all about the Jehovah’s Witnesses and did so in a…
Read More

#0009 Let’s get personal; I’ll go first.

I want to begin transitioning the BLOG into more of a conversational forum which I hope will inspire and encourage people to submit their thoughts and ideas using the comments box at the bottom of each posting. A good place to start, I guess is with my own story beginning with my conversion experience in 1970. I was born and raised Catholic—meaning I attended Catholic Schools throughout my childhood (with the exception of Kindergarten and 6th grade). Within the very 1st year following my graduation in 1969, I had some experiences that wound me up in a situation I never-ever could have anticipated. It happened at the end of my…
Read More

#0008 “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.”

My Objective in this BLOG and in posting controversial articles isn’t to be radical and disrespectful toward religion and religious doctrine, specifically…but rather to challenge readers to think on their own—and to think deeper about God and to get a more specific image of their very own, of who God is. This can’t be accomplished as long as preconceived images of Him remain in our minds. All of us carry around in our heads incorrect images of God; we carry other images or ideas about God that have gotten skewed somehow; there are still other ideas about Him—to which we hold tightly—and we’re not  exactly sure what it is we’re…
Read More

#0007 A cultural rift in the Church (part VII)

5 She [the woman clothed in the sun] gave birth to a son, a male child, who “will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.” Rev 12: 5  In the last posting we spent much time discussing the kind of church represented by the other woman described as the MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES. This depiction tells us that her numerous offspring were all women and they were just like her; this depiction gives us clear reason to suppose that she is only capable of reproducing more versions of herself. In stark distinction, the woman representing the authentic Church produces a male child. In John’s using the image of an offspring…
Read More

#0006 A cultural rift in the Church (part VI)

Can the hierarchical church redesign its structure and rethink its approach? Is it absolutely necessary for it to do so? Many of the traits affiliated with the original doctrine-based group can be traced directly to the hierarchical structure and its culture of hierarchy. I don’t like to get into the scriptures in the Book of Revelations because it can get pretty dicey in there; but it does offer a few symbols that might prove helpful for us in this discussion. In Revelations hierarchy might well be metaphorically depicted as a dragon…  1 A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet…
Read More

#0005 A cultural rift in the Church (part V)

So far in this series on the cultural rift in the church, we have been giving a lot of air time to a group on just one side of the rift. Members of this group are ones who whole-heartedly embrace religious doctrines and view their God through the lens of this doctrine. In the last post we observed that their doctrinally-framed God has become so solidified in their collective religious psyches that they are unable to differentiate the image of the Father of Jesus from the mutant God of the Mosaic Law. They have discovered a way, or found some special welder’s goggles they can wear which enable them to…
Read More

#0004 A cultural rift in the Church (part IV)

In the last posting we concluded that the voice of God in Leviticus was false! If this is so then it stands to reason that the image of that God must also be false. In that post I also said that a God with an unending capacity for forgiveness wouldn’t command people to be put to death for their transgressions; well I’m amending my statement to say He couldn’t make such a command, because by doing so He would be going against the essence of His own nature. To see an illustration of this we only have to look at the Pharisees’ response to Jesus when He challenged them in…
Read More

#0012 In My Father’s house are many mansions…

1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. 5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? John 14: 1-5 (KJV) This is a popular and…
Read More

#0011 The woman clothed in the sun—the bride of Christ

In a posting a couple of weeks ago, we started to get into some symbolism in the Book of Revelations that we decided was depicting the Church. The symbols we were considering seemed to illustrate not one but two churches. The symbol for each was a woman; but the kinds of women were not only unique and different from each other, they seemed to be opposites. One of the most profound differences was in the depiction of the offspring of each of the women. The first woman was described as, among other things, being clothed in the sun. This woman had newly birthed a male child; he was an infant…
Read More

#0010 Let’s get personal; I’ll go first. (cont.)

We talked and talked, and Ed continued with his work in the kitchen. The more we talked, the more we sensed that something was happening to us, but we couldn’t say what it was. I confided in Ed that I’d been praying a lot in the past couple of weeks and one thing I was praying for was for God to show me His church. I told him about a meeting I’d had over at my friend Dave’s sister’s place—she and her husband had recently joined the Jehovah’s Witnesses and really liked it. At the meeting Dave’s brother-in-law told us all about the Jehovah’s Witnesses and did so in a…
Read More

#0009 Let’s get personal; I’ll go first.

I want to begin transitioning the BLOG into more of a conversational forum which I hope will inspire and encourage people to submit their thoughts and ideas using the comments box at the bottom of each posting. A good place to start, I guess is with my own story beginning with my conversion experience in 1970. I was born and raised Catholic—meaning I attended Catholic Schools throughout my childhood (with the exception of Kindergarten and 6th grade). Within the very 1st year following my graduation in 1969, I had some experiences that wound me up in a situation I never-ever could have anticipated. It happened at the end of my…
Read More

#0008 “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.”

My Objective in this BLOG and in posting controversial articles isn’t to be radical and disrespectful toward religion and religious doctrine, specifically…but rather to challenge readers to think on their own—and to think deeper about God and to get a more specific image of their very own, of who God is. This can’t be accomplished as long as preconceived images of Him remain in our minds. All of us carry around in our heads incorrect images of God; we carry other images or ideas about God that have gotten skewed somehow; there are still other ideas about Him—to which we hold tightly—and we’re not  exactly sure what it is we’re…
Read More

#0007 A cultural rift in the Church (part VII)

5 She [the woman clothed in the sun] gave birth to a son, a male child, who “will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.” Rev 12: 5  In the last posting we spent much time discussing the kind of church represented by the other woman described as the MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES. This depiction tells us that her numerous offspring were all women and they were just like her; this depiction gives us clear reason to suppose that she is only capable of reproducing more versions of herself. In stark distinction, the woman representing the authentic Church produces a male child. In John’s using the image of an offspring…
Read More

#0006 A cultural rift in the Church (part VI)

Can the hierarchical church redesign its structure and rethink its approach? Is it absolutely necessary for it to do so? Many of the traits affiliated with the original doctrine-based group can be traced directly to the hierarchical structure and its culture of hierarchy. I don’t like to get into the scriptures in the Book of Revelations because it can get pretty dicey in there; but it does offer a few symbols that might prove helpful for us in this discussion. In Revelations hierarchy might well be metaphorically depicted as a dragon…  1 A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet…
Read More

#0005 A cultural rift in the Church (part V)

So far in this series on the cultural rift in the church, we have been giving a lot of air time to a group on just one side of the rift. Members of this group are ones who whole-heartedly embrace religious doctrines and view their God through the lens of this doctrine. In the last post we observed that their doctrinally-framed God has become so solidified in their collective religious psyches that they are unable to differentiate the image of the Father of Jesus from the mutant God of the Mosaic Law. They have discovered a way, or found some special welder’s goggles they can wear which enable them to…
Read More

#0004 A cultural rift in the Church (part IV)

In the last posting we concluded that the voice of God in Leviticus was false! If this is so then it stands to reason that the image of that God must also be false. In that post I also said that a God with an unending capacity for forgiveness wouldn’t command people to be put to death for their transgressions; well I’m amending my statement to say He couldn’t make such a command, because by doing so He would be going against the essence of His own nature. To see an illustration of this we only have to look at the Pharisees’ response to Jesus when He challenged them in…
Read More

#0012 In My Father’s house are many mansions…

1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. 5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? John 14: 1-5 (KJV) This is a popular and…
Read More

#0011 The woman clothed in the sun—the bride of Christ

In a posting a couple of weeks ago, we started to get into some symbolism in the Book of Revelations that we decided was depicting the Church. The symbols we were considering seemed to illustrate not one but two churches. The symbol for each was a woman; but the kinds of women were not only unique and different from each other, they seemed to be opposites. One of the most profound differences was in the depiction of the offspring of each of the women. The first woman was described as, among other things, being clothed in the sun. This woman had newly birthed a male child; he was an infant…
Read More

#0010 Let’s get personal; I’ll go first. (cont.)

We talked and talked, and Ed continued with his work in the kitchen. The more we talked, the more we sensed that something was happening to us, but we couldn’t say what it was. I confided in Ed that I’d been praying a lot in the past couple of weeks and one thing I was praying for was for God to show me His church. I told him about a meeting I’d had over at my friend Dave’s sister’s place—she and her husband had recently joined the Jehovah’s Witnesses and really liked it. At the meeting Dave’s brother-in-law told us all about the Jehovah’s Witnesses and did so in a…
Read More

#0009 Let’s get personal; I’ll go first.

I want to begin transitioning the BLOG into more of a conversational forum which I hope will inspire and encourage people to submit their thoughts and ideas using the comments box at the bottom of each posting. A good place to start, I guess is with my own story beginning with my conversion experience in 1970. I was born and raised Catholic—meaning I attended Catholic Schools throughout my childhood (with the exception of Kindergarten and 6th grade). Within the very 1st year following my graduation in 1969, I had some experiences that wound me up in a situation I never-ever could have anticipated. It happened at the end of my…
Read More

#0008 “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.”

My Objective in this BLOG and in posting controversial articles isn’t to be radical and disrespectful toward religion and religious doctrine, specifically…but rather to challenge readers to think on their own—and to think deeper about God and to get a more specific image of their very own, of who God is. This can’t be accomplished as long as preconceived images of Him remain in our minds. All of us carry around in our heads incorrect images of God; we carry other images or ideas about God that have gotten skewed somehow; there are still other ideas about Him—to which we hold tightly—and we’re not  exactly sure what it is we’re…
Read More

#0007 A cultural rift in the Church (part VII)

5 She [the woman clothed in the sun] gave birth to a son, a male child, who “will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.” Rev 12: 5  In the last posting we spent much time discussing the kind of church represented by the other woman described as the MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES. This depiction tells us that her numerous offspring were all women and they were just like her; this depiction gives us clear reason to suppose that she is only capable of reproducing more versions of herself. In stark distinction, the woman representing the authentic Church produces a male child. In John’s using the image of an offspring…
Read More

#0006 A cultural rift in the Church (part VI)

Can the hierarchical church redesign its structure and rethink its approach? Is it absolutely necessary for it to do so? Many of the traits affiliated with the original doctrine-based group can be traced directly to the hierarchical structure and its culture of hierarchy. I don’t like to get into the scriptures in the Book of Revelations because it can get pretty dicey in there; but it does offer a few symbols that might prove helpful for us in this discussion. In Revelations hierarchy might well be metaphorically depicted as a dragon…  1 A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet…
Read More

#0005 A cultural rift in the Church (part V)

So far in this series on the cultural rift in the church, we have been giving a lot of air time to a group on just one side of the rift. Members of this group are ones who whole-heartedly embrace religious doctrines and view their God through the lens of this doctrine. In the last post we observed that their doctrinally-framed God has become so solidified in their collective religious psyches that they are unable to differentiate the image of the Father of Jesus from the mutant God of the Mosaic Law. They have discovered a way, or found some special welder’s goggles they can wear which enable them to…
Read More

#0004 A cultural rift in the Church (part IV)

In the last posting we concluded that the voice of God in Leviticus was false! If this is so then it stands to reason that the image of that God must also be false. In that post I also said that a God with an unending capacity for forgiveness wouldn’t command people to be put to death for their transgressions; well I’m amending my statement to say He couldn’t make such a command, because by doing so He would be going against the essence of His own nature. To see an illustration of this we only have to look at the Pharisees’ response to Jesus when He challenged them in…
Read More

#0012 In My Father’s house are many mansions…

1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. 5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? John 14: 1-5 (KJV) This is a popular and…
Read More

#0011 The woman clothed in the sun—the bride of Christ

In a posting a couple of weeks ago, we started to get into some symbolism in the Book of Revelations that we decided was depicting the Church. The symbols we were considering seemed to illustrate not one but two churches. The symbol for each was a woman; but the kinds of women were not only unique and different from each other, they seemed to be opposites. One of the most profound differences was in the depiction of the offspring of each of the women. The first woman was described as, among other things, being clothed in the sun. This woman had newly birthed a male child; he was an infant…
Read More

#0010 Let’s get personal; I’ll go first. (cont.)

We talked and talked, and Ed continued with his work in the kitchen. The more we talked, the more we sensed that something was happening to us, but we couldn’t say what it was. I confided in Ed that I’d been praying a lot in the past couple of weeks and one thing I was praying for was for God to show me His church. I told him about a meeting I’d had over at my friend Dave’s sister’s place—she and her husband had recently joined the Jehovah’s Witnesses and really liked it. At the meeting Dave’s brother-in-law told us all about the Jehovah’s Witnesses and did so in a…
Read More

#0009 Let’s get personal; I’ll go first.

I want to begin transitioning the BLOG into more of a conversational forum which I hope will inspire and encourage people to submit their thoughts and ideas using the comments box at the bottom of each posting. A good place to start, I guess is with my own story beginning with my conversion experience in 1970. I was born and raised Catholic—meaning I attended Catholic Schools throughout my childhood (with the exception of Kindergarten and 6th grade). Within the very 1st year following my graduation in 1969, I had some experiences that wound me up in a situation I never-ever could have anticipated. It happened at the end of my…
Read More

#0008 “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.”

My Objective in this BLOG and in posting controversial articles isn’t to be radical and disrespectful toward religion and religious doctrine, specifically…but rather to challenge readers to think on their own—and to think deeper about God and to get a more specific image of their very own, of who God is. This can’t be accomplished as long as preconceived images of Him remain in our minds. All of us carry around in our heads incorrect images of God; we carry other images or ideas about God that have gotten skewed somehow; there are still other ideas about Him—to which we hold tightly—and we’re not  exactly sure what it is we’re…
Read More

#0007 A cultural rift in the Church (part VII)

5 She [the woman clothed in the sun] gave birth to a son, a male child, who “will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.” Rev 12: 5  In the last posting we spent much time discussing the kind of church represented by the other woman described as the MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES. This depiction tells us that her numerous offspring were all women and they were just like her; this depiction gives us clear reason to suppose that she is only capable of reproducing more versions of herself. In stark distinction, the woman representing the authentic Church produces a male child. In John’s using the image of an offspring…
Read More

#0006 A cultural rift in the Church (part VI)

Can the hierarchical church redesign its structure and rethink its approach? Is it absolutely necessary for it to do so? Many of the traits affiliated with the original doctrine-based group can be traced directly to the hierarchical structure and its culture of hierarchy. I don’t like to get into the scriptures in the Book of Revelations because it can get pretty dicey in there; but it does offer a few symbols that might prove helpful for us in this discussion. In Revelations hierarchy might well be metaphorically depicted as a dragon…  1 A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet…
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#0005 A cultural rift in the Church (part V)

So far in this series on the cultural rift in the church, we have been giving a lot of air time to a group on just one side of the rift. Members of this group are ones who whole-heartedly embrace religious doctrines and view their God through the lens of this doctrine. In the last post we observed that their doctrinally-framed God has become so solidified in their collective religious psyches that they are unable to differentiate the image of the Father of Jesus from the mutant God of the Mosaic Law. They have discovered a way, or found some special welder’s goggles they can wear which enable them to…
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#0004 A cultural rift in the Church (part IV)

In the last posting we concluded that the voice of God in Leviticus was false! If this is so then it stands to reason that the image of that God must also be false. In that post I also said that a God with an unending capacity for forgiveness wouldn’t command people to be put to death for their transgressions; well I’m amending my statement to say He couldn’t make such a command, because by doing so He would be going against the essence of His own nature. To see an illustration of this we only have to look at the Pharisees’ response to Jesus when He challenged them in…
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#0012 In My Father’s house are many mansions…

1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. 5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? John 14: 1-5 (KJV) This is a popular and…
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#0011 The woman clothed in the sun—the bride of Christ

In a posting a couple of weeks ago, we started to get into some symbolism in the Book of Revelations that we decided was depicting the Church. The symbols we were considering seemed to illustrate not one but two churches. The symbol for each was a woman; but the kinds of women were not only unique and different from each other, they seemed to be opposites. One of the most profound differences was in the depiction of the offspring of each of the women. The first woman was described as, among other things, being clothed in the sun. This woman had newly birthed a male child; he was an infant…
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#0010 Let’s get personal; I’ll go first. (cont.)

We talked and talked, and Ed continued with his work in the kitchen. The more we talked, the more we sensed that something was happening to us, but we couldn’t say what it was. I confided in Ed that I’d been praying a lot in the past couple of weeks and one thing I was praying for was for God to show me His church. I told him about a meeting I’d had over at my friend Dave’s sister’s place—she and her husband had recently joined the Jehovah’s Witnesses and really liked it. At the meeting Dave’s brother-in-law told us all about the Jehovah’s Witnesses and did so in a…
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#0009 Let’s get personal; I’ll go first.

I want to begin transitioning the BLOG into more of a conversational forum which I hope will inspire and encourage people to submit their thoughts and ideas using the comments box at the bottom of each posting. A good place to start, I guess is with my own story beginning with my conversion experience in 1970. I was born and raised Catholic—meaning I attended Catholic Schools throughout my childhood (with the exception of Kindergarten and 6th grade). Within the very 1st year following my graduation in 1969, I had some experiences that wound me up in a situation I never-ever could have anticipated. It happened at the end of my…
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#0008 “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.”

My Objective in this BLOG and in posting controversial articles isn’t to be radical and disrespectful toward religion and religious doctrine, specifically…but rather to challenge readers to think on their own—and to think deeper about God and to get a more specific image of their very own, of who God is. This can’t be accomplished as long as preconceived images of Him remain in our minds. All of us carry around in our heads incorrect images of God; we carry other images or ideas about God that have gotten skewed somehow; there are still other ideas about Him—to which we hold tightly—and we’re not  exactly sure what it is we’re…
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#0007 A cultural rift in the Church (part VII)

5 She [the woman clothed in the sun] gave birth to a son, a male child, who “will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.” Rev 12: 5  In the last posting we spent much time discussing the kind of church represented by the other woman described as the MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES. This depiction tells us that her numerous offspring were all women and they were just like her; this depiction gives us clear reason to suppose that she is only capable of reproducing more versions of herself. In stark distinction, the woman representing the authentic Church produces a male child. In John’s using the image of an offspring…
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#0006 A cultural rift in the Church (part VI)

Can the hierarchical church redesign its structure and rethink its approach? Is it absolutely necessary for it to do so? Many of the traits affiliated with the original doctrine-based group can be traced directly to the hierarchical structure and its culture of hierarchy. I don’t like to get into the scriptures in the Book of Revelations because it can get pretty dicey in there; but it does offer a few symbols that might prove helpful for us in this discussion. In Revelations hierarchy might well be metaphorically depicted as a dragon…  1 A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet…
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#0005 A cultural rift in the Church (part V)

So far in this series on the cultural rift in the church, we have been giving a lot of air time to a group on just one side of the rift. Members of this group are ones who whole-heartedly embrace religious doctrines and view their God through the lens of this doctrine. In the last post we observed that their doctrinally-framed God has become so solidified in their collective religious psyches that they are unable to differentiate the image of the Father of Jesus from the mutant God of the Mosaic Law. They have discovered a way, or found some special welder’s goggles they can wear which enable them to…
Read More

#0004 A cultural rift in the Church (part IV)

In the last posting we concluded that the voice of God in Leviticus was false! If this is so then it stands to reason that the image of that God must also be false. In that post I also said that a God with an unending capacity for forgiveness wouldn’t command people to be put to death for their transgressions; well I’m amending my statement to say He couldn’t make such a command, because by doing so He would be going against the essence of His own nature. To see an illustration of this we only have to look at the Pharisees’ response to Jesus when He challenged them in…
Read More

#0012 In My Father’s house are many mansions…

1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. 5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? John 14: 1-5 (KJV) This is a popular and…
Read More

#0011 The woman clothed in the sun—the bride of Christ

In a posting a couple of weeks ago, we started to get into some symbolism in the Book of Revelations that we decided was depicting the Church. The symbols we were considering seemed to illustrate not one but two churches. The symbol for each was a woman; but the kinds of women were not only unique and different from each other, they seemed to be opposites. One of the most profound differences was in the depiction of the offspring of each of the women. The first woman was described as, among other things, being clothed in the sun. This woman had newly birthed a male child; he was an infant…
Read More

#0010 Let’s get personal; I’ll go first. (cont.)

We talked and talked, and Ed continued with his work in the kitchen. The more we talked, the more we sensed that something was happening to us, but we couldn’t say what it was. I confided in Ed that I’d been praying a lot in the past couple of weeks and one thing I was praying for was for God to show me His church. I told him about a meeting I’d had over at my friend Dave’s sister’s place—she and her husband had recently joined the Jehovah’s Witnesses and really liked it. At the meeting Dave’s brother-in-law told us all about the Jehovah’s Witnesses and did so in a…
Read More

#0009 Let’s get personal; I’ll go first.

I want to begin transitioning the BLOG into more of a conversational forum which I hope will inspire and encourage people to submit their thoughts and ideas using the comments box at the bottom of each posting. A good place to start, I guess is with my own story beginning with my conversion experience in 1970. I was born and raised Catholic—meaning I attended Catholic Schools throughout my childhood (with the exception of Kindergarten and 6th grade). Within the very 1st year following my graduation in 1969, I had some experiences that wound me up in a situation I never-ever could have anticipated. It happened at the end of my…
Read More

#0008 “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.”

My Objective in this BLOG and in posting controversial articles isn’t to be radical and disrespectful toward religion and religious doctrine, specifically…but rather to challenge readers to think on their own—and to think deeper about God and to get a more specific image of their very own, of who God is. This can’t be accomplished as long as preconceived images of Him remain in our minds. All of us carry around in our heads incorrect images of God; we carry other images or ideas about God that have gotten skewed somehow; there are still other ideas about Him—to which we hold tightly—and we’re not  exactly sure what it is we’re…
Read More

#0007 A cultural rift in the Church (part VII)

5 She [the woman clothed in the sun] gave birth to a son, a male child, who “will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.” Rev 12: 5  In the last posting we spent much time discussing the kind of church represented by the other woman described as the MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES. This depiction tells us that her numerous offspring were all women and they were just like her; this depiction gives us clear reason to suppose that she is only capable of reproducing more versions of herself. In stark distinction, the woman representing the authentic Church produces a male child. In John’s using the image of an offspring…
Read More

#0006 A cultural rift in the Church (part VI)

Can the hierarchical church redesign its structure and rethink its approach? Is it absolutely necessary for it to do so? Many of the traits affiliated with the original doctrine-based group can be traced directly to the hierarchical structure and its culture of hierarchy. I don’t like to get into the scriptures in the Book of Revelations because it can get pretty dicey in there; but it does offer a few symbols that might prove helpful for us in this discussion. In Revelations hierarchy might well be metaphorically depicted as a dragon…  1 A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet…
Read More

#0005 A cultural rift in the Church (part V)

So far in this series on the cultural rift in the church, we have been giving a lot of air time to a group on just one side of the rift. Members of this group are ones who whole-heartedly embrace religious doctrines and view their God through the lens of this doctrine. In the last post we observed that their doctrinally-framed God has become so solidified in their collective religious psyches that they are unable to differentiate the image of the Father of Jesus from the mutant God of the Mosaic Law. They have discovered a way, or found some special welder’s goggles they can wear which enable them to…
Read More

#0004 A cultural rift in the Church (part IV)

In the last posting we concluded that the voice of God in Leviticus was false! If this is so then it stands to reason that the image of that God must also be false. In that post I also said that a God with an unending capacity for forgiveness wouldn’t command people to be put to death for their transgressions; well I’m amending my statement to say He couldn’t make such a command, because by doing so He would be going against the essence of His own nature. To see an illustration of this we only have to look at the Pharisees’ response to Jesus when He challenged them in…
Read More

#0012 In My Father’s house are many mansions…

1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. 5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? John 14: 1-5 (KJV) This is a popular and…
Read More

#0011 The woman clothed in the sun—the bride of Christ

In a posting a couple of weeks ago, we started to get into some symbolism in the Book of Revelations that we decided was depicting the Church. The symbols we were considering seemed to illustrate not one but two churches. The symbol for each was a woman; but the kinds of women were not only unique and different from each other, they seemed to be opposites. One of the most profound differences was in the depiction of the offspring of each of the women. The first woman was described as, among other things, being clothed in the sun. This woman had newly birthed a male child; he was an infant…
Read More

#0010 Let’s get personal; I’ll go first. (cont.)

We talked and talked, and Ed continued with his work in the kitchen. The more we talked, the more we sensed that something was happening to us, but we couldn’t say what it was. I confided in Ed that I’d been praying a lot in the past couple of weeks and one thing I was praying for was for God to show me His church. I told him about a meeting I’d had over at my friend Dave’s sister’s place—she and her husband had recently joined the Jehovah’s Witnesses and really liked it. At the meeting Dave’s brother-in-law told us all about the Jehovah’s Witnesses and did so in a…
Read More

#0009 Let’s get personal; I’ll go first.

I want to begin transitioning the BLOG into more of a conversational forum which I hope will inspire and encourage people to submit their thoughts and ideas using the comments box at the bottom of each posting. A good place to start, I guess is with my own story beginning with my conversion experience in 1970. I was born and raised Catholic—meaning I attended Catholic Schools throughout my childhood (with the exception of Kindergarten and 6th grade). Within the very 1st year following my graduation in 1969, I had some experiences that wound me up in a situation I never-ever could have anticipated. It happened at the end of my…
Read More

#0008 “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.”

My Objective in this BLOG and in posting controversial articles isn’t to be radical and disrespectful toward religion and religious doctrine, specifically…but rather to challenge readers to think on their own—and to think deeper about God and to get a more specific image of their very own, of who God is. This can’t be accomplished as long as preconceived images of Him remain in our minds. All of us carry around in our heads incorrect images of God; we carry other images or ideas about God that have gotten skewed somehow; there are still other ideas about Him—to which we hold tightly—and we’re not  exactly sure what it is we’re…
Read More

#0007 A cultural rift in the Church (part VII)

5 She [the woman clothed in the sun] gave birth to a son, a male child, who “will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.” Rev 12: 5  In the last posting we spent much time discussing the kind of church represented by the other woman described as the MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES. This depiction tells us that her numerous offspring were all women and they were just like her; this depiction gives us clear reason to suppose that she is only capable of reproducing more versions of herself. In stark distinction, the woman representing the authentic Church produces a male child. In John’s using the image of an offspring…
Read More

#0006 A cultural rift in the Church (part VI)

Can the hierarchical church redesign its structure and rethink its approach? Is it absolutely necessary for it to do so? Many of the traits affiliated with the original doctrine-based group can be traced directly to the hierarchical structure and its culture of hierarchy. I don’t like to get into the scriptures in the Book of Revelations because it can get pretty dicey in there; but it does offer a few symbols that might prove helpful for us in this discussion. In Revelations hierarchy might well be metaphorically depicted as a dragon…  1 A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet…
Read More

#0005 A cultural rift in the Church (part V)

So far in this series on the cultural rift in the church, we have been giving a lot of air time to a group on just one side of the rift. Members of this group are ones who whole-heartedly embrace religious doctrines and view their God through the lens of this doctrine. In the last post we observed that their doctrinally-framed God has become so solidified in their collective religious psyches that they are unable to differentiate the image of the Father of Jesus from the mutant God of the Mosaic Law. They have discovered a way, or found some special welder’s goggles they can wear which enable them to…
Read More

#0004 A cultural rift in the Church (part IV)

In the last posting we concluded that the voice of God in Leviticus was false! If this is so then it stands to reason that the image of that God must also be false. In that post I also said that a God with an unending capacity for forgiveness wouldn’t command people to be put to death for their transgressions; well I’m amending my statement to say He couldn’t make such a command, because by doing so He would be going against the essence of His own nature. To see an illustration of this we only have to look at the Pharisees’ response to Jesus when He challenged them in…
Read More
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