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I know some may consider this heretical but I have to wonder if the burning ones (seraphim), mighty ones (cherubim) and the living creatures (hayyot) referred to in the visionary experiences of the prophets are synonymous, not different ranks of angels (malakim) at all. Take for example Ezekial 10:15 where the living creatures and cherubim are explicitly identified with one another. Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at Curious Christian
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It is difficult when people ask me to explain my approach to Christianity because it has been informed by so many Christian traditions - evangelical and esoteric, protestant and catholic, anabaptist and orthodox, mystic and charismatic, asian and celtic - as well as my own experience and explorations. I like the analogy of wells vs fences. Christ is the centre of my Christianity, the source of my Spiritual sustinance. But I don't care much for people trying to box me in. Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at Curious Christian
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“Theology is not a private subject for theologians only. Nor is it a private subject for professors. Fortunately, there have always been pastors who have understood more about theology than most professors. Nor is theology a private subject of study for pastors. Fortunately, there have repeatedly been congregation members, and often whole congregations, who have pursued theology energetically while their pastors were theological infants or barbarians. Theology is a matter for the Church.” ― Karl Barth Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at Curious Christian
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God hates sin, yes, but does God hate sinners? Many have told me so, from both the far left and the far right, but I am far from convinced of this myself. For having searched the scriptures I have seen many instances in which God says, this I hate, but almost invariably the reference is to things, not to people; to behaviours, not to the ones behind the behaviours. The scriptures talk of others hating God and of others hating each other, frequently so. The scriptures talk of God’s people hating other people and each other. But as for God... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at Curious Christian
Thanks Liz, that's interesting
Toggle Commented Mar 9, 2017 on Christian Rune Stones at Curious Christian
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It is not enough to hear the good news; one must also experience the good news as good news to truly understand it. Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at Curious Christian
Dear friends, do not believe every meme, but test the memes to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. (1 John 4:1 MSV) Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at Curious Christian
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Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 9:23) Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at Curious Christian
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Politicians tell us to look out for devils among strangers. Prophets tell us to look out for angels: "Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels withou​t knowing it." (Hebrews 13:2) Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at Curious Christian
False expectations can often hold us back. The story of Naaman (2 Kings 5) tells of a man who had many false expectations about how God works, and nearly missed out on healing because of it. Fortunately he wised up. How many of us come to the bible with false expectations though? Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at Curious Christian
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Those familiar with the Kabbalah will no doubt be familiar with the ten sephirot of the Tree of Life. But have you ever wondered where the rabbis who penned the Kabbalah got the names of the sephirot from? Well, having searched the scriptures and later tradition I believe the two key verses that inspired them were Proverbs 3:19-20 and 1 Chronicles 29:11. The names of the first few sephirot are mentioned together in a number of verses including Exodus 31:3 and Proverbs 2:6 but I believe the verse to really pay attention to is Proverbs 3:19-20, which says this: By... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Curious Christian
I wonder how many Qabalists have uncovered this ancient prophecy regarding the Messiah: And the Spirit of YHWH shall rest upon him, the Spirit of CHOKMAH and BINAH, the Spirit of counsel and GEBURAH, the Spirit of DA'AT and the fear of YHWH. (Isaiah 11:2) I take it as a call to find the Tree of Life, from the aleph to the tav, in the Messiah. Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Curious Christian
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The following extract comes from, "Cultivating Visions through Exegetical Meditations" by Dan Merkur, an article from "With Letters of Light: Studies in the Dead Sea Scrolls, Early Jewish Apocalypticism, Magic, and Mysticism" by Daphna V. Arbel and Andrei A. Orlov (Eds.) What I found fascinating in this article is Merkur's suggestion of direct correlations between the letters to the seven churches and the vision of the seven seals in the book of Revelation, and more, that they reveal the visionary meditation method of the author as being not so far removed from lectio divina and even less so from my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2017 at Curious Christian
I think most Christians recognize that not all beliefs they hold are of equal of importance. Firstly there are those beliefs that Christians throughout history have considered essential to authentic Christianity. Consider, for instance, that the New Testament Canon and the Nicene Creed are affirmed for the most part by Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant traditions alike. Disagreements here generally put you BEYOND the Christian movement. Next there are those beliefs which, while still considered important, are not nearly so essential. It’s beliefs of this nature which often generate the most heated disagreements WITHIN the Christian movement. Lastly there are those... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2016 at Curious Christian
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How do we tell which aspects of Christianity are more central and which aspects are most peripheral? Well one clue is to look at which aspects the Jesus and the apostles changed to suit the situation and which aspects they emphasised whatever the situation. Take for example the preaching of the gospel in the book of Acts. The apostles never preach it the same way twice. And yet some aspects of their preaching never change. It's worth paying attention to which is which. Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2016 at Curious Christian
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Here's an interesting perspective from Evelyn Underhill (Mysticism, 12th ed, p.70-71): "The fundamental difference between the two is this: magic wants to get, mysticism wants to give —immortal and antagonistic attitudes, which turn up under one disguise or another in every age of thought. Both magic and mysticism in their full development bring the whole mental machinery, conscious and unconscious, to bear on their undertaking: both claim that they give their initiates powers unknown to ordinary men. But the centre round which that machinery is grouped, the reasons of that undertaking, and the ends to which those powers are applied... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2016 at Curious Christian
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I just finished reading a fascinating paper on Coincidentia Oppositorum In Nicholas Of Cusas Sermons by Jasper Hopkins. The closest thing I can compare it to is the philosophy of the Buddhist sage Nagarjuna, with its echoes of Nagarjuna's teachings on co-dependant origination. Those familiar with Zen or Taoism may get what I mean. And yet, as Hopkins observes, Nicholas of Cusa is no pantheist. God's transcendance is very much in focus, as is the life and teachings of Jesus, the Messiah. Much to digest here. Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2016 at Curious Christian
You haven't backed up your opinion with a shred of biblical evidence. Are you so sure your faith is in the foreground?
Toggle Commented Nov 4, 2016 on Guns in the Garden of Eden at Curious Christian
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Janet, I am happy to respond to questions and thoughtful critiques but accusations that are void of content will not be taken seriously.
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A hunter in the desert saw Abba Anthony enjoying himself with the brethren and he was shocked. Wanting to show him that it was necessary sometimes to meet the needs of the brethren, the old man said to him,”Put an arrow in your bow and shoot it.” So he did. The old man then said, “Shoot another,” and he did so. Then the old man said,”Shoot yet again,” and the hunter replied, “If I bend my bow so much I will break it.” Then the old man said to him, “It is the same with the work of God. If... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2016 at Curious Christian
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Symeon of Daibabe had this saying, When you throw a nail into a fire, it gets hot and starts to glow like fire. In the same way you, when you listen to divine teachings and live accordingly, will become like God. Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2016 at Curious Christian
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Once some thieves came to an old hermit and said, "We are taking everything in your cell." He answered, "Take whatever you need, my children." They took almost everything in the cell and left. But they missed a little bag of money that was hidden. The elder picked it up and went after them, crying, "Children! You forgot something!" The thieves were amazed. Not only did they not take the money, but they returned everything that they had taken. "Truly," they said, "this is a man of God." Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2016 at Curious Christian
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A problem with classifying world views as polytheistic or monotheistic or atheistic is that we're not always using the word theos, that is, god, in the same way. Monotheistic worldviews that emphasise the oneness of God have rarely excluded concurrent belief in angels. Which begs the question: how exactly do we differentiate angels in monotheism from gods in polytheism? In my experience the difference between polytheistic gods and monotheistic angels is less stark than we've made it. In fact I am inclined to suggest their equivalence and assert what monotheists call God is more akin to what polytheists have at... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2016 at Curious Christian
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Have you ever been bamboozled by Christian millennial teachings and the jargon that goes along with them? I know I was when I first came across it. All this talk of pre-millennial, post-millennial and amillennial, of pre-tribulation or post-tribulation? I'm not surprised that some Christians say they're pan-millennial, as in, it will all pan out in the end. But for those who are interested in understanding I have drawn up a chart of common millennial understandings, from the more simple to the more complex ... with a few language adjustments. My personal view is that Occams razor should apply. Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2016 at Curious Christian
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"The irony of the abortion debate, as it now stands in our church and society, is that it frames these two groups, women and children, as enemies of one another ... The Christian response to abortion must reframe the issue to focus on responsibility rather than rights. The pro-choice/pro-life debate presently pits the right of the mother to choose against the right of the fetus to live. The Christian response, on the other hand, centers on the responsibility of the whole Christian community to care for the least of these." Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2016 at Curious Christian