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New Zealand
Writing about humor, spirituality, agnostic, meaning of life :)
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Hi Jonathan Congratulations on the publishing of your new book! I might make it my first Kindle purchase. Thanks to for the link to my blog in your "Blogs I like" section down on the lower right. I didn't know it was there until today :) Warmly Another Jonathan (from Spritzophrenia)
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And of course, there is the necessity to exclaim over one's "Hot Wife" or "Hot Hubby" via http://blog.beliefnet.com/stuffchristianculturelikes/2009/01/59-saying-that-their-spouse-is-hot.html (don't worry, this is not a p*rn site)
Toggle Commented Nov 16, 2010 on Andrew Jones and the Joy of Sex at TallSkinnyKiwi
I think it must be a trend for Christians to write books about really hot sex. eg http://www.sexliesandreligion.com/ (Haven't read it.) "After years of appearing to be prudes, we're gonna show the world that we really LOVE hot, steamy sex. In more than just missionary position. With our wives of course. And we're still not too sure about those gay people." ;) Jonathan from Spritzophrenia
Toggle Commented Nov 16, 2010 on Andrew Jones and the Joy of Sex at TallSkinnyKiwi
That would be wonderful, and you will both be welcome :)
Toggle Commented Oct 20, 2010 on Heaven & Hell at Existential Punk
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Haha :D Bring wifey, and we can all enjoy someday. It would be medicinal, of course ;)
Toggle Commented Oct 20, 2010 on Heaven & Hell at Existential Punk
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Coincidentally, I've been tripping out on the idea of eternity/immortality" http://spritzophrenia.wordpress.com/2010/10/20/on-the-making-of-all-things-new/ I recommend reading a lot of Science Fiction, like Greg Bear's "Eon" to get your head in the right space to contemplate the BIGness and weirdness of the cosmos. Then we can all share a joint and go, "Woooow. So deeeeeep", as we stare at the night sky. ;)
Toggle Commented Oct 20, 2010 on Heaven & Hell at Existential Punk
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*removes agnostic hat and puts on christian hat* ;) At bottom, I think G-d can do magical things with time. I have a couple of ideas. Idea 1: I don't think heaven started existing from Jesus, I think it was there from all eternity. Just like Jesus dying "for us" can extend backwards through time to cover those who "believed" before Jesus, I think heaven can too. My second (and preferred) idea, is that heaven doesn't technically exist yet: Everyone already dead, is dead. At the end of the world, when everyone is resurrected, then we go to heaven. Of course, to someone who is dead, it would seem like you die, and go straight to heaven. (I am thinking this accounts for the OT ideas of death being death, and phrases in the NT like "falling asleep"). Personally, I don't like talking about "heaven" as my reading talks about a "new heavens and a new earth" in the next life. I think there will be a sense in which the physical universe is re-made, and "heaven" tends to bring up images of a floaty cloud-city existence. My 2c :) Does that help at all?
Toggle Commented Oct 20, 2010 on Heaven & Hell at Existential Punk
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I'm now purple :)
Toggle Commented Oct 20, 2010 on Spirit Day at Existential Punk
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While I've considered the classic defences of hell, I came to a conclusion much like Bart's above. For those interested in a more in-depth look may I recommend Crystal's series on this starting http://www.jesuswasaheretictoo.com/2010/06/god-didnt-invent-hell-we-did.html If there is a g0d something like the one we think of as christian, then I do believe in an afterlife, a "new heavens and a new earth". I can't see much point in this life if there isn't another one. Jonathan from Spritzophrenia :)
Toggle Commented Oct 20, 2010 on Heaven & Hell at Existential Punk
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Oh hai! :) I commented on this post at another blog which linked to it, not realising it was an original here. I currently call myself an "open agnostic", meaning rather than being closer to atheism I am exploring to see if belief makes sense. IF it does, I could well become a Christian Agnostic, given my evangelical background and love for theology. I mentioned that book "After Atheism" to you on Twitter, well worth a read from that point of view. It's also the book that introduced me to the concept of "apophatic" theology. I'm going to argue on my blog soon that all believers are in fact, agnostic, but let's not get ahead of myself. Warmly, Jonathan from Spritzophrenia :)
Toggle Commented Oct 6, 2010 on Agnostic Christianity at Existential Punk
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This is sooo relevant to me, being someone who has traditionally been very bad... and very hard on himself. I won't link to the relevant post on my blog - feel that would be bad form. But yeah. A message I need to keep telling myself. Thanks :) Jonathan from Spritzophrenia
Toggle Commented Sep 7, 2010 on Day 7 Forgiving Yourself at JonathanBenz.com
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Short, sweet and very true, imho. While I can find you some christian authors (who else?) who would say that loving ourselves is selfishness, the great majority would agree with you. It took me a while to learn that one, still learning. (I call myself a spiritual agnostic these days.) Nice to actually read your blog, rather than just tweets. Jonathan from Spritzophrenia :)
Toggle Commented Sep 5, 2010 on Day 5 Loving Yourself at JonathanBenz.com
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