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Pope throws down gauntlet to religions: No killing in God’s name


By:  @aeonpax, 6 days ago
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Latest By:  @aeonpax, 6 days ago

- "In his annual address on Monday to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See, Pope Francis signaled that 2017 will be a year in which his press for peace gathers steam, and laid down a clear challenge to all religions to reject killing in the name of God." "ROME - From the beginning, it was inevitable that history’s first pontiff named “Francis,” for the great 12 th and 13 th century apostle of peace, would see himself as a “peace pope.” On Monday, Pope Francis signaled... 
 
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Americans — not just liberals — have a religious literacy problem


By:  @bob-nelson, 2 weeks ago
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Latest By:  @bob-nelson, 2 weeks ago

Alex Wong/Getty Images The idea that liberals and cultural elites suffer from religious illiteracy is now widely accepted, by both the accusers and the accused.   New York Times   executive editor  Dean Baquet confessed  to NPR’s Terry Gross that “media powerhouses don't quite get religion.” Former Obama White House staffer and evangelical Christian Michael Wear  went further , arguing that liberals are “disdainful” of religion and that there's a “religious illiteracy problem... 
 
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Questions For Christians - N° 2


By:  @bob-nelson, 2 weeks ago
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Latest By:  @1ofmany, 2 weeks ago

2. What changed between Bill Clinton and now? Don’t you think you owe him an apology? Seriously, what changed? Because you know, I remember those days and we were calling for Clinton to be impeached and thrown out of office. Remember why? Because “character counts” that’s why. If a few years ago we claimed that poor personal character disqualified one from holding the office of presidency, and even went through the efforts to impeach a sitting president because his... 
 
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We Don’t Win If They Lose


By:  @bob-nelson, 3 weeks ago
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Latest By:  @bob-nelson, 2 weeks ago

Original article by Matthew Distefano , Unfundamentalist Christians --------------------------------------------------------------------- Once a week, I meet up with my friend Michael to talk about some of the bigger ideas that seem to consume the great majority of my thoughts. Our bonfire chats generally last until 9 or 10 PM, just in time for me to catch some of the  George Noory show  on my way home. How can you not love a talk radio show devoted to aliens and... 
 
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Once Every Six Hundred Seventy Two Years


By:  @enoch, 3 weeks ago
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Latest By:  @sixpick, 3 weeks ago

Today is Hanukah (eight day and night) the Sabbath, end and beginning of a new week and month on the Jewish Calendar; and New Year on a secular calendar. Today is a rare day for being able to convey so many greetings. Only once every six hundred and seventy two years can we greet and wish each other in Hebrew the following: Chag (Hanhukah) Sameach - Happy Hanukah Holiday. Shabbat Shalom - Peaceful Sabbath. Shavuah Tov - Good New Week. Rosh Chodesh Tov - Good New Month.... 
 
enoch
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Inner Moral Compass and Help Using It


By:  @enoch, 3 weeks ago
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Latest By:  @nowhere-man, 3 weeks ago

This week's Torah portion Mikeitz (Genesis 41: 1-44:17) raises an interesting point relevant to all in this site. It relates that Pharaoh asked his advisor's to interpret his dreams of seven cows and sheaves of grain. Among the things he heard were seven daughters will die, and seven kingdoms in his empire will rebel. He rejected these ideas. Why? The verse in question implies he also dreamed the correct interpretation. It specifically says that no one was able to "interpret for... 
 
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Jesus never read ‘The Bible’


By:  @bob-nelson, 3 weeks ago
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Latest By:  @bob-nelson, 3 weeks ago

Original article by Fred Clark --------------------------   “I think Christians should accept and adopt Jesus’ view of the Bible,”  prominent pastor and author Tim Keller tweeted  just before Christmas. “He regarded it as absolutely true and authoritative, in every word.” This is, at best, horribly anachronistic. It’s misleading in a way that leaves Christians cruelly confused. Jesus had scriptures, but he did not have “The Bible.” There was no such thing. There was... 
 
krishna
                            The Roman God Mercury. (In Greek mythology he is called Hermes). He has wings on his head, symbolizing thinking & communication & his feet, symbolizing transportation. In astrology, the planet Mercury rules the sign of Gemini. (Gemini is associated with thinking, speaking, transportation, commerce, etc.). Of course I'm not foolish enough to believe in something as silly as astrology. But if I did... 
 
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End Of the Year Best Holiday Wishes by Enoch


By:  @enoch, one month ago
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Latest By:  @enoch, 3 weeks ago

Though the conclusion of Hanukah my attendance at this site will be spotty. It is early yet. I still want to sincerely wish every one who celebrates any December-January Holiday a joyous and meaningful season. May such special events as move you grant fulfillment, inspiration, joy, meaning, and the good health, family, friends, and prosperity to maximally enjoy them.  As ever, Red Box Rules, The Four B's are in play here. Kindly see my first comment for the Four B's.... 
 
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Happy Holidays


By:  @pat-wilson, one month ago
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CHESeD AND AGAPE: SHARED VALUES IN JUDAISM AND CHRISTIANITY BY KATPEN AND ENOCH


By:  @katpen, one month ago
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Latest By:  @katpen, one month ago

Chesed (Hebrew) is often translated as loving kindness. . Agape (Greek) is often translated as love for other humans. . In this article Katpen will present examples of Agape, and the key role it plays in Christianity. Enoch will do the same for Chesed in Judaism. In both religions this concern for, accepting and helping others in both religions is an end in itself. In each tradition it is also a method of expressing our closeness and relationship with humanity and... 
 
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Second Verse, Same as the First (A Little Bit Louder and a Little Bit Worse)


By:  @enoch, 2 months ago
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Latest By:  @enoch, one month ago

This morning I was asked to preach at our Congregation's Shabbat (Sabbath) Service. I chose to address the idea of a second time around. In life we frequently find that we get a second chance to do better what we could have done well the first time. It is an opportunity for improvement before it is too late. We all run out of time in this life. Most of us don't know when. Best not to dally on addressing mistakes.    Grandparents do better grand parenting than they did as... 
 
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It's simple, really... ... ... by Bob Nelson


By:  @bob-nelson, 2 months ago
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Latest By:  @buzz-of-the-orient, 2 months ago

And one of [the Pharisees], a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 35-40, ESV Mark and Luke tell the much same story in... 
 
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Happy Fall Harvest Holiday


By:  @enoch, 2 months ago
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Latest By:  @kavika, 2 months ago

I wish all who rejoice in the bounty of the fall harvest a joyous and meaningful holiday. All the best to you and yours. Enoch.  
 
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People Want Something Other Than Politics, Okay


By:  @midnight-in-america, 2 months ago
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Latest By:  @jwc2blue, 2 months ago

We live in an existence of constant change. And relativity. Everything that we see , hear, do, contemplate comprehend, exists only in relation to some other piece of matter or thought. Is that the true nature of the universe? We cannot know that . But we experience our existence through the principles of relativity. Are you happy or sad or rich or poor today? The answer always is "compared to what?"    This is the famous closing passage from the mystical novel Siddartha . Maybe it can... 
 
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Fishing, Commerce and Life Goals


By:  @enoch, 2 months ago
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Latest By:  @enoch, 2 months ago

One of my friends is a fishing buddy. If we catch something, well and good. If not, just being by the water calms, comforts and soothes us. It connects us to nature. Sometimes we produce a catch. Others nothing to show for it. Still time well spent. Once we were in a zone. We hauled in one lake trout or salmon after the next. Good mature fish. When we felt we caught enough to have family aquatic dinners for a week, we packed up ready to leave. There was still time to go to one or... 
 
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The Fabrication of Jesus Christ


By:  @hal-a-lujah, 4 months ago
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Latest By:  @xxjefferson51, 3 months ago

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The High Point of A Day


By:  @enoch, 3 months ago
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Latest By:  @enoch, 3 months ago

As any parent, grandparent, and mature adult can attest this is the high point of their day. When they can bring a smile. giggle or laugh to a child.  Making children happy is the best part of a day for us adults. They are our future. They succeed us in this life. We help them feel good about themselves when we make them feel appreciated, wanted, and loved. It is where a lot of their positive self image derives.  How do you make a child's day better? Peace, Abundant... 
 
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When You Rejoice, In What Do You Delight?


By:  @enoch, 3 months ago
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Latest By:  @community, 3 months ago

On Simchat Torah we rejoice in the Torah. In what does G-d delight? The answer is found in Jeremiah 9:23. "This is what the L-rd G-d said. Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom. Let not the strong man glory in his might. Let not the rich man glory in his wealth. But let him that glories, glory in this. That he knows Me. That I am the L-rd who does mercy, justice and righteousness in the land. For in these things I take delight. So spoke G-d." The Holy One,... 
 
enoch
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Graciousness, Inclusion and Respect


By:  @enoch, 4 months ago
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Latest By:  @enoch, 4 months ago

Now mostly retired, I still work. Rosh Ha Shanah just ended. I was out of town conducting High Holy Day Services for a small rural Congregation who cannot afford a Rabbi. I pay all my own expenses, and waive any and all charges and fees. I only accept invitations from Congregations who cannot afford Rabbinical Services so they don't go without. I also never take bread off the table of families whose bread winner is a Rabbi.    I will do the same Tuesday next for this community on... 
 
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http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/3397304 A trio of Iowa-based religious scholars penned an op-ed in a local paper this week, reminding readers that despite popular opinion, the Bible does not simply define marriage as between one man and one woman. The joint editorial was written by Hector Avalos, Robert R. Cargill and Kenneth Atkinson and published in the Des Moines Register on Sunday. The men teach at Iowa State University, University of Iowa and University of Northern Iowa,... 
 
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God’s Word Endures: New Tech Confirms Modern Bible’s Antiquity


By:  @xxjefferson51, 4 months ago
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Latest By:  @krishna, 4 months ago

Is the Bible we read today the same Bible that was written millennia ago by prophets and apostles? That was a question that consumed scholars for generations. You see, prior to 1947, the earliest manuscript copies of the Old Testament were from the Middle Ages. Critics seized on this as a major hole in the Bible’s reliability. How, they asked, could we trust a text that had been copied hundreds of times in the thousands of years since its authors wrote it? Surely it had suffered corruption... 
 
enoch
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Fall High Holy Day Blessings for One and All


By:  @enoch, 4 months ago
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Latest By:  @enoch, 4 months ago

For those celebrating the Jewish Fall High Holy Day Season I convey the following blessings. From the Birthday of the World to the Day of Atonement may you be inscribed and sealed for your best New Year yet. During the Days of Awe may you purge all sins, fulfill all vows, and make whole all whom you harmed. May you dwell in the Succah during the Festival of Booths. May you complete and restart the cycle of Torah readings in joy during Simchat Torah in dance and song. For all... 
 
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How The Catholic Church Documented Mother Teresa's 2 Miracles


By:  @looser-too, 5 months ago
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Latest By:  @hal-a-lujah, 4 months ago

How The Catholic Church Documented Mother Teresa's 2 Miracles http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2016/08/31/491937448/how-the-catholic-church-documented-mother-teresas-two-miracles Hundreds of Catholics have been declared saints in recent decades, but few with the acclaim accorded Mother Teresa, set to be canonized by Pope Francis on Sunday, largely in recognition of her service to the poor in India. "When I was coming of age, she was the living saint," says the Most Rev.... 
 
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American Law? Or Christian Law, Muslim Law, Jewish Law?


By:  @buzz-of-the-orient, 4 months ago
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Latest By:  @1stwarrior, 4 months ago

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