From the contemplative point of view, being lost in thoughts of any kind, pleasant or unpleasant, is analogous to being asleep and dreaming. It’s a mode of not knowing what is actually happening in the present moment. It is essentially a form of psychosis. Thoughts themselves are not a problem, but being identified with thought is. Taking oneself to be the thinker of one’s thoughts—that is, not recognizing the present thought to be a transitory appearance in consciousness—is a delusion that produces nearly every species of human conflict and unhappiness. It doesn’t matter if your mind is wandering over current problems in set theory or cancer research; if you are thinking without knowing you are thinking, you are confused about who and what you are. “Waking Up” Sam Harris
The finished work of Jesus can be a controversial subject. I know that may seem strange but there are many that absolutely reject what Jesus has done in His incarnation, death, resurrection and ascension. You hear stuff like “you are minimizing sin” when the truth is God forgets our sin. Some say “you can’t include … Continue reading Objective Truth and Subjective Reality
This is the third of a "series" about seeking an appointment with Jesus today. We have looked at two words that have been historically associated with a second coming. I contend that these words and concepts were intended for now, in our walk now, not for some future by and by. Religion has pushed the power … Continue reading Sojourn Supplants Stoics
Isaac was standing under the apple tree when an apple fell on his head. He declared, Eureka! He had discovered gravity. Well, that is how the story goes. I bet there was more to it than just a bump on the head. When we get a deeper revelation of Jesus it is the same thing. … Continue reading Eureka!
There are many words in the Greek that can be translated as suffering. Some of them are obvious, unambiguous translations like this one: [Mat 16:21 KJV] 21 From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests … Continue reading Passion or Suffering