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I’ve been thinking…and there should be more writing and literature on this blog, in the future, than general writing and life talk although I will probably still include that. I would like to see more poetry and reflections and reviews of books, movies and music.

Myths and facts

I have come across some odd sayings in my day. But more than odd, they were controversial sayings, but delivered palatably, with even with a hint that it should be accepted. Except when I heard it, I may have had the advantage of my knowledge over others in the crowd.

The controversies were told at church, but if one knows their Bible quite literally, as I do, you would think twice about the saying. You would recognize it as controversial and that it did not quite fit the evidence of the Bible. Maybe they were aiming for mass and consumer acceptance, but I sat there dismayed. Waiting for someone to correct. So here it is. The fallacies that appeared from time to time on my journeys. How do I reply…

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Painful

Do Christians belong to a church with four walls or belong to a family of believers, whoever and wherever you are? It is my belief that Christians should be a family of believers, that even when you see each other again, even after years of absence, the spirit of Christ compels us to say hello. Or is there some misunderstanding? Some grievance that needs to be put right? Some issue that needs to be addressed? Something we don’t want to reveal? But we walk on through an awkward silence.

– Pete’s quotes

Inspiration from John

12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

13 The Pharisees challenged him, “Here you are, appearing as your own witness; your testimony is not valid.”

14 Jesus answered, “Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid, for I know where I came from and where I am going. But you have no idea where I come from or where I am going. 15 You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one. 16 But if I do judge, my decisions are true, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me. 17 In your own Law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is true. 18 I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father, who sent me.”

19 Then they asked him, “Where is your father?”

“You do not know me or my Father,” Jesus replied. “If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” 20 He spoke these words while teaching in the temple courts near the place where the offerings were put. Yet no one seized him, because his hour had not yet come.

21 Once more Jesus said to them, “I am going away, and you will look for me, and you will die in your sin. Where I go, you cannot come.”

22 This made the Jews ask, “Will he kill himself? Is that why he says, ‘Where I go, you cannot come’?”

23 But he continued, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. 24 I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins.”

25 “Who are you?” they asked.

“Just what I have been telling you from the beginning,” Jesus replied. 26 “I have much to say in judgment of you. But he who sent me is trustworthy, and what I have heard from him I tell the world.”

27 They did not understand that he was telling them about his Father. 28 So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. 29 The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.” 30 Even as he spoke, many believed in him.

– John 8:12-30 (New International Version; but I prefer the Jerusalem Bible’s passage)

Beyond the infinite

This final article at least in terms of the order of posting articles about spiritual hunger is really an introduction to the subject. But for whom? I wrote the article for my usual newspaper, but it was published in another one of theirs, called “Challenge The Good News Paper” which is an ‘outreach’ paper.

I was not consciously thinking about reaching out, I just wanted to write something that would express a view on the subject I was writing about. Namely, could God fill our needs for spiritual hunger? I believed so. So, I wrote with that in mind as well as quoting the Bible as backup. The answer, I said, was in God and I brought a lot of Bible to that, originally intended for another paper that would undoubtedly accept that sort of language but which was published in a similar one.

When Irish rock group U2 performed “I Still I Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” back in 1987 to immediate critical acclaim they inadvertently stumbled across a good point – what if all our searching, fantasizing, relationship endeavors and attempts, and general lack actually pointed us to a place beyond time where all our human struggles on earth would eventually be swallowed up in our first glimpse of eternity?

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