Dabar [theme]

He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Sunday, November 29, 2009

A Myth Part 2

Christians of all people seem to bear the burden of an explainable theodicy. A theodicy is a justification of God and His attribites, especially with regard to the existence of evil and suffering in the world. This justification hinges on the goodness and love of God as it relates to a world enduring hardship, impoverishment, disease and pain. There must be an understanding of the need for a reason (a justification or reasonable explanation) for the apparent disparity between two polarirized positions, those being the goodness of God and His seemingly disconcerting inaction. The purposes of God, His knowledge and wisdom are beyond our comprehension. Isaiah 55:8,9, "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, ... For as the heavens ar higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." People are foolish to attempt to place God into a mold of our making which seeks to make His plans and purposes fit our profile of God.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

A Myth; Part 1

Ashley Montagu: The deepest human defeat suffered by human beings is constituted by the difference between what one was capable of becoming and what one has in fact become.



Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Miksang

Miksang is a Tibetan word that translates as ‘Good Eye’, and is based on the Shambhala and Dharma Art teachings of the late meditation master, artist, and scholar Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Fear

Paranoia ia a thought process heavily influenced by excessive anxiety or fear, often to the point of irrationality and delusion.


Fear is an emotional response to a threat. It is a basic survival mechanism in response to a specific stimulus, such as pain or the threat of danger.
Fear should be distinguished from the emotional state of anxiety, which typically occurs without any external threat.
Fear is related to the specific behaviours of escape and avoidance, whereas anxiety is the result of threats which are perceived to be incontrolable or unavoidable.
Fear always relates to future events.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Divorce; The Scourge of Marriage

Divorce is a reality of life. What was spoken of in hushed terms a number of years ago has become an accepted part of our culture. As a Christian community we have fared no better than the society in which we live. We have lost the voice of reason and resolution because of that very fact. People have had a tendency to put Christians into context as having the solutions to all social ills and usually as a consequence of their sense of judgement when faced with the Christian belief that God condemns certain practices and behaviours that occur outside the laws as outlined by the Ten Commandments, The Bible, and the teaching of Jesus. Jesus said "He who is without sin can cast the first stone." and to borrow another poignant phrase, "You don't throw rocks if you live in a glass house." As a people who are to be discerning about our relationships and be a light in the management of those relationships it has come that we are no longer the epitomy of health. Christians are human and in that we suffer temptations and succumb to lusts. I am not saying that that is the way it must happen, but, it appears that for a large portion of the Christian community it has. Our spirituality no longer translates into the redeemed and peculiar life we are called to live. We no longer have the strength to 'Just Say No'.

Friday, November 13, 2009

"Ecce Homo!"

"Behold the Man" - The Man of Ages.


Kierkegaard said "... faith cannot be distilled from even the nicest accuracy of (historical) detail. The historical (claim) that God existed in human form is the essence of the matter ..." "If the contemporary generation (with Jesus) had left nothing behind them but these words: We have believed ... God appeared among us in the humble figure of a servant, that he lived and taught in our community, and finally died,' it would be more than enough (for faith)."

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Lest We Forget?


There is much debate about the significance and the honoring of Remembrance Day.



In Flanders's Fields the poppies blow,
between the crosses row on row,

There seems to be occurring, just what the institution of a Day of Remembrance was designed to avoid,
Lest We Forget.

We are forgetting, we are making it just another Statutory Holiday, we are offering to exchange it for Christmas Eve off from work in order to keep the machines of industry and commerce rolling.

Lest We Forget
that the lives that were shed and sacrificed for our freedoms today were given to stop the machines of anarchy which had rolled across Europe.

Lest We Forget
the atrocities and horrors that those men faced in liberating Europe from the devastating effects of Hitler's War Machine.

Lest We Forget
the gas chambers and incineration ovens by which millions of Europeans were slaughtered.

Lest We Forget
that the powers and forces which destroyed the lives of countless generations of people are still alive and present in this world NOW.

Lest We Forget
that our own freedoms are kept by 'A Few Good Men' who while we sleep and work and are afforded a day-off to remember, stand on walls, armed and 'in harm's way' to ensure that our sleep will not be disturbed.

Lest We Forget
the pain and anguish of those who have lost their children and parents in past and present conflicts.

Lest We Forget
that those men did not die in vain and there sacrifice should in no way be diminished because of a lackadaisical attitude which in it's laziness will not take the time to Remember.

Lest We Forget
that in order to stop the insidious evil which seeks only to destroy and enslave, 'good men' must be prepared to go to war and die.

Lest We Forget
those who are imprisoned, enslaved, beaten and oppressed and are powerless in the face of an enemy

Lest We Forget
the cruelties of those who have no regard for human life except their own and will not hesitate to kill any and all who would dare to stand.

Lest We Forget
those who brandish fear like a weapon stilling the voices of the down-trodden.

Lest We Forget
for ONE DAY to pay homage to those who will fight and die, rather than pay bills,
the signs on the shops and stores should read;

CLOSED
LEST WE FORGET


I do not understand why anyone would have a problem with this.

Unless of course, they forgot!

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Believest Thou This?


The ultimate question?
"Do you believe this?"
It provides the test of insight and faith and includes all the subtle turns of thought.
It is moving from abstract belief to personalized trust.
It is coming to terms with my ordeal of doubt.
It is facing my fear of pain. It is about the fear to love.
It is about the fear of surrender.
It is about the fear of ____________
Fear must be overcome to embrace faith; belief must inspire faith to overcome fear.

Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?"

Sunday, November 01, 2009

God's Revelation


God has revealed Himself to all men through creation. Taylor paraphrases Romans 1:19,20 as "Although the (people) had no written revelation, yet what may be known of God is every where manifest among them, God having made a clear discovery of Himself to them. For His being and perfections, invisible to our bodily eyes, have been, ever since the creation of the world, evidently to be seen, if attentively considered, in the visible beauty, order and operations observable in the constitution and parts of the universe; especially His eternal power and universal dominion and providence: so that (the world) cannot plead ignorance in excuse of their idolatry and wickedness."