"We have too many gods...We have too much theology...We have too much religion...
God isn't in there by Himself.
He says, 'If I'm not in your heart by Myself, I won't work.'
When Jesus Christ has everything cleansed from
the temple and dwells there alone,
He will work."
Adamson said, "Christians do not believe in works righteousness; because it's impossible to work hard enough to earn eternal life in heaven."
He was asked, "Then how can I know for sure that I'm going to heaven after I die?"
The old monk answered, "Jesus!"
Pressing, "What do you mean Jesus?"
Explaining, "We believe heaven is graced upon us through faith in Jesus."
Pressing, "If heaven is graced upon us rather than earned by us, why does the Bible talk so much about righteous works?"
Explaining, "What we say and do is an expression of what we believe and what we believe determines destiny."
Pressing, "Are you saying we show signs or proof or evidence or fruit of being heavenbound?"
Pressing, "Can you say more about that?"
Replying, "I cannot improve upon what has already been revealed to you in Jesus and Holy Scripture."
Pressing, "But I need you to tell me more about what that means."
Ending, "We're already talking too much."
"Elegant speech sounds odd when it comes from a fool."
I spend lots of time with churchgoers getting beaten up by churchgoers.
One cried, "I can't believe they behave so..."
I said, "Their behavior betrays what they really believe."
Abba Hyperichius: "One who is obedient will have answered prayers and stand beside the Crucified in sure faith. This is the way our Lord went to His cross - obedient unto death."
The spiritual is easily differentiated from the natural.
"Faith without works is do-do."
(Real Life Version)
Pope Benedict XVI has retired.
First one...in a long time.
Lots of speculation; mostly suspicious, slanderous, and stupid.
Here's my take; apart from him being 86 which kinda seems like a good time to...
He's gonna live out the rest of these aka his/His days in a monastery.
He's gonna pray.
Read the Bible.
Psalmist: "As a deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God."
"I'm a monk..., and the strangest thing happened in my monastery. We had a visit...
He stayed overnight, but he slipped away very early in the morning. When the
monks woke up, they found graffiti all over the cloister walls...One word -
TRIVIA - TRIVIA - TRIVIA
Words upon words...spoken and written...total confusion...
I cried out, 'Stop! Stop!'
I was only adding
words to words."
I'm trying to keep a vow of silence as taught to me so long ago by Trappists at Assumption Abbey in Ava, Missouri.
Essentially, it doesn't mean not speaking; but rather saying what you mean and meaning what you say.
Devoid of distractions and vanities.
Or as Lapsley and Hanson tried to convince seminarians, "When in doubt, shut up!"
Jesus: "Don't say anything you don't mean...You only make things worse when you lay down a smoke screen of pious talk...You don't make your words true by embellishing them with religious lace. In making your speech sound more religious, it becomes less true. Just say 'yes' and 'no.' When you manipulate words to get your own way, you go wrong."
Getting back to distinguishing who's natural from who's spiritual, religions about Jesus are wordy while relationships with Him/His are Wordy.
Blessings and Love!
Your post make me recall the question I had: Why did John the Baptist have to die?
The Moses motif in Mark hit me. Moses preached to Pharoah ... John preached to Herod. Moses was denied entry into the promised land ... John was murdered before seeing Jesus' ministry in full flower.
Aaron could not stop the judgement on Moses ... but Jesus could have preserved John.
Why didn't Jesus do it?
John 3:27 To this John (the Baptist) replied, "A man can receive only what is given him from heaven. 28 You yourselves can testify that I said, 'I am not the Christ but am sent ahead of him.' 29 The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom's voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. 30 He must become greater; I must become less. 31 "The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth.
Jesus let John the Baptist go to his reward so that everyone would have just ONE person to focus upon.
We must decrease so that He may increase.
I was going to comment, but, well, 'nuff said!
So, now I am starting to explore Jesus' treatment of death ... The John the Baptist thing hit this week. John had to decrease so Jesus could increase .. thus, it was purposeful for Jesus to allow the execution, since death has no sting for John.
Now, I am looking at Lazarus. Jesus ALSO allowed Lazarus to die ... Jesus hesitated ... to the grief of Lazarus' family ... Even more, as the midrashic literature teaches: "For three days the soul hovers over the body, intending to re-enter it, but as soon as it sees its appearance change, it departs"(Leviticus Rabbah 18.1). Tradition had it that the body would grossly erupt by the fourth day after death . . . In light of this tradition, the resurrection of Lazarus four days after his death would have been seen as especially remarkable . . . and sharply focused everyone's attention on Jesus' power -- even over death.
Again, Jesus is underscoring His point so that people will be COMPELLED to have Him, and ONLY HIM, as their focal point.
More study follows ........
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