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Most people do seem to forget that man does not live on bread alone. Material gain is for most the highest priority in their life. Though all that money and all those interesting gadgets do not seem to make them very happy. Contrary we can see much more unhappiness by those who should be lucky and happy that they have so much.
In several countries where there is not much good food and not much good drinkable water, people not having good housing, they do find a way to enjoy life and not to worry to much. And there where there are fights going on, rebels making life very awkward, there are many who still manage in those bad conditions to find the straw for life. Mostly it is because they know where they can find the best treasure. Often they are convinced that they can find the best food for them by every word that proceeds out of the Mouth of God. In the industrialised world many have forgotten that they need daily spiritual nourishment from God’s Word in order to withstand the challenges and temptations that bombard us on a daily basis.
According to the fourth annual State of the Bible survey by the Barna Group there are just as many Americans sceptical of the Bible (19 percent) as there are engaged with the Bible. the 2014 research reveals six trends in Bible engagement: from the Bible’s continued role as a cultural icon, to increased digital Bible reading, to a rise in scepticism toward Scripture, particularly among Millennials.
The number of those who are sceptical or agnostic toward the Bible — who believe that the Bible is
“just another book of teachings written by men that contains stories and advice” —
has nearly doubled from 10% to 19% in just three years. This is now equal to the number of people who are Bible engaged — who read the Bible at least four times a week and believe it is the actual or inspired Word of God.
The trend of scepticism is even more pronounced among the Millennial generation (who range in age from 18-29), two-thirds are 48 or younger (28% Millennials, 36% Gen-Xers) 68% male opposite 32% female. According to the State of the Bible report, Millennials are
- Less likely to view the Bible as sacred literature (64 percent in comparison to 79 percent of adults),
- Less likely to believe the Bible contains everything a person needs to know to lead a meaningful life (35 percent in comparison to 50 percent of adults), and
- More likely to never read the Bible (39 percent compared in comparison to 26 percent of adults).
What we in Europe might find surprising is that those Bible sceptics are more likely to identify as Catholic than any other single denomination or affiliation (30%) and are the most-likely segment not to have attended church (87%) or prayed (63%) during the previous week. They are also most likely not to have made a commitment to Jesus that is important in their life today (76%).
From the surveys been taken last year we must not that lots of those trinitarians ( 71% of Americans) did not read the Bible and those who went to Sunday service or mass only heard those verses or quotes from Scripture given by the pastor or priest. In many countries nearly a quart of those interested in religion watches religious programs on television, (23% of U.S. adults said to have watched a religious TV program in the past week, 20% listened to religious talk radio).
In the United States 35 Protestant denominations may try to attract those interested in religion. Though with the Roman Catholic Church they may represent 45% of the U.S. population in 1968 and 35% in 2012, they are not able to get a 62% of non-Christian Millennials to read the Bible.
The Americans seem to be not such passive Christians as the Europeans. From the Millennials there where 81% of practising Christians who posted Scripture online in the past year.
As can be found in the rest of industrialised countries almost 1 in 5 people under 40 in the U.S. now describe themselves as
spiritual but not religious.
Barna, like different Christian denominations are seeing how there is more need of teachers or preachers proclaiming the good News.
David Kinnaman of Barna contends Christians should be challenged to reach out to those who are searching. Those people, he says, are looking for a church that “makes a difference” in the community, including taking care of the poor.
“And a lot of churches are doing that,”
“So part of that is getting outside the walls of the church and doing the things the gospel compels us to do.”
The study also reveals that a vast majority of churchless Americans have attended church but don’t embrace what it means to live out the Christian faith. the American Christians should be aware that they still need to make work to have some of the 10 percent who have never attended a church-service to have them come to look at such a service.
The churchless are primarily men and in America tend to be less educated, white and unmarried. Churchless confirms that the world has, indeed, altered in significant ways during the last few decades. It’s not just your imagination. Real data confirm how drastically the moral, social and spiritual lives of Americans have changed and are changing. Europe has the idea that most Americans are ‘over-religious’, but about 156 million U.S. adults and children are churchless which mean that churchless Americans = Bigger Than Canada, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, South Africa & New Zealand . . . Combined. Only China, India, Indonesia, Brazil, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the churchgoing half of the United States are larger.
When we look around us and see the youngsters their actions it is not surprising to hear that the younger the generation, the more post-Christian it is. Nearly half of the Millennials qualify as post-Christian (48%), compared to two-fifths of Busters or Gen-Xers (40%), one-third of Boomers (35%) and one-quarter of Elders (28%). Tracking data allows us to trace the increase of anti-church attitudes and behaviours over the past 50 years.
Those most aware of the necessity to do missionary work in the industrialised countries are the non-trinitarians like the Jehovah Witnesses and Christadelphians, though lots of the latter group become so disappointed by the reaction of trinitarians and non-believers that they give it up. After having disappeared from the scene for some time in Europe the Mormons are the other group which still does missionary work in the capitalist countries.
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Please do find to read:
- Excuse My Scepticism (pastorcharleschipere.wordpress.com)
In our Christian Faith, we are taught to believe rather than to be a doubting Thomas. We are taught to trust rather than mistrust. We are taught to give a person the benefit of the doubt before we dismiss them. But my journey of faith has had some encounters with reality leading me to embrace some sceptical attitude towards some things I have observed in the land of the living.
- Cultural Fast Facts (garyrohrmayer.typepad.com)
• 82% of U.S. adults have at least one credit card, including 40% who have 3 or
more. Just 16% have none.• 50 million Americans have trouble putting food on the table, according to
Feeding America, a food bank network.• Millennial moms are far more likely than moms of any other generation to be
raising their kids near or even in the same house as their extended family.
• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 1 in 5 pregnancies in
the U.S. ends with abortion.
• There are now 3.9 billion urbanites in the world.
• 80% of U.S. adults believe it is more common for grown children to live with
their parents now than 20 years ago.
• 30% of the U.S. population are auditory learners vs. approximately two-thirds
who are visual learners.
• 12- to 17-year-olds in the U.S. send or receive an average of 60 texts per
• 19% Bible Lovers/19% Bible Skeptics.
- The State of the Bible (reflectionsintheword.org)
This year’s research reveals that skepticism toward the Bible continues to rise. For the first time since tracking began, Bible skepticism is tied with Bible engagement. The number of those who are skeptical or agnostic toward the Bible – who believe that the Bible is “just another book of teachings
- Skeptical about skepticism (louisproyect.org)
On Salon.com you can find an article titled “Bill Maher is right about religion: The Orwellian ridiculousness of Jesus, and the truth about moral progress” by Michael Shermer that is an excerpt from his book “The Moral Arc”. He draws a contrast between what some have called “the sky religions”, namely Judaism, Christianity and Islam that are tribal in nature rather than universal, and all those great conquests of Modern Civilization such as goodness, justice and truth.
Oddly enough, for an outfit so devoted to science and reason, there is little engagement with the science of genetic modification itself. This is not surprising since this intellectual current seems either totally innocent of ecological science, or determined to sweep it under the rug. The moniker Prometheus that Kurtz has given to his publishing outlet suggests an unreconstructed vision of 19th century Progress. Needless to say, this dovetails neatly with the kind of philosophical pragmatism he embraces, which appears totally at home with the agenda of US imperialism.The other big mover and shaker in the world of skepticism is Michael Shermer, who is much younger than Paul Kurtz and is the publisher of Skeptic Magazine. While targeting all the usual suspects (UFO’s, Bigfoot, ESP, etc.), Shermer has also investigated bogus history. He is the author of a book focusing on the libel case against David Irving, a holocaust denier.Just as with Kurtz, Shermer casts a wide net in his crusade against the forces of anti-scientific darkness. Such forces include those who believe that there is a Gulf War Syndrome and that silicone breast implants might be harmful.
- Millennials: Escape the Credit/Debt Matrix (consciouslifenews.com)
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, December, 2014, 1 in 5 of the Millennial generation (birth years from early 1980s to early 2000) live in poverty and have lower rates of employment compared to their Baby Boomer parents of a similar age in the 1980s, one of the most prosperous eras of American history.Obviously, the Millennials need a place to live (besides with their parents), clothes on their back, food to eat and resources to care for their children. Not to mention time and money for travel, and doing fun things, as well. Oh and then there is saving and investing for the future.
- Good News, Millennials: You Don’t Have to Save the Church (christianitytoday.com)
We find ourselves facing into “millennial anxiety” as well as concern about the “rise of the nones” (those who do not identify with any religious tradition, a cohort that is apparently growing in the West). Like some reverse Paul Revere, many ride through the fiber optics of the Internet and into church basements shouting, “The millennials are leaving! Watch out for the rise of the nones!” Simply put, millennial anxiety—a concern shared by both mainline and evangelical churches—is the fear that those between ages 18 and 25 have little interest in the church, and that the church has failed to convince them to stay.
- Millennial Men: Risk Takers or Dupes? (talentzoo.com)
Well, according to a study by Creditcards.com, Millennial men are “more easily swayed” by advertising than Millennial women. Yes, men of this generation are much more likely than the general American population to trust advertising.Now does that make them idiots or trusting?We (though obviously biased) would like to consider our generation as the latter.
- Did you hear? Millennials will overtake Baby Boomers in Population this Year (theposhboomer.com)
Millennials are defined as being between ages 18 to 34 in 2015. Boomers are now ages 51 to 69.Census data says that there are a projected 75.3 million Millennial’s this year. This year Millenial’s are surpassing the 74.9 million Gen Xer’s (ages 35 to 50). Millenial’s are projected to outnumber us Boomers by 2028.
- Fully Satisfied (culturalatheist.wordpress.com)
It began about the time this age cohort reached adulthood, with the 1999 publication of Saving the Millennial Generation: New Ways to Reach the Kids You Care About in These Uncertain Times. It accelerated when some polls in the mid-2000s began to suggest millennials’ waning interest in church. Enter “millennials and church” into a search engine, and soon enough you are pointed to sites that proclaim, “Ten reasons churches are not reaching millennials,” or, “Why millennials are leaving church.” The latter article quickly garnered some 100,000 page views not long ago.This past October, the 2014 Alignment Conference featured Barna’s David Kinnaman and pastor and church planter Dave Ferguson talking about millennials, who present a “game changing moment” for the church. Gen2 Leadership Conference is meeting this month with the theme, “Fighting for the Heart of the Millennial Generation.”We find ourselves facing into “millennial anxiety” as well as concern about the “rise of the nones” (those who do not identify with any religious tradition, a cohort that is apparently growing in the West). Like some reverse Paul Revere, many ride through the fiber optics of the Internet and into church basements shouting, “The millennials are leaving! Watch out for the rise of the nones!” Simply put, millennial anxiety—a concern shared by both mainline and evangelical churches—is the fear that those between ages 18 and 25 have little interest in the church, and that the church has failed to convince them to stay.
- The Millennials Are All Right (blackchristiannews.com)
Millennials are both high tech and high touch. They have less faith in religious and political institutions. It extends to the private sector, too: 71 percent of Millennials would rather go to the dentist than step into a bank branch. As many one-third of millennials are willing to switch banks in the next 90 days. What would encourage them to join your organization or become a customer?
All the happiness has left,
the dream is now gone.
There’s no motive or reason,
it was merely withdrawn.
It all trickled out,
through the hole in my heart.
All that’s left is the pain,
and through this pain I now part.
I wanted to put it all aside,
I wanted to throw it all away.
And just ignore it all till’ death,
to just make everything okay.
But it wont be okay,
I want it to leave.
To just let it go,
through the wind it will weave.
But that is not life’s wish,
and so this pain I will keep.
Through this pain I will sink,
down to the darkness so deep.
- Avoid the Deep, Dark Hole (patticapparelli.com)
It may happen when you look at your bank account balance. Or when you hear of a friend’s skyrocketing success or when you see someone else having what you’ve wanted for yourself for so long.Yes, there it is – that sinking feeling in your heart that carries the pain of unmet dreams, aspirations and goals.How can you bridge the pain between where you are and where you want to be? How can you put the brakes on pounding yourself into the ground?
- Tooth Of The Day (oyiabrown.com) > Tooth Of The Day
If you feel like your ship is sinking,
it might be a good time to throw out the stuff that’s been weighing it down.
Let go of people who bring you down, and surround yourself with those who bring out the best in you.
- Hanaa – An Uknown Shattering – Part 2 (themuslimahpoetess.wordpress.com)
Black was the in-color for ‘emo struggling’ girls. Like Hanaa. Yet again, before her thoughts could glimpse through last night’s events, she shuts her mind to it and focuses on pink. The color was every girl’s trademark, but for Hanaa, pink defined innocence, it described beauty and it could always activate her happy moods. And so it does as she takes a deep breath, inhaling the fragrance and smiles.
Her suppressed thoughts now take a crucial turn, her inner voice echoes loud and clear, tearing her up from the inside. She submits herself to a reality check which pricks hard and fast, the fear of standing and giving account of last night’s felony to her Maker.
What excuses will she make in front of Al A’zeez who granted her this very life? How dare she take a step like this that went against the laws of Allah, which could make her forever rot in the blazing fire and call for a torment which she could never imagine?”
- Emotional Sinkholes: Friday Flashback (lesliegnelson.com)
when I have bad days, it helps me to read these old posts and realize that I have come a long way. I still have a long way to go, but I am making progress. The pain is not now as overwhelming as it used to be. Fellow survivors, hold on! We can do this, one day, sometimes one hour at a time.
“Gee, that is terrible that you were abused as a child, but that was a long time ago. Aren’t you glad that is in the past? What do you mean it is bothering you now? Can’t you just let it go?”Ah, ignorance Is bliss. It is easier not to know.However, as I have told you before, the unconscious will not be ignored forever.Childhood is many things. One of the purposes of childhood is learning coping skills. A child falls skins a knee and is comforted by a loving parent. Eventually the child will fall skin his knee, comfort himself and resume playing. However, what happens when a child is confronted with a pain so deep that even an adult would have trouble processing it, and the child is Not comforted?
Her trailing fingers stroke the shafts, calling from each its proud-headed beast. With those beasts, each in turn, she dances the Dance of Weddings, spinning together while holding close. She dances first with the toad, spinning, dancing, spinning and holding. But the toad transforms and is then a sow. And again she is dancing, spinning and holding – now with the goat, and the cold-blooded snake, and with the hot-blooded fox – until at the last she dances with him, the waiting one, his face ever-hidden behind a black veil.
- A Ring She Weaves (feastfables.wordpress.com)
- sinking world…. (aimanpeer.wordpress.com)
- ..Darkest.. (randomlyabstract.wordpress.com)
- “Prayer 2″ – Child Abuse (fallenangel5193.wordpress.com)
Because of certain unpleasant things that happened to individuals who belonged by their family tradition to a church, they left that church as soon as they left the parents house.
After some experiences they tried to keep quiet for years the last few years their wounds were opened again. Perhaps matters can gain momentum. The development presented by the pontiff of the Catholic Church may ease some pain many had to endure for many years.
The events which sometimes took them by surprise, and for some became a chain for many years,brought them in the darkness. But not always bad experiences had to bring people in the dark corners of this world. Many experiences in our childhood or in our adulthood may have disappointed us and given a bad picture of the world we are living in.
Maybe some of the readers coming along here are facing some darkness in their life or are currently going through a desert period with God. The might feeling abandoned by people but worse, by the One Who they thought would resolve all their problems, or the One which they heard talking about from early childhood onwards.
We shall not be saying that you can not have happiness without That One Who has been spoken off in your childhood or about Whom you heard so many talking. To those who believe in god or gods we shall also not say they shall have only happiness and shall have no pain. Be sure, also a believer in God shall have his or her share of unhappiness, fear, frustration and pain. It is not because you would believe in the God of gods that you shall have no suffering.
Some (or perhaps many) may feel abandoned by “Him”. Even His most beloved only begotten son cried at one moment
“Father why have you abandoned me?”.
Nonetheless, this son of Him had all the time been faithful to his Father and had only done His Will. So why and how could this man of 33 been calling on his Dad when he was put on a wooden stake, to find his death?
Did this son think his Father had broken His promises to him and to His people? When you look at the history of that Nazarene man you might find that he could do many unbelievable things, just because his Father was with him. the son also recognised that and told others he could do nothing without that Father in heaven who was much mightier than he.
Joh 14:27-31 NHEBYSE Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (28) You heard how I told you, ‘I go away, and I come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father; for the Father is greater than I. (29) Now I have told you before it happens so that, when it happens, you may believe. (30) I will no more speak much with you, for the prince of the world comes, and he has nothing in me. (31) But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father commanded me, even so I do. Arise, let us go from here.
Lots of Christians as soon as they started to be pointed out what was written in their Scriptures came to see how much their church institution had ‘lied’ to them or told them many things which they could not find in the Book of books. They became so disillusioned by their church and its teaching they left it, without wondering if there were no alternatives. Many laughed at that man who had to be at the same time God, but hearing them say things that contradicted their own saying. The idea of God in human form made Daniel 7:9–13 crucially important. In this famous vision scene, the Ancient of Days (God) sees “a human one” (“son of man”) coming to him with the clouds. It is to this figure that God may give everlasting dominion, but that does not mean that God gives Himself into the being of that man. Worldly fathers also can try to do everything they can to give to their son. Many shall even hope that their son will become like them. But they all know that their son shall never become the same person as they are. Though many in Christendom would like to believe that. They want to see that the unity between father and son means that father and son become one and the same person. They misunderstood the oneness like Caiaphas hears the passage Jesus quotes from Daniel, when the high priest demands to know who he is. Many claim Caiaphas’ reaction tells us immediately that he knew Jesus was claiming to be the God of Israel in human form — the second power. But that is not the case. It is not because many people may accuse somebody to be saying that he is god, like Pharaoh, or even Moses or some angels, that he or they are really the God of gods. That Caiaphas tears his clothes and charges Jesus with blasphemy also does not proof that Jesus is The God (Matthew 26:63–68).
God can not die, but from historical writings and also from the Bible itself we do know that Jesus died. The Nazarene Jew found an end to his life at the age of 33. Christians are even remembering his death these coming days. Did many forgot the words of this man saying it was not him doing those miracles? Jesus answered them that it was not him but his Father Who worked until now. And it was that calling onto the heavenly Father that people got bothered and angry. That calling onto the Elohim was it that made the Jews their blood boil. Therefore they sought the more to kill this troublesome Jewish rabbi, who got more followers than they. People got glued to his lips and that the Pharisees did not like. Because Jeshua (Jesus Christ) not only had broken the Sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, they thought he was making himself equal with God. In the Bible it does not say that he was God, but that the people were weary with him claiming equality. Jesus answered very clearly he was not doing the things out of himself. He told them that he was just a son of God and that he as son could do nothing by himself, but what he saw the Father doing. For whatever things The Father does, these also does the son likewise. Clearly all the time Jesus speaks about two different persons. First there is the Father Who loves the Son. Several people could hear that Father saying that from heaven, when they were standing at the River Jordan, by the baptism of Jeshua.
Mat 3:16-17 RHB (1.5) And Jesus, when He was baptized, went up immediately out of the water: and lo, the Heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him: (17) And lo, a voice from Heaven, saying, This is My beloved Son, in whom I AM well pleased.
The few years Jesus walked from one place to the other preaching the Good News of the Gospel of the coming Kingdom of God, he made the name of his Father known and asked people not to praise him but his Father, the Only True God, Whose holy Name should be known by the whole world as Jehovah.
Jesus let the people also know that what he did was nothing compared with what his Father did. In the past the People of God had already seen incredible things and had felt how the Hand of the Maker of the universe guided them away from slavery, through the dessert, giving them daily manna? But the wonders would not end because Jehovah, the Only One God was going to do greater works than these Jesus could do, so that all people may marvel. Jesus knew he was going to die. He was prepared to give his body for the sins of many. But he believed also that he could trust his Father,like many other prophets had trusted Him. For as the Father raises the dead, and vivifies them; even so the son vivifies whom he will, could he add and create hope for all those who would come to believe in what and whom he, Jeshua rally was. We should come to understanding that Jeshua was that long awaited Messiah. He is the Christ. The son honoured his Father in heaven, who had sent him. He taught others to come to his heavenly Father and to come into the footsteps of the send one. Many did not want to hear his words, and later many twisted his words. He always spoke about the love we should get for others, because all were created in the image of his Father, Who should also be our heavenly Father, and to Whom we also should pray “Our Father“. Instead of sitting in the dark corners and not believing that there can be hope for everybody, we would do better to listen to that Nazarene man his words. Not only because he himself told us that those who would hear his words, and would believe on Him that sent him, would have everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but has passed from death to life.
When we look at what is happening in the world we should see signs of which the send one from God, Jesus Christ, the Messiah has spoken. We then should see that the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the son of God: and they that hear shall live.
Even when we had a bad life, we can look up at the son who on 14 Nisan remembered how his Father brought His people out of slavery. He there in the upper-room also installed the New Covenant as sign of a restored relationship of God with his son Jeshua (Jesus Christ) and with us, as children of God. Many took offence in the time Jesus was living that he said that for as the Father has life in Himself that he himself also had received the power from God to have life in himself; and that God would have given him authority to execute judgement also, because he is the “Son of Man“. These coming days we shall remember what that “son of Adam“, “son of Abraham” and “son of God” has done and why he can take in the place of the first Adam, to become the second Adam.
Joh 5:17-26 NHEBYSE But Jesus answered them, “My Father is still working, so I am working, too.” (18) For this cause therefore the Jewish leaders sought all the more to kill him, because he not only broke the Sabbath, but also called God his own Father, making himself equal with God. (19) Jesus therefore answered them, “Truly, truly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing of himself, but what he sees the Father doing. For whatever things he does, these the Son also does likewise. (20) For the Father has affection for the Son, and shows him all things that he himself does. He will show him greater works than these, that you may marvel. (21) For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son also gives life to whom he desires. (22) For the Father judges no one, but he has given all judgment to the Son, (23) that all may honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. (24) “Truly, truly, I tell you, he who hears my word, and believes him who sent me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life. (25) Truly, truly, I tell you, the hour comes, and now is, when the dead will hear the Son of God’s voice; and those who hear will live. (26) For as the Father has life in himself, even so he gave to the Son also to have life in himself.
Those who do not belief in a God are also blessed by the Grace of God. They also are allowed to live here on this earth. All people, but first of all those who believe in God, should respect all others who live on this world. In respect for the Creator His creation, they should respect everything what God allows to be in the universe. But those who are in the dark corners we should show the light which can come over them. Because God has taken care that light can come over all those who want. All who want to hear and believe can be partakers of the blessings, which came onto this earth by that son of God. He made an end to death and therefore we should not fear any more for the death. It shall not be able to do much, and we know that all shall have to die one day, so we better make the best of our life, as long as we live, because from Scriptures we know we can not take anything into our death and shall be nothing with the treasures gathered in this life.
It is Now we have to make it. It is Now we have to create a nice place to live. It is Now that we have to work for Peace.
For those who feel left alone or left in a dark corner, please come with us and join us on the road to better pastures. Do you think God left you, come to see otherwise. Do you think the god of your previous life is not a good one, try to find the Right God, and let us help you to find Him. Is He refusing to talk to you? Do you get depressed every time you read the Bible? Are other Christians getting on your nerves? Are you burned out by church? Use this and some of our other sites to come to see it is not so. You might even come to see that why cussing Him out and hating Him doesn’t mean you’re a spiritual failure. Learn how you can tell that He absolutely will not leave you here forever.
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- Being Religious and Spiritual 7 Transcendence to become one
- Being one in Jesus, Jesus in us and God in Jesus
- If the Father is the “only true God” (John 17:3) , does that mean that Jesus is a false god?
- Self inflicted misery #5 A prophet without a hedge around him
- Our relationship with God, Jesus and each other
- He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
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- No prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation
- Who is Forsaken? (stlukeumc.wordpress.com)
World War II was one of the most destructive times in all of human history, in terms of both human lives and property. And many historians believe that one of the most destructive battles of that terrible war was the battle for Stalingrad, between the forces of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, which took place between July 17, 1942 and February 2, 1943.
the fourth word that Jesus spoke from the Cross. The word is: Forsaken. And I believe it is the hardest word of all.
No, my father, there is no God, for if there is, where in the world is he? And may I be so bold as to say that there are times in life when each one of us finds ourselves, if only for a moment, at that place in life. That place of aloneness and isolation. That place of hopelessness. That place where we are totally cut off from everything we have known and there is seemingly no way out. When we wonder why we have been abandoned by God and everyone else?
- Burnt (shughar.wordpress.com)
I fear that I will perish in this, my lost pride
I’m filled with hate for myself
If this is fate, I curse mine
If this is love, then I’m confused
I’m nothing more than a broken vessel
One that can never be patched
Like spilled water that can never be gathered
- The One Who Would Die, that Others Will Live (justifiedandsinner.com)
When during our time of confession and absolution earlier, I mentioned that God daily and richly forgives our sins and grants us new life, those are not just mere words. They are what we believe, what we count upon each day.
But we realize as well, and take great joy in the knowledge that this has been God’s plan from the beginning, that Jesus, the one, would die that all the children of God would never fear the power of sin, that is, that death would somehow be the end.
- Jesus, A Forever Friend! (carolynpriesterjones.org)
It does seem that running in the same circles draws us together. As we share the same experiences or know the same people, it seems easier to view the world together. But once the events, times and places change, some friendships seem to fall away.
- Love Wins, Week 5: Rocks (revjillhoward.wordpress.com)
How and when have you encountered God in your life? Or are you not sure if you have at all? Anne Lamott, in her book, Traveling Mercies, shares her story of how she came to faith through a series of intense life experiences. After years of dependency on drugs and alcohol to escape the difficulties of life, she found herself in the depths of her own hell, drunk, on drugs, and alone on one particular night. Shaky, scared, sick, and finally sobering up, she crawled into bed and after a while, felt a presence in the room with her, hunkered down in the corner. She explains that the feeling was so real that she actually turned on a light for a moment to make sure that no one was there. But after awhile, in the dark again, she knew beyond a doubt that the presence was Jesus. And she was appalled. Why? Because she couldn’t imagine what her friends would think if she became a Christian, or how she would handle it herself based on the Christians that she knew. She simply could not allow for that to happen. She screamed out in the darkness to the wall, “I would rather die!” But yet she felt Jesus there on his haunches in the corner, watching with patience and love.
- Maybe Tonight (The Pedophile) by Nicole Eva Fraser (secondwindpub.wordpress.com)
In daylight my room was a haven. Safe behind the closed door, I could read, write letters to my pen pals, and commune with the tall lilac bush just outside the second-floor window by my bed. But in the dark of night, my room was a chamber of panic.
It is no exaggeration that in all my conscious memories of childhood, I never fell asleep without terror. I knew I wasn’t safe from people in my family or from the evil presence lurking in our house that would one night snuff me out. I would lie in bed, my mind and body throbbing with spiraling panic, seemingly for hours—then the next thing I knew, I’d be opening my eyes to another morning.
I didn’t expect comfort from my mother, and she didn’t provide any, nor did she mention the incident that night or the next day. I figured she had forgotten about it. And I told no one else what had happened to me; it was too terrifying, and somehow my fault, and I was afraid my friends wouldn’t want to be my friends if they knew.
I felt like the world was going dark, like I was going to vomit, like I was sinking into the darkness and never coming back. “No,” I said, “I don’t want to,” but I didn’t cry because I knew that wouldn’t change her mind.
- The Fire Changes EVERYTHING! [Part one] (nnyphishnet.net)
It really was ‘one of those days’ that left me feeling stunned, numb, burned beyond recognition, invisible, and abandoned. Like a building had collapsed on me, and there I was- seemingly left for dead [at least somebody was] or just left to go it alone…
- Before the Council – April 6, 2014 – Matthew 26: 47 – 58 (prissiesissie.wordpress.com)
Since Caiaphas didn’t have enough testimony for a conviction, he turned to Jesus looking for a confession, but Jesus was silent. Jesus had done nothing wrong. He had nothing to confess and the Sanhedrin couldn’t find enough witnesses to claim He had. They couldn’t even find enough false witnesses to agree on what He had done.
Jesus could have defended Himself and His ministry, but He chose to remain silent. He had resigned Himself to their plot. He knew His death was inevitable and He could say nothing to dissuade them from their plans. He simply refused to participate in the drama. The Sanhedrin were relying on “plots and schemes and false accusations” but Jesus had placed His trust in God. He would have the courage to be endure the plan that was unfolding.
- Easter without Hindsight Wk2: The High Priest Caiaphas’ worst fears….? (bloodofinnocents.wordpress.com)
Caiaphas’ probably felt his worst fears were confirmed when Jeshua arrived in Jerusalem on Sunday, the first working day of the week that Passover started. Hebrew tradition said that messiah would arrive in Jerusalem through the Golden Gate riding on a donkey. As Jeshua did precisely that, thousands of Passover pilgrims, camped on hillsides around the city, flocked around him. Cheering him on they covered the road to the gate with cloaks and palm branches. Jeshua knew exactly how the Hebrews would interpret his arrival.
Jeshua was not particularly attacking the traders. The modern church often interpret these verses as an attack on commerce but that isn’t Jeshua’s point. Monopoly suppliers protected by an institution often line their pockets unfairly but that was a minor issue. Jeshua’s real target was the institution itself.
- Palm Sunday 2014 , April 13, 2014 in the World (liveloveandpray.wordpress.com)
My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
Indeed, many dogs surround me,
a pack of evildoers closes in upon me;
They have pierced my hands and my feet;
I can count all my bones.
The centurion and the men with him who were keeping watch over Jesus
feared greatly when they saw the earthquake
and all that was happening, and they said,
“Truly, this was the Son of God!”