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Perspective–please?

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Um, T.B.

Is NOT

Jesus, please.

😉

(my initial gut reaction to media swarm/huddle on field après so-called ‘super’ bowl.)

like what just happened people??…the human race rescued from eventual death?!..a real cure for cancer found?! world-wide peace & security?!

My perspective: i don’t bow to brady…nor ‘foot’ ball…not my catch; may be? my kick…it out of the way…for real perspective on more important things in life.

(Sorry sports and B. hyper-fans)

Yep! there are games that bring a measure of escape and/or joy? ; then there are games; OF HIGHER/EST VALUE(S).

games…

diversions, distractions…some ‘truly’ meaningful and others…

Super(ficial) and

Duper!

J.C.  GREATEST QB to play on Earth in my POV.

(And No! Jesus never claimed to be God Almighty.)

(a homeless, materially-poor Jew born in manger with fellow-creations; Spiritually-rich QB of genuine-compassion, game of forgiving and giving greatest sacrifice through torture, scorn; actual death)

(And with lot less fanfare and confetti; no money!)

confessions?

Trophy, crown of thorns…no kisses.

the V.L. trophy ritualistic adoration/kissing/touching seems a bit religious almost worshipful/superstitious in nature to me…(an objective-outsider/non-participant watching from a distance).

All the hoopla etc. seem extreme (to me).

i am from New England and i like the Patriots. (i like sports/games.) Yes, T.B.’s very-talented, hard-working, and makes sacrifices for his/the sport, seems like a nice Dad but

some people worship Brady, sports, and trophies! Some worship Jesus.

i don’t.

2/3/19 @ 10:17 p.m…draft.

nor do i think material values are the highest values for which to strive/sacrifice…so, let’s say for example: Your the Wisest, Wealthiest and Most Powerful in the Universe aka GOD/CREATOR/YAHWEH…the Bible describes as LOVE and very generous…what would You give a “beloved” child…

everything said child wants economically/materially?! the best of everything?! Is that how “genuine” loving-care and kindness is best expressed?!

Interesting reading…read on at Your choice:

Let us not conclude that thinking is just mental exercise. Thinking and actions work together. (Mark 7:21-23; Jas. 2:17) This can better be appreciated if we consider a few examples. The Gospels, for instance, give us clear indications of Yahweh/Jehovah’s thinking with regard to material things. God handpicked the human parents who would raise his Son​—a couple who were of modest material means. (Lev. 12:8; Luke 2:24) When Jesus was born, Mary “laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the lodging place.” (Luke 2:7) Had Jehovah wanted to, he could in any number of ways have provided better accommodations for the birth of his Son. What mattered to Him, though, was the spiritual environment in which Jesus would be cared for and raised.

From this Bible account about Jesus’ birth, we can appreciate Yahweh/Jehovah’s view of material things. Some parents insist on the best for their children materially, even at the expense of their children’s spiritual health. Clearly, though, Jehovah considers spiritual matters to be of supreme importance. Have you adopted Yahweh/Jehovah’s view? What do your actions reveal?​—Read Hebrews 13:5.

(Excerpted: Are You Making Yahweh/Jehovah’s Thoughts Your Own? W November 2018)

Spiritual values v. material values is an important topic for deep consideration.

And am out of time for now.

Questions for Reflections:

How does elevating the material over the spiritual devalue/degrade humanity/life/earth?

How does elevating the spiritual over the material enhance/upgrade humanity/life/earth?

 

2/4/18 @ 12:37 p.m.

afternoon P.s.

Be transformed by making your mind over.”​—ROM. 12:2.

 

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snoozing and losing

snooze much–lose much??

snooze little–lose little??

NO Snoozing–NO Losing?! 🙂

(Not talking physical sleep; spiritual slumber is harmful whereas physical sleep restorative.)

An observation: imperfect: mine:

Some of us lose out on a lot spiritually sleep walking through much of our lives. We are caught unawares and unwise. With our mind’s eyes shut/closed…We fail to prioritize the most important components of life which would bring us the deepest satisfaction and happiness…and JOY. (My P.O.V.)

I don’t get enough physical sleep mostly due to forces beyond my control, (that’s my excuse and i’m sticking with it for now;) i.e. sick kid(s)/family member(s), etc. And force within my self-control…UP too late learning)…attempting to know what i don’t now know.

Wish i could sleep when i want/need to sleep. Life doesn’t always cooperate, eh?;)

In my personal readings of the Bible…there are warnings to stay on the watch; pay attention—CARE fully. Caring does have something to do with it; for sure. Caring about the correct things…aka what is truly worthy of care/concern.

I CARE ABOUT LIFE! ALL LIFE.

At my mind gym…we had a special visitor this week..who briefly spoke about […] which got my mind churning about “criteria”  for my choices…is the slight inspiration for this post. He brought up 3 topics for consideration which are very practical—for all of us—to deeply consider individually.

  1. morality
  2.  doctrine
  3.  organization

Personally, my base line morality is: RESPECT FOR LIFE. Which is a BIG blanket…comfy! covers;)…many “specifics” in life including bed and bedding. lol:)

Usually, keeps me warm and my conscience feeling healthy…(aka  one thing NOT keeping me up at night.)

my choices, my refrains, my symbolic gestures, etc…i always wear my seat belt and drive the speed limit. I stopped skiing, at Hubby’s request, due to fear of m.a.j.o.r. injuries. Am much better at ice skating, and enJOY that Winter sport; less spills for me. I respect the sacredness of blood, so i don’t consume this life force in any form. I respect young life, so no abortion. I respect old life, so i respect authority; accept counsel from my parents, grandparents and feel elderly ones are a source of wisdom and should be loved and taken care. I respect male life and female life and innate differences are valued by me which entails/encompasses cooperation, peace.

Also, “Potential” is a value…potential life–should be protected/respected…which means, to me, sex inside marriage. Young/new life is worthy of loving-protective-stable male/female teachers, (e.g., parents aka more experienced life helping inexperienced life succeed with pertinent life lessons).

I believe both males and females aka “parents” “generators” of life: sperm/egg …have much to bring of VALUE to the working/functioning table of life–from which–young/less-experienced/newer on the scene/life can learn/need to learn.

I respect animal life, though, i do eat meat in moderation. (So, this shows/indicates: I elevate/value human/fellow-breathing-fragile-life-species/capacities/potentials over animal/fellow-breathing-fragile-life-species to some degree. I do love animals, too. Especially, the tasty kind, just joking!lol or the fluffy/cute kind!:) I am SERIOUSLY disgusted by wanton abuses and merciless murders of precious life in general. I reject violence. I reject war. I save bugs and don’t stomp on them…cause hey, i am a bug myself. Have annoyed many in my lifetime; i’m sure.:) and maybe?? You Reader:)…find this post pestering?!! OOPS.

I “attempt” to live Agape Love to the best of my very-imperfect abilities in my dealings/interactions/communications with all my fellow-life out of respect & love of life.

I’m glad to be alive! And I Do Respect Others have differing values/criteria and respect they make different choices than me.  I am just “explaining” my personal values/choices and connections…which seem tied & teethered appropriately/logically within frame of Respect For Life moral value.

I don’t mean to be mean…and/or turn this into a long list of do nots…just “brief” examples of how my ‘base’ morality flows: Valuing: “Respect For Life” touches/connects/knots various choices together i personally make.

Doctrine: TRUTH. I investigate/”care” FULLY (cause i care fully) examine everything–of interest–to be sure my knowledge (or acceptance thereof) is reasonably ‘accurate’ on a given topic including religion. (And whether or not Respect For Life is demonstrated/manifested..and how, when, why, where.)

True and false exist. Many of us fail to take the necessary time and/or are mentally lazy, don’t care, and sleepily accept/eat/fall for false notions, outright-obnoxious lies, and incomplete information or mis/disinformation which is distracting, damaging, and/or deadly!:(

Hey, i wanna keep living, THANKS!:)

From my perspective: means Trusting Truth & Respecting Life.

My Respect For Life informs: I don’t want to “stupidly” cut life short or snooze and lose!! or booze..nope, not an over-drinker…my respect for life takes me down the route of m.o.d.e.r.a.t.i.o.n.

(So, i’ve never smoked and never will. I “try” not to make rash/dash…overly-emotional decisions before gathering adequate/enough evidence of accuracy. Which takes time and patience/tenacity /endurance/care…courage.)

Wonder why i’m TIRED!;)

Plus, i’ve found: Truly Respecting Life not only eloooooongates, but ELEVATES quality of living/life.🙂

Organization: When analyzing ANY/ALL organization(s): i.e., government, business, religion, education, club, etc. and/or whether to support or join:

My Morality: “Respect For Life” and Doctrine: “Truth” come into play major.

Does this organization/religion/business/club: Respect Life or Take Life?? What about Truth?? Does this particular organization: teach, implement, practice what is TRUE??! And to a reasonable degree??

to me: it’s not that overly-complicated…trusting truth and respecting life…are simply logical and beneficial🙂…and for myself and for Others

I really appreciate when Others have Respect For Life/my life!!:)

I am spiritually awake to:

  1. Respect For Life (and to what degree/how deeply)?!
  2.  Doctrine: Truth. Is this (?) True/Accurate: (on the surface or deeply)?!
  3. IF ANY ORGANIZATION does not adhere to morality and doctrine 1 + 2 = criteria/test…i take notice. I reject. I abstain.

{Yes, I have other (numbers/values) that can/may be added to my analysis/equation formula…not enumerated above…for the sake of keeping this post: short/concise/simple/succinct as possible.}

And when in doubt, i sit it out…or i research more and remain neutral/non-participatory..because of my deep love & respect for the precious gift of life! 🙂

I accept/realize not everyone sees things/investigates—like me—through this spiritual lens of Respecting Life & Trusting Truth…so, they will view and do differently than me. That is their prerogative!

And whatever our particular prerogatives/our choices–we all live with our own consequences!

Actually, these two values R.L. & T.T. help me feel better/more positively about my very imperfect/very much a work in progress: ever learning/changing self.

THANKS Reader for understanding.

Another “personal” observation: acquired over time: My Day seems to go Okay when i continue Respecting Life & Trusting Truth!:) and these values have been with me since Youth..(i’ll be 50 March 2019)…

Partly because of my Parents. Partly because of my (Bible & Other) education. Partly because of my association. Partly because…

 

 

(2/1/15 @ 3:04p.m.)

Peace/Respect to You Reader:)

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Spelling. Vocabulary. Comprehension.

Straightforward—aka easily understand to most—on-line dictionary definitions of above-mentioned:

spelling: the process or activity of writing or naming the letters of a word.

vocabulary: the body of words used in a particular language.

words used on a particular occasion or in a particular sphere.
the body of words known to an individual person.

 

comprehension: the action or capability of understanding something.

Many words make up a language. Our individual vocabularies differ as well as our comprehension and spelling skills and/or writing skills.

Two common words spoken/spelled/understood/embodied/expressed/written/lived in both common and uncommon ways by all of us: Love and hate.

Or strong like and/or strong dislike. Or less like or MORE LIKE..lol..:)

various gradients on the love to hate or hate to love spectrum occur.

I love love and i hate hate.

Love and hate can, at times, be viewed as “justice” terms/vocabulary.

When i love, what or who or how i love is “worthy” ? deserving of said love?!

Not to oversimplify the problems afflicting humankind, but to reduce things to a love/hate matter doesn’t seem illogical/unreasonable or overly-emotional to me.

Love and hate…false religion and true religion play major roles throughout history and modern-story continuously and as systems of so-called “justice” “law”…including today 1/23/19…on both the little screen/individual life and on the big screen/society at large.

for example,

i
HATE

false religion!!! (It rears its ugly head in different—even unexpected—places.)

it has destroyed many minds and many lives!!! 🙁 

What goes around, as the truism states, comes around..

And

FALSE RELIGION WILL BE DESERVEDLY DESTROYED!!!

It’s like an intricately decorated fake cake. Eye fooled and tooth deceived by delusions of deliciousness.

Just about everyone would agree not everything labeled “food” is healthy or nutritious, eh?! And BTW: i LOVE ‘real’ Chocolate Cake, Yummy!:)…in moderation.

And OUCH i have a (wisdom) tooth needing pulling.

Some of us can spell f.o.o.d. correctly. Just because i can spell the word doesn’t mean i can cook. Or IF i can cook–i am a good cook. Or just because i enJOY eating doesn’t mean i know how to make or that i indeed make good/healthy eating choices.

C.A.K.E.

Food come in various forms. So does religion.

From my studies, i’ve found it necessary and “healthy” (not just spiritually, but psychologically, mentally, emotionally, and physically) to clearly distinguish/differentiate between “true” and “false”.

Accurate = True. (Healthy for me.)

Inaccurate = False. (Unhealthy for me.)

False religion: It’s like a rotten-broken (so-called wisdom) tooth needing pulling…that causes excruciating pain or worse. 🙁

Or a rotten wood plank…a trap…plummeting people to the pit of hopelessness and despair and death beneath.

(The Bible truthfully foretells an Amazing Time of Divine Justice taking place.)

This will bring GREAT RELIEF TO HUMANITY!!!🙂

Love is the identifying mark of “True” religion.

Some reading:  enJOY Truth seeker…”lex talionis”

  The rule of “an eye for an eye” was part of God’s Law given by Moses to ancient Israel and was quoted by Jesus in his Sermon on the Mount. (Matthew 5:​38, King James Version; Exodus 21:24, 25; Deuteronomy 19:21) It meant that when dealing out justice to wrongdoers, the punishment should fit the crime. * (This legal principle, sometimes referred to by the Latin term lex talionis, was also reflected in the legal system of some other ancient societies.)

The rule applied to deliberate injurious acts against another person. Regarding a willful offender, the Mosaic Law stated: “Fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, the same sort of injury he inflicted should be inflicted on him.”​—Leviticus 24:20.

The “eye for an eye” rule did not authorize or sanction vigilante justice. Rather, it helped appointed judges to impose punishments that were appropriate, being neither too harsh nor too lenient.

The rule also served as a deterrent to any who would intentionally harm others or scheme to do so. “Those who remain [those who observed God’s justice being carried out] will hear and be afraid,” explained the Law, “and they will never again do anything bad like this among you.”​—Deuteronomy 19:20.

To Whom does this rule apply?

No, this rule is not binding on Christians. It was part of the Mosaic Law, which Jesus’ sacrificial death abolished.​—Romans 10:4.

Even so, the rule provides insight into God’s way of thinking. For example, it shows that God values justice. (Psalm 89:14) It also reveals his standard of justice​—namely, that wrongdoers should be disciplined “to the proper degree.”​—Jeremiah 30:11.

 Misconceptions:

Misconception: The “eye for an eye” rule was excessively harsh.

Fact: The rule did not authorize a heavy-handed, cruel application of justice. Rather, when properly applied, it meant that qualified judges would impose retribution for an offense only after first considering the circumstances involved and the extent to which the offense was deliberate. (Exodus 21:28-​30; Numbers 35:22-​25) The “eye for an eye” rule thus acted as a restraint against extremes in punishment.

Misconception: The “eye for an eye” rule authorized an endless cycle of personal vengeance.

Fact: The Mosaic Law itself stated: “You must not take vengeance nor hold a grudge against the sons of your people.” (Leviticus 19:18) Rather than promoting personal vengeance, the Law encouraged people to trust in God and in the legal system that he had authorized to right any wrongs.​—Deuteronomy 32:35.

quick blurb: (my red & purple highlights)

1/23/19 @ 5:45 p.m.

From my observations/studies: remaining politically neutral at all times: this is the wisest course for me…as well as having no part of false religion and its practices; e.g., vindictive-vigilante justice.

(Religion is a lifestyle.)

(My lifestyle is living–(spelling correctly/comprehending deeply)– Agape Love to the best of my limited abilities.)

Us humans–have the imperfect/sick tendency to take our own limited sense of so-called ‘justice’ into our own ‘little’ hands…leading SADLY to very disastrous results for ourselves and others.:(

THANK YOU READER FOR LIVING AGAPE LOVE aka Divine Justice!:)

 

 

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Some Mysteries can be solved! Some Mysteries are worth the time, energy and effort!

Mysteries can be barriers to “accurate” knowledge.

Oh! So! You think You’re so SMART–a mystery solver, eh??

(NO! i am no mystery for You to solve Reader; am pretty honest/trusting here (and probably/most likely to my own eventual detriment. THANKS for RESPECTING MY PRIVACY aka Don’t mess with my privacy/(my protective barrier) aka Don’t try to fill in my blanks without my permission that i purposely leave out).

Now IF You’re interested in figuring out any spiritual mystery worth Your time…You may continue…IF YOU got the guts…to face the TRUTH.

Reader:) please enJOY 3 excerpted articles re: 1 “mysterious” topic: God. (my purple highlights)

Is God a Trinity?

[The Christian religion] “in its three classic forms of Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and Protestantism acknowledges one God in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. According to Christian theology, this acknowledgment is not a recognition of three gods but that these three persons are essentially one.”​—The New Encyclopædia Britannica.

The doctrine and term “trinity” is no where to be found in the Bible.

THE TRUTH FROM THE BIBLE

Jesus, the Son of God, never claimed to be equal to or of the same substance as his Father. Rather, he said: “I am going my way to the Father, because the Father is greater than I am.” (John 14:28) He also told one of his followers: “I am ascending to my Father and your Father and to my God and your God.”​—John 20:17.

The holy spirit is not a person. Early Christians “became filled with holy spirit,” and Jehovah said: “I shall pour out some of my spirit upon every sort of flesh.” (Acts 2:1-4, 17) The holy spirit is not part of a Trinity. It is God’s active force.

WHY IT MATTERS

The Trinity, explain Catholic scholars Karl Rahner and Herbert Vorgrimler, “could not be known without revelation, and even after revelation cannot become wholly intelligible.” Can you really love someone who is impossible to know or understand? The doctrine of the Trinity, therefore, is a barrier to knowing and loving God.

“God is not a God of confusion.” (1 Corinthians 14:33American Standard Version) He has not hidden his identity from us. He wants us to know him. Jesus said: “We worship what we know.”​—John 4:22.

 If we view Jehovah as a distinct Person rather than a mysterious stranger, it is far easier to love him. “He that does not love has not come to know God,” says the Bible, “because God is love.”​—1 John 4:8.

[excerpted: The Lie That Made God a Mystery w 11 2013]

Origin of Trinity…

“The impression could arise that the Trinitarian dogma is in the last analysis a late 4th-century invention. In a sense, this is true . . . The formulation ‘one God in three Persons’ was not solidly established, certainly not fully assimilated into Christian life and its profession of faith, prior to the end of the 4th century.”​—New Catholic Encyclopedia (1967), Volume 14, page 299.

“The Council of Nicaea met on May 20, 325 [C.E.]. Constantine himself presided, actively guiding the discussions, and personally proposed . . . the crucial formula expressing the relation of Christ to God in the creed issued by the council, ‘of one substance with the Father.’ . . . Overawed by the emperor, the bishops, with two exceptions only, signed the creed, many of them much against their inclination.”​—Encyclopædia Britannica (1970), Volume 6, page 386.

What does the Bible Say?

“Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at God’s right hand. ‘Look! I can see heaven thrown open,’ he said, ‘and the Son of man standing at the right hand of God.’”​—Acts 7:55, 56The New Jerusalem Bible.

What did this vision reveal? Filled with God’s active force, Stephen saw Jesus “standing at God’s right hand.” Clearly, then, Jesus did not become God again after his resurrection to heaven but, rather, a distinct spiritual being. There is no mention of a third person next to God in this account. Despite attempts to find passages of Scripture to support the Trinity dogma, Dominican priest Marie-Émile Boismard wrote in his book À l’aube du christianisme​—La naissance des dogmes (At the Dawn of Christianity—​The Birth of Dogmas): “The statement that there are three persons in the one God . . . cannot be read anywhere in the New Testament.”

[excerpted: Myth 4 God is a Trinity w November 2009]

Should You Believe in the Trinity? Awake! August 2013 excerpted:

More than two billion people profess to be Christian. Most belong to churches that teach the Trinity—the doctrine that the Father, the Son, and the holy spirit together form one God. How did the Trinity become an official doctrine? More important, is this teaching in harmony with the Bible?

THE Bible was completed in the first century C.E. Teachings that led to the development of the Trinity began to be officially formulated in 325 C.E.—more than two centuries later—at a council in the city of Nicaea in Asia Minor, now Iznik, Turkey. According to the New Catholic Encyclopedia, the creed attributed to the Council of Nicaea set out the first official definition of ‘Christian orthodoxy,’ including the definition of God and Christ. Why, though, was it deemed necessary to define God and Christ centuries after the Bible was completed? Is the Bible unclear on these important topics?

When Constantine became sole ruler of the Roman Empire, professed Christians were divided over the relationship between God and Christ. Was Jesus God? Or was he created by God? To settle the matter, Constantine summoned church leaders to Nicaea, not because he sought religious truth, but because he did not want religion to divide his empire.

Constantine asked the bishops, who may have numbered into the hundreds, to come to a unanimous accord, but his request was in vain. He then proposed that the council adopt the ambiguous notion that Jesus was “of one substance” (homoousios) with the Father. This unbiblical Greek philosophical term laid the foundation for the Trinity doctrine as later set forth in the church creeds. Indeed, by the end of the fourth century, the Trinity had essentially taken the form it has today, including the so-called third part of the godhead, the holy spirit.

WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?

Jesus said that “the true worshipers will worship the Father with . . . truth.” (John 4:23) That truth has been recorded in the Bible. (John 17:17) Does the Bible teach that the Father, the Son, and the holy spirit are three persons in one God?

 For one thing, the Bible does not mention the word “Trinity.” For another, Jesus never claimed to be equal to God. Instead, Jesus worshipped God. (Luke 22:41-44) A third line of evidence concerns Jesus’ relationship with his followers. Even after he was raised from the dead to the spirit realm, Jesus called his followers “my brothers.” (Matthew 28:10) Were they brothers of Almighty God? Of course not! But through their faith in Christ—God’s preeminent Son—they too became sons of the one Father. (Galatians 3:26)

Peace Mystery Solver:) 

1/17/19 @ 9:49 p.m.

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