…The man had often been attacked by the demon. And even thought he had been bound with chains and leg irons and kept under guard, he smashed whatever bound him… – Luke 8:29
To see what I previously wrote on this subject go here. What I would like to do now is to clarify what I’ve said, expound a bit, and correct my own thinking where I may have been wrong.
By the way, have you seen the hit you tube video, Why I hate Religion, But Love Jesus? With currently more than 29M views its worth a watch. I think this video has taken the idea of which I spoke about, to the extreme. Too far into the extreme. For a good, balanced response to the video read, Does Jesus Hate Religion? Kinda, Sorta, Not Really. Continue reading “More about Relationship, Religion and Culture”
“Daar is geen skepper, alles het vanself ontstaan,”
sê die skepsels, “die aarde, son en maan –
aanvaar nou sonder rusie,
dis alles die werk van die groot god ewolusie.
Hy weet niks, sien niks, en kan niks voel,
maar hy stuur nog altyd af op sy doel. Continue reading “Die groot god ewolusie”
You hear my unspoken prayers,
the desires of my heart are all seen by you.
To my silent vows you hold me accountable.
To my thoughts unspoken,
you respond with care.
When I speak in the language of my soul,
You respond with the love of your own.
When my heart is stripped bare,
I find your own finding me there. Continue reading “Psalm to Him”
There is a religion
A religion which shoves itself down your pagan throat
A religion of the righteous, unlike you
You third world barbarian
A religion which fights terror. With worse terror
A religion of the majority, outvoting the minority
A religion of rights, the right to kill, the right to war Continue reading “Beware Pagans”
What is Christmas really about? If only I had a rupee for every time I heard someone ask that question.
Christmas is about born identification. It is a time to remember when the all supreme, all powerful, all knowing God, in his infinite love, came down to earth and identified with mankind. Continue reading “Born Identification”
I can dwell on a relationship with Christ all day long, I can admire the beauty, nobility, power, pain and joy of such a relationship. I can write about it, make a case for it, encourage others for it, read more about it and totally sell myself over to the idea.
But. If I’m not actually in that relationship, if I am not really partaking in the the things of Christ, if I do not communicate with Him, live with Him as if my body were his dwelling place. Then it is all pretty sounding mumbo jumbo.
Am I living for the idea of a relationship with my creator, or am I living the relationship?
Has the idea of God, righteousness, holiness, love, endurance, suffering, power consumed my thoughts? Or am I consumed by these?
As a man thinketh so is he, not always. Because a man is more than just his thoughts.
Circumstantial holiness, or maybe we can call it convenient righteousness, or easy virtues. It’s all just a form of hypocrisy.
It is only natural, only “human’”, only logical to take the path of least resistance. Protected by culturally acceptable practices in our Christianity. Yes, “Christianity” as a general term has moved from describing a relationship to a religion and now just a culture. Protected by the fear of being caught out for doing wrong. Protected by family values, healthy bodies, wealthy pockets. Doing the right thing is sometimes the easy thing. Continue reading “Circumstantial Holiness”
We live in a day and age of great stimulation. When we are stimulated, we become “alive”, we “wake up”, we are “driven”. The forms of stimulation around us are plentiful. Television, computers, movies, iPod’s, smart phones, billboards, Facebook, YouTube etc. If it is not flashy, interesting in appearance or has some kind of connection with our desires, it just doesn’t get a response from us. Continue reading “Stimulation”
Very few of us will admit that we want a life of mediocrity, but at the end of the day, so many of us have been willing to settle for it. Most of us, I’m sure, would like to live a great life, to be well known, to be praised, adored, loved. Not that most of us are willing or know anything of the sacrifice it takes to live a great life. Nevertheless, those who are slightly wiser may want their greatness to echo through the ages, to be remembered a hundred years, a thousand years after their time. Imagine. Wouldn’t that be something. Continue reading “A Legacy”
I’m a guy, beauty is not usually equated with guys, we tend to be rough, dirty, strong, insensitive at times, with a tough exterior that rarely lets you know what our hearts long for.
Maybe I’m only speaking for myself, but I don’t think so. I want beauty, I don’t want to be feminine and I don’t want to look pretty…ever, but I need her. I need to see her, feel her, experience her, own her. Beauty, she captivates my heart. Continue reading “A desire for beauty”