Anyway, I brought home from the mountains a ton of pictures to sort, and a few foundational truths to rebuild my faith on... and rather than repost this list every time I update it, I shall edit as the days go by...
- The Universe is the result of Intelligent design. Even a layman's passing awareness of the laws of entropy preclude the serious consideration that the space-time continuum is an accident.
- The appearance of Jesus, the Christ, Yeshua Ben-Joseph, is established History.
- Yeshua claimed to be one with the Creator, The God of Abraham, The God of Issac, Adonai, Yaweh. His credentials, were established beyond question when He rose from the dead.
- The veracity of scripture is not in question, for me. By the established protocols of archeological discipline, we have more copies, closer in age to the originals, than any other ancient manuscripts (reference)
- The Gospels are the word of God, inspired in a way we cannot completely comprehend, divine truth nonetheless flavored with the personalities of the authors Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
- Jesus, accepted the Torah. I must accept the Old Testament in it's entirety... in matters such as these, I gotta go with the Guy That Rose From The Dead.
- Jesus, did not preach on the Ten Commandments, (perhaps we should follow that model) What he did stress, was that we " Love 45 the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 46 22:38This is the first and greatest 47 commandment. 22:39 The second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 48 22:40 All the law and the prophets depend 49 on these two commandments.” now interestingly enough, this places the emphasis on the first commandment, and indicates that if we treat the people around us poorly, we dishonor it. Hmmm...That makes things simple, though still impossible. Surely there must be a balance between Grace, and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. "Love your neighbor as yourself" completely removes any justification for self-righteousness and the prerequisite hypocrisy. These were the sins that Jesus spoke against, and he reserved the one scriptural incident of premeditated violence for those men who were fleecing the poor with the backing of established religion. your Jesus' pet peeve was self righteousness, and taking advantage of the poor pissed him off to the point where he actually beat people up. (Mark, 11;17)....