The Real Jesus

It used to bother me when I would hear of people researching the “historical” Jesus. Different “Jesus” projects seemed just insulting when all (as I thought) we needed to know about Jesus was in the Bible. Lately I’ve even heard some talk about the “Jesus myth” as if he didn’t really exist at all. Really? I can’t imagine setting the calendar by someone’s birth who was totally fictitious.

Over the years, I have learned to value these various searchings as a trend. A valuable trend. People in the 21st  century are still interested in Jesus. Even attempts to discredit him must begin with someone, somewhere, looking at the available information. That’s a good thing. I tell believers and unbelievers the same thing: don’t bring your own agenda to the Bible. Just let it say what it says and make your decision.

Today I ran across an interesting article about the many images of Jesus in the world. Sometimes we stop searching and just try to make him in our own image, but sometimes it’s just an attempt to make some type of connection with him. Read it and look at the pictures: http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2014/03/15/five-things-you-didnt-know-about-jesus/?hpt=hp_c3 .

If you or someone you know really wants to find Jesus, start by talking to his “Father.” Go see: www.therealprayer.org 

Published in: on March 17, 2014 at 3:14 pm  Leave a Comment  
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as it is in Heaven (or in the heavens)

Here I am, blogging about heaven again. Something about it intrigues me, and not just the prospect of going there someday. I keep thinking about Jesus’ words that tell us that “Eye has not seen, nor the ear heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man, the things God has prepared.” As I have said before: If you can imagine it, that’s not it!

One thing we do know, however, is that it is a place where God’s will is always done. Wherever it is, things run smoothly there. Perhaps things happen at a thought or with the power of pure intention. Maybe things aren’t the struggle they seem to be down here (or out here, or over here, or-wherever.) Maybe it is the place our spirit, or soul, or the ineffable side of our existence came from and we remember somehow when things were right and want to return to that life. Well, that might seem a bit far-fetched for some, but anyway…

However heaven is, we have been told to seek a life here where God’s will is as present and important and real as it is there. I know some church-martyrs who beat their chests and moan about what a trial it is to do God’s will. If I EVER get to the point where I am always doing and experiencing the Creator’s will I won’t be complaining. I think I’ll be the happiest person on Earth.

For a e-workbook on The Lord’s Prayer go see: www.therealprayer.org

Published in: on August 20, 2009 at 3:33 pm  Comments Off on as it is in Heaven (or in the heavens)  
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…and forgive us our (debts, trespasses, etc)

How odd it is that there should be a choice, as it were, to either “debt” or “trespass.” It appears from several sources that the notion of debt is what the speaker of these words was actually addressing that day. It appears that instead of teaching on the things believers should not do, he was reminding them about what they should do. So to the extent that they were not doing the good things in life, they were not giving to the creator what was owed. This was the debt: to do good as an offering of thanksgiving. For committing this sin of omission, we ask forgiveness.

The other interpretation is equally valid. Trespassing has a similar meaning as sin. The idea is that of missing the mark; an easy to understand term from archery, sailing, or navigation in general. To trespass is to get off your path onto something else. In this case “forgive” is better followed by “restore.” “Restore us to the true path as we help restore others to it,” or “Forgive our missing the mark, now restore our aim!”

What is that true path? That path of experiencing providence, abundance, love, supply, restoration. Yes, we all crave the forgiveness for disobedience, but having gained that, we need daily restoration to a right mind and right way of thinking and feeling.

An easy to use  e-workbook is available to craft your own prayer based on the model prayer. See it at : www.therealprayer.org

Published in: on May 15, 2009 at 7:35 am  Comments Off on …and forgive us our (debts, trespasses, etc)  
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As it is in Heaven.

As I have written before, my first sight of the Earth from space made me begin to wonder about heaven from an early age. Since it could not be seen from space hovering above the Earth I couldn’t imagine where it could be. “By this time,” I reasoned, “it must be pretty full, not to mention all the angels and such.” Why could I not see it?

Since those days, Heaven with an upper case H has been rightly translated as the heavens and implies more than a huge mansion with an imposing figure sitting on a throne. While I still believe in the Creator which we pretty much universally refer to as “God,” I have discovered that my child-like Sunday School image is primarily the greatest hindrance to my faith.

We seem to be both physical and spiritual, and it is from the spiritual side of ourselves that we can get to know this creator who inhabits the heavens. In this place the creator’s will is what existence is all about, and those thoughts and words are reality. When we pray the Lord’s Prayer, we are seeking an experience where that spiritual reality in the heavens becomes our reality on earth(see previous blog entry.)

Seeing the creator’s spiritual will unfold in our physical lives here and now is the ultimate experience for us. That alone is worth seeking daily in prayer.

An e-workbook for the Lord’s Prayer is available from: www.therealprayer.com

Published in: on May 6, 2009 at 7:53 am  Comments Off on As it is in Heaven.  
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Thy Kingdom Come

Here is another phrase we blithely recite as if it makes sense to us. But stop for a moment and think of these words outside of this prayer. Nowhere else would we say something like “Your kingdom come.” There is no subject/verb agreement. It’s not like “Your kingdom came,” or “We want your kingdom to come.” By themselves, the words really make little sense (if we read them just as they are.)

If we step back and look at what we think it means, however, we realize we must do some internal editing. What we see is “Thy kingdom come.” What we hear in our heads is “Your kingdom has come,” or “Your kingdom, having come,” or even “Come, kingdom.”

The bottom line is that the kingdom, with the presence of Jesus (the one speaking the words that day) had come, and things were about to change forever.

If you want to really experience the Lord’s Prayer as it was intended, get a copy of the workbook at: www.therealprayer.com

Published in: on April 24, 2009 at 7:53 am  Comments Off on Thy Kingdom Come  
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