Monday, November 08, 2004

one part church, one part politics...

church:

so, i was watching a cnn special program last night where this british guy was interviewing a saudi young man who was talking about how the religion of the militant muslims is not his religion... id be interested to see how the emergent process is going on in other world traditions, you know?... like he was post-militant-muslim... hmm...

along those lines, i found this article from uk online news...

"Christianity will be eclipsed by spirituality in 30 years, startling new research predicts. Our correspondent reports on the collapse of traditional religion and the rise of mysticism."



"In the beginning there was the Church. And people liked to dress up in their best clothes and go there on Sundays and they praised the Lord and it was good. But it came to pass that people grew tired of the Church and they stopped going, and began to be uplifted by new things such as yoga and t’ai chi instead. And, lo, a spiritual revolution was born."


i find it very interesting and even hopeful. you?... like people truly moving from institution and program towards wholistic and organic?... could this be a movement of god?... hmm...

Twice as many people believe in a “spirit force” within than they do an Almighty God without.

i think that is a thoroughly christian concept for a spirit force to be within... i go back to my comment that taoism might have more in common with biblical judaism that christianity does... the notion of god as wholly other is not a balanced biblical concept of god... god as 'out there' or 'up there' is not a hebrew understanding... the veil between heaven and earth is much more thin that we thought...

politics:

a friend sent me this link, but it sometimes doesnt pull up... i did find a word document version... so, if the link doesnt work, download this word doc...

i draw no speculative conclusions, but interesting, ey?...

2 comments:

in_the_military said...

Ryan,
Have you ever actually read the Bible?

"i think that is a thoroughly christian concept for a spirit force to be within."

This is an ignorant statment.

I will give you one example (you need to find the rest on you own):

John 14:16

Jesus says, "I will ask the Father and he will give you another counsler . . . "

This word in the orignal text means "an additional of the same thing." There is another word for "an additional of a different thing."

Therefore, the counsler is NOT a "spirit force." He is an additional of the same thing as Jesus. He is a person not a power!

If your actually read the Bible READ: Acts 8:9-25 focusing on verses 20-24.

REPENT!

jda said...

why be so harsh on a man you obviously don't even know?

i think ryan embodies the teachings of Jesus better than most of us out there... how many people do you know that let strangers spend the night in their home, who were going to sleep on the beach? or cook meals and drive around town to find homeless people to give them to? does the bible talk about that?

i know he reads the bible and it is very obvious to those who know him that he is a man of God. take your hate words elsewhere, or atleast be informed before you speak.

thanks...