UPSIDE-DOWN CHURCH CAN STIMULATE US TO GO TO GOD
This week was a wakeup from a bad dream. Not problematic as it was a direction to edit last week’s post of our NewYearHope – WordPress.com blog, Promotion Promise. The dream put me in a slave position and what I had to do to escape and live in fear. I woke up to think about it, it led me to edit the title, and add the video. Dreams are useful.
Sunday at church was similarly confusing. Not the mass, but the means of transport. My precious wife brought me, and went off to have her own breakfast. In service, I met with my sponsor and his sister, who have befriended me to join their church. Afterward, they invited me to coffee, and I accepted thinking precious wife was at home waiting my call.
As it turned out, she was already in the church parking lot, had bought me a coffee; I had to explain how I was with my sponsors and they wanted to take us both to coffee. This made her very upset, and without explanation, she drove by and away. For a moment, just a moment, I was embarrassed, but understood sympathetically, she was not dressed for a social.
HOW TO JOIN AN UPSIDE-DOWN CHURCH
My fifty-five years as a Protestant believer took me from Baptist baptism to Church of Christ baptism, to non-denominational holy-Spirit baptism, and a local “family worship center”. All within which was my first and second marriages, three daughters, adopted son, and three step-children. No Protestant church could deal with my failures or absolve my sins.
The challenge in joining another “best” church, is to follow the holy leadings of God and his invitation to learn more about such things as sacraments, and saints, and the sacred Eternal Word, which is transubstantiated into bread and wine unlike any other tradition. It has become more and more important to me. I am freely accepted and being processed in.
From the outside of a Catholic Church, Christian believers are taught to reject its teachings, be suspicious of its authority and question every biblical interpretation. But my introduction is finding more and more sense of the total, complete and comprehensive teaching through faith and reasonable understanding–that when learned, is assembled rightside up.(Wikipedia.org)
TURNING CHURCH ORGANIZATION CHARTS UPSIDE DOWN
I just learned of a good biblical illustration that may concern many new church member prospects. Church Structure by Simon Fennshows us that the point of human needs is the top of the chart as changed from the authority. So the primary motivating anointing (ability, resource, power) is properly placed below in support of lay members serving human needs.
Also, here are some statistics that might help encourage lay ministers. Of the world’s population, 31.2 % are Christian, and 24.1% are Muslim. 16% Secular; 15.1% Hindus; 6.9% Buddhists; 5.7% tribal groups; and 0.2% Jewish. (Other, 1%)[globalreligiousfutures.org] And within Christian traditions, 50%, or 1.2 billion are Catholic. (Pew Research Center, R. Toro)
To add to this, the Muslims are projected to be faster growing of the major religious groups.(Estimated population size, 2015-2060) Rates of growth: Muslims, +70; Christians, +34; Hindus, +27; Jews, +15; tribals, +5 [Totals 32% of overall global population]. I conclude two reasons cause this, the god-of-this-world is a liar, and its doubting deception more convincing.
TURNING OUR NUTRICIAN AND HEALTH UPSIDE DOWN
My son sent me an email about a link to a promotion for a weight loss product, and asked what I thought. I was in the middle of writing this, as Tuesday is my most productive day–and turned my thoughts concerning church data, completely upside down. I immediately began researching his question. I shared with Wife and she said see Dr. Eric Berg. (YouTube.com):
Introduction on YouTube that shows his credentials, and gives an overview of some of the 600 videos that teach his secrets. Well, there is no secret about this really great nutritional education. I hope to learn as I post some helpful videos here. I watched How to burn fat, “People don’t lose weight to get healthy, they get healthy to lose weight!” He said. (YouTube.com)
That was great, wasn’t it? Did you take notes? Well, you can watch his video over and over till you get it down. Like taking a class. . . we are back in school again only this time we are motivated to learn. Here is another basic level class that I’ve seen that’s great: “How to fix your slow metabolism, MUST WATCH” (I googled “basics” for this YouTube.com classic)
BACK TO OUR UPSIDE-DOWN COMMUNITY STUDY
. . . Let’s finish learning how one needs to know about God’s holy Apostolic Church: Three steps that take a considerable amount of time. First commit to praying a daily prayer that covers all needs for spiritual protection. Second, learn about Christian theology. And third, watch some Catholic programs on EWTN. (WordPress.com, Wikipedia.com, EWTN.com)
The Basics of Christian Theology is inspiring. The author, Murray Rae, writes from Protestant or Reformed Tradition view, “Theological speech, Christianity understood, ought always to have this character of witness and of confession — it cannot stand in for the reality itself. It can only gesture towards the reality of God’s self-disclosure which, in the end, must be allowed to speak for itself.”
My study of theology led me into some Jewish mysticism classes that opened a door for me to look into a deeper level of the Godhead . . . so I thought. I had begun my blog, theology401, and thought, there must be a college class by that name! And when I searched for it, there it was. You can read about such a discovery, and what I learned writing it here. (WordPress.com)
ARE WE RIGHT SIDE UP YET?
My own study uncovered the Catholic Encyclopedia details about Jewish mysticism. I was relieved to learn of the theological error made by Jewish mystics. That helped me see something more about the Trinity, and the feminine side of the Creator. The anatomy of a woman’s dream, links all of the Hebrew University videos and the Catholic assessment.
I learned all this by trusting my intuitive conscience given to me as part of the grace, peace and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ, and because of the feminine side of the Jewish Sefirot (‘safires’). The ten symbols in the diagram come from Kabbalistic documents that reveal “heat that radiates from the burning coal: ‘Images’ accessible to human imagination.” . . .
Last week, I was forced to give away all my study bibles. If Wife was supposed to transport me to the Catholic Church, she wanted to know just how seriously committed I am. So she attacked my library. I was willing to make the sacrifice because I was given a new Catholic bible. Also I realized all my references were old, and the Internet has more and better sources.
A CONCEPT OF PARALLAX ERROR
I just awoke from a restful nap, as my age and health demands, and noticed my outdoor thermostat needed adjustment. So I adjusted it to be more accurate. It’s not that complicated having a plastic pointer connected to a spring-like coil that is sensitive to the atmospheric temperature. Puting it back over my bed, laid there a moment, and thought, what if . . .
Can the concept of parallax error apply to church (ecclesial) or nutritional teaching? One of my references that didn’t get given away is a wonderful book by Dr. R.C. Sproul. He is a Reformed scholar who taught me that everybody has a theology. His work, Essential Truths of the Christian Faith is one book I purchased and devoured. It helped motivate me to write.
Everybody looks to God differently. Everyone is unique and can tell a individual story. Knowing what the essential truths are is very helpful because we may have heard something wrong and believed it to be right. Now, professor Sproul teaches basic bible faith, although Lutheran, he leaves Catholic doctrine alone. He occupies a different perspective, parallaxically.
THE IMAGE OF A TRASHED CHURCH IS BLASPHEMOUS
Our Creator paid the price for the right to condemn human beings that refuse to honor their Creator as ultimate creator . They are given the free choice to reject God, but obviously, they lack understanding. Rejecting God and his Church is not a crime but is a mortal sin and means eternal judgment. Such cultural displays shock and hurt believers who love Church.
“How can we DO the truth without first understanding what the truth is?” – R.C. Sproul
A recent Gallup study compared all major religions with Protestant and Catholic data. It shows the stability of the Catholic data along with Protestant data that changes. Is their hope that American religious institutions can be comparing these statistics and conclude the direction for religious affiliation needs to favor stability and growth? (news.gallup.com)
The power of the Eternal Word is truth that is the same and doesn’t change. The Eternal Word is not a book, it is the person of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is “living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword.” The (Eternal) Word of God is “penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12, cf, Wisdom 18:15,16. New American Bible Revised Edition)
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