Brother Michael Sky

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  1. exactly my opinion as well... I do not pray with a desired result in mind.... I pray that the difficulty experienced by the individual will be clarified, and that their Highest and Best good will be accomplished - and yet I do not imagine that I have any firm grasp of what that may be... I am simply joining that soul in a desire for clarity and understanding....
  2. my prayers and energy healing will be added to those of the others.
  3. Welcome indeed, Reverend Irma ! I received much joy from reading your initial words to this forum... I certainly hope you decide to stick around and join our conversations... you will find fellowship with several members here and respect from the rest, please stay and speak more of your belief...

  4. I would say that I am satisfied... sometimes I am Happy, sometimes not nearly so... things are not perfect in my life, I even have some things that distress me greatly at times, but it does not detract from my overall satisfaction with where my life is at right now. I am satisfied because I know things could be much worse...
  5. ummm, wasn't it Origin who created the Hexapla? Which contained all the previous versions in one? what could be clearer than that? how could that be considered misleading in any way? you're jumping all over here dan.... It was Marcion who prompted the Early Chruch to specify their authoritative sources... And Montanus as well... they had enough followers to be trouble... and they were definitely gnostic... It was almost the 200's before the church started talking about " official scripture" and it was Irenaeus who decided " for since there are four zones to the world in which we live, and four
  6. what I thought was funny, was your stated belief that gnosticism was a " a religious/philosophical movement " which " corrupted " Early Christianity ", and your stated belief that the " more reputable Byzantine scribes " were somehow more faithful in reproducing the message of the Text.... History does not support either view... and it obviously comes from a place of bias.... You are, of course, referring to the infamous council of Nicea.... which had several pointed goals : 1. Settle the vexing problem of the Divinity of Jesus - which they did by introducing The Doctrine of the Trinity... 2.
  7. Didn't mean to offend you Dan54... it really WAS funny.... I would suggest a little MORE research for you, however... mine own is ongoing... The Church Fathers, as they are called, had a specific thrust to their actions. You must understand the men, to understand the politics they were engaged in... I honestly didn't mean to offend, but I can see how I should have been a little more reserved... sorry, Mate..
  8. How could I not stop in and visit the self proclaimed " Kilted Reverend" ? You need to talk to HQ about that award... sounds like a good idea...

  9. Neither accurate nor likely.... and flies in the face of historical truth.... but very funny!!!
  10. typical opinion of the time period... then you throw in all the Greeks who are accusing Early Christians of stealing all the good stories in their new faith from previous sources... I honestly think anyone who feels there is nothing to " prove " about the text of the bible hasn't researched enough... or is not thinking clearly.... It was very clearly put together out of a bunch of pieces, of specifically chosen texts, and all that was meant to remain was a very specific portion of Early Christian belief... Folks use as their defense a foundation which does not exist in which they feel perfect
  11. It was also a very fine example of teaching basic Karmic principles.... It's a big circular thing.... that religious thought will have such a wide range of belief.... all we know is : Religion - control=bad , freedom=good ........ and we state our belief clearly........ because there will ALWAYS be a forum to do so...
  12. neither do we understand prevailing sentiment, The structure of daily life, or the colloquiality of Life ( The Common, everyday fluxes of language ) pertaining to a world two thousand years in our Past... The Average Joe doesn't put himself in the place of the Early Jew who was part of the beginning of the Christian Faith... And in my personal opinion - all the elaborate belief structures built on a shaky footing will tumble before solid reasoning, common sense, and awareness of the subject matter.... and the POINT is : we can most positively be aware of the INTENTIONS people have edited into
  13. sometimes it's a year later and I'm STILL modifying my opinion of what i FIND says... I could see long conversations there... much less, processing out the OPINIONS we have been taught, that have zero basis in truth... But I have to say... Lack of credentials means very little to me - a clear line of reasoning is my only qualification... It makes ones task a little easier to go about, IMO, when someone is arguing a point - you must find where it is supported or denied... searching for themes within a host of texts is an impossible qualification for forum conversations - it's dry dusty work,
  14. people are confused in the separation of the ideas of a triune representation of God, and the Doctrine of The Trinity... The reason I was so persistent earlier in the conversation was to bring this misconception out.... and make others think of exactly what the difference IS.... It is fair to say that the Doctrine of The Trinity is not supported in the Historical beginnings of Christianity... But I think the important question is - why IS there a triune representation forwarded? What are the purposes of the concept? And exactly how does it differ in its implementation towards our faith than do
  15. Well, as you said, folks have a tendency to look for what they want within the scriptures, and looking hard enough - find what they seek.... so, with that in mind, wouldn't just sharing the message you've personally found be the right action if you believe the average Christian is Biblically illiterate? Maybe he feels that when they do their searching in the Texts, they'll find the message he is suggesting... Maybe he's been working on his parables..... I'm curious what course of action YOU think he SHOULD undertake? It seems you were questioning his ability to preach non-standard doctrine..
  16. Interesting take the Essene Gospel of Peace displays towards cleanliness.... It starts out with Jesus telling the sick how to make themselves strong again....
  17. By that same token... There's been more than one time this song has just jumped out of the blue at me... Jerry didn't last too long after recording these songs with David Grisman ( Thats who's strokin that banjo... ) He was on his way Home...
  18. Imagine how carefully he would critique you if you did start using Cronshaw as a source - He'd walk on eggshells... ... wondering for your sanity.... but thats just how it is...... I admit to reading his words and checking his sources just to follow his train of thought... some of it will get your mind spinning with ideas... but you ALWAYS have to make up your own mind.... thats just being reasonable... and yes, I understand what you mean very well.... and yet I still had a completely different picture in my mind of that conversation I mentioned, than how it turned out to strike me when I di
  19. Happy Birthday !! Treat yourself to a chocolate dipped pickle.... or tell Dh to get you your own reese's cups.... :) hope it's a good one !!( birthday that is - not the pickle.... all pickles are good....

  20. Your comment made something " pop " into my mind - have you read Celsus ?... and Origin against Celsus? I had so many deja-vu moments reading those words... moments from forums ( yes, even this one ).. for fun sometime Cool, go back and refresh in your memory the tone taken by Celsus, and yes, even Origin's tone...... here, I snatched it from my links : Celsus the contents section are links to read the text... Origin contra Celsus and here is Origin's reply very interesting the tone and attitude which Celsus displays.... he is so arrogant and superior, and yes - downright nasty...I wondered
  21. I admit to a little underhanded exploration as well... no public records of him being any sort of malefactor....
  22. I'll give it a go.... but I want two guesses.... 1. were believed to have been extinct since the end of the Cretaceous period - "Osler recommends chloroform at sixty" 2. the coelacanth is almost worthless as its tissues exude oils that give the flesh a foul flavor - penis captivus do I win the prize, Rabbi?