I would like to make two different observations in this blog that should make us relook at them, and hopefully dig deeper into our understanding of them.

My first one is the story of how and why we are where we are right now in our religion or christianity to be specific. My gut reaction to this statement is I know what the people’s answer will be. “It is not all about who or where we got our beliefs from”, “we received our understanding from the scriptures,the word of God”.  But alas, our belief’s have been handed down thru family tradition, thru society, thru ‘as a matter of fact’ or thru our pastor of 37 years or it is just the way things are. Let’s look at our circumstances that we have now in our world. We have over 130,000 denominations in our country that can be different because of one minor different belief than another one, but yet it has created another belief that has separated people and God.

This issue can be found in a major crescendo of time and events of the 16th Century of Martin Luther’s reformation from the Catholic Church. There were plenty of other minor blips on the screen from the first century to the 16th century but the Luther’s revolt of understanding of the scriptures was the opening of a ‘Pandora’s Box’ of religion.The age of Enlightenment also took part of this ‘box’. We are entrenched in our own understanding of the scriptures to the minor upon minor of things that can set us apart, set us apart like 130,000 denominations can.

But it is not about the 129,999 denominations that are wrong in their beliefs and the one that is right  but that the one thing that can bring all these people together in body,spirit and belief is totally different than any of them are proclaiming!

It is that their God, of which they are all talking about is “Now” the ‘God of this world and He is the King of All in All’. The Resurrection of Jesus the ‘Messiah’, is the ‘New Creation’ that is apart of this ‘New Kingdom'(this means all other kingdoms are now old and not in demand,people,organizations,governments, ideals, and denominations) This concept is apart of the phrase that is used in Heb 2.8 –YOU HAVE PUT ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIS FEET.”
For in subjecting all things to him, He left nothing that is not subject to him. But now we do not yet see all things subjected to him. 

This is a subtle but glaring reference to Israel’s commission of becoming a light upon a hill in the old testament which it was supposed to do, but will finally ‘see’ their vocation from God to be this light to all.

This is the installing  of the new King but ironically the original King and kingdom back into power, and that has forgiven the subjects of their mis step of going another route of a different leader.

Heb 2. 8 is as it seems, very plain and straight forward. This is always the case if we don’t really look closely of scripture and go deeper into it. It is deeper than we humans always give credit to it. God has given ‘all authority to Jesus’. Did he not already have it? Yes and No. He had authority, but it was in the ‘Heavenly Kingdom(government)’ it is God’s ‘way’ of doing things. Not of the earthly or human things is the norm of our ways, but of God’s. God is now the ‘New Sheriff in Town’,He is the King of all Kings, Lord of Lords of the Earth, as it is in Heaven.(Sound familiar -Matt 6.10) God’s reign is now on earth, sound familiar again? Sounds alot like the Garden of Eden!

The second point, is the definition of ‘church’/’Church’ and its reality. Let’s tackle the Large C first which should make the small c more clear when we get to it.

The Large C , the ‘Church’ has been used as the whole group of ‘believers’ of God,God’s people.  Although I think this is where maybe we have gotten confused in our practice of it. If we are the believers of God, this characteristic should stand alone as a fact. We are a believer in God as our God. Period. There are no qualifiers to this stance in belief. It would be as I would proclaim that I am a ‘McCall’, my name says that I am, It is that I become a McCall when I go to a family reunion of the ‘McCall’s’ that I could only be a McCall. It is the part of the identity of the whole that I can be identified in. This is Church/Body of Christ/God that we are identified in, and He in me/us. It is not a place. This was used only in the old testament, to show the Israelites that God was still around with His people, his ‘light’ on the hill. He was not giving up on his people, still hasn’t to this day.

Now with that said, let us talk about mini ‘c’. To be identified with Large ‘C’ we would have to have the same characteristics as it would. So the mini ‘c’ is just a smaller picture or we could say a ‘cropping of the larger picture(C)’ that could be used. But remember it is still apart of the larger ‘C’ picture, same characteristics,same identities,same qualities as Christ/God . His paradigm is for the Large ‘C’ of the whole world.

So where and how do we go wrong with this paradigm? It seems we allowed a sliver of information to be in our paradigm, that taints it, so that it becomes ineffective.  Now, don’t go crazy here on me, when I say this, but the scriptures bear me out on this in it’s design of God’s Kingdom.

If we are to be God’s people(believers) becoming his body, why then do we have non-believers with us?

This after all was the charge that God gave the Israelites, for God gave them ‘different rules’ to follow, fleshly,spiritual, and Godly rules. This set them up as being ‘different’ in the people and god ways.

I find it ironic that we fail to see this in just normal and everyday things in our lives but we don’t take it’s relevance to heart. And it is this, how many times do we as individuals point out to a friend or colleague that ‘joe’ is something else, he’s different, he goes to a beat of a different drummer. He stands out from all the others. You and your friend then say I wish I could be like him, in normal life or work life. What if you are apart of a team of sports of some kind and you just can’t seem to work well with each other that makes you good or successful (this is just for example purposes). We then go and be with that other team to see what they have that we don’t. It then becomes a ‘light’ on the mountain example that we were proclaimed to be our vocation to God.

With this said, now don’t you sorta find it weird,crazy, and funny that you have all this kinds of religions that have difficulty in keeping people in their fold? What is with this church hopping too! I thought God was in ‘all’ church’s. Did you not like that God in your previous church? Is there better God at the next church?

Now is the time for ‘Man’ to come to an ‘understanding’ that something is wrong in this paradigm. Not a program,person, facility(God’s house, how dare you say you don’t like it, or the parking lot!) or the people in the church(I thought they were also God’s people,if you both were then you would both love each other). These issues are not because of program or way of doing something, it is paradigm issue, it’s not the right one!

Where did it go wrong?

There is a theme in the whole entire bible, not just four books of the bible, we need to include all the bible(old testament continues into the new testament) in our understanding of God’s word.

Now we should search the scriptures, our hearts, our minds, and God, with prayers and direction in all the things we do and say to be apart of the Big ‘C’!


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I will be starting a new journey with all that care to follow with me in a new and exciting bible study. We will probably be going pretty slow to give ourselves time and pondering of the new way that we look at the scriptures. We will start with Genesis and be amazed at what we find in the ‘beginning’ of the story!  Stay tuned in the next few days that we will start this adventure!

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Do we really ‘see’ it?

Do we listen to ourselves when we are talking, especially when we are with our ‘christian friends’? Is it just lip service? Is it staying with the script? Is it talking in a monotone? Is it real?

I am just wondering  why we just repeat what we have heard,have been told, or just say everything that we read in black and white.

The old testament story is exactly that, a story. A story of  a creator that is a one of kind, He created everything. Just can’t say that about every creator. This creator designed his creation to go hand in hand with his plan even tho his second creation,the first being the world, to go astray from him,in essence to deny their own creator and to be touted to be their own master’s of their own world. This story has generated a twist that not anyone would of seen coming. But it did. God’s creation, man, has left him, shunned their maker to go their own way.

What was in that ‘apple’? LOL

The bible(God’s story) originally spoken in the time of God’s narrative of his journey with his world and his people, both, he had designs for his oneness with them. The written word which is before us when we look at it now, seems to be just a ‘newspaper’, an item that is black and white and read all over. (kid’s joke, I just couldn’t resist!)  Pretty stale,too.

My sadness and dismay that we are so insulated or hardened to the ‘real’ meaning of the story had made me feel so little and frustrated over the blindness that christians have over and over say to themselves and even others that causes us to be very ineffective in the world in which we live in. It is this blindness, we cannot ‘see’ God’s plan is almost as if God has put the ‘clay’ on our eyesight to be hampered in our understanding on purpose.

This is my only hope, that this is the reason that God’s people are on this road to hopelessness, ineffective, the same,  not different, but of the world! This is not what God’s intention was designed to be, for the first people(Israel), for christians, to be a standout kind of representation or a ‘Image’ of God.

What our  evaluation  should be is ‘what did we miss’ in the story of God,his son,his people and his kingdom.

Genesis is the starting point to God’s story, So it should be for our search for God’s eternal purpose.

As Genesis is the beginning of God’s story, then Revelation must be the culmination of it. We must read the end too. Genesis 1-2, & Revelation 21-22 is God’s plan,design and the story comes to fruition in God’s wonderful story.  Try reading just those four chapters together, then start reading the bible with those four chapters in mind with the storyline in mind to start and finish the story.



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Where are God’s people?

Can you see them? Can you hear them? Can you sense them?

Think about that for a little while.

Okay, what did you come away with? Are there any distinctions that Christ like people have? Can you tell anything from them? Can you spot them in a line up? Could you convict them of being of ‘God’s people’?

I would like to touch on just one of  many characteristics of anyone that is ‘Christlike’.

It is the ‘desire’ of oneself to be closer or to know of the one that you ‘worship’. Let me start with the definition of “Worship”. John 4.23 “But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.(Italics added) This is what is called the ‘pinnacle’ of total belief.

Now what is spirit and truth? For the purpose of this blog, I would like to skip to the second one- Truth. Let me just start with the most obvious one. John 14.6 (all texts are using NASB.) Jesus said to him,”I am the way,and the truth, and the life, no one comes to the father but through me.”

Now using this as our baseline for work,lets break this down even farther. John 14.6 is telling us that the three things are pointing to him. These three things are in essence ………Jesus. Three things- ‘the way’,’the truth’,’the life’. I would like again to break this down and concentrate on just but one and start there.  ‘The Truth’ what is it? What does it look like,who says it, what is it about, should I believe it.

Defining ‘Truth’ can be a tricky thing to answer, even for Pontius Pilate who talks with Jesus, he says in John 18.38 Pilate *said to Him, “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews and *said to them, “I find no guilt in Him. Pilate being a Roman governor of Judea, had no definition of what truth was.

With all the references to truth, It was the Messiah was questioning what the truth was to everyone. Jesus’s walking and talking with all that he came into contact with questioning “what was the truth”. The people knew,the local leaders knew, the religious people knew, even the world knew because of their Caesar.(Caesar was their truth, after all this is what they were worshiping)  Who was it, what was it?

. It is the capturing of the message that God,his people,their leaders, disciples, apostles, that Jesus was the Messiah to lead them from this world into God’s kingdom within the new creation.

But to the point of the discussion, I must point out that it is the lack of need of most christianity that they feel like there is no need to ‘know’ these things, to study the scriptures in a more deep and ‘seeing’ way. I have sensed that there is not much desire for this deep earnest desire to search the word to ‘find’ what the ‘truth’ really is.

*Get a few people together and just talk the scriptures, discuss the theology of God. Find only the ones that are just plain giddy to be studying God’s word to ‘see’ what it says on a every day basis. Those are the ones that are ‘in Christ’. “Where two or three are gathered together………I am there also.”

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Say it isn’t so!

This ‘kingdom’ has got us wrapped around its little finger and we don’t even know it, or worse we don’t care!

There is this ‘just another day’ of life, and whatever it is that I must do to get thru it I will. There is even this notion that I must ‘better’ myself that I can make it easier on myself or get ahead that it is the right thing to do. Are we playing their rules or God’s? What does it say to our teammates or our adversaries? They are probably as confused as we are? We have to play the game. And we have to win! Where will it end, and when?

This kingdom that has got us is the one that has been around since it was created by ‘us’ the smart ones(the ones that said we could handle making the rules,and say who is in charge) starting with Adam and Eve and still continuing  with ‘us’.

The good things have been good, we can create our own good, our own way,our own time. That is in our own thinking,according to our individualist way, to each our own! LOL, look where this has got us, we believe we can and will create our own ‘good’, it should be respected by all that are around us and beyond. It is my right. But wait, it now can offend someone? And it is not alright, say it isn’t so. ha ha. Have we now created a conundrum all by our selves? We have created confusion all amongst ourselves, just in the name of us wanting to ‘set’ the rules of our ‘kingdom’.

Now, the bad. Where does one start? I’ll just let you fill in the blanks, the fact that you can fill in the blanks, should tell us something! But yet we still do it?

I almost feel that this encapsulating feeling is that it is the only game in town to be in to play. But why. For some of us, it should be seen as a insult. We know better.

Christianity has and is playing the same game! Why? …………….     I think I know, and it isn’t going to go over very well.

You see it is for the same reason  that God told all of God’s people of the old testament, it is for your ‘good’ that you seen as  the ‘good’ people of God and to be looked at as “My People” said God. It is to be that ‘they’ will ‘see’ who you are and believe that “I am your God”.  God told his believers that ‘He will make his people’, it would be in his own way and time. It was told to the Jews that they should not mix with their neighbors,because of the influence that they would have on them.  Their ways,their gods, their practices, and their rituals were the dirt to the white robes of the Israelites.

It is for this reason that it has evident that this is what has taken place to christianity. In our quest to welcome our neighbor to our family we have also welcomed the dirt of that neighbor in with it. It is when we welcome in the one that is family into our family that is unique and right to be apart of that family that we see that it belongs without hesitation that we can be white and pure in the truest sense.

Our ‘being’ Christlike  ‘is’ the attraction that everyone will see that we are christians, or to be more succinct, They(non-believers) will come to be in Him by ‘our being like Him’.

So, let’s don’t say: Say it isn’t so, that we(christians) are just like everybody else!

Let’s be different! Let’s be not of this world,kingdom but let us be of God’s kingdom and be different! Let’s be Christlike.

Let’s be of that “Kingdom not of this world” says Jesus.




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Looking at ‘ourselves’ from the outside

As I have said before to many people, I listen,watch alot of different things coming from different perspectives, to see it from all the angles of my studies of the bible and religion. It is the sociological aspect that I have come to realize that I like to do, especially when I am out in a crowd , I listen to people in their lives and stories that they tell to have an impulse on what the world is saying. (My wife doesn’t tho, says that I am not listening to her! lol. probably right tho. Sorry!)

But it is with this intriguing wanting, that I can, and do learn things. So it has happened again to me when I stumbled upon a youtube video of a debate between catholics and protestants over the topic of ‘Sola Scriptura”.Sola Scriptura is the understanding that it is the written word of God is the only determining factor of knowing God. Youtube.com by the way is incredibly one of the ways that we can learn and expand our knowledge of religion,bible,God, and all things scripturally.

I use Youtube to access thousands of video and audio of various authors,speakers, ministers, and resources that I would not be able to access otherwise.

It is this debate over the topic of ‘Sola Scriptura’, which can be seen here at this link https://youtu.be/mHM7xVRdh5U it would be wise for christians to listen(no video) to this debate not just for the topic of discussion, but also from the bigger problematic  picture of both sides.

My observation of the debate is eye opening to all who are represented in this discussion. It is the ‘what people see and hear’ of what they see and hear to the ‘outsiders’ or the ‘world’, that we need to see what is really going on in the world with religion. My sort of snide but tongue in cheek comment to myself was “What if, you both are wrong?” lol

The discussion was and is very deep in biblical back story and to the historical importance of the old and new testaments, which as we know can be seen different ways.

But maybe, just maybe they ‘are’ both wrong. What if ‘they’ are discussing things that are important but not that important to what the ‘message’ is, as opposed to the ‘text’. The ‘message’ being Genesis 1-2, Revelation 21-22. The ‘Holy four chapters of God’s words, where there is ‘no’ hiccup in God’s Eternal Purpose.

Genesis- The beginning of God’s creation of his people(all), his land(world), and his kingdom(His Rule).

Revelation- The actual fulfillment of God’s Creation of people,land,and Kingdom.


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What is it?

Eschatology is the part of theology concerned with death, judgment, and the final destiny of the soul and of humankind.

What is your understanding of it, why do you believe it, how did you come to this understanding, and do you live it as accordingly to your belief?

This is a for research that I am conducting for a blog to come. Please help me out with as many as people responding to this. Thanks,Doug

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Christ and Hell

‘Christ the conqueror of Hell’ the descent into Hades from an Orthodox perspective. Written by Archbishop Hilarion Alfeyev.

My reading of this book was quite ironic in the timing of it, in that halfway thru it I had a conversation with a few people on the subject of Hell itself.  There was the usual banter back and forth  of just the concept of ‘hell’ and what it was in our understanding and the usage of words that are always associated with it. Hell, hades,underworld, Gehenna,Sheol, grave and many others are used. It was this that was apart of our discussion along with the Love of God and the lack of the love of God to be able to send people to ‘Hell”.

Discussions like this probably could go on for awhile with opinions and scripture usage all day, but it wasn’t until I read this book, that I had some more concrete evidence of what hell was ‘believed’ to be by the actual people of the times of history that God’s son ‘Jesus’ was sent into Hell to destroy,conquer and to put it to an end of ‘prison’ as they knew it. This is where we have to stay in context with scripture and of historical times of the old testament and the new testament to understand the meaning of God’s words and his intentions. Our using our ’21st Century’ thoughts and perceptions will just not do, nor will they matter in the deciphering the motive of God.

Christ the conqueror of Hell, uses all the people, texts, ‘fathers’,prayers, hymns, and poems of the time and even years after the actual event that quoted what their traditions of belief carried them thru their practices of life to actually know God and his son ‘Jesus’.

This use of these materials has shed a new and ironic twist on what ‘we’ now should ‘see’ in the relevance of God’s son going into ‘Hell’ to conquer it, to put the then ‘ruler’ of the day to rest, and to now God to be the ‘King’ of all for all.

I would have to put this book in my top 5 books that I have read in the last 10 years. Check out this book for more insight of what the people believed what hell was,what it meant for Christ to go down into hell,breaking the gates, freeing all, from its grip of darkness.

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and the Greatest of these is Love.

But now faith,hope,love abide these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13.13.

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