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On judging others...

9:54 AM
Often times Christians tell each other, "Thank you for not judging me."  I'm aware of the contradictory verses scattered throughout Scripture.

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.
Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you."
Matthew 7:1-6 ESV

"The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one."
1 Corinthians 2:15 ESV

The other verses repeat the same two ideas, "Judge not, lest you be judged," and "The spiritual one can judge, and he shouldn't be judged back."

The problem lies in the question, "What is being spiritual?"  I personally see thousands of denominations of Christianity all toting their version of what being spiritual is.  Do we exclude great people of other faiths because they do not match our tiny box of what we deem as spiritual?  How arrogant of us to really decide what is spiritual and not.  The bible has been used to commit atrocities throughout the ages, yet many believed they were doing what a "spiritually discerning" man should do.
In light of this I can pick and choose what I believe in the bible, but in reality my morality lies in "rational ought."  This means I weigh the decisions I make with what the consequences of that decision may be.  There is no such thing as "moral oughts."

The bible mentions morality, but even in the Christian worldview the individual still uses a "rational" view to actualize their morals.

So yes, I judge others; not as to condemn what they've done or what belief or unbelief they ascribe but in how they conduct their lives.  If they aren't infringing on the happiness of others, I do not press my opinions upon them.  If they ask me my opinions, I will try to be careful of their heart if they really want to hear what I want to say.

This is is the conundrum: Do I tell people my opinion of how they should view the world if I truly believe that is best?  My answer:  Only if they really want to hear it.  Otherwise, live how you see fit and enjoy life to the fullest.

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My little Riddle

8:33 AM

  • Without possessions I arrive and without possessions I die. Twelve times one time times 8 maybe all I carry to the thereafter.
  • When the clock strikes twelve and the second hand acknowledges 7+2+2+1 also equals twelve all becomes the circle, the circle of new beginnings.
    Answer this riddle and may you be born anew!
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Cute animal video

7:15 PM
You asked for it!  Here is 2 little dogs howling to a harmonica.
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Sunday Prayer

9:59 AM
Should I feel guilty?  This is my last prayer to you in a while.  My life has been riddled with guilt, I blame that on Christianity.  We are supposed to feel guilt, so we can ask forgiveness.  I cannot live in that bondage, and I cannot see Christ as the redeemer.  It is free to live as I am meant to be.
Your Human
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Saturday Prayer

9:46 AM
Another day another child starves.  No this isn't being negative but understanding reality.  According to many of your followers this is the result of original sin.   Not only will they suffer here on earth, but for eternity.  I'm not mad and am not seeking how to reconcile your nature.  I notice too many inconsistencies to call you the same yesterday, today and forever.  I will continue living for today for tomorrow has too many worries of it's own.
Your Human
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Friday Prayer

7:26 AM
It's been a beautiful day and I've been neglecting my prayer assignment this week.  I've been at peace mountain biking in the woods, I've found comfort in playing some music.  It's fun making new friends and finding ways to bless them.  Living for the moment and blessing others is something I love to do.  If you are out there and filling people with peace, why do I find more peace without you?  Then again....maybe I am misinterpreting your voice.  :)
Your Human
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Thursday Prayer

11:31 PM
I am growing tired of praying to you.  Your impersonal nature is the same as it always was.  I see so much hypocrisy in the church, although a common complaint quickly answered; I cannot see you moving within your church, only people doing good...or bad things.  I am afraid my family may think I have a cold and callous heart, yet it bleeds for others.  I simply have an unbelief in you.
Your Human
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Wednesday Prayer

4:32 PM
I cannot find comfort in your Word.  All I find are contradictory passages of your nature.  I see a tyrant, one who subjects us in original sin.  I am glad to be free from the burden of belief in something I cannot prove.  If in your will, let me experience you as many other people have claimed.
I still feel like writing this is a lie, because I gave up prayer a long time ago.
Your Human
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Tuesday Prayer

10:27 AM
Dear Lord,
Just writing this prayer is dishonest.  If you are there, open up my ears to listen for logic and rationality have caused me to question everything.
Lord, I feel more at peace by walking away from you, contrary to what your followers have told me.  My search for truth is unending and I am happy resting with the truth that I will never know the answers.
Please be with my family, I'm afraid they will worry about me.
Your Human
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Prayer on Monday

9:53 PM
Reveal yourself to me in an undeniable way.  I've been told I haven't been listening, but I'm here.  I do not believe anymore in the bible stories told to me as a child.  My faith in you and the stories contained in the bible have diminished.
If I am to turn back to you, I must see you, experience you in a new and refreshing way.

Your Human
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My assignment for this week.

9:40 PM
Today, I talked to a family member.  She encouraged me to write a prayer every day this week.   I imagine they will be short given my unbelief.
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On the subject of prayer...

4:19 PM
A friend of mine posted a brilliant comment on Facebook and I thought I'd share it with the rest of the world.

For myself, I have never been very disciplined or good at personal prayer times. I 

tend to get distracted very quickly, or impatient, or I start conversations with 

myself and not God--the usual stuff. The best I can do is to rely on the good words 

of others, crafted through centuries of care and by people much wiser than I.  So, 

for example, I love the Anglican and Episcopalian Books of Common Prayer.  There 

are many prayers and many prayer services in those liturgies, but a good place to 

start would be with the most beautiful prayer service, Compline, which is supposed 

to be the last thing one does before going to bed. When I was in college I 

participated in a regular Sunday evening Compline service in someone's home--we

 lit candles, we had coffee was lovely and encouraging and soul-

soothing. Here's a link to the service--you can pray it all by yourself, or with 

others: Click on the "Daily Office" option to the left, 

then the "Compline" link. The Daily Office is the series of prayers Anglicans pray 

throughout the day: Morning prayer, Noon prayer, Evening prayer, and Compline. 

Another book I've found immensely helpful is a little book by a Scottish theologian, 

John Baillie, called *A Diary of Private Prayer.* It's lovely and true and wise and 

gracious and thoughtful, and there's a morning prayer and an evening prayer.

Wonderful stuff. 

And, I guess my answer to your question would go something like this: I don't 

know what the hell to wish for. More than likely, I'd wish for stuff that was bad for

me. But prayer seems to change me. Praying these old prayers gives me words to

understand my own experience, my own spiritual life, my own dark, muddied, 

interior. And as I've prayed these prayers over many years--I have reams of the BCP 

memorized now--I find that I return to those words in moments of need, like 

remembering a hymn or a poem you memorized when you were a kid. Prayer can

 go deep in the soul in the way that wishes--however intensely we wish them--

don't seem to go. 

Hmm, anything else? Oh yes, the best prayer I ever knew was my theater professor

 in college. He taught me two things: one, sometimes the best prayer, the only

 prayer to pray is "Jesus, I feel like shit." True, that. And two: the most ancient 

prayer we know, a prayer prayed by all Christians at all times and in all places is

 this, "Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner." 'Bout sums it up, I 

think. I have been known to pray that about a hundred times a day when the going

is very rough. 

Blessings to you.
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Nyan Cat Sheet Music

3:06 PM

Right click "Save As" to save the music to your computer.

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