Current Issues in Christianity

Dr. Grassmick, Academic Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Dallas Seminary, moderates a faculty forum with Dr. Burer, Chisholm, Fanning, and Hilber. Each faculty member discusses what academic issues are currently being discussed in their respective field of expertise.

Atheistic Satanism and Spirituality

Divorcing of the concepts of spirituality, philosophy, and religion, which most western christian-born individuals consider linked together because of their cults confusion over linguistic and anthropological terms and ideals.

Beyond the Da Vinci Code Part 1. A Seminar on the Origins of Christianity. Lewis Schiralli

www.adultspiritualschool.com.au Lewis Schiralli gives us his research on the beginnings of Christianity and many of the changes that happened to the bible over the ages as well evidence of where many of the stories in the bible originally came from. In this part Where did the idea of the Garden of Eden originally come from? Were pagan serpents really considered evil originally or as devine beings? What does the bible stories change about this idea? What local cultures and customs influenced the creation of the Christian Bible? Lewis also refers to some Astro-Theological links, gnostic Christians About the 6 parts on Youtube: Controversial talk on the Origins of Christianity Similarity with Egyptian Myths Origin of the Garden of Eden Text Changes in the Bible over time The mention of the Historical Christ in this video was not covered as time was short. It may appear in a later seminar.

Bill Johnson - Power Of Worship In Spiritual Warfare.

Bill shares about the power of Worship and prophetic acts and how it shifts the atmosphere achieving victory in spiritual warfare.

My Religious Ways In Later Years

In my twenties I continued reading books on philosophy and religion, but I tended towards Buddhism and Hinduism, which seemed very closely related to my family’s spiritualist beliefs. I practiced yoga, but being physically lazyish by nature, I preferred the more psychic exercises.

I meditated. I would not drink alcohol for 48 hours before the evening that I had asked for permission to meditate; then I would exercise, bathe and lie down in a dimly lit room. I used to begin by relaxing my body.

The procedure that worked best for me was to imagine tiny factory workers in overalls at each muscle and, beginning from my feet, I would send them off for luncheon. I would walk them all up into my head and out of my ears so that I was ‘paralyzed’. Then, I imagined a crevice opening up in the middle of my mind and I forced my thoughts jump over it as it grew wider.

Petty thoughts disappeared quickly, but even persistent, deep-seated problems would eventually fall down the crack. Then I would be left alone in me. I never got rid of ‘me’ strive as I might. The next step for me would be to pose a question.

An instance is: ‘How can I tell the difference between a significant dream and my mind just processing the day;s activities?’ Invariably I would see myself, from the back or over head, sitting in a cinema or a theatre alone.

Then someone would be on stage and start a film. The person would commentate and stop and restart the film until I understood the answer to my question. The commentator was nearly always the same one, but if it was not, I made him tell me his name before I would pay any attention.

In this state, people who saw me reckoned that I was asleep, but I could hear each noise that was made in the household and on the street outside. People said I snored too, but I could hear myself snoring.

To this day, if I relax deeply, I snore but I can hear everything and am not asleep. My wife often turns the TV off while I am listening to it. I know that lots of men say that, which makes it more, not less, true. It shows that meditation is natural and that we can all do it if we give ourselves the opportunity.

When I was a teenager, I got into the habit of scribbling my dreams down, because I have the type of memory that remembers things when I have written them down. I can throw the paper away then and I will remember|.

Anyway, I can remember my dreams now without having to write them down, but what is more valuable than that in my mind is that I have always known if I am dreaming. One last thing, when I walk in my dreams it is on two legs but if I run it is on all fours like a dog. Many people have called me ‘wolf’ or ‘bear’ in my life, have they seen something? (My wife says she sees me as a wolf too)’

I do not mean anything weird, but it is something of a coincidence or not? Last year, I was talking to a girlfriend of my wife and she said that she runs on all fours in her dreams too. She was bowled over when I said I did too. How many more are there?

Owen Jones, the writer of this article, writes on a variety of topics, but is now concerned with non-religious beliefs. If you want to know more go to What is Religious Belief?

Catholic Rosaries

If you are not a Catholic, you may not understand the importance of a string of Catholic rosary beads. This is because a Catholic’s rosary beads are an aid to prayer and penance. It is because of this that Catholic rosary beads have the same number of beads all over the world. The beads are counted off as the prayers are said.

Rosary beads are gifted to young Catholics and frequently a set of beads will be handed down through generations as heirlooms. It is considered an honour to get given a set of rosary beads that are decades or more old, just as it would be if a relative left you anything else old and valuable. Old rosary beads can become very valuable, depending on what the beads are made of, their age and the type of metal used to string them together.

The Catholic Rosary is used to matter off the number of prayers said in repetitions in the same way that an abacus is used for counting money. Rosaries have ten small beads followed by a substantial one to indicate that the repetition should be started again.

It is an old style of prayer harking back to when people were less educated. However, beads help the person praying concentrate on the prayer and not on the counting as well.

Most Catholic rosary bead chains have enough beads for five cycles of prayers. This makes it easier for followers of the Catholic Church to say their prayers and do the penances metred out to them by their priest for ‘committing sins’.

In fact, the Catholic Church is losing ground very rapidly in Europe especially in such traditional strongholds as Eire (Southern Ireland) and the southern provinces of the Netherlands. They are also losing ground in Spain, Portugal and America, usually due to the sex scandals involving priests.

Whatever one thinks of the Catholic Church, the pope and the Catholic clergy, rosary beads are a feature of the history of mankind’s development in the West during the last 2,000 years. Whether you see Catholic rosary beads as a symbol of devotion to God or as a symbol of the Catholic Church’s tyranny over scared people, the rosary in itself is an interesting phenomenon.

Some individuals create a hobby out of collecting rosaries because they are widely traded and can be very valuable. It is not unusual for a set of Victorian rosary beads made of a semi-precious stone on a gold chain to go for thousands of dollars at auction.

Owen Jones, the author of this piece, writes on a number of subjects, but is currently involved with religious beliefs in China. If you would like to kcurrently more go to What is Religious Belief?

Does Science Destroy Christianity?

This video features a Christian and atheist discussing the topic “Does Science Destroy Christianity?” The venue is the Portland Oregon Central Library, in the US Bank meeting room. Bernie Dehler (Secular Humanist, atheist, and former Christian) presents a lecture about how science destroys Christian theology. A rebuttal is offered by David McCorkle, Ph.D. (an evangelical Christian). There is audience Q&A for about 15 minutes. For more details on this event: www.meetup.com To see other events like this, for the Portland OR and Vancouver WA area, see these website: www.meetup.com www.meetup.com

Should Christians say “OMG” or “JC”?

A video concerning blasphemy or using God’s name in vain and why Christians should not partake in such things. To clarify I am not speaking of someone saying/praying “I love you Jesus Christ” or “Thank you oh my great God for sustaining me.”

“Don’t judge me, only God can judge me.” Do Christians have a right to judge?

This is my very first YouTube video. Feedback is welcome. It’s basically me reading a paper I wrote on the subject of judgment within the Christian Church, the Body of Christ. This video is mainly intended for Christians, as it is a subject dealing mainly with Christians judging other Christians, but anyone is more than welcome to watch and comment, although I would ask you all to please be respectful of one another, even if you do not agree, THANK YOU! I do break down and cry a little bit 14 minutes into the video, as this is a very emotional subject for me, and I’m a softie, lol, but I did not want to re-do the video all over again after having cried, given my puffy and red eyes and nose, plus I would have probably cried again anyhow! Lol. Thank you for understanding. God bless you! :)

The Big Bang and Christianity

A short introduction to some important Christian scientists on the matter of the big bang theory and it being compatable with traditional, mainstream Christian doctrine on creation. Excellent books which deal with this issue, evolution and many other from Christian perspectives would be: ‘The Foundations of dialogue in Science and Religion’ by Alister McGrath ‘God’s Universe’ by Owen Gingerich ‘The Language of God’ by Francis Collins ‘God, the big bang and Stephen Hawking’ by David Wilkinson ‘God’s Undertaker - Has Science buried God?’ by John Lennox ‘Pascal’s Fire: Scientific Faith and Religious Understanding’ by Keith Ward ‘God and the New Physics’ by Paul Davies ‘God and Contemporary Science’ by Philip Clayton ‘Theological Science’ by TF Torrance ‘Science and the Renewal of Belief’ by Russell Stannard Some good places to go on from here: www.youtube.com www.youtube.com PS. I have unblocked you meridianfrost in the hope that from now on you can comment on the arguments themselves and not be personal.