Things that distract us from the Gospel and the Lord. Commentary on teachings that are questionable.

A Conversation With a Friend From My Earliest Days in the Faith.

Not so long ago I deactivated my Facebook account. I’ve already explained my reason for that, and I ‘m not going to revisit that now. I deactivated my account, but I didn’t delete it. At some point I may reactivate the account, but right now I’m not planning on it.

Deactivating a social media account is a big break. Sometimes people notice. But, once you’ve done it, how can you ever know unless they have another way to reach out to you? Well, one of my best friends has my phone number and she sent me a text message to make sure I’m OK.

You have fallen of[f] the face of the earth again. I trust you are OK and just either bored with Facebook or frustrated with people in general. I miss your comments.

The conversation grew from there, but since I was at work I really couldn’t give it the attention she deserves. I promised I would explain myself here, and we could use the comments thread to continue it.

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Mountain Goat

Heaven Tourism

Several weeks ago, at the end of a bible study, one of the ladies in my church recommended “90 Minutes in Heaven” to us. This isn’t the sort of book or movie that interests me, but I understand the fascination that the subject holds for many people. Fascination or not, I don’t think it’s a good thing.
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Social Media?

The one or two people that actually read what I write here have probably also figured out that I recently deactivated my Facebook account. There are a few reasons for this, but my primary reason has to do with Facebook’s laughable enforcement of their terms, conditions, and alleged community standards. This wouldn’t however be much of a problem if the people on my friends list adhered to those terms, conditions, and community standards.
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The Bible and the Traditions of Men

And the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” And he said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written,

“‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’

You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.'”

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Coexist? No.

(This is a repost from my old blog. I’ll be reposting some of that content here over the next several days.)
I frequently see a bumper sticker that says “Coexist”. It’s made up from a lot of symbols for various religions and clearly means that these religions ought to coexist.

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