The Book Is Not to Blame

by Tommie on April 29, 2017

Jonah Eaten by the WhaleMy Grandmother had a large illustrated Bible sitting on a table in the center of the living room in her very modest four-room mill house. It was too heavy to lift. As a child, I was at once enchanted and disturbed by the artwork depicting tales of a man-eating whale, people drowning in a flood, and a gentle man named Jesus who was murdered for trying to change the world with love, not violence.

She was a quiet, godly woman who loved her church, her children and her grandchildren. When I stayed overnight, I would watch bull fighting and wrestling with her on a 19-inch black and white TV with rabbit ear antennas and three channels. I was always adjusting the antennas to get a picture we could see. [click to continue…]

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What is Truth? What Do the Scriptures say about Truth?

by Joshua Tilghman on April 5, 2017

What is Truth?There is an old Zen saying that states: “In order to get to the truth, have no opinions.”

There is immense wisdom in that saying. It tells us, first of all, that our opinions cloud our judgment. We certainly can’t trust them. Historically, it has been the opinions of some that have caused much injustice in the world. On just a religious level, consider the Inquisition. But even in our day-to-day lives, can all say that we have unjustly condemned someone because of our opinions. And this is why Jesus tells us, “Judge not, least we be judged. And in the same measure that we judge, it comes back to us.” [click to continue…]

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Why God is Consciousness and the Mind, and How it Relates to Your Brain

March 3, 2017

“For ye are fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14). Many people ask today, “Who is God?” Well, God is in you! And the Old and New Testaments declare it. We only have to make the leap from cultural assumption and literalism to true scriptural interpretation, which is all spiritual. Religion is far removed from this […]

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“Bring them to Him” the Five Loaves and Two Fish

February 27, 2017

Matthew 14:15-20 informs us that the Apostles went to Jesus and told Him the large crowd which followed Him were hungry: they had no food with them to eat. The Apostles wanted to send them to the towns and villages to buy food (Luke 9:12). The Apostles informed Jesus that a boy there had five barley […]

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Who is Jesus? And who is Christ? Could there be a Difference?

February 24, 2017

The questions in the title to this article must be asked separately, and then collaborated, for a true answer. Do that, and with time, all of the New Testament will be unveiled. That’s a bold statement. I know. But perhaps we can make some headway to the above statements with a few simple explanations that […]

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The Birth of the Christ

December 23, 2016

Again we live in the time of Advent, during which we are in expectation of the birth of Christ. What does this mean to us? Are we remembering the birth of Jesus Christ who was born 2000 years ago, or are we expecting the birth of the Christ, the awakening of the Christ Consciousness in […]

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Prophecy, what is it?

September 17, 2016

Prophecy is a subject that I have never written an article about yet, neither on this blog nor anywhere else. Nor have I thought about it much. At most I addressed it in a few lines in a comment, as a reaction on someone else’s views. It somehow did not speak to me but recently […]

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Another Look at Reincarnation Using Job 1:21

August 1, 2016

I have visited the topic of reincarnation on this blog a few times before. I thought it would be a good time to revisit the topic because it’s so important to realize it’s relevance if you truly wish to ever understand the bigger picture of most ancient scriptures, especially the Bible. Hopefully it will stimulate […]

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Jesus Calms the Storm: The Inner Christ Arises

July 25, 2016

What is the esoteric meaning of Jesus calming the storm at sea with the disciples? The answer is a very positive message, but you’ll probably never hear it in mainstream Christian teachings. In a nutshell, it deals with what Paul calls, the “Christ in you, your hope of glory.” But what does this mean? We […]

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The Serpent and the Cherubim

July 8, 2016

In his articles Genesis Chapter 3: The Allegory of the Serpent Ego and Transforming the Serpent Ego Joshua writes again about the meaning of the serpent. He had already done so quite a few times before and also I myself addressed the subject more than once, both in articles and in comments. That shows how […]

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Why the Miracle of Feeding the 5,000 with Five Loaves and Two Fish?

July 5, 2016
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I attended a local church two Sunday’s ago at the invite of some neighbors. The people were very warm and friendly, and we even got a free t-shirt. The service was held in a movie theater and we were able to eat snacks and drink coffee during the sermon. As far as the atmosphere went, […]

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Transforming the Serpent Ego

July 2, 2016
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In the last article, part one of this series, we discussed the opening of Genesis chapter 3. We set the stage for how the Bible explains man’s development on the physical plane. We must remember that it is not a literal account, but a spiritual one. If you remember from the last post, eyes are […]

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Genesis Chapter 3: The Allegory of the Serpent Ego

April 23, 2016
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Did God, as an outside agent, create man? Or is there scriptural evidence suggesting that man is an integral part of who God is? In other words, are God and man somehow eternally linked? Are they ONE? A recent discussion with a friend inspired this upcoming series. I am going to concentrate on Genesis chapter […]

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RIP Sparks (Fran)

April 22, 2016

  Today I wanted to honor someone who was a very special commenter / contributor to this blog who has recently passed away. She wasn’t active on SOS for the past year, but for two years before that she commented regularly and became a supporter to my efforts here in a way that few could […]

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Lazarus the beggar and the rich man: Understanding Soul Growth and Meaning of Hell

April 16, 2016
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As promised, this post will unveil the esoteric meaning of the beggar Lazarus who died an ended up in Abraham’s bosom, while the rich man died and ended up in what appears to be a description of eternal torment, i.e., hell. Of course the Bible never describes a literal hell in the traditional Christian sense […]

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Hell: The Fallen Doctrine

April 5, 2016
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We are all familiar with the concept of the Christian hell: A fiery place of eternal torment where the rich man begged for a drop of water to cool his tongue. Such imagery makes us think that hell is a terrible place. But does the Bible really teach that hell is place of everlasting punishment […]

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Martha and Mary: A spiritual Lesson about Love and Duty

March 13, 2016
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I remember the first time I read the brief allegory of Jesus in the house of Martha and Mary. I was a little confused. Why would Jesus indirectly rebuke Martha when she asked for help? As the story goes, Martha invites Jesus inside her home. During the course of the evening, Martha is running around […]

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The Bible Does Not Condemn Homosexuality: Romans 1:21-23 Proves It

March 8, 2016
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I have had many requests for a post on the topic of homosexuality and the Bible. Most have been from people asking for an esoteric perspective. I got the impression that these requests were from straight persons trying to understand how this lifestyle fits in from a spiritual standpoint. Since I am a straight married […]

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Why God Allowed the Israelites to Gorge on Quail

March 6, 2016

Today’s post is dedicated to those who may be going through a trial. I am writing it because I myself am currently going through a trail that has taken quite an emotional toll. I know I will overcome it, especially when I put it into the perspective of why we are all here to experience life. […]

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The Great Controversy: Irenaeus and the Development of the Orthodox Church Part 6

March 5, 2016
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This post will cover Irenaeus and Valentinus, and the seeds of Orthodoxy that were beginning to develop in the second century. If you have been keeping up with the first five parts of this series, then you already know that the earliest Christianity had very different beliefs than today’s Orthodoxy. The earliest Christians relied heavily […]

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