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Why oh why

We try to clean ourselves up for other people’s assessments, but fate laughs.

We had an installer in for a new internet service company. Realizing I could not shower before he arrived because others who needed to go to work would need that bathroom time, I compromised and quickly changed into clean clothes, washed face and brushed teeth. No one will know. We shower ridiculously often in America.

I straightened up the living areas where he would have to work. He won’t need to go anywhere else.

Turns out we need a “beacon” plugged in to an inside wall on the second floor. Thinking quickly, I offer him my room where I know a wall plug is easily accessible, a little corner between my bureau and the TV cabinet.

Inches from the used underwear I threw on the floor.

Because I tried to be a presentable human being.

Because my hamper is down in the cellar with my clean wash. The bed isn’t anything like “made” either.

How about that time the former owners of our house happened to be in town and stopped by to take a look at their old beloved home? That was the day the kids were extra wacky and I decided not to pick up, do the dishes yet, or sweep the floor. The floor reeeeally needed sweeping.

It was horrifying. Yeah, we’re basically tearing your old homestead down. And I’m remembering pictures taken at homes they’ve had to remove children from with refuse a foot high. No kidding, the kids’ rooms looked like that sometimes.

They looked all through the house. I know, they came unannounced so that was their gamble. They never made it again.

I’m sure there’s something to be learned here other than to decide to live in a constant state of shame over my inept housekeeping. I’m just not sure what it is.

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Truth and One Application

Messages from the Mythical

Truth matters absolutely. The nature of truth requires that I value truth before my own preferences. Truths are true no matter that I ignore or disagree with them.

Here is a simple truth on a particular subject. Human life has intrinsic value and meaning. Its Creator and Designer has clearly expressed this truth, in both word and action. *

Here is a conclusion which I draw from that truth: if you are a supporter of legal abortion or Planned Parenthood, you are making a truth claim against the intrinsic value of all human beings.

You are claiming that human beings receive their value extrinsically; that we each are granted value from another party outside of ourselves. You are claiming that value is granted by an outside entity according its own standard.

You are a defender of the belief that some people are valuable, and that other people are not valuable. Which means that…

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He is Not Here (in the Tomb)

Messages from the Mythical

christAfter the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.  His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.  The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.  Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into…

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Thoughts on a Tomb

Messages from the Mythical

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And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth. Isaiah 53

There is not one thing in the Biblical accounts the surrounding the events of Easter which does not carry meaning upon meaning. Everything is significant and insights are truly endless because the One who created the universe wove real internal logic into the structure of His created universe. Real events have symbolic and actual meanings at the same time.

Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body.  Pilate was surprised to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him if Jesus had already died.  When he learned from the centurion that it was so, he gave…

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Mythicism and the Public Jesus of History

Mythicism and the Public Jesus of History

“Arguments for the nonexistence of the Jesus of history stumble over the public nature of much of the primary evidence. Jesus was observed by crowds of people, by friends and foes alike. The strongest evidence for the existence of Jesus is found in Paul’s letters to the Christians of Corinth and Galatia. In these letters, whose authenticity no one doubts, Paul describes his firsthand—and very public—encounters with two of Jesus’ original disciples, Peter and John, and with James, the brother of Jesus. Attempts to explain away this James as someone other than the brother of Jesus reveal the desperation of the mythicist approach to the evidence. It is important to remember that critics of early Christianity never doubted the existence of Jesus—they disputed His identity and significance. Modern critics should follow their lead.”