Part 2 of my interview on the MindShift podcast

I continue my talk with Dr. Clint Heacock of the MindShift podcast recently. We discuss biblical inerrancy, its origins and implications in today’s church, as well as a bit of my story. Here is part 2:

On PodBean:
MindShift, 8 Dec. 2017

On iTunes:
MindShift, 8 Dec. 2017

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Part 1 of my interview on the MindShift podcast

It was my honor to talk with Dr. Clint Heacock of the MindShift podcast recently. We discuss biblical inerrancy, its origins and implications in today’s church, as well as a bit of my story. Here is part 1:

On PodBean:
MindShift, 8 Dec. 2017

On iTunes:
MindShift, 8 Dec. 2017

Crisis actor chick

COINCIDENCE? HOAX? GOVERNMENT PSY-OP? YOU DECIDE.

I think I first started hearing that actors were being used to pose as victims, family of victims, Crisis actor chick 0and bystanders early in 2013, probably after the Boston bombing. There are images of similar-looking people at the sites of several mass shootings, and they make you wonder just what in Hell is going on. The government has tried to pass off bumbling as competence before. Anyone remember Brownie? But something like this, you wouldn’t want the same people showing up every time. We have YouTube and we can hit pause.

In the past few weeks images of this brunette have shown up on Facebook, either posted with some indignant comment by someone who wants us to have faith in the establishment or by someone who is trying to point out the similarities in the images. I won’t say whether the lady being shown is the same person or not. Crisis actor chick 1Nothing that the government does surprises me and I do not believe them when they speak. Could they have a program like this in place? Yes. It would take some sick fucks knowingly to star in something like this. I’m not sure if you’d classify it as psychopathic or sociopathic. Some of my fellow Photoshop geeks have started dropping her in other images.Crisis actor chick 2

Regardless, it doesn’t matter. Every time there is a mass shooting there are measures already planned and waiting for a switch to be thrown or they’re developed quickly after the event. As Mayor Emanuel once said, ‘…You never want a crisis to go to waste.’ He’s not the first one to believe the state should operate as opportunist. So expect more rhetoric about our ‘safety’ following every incident whether it’s a shooting or alleged criminal activity following a weather disaster.

crisis actor chick and Jason

Question EVERYTHING

constant digging

When I was 15 I used to hang out at a strip mall next to my apartment complex. One of the realtors used to talk to me about Christ. I had a lot of questions back then…kinda like now. I don’t remember what he said or what I asked. There was a girl there who interrupted my question with, “You’re being dumb. Don’t question it. Just accept it.” I said no. I didn’t say it out loud or even under my breath. I said no in my mind. As reasoning beings of free will we must question the things and people we encounter. Blind, mindless acceptance is dangerous. We may reach a point in our thinking where we decide to take a chance (faith) but our questions are valid and deserve an answer. If the speaker cannot answer a question and is not willing to find out for herself we should not accept what she says.

Question Everything

Question the Sacred

And the Profane.

Love the sinner but hate the sin

Forgiven_200x300You know? It’s in the “bible” next to “God helps those who help themselves” and several other catch-verses. These are verse bits from different parts of the Bible that gather as catch-phrases. Catch-phrases are only good as mnemonic devices…memory tricks to solidify ideas in people’s minds. As active philosophies they tend to leave bills unpaid, both for Christianity and for Christians.

We would do best to apply George Washington’s fire analogy to hate. “…And like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearsome master.” As concepts, love and hate are deeply ingrained in the human psyche as feelings. These are the warm and cold fuzzies we have for others. That’s why people talk so much about feeling love or hate for someone or some thing. The idea that these are choices and acts…something we do instead of feel is very difficult to understand. We also tend to be lazy creatures. So what we do we tend to base on how we feel.

There is a very thin membrane, a veil, between sinner and sin. It’s barely discernible most of the time. And human beings are never very good at the delicate balancing act of hating one and loving the other. Hate usually ends up being the thing we do while telling ourselves that we love a person. We’re deceiving ourselves when we do that. Hate tends to overpower love. It’s louder, burns brighter and is quite deceptive. It will always try to shout down whatever love is in our hearts. The thought that we can manage it alongside love like diet choices is part of our self-deception. It isn’t working. It never works.

So how about we just love people? That’s all Christ did. And it seems that was the message in the first place.

A word about ‘authoritative’ translations

In the centuries since the King James Version was authorized in 1611, many have come to refer to it as the “authoritative” translation. This notion of authoritativeness is so pervasive that many hold the KJV in higher esteem than the Hebrew and Greek texts from which it was translated.

There was a time when a grade-school education included a certain amount of Latin, Hebrew and Greek. We left that a long way back…before our modern public education system. Now, we’re lucky if the kid graduates at all and can function in English. But I digress.

Since the ancient languages aren’t taught in school, they’re not taught at home. Therfore several generations of kids have grown up in Christian homes not knowing how to read the Bible in the ancient languages. This makes the reliance on translation all the more heavier.

The reality is there is no such thing as an “authoritative” translation.

None.

It does not exist, except as an emotion-laden idea in the minds of many Christians.

It’s an idea, a notion, a myth. A widely- and closely-held belief. That’s all.

The message is the authority. How it is presented is another issue. Assuming the presentation itself is the authority is unhealthy.

The original writings from which we get the biblical text, whether they be on scrolls or tablets, probably don’t exist anymore. They’ve been duplicated by thousands of scribes over the centuries and whatever documents survive are most likely copies. So while we speak of Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek being the original languages, the resource materials we employ for study are not those original documents.

With all that said, read your bible. Study it. Put a cover on it. Use highlighters. Write stuff in the margins. But understand that it is a tool, not an object of worship.

Death, NDE, Afterlife

The trouble with the afterlife is that we have to die to find out what it is. The information in the Bible and other texts is sketchy and allegorical. It’s not evidence. There is no battlebot to send into the hereafter to provide video and stills. We have testimony of some people who were clinically dead for brief periods and then revived. However that varies from patient to patient with some saying they met Jesus to others saying they only saw spirits of relatives and still others tell of very negative experiences. Some of this testimony is obtained through hypnosis and given the type of phenomena we’re talking about, who knows what sub- or unconscious bits might have crept into the story by the time it is relayed.

You’re not going to know until you get there. And we’re all going.