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  • Getting ready to head to the Gazelle for the 30 minute aerobic session. Checkup this morning was great, blood pressure and all other factors under control. Guess you'll have to put up with me for a while longer.

    Some interesting things on the internet this morning. A friend on Facebook, a former nun and very passionate individual, is on a tear about food and the horrible stuff people put into their bodies. I applaud her efforts to inform others, but sometimes you have to remember that people, being people, are going to eat what they Like, not necessarily what is good for them.

    Been reading “The Jesus Papers” a bit more and while I don't agree with his premise, the author does bring up some interesting historical and theological points concerning the life and times of Jesus. I think the man has some valid thinking, but I also think he is very anti-God in general. Well, just because the poor man doesn't understand the concept of spirituality is no reason to write him off entirely.

    One of the more interesting points is the crucifixion itself, a punishment normally reserved for rebels and revolutionaries who opposed the empire. Baigent, the author, brings up the question not only of the punishment, but the identity of the heretofore named “thieves” whom Christ was placed between. He makes a very strong argument that these two men were, in fact, Zealots (what we would call Zionists) and were being crucified as examples for the people of anyone who opposed the Roman authority. So if their crimes were political in nature, why was Jesus hung between them?

    One point I do agree with is that between the time of Jesus and the time of the New Testament, a lot was done to separate Jesus the Jew from Jesus the Savior. Oh, I've heard ministers mention it in passing, but the fact of the matter is we often tend to see Jesus as non-Jewish in his lifestyle, when in fact he could not have been who we believe him to be if he were not first and foremost a Jew. Definitely something to think about.

    I make no bones about being a Christian, but there is one thing I have constantly repeated in my logs and in my religious writing: READ IT FOR YOURSELF! When it comes to your spirituality, YOU are the only real authority. Oh, you can depend on mentors or endless personal research, but when it comes down to it, YOU have to decide what you do and do not believe. Everything else is data waiting to be processed.

    Got some new tunes in the generic player ready to entertain me while I glide along on my Gazelle. Hoping to have the next chapter of Romans up tomorrow, and trying to get the manuscript for “Love Letters from Paul – The Minor Epistles” loaded up on CreateSpace, but the site is not cooperating. Oh well, thus are the modern problems of a self-styled author, or as Rosanne Rosanna Danna would say, “It's always something!”.

    I hope you are all having a blessed day.

    Fred

    P.S. A little Peter Gabriel for you, and a message in the words. Don't Give Up!
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