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It’s, like, all the same anyway, isn’t it? 111512

 

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Today’s Scriptures Click the following links to read today’s scriptures or scroll to the very bottom of this blog post for those scriptures also. Lectionary Scriptures for the day selected by http://www.commontexts.org/

 

Psalm 16 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2016&version=MSG

 

Daniel 4:4-18 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Daniel%204:4-18&version=MSG

 

1 Timothy 6:11-21 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Timothy%206:11-21%20&version=MSG

 

It’s, like, all the same anyway, isn’t it? 111512

 

Psalm 16 today talks about the folly of shopping for a ;god-name like a brand-name’, But we all see it every day anyway.

 

I personally recall a visitor to church proclaiming the eternal truth that ‘it’s, like, all the same anyway, isn’t it?’ I didn’t answer, but the answer is ‘No!’

 

Again, personally, I see and read ideas of great value in the stories and teachings of Buddha, Muhammad, Lao-Tse, Confucius, Zoroaster, Plato, Socrates and many, many others, but no, they are not, like, all the same. Not at all.

 

Neither do I think Jesus is similar at all to any of the above, although one can always compare certain sayings of each to the other. And I don’t think Jesus himself would say that he was superior in any way, or that we disciples of Jesus are superior to any others. Instead, I believe we are called to be humble, and to become a lowly servant to everyone. But we are not the same.

 

There is a trend, however, to dismiss and disregard God and Jesus, as there has always been. In the history of beliefs there was a time when many fought and died for the idea that Jesus and Plato were exactly alike, but they are not. This mistaken trend continues today, with the belief that somehow there is no need to study and follow anything but one’s most recent desires and flirtatious ideas. The way to do this however is not to read, study and practice fervently a religion, but to escape all religious reality and spiritual reality by claiming that one can dismiss them all equally. And I’m convinced that when one says ‘It’s all the same anyway, isn’t it?’ is a statement from a self-justified, maybe well-meaning person, who has no real idea of any particular religion and so, in ignorance, can dismiss them all.

 

Any religious tradition, if it is worthy at all, deserves the sincere and hard work of adherents, in study, worship and prayer.

 

Is Jesus somehow different than ‘all the rest’ to you? Read and pray.

 

Pray for peace.

Bill

 

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Psalm 16

The Message (MSG)

A David Song

16 1-2 Keep me safe, O God,
I’ve run for dear life to you.
I say to God, “Be my Lord!”
Without you, nothing makes sense.

3 And these God-chosen lives all around—
what splendid friends they make!

4 Don’t just go shopping for a god.
Gods are not for sale.
I swear I’ll never treat god-names
like brand-names.

5-6 My choice is you, God, first and only.
And now I find I’m your choice!
You set me up with a house and yard.
And then you made me your heir!

7-8 The wise counsel God gives when I’m awake
is confirmed by my sleeping heart.
Day and night I’ll stick with God;
I’ve got a good thing going and I’m not letting go.

9-10 I’m happy from the inside out,
and from the outside in, I’m firmly formed.
You canceled my ticket to hell—
that’s not my destination!

11 Now you’ve got my feet on the life path,
all radiant from the shining of your face.
Ever since you took my hand,
I’m on the right way.

Daniel 4:4-18

The Message (MSG)

4-7 “I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at home taking it easy in my palace, without a care in the world. But as I was stretched out on my bed I had a dream that scared me—a nightmare that shook me. I sent for all the wise men of Babylon so that they could interpret the dream for me. When they were all assembled—magicians, enchanters, fortunetellers, witches—I told them the dream. None could tell me what it meant.

8 “And then Daniel came in. His Babylonian name is Belteshazzar, named after my god, a man full of the divine Holy Spirit. I told him my dream.

9 “‘Belteshazzar,’ I said, ‘chief of the magicians, I know that you are a man full of the divine Holy Spirit and that there is no mystery that you can’t solve. Listen to this dream that I had and interpret it for me.

10-12 “‘This is what I saw as I was stretched out on my bed. I saw a big towering tree at the center of the world. As I watched, the tree grew huge and strong. Its top reached the sky and it could be seen from the four corners of the earth. Its leaves were beautiful, its fruit abundant—enough food for everyone! Wild animals found shelter under it, birds nested in its branches, everything living was fed and sheltered by it.

13-15 “‘And this also is what I saw as I was stretched out on my bed. I saw a holy watchman descend from heaven, and call out:

Chop down the tree, lop off its branches,
strip its leaves and scatter its fruit.
Chase the animals from beneath it
and shoo the birds from its branches.
But leave the stump and roots in the ground,
belted with a strap of iron and bronze in the grassy meadow.

15-16 Let him be soaked in heaven’s dew
and take his meals with the animals that graze.
Let him lose his mind
and get an animal’s mind in exchange,
And let this go on
for seven seasons.

17 The angels announce this decree,
the holy watchmen bring this sentence,
So that everyone living will know
that the High God rules human kingdoms.
He arranges kingdom affairs however he wishes,
and makes leaders out of losers.

18 “‘This is what I, King Nebuchadnezzar, dreamed. It’s your turn, Belteshazzar—interpret it for me. None of the wise men of Babylon could make heads or tails of it, but I’m sure you can do it. You’re full of the divine Holy Spirit.’”

1 Timothy 6:11-21

The Message (MSG)

Running Hard

11-12 But you, Timothy, man of God: Run for your life from all this. Pursue a righteous life—a life of wonder, faith, love, steadiness, courtesy. Run hard and fast in the faith. Seize the eternal life, the life you were called to, the life you so fervently embraced in the presence of so many witnesses.

13-16 I’m charging you before the life-giving God and before Christ, who took his stand before Pontius Pilate and didn’t give an inch: Keep this command to the letter, and don’t slack off. Our Master, Jesus Christ, is on his way. He’ll show up right on time, his arrival guaranteed by the Blessed and Undisputed Ruler, High King, High God. He’s the only one death can’t touch, his light so bright no one can get close. He’s never been seen by human eyes—human eyes can’t take him in! Honor to him, and eternal rule! Oh, yes.

17-19 Tell those rich in this world’s wealth to quit being so full of themselves and so obsessed with money, which is here today and gone tomorrow. Tell them to go after God, who piles on all the riches we could ever manage—to do good, to be rich in helping others, to be extravagantly generous. If they do that, they’ll build a treasury that will last, gaining life that is truly life.

20-21 And oh, my dear Timothy, guard the treasure you were given! Guard it with your life. Avoid the talk-show religion and the practiced confusion of the so-called experts. People caught up in a lot of talk can miss the whole point of faith.

Overwhelming grace keep you!

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