As we all know, Jesus (oft pronounced Gheezus) is actually meant to be pronounced, Yeshua.
The reasons of this are a combination of transliteration, as well as changes in the English language. But there's something that everyone's missed out.
If a priest pronounces it as Yeshua, then the congregation will also know that christ is called Yeshua, no matter how it is pronounced. Also the following priest would undoubtedly know this too, since he would have been schooled by someone who knows
When I discovered that order emerges from the infinite expressions of chaos and that chaos also emerges from the inescapable conflicts when opposing orders meet I found myself asking:
From what chaos does my order result from, and what reality is to emerge from my chaos?
So I continue to ask, which precedes which? or is existence the paradoxical battle between two natural opposites that exist solely within a subjective context that though appears to exist in moment will have vanished int
It was around mid September, just four years prior to the day I would finally be released from the prison of Christianity.
It was a church service so surreal, led by us, the youth, and I was to give an exhortation to encourage members of the church to consider one fundamental concept to strengthen their faith.
Early that morning I had been watching documentaries on christianity and they had shown possible locations of bible events. They had even explained how Goliath was likely to have b
When I was a Christian I used to read the Bible to gain as much insight as I could. Sure I also read plenty of other books, but here is my run down of essential reading for your own personal nourishment.
A Road Less Travelled
This book is a total gem. It is character building, spiritual growth (or whatever you'd like to call it). It is a wake up call. It is like therapy. It is life changing!
A great story about following desires, taking chances and embracing new opportunitie
I come from a family whose beliefs centre around Christianity, so coming out leads to a collective effort from your relatives to "help" you turn back to Christ.
So far I've only been having conversations with my mum about this, but the common ideas she holds are:
I must not have understood the Bible properly.
My Church did not build up my faith properly.
I couldn't have believed it properly.
I am just being tested.
I never fully knew what I was committing to when I got baptised.
In the last year I have discovered the most powerful de-conversion device for the World: religious unity.
Most religious tend to focus on religious unity between groups of their own faith, but having been exposed to a Church with the aim of uniting all world religions for a year before I de-converted I feel that they really helped me question my own beliefs. I am involved with their peace based organisation, but because I was a practicing Christian they invited me to their religious workshop
The World, particularly Christians need to be aware of communities that they can communicate with when they have questions about their "faith" to ease their de-conversion process.
We are social creatures at heart and with Christianity demonising the consideration of any opposing ideas, it can be incredibly difficult for a practicing Christian to honour their doubts when our conceptual World consists provides no platform to explore truth. So throughout their Christian walk they will face a nu