Submitted by NewOldSalt on Tue, Oct 12, 2010 - 4:38 pm
In the Worship God and Bible Study area of NewOldSalt.com I have written often about being careful about Bible worship. So this essay will be about the more general form called Scripture Worship.
What is Scripture Worship? It is when people idolize their scriptures. Idolizing their scriptures is usually the first step to idolizing one's own interpretation of those scriptures, the next step is (too often) to force others to submit to those scriptures, but more so to the specific interpretation of those scriptures.
Submitted by NewOldSalt on Sun, Aug 1, 2010 - 5:18 pm
Hm. I wonder. Think it has anything to do with another major religion that claims to submit to God? But which seems to promote the opposite? The crushing, oppression, and outright murder of people who disagree with them?
Submitted by NewOldSalt on Mon, May 10, 2010 - 4:08 am
I was watching a video interpretation of Genesis a few days ago and something struck me which hasn't before.
We're told that God commanded Adam and Eve "not to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil." [Genesis 2:17]
Since, at that point, they had not eaten from it, it only makes sense they had no understanding — no knowledge — of good and evil. And since they did not understand right or wrong — good and evil — how can their eating the fruit be sinful?
Submitted by NewOldSalt on Mon, Jan 11, 2010 - 5:18 pm
I know this is not exactly breaking news at the moment, not that it was when he uttered it, but it's been jabbing me every day since I heard it, so it's finally time to write it down.
On the PBS NewsHour's December 1, 2009 show, Arizona Senator John McCain (Republican) said something that made me cringe. You might still be able to download the segment. You can fast forward to 2:55 to hear the section I quote below.
Submitted by NewOldSalt on Sun, Sep 6, 2009 - 1:51 am
Why are so many people who call themselves Christians so busy looking for the anti-Christ?
It's it written in Revelation (ch. 11-13), foretold by Yeshua/Jesus (Matt 17, Mark 9, Luke 1), and alluded to in the Old Testament (Malachi 4) that Elijah returns and preaches before the anti-Christ shows up.
But I don't hear one word about Christians trying to see who is "the Elijah who is to come" (see Matt, Mark, Luke refs. above) or figuring out from scripture what he might say or do.
Submitted by NewOldSalt on Sun, Jul 5, 2009 - 11:11 pm
It is accurate and the Absolute Truth to say “there are such things as ‘absolute truths.’”
Absolute Truths are statements, facts, information, etc… that are true, whether or not humans know about them or agree with them.
Even though the ancient Roman Catholic Church held the official opinion the sun orbited the earth, they were wrong. Their mistaken beliefs about the solar system did not alter the reality about our solar system!
There are many within the “system” who worship their brittle and small-minded interpretation(s) of scripture more than making the effort to figure out reality based on facts, observation, experimentation, comparing notes, introspection, and prayer.