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Afterlife – Adam and Eve

expulsion_from_edenEverything mankind has to deal with started with, and because of, Adam and Eve. According to Genesis (1:26) man was made “in our image (εἰκών), after our likeness (ὁμοίωσις)”. Image and likeness are the two words used to describe the original condition of man at the time of their creation.

Image refers to a physical resemblence, real or imagined, an example of the latter are the graven images the Hebrews made in the desert when Moses was on the holy mountain. Here it is being said that Adam and Eve were made to resemble their image.
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Afterlife – Introduction

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Authentic Christian Gifts

The Eastern church has a much different view of the entire life process than the Western Church, especially that of the Roman Catholic Church. I offer here a look into our views as part of my desire to introduce Western Christians (and non-Christians) into our way of seeing things. Not with the desire to convert anyone, but as a way of making people aware of the differences between Eastern and Western thought on the subject.

My first point of note is that the Eastern church views the Afterlife not just as what happens after our death, but as the end product of a process that begins even before we are born. I will be covering everything from the time of the first birth, that of Adam (it does affect our process), to the end of our days.

 

This is just an introduction to the series, please feel free to ask any questions as we go along. I hope you enjoy the journey.

 

NOTE: Because of the way that WP works I will be adding each new topic as a separate post so that those following this blog will be made aware of when more information is added. The menu item Afterlife will contain all pages of this series as the home page can only hold 10 posts.

God is Love

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God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.  This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

1 John 4:16b-18

This short text is tricky; we need to be sharp to get the full benefit of it.  “God is love.” OK, so far, so good, this part is easy.  Them John says, Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.  For us to live in love is to also live in God, and when we do that, God lives in us because God and love are parallel. They are inseparable.  Here comes the curve: John is building again.  Because of…

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Seenager!

A little bit of humor.

JUST discovered my age group! I am a Seenager (Senior teenager).

I have everything that I wanted as a teenager, only 55-60 years later. I don’t have to go to school or work. I get an allowance every month. I have my own pad. I don’t have a curfew. I have a driver’s license and my own car. I have ID that gets me into bars and the wine store.
 
The people I hang around with are not scared of getting pregnant, they aren’t scared of anything, they have been blessed to live this long, why be scared? 
 
And I don’t have acne. Life is Good! Also, you will feel much more intelligent after reading this, if you are a Seenager.
 
Brains of older people are slow because they know so much.
 
People do not decline mentally with age; it just takes them longer to recall facts because they have more information in their brains. Scientists believe this also makes you hard of hearing as it puts pressure on your inner ear.
 
Also, older people often go to another room to get something and when they get there, they stand there wondering what they came for. It is NOT a memory problem; it is nature’s way of making older people do more exercise. SO THERE!!
 
I have more friends I should send this to, but right now I can’t remember their names.
So please forward this to your friends; they may be my friends .

The End is in Sight

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Well, after three operations and one injection, the end is near (hopefully by the end of the year).

As I said in my prior post, I’ve had three operations to resolve a kidney stone problem, and I am in the recovery process now. Had my last post-op visit with the surgeon yesterday (went to a movie afterwards to celebrate). My PSA count (pre-op) was high, and they found what is called a 3+3=6 prostate cancer in 5% of the cells, I’m told this is good and (at my age) not much to worry about. I have to have a post-op PSA done to establish a baseline then, in 6 months, repeat it to see if it is stable or rising (problem). I’ve known men at my age who have had this diagnosis and have passed before it became a problem, so I am not concerned.

My (latest) rheumatologist decided not to bother with the arthritis in my wrist, but to send me to an orthopedic surgeon for an opinion. His opinion? Don’t go back to her. The problem is not arthritis, but an inflamed tendon in my wrist (from the first wrist bone down the thumb side of the arm). He injected cortisone into the inflamed tendon (yes, that hurt 9 on a 1-10 scale (I’ve already had a 10)) and says it should resolve within a month (mid-Sept).

I have one health problem left to resolve, but it’s not a major issue, I’ve held it off a number of years now, but figure since I’ve hit my financial cap for the year why not have it fixed?

So, if all goes well I may be able to return to blogging (real stuff) by the end of Sept.

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All of this has impressed upon me that God does, indeed, have a sense of humor. After having been in pain for better than 1-1/2 years I prayed that God would return me to my “normal” condition. Little did I know just what that would entail. Two operations to remove kidney stones that I thought was just a back pain. One operation to open up a prostate gland that refused to shrink after the two kidney stone operations. A very painful shot to eliminate a minor in my arm. I can’t wait to see what he has in stock for my final issue – tear ducts that aren’t draining properly after a bout of Bell’s Palsy. Yes, He is doing what I asked…but He could have given me a warning of just what that would entail!

Be careful of what you pray for…you may get it!

 

With God’s Love,

Mike, The Modern Theologian

Chatting with Simon Peter (as you do)

Basic lesson: be yourself, that’s how God made you, and He must have liked what He made. You just need to discover what You really are. Thanks, Paul, you do these talks well.

Just me being curious

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Hey Simon Peter … got a min?

Yeah bro, what can I do for you?

Well you know how you were a rough diamond and all … fisherman .. calloused hands … out early back late … spitting everywhere … probably cursing too … all that “sinner stuff”?

Yep that’s me – what of it?

Well you know how you lopped of that fella’s ear just as Jesus was taken away – just before you ran away … ?

Yep!

Are you a role model for “rough tough Christians?”

What’s a Christian?

Well, you know – sinners saved by grace – born again – baptised and bathed in the Holy Spirit – go to church – read the bible – all that “Christian living”.

You still reading the stuff written way back yonder – all that “prophecy stuff”?

Of course it’s The Bible!

What’s the bible?

You know…

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