The old Vedic religions of India gave the world Gotoma Buddha (c563 to 483BC) while Judaism gave the world Jesus Christ (c4BC to 30AD). Although their mothers, the Vedic religions and Judaism, were different, they had more in common with each other than with their respective religions. My brother of another mother. Both Buddha and...Continue reading
The Christian Franchise is Meaningless
A franchise is a business whereby the owner, the franchisor, licenses its operations – along with its products, branding and knowledge – to another business owner, the franchisee, in exchange for a franchise fee. (expanded Investopedia definition) Christianity is Big Business. Before you argue that Christianity isn’t a business, consider the following. Firstly, the total...Continue reading
Are we here to Get or to Give?
Why are we here and what is the purpose of our human experience? After a life-long search for the answer to that question, I boiled it down to a simple choice; are we here to get something or to give something? Are we here to be Consumers or Contributors? Everywhere I look, I find religious...Continue reading
How can a loving, all-powerful God allow bad things to happen?
Maybe we can begin with a simple idea of a loving, all-powerful God NOT allowing bad things to happen and let’s see how that works out. Joe loves chocolate cake. Joe loves chocolate cake so much that he wants to eat a huge chocolate cake every day. But if Joe eats a huge cake every...Continue reading
First, a Human Being
As a teenager I was a card-carrying, anti-Christian atheist. Although rabidly anti-Christian, I was open-minded and presented God with a challenge, “If God could prove, in black and white, that he existed, I would become a Christian.” Seven years later, in my early twenties, I got what I considered ‘black and white evidence’ that God...Continue reading
My Understanding of the Nature of GOD.
“Let us make humans in our image.” (Genesis 1.26) Using this text as a starting point, I wondered “What about our human image reflects the image and nature of GOD?” Side note: Although I quote exclusively from the Bible in this article, I am not a Christian; I simply respect the ancient wisdom of the...Continue reading
I stuttered for 47 years, and then I didn’t.
It’s been recognised in stuttering circles that ‘many a stutter starts in the mother’s ear’ and that was no doubt true for me but not completely. Now, let me be clear, I no longer blame my mother for my stutter, she was ‘doing the best she could at the time’ but the point is relevant...Continue reading
Broken Bones and Broken Emotions
If a child breaks a bone they are usually rushed to the doctor where the fractured bone is x-rayed and set so that it can heal correctly. But, if a child breaks an emotion, it is seldom treated correctly. If anything, they may be given harmful instructions or advice; Get over it. Move on. Big...Continue reading
Educated or Entertained?
Here is my very easy formula to understand the difference between education and entertainment! Information + Application = Education Information - Application = Entertainment Now ask yourself, How much of my past learning have I applied in practice? How much of my current learning can I apply in practice? How much of my future learning...
How much do you love yourself?
So many people, myself included, struggle with self-acceptance, let alone loving themselves. But learning to love oneself is really important because it really is the foundation of our love for others. Love your neighbour as yourself. Life also becomes a lot easier when we learn to love ourselves. So Love Yourself! For many of us...Continue reading