Three ways we can fall into judgmentalism. We can judge God. This is the way of self justification. We can judge others. This is the way of self righteousness. We can judge ourselves. This is the way of self condemnation.
In the slideshow below I have put together a collection of images inspired by the book of Job. In the book of Job, we find questions about God's justice and why good people suffer. No answers are given, but God reminds us to trust God's wisdom and character.
Meditation is not as foreign to Christianity as many think. Meditation is mentioned frequently in the book of Psalms for instance, though notably the focus of the psalmists is much more on the who than the how of it, as is typical of Jewish and Christian practice. What follows is a sizeable collection of images … Continue reading Visions of a Meditating Jesus
“There is no such thing as a "just" war. It's just war. And it's antithetical to the Gospel.” ― David D. Flowers
I meet a lot of disenchanted Christians and former Christians who think they’re alone in their desire for expressions of Christianity that are more engaged with nature, more empowering of women, and more encouraging of creative expression. And it is true that many Christians give such concerns lip service at best; some being outright hostile … Continue reading A word of encouragement for Christians on the margins
In Greek mythology Hermes was the god of communication, trade, and trickery. He was a son of Zeus and is popularly known as the messenger of the gods. His name appears twice in the Bible. In his letter to the Romans, the apostle Paul sends greetings to a Christian named Hermes, who was presumably named … Continue reading Hermes in the Bible
The book of Proverbs cautions against envying the violent. But we live in a society that glorifies violence, that sees it as entertaining even. It is hard not to follow in their ways. It is easy to sit in judgment on cultures like that of the Romans, saying that they were barbaric in their gladiator … Continue reading Do not envy the violent
There are two kinds of judgmentalism. The first involves judging others as if I'm perfect when I am not. The second involves judging God’s standards as if they’re unimportant when they are. Both are based on arrogance.
An image from the 12th century "Jigoku Zoshi (Hell Scroll)" located at the Nara National Museum in Japan. It depicts a Japanese Buddhist version of Hell. The primary difference between Buddhist versions of Hell and Christian versions of Hell has to do with their different conceptions of time. Buddhist regard time as circular, so stays … Continue reading Hell from a Buddhist Perspective
I have been researching the Lutheran alchemists again, this time Heinrich Khunrath (1590 - 1605). He was a German physician, hermetic philosopher, and alchemist whose most famous work was Ampitheatrum Sapientae Aeternae (Ampitheatre of Eternal Wisdom). John Warwick Montgomery has pointed out that Johann Arndt (1555 - 1621), who was an influential author of Lutheran … Continue reading The Christian alchemy of Heinrich Khunrath
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Mercy involves both truth and love. Truth, in that mercy involves no denial of wrongs having been committed. Love, in that mercy involves no dwelling on wrongs, but is instead focussed on moving towards reconciliation.