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Welcome.

(note:  This is the welcome and info article and it does not change.  Scroll on down for the most recent article addition.)

I believe in the power of truth.  I also believe in the power of freedom.  I am neverendingly impressed at how truth sets us free, and how freedom opens us up to the truth.  Though I have some posts that are personal to me, this is my ministry site.  I post articles about all kinds of things that are of interest to me… and I also find great joy in answering, or at trying to answer, or at least discussing, questions.  Feel free to ask them here.

I am still working on these sites, but the best way to navigate this material is either the tabs at the top of the page – these take you to totally different pages with targeted information.  If you are researching me as a personal therapist, click the Counseling/Therapy tab… if you are a man looking for encouragement, ideas and support in life, click on Phalanx… if you are considering me as a speaker, teacher, pastor, or consultant, that information should be available there.

Most of my work hours are spent serving at FBC’s South Campus in Tyler. Check out the amazing ministry there.

I am also the lead therapist at the Alethia Counseling Center in Tyler, Texas… and I love the team of Counselors we have here, so…

I want to introduce you to our team of counselors at the offices:

Millie Tanner, LPC.   As a Licensed Professional Counselor I see people who have different backgrounds, struggles, and ways of coping.  Pain can come from broken relationships, cold marriages, or the devastation of losing someone we love.  In those times a therapist can give encouragement and insight by asking the right questions to lead to a healthier way of living.  Through this many find freedom as light is shined on dark places in their lives.  www.tannertherapy.com

Zach Herrin, LPC.   I have been a counselor in some capacity for the last eight years. To recognize where you are gives you the freedom and choice to leave where you are.  Working with men and teens are high on my list, but I also love to help families and couples.  The counseling process can be encouraging and discouraging all at the same time but I believe from personal experience it can make all the difference… when we take the first step in asking for help.   www.herrincounseling.com

Keely Burks, LPC-intern.  I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern, which means I am qualified to do everything an LPC does, but I receive weekly super-vision from Chris Legg, LPC.  My desire is to see marriages healed and parent and child relationships reconciled. I consider myself blessed to come alongside people as they discover the truth of who they are, choosing not to believe the lies they previously subscribed to. www.keelyburkscounseling.com 

Amy Waters, LPC -intern.  Hebrew wisdom tells us that “in an abundance of counselors there is safety.”  The decision to seek counseling is both wise and brave.  It is a joy and a privilege  to come alongside people in this way.  As a LPC intern, I practice under the supervision of Chris Legg, as well.  There are few things more rewarding that seeing people get in touch with the truth and be transformed by it. www.amywaterscounseling.com

Nancy Mayer, LPC.  “What is my purpose?” Is a question I hear from clients seeking to understand their life journey and questioning what they can do to reach their true potential. As a licensed professional counselor, I am honored to be chosen to take this journey of discovery with my clients. Having a collaborative approach to counseling, gives the client and me an opportunity to grow and learn from one another. www.receivingthegiftcounseling.com

Allison Cooper, LPC-intern: I am an LPC-Intern with experience helping individuals, couples, and families. My Supervisor is Jennifer Brown.  I enjoy working as a team with clients to help them gain perspective, insight, and self-confidence when facing challenges.  It is my philosophy that through the therapeutic relationship clients can gain strength and find peace.

Josh Berger, LPC-intern: Life is full of storms. The ebbs and flows they bring can leave anyone feeling shipwrecked. My role as a counselor, under the supervision of Chris Legg, is a grounding one: to equip and enable you to see light through the darkness. Together we pursue truth and beauty and lasting freedom.  www.bergercounseling.com

If you are interested in scheduling with any of us, call us at 903 561 8955 today!

…If you are more interested in browsing my articles, then your best bet might be the catagories list to the right.  If you are interested in me writing an article on a given topic, you can request it in any comments section… I will try to get to it as soon as I can!

I will continue to post all new articles here as well as on the targeted site, so either option should still give you the chance to find what you are looking for.

Typically, my series, sermons and seminars will be found at:  Talks

Thanks for stopping in… God Bless you and Keep you.

Chris

More Information on my specific Counseling

My style of therapy is generally called “eclectic” which really just means I make use of many different styles and techniques of counseling.  I believe that every human life has intrinsic value, including yours.  No amount of pain, guilt, shame, regret, resentment, anger, depression, depravity, or brokenness can change that.  Every person has a story that is worth hearing, no matter how much hurt, love, purpose, abandonment or normality that life includes or lacks.

A big part of why I believe what I just said is that I am a proclaimed follower of Jesus, The Christ, into Life, death, and Life again.  I think life can often feel a lot like a series of life and death patterns.  I believe it is hopeful to know that those are a parable of the larger Epic story.  I believe in a Creator, and I therefore rationally think the most foundational thing in life is to have a right relationship with our Creator.

It seems reasonable to me that it would be impossible to over-estimate philosophically how important it would be for a created thing to know its creator.  After doing decades of research, of the major views on this problem, only Christianity has been able to offer what I consider the most reasonable answers. So, with that understanding, I am a Christian therapist.

However, as a “style” I am not exclusively what is called a “biblical counselor” nor do I offer counseling only for other Christians. Far from it. I agree with the way I was taught: I expose my faith, but am careful not to impose my faith on my clients. It isn’t always an easy integration, but that is my goal. The main way that my faith and philosophy impact my counseling is in regards to truth. I believe in the power of truth to set us free (John 8:31). I think it is vitally important for everyone to be able to acknowledge the truth about their lives – this point is also made in Orwell’s “1984” when it is noted that true freedom begins with the freedom to speak the truth.

Until we can say what we know is true, we are still bound. I make use of reality therapy techniques, Gestalt work, psychotherapy, Jungian archetypes, personality theory, paradoxical work, REBT, transactional analysis, and virtually anything else I come across that works and fits within what I believe is true.

I believe that each human being is so complex and unique that no one therapeutic theory covers everyone. Generally, I talk to people for about 50 minutes in the session, but the real work comes in the hours of integration in-between sessions. I encourage people to deal with the past and not ignore it – to speak the truth about their past. This is not about living in the past. Understanding, speaking and accepting the truth about our past is a work of the present.

I also encourage people to face the present and future honestly. Reality therapy becomes vital when dealing with the present. I think that many more people could really benefit from counseling than get it. It takes a certain level of emotional health to be able to risk coming in. Coming to counseling the first time can be pretty tough, so I applaud anyone strong enough to do it, especially those who are able to come in before they are in stage 4 sickness… Counseling isn’t meant to last forever, so come in with some specific goals and you and I will work together to identify and deal with those and any others that arise.

Final words for this section: beware of coming in for counseling when it is storming and the roof is leaking, and then quitting when the rain quits rather than when the roof is repaired.

any questions?

Now, why would God be three and one – what difference would that make?

For a long time, many Christian theologians, I think, were taught like I was… that the Triune aspect of God’s nature was academic and interesting, but of no real practical value.

I hinted earlier that recent discussions have focused in on some of the traits that God has revealed about Himself – like that He is loving (I John 4:7, Romans 8:39, 2 Thess 3:5, and many more). And the kind of love connected to God is typically the kind that is sacrificial, charitable, and generous.

How does that work if God existed alone for untold eras “before” the creation of time, or of course, creatures or… even intelligent creatures… angels, humans, aliens, little white mice or dolphins (thanks Douglas Adams)?

How did God practice sacrificial, deferential, serving love if there was no – one but Him around? Granted that love can be a trait that does not have to be expressed all of the time – at least not in action (a person can still love even if they are trapped on an Island, at least by thinking loving thoughts)…

but this trait seems to fundamental to God, that it would make sense that His very identity would be such that He could express love – disinterested and sacrificial love – by the nature of His own Essence.

Notice why the concept of God being three has potential to answer this quandary with great grace – and we even can see it play out in the Bible exactly that way…

The Father encouraging and point to the Son (Mark 3:17, 9:7, Rev 5)

The Father giving the Spirit (John 14:26)

The complexity of the Triune God

The complexity of the Triune God

 

Jesus honoring the Spirit (John 16:7, Matt 12:32)

Jesus pointing to the Father (John 14:28, Matt 10:32, and essentially everything He said)

The Spirit uplifting the Son (Luke 1:35, Luke 4:1-18)

The Spirit encouraging people to the Father (Romans 15:13, 1 Cor 2:10-13)

These are some of the dozens of examples of how the members of the Trinity defer to and love one another…

And we can easily assume that their mutual admiration society extends to before anyone or anything was created – thus allowing God to be by nature, loving and even deferential to someone before anyone was created – because by His own nature, there are Three.

 

That is significant theologically, and pretty cool and implies a wisdom that is beyond something we could have invented, as is so often the case when we begin to uncover the implications of theological truth.

 

Is it for certain that God is? Is it for certain that God is Triune?

 

I am not confident that humans can know anything with absolute certainty. As a psychologist, I am aware of the fact that we can be truly deluded and unable to distinguish reality from non-reality… and in fact, unreality can seem more real for many. No one is free from at least this question about what they believe. Schizophrenic people are unaware that they are not in reality, by definition.

 

However, what I can say is that it is not irrational to believe in the Triune God, and it is a rationally sound concept.

The Christian teaching of the trinity says that the eternal God has among His traits the characteristic of “One-ness.”

This is a vital teaching for Christians since we are not polytheists. There is only One God. This teaching an be found clearly in the Jewish roots of Christianity – arguably the oldest of the Monotheistic faiths. Perhaps the core teaching of Israel is this: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.”[1]

Christianity is not a return to polytheism. Christianity is committed to the truth that there is only one God.

However, as the person of Jesus Christ came and then, after Him, the Holy Spirit came into the picture as well, the theology of what it meant that God is One became a conversation again.

The problem was that Jesus said things like:

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” [2] Matt 28:19

And the entire conversation in John 15, which began to beg the question early on as to the nature of Christ and soon thereafter, the nature of the Holy Spirit.

Paul wrote freely (I Thess 1:4-7, Phil 3:3, Col 1:16 and others) clearly linking God the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Peter, who traveled with Jesus, opened his letter to the scattered Christians with :

To those who are elect exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood:[3]

Of course, John’s theological gospel opens with passages directly stating that “The Word was God” and then making the connection clear that Jesus was that Word (John 1:1-14).

These teachings and many others caused the early theologians among the Christians to begin to wonder at the nature – the essence – of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. How could they be God and yet Yahweh be God? How could they be distinct in their existence and yet still one?

Many of these people were trained as philosophers and were early Christian theologians. It is important to not see them as unsophisticated in their understanding of the nature of knowledge and truth.

In fact, most of them could probably have trounced most of us in a philosophical debate. Many were dedicated to the idea of the nature of God being rational – not incoherent or full of logical impossibilities.

At the basic level, the idea of three-ness and one-ness are NOT logical failures…

Anyone might has a dozen example of things that are three and are also one. Over the years, many of these have become famous exactly in the efforts to teach about the Trinity… and though seriously flawed for that task, they do show that something can be three and yet still be one.

Consider many substances. Many, like water, can be in gaseous, liquid or solid states and yet they are still the same substance at the molecular level.

Or, how about an egg being made up of various part… shell, albumen, yolk? One egg made of three different parts.

solid, liquid, gas

solid, liquid, gas

Or, consider that one person can be a sister, a mother, and a daughter, for example… and yet they are still one person.

Please note that NONE of these are correctly or directly analogous to the way that God is three and one. As a unique being, it would be expected that His particular existence is also unique.

However, it is significant that “three-ness” and “one-ness” can reasonably be traits of the same entity.

So, is it rational that God could be three and still also be one? Yes.

I am not making the claim that this proves that He is, of course… just that it is not irrational to believe it.

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Dt 6:4). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

[2] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Mt 28:19–20). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

[3] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (1 Pe 1:1–2). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

Is the Christian doctrine of the “Trinity” rational?

I am committed to the concept that God is a rational God.

Let me make sure and clarify, though, since people do not know what that word means most of the time. I recently offered to come speak at an atheist’s meeting and described myself as a “rational Christian.”

Let me tell you, tolerance is not a virtue for everyone in the atheist world!

However, the immediate response (I am cleaning up the language a little here) was “there is no such thing as a rational Christian.”

“Rational” is not another word for “I agree with you.” (see the post above for more detail here)…

“Rational” is not another word for “naturalist” or “materialist” (meaning someone who only acknowledges a physical, material world and only accepts materials explanations for things).

It is certainly not another word for confident in “empirical evidence” as a source of knowledge. In fact, reason is a totally different source of knowledge from empirical evidence (remember your Epistemology class?)

“Rational” is also not another word for “knows everything.” God, being a personality and having traits that are right and wrong about Him, is still mysterious. If human beings (especially women , right, men?) are mysterious, of course a much grander being, like God, would be mysterious as well.

Rational does not mean certain.  More on that later.

So, if I am claiming to be a rational Christian, how do I deal with the aspects of Christian “doctrine” that have often been thought of as “irrational” or even contradictory?

I want to make a note that being rational does not mean that I can know with certainty anything any more than anyone else. However, what it means is that I think that what I choose to believe is the most rational option of the explanations.

Trinity Theology

Trinity Theology

Again, check the link above to see more detail of what I am trying to describe.

I accept that there is an immaterial creation – there is more to creation than we can see or test with physical means. This is often a great frustration to me, but I still believe it is true. I believe that humans have a “mind” that is more than just the bio-chemical interactions of our physical brain.

I do believe that the two are, at least at this point, inextricably linked… and maybe the physical and non-physical always are forever (hence a new body in the resurrection), but I believe both exist. It is in no way irrational that there could be more to existence than what we can see and measure via material means.

This is not my main topic, but it is worth noting that throughout history we have continued to discover more and more about our universe that we have had to discover new ways to find evidence of them – with dark matter and energy being one of the most recent. Further, the evidence of most of our experience is that intensely complex processes stem from intelligence and design. The fact that there is something, and that there is complexity demands an a-posteriori (with experience) question of the source of something (rather than nothing) and the source of complexity. One reasonable answer is that there is more to the universe than merely the material.

I also believe in miracles. This does not mean that I dismiss scientific or process theories (how). I think many of them are excellent. I have no problem with evolutionary theory as a process theory any more than I have a problem with the “laws” of statistics or the rain cycle. I also think that there is a creator who is the “why” behind the “how” and I do not think those come into conflict.

What I mean is that since I can accept the idea of a Creator, I can easily accept the premise that a Creator would continue to be involved in some ways, even when it would mean some adjustment to the normal way things happen.

What it means that I am a rational person means that I believe that there are no true logical incoherencies in existence. I believe that reason is a fundamental source of knowledge.

I accept empirical evidence as a source of knowledge because my reason tells me that it is one. (There is no empirical evidence to prove that empirical evidence is a source of knowledge, but it is reasonable to accept it as a source.) As a scientist, I love that empirical evidence is such a great source of fact, knowledge and even truth!

I believe that revelation is a source of knowledge, because reason supports that a creator God would interact with His creation, and each source of alleged revelation has to be examined carefully.

All sources of knowledge are limited… Certainly, we have all had our senses fooled. Massive mistakes are made under even the best laboratory designs; intuition can lead us to things we want to believe rather what we should believe; authority figures and history can be (and are) often erroneous, or even corrupted; reason is based on right thinking.

In every case, the source of knowledge is not reliable…

Only revelation has a perfect source (revelation is knowledge obtained directly from God). God is a perfect source of knowledge. However, revelation is still terribly flawed – not from the source, but from the receiver.

A lot of people claim to hear from God. Clearly, the fantastically vast majority of those who make an extremely public claim, at least, do not. Atheists would say that none of them do.

Unfortunately, the only way to know much about a person, their existence, thought processes, opinions, etc… is for them to reveal things about themselves. In the case of God, that would require not just personal revelation, but Divine revelation.

There would be no necessary reason to think that God exists in more than one person… though there would have needed to be some good answer for how a being with a penchant for love and even sacrifice could have expressed Its nature unless there were more than one person to love.

However, though the significance of an aspect of God’s identity being “one-ness”, that his identity also includes “three-ness” had to be revealed by Him. Might we have come to the idea that there was more to Him than one merely be reason or by our experience of the natural world? Maybe… but I doubt it.

Part II next week…

What is… THE EVENT?

Conversation with the Event planner:

“Hey, I would love to host an Event coming up…HUGE_event_3color

It is largely a speaking event, so I do need a talented speaker who can connect well with the audience.

The speaker will have about 30-40 minutes and I would prefer the speaker have a sort of “call to action” at the end of the talk. If the speaker could keep the talk humorous, kind of personal, and yet deeply moving and challenging, that would be great.

In fact, the message needs to be incredibly sound and powerfully delivered… and of the most important topics from the most important materials. This is life-and-death stuff.

However, I also want to have some music at the event – maybe a full band?

They would need to perform for 15-20 minutes. Preferably mixing in a few different style of music, since the crowd is likely to vary in age from preschool to great-grandparents. The speaker will need to keep that in mind too, now that I think about it.

Again, think lively and joyful but still deep and impactful.

Both of these aspects of the Event are pretty key and need to be excellent. However, this means that they not only need to coordinate with each other, but also with the Audio Video team. Since the band will not only performing, but also encouraging the crowd to sing along, so the lyrics need to be either printed or on a screen or both (make sure not to break any copyright laws in this, too!).

The AV team needs to keep the sound mixed well, the lights coordinated, the mics for the different speakers ready, etc.

Let’s go ahead and serve coffee and maybe some snacks too. The coffee needs to be pretty good stuff, please. Cheap stuff would communicate the wrong message.

Can we get some door greeters, ushers, people to take information on people and then prepared to send out follow up info as well? Thanks.

I was also thinking we could do break-out sessions before or after the Event. Let’s plan on having trained and competent facilitators for those – maybe one or two for every 10-20 attendees. Thanks again.

Oh, since families will be attending, we better not forget about break-out sessions for the kids and youth too. Wow, I nearly forgot – we need childcare during the main event and the break-out sessions too!

In fact, I don’t think child-care is really sufficient for what I am thinking. Could we instead offer children’s programing for the kids from birth through Senior in HS?

So, I guess we will need back-ground checked and trained children’s trainers for both the main event and the break-out sessions. I guess we better develop or purchase some kind of curriculum for those break-out facilitators. I appreciate it.

I guess that covers most of it – so, please have the rooms clean, grass mowed, chairs set-up, the climate control handled, and enough seats for those coming…

How many? Gosh, not sure. I can come up with a pretty good guess, but it will likely be 20-30% more or less than my guess.

We are going to be constantly adding in other events surrounding this one, and we ought to take a few minutes to tell people about those – but let’s be careful not to drag that part out. Lots of good, clear communication but spending as little time as possible would be best.

I also thought I would mention that we aren’t going to charge for this event. Instead, let’s just pass a hat or something and let people pay whatever they choose to. We can pay some of the people in some of the main roles from that, but most of the people will need to be volunteering their time, obviously.

So, we better account for people arriving late, and cancelling at the last minute – volunteers and guests alike.

And, now that I am thinking about it, let’s go ahead and do it again next week…

and the next week…

and the week after that, too.

In fact, every Sunday morning would be cool.”

* * * * * * *

This little vignette is to honor all those men and women who manage to pull this off week after week in an effort to worship God well and equip His saints for the work of the ministry. They have been doing it, often with little thanks, but plenty of criticism, for hundreds of years… it is especially dedicated to those who are willing to attempt it alongside me.   Thank you.

Here-is-the-church-Finger-RhymeAs Pike Wisner point out, the old poem should just show  the people… and say “Here is the Church.”

Church is about God’s people and is never about merely an event or a building, but the Sunday celebration has been a key to the experience of Christian fellowship for a very long time.

Soli Deo Gloria!

New Evidence that Jesus was Married and Had Children

A recently 6th revealed Century manuscript allegedly found in a British Library has created some stir. However, it shouldn’t. JesusAndMary-2

The Manuscript is known as the “Ecclesiastical History of Zacharias Rhetor.”

and reason it was in the British library without gathering a lot of attention was because it had always been dismissed by scholars as insignificant until recently it was generously decoded for us… More on that later.

First of all, notice that it is a “6th century” manuscript. This account was written somewhere in the area of 500 or more years after the life and death of Jesus Christ.

Also, the manuscript actually tells a romantic story of the love between two characters: Joseph and Aseneth. According to ABC news, most scholars think this is a purely fictional story about the Patriarch Joseph (a son of Jacob who was sold into slavery in Egypt).

The name “Jesus” (or “Mary” no matter which Mary) do not appear in the text.

However, we have been rescued from biblical scholars and the actual document by Simcha Jacobovici and Barrie Wilson, who “decoded” the manuscript for us.

The creator of the newly released book “The Lost Gospel: Decoding the Ancient Text That Reveals Jesus’ Marriage to Mary Magdalene” is Simcha Jacobovici… who is also known for having claimed to have found the actual bones of Jesus in a tomb (Discovery Channel named it one of the top 10 scientific hoaxes of all time), the actual nails of Jesus and the Lost City of Atlantis.

The story of Joseph and Aseneth allegedly includes some “Jesus” themes like a last supper (the Passover meal that all Jews partake of annually) and that the male character is referred to as God’s son (apparently a relatively common term for Jewish men – keep in mind that in the actual Jesus’ time, it is possible that the prophetic term “son of man” would have created more controversy than “son of God”).

So, other than this is a document well known to actual scholars, from 5-6 centuries after the Apostles lives, that doesn’t mention Jesus or any Mary, “decoded” by a well known for being someone not to take seriously… who is selling his conclusions for $21.74…

Why am I even writing about this?

I have no idea whether Jesus was married or not. I think if He had been, it would have been mentioned by one of Gospel writers from the actual time of His life… there would be no reason to hide it. It would be no sin for him to have been married, had sex or kids!

He might also have been red-headed (as some medieval portraits portray Him), but again, we have no reason to think so and reasons to think a Jewish man would not be (right?).   His parents and siblings are mentioned, so we would expect His wife to be, if there had been one.

However, we are still left with one new revelation after another made by one junk fiction writer after another cashing in on the Jesus + controversy formula. That is all this one is.

Here is the best conclusion I read in the research I was doing:

“It sounds like the deepest bilge,” Diarmaid MacCulloch, an Oxford University professor told the Sunday Times. “I’m very surprised that the British Library gives these authors houseroom.”

 

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/married-jesus-book-adds-fuel-conspiracies-26857867

http://abcnews.go.com/International/jesus-christ-wife-mary-magdalene-kids-book-claims/story?id=26805418

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2014/11/10/lost-gospel-claims-jesus-was-married-had-children/

http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/12/opinion/parini-new-text-jesus-married-with-kids/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/11/10/the-book-that-claims-jesus-had-a-wife-and-kids-and-the-controversial-author-behind-it/

 

What did Pope Francis say? 2v2-francis-pope

Is has been widely reported that recently, at a speech before the “Pontifical Academy of Sciences” on 10/27/14, Pope Frances made a number of statements that have drawn special attention.

The one drawing the most attention is: “God is not a divine being or a magician, but the Creator who brought everything to life…” as reported, for example, in USATODAY (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/10/28/pope-francis-evolution-big-bang/18053509/).

This phraseology has understandably created some dramatic responses! Could this be the Pope – the leader of over half of the Christians in the world – be denying the Divinity of God?

I know honestly little about this Pope. I know that he has been at the center of many controversies about things he has said before – some possibly accurate, but most have apparently not been accurate.

I know that he is well liked by many not even a part of Christianity (and some in opposition to Christianity), and maybe that makes some nervous about him. However, I have tried to evaluate him based on what he actually says or does.

In this case, his words about evolution or the Big Bang are of no personal concern to me, since I share in his apparent thoughts on them both – I agree that they are at least both completely acceptably in line with biblical and theological interpretations (here is an example of a creative one – catch the pun? See what I did there? ;-)… sometimes in perfect harmony with the biblical accounts (read these, for example)… and I think even in some ways answers some tough questions…

Personally, I am gratified that another representative of Christianity is espousing the idea that science and the Christian Faith are NOT in contradiction… That faith is “trust”, not “ignorance”.

But I do not think we would be even hearing about the Pope’s views on creation or science would be of interest to anyone if the Pope were denying the Divinity of The only Divine God. That would be pretty important, huh?

Fortunately, he wasn’t.

The pope was speaking in Italian, not English. What he actually said (according to the transcript found at http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/it/speeches/2014/october/documents/papa-francesco_20141027_plenaria-accademia-scienze.html)

was

“Dio non è un demiurgo o un mago, ma il Creatore che dà l’essere a tutti gli enti.”

The word “demiurgo” has a specific meaning to the Catholic world – but it does not seem to have an awesome English equivalent. It seems to stem from the ancient conflict with the Gnostics. The Gnostics believed in a main God and many Sub-gods… kind of “godlets”. The Catholic word for these sub-gods… sot of “divine-ish” beings – is “demiurgo”.

You can see more detail at (http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/04707b.htm)…

So, in essence, the Pope was saying that God is not some sub-god nor some magician with a magic wand, but The Creator – the One God who Created all things. That makes sense.

I am all for holding any public figure who claims Christ, to account for their words… as I hope others hold me accountable. God knows that I have said wrong, stupid and foolish things in the past. However, I do think that this time, there is nothing in the Pope’s words to cause concern for other Christians. Continue to pray for all of our leaders!  Pray for their integrity to scripture and reason!

Here is some interesting information on mid-life crises…

in case you want to learn some more!

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