Monday

My new song - "Don't Want To Be Like You"

"DON'T WANT TO BE LIKE YOU" - my latest raw minimalist rock song for the proposed 2011 album "Passion Fruit". Listen or download as a free mp3. http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=10794536  Many other songs also available at http://www.soundclick.com/marktindall


Feel the angst, feel the pain
You’re alive and death’s a stain
Hate, grief real despair
Love ain’t found anywhere

Fear, doubt, sign of the time
Impatience now, white collar crime
TV news from downtown pub

Shock jock radio by a grub
Worry warts wear life down
Rorting by political clowns

My personal space is in your face

CH:
Don't tell me what to do
Don't want to be like you

Cybercriminal hidden crime
Ethics left in your behind
Terrorist bombing plane highjack
Petty drug thief dazed carjack
Drink, drive, DUI
Smile at the camera in the sky


Illiterate scumbag real mean looks
Rumble now is on the books
Violent images in my face
Noxious thug put in his place
My personal space is in your face

Barking orders of what to think
Don’t tell me that I shouldn’t drink
I got a gutful, I’m fed up
I really wish that you’d shut up
Give it a break, give it a rest
Put a sock in it you serial pest

Yes, you’re right, pigs might fly
You’d believe any silly lie
You wouldn’t know north from south
Bullshit flowing from your mouth

My personal space is in your face

Friday

Answering trite essay by Brian Orme "Why Creatives Leave the Church"

Brian Orme "Why Creatives Leave the Church" http://www.creationswap.com/article/6512

Quote: "It’s hard to feel like you belong when you’re God-given talents aren’t valued and, at times, even suppressed."

The church only wants those who are willing to prostitute their art and turn it into propaganda to increase both numbers in the church and their bank account balances. They are also only interested in "praise and worship" though they have no idea what either means in the real world.

The church is not interested in art for the sake of art. The church especially does not want thinking artists who question man-made dogmas.

As a musician aged 15 years old I began to learn my art playing in Christian Coffee Shops organised by the church I attended. We played the rock songs of the day. No such thing happens today. It is considered "worldly".

If the church wants the many artists who have fled for their creative lives out of churches then they must accept the artists on their own terms. The church needs to be educated in valuing and reading art. Many Christian artists may never mention Jesus in their work. They don't have to. Art is a gift of God and is not merely made acceptable by multiple references to Jesus. Artists make art because making art is good within itself. Artists do not exist to further the aims of church.

WHY JESUS IS NOT GOD

COMPARISON BETWEEN
THE ONE GOD YAHWEH
&
THE HUMAN JESUS OF NAZARETH

The infinite One God Yahweh is:
- everywhere (omnipresent):
- all knowing (omniscient)
- all powerful (omnipotent)
- Spirit
- eternal, self-existent
- invisible
- immutable (unchangeable)
- does not urinate, deficate or pass wind.
- does not get tired or sleep.
- does not die.
- sends but is not sent
- rules but is not ruled over
- commands but is not commanded
- anoints the human Messiah / Christ

BUT

The finite historic time / space human Jesus of Nazareth is:
- confined / restricted to his human body
- doesn't know when the end will come
- heals a man in stages with spittle and dust
- cannot do miracles because of people's unbelief.
- human flesh with a spirit.
- began as a fetus inside Mary
- totally visible from his birth till his death.
- changed in the normal physical and psychological stages of all humans /aged.
- urinated, deficated and passed wind.
- got tired and slept
- died by Roman execution.
- was sent and did not send
- is ruled over
- is commanded
- is anointed by God

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"I the LORD (YAHWEH) am your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt,
the house of bondage: You shall have NO OTHER GODS BESIDE ME (YAHWEH)." -
Exodus 20:1-6 (JPS Tanakh)

"I the LORD (YAHWEH) am your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt,
the house of bondage: You shall have NO OTHER GODS BESIDE ME (YAHWEH)." -
Deuteronomy 5:6-7 (JPS Tanakh)

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The historic time / space Jesus of Nazareth did NOT bring the people of Israel "out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage".

THEREFORE

Jesus is NOT the infinite One God Yahweh and "You will have no gods other than me (the infinite One God Yahweh)".

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Who is greater the ANOINTER or the ANOINTED?

The ANOINTER (the One God / Yahweh) is far greater than the ANOINTED:

1. CYRUS (Isaiah 45:1)
2. THE PATRIACHS (Psalm 105:15)
3. ISRAEL (Habakkuk 3:13, Psalm 28: 8; 84:10)
4. JESUS OF NAZARETH (Act 2:36)

IF "Messiah" means "God" then why aren't Cyrus, the Patriachs and Israel
considered to be the One God (Yahweh) alongside Jesus of Nazareth???????

-
"God was IN Christ" (2 Cor. 5:19-21) NOT "God WAS Christ"

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JESUS baptised for the forgiveness of his SINS

DOES GOD SIN?????

- Mark 1:4 "John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, PREACHING A
BAPTISM OF REPENTANCE FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS."
- Matthew 3:6 "They were BAPTISED by him the river Jordan, CONFESSIING THEIR SIN"
- Luke 3:3 " and he went into all the region about the Jordan, PREACHING A
BAPTISM OF REPENTANCE FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SIN"

ANY sinner seeing Jesus of Nazareth being baptised by John the Baptist would immeditely think that it was the SAME baptism that Johnthe Baptist had always given - BAPTISM OF REPENTANCE FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS" - the phrase that is used repeatedly for John the Baptist's baptism.

ANY sinner seeing Jesus of Nazareth being baptised by John the Baptist would also immeditely think that Jesus had repented of his sins for there was NO OTHER REASON that John the Baptist baptised.

If John the Baptist HAD baptised Jesus differently then he would have stated so and made sure to say that "Jesus is God! He doesn't need forgiveness. I am about to baptise him for his ministry." INSTEAD JOHN THE BAPTIST IS NOT SURE THAT JESUS OF NAZARETH IS "THE ONE" (MESSIAH / CHRIST)! Read Matthew 11: 2-3 and Luke 7:19.

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Matthew 11: 2-3

Now when John heard about the deeds of the Christ, he sent word by his disciples and said to him,"ARE YOU HE WHO IS TO COME, OR SHALL WE LOOK FOR ANOTHER?"

Luke 7: 19

And John, calling to him two of his disciples, sent them to the Lord, saying, "ARE YOU HE WHO IS TO COME, OR SHALL WE LOOK FOR ANOTHER?"

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The above two passages clearly demonstrate that John the Baptist didn't think Jesus of Nazareth was the One God Yahweh and was uncertain whether he was really the Messiah / Christ!!!!!

One should use one's God-given mind and integrate what is clearly stated by John the Baptist in Matthew 11: 2-3 (written 85 CE) and Luke 7:19 (written 90 CE). I also note that the later John's Gospel (written 90 - 120 CE) omits John the Baptist's questions as well as his baptism of Jesus as, by this time, it is an embarrassment to have Jesus as "god" being baptised for his sins
and then later being asked whether he really is the Messiah or not by the person who did the baptism.

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Matthew 19:17, Mark 10:18 - He (JESUS) said to him, "Why do you ask ME about the good ? There is ONLY ONE who is good, that is, GOD.

Matthew 27:46, Mark 15:34 (JESUS speaking) "MY GOD, MY GOD, why hast thou forsaken me?

John 14:28 - My Father (YAHWEH) is GREATER than I (JESUS)

John 20:17 - "I [Jesus] am ascending to MY FATHER AND YOUR FATHER, MY GOD AND YOUR GOD"

Act 2:36 - " Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that GOD [YAHWEH] has MADE him both Lord (BOSS) and Christ, this JESUS whom you crucified."

1 Corinthians 11:3 - The HEAD of Christ is GOD.

1 Timothy 2:5 - For there is ONE GOD God, and ONE MEDIATOR BETWEEN GOD AND MEN, the MAN Christ Jesus.

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John 5:31 - If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.

John 1:18 - No man has seen god.

Since people saw Jesus of Nazareth - then Jesus of Nazareth CANNOT be God.

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Numbers 23: 19 - God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?

Mark 13: 32 - "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

If God and Jesus were the same person, how come the son does not know the time, only the father does??

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Jesus was a human like us and not God. Jesus came to know things gradually and sequentially.

LK 2:52 "Jesus grew both in body and in wisdom, gaining favor with God and men." (The Jerusalem Bible: "And Jesus increased in wisdom, in stature, and in favour with God and men.")

MK 13:32 "No one knows, however, when that day or hour will come -- neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, only the Father knows."

LK 7:9 "Jesus was surprised when he heard this."

Jesus "increased in wisdom'? If one knows all, there are no surprises. The verse from Mark is even more revealing: there are some things that Jesus did not know.

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Jesus himself is not the proper object of faith.

...

Jesus called on his followers to trust the Father, to believe in God's domain or reign. The proper object of faith inspired by Jesus is to trust what Jesus trusted. For that reasonm, I am not primarily interested in affirmations about Jesus but in the truths that inspired and informed Jesus.

To call for faith in Jesus is to subsititute the agent for the reality, the proclaimer for the proclaimed. ...

Jesus pointed to God's domain, something he did not create, something he did not control. I want to discover what Jesus saw, or heard, or sensed that was so enchanting, so mezmerizing, so challenging that it held Jesus in its spell. And I do not want to be misled by what his followers did: instead of looking to see what he saw, his devoted disciples tended to stare at the pointing finger. Jesus himself should not be, must not be, the object of faith. That would be to repeat the idolatry of the first believers. - Robert W. Funk "Honest To Jesus: Jesus for a New Millenium" (Hodder &
Stoughton: 1996) pp. 304-305

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Trinitarianism ... the belief that there are three to the essence of God, is a belief accepted by all contemporary Christians. Judaism strongly disagrees. It stands firm in maintaining that God is One - without partners, self-sufficient, and indivisible. ... One is not Three and Three is not One. ... Judaism has serious difficulties with a number of trinitarian major premises:

- God is not human. Man is not God. The Christian doctrine of the Incarnation ... goes against the fundamental Jewish belief that God is incorporeal - that He has no body and cannot be affected by any of the weaknesses of the flesh. To say that God died then died on the cross seems incomprehensible. God cannot die - just as He does not "live" in human form.

- To worship Jesus as God is to violate the commandment that "You shall have no other gods before Me." ... "And the man Moses ..." (Numbers 12:3). God was careful to delineate the difference between Himself and human beings. Jews can't accept that a man or woman could possibly be God.

- Most disturbing of all to the Jewish idea of monotheism in the Trinity is that Judaism recognises no intermediary between God and man. The first of the Ten Commandments, "I am the LORD your God," is written with a Hebrew word that implies a singular "your." God speaks to every person directly and says, "I am accessible to you without any middle man." For the Jew, this means that he has an open line to God Himself. Praying to the Son to get to the Father goes against one of the major beliefs of Judaism, as later codified by Maimonides: "To Him and to Him alone shall you pray directly." A Jew belives that no-one else is supposed to talk for him, live for him - and certainly not die for him.

from Rabbi Benjamin Blech "The Complete Idiot's Guide To Understanding Judaism" (Alpha:2003) pp. 9-10
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Pre-Easter Jesus / Post-Easter Jesus

4 B.C.E. to 30 C.E. / 30 C.E. to present
Corporeal, human being of flesh and blood / Spiritual non-material reality
Finite and mortal / Infinite, eternal
Human / Divine
A Jewish peasant / King of Kings and Lord of Lords
Figure of the past / Figure of the present
Jesus of Nazareth / Jesus Christ
Monotheistic Jew / Becomes the second person of the trinity, "God with a human face"
Galilean Jew of the first century / "The Face of God" (metaphor based on 2 Cor. 4:6 Beholding the glory of God in the face of Christ)

The ONLY AUTHENTIC human time / space historic Jesus of Nazareth is the Pre-Easter Jesus.

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THE CONFUSION OF LORDS

"Lord" = "YHWH" in the Old Testament
"Lord" = "lord / boss" (refering to Jesus of Nazareth) in the New Testament
THEREFORE
YHWH = Jesus of Nazareth

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The confusion only works because of the substituted word ("Lord") for "YHWH"
in the Old Testament is the same word for "boss" in the New Testament.

--
Lord does not mean God.
Lord means master / boss.

1) property owners are called Lord (Matt. 20:8, kurios is "owner" - NIV)
2) heads of households were called Lord (Mk 13:35, owner=kurios).
3) slave owners were called Lord (Matt. 10:24, master=kurios).
4) husbands were called Lord (1 Pet. 3:6, master=kurios).
5) a son called his father Lord (Matt. 21:30, sir=kurios).
6) the Roman Emperor was called Lord (Acts 25:26, His Majesty=kurios).
7) Roman authorities were called Lord (Matt. 27:63, sir=kurios).

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HOW JESUS BECAME GOD

... in conventional hellenistic biographies ... Famous military and intellectual heroes were ofetn said to have at least one divinity as a parent. Miraculous births in depictions of their lives were the rule rather than the exception. ...

Reverse Christology: Stage One

.. Peter and others ... began to think of him as the son of Adam pictured in Daniel 7 ... perhaps the earliest Christian affirmation, has been described as a "Exaltation christology" - as an evaluation of Jesus that assigns him the role of son of Adam at his death and resurrection. ... Paul's letter to
the Romans ...

Christ Jesus, God's son,
descended from David,
appointed son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead. (Romans 1: 3-4)

In this view, Jesus became, or was elevated to, son of God by virtue of his resurrection. ...

Every Israelite ought now to be confident that God has appointed him both lord and messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified. (Acts 2: 36)

... Jesus himself at his trial:
You will see the son of Adam sitting at the right hand of Power and coming
with the clouds of the sky. (Mark 14:62)

Although his followers certainly regarded Jesus as an eschatological prophet during his brief public life, his real function was to be exercised in the future.

Reverse Christology: Stage Two

... he was designated son of God, not at his resurrection but at his baptism (this is known as "adoptionist christology") ...

He saw the skies torn open and the spoirit coming down toward him like a dove. There was also a voice from the skies: "You are my favored son - I fully approve of you." (Mark 1: 10-11)
...

Reverse Christology: Stage Three

... the gospels of Matthew and Luke ... moved the messianic status of Jesus back to his birth. .....

The hellenistic biography or encomium, following the model of Aristoxenus .... consisted of five elements: a miraculous or unusual birth, revealing childhgood episode (or episodes); a summary of wise teachings; wonderous deeds; a martydom or noble death. ...

Reverse Christology: Stage Four

... the prologue to John's gospel ... the Christ hymn in Philippians. ... The divine logos, a complex Greek term here translated "word and wisdom", existed from the beginning with God. ...

It is understandable that the bishops gathered at Nicea in 325 CE insisted on the full equality of Christ with the father: anything less would have put him on a par with other royal figures who could boast of one divine parent. Jesus the Christ had to be made coequal with God for political if not for theological reasons. In that process, the iconoclast was transformed into the icon.

from Robert W. Funk "Honest To Jesus" (Hodder & Stoughton: 1996) pp. 279 -295

Tuesday

BIBLE ADDICTION - The Christian Plague

WHY is it that contemporary Christians seem to be Bible Addicts - addicted to bible reading and bible quoting?

Christians must be addicted to the Bible. ~ Edmund Clowney

Bible addicts have the same characteristics as other addicts:
- Continued use despite negative consequences
- Loss of control, as in more use than planned (broken limits)
- Unpredictability, as in use despite plan not to use (broken promises)
- Compulsivity/preoccupation in thinking
- Denial; Use of defenses to maintain denial
- Build up of (or "break" in) tolerance
- Memory loss, mental confusion, irrational thinking
- Withdrawal discomfort (mental, emotional, and/or psychological).

There are also these other effects:
•Tolerance - the need to engage in the addictive bible reading and bible quoting more and more to get the desired effect
•Withdrawal happens when the person does not read or quote the bible, and they experience unpleasant symptoms, which are often the opposite of the effects of the addictive behavior
•Difficulty cutting down or controlling the addictive bible reading and bible quoting
•Social, occupational or recreational activities becoming more focused around the addiction of bible reading and quoting, and important social and occupational roles being jeopardized
•The person becoming preoccupied with the addiction of bible reading and bible quoting, spending a lot of time on planning, engaging in, and recovering from the addictive behavior

To test whether you are a Bible Addict, don't read the bible for a full month. If you crave a fix anytime during that period then you are addicted. Seek help. The cure for addiction to the Bible involves using one's mind.

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Fundamentalists Anonymous: Twelve Steps to Sanity

by Lee Adams Young

All who have chosen to walk away from biblical fundamentalism are welcome to join Fundamentalists Anonymous, and to consider embracing the following Twelve Steps:

1. I realize that I had turned control of my mind over to another person or group, who had assumed power over my thinking.

2. That person or group persuaded me of the inerrancy of the Bible, in spite of its many internal contradictions.

3. I became addicted to the Bible as the supreme focus of my faith, in spite of the commandment that God should come first.

4. I admit to God, to myself and to another person the shortcomings of my belief in the unbelievable.

5. I have made an inventory of my false claims about the Bible.

6. I have made a list of those whom I led into confusion about the Bible.

7. I am willing to make amends to all those whom I may have led astray.

8. I realize that I have the inner power to restore sanity to my life and to search Scripture for the truth.

9. I will reach out to friends who can help me clarify my thinking about the Bible, God and Jesus.

10. I confess that only with God's help can my mind grasp the truth.

11. I will seek through prayer and meditation to improve my conscious contact with God, praying for knowledge of God's will for me and the power to carry that out.

12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these twelve steps, I will offer these steps to other former biblical fundamentalists.

These 12 steps are adapted from those of Alchoholics Anonymous.

from http://www.geocities.com/church_of_hank/fundamentalists_anonymous.html

What do clergy do all week?


"Becky R. McMillan noted, in her report titled “What do clergy do all week?,” that preparing for preaching and worship is, indeed, the most time-consuming task clergy perform. But clergy also find the time to provide pastoral care, attend meetings, train people for ministry and assist in denominational and community-wide events. A majority of full-time Protestant pastors reported working between 42 and 63 hours a week. During that week, the two biggest tasks were preparing for Sunday morning services (one-third of their time) and providing pastoral care (nearly one-fourth of their time). from http://religioninsights.org/what-clergy-do-all-week

I don't think that paid pastors can be justified at all. There is no intermediatory between God and humans (including Jesus). People have always had direct access to God and require no messiah / christ or pastor / priest. Jews have always thought that and it is self-evident in the Old Testament.

The pastor (priest) became important in the past because he (sexism intended) and only he could change the bread and wine into the human flesh of Jesus to be consumed by would be Christian cannibals. In the past he (sexism intended) was also the best educated in the congregation.

Today, many of the people witin the church are better educated than or equally educated to the pastor. Nor are pastors required as much for weddings and funerals anymore as most of these milestones in life are now done by other people outside the church. As an educator I know that it does not take 6 days to prepare a 15 minute sermoan for Sundays. Nor does it take all week to organise a Sunday service. Some clergy do no pastoral visits or counselling whatsoever (like my former Baptist pastor who placed people with a psychologist in the congregation). One only has to read the Brontes who were children of a pastor to understand that pastors at their period of history (according to their novels and letters) spent most of their time amusing themselves and indulging in gossip. A time motion study would be very interesting. The average size of a congregation in Australia is between 60-70 people. ( See http://www.ncls.org.au/default.aspx?sitemapid=131) It is not difficult to manage such a small amount of people. A manager skilled in Human Resouces would do a better job in most cases and would only require one day a week to organise the whole week.

The care I have recieved from pastors has mostly been substandard at best and harmful for the majority. By all means point me to a time and motion study on what pastors REALLY do - not what they SAY they do but what has been measured as their actual activity. I know of no such study but it should be done.

HILLSONG, Sydney - Critique Morning Service 3 April 2011


My wife and I attended Hillsong, Sydney, this morning. We wanted to see first hand the hysteria and nonsense that is Hillsong. We weren't disappointed. It is the first and last time that we will visit.

The church is situated in a business complex with surrounding stores all leased from Hillsong. The local housing is two third's owned by Hillsong. This is not a church as much as a multinational business with church as part of that business venture.

One walks through car park to be greeted by coffee and breakfast both for sale just outside the main doors. Gone are the days of free coffee, tea and biscuits supplied by the church for visitors. User pays for everything at Hillsong.

Pastors Brian and Bobbie Houston won't be at the church door to greet you. If you want to speak to them you need either a news crew, a large donation or some business proposition. Make an appointment a few months in advance.

You walk into the foyer and you immediately see the main feature - Brian and Bobbie Houston. The world revolves around them. 1001 revolting brain-dead dvds, cds, books and books featuring the pair along with all things Hillsong. It was only a premonition of the horrors that await you inside.

The main auditorium holds 5 000 people. The seats are decorated with glossy advertising brochures of a new seminar on a weekend. Only $150 and a really special discount for pensioners and single mums - $10 to $20 off! Wow! What a bargain! Lots of people on the dole are going to be able to afford that.

The auditorium has comfy theatre seating, three huge screens to televise the crap, and a sound system and light and fog show equal to anything at a rock concert. Unfortunately this is not a rock concert at all. This is a Justin Beiber type pop show with nauseating "Jesus is my boyfriend" Jesus Jingles repeated ad nauseum. The guitar tones are permanently switched to that of U2 in "Streets Have No Name". Hand waving with eyes closed is the in thing. The most popular Hillsong cliche is no longer "Awesome! Awesome! Totally awesome!" but "In Jesus name" which is added to every second sentence like a mantra.

The pop show ceases for a while and then you get Bobbie with "the Lord's Supper". The usual McSupper of a thimble of grape juice and a piece of dried cracker. Then they collect your tithes and offerings for those who have not done electronic banking to get 10% of their gross wage dedcuted and sent to Hillsong weekly. Offerings are expected on top of the tithes.

Brian was in Brisbane so they had a live feed on the three giant TV screens. Brian had been to Bombay where he never met any poor peasants but spoke to thousands who probably paid for the privilege. ( How much did Jesus charge for the sermon on the mount? ) Brian delivered his one point dumbed down sermoan on risk taking. Take a risk and follow what Brian says. Don't use your mind and question as that is of the devil. Brian took half an hour to say that using rather dubious bible verses.

Then came the Altar Call. "Does anyone not know Jesus?" Everyone is supposed to close their eyes as the pastor asks for those who want to invite Jesus into their heart to raise their hand. I kept my eyes open. He pleaded for 5 minutes. He pretended that people were rasing their hand. I saw no-one do so. Obvioulsy a trick by snake-oil salesmen. You then say a prayer and - MAGIC - you are now a Christian. Remember to pay our tithes and offerings to Hillsong and give them your details to add you to their mailing list.

You sing another Jesus Jingle.

Jesus is the focus. Jesus is Lord, God, Saviour and Boyfriend. God the Father was never mentioned.

That's it. The End. See you next week. Buy something on your way out.

My wife and I checked the date. No, it wasn't April Fool's Day, it just felt like it.

Christian Praise and Worship


Christians regularly do not use the dictionary definitions of praise and worship but invent their own Christianese which has nothing to do with praise and worship and is incoherent gibberish to anyone outside Christianity. Words have meaning. Those meanings are found in a dictionary.

praise (prz)

n.

1. Expression of approval, commendation, or admiration.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

Praise is about saying or writing something favourable about another person either to them or to another person. Praise to God, when sung or spoken, must therefore state something good about God. If you only state "I love you / I worship you" and do not give a reason for that love / worship in your words then it is not praise at all but worship. Praise is not repeating the CALL to praise "Praise the Lord!". That call is an invitation to praise God understood as "Let us now praise the Lord!". It is followed, in the Psalms for example, by reasons for the praise. "(Let us) Praise the Lord BECAUSE He created the heaven and the earth." What follows "because" is the actual praise. One should then state the praise "God created the heavens an the earth." Too often all I hear in churches and on Christian cds is a call / invitation to praise and no praise actually happens at all. "Let us praise God ... Okay, when are you going to get around to it?"

wor·ship (w├╗rshp)

n.

1. a. The reverent love and devotion accorded a deity, an idol, or a sacred object.
b. The ceremonies, prayers, or other religious forms by which this love is expressed.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

Worship is all about heart attitude / one's spirit. It is an expression of love. It is adressed TO God and is not ABOUT God to some other person. It is expressed in the first and second persons ( I / You ) and not the third person (He / God). I hear very little of this form of music in Christian churches and on Christian cds labled as "worship" music as most of it is not addressed to od in the first and second person. It is not merely expressed in song although songs may be used. It is also expressed in actions (including tongues).