Abraham Lincoln’s God
During a presidential election year, when politicians tend to invoke the name of God for partisan purposes, or “explain” various tragedies by blaming both God and the victims, Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address offers a refreshing alternative.
The Room Within
On that bright day so long ago Jesus was speaking directly to us when he said: “I will not leave you desolate. For on that day, you will know that I am in (God) and you are in me, and I am in you.” I realize this may seem impossible. We are so accustomed to living in the absence of God that we cannot even imagine being that close to our Creator.
What is Sin?
Contrary to popular understanding, sin does not consist of a catalogue of “bad behavior,” rather it is a state of being; it is a condition of alienation from God, the ground of our being. Sin involves alienation from other people as well as the world in which we live. Here’s the story …
Questions and answers about the Bible with a humorous twist to test your humor, if not your knowledge. I bet you won’t get them all …
What is Hinduism?
Can a religion that affirms thousands, perhaps millions, of different gods and goddesses be considered compatible with Christianity? The answer is not as obvious as it might first appear.
Recommended Websites on Hinduism
Books About Hinduism
Ganesha: One of the Most Popular Hindu Deities
Hindu Festival Calendar for 2014 and beyond.
What is Heaven?
There are at least four major strands of thought in the Bible and in Christian tradition contributing to contemporary notions of heaven. We look at each.
The Bird of Paradise: A Meditation on Immortality
“In my Father’s house there are many mansions,” said Jesus. ‘If it were not so, I would not have told you that I go to prepare a place for you.” Unfortunately today, with our distrust of all leaders, and particularly religious leaders, it occurs to many that Jesus was flat out wrong about the possibility of eternal life. In fact, what he did say about immortality may surprise you.
We lost our beloved “mother,” Lela Nelson Rhodes, following a long illness, several weeks ago. She was a very wise, loving and wonderful woman. She was also very frugal. When she died, peacefully at home, we called our local undertakers at, Frank E. Campbell, not far away in Manhattan. They quickly picked up Lela’s body, took it to the funeral home and arranged for cremation, for which they used their own facility and did not have to pay an outside vendor. There were no viewing hours, no expensive casket, only the minimum pine box that is required for cremation. There were no extra services of any kind. We were shocked and horrified at the cost: $11,086.75.
This, in our opinion, is an utter rip-off. Mother would have surely come back to life from the grave to stop this insanity had she been able to. She was the type of woman who was hesitant to have quadruple by-pass surgery at the age of 83 as she worried that the expense of that operation could have gone towards helping others. We assured her that others would benefit as the doctors would gain much needed knowledge by operating on a woman of her age. She reluctantly agreed, and the operation was a success. She lived for another 12 years!
The only reason I am writing this is to warn people in a similar state of grief and distress, that Frank E. Campbell radically over-charges and those contemplating using their services should be forewarned! I subsequently have discovered that in similar circumstances one can arrange for “direct cremation” with a crematory of one’s choosing. Surely the savings of several thousands of dollars in doing so could have benefitted many of the important causes that “mother” believed in and contributed to generously during her life time! And others, by being forewarned, can act in a way that is more in accord with the values of their “dearly departed.”