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Let the dead bury their own dead

'Let the dead bury their own dead' - it sounds like a line from a zombie movie - but it is something that Jesus said. Most people just try to explain this away as if it was an absent-minded, embarrassing tweet from Jesus. It is however a deep spiritual saying full of power and wisdom.
Another of his disciples said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” But Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead - Matthew 8:21-22 (NRSV)A bit shocking at first glance - isn't it?!
In the traditions of the time a person would have been buried on the same day. So the fact that the person can't follow Jesus at this stage but first need time to bury his father tells us that his father is probably still alive - possibly old and in need of care. 
Is Jesus really telling the disciple to abandon his dying father?! Common interpretations that I think is incorrectThe father already died but the son still needed to perform a final burial that takes place a y…
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Focus on the Red Letters of Jesus

Should we focus on the red letters in the Bible? Is what Jesus said more important than what Paul said? Traditional and mainstream Christianity would say that everything in the Bible is equally important. Jesus however taught that being part of the 'mainstream' does not necessarily make you right (Mat 7:13). Let's take a closer look ...

'Red Letters' refer to the words of Jesus as some Bible translations print the words of Jesus in red.

I would not describe myself as a 'Red Letter Christian' simply because I don't like tags. I am a child of God and a disciple of Jesus - that is it. The 'Red Letter Christians' movement also has a strong political connection - it became popular due to American politics (mostly because Jesus never said anything about homosexuality or lesbianism). This article however has nothing to do with politics.

In a previous article called 'Is the Bible the Word of God?' I went into detail and gave 'evidence' …

One Leader, One Teacher

Do I need to go to church? Should you submit to your pastor and obey him? Pastors and preachers are quick to quote verses in the Bible of how we should submit to their authority. How there are certain 'offices' in the church and you can't just do what you want. However, the true teachings of Jesus will surprise you ...

The 'leaders' in the church like to quote verses like Hebrew 13:17 about the their authority, or 1 Timothy 3:1-13 about the different offices in church and how you can only perform certain tasks if you are 'approved' by the pastor. People in 'real' churches are quick to look down on children of God who go to organic or home churches or people who decide not to attend church at all.

However, if you look at the true Word Of God, the teachings of Jesus Christ, we see a very different picture.

Everything in the Bible is important, but not every verse in the Bible is the 'Word of God'. If you haven't already, read the article …

Our Calling

We have been called to learn how to change our lives, help others and teach them how to change their lives - so that they in turn can change lives.  This is the ekklēsia of Jesus - His 'gathering', His 'called out', His true (and only) church.

Our calling is not about 'our church' or even the 'Christian Religion'

Jesus did not start a single church (as we see churches today).  Jesus only uses the word 'church' twice (Matthew 16:18 and Matthew 18:17) and in both cases the original word He used was 'ekklēsia'
ek-klay-see'-ah:
a calling out, that is, (concretely) a popular meeting, especially a religious congregation (Jewish synagogue, or Christian community of members on earth or saints in heaven or both): - assembly, church. As you can see from the definition above, it can mean a 'church' or it can simply mean 'a calling out' and/or a assembly (people getting together). If we want to know what Jesus meant with 'e…

Jesus and the Law

Did Jesus teach us to follow the Old Testament Law during the Sermon on the Mount?

Matthew 5:17-19 (AMP):
17 “Do not think that I came to do away with or undo the [a]Law [of Moses] or the [writings of the] Prophets; I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For I assure you and most solemnly say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke [of the pen] will pass from the Law until all things [which it foreshadows] are accomplished. 19 So whoever breaks one of the least [important] of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least [important] in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever practices and teaches them, he will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. Many Christians believe that the above verses means that we should keep the Old Testament rules and regulations. However, if you read the whole Matthew 5 carefully, you will see that ...

Jesus actually said we should no longer follow the Old Testament Law!
Lets start with ve…

What is wrong with Christianity?

Let me tell you why you're here. You’re here because you know something, what you know you can't explain, but you feel it. There's something wrong with Christianity. You don't know what it is, but it's there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad.

You see it when you look at how your church is run - like a business. You see it when you see how false and superficial most churches are. You see it when you can no longer defend the biblical version of creation and ignore scientific proof. You see it when your 'Christian Religion' is failing you when it comes to your physical or mental health. You see it when people of the world somehow have more love and compassion towards people who are different than the hateful, bigot Christians. You see it when you look at a verse in the Bible and think 'Really? Is this really how God wants me to be?'.

Don't loose hope. God is so much bigger than what the Christian Religion is selling you. Sta…

Power of Words and Thoughts

There are a lot of books and teachings on how you can use positive thinking and words to 'create' the life you want – but does it really work? What did Jesus say about the power of words?
Seeing a lone fig tree at the roadside, He went to it and found nothing but leaves on it; and He said to it, “Never again will fruit come from you.”And at once the fig tree withered. When the disciples saw it, they were astonished and asked, “How is it that the fig tree has withered away all at once?” Jesus replied to them, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt or allow yourself to be drawn in two directions, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen. And whatever you ask for in prayer, believing, you will receive.” - Matthew 21:19-22 (AMP) Jesus says that there are power in words (if you believe them). He then goes on to say we should also use this p…