A MIND FOREVER VOYAGING THROUGH STRANGE SEAS OF THOUGHT, ALONE


This is my second blog.

My first blog chronicled my experiences over three years caring for my dad as he lived through and finally died from Alzheimer's. That is the book that is for sale.

This second blog kind of chronicles of life, what it is like to start your life over in your late 50's. After caretaking, you are damaged, file bankruptcy, and the world doesn't care what you did. After 8 months of unemployment, you wake each day knowing the world doesn't want you. Finally you do find a job, 5 weeks before homelessness, but doing what you did 30 years ago and getting paid what you did 30 years ago. So this is starting over.



The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

FRAMES OF REFERENCE

I read recently that Glenn Campbell's daughter wants to bring him home from the 12k a month home where he has 24 hour care for his Alzheimer's so she can care for him at home.  Perhaps she should read my book before making that decision.  But my heart goes out to her.

What if everything you thought about God was wrong?

I don't mean that the Muslims or the Mormons are right, nor am I questioning the Bible, just that our frame of reference is so skewed we miss the whole thing?

Think about church, when was the last time the pastor gave a sermon about supernaturalism?  It's strange how Christians accept a virgin birth, raised from the dead, feeding 5,000, parting of the Red Sea, and much other events but scoff at angels and demons and such.

Then, of course, we read an English version of the text and maybe it came from the Hebrew AT, maybe the Septuagint which was Greek based on the AT or most likely it was the Hebrew MT for the Old Testament.   Then we throw into the mix the total bastardization of things by the Catholic Church for 1,500 years.   Problem is, so much is lost on our brains because it was written for people reading back in the days.

Think of going back 2,000 years and describe a baseball game to people of those days, no frame of reference for them to understand.  Try explaining how soccer is an exciting game to me, I'd have the same dumb look on my face.

So we have often a frame of reference issue and I wonder mightily about such things as I read the Bible, what am I missing, what am I misunderstanding?

I read and see many people writing books about verses in the Bible and trying to say they apply to today, like The Harbinger, how that section of Isaiah fits the ground zero area in New York.  Problem is, Isaiah was writing about Israel and the middle east, laying out future events that came to pass two to three thousand years ago.

So is projecting a prophecy meant for Israel on America today correct?  Heck if I know.  But projecting such things on the world has been going on for centuries.  And then there is this little bit: Americans are seriously egotistical about ourselves, we think the world begins and ends at our shores and can't seem to understand why we aren't OBVIOUSLY prevalent in Revelation.  Heck, many of our churches today think THEY replaced Israel as the 'chosen people', replacement theology, except the Catholic Church thinks they replaced the jews, the Protestants think they replaced the jews, and of course those pesky squirrel petting, nuts and berry eating Muslims think they are the chosen people.

The whole antichrist thing is really interesting.  If you read Revelation, it says 5 who were, one who is,  one to come for a short time, and then the one that was, who is no more, and will be again.  That always fascinates me, because depending on when Rev was written, it was either Nero or Domitian.  Then, probably, you would jump to Hitler for the one to come for a short time, but let's face it, was Hitler worse than some of the Popes?  Stalin?  Mao?  The difference would be Hitler was definitely attacking the Jews, and because of Hitler, the Jews returned to Israel and formed their country again right on schedule with the timeline provided in the Bible.

It's the last part the is mind blowing; and then the one that was, is no more, and will be again.  If you don't have a supernatural worldview - you can't possibly deal with that statement - with a supernatural view, it would imply that he who was, one of the first five because of the is no more, will be again.

So what screwball science group is going to try to clone so former murderous emperor like Nimrod?

Or am I totally off base with my reading?

Point of all this is our frames of reference really can mess up understanding anything and everything.  The Bible or our issues today.  I think the trick is don't assume you know what you are talking about much beyond the basics, be very open to being wrong as you form you philosophies, and read and listen to many points of view before making your decisions as to what is right or not.

And hope the Holy Spirit is lending a very helping hand along the way.

It was only yesterday
When I heard the teacher say
Patiently, one and two make three
We were children, you and me
Let us pray for the ones they call
The children of today


Nothin' left but promises
Nothin' much is certain
All we see is want and need across the board, why thank you lord
We're livin' in the glory of your care
Skies of blue have all turned brown
To the sound of cryin
Lord abide, let us stem the tide
Of broken dreams
Sometimes you seem to tell us
It's too late for prayin'

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