We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
14“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. 2In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.
4And you know the way to the place where I am going.” 5Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” 8Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” 9Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves.
12Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. 13I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.
Yes we are grown up and can think for ourselves. And I think these are some of the greatest words spoken. I enjoy these Sunday pieces. Here in Florida it is going to be a gorgeous day. I hope it is the same where you live. Enjoy today.
Pleasant Sunday morning, sun shining, daffodils in bloom--God's in His heaven and all is good with the world--but what is it that causes folks to spend their Sunday mornings spoiling it for others? bob and Meta might want to think on that and then get out in the sunshine for a little. Can you run a Google on Sunday a.m. Bible verses in blogs and then dive in to 'elevate' the conversation? That's really illuminating for me.
So good that you found some illumination this morning Dinah. I see bob and Meta as providing you with a good test of your faith this morning as you stroll among the daffodils. By the way, have you noticed the word 'skeptical' up there in the blog heading... many shades of meaning in that word.
Actually, I'm not a church-going person.....and I certainly don't wish to 'smite' anyone, even verbally (especially a stranger, Meta). I was a regular Sunday School attendee in my long-ago youth and still believe in God and try to do the right thing. I appreciate that others do as well--it makes for a more pleasant world if folks strive to live good lives, treat each other well, and generally follow the ideals of their religion.
And....if you don't like religious conversations you can always move along. We're unlikely to convince each other of our beliefs or unbeliefs.
The drawing power of Maggie's Farm to me is that it is a group of civilized folks that enjoy a wide variety of interests that I enjoy. No flame wars, etc. It's my 'morning' site everyday to get me off to a good start. I'll not let you spoil it. Y'all have a nice day.
You're right, I was grumpy, and I apologize. I am down on the Gospel of John, as I can't imagine Jesus saying words like the author of the Gospel of John puts in his mouth. But, other people see it differently, as they surely have every right to do.
The Jesus I like is the guy that points to the Kingdom of God, not the guy that points to himself.