Words Of Wisdom

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About Rick McMichael

BA. Biola University, MDiv. Talbot school of theology many moons ago...really does not matter....school just provided tools to keep digging, asking, seeking, knocking. I see thinking as a daily excercise. Albert Einstein said, " I have no special talent, I am only passionately curious". I am no Einstein but my little brain still buzzes around at the speed of light :)
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6 Responses to Words Of Wisdom

  1. Sandy from Cali says:

    OK. You want me to think…. me thinks you don’t know who you are quoting…an anti-God fearing, sex crazed, certified lunatic with fantasies of domination and murder!

  2. Sandy from Cali says:

    REALLY? How many good sermons referring to hell have you heard lately? In my opinion, we are much more overrun with happiness and prosperity sermons than the truth of why Jesus came…. to save us from hell and live abundantly and eternally with God who loves us. The Old Testament concept of needing a blood sacrifice to cover our sins is paramount to appreciating the Good News. Normally consequences can be our teachers. But in this case the consequence (going to hell because of our sins) if applied cannot be corrected and undone in a “do over”. As a student of life I would prefer a class on love and mercy, but when the audience isn’t paying attention, and the final exam is nearing, it is then merciful to share the BAD news of consequences of not listening. I wonder how many theologians Marquis de Sade listened to, and if they were speaking directly to him. That would have been very loving if it was a personal message. Whatever they spoke he apparently did not give credence to, referring to their warnings as “notions”. Kind persons would tell a blind bicyclist if he were about to go into a ditch, wouldn’t they?

    • Ok, so we have to ask ourselves…if your version IS “the gospel”, why didn’t Jesus preach this over and again? This was strangely absent from his message….when he sent his disciples out to preach in the cities why didn’t he have them preach this gospel as the good news? So much of what passes for correct theology today has Jesus merely showing up on the planet in order to make a blood sacrifice. Now, he did do that but it was far from the primary reason he came, and it was never part of the “good news”. When you look at the first and most comprehensive message that Jesus gave…maybe several times in The Sermon on the Mount, what was his message? Why is today’s version of the “good news” (staying out of hell and going to heaven when you die) not a part of his sermon if it is so central? Maybe we can continue this if we have dinner with y’all Friday☺️

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