"As tension cannot occur without the chain, so can temptation not be felt without desire." https://youtu.be/Ni75-fCcL6w The fettered man What is temptation? Imagine a man wakes up and finds himself chained to a wall by invisible steel fetters. But who, making no effort to leave the wall, hardly notices the chains and thus cannot experience … Continue reading Food for Thought: What is the role of desires in temptation?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwIvEyXLkSA For a long time, the prodigal son was eating the husks that the swine refused. Persecuted by want that the husks never seemed to satisfy, he suddenly remembered his Father’s House. A fervent yearning arose within to journey there, and thus humbly petition his Father for forgiveness of his transgressions, so he might … Continue reading Food for Thought: Temptations of the prodigal son (with audio)
One day, an experience in school prompted my son to ask me the following I had never really considered: "why do we have to remove our hats when we pray?" In other words, why is it respectful to remove our hats during prayer? I thought about this for a moment then responded: "What is the … Continue reading Why do we have to remove our hats during prayer?
Question: Do I have to shed tears while I pray? So I go to a church. I have (at least I believe so) a faith in Christ. I know he has led me to where I am in my life right now. I feel thankful for it. He saves me all the time in spite … Continue reading Q & A: Do I have to shed tears while I pray?
Question: All I want out of life is spiritual growth. What would this mean in a Christian sense? I feel a strong calling to withdraw deep into my soul through some sort of meditative/mystic practice. I want to get as close to Truth as possible. I feel like nothing else in life is worth pursuing. … Continue reading Q & A: All I want out of life is spiritual growth. What would this mean in a Christian sense?
You will be amazed at the ubiquity of soul-restlessness today. I speak to many people who, despite the outward trappings of stability, normalcy and success, are struggling with irrepressible bouts of restlessness, discontent, and dissatisfaction. The feeling that something is missing beyond the forms of their daily lives. The feeling of the absence of deeper … Continue reading The Restlessness
The brain, by its nature, can only reproduce into images, chemicals, emotions, and words, the will and volition that issue from the human soul; the same way the ear can only hear and process the sound waves that issue from a foreign mouth or object. For this reason, anyone binding themselves to the limitations of … Continue reading Truth and spirit; Relativity and the brain