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Holy Week around the world
April 6th, 2012
08:15 AM ET

Holy Week around the world

(CNN)–Members of the Spanish Legion carry a statue of "Christ of the Good Death" to Santo Domingo de Guzman Church during a Holy Week procession.

Click here to see a high resolution gallery of Holy Week being celebrated around the world.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Christianity

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  1. Nii

    Ignorance? Oh u mean ignorance of the masses. We solved that centuries ago but some people will just refuse to learn like u. When u debate Theology at least do it like REALITY does. I don't know how atheist propoganda (Theology?) became Christian Theology in most of you's minds. I learn Theology.

    April 7, 2012 at 3:11 am |
  2. Nii

    Guilt is not a pillar of Xtianity. It is just de human moral dilemma. We just deem some list of actions good, others bad. Like ur judgement of God just now as megalomaniac, etc. If we do good we r happy while bad makes as feel guilty even by our own standard. Judaeo-Xtianity gives a general std.

    April 7, 2012 at 2:56 am |
  3. Nii

    The Golden Rule is NOT the highest Law in the Bible. The GREATEST COMMANDMENT is and it says in a nutshell"You shall love God with all ur life". The second Greatest is "love your neighbor as yourself" n by it we obey de Greatest. De Golden Rule is NOT a law. We follow it as a check of our obedience.

    April 7, 2012 at 2:35 am |
  4. Nii

    Sometimes most atheists speak in a paranoid manner as if brainwashed. Its been how many years since Skepticism became a philosophy? If theists wanted to wipe you out it won't take much effort. It will just be plain stupid because u r not a threat. Other theisms are. sleep soundly.

    April 7, 2012 at 2:24 am |
  5. Nii

    Now I know why most atheists are so hateful. They think the opposite of hate is faith. Don't worry sirs, the opposite of terror (aka fear) is faith. The opposite of love is hate. The opposite of fear of God is apostacy not love. Theology is not even needed.

    April 7, 2012 at 2:14 am |
    • NiiTwit goes snap crackle pop

      You REALLY need to stop sticking forks into toasters.

      April 7, 2012 at 2:17 am |
    • Nii

      This is soo funny. The Nii jokes and the insults but no intelligent rebuttal? I thought so! There's nothing that you can say because you don't love me as yourself therefore u can't think what I said through.

      April 7, 2012 at 2:45 am |
    • Obviously

      Unintelligible gibberish cannot be rebutted.

      April 7, 2012 at 6:47 am |
  6. Bootyfunk

    was jesus placed in carbonite?

    April 7, 2012 at 1:43 am |
    • Leaping Bob Vader, Imperial Fleet Janitorial Staff

      A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, carbonite was preferred method for containing Zombies. Once frozen into carbonite, zombies made excellent decorations for Storm Trooper parades like this one.

      April 7, 2012 at 2:15 am |
  7. Nii

    Fear like the word tear has several meanings. Applied to God it means
    1)the deepest respect one can muster
    NOT
    2)petrified beyond comprehension.
    The perfect love which is loving your neighbor as yourself casts out the 2nd sort of fear and proves that you love God with all your life and being.

    April 6, 2012 at 11:17 pm |
    • Okey Dokey

      The word "fear, when applied to God, means "the deepest respect one can muster"?

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      That is really precious! Thank you Nii. I needed a really good laugh.

      April 7, 2012 at 12:09 am |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts or goblins

      Nii, if you really believed in the golden rule you would realize no god is required. You are a delusional asshole masquerading as a theological intellectual.

      April 7, 2012 at 12:57 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      fear is the opposite of love. that you try to make fear into a good thing shows how deep you are in the cult of christianity. i suppose next you'll justify the other two pillars of christianity, guilt and ignorance. god is a murderous megalomaniac. read the old testament. i can't imagine a more disgusting god.

      April 7, 2012 at 1:42 am |
  8. Lovely

    What a nice picture! A cross carried by the mercenary unit that helped Franco overthrow the legitimate government of Spain and replace it with a fascist dictatorship that survived in its oppressive glory until the late 1970s.

    Appropriate. The Catholic Church was wholeheartedly on the fascist side in the Spanish Civil War.

    April 6, 2012 at 9:57 pm |
  9. Muneef

    Our global outcry has played a leading role in protecting the Internet from governments eager to monitor and control what we do online. Let's stand together once again - and beat this law for good. Sign the pet-i-tion then forward to everyone who uses the Internet: 

    http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_cispa/?tta

    April 6, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
  10. just sayin

    I wonder if Jesus's b@ lls itched while up there?

    April 6, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
    • just sayin

      Fraud

      April 6, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
    • just saying

      Jesus was a fraud

      April 6, 2012 at 9:51 pm |
  11. just sayin

    Is Jesus dead yet or does he die at midnight? At what time does Zombie Jesus rise?

    April 6, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
    • just sayin

      Fraud.

      April 6, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
    • just sayin

      By "fraud" I mean Jesus is a fraud

      April 6, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
  12. Muneef

    All probabilities are smashed by old Realities ;

    ‘Jesus predicted coming of Prophet Mohammed’ in Bible found in Turkey
    Sunday, 26 February 2012

    http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/02/26/197060.html

    Jesus predicted advent of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH)
    Turkish minister says Vatican has asked to see the book

    http://www.emirates247.com/news/world/jesus-predicted-advent-of-prophet-mohammed-pbuh-2012-02-27-1.445391

    April 6, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
    • Reality

      The following is for those Muslims who are interested in 21st century rational thinking:

      From the studies of Armstrong, Rushdie, Hirsi Ali, Richardson and Bayhaqi-

      The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:
      ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

      Are you ready?

      Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

      The First Five of the 77 Branches:

      "1. Belief in Allah"

      aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your self-cleansing neurons.

      "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

      Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

      "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

      A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

      "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

      Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

      Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

      Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

      "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) alone."

      Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

      Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

      Unfortunately, there are not many Muslim commentators/readers on this blog so the "two-minute" cure is not getting to those who need it. If you have a Muslim friend, send him a copy and help save the world.

      Analogous steps are available at your request for deprogramming the myths of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Paganism..

      April 7, 2012 at 7:30 am |
  13. Reality

    Putting all holy weeks and ramadans in proper perspective:

    ONLY FOR THE NEWCOMERS:

    Putting the final kibosh on religion to include Mormonism:

    • There was probably no Abraham i.e. the foundations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are non-existent.

    • There was probably no Moses i.e the pillars of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have no strength of purpose.

    • There was no Gabriel i.e. Islam fails as a religion. Christianity partially fails.

    • There was no Easter i.e. Christianity completely fails as a religion.

    • There was no Moroni i.e. Mormonism is nothing more than a business cult.

    • Sacred/revered cows, monkey gods, castes, reincarnations and therefore Hinduism fails as a religion.

    • Fat Buddhas here, skinny Buddhas there, reincarnated Buddhas everywhere makes for a no on Buddhism.

    Added references are available.

    A quick search will put the kibosh on any other groups calling themselves a religion.

    e.g. Taoism

    "The origins of Taoism are unclear. Traditionally, Lao-tzu who lived in the sixth century is regarded as its founder. Its early philosophic foundations and its later beliefs and rituals are two completely different ways of life. Today (1982) Taoism claims 31,286,000 followers.

    Legend says that Lao-tzu was immaculately conceived by a shooting star; carried in his mother's womb for eighty-two years; and born a full grown wise old man. "

    April 6, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
    • Pipe-Dreamer

      "Probabilities" the pervertionist's cornerstone agendahip are but softening agents toward the socially weary and soulessly confused. Big fish are never caught with such hookedness, but there are many so very many small fries to hook into using probability infarctions like yours as baited probabilities' consternations

      April 6, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
    • Reality

      Most likely i.e. probably and only pertains to the myths of Abraham and Moses. The other "kiboshes" rely on rational thinking and observation.

      Added information:

      origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482

      “New Torah For Modern Minds

      Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

      Such startling propositions – the product of findings by archaeologists digging in Israel and its environs over the last 25 years – have gained wide acceptance among non-Orthodox rabbis. But there has been no attempt to disseminate these ideas or to discuss them with the laity – until now.

      The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called "Etz Hayim" ("Tree of Life" in Hebrew), it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures. To the editors who worked on the book, it represents one of the boldest efforts ever to introduce into the religious mainstream a view of the Bible as a human rather than divine docu-ment. “

      The notion that the Bible is not literally true "is more or less settled and understood among most Conservative rabbis," observed David Wolpe, a rabbi at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles and a contributor to "Etz Hayim." But some congregants, he said, "may not like the stark airing of it." Last Passover, in a sermon to 2,200 congregants at his synagogue, Rabbi Wolpe frankly said that "virtually every modern archaeologist" agrees "that the way the Bible describes the Exodus is not the way that it happened, if it happened at all." The rabbi offered what he called a "LITANY OF DISILLUSION”' about the narrative, including contradictions, improbabilities, chronological lapses and the absence of corroborating evidence. In fact, he said, archaeologists digging in the Sinai have "found no trace of the tribes of Israel – not one shard of pottery."

      April 6, 2012 at 11:09 pm |
  14. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things
    For the better
    Proven.

    April 6, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
    • JJ

      Nisus Wettus: Crucifixion?
      Mr. Cheeky: Ah, no. Freedom.
      Nisus Wettus: What?
      Mr. Cheeky: Eh, freedom for me. They said I hadn't done anything, so I can go free and live on an island somewhere.
      Nisus Wettus: Oh, oh that´s jolly good well. Off you go then.
      Mr. Cheeky: No, I'm only pulling your leg, it's crucifixion really!
      Nisus Wettus: [laughing] Oh, I see, very good. Well...
      Mr. Cheeky: Yes I know, out the door, one cross each, line on the left.

      April 6, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
  15. Muneef

    Q/Verses about Jesus;

    And We did certainly give Moses the Torah and followed up after him with messengers. And We gave Jesus, the son of Mary, clear proofs and supported him with the Pure Spirit. But is it [not] that every time a messenger came to you, [O Children of Israel], with what your souls did not desire, you were arrogant? And a party [of messengers] you denied and another party you killed.2:87

    And they said, "Our hearts are wrapped." But, [in fact], Allah has cursed them for their disbelief, so little is it that they believe.2:88
    --
    And when Jesus brought clear proofs, he said, "I have come to you with wisdom and to make clear to you some of that over which you differ, so fear Allah and obey me. 43:63

    Indeed, Allah is my Lord and your Lord, so worship Him. This is a straight path."43:64

    But the denominations from among them differed [and separated], so woe to those who have wronged from the punishment of a painful Day.43:65

    --
    And [mention] when Jesus, the son of Mary, said, "O children of Israel, indeed I am the messenger of Allah to you confirming what came before me of the Torah and bringing good tidings of a messenger to come after me, whose name is Ahmad." But when he came to them with clear evidences, they said, "This is obvious magic."61:6

    And who is more unjust than one who invents about Allah untruth while he is being invited to Islam. And Allah does not guide the wrongdoing people.61:7

    They want to extinguish the light of Allah with their mouths, but Allah will perfect His light, although the disbelievers dislike it.61:8

    It is He who sent His Messenger with guidance and the religion of truth to manifest it over all religion, although those who associate others with Allah dislike it.61:9
    --
    O you who have believed, be supporters of Allah , as when Jesus, the son of Mary, said to the disciples, "Who are my supporters for Allah ?" The disciples said, "We are supporters of Allah ." And a faction of the Children of Israel believed and a faction disbelieved. So We supported those who believed against their enemy, and they became dominant.61:14
    --

    April 6, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
    • just sayin

      Burn the idolatrous koran in lard. God bless

      April 6, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
    • Pipe-Dreamer

      TOO MUCH TO READ THRU MUNEEF,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

      Condense it or break it apart into smaller proportions to post,,, 🙂

      April 6, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
    • Reality

      Only for the newcomers:

      Islam’s Koran and World Domination- a history lesson we all better learn

      "Mohammed could not have known the size of the world, but several passages in the Koran show that he envisioned Islam dominating all of it, however large it might be: “He it is who sent his messenger . . . that he may cause it [Islam] to prevail over all religions´(Koran 9:33, M.M. Ali; see also 48:28 and 61:9). M.M. Ali designates these three passages as “the prophecy of the ultimate triumph of Islam in the whole world.”

      Mohammed’s successors, the caliphs, quoted passages like these to inspire Muslim armies as they advanced out of Arabia, imposing Islam by the sword upon a peacefully unsuspecting Middle East and North Africa, as I described in the previous chapter.

      Islamic armies, imbued with what Mohammed claimed was divine authorization, imposed Islam by force over vast areas, all the while extorting wealth from subjugated Jews and Christians to fund their ongoing conquests. As I noted, major defeats at Tours, France, in A.D. 732, and again at Vienna, Austria, in A.D. 1683, halted Islam’s attempt to take all of Europe by force. Gradually Islamic forces were forced to retreat from Europe, except for part of the Balkans. But Islam has again set its sights on a conquest of Europe and of European civilization, wherever the latter has spread to North and South America and other regions. Muslim strategists ask their followers, Why do we find in these modern times that Allah has entrusted most of the world’s oil wealth primarily to Muslim nations?

      Their answer: Allah foresaw Islam’s need for funds to finance a final politico-religious victory over what Islam perceives as its ultimate enemy: Christianized Euro-American civilization. So, Islam follows Nazism, fascism and communism as the world’s latest hostile takeover aspirant.

      Nazis, fascists and communists failed. Does Islam have a better chance at success? I believe it will flounder if we awaken to its threat in time; yet, if there is not adequate planned resistance, Islam does have a better chance of succeeding. Communism’s world takeover attempt was guaranteed to fail because its economic policy was naively contrary to human nature. Advocating the rubric What is mine is thine, and what is thine is mine, communism failed to see that human nature will not keep those two balanced propositions in equilibrium. Like a female black widow spider consuming her mate, the latter part of the formula makes a meal of the former, leading to the collapse of any system based upon that formula.

      In contrast, political systems do well if they can persuade people to adhere to What’s mine is mine and What’s thine is thine maxims.

      Only if a strong religious incentive is added does such an idealistic formula have any long-term chance. Even then success will be spotty. But communism (and Nazism, for that matter) excluded religion. And that mistake was the final nail eventually clamping a lid on communism’s coffin. Communism, on a historical scale, perished while still in its childhood.

      Islam is not repeating communism’s mistake. Mating political cunning and incredible wealth with religious zeal, Islam does have a chance to succeed and will succeed unless major parts of the Western world unite to take appropriate countermeasures. But many Western leaders, unable to believe that a mere religion could possible be a serious political threat, keep proclaiming themselves as Islam-friendly, reasoning that all religions are good-aren’t they?

      A Muslim strategist in Beverly Hills, California, declared several years ago, as quoted by a friend of mine: “Now that the struggle between Western democracies and international communism is winding down, it is time for the real and final struggle to begin, and we are going to win!”-D. Richardson

      April 6, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
    • eagle eye

      Dogmatism and rote learning, ink on paper will get you nowhere.

      April 6, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
    • just sayin

      just sayin

      Burn the idolatrous koran in lard. God bless
      >
      and to add burn all religious books written by man. Only accept those written by the hands of a God.

      April 6, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
    • just sayin

      The scriptures of the Holy Bible are God breathed . God bless

      April 6, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
    • just sayin

      Except for what breathed out the other end. God bless.

      April 6, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
    • just sayin

      The Lord rebuke you.

      April 6, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
    • just sayin

      ....but not until I find my pants.

      April 6, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
  16. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things.

    April 6, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      I forgot to add 'sometimes'.

      April 6, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
    • Pipe-Dreamer

      Prayers are for "closet" Christians and should be done in the closets of their homes. Do not be like the church'd prophets/pastors who seek their own social rewards by their praying to the flocks who are caught up in socialisms' tenurisitical venues of wanting to be like others' fashionabilities'.bereavements

      April 6, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer changes things
      For the better
      Proven

      April 6, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Atheismis not healthy for children and other living things

      April 6, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      April 6, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things
      Proven

      April 6, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
    • Asthma is not healthy for children and other living things

      It makes it hard to breathe.

      Proven

      April 6, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things
      Pray early
      Pray often
      Pray without ceasing
      Prayer changes things

      April 6, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
    • Asthma is not healthy for children and other living things

      Breathe without ceasing in 2012
      In, out, in again

      April 6, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
    • just sayin

      I am waiting for myself to provide unbiased/3rd party evidence of God Breathed.

      April 6, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
  17. Pipe-Dreamer

    Should one Love their God or should one Fear Him? I, being an individualist knows well my Love of God's Word and Fear of God's Wrath. One moment, I Love God and in the next instance, I Fear God. I grow hot with the firey presence of Holy Thought one day and the next day, I am so very cold in my visions of the world's waining efforts to limp along with no real course or guidance and bearings by which to navigate with a trued course in mind.

    April 6, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  18. Leo

    The Fact of Christ’s Resurrection

    1 Corinthians 15

    1 Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.
    3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; 7 then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; 8 and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also. 9 For I am the least of the apostles, and not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.

    April 6, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
    • Pipe-Dreamer

      Leo,,,,,,

      FOOD FOR THOUGHT

      I turned the ripe ol' age of 57 earlier this year,,,, Because I have much free-time on my hands nowadays, I am left to consider God and His Majestic Realm(s) that He and His generations and Brethren inhabit. Looking around here upon Earth does seem to be void of any Godliness whatsoever so, one may conclude this Earthly realm is not inhabited by God nor His Kind. Where then might one avail themself to look for God's Realm(s)? Should one look toward the Holy Gospel in searching for God's Realm(s)? Okay, let's delve into the Gospel of the Holy Bible,,,,,

      Mat 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

      Mathew's 6th chapter, 33rd verse says to "seek first" God's Kingdom,,,,, Okay,,,, Let's search the Holy Bible Scriptures in search of God's Kingdom,,,,

      Luk 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is "inside" you.

      Inside us is where the kingdom of God does lay? How can that be? We are made up of cells in the microscopic proportions. At least, this is what one sees when viewing structures thru a microscope. Can such cells be of God's Kingdom? How so?

      1Corinthians 3:9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building.

      C'mon Holy Bible! Now scripture is telling me that not only do we labour together with God, He is at the center of our being conceived! Not to mention, We are but buildings,,,,, For what purposes and why and how are our bodies as buildings and does God dwell inside our bodies He says are buildings?

      April 6, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
    • johnfrichardson

      Those who cite the bible itself as evidence for its ludicrous claims have minds that are missing too many pieces to bother trying to put them back together again. Just sweep up the shards and be done with it,

      April 6, 2012 at 8:31 pm |
  19. Elias

    Many holy men have come into this world for their chosen few and have been put to death for going against the established religions. They have been boiled in oil, flayed alive, burnt at the stake, forced to take poison like Socrates and etc. They do not come here to change the laws of physics that have been set in motion, or compete with the creator. The Creator did not make any mistakes. They do not need to perform magic tricks to prove themselves to anyone or raise people from the dead like a Sith lord. The truth does not come from a sanhedrin and you can truly know the spiritual teachings of Jesus by following a good moral life and seeking God.. Know yourself by yourself and believe not what others say. Religlio = To go back – To unite – The merging of the soul with the Creator. Happy spring.

    April 6, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
    • Pipe-Dreamer

      Elias,,,,,,

      A person is of the physical measures; being distanced by the spatial voidedness which is the Holy Spirit's dimensioned relativity.

      We as solitary beings of physicality's oneness; will never know the spiritual oneness in our current singularisms of physicalities' wainings. Habitual by naturalisms' demeanors, we are ever broken down vessels of containments. We, our bodies are Gods' houses. We labour in earnestnesss with our body's God and His Godly Generations and Godliness' Beings of Kindred Kinds. All that we will ever be and ever become is the structures by which God and His Kinds will ever be vestigers of. We are Gods' structures and nothin more,,,,,,,,

      April 6, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
    • Elias

      @Pipe-Dreamer Perhaps there are many mansions within and this world of matter is the farthest away shack next to the cesspool , controlled by terrestrial gods, with souls like ours. It may be they envy us because we can go all the way back to the source and they have to remain in their realm. The reward for the suffering, pain and pleasure of living in this place is to finally remember what we are and experience spiritual love thru Gods grace and merge back into the one in blissfull ecstacy.

      April 6, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
    • spatial voidedness?

      huh?

      April 6, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
    • Pipe-Dreamer's Mad-Libs

      Habitual by naturalisms' demeanors

      April 6, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • Pipe-Dreamer

      Elias,,,,,,,,,,,

      Is it too much for one to believe we are Gods', (pl;ural) Buildings of which They are inhabitants? Could we be nothing more than Celestial structures on megalithic proportions ever to lumber aimlessly about seeking this and searching for that? Now 57 years of agedness, I cannot but think about Godliness issues. I am drawn to scriptures that are not commonly percieved by others with much tenure. We as a stucture of matter known by science as atoms leaves me breathless toward wanting to know more about the ever-finite properties inwardly and outwardly having a commonality. Such a unity where an atom is but a sub-microscopic nebula and will one day become a celestially stellar nebula is an awesome thought to consider.

      April 6, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
    • Elias

      @pipe-dreamer..... We are all sparks of the devine and what he is we are also, it can be no other way as their is only one. All things can be seen within but wanting to see every thing is what got us stuck here. Actions that eventually require reactions. Attachment to this show of life. A veil is formed that seperates us from the source. Perhaps we will one day go within and ride on giant ferris wheels of light and pass thru many domains of himself.

      April 6, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
    • Pipe-Dreamer

      Elias,,,,,

      Divinity is natured thru and by consternations of timeliness that is issued by divine naturisms of Godliness inferred subjectivities. The structuralizations of Celestial Life is in the Forms of atomic divinities. We are the Gods' Just rewards.regarding their wanted habitats. They, the Sons of God will ever and forever be of the inner-most dimensions of materialized relatives. Our Goal(s) is/are to cross the vastness reaches of outward spatialness while the goals of the Sons of God will every be to reside inside our bodies which are their buildings' consortionisms. God was the very first and God will ever be the very last dimensionally speaking.

      1Corinthians 3:9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building.

      April 6, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
  20. Pipe-Dreamer

    1Corinthians 3:9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building.

    MY Body is NOT Your Body and the same can be said that My God who is housed in My Body is no part of Your God who is housed in Your body and on and on down the assembly lines. Just what is the purpose regarding the Gods who all do live inside our bodies of Godly buildings? Again,, L F I no,,,,

    April 6, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
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