The Women Around Jesus

On Sunday July 31, 2006 I had the honor to deliver the Homily for the All Souls Universal Catholic Church in Allen, Texas. The title of the Homily was “The Women Around Jesus” based on the Gospel of John 4:19-26, The Samaritan Woman At The Well.

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Sheila Graham

Sheila GrahamSheila Graham worked for Grace Communion International as a writer and editor. She has a master’s degree in theology.

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Shawna R. B. Atteberry

Shawna R.B. Atteberry

 

I am an author, speaker, and theologian. I write both feminist theology and urban fantasy. My first book What You Didn’t Learn in Sunday School: Women Who Didn’t Shut Up & Sit Down was released in February 2013. I am now working on my second book, a compilation of sermons on the women in the Bible, and I recently finished my first novel, Mutability, a feminist vampire story (go to S. R. Atteberry to find out more about my fiction). I also speak at churches & conferences as well as preach. I have 15 years of experience in both writing and editing. I am an ordained minister. I have 17 years of experience as a pastor holding various associate positions and as a laypastor. My specialties are Biblical Studies, Feminist Theology, Spiritual Formation, and Christian Formation and Education. I hold an M. A. Theological Studies, and I’ve been writing on the women in the Bible and women in church history for the last 15 years.

 

String Theory Co-Founder: Sub-Atomic Particles Are Evidence the Universe Was Created

 

 

CNS News Reports:

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(CNSNews.com) — Dr. Michio Kaku, a theoretical physicist at the City College of New York (CUNY) and co-founder of String Field Theory, says theoretical particles known as “primitive semi-radius tachyons” are physical evidence that the universe was created by a higher intelligence.

After analyzing the behavior of these sub-atomic particles – which can move faster than the speed of light and have the ability to “unstick” space and matter – using technology created in 2005, Kaku concluded that the universe is a “Matrix” governed by laws and principles that could only have been designed by an intelligent being.

“I have concluded that we are in a world made by rules created by an intelligence. Believe me, everything that we call chance today won’t make sense anymore,” Kaku said, according to an article published in the Geophilosophical Association of Anthropological and Cultural Studies.

“To me it is clear that we exist in a plan which is governed by rules that were created, shaped by a universal intelligence and not by chance.”

“The final solution resolution could be that God is a mathematician,” Kaku, author of The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind, said in a 2013 Big Think video posted on YouTube.

“The mind of God, we believe, is cosmic music, the music of strings resonating through 11-dimensional hyperspace.”

String Theory “revolutionized” mathematics and physics by demonstrating a “super symmetry” in the universe. Kaku said it also explains gaps in the Big Bang theory.

“First of all, the Big Bang wasn’t very big. Second of all, there was no bang. Third, Big Bang Theory doesn’t tell you what banged, when it banged, how it banged. It just said it did bang. So the Big Bang theory in some sense is a total misnomer,” the well-known physicist said in 2015.

“We need a theory that goes before the Big Bang, and that’s String Theory. String Theory says that perhaps two universes collided to create our universe, or maybe our universe is butted from another universe leaving an umbilical cord….

“Some people believe that maybe, just maybe, we have detected evidence of that umbilical cord.”

By Barbara Hollingsworth

Where Science And Religion Meet

 

The Daily Mail reports:

Quantum physics proves that there IS an afterlife, claims scientist

  • Robert Lanza claims the theory of biocentrism says death is an illusion
  • He said life creates the universe, and not the other way round
  • This means space and time don’t exist in the linear fashion we think it does
  • He uses the famous double-split experiment to illustrate his point
  • And if space and time aren’t linear, then death can’t exist in ‘any real sense’ either

By Victoria Woollaston

 

Most scientists would probably say that the concept of an afterlife is either nonsense, or at the very least unprovable.

Yet one expert claims he has evidence to confirm an existence beyond the grave – and it lies in quantum physics.

Professor Robert LanzaProfessor Robert Lanza claims the theory of biocentrism teaches that death as we know it is an illusion created by our consciousness.

Professor Robert Lanza claims the theory of biocentrism teaches death as we know it is an illusion. He believes our consciousness creates the universe, and not the other way round, and once we accept that space and time are ‘tools of our minds’, death can’t exist in ‘any real sense’ either

Professor Robert Lanza’s, pictured, theory is explained in his book Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe

‘We think life is just the activity of carbon and an admixture of molecules – we live a while and then rot into the ground,’ said the scientist on his website.

Lanza, from Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina, continued that as humans we believe in death because ‘we’ve been taught we die’, or more specifically, our consciousness associates life with bodies and we know that bodies die.

His theory of biocentrism, however, explains that death may not be as terminal as we think it is.

Biocentrism is classed as the theory of everything and comes from the Greek for ‘life centre’.

It is the believe that life and biology are central to reality and that life creates the universe, not the other way round.

This suggests a person’s consciousness determines the shape and size of objects in the universe.

Lanza uses the example of the way we perceive the world around us. A person sees a blue sky, and is told that the colour they are seeing is blue, but the cells in a person’s brain could be changed to make the sky look green or red.

LANZA’S THEORY OF BIOCENTRISM AND THE AFTERLIFE

Biocentrism is classed as the Theory of Everything and comes from the Greek for ‘life centre’. It is the belief that life and biology are central to reality and that life creates the universe, not the other way round.

Lanza uses the example of the way we perceive the world around us.

A person sees a blue sky, and is told that the colour they are seeing is blue, but the cells in a person’s brain could be changed to make the sky look green or red.

Our consciousness makes sense of the world, and can be altered to change this interpretation.

The Universe

By looking at the universe from a biocentric’s point of view, this also means space and time don’t behave in the hard and fast ways our consciousness tell us it does.

In summary, space and time are ‘simply tools of our mind.’

Once this theory about space and time being mental constructs is accepted, it means death and the idea of immortality exist in a world without spatial or linear boundaries.

Theoretical physicists believe that there is infinite number of universes with different variations of people, and situations taking place, simultaneously.

Lanza added that everything which can possibly happen is occurring at some point across these multiverses and this means death can’t exist in ‘any real sense’ either.

Lanza, instead, said that when we die our life becomes a ‘perennial flower that returns to bloom in the multiverse.’

‘Bottom line: What you see could not be present without your consciousness,’ explained Lanza. ‘Our consciousness makes sense of the world.’

By looking at the universe from a biocentric’s point of view, this also means space and time don’t behave in the hard and fast ways our consciousness tell us it does. In summary, space and time are ‘simply tools of our mind.’

Once this theory about space and time being mental constructs is accepted, it means death and the idea of immortality exist in a world without spatial or linear boundaries.

Similarly, theoretical physicists believe there is infinite number of universes with different variations of people, and situations, taking place simultaneously.

Lanza cites the double-slit test, pictured, to backup his claims. When scientists watch a particle pass through two slits, the particle goes through one slit or the other. If a person doesn’t watch it, it acts like a wave and can go through both slits simultaneously. This means its behaviour changes based on a person’s perception

HOW THE DOUBLE-SLIT EXPERIMENT SUPPORTS LANZA’S THEORY

Double slit Test

In the experiment, when scientists watch a particle pass through two slits in a barrier, the particle behaves like a bullet and goes through one slit or the other.

Yet if a person doesn’t watch the particle, it acts like a wave.

This means it can go through both slits at the same time.

This demonstrates that matter and energy can display characteristics of both waves and particles, and that the behaviour of the particle changes based on a person’s perception and consciousness.

Lanza added that everything which can possibly happen is occurring at some point across these multiverses and this means death can’t exist in ‘any real sense’ either.

Lanza, instead, said that when we die our life becomes a ‘perennial flower that returns to bloom in the multiverse.’

He continued: ‘Life is an adventure that transcends our ordinary linear way of thinking. When we die, we do so not in the random billiard-ball-matrix but in the inescapable-life-matrix.’

Lanza cited the famous double-slit experiment to backup his claims.

In the experiment, when scientists watch a particle pass through two slits in a barrier, the particle behaves like a bullet and goes through one slit or the other.

Yet if a person doesn’t watch the particle, it acts like a wave, This means it can go through both slits at the same time.

This demonstrates that matter and energy can display characteristics of both waves and particles, and that behaviour of the particle changes based on a person’s perception and consciousness.

Lanza’s full theory is explained in his book Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe.

 

And then we have Dr. Nelson L. Price’s comments:

God, Quantum Physics, And The Bible

In our pragmatic state of mind we tend not to believe in what we cannot comprehend with our basis senses. Therefore, the idea of world conditions being different from those we know seems far fetched.

Quantum physics is a science presently challenging the scientific community much less the limited scientific knowledge of non-scientists. Trying to look up a comparatively simple definition of the subject is a challenge. Under “quantum physics” is a note it is based on “quantum theory.” There you find “quantum theory” is based on “quantum mechanics.” There the definition is: “theory of the mechanics of atoms, molecules, and other physical systems that are subject to the uncertainty principle.”

An overly simplistic description is it means coloring outside the scientific box as most of us know it.

Try this for example. Quantum physics suggests that quantum particles that make up atoms can leap distances without going through space. What? They can even change their fundamental qualities to evade detection. The amazing thing is there are scientists who understand this.

This science offers evidence that light particles can ignore time. Studious  people with knowledge in the field are convinced of it. 

Some persons of faith in the scientific community are saying this is opening the door to further comprehension of creation.

Theologian Paul Tillich commented, “The truth of faith cannot be confirmed by the latest physical or biological or psychological discoveries — as it cannot be denied by them.”

True, if it were confirmed it would not be faith. Also true the legitimacy of faith cannot be denied by science because not all is known about science as quantum physics is showing.

Quantum physics shows that there is a lot not known, a lot.

One basic law of logic is you can’t prove a negative. For example the negative “there is no God” can’t be proven. To prove there is no God a person would have to know all there is to know and in the total body of knowledge know there is not God.

If you know some person who professes to know so much they can assert with confidence there is no God run these questions by them.

Do you know how many hairs are on the back of a musk ox in Nome, Alaska?

Do you know how many gallons of water there are in the Pacific Ocean?

Do you know the sum total of all heavenly bodies?

Do you know what lies just outside the distance viewable by the most powerful telescope?

Do you know what things are invisible?

Do you know for certain light particles can’t ignore space?

What percent of all knowledge do you suppose you know?

Do you think that in that percentage of the unknown God could exist without your knowledge?

Blaise Pascal a man noted for his contribution to literature, mathematics, and science believed things people of his era thought ludicrous. Today those things are the norm. He wrote: “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God the Creator, through Jesus Christ.” That explains so many empty people.

Found: Slab With Hebrew Inscriptions Where Bible Says Jesus Performed ‘Miracle Of The Swine’

From Breitbart:

Israeli archaeologists discovered a 1,500-year-old slab of marble with Hebrew inscriptions (pictured) by Kursi near the Sea of Galilee in Israel’s north, reaffirming a Jewish presence at what Christians believe to be the location of Jesus’ “Miracle of the Swine.” 

University of Haifa researchers found the marble during an excavation in Kursi, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. The discovery is the first piece of evidence confirming the existence of a Jewish or early Christian community in Kursi, mentioned in the New Testament as the place that Jesus performed the Miracle of the Swine.

According to Christian tradition, Jesus healed two men said to have been possessed by demons by driving them into a herd of pigs.

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The slab, thought to be a commemoration tablet dating from 500 CE, has a large Hebrew inscription which begin with the words “remembered for good.” Researchers believe that the person it commemorates must have been particularly influential.

“There’s nothing similar to such a detailed and expensive dedication in archaeological findings discovered in Israel so far,” said Prof. Michal Artzi from the University of Haifa.

The scientists also identified the words amen and marmaria, which could either refer to marble or to Mary, Jesus’ mother.

The excavation was supervised by Artzi, Dr. Haim Cohen, the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Israel Nature and Parks Authority.

Scientists Confirm That Reality is an Illusion Our 3D Universe Is A Hologram

Scientists Confirm That Reality is an Illusion Our 3D Universe Is A Hologram

We make our own world

We are all one

Matter does not exist without an observer

Life is only a dream and we are the imagination of ourselves

It’s Time To Wake Up – We Are All One

There is more than just our material universe. Our universe is consciousness. The basis of all is the Unified Field which is pure consciousness, pure abstract being, pure intelligence. When we can connect on that level we can become a peaceful world.

Reality Is An Illusion

“If quantum mechanics hasn’t profoundly shocked you, you haven’t understood it yet.”
~ Niels Bohr

So we are creators

Reality is in the eyes of the beholder. What you perceive to be reality is your reality. What another perceives is his/her reality

So if you don’t like the world you live in change your thoughts

Your attitude, your thoughts and have you interpret what you see, hear, feel, taste and smell dictates your world.

There is no dichotomy between science and religion. They are all one and the same. Their is no wall dividing them, no separation. Quantum Physics is the element that merges the spiritual and the scientific and consciousness creates the world you live in.

Chanting Monks Hit Top Of The Charts

Father Benedict Nivakoff shares the inspiration for their album, ‘BENEDICTA: Marian Chant from Norcia’

 

 

ipl2 informs us:

Gregorian Chant

The early Christian church derived their music from existing Jewish and Byzantine religious chant. Like all music in the Western world up to this time, plainchant was monophonic: that is, it comprised a single melody without any harmonic support or accompaniment. The many hundreds of melodies are defined by one of the eight Greek modes, some of which sound very different from the major/minor scales our ears are used to today. The melodies are free in tempo and seem to wander melodically, dictated by the Latin liturgical texts to which they are set. As these chants spread throughout Europe , they were embellished and developed along many different lines in various regions and according to various sects. It was believed that Pope Gregory I (reigned 590-604) codified them during the sixth-century, establishing uniform usage throughout the Western Catholic Church. Although his actual contribution to this enormous body of music remains unknown, his name has been applied to this music, and it is known as Gregorian Chant.

Gregorian chant remains among the most spiritually moving and profound music in Western culture. An idea of its pure, floating melody can be heard in the Easter hymn Victimae paschali laudes.

Many years later, composers of Renaissance polyphony very often used plainchant melodies as the basis for their sacred works.

Vatican Library Puts 4,000 Ancient Manuscripts Available Online For Free

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The Vatican Apostolic Library is now digitising its valuable ancient religious manuscripts and putting them online via its website, available for the public to view for free, as well as turning to crowdfunding to help it complete its work.

The Vatican Library was founded in 1451 AD and holds over 80,000 manuscripts, prints, drawings, plates and incunabula (books printed prior to 1500 AD) written throughout history by people of different faiths from across the world.

01vatlibBilingual version of the Iliad, with Greek text and Latin translation, double facing page(Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana)The library also includes letters from important historical figures, drawings and notes by artists and scientists such as Michelangelo and Galileo, as well as treaties from all eras in history.

The ancient documents are now being preserved under the DigitaVaticana programme using FITS, the format developed by Nasa to store images, astronomical, and astrophysical data, and until now, only 500 manuscripts and 600 incunabula were available to view on the Vatican Library website.

02vatlib2Pre-Columbian Aztec manuscript, written probably near Puebla (Mexico) at the end of the fifteenth century (Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana)Now, the Vatican has teamed up with Japanese firm NTT Data to digitise a further 3,000 manuscripts by 2018.

The manuscripts will be available as high-definition images that can be accessed using NTT Data’s AMLAD digital archive viewing technology (you can view some samples here), which can be used on a multitude of devices including tablets.

vatlib3Beautifully illuminated Hebrew manuscript of the Mishneh Torah of Maimonides, dated between 1451 and 1475.(Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana)Right now, users have to search the old digitised database manually by clicking on each title and scanning through all the pages in each book, but the AMLAD viewer will have a comprehensive search function built-in and ready to use by the end of 2014.

The Vatican is also still seeking funds to digitise the remaining 76,000 manuscripts, which it estimates will take more than 15 years, over €50m, and the efforts of more than 150 specialised experts.

vatlib4Vatican Virgil produced in Rome around 400 AD, one of the few surviving examples of ancient illustration of a classic text. The codex, studied by Raphael and purchased by Fulvio Orsini in 1579, arrived in the Vatican Library in 1600.(Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana)In June 2014, the Vatican held a fundraising event and gave attending guests an exclusive guided tour of areas generally closed to the public, including the Library halls, laboratories and the caveau where the manuscripts are safeguarded, with dinner in the Sistine Hall.

vatlib5A Japanese dance painting, one of 11 watercolor paints representing figures of Japanese dance, centuries XVI – XVIII.(Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana)The Vatican is also turning to crowdfunding and is now seeking donations of €5 (£4, $6.38) to save a single page in a manuscript, while donations of at least €1,000 will see the backer included on the official supporters list.

Companies can also choose to become a partner like NTT Data and work with the Vatican on preserving irreplaceable ancient texts.

vatlib6Oath, signed by 42 Christians of Kuchinotzu (Japan), to defend their missionaries to death, dated 1613.(Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana)vatlib7Collection of 73 fragments of the Koran Kufic (with a precious fragment h.ig(a-zi-) that belonged to the antiquarian and bibliophile Tàmmaro De Marinis. Donated to the Vatican Library in 1946.(Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana)“The originals will be kept safe in temperature and humidity-controlled anti-atomic bunkers,” the Vatican writes on the DigitaVaticana website.

vatlib8Illustrations of The Divine Comedy by Sandro Botticelli for Lorenzo the Magnificent, in XV century(Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana)“Thanks to technology we can preserve the past and bequeath it to the future. The manuscripts will be freely available to everyone on the Vatican Library website and the world’s knowledge will truly become humanity’s heritage.”

Dennis Prager – Happiness is Not a Feeling: It’s a Moral Obligation

The master of happiness and morality needs no further words of explanation or exemplification. He is who he is!

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