NOT MY SHEPHERD!

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Did you know that the name of the Jewish god is Yahweh (יהוה)?
When the Hebrew writers of their holy book  didn’t want to write the name of their god (in an attempt not to break commandment #3 …. “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain”…) they just wrote Adonai (Lord).
In modern times when reading the Old Testament, if you come upon this (LORD in all caps), the LORD, insert Yahweh … the passage makes more sense. Try it in the passage I gave above.

A RANDOM THOUGHT ABOUT CHRISTIANITY

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I used to be very active in church … deacon, elder, preacher, adult Sunday school teacher, VBS teacher, helped to maintain the building.  I have tons of bible study books, church history books, bible commentaries, at least 10 different versions of the bible!
I was very much like my Mother devoting a lot of time to “churchy” things but neglecting my family.  If I wasn’t doing churchy things I was studying churchy things.  Many of the church members didn’t want to do anything but attend Sunday morning services.   The operative word there is attend, because they came as spectators watching a sporting event … or as if they were watching a movie.  They came to feel warm, fuzzy and churchy … that had done their part in church life by watching a show that they had seen thousands of times before.  They knew how the movie ends but they attended anyway.
By all the Gods in Asgard though, if I wanted to change the format of the show in anyway I would hear about it all week!!! Lol
In this town of 5,000 we have 18 different churches … 3 different flavors of Methodists, Mormon, Jehovah Witness, 3 different flavors of Baptists, Presbyterian, Episcopalian, Assembly of God, 2 Campbellite churches (Church of Christ and an independent Christian Church), Church of God, Church of the Nazarene, Roman Catholic and 2 community churches.  They all claim to use the same holy book and that book teaches that the church is the body of Christ.
How many bodies does Christ have?  How can they all teach different things?
My thought on this is the bible was “put together” by a Heathen, who on his deathbed, became a Christian.

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Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantinus Augustus, or more commonly known as Constantine the Great.  He began his reign in 305, became a Christian and died in 337. In 325 he called the Council of Nicea to settle some religious issues and develop the New Testament canon.
In my opinion, I think there are far too many pages in the bible.  “Treat others as you yourself want to be treated” sums everything up.  It holds great authority because Jesus said it.  It is simple and very easy to understand, every Christian could memorize the doctrine.  9 simple words and how much nicer the world would be if everyone lived by those words.  No need for a 1000+ pages, just 9 words.

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UPDATE OF MY “ABOUT” PAGE

I am a 55 year old recently retired chef who returned to the ancestral religion of my Nordic family.
I was raised kristin (Presbyterian).  My Mother was very “churchy” … there was always this meeting or that meeting … elder, deacon, Sunday school teacher, choir practice every Wednesday night.
My Dad is very gregarious but not “churchy” … Sunday morning service is good enough for him.
Before they were married Mom’s minister told her that he didn’t think Dad was well suited for her just for this reason.
They married anyway.
For the first couple years she had a hard time getting Dad to Sunday morning services.
He finally got into the routine and became popular among the church members.  He was elected a deacon and an elder.
But he never became a Bible-reading or any kind of praying man.
Mom did pay a price for being so “churchy” though … I guess the whole family paid a price too.
Mom was gone a lot of evenings and wasn’t home to protect my sister and I from Dad.  Many bad things happened when she was gone.  Yes, she saw signs but either ignored them or maybe she thought she’d deal with them after her next meeting.
Anyway after my sister and I married our spouses and moved away Dad had finally had enough and he left her.  He began living with a crude, loud-mouth woman … very unlike Mom … very“unchurchy”.  He is happy now.
Mom developed colon cancer that finally metastasized in her liver.  She passed over on my birthday in 2004.
At her viewing many of her “churchy”  friends came up and talked about what a good woman she was and how she would be missed in the church.
I wanted to tell them that, thanks to them, she was missed at home years before she died.
But it wasn’t their fault that she was so “churchy” … it wasn’t her fault either.  No one is perfect … maybe she thought our spiritual health was more important than our physical or psychological health.
Since her death a few other catastrophic events have happened in my life.  I needed a Yahweh … you know … the “I’m the Great and Powerful Oz” type  and all I got was a guy passing around fishes and loaves of bread.
Ásatrú has shown me a better and healthier way to view the Holy Powers.  We aren’t servants of our Gods and Goddesses … they are big enough to take care of themselves. We understand that no one is perfect, not even the Holy Powers.   If something bad happens to me I shrug it off and say
“Well, it looks like Someone dropped the ball in Asgard.”  
We are truly brothers and sisters of our Gods and Goddesses not slaves or servants.  The same Nordic blood flows through my veins as flows through Odin’s or Frigg’s.
Go with Odin’s wisdom, Freyja’s love, and Thor’s protection !