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about James Oppenheimer

Lover of Early music. Fascinated by the workings of theology and scholarly Bible study. Unsatisfied with the standard orthodox christian viewpoint due to very specific difficulties. I have to choose the label Christian, but I exclude myself from the group which believes the Bible is the literal word of the deity, or that it is free from error. I also exclude myself from those who look to detailed rituals and ceremonies for effecting outcomes which can only be effected by God. Retired after over thirty years experience in psychiatric rehabilitation work. Retired from the military with 21 years of service. I am not affiliated with any "institution" at this time, and I have never had any "honorifics" which would have any meaning here.

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M. Div. from NY Theological Seminary, New York, NY.
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Did Jesus state that he was/is God? -- Doubtful

A reflection of cs lewis' thoughts about the nature of Jesus.

The Lie of Certitude

How the myth that we can be "certain" is unhelpful

Did Jesus really walk on the water?

A brief discussion of the questions embedded in the matter of Jesus' water-walking

Christianity in a nutshell.

The basic core values of Christianity and perhaps other major pathways of Faith

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dealing with life, death and (im)mortality

Greeley 2

Greeley's image of a god that will not let you go.

Stories as Strong as Death

Uh, life goes on?
"Oh   yes indeed!Organized religion is showing signs of significant decline. This spells exactly the right conditions for what you're talking about." read more
"I find that when I come to this page, the clip just starts. This is the fault of the site, of course, but it is not good.However, I find that when ..." read more
"I was visiting this page because of a notification that someone had left a comment for me.  When I got here, the video clip instantly asked me if I..." read more
"I had to stop after a few moments because I am not alone, my sig oth doesn't want to listen to this, and I am not interested to fining earphones fo..." read more
"I think this is the most joyful message of all scripture! God wants us to do what we ought to, not out of fear of God, not even out of obedience to..." read more
"No, you're thinking of the writer of the Gospel of John.  I personally cannot imagine that Jesus would have ever said such a thing.  I have no doub..." read more
"The gospels are the opinions and products of the writers of the gospels. They wrote down their ideas decades after Jesus' execution, and it is naiv..." read more
"No, I would say that because God is a God of eternal, infinite love and unending grace, because of those things, all of Her children go to heaven.O..." read more
"This is true, I suppose, but then the writer has chosen to write about what the writer states it is pointless to speculate about. Fascinating." read more
"This is not logical.  It is like saying that if I love my family, I must hate those I do not know at all, which is ludicrous.Heaven is based on the..." read more
"Actually, I should think the entire premise of the article is about God's justice.  Justice would not permit such a place.Now recently I've seen a ..." read more
""You remember everything. Psychologists tell us we never forget anything."  Intriguing how psychologists are such an authority when it suits, and t..." read more
""I'm quoting the words of Jesus. I'm quoting the Word <pause> of <pause> God."Well, no.  The pastor is quoting the gospel account of Je..." read more
"If the pastor says that hell is locked from the inside, I doubt that such an idea is scriptural.  All references to hell see it as a place in which..." read more
"Verses 23, 24 and 25 of whom?" read more
"Literalist - oriented analysis of scripture almost always gives the appearance of simple, total authority. It is a shame that it almost always risk..." read more
"I don't see this as arrogant. I do, however, think you should review and edit and resubmit. Two problems that I see are (1) numerous places I have ..." read more
"One reads with interest of scholars' findings but without sources, we cannot pass along these thoughts. "How do you know that, Jim?""Er - I read it..." read more
"We don't know much about the gnostics, since most of their writings were destroyed. It is now pretty well recognized that we need to take these att..." read more
"Well, maybe yes, but also, mostly, NO.  Good can simply exist. And it often does.To be sure, if one chooses to think about it ("abstract," if you w..." read more

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As a Southern Baptist minister, I understand where Adrian Rodgers is coming from, God rest his soul. I believe he was sincere. I've used many of his phrases and stories. Bu... view more

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I've often observed to others that the presence of a single soul in Hell is contrary to the will of God.  This is a better way of saying it!

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I often marvel at how people say things like this and they still try to say there is only one Good God. I too believe there is One Good God.  However, a remark like this ca... view more

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I do not think that a literary device need be considered "psychotic."Moses has absolutely no basis for existence outside of the mythic stories of the re-birth of the Israel... view more

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On one hand, it seems obvious that evil is all around us.  The malicious action, the selfishness, needless hurting of others, etc.However, I believe that most, if not all, ... view more

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The notion of moral dichotomy spoken of here is wrong.  One only need observe those around them to know it is simply utterly wrong. And as we know, simply being written in ... view more

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It is intriguing how often people read and accept things uncritically which they seem to think are supported by the Bible.  As this article makes very, very clear, the Bibl... view more

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There are many who believe the Bible is literal truth, breathed into it by God. I'm unaware of any support for this view.  Many believe the Bible contains wisdom that can o... view more

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Cystic fibrosis, Ebola, Lou Gehrig's Disease, tornados, hurricanes, tsunamis, etc. are hard to attribute to sin.If one behaves in a certain way, one can expect consequences... view more

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The text originally was "...proceeds from the Father." The word filioque (Feel-ee-OH-quay), meaning "and [the] son" was added.See how it utterly changes the meaning?Neither... view more

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An interesting fact about darkness is that it does not have any physical existence.  Darkness is simply the absence of light. Most of us know that, but fewer think about wh... view more