About me and this site
My “about” page used to consist only of the tech information given below. Then again, this whole site was once about promoting my tech work. (By the way, any recruiters who are actually looking here rather than trusting some algorithm that never matches my skill set correctly…I’ve been working from home since 2008. Don’t contact me if it’s not a remote position. You can find my tech info here.)
But, just like my tolerance for spicy food, some things change over time.
My current inclination is to use this site for writing my ideas. Visitors here are sparse—I’m not promoting it for my development work—so I can use it for whatever I want. If you’re the occasional visitor to the site, I’d love to hear from you in a comment. Unless, of course, you’re here just to leave scammy links in comments. I don’t go for that.
If you’re the type who reads this far into an “about” page, something here must have struck you as interesting. Or perhaps irritating. Maybe even heretical. That’s okay too. I invite your disagreement as long as you present well-reasoned arguments backed up by scripture. Oh, that reminds me…this is a good time to bring this up.
1. I believe in the God of Abraham, Jacob, and Isaac. If you don’t agree with that, most of the posts here will not interest you. Although I have debated atheists in the past, I have no interest in doing so now. While I’m glad to talk to anyone about my God and my faith, I can’t talk you into it. God has to do that. If you’re agnostic and you’re honestly seeking the truth, I’d love to talk. I’m happy to field any questions to the best of my ability. If you’re a fellow believer, please don’t immediately label me as a heretic. We have more common ground than you think. We can always learn more from each other (remember that “iron sharpens iron bit?) After all, we’re still looking through a glass darkly.
2. I believe God revealed himself in the scriptures we have as the Bible. Although I might talk about a few books outside the current canon, that will probably be rare. In addition to the Apocrypha, there are extrabiblical references within the Bible itself to books such as Enoch and Jasher. Discussing them is worthwhile even if we’re not sure that they’re divinely inspired.
3. I believe salvation comes as a gift of grace through faith in Yeshua (Jesus) and cannot be earned by works. This seems to be the biggest point of confusion. No matter how many times I stress this fact, I’m generally treated as though I don’t believe it when I say that God’s Law, as given through Moses, is still what God expects us to live by today. Salvation was never an issue of keeping the Law, even in Old Testament times. It has always been a heart issue.
4. I don’t have all the answers. You don’t either. But we can find the important answers in the Bible if we can get past our biases. Someone close to me once said I can come across as a know-it-all. If you get that from my writing (I can see a bit of attitude in the paragraphs above), please know that I mean no offense by it. I’m confident in my opinions (something I once couldn’t say), but I don’t have all the answers. I consider myself a life-long student and I remain open to being shown where I am wrong. Knowing that you don’t know it all is an important prerequisite for learning, after all. But just so we’re clear…showing me where I’m wrong about scripture on a topic should agree with the entire Bible, not just parts of it. Where there is contradiction, truth lacks.
Why I do this
I’ve always been drawn to writing. I often don’t really know what I think about something until I’ve written it out, edited it a couple of times…and maybe even thrown it away and started all over. I’m writing these posts as much for my own learning as to offer ideas for others to consider.
I’m also throwing out an online message in a bottle. I truly believe that what I (and many others) am discovering in scripture desperately needs to be shared in our churches and synagogues. The results might be devastating to the modern institution, but it would create a movement in the Body of Christ far greater than Luther’s reformation.
I’ve tried a few times to talk with friends about this new way of understanding scripture. It doesn’t go over well. They’ve likely labeled me as a heretic and, at best, put my name on the prayer list at their churches. I’m okay with that. I’ll gladly have others praying for me. But I don’t need deliverance back into their way of thinking. Even with those failures, I still burn with a desire to let others know about the blindness we’ve been in for about 1700 years.
I don’t think I’m special or smarter than everyone else by seeing something completely misunderstood by the great theologians throughout the ages (yup…been accused of that). I feel blessed to have come into this knowledge. But I think God gave this knowledge to me because I searched the scriptures, asking him for truth. I also think this could be linked to the Daniel 12:4 increase of knowledge in the end times. In short, I consider it a gift.
I hope in these digital pages to share that gift with someone else.
Now…on to the boring stuff. Frankly, the paragraphs below will probably disappear from this site soon. They really aren’t all that important.