Archive for June, 2007

Welcome Home

Monday, June 4th, 2007

Welcome to Glorious Truth. This site is all about the search for truth, the truth about God, the truth about the universe and the world that we live in; the truth about ourselves, about life as we know it. It is my firm belief that finding and embracing the truth about the way life really is, makes all the difference when it comes to happiness, fulfillment and long life. Let’s share with one another about our search for truth.

Come on in and kick off your shoes. Put on a pair of slippers, serve yourself a warm drink, relax with me and and let’s muse together about glorious truth and how embracing it, can change our lives.

Zuric \ Konstanz

Monday, June 25th, 2007

Yesterday we finished our travel through Switzerland visiting Zuric where Zwingli the reformer did his work, then on to Konstanz Germany to visit the sites of the trial and execution of John Huss. The lives of these reformers are an inspiration. The truth is that changing the traditions of a society for the good doesn’t come easy. It just reminds me of what Jesus said, “The kingdom of God suffers violence and the violent take it by force. How many of us would be willing to stand for our faith at the cost of paying the ultimate sacrifice as these reformers did? We don´t know how much we owe to these men and women for the freedom we have in America.

Geneva

Sunday, June 24th, 2007

Sorry if you have been looking for a post and haven’t seen one lately. A few days ago ÃŽ got one ready and my time on the computer expired before I could post it.  I have had a hard time finding a computer but this morning I have one at my disposal.  This tour is jam packed.  Breakfast is again at 6; 30 this morning and we are leaving at 7;15.  It’s almost 6 now.

We have had a few beautiful days.  Yesterday we had a stop in the Alps and Ralph and I had a couple of hours to take a trip to a peak at the 8000 foot level. It was amazing. We arrived in Geneva last evening in time for a tour regarding John Calvin, saw our Adventist College in Cologne France, and after supper took a walk along lake Geneva.  It’s beautiful here.  I haven’t seen such beautiful country.

Just a few days left.  Hate to see it end.  The truth is that key boards are different here in Europe than in the US.  The z and the y are switched on this one.  I can’t find the colon and the apostrophe is in a different location.

Roman Forum

Sunday, June 17th, 2007

Spent the day today walking through the Roman Forum, Coluseum, as well as the Church of Jesus (Jesuits)  It is amazing the complexity yet the consistency of a nation like Rome that lasted 600 years!  Unbelievable almost. The nation of Rome certainly fulfilled God’s purpose from the time of Christ’s birth until it’s demise.

We also saw the Mamertime prison where the Apostles Peter and Paul were imprisoned before their execution.  We also walked some of the Appian Way, the rout that Paul walked while being brought to Rome for his imprisonment.

Going in my imagination to these times, events and places serves to make them come alive.  The truth is “We have nothing to fear for the future except we forget how God has led us and His teaching’s in our past history”  Again those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it.  What are we repeating that we shouldn’t have to be if only we would educate ourselves about others who have gone over the same ground. As we have looked at the layers of generations in the archaeology of this old city it seems each generation just built upon and repeated the same mistakes.  Why do we keep building on and going over the same ground? The truth is the past is past and we shouldn’t be living in it or we are going to just repeat it. The truth is we need to make a break and break new ground.

First Days in Rome

Saturday, June 16th, 2007

It’s Sabbath evening and I haven’t had access to the internet for a couple of days.  Friday morning the Hogates and us spent some time in the St Angelo Castle on the Tiber river then caught the bus back to the main train terminal, and then WALKED from there to the motel that we are staying in until Tuesday morning.

Friday afternoon we visited the catacombs and as well as a church dedicated to the Apostle Paul.  The great cathedrals are amazing and the thoughts of the early church being under the persecution of the Roman Empire are sobering.  There are times I am afraid I have taken my faith for granted. “Oh that we like they could die for thee” is what the hymn says.  Think about it.

This afternoon we visited some other churches as well as the hill in Rome that held the home of Emperor Nero.  A home that covered over a hundred acres and maybe as much as three hundred.  Not all of it is excavated.  Think about Nero who had the Apostle Paul executed, he also murdered his mother.  What truth is to be learned in this?  For one thing sin has sometimes ruined people.  He died by suicide at only thirty two years old.

In the Castle of St Angelo we discovered that the motto of the Papacy was. “Festina Lente”   It means “slowly in haste” and means “taking action after reflection”.  We were amused by this because Ralph has always repeated a motto of his own which is “go slow to go fast”.  Isn’t it true that sometimes you can make more headway quickly by taking your time and going slow?

Arrived in Rome

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

After about a two and a half hour delay in Newark NJ we arrived in Rome at about 10 am on Thursday morning.  Given the crowds at the airport I almost began to believe that all flights lead to Rome.

By noon we were at our room in a little monastary turned motel about a block from St. Peter°s Bacilica.  After refreshing ourselves we took lunch in a nearby restaurant then went over to St Peter°s Square.  The Hogates, whom we are traveling with, have never been here before so we shared their joy in seeing the amazing beauties of St. Peters.  We went underground to see the tombs of popes, and enjoyed the music of a Korean choir as we witness the mass in the cathedral.  After working on our workbook for the Reformation Tour while sitting in St. Peter°s square we enjoyed a walk to the Tiber River as the day began to end.

Gloria handled the flight and the walking around a bit much better than she has been anticipating.  It°s Friday morning and after a good nights sleep we are both ready for another day.

It never ceases to amaze me when I think of the history of this place.  Knowing history is so important to discovering the truth about who we are, where we have come from, and where we are going.  I recomend the study of history if you are searching for the truth.  Remember the old axiom, “Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.”  I°m afraid that°s what I see happening in the world.

Reformation Tour

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

Well it is the evening before we leave and we are up later than we wanted to be. Oh well in Rome it’s seven in the morning so it’s time to be up anyway. Maybe I should go have breakfast! If you want to know the truth, I think instead I’ll get about four hours of shut eye then get up and go. We have to leave here about 2 am to be in San Francisco in time for our flight. So good night, sweet dreams.

Truth Sets Free

Sunday, June 10th, 2007

FreedomJesus said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me . . . . to proclaim liberty to the captives.” How does He liberate the captives? He says, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free”. Someone asked me once “How does truth set us free?” That is a really good question and maybe one of the most important if we want true freedom.

Another word for truth or better yet maybe another state of truth is wisdom. I coined a little saying the other day - if a Fact is a Truth Frozen then Wisdom is a Truth Warmed. Proverbs 9 in the Bible is a chapter on wisdom. One verse says, “For by me (wisdom) your days will be multiplied, and years of life will be added to you.” The answer to our question is really simple. If you want to be set free from (in this case) a short life, get wisdom, get truth warmed up.

The universe and life has built within it certain truths about how it works optimally. Life operates by ceretain truths. If we embrace those truths in a way that they become warmed up as a part of our very nature, our lives will be benefited because we will be in harmony with how life was made to be lived. Whenever we live out of harmony with the truths of our being there is dissonance created and our life will be shortened. Embracing the truth can set you free from the consequences that come from living in conflict with the principles of truth which govern our nature. Seek truth.

Proving Truth

Monday, June 4th, 2007

The only person you can prove anything to is yourself. I watched a debate on ABC’s Nightline recently where some Christians claimed they were going to “prove” to some atheists “that God exists”. I knew from the moment they made the statement they were in trouble. Their attitude was that they were going to overwhelm their opponents with so much compelling information that they would be forced to accept their premise. This goes against the most basic principle of how truth is received and thus taught. You may have heard the old axiom; “A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still” and if that’s true (and I believe it is) then you have failed to prove anything.

As a seeker for truth myself I understand that the process of finding and receiving the truth requires personal desire, thought and consideration before I can assimilate an idea as my own or reject it as error. When someone comes to me as if they have the truth, overwhelming me with ideas and not allowing me to process and consider if it is true or not I usually tune them out.  Most searching and thinking people will.

On the other hand when teaching truth the most important thing is to know that those listening are engaged willingly with their own thinking process. The most important part of teaching truth is making sure your listeners are engaged as thinkers. Truth doesn’t need anyone to force it on anyone else.  It has it’s own natural appeal to those who are searching for it.  Through this process people are enabled to prove for themselves what is truth.

As a teacher of truth I am not out to “prove” anything.  I just present what is true and those who are honestly searching for truth will recognize it when they see it.  They can prove truth to themselves.

Symbols of Truth

Monday, June 4th, 2007

The desire to believe we have the “truth” exists all around us.  At the very core of the human quest for knowledge is the desire for truth. Throughout time and culture there have been different words as well as  images drawn upon by mankind to illustrate or represent “truth”.

For instance “Light” itself as an element has often been used as an analogy for truth, as opposed to darkness which has often represented error, the perfect opposite of truth.  When we find truth we often speak of ourselves as enlightened.

When it comes to mere words “Actuality” is a word that to me represents that which is true.  This is similar to “Reality” which speaks of that which is “real”.  That which is real is true and actual.  We could also speak of “facts ” - a word which also represents that which really is.  We often speak of that which is “right” whether it be with reference to philosophy, behavior, or facts.  Whatever is right is true.

The fact that languages of all cultures have developed words or symbols to represent “truth” is an indication to me of the basic desire and need of our very natures to know and identify truth.  It’s built within us.  The natural desire of people to identify what is true and real exists all around us.

Here at Glorious Truth I will periodically use some of these common words and images as I speak about my search for truth.  I would like to know what symbols and words you use when you speak of truth.