Heretic. Blasphemer. Apostate. If your experience is anything like mine, you’ve probably been called at least one of these at some point in your life. But how should we respond to such labels? For some, being seen as a heretic or blasphemer or apostate is one of the worst fates they could endure; others […]Read more "“Have I Gone Too Far?”: Heresy, Blasphemy, and Apostasy Defined"
Is there consciousness beyond (physical) death? My experiences suggest there is, but there’s no way I can be certain. Perhaps one day I will know for sure. Perhaps not. I recently received some clarity, however, on what might await us after death. One night earlier this week, I awoke to find God speaking to me […]Read more "“I” Am Not Real"
The spiritual life is a mystery. Indeed, the relationship between body, mind, heart, soul and spirit (and the degree to which these depend on one another) isn’t something we’ll likely ever understand completely. For those who have eyes to see, however, there are many clues in the natural world. Recently, I came to see […]Read more "The Squirrel, the Acorn, and the Tree: A Metaphor for the Life of the Spirit"
In an earlier post, I talked about the struggle to understand truth in a world of deception and misinformation. I described my main sources for spiritual reflection (Scripture, human traditions, and personal experience), and concluded that in Jesus, I have found a center that has proven true time and again. For those of us […]Read more "“What is Truth,” Part Two: Standing with Jesus in an Age of Tyranny and Deception"
Many people are obsessed with the afterlife. We all seem to have this insatiable need to know what will happen to us after death. But most people don’t know the real meaning of terms associated with the afterlife. Here, then, is a list of such terms, with my definitions. Is this meant to be serious […]Read more "What it Really Means, Part Three: Oddkin’s Dictionary of the Afterlife"