Author: Brother John

A Most Serious Infection

The human body increases it’s internal temperature to fight off infectious agents. Only a hot feverfew degrees above normal (around 98.6F) is enough to fry most viral and bacterial infections.  This process is known as fever.

Most of us have experienced fever at some point, but may not realize the benefits. Some do their best to eliminate fever, unwittingly neutering one of the body’s best defences. Billions of dollars are spent on medications designed to fight this normal and important process.

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when belief becomes delusion

Some startling events have transpired during my lifetime that had a profound effect on my beliefs (principally my lack of beliefs). I’ve always preferred the truth to beliefs and realized early in life that beliefs, particularly those that are commonly accepted, are often not the truth. In many cases they’re the product of childhood programming by the public school system combined with adopted familial, societal and cultural beliefs.

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Darn those immigrants

I’ve participated in a “spiritually oriented” blog for years, containing a wide range of beliefs and perspectives. The following was in response to a poster’s comments that are summed up in the opening question.

espinja asks, “Do you think it’s fair that our American children have to lose more and more programs, like sports, band, and other community services to free up money for the ever-increasing cost of the services immigrants require?”

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Dialog with a born again Christian

For over a year I’ve been involved in an on-going discussion about Christianity with a born again Christian believer, which I’ve found both interesting and disturbing. Realizing there are hundreds of millions of fundamentalist believers in supernatural “gods”, all based on belief without evidence is, to me, very curious. As these beliefs have real life consequences, I find them to be very worthy of exploration. These are excerpts from our discussions. Keep in mind, this is an educated man with a degree who was not raised a Christian, but developed his “born again” beliefs as an adult. In many cases, we’d been adding comments to the original and re-sending our replies back and forth. His words are in black and mine in red. (more…)

Do You Feel Fine?

We humans, no matter our home, race, culture or religion have all gone well beyond the millions of other species with our reality… our human experience, thanks to our magnificent oversized brains.

The functions necessary to maintain life are all done autonomously …. breathing, heartbeat, digestion, eye blinking et al. Because we humans have the largest brains by weight of any animals, we’re left with a huge proportion of brain used by our Minds to create meaning and purpose far beyond the basics of survival and reproduction that all other animals embrace.

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The Elixer of Life

Alchemy is a philosophical and protoscientific tradition practiced throughout Europe, Egypt and Asia. It aimed to purify, mature, and perfect certain objects.”

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The philosopher’s stone, or stone of the philosophers (Latin: lapis philosophorum) is a legendary alchemical substance capable of turning base metals such as mercury into gold (chrysopoeia, from the Greek χρυσός khrusos, “gold,” and ποιεῖν poiēin, “to make”) or silver. It is also able to extend one’s life and called the elixir of life, useful for rejuvenation and for achieving immortality; for many centuries, it was the most sought-after goal in alchemy. The philosopher’s stone was the central symbol of the mystical terminology of alchemy, symbolizing perfection at its finest, enlightenment, and heavenly bliss. Efforts to discover the philosopher’s stone were known as the Magnum Opus (“Great Work”).

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You Believe in What?

Allah, YHWH and God have many commonalities, but Jesus as the resurrected  ” Son of God” sets the Christian foundation at odds with Muslims and Jews on religious “Truth”. Much conflict, both theological and military, has been over whose God is the One and Only True God. Lost in the myriad of details each “true religion” has developed to define their God/Creator is a commonality that eclipses the details and is seldom discussed.

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