Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Some random questions

What is your favorite book in the Bible, and why?

What is your favorite book besides the Bible, that deals with faith, and why?

Have you ever heard the audible voice of God, (or maybe even an angel or two)?

Have you ever SEEN in life or dream, the face of God/Jesus?
(please don't quote me scripture about not seeing God's face, etc.)

Do you have a miracle story(ies) to tell?

I'm interested because of some of the last comments on my "Is this the God we serve" post. It's interesting how Christians believe in the supernatural events of the bible, but scoff at those things happening today--making, I believe, people keep those experiences to themselves.

Brian said:
"As I've gotten older and learned more about the context of how the Bible came to be, my view has changed from the "Word of God" to an inspired word from God- through men. And, given that I think God is still speaking, I take it seriously. But, I don't think the book was closed or ever will be. I have no doubt that Paul's words are inspired as are the words of authors we still have with us today."

Do you believe that things of biblical proportion have happened since the Bible was written, and are happening today?

35 comments:

Another Voice said...

They are never really "random" are they? {c;

What is your favorite book in the Bible, and why?

Genesis. Because it's the beginning,and I love the beginning of a story. Judges is a close 2nd because it makes me laugh.

What is your favorite book besides the Bible, that deals with faith, and why?

Stepping Heavenward by Mrs. Elizabeth Prentiss. It's a practical example of a godly woman, and incredible story-tellin'.

Have you ever heard the audible voice of God...

Yes.

Have you ever SEEN in life or dream, the face of God/Jesus?

No.

Do you have a miracle story(ies) to tell?

Yes.

Do you believe that things of biblical proportion have happened since the Bible was written, and are happening today?

Yes and no. I believe that miracles - real spiritual miracles with God - happen all the time. However, the Bible is the story of Jesus. And that story is finished.

Did I get all the answers right? :-)

karen said...

"Did I get all the answers right? :-)"

I don't know. Didja? :-)

Don said...

"What is your favorite book in the Bible, and why?"

The Psalms..I can identify.

"What is your favorite book besides the Bible, that deals with faith, and why?"

"Conversations with God" Truly changed my ideas about God

"Have you ever heard the audible voice of God, (or maybe even an angel or two)?"

No.

"Have you ever SEEN in life or dream, the face of God/Jesus?

No.

"Do you have a miracle story(ies) to tell?

Yes.

Kansas Bob said...

What is your favorite book in the Bible, and why?

+Ruth: I loved the story of how she layed down her life for Naomi.

+Psalms: Prayer, poetry, prophecy and other heart musings - who doesn't like that?

What is your favorite book besides the Bible, that deals with faith, and why?

+The Narrated Bible: I loved reading Smith's notes but I really liked reading the scriptures in chronological order.

Have you ever heard the audible voice of God, (or maybe even an angel or two)?

+Not really audible but it has almost seemed that way at times.

Have you ever SEEN in life or dream, the face of God/Jesus?
(please don't quote me scripture about not seeing God's face, etc.)

+No

Do you have a miracle story(ies) to tell?

+Yes!

Do you believe that things of biblical proportion have happened since the Bible was written, and are happening today?

Yes (see last answer)

Therese Z said...

Favorite Bible book? Gospel of John, closely followed by Revelations

Favorite non-Bible Godly book? Introduction to the Devout Life, by St. Francis de Sales. A noble but gentle, penetrating look at conversion of heart at every moment of the day and level of life. Amazingly not dated for being written in the early 17th century.

Heard the audible voice of God? No.

Ever seen the face of God? No.

Miracle story? Yes, the clearest one is a physical healing in my family.

Events of Biblical proportions? Yes, but we won't recognize them for a while. Like ants looking up at a person, the outlines are bigger than the mind can grasp, and movement is difficult to see.

karen said...

I guess since I asked, I could share as well:

Favorite Book of the Bible: Hebrews, followed by Psalms
Fav book besides the Bible: Rumors by Philip Yancy
Heard the audible voice of God? Yes
Seen in life or dream, the face of God/Jesus? Yes
Miracle story(ies)? Yes, many, many.
And, yes, I believe that things of biblical proportion are happening right now.

pearlie said...

Hope I'm not too late :)
And my answers seem similar to KB's!

What is your favorite book in the Bible, and why?
The OT - the first that popped in my head was Ruth, followed by Psalms
The NT - the 4 Gospels!

What is your favorite book besides the Bible, that deals with faith, and why?
I don't hv any in particular.
But if I need to name one it's be DA Carson's For the Love of God.

Have you ever heard the audible voice of God...
Not exactly audible but I knew that one time, it was not mine.

Have you ever SEEN in life or dream, the face of God/Jesus?
No

Do you have a miracle story(ies) to tell?
Yes

Do you believe that things of biblical proportion have happened since the Bible was written, and are happening today?
Yes

pearlie said...

Oh! the why's ...
Ruth - a story of love, grace, faith, patience, strength, dependence on God, honesty in sorrow
Psalms - I sing and I cry with them
The Gospels - I read about my Lord, his story, his uttered words, his life being fully man and fully God, his relationship with the people, his sacrificial death and his resurrection

Milly said...

What is your favorite book in the Bible, and why?

What is your favorite book besides the Bible, that deals with faith, and why?

I think that I might be the only one without a favorite. I fell in love with Leah in fact I was talking of her with a coworker and almost started to cry. (She would have joined me) I enjoy Revelation. I feel like a child some days when it comes to reading because seem to find new things every time.


Have you ever heard the audible voice of God, (or maybe even an angel or two)?

God yes.

Have you ever SEEN in life or dream, the face of God/Jesus

Not the face but I have felt Him twice. I’ve written about one and post it on my blog and one I wrote a poem. Someday I’ll tell the story.

Milly said...

Stepping Heavenward is a good one.

Milly said...

Events of Biblical proportions?

We have them every day we just forget to look.

karen said...

I'm loving all of your answers and thoughts!

Gary Means said...

What is your favorite book in the Bible, and why? Romans, because of the emphasis on grace.

What is your favorite book besides the Bible, that deals with faith, and why? Thoughts in Solitude by Thomas Merton. There's something about it that quiets me, something which speaks of a reality that evokes a sense of recognition, even though he speaks of a reality that is not my own.

Have you ever heard the audible voice of God, (or maybe even an angel or two)? no

Have you ever SEEN in life or dream, the face of God/Jesus? Sort of. see next answer.

Do you have a miracle story(ies) to tell?

I was young, ex-believer, who was laying on the bathroom floor with my head next to the toilet, slowly dying of an overdose. And they were bad drugs too -- contaminated with strychnine. I was extremely ill, and as happens in cheap novels, things were growing dark. I silently cried out in desperation for God to save me.

I don't know how much time passed, but suddenly a figure was standing before me. It was Christ, intervening. He told me that it wasn't time for me to die yet and that I would be ok.

Later that day, still sick and very shakey, I called a friend and told him what had happened. I was still high thought, and my friend laughed at me. The next day when I was straight, I laughed too, blamed it all on a drug-induced hallucination, and went back to my attitude of scorning, or even hating God and the people I considered to be loathsome and despicable -- Christians. That is, until it was time to come to Him in humility several years later.

Gary Means said...

I missed this one: Do you believe that things of biblical proportion have happened since the Bible was written, and are happening today?

I believe that God still acts in millions of ways in our world every day. Some are minute, some are dramatic. I don't think He acts in grand, sweeping high profile gestures any more. I believe that probably will happen again, but not for now.

I also believe that there are great evil supernatural events that are happening today, but also not with clear public profile. I think a lot of things which are blamed on the enemy and his minions are simply the natural, unrestrained workings of fallen human nature.

karen said...

Gary, wow!

Tim D said...

What is your favorite book in the Bible, and why? - Job, because it demonstrates a majesty & love of God, like few other books do; while giving me Job to love & see as a dude that is deeply in love w/ his God in spite of the punches, knowing intuitively that somewhere, in those punches is really a massive embrace of love.

What is your favorite book besides the Bible, that deals with faith, and why? Maybe, Grief Observed because it is such a grand testimony of honest pain & ultimate submission in faith.

Have you ever heard the audible voice of God, (or maybe even an angel or two)? no audibles

Have you ever SEEN in life or dream, the face of God/Jesus?
(please don't quote me scripture about not seeing God's face, etc.)nope - never

Do you have a miracle story(ies) to tell? I put in my last post about the addict & the girl, in the car crash. Resurrection & impossible protection from harm ... defintely of the miraculous

Tim D said...

Oops - I missed this one, also.

Do you believe that things of biblical proportion have happened since the Bible was written, and are happening today? -- I do. I think we stare right at much of it & don't see it as such. I think a bit like "shock", people can only digest so much, in the way of observations & experiences. That even though the physical senses are observing X ... the spiritual senses are only able to wrap themselves around those activities that they are prepared / mature enough for & willing to discern accept

Ed G. said...

Favorite book in the Bible: Matthew... most in-depth capture of Jesus’ direct teachings (plus I was in Godspell back in high school!)

Favorite faith book besides the Bible: Many come to mind, but none stand out.

Have you ever heard the voice of God: On two occasions I heard God speaking directly to me, telling me what to do. But mostly, I think God speaks to me in nudges.

Seen the face of God/Jesus? I can see Jesus’ face when I close my eyes, but as for God the Father, I only see his feet.

Miracle stories: I was watching some “adult” show on TV and prayed to Jesus to give me the strength to change the channel – then suddenly we lost cable connection.

Biblical proportion today: Well, I think if you read the Bible you find that most of the key events of “biblical proportion” happened in the quiet of someone’s heart – and those events happen every moment of every day.

karen said...

Thanks, Ed. I'm so touched by all of your answers and stories.

iluka said...

What is your favorite book in the Bible, and why? Psalms and maybe, surprisingly, Job because they are both conversations with God where people ask God the really big questions. I needed to ask those questions too. As a companion to those, Matthew and Luke where God answers.

What is your favorite book besides the Bible, that deals with faith, and why?
"The Heart of CHristianity" by Borg opened the gate for me.
"Why Bad Things Happen to Good People", Kushnir
and "On Forgiveness", Holloway helped me sort out the thing that was keeping me from God.
"The Gospel of Judas", Simon Mawer - a very profound novel about the nature of faith and forgiveness - although not necessarily Christian.

Have you ever heard the audible voice of God, (or maybe even an angel or two)? Maybe, but not so as I'd be able to tell it apart from my own inner voice with any certainty, if I was like cross-questioned by a defense lawyer for the atheists.

Have you ever SEEN in life or dream, the face of God/Jesus? When I was baptized a couple of years ago I looked up and thought I heard music (or it might have just been the choir) and I looked up towards the ceiling and thought I saw a shaft of light, golden confetti (that's the only way I can describe it) and the Holy Dove (in the guise of a white pigeon) fluttering in the rafters (or was it just a mote of dust in my eye?). Then I blinked and it wasn't there and I looked around to see whether I was having any other hallucinations and whether anybody had noticed that I had momentarily slipped into insanity. But they hadn't, so I gave my head a shake and took a firm grip on the candle they handed to me and said the rest of the words I was asked to say.

Do you have a miracle story(ies) to tell?
I forgave my daughter's rapist and didn't hire a contract killer to assassinate him - which, was, you know my first inclination. So that's a miracle for him and for me. I don't know if that counts. Also, my daughter has, amazingly, survived quite a few self-inflected near death experiences. It really is a miracle when I think about it.

As to Biblical proportions, I agree with Ed.

iluka said...

Karen,

BTW, I usually go by Mariam and I often comment on Gary Mean's blog. I had picked up a Blogger identity for those blogs that won't let you post without one.

karen said...

Iluka, I know you from Faithfully Finding Fitness...didn't know you were Mariam!
You have had quite a journey, your daughter as well.
Blessings on you both!

Robert said...

Fave book of the Bible- Philippians because its the encouragement book followed by Hebrews-amazing showing of Christs supremacy

Fave book apart from the Bible- so many The problem of pain by cs lewis and the road less traveled by m scott peck. Peck deals with lots of spiritual issues though not from a strictly christian perspective
have never heard audible voice of God

I have sensed Him and seen a light but not His face

yes a few miracle stories

I think God is able to act whenever He chooses because He is not limited by our theology yikes I can hear my bible college professors cringing who believe He stopped acting supernaturally after the Bible came to be lol

don said...

In answer to "Do you have a miracle story to tell", I would like to share the following with you Karen and all other readers. Karen, based on what I have read of yours, I suspect you want have any major disagreements with my statements, but I would appreciate any comments you might have.
GRAND ASSERTION

ALL OF MANKIND WAS DECLARED RIGHTEOUS BY THE BLOOD OF CHRIST AND ALL OF MANKIND WILL COME TO BELIEVE IN JESUS AS LORD AND GOD AS SAVIOR FOLLOWING THE NECESSARY DISCIPLINE OF THE CONSUMING PURIFYING FIRE OF GOD.

Mal 3:2b "For he is like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap;”

SUB-ASSERTION #1

MANKIND WAS DECLARED RIGHTEOUS BY THE BLOOD OF CHRIST HAVING BEEN RECONCILED TO GOD BY HIS DEATH


Rom 5:6-10 “For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, because we have now been declared righteous by his blood, we will be saved through him from God's wrath. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, how much more, since we have been reconciled, will we be saved by his life?

Note that a summary of these verses could be the following:
While we were helpless ungodly sinners who were His enemies, Christ died for us, declared us righteous by his blood, will save us from God’s wrath, and reconciled us to God through His death.

Helpless ungodly sinners who were enemies of God and Christ may be words written to those of Rome who were currently believers, but here Paul is obviously referencing their status with God prior to their becoming believers. Therefore the being reconciled to God and declared righteous occurred prior to belief since these descriptions are hardly of believers.

At the foot of the cross were many helpless ungodly sinners who were the enemies of Jesus, yet He said, “Father forgive them for they don’t know what they are doing”. I believe the Father was in agreement with this prayer of Jesus and so their sins were or will be forgiven on the merits of Jesus alone. Mankind was declared righteous, or justified on that day. Paul reinforces the fact of being declared righteous was for all mankind a few verses later in Rom 5:18, “Consequently, just as one offense resulted in condemnation for everyone, so one act of righteousness results in justification and life for everyone.”

SUB-ASSERTION #2

NO “PUNISHMENT”, “DESTRUCTION”, “PERISHING”, “LOSTNESS” IS ETERNAL; RATHER GOD’S “PUNISHMENTS” OR “DESTRUCTION” ARE CORRECTIVE IN NATURE

Now, we do need His discipline to make us fit for His kingdom. This discipline will not be “eternal”, but it will be “aeonian or eonian”, the English equivalents of the Greek “aionios”. “Aeonian” punishment as referred to in Mt. 25:46, one of the proof texts for those who hold to the heresy of the eternal torment of non-believers, is the type of correction that God will administer to the unbeliever. The noun being modified by aeonian is the word punishment, which is the Greek “kolasis” which has been used in reference to “pruning” a plant for the purpose of better production. “Kolasis” punishment is the corrective type, whereas, “timoria” punishment is the retributive type. The “aeonian” life in Mt. 25:46 is the life given to the believer by God beginning at the point of belief. This is that life we enjoy as believers which blesses us now as we deal with this physical life and also blesses us with the promise of immortality and therefore everlasting communion with our Father.

Aeonian destruction as referenced in 2 Thess. 1:7-9, “…who will be punished with aeonian destruction from the presence of the Lord,…”, is the kind of destruction necessary for God to administer for the fulfillment of His purposes. Destruction is equivalent to death in that it is “from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power”. Jesus was “destroyed” at the cross, but as in His case, so with all cases of destruction or death, there is no sense of “eternal” associated with them as Jesus rose to life and “the last enemy to be eliminated will be death”.

The “lost” sheep, coin, and son of Luke 15 referred to a condition that did not last forever. The word “lost” is the translation of the Greek “apollumi”, from which we have the translations lose, lost, perish, destroy, etc. As we can see in Luke 15, the sheep, coin, and son were only “lost” until they were found. This harmonizes with the fact that Jesus said He came to “seek and save the lost”.

Note that the following verse tells us that there is a special benefit for becoming a believer now, but that God will save all of the “lost” unbelievers also. 1Tim 4:10 “For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.” The Greek word that got translated “especially” here is “malista”. Checking its usage in other verses makes it clear that especially is a good choice for English since it does refer to extra special attention to something, but not to the exclusion of other items mentioned in the context.

The Hebrew word “olam” has as its Greek equivalents “aion” and “aionios” in the Septuagint. An analysis of the approximately 440 occurrences of olam in the Old Testament suggests that it means a period of time without the end in sight but not necessarily “eternal”, or “everlasting” or “forever”, if it should ever be. Olam was only 3 days in the case of Jonah’s duration in the fish, even though the “traditional” translation has been “forever”. Also, the length of time a person would be the slave has been referred to as “forever”, which we know is literally only for their physical lifetime. Some versions never use eternal, everlasting, or forever for olam. Have you noticed some versions use the phrase “forever and ever”. Have you ever given thought to the absurdity of adding the words “and ever” after you have already said forever? What’s more than forever? That’s like saying something lasts for an eternity and then for another eternity. The absurdity of this should add to our awareness of the bias of those translators who consistently translate olam, aion, and aionios as eternal, everlasting, forever, or the absurd “forever and ever” phrase.

An analysis of the word “hell” is quite revealing. Jesus used the word “geena” or “hades” and tradition (KJV, Catholic church, etc.) has had the ignorant audacity to use this Anglo-Saxon word “hell”, which means “unseen” (a-des), corresponding to the Hebrew “sheol” and attach to it a meaning out of pagan mythology of a place of eternal torment. Dr. Thomas Thayer in his book “The Origin and History of the Doctrine of Endless Punishment” traces this myth of eternal torment that became associated with the word hell to ancient Egypt. Geena (sometimes Gehenna) was the Valley of Hinnom which became a garbage dump on the outskirts of Jerusalem where carcasses of criminals were burned which Jesus metaphorically referenced as a future potential punishment with no sense of “eternal” punishment inherent in its meaning. This refers to aeonian punishment which again is God’s corrective punishment. Gehenna should have been left untranslated because it is a geographical location that the Jews of Jesus’ audience knew exactly what he was referring to. Hades should have also been left untranslated or translated as “unseen” or “the grave” as some versions do, as Hades definitely has no inherent punishment connotation. There are a number of versions that don’t use the word “hell” even once, realizing the bad rap the word has gotten with the erroneous connotation.

SUB-ASSERTION #3

ALL HUMANITY WILL COME TO BELIEVE IN GOD AND WILL WORSHIP HIM SOONER OR LATER

The following are 5 witnesses (scriptures) from 4 of God’s servants: DAVID, ISAIAH, PAUL, and JOHN.

NOTE: Nowhere in the Word do we have any evidence that one must come to belief in this lifetime, which is another myth of man; contrariwise, we have much evidence in the following verses and many others that some will only come to belief after their physical death. At this point some might think of the Rich Man and Lazarus parable. Parables must be discerned spiritually as they are not to be taken literally since they are fictional stories to convey a spiritual message. Consider this, Rich Man = Jews and Lazarus = Gentiles and the spiritual message is that the Jews will be disciplined for their attitude toward and treatment of the Gentiles.

Keep in mind that belief is granted by God in His time not in man’s. God grants belief to some in this lifetime and others after their physical death. The myth that one must come to belief in this lifetime is something man dreamed up or more than likely got from the pagans and added to his traditions, but God’s word does not speak of it.

John 6:44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

Phi 1:29 “For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake,”

THE MASTER PLAN OF THE MASTER COULD BE SUMMED UP IN A COMPREHENSIVE SUMMARY OF HIS WORD AS FOLLOWS AS ATTESTED BY MANY WITNESSES.

“ALL IS OUT OF ME AND ALL WILL COME BACK TO ME.” --- GOD

Rom 11:36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
1Co 15:28 When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.

GOD WILL BE ALL IN ALL = GOD WILL BE EVERYTHING TO EVERYONE

OUR SPIRIT CAME OUT OF GOD AND WILL RETURN TO GOD

DAVID was inspired to write:

Psalms 22:27-28 All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee. For the kingdom is the LORD's: and he is the governor among the nations

ISAIAH was inspired to write:

Isa 45:23 By myself I have sworn; from my mouth has gone out in righteousness a word that shall not return: 'To me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear allegiance.'
Isa 45:24 "Only in the LORD, it shall be said of me, are righteousness and strength; to him shall come and be ashamed all who were incensed against him.

PAUL was inspired to write:

Phi 2:10-11 “…so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow
— in heaven and on earth and under the earth — and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”

Rom 14:11 For it is written, "As I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow to me, and every tongue will give praise to God."

JOHN was inspired to record:

Rev 5:13 “And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, "To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!"

SINCE AFTER A CERTAIN TIME DEATH WILL CEASE TO BE, LEAVING ONLY LIFE AND HENCE NO MORE SEPARATION BETWEEN GOD AND MAN, ALL OF THESE WITNESSES CAN TESTIFY TO THE SAME THING:

NOTE: The feeble attempt to downplay this worshipping, bowing, and confessing as somehow “forced”, is born out of bias for eternal torment. Note particularly in Phil. 2:11 the phrase “to the glory of God the Father”. It is obviously not giving God glory to say Jesus is Lord without meaning it and you might also recall what Paul said about saying that Jesus is Lord, that “…no one can say "Jesus is Lord" except by the Holy Spirit.” (1 Cor. 12:3b)


EVERY CREATED BEING WILL SOME DAY PRAISE AND GLORIFY GOD!!!

karen said...

Don, I think we're on the same page. Did you check out my prior post and its comments, "Is this the God we serve?"
I think you'd enjoy that discussion.
Thanks for adding in. I'd be interested in your answers to the rest of my questions here! ;-)

don said...

What is your favorite book in the Bible, and why?

At this time I believe I would have to say Romans and I have been hanging out in Ch. 5 a lot lately where Paul makes it explicit that mankind was reconciled to God through the work of Jesus.

What is your favorite book besides the Bible, that deals with faith, and why?

Haven't focused on faith much in a long time. That is, my faith. My main focus of late is the faith of Jesus, since it is the faith of Jesus that sealed our redemption.

Have you ever heard the audible voice of God, (or maybe even an angel or two)?

I don't think so, but I would love to hear from Him, as I talk to Him all the time.

Have you ever SEEN in life or dream, the face of God/Jesus?
(please don't quote me scripture about not seeing God's face, etc.)

No. Does God have a face. Or is the only face of God Jesus? But Jesus is not God. Oh, I better be careful with where this is going. I'm not trying to be funny here and I don't want to go "theological" here. The more I listen to theologians, the more I don't want to. There seems to be too much pride in their intellectualism. Hey, they are my brothers/sisters too, but at this time in my life, I see those having gone to some theological seminary as placing a great value on what other theologians think, which I think is not the best approach the study of the Word.

karen said...

Thanks, Don.
Yeah, I think God has a face, I've seen Jesus, and I think He presents Himself as He wants us to see Him.

Katherine Gunn said...

Hi, Karen,

I found my way here from Gary's blog.

Hmm... my favorite - I'm going to do 3...;-)
* Isaiah - It is full of hope and promise... and Isaiah talks honestly about wanting to see God - and he gets too.
* John - It comes closest to showing God's heart, I think.
* Hebrews - We have been set free from religion and all its demands!!

Right now, I really am not into religious books.

Yes, I have heard the audible voice of God. Twice. First time, he said, "Daughter, I love you." The second time, He said, "Just walk away and let me deal with it." This was when I walked away from my leadership position in my last church. Beyond this, though, we talk all the time. Um... I don't know how to quantify it... I have heard the voices of demons and angels, too.

Hmm... things of "Biblical proportion" happen all the time. I could write a book. The very fact I am alive and writing this is the result of more than one Divine intervention.

Katherine Gunn said...

Oops. I forgot the seeing God's face question...

Yes, I've seen Jesus' face. Hmm... my great-grandmother saw the face of the Holy Spirit. Hmm... yeah.

Katherine Gunn said...

Okay, I thought of a favorite non-biblical faith book - 2 actually, by the same author: Mere Christianity and The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis.

karen said...

Katherine...a kindred spirit. You're the only other one who has seen a heavenly face--I think we have a lot in common!

Katherine Gunn said...

Karen~

I think we might. I got that sense from your comments on Gary's blog.

talia said...

1. i love the minor prophets. :) i feel like if we took them more seriously instead of trying to qualify their message as somehow not applying to us, we would be living in a much, MUCH better world. so i love them in that corporate sense, but i also love them in a really personal way, because they also speak specifically to me. like, what am *i* doing lately to overturn corrupt power structures?

2. anything by brian mclaren. especially "the secret message of jesus." it was my first mclaren book and completely life-changing.

3&4. nope!

5. i'm pretty sure i do. :)

MysticBlueRose said...

What is your favorite book in the Bible, and why?

Proverbs because it's just so practical.

What is your favorite book besides the Bible, that deals with faith, and why?

The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning because it's so inclusive and Dance of the Dissident Daughter because it validated me as a woman believer.

Have you ever heard the audible voice of God...

Yes.

Have you ever SEEN in life or dream, the face of God/Jesus?

Yes.

Do you have a miracle story(ies) to tell?

Yes.

Do you believe that things of biblical proportion have happened since the Bible was written, and are happening today?

Yes. I believe some of the writers today are just as inspired/led/touched as the writers of the Bible era. I don't believe GOD ever stops talking to us, and I don't think the Bible is the all of GOD's teaching/knowledge/words.

karen said...

Thanks for coming by, MysticBlueRose! Do you have a blog?