Biblical Inerrancy

"Biblical inerrancy and infallibility are not accepted by the Episcopal Church." - The Episcopal Church Inerrancy and infallibility is the belief that the Bible is without any error whatsoever. They claim that there are no errors in history, science, chronology, or any other area. Most of the time they limit this to the autographs. The vast majority of Christians are ignorant about scripture, its transmission, its canonicity, and its textual issues. Therefore, they are not in a position to rightly judge the question of the inerrancy and infallibility of the scriptures. I of course, cannot, in such a short span of time, fully educate anybody on the subject. Suffice it for me to say that the scriptures are not inerrant or infallible. For more information, read  The Human Faces of God by Thom Stark or  Misquoting Jesus by Bart D. Ehrman. Firstly, no original manuscript written in the apostle's own hand exist. All we have is copies of copies of copies. And of these

Healthy Spirituality

"Healthy spirituality has always been a question of putting a number of things into delicate balance and then walking a tightrope so as not to fall off either side." - Ronald Rollheiser   It is too easy to be pulled off balance. Equilibrium is a state of spiritual maturity few of us reach. Yet, spiritual health is found in balance. It is known as the middle way. The primary way we get off balance is by going to extremes. By doing one thing really well, yet at the same time ignoring the opposite activity.   When we neglect our home life, we become a workaholic. Dedicated to work, but then neglectful of our private life.   When we neglect our private devotions, we become a person who is religious but not spiritual. We must balance church and home life. Spirituality is about deepening our awareness in the flow of life, not separate from it. We must balance contemplation and action, passion and purity, duty and self-awakening, community and individuality. You must balanc

The Thought of God (Hymn)

The thought of God, the thought of Thee,      Who liest in my heart, And yet beyond imagined space      Outstretched and present art, The thought of Thee, above, below,      Around me and within, Is more to me than health and wealth,      Or love of kith and kin. The thought of God is like the tree      Beneath whose shade I lie, And watch the fleets of snowy clouds      Sail o’er the silent sky. ’Tis like that soft invading light,      Which in all darkness shines, The thread that through life’s sombre web      In golden pattern twines. It is a thought which ever makes      Life’s sweetest smiles from tears, And is a daybreak to our hopes,      A sunset to our fears; One while it bids the tears to flow,      Then wipes them from the eyes, Most often fills our souls with joy,      And always sanctifies. Within a thought so great, our souls      Little and modest grow, And, by its vastness awed, we learn      The art of walking slow. The wild flower on the messy ground      Sca

The Sign of the Cross

In all our travels and movements, in all our coming in and going out, in putting on our shoes, at the bath, at the table, in lighting our candles, in lying down, in sitting down, whatever employment occupies us, we mark our forehead with the sign of the cross. - Tertullian Although not mentioned in the Bible, the sign of the cross is very ancient. There are stories in the Middle East that it was the Apostle Paul who first used the sign of the cross. This makes sense, since it symbolizes that one is “crucified with Christ” (Gal 2:19). For the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus symbolizes that “our old self was crucified with him” (Rom 6:6). It might be good to explain this. Sin is selfishness, it is placing the good of self above the good of God and neighbor. In order to be united to God, the old self has to die, be buried, before one can be united with God.  The sign of the cross is actually a prayer. One begins their day and activities with the Sign of the Cross: “in th

Sin is Selfishness

“The root of all sin is selfishness, separating first from God and then from man.” – Andrew Murray "We hold the essential principle of sin to be selfishness." - A. H. Strong "We have also seen, that all sin is selfishness." - Charles Finney This agrees with the Bible. It says that "sin is the transgression of the law" (1 John 3:4 KJV). The law is love (Matt 22:37-40), that is why "love is the fulfilling of the law" (Romans 13:10). And we know that "Love isn't selfish" (1 Cor. 13:5 CEV), therefore sin is selfishness. It is refusing to love God will all our heart, but instead loving ourselves with all our heart. Sin is a wrong aim. It is the aim or motive to look out for oneself first and foremost. It is making oneself the center of the universe, the supreme good, the most important person in the world.  In other words, everyone must bow to the whims and wishes of the self, whether by force, guilt, or playing the poor me card

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Jay N. Forrest is a Christian mystic in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. He is the author of The Deeper Life: Finding God on the Mystic Path.

Jay N. Forrest was an ordained Pentecostal minister for over two decades pastoring churches in Wisconsin, Missouri, Tennesse, and Arizona. He did his undergraduate work at Central Bible College and Global University, and he received his Doctorate of Ministry from Trinity Evangelical Christian University. He is a Certified Meditation Teacher and a full-time hospice chaplain.

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