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09 January 2014

You've decided to become an Omnist...Now what?

Coming out of the closet
Coming out of the closet (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Modern Omnists are coming out of the closet on a daily basis. Many of these people are coming out on the Internet. They have discovered a path that makes more sense to them than the mainstream or other religion they have been practicing up to that point. Most of the time, you only see one statement from these individuals and then they never say another thing about it.

Why is this?

Several things can be contributing factors.

  • No one takes them seriously.
  • They get told, you really mean you are a Unitarian.
  • They have trouble finding others who are like minded.
The last is probably the biggest reason they never say anything again. There is really no central place to go on the Internet or publications in the bookstores that give more information on what being an Omnist is all about. 

This is a call to all Omnists. We need to organize. We need to band together. We need to let others know that they are not alone. We need to let Valissa & JB over at Omnism.com that we would like to form a community with their website as a hub. Go visit the website, find their e-mail addresses and let them know that you are interested in their site and want to see it become the central hub for the Omnist Movement. 

It is time to make our presence known!

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25 December 2013

The Long and Intriguing History of Christmas

christmas 2007
christmas 2007 (Photo credit: paparutzi)
The Long and Intriguing History of Christmas:
"Commercial activities during Christmas today are often decried as making the season too materialistic.
This has caused comments that the religious aspect of Christmas is so overlooked and overshadowed that its celebration seems to be purely pagan.
But today’s comparisons aren’t the first -  there is a historical link between Christmas and pagan celebrations.
As a religion, church leaders instituted Christmas during winter because that time of year was a popular for the celebrations of many pagan festivals.
The hope was that Christmas would also become a holiday that would gain much popularity."
A good short article on the history of Pagan and Christian observance of Winter Festivals.

'via Blog this'
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18 February 2013

Fox News Attacks Wiccans

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If you are looking for a religion with the most holidays, you either have Hinduism or Catholicism. If you don’t take the spiritual or practical significance of holidays into account, Hindus and Roman Catholics are tied for the most, because pretty much every day of the year has some special significance in the religious calendar of each. Roman Catholics have sainted more than 10,000 people, and every day of the year is the feast day of a handful. Hindus recognize hundreds of deities, and most have celebrations for birthdays and significant milestones. There are also Hindu holidays celebrating the changing of the seasons, the harvest, lunar phases, and other notable natural events. --Scott McKnight


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14 February 2013

Americans reveal their 3 favorite sins – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs

Americans reveal their 3 favorite sins – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs
A new survey, however, gets specific about the type of temptations most Americans battle against, and shows that men and women seem to wrestle with different vices.
“Temptations and America’s Favorite Sins,” a survey conducted by the Barna Group, a Christian research firm, concludes that the moral struggles that vex most Americans aren’t the salacious acts that drive the plotlines of reality television shows. Most Americans are too worn down or distracted to get snared by those vices, the survey concludes.
The top three sins seducing most Americans: procrastination, overeating and spending too much time on media.






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09 February 2013

The Omnists: New Practical Dimension to Omnism

The Earth seen from Apollo 17.
The Earth seen from Apollo 17. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Omnists: New Practical Dimension to Omnism: Giving new Dimension to Omnism or Omnitheism & proving it as a practical path to attain World Peace & Supreme Bliss....

Provides an interesting overview of Omnism.

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19 November 2010

Adventist Review: What Do We Do With Differences?

Facial composite of Saint Paul (* 7-10; † 64-6...Image via Wikipedia

A Common Focus
God’s children look at other races through the eyes of Christ (2 Cor. 5:16, 17). Unity is the result. And the power to maintain this unity flows from Christ Himself to His children (Eph. 4:15). The Christ-centered life helps us answer the what-do-we-do-with-the-difference question.

Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles, instructs us by word and example on the appropriate use of racial and ethnic identity within and beyond the Christian community. Let’s focus on just one section of his writings that give us a window on Paul’s thinking, 1 Corinthians 9:19-23:
“Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings” (NIV).
This text is nestled in the stream of Paul’s discussion of freedom and responsibility. Paul is defending his apostleship against attack as well as bridling the freedom of the strong in chapter 8. By the time we get to verse 18 of chapter 9, Paul is in a full-blown discussion of his preaching ministry and why it is effective.
Paul had the difficult task of working between multiple cultures. He takes up his task because he is bound to Christ. Paul is free to serve the Corinthians, because he has not accepted any compensation from them (verse 15). Further, because he is free, he is able to enslave himself to people who are in need of the knowledge of Jesus Christ (verse 19). Primarily, Paul is free because of his encounter with Jesus Christ (verse 1); he is released from the old identity anchors that he once embraced. His freedom is grounded in a new experience: “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation” (2 Cor. 5:17, NIV).
Thus Paul can no longer be Judeocentric. This is why he says, “I became as a Jew” (NIV). The word translated “as” or “like” in 1 Corinthians 9:20 comes from the Greek comparative particle hos. It introduces a simile into Paul’s discussion that compares one distinct idea, person, or object to another. By saying that he became “as” a Jew, Paul asserts that he is no longer defined as a Jew. He enjoys the freedom of a new self-understanding. He is finally free from the limiting prejudices, preconceptions, and presuppositions of ethnic Judaism.
When Paul says “to the Jews, I became as a Jew” (NKJV) he rattles the prison of identity idolatry. Paul is free in Christ. Boldly free!
Unlike Paul, Peter vacillated between freedom in Christ and political expediency (Gal. 2:11-15). Peter embodied racial and ethnic captivity. There is no question that the early church family was diversity-challenged. A quick reading of such texts as Luke 10:30-37, John 4:1-29, Acts 10:17-29, 15:5-10, Galatians 2:7-14, and Ephesians 2:11-19 reveals that the social situation between Jew and Gentile plagued the early church as it attempted to fulfill its mission.
As a Jew, Paul persecuted the church. But at Damascus Paul received an identity transplant (see Acts 9:1-6). The transforming encounter with the risen Christ deconstructed his inherited identity and replaced it with another primary identity. New perceptions of society and the world, new priorities, new ambitions, new criteria of perception—all these and more separated Paul from his former identity.
Taken from Adventist Review: What Do We Do With Differences?


(please note, I don't always agree with this view of Paul.)
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