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The Beginning of the Sixth Day of Creation

I began this series by asking why is it important for 21st century Americans to share a common understanding of “what it means to be humans?” My answer to that question was because it is the one thing that affects every thought we have that includes humans – others and ourselves. And then I pointed out that if your beliefs about God are linked to the words of Genesis, then your understanding of what it means to be a human includes “humans are created in the image of God.” This is the second blog in this series and it is about the first activities that took place on the Sixth Day of Creation.
Keeping things in context is essential for creating accurate understanding of the words of Jewish and Christian Scriptures. For some readers, some of the things you are about to read may challenge your understanding of certain verses. That’s normal because of the linguistic model we use to translate the ancient Hebrew text into English.
We let the words of the ancient texts tell their own cultural…
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What would humans be without the image of God?

This is the first blog in a series I call “A Radical New Understanding of Humans.” Why is it important for 21st century Americans to understand what humans are? It is because that our view affects and influences everything we do – and everyone else’s view affects and influences what they do.
Humans are social creatures and that means from conception to the disposal of the body humans are dependent on other the actions of humans. In most of the “good” and “bad” things humans experience in life, they are the result of actions of other humans. So, individual and cultural understandings of “what humans are” and “why humans do what they do” are very important.
In many cases, “understandings of what humans are” is related to “understandings of what gods are.” Conflicts over gods and their relationships to human have been major factors in the rise and fall of nations, as well as the types of governments that exist and the quality of life those that are governed experience.
If your understandin…

Upgrading American Opportunities for “Belonging”

Trying to change things by yelling and screaming facts weaponized memes doesn’t create peace. It increases anger, hatred and violence. We must create new ways to strengthen belonging that are inclusive, mutually beneficial and that acknowledge the validity of scientific facts. Read the complete blog at --

"Kingdom of God" or "Kingdom of Heaven"?

Many pages of opinions have been written about the terms “Kingdom of God” and “Kingdom of Heaven.” Some say they mean the same thing, others say they mean different things and few say they have very mysterious meanings. Two questions will help us discover what Kingdom of God and Kingdom of Heaven mean:
1. Is there a cultural connection between the words “God” and “Heaven”?
2. In which books of the New Testament do the terms appear?
The answer to the second question is the “kingdom of God” occurs 68 times in 10 different New Testament books. The “kingdom of Heaven” occurs only 32 times in the New Testament and that is only in the Gospel of Matthew. Below are examples of saying of Yeshua that are duplicated in Matthew and another Gospel.
Matthew 4:17 Mark 1:14-15 From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. …

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Yeshua was a recognized Torah scholar by community leaders

Yeshua was a “Master Teacher of the Torah” and his followers knew it. In Yeshua’s world, the word “Torah” was used in two ways -- specifically to refer to the “Instructions of Moses” (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy) and generally to refer to all of the Jewish Scriptures (the Tanakh for Jews and the Old Testament for Christians today).
Yeshua was not only recognized as a teacher of the Torah by his followers, but by community leaders and others who were not members of his group.
And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Shabbat he entered the synagogue and taught. And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. (Mark 1:21-22)
And Yeshua returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of him went out through all the surrounding region. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all. (Luke 4:14-15)
And it happened on another Shabbat, also, that Yeshua entered the synagogue and t…

Transforming Belief Conflicts into Relationship Building Opportunities

When Rabbi Jeffrey Leynor and I (Jim Myers) met, we were congregation leaders of two mutually exclusive monotheistic religions – Judaism and Christianity. We were separated by an unbridgeable belief gap. A person must either practice Judaism or Christianity – but not both. We wanted to learn how that gap developed, because we knew that both of our religions began as sects of another religion – Late Second Temple Period Judaism. We soon discovered that before Late Second Temple Period Judaism there were First Temple Israelite Religions and after the Second Temple was destroyed in 70 CE Judaism and Christianity separated and followed very different paths.
The primary challenge facing Christians and Jews -- as well as members of other religions, agnostics and atheists -- is not a lack of information about our histories. The primary challenge is getting new information past barriers created by our brains.
Living in the Information Age provides us with more information about the human brai…