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Shepherd's Heart
BOB STEWART

October and the Inner Grizzly Bear

Posted Thursday, October 11, 2012, at 5:07 PM
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  • I'm with ya on that one Shep. Every fall my belt seems to get tighter - and I can't for the life of me figure out why!

    -- Posted by gentle ben on Fri, Oct 12, 2012, at 10:52 AM
  • As with the hunger for food, the hunger for God can be satiated by a variety of sources. Some of those sources though filling, are not as nutritional as others. Some may be no more than junk food for the soul. Just sayin'. ;)Good stuff again Rev.

    I have been meaning to pose a question to you for some time. No tricks, a sincere question.

    As a child I recieved the message of Jesus. Since that time I have in my opinion carried that message in my heart, and my mind, trying to follow what I consider his direct simple messages. At the same time, I don't consider him the son of God the father, I discard the Holy spirit as well. No triune for me. For that matter I do not even consider Jesus a God. I consider him, whether man, or myth, the exemplification of the perfect human, thus the one that I should emulate to the best of my ability. In a very real sense I am a follower of Jesus Christ. Am I not in a broad sense of the word a Christian? If not what am I? A Jesus Freak? At what point does a follower of Jesus become a Christian? If I followed Karl Marx (who delivered some of the same communal messages as Jesus) I would be a Marxist. Does it follow that I am a Christist?

    Watcha think?

    -- Posted by Oklahoma Reader on Fri, Oct 12, 2012, at 11:30 PM
  • OKR - Let me first say I believe you strive to carry out and live the best ideals of what Jesus taught while he traveled the earth. I do, however, question how one might follow the lead of Jesus (in relationships with others) while not accepting his teaching about the father and the holy spirit. If you received the entire message of Jesus as a youngster, you no doubt heard that he spoke of and to his father quite often. He also said that when he left earth he would leave "the promise" - a comforter - the entity many call the holy spirit. Jesus pointed to the father in all he said and did.

    As far as what to call you - I kind of like the term Jesus Freak (may even be one myself!) - but I'm not so sure about "Christist" in the "Marxist" sense. I think a follower of Christ becomes a Christian when he believes what Christ said. He said that no one comes to the father except through Jesus. Pretty plain. Seems like you received the social - communal teachings of Jesus without accepting the spiritual portions of his teachings.

    Please remember that I realize a firm belief in the Christian Bible is needed to believe such things. Obviously - I hold that belief.

    Again - I write this all with the upmost respect.

    But you asked.

    Thanks for reading The Shepherd's Heart by the way.

    Your friend

    Shep

    -- Posted by shep on Wed, Oct 17, 2012, at 10:46 AM
  • Thanks Shep. I wanted a Christian perspective that I would respect, and as I expected you delivered. I wasn't seeking expiation (I know you don't pretend to be in that business), nor support for my own rationale.

    I reckon, for now any way, I will remain an old goat standing at the edge of a rocky precipice, looking into the valley below, smiling as I chew my cud, and hoping the best for the shepherd, and his flock. All the while I'll be taking some comfort that there is some kinship between goats, and sheep. ;)

    Your friend,

    OKR

    -- Posted by Oklahoma Reader on Thu, Oct 18, 2012, at 2:39 PM
  • I reckon we are just all old goats (or maybe old sheep) standing on a rocky precipice ... There's always the possibility that one might fall. And therein lies the rub.

    -- Posted by shep on Wed, Oct 24, 2012, at 10:21 AM
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