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I found your blog and enjoyed some of your arguments tremendously. My name is John and I write from the far north…Scandinavia. Recently I caught cancer of the tonsils and went through treatment, chemo and radiation…very interesting experience to say the least. I am now in remission gathering strenght before a major move into the great unknown. I would like to have a conversation with you, to discuss weather it is possible , which I should see no reason for it not to be, to live like the deciples of Jesus….literally, go out with only one coat…trusting Him each day. I am contemplating giving it a shot. I feel tho, that a sort of adaption would have to be made, seeing I live in the far north and it will take me some time to get to where I can sleep in the open without a sleepingbag….you catch my drift?
What do you think. I would like to set a standard on this like the Dogma movies and idea….which is here…
Rules for making a dogma film. Is it possible to merge this idea with the principle of a pilgrimage. I was considering the camino walk but I am to old and sick I think. But I could take a very small backpack and spin the bottle pick a country and just walk around giving blessings and asking for alms. Just spread love…without theological affiliations and education…of which I have none. I am an avid fisherman and was imagining bringing a rod and print a card
I am a Christian pilgrim, The diciples of Jesus were fishermen…so am I
I ask that you let me fish your water and catch enough for todays meal…
What do you think. By the way I am 60 in a month…fit…motivated, and adaptable..I believe God would help me every step, what do you think…I he alive that way..today?
John, I apologize if any part of the language barrier leads me to misinterpret your journey as you’ve laid it forth. I understand you want to become a disciple of Jesus. The first thing I would recommend is that you read his teachings, read the New Testament. Search for a Church that can help you learn, one-on-one in a community about his teaching.
The concept of pilgrimage as the West has come to define it is something that is not required in Christianity. If you are speaking of a “Holy location”, there is none that is required to go but to a place where saints gather and commune with them. Or perhaps you mean to go on a permanent journey. If that is the case, that is what Christianity is: A lifelong journey in the steps of Christ. If you want to learn more, reply again.
I have a good understanding of the Gospel. Salvation by grace….the gift of the Holy Spirit….etc…having been a Missionary in India Nepal the Phillippines etc for 40 years. As far as organized religion and Churches go I have been there done that….i am not talking about a pilgrimage….at least not in the traditional Catholic way…i am talking about going out into the world without anything but a small pack…..not to a place but as The Lord leads, to preach the Gospel.
John 3:16 always made a big impression on me. I have “made enough tents” i figure….had enough “fellowship” seen too many lukewarm Christians who use Christianity as a soft pillow and a system , in which they can attain social acceptence. What about the parts in the Bible that indicate life as a Christian was one of a continual travel , hardship and even persecution…..but meaningfull interaction with everyone you meet.
I am not seeking your counsel to find out weather there is doctrinal support for such an endevour, but to get your take on what would be a good way to do it….hitchiking in anonymity….or flying , staying in big hotels holding services for local Churches, supporting oneself by appeal letters….or something inbetween
Thanks for your reply
Ps I read the book Caleb….in English Hebrew and Greek
My apologies for assuming you had not yet been on the path of discipleship. As far as recommendations go for going on a “wandering pilgimage,” I would say one important thing is to make regular contact with churches of saints as you go along. Let them help you on the journey from destination to destination. Stick with the ones you see living out discipleship themselves, so they can encourage you. It is hard to do alone. But I have never gone wandering on such a physical journey like that myself, so I cannot offer much expertise.
And so how does one define “saints” caleb. I is my experience that most organized Churches tend to develope weak and very non questioning individuals. I have really had enough of established evangelical churches, for their lack of Christian love, their love of money and their selfishness. The poor seem to be a better option. Christian Churches are locked, and pastors really just have a job. Most people think I am wierd and somehow trying to be better than them, or that my style of life is a covert critisism of their lives. Hence every visit seem to end up in doctrinal differences and bs.
The poor in spirit on the other hand , what the Churches call the unrepentant…seem much kinder….remember the world is not the same as the USA, and most are blazing atheists.
That’s a good question. I would call the saints those who are living as ones set apart, “sanctified” for Christly living. I completely understand your frustration with organized churches’ obsession with money and selfishness. This is all the more reason why they need disciples who are committed to selfless living. I suggest to seek them out, not just for your own benefit, but for theirs. Seek them to teach them as much as learn from them.
Which bible/bibles do you use? Can you give your reasons for using them?
Good question. Here is a detailed answer from my own blog.
Thank you for your response. But can you name the one (or two) you usually use? And why this one (or two)?
The one I use the most is the ESV because it is widely available, and a good balance between ones hard for many readers (KJV) and ones that are a little loose for many people I know (The Message) . That’s a simple answer.
To cite one example, …
In 2 Chronicles 4:5,
the word “received” is in the King James but not in the ESV (and many other versions).
What, if any, do you think we can learn from this?
Off the top of my head I don’t know what there is to learn other than the diversity of translations. Some translations say “held” for example.
There seems to be clearly two verbs, “chazaq” and “kuwl,” in 2 Chronicles 4:5.
Please see http://j.mp/2ch0405a
Can you please comment on why the equivalent of “chazaq”
(rendered “received” in the KJV)
does not seem to be present in the ESV?
That is interesting. I’m not sure of what is at stake by other renderings of this passage. Perhaps the ESV translators found it redundant. If it hold something it has received it.
I created a shortcut to an article which you might want to comment on:
“How many baths did the molten sea contain?”
Can you read my stuff and tell me what you think. Here is the link: http://blogmanswritings.blogspot.com/2017/05/condemning-others-fun.html
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