I just watched Doctor Who Extremis, written by Moffat.
In Roman mythology, Veritas, meaning truth, was the goddess of truth. It was believed that she hid in the bottom of a holy well because she was so elusive.
Yep, like John in that fucking well in TFP.
Speaking of John, there are two bible passages that relate to Veritas (and with all the Vatican stuff in this episode, a bible reference might be a good starting point):
Veritas vos liberabit (Latin) is a variant of Veritas liberabit vos (“the truth shall set you free”), verse 8:32 of the Gospel of John, a statement which Jesus addresses to a group of Jews who believed in Him. = I believe in Sherlock Holmes, who was depicted Jesus-like in the whole series (suffering, ressurected). The truth shall set you free = liberty in death? Which ties in with In Extremis, which means ‘at the point of death’. Will they be set free by dying? Will they have to die in one universe to life in another? (Not sure if in Sherlock or Doctor Who or both).
The other bible verse in connection with veritas is John 18:37-38:
“You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” (On the side of the angels = on the side of the truth?).
“What is truth?” (Quid est veritas?) retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him.” (Like the doctored footage at the beginning of TST?)
I don’t know where this leads, but the episode being almost all set in a simulation, not real - geez, if this doesn’t scream EMP, I don’t know what.
There is not a single Bible portion that God wants us to study just to get a cranium full of knowledge or learning. The Bible always presents the truth and then makes the application: ‘Now, if this is true, you ought to do something about it!’
The Church of Christ is alive and free. In her we move and have our being, through Christ Who is her Head. In Him we have full freedom. In the Church we learn of truth, and the truth will set us free (John 8:32). You are in Christ’s Church whenever you uplift someone bent down in sorrow, or when you give alms to the poor, and visit the sick. You are in Christ’s Church when you cry out: ‘Lord, help me.’ You are in Christ’s Church when you are good and patient, when you refuse to get angry at your brother, even if he has wounded your feelings. You are in Christ’s Church when you pray: 'Lord, forgive him.’ When you work honestly at your job, returning home weary in the evenings but with a smile upon your lips; when you repay evil with love—you are in Christ’s Church. Do you not see, therefore, young friend, how close the Church of Christ is? You are Peter and God is building His Church upon you. You are the rock of His Church against which nothing can prevail. Let us build churches with our faith, churches which no human power can pull down, a church whose foundation is Christ. Feel for your brother alongside you. Never ask: 'Who is he?’ Rather say: 'He is no stranger; he is my brother. He is the Church of Christ just as I am.
With such a call in our hearts, let us begin really to belong to the Church of Christ, the Orthodox Church. Outward membership is not enough; something must move within us that makes us different from the world around us, even if that world calls itself 'Christian’ or even 'Orthodox.’… If we truly live the Orthodox worldview, our faith will survive the shocks ahead of us and be a source of inspiration and salvation for those who will still be seeking Christ even amidst the shipwreck of humanity which has already begun today.
I will never stop posting about what’s right in the eyes of God just because I might lose followers. It’s preposterous to even imagine that a true Christian would care more about their followers in a social site than speaking the truth about God’s Word. I try to open the eyes of people to the truth of God’s Word and I will keep doing so until the day I am gathered by my God, the God of Israel, and join Him in His Kingdom.
This Tumblr is an extension of myself and since I’m a follower of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, God’s only son, that means my Tumblr is just as much of a Christian as I am. I will never bow down to any other god besides my God. Popularity, peer-pressure, luxury, none of that matters to me one bit. My eyes are focused on the end game, which is Heaven. How can you say you want to spend eternity in Heaven if you aren’t even willing to spend your time worshipping Him on your limited existence here on Earth? If you are going to follow me, you have to be ready to be hit by the truth because the truth sets you free. As Jesus tells us in John 8:31-32 “Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Every now and then I lose some followers because of my stand against abortion, homosexuality, idolatry, false religions, foul language, drunkenness, and all other sins which the Lord detests, and it’s a shame people can’t cope with the truth and choose to unfollow me but I’m not losing any sleep over it. My views are what God tells us in the Bible and His views are perfect and sinless, unlike our views which are easily corrupted by sin. I’m not in the business of getting personal followers, I’m in the business of getting faithful followers for Christ. All I can do is hope that one day the peoples of the world will decide to get closer to God and accept His Word and His views on how things are supposed to be rather than to settle for what society and the Devil hopes for the world to be.
As we are told in Isaiah 7 ”If you do not stand firm in your faith, then you will not stand at all.“ You can either be loved by the world and end up in Hell, or have the world hate you due to your faithful love towards God, but you gotta look at the bigger picture, even though the world will hate you for your beliefs in Christ you will get to go to Heaven for your faithful service. Stand firm with God, never compromise. To live in a life where you have to compromise what is taught in His Word is to not wanting to faithfully serve God. If you can’t faithfully serve Him while on Earth, how can you expect to faithfully serve Him for all eternity in Heaven?
I used to have hundreds of people on my ignore list here on Tumblr, people that run porn blogs, homosexual blogs, Muslim blogs, blogs dedicated to say that the Bible is "evil”, blogs that make fun of Christ, people that had sent hate and rude mail to me, and all sorts of other blogs ran by lost souls, but I removed them all from my ignore recently, after all Jesus tell us in Matthew 5 “If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else?” I now know the reason of my existence here on Earth, which is to spread God’s Word and maybe one day those lost souls will realize how far they’ve gone astray from the Lord and will seek Him out and be saved. I struggled with this, after all these lost souls go believe in everything that goes against what God teaches us, but the truth is that those people are blind to God’s truth and if I ignore them how can God use me to spread His Word? If I can be the spark that makes them realize just how lost they are, I’ll gladly let the Lord use me for that purpose. How are we supposed to follow Jesus’ example and be a light in such a dark world if we close the door on other people that are lost in the darkness? Remember what Paul wrote in Philippians 2:14-15: “Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people." So please, become the beacon of light that will steer our lost brothers and sisters in their moment of darkness back to the light.
A well-known British preacher from over a century ago, Charles H. Spurgeon, once said that "Every Christian is either a missionary or an imposter.” We are representatives of Christ in this world. I’m not saying that we should all become missionaries in the sense of going out to Asia or Africa or some far away countries - although if that’s your calling *high five* - but I mean in the sense of spreading God’s Word to our friends, random people on the internet, our neighbors and anyone we can. My love for Christ compels me to spread His Word to everyone. I want people to be saved. Has my strong attitude towards worship of God and my faithfulness to the Gospel caused me to lose some friends? Yes, it has, but I rather lose a friend and hope to have sown the seed in that person’s life which will lead them to Christ because I was honest with them rather than pretend to be a lukewarm Christian that’s okay with the practices of the world and lie to anyone about important issues regarding the Bible. I want people to experience God’s grace. So I’ll keep on preaching the truth as the Bible tells us until I’m not on this Earth anymore.
Also, please, never trade your Bible reading time to socialize on the internet. Hitting the like/reblog buttons won’t save you, only Christ will. Get close to God and build a personal and close relationship with the Lord. Never let Tumblr, Facebook or whatever other site on the internet draw you away from the Lord. Reading the Bible is the best way to get closer to the Lord.
I will always speak the truth about His Word, whether it might upset people or not. I will never be ashamed of God’s Word.
Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile.
How can you find the will to worship such an awful being? Thinks men are superior to women. Thinks slavery is okay. Gave us free will and forgives all... yet made a hell for when we do things he doesn't like. Also killed millions of innocent people because they didn't do as he wanted. Lets the world be the way it is, awful. If you blame Satan (whos only killed 10 people and is bad only bc of gods word) you're wrong. God is all powerful, he should be able to overcome a "bad" spirit. - An Atheist
I’ll answer your every argument separately. And I’ll answer with all my respect for your beliefs, or non beliefs.
God thinks men are superior to women - The Bible contains many references to women that, to our modern mindset, sound discriminatory towards women. But we have to remember that when the Bible describes an action, it does not necessarily mean that the Bible endorses that action. The Bible describes men treating women as little more than property, but that does not mean God approves of that action. The Bible is far more focused on reforming our souls than our societies. God knows that a changed heart will result in a changed behavior. The cross of Christ is the great equalizer. John 3:16 says, “Whoever believes,” and that is an all-inclusive statement that leaves no one out on the basis of position in society, mental capacity, or gender. We also find a passage in Galatians that speaks of our equal opportunity for salvation. “You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:26-28). There is no sexism at the cross. The charge of sexism in the Bible is based upon a lack of knowledge of Scripture. When men and women of all ages have taken their God-ordained places and lived according to “thus says the LORD,” then there is a wonderful balance between the genders. That balance is what God began with, and it is what He will end with. There is an inordinate amount of attention paid to the various products of sin and not to the root of it. It is only when there is personal reconciliation with God through the Lord Jesus Christ that we find true equality. “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32).
God thinks slavery is okay - What many fail to understand is that slavery in biblical times was very different from the slavery that was practiced in the past few centuries in many parts of the world. The slavery in the Bible was not based exclusively on race. People were not enslaved because of their nationality or the color of their skin. In Bible times, slavery was more a matter of social status. People sold themselves as slaves when they could not pay their debts or provide for their families. In New Testament times, sometimes doctors, lawyers, and even politicians were slaves of someone else. Some people actually chose to be slaves so as to have all their needs provided for by their masters. The slavery of the past few centuries was often based exclusively on skin color. In addition, both the Old and New Testaments condemn the practice of “man-stealing” which is what happened in Africa in the 19th century. Africans were rounded up by slave-hunters, who sold them to slave-traders, who brought them to the New World to work on plantations and farms. This practice is abhorrent to God. In fact, the penalty for such a crime in the Mosaic Law was death: “Anyone who kidnaps another and either sells him or still has him when he is caught must be put to death” (Exodus 21:16). Similarly, in the New Testament, slave-traders are listed among those who are “ungodly and sinful” and are in the same category as those who kill their fathers or mothers, murderers, adulterers and perverts, and liars and perjurers (1 Timothy 1:8-10). Another crucial point is that the purpose of the Bible is to point the way to salvation, not to reform society. The Bible often approaches issues from the inside out. If a person experiences the love, mercy, and grace of God by receiving His salvation, God will reform his soul, changing the way he thinks and acts. A person who has experienced God’s gift of salvation and freedom from the slavery of sin, as God reforms his soul, will realize that enslaving another human being is wrong. A person who has truly experienced God’s grace will in turn be gracious towards others. That would be the Bible’s prescription for ending slavery.
Gave us free will and forgives all… yet made a hell for when we do things he doesn’t like - God desires that every person spend eternity with Him (Matthew 18:14; 2 Peter 3:9), but He honors our free will (John 4:14). Anyone who so desires can go to heaven (John 1:12). Jesus already paid the price for our salvation, but we must accept that gift and transfer ownership of our lives to Him (Luke 9:23). Heaven is perfect, and God cannot take anyone there who insists on holding on to his or her sin. We must allow Him to cleanse us of our sin and make us righteous in His sight (2 Corinthians 5:21). John 1:10–12 shows us the problem and the solution: “He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” We can choose to trust in Jesus’ payment for our sin, or we can choose to pay for our sins ourselves—but we must remember that the payment for our sin is eternity in hell. C. S. Lewis said it this way: “There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says in the end, ‘Thy will be done.’”
God is all powerful, he should be able to overcome a “bad” spirit - First, we know God is absolutely sovereign over all creation, and this includes Satan. Certainly, Satan and his demons wreak havoc in the world, but they are only allowed a certain amount of freedom. We also know that God has planned everything from the beginning of time to the end. Nothing can thwart His plans, and things are proceeding exactly on schedule. “The LORD of hosts has sworn: ‘As I have planned, so shall it be, and as I have purposed, so shall it stand’” (Isaiah 14:24). Second, “we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). Whatever God has planned for Satan, that plan will be the best one possible. God’s perfect wrath and justice will be satisfied, and His perfect righteousness will be glorified. Those who love Him and who wait for His plan to be fulfilled will be thrilled to be part of that plan and will praise and glorify Him as they see it unfold. Third, we know that to question God’s plan and its timing is to question God Himself, His judgment, His character and His very nature. It is not wise to question His right to do exactly as He pleases. The psalmist tells us, “As for God, His way is perfect” (Psalm 18:30). Whatever plan comes from the mind of the Almighty is the best plan possible. It is true that we can’t expect to understand that mind perfectly, as He reminds us, “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ says the LORD. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts’” (Isaiah 55:8-9). Nevertheless, our responsibility to God is to obey Him, to trust Him, and to submit to His will, whether we understand it or not. In the case of His timing for Satan’s demise, it has to be the best possible plan because it is God’s plan. But true Christians do not care about it. Because the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. Romans 16:20