Category Archives: Bible 3.0

The Parable of the Rich Young Man—can you be wealthy and still go to heaven?

by Michael Maciel Matthew 19:21 – Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” In order to interpret this story … Continue reading

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Is Empathy Enough?

by Michael Maciel The mind really is the problem, what we think about things, more than the things themselves. It’s the “about” part that causes suffering. Can you free yourself from the about? Can you observe something horrible without being … Continue reading

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Mary Magdalene’s Question

by Michael Maciel In the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, it says: 8) And she began to speak to them these words: I, she said, I saw the Lord in a vision and I said to Him, Lord I saw you … Continue reading

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Love Is All You Need (?)

by Michael Maciel I like the part in 1 Corinthians where Paul says that without love, nothing we do means anything. He goes on to list certain goal-based achievements: Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, … Continue reading

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What, exactly, is God’s Will?

by Michael Maciel I have a rather radical approach to theology. I like to say that God’s will for us is that we get our prayers answered. That and that only. There is no plan and no vision other than … Continue reading

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The Universe As Egg

by Michael Maciel It must have been amazing for our earliest ancestors to witness a live chick emerge from what was before merely an amorphous goo. It was a high mystery. Apart from the physical attributes of an egg, its … Continue reading

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Spiritual Illumination – Let Your Light Shine

Matthew 5 14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it … Continue reading

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How to Deal with Difficult People

by Michael Maciel One of the things that gets in the way of forgiveness is our reluctance to accept the way people are. We expect them to be different, as though they’re violating our expectations of them. Every time we … Continue reading

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Love Your Enemies

by Michael Maciel Jesus told us to love our enemies. WHAT are we supposed to do with that? I mean, it’s hard enough to love the people we love, right? How, then, are we supposed to love those who, by … Continue reading

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God: “Father” or “Mother”?

by Michael Maciel There’s a better way to approach this question. God is only gendered in a mythic sense, not literally. Mythic truths are never meant to be taken literally because they have their own epistemological domain, one that is … Continue reading

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