Uncommon Definitions of common words...
It is my contention that many perfectly good words have lost their
meanings through either deliberate misuse or by hanging around religion
too long. By hanging
out with religion, these nice innocent words pick up "religiosity";
that gooey, syrupy, sickening, over-holy, feeling that I personally
That being said, here are my definitions.
Now here's a word just dripping with
religion, it almost gags in your throat to say it. But let's see if we
can't clean it up a bit.
The problem with the word
'righteousness', is that we unconsciously associate it with
'self-righteousness', and there's that sick religious feeling again.
But let's break
it down and look at it's pieces.
The first piece
is 'right'. See, that feels better already. 'Right' just
means correct, or meeting a standard. It does not have to hang around
religion at all. There is a 'right' way to make a brick wall. See, no
religion at all, but it's still 'right'.
The 'ous' part just means full of , or
abundance of. So at this point we have 'a lot of correct'.
The 'ness' part
just means a state of or condition.
So, let's apply
this word to that brick wall. If that brick wall was built
with 'righteousness' it would be a wall that met a very high
standard of correctness in it's entirety.
Similarly, a 'righteous' person, or a
person who showed 'righteousness', would just be a person who always
tried to do things correctly or right. In other words their nature is
predictable in that you can anticipate that they will always endeavour
to do a process or task correctly.
There now, doesn't that feel better?
Moral or Morals:
Simply stated; an inner sense of right.
If a person has a good sense of right, they have 'moral' sense. if they
like and practice doing right, they are 'righteous' and their life is
full of 'righteousness'.
Another way to look at the word 'moral'
is in the phrase "the moral of the story". What does that phrase refer
It would refer to a story that would
teach you a principle about right or
A story of this
genre might end with a phrase such as "so, the moral of
the story is; the badly injured and hospitalized man learned
to mind his own business".
I'm already mad, and I haven't even
Religion is a system that is supposed
to help you develop your own sense of moral reasoning, but instead
tries to replace it.
Religion is primarily an excuse for
some people to control other people's lives
and blame it on God.
Religion is, in
a word; embarrassing. Grown men dressed up in outfits that any
self-respecting woman would not be caught dead in.
Religion is the business
Religion is the exaggerated and
of the emotions of true worship (see
A very interesting word. Not at all
what you might think.
I started looking at this word with a
I imagined that God became a human and walked into my house.
How would I react? I would like to think that I
would show him to the best chair in my house, offer the best beverage
and food I had and show great respect in the way I treated him.
Now, imagine that I treated him
religiously; I lighted candles and started chanting. What normal person
would want to receive or give that in a relationship? No one would like
to be in a close human
relationship that you would describe as 'religious'.
So true worship
is about showing genuine respect.
And here's the best part; Just for fun
I looked up the word 'worship' in my
old Webster's dictionary. As it turns out the word 'worship' actually
comes from the old English phrase 'worth
ship'. Perfect, yes? It's not a religious word at all, but
a term of respect or 'worth'. If you place a high worth on God
then you 'worth ship' or
Spiritual or Spirituality:
This one turned
out to be amazing. Again I used a little mind experiment.
I started by simply looking at my hand. And I thought "everything about
my hand is physical, it's bone and flesh and blood and electrical
impulses; physical". But if I take that same very, actually totally,
physical hand, and pick a clean fresh piece of
fruit and give that fruit to a starving child, somehow it
becomes spiritual. Everything used and everything done was physical,
and yet it became spiritual. And then I thought "Satan is a spirit, but
he's not spiritual". My hand is physical and yet it can be spiritual. A
conundrum. So I realized if you move something physical in a pattern
that reflects the thinking or emotional nature of
God, that's spiritual. Because you're
reflecting the dominant emotional nature of God, or
If I were to
ask you to describe the 'spirit' of your Mother, Father, Brother,
even your dog or cat, You would without hesitating describe their
emotional nature, that's what 'their spirit' always means. And yet,
we talk about God's Spirit, for some reason we do a 'disconnect' from
real meaning of that word, and it becomes this gooey religious word.
Actually when God describes his spirit
in Galatians the sixth chapter he himself describes it in terms that
are only emotional i.e. Love, Joy, Peace, Mildness, Goodness, etc.
This is not to say
that God's spirit is not an active force or power, actually
everyone's spirit is their active or actuating force, your emotions
are what motivate you, in fact,
the word Emotion includes the word motion
Jesus himself illustrated Holy Spirit in a manner that showed it to be
an active force. (John 20:22) But it will always manifest God's
dominant emotional qualities, thus if you truly
spirit you will always manifest his emotional
you have the more miraculous works or not. Those works are always
consistent with his spirit, or dominant emotional nature. It is not
a religious term, it is an emotional term.
So having God's spirit means having
his dominant emotional pattern and acting in harmony with it.
Spirituality in this context is: how you
feel about the way God feels.
(if you regard God as a real person/friend,
this will be a lot easier to grasp. Sometimes we make God so big that
it makes it hard to approach him, make him small, just like Jesus did
when he was with the little children, there, didn't that help?)
So, instead of
saying So-and-So is a "spiritual" person, it is more meaningful,
descriptive, and understandable to say So-and-So is a "Godlike
thinking, acting, and feeling person".
(If you don't mind, I'd like to insert
a little story here:
Many years ago, I met a man
was very old at that time. As it went, we got into a very involved
discussion. As the discussion proceeded he got that look and tone in
voice that old people get when they are about to impart a treasure from
their life to a young person. (that the young person themselves will
understand until they themselves are also old). He leaned forward and
with the 'treasured-thought voice', this: "Holy Spirit is the Mind of
"You're nuts" I thought. It is now, many years later, that I realize he
essentially right. Compare his phrase "Holy Spirit is the
God" with this scripture: 1 Corinthians 2:10-12 "...For who among men
the thoughts of a man except the man's spirit
within him? In the
same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit
...". Notice how Paul seems very comfortable here making a comparison
God's 'thoughts/spirit' and man's 'thoughts/spirit'. Personally I think
Paul is a bit more accurate than my old friend, but it's essentially
same thought. Please note, Paul uses the exact same
terms for 'thoughts'
(or 'things', depending on the Bible you're using) and 'spirit' in his
between God's Spirit and man's spirit.
This understanding of; Holy
Spirit/Spirit/Spiritual/Spirituality, is one of the most important
things I've ever discovered. (I just wrote that
with the 'treasured-thought' look on my face.... I may have been
leaning forward too.)
It seems that all conventional views of the Holy Spirit obscure the
elegantly simple beauty of what it really is.
(noteworthy too, this is the only explanation of the Holy Spirit that
the proper use of the pronoun "He" for the Holy Spirit without the need
a third person.)
If you take the
religious word 'faith' and replace it with the practical
word 'trust', it just makes everything make more sense. For example the
Bible says 'without faith it is impossible to
please God well'. Can you have a good and close relationship with
anyone without trust? It's really just that simple.
Here's a riddle
for you "If only God can create, then who created Sin?".
What is Sin?
Why is Sin bad?
Let's take these three points in
reverse order, starting with 'Why is sin bad?'
Sin, simply stated, is bad because
ultimately it leads to the reduction of quality of life of either the
person doing it or someone else. The effect of sin can be immediate
and/or long-term. The results of a sin are not necessarily evident for
possibly for a long time, as in the case of environmental pollution.
So what is sin?
Everything God has made is perfect. And only God can create.
So how can sin exist? Let's illustrate: A hand can be perfectly
made, and that perfect hand can be rolled up into a perfect fist and
pushed at a perfect speed into someone's perfect nose. And somehow now
it doesn't seem quite so perfect. Sin is: the
improper application or use of things that God has perfectly
made. So sin is not a created thing; it is the word
used to identify when things are used improperly. This may help: Let's
look at the word dirt. Interestingly, there is no such thing as dirt.
Cookie dough in a mixing bowl is not dirt, in your living room carpet
it is. So dirt is the word used to identify granular, or fine material
out of place. Similarly, there is no such thing
as a weed. A weed is just a plant out of place; a corn stalk in a wheat
field is a weed. A blade of wheat in a corn field is a weed. There is
no such "thing" as a sin. A sin is when things are used
Sin is actually
the reciprocal word for holy: holy means uncontaminated
or always used properly. Wholy
or uncontaminated, to make up a mnemonic device. Holy shows all the
signs of being a doublet of the word wholly.
Actually, Holy should not be viewed as
a religious word, but a term of proportion or percentage, the
percentage always being 100%. Thus, instead of
saying God's 'Holy' Spirit, it is more clear and understandable to say
God's '100% perfect' Spirit.
Greed, Envy, Jealousy:
Greed is feeding a desire without
thought of consequences to one's self or others. A lack of appropriate
concern for measure.
To illustrate: Let's put a hamburger on
the table. I eat it. Is that greed? If I'm already full, yes. If
I'm hungry, no. In either case if it's not mine, yes. If I'm
hungry, and it's mine and you come into the room and you are hungry and
I don't share, yes. If you're not hungry, no. Not being greedy is
showing respect for ownership, others, self, timing, etc., etc., seeing
the big picture and acting compassionately and appropriately, thinking
'outside of the bun' as it were.
Envy and Jealously are just simply
greed in it's competitive form. (please see the monograph on this
website ' Everything you need to know about life').
A fact, stated or unstated, of an
immutable truth, the violation of, or compliance with, has unavoidable
consequences for which there are no exceptions. (please see the
monograph on this website 'the truth about God'.)
A deceptively deceptive
concept. Basically it's saying " you have to love and accept
me no matter what I do". It is actually Satan's demand to God.
Unconditional Love does not, and should not exist. It shows no
for the giver, and no responsibility on the part of the receiver.
That doesn't sound like love to me. Think about this scripture,
1 John 4:19.
It says 'as for us, we love, because he first loved us.' So you see,
even our love of God is conditional.
Some would assert that a mother's love for her
new-born is unconditional. The correct term would be "unmeasurable".
Her love for the infant is because it is an infant, and it is hers,
those are the conditions.
When we say 'unconditional love', if we are a truly responsible and
fair person, maybe what we really mean is we
want to receive (or give) unselfish
Like so many things from Satan it sounds good, but on closer
examination it's not so good. Doesn't the Bible say that Satan would
transform himself into an angel of light? (2 Corinthians 11:14)
Money is a physical, (and yet abstract)
representation of Justice.
To illustrate think about this: if someone hired
you to work in their yard, and you worked hard for a whole
day, but they didn't even pay you enough to eat for that day, that
would be unjust. However if you were paid enough to eat three meals and
had a little money left over, that would be fair or just. The proper
use of money in this instance is Justice, the improper use would be
unjust. Also think about this: the term Ransom is not a religious term
but a financial term. Didn't Jesus 'buy back' mankind? Just think about
it a little.
Justice is either the execution of, or
the stating of, moral equations.
Example: If you take my horse and I lose a day's work
as a consequence,
You owe me: a horse, and a day's wage.
An impossible abstract concept, there has never
been any such thing as an individual other than God himself. And God
himself is no longer truly an individual, because he is inextricably
involved in the outcome of his creation.
All persons are dependent on or
influenced by others. For a simple example; the language you speak, you
did not invent it and yet you are totally dependent upon it. The
Self and individuality are ideas promoted by Satan to encourage narrow
thinking, selfishness, and rebellion.
The preserving principle for the
harmony of God's creation (short answer)
The desire or urge to remove that
which threatens or disturbs harmony. (short answer)
Here's the long answer;
This word turned out to be the hardest
word to define of all. But it was well worth the effort.
Love is: The desire
to perpetuate the harmonizing principles of a person, place, or thing.
Consider this; God as a Creator has a
vested and personal interest in the success of the things he has made. He
likes to see his stuff work. The Bible says that
"God is Love". What that really is saying is that God's dominant desire
or emotion is to see things work successfully according to his design.
matters to him that his things work well. Now, if that sounds cold or
clinical just think back on
something that you have made that was beautiful and intricate and you
cared deeply about. It came out well and you 'loved' it. Yes? Is it
to make some sense now?
Now imagine that someone tried to
damage or destroy your beautiful creation. You would become angry
and try to protect your creation. In other words you would try to stop
anyone or anything that would disrupt the perpetuating of the
or preserving principles of your creation. So anger and hatred are the
defensive forms of love, they are not the opposite of love.
would be the opposite of love, surprisingly fear* is also the opposite
of love. Fear means that there is believed or perceived to be a
potential for someone or something to disrupt or destroy the
harmonizing principles of a person, place, or thing. Remember how John
said 'perfect love casts fear aside'? 1 John 4:18. There can be no fear
in love, because love is that which protects and preserves.) This
really changed my view of God's anger and hatred. Frankly, God's anger
always made me question his character a bit, sorry, just being honest
here. But now that I realize that it's the
defensive or protective form of his love (or his desire to prevent
or something from disrupting the perpetuating of the harmonizing
of something he has created) I look at it completely differently now.
So God's Love for us is that he wants
us to be successful, our love for him is that we trust that he wants us
to be successful. It isn't necessarily personal. It
be on principle only. Personal is when it goes up another notch. Hence
'Agape', principled love, is the form of love most commonly used in
the Bible. A personal relationship is just that; personal. It is the
result of direct mutual knowledge of each other. They can be connected
but they are not the same. Please don't let that hurt your feelings.
with God can become personal, but it takes time and effort. But his
principled love is there right from the beginning.
Interestingly, this definition is
also true in it's inverse or negative form. If you love doing wrong
you have a desire to perpetuate the circumstances or conditions of that
wrong, you also would get angry and hate anything that would prevent
the continuation of that wrong thing. So your anger is the defensive
form of your love of that wrong thing.
So, the the one showing love wants to
protect, cultivate, and nurture and the one loved feels protected and
It's kind of a
(We're always told about 'Principled Love" i.e. Agape.
But we're not told what the principle is.
Well, here it is: it's the Desire to see things achieve their highest potential or good..... That's the principle. And now you know......)
*How can one reconcile that statement, 'fear is the opposite of love'
with the Bible's comment, "the fear of God is the beginning of
Simply put, it's true, fear is, or should be, the beginning of Wisdom,
it's not the beginning of love.
Reflect back on your own life, when you were little if you are typical,
you probably had a warm love of God from the time you
first heard about him. It was only later, as you learned how not
thinking (thoughtlessness) or a lack of wisdom, can cause
things to go wrong that you had fear in your view of God. It was then, if
were wise, that you took steps to prevent
your damaging your
relationship with God by developing good thinking abilities (Proverbs
3:19-26, in fact the entire book of Proverbs is devoted to the thought
of developing wisdom, including practical wisdom). So, the fear of
or damaging your relationship with God motivated you to develop wisdom.
The scripture does not say that the fear is
continuous, if proper wisdom is developed
the fear should be non-existent or minimal. Any future thoughts or
actions that would show a lack of wisdom should
generate fear, otherwise it should not be that big of a factor in your
life, it's no different than any other relationship.
Magic is the "something for nothing"
is a basic denying of the foundation law of the universe, namely "cause
and effect", "equal and opposite reaction" also called "parity". It is
expression of pure greed, it is what Satan told Eve; "Eat this fruit
you'll have superpowers". The fruit had "magic" properties. Magic is a
Satanic concept, it stands in direct opposition to the concept of a
of 'cause and effect' and violates the concept of Justice as well, and
totally greed-based. Whenever and wherever you see the promotion of the
principle, Satan is there, at least in spirit.
remember this, it will be very important to
remember this when daemon activity increases dramatically in the last
phases of the End. (please see "Timeline" step Number 9).
Consider too: the first
sin on earth was not
the eating of the fruit, nor was it the lie told by Satan. It
was a magic trick; making a Snake talk. Never forget that
Satan is primarily a Magician. Never forget. (as Yoda would say, "save
you, it can.")
Integrity is often thought of as
strength, and although that is not untrue it is really more akin to the
If you take a piece of fabric and grab
it with both hands and pull as hard as you can, and it comes apart in
just one area, you can rightly conclude that the strength of that
fabric is not uniform, As one
part stayed together, and the other part gave way. Or you could say
that the strength of the cloth was not integrated
If a piece of cloth has been woven with
thread that does not vary in physical properties, and it has been woven
with uniform or
consistent tension in it's entirety, if pulled on in the same manner as
previously mentioned piece of fabric, it will either not tear, or it
tend to fail throughout at pretty much the same time, as it's strength
been integrated uniformly in all
parts of the fabric.
Similarly, a person may have great
moral strength in one area. For example, they might be flawless in the
area of money: they
would never consider stealing or not repaying a debt. But in another
perhaps lying or anger they might have great weakness. So you could
say that they have great moral strength in one area, but that they are
equally strong in all areas. Or put another way, their moral strength
not been uniformly or consistently integrated throughout or woven
into their whole personality. Thus they are not
morally integrated, hence, they
lack moral integrity. It doesn't
mean they lack moral strength, it just means that their moral strength
is not equal in all areas. When
a person has developed equal moral strength in all facets of their
personality you can say that they are a person that is "morally
integrated", or they have moral integrity.
When Jesus told his disciples at the
end of his ministry "I have conquered the World" (John 16:33, compare
with Hebrews 5:8). He
was saying that he could now deal with anything this world could throw
him, and know exactly the right way to react, and was confident that he
would do so. Because he was fully 'morally integrated'. Not to imply
there was ever any moral flaw. To illustrate: a person can have a
physique, but not be an accomplished acrobat. With training and effort
could become a great acrobat. This does not imply that at any stage in
development there was any physical flaw, but starting with a perfect
they worked and acquired a new skill, namely acrobatics.
Why do you
he sweated blood in the Garden of Gethsemane? He was seeing and
the very core of his being, he was seeing a part of himself
is not by any means on the surface.
His Father was allowing him to see
part of himself that, apart from times of great stress, is not normally
to one's self. And once he saw his moral core he
went on to demonstrate
perfect moral integrity. I had
often wondered why his Father
let him get to that point. And this seems to be the reason why.
For all Christians, including the
Master, "Drinking this Cup" involves "moral integrity", and testing to
our very core. (Matt 20:22)
occasions do not make heroes or cowards; they simply unveil them to the
eyes of men. Silently and imperceptibly, as we wake or sleep, we grow
strong or weak; and at last some crisis shows what we have become.
- Brook Foss Westcott
Whenever anything is given a value greater than it's true intrinsic worth/nature, that's idolatry. Whether it be a person, place, thing, pet phrase, team, group, religion, beverage, allegiance, etc. etc.
When the emotional relationship/significance
that a person imputes or imbues to something exceeds it's true nature,
it is a finespun inveigling of our old friend "Greed". It is not speaking 'the truth in your Heart'. (Ps 15:2)
Whenever anything is given a value or significance greater than it's true intrinsic worth/nature, that's idolatry.
Really think this one over a time or two, there is much more to this than appears at first glance.