[Terry: You know, I just picked the Intro, the latest post and whatever was interesting. How did I know I would end up portraying this man as such a … as so interested in the wonders of the human body? Ed’s a very interesting guy and, despite the fact that he’s a Libertarian, well worth reading. And I’m writing this DESPITE the fact that I just had to get 14 Rabies shots and the whole thing is shot through with “Rabid/Rabyd” puns.He must be good.]
A blog dedicated to the thoughts, opinions, ideas and random madness of Edward W. Raby, Sr. – Pastor, Theologian, Philosopher, Writer, Bodybuilder and Football Fan. “Yes, the dog is foaming at the mouth. Don’t worry, He just had pint of beer and is trying to scare you.” This is a Theology Pub so drink your theology responsibly or have a designated driver to get you home as theology can be as intoxicating as alcohol.
Pastor of Hersey Congregational Church in Hersey. Michigan since September of 2008. I dabble at being a writer and have one published letter in a magazine to my credit. I am the Vice President of the School Board for the Reed City Area Public Schools.
Graduate of Reed City High School – Class of 1987
I was an Assemblies of God Minister from 1999 till 2007 (2 years licenced, five years ordained). I pastored two churches Church of the Rock (Greenville, Michigan) and World Harvest Assembly of God (Perry, Michigan) Before pastoring I was an Associate Pastor of Christian Education at Harvest Assembly of God (Reed City, Michigan).
Christian Conservative Libertarian
The real problem with the old testament history in regards to harlotry is that it is not mentioned that much but it is generally assumed at certain times when dealing with temple prostitution in regards to fertility cults and pagan worship. The real issue is that the Biblical history does not deal at all with the ‘working girl’ who is engaged in prostitution simply to make money. It would be assumed that adultery rules would kick in but it is interesting that the fornication issue which would lead to a woman becoming the wife of someone who has sex with her is not always applied.
Further complicating this issue is simply the fact that virginity in women is mention valued and expected but literally nothing is said about virginity in men. One girl bemoans her virginity in Judges which complicates the issue of whether virginity is valued but only if a woman is about to be married, but if marriage is no longer possible for other reasons virginity seems to be a burden rather than a blessing.
The issue is that there a sense of girls watching their virginity closely but men not so much. There really seems to be in the law and the history of the Old Testament no moral standard for fidelity for men. The opposite is true for women who are valued far more if they are virgins on their wedding day than not. If not the consequences in this culture could be quite severe for women, but for guys – ‘hey, you didn’t get caught’ is all that seems to be implied.
There really is no advice on how to handle this subject until we get to the wisdom of Solomon.
Next: The Strange Woman and Solomon
You know the greatest first obstacle in talking about naked meditation is not the naked part – it is the meditation part. You wouldn’t believe the number of Christians that believe that meditation is still a purely an eastern religious practice. Meditation is actually one of those things that seems to span all religious movements regardless of what is believed. All meditation practice basically centers on one idea — you must quiet and empty your mind, heart and spirit and just be. Meditation is about focus of the person to set everything aside and dwell on…well that greatly depends on the religious belief at that point. Most practitioners of Christian meditation would say that the purpose is to empty the mind in order to fill it either by revelation from God either by listening to what He might have to say or by meditation on a Bible verse or passage to better understand its spiritual meaning. Some believe that meditation can be used to see visions from God and help understand dreams.
In my opinion there are two basic types of meditation – formal and informal.
- Seven Months of ‘All Things Rabyd’ (edraby.wordpress.com)
- Rabyd Opinion – ‘Preach the Word!’ – What Does That Mean Anyway? (edraby.wordpress.com)
- The Rabyd Theologian at the Crossroads (edraby.wordpress.com)