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The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief

July 19, 2020, Note from Mary: I listened to this broadcast in my car today (CBC Radio: Tapestry) and felt the content was so powerful that I wanted to share it with any who might be questioning whether there is "a God".  This is about faith and science, and has nothing to do with being gay and Christian.

Dr. Francis Collins is one of American's leading scientists. A physician and geneticist, he led the Human Genome project to identify and map human DNA. 

He has been the director of the National Institutes of Health since 2009, making him the longest-serving director in the institute's history. Collins and his team are currently hard at work trying to develop a vaccine for COVID-19.
Dr Francis Collins

Dr. Francis Collins is the 2020 Templeton prize winner.  Former winners include Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. This talk is based on his book, The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief

Please go to the CBC Radio website.   The full audio episode is 54 minutes long.

There is also an hour and a half long video on the same page.

 

 

Bible Study Resources

"Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved." Romans 10:13

A - Admit that you're a sinner in need of God.
B - Believe that Jesus died and rose again for your sins.
C - Confess Jesus as Lord of your life.

Read Rev Bob Ellis' Article How To Get Saved

Discover How To Be Saved Today!

See also God's Plan of Salvation


Bible.com

Excellent resource site with downloadable free Bible app for phone or tablet.  Read or listen to the Bible in the version that speaks best to you.  Watch excellent videos.  They also have a Bible App for Kids featuring 41 animated, interactive Bible stories.


Bible.org

Huge Resource site - Study by Book, Topic, Verse or Author - Lumina Bible Study Tool, Download a NET Bible for iPad, Kindle or iPhone


BibleGateway

Another HUGE resource, Bible Gateway is a searchable online Bible in more than 200 versions and 70 languages that you can freely read, research, and reference anywhere. With a library of audio Bibles, a mobile app, devotionals, email newsletters, and other free resources, Bible Gateway equips you not only to read the Bible, but to understand it.  Highly recommended!


Search For A Word Or Passage In The Bible


Bible Study Free Downloads

Bible Studies from Gay Christian 101 - If you want to know for sure you are saved and start growing as a Christian, download these free Bible Studies in order and complete them from beginning to end. Believing and studying the Bible will change your life!


Ancient Hebrew Research Center

Ancient Hebrew Research Center - It is essential for Christians to understand the Bible in light of Ancient Hebrew Thought and Culture. This website is excellent, and I highly recommend it for anyone who is serious about understanding the Bible.


Comparison of Major Religions

Connecting with the Divine - A basic primer comparison of the major religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, and New Age beliefs. How uniquely each one views God...


How To Know God

How To Know God main website
Knowing God Personally - How you can begin a personal relationship with God
Beyond Blind Faith - What makes Jesus so unique? A summary of Jesus' life
Does God Answer Our Prayers? - What does it take for God to answer prayers?
Jesus and Islam - Six questions that followers of Islam often ask about Jesus
Who Was Jesus? - A quick look at the life of Jesus Christ, from the Bible
Free Bible Study By Email - The Gospel of John - A new lesson every few days


How To Pray Using "The Lord's Prayer" Format

Say hello, acknowledge God's authority, ask what we want, repent our wrong-doings, let go of our negative feelings, and ask that we see only the good things on our journey. Amen. (Luke 11:2-5)


Online Translations of the Bible

Online Translations of the Bible - This is the most complete list of Online Translations that I've found. It includes the Complete Jewish Bible, The Bible in Basic English, The Amplified Bible, Young's Literal Translation, Geneva Bible, Latin Vulgate as well as all the others you're familiar with.


Bible Yellow Pages

Bible Yellow Pages - Let your fingers do the walking thru the Bible

"Where to Look" when - Afraid, Anxious, Backsliding, Bereaved, Bitter-Critical, Conscious of Sin, Defeated, Depressed, Disaster Threatens, Discouraged, etc

"Christian Virtues & Character" - Abundant life, Citizenship, Cleanliness, Consecration, Contentment, Courage, Diligence, Duty, Endurance, Faith, etc

"Teaching About Life's Problems" - Adultery, Adversity, Anger, Anxiety, Conceit, Covetousness, Crime, Death, Depravity, Divorce, Doubt, etc.


Bible Look-Up - Several Versions

Click Here to do a Word Search, a Passage Lookup, or find Topical Verses based on keywords like love, anger, peace.

We gays have been so abused by the masses using Scripture against us, that many of us are afraid of God's Holy Word. The Bible is NOT our accuser. It is people who, in the spirit of wanting to obey God, have erroneously persecuted us. Let us make that distinction first, and then delve headlong into studying the Bible with all integrity and passion to find its TRUTH.

I must preface this Bible Look-Up with some critical information about the things that you may find using this search tool.

It may appear that God condemns homosexuals. When you read something that conveys this impression, jump right to the Christianity & Homosexuality pages or the page on the Clobber Verses for explanations of how these verses have been misinterpreted.

Be very clear that God DOES condemn homosexual (AND heterosexual) sex when it involves ritual impurity (idolatry), power or rape. However, the concept of orientation was only recognized about a hundred years ago, so the authors of Scripture could not have been referring to sex between people in a loving, monogamous relationship.


The Miracles of Jesus

A list of the amazing miracles Jesus performed while he walked among us demonstrating his power over sickness, spiritual forces, nature, and even death itself.


Digital Bible - King James Version

- compiled by Danny Reynolds

- includes extras such as the Apocrypha, Gems of the Bible, Plants of the Bible, Animals of the Bible, The Wars of the Jews by Josephus.

I asked Danny why he did it.  He says:

It took me almost a year to complete. There are several reasons for doing it; the first is completely selfish, as my eyes fade with age, I know a time will come when I will need a Bible I can read, hence the large fonts and parchment background for less eyestrain than plain white. 
 
I also wanted it to feel (as much as humanly possible) like an old family Bible passed from an older generation for the sake of nostalgia, hence the use of a few traditional paintings by artists like DaVinci, Michaelangelo, Degas, etc. as well as sprinkling the chapter headings with the Anglican font for the first letter of each book of the Bible, in color, as you would have seen in a nice family bible 100 years ago.
 
I added the historical books of the Apocrypha and "Wars Of The Jews" because I sort of like history, and while neither is considered inspired or sacred text, they are useful in knowing the contextual and historical settings which they vividly describe.
 
I added the Plants, Animals, and Gems sections because, like most readers, I always skipped past the mention of a plant, animal, or gem I did not recognize and came to think maybe knowing a little about those would give more weight to the significance of their mention in Holy Scripture. In researching those, I learned a lot that I didn't know before, and thus the relevant scripture has a deeper meaning to me.
 
I added the glossary and footnotes as a way to further explain things when curiosity strikes, but they don't distract you from simply reading the scripture from point A to point B.
Finally, I added the mini-concordance as a quick topical reference, knowing it isn't going to help someone doing deep topical research, but for a quick guide, it might help.
 
I created a quick rainbow fish logo from a copy-paste screenshot of the rainbow fish on the opening of the Christian Gays website. I only referred to it as "CG" so that anyone looking over your shoulder wouldn't have a clue, but users of CG will instantly recognize the rainbow fish. That is so that if anyone who uses the CG King James Bible and is in the closet can feel comfortable knowing whence it came; from God, and CG.
 
If you look in the Glossary under Eunuch, Homosexual, Homosexuality, and Onan you will find a reasonable and historically accurate list of the Clobber Passages, and why they are wrong. There is a link to The TREVOR PROJECT as well.
 
So far, two churches have asked for (and received) a customized copy, with their own church logo.  Anybody can add or edit the glossary, footnotes, etc in their own copy, but the initial copy they ALL get is the exact same one you see.
 
All of the text and images in the KJV HTML bible are public domain or created by myself, so you may copy, edit, and distribute to your heart's content:; there is NO copyright on it. I do ask that nobody sells it, although I cannot and won't stop you from doing so.
 
For the future:  The existing KJV HTML Bible is what I customize to each person/group I give it to. I am awaiting permission from Harper / Collins and Thomas Nelson publishers to transcribe the NEW KING JAMES BIBLE, using the same basic structure, footnotes, etc. The primary difference will be an end product which is more user friendly, and with a few tweaks on some of the graphics to give it a more grand style (like every Book and Chapter heading will be in the gold Anglican font), and jumping from a specific text to the exact footnote, and back again will be a single click, rather than multiple clicks.
 
If Harper / Collins grants me permission or offers me an affordable limited license, I will be very happy, so please keep that in your prayers. I have already begun that project (which should take about 2 years to complete) because the publishers require it. If / when it is complete, it will probably be available as a free or low-cost download from the publishers. The NKJV is more accurate than the KJV, but maintains most of the eloquence of the KJV.

Bible Translation Errors - The Long Version

This is the original longer version.
If you wish to read the shorter version, which is suitable for publication, and is actually quite different than this version, please Click Here.


On May 5, 2001, when Pope John Paul II begged God's forgiveness for sins committed by Roman Catholics against Jews, heretics and women, he acknowledged that the "Church" has been wrong in the past. It also took the Catholic Church 359 years to admit that they were wrong when they accused Galileo of heresy, condemning him to death, unless he recanted that the earth rotates around the sun. It was considered heresy to challenge the belief that the Earth was the centre of the universe. (Read Galileo's Story.)

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Bible Translation Errors - The Short Version

If you wish to read the longer, original version, please Click Here.

Note from Mary:  There are now over 400 English Versions of the Bible!


"Proud as a peacock" - The phrase comes from the glorious fan-shaped, multi-coloured (not quite rainbow-coloured) plumage of the male peafowl when he is courting his mate.

Thus, just as the peacock, someone who is "proud as a peacock" is similarly "strutting his or her stuff".

As gays and lesbians, for years we have hidden our "tail feathers" in closets, hidden the beauty of God's creation in us, afraid to "strut our stuff" because "the church" said that we were an abomination to God. That mindset infiltrated society in general, and many of us adopted that belief for ourselves.

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Bible Translation Timeline

Note from Mary:  There are now over 400 English Versions!

taken (with permission) from WWW.GREATSITE.COM

1400 BC: The first written Word of God: The Ten Commandments delivered
to Moses.

500 BC: Completion of All Original Hebrew Manuscripts which make up
The 39 Books of the Old Testament.

200 BC: Completion of the Septuagint Greek Manuscripts which contain
The 39 Old Testament Books AND 14 Apocrypha Books.

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