The Grand Ellipses

I listen patiently when I am waiting for reality to respond. I act impulsively when I have no idea what's going on . . .

"The Grand Ellipses … “? I love that moment when i’m thinking about something, or listening to something and i have that … moment. It’s that pause before you have your realization of clarity. So, i thought that would be a good name for this, to refer to that grand moment when we let our mind settle, let the questions and turbulence stir a bit and allow free thought to reign.

Verse of the day . . .

2 Timothy 1:13-14 What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.

Rather frequently, I go to BibleGateway (either the app, or .com) and check out the verse of the day. It's really interesting to go to on a regular basis. First of all, whether Christian or otherwise, it gives you your daily fill of biblical mess. Second of all, it gives you a very selective view of biblical mess. You always get these bland, feel good verses that really have nothing to do with anything. Of Paul's letter to Timothy . . . pick a teaching; pick a sound one.

What if this were your daily bit?

Genesis 5:3-5 When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth. After Seth was born, Adam lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, Adam lived a total of 930 years, and then he died.

If we are to read that, to really read that, we have understand that it is mythology. WE MUST! Adam lived 930 years according to biblical text. The apologist or theologian or divinity scholar may say that it must be taken in historical context or known as allegory or . . . whatever. Who in history ever lived to be 930 years old? Adam? Well, according to Genesis, Methuselah lived to be 969 . . . and then he died. These stories are so wonderfully written! I think that is what I will have on my gravestone. "Stickney lived to be 274 years, and then he died." Simple, to the point. If I write an elaborately constructed story about a past life or so, no one can argue that math!

You know what . . . screw this age business. What if this were the "verse of the day"?

Exodus 17:16 He said, “Because hands were lifted up against the throne of the Lord, the Lord will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation.”

No Christian site will EVER show those, or a thousand worse ones, as the "verse of the day" . . . .

The picture on this is a condom in the alley outside my home, just because it is more pleasant than much of the bible.