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Sunday series: 06/19/2011 (#142)

Heilige Dreifaltigkeit (The Holy Trinity) by Andrej Rublëv c.1400Where: Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church at 10am

Bible reading:

“6 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. 17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. 21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (2 Corinthians 5:16-21 KJV)

Comments then:

  1. Trinity Sunday
  2. have been feeling disconnected all day; once again what a sham.
  3. Paul’s [second] letter to the Corinthians — Ministry of Reconciliation [2 Corinthians 5:16-21]
  4. Shallow of Belief — Spirituality vs Religion
  5. Religion — Latin for “to being” (religio)

Comments now:

  1. The following is the definition of Trinity Sunday as per Wikipedia.

    “Trinity Sunday is the first Sunday after Pentecost in the Western Christian liturgical calendar, and the Sunday of Pentecost in Eastern Christianity. Trinity Sunday celebrates the Christian doctrine of the Trinity, the three Persons of God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”

  2. The following is the etymological definition of religion.

    religion (n.)
    c.1200, ‘state of life bound by monastic vows,’ also ‘conduct indicating a belief in a divine power,’ from Anglo-French religiun (11c.), Old French religion ‘piety, devotion; religious community,’ and directly from Latin religionem (nominative religio) ‘respect for what is sacred, reverence for the gods; conscientiousness, sense of right, moral obligation; fear of the gods; divine service, religious observance; a religion, a faith, a mode of worship, cult; sanctity, holiness,’ in Late Latin ‘monastic life’ (5c.).
    According to Cicero derived from relegere ‘go through again’ (in reading or in thought), from re- ‘again’ (see re-) + legere ‘read’ (see lecture (n.)). However, popular etymology among the later ancients (Servius, Lactantius, Augustine) and the interpretation of many modern writers connects it with religare ‘to bind fast’ (see rely), via notion of ‘place an obligation on,’ or ‘bond between humans and gods.’ In that case, the re- would be intensive. Another possible origin is religiens ‘careful,’ opposite of negligens. In English, meaning ‘particular system of faith’ is recorded from c.1300; sense of ‘recognition of and allegiance in manner of life (perceived as justly due) to a higher, unseen power or powers’ is from 1530s.

    To hold, therefore, that there is no difference in matters of religion between forms that are unlike each other, and even contrary to each other, most clearly leads in the end to the rejection of all religion in both theory and practice. And this is the same thing as atheism, however it may differ from it in name. [Pope Leo XIII, Immortale Dei, 1885]”


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