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Wow has it been a long time. 3 years since my last post. Life sure has changed since then. I sure have changed since then. Looking back over the past 3 years there is too much to put into one post. And frankly, I am more focused on looking ahead anyways.

This journal has always been of a more personal nature than my other blogs or social networks and I would like to keep it that way. Part of the reason why I stopped posting is because of my quest to build a thriving development company. And while my thoughts can sometimes be dark, they are more often positive, by choice. I have recently been watching Tony Robbins new show, Breakthrough on NBC, and it is quite inspiring. On the outside I am always upbeat and positive but in truth, I get really down sometimes. My life is like a constant roller coaster, up-down-up-down. I know I am not unique in this but for someone that keeps their eye on the prize, that knows the methods of changing the way we think, that has the experience of dozens of lifetimes if not more, and the technical skills and business know-how to even trump Bill Gates, you would think I would have built Idea Sponge, (my newest endeavor), into a thriving tech company by now. But no. It is still struggling. My problem is not lack of knowledge, it is attitude.

Well one thing for certain that can be said about me, is that I am absolutely determined to see this thing through even if it takes me 30 years. My dreams and visions will be realized no matter how far-our they may be. I just wish I wasn't doing this alone. I would give my right arm for a partner. I thrive 10-fold when I do things as a team, and a dwindle when I do them alone.

I know that sounds like an excuse, perhaps it is. I do know that even if someone else is in the room with me, it gets me jazzed up. I work harder, faster, and smarter. I think that is what I need to focus on now is getting a partner to help get things moving faster. Time is wasting and I'm not getting any younger!

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Just a little note to introduce yall to my new blog site.  you can reach it at http://blog.theuglyflashsite.com.  This site will mostly be about technical related topics, such as my previous post here.  The cool thing about my new blog is that it is actually powered by Blogger.  Blogger lets me post my blog from their very easy to use interface, and it publishes it right to my website.  And if you read the previous post about MS Groove, you will find that I posted that blog using the new Blog functionality in MS Word 2007.  Isn't technology cool?


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Microsoft Groove 2007



Friday, May 18, 2007



4:21 PM



 



This blog is about one of the coolest
applications to come out of Microsoft to date. 
It is called Groove and here is what it is. 



 



Groove lets you setup secure work
environments called Workspaces.  Once you
create a Workspace you can invite anyone into it.  They will of course need to have Groove
installed.  Groove can generate the email
with links to download a free trial version of Groove for you to send to
others.  Or if you have someone already in
your contact list you just choose their name from a dropdown and they instantly
get an Invite notification.  Now for the
fun part.



 



Let's talk more about these Workspaces and
what they can do.  A Standard Workspace
is the coolest I have seen so far.  It
starts off with a Files tool which allows you to add files for sharing.  The files sync to the other users and they
are able to view them.  The person
creating the Workspace is set to Manager by default but you can make others the
Manager if you like.  There are 3 roles,
Manager, Participant, and Guest.  A
Participant can add tools and make basic changes where as a Guest can only
view.    Below is a list of Tools that
can be added and a couple of example of their uses.



·        
Calendar



o    Pretty self explanatory.  This lets you setup appointments that others
can see.  Great for scheduling team or
board meetings.



·        
Discussions



o    Kind of like a Forum.  You can Add Topics and then Reponses.



·        
Files



o    For sharing multiple files and Folders across
the workspace



·        
Forms



o    This one is really cool.  You can create forms using a fairly intuitive
editor and then publish them across the Workspace.  Once that is done users can view and form and
fill it out.  All information gets stored
and is viewable by a "View" which you also create.  This is great for a team that needs to
collect TPS reports…I mean progress reports or any type of data
collection.  You could even make Team
Blog using the Forms tool.



·        
InfoPath
Forms



o    Basically the same as the regular Forms Tool but
allows you to import forms designed in InfoPath



·        
Issue
Tracking



o    Self explanatory.  Lets you setup different issues.  It is fairly comprehensive as you can define
status levels, categories, priority lists and even attach Files to topics.



·        
Meetings



o    This allows you to have some of the functionality
of the different tools on a per meeting basis. 
You can assign action items, agendas, and a discussion forum and log
meeting minutes



·        
Notepad



o    Just a place to jot down notes



·        
Pictures



o    Displays and shares images and digital
photo's.  This would come in handy for a
development team that is reviewing concept sketches or maybe a real estate
agency that can list different images for the project



·        
SharePoint
Files



o    This synchronizes files with a SharePoint
document library or folder. 



·        
Sketchpad



o    Self explanatory.  You can draw and share visual ideas using a
basic graphic editor that used vector based graphics.



·        
Chess
Game



o    Yes it even has a Chess game.  Now there are no rule so it is not turn based
but is a nice if you need to break from the brainstorm and clear the head for a
moment.



 



Now
you can also create a strictly File sharing Workspace that is very much like
Windows Explorer but the files are synchronized across the members of the
Workspace.



 



You
can also save a Standard Workspace as a template so that you can create new
Workspaces that are already populated with the necessary tools



 



All
in all Microsoft Groove is awesome and has a lot of potential for many
different uses.  Now only if there was a
way to access the data stored by a 3rd Party application or web server, that
would be the bomb!



 



 



For
more info and screenshot visit the Microsoft Groove 2007 website



http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/groove



 



BTW
this blog was written in MS OneNote 2007, which rocks as well, and then posted
using the Blog functionality of Word 2007 directly to my Blogger account.  How cool is that?



 





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Hello. First let me explain LAMP just in case some may not have heard that term yet. LAMP stands for Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP/PERL. Four separate applications that work together to form a very user friendly and developer friendly environment. So if you are a LAMP developer, or even have experience in working with PHP and MySQL period regardless of OS or web server, then this post is for you. Now for the goods.

Some may know me, some may not. My name is Glenn Barres and I have been in web development for over 9 years now. I started off making little advertisement websites for my mentor, Chris Toughill, when I was 19. I have always had an immense interest in computers, namely video games, for as long as I can remember. I got into computers because I wanted to make my own video games. Much has changed since that initial desire, but the desire has not. I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work in a wide area of environments including web hosting, application development, application service providers, ISP's, telco, (a telephone company), marketing, and media creation. All of these within a Windows and *NIX based platforms. I personally have designed from scratch helpdesk systems, point of sale interfaces, hosting management systems, numerous personal and professional websites, billing systems, call detail systems(that was a tricky one), Meta search engines, and Multiple Level Marketing platforms, (not pyramid schemes). There are probably others that are just escaping me at this time. This is my general professional background. Now my main interests are in Neuro-science (the science of the mind/brain), user friendliness, entertainment, and non invasive marketing. What this means is that I have a desire to create applications that are fun, easy to use, immensely popular, (via word of mouth and non annoying advertisement), and help promote elevated levels of thinking. To put it simply, I am an idea guy. Ideas flow through me like water over the Niagara Falls. It is impossible for me to look at something in life and not get an idea on how to make it better. So one day I decided to take all I know and turn it into a profitable venture called Mediawake. This being said, I will get to my point.

My company, Mediawake LLC, is in need of developers and other like-minded individuals as myself. If your interests are close to mine then you have a very good chance in being part of this company. If they are not, you still have a chance so keep reading, we do after all like diversity, it keeps the juices flowing. Mediawake is about a year old and up till now has focused on the development of other people's ideas. At this time we are refocusing on our own ideas. I have come to realize though that I cannot do it all myself. Hence, the reason for this post. I am looking for people to fit the needs and growth of this exciting new company. Below you will find a list of the most desired positions with the most important first.

Programmer, (PHP, MySQL a must, working Linux knowledge a plus)
Database Admins, (MySQL in a Linux environment)
Systems Administrator (Strong working Linux knowledge a must with a background in security and optimization being a plus)
Marketing Enthusiasts (great a finding niche markets that we can plug into)
Brain stormers (people persons a plus. Finding out what makes people tick and being able to help solve their collective needs)

As our company grows other positions will become available. I do not require any schooling but you must be able to demonstrate your skill sets.

Send all applications, resumes, stories, or whatever else you think may get your foot in the door to work@mediawake.net What I am looking for is a partner, not an employee. If you feel up to this then do not hesitate.

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One thing I think of often is why do people oppose the existence of the Christian God? I too have denied Him and at times hated Him. I remember as a kid that I hated life so much that my aim was to anger God so much that he would just strike me dead. It never happened. So this led me to doubt if He really was real. For many years I was like many others, trying to point out the flaws in the Bible and the Christian system. As you can probably tell in the writing of this text things have changed a lot since then.

Lets look at Science. Many people turn to the science of old to "prove" the falsity in the Bible and the teaching of Jesus. What is very ironic is that science is now coming around to be one of the major supporters of the writing of the Old testament and the New. Lets take the Big Bang for example. People often say that we are here because of happen stance and pure coincidence. Why does the existence of Nature and all of it's laws, have to be "proof" of the lack of a God? I have found in time that the less people know of the Bible, the stronger they argue how fake it is. Does that make any sense to you? If I were to sit down at a conference with a bunch of Paleontologists and argue the existence of Dinosaurs, they would laugh me out of the room and no one would take me seriously. Yet someone that has only heard in passing a phrase or two of the Bible is all of a sudden an expert in the matters of Life and how we came to be, and people actually believe them. A good example would be when I was about 18 years old, I was talking with a friend of mine about the bible and another individual came up to me and said, How can you know what a man over a million years old said is true.(not an exact quote). I asked him who he was talking about and he said Jesus. Even if Jesus was not the son of God, nearly everyone knows he is not a million years old, yet his disbelief in God was based on this misunderstanding.

Now lets, for arguments sake, remove every mention of a Creator and moral obligation from the Bible. Lets look at the rest. The Bible has given man instructions on how to conduct a peaceful and happy life filled with riches and comfort. The Bible talks about why it is important to not be lazy, "Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth" Proverbs 10:4. The Bible mentions that God created man in His own image from the clay of the earth. Science has shown today that we are composed of the basic elements of the earth. hmm.

I could write so much more on this subject but others already have and know much much more than I. In my opinion one of the major reasons why people deny the existence of God and the validity of the Bible is that in believing the bible and it's teachings, one is forced to recognize that they are in error. That their life is a life of selfish desire and ego. No one likes to be wrong, even I am not very fond of it. But the bible says that the flesh is weak and we are all sinners. So that is why people fight the Truth, they don't want to be wrong nor face the error in their ways. Every day people make excuses for the mistakes they make on a large scale and a small. How many times have you tried to explain your way out of trouble? I know I have many many times in my past and still catch myself doing it today. The only difference is that now stop myself when I notice I am doing it. It is human nature to seek out knowledge. We are learning machines. One of my favorite published journals to read is Scientific American and Scientific American Mind. Two very awesome magazines. Nearly every issues I read confirms more and more my own beliefs in Christ and Absolute Truth. I belief without a doubt that there is a God and I do my best to follow in the teachings of the Bible, yet I am always looking for more proof, more understanding. It s those that stop seeking and take the information represented to them for granted that end up staring at the scarred walls of the dead end they have traveled down.

Some may read this and think it is just more Dogma. I challenge you to not just take my word for it, go out and seek for yourself.

Below are a couple of interesting links I found while writing this entry.
Law of Relativity
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2002/08/07/1028157961167.html
http://home.iae.nl/users/lightnet/paramahamsa/lawrelativity.htm

A good example of how ignorance can be taken so literal and how people will believe in anything even with little or skewed evidence.
http://www.lhup.edu/~dsimanek/fe-scidi.htm


And last I would like to make one more challenge to my readers. Take the Book of Proverbs from the Old testament. Read 1 Chapter a day. At the end of come back and tell me if you learned anything and what you learned. Even if you have read it before, read it again.

For those that do not have access to a Bible
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?book_id=24&chapter=1&version=50

And remember, above all else, always seek Truth, in the darkness and in the light.

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Dan Brown's phenomenal best-seller The Da Vinci Code attacks the essence of Christianity by attacking the deity of Christ. Constantine, the fourth-century Roman Emperor, used the Council of Nicaea to "promote" Jesus from mortal to deity, Brown asserts. To certify this promotion of Jesus, Constantine further "invented" a new Bible by imperial financing that excluded other gospels by the power of the Roman Emperor.

In The Da Vinci Code, Sir Leigh Teabing makes the following historically inaccurate claims about the New Testament:
-More than 80 gospels vied for inclusion in the New Testament.
-The pagan Constantine collated the documents included in the New Testament.
-Constantine financed an official Bible that highlighted Gospels that depicted the deity of Jesus and excluded earlier gospels that emphasized the human nature of Jesus.
-Historians discovered these excluded gospels in the documents of the Nag Hammadi scrolls.

Dan Brown raises the following issues regarding the origin of the new Testament: What are the Nag Hammadi documents? Were gospels dated earlier than the four New Testament Gospels excluded from the Bible because of a political agenda? Did an official or council decide the contents of the New Testament?

What are the Nag Hammadi documents?
In December 1945, an Egyptian peasant named Muhammad Ali discovered the documents known as the Nag Hammadi Scrolls. Nag Hammadi, the site of the discovery, is a village located on the Upper Nile River. Ali discovered late fourth century Coptic (late Egyptian) translations of writing produced in the period 150-250 A.D. A sect called the Gnostics produced the Nag Hammadi documents.

The word "Gnostic" derives from the Greek word for knowledge (gnosis). Gnostics claimed to possess secret knowledge that led to salvation. The knowledge of salvation consisted of the teaching that true Gnostics possessed a divine spark within them. Gnostics denied the incarnation, death, atonement, and literal resurrection of Jesus. Since the Gnostic Jesus is not incarnate, he actually is less human than the Jesus of the biblical Gospels. these gospels do not portray an alternate Christianity, as Brown and others charge, but a religious approach opposed to Christianity.

Were gospels dated earlier than the four New Testament Gospels excluded form the Bible because of a political agenda?
Again, with this accusation Brown commits a grievous historical error. Brown claims that 80 gospels vied for inclusion in the church's Bible; Constantine narrowed the list to four. Even the radical Jesus Seminar recognizes that Brown skews the number of gospels. None of these "alternative" gospels dates earlier than the biblical Gospels.

The Christian church recognized early the special, unique status of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John as inspired accounts of the person and ministry of Jesus. In I Timothy 5:18 the Apostle Paul quoted Luke 10:7 as Scripture. In the context, Paul attributed the status of Scripture (graphe in Greek - literally "the Writing") to Luke and Deuteronomy. During Paul's lifetime, then, the third Gospel existed in written form and the church regarded Luke as equivalent in status with Deuteronomy.

Further, Justin Martyr, a mid-second century teacher in Rome, claimed that the church read the "memoirs of the apostles" or the prophets in worship. Justin placed the memoirs of the apostles (the New Testament's four Gospels) on equal status as Old Testament prophecy. Irenaeus (c. 180 A.D.) argued for the necessity of four and only four Gospels based on the pattern of creation: four compass points, four winds, and four Gospels. Prior to the conclusion of the second century, key church leaders from wide geographical locations affirmed four Gospels as the recognized, inspired books about Jesus.

Constantine did not exclude legitimate gospels; he followed the centuries old practice of the churches. After a period of lengthy persecution, the emperor did commission Eusebius of Caesarea (the famed church historian) to produce fifty copies of the Bible. Yet, it is important to remember that the Nag Hammadi gospels, written between 150-250 A.D. never contended for the honored position of Scripture.

Did an official or council decide the contents of the New Testament?
No individual or group made a decision regarding the contents of the New Testament. The church recognized the canon (the English translation of Hebrew and Greek words meaning "a rule" or "measuring rod") of Scripture as inspired by God rather than creating the canon.

The early church, however, identified criteria important for the acceptance of a book as canonical.

Did the book have a legitimate connection with an apostle?
No apostle wrote any of the Gnostic gospels.

Did the book enjoy widespread acceptance by Christians from diverse geographical locations?
The Gnostic documents experienced limited circulation.

Did the teachings of the book correlate with the truth?
The early church recognized that the Gnostic gospels did not contain good news.

Did the book edify?
By reading the Gnostic gospels, one easily discerns they do not edify as the canonical Gospels.

The new Testament is historically accurate. Dan Brown advocates alternate ahistorical or unhistorical "gospels." The New Testament enjoys vast archaeological support; Brown's alternative "gospels" lack any archaeological support for their content. The preservation of the new Testament is remarkable in terms of number of manuscripts and geographical distribution; Brown's alternate "gospels" were preserved in limited copies and had limited geographical distribution. The New Testament Gospels were written within a generation of the historical life of Jesus; Brown's alternate "gospels" were written more than a century after the historical Jesus. Modern disciples can have confidence in the New Testament.

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Tom Hanks stars in new file undermining tenants of Christianity
by Mark Rathel - special to Florida Baptist Witness

In 2005, Time magazine named Dan Brown one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Dan Brown has risen from college professor of English at Amherst College to an international personality because of a series of best-selling books. Brown's suspense-filled and controversial The Da Vinci Code has been on The Publisher's Weekly list for best-selling fictional works since the release of the book three years ago.

On May 19, Sony Pictures will release the movie version of The Da Vinci Code. Ron Howard directs the movie. Award-winning superstar Tom Hanks plays central character Robert Langdon, a Harvard University symbologist. With such heavy-hitters involved in the production, the movie version also will be hugely successful.

Christians should be aware, however, that the central theme of the book undermines the heart of Christianity.

According to The Da Vinci Code, Jesus was a mortal man who married Mary Magdalene and who did not survive His crucifixion. After His death, the pregnant Mary relocated to France where Sarah, the child of Jesus and Mary, was born. The bloodline of Sarah became the royal bloodline of the Merovingians - a dynasty of Frankish kings. The bloodline of Jesus and Mary is the legendary holy Grail. A secret society formed in the medieval period has revealed the secret of the bloodline through various codes placed in influential pieces of art. Leonardo Da Vinci, for example, implanted a code revealing the secret of the Holy Grail. In Da Vinci's The Last Supper a "V" symbol, a symbol for the feminine, separates Jesus from the person on his right side. This effeminate-looking disciple actually is Mary Magdalene, the wife of Jesus. The Roman Emperor Constantine promoted Jesus from human status to divine status and commissioned an official Bible that embellished the divine activities of Jesus. The patriarchal Catholic Church conspired to cover up the Grail secret and oppress alternate Christianities open to the feminine and sexuality.

Christians should fear neither the book nor the movie; after all, Dan Brown's creation is a novel - a fictional story. The movie, however, will give Christians a unique opportunity to share the biblical truth about Jesus with family, co-workers and friends.

Christians need to realize that both the book and the movie reveal more about American culture than the book reveals about the historical Jesus.

First, the prominence Brown gives to "lost gospels" mirrors a long tradition in American cults, specifically the period 1880's to the 1920's. Philip Jenkins, professor of religious studies at the Penn State University, in an excellent book Hidden Gospels noted that since the 1870's subcultural religious groups, namely esoteric, theosophical and occult movements operating on the fringes of American culture placed a strong emphasis on "lost gospels."

Jenkins characterizes this period from 1880 to 1920 in the following ways: discovery of new religious texts, acceptance of key Gnostic teachings, favorable comparisons between Jesus and Eastern gurus, popularity of religious fiction detailing the life of Christ, an emphasis upon the sexuality of Jesus, and the deviance of Pauline Christianity. During the last 20 years, these subcultural phenomena entered mainstream American culture through the media. Brown's book reflects a more-than-century-old emphasis in American religion.

Second, The Da Vinci Code popularizes numerous conclusions of a media-savvy group of academics called the Jesus Seminar. The Jesus Seminar claims that the gospels of the Bible contain very little information about the historical sayings and deeds of Jesus. For the Jesus Seminar, various non-biblical gospels predate the four accepted gospels and reveal an alternate Christianity : an individualistic, egalitarian, feminine, libertarian Christianity that highlighted mystical relationship rather than doctrine. The Christianity of The Da Vinci Code imitates the Christianity envisioned by the Jesus Seminar.

Third, The Da Vinci Code illustrates numerous aspects of postmodernism. In contrast to modernity's quest for certainty, postmodernism denies that certainty is possible. Postmodernism approaches any written text with a hermeneutic of suspicion, that is, they approach any written texts, including the gospels, with an attitude that the text masks political oppression. According to The Da Vinci Code, the Catholic Church limited the number of gospels to four as a means to politically oppress and disenfranchise those who disagreed with the male leadership of the church. Postmodernists, therefore, affirm a need to study alternate texts. Further, postmodernists affirm the necessity of historical revision history that focuses on oppressed groups.

Fourth, the Da Vinci Code contains some teachings from the New Age Movement. For example, major character Sir Leigh Teabling contrasts the Age of Pisces, a time of fervent hierarchical religion symbolized by the fish, with the dawning Age of Aquarius in which humans think for themselves (pp. 267-68). Thus, the character reveals the real code of the book - Brown desires people to reject what religious authorities told them about Christ and think for themselves.

Be of good courage, Christians. The Da Vinci Code cannot defeat the historical reliability of the New Testament. Begin now praying for opportunities to share the real Gospel that arise because of the release of the movie.

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by Mark Rathel

Dan Brown, in his best seller The Da Vinci Code, sets forth the view that Jesus married Mary Magdalene. His fictional characters, Harvard professor Robert Langdon and Sir Teabing, offer the following evidence in support of the marriage (pp. 243-250). First, Jewish society considered male singleness as a violation of social decorum. Second, if Jesus were a bachelor, one of the canonical gospels would have mentioned his singleness. Third, the Gospel of Philip and other Gnostic Gospels explicitly affirm the marriage between Jesus and Mary. Fourth, the gospel of Mary records an encounter in Mary Magdalene's words in which Peter expressed jealousy because Mary received special revelation; Jesus intended to found the church upon special teaching given to Mary, Fifth, the Catholic Church covered up the marriage by vilifying Mary as a prostitute.

What does the biblical record reveal about Mary Magdalene? First, Magdalene is not her last name. Magdalene derives from Magdala, a small village on the western edge of the Sea of Galilee. Second, Jesus cast out evil spirits from Mary and other women; specifically, Jesus cast out seven demons from Mary (Luke 8:2). Third, Mary joined a group of women comprised of married and single women in the traveling entourage of Jesus (Luke 8:1-3). Since the biblical text fails to associate a male with Mary and Susanna, these women were likely single. Some of the women in this entourage financially supported the ministry of Jesus through gifts from their private funds. Fourth, Mary, along with other women, followed Jesus on his journey from Galilee to Jerusalem and performed an unspecified ministry to Jesus (Matt. 27:55-56; Mark 15:40-41). Fifth, Mary served as a witness to the crucifixion (Mark 15:40), burial (Mark 15:47) and resurrection of Jesus (John 20:11-18). The testimony of Mary, therefore, provides a crucial link in the Gospel message of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.

The New testament describes Mary as a faithful disciple of Jesus. Yet, the biblical text provides no evidence of a relationship between Jesus and Mary that even hints of a marriage relationship.

Singleness was uncommon in first century Palestine, but the phenomenon was not unknown. The first century Jewish historian Josephus, the first century Jewish philosopher Philo, and the gentile unbeliever Pliny the Elder expressed admiration for a religious movement of devout Jewish males committed to singleness. Furthermore, the Old Testament provided a precedent for an unmarried prophetic figure. God commanded Jeremiah the prophet to a life of singleness because of his message of judgment (Jer. 16:1-4). Finally, the contention of Brown's characters that if Jesus were a bachelor, then one of the canonical gospels would have mentioned the fact of his singleness is an argument from silence. This style of argument assumes the illogical conclusion that the absence of evidence (the failure to mention Jesus' singleness) is evidence for singleness.

The late Gnostic Gospels generally portray Mary as the patron feminine disciple. As evidence of her marriage to Jesus, Brown appeals to a translation of the Gospel of Philip that states, "Christ loved her [Mary Magdalene] more than all the disciples and used to kiss her often on her mouth." Brown bases his claim on poorly preserved text. The definitive scholarly translation of the passage states: "[...loved] her more than [all] the disciples [and used to ] kiss her [often] on her [...]." The words inside the brackets are missing and the translator must guess as to the actual wording. Rather than affirming the marriage of Mary and Jesus, the text raises questions. Did Jesus kiss Mary on the hand, cheeks, forehead, or lips? It is a stretch to claim that the Gospel of Philip portrays Mary as the wife of Jesus.

Further, Brown claims that The Gospel of Mary teaches that Mary received special revelation from Jesus, which aroused Peter's jealousy. Brown concludes from this special revelation given to Mary that Jesus intended to found the church upon Mary, not Peter as claimed by the Catholic Church. Brown and others use this claim of special revelation to Mary to establish two claims. First, private visions possess authority equal to or superior to the apostles. Second, private visions to women entails that Christianity cannot be male dominated in leadership In a book in which the criticism of secret movements is a major theme, Brown prefers gospels that commit adherents to secrecy.

Finally, Brown claims that the Catholic Church covered up the marriage by vilifying Mary as a prostitute. Pope Gregory (d. 604 A.D.) indeed did claim that Mary was a former prostitute. He incorrectly assumed that Mary was the sinful woman who anointed Jesus' feet (Lk. 7:36-50). Gregory simply misread the Scripture; he did not use the power of the Church to oppress Mary. The Catholic Church later corrected this grievous misinterpretation.

Neither the biblical text nor extra-biblical sources support the idea of Jesus' marriage to Mary.

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Very seldom does a piece of spyware/walware/spamware/whateverware get by me, this time I got hit. But I was quick on the draw myself and caught the bugger thanks to Hijack This.

I was hit by about 4 or 5 different little bugs which HiJack this took care of some, it tells me what dlls, exe, or settings are setup to run on start of windows or have been injected into my Internet explorer settings. This nasty one also disabled my Task manger but thanks to this page here
http://windowsxp.mvps.org/Taskmanager_error.htm
I was able to fix the problem

Hijack This can be found here
http://www.merijn.org/
along with some other nice system tools for cleaning out the ninja
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A very tricky topic and one that requires much thought. It is a topic that pretty much defines my existence and every day actions,(not necessarily every action of every day but in general). So lets get on with it.

There are basically 2 kinds of truth. Absolute Truth and Perceived Truth.
Absolute Truth being just that, absolute. It is what is real regardless of how life tries to explain it. It is and always will be the real deal.
Perceived truth is how we define our reality, the truth as we see it. It is different for everyone from moment to moment.

Now here is where it gets tricky. Absolute has no origin since it is absolute and thus, eternal,(no beginning or end).
But Perceived Truth is born from two things.
One being the way we will it to be. An extreme example is a homeless drunkard on the corner that struts around like he lives on Boardwalk in a million dollar condo. The Absolute Truth is he does not, yet his perceived truth is that he does because that is the way he wills it. Or the little kid that is playing alone with make believe friends. Another example is a pathological liar that has done or has everything you have, or someone that has a drug problem but will not admit it.

Then there is our perceived truth based on the knowledge we have received and accepted as truth( either kind). This is also our educated truths which we use to make "educated" decisions. Educated does not especially mean right choice, but that's a topic for another post.

It is in the pursuit of Absolute Truth that we gain more insights into others perceived truths, (as the old saying goes, Walk a mile in my shoes).



Here is a personal example of this rule. When I was young I remember arguing with my dad about my girlfriend at that time. He was telling me she was trouble and I was professing my love for her and we were at a stand still. He told me I did not love her and at some times later in life I saw it that way too. But the perceived truth of this is that at that time she met all requirements of what love was to me. so in that , I truly did love her. But the Absolute Truth was that it was not love. My insistence on wanting to be with her was based mainly on how she made me feel. She filled my need. This is all based on egotism or being self-centered and not love, which is based on selflessness and compassion.


Absolute Truth can only be obtained through the cooperation with others. Otherwise it will always be based only on our own perceptions, perceived truth. The book of Proverbs says A wise King surrounds himself with many advisers. The bible also says to not lean on your own understanding. Regardless of your religious beliefs or origins these words ring true and there is proof of this in every day life.


And I will leave you with this last. This whole post here is based on my perceived truth, which is based on a life time of the study of social behavior(literally a lifetime of in depth study), the experiences of my own choices and behaviors, and the study of being successful (not just in the corporate world but in life as a whole). It is in my hopes to cooperate with others that I seek Absolute Truth, so please feel free to share your thoughts.

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