The Most Serious of Games

Jesus and Satan arm-wrestling

I am acutely aware of the seriousness of faith. The major Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) are all concerned with salvation, and how we can be “right with God”. If there is a God who has created this vast universe, as I am convinced there is, then His power to bring salvation or damnation is of the utmost importance and we are right to fear Him.

It is this fear of God which has led me to study religion in depth. In my adult life I have made it my mission to understand more about God and religion, and to try to ascertain what truth is and how I can live in the best possible way. I’m still learning, and the more I explore the more I realise the vast range of opinions that exist in matters that are of huge theological importance.

Heaven and HellIf heaven and hell exist, and if only one religious path leads to salvation, then many billions of people will be damned to hell. The reason I find this concept difficult is because I believe God is completely in control of our lives and our destinies. The idea that God would judge people for actions which He has freely undertaken (to unfold our lives in a certain way) is problematic as we can have done nothing freely to warrant God’s wrath. As a caveat to this, I must point out that it is not my place to judge God, and I don’t deny He has the power and authority to do whatever He chooses, even if damning certain people to hell might seem cruel or unfair to my human understanding.

I find it difficult to understand those who believe that God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent, but at the same time argue that we have free will. It is so clear to me that we do not have free will. We do not take the decision to be born. We do not choose to grow from nothing into babies and then toddlers and then teenagers and then adults. We do not choose the colour of our skin or our eyes. We do not choose how our organs are arranged in our bodies. We do not choose our parents, or our siblings. We do not choose to make our hearts beat, or our blood flow. We do not choose to grow our nails or our hair. We do not choose our dreams when we sleep. We do not choose to digest our food and drink.

In the same way, we don’t choose which thoughts will arise in our minds. If you believe you are in control of your thoughts then tell me, what is a thought? How do you make thoughts arise in your mind? What will you be thinking about in an hour’s time, or at this time next year? If you say thoughts are caused by your subconscious, then please explain what this subconscious is and who or what is in control of it. If you think that you are merely a product of evolution, then please explain what is the cause of this evolution. If you believe we exist due to a set of mathematical laws, then please explain why these laws exist. And tell me, why does anything exist at all?

What causes the seed to grow into a flower? What causes the tree to sprout up from the earth and grow its branches and its fruit? My friend, when you pray for good weather, a fruitful harvest, or a new job, are you not praying to a God who is in control? Do you really not see that God is in control of all things?

The Fall of ManAnd yet still, there are those who attempt to argue that God only does good things; that He is not in control of your ailments and your diseases; your very life and death. There are those who argue that God blesses them with a husband or wife, or a tasty meal, or a new job, but then deny that it is also God who causes the divorce, or the food poisoning, or the redundancy. Friend, can’t you see the hypocrisy in this way of thinking? Surely you know, if you are honest with yourself, that God is in control of all those things which you call “good” and all those things which you call “evil”.

I hear you arguing that your holy scriptures talk about the devil as the cause of evil in the world. Friend, do not be naive. Have you really thought in depth about what the devil is? I would like to know some attributes of this creature. Where does he dwell exactly? Does he live within a creaturely body? Is he able to somehow insert thoughts into your mind? Surely he would have to be omnipresent in order to control our thoughts. What are his powers? What does he control in contrast with what God controls? Please, give me some insights into Satan and his powers, and let those insights be rational!

If the devil exists, he must be under God’s control, as everything is. To argue against this would be to deny God’s omnipresence. The myth of the fall, and the entire Christian story, are based on the idea that we have free will, which we do not. How can it be said that we are sinners, when all of our sin is willed by God?

If you’re still not convinced, my friends, I’d like to invite you to undertake a simple exercise. Take a sheet of paper, divide it into three columns, and label the columns ‘God’, ‘Satan’, and ‘Human’. Then under each of those headings proceed to list the things of which each of the three persons is in control. We might call this ‘The Will Game’. You could even put certain activities into more than one column. My intention is to encourage you to think deeply about the cause of activity in existence, in the microcosm and the macrocosm.

heaven stairwayNow I do not wish to offend my Almighty God and Father, whom I kneel to in prayer each and every day. I do not wish to offend the God who has power to make me suffer in every moment for all eternity. Heavens, that is the last thing I wish to do! I am driven to speak the truth in accordance with my convictions, and may you, my friends, persuade me otherwise if I am wrong! I cannot argue that God is in control, as I have done here, and then deny that my convictions come from God. God must be willing me to write this article or I wouldn’t be doing so. The Lord knows full well that I am merely a puppet in His hands!

Perhaps I am in dangerous territory. Could it be that by speaking so openly about the truth that I perceive, I am participating in my own downfall? This worries me greatly. I don’t know whether the Christian story is so beloved by God that anyone who questions it is guilty of a grave sin. I can believe that the Christian story is God’s game that He has chosen to play over the last two thousand years, and maybe it is a great sin to shed light on the errors and inconsistencies in this great story which has produced so many saints and martyrs.

I write not to argue against God but to convey what God has revealed to me. I am a lonely voice in a world where either people have forsaken God in their atheism or they hold blindly to a set of doctrines and defend them at all costs. People are quick to say who will be saved and who will be damned, but I do not claim to have such knowledge, despite what any particular scripture says! I have a hope that God is ultimately merciful to every sentient being, and I do pray that God chooses mercy over damnation for all of us, regardless of our beliefs – beliefs which He has bestowed upon us!

Lord, forgive me if I have sinned in writing this article. You know my heart. You know that I hate doing anything that annoys or angers you. I know that if this article speaks to anyone, it will be through your Spirit working in the minds of those who read. I ask, Lord, that you would show these people only what is true, and that you would save their minds from any thoughts you would consider blasphemous. May your truth and your will prosper, Lord!

52 Comments on “The Most Serious of Games

  1. Hi Jan!

    Thank you for caring about Steven and me and presenting God as you see Him based on the Bible. I also thank you for sharing with us your disillusionment with the church you attended when you were nine.

    It would be helpful to know which of the four main churches that you attended and which one that you currently attend, if you are willing to share that with us?

    I am happy to reveal that I was born in Larnaca, Cyprus, to Greek speaking parents. Historically, a significant number of Greek speaking Jews lived in Cyprus during St Paul’s missionary work, so a proportion of the current ‘Greek’ population are of Jewish descent. Two links below may be helpful:

    http://eoc.dolf.org.hk/livingev/stpaul.htm

    http://ringofchrist.com/early-christian-history/barnabas-and-pauls-missionary-journey/

    I was baptised into the Greek Orthodox Church as an infant in Larnaca in 1950. We emigrated to Cambridge, England, in March 1954. For practical reasons, my sister and I attended Sunday School in local churches as children; first a Baptist Church, 1954 – 1957; then a Congregational Church, 1957 – 1964, as they were closest to our homes at the time. I was confirmed in the second church when I was fourteen, and was invited to become a Sunday School teacher because of my enthusiasm and knowledge acquired. I declined as I did not think that I had the maturity and ability to control a class of younger children. I continued to worship at that church as a full member until I married in 1970. My wife and family attended the local Anglican from that time.

    It was during the period 1960 – 1964, that I thought about God a lot. I was keen on science and marvelled at the consistency revealed by the laws of physics, chemical reactions, and the way genetics reproduced living organisms. I saw science as one of the ways that God the Creator is revealed in that it is He that makes these processes consistent and predictable. Without Him, and our progress in science and technology, we would not be communicating as we are on Steven’s website!

    At the age of fourteen, because of my belief that God is a logical Being, revealed by the sciences, I wondered how the universe was created. Knowledge of the Big Bang Theory of the universe was insufficient on its own because of my belief in God as the Creator. It was through my own thinking that I envisaged God as an infinite Being with a magnificent power to attend to everything from the whole universe down to the particles known as quarks that make up the fundamental particles of atoms that we know as protons, neutrons and others.

    I grappled with the concept of omnipresence and wondered how that was achieved, especially during the time of creation. I reasoned that if God was infinite, then it was illogical that He should be in a space on His own when He created the universe in another space apart from Him, which He then filled so that He was omnipresent throughout this new space! I’m not saying that this couldn’t happen, but that it was not logical. I believed that the Bible writers did not put into appropriate words the true reason that He is omnipresent – that He created the finite universe within His infinite Being. Nothing else made sense to me and God gave us the ability to reason so we should not be afraid to use this gift.

    I did not have a name for my personal understanding of how God is omnipresent throughout the universe and I had not read about the concept of Panentheism at that time. In fact, it was a Greek Orthodox priest who explained this concept to me in 1990 and I do not think you can rule it out as unbiblical since it is known that errors were made in translations, and the writers of the scrolls were limited by the language of the time. Are you contending that God dictated the words to the writers in the same way as the Quran is purported to have been? How would God find words of timeless quality, since we humans change the meaning of words through changing use? So what is “God’s Own written word?”

    Peace and love to all,

    Dinos

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    • Hi Dinos,

      Thank you for your interesting reply.

      A small world considering a friend of mine whose husband was stationed in Cyprus many years ago, went back to live in Larnaca after loosing him and and taking early retirement. Sadly though, Brits were not allowed work permits back then so after about eight years her capital ran out and she had to sell her house there and return to the UK.

      If I could answer your final paragraph …

      God; being perfect doesn’t make mistakes and knowing the contents of His love-letter (The Bible) to His intended brides (Mankind) would be deliberately distorted by man via satan to hide God’s Almighty plan for mankind, His absolute truth; God wrote it in code. I put to you, and Steven, in one of my previous comments that… the Bible is supernatural.

      That in itself shows how ‘mega!’ our God; the only true God, is…and why panentheism could only be a vehicle in which we might be driven away from the truth whilst insulting God in the process.

      In God’s mercy and kindness towards us as His much loved mortal creations, He gave us free will and the power of discernment (reason / logic, if you like) knowing satan would use it to encourage theorizing and wrongful assumption and differing religious belief due to mans own self-love, disobedience, lack of humility and wisdom …and why God protected the contents of the Bible by making sure that ONLY those who truly love God with ‘…all their hearts, all their minds, all their might’…would be able to understand the whole of God’s truth as He Divinely inspired His appointed writers to record it.

      To those whom God has called into His service to impart ‘the Knowledge’ , to witness, tell His Truth, spread His Word, there is no mis-translation, no mis-interpretation, no mis-understanding…they read it exactly as God originally wrote it!

      God does not change and neither does His message, His good news. And why God came to Earth in human form as, The Word, Jesus Christ in the first place …to bring the Good news!

      Since God also gave the gift of speaking in tongues (the ability to understand and converse in all languages) to His appointed ones, the wrongful and deliberately misleading notion that God’s appointed writers in those days were limited by language barriers can in no way be supported. It simply isn’t true.

      And yes, I am saying that God Divinely inspired the writers of the Bible through His Holy Spirit. But I will not be drawn into any conversation relating to the Koran because it is not mentioned in the Bible.

      You ask: How would God find words of timeless quality, since we humans change the meaning of words through changing use?

      Your question actually disproves your ‘notion’ of panentheism by basically admitting that, even God’s choice of words are far superior than those of Human beings.

      And, due to the fact that God gave us human beings ‘free will’, the uninformed section of humanity will constantly change their minds about everything because they do not have a real relationship with God so, have no clear direction because God’s Holy Spirit does not live inside them…yet.

      But if they humbly and wholeheartedly submit to God, with the gift of His Grace they could still be guided by the indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit.

      God drew up ‘the whole of’ His Almighty plan before mankind was even created.

      The Bible says, “Remember the former things long past, For I am God, and there is no other; I AM GOD, AND THERE IS NO ONE LIKE ME (my emphasis) Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’ . . . Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass. I have planned it, surely I will do it” Isaiah 46:9-11,

      The Bible is God’s revelation to humankind, so we can believe every word of it. The Bible says, “No prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but MEN MOVED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT SPOKE FROM GOD’ (my emphasis) 2 Peter 1:21.

      This truth is evident in the fact that, unlike the false prophecies made in other religions or by individuals such as Nostradamus, the Bible has never once been wrong – every time the Bible has predicted a future event, it happened exactly as Scripture said it would.

      You ask: So what is “God’s Own written word?”

      Again your question disproves panentheism: God’s OWN (Singular!) written Word is everthing written in the Bible but we, as humans are only given to understand the whole truth (The lifting of the veil) with God’s help through His Holy Spirit following constant, fervent prayer in asking for the Truth to be revealed to us. But it will not happen overnight. First we must show that we are keeping all of The Ten Commandments through our unshakable love for Him.

      God says: If you love me, keep all of my Commandments.

      And in answer to you on which church I currently attend: Ephesians 2:19-22 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto a holy temple in the Lord: 22 In whom ye also are builded together for a habitation of God through the Spirit.

      We, as Christians, ARE the temple of God; we ARE the church. It is totally unnecessary to worship Him in a special building.

      Best

      Jan

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      • Hi Jan!

        Thank you for taking the trouble to present your wholly Biblical-based knowledge of God and for answering some of my questions.

        I discussed with my mother, your friend’s experience of being unable to get a work permit during her eight years in Cyprus. She was puzzled about this denial until I reminded her that Cyprus was a British colony while we lived there, so neither Cypriots nor Brits needed permits then. Presumably, your friend went to live in Cyprus after it became independent in 1960, and before it had joined the EU in 2004?

        I have discussed your view that the Bible was written in code with a Theologian friend of mine. His view was that it might be possible for the OT or Torah, but that it was somewhat improbable that the NT was. Can you provide a link or the details of a book that may help me to appreciate that God wrote it in code? Your view that God only reveals the whole of His truth to those who truly love Him, according to the Commandment, “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment,” seems bizarrely exclusive! There are still people on this earth without access to The Word.

        With the Catholic hold on western Christianity; and, without the Protestant movement and the invention of the printing press, we would not have personal Bibles to enable us to read God’s word – human endeavour or part of God’s Plan?

        You wrote (24/07), “To those whom God has called into His service to impart ‘the Knowledge’, to witness, tell His Truth, spread His Word, there is no mis-translation, no mis-interpretation, no mis-understanding…they read it exactly as God originally wrote it!”

        The language you’ve used is reminiscent of Gnosticism. Please tell me you’re not a Gnostic?

        You wrote (24/07), “God does not change and neither does His message, His good news. And why God came to Earth in human form as, The Word, Jesus Christ in the first place …to bring the Good news!”

        Really? Where in the world is capital punishment still applied to those who disobey all of the Law stated in Leviticus 20:

        https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Leviticus+20

        You wrote (24/07), “Since God also gave the gift of speaking in tongues (the ability to understand and converse in all languages) to His appointed ones, the wrongful and deliberately misleading notion that God’s appointed writers in those days were limited by language barriers can in no way be supported. It simply isn’t true.”

        I never wrote that the appointed writers were limited by language barriers, but I meant that they had to write in languages that were understood by the people of the time (Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek). I added (22/07), ” How would God find words of timeless quality, since we humans change the meaning of words through changing use? I mean ordinary humans, not the appointed writers, over a long period of time, and through misleading translations from the original languages: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. I’m sure you can find examples, especially from the newer translations of the Bible? What is your understanding of “daily bread” from The Lord’s Prayer? Can you read Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek?

        You wrote (24/07), “You ask: So what is “God’s Own written word?” Again your question disproves panentheism:….”

        I was quoting from the words you used in the first para. of your 21/07 post, ” I believe our comments should come from God’s Own written word.” I turned it into a question by preceding your words with mine (22/07), “So what is”. I’m baffled how this disproves that God is Panentheistic. I think you simply do not understand my perception of what it means. Below is an interesting link which may help to reconcile our views of God. I request only that you read more than one topic from it before you dismiss it, especially, God is Love:

        http://www.frimmin.com/faith/index.php

        I should request also that you ask me what I mean, rather than guessing incorrectly, and misrepresenting my views on a public forum. I ask with humility, knowing that I do not write everything in a clear and unambiguous way, despite my best efforts.

        Your closing paragraphs suggest that you may meet other like-minded Christians in each other’s homes, for Bible reading and combined worship, much as the early Christians did. Also, you appear to be committed to spreading the Good News, so you may regard yourselves as Evangelical in action, if not in name?

        Peace and love to all,

        Dinos

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        • Hi Dinos,

          Your comments and questions are important…they encourage deeper study in me. Thank you.

          Yes, you are wise to scrutinize the scriptures as the Bereans do…as God hopes will be the case in our search for His absolute Truth.
          But don’t let it worry you unduly by dissecting words of no consequence …like ‘until’…because, what I should have explained in more depth is: the Bible is supernatural in that ‘our individual’ understanding of it is governed by The Holy Spirit.

          In God’s mercy and kindness towards us as His much loved children, He gave us free will whilst knowing it would lead to theorizing over His written Word, and often deliberately wrongful translations, assumptions and misleading differing religious belief and why He protected the contents of the Bible by making sure that ONLY those with ‘Discernment of The Spirit’ would be able to understand the whole of God’s truth as He Divinely inspired His appointed writers to record it.
          It is called: the Gift of Discernment or, Discernment of The Spirit. But you must ask for ‘that’ revelation /understanding in your prayers…then it won’t matter which Bible you read. How ‘mega’ is our One True God in protecting His Holy Word for those TRULY seeking Him!

          It is said by some that: Discernment is: finding God’s Will in a sea of nonsense. The Holy Spirit will guide you through this if God wills it.

          There is much written of it if you would like to research / search the web to give you more insight into it…but again, read with an openheart as the information will vary. Or, your Theologian friend would surely explain it to you in any case.

          I use the KJV. When I purchased this house, the lady owner had died. The Bible I use now was left in a cupboard here. It was given to the previous house owner as a gift in 1912; judging by the inscription on the inside of the cover. She attended the Catholic church but as you know, I do not. Which goes to show you what I mean about certain Bible translations …I use the same Bible as she did but the message she will have drawn from it via her priest will have been vastly different to what is being revealed to me through those same pages.

          RE Mathew 1 v’s 24 -25:
          God wants us to know that Mary was still a virgin when, ‘until after’ she had given birth to Jesus because it is relevant.
          Mary’s womb was the sacred vessel holding the unborn Messiah and why it was out of bounds other than to The Holy Spirit.
          Mary herself was not the sacred vessel and nowhere in the Bible are we instructed to revere her along with, or above, Jesus Christ /God.

          Khalil Gibran was a most unlikely prophet but as he said: ‘We are the bows from which our children; as arrows, are sent forth. They live in a world we may never visit; no, not even in our wildest dreams.’

          God also felt it relevant for us to know that despite Mary being so very young, she was very wise, obedient and humble; and also that, Joseph was a ‘just’ man and most importantly, from the bloodline of King David…as was Mary.
          Precise details of what happened afterwards between Mary and Joseph is obviously not relevant for inclusion in God’s written Word but clearly, God wanted us to know Mary went on to have other children…so she did not die a virgin.

          Mary had fulfilled God’s purpose at His given time according to prophecy and why she is barely mentioned except as an ordinary married mum giving birth to Jesus’ siblings thereafter. (Joses, James, Judas… not Escariot… and Simon : Mathew 13 v’s 53 – 58) The physical sexual union between man and wife is a joyful gift from God which Mary and Joseph would have been blessed with/ entitled to. God picked Mary and Joseph to serve Him in so direct a manner due their righteousness and humility…ordinary people. Joseph would not have been capable of any form of defilement against his wife, or anyone else; and why God picked him, above any other man to be Mary’s husband and surrogate parent to Jesus in the first place. See Mathew 1 v. 19

          After opening and digesting the contents of your link my comments are thus: Not all Jews disbelieved; only some of them. John 10 v 19-21: ‘There was division among the Jews…’

          Genesis 8: v7…’And he sent forth a raven which went forth ‘to and fro’ until the waters were dried up from off the earth.’ To and fro means backwards and forwards so the raven most certainly came back.

          Samuel 6 v 23: ‘Therefore Michal, the daughter of Saul had no child ‘unto’ her death.’ It does not say, until. And even if it did, it clearly means she had no child before she died. Why the confusion?

          Psalm 72 v 7: ‘In His days shall the righteous flourish and abundance of peace ‘so long as’ the moon endureth.’ This is also perfectly clear when relating it to signs in the heavens just before the end times…when the stars fall from the sky and the moon gives up its light and we are plunged into darkness etc.

          I hope all else is well with you and yours.

          Best

          Jan

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  2. Hi Jan!

    It’s been a while since we heard from you and your posts are always important, based as they are, on your understanding, or knowledge, of the Scriptures.

    I have a tendency to be frank with people, especially about matters concerning God. I have prayed to Jesus that I have not offended you as that was not my intention. I guess you may have been on holiday or given up on me as our views seem different enough for you to think that I’m wrapped up in my own opinions, which is far from the truth. As one who believes in Orthodox Christian doctrines, I take notice of what the Saints and early Church Fathers have to say in their Homilies, or commentaries on the scriptures. I do not fully trust the translations into English and give as an example the following passage from Matthew:

    Matthew 1:24-25King James Version (KJV)

    24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:

    25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus.

    The use of the word “till” suggests that Mary had sexual relations with Joseph after Jesus was born, but Joseph knew that the Holy Spirit had caused her to conceive Jesus, one of the three persons of the Trinity, each co-substantial with the others. How could Joseph think of defiling Mary after this very solemn union? The link below refers, if you are willing to check it:

    http://www.allstswwv.org/Orthodox%20Study%20Forum/Lessons/Virginity%20of%20Mary.htm

    Peace and love to all,

    Dinos

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    • In haste.

      Hi Dinos!

      No, I have not been offended in any way by your comments…or Steven’s for that matter…because I see you as still searching for the absolute truth concerning God’s Word…as are we all.

      I have been extra busy of late re-drawing building plans which is very time consuming.

      I will answer properly over the next few of days.

      Best

      Jan

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      • Hi Jan!

        I was happy to learn that I had not offended you and I hope all goes well with your building project.

        Peace and love to all,

        Din os

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        • Hi Dinos,

          Just to say; in case you think I still haven’t answered your last email above: My reply/ comment has somehow slotted itself in further up the page on August 7th!
          Steven’s latest post today is brilliant; really thought provoking.

          Best

          Jan

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  3. Hi Jan! Just a note to say I’m sorry your comment seems to be sitting higher up than it should be, I’m not sure why this has happened. If it keeps happening I will have to take some action to sort out the problem but I’m hoping it’s a one-off. It’s possible that you accidentally hit reply to the wrong post or could be a technical glitch (I don’t want to unduly accuse you of anything!). Please let me know if it happens again.

    Thanks so much for your thoughtful comments, your contributions are much appreciated!

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  4. Hi Steven,

    I am happy to know you find me a worthy contibutor to your meaningful posts. Thank you.

    Yours is the only site I actually feel compelled to immerse myself in, feel enthusiastic about contributing to because your motives are genuine; as is the case with Dinos.
    You are highly intelligent to be sure, but the mode of your writing and responses do not cause contributors; such as I, to feel out of their depth…on the contrary. Since it induces deeper, meaningful yet comfortable study into God’s Word, it can only be God given.

    If you remember from one of your previous posts, I commented that I feel God has personal plans for you. And the fact that even after having been baptized into the Baptist church you are ‘to my mind’ not fully convinced by their particular doctrines/ teachings, proves it.
    God’s true church is not a building made with hands; it is a peculiar (special) people God holds in His hand. Once there, God says, ‘No-one will ever take you from My hand.’
    The life’s work / aim of a true Christian will be in getting right into the palm of God’s hand.

    I will continue to converse with and watch you with interest, Steven.

    My very best to you and Dinos.
    From Jan…a student in Christ.

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    • Thank you Jan, I’m so glad that you feel this blog is a place where we are earnestly seeking after truth, as that was surely a guiding principle when I started to blog a few years ago. I’m really enjoying the discussions, which are often challenging and thought provoking. God bless you and best wishes to you too!

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  5. Hi Jan and Steven!

    I think the reason that posts are sometimes not in date order is that if you click on ‘Reply’ to respond to an individual post, it will attach itself below that post, but other readers may have already posted some comments which form a string in date order. This happens more when there is a long delay between dialogues of two readers, if you see what I mean.

    JAN – thank you for your last comment to me sent at 1.10 am on August 10 starting:

    “Hi Dinos,

    Your comments and questions are important…they encourage deeper study in me. Thank you.

    Yes, you are wise to scrutinize the scriptures as the Bereans do…as God hopes will be the case in our search for His absolute Truth.”

    One way to ensure the string of thoughts are kept in date order is to post comments at the foot of all the others. If you want to ensure that it’s understood that your responding to a particular post, then you need to address it to the intended recipient, state the date of the post you are responding to, and copy a short extract from the start of that post, much as Steven does.

    STEVEN – do you know if you have to have a ‘WordPress’ account in order to access ‘See all Comments’ and get to the foot of all the comments?

    You may want to know that mum has been re-admitted to hospital on Saturday morning, 13 Aug., again due to chest pains and breathing difficulties brought on by heart failure, for which the medics have not yet managed to fine tune her treatment.

    Peace and love to all,

    Dinos

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    • Hi Dinos, Jan, and all,

      So sorry to hear your mum is back in hospital again, Dinos, will keep you both in my prayers.

      Regarding commenting, you can either reply to another comment by clicking the ‘reply’ link directly under that specific comment or scroll down to the ‘Leave a reply’ box and the foot of all the comments if you are making a general comment which isn’t specifically answering another comment.

      When you reply to a specific comment the comments are ‘nested’ which is why you see the indentations which make it clear that you are replying to a specific comment. By default only 3 comments can be nested, meaning after 3 comments in a thread you won’t see the ‘reply’ button. I have actually amended that setting so that 5 nested comments are allowed.

      I hope that makes sense and I apologise for any confusion.

      To answer your question, Dinos, no you don’t need to have a WordPress account in order to see all the comments and leave a comment.

      Best wishes,

      Steven

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    • Hi Dinos,

      I send you my thoughts for your comfort and courage to assure you that, you are not alone.

      Best

      Jan

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