The word

One of our students asks:

I have been reading the Gospel of John, which starts “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” In the Greek translation, the passage uses “logos” which has been interpreted in English as “word.” What is the difference between “word” and “logos”?

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All that is

A student asks:

“God is within us. Are we separate from that God residing inside, or are we one with it? “Whatever God is, I am” implies two separate entities. If we are one, then why do we pray/talk to it, rather than talking to ourselves?

God is all there is, including the molecules that make up all living things. But all living things are unique, individualized aspects of that one infinite all. This too implies that God and I are separate within the one whole. I believe that as we grow, evolve, we get closer to the all-knowing God until we eventually merge with it. At that point we cease to exist as an individual entity.”

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The high road can be bumpy

A website visitor in Arizona asks:

Over the past year or so I have been repeatedly presented with dishonesty in people within my close circle – both in friends and in co-workers. They seem happy to look me straight in the eye and be completely open about how they have profited (without apparent consequence) from their blatant dishonesty, lies, stealing and general sneakiness. When I have attempted to point it out they justify and/or completely deny the lie – sometimes, frankly, they look at me like I’m crazy. It’s extremely disheartening as I try to figure out what the point is in taking the high road. Since this has been put “in front of my face” over and over, I assume there is a “lesson” here and I would love any guidance as to discover what that might be and how to process through it. Thank you.

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