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Friday, 5 March 2004
Have You Seen "The Passion Of The Christ"?
I don't know whether the latest feature about Jesus Christ is superficial or not? It certainly is very controversial and the critics/fans either love or hate the film. Below is the opinion of a Toronto Star journalist on this matter. What do you think?
One week later and certain views haven't changed.

Posted by qualteam at 5:11 PM EST
Updated: Friday, 5 March 2004 5:19 PM EST
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Thursday, 4 March 2004
Barron's Top Ten Adventures In Ghost Land
A soul's journey in this life or the next can be a fascinating and/or a scary one. Many myths and legends have been created on this theme. Obviously, our basic identity is spiritual. We either survive the death of the body well or badly. These are my top movies on this subject:
1. Ghost
2. Heaven Can Wait
3. Play It Again Sam
4. The Sixth Sense
5. Stairway To Heaven
6. What Dreams May Come
7. Topper Returns
8. Ghost Story

9. Beetlejuice
10. Phantasm

Posted by qualteam at 11:03 PM EST
Updated: Friday, 5 March 2004 5:02 PM EST
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Wednesday, 3 March 2004
Can God Be Your Personal Friend?
For close to two thousand years, God has been characterized by many Christians as humorless, scary, and distant.

In the last half of the 20th century with the help of Carl Reiner, a friendlier and more approachable Diety emerged in "Oh God" with George Burns as the title character. Suddenly, God had a sense of humor, but most Christians were afraid to laugh. Why should a relationship concerning God get so complicated and mysterious? If we're his sons and daughters, we should be able to talk to him like any father. Three and half stars.

I also saw "Dogma" a couple of years ago and enjoyed that as well. It had an offbeat irreverent spin on angels, God and devils, but the story was interesting and funny in spots.

I never saw Bruce Almighty, but some friends liked it alot. The reviews are below.

Oh God!
Bruce Almighty

Posted by qualteam at 10:48 PM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 3 March 2004 10:54 PM EST
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Tuesday, 2 March 2004
Visions Of Heaven And Hell
Most of visions of Heaven and Hell were created by artists and writers from the 1st century to the 16th century. Behind this imagery were the stories of devils and angels that probably predated the bible itself. Arriving into the 21st century, these stories and locations have taken on different forms and characters because of the influence of sci/fi mysticism. (e.g. Star Trek, Star Wars, Lord Of The Rings, Harry Potter, Kurt Vonnegut, Issac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Ron Hubbard, etc.)Broader scientific views meant broader views of the universe and reality in general.

My new age vision of Heaven could be stated as follows:
A very old civilization thought that it could renew itself by creating mankind on this planet. Those born on Earth remembered nothing of their previous lifetimes and therefore had a fresh start. The plan failed when man resisted being the pet of a benign god or gods.

Plan "B"(i.e. Brotherhood)as implemented by the crucificion and resurrection of Jesus Christ allowed for the creation of a new Heaven and new Earth with imput from Christ's followers. From the second century forward, this heavenly organization has sought:

1. The preservation of ideal creative conditions.
2. The rescue and rehabilitation of lost souls from Earth and elsewhere.
3. The spiritual training of souls who can then operate in the physical universe without a body.
4. The recovery of memory traces from old civilizations and lifetimes.

Hell is nothing more than endless reincarnations on this dirt ball-Lives spent in darkness with no memory of where one came from or where one is going. Lives of pain and sorrow which can hit one all at once in old age. I'm not saying there isn't a place worse than Earth. Indeed there is. Earth is the top of hades leading to the bottom half, maybe the Q Continuum. What do you think? Do you have a cosmic view of the universe?

The Q Continuum
Heavenly Places
An Interpretation Of Biblical Hell

Posted by qualteam at 9:51 PM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 3 March 2004 7:10 AM EST
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Monday, 1 March 2004
The Quantum Leap Of Jesus Christ
In attempting to deal with sin, pain and death, Christ leaped out of time and/or back to the first moment that the above became realities. Without a doubt, the shock waves of this "quantum leap"(i.e. an abrupt change, sudden increase, or dramatic advance)can be felt today. When the Apostle Paul eloquently crowed to his brethren, "Oh death where is thy sting? Oh, grave where is thy victory?" He was feeling an aftereffect from one of these waves.

Unfortunately, apostalic revelation became biblical dogma that relegated Christ and Christianity to the first century AD. That's more or less where the various sects have been stuck for 2000 years.
Further visions and revelations beyond the 1st century were considered heresy.

The numerous advances in technology and science has allowed us to envision a broader landscape for both the known and unknown universe. Check out the links below.
Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughter House Five" Star Trek NG's "All Good Things"The TV series "Quantum Leap"

Posted by qualteam at 5:24 PM EST
Updated: Monday, 1 March 2004 7:17 PM EST
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Sunday, 29 February 2004
A Friend's Review Of "The Passion Of The Christ"
A friend of mine at work said the Christ film had a powerful effect for many that saw it. Big motorcyclists were crying in their seats. The audience applauded at the defeat of the devil and the upbeat ending. He said the two most moving scenes were flashbacks of Jesus with his mother.

A passionate movie with some big moving scenes can be forgiven for the shortcomings that the critics and producers found in it.

Producers and screenwriters should try to make movies that they believe in, because the desire to reach/move someone is needed to actually reach/move someone. The results speak for themselves.

The Passion Of The Christ is #1 at the boxoffice this week.

Posted by qualteam at 7:50 PM EST
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Friday, 27 February 2004
Canadian Joke Of The Week
Three Canadians and three Americans are traveling by train to a hockey game. At the station, the three Americans each buy tickets and watch as the three Canadians buy only a single ticket.

"How are the three people going to travel on only one ticket? " asks an American.

"Watch and you'll see, " answers a Canadian.

They all board the train. The Americans take their respective seats but all three Canadians cram into a bathroom and close the door behind them.

Shortly after the train has departed, the conductor comes around collecting tickets. He knocks on the bathroom door and says, "Ticket, please. " The door opens just a crack and a single arm emerges with a ticket in hand.

The conductor takes it and moves on. The Americans see this and agree it was quite a clever idea. So after the game, they decide to copy the Canadians on the return trip and save some money (being clever with money, and all that).

When they get to the station, they buy a single ticket for the return trip. To their astonishment, the Canadians don't buy a ticket at all.

"How are you going to travel without a ticket? " asks one perplexed American.

"Watch and you'll see," answers a Canadian.

When they board the train the three Americans cram into a bathroom and the three Canadians cram into another bathroom nearby.

Once the train leaves the station, one of the Canadians leaves and walks over to the bathroom where the Americans are hiding, knocks on the door, and says, "Ticket, please. "

Blogroll Me!

Posted by qualteam at 9:38 PM EST
Updated: Sunday, 29 February 2004 8:33 PM EST
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Thursday, 26 February 2004
Boxoffice #1: The Passion Of The Christ
Despite the fact that this film concentrated on Christ's blood and physical punishment, rather than the spiritual conflicts(between Jesus, God and his disciples). It still managed to hit a responsive cord with its gritty realism and arcane dialogue.
The Passion Of The Christ Reigns

Posted by qualteam at 8:09 PM EST
Updated: Thursday, 26 February 2004 9:13 PM EST
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Wednesday, 25 February 2004
My Spiritual Views #1: The Passion Of The Christ(The Movie)
Apparently, the physicial punishment of Jesus in Jerusalem took precedent over his spiritual problems. For many Jews and disciples, Christ was suppose to vanquish the Romans and bring about his Father's Kingdom to this world. However, Jesus was operating on a greater plan than just the conquest of some dirt ball in a forgotten qualaxy. He envisioned the eventual salvation of man through his death and resurrection. "As in Adam all die, so in Christ, all will be made alive." I believe that in order to carry out the salvation plan, Christ had to go back in time to reverse the destructive power of pain which leads to darkness, death, physical corruption and unconsciousness.

This was the first war between the spirits and I believe that most of us have a trace memory of the event. Since all this occurred outside of time, the all embracive nature of God's Mercy could be experienced anywhere in the finite universe. "By Grace are ye saved and not by works."

This is the beginning on my new series of articles, "New Age 21st Christianity". There's no dogma and no fixation on 1st century Christians. Your feedback, visions and mystical experiences are always welcome.

Reviews On The Passion Of The Christ

Posted by qualteam at 10:43 PM EST
Updated: Thursday, 26 February 2004 9:11 PM EST
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Tuesday, 24 February 2004
Fun Stuff That Changes All The Time
In my never ending search for great content for the Barron Blog, I give you the daily feed on historical dates, jokes and quotes. Maybe some of this stuff will be funny and/or interesting to you.

Posted by qualteam at 4:54 PM EST
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