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Vision, Values, Purpose, Goals - Glossary
Believe (Christian - Oswald Chambers): To believe is literally to commit. Belief is a moral act, and Jesus makes an enormous demand of a mana when He asks him to believe in Him. To be 'a believer in Jesus' means to bank our confidence in Him, to stake our soul upon His honor -- 'I know whom I have believed...."
"We pray, 'Lord, increase our faith,' and we try to pump up fiath, but it does not come. What is wrong? The mmroal surrender to Jesus has not taken place. Will I surrender to Jesus from the real center of my life, and deliberately and willfully statke my confidenc in what He says? Many of us use religous jargon; we talk about believing in God, but our actual life proves that we don t really believe one-theth of what we profess." page 431
Cult: "Theologically - From a Christian perspective, a group may be defined as a cult when it radically deviates from the essential historic and biblical beliefs of the Christian Church. For example, this would be seen in the various groups which deny the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. Sociologically - A group which uses mind control tactics such as subtle fear, guilt, and pressure etc. can be classed as a cult. It must be said that this definition is even wide enough to include some groups which may be theologically correct in many of their doctrinal beliefs. Unfortunately, even some Christian churches where a leader, or leaders, are not acting in submission and humility to Christ, but rather have fallen into a dictatorial nature, can fall into this category." http://www.spotlightministries.org.uk/definitions.htm
Faith-based clinic: "It's a government funded clinic on church property, subject to all the rules and regulations imposed by the government, including inability to give Christian counsel and display Christian symbols. In affect, the church is allowing the government to use its personna of righteousness to preach the religion of Humanism." Lynn M Stuter, http://www.learn-usa.com
Free Trade: "The opposite of "free" anything or anybody. It embodies the concept of control of goods, services, finances, and the global labor pool to serve its masters. To that latter end, coordination of universal training in the name of education is required." Mary Thompson
Spiritual (from a New Age perspective): "Spirituality refers to the evolutionary process as it drives us forward, eventually, to perfect wholeness. It relates to the expansion or evolution of consciousness. And, thus all activity-be it physical, emotional, intuitional and so forth-that leads towards greater perfection, goodness and wholeness is therefore spiritual. ...
Spiritual values are qualified by ever-widening horizons, synthesis, growth and wholeness as well as greater vision, understanding and integration....
"The word 'spiritual' does not refer to religious matters, so-called. All activity which drives the human being forward towards some form of development... is essentially spiritual.... The spirit of man is undying; it forever endures, progressing from point to point and stage to stage upon the Path of Evolution, unfolding steadily and sequentially the divine attributes and aspects. ....
"This group [the New Group of World Servers] gives the word 'spiritual' a wide significance; they believe it to mean an inclusive endeavour towards human betterment, uplift and understanding; they give it the connotation of tolerance, international synthetic communion, religious inclusiveness, and all trends of thought which concern the esoteric development of the human being." The Aquarian Age Community, "What Is the Meaning of the Term, Spiritual?" at http://www.aquaac.org/index.html
Transhumanism: "...a way of thinking about the future that is based on the premise that the human species in its current form does not represent the end of our development... The intellectual and cultural movement that affirms the possibility and desirability of fundamentally improving the human condition through applied reason....and making widely available technologies to eliminate aging and to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities.
"Transhumanism can be viewed as an extension of humanism, from which it is partially derived. Humanists believe that humans matter.... We might not be perfect, but we can make things better.... Just as we use rational means to improve the human condition and the external world, we can also use such means to improve ourselves, the human organism. ...we are not limited to traditional humanistic methods, such as education and cultural development. We can also use technological means that will eventually enable us to move beyond what some would think of as “human.” [The Transhumanist FAQ (2003) by Nick Bostrom, Faculty of Philosophy, Oxford University. World Transhumanist Association. http://www.transhumanism.org]
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