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Ruth L Miller is an eclectic scholar with degrees in many fields of science and the social sciences and is ordained as a New Thought minister - because she keeps on seeking answers to the fundamental questions that make it possible for the spiritual beings we call humanity to live well and in harmony on this planet for generations to come.

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Were Mary Magdalene and Jesus Christ married?

That question assumes a lot, and has different answers depending on who’s talking.

First, we must assume that they actually existed as human beings, which many historians doubt. But once we assume that, then we can look at different understandings about their relationship.

Within traditional Christian doctrine, of course, there’s no way. Since the gospels do not speak of his wife, Jesus was not married.

Yet, in that time and place a man would be married between 14 and 16 years old and could have raised a family by 30, which is when tradition says Jesus began his traveling ministry.

Unless, of course, he was a Nasorean (Nazarite), and dedicated to God in the temple (which the gospels say Jesus was), in which case, he would not cut his hair, not touch a woman (or anything “unclean”), and would avoid strong drink as part of the sacred vow his parents made for him when he was born…. Continue reading Were Mary Magdalene and Jesus Christ married?

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What’s the difference between prayer and meditation?

When I was in seminary we used to say that “prayer is for talking to God and meditation is for listening to God.”

The word “pray” didn’t used to be used only for religion. If you recall Shakespeare, his characters were often saying “I pray thee…” to each other when they wanted something.

So to pray in the traditional sense is to ask for something, to make a request, to express a desire or need or want or lack and ask for it to be filled, and, in a religious setting, we ask the divine to fill our request.

More and more people are using another form… Continue reading What’s the difference between prayer and meditation?

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Does 2012 mean the end of the world?

No. Not if you’re talking about “the world” as Planet Earth. None of the prophecies or forecasts suggest that there’s any reason to assume that the planet will disappear or be so significantly damaged that life can no longer be sustained.

However, if “the world” is “the way we live and expect things to happen” then, Yes; the world as we know it will not exist after 2012, except in a few places…. Continue reading Does 2012 mean the end of the world?

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What is the “ether?”

Not to be confused with a volatile liquid whose gases render people unconscious, the ether that many 18th and 19th century scientists and philosophers refer to is an invisible “sea” that was believed to permeate all of space, through which light waves were thought to travel in the way sound waves travel through air. Continue reading What is the “ether?”

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What’s the relationship between Unity, Religious Science, and the Unitarians?

Although they share the same theology (one omnipresent God, not a three-in-one trinity), rely heavily on the philosophy expounded by Ralph Waldo Emerson, and are congregation-run organizations that honor the many spiritual paths as all having value and do not believe anybody goes to a place called Hell, the three groups are really very different.

The Unitarian-Universalist Association is totally unrelated to either of the other associations and is generally unaware of them…. Continue reading What’s the relationship between Unity, Religious Science, and the Unitarians?

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