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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Adesola Oladoja redux

My Fear 
Let he who is
Cast a stone first
We run from the truth 
The truth we know 
We know will bring the light 
I do not cringe at failure
I've been in its mire 
I have arisen a better me
I do not fear my flaws  
I've known the strength
Of their weakness
I do not fear defeat
I've seen the victory therein 
Which no ephemerality could behold 
This is what I fear  
That I'll one day run away 
And dodge as soon as I hear 
The footsteps of
My truth
The truth I so preach
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Let Him Who Is Without Sin Cast The First Stone -- Darcie Pike

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  1. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. t this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

    “No one, sir,” she said.

    “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

    The Gospel of John 8: 3-11

    The gospel went through 2 or 3 stages before reaching its current form around 90–110. It speaks of an unnamed "disciple whom Jesus loved" as the source of its traditions, but does not say specifically that he is its author. However, Christian tradition identifies this disciple as the apostle Yohanan who also composed 3 epistles and the "Book of Revelation." He was the youngest of the 12 apostles and the brother of Ya'qob (James). The 2 brothers ("sons of thunder," as Jesus called them), along with Shimʿon bar Yonah (St. Peter) and his brother Andreas, were the 1st disciples. In 44, Ya'qob was the 1st to be martyred, by king Herod Agrippa I of Judea, but Yohanan survived another 1/2 century. It was Herod's persecution that caused the other disciples to travel throughout the Roman empire as missionaries; Yohanan went to Ephesos (near modern Selçuk, Turkey), where he wrote his epistles. He instructed 2 of the most important early Christian figures, Polýkarpos (whom he ordained as bishop of Smyrna) and Ignatios (whom Peter made bishop of Antioch). According to Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus, he survived being plunged into boiling oil in Roma and exiled to Patmos in the Aegean Sea during the reign of Titus Flavius Caesar Domitianus Augustus. He died in Ephesos sometime after 98. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints maintains that he did not die but was allowed to continue is work until the return of Jesus at the end of time and that, with the resurrected Ya'qob and Peter, he visited Joseph Smith in 1829 and restored the priesthood authority with Apostolic succession.