Matthew 10:32-33

10:32 Everyone therefore who confesses me before men, him I will also confess before my Father who is in heaven. 10:33 But whoever denies me before men, him I will also deny before my Father who is in heaven.

(World English Bible)

Reminiscent of Mark 3:28-29.


  1. candidchatter said

    This verse opened me wide when I read it as a believer. It was then that I realized I had to confess my faith and be not ashamed or shy. I am to be bold in my faith. Quite an eye opener for someone who would have been comfortable keeping it to myself and my fellow believers, but still hanging like I always had with the “rest of the world”.

    Anyway, thought I’d chime in a memory of mine.

  2. Ivan said

    Hey, nice new picture! Heidi, thank you very much for your comment — I’ve been away for a week or so. I shall definitely breathe life back into this blog.

  3. Ivan said

    Ah yes, your point. Bit close to the bone maybe.

    My position at the moment is perhaps that I don’t know what I want to believe … actually, I’ll have to come back to this tomorrow (just got back!).

    Thank you for commenting. I’m whizzing through the quotes but I welcome comments on anything!


  4. Ivan said

    I do think it’s important to stand up and be counted, and I’m not keeping this project a secret (although come to think of it I haven’t actually told anybody. There are a few people I’ve been dying to tell but there hasn’t been an appropriate conversational opening. I did tell someone about the effect reading Spinoza had on me).

    I am shy of misleading people. I am reading sincerely and trying to hear the messages in the Bible, but I can only do that by leaving certain questions unanswered — principally, “What is God? What is Jesus? What is the Holy Spirit? What are they really?” The definitions I’ve given these terms for the moment are kind of provisional placeholders, purely to allow me to continue the journey.

    I see myself as a materialist and a humanist, but interaction with academics and moral philosophers is not really what I need. Your encouragement and comments are very valuable.

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