Concord is Harmony. The kind of peace when each part has its own voice.
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Concord - Shalom - Peace.
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By Stephen H. Funck
“If you want Peace, seek Justice for all”
This is my main joy in retirement. I have always been interested in the history, especially of the classical world and technology. Behind my desk at the Jail I had archaeologist’s renditions of the Temple Jesus saw, instead of "religious pictures." Many people say it is all a matter of faith and all beliefs are equally valid. They are half right. It especially sad when some one thinks that then claims to be a "Christian".
The God of the Bible is fundamentally different from all other religious deities. He claims He acts in history and the Scripture are the record of what He has done, the message He has announced to His creation. If you read the writings of other religions, some are filled with wild stories, myths, legends, that remind me of the stories of "Star Wars" and "Harry Potter". Some especially Hindu and Greek philosophy are supreme human thought. Looking at the Temples, the images of the gods and the way they are worshipped makes plain how radically different the practice of the people of the Book is.
We are in between two positions. On the one hand, “All is by Faith alone”. There is no evidence for “scientific absolute proof”. But that does not mean there is no evidence, no rational claims. Many ignore the fact there is no evidence, scientific proof, the God of the Bible and His record is not True. In order to have all by Faith Alone, God hid all the “proof”, but there is no “proof” for any alternative. Taking a very good look at the evidence is very worth while. I enjoy trying to see how the bits and pieces left in history might have been originally assembled. The scientific discoveries do not “prove” there is no God. Dark matter and dark energy are both real and so mysterious, they could hide any God, if he so chose. Scientific facts do disprove some claims of some who think they are “defending” God and the Bible by proposing as “truths” what the Bible does not teach.
I was born in Cincinnati in one of the founding families of the The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, with many pastors, teachers, etc. Family legend said the Kohn branch were originally Jewish. The name means “priest, son of Aaron”. I wanted to be an aeronautical engineer or teach science before I was called into the Ministry. After graduating from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, I served parishes in rural Iowa and suburban Baltimore, before I was offered the position as Chaplain at Baltimore City Detention Center. I believe evil, sin and Satan are real, so the dark side in jail, of life, of the world, church, does not surprise or disturb me. I was constantly impressed by how many and how often inmates and staff were gracious and pleasant under difficult conditions.