Author Archives: Rev Peter Semadeni

Cultures surrounding early religions

Growing up I was fortunate to experience different religions. As my family found their place in many different faiths I was able to pick up on the basics. Staying centered in the sects of Christianity, and the occasional Buddhist, I was taught the stories of the Bible from many different perspectives. At such an early age I was unable to comprehend how one book could mean so many different things to so many different people. I was caught in a personal debate trying to learn who was right and who was wrong in their interpretation. At that moment I decided I would devote my time to learning what I could about this one book with so many different meanings.  Continue reading

AFS views on a Higher Power

Many have asked me what AFS believes. Of course we believe in God but it is a God of our individual understanding. We all understand our world differently and we all conceive of God differently. Most religions have rules that require their God to be Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omniscient, Omnibenevolent, and Omni whatever. Most people believe that religion can answer the questions that Science cant. The occurences above what our physical nature can explain is often pushed off to the metaphysical realm, hence deemed the realm of religion and God. Most ask the question, “Is there a God?”, or is the divine presence simply that which science has yet to explain that effect our lives on a daily basis? Continue reading