Ethos

Ethos is the distinctive essence of a culture, era, or community as shown in its beliefs and ambitions.  Some synonyms are character, atmosphere, and mood.

Spiritually: the culture of God’s Kingdom comes from Heaven itself, from the words of the Holy Spirit in the Bible, from the love of God and Jesus.  We’re to be very happy in the Lord, and again, be very happy (Philippians 4:4).  As Jesus modeled on earth, His kingdom is full of love, good works, and worshiping God, and all eyes are to focus on heavenly things more than earthly things (Col. 3) …ethos.

(Of course, if there are citizens in God’s kingdom who don’t behave in sync with the ethos, they are aliens, criminals, spies, whatever…)

Isthmus

“A narrow strip of land, bordered on both sides by water, connecting two larger bodies of land.”  Like the Isthmus of Panama connecting North and South America.

Spiritually: Jesus is the isthmus connecting heaven and earth.  We have to go through the water, like the Israelites did through the Red Sea, using Jesus as the path, the way, the door to heaven (John 14:6, 7)…isthmus.

Scotopic

Scotopic refers to the non-vision of the eye under low-light levels. In the human eye, cone cells (daylight and color) don’t work very well in low visible light.

Spiritually: Without God, Jesus, and their word (which are lights and lamps to our feet and mind (John 1; Psalm 18:28; Psalm 119:105; Ephesians 5:8-14), we would constantly live in a state of scotopic vision, or bumping into all kinds of sins in the dark, where God is not, and getting terribly hurt, along with hurting others…scotopic.

Maharajah

Formerly, a ruling prince from India.

Spiritually: a “Christian” is an eternal prince or princess, being an adopted child of the powerful and eternal Deity named I-Am-That-I-Am.  This means, Christians dress, speak, and behave differently from those who are not of the Royal House of I-Am-That-I-Am.  Behaving anything less means we just “say” we’re Christians or royalty…Maharajah

Exodus 3:13, 14; John 1:1-13; Romans 6:15; Galatians 4:1-7; Colossians 3; and more

Laparoscopoy

(lap-ah-RAH-scope-ee)

A surgical procedure to insert a fiber-optic instrument through the abdominal wall to view the organs or to permit a surgical procedure.

Spiritually: “Bibleoscopy” is also a surgical procedure in which an ultra-sharp two-edged sword (God’s word) is inserted through the brain, eyes, mouth, heart, hands, feet to view and fix thoughts, speech, plans, actions, and goals (Hebrews 4:12-13; 2 Timothy 2:15)…laparoscopy.