Espirational Faith

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." –The Apostle Paul


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It’s Your Choice

“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live….”

(DEU 30:19; as found in Bible Gateway; In Context | Full Chapter | Other Translations)

 

Okay, so the worldly prophets are at it again. All over the virtual world of the Web, in numerous churches and even on the planet’s talk on the streets and in the homes of many our eyes are being turned toward the heavens as the soothsayers and the doom prognosticators are pointing toward August 21 and September 23, 2017, as harbingers of the beginning of the end. Are they right?

You’d think we’d know better by now that a total eclipse of the sun, caused simply by the passage of the moon between the direct path of the light created by the sun’s flames and a relatively small land space on Earth, is nothing more than a periodic natural event which occurs due to simple physical universal laws. Yes, there is reference of the sun being darkened in the book of The Revelation (8:12). Yes, there is mention of a stone being cast onto Earth which destroys one-third of those living (REV 18:21). But I ask you, how many other eclipses have occurred since the time during which John scripted his vision? How many other “visionaries” have there been who have warned Earth’s inhabitants of impending doom and the arrival of “Judgement Day” only to be left standing alone with only a few blind soles after the astronomical event, be it an eclipse, a meteor shower, the passage of a nearby comet or some other natural phenomena?

Is there a better way to understand the prophecies of the Bible? Is there another “message” to the things we see and experience personally for perhaps the first time? The answer to this is a resounding “YES!” It is because of such confusion, either intentional and manipulative in purpose or unintentional that a more pure understanding of how the prophecies of the Bible is imperative.

That is why I’ve dedicated my life to writing and publishing my series called REVEALED. Not to show my power of the printed word, the fact that I received low grades in school in English proves I do not have that. The book was not to be my theses to prove my vast knowledge of both scripture and world history, I do not carry a theological degree and my education has centered on business, psychology and education – not religion. But my acceptance to the call to help people better understand the glorious foundations of the Scriptures and the prophecies found within them came early in my life, before being indoctrinated by worldly churches. Thus I have found no need to constantly be looking for ways the prophecies are to be fulfilled. My faith is simple. I know the prophecies of the Bible, for the most part, have already been filled, or they are being fulfilled, or a few are yet to be fulfilled. Simple as that.

There is really nothing left to be to be revealed about the mysteries of the prophecies, and there has not been since John wrote The Revelation. The only reason I chose to write my series of lessons/books is to try to give further guidance concerning how to comprehend the picturesque language those prophecies are written in better. John was told not to seal up his book (REV 22:10), therefore he tried to make the way of understanding the prophetic words as clear as possible. But by the nature of man, confusion sat in over the centuries to the point that everyone who studies the Scriptures believe they have the right understanding of the words contained in the prophecies. Such confusion causes people to have doubt, to believe lies and to think the Bible has no basis of Truth when the prophecies fail as interpreted.

We all have a choice to make for August 21, 2017 and beyond. I’ll admit that I am making a statement similar to what the worldly theologians make when I say that this date is not necessarily the beginning of the end. It could be. But I believe as strongly as those who proclaim that possibility that the beginning of the end started over 2000 years ago and that we are about to enter a “new age” of hope, peace and love of which this planet has never experienced. This is not starting on August 21, nor any other specific date. It will not be announced by an eclipse, a comet, “Planet X” nor any other astronomical event. This coming 1000 years of peace, the Millennial Sabbath, will come by an awakening of the spirit of mankind into their true spiritual personhood. The chaos of this world will pass away as people begin to understand that there is more to this life than we have been told.

The Hebrew people, the Jews, missed the Christ when he first came to Earth because they sought a worldly king who would defeat their enemies and establish their kingdom over all the earth. It did not happen. Most missed their Messiah because he came as a peaceful servant, not a conquering warrior. Followers of Jesus today, many of them, are doing the same thing. They believe that it is our responsibility to establish “The Kingdom of God” regardless what it takes, violent or otherwise. Please, do not be deceived. God’s ways are not man’s ways (ISA 55:8). When Jesus was here, nearly 2000 years ago he established a spiritual kingdom of people who were taught the knowledge of the kingdom of spirit, who was given understanding of that knowledge and who were able to obtain the wisdom of how to live in that spirit. We need not create the Kingdom of God on Earth, it is already here. We need not fear the future, we should rejoice in it.

Yes, times are likely going to get tough through the next few years, especially if people listen to and believe what the worldly philosophers and prophets are proclaiming. And I admit that what I am writing here is but my opinion and could be wrong. Are you able to make such a statement about the coming eclipse? Planet X? Or in previous years about Hale Bop, meteor showers or a multitude of other astronomical events which have been declared by well-meaning yet misled spokes persons who struck fear in people’s hearts as they spoke.

The choice is ours. We can either follow these ungrounded mythologies surrounding scriptures and allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by fear and dark knowledge, or we can stand in the light of the sun on August 21, 2017 and watch as that light is temporarily darkened by the moon passing overhead. This marvelous event shows our dependence upon the natural light of the sun, even as our spiritual life is dependent upon the light of love emitting through the true believers of God. There is nothing to fear. Experience this eclipse. Watch the sun disappear. Watch it come back again. Even as Jesus, the Christ, arose from the grave, the Spirit of God has been, is, and shall always be here. Our choice is, do we believe it?

 

 


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Decision Time

So, you’re faced with making a decision. A task which most everyone faces with the feelings of dread and intimidation from things unknown and unknowable. How can one possibly make the right choice? How can anyone know how to decide what is not only best for the current day, but for many years to come and, indeed, throughout the future? It occurs nearly daily for some of us, deciding what to feed our families, where to have them educated, where we should work, who we should contact today and on and on. These may or may not be earth-shaking decisions to everyone, but to you and those close to you they are important and the decisions you make about these things today can have a far reaching effect upon many peoples’ futures. The presidential election, next month, is a good example of this as is such decisions you may be considering at this time about whether or not to be supportive of such things as gun control, environmental issues, right to life vs. right to choose, and on and on. But the real question is how does a person, faced with the need to make difficult decisions, do so? Let’s look at a possible process which has been used for millennia:

 

  • First we must sit down in a quiet place and, preferably with pencil and paper (or computer) in hand, clearly define what the decision is we must make. Be as brief as possible but be precise and complete in your description. Keep it in one paragraph of less than 50 words.
  • Define the importance of the decision which means simply, why is this important to you. Edit out anything you have read as to why it is important to someone else which you’ve seen on social media, the news or which your friends have said in common conversations or even social gatherings. Here you want to state only why it is important to make the right decision to you and your own family members.
  • Next, draw a line down the middle of a piece of paper if you have two choices (2 dividing lines for 3 choices, etc.) and label the top of each column with the name of the central figure of each choice. The process from this point is to, in one or two word phrases, list both positive and negative reasons for making that choice.
  • Place a plus before the point if it is a reason for deciding to select that choice, or a minus sign if the point is a reason against choosing that way. If the point carries significant importance, either positive or negative, place a number from 1 to 4 in front of the plus or minus sign to show added significance to the point. Be careful with this step, while this is a personal decision making process open to your own personal interpretation, you want to make certain that the decision you make is based on facts, not just emotional influences. Do your “homework” here, find out what the records say about the items you have on your list. What have been the results of such decisions before. Check historical records of similar decisions in the past. In short, make certain you are informed before proceeding with your decision. This could take several days so don’t put this process off till the last minute.
  • Now that you have your choice lists built, sit down with chart in hand and make a conscious decision to clear your mind and to ask the Spirit of God to guide you into making an informed choice. Before looking again at your chart, meditate a few minutes asking your spiritual guide to give you the wisdom needed to make the right choice. Then in a quiet, relaxed state, look at your lists and read it over carefully to be certain there are no other points which need to be added. If not then carefully add the number of plusses and place at the bottom of each list column. Then do the math. The resulting numbers are the logical indicator of the most obvious decision to be made. The column with the end highest number of positive points is most likely the choice which should be made. But this is sometimes not absolute, and this is why doing this last decision making process in a prayerful/meditative state is so important.
  • After seeing the resulting columnar figures and seeing which choice has the highest positive results, you may find yourself in a very disturbing situation. The choice you originally felt was best may not at all end up being the one indicated by your chart as being the most logical choice for your situation. This is then the time that we must decide to go back into prayer and ask our guide to give us peace concerning the decision. If the chart shows the decision should be one which goes against our advisors we depend upon in the world, then we must be able to make that choice with a pure heart and clear conscious to prevent our suffering from guilt or withdrawing from our friendships after the decision has been made. In prayer, ask that whatever decision is made, that you are able to make such decision with a clear conscious knowing that you are responsible for whatever results such decision causes.
  • Finally the time of decision will come, and if you have successfully waded through the process described above then you will be able to state your decision boldly, confidently and without hesitation. While this process can be learned and internalized, not needing to be done on paper or in a computer, it is usually best to learn to do it on paper first. Besides, it is the easiest way to be certain that you are being fair to yourself and your subject with less chance of missing something accidently or cheating. While the process does take time, if the decision is an important one like the up-coming presidential election, and if you are having problems making that final decision, this process can make it much easier to know how to decide.

 

Now it should be obvious that I am placing this post in my blog a month before the presidential election this year of 2017 because of the importance I believe that such election should hold for everyone. I am not here going to try to influence your decision as to whom you should vote for. If you follow me at all, especially on Facebook, then you already know how I feel about this election. But I wanted to take this opportunity to teach my readers a little of the knowledge I have gained through the years about how to apply a little of the psychological, sociological and spiritual information I’ve accumulated through the years of education and research. I hope this helps you in developing a better and more effective decision making process for yourself, whether spiritual, medical, social or political or any other choice you find you must make. Now take these notes and practice them on the upcoming election. I think we all need the practical help this can provide.


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Are You Caring for Our Garden?

“The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden

to work it and take care of it.”

Genesis 2:15-NIV

Ahh! The Earth. Our beautiful planet which, if observed with pure eyes, is truly a remarkably diversified beautiful garden which we, its attendants, have only begun to conceive of the remarkable ways in which it war created. The rolling hills, the luscious forests and jungles, the majestic mountains and the bottomless oceans are the home of the remarkable creatures we all know and love of the mammals, birds and reptiles, including ourselves. Why then, with all this beauty surrounding us on a daily basis must we be reminded that it is our responsibility, our duty to take care of this planet? Yet, until recently with the advent of a few people starting what we call Earth Day, we seemed to think that what this scripture meant was that we could do with this planet whatever we wanted which has lead us to causing the extinction of many species of both plants and animals and, if not gotten under control, could lead to our own extinction as well. So what do we do?

Well, first we must recognize the fact that we are to find our place as part of this creation, and not masters of it, as many of the American Indians have believed and taught. While we are ultimately responsible to feed the billions of people on this planet, we must not place that responsibility above the care of the planet itself. To do so would simply mean to fast run out of or destroy the very source which we need to care for the humans we want to care for.

We must use a different type of logic than that which has been prevalent in the past where if something exists and the human governments gives me the right to claim it, or I am strong enough to take that right, then I can do whatever I want with it.  To do so may be the very human way of existence as it has been for thousands of years, but it ignores the rights of other creatures, including other people, on being able to have access to those same elements. It further ignores the fact that we were placed on this planet to “work it and take care of it,” not to take all that is valuable from it and then leave it as useless and ugly.

I am not going to belabor the negative, uh, stupidity of mankind’s activity of creating oil wells in areas which have undermined the land to the point that it is now causing major earthquakes under vast territories like in Oklahoma. Yet, as intelligent as man thinks we are, we are still debating rather to do the same thing in land set aside as a national park in Alaska. Where is the logic in that? While there is much research and evidence concerning the fact that there is more than enough energy available through wind, solar and thermal resources it remains essentially untapped because the ones who have become rich with oil and other more potentially dangerous and destructive sources of energy refuse to invest in these alternative energy systems.

The same is true with numerous other topics which concern the Earth’s health. Things like air pollution, over-farming with chemical substitution of fertilizers and never allowing the ground to rest, and rampant deforestation in areas like Brazil where once lush jungles which had numerous medicinal plants are being replaced by deforested fields for farmers to produce “human needs” crops. A wealth of possible biochemical cures lost to mankind and a much needed source of clean oxygen lost to the planet.

Sadly enough, we have in the past, as a species given the assignment to tend this beautiful garden we call Earth, failed; but it is not yet too late to change the error of our ways and to try to heal the wounds we have caused our “Mother Earth.” The one person in the United States political past which I think did more  toward bringing the issue of American disrespect for the planet was not actually a politician at all. She was the wife of President Lyndon B. Johnson. Lady Bird Johnson took on as her cause to get Americans to stop using this country’s landscape as a trash can, and to quite hiding the view of our beautiful country with billboards. Her ideas caught on and from that time on we have started to understand better, and to try to do something about  our personal and our planet’s environment.

There is much that needs to be done, there is much which can be done, to turn the tide of planetary destruction which has been so prevalent for the past several centuries. Take action against those who disrespect the land by joining environmental groups. Use environmentally friendly products and services whenever possible, like solar or wind energy. And speak up for the Earth whenever possible. That way, by tending the Earth as we were asked to do, she will be able to take care of us.

Happy Earth Day.


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Choices: Learn, Understand, Be Wise

Throughout our lives, every second of our lives, there is something which we all must do which will create the atmosphere of all which we will experience throughout the rest of eternity. We must choose.

Choose? Choose what, you may ask. How do we choose anything?

The simple fact is that no matter what we are doing, or even if we are doing nothing at all, we are making choices. Choices if by no other sense of the word concerning what we will be doing at that moment, if anything at all. Sound confusing? It really isn’t. Let me try to explain.

A choice is simply an opportunity to make a decision as to which way to go, what to do next, in order to accomplish what you are wanting to do. No big secret in that, right? But where the secret seems obscured is when the crossroads on your path seems to be numerous, the speed of the road gets rapid and the map which is supposed to show you the way to your goal becomes unclear and hard to read.

Every day we all make routine choices as to what clothing we will wear, what we will eat, how we will comb our hair (if we have hair), the route we will drive to work (if,  indeed, we drive to work), and so forth. Each of these seemingly repetitious, routine actions involves a number of smaller decisions like is this a work day or a day off which will determine if you wear work clothes or play wear. The only time these types of activities do not involve immediate choices are when you have done the same thing long enough that the activity has become habituated and you no longer have to think of how you will do that activity. At least not consciously. But a choice has been made. Sometime in the past you decided to do something in a certain way, over and over, until such action became routine and planted in the subconscious until the conscious mind no longer had to be involved until you find need to change the decision.

Such need to make choices permeates every aspect of our lives, throughout our lives, and as such helps us to create our own view of the universe wherein we live. Do we see everything and everyone as being dangerous and out to harm us. A pessimistic attitude such as this can create for you a form of hell on earth and endanger you of possible psychological paralyses. This unrealistic view creates within a person the cause for suspicion of everyone and everything they come in contact with, and they often become frozen in their actions because they soon begin doubting even their own abilities.

However, the incurable optimist can often be just as blind to reality because they are so intent that “all is good” that they are blinded to potential dangers which could and most likely should be avoided. The key here is to first gain knowledge, then work toward an understanding of how that knowledge can be used beneficially and then to tempore the positive and negative information you can obtain about any choice or set of choices so you can make a wise choice between the directions you can go. You may recognize this as the message of the “Serenity Prayer” quoted so often.

A good example can be seen in the story of the hiker in the mountains who is wandering along a mountain path to suddenly have the chill of a low growl coming to him from behind. At the point he was at on the trail’s ascent, the hiker knew there was no other way back to the cabin than through the area from where he heard the sound. Not sure of what was creating the growl, he decided against that and tried rapidly to think of other choices out of the danger he felt he was in as he kept climbing the path. As the growls grew louder and the trail grew narrower, the hiker soon came to the end of the trail which, a narrow precipice was overlooking the town below from whence he came.

Decision time. The growl was still echoing to him and his imagination started being wildly creative. But he had to make a decision. Does he go back down the hill to face whatever was making the hungry noises? Not an acceptable choice in his mind, especially since he was unarmed. That would be a similar pessimistic choice as just sitting down on the rock in the clearing, enjoying the day, and waiting for his carnivore host to arrive and eat him. Not a pretty picture. The other choice extreme is to optimistically believe that he can overcome all situations and therefore decide if his 150 pound, nonathletic frame could fight the bear or lion behind him or should he trust that at the last moment he could sprout wings and be able to jump off the cliff and fly to safety in the town below? Well, obviously whether you be a pessimist or optimist, the logic of reason and reality must at some point set in and the hiker must realize that he cannot fight a bear bare handed, nor can he fly, and to try to do either of these things in this physical reality would be simply suicidal.

What could be done? The hiker remembers a way to clear his thinking by taking a few deep breaths and, while doing so, repeating the word “Relax,” quietly to himself. While doing this the question permeated his mind, in the form of a prayer, of “How do I get out of here, safely.” While doing this, the hiker suddenly became aware that, even though the trail ended where he stood, the mountain did not. It went, well, straight up. Now a new choice was having to be faced, but there was no time for an in depth analysis of how to climb this steep precipice. The head of the bear suddenly appeared about 30 yards away. The hiker instantly grabs a stone sticking out from the cliff and started to climb. He was not an experienced climber and had no special equipment with him. But by the time the bear got to the clearing where he had been standing he was well above the animal’s head.

Safely wedged between the cliff wall and a tree trunk growing from it, the hiker sat gratefully thanking God for giving him the wisdom to make good choices. After the bear had made a circle of the clearing, eating a few barriers and walking a circle he had obviously walked many times before, he went back down the path and disappeared. The hiker never knew what the growls were about. Knowing that brown bears are mainly vegetarian, he did not know if the bear caught his scent and was upset that an intruder was in his territory or something else. But the hiker walked back down the trail with a wonderful story to tell without fighting a bear or jumping off a cliff.

Most of us will never have such a dramatic story about decision making such as this, but we must all make decisions at all times. Do you put on your left shoe or your right first every morning? Do you take the back roads to work, or the freeway? Do you vote Republican or Democratic, or which candidate do I vote for in the U.S. election? What do you do about your bills? Do you believe in a God of love or are all things circumstantial?

Whatever you believe, the choices you make, are the reason you see the world as you do. Don’t like the world you see, change how you look at it, change what you’re doing, in short change your choices. But please, think and pray before you choose.


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Light, Life, Love

Life-Light-Love

 

Imagine being in a complete void, with absolutely nothing else there except you. You have no physical body to be touched nor to touch other objects; and, in fact, it would have no use for there is nothing else to touch, observe or hear. There is no light, so even if there were physical objects you could not see them for in the physical world it takes light to give objects their ability to be seen. There is not even any sound, except for the consistent, incessant hum which seems to be coming from your own existence sounding like a continuous low, rumbling “iammmmmm” or “ommmmmm” emitting from within you. Then slowly over unknown expanses of time, whatever that is, questions start forming in you like, “I am. But if I am, then what am I?” and “If I am here, then where am I?” and “Why am I alone?”

This is what the writers of the world’s sacred scriptures elude to in their stories of the very beginning of time. We don’t know, nor need to know, when or exactly how this happened; but something like this did happen according to the scriptures of our world written by Moses and other of Earth’s teachers of truth. But then this mighty force decided to do something about the lonely state it found itself in. It said, “Let there be light.” [1]‘’[2][3][4]

Isn’t it interesting how most people think that the first thing created in this large universe was light? An easily made error, made by not carefully reading the scriptures. Scriptures say God “said, ‘Let there be light” which requires first God’s own ability to think and the universal concept of sound to exist Thus the preexistence of God was only reflected by the scripture writers by the fact that God, indeed, did have thought and could speak. Therefore light being created on the “first day” is only recorded as the first record of creation.

Logic explains the scientists’ insistence that for light to exist and be light, it must have something to be reflected upon (except at very high intensities like looking at the source of the light where you can see its aura) or it is simply energy zooming through space which cannot be seen. However the first thing existent was thought, and that thought then produced sound, and from that sound was proclaimed the existence of light and the rest followed.   Hubble[5]

Therefore this proclamation by the one we call “God” or “Creative Force” or whatever one may call the base intelligence of why we are all here must have had a moment of perplexity when realizing that the light he[6] had just created was of little use in a universe with nothing else in it; but scientists explain that at the same  moment that light had become existent in this physical plain, due to the explosive power which has traditionally been known as the “Big Bang,” set into motion many other things which appeared to make it possible for the light to have something to reflect on to be seen and to see other objects.[7]

As mentioned, two things apparently existed before the creation of light: First God was obviously aware of his own existence. Where did he come from? What was he made of? How did these thoughts which seemed to come from nowhere, yet be everywhere exist? No mention by the wise ones has ever been made about this. Some things are just beyond our knowledge. Those “thoughts” or “feelings” just existed. The other thing which you could say that these nebulous thoughts seemed to be creating was sound. The low, persistent, somewhat mechanical drone which some are told to attempt to mimic while meditating. The “thoughts” of God were evidently, that drone. So the first thing his thoughts created was sound, not light as most of us believe.

Further evidence of this can be found when noticing in the Scriptures that it was by no other action by the Creator than what he said to create all that we see and experience around us. Moses said, in the Hebraic book of Genesis that God spoke everything into existence. “God said, ‘Let there be light.’”

But the logical mind then asks the reasonable question that if nothing else existed, what then was the light made of? Does it matter? Most likely it was made of the thoughts of God which process is beyond our comprehension, but we know that it is the next logical step to the creative process.[8] First there was thought. Then as those vibrations of thought began to increase they began to create a sound. Then as the vibrations grew even more rapid they could be contained no longer and thus the words from the creator of: “Let there be light.” The Apostle John clearly confirms this process when he declares, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”[9][10]

Scientists confirm, in their own way, how this process makes sense when speaking of astronomical phenomena, specifically the cycle of a star’s development and explosive expansion.[11] Of course they do not give credit to thought being the root of the cycle of a star’s “life” but they do show how greater and greater intensity of energy (vibration) into one location eventually causes things to happen.

And thus, after light appeared, things did happen. Stars appeared. Planets began forming and orbiting the stars. On Earth the waters of the oceans were separated from the dry land, and plants and animals began to appear. Then man.

Whether this process took only six days, which is doubtful to the logical mind due to the extremely complex physiological processes involved in such a creative process, or if the process took 60 trillion years or more we really do not know. The amount of time it took is, in reality, irrelevant.

What is important in this process is that even the sciences of mankind agree with the world’s theologians that this creative process, which brought forth light and life into this universe, did and does exist. How it occurred, how long it took, or even why it occurred are all points of curiosity to be sure; but in reality not nearly as important as the next step in this process of God, and we, discovering who he is.

When Moses faced the Pharaoh and demanded that the Hebrews be released from their captivity as slaves of Egypt it was done by him at the request of the Creator. Moses asked God, “Who should I say has sent me demanding these things?” To this God replied to tell the Pharaoh that “I AM,” had sent him.[12]

What an interesting dichotomy this presented to Moses. To do what he was being told to do would surely be misunderstood by the Egyptians and simply make it appear that he was a traitor to those who raised him. But true to his faith, when asked who it was that demanded the release of the slaves, Moses said, “I am.” And from that moment on he became the enemy of the Egyptian nation.

Anyone who has read the story about how the Hebrew were lead into the land we now know as Israel recognizes how they struggled for their very existence while they wandered through the wilderness between Egypt and the “Promised Land.” The story needs not be told here. But it is an important step on the Creator’s process of self-identification. Why? When he made mankind, he said he wanted to make a special creature which was made in his (“our”[13]) image. Through this process, God started learning about himself by watching and at times helping his image learn to cope with their Earth bound existence.

As time progressed from the time of the freeing of the slaves, we see a Creator who has placed restraints upon himself on how much he can interfere with mankind’s existence. While different people have been given what seem to be contradictory messages from the Prime Source, they have all had what seemed to be the same goal in mind: to create within human society one basic recognition that “God Is” and that only through his guidance can we have understanding, peace, abundance and universal love.

Then came the time of ultimate decision for the Creator. While many of us humans do not believe in the concept of God having a physical son, there are many who wrote historical scriptures who do. And this is important if we are to ever understand why, in the Christian Scriptures, the Apostle John identifies God as agape (love).[14]  Over two-thousand years ago God realized that the main reason mankind could not live a balanced, peaceful life in his honor was because they did not have an example of how to do so, or what would happen if one did live a faithful life as he was created to do. So, to prove to mankind their importance to the Creator he sent his “only begotten son,” Jesus, who is called the Christ, to Earth to show us the way to live a godly life even when opposed by all others.[15]

This was the ultimate challenge for the Creator. Why? He could have simply wiped us off the planet and started over as is indicated may have happened before in the Book of Genesis, and which he considered doing during the worldwide flood when he found Noah having a promising character and told him how to save himself.[16] Time after time the world’s scriptures show how God has attempted to show us the way of peace and prosperity; but we have never comprehended it. The hope for God was that by sending his son we would finally have an example of what it would take to have a planet full of light and life. It is due to this act of love shown through the son of God that the Apostle John said, in the “Book of The Revelation,” that Jesus, The Christ, was “the beginning of the creation of God.”[17]

So there we have it, the true essence of the creation itself:

Light, Life and Love

All emitted from the Creator himself.

Mankind keeps looking for the way we can “evolve,” yet we have already been created as the image of God and what we must do to evolve is to recognize that and to learn how to be the instruments of love we were created to be. God created us to help him overcome his “aloneness,” his loneliness. He wants to be able to call us his friends, even as Jesus called the disciples his friends.[18] However God finds it impossible to even look upon evil because he is pure, and had to be pure to build this universe on the narrow equilibrium necessary to build it.

We have choices to make. We have lessons to learn. Are we willing to let go of misconceptions and become a friend of God?

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End Notes:

[1] New International Version of Christian Holy Bible (Genesis 1:1-5)j.

[2] According to one Buddhist commentator: “Simply, Buddhism does not have such kind of Creation story since it rejects the concept of Creator God. Instead, in the Aganna Sutta, the Buddha tells the story of how the human beings came to dwell on Earth.” However, the commentator goes on to show how the Buddha’s comments seem to agree with the Big Bang theory. – “Buddhism Beta,” Stack Exchange,

[3] The Hebrew Bible in English (Torah) (Genesis 1:1-5)

[4] Other religions either make no mention of the creation of the universe, or the multitude of representations of thoughts or traditions make it impossible to say that they teach any one doctrine concerning it.

[5] “Hubble Spies Big Bang Frontiers,” ESA/NASA, October 22,2015.

[6] Here the word “he” is used as a grammatically correct personification, not to designate gender since we know through Scriptures that the Creator is evidently nonsexual: Wayne Martindale, “C. S. Lewis on Gender Language in the Bible,” Touchstone, Summer, 1990.

[7] “Big Bang,” Wikipedia, cited 01-04-2016.

[8] Interesting note from scientists here who are saying that the Universe is actually just a holographic projection:

“Big Bang is Holographic Projection of Universe” Secrets of Mind and Reality,” MindReality.com, cited: 01/04/2016

[9] New International Version of Christian Holy Bible – New Testiment (John 1:1).

[10] In reference to the science of vibrations see: Benjamin Crowell, Light and Matter, Chapter 17 “Vibrations and waves, “Online version, cited 01/05/2016.

[11] Multiple references given by Bing Videos cited on 01-03-2016.

[12] New International Version of Christian Holy Bible (Exodus Chapter 3).

[13] More about this word, “our,” in other essays.

[14] New International Version of Christian Holy Bible – New Testiment (I John 4:8)

[15] This is the essence of the New Testament of the Christian Holy Bible message.

[16]  New International Version of Christian Holy Bible (Genesis 6:1-17).

[17] King James Version of Christian Holy Bible New Testament (Revelation3:14).

[18] New Internationals Version of Christian Holy Bible New Testament (John 15:15).

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Why Be Positive?

Hi, everyone. I just thought that perhaps some of you may be wondering why Rogene and I have created our positive lifestyle blogs and insist on the importance of a positive attitude. I mean, many of you who may know us well realize that this type of thinking does not come easily or naturally for us, and sometimes we flat out fail. But we insist that we retain this attitude as a central theme for our lives not only because it creates a more pleasant atmosphere for us and others to live, it also causes us to feel better.

The Christian/Hebraic scriptures gives us our basic teaching on this subject where Solomon recorded being told:  “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22) But now scientists are catching up to the wisdom of old.

I just read an article from the National Institute of Health (NIH) which, for some, may be an astonishing announcement from a governmentally sponsored research institute, but it simply shows that the sages of old most certainly had more than just hunches when they gave their advice. One of the researchers that was interviewed by the NIH, Dr. Fredrickson, reportedly said,

“The results suggest that taking time to learn the skills to self-generate positive emotions can help us become healthier, more social, more resilient versions of ourselves.”

The report goes on to say that the results of positive thinking affected not only one’s spiritual and psychological health, but also our physical health and recommends positive lifestyle training through meditation, affirmations and thought control methods to help one learn how to feel better by thinking differently.

Below I have quoted the first few sentences of the NIH article to get you started reading this article about this exciting research, but don’t stop here. Please follow the link and read the whole article. It takes a few minutes, but the information is invaluable. . . .

Positive Emotions and Your Health Developing a Brighter Outlook
Illustration of a woman watching a sunset from atop a mountain.
Do you tend to look on the sunny side, or do you see a future filled with dark, stormy skies? A growing body of research suggests that having a positive outlook can benefit your physical health. NIH-funded scientists are working to better understand the links between your attitude and your body. They’re finding some evidence that emotional wellness can be improved by developing certain skills.
Having a positive outlook doesn’t mean you never feel negative emotions, such as sadness or anger, says Dr. Barbara L. Fredrickson, a psychologist and expert on emotional wellness at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. “All emotions—whether positive or negative—are adaptive in the right circumstances. The key seems to be finding a balance between the two,” she says.
“Positive emotions expand our awareness and open us up to new ideas, so we can grow and add to our toolkit for survival,” Fredrickson explains. “But people need negative emotions to move through difficult situations and respond to them appropriately in the short term. Negative emotions can get us into trouble, though, if they’re based on too much rumination about the past or excessive worry about the future, and they’re not really related to what’s happening in the here and now.”
People who are emotionally well, experts say, have fewer negative emotions and are able to bounce back from difficulties faster. This quality is called resilience. Another sign of emotional wellness is being able to hold onto positive emotions longer and appreciate the good times. Developing a sense of meaning and purpose in life—and focusing on what’s important to you—also contributes to emotional wellness.
Research has found a link between an upbeat mental state and improved health, including lower blood pressure, reduced risk for heart disease, healthier weight, better blood sugar levels, and longer life. But many studies can’t determine whether positive emotions lead to better health, if being healthy causes positive emotions, or if other factors are involved. . . . (complete article here)


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So What Did Ezekiel See?

During the past month I have found myself involved in a very interesting discussion concerning the experience many people report as having seen mysterious unidentified flying objects (UFO’s) specifically in the skies over Florida. While not a member of MUFON, I have tracked their activities online for several years and have read reports about such experiences and their opponents most of my life. The question is, without doubt, if these events are real physically, spiritually or simply activity of human imagination. While MUFON is attempting to be a scientifically oriented bibliographic cataloging of all such reports in the world, I’ve found myself still having some very important questions which I do not believe have been adequately answered when people try to either prove or disprove the existence of U.F.O.’s.

Why am I opening this topic up here on Espirational Faith? A person jumped onto the MUFON discussion board asking the question of why are people spending so much time reading such things as the MUFON board instead of reading the Bible or Qur’an. To this I asked a brief, but rather curt, question asking if these people telling about their spotting of an UFO were really any different than was the reported incident in the beginning of the Christian/Judaic scriptures where the prophet, Ezekiel saw a flying object which he reported as being a wheel in the center of a wheel. I asked the MUFON reader who asked the question about wasting time reading about UFO’s, as I now ask you: What did Ezekiel see? Are the people who have seen UFO’s seen the same or similar things?

 

Most people who have been approached with this question, or ones similar to it, in the past have found it distasteful because it takes an experience found in holy writ and “humanizes” it as a more common experience.  Many more conservative believers object to a “scientific” study of such things otherwise considered holy, afraid that such study may make the experience or object being discussed too common, remove the mystery, and cause it to be less attractive as concerning its faith value. But that has not stopped scientists and people of true faith from studying such things as biology and health sciences, archeology, astronomy, and others. While what the scientists say is often quite different than what is written in the worldly scriptures found in recorded history, almost yearly we could track how the evidence in scientific research gets closer and closer to being supportive of scriptural context.

 

So I am a strong supporter of collectively gathering what slim information we can about the UFO phenomena, and other phenomenal subjects like the Bermuda Triangle, etc.,  and trying to find a correlation of these reports in an attempt to determine what they are and why so many people are having these experiences. People as widely varied as farmers, truck drivers, air force pilots, Jimmy Carter before his first election as U.S. President, and yes, even a recognizable Old Testament prophet, Ezekiel.

 

Why do I place Ezekiel in with this group? Look at the facts, take this challenge yourself: Get a piece of blank paper and a pencil and a copy of the Book of Ezekiel found in a Bible or other collection of Jewish spiritual works. The assignment is quite simple. As the object is described to open that book which about the prophet, Ezekiel, that fateful day, draw it. Now, of course the “wheel in the middle of a wheel” was a way of describing what Ezekiel saw and was not the form of the object itself. People in the day this description was written simply did not have the experience nor words to describe what was being seen. So keep your picture simple, for we may perhaps still be without proper words to describe what was and is being seen..

 

What did you get? Look familiar? Using your imagination turn the object on its side and draw the feet, the “heads” or icons on the four sides, and other objects. The shape of the object seen should be as familiar to you as it is to me if you follow the study of unidentified flying objects, watch science fiction shows, or even just talk to friends about UFO’S much at all.

 

But what do you think? Should such studies be left alone, or are they an important point of discussion in an otherwise untapped field of knowledge? Is saying that Ezekiel possibly had a “UFO” encounter demeaning to the founders of the Christian/Judaic faiths, or can it be supportive and make them more accessible to the common person? I’m opening up this blog to discuss this topic because it has always been of interest to me and because I believe it to be important at this time to help bring the ancient faiths into our modern times. What do you think?