I Just Know It

Here’s what I know for sure – God NEVER commanded ANYONE to kill. People go into war and attack others for their own selfish and arrogant purposes. God NEVER took the life of a person to have an angel in heaven. God would NEVER require a mother to forsake her child in the name of religion. There is NOTHING you can do to take yourself out of the grace of God. “Blessed and highly favored” is like gravity it’s ALWAYS there for every person no matter what. The devil is a lie…but so is the idea of sin. Religion is a set of manmade rules, regulations, and practices designed to make people more pliable do what pious men want them to do. Now…this part is my opinion… I THINK God, Jesus, and Mohammed would be appalled at what has been done in their name. If all religion disappeared I THINK our world would be exponentially better off. I BELIEVE God is real and true. I believe that God is all good all the time. I BELIEVE that God loves me and you all the time, and has NEVER looked at us as sinners in need of confessions, repentance, or penance. They say in geometry that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. Though I’ve never been good at math I know this – the straightest, most direct path between me and God is a straight line. I have no need for a cleric or book to tell me what is plainly obvious…I am the crown jewel of God’s creation, deserving of all things good and so...
I Believe

I Believe

I believe… Each and every one of us is Here For Something Great,  and the pursuit of that greatness is why we are here. Our individuality was not a mistake.  We were never meant to sing the same song, walk in the same direction, or think the same thoughts.  Our diversity and collective wisdom is the blessed offspring of our uniqueness. Truth is true, until it is challenged and proven to be untrue.  Claims by zealous believers of so-called truth, is often just a belief or opinion held by a group of same-minded people.  Actual, undeniable, irrefutable truth is rare, but it does exist. We are more alike than we are different.  Political party, tribe, religion, ethnicity, nationality are all superficial divisions.  We have learned to compartmentalize in ways that are harmful to who and what we really are…blood relatives of one original man and woman. We know this to be the case, but conduct ourselves as if it weren’t.  This denial and resistance of actual truth is perhaps our greatest downfall. The truth is solid, deeply rooted, reliable, and unmovable.  We cannot break the truth, we can only accept it or break ourselves against it.  The truth is, we are one family.  Death, destruction, and all manner of unspeakable suffering is the predictable manifestation of the foolishness of denying the truth of our oneness. There is an energy or presence of power, intelligence, and unlimited possibility that is all around us, all the time.  There is a connection between the most majestic mountains, the Northern Lights, a Siberian tiger, a fire ant, and you.  The brilliance of music,...
Why We Die

Why We Die

I’ve heard it said that amongst all creation – “Only humans know that they will die.” I don’t know who said it, but it always stuck on my mind. I began to contemplate the significance of not only knowing we will die, but the fact in and of itself that we will die. It may seem grim at first glance, but really it’s wonderfully profound. Religious people believe it’s because we have sinned. Personally, I don’t hold that belief, but that’s a whole new article. Scientists are baffled by our mortality, in large part because of our body’s amazing ability to rebuild and heal itself. Death is not a pleasant subject, but I believe that having some empowering beliefs about it can add greater meaning to our lives. For a moment let’s consider unending life; what would that be like? With eternity ahead of us, what great accomplishments could there ever be? Would the pyramids have ever been built? Would we have ever gone to the moon? The Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China, the Mona Lisa, the works of Picasso, Michaelangelo, and even Michael Jackson; would they exist if there was always tomorrow to get it done? Consider the philanthropy of so many powerful and wealthy people; would the gifts they have left, ever been given? The existence of our greatest institutions of learning was often made possible because of people wanting their name, reputation, hard work, and ideals to carry on beyond their lifetime. What if they could just put it off a millennium or two, how would that work out? There’s the saying – “A...

“Everything in my mind isn’t mine.”

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