The World, The Bible, The Master

Evaluating

Look outside yourself.

Then look within, comparing.

Do you measure up?

Amidst the sea of humanity a lone figure stands tall....

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The crashing....

The crashing, thrashing shore, attracts me evermore.

From calm to storm, sun or jacket to warm, it strikes a primal beat.

I know you are there, fish everywhere. But why this side or the other?

It took me time to find my brother.

Wise beyond world's measure, his words I finally treasure, a beacon fixed and true.

They're cautions for me and you.

Armies, terrorists, religionists, then and now,

so similar somehow to what we see today;

brave, stubborn, fixed in their way.

Their collected works some know, others wander to and fro;

smitten with desire, in self-consuming fire.

The rest lead simple lives, laborer on the world stage,

breathing sleeping, strives to make ends meet.

You know them "down the street" where children cry

and people lie in houses lined and neat.

What difference my brother made seems hard to define;

what role he has played in your life and mine.

Still he stands there tall with messages for all, a light in a darkening world:

"Our Father loves you, each and every one,

but his judgments are just, in that you can trust,

just measures when your life is done."

Humans come and go like waves, now here, now gone.

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Perspycacious 14 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Thanks for reading. Leave a comment, if you wish to.


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bradmasterOCcal 14 months ago from Orange County California

Really, looking around at the world today, and looking back at history of recorded man, I just don't see these words as being true.

My opinion based on what I see.


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cleaner3 14 months ago from Pueblo, Colorado

nice write.. I often get frustrated with man's inhumanity to man... and dream of "what if"... how great of a world this could be.... I blame religion which divides humans and has done since the words that man has uttered... in reality it is the hope within each that there is a greater enitity and each wants to claim it as it's own.... wonder what your thoughts would be on this ? Michael


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Perspycacious 14 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Dear Michael and Brad,

Before mankind knew how to write, I rather think that there were enmities which led to violence of the kind that concerns us all.

My wife likes what Oprah Winfrey is quoted by AARP as having said in their edited inerview as the first in their series "Life Reimagined." When asked about her Christianity and thoughts about "New Age philosophies," she is quoted as having replied: "I love the church....for me to live in a world that is not inclusive of other people who are not Christian would be the opposite of Christianity. I can't define "God," so to be open to the mystical and mystery of God is a natural part of myself....[and] fills me with a sense of peace and contentment about what God means to me....I know who holds the future. I know who and what holds the future. I trust that beyond this space and time all is well, and all will be well." (from the October 2015 "AARP Bulletin")

My wife views each religion as one of many doors leading to green pastures of truth, including her early learning in her Buddhist family, her personal choice, supported by her family, to be baptized as a Christian in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and her second baptism as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS).

My view as a man raised as a Methodist and baptized again, also as a member of the LDS church, I believe we are counseled to "Seek out truth where truth is to be found." That seems at conflict with any group that claims to have the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

I agree with Oprah's statement that any effort to somehow exclude or demean people who are not Christians is the opposite of Christianity as she and I understand Christianity.

Men interpret their own religious beliefs. Some do so with harshness. some do so with love. Some do so with fixed opinions. Some do so with openness. I feel love and openness are not causes of "man's inhumanity to man."


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cleaner3 14 months ago from Pueblo, Colorado

I would say that EGO and realization of SELF or self awareness is the root cause of conflict... between humans... spirituality within is another self created ego ..but it works for true peace.. not between each othewr but peace for the soul..


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Perspycacious 14 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

A good comment. Thanks.


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bradmasterOCcal 14 months ago from Orange County California

Perspycacious

Religion even, and maybe especially without the existence of a God is useful in bringing like minded people together. I believe it is the power of the people in the religion that makes it a powerful draw for people.

However, in looking at human nature from ancient times to today, one doesn't see a marked difference in it. The methods, and technology of how they dispense human nature may have changed, but the intention is still the same.

The Hitler of yesterday has been replaced by the ISIS of today.

There are so many examples of human nature, and by that I mean examples of the bad traits of humanity, like greed, vengeance, lust, power, murder, mayhem, slavery etc. are still in abundance today.

From the story of Cain killing Abel, the killings have never stopped, and at times they pinnacle, only to be topped at a later time.

It is ironic, but accurate that the death machines of nature, like hurricanes, earthquakes, etc., are called Acts of God. While the Earth and its Inhabitants are impressive, they are still mediocre as compared to an Earth that was designed, and Inhabitants were not reliant on their primitive brain. That part of the brain where human nature is ugly.

Seven billion people are living on the Earth today, and still we don't see a difference in human nature. This can be used as an indication that whether God exists or not, God has not played a hand in changing the stage and its players.

Humans are the highest known form of life on Earth, and maybe the Universe, but to replace Intelligence for Faith is a failure of that intelligence. If Religion needs Faith, then Dogs would be the best following. Dogs are not that intelligent, but they can be loyal. As opposed to the cat, that stays only while the food is provided.

Intelligence demands that we question, analyze, experiment, and verify our theories. Religion demands that we put Faith in place of Intelligence. If an intelligent brain is created, is faith the best use for it?

We never had peace, and today is no exception.

There are currently seven billion people alive today and the Population Reference Bureau estimates that about 107 billion people have ever lived. This means that we are nowhere near close to having more alive than dead. In fact, there are 15 dead people for every person living

How many more humans need to be created before God terminates human life?

A hundred billion people would be a clear indication that humans are a failure.

Even the bible indicates failure

The Angels which lived in Heaven, served God even before humans were created, weren't all happy there. One third of the Angels left.

While Humans have never seen Heaven, never even seen God are willing to bet their human lives on God and Heaven.

We don't even know how many Angels exist, nor whether they are made out of the same stuff as God, which makes God more like a King. There are only Male figures in the Bibles, and that smacks of humans writing the bible without any divine intervention.

All and all, I don't see the results from a God, not a good one anyway.

I have not excluded a God, Creator, or some intelligence that could be responsible for us, and the universe, but I have excluded the Bibles.


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Dana Tate 14 months ago from LOS ANGELES

I don't feel religion or the bible plays a role in any type of inhumanity. We are the cause of our own problems because of our hearts.

Racism, greed, useless wars are the acts of man. Even the wars in the Eastern Countries are not because of religion but because of man's need to control. Both the bible and religion are rooted in faith, and have no hold on people who have no faith.

The bible, God and religion are used however, as the cause of all the problems that humans choose to do.

Many people use their own intellectual thinking to try to understand an intelligence whose ways are higher and thoughts are deeper. That intelligence cannot be blamed for not having an order to clean up behind humans who have a conscience, and know the difference between right and wrong.

I believe in God- not organized religion- (though I do go to church) but God who calls you into a relationship to guide you in your purpose. I use my intellect to try and understand why I'm here. I don't waste my time worrying about if there is a God why is this or that. We must learn to be accountable for the choices we make.


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Perspycacious 14 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Dana Tate - "....learn to be accountable for the choices we [ourselves] make." My recollection is that such a dictum as that is part of the Gospel.

The answers to what happens, if we do, or don't hold ourselves accountable for the choices we make, are the basis for many of today's varied religions.


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MsDora 14 months ago from The Caribbean

The message of God's love makes a world of difference. The extent of that brother's effort will show in eternity, and your poem helps to promote the whole message.


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Perspycacious 14 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

MsDora - Thanks for your note as we start another weekend and approach and prepare for another Sabbath in memory and honor of His Atonement.


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bradmasterOCcal 14 months ago from Orange County California

Really?


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Perspycacious 14 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Really, that's what we do in my family.


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BlossomSB 14 months ago from Victoria, Australia

Yes, and we go to church to worship, pray and praise our Heavenly Father and to thank Him for giving the world His Son so that our sins may be forgiven and we can be made holy to come close to our so holy God. Many churches are growing as people come to realize that God is the answer to the problems of life in the world today. A beautiful, thought-provoking poem.


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Perspycacious 14 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Blossom SB - Thank you for your testimony. God is the answer and the goal is surrendering our will to His in repenting and keeping His commandments.


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aviannovice 13 months ago from Stillwater, OK

You are so right that people come and go. It is the nature of the beast.


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Perspycacious 13 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

aviannovice - We may come and go, but it is what we do while we are here that sets our eternal destiny.

By the way, the photo on your website is an even better one because your tender personality comes across. Do you have family in Old Orchard Beach? It was one of my favorite places, maybe still is.


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aviannovice 13 months ago from Stillwater, OK

I have no family. Both parents are deceased and I was an only.


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bradmasterOCcal 13 months ago from Orange County California

Humans have not changed since recorded history. BC to AD is a calendar change, but humans remain the same.

Look around the world, not just in the US and see how bad life is because of human nature.


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Perspycacious 13 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

bradmasterOCcal - I suspect that human nature is why we all need something higher to aspire to. As with any aspect of life (TV, movies, Internet, even religion) there are the good and the bad man assigns. The good can be very positive and good, the bad is not worthy of description. At its best, religion seeks for a community standard that elevates. At its worst it makes some ten times more miserable. We choose and the choices largely determine only what we ourselves become.


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bradmasterOCcal 13 months ago from Orange County California

Perspycacious

Today, religion is at the root of most wars, terrorism, and world unrest.

This current one started with the Crusades, and it never ended.


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