The GlORY OF GOD Versus No GOD
My take on Heaven
Conversations with myself.
I think I need to supply some context for why I wrote the first article entitled GOD verses god's. Or for that matter, why I write any hubs that have religious themes. At first I did not even want to write that one however, my Hindu friend kept trying to give me articles about this form of Yoga or that religious practice and asking me why after years of studying Witchcraft and Buddhism I turned my back on those paths. He kept asking the same questions over and over again and I finally told him “look, you know I write online so I will write an article telling you exactly why I have chosen the path that I have!”
That “hub” was written to gain perspective on the differences between Christianity and religions that worship several Gods. In someways I wrote it for myself, to clarify what I believe and why I believe it. I have done this all my life for I am pretty analytical by nature. I do not like to take things for granite and I strive to get to the roots of my beliefs. This is why when I practiced witchcraft and other occult endeavors I keep a diary of all procedures and rituals I preformed.
This journal is usually refereed to as “Book of Shadows” however, since I was somewhat “collective” in my “spiritual” views and added several concepts from “all over the map,” I decided to call that diary “Conversations With Myself.” It was an attempt to keep record of abstract ideas and theories that I would explore. I call it an attempt for when you deal with things of this nature, it is sometimes difficult to put these concepts into words.
I have spent a great deal of my early life trying to understand how man has come up with the concept of God in the first place! If man made God as a lot of Atheist and other belief system claim then why and how did man come up with the idea? I started my search by studying obscure cultures and religious innovations.
I wanted to go back as far as I possible could in history, to the find the very first notions that could be considered the search for the divine. This lead me to Shamanistic practices in Europe and Asia. This is what started my interest in so called Nature Religions. I go into much more detail about this in some of my other “hubs” like “From Satanist to Salvation.”
I am discussing this at this time for I feel it is important to start this piece on personal sentiment. I want show that I have examined a lot of different avenues in my quest to get to the truth. Even though I have not always bought into the typical Christian system, I have always felt that something with superior intelligence had to create the universe. It did not just happened.
No, I never was an Atheist for I could not grasp how everything was some kind of “divine accident.” However, when I was card careering Satanist, I did advertise my beliefs as “spiritual humanism.” I did this so I would not put off those who may become offended by the use of the term Satanist. Like I said before, I believed that there was a creator or at least an awareness that started the spark of life. I just was not certain that what ever started the whole mess did it with man interest at heart. I even played with the possibility that we were someones lab experiment that went haywire!
My views only started to change, when I questioned why I felt such a deep void in my life no matter what I tried. This is a point I want to make clear, that my decision to become a Christian was not based on a rational conclusion. This life changing phenomena is something that I go into much more detail in my “How to Transform Yourself” article. I only mention it here for I find it quite difficult to prove the reality of God to anyone who is coming from purely intellectual viewpoint. However, I will give it the old college try!
During the time I wrote GOD Verses gods, the Deacon at my church told me about an article that was written in our local paper about billboards that are being put up around town on the subject of Atheism. He thought I should address that subject also.
The article he speaks of was written in the Times Union the main Newspaper for Jacksonville Florida on March 25, 2010. It speaks of an organization that is formed from atheists, humanist and agnostics who plan an outreach campaign to "build awareness" that there are those in North Florida who do not believe n God. The organization that calls its self Northeast Florida coalition has created these billboards with the message "Don't believe in God? You are not alone." O course this will create quite a stir right here in the very buckle of the Bible Belt!
I personally have met many Atheist in the good old Bible belt, some of them were close friends of mine and they all had one thing in common as far as I could tell. They were miserable people who had deep rooted anger at God. Even though they claimed to not believe in God in the first place. They were angry for the fact that God remained an unknown to them.
Now they might be Atheist who may believe they have well balanced lives and they have no need for God. You may think that science has it all figured out. Personally I can not share your optimism for the closer I get to God, the more I realize that the logic of this world are delusional at best!
One thing I never found any were else in my search was a Savor!
Big bang Verses A GREAT God!
I think the problem with most Christian or others for that matter, is they
seem to limit God. We want to put God into a box. Just like the
concept that science disproves that God created the universe. Maybe
in our own arrogance we fell to realize that God also created
Scientific Research in the first place. God has allowed men to have a
better understanding of how he created the universe! It is Satan that clouds the minds of men so they mistake falsehood for truth. Satan will do what is in his power, to keep the focus off of God.
The Bible speaks of “Knowledge being increased” and in the last century knowledge has differently been increased in almost every avenue of technology and science. Now, The fact that the universe is expanding I feel is even mentioned in the bible when Jesus says "I go to prepare a place for you" may be the way people with a limited understanding of the physical universe! I know I am reaching here, and yet it seems like a reasonable conclusion.
When John proclaims in Revelations that no eye had seen and ear heard the glory that God has prepared for his people, it seems that Hubble Telescope has already showed us some pretty amazing things. Some of these things were unexpected by a lot of scientist. In my opinion, what has been discovered so far is just a tease, sort of like movie trailer for the real show!
To get a better grasp on what this Big Bang theory is let us go back to when the concepts was just starting to be investigated. Back when the theory was first presented the original name was something not quite as dramatic as the Big Bang theory. Instead it was referred to as “hypothesis of the primeval atom.” Of course that name does not quite roll of the tongue and so when Fred Hoyle coined the term Big Bang during a 1949 radio broadcast, it caught on. I would only lose my self and everyone else, if I tried to got to deep. So instead, I will supply a video that does a decent .job of giving the basics.
The main point is that it all took a lot of time for it to reach the size it is now. Does this disprove the existence of God? For me, it does not for God does time much different than we do.
Here is a good simple video that makes its point clear!
Those that worship time.
I had a Atheist friend that said the only way that evolution can be explained at all is though time. Eons and eons of time. Really when you break it down, he worshiped time and the science of man. He still needs to have faith in something that to me is very fragile. For even the collations of time, depends on our belief in God.(B.C. and A.D). It comes down to faith!
Now, what I have seen of the follies of man, I have a lot of trouble believing completely in there view points. Personally, I have come to believe that if it was not for God's mercy we would have not made it as far as we have. Atheist are so convinced that the views of science is correct an yet, how many times have the theories of science proven to be wrong?
The flood was real..
The bible makes it clear that there are many people who no matter what happens to them, will be be blinded to the truth presented in the Bible. For myself, I will fully admit that there are many areas that go way past my own personal understanding.
However, since I have become a Christian, my eyes have been opened to many things that have proved to me on personal level that God is real. Others may say it just a consequence all they want and yet, I have already seen to many things that to me that proves the reality of God.
Here is just one of many stories that to me shows God's divine protection. It is a story told to me my Priest about when he was a Police Officer. I will present the story word for word as he presented it to me.
“I was called to a domestic dispute and when my back-up and I arrived the "alert tone" went off on our radios. The dispatcher advised that the wife had gotten out of the house but her husband was still inside with a "machine gun" holding their two children hostage.
We talked with the wife and she told us that her husband was having some emotional problems and she feared for her children's lives. We were able to make contact with her husband and after a few minutes he agreed to let one of us come and get the children.
I went (even though I wasn't wearing a vest) thinking he wouldn't do anything since his children would be with me. He opened the door just far enough for the two children to come out and then I grabbed them up and ran for my car. The Tactical Team started arriving and evacuating the neighborhood. By the time they went in the house the man had already gotten out.
The next day I got a call to go back and meet the wife so she could go in the house and pick up some things. My back-up met me there and we found out that the husband was back in the house.
He talked to us through the door ans we finally got him to open it a little bit so "we could hear better" and when he cracked the door we forced our way in. After he was restrained we found the gun he had. It was a Thompson sub-machine gun
He told us that he he had wanted to die but didn't want to kill himself so he was going to shot me when I got his children the day before. He figured if he shot me then the other deputies would shot him. It's called suicide by cop.
I asked him why he didn't shot me and he said he tried but the gun wouldn't fire. He said after he got out of the house he hid and watched us all night as we sat there waiting for the Tack Team to go in. After they found the house empty and left he went back in his home. The gun still had a full clip in it and when we tried it, it fired.”
This man later turned his life over to Christ and is now is the head of the Church I am a member of called “All Souls.” I am certain that he has many more stories he can share. It is unfortunate that because of the infallibility of us sinful imperfect humans, others see our failings and miss seeing God in our lives. That why the saying “after religion Jesus” has so much truth in it. The problem is that many people want to come to God on there own terms!
God in his great mercy will still except a person in any walk of life he or she may be on HOWEVER, that person must die to his old self to have a life transforming experience and be reborn in Christ Jesus! This is my prayer for every one, for if I who allowed myself to wallow in sin for as long as I did and went as far as persecuting Christians can be forgiven and saved, anyone can have a relationship with this same living God!