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Christians & ex-Christians Prove God Exists by Debunking Salvation: Science & Spirituality Reveal the Real Jesus Christ

Updated on August 15, 2017
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A curious & natural writer, communicator & referee, Catherine is adept at simplifying & explaining some puzzling life conundrums.

Highlights

  1. Intro to Christian Deconversions
  2. Original Message of Jesus Christ
  3. How Jesus Performed Miracles
  4. Jesus' Purpose vs. Our Purpose
  5. How We Connect with God
  6. Why God Can Only Create Good
  7. How God Perceives 'Sin' & 'Evil'
  8. How Salvation Became Dominant
  9. Advice for Moving Beyond Religions: Christianity isn't alone in increasing deconversion rates.

This essay has a dual purpose. First, it is meant to be a safe place for Christians who are questioning their religion to explore that unsettling notion. I was in the same boat for a while; and I'm very familiar with the uncertainty and even alarm some of you are going through.

Second, it is meant to soothe relations between Christians, Atheists and religious & anti-religious attitudes, in general - by providing rational arguments to often divisive debates about the most natural aspect of our existence: God.

This collective explanation simplifies our lives to make sense from beginning to end from a new (to us) Christian perspective. It should also restore [at least some] confidence in both God & Humanity by explaining 'the real' lost messages of Jesus Christ; and how science is starting to dovetail into some of them - including who & what we are.

It is chaos out here if you are an earnest seeker searching for spiritual truth. Maybe this world has Jesus' original story bent; and if you still want to believe in God - things like eternal life, unconditional love and free-will do actually exist. For example, Christian conspiracy theorist who insist that 'Jesus is actually Satan' or 'Paul is a false Apostle' seriously need to read through this as much as any dogmatic Atheist or Christian. And quite frankly, it could be helpful for almost every religious person. I debunk a few non-Christian concepts that I didn't originally intend to debunk.

Many Christians who have lost their faith have wandered down other religious paths, seeking answers - and often become big proponents for Atheism. There are support groups for former Christian leaders, online communities of 'ex-Christians' and even contemporary, 'non-religious' Sunday assemblies for those who have rejected a religion but miss the weekly community fellowship of attending a service.

However, atheists are also beginning to move beyond atheism; and spirituality is now a topic that sells almost as well as self-help books - and can be as profitable. And, it seems as if everyone is an expert whose story is worth money. You will not find this 'book' below for sale anywhere. This kind of profound, potentially civilization-transforming information should be free, though I am parsing most of this into a blog for easier bites.

This Christian perspective has been around since before the official founding of this religion; but was buried - and has been coming out more over the past few decades in so many different ways. For those of us who are already coming to terms with it, this update is actually really exciting to share. A preview: life is supposed to be a lot better and more simple than we were taught - and God is far more directly concerned & involved with us than we thought.

How Most Christians Fall Away from Beliefs

Losing your religion is not an easy or fast process - nor do any of us set out to 'lose' anything. Most Christians are simply seeking answers to spiritual questions; and are looking for a way to validate their religion so that they can confirm it within themselves. That is certainly what I started out doing. It is seemingly by accident that we stumble across more questions.

We are all born inherently good. It is things like convincing people they are 'unworthy sinners', bullying, abuse and economic depression, etc. that create human monsters.
We are all born inherently good. It is things like convincing people they are 'unworthy sinners', bullying, abuse and economic depression, etc. that create human monsters.

This is another deconversion anomaly - many of us will tell you that we were led out of our religion (or altered harmful beliefs about it) by 'The Spirit' or Christ, himself. I would definitely be on that list.

Getting through all this information took over two decades; and much of the time, was scary. For a while, you feel as if your soul is in limbo while trying to re-find footing. But, its okay - you learn a lot about the reality of life, and how God guides us. And in my opinion, Jesus turned out to be way cooler than most of us were told.

If you've done research, some of this might be familar to you. But, I don't think I've seen anyone gather all the puzzle pieces we have found in one place; and put them together in a way that really starts to expose the big picture of our reality, yet - although, there are a few outrageous conspiracy theories that try. This isn't a conspiracy theory - no demons explained as aliens, etc. It is a 'normal' spiritual report based on the collective studies of your basic deconverting (and some not deconverting) Christian seekers.

A very good question...

ALL scripture... Unfortunately, there is no list of texts to include as 'scripture'. That came later. Why did God not keep interpretations of The Bible among us as untainted as he supposedly preserved 'his word' - which we understand to be SPIRIT?
ALL scripture... Unfortunately, there is no list of texts to include as 'scripture'. That came later. Why did God not keep interpretations of The Bible among us as untainted as he supposedly preserved 'his word' - which we understand to be SPIRIT?

Much of what Jesus was teaching has been misinterpreted largely due to overly-literal interpretations. There is even an old-new biblical translation many Christians are unaware of. However, there also seems to have been some state tampering, especially with the four gospels.

As concerning as anything else... if you have ever wondered why Christianity has been combined into a bunch of new 'christ-infused' hybrid belief structures (such as Christian Yogo or Christian Wicca) and outlandish conspiracy theories - the real message of Jesus Christ that people are just now discovering and 'playing with' is the main reason why. Actually, some of the many and NEW different kinds of conspiracy theories that developed have become quite ridiculous.

I've had some feedback from non-religious folks regarding what a turn-off it is for how familiar and personable I am with the word 'God' (and utilize scriptures) in here. That is because most Christians (current & former) are really familiar with thinking of God as 'a person'. This should all still make sense to just about everyone. Think of God any way you want - I do eventually get into the science.

Someone took the time to map out the history of the church. Its very interesting if nothing else.
Someone took the time to map out the history of the church. Its very interesting if nothing else. | Source

Also, please take links with a grain of salt - some can take you off on a wild tangent that doesn't have much to do with this essay. I gleaned most of this information through discussions with other people who were going through the same thing; books (some of which I've recommended in here); and prayer (oh yes!) - as opposed to having any (in the beginning) handy internet links. At times, when I would go to search for a link that might back up a concept; I would think, "I'm not going to find anything on this." But, I was surprised how available most of this information was - it just needed to be collected and put into perspective.

However, there are many directions people can take things; and its so easy to get off track with information overload & argumentative forums at your fingertips. I promise you, Jesus Christ is NOT Satan; and Paul's message is just becoming as twisted (or untwisted, depending on your perspective) as Jesus' was. Neither was a bad man.

My journey was lonelier and agonizingly slow. I was limited about who I could talk to about what - and how. But, I was so tired of being spiritually jerked around; and I was both determined & desperate to find the truth - so I took my time. In fact, the newest stuff I've included is only 1-2 years old to me. To minimize confusion, unless something really peaks your interest - I advise reading through this essay, then going back to further investigate links.

Similar Message as this Essay, Told Differently - A Lecture by Alan Watts on the 'Extremes' of Christianity & Atheist Mindsets

Mr. Watts is a former Episcopal Priest whose teachings are based in Zen. He paints both Western mindsets of 'only science-based' Atheism & 'salvation-based' Christianity to be two sides of the same mythological coin - one that insists human beings are nothing but 'unworthy' or 'flukes'.

If Jesus was God 'not like us' - then doesn't that make Christianity just another pagan religion?
If Jesus was God 'not like us' - then doesn't that make Christianity just another pagan religion?

Why Question Christianity?

The similarity between Christianity and the pagan 'salvation' mysteries (Dionysus, Horus, Mithras, etc. - especially Mithras) so disturbed some early Christian fathers, that they had to resort to the most bizarre reasons to explain the similarity to the pagan cults. I mean, how many 'only sons of God', saviors and messiahs does God need to send down here to 'save' souls from 'sin'?

A very familiar-sounding prayer to the pagan god, Mithras:

Spirit of Spirit, if it be your will, give me over to immortal birth so that I may be born again - and the sacred spirit may breathe in me.

This is what the philosopher and satirist Celsus (170 CE) had to say: "Are these distinctive happenings unique to the Christians - and if so, how are they unique? Or are ours to be accounted myths and theirs believed? What reasons do the Christians give for the distinctiveness of their beliefs? In truth there is nothing at all unusual about what Christians believe, except that they believe it to the exclusion of more comprehensive truths about God". Source

Two Versions of Christianity - the Older-New One is Increasing

Did you know there are now two versions of the religion of Christianity: the traditional version people are more familiar with that focuses on the salvation message (which can still be quite split among believers); and an older, pre-State version that focuses on the original teachings of Christ as the Kingdom of God 'being within' - as taught similarly by previous Holy Men throughout the ages as 'Christ Consciousness' being within.

Essentially, the major change in Christian belief is that Jesus Christ was another buddha in our world - one of many and not 'the only'.

This isn't a new Christian perspective. As long as this essay is (save it and take your time), it is actually very generic with absolutely no promotion of any religion - updated with science - and similar to what has traditionally & historically been known as early Judeo-Christian Gnosticism (which is similar to Buddhism) and a variation of 'Christian Mysticism' or Esoteric Christianity - and it finally exists more freely today than it has ever been allowed to exist.

But, heresy was often burned at the stake or otherwise persecuted. For example, John Scotus Eriugena was excommunicated; Meister Eckhart's writings were condemned; and the Quakers landed on America's shores with their 'inner light' heresy to escape religious persecution from the motherland. And those are just a few who survived. Other Saints were smart enough to keep their 'mystical' knowledge to themselves; or talk about it in very gingerly ways.

The extreme punishments that went along with heretic thinking is one of the main reasons why this version of Christianity is just now becoming acceptible - although, to be sure, many Christians today still consider this alternative Christian message to be blasphemy.

The proof of what Jesus was really teaching is contained within the red letters (just the words of Jesus) in The Bible. If you are a Christian, there is no need to look beyond it - plus, there are a few different ways to see that original message beyond this explanation. This is the way *I* first saw it; and I'll share other ways.

But, it is in this simple, freeing, ages-old spiritual message - along with amazing things science has been discovering - that we find the existence of God. It is also in this original message that we realize why Jesus the Christ was here to teach at that point in time: to free human souls from the bondage of paganism & poverty. And yet, paganism gradually replaced the foundation of his message.

Interesting Comparisons

Ten Reasons Christianity is Far Superior to Any Other Religion - Look at how valued the concept of sin, and salvation from it, is the focus of this belief set.

Ten Reasons Why Christianity Makes No Sense - Realizing that debating the issues has crystallized the inability to reconcile even the most fundamental principles of Christianity.

What was the original message of Jesus Christ?

Many people have come to believe that Jesus Christ was a compilation of ancient characters - including the infamous Julius Caesar. But many of them also believe that there was 'one main person' he was based on. Perhaps you have heard of the Book of Q? In fact, the number of people who have re-written the gospels in an attempt to remove the inaccuracies throughout history is significant.

As a Master of Israel, Nicodemus would have been familiar with the pagan beliefs that his people lived among... The salvation story within Christianity would have been VERY familiar to him. I'm not so sure he would have bought it.
As a Master of Israel, Nicodemus would have been familiar with the pagan beliefs that his people lived among... The salvation story within Christianity would have been VERY familiar to him. I'm not so sure he would have bought it.

Nicodemus Comes to Jesus in the Night for Answers

Unless otherwise noted, all bible verses below are quoted from the King James version since that is the translation that many Christians respect the most.

John 3: "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh: and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

Nicodemus said, How can these things be? Jesus answered, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.

If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven."

He would have known how previous pagan gods supposedly came with healing + miracles + spiritual teachings + how they often 'resurrected for salvation', etc. Nicodemus wanted the truth like we all do. What was it that AMAZED him?
He would have known how previous pagan gods supposedly came with healing + miracles + spiritual teachings + how they often 'resurrected for salvation', etc. Nicodemus wanted the truth like we all do. What was it that AMAZED him?

Jesus Explains How to be Born Again to Nicodemus

The first paragraph in the bible passage above is what scares most people; because Jesus is saying that a person cannot enter The Kindgom of Heaven without being born of the spirit ASIDE from being born in the flesh - which is the easy part for us. We're just born - we don't have to do anything to be born in the flesh.

Most Christian denominations interpret this verse in a similar way, depending - such as, 'born in the flesh' and 'born of the spirit' can represent water baptism and saying the sinner's prayer, respectively. A person who says the sinner's prayer is essentially inviting the spirit of christ into their heart to be 'born again' by his spirit.

Another Really Good Question:

Why did the Isrealites get stone tablets TWICE; while Christians didn't even receive an oral OR written version of The Sinner's Prayer ONCE if it was so important?
Why did the Isrealites get stone tablets TWICE; while Christians didn't even receive an oral OR written version of The Sinner's Prayer ONCE if it was so important?

While I suppose being born in the flesh could be referring to baptism (a beloved pagan concept) - Jesus had not died and resurrected, yet. The sinner's prayer for salvation hadn't even been invented - and you will find it NOWHERE in The Bible.

Think about it... IF the sinner's prayer was so important for the salvation of souls; then WHY didn't Jesus give the prayer directly to his disciples to teach after he supposedly resurrected from the dead? He gave them the 'Our Father' - why would he not hand out something so simple if it was required for eternal salvation?

God supposedly gave the Isrealites the Ten Commandments in the form of stone tablets TWICE in order to make sure they didn't miss out.

Plus, remember why God & Moses had to go through the whole thing again - because the people were being bad and SINNING BIG TIME by creating the 'golden calf idol' to worship while Moses & God were on the mountain...

Why would God make eternal salvation mysterious and complicated for souls he supposedly created and loves unconditionally? Many Christians believe that salvation is a 'test'. But, there is absolutely no reason for God to create such chaotic confusion around a grossly fear-inciting concept as eternal damnation.

If God really loves us; and Hell really exists for eternal punishment - why didn't he go out of his way (like he did for the Israelites) to make 'the way' FAR more clear? In fact, he did... We're getting to that. :)

Beliefs are the foundation of our lives - no matter what they are. Why would a god who supposedly created us need our beliefs?
Beliefs are the foundation of our lives - no matter what they are. Why would a god who supposedly created us need our beliefs?

Why Divert the Power of People's Beliefs?

The religion of Christianity would have us think that a non-belief in the salvation message is a direct decent into hell after we die - murderers and 'little-white-liars', alike. Where does that put free will if that is our choice - Heaven or Hell - for doing absolutely NOTHING aside from being born as a human being?

Really, why are we required to BELIEVE IN anything? It is another really good question! If God needed a sacrifice, he supposedly got one. Do you require your children to believe in anything you've ever done for them?

Disciplining kids for disobedience is not the same as forcing them to 'believe in' you. Covenants are mutual, not one side forcing itself on the other with dire consequences for all who fail to comply.

Beliefs are actually imperative to our very existence - I'll talk in much more detail about that, eventually. There are a few scary conspiracy theories wrapped around this specific 'diversion of belief' issue. Don't put too much into conspiracies. The reality of the truth Jesus taught is so much more powerful.

No, Jesus was not talking with Nicodemus in the verses above about a future sinner's prayer that would be based on his near-term death (that part may have happened) and resurrection...

Where are the many saints who supposedly rose from the grave with Jesus?

Matt 27:52 “Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.”

Why don't we hear anymore about them, after that? What was the purpose of 'raising them' with Jesus if it wasn't to join the 'new' disciples as direct witnesses in preaching this new good news?

These saints appeared to many - yet, no one - out of all of the people who would have noticed & witnessed this particular miracle, including religious, political and military leaders or their scribes - mentions it. Jewish people take their holy men very seriously. If this event had happened, it would have been a HUGE confirmation for them that Jesus was their Messiah. There is a reason why Jews do not celebrate Easter with Christians.

Being Born Again is both easy and not a requirement - in fact, marvel not!

Being 'born of the spirit' seems more complicated than 'born in the flesh' - until you consider: "The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit."

It sounds to me like we are NOT anymore in control of becoming born of the spirit than we are born of the flesh; and more importantly, Jesus INSTRUCTS us: "Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again."

Not every person who is born of the flesh will also be 'born again' of the spirit - and it is OKAY, according to Jesus. Just because a person may not enter The Kingdom of God because he did not 'move the spirit upon them'; does NOT mean that they are going to hell. We'll see why people who are not born again are still part of things toward the end. (No, I'm not talking about reincarnation - you'll see an image with hands in handcuffs being 'set free' when you get that far.)

Photo by imagerymajestic
Photo by imagerymajestic
What was Jesus Christ really trying to teach people in his time?
What was Jesus Christ really trying to teach people in his time?

Jesus Reveals Who He Really Is to Nicodemus

"Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness."

Who is Jesus including within the 'we' that he is talking about? Most Christians believe that he is talking about the Holy Spirit - The Trinity is yet another Christian concept founded in paganism. But, toward the end he says: "And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven."

Christ is ALSO 'in heaven'. His SPIRIT remains in heaven WHILE he is 'in the flesh' - "even the Son of man which IS IN heaven" - there is NO SEPARATION between Christ's Holy Spirit and the flesh of Christ. He originated 'as spirit' in heaven; and as such, remains connected to all that he is when he is here.

This is far more likely the original message of Jesus Christ, that we are 'just like him' - originating as spirit in heaven. There is much more about this 'Kingdom of God within' aspect of things in The Bible, below - plus, I did not include everything I could have about it. This is not a frivolously-obtained view; and I would really appreciate your patience.

Jesus having no sin nature distorts the purpose of his human 'example' & existence.

What if Jesus went through his temptation days as if he were any other normal human on a spiritual adventure - similar to the way Jacob wrestled with the Angel of the Lord all night in Genesis 32:22-31?
What if Jesus went through his temptation days as if he were any other normal human on a spiritual adventure - similar to the way Jacob wrestled with the Angel of the Lord all night in Genesis 32:22-31?

Nicodemus responds "How can these things be?" as if in COMPLETE surprise - in response to Jesus' wishy-washy 'wind bloweth where it listeth' explanation - because he was USED to the concept of sacrificing to atone for his human nature.

Jesus supposedly having no sin nature does not come close to resembling our human experience. Sacrifices to atone for sins was a pagan concept; and the people of this world had made considerable sacrifices to their various gods & goddesses throughout history up to that point...

Jesus is still being a little sarcastic here, but toning it down after saying, "Art thou a master of Israel and knowest not these things?"

"NO MAN hath ascended up to heaven, BUT he that came down from heaven - EVEN the son of man...". You could also say 'including' the son of man. It doesn't sound like Jesus has been 'the only one'. It looks like Christ was trying to enlighten Nicodemus that pagan 'sacrifices' to atone for sins was a lie; and that WE can't get into heaven UNLESS we started out in heaven - just as Jesus did.

Its all about perspective...
Its all about perspective...
I did not create any graphics in here - they are simply collected and put on display for educational purposes.
I did not create any graphics in here - they are simply collected and put on display for educational purposes.

Another way of saying that would be: we can't start out 'down here' in these physical bodies - and then make a way to heaven. Jesus is not trying to say that he is going to become a blood sacrifice to make a way for the impossible to happen. He was an example of what 'awareness' is; and what we humans are capable of becoming - by discovering 'God within' for ourselves, as he did.

Generally speaking, spiritual awareness is an easier-than-it-sounds, 2-sided process of both the physical-being and the god-being parts of a person finally connecting with or 'realizing' each other. Its like they are two separate 'vibrations' that need to come into harmony. In the beginning of the awakening process, especially - our god-self is doing just as much 'getting used to' its physical self as the other way around - because it is used to us being oblivious to it.

That god-being-part-of-us reference sounds fishy to many Christians & Atheists, alike. To put things into a simpler perspective, we humans in these physical bodies are 'the players on the field'; while our 'spiritual self' comprises our supporting staff of coaches & cheerleaders, etc. I will explain more about this mysterious part of us in detail.

Even after you 'become aware' - you are still on a journey. But, its like you've stopped walking and have upgraded to a bike, jetliner or some other version of transportation in between, depending on your individual experience. Jesus' experience seemed to be the equivelant of obtaining Star Trek's beloved ship, Enterprise!

As spiritual leaders, the 'masters of Israel' should have been aware of the SIMPLE spiritual reality of their existence. If religious leaders (not necessarily only Jewish ones) - had become unaware of who they really were; and who God was in relationship to them - then it seems like a pretty good reason why Christ might have been here at that point in time to teach - reminder, much?

If you had known 'your christos within' you would have known the Father of your christos (God) also. Now (not later) you DO know him and have seen him.
If you had known 'your christos within' you would have known the Father of your christos (God) also. Now (not later) you DO know him and have seen him.

Re-discovered Bible Translation & Interpretation

Christianity teaches that God is separate from us, with our 'sinful souls' needing to be reconciled to him. But, the entire way you see Jesus Christ, read the New Testament, and see the salvation message will change dramatically after you understand this next point:

John 14:6: "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."

The Theosophy folks re-discovered this: if you go into the original translation of that scripture, you will find that Jesus does not refer to himself as a personality as being the way; but to the divine principle of Christ or Christos - (which literally means 'the way') within him.

Jesus Christ WAS God in the flesh teaching & demonstrating to other 'gods in the flesh' who they really were beyond the pagan lies they already knew: that they were REAL children of God - direct offspring just like him.

This 'christos' has different names in various religions, usually Christ Consciousness, Kingdom of God or Kingdom of Heaven. It exists within the hearts of everyone - no 'belief in' anyone or anything, required:

Luke 17:20-21 “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.

Christ proclaimed this truth sarcastically to Pharisees who were harassing him - before he died - who did not and would probably never believe in him (sort of like, "Duh, you don't get the truth even when I flat-out say it!); because the controversies about 'the afterlife' and 'end times' ALREADY EXISTED.

Jesus is not talking about a kingdom within them that remains dormant until ‘his resurrected and ascended spirit’ enters them - we just read him say that his spirit is NOT separated from his body BEFORE he died.

Plus, Jesus is speaking in CURRENT TENSE; and he does it again - John 10:34 "Is it not written in your law, I said, YOU are gods?"

We're just like him. If that were not true, then nothing Christ said, did, taught or thought means anything: he would be like any other pagan god who claimed to be the only one to 'save' people from eternal damnation.

And this is the thing both Pagan & Jewish leaders were afraid of: Jesus WAS just like us as he claimed. How would the truth of what he was really trying to get across alter people's perceptions of themselves if they started to believe such a sacreligious message that appears to be 'against God'?

Various forms of paganism was the foundation for many of Rome's beliefs, laws and government structure, etc. They couldn't let people go down that route. Plus, they probably had a pretty hard time believing in the message, themselves.

What was Paul really teaching?
What was Paul really teaching?

Pre-Gospel Writers & Pauline Controversy

Additionally many people now wonder if the Apostle Paul was not talking about many of the same things Jesus Christ really was - in similar ways. There is much controversy surrounding Paul's teachings. There is also controversy surrounding just how many letters in the New Testament he actually wrote - 7 out of 13 is the generally agreed-upon number.

Q1: "When early (PRE-gospel) writers like Paul speak of their 'Christ Jesus', they do so in exclusively mythological terms. He is the divine Son in heaven, speaking through scripture, connected to the believer in mystical ways. Christ Jesus is the very substance of Godhead, pre-existent and the image of the Father... For all that Paul and others have to say about faith, no one ever raises the need to have faith that Jesus of Nazareth was the Son of God and Messiah. The very equation: 'The divine, spiritual Son = Jesus of Nazareth, recently on earth' is universally missing."

Many diehard Christians question Paul, now - despite that he is credited with writing over half of the New Testament scriptures. What if Jesus & Paul's message was the SAME; and the four 'saved' gospels (out of HUNDREDS destroyed) were manipulations?
Many diehard Christians question Paul, now - despite that he is credited with writing over half of the New Testament scriptures. What if Jesus & Paul's message was the SAME; and the four 'saved' gospels (out of HUNDREDS destroyed) were manipulations?

Both Jesus and Paul were executed for what they taught

Q2: "Instead, they speak of Christ as now present on earth (e.g., 1 John 5:20), sent by God as he has also sent the Spirit. (The Spirit and the Son are sometimes linked, as in Romans 8:9, Galatians 4:6, Phil. 1:19.) As the Pauline letters convey through the use of their ubiquitous phrase 'in—or through—Christ' (e.g., Romans 6:11, Ephesians 1:4, Titus 3:6), Christ is a spiritual medium through which God is revealing himself and doing his work in the world. He is a mystical force, part of and interacting with his believers; and he is God’s agent of salvation. All this lies plainly on the pages of the New Testament epistles, while beside it stands a void on the Gospel Jesus."

Quotes above from The Jesus Puzzle by Earl Doherty.

Why was Jesus more-likely cruxified?

John 8 "And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed... But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God..."

The Controversy of Kabbalah

What did Jesus really die for? Why does his story share so many details about his birth, leadership, messages, death and resurrection with several other previous world 'saviors'? Its a darn good question.
What did Jesus really die for? Why does his story share so many details about his birth, leadership, messages, death and resurrection with several other previous world 'saviors'? Its a darn good question.

Jesus was probably cruxified for blasphemy from every pagan-religion's perspective - including Judaism, from whose temple in Jerusalem literally produced 'rivers of blood' from animal sacrifices. At that time, the Jewish religion definitely fell under the category of 'pagan'; and JEWS were the original followers & believers in Jesus' original message.

'Christ' has the same meaning as 'Krishna'; and his message wasn't new - simply misunderstood and/or rejected. Buddha would no-doubt have been cruxified if he had been in Jesus' place.

The difference between each of these holy men (and others) is that they were speaking to their specific audience through their own culture & ideals that they were familiar with. It is the most-probable reason why Jesus constantly referered to God as 'the Father' - because that was the way the communities he touched were used to thinking about 'God'.

It was a very pagan society from almost every direction; and Jesus was talking to people from their 'level of understanding' - as did Buddha and Krishna for their audiences, etc. I'll talk in more detail about this, later.

But, because of these new realizations about Jesus' teachings of the Kingdom of God 'being within'; his purpose is now often credited to fulfilling a different old Jewish Law than the original traditions the world is accustomed to...

Kabbalah is said to be the secret, mystical version of Judaism handed down thru Moses - and NOT for the general population.

While the re-discovery of Kabbalah has been helpful for many - at this point in time, since it is old as any other path - it is just another potential stepping stone and not necessarily 'the way'.
While the re-discovery of Kabbalah has been helpful for many - at this point in time, since it is old as any other path - it is just another potential stepping stone and not necessarily 'the way'.

Matthew 5:17 - Jesus said, "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil."

You will find much of this kind of teaching about the Kingdom of God in the Jewish Kabbalah. Jesus had this to say in the Nag Hamadi, found in 1945: "The Kingdom of God is inside you and all around you - not in a mansion of wood and stone. Split a piece of wood and I am there. Lift a stone and you will find me."

Did you know that there is a 'mystical' version of almost every religion? (Just as Kabbalah is considered to be the mystical version of Judaism.) It is as if there is a version that everyone can believe in; and a 'hidden' version that people who realize can discover and reach for.

In a nutshell, Christian Mysticism is another offshoot of the world's various - and yet VERY similar - religious mysticisms that are based on the internal concept of 'christ consciousness being within'.

There really is no way to know how intentional the twisting of Christianity was - especially since former ancient religions (ie. Lord Krishna's - coming up) also became somehow similarly-twisted; along with the fact that the salvation message probably became much more highlighted over 1500 years after Jesus' death during the Protestant Reformation. This is of course when people began to take The Bible more literally and as the literal 'Word of God'.

Photo by Sura Nualpradid
Photo by Sura Nualpradid

Christ came to FREE the minds of mankind - not lock us in a spiritual prison.

Paul is supposedly speaking, here. Keep in mind the new perspective about his teachings as you read this: Romans 8:1-2 "Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus [your christos] has set you free from the [pagan] law of sin and of death."

Sin, death, hell and the deliverance from it through various rituals were all ancient pagan concepts. These are the things Christ came to free souls from - so that people could see themselves for what they really are: Human Beings, 'god in the flesh' just like him. The majority are not currently 'aware' that we are just like him, yet.

I know this infusion of information is overwhelming - and frankly, it is the tip of the iceberg. Most Christians reject sources beyond The Bible because of the ban on anything outside of it - and what it says about 'evil sorcery'.

The Bible was written in a very specific way so that believers would not seek out anything beyond it. But, there are 'good' & 'bad' alternative sources all over - in the same way that there are 'good' & 'bad' Christian believers and preachers, etc.

Stay present, build trust in listening to your entire being (your christos or 'kingdom of God' within). I'll talk a lot more about how to do that, later. But, we all generally-know how to listen and trust ourselves. You'll be able to tell what belongs and what doesn't. God is not afraid of our questions. He welcomes all hearts with perfect intentions, no matter how curious.

Matthew 7:7 "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you."

Seek Ye First...

Matthew 6:33 Therefore seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his rightwiseness, and all these things shall be cast to you." Wycliffe Bible
Matthew 6:33 Therefore seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his rightwiseness, and all these things shall be cast to you." Wycliffe Bible

Salvation Similarities

Notice the similarities between the Christian salvation message and Lord Krishna's in this quote? They consider Jesus to be one of these 'Masters'.
Notice the similarities between the Christian salvation message and Lord Krishna's in this quote? They consider Jesus to be one of these 'Masters'. | Source

Why You Can Trust Your Internal Guidance & Intuition

This is probably one of the most poignantly-missed things Christ taught about the Kingdom of God being WITHIN:

Luke 10: 5 & 6 "And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house. And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again."

NOTE: Jesus gave the above instruction to his disciples before he supposedly resurrected, ascended, then 'gave his holy spirit' to them in the Upper Room in the Book of Acts. Most people don't have a problem believing that the disciples were just like us. How the heck could THAT be unless the Kingdom of God being within - without the need for 'salvation' - is true?

Of course, Christianity has an explanation for this. In Luke 9, Jesus supposedly 'gave them power and authority' - similar to the way the devoted followers of both Theosophy and Lord Krishna came up with - if you want to go float around in the astro plane with them. Yeah, that's sarcasm - isn't it strange how other religions are so similar and yet slightly different than Christianity? Lord Krishna is much older; and his messages are no-doubt at least as twisted as Jesus' are.

Did you know that many previous holy men insisted that their words not be written down? (And most of them did not write them down, themselves - such as Jesus.) These religious misunderstandings that seem to be so easy to develop are no-doubt why.

Being baptized in the HS is an incredible experience that feels like your heart has been struck by lightening - and yeah, you literally feel 'so filled up' that you CAN'T talk in English for a while. But, it is nothing that anyone can't experience.
Being baptized in the HS is an incredible experience that feels like your heart has been struck by lightening - and yeah, you literally feel 'so filled up' that you CAN'T talk in English for a while. But, it is nothing that anyone can't experience.

What is Speaking in Tongues?

I mention this because MANY members of these types of 'spiritual projecting to achieve ascension' belief sets (such as followers of Krishna, various Masters or Theosophy, etc.) are former Christians - because they come to believe that projecting into the astral plane is the next spiritual step...

I mean, if you can directly connect to a spiritual master who is supposed to bring you the rest of the way home - that MUST be the answer if you've realized something is wrong with your current set of Christian beliefs, right?

Please be careful out there, peeps. I went to the edge and then researched further before jumping in with both feet. The initiation ritual that is performed for both of these systems seems to be no different than the Christian concept of being baptized in the holy spirit (another huge controversy within Christianity).

Any set of beliefs that insists you need someone or something else outside of yourself to save you is not the way.

How God Guides Us...

Back to Jesus in John 3: The first time I heard about this Kingdom of God stuff years ago, I had picked up a book about Kabbalah on a whim called, "God Wears Lipstick". It was pink and had a big, red kiss on the cover. I was just starting to peek beyond the bible a bit; and that part of the book's message really resonated within me - because this part of the exchange between Jesus and Nicodemus always seemed like so much more... This part of the conversation would roll around in my head like a marble.

I mean, WHY would Jesus tell Nicodemus to marvel not about being born again - a salvation concept that he had not provided, yet - and then later, go off about how every one that 'doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved'; AND, what about that 'wind blowest where thou listest' part?!

I couldn't put my finger on what was wrong with this scene; because I could not comprehend the incredibly simple meaning of it due to my Christian beliefs before that book opened up my imagination - inspiring me to explore the topic of the Kingdom of God further, for myself.

This is also one way that the gospels could have been accidentally-misinterpreted by the time the texts of the bible were finally collected. As I said above, Rome's pagan leaders probably had a hard time believing in Jesus' original message, themselves. It would have been pretty easy for them to simply update the old pagan beliefs due to not being able to comprehend a different meaning.

Just so you know, that is how God will guide you - gently, casually. He does not push. I did not become a follower of Kabbalah. God talks in many ways. He is always with you. There is absolutely nothing to fear.

Despite controversy, many Christians deconvert into Kabbalah because it is based in the Jewish faith, just like Christianity is. It is semi-familiar and comfortable for them.

Kabbalah has the 'Tree of Life' system; while Buddhism and other religions talk about variations of the Chakra system. Both systems are human concepts that complicate things, further. I will explain the simplicity of both these systems, later.

John 17: "That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me (Jesus is saying these things BEFORE he is supposedly crucified). And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me... before the foundation of the world."

While 'the man' Jesus may be a compilation of ancient characters; Christ IS a real consciousness that has 'come down from heaven as the son of man which is [also] in heaven'. That is the 'we' he is referring to in this scripture: "We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness."

Nicodemus was probably somewhat familiar with other religious belief systems; and he may even have been more knowledgable than us - simply because he lived closer to the timelines of Lord Buddha, Lord Krishna and other Holy Men than we do. He may have even been aware of more accurate and/or lost messages from teachers that we no longer know about today.

There were several people previous to Jesus who claimed (or more commonly, their followers claimed) to be 'saviors'. And while we cannot say for certain who any of those people were - any more than we can say for certain who Jesus was; these 'Christs' also incarnated (Both Jesus and John the Baptist are on this particular list - in fact, some people believe that John the Baptist was 'the real' Jesus.) as the son of man which is [also] in heaven to become just like us.

The story of The Laughing Buddha is one that definately makes me think of a 'Christ Consciousness'. Supposedly, they don't really like to be made a big deal about while they are here; and yet, they make an impact wherever they go. Plus, they all seem to have similar dispositions and messages that were freely-given to the audiences of their day.

A Modern Salvation Message as Told by a Modern Master Through a Modern Parable

In this video at around 18:00-28:00, Mooji tells a parable about 'awakening'; and - all throughout, but especially the last 3 or 4 minutes - sounds an awful lot like the way Jesus described things within his parables, such has 'finding the treasure', 'the father' and the 'kingdom within', etc. Mooji's awakening involved a Christian mystic, so maybe that is why so many of his stories sound similar. But, it isn't just the story, watch this 'master' - listen to his tone, look how full of compassion his eyes are. Is he convincing to you as a genuine 'Holy Man'? Does his disposition not remind you of someone else's description - initials JC? :)

The Laughing Buddha's Last Words:

"Maitreya, true Maitreya
Reborn innumerable times
From time to time manifested among men. The men of the age do not recognize him."

Compare to Christ's words:

"We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness."

Maitri is Sanskrit for 'loving kindness'. Psalms 63:3 "Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee."

Christ and others like him have been here at times trying to show people these simple, spiritual truths - such as in The Sermon on the Mount. You will find more details about the difference between 'The Christs' and us past the video.

He probably also did miracles; and may even have cast out demons - yikes! However, Christ did NOTHING that he said WE are not capable of, and more. Additionally, through their various teachings, the Christs were probably trying to teach us to stand on our own and think for ourselves:

John 14:12 I (Jesus, the person trying to teach you) tell you the truth, anyone, who has faith in me (me = christos, NOT him, directly) will do what I (Jesus, the person who is just like us) have been doing. He will do even greater works than these, because I (Jesus, the person) am going to the Father (God) - JUST LIKE we will someday, also.

If all this is true, and Jesus didn't actually die for our sins to save our souls from eternal damnation... What was his real purpose here; and what really happens to our soul after our body dies?

Yet more patience required: first, if the Kingdom of God is within - what does that mean? Who and what the heck are we?!

We are Eternal mini-Universes of Conscious Energy - Models of the Big Kahuna Universe

Of course, the creation story in Genesis is a metaphor; and was considered to be that by many religious leaders before the literal age of Protestantism took the argument to new heights. More details about how God created the world, later - this is mostly about us. These images will come in handy, keep them in mind. Try not to let this part overwhelm you. God is small - said no one ever. :)

Think of this shape more 'organic' like an amoeba, while we each 'bump up' against each other and sort of 'bleed into' each other - mirroring each other - 'as one'.
Think of this shape more 'organic' like an amoeba, while we each 'bump up' against each other and sort of 'bleed into' each other - mirroring each other - 'as one'.
Three-torus model of the universe
Three-torus model of the universe | Source

This is the shape of our Universe - an infinitely-in-motion donut. Many scientists doubt this theory because that would somehow mean that it has a finite space - an edge that we could eventually see or reach. But, it is a slowly, constantly expanding donut, with God / The Source being 'the center' - which is where his/her attention is focused: on the whole of the Universe.

We are each mini-representations of the original Universe, meaning: WE are the center of our own Universe - literally. Our body exists in the equilibrium between contraction and expansion - it is where OUR attention exists (see images). The entire bubble surrounding us is 'the rest of us' - the god-self part of us - that we can't see. It both flows through us and encompasses all that we are - totally emersed in the Consciousness of God or Universal Consciousness.

There is even a working scientific theory that Gravity - the very thing that holds our feet to the ground - is Consciousness. And since the discovery of Primordial Gravitational Waves, how far off does the theory that God created the Universe sound, now?

Animals are smart within the perspective of their world.
Animals are smart within the perspective of their world.

Even more mindboggling... There are Universes within Universes, just as our body is made up of innumerable mini-Universes or cells - then into yet smaller Universes we call atoms.

Each Universe, no matter how small, contains its own version of Source Consciousness - just like our beloved animals do. We can see that animals are 'life energy'; but they obviously experience life from a different perspective of consciousness than we do. A simpler one that doesn't do nearly as much thinking or imagining - but, is no less real or perfect for them.

This consciousness is our battery or life-force. We could not exist without it. We could not breathe - and we don't. Our body dies without it.

While civilizations have come and gone in this world - all of this 'universal action' is eternally, infinitely in motion. It never stops.

A really comforting Near Death Experience of a 15 year old boy who describes what we are really like; and that we have nothing to fear after our body dies:

This movie on Quantum Physics is over ten years old; and people are still talking about it - including in the video, above. With as much advancement in this field as there has been - an updated version might be even more mindboggling.

This video is turning out to be far more relevant than I thought it would be when I originally wrote this article - I refer back to it often from this point. If you have time, I highly-advise watching it all the way to the end. It is not a time-waster.

Near Death Experiences (NDE's) are one place to get a sneak peek into the process of dying - expect them to vary significantly. I chose this one because it speaks to me the most; and does a good job of explaining some of the things I am talking about in here, better.

If you have done any research into NDE's - dying actually sounds kind of exciting. In the NDE above, this gentleman gives a beautiful description of 'everything he knew about everyone' and what it is like to 'go into the light'. I have also read that you can choose to go anywhere before you go into the light, such as - visit your loved ones; or move forward or backward in our time to experience things like the future or historic events - or even travel the Universe.

Our existence in this life is where the attention of our soul is currently focused.
Our existence in this life is where the attention of our soul is currently focused.

This NDE testimony provides a beautiful metaphor of 'how we exist' in this life... It is as if the entire 'eternal, internal consciousness' part of us is focused on a book or movie. You know how it is when you allow yourself to become engrossed. Someone could walk into the room (and even talk to you); and you can be so focused on the STORY in the book, that you don't even realize they are there.

It is as if we are the main character in our own show; and we are both watching & participating in the experience - simply for the experience.

Jesus Feeds the 5000

We are capable of 'believing' as Jesus did to accomplish all that he did - and more. Matthew 14: Jesus said, YOU give them something to eat. He was a teacher who was teaching people HOW to take care of themselves no matter WHAT...
We are capable of 'believing' as Jesus did to accomplish all that he did - and more. Matthew 14: Jesus said, YOU give them something to eat. He was a teacher who was teaching people HOW to take care of themselves no matter WHAT...

Jesus & Peter Walk on Water

Matthew 14: And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

Creation 101:

This NDE video is yet another source (there are so many) that claims we are more than just bodies - and that we are somehow both ONE (meaning, from the same Source & connected to each other) and extremely creative beings who create our own reality: no 'belief in' a god or religion is necessary.

Science has been developing some fascinating theories about that. (Much more about 'the science' coming up - patience, please.)

Whatever we believe is what will manifest around us. You've heard of people walking on smoldering coals and bending spoons. It is because they believe.

If you can convince yourself to believe that you can move things telekineticallly with just your mind - you can. If you believe you can feed 5000 people with a few loaves of bread and some fish, you can. Do you believe you can walk on water?

On a spiritual level, if you believe that you can project your soul into the astral plane to have a face-to-face chat with Lord Krishna, you can. If your religion inspires you to believe that the Holy Spirit guides you in your life - it does. If you believe that wearing a certain type of crystal will heal you - it will. If you believe 'laying on of hands and praying in Jesus name' will heal you - it will, also.

Jesus often said to people he had healed, 'Your faith has made you whole." We can certainly receive help from others. In that case, they become 'co-creators' with us - but, we receive absolutely no help UNLESS we believe.

Luke 8:45 Jesus said, Who touched me? Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me. He said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.
Luke 8:45 Jesus said, Who touched me? Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me. He said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.

Most beliefs become real to us by thinking thoughts over and over. This is why they are so hard to unravel - we build them. In the case of Jesus healing people, all they had to do was watch him heal others; and they were easily convinced that he could heal them. The people Jesus healed were READY for him to heal them (see image of the woman healing herself by touching Jesus' cloak).

This is also how Jesus' disciples would have healed through their own christos within - by listening to his instructions (of course they had that advantage); and by watching Jesus - being influenced by his power enough to convince them of their own christos or power within.

Healing was not something the disciples were capable of doing until they could believe in the truth about themselves and everyone else around them. It took time, as it takes us all time - but, being in the direct presence of Jesus probably had a profound spiritual affect to accelerate their 'believing' capabilities.

In a nutshell, the most profound thing Jesus ever tried to do was help put our lives in perspective for us so that we could - again - see ourselves for who we really are: just like him and no different.

Your 'Point of Power' and 'Point of Attraction' is always in the NOW. What do you believe? What are you creating? What are you capable of believing? What are you capable of creating?
Your 'Point of Power' and 'Point of Attraction' is always in the NOW. What do you believe? What are you creating? What are you capable of believing? What are you capable of creating?

Another way that we create our reality is by 'attracting the essense of it'. Whatever we give the majority of our attention to through our thoughts and emotions will play out through our physical reality.

This is why we can 'attract' or 'create' a hard or carefree life. For example, if you think a lot about what an unworthy sinner you are; or worry about bad things that happen in the world - what kind of situations might manifest around you? Probably not ones that bring you much satisfaction or contentment.

Whatever you broadcast to the Universe through your thoughts and emotions is what you will attract to you. So, we attract the kinds of situations & people into our lives that support our beliefs. (This may not be the only reason for both 'good' & 'bad' things to happen to us - but, it is the main one.)

Confidence is a very important thing. But confidence isn't something you just develop by saying, "I'm going to do this or that." You really have to believe it. - Donald Trump
Confidence is a very important thing. But confidence isn't something you just develop by saying, "I'm going to do this or that." You really have to believe it. - Donald Trump

Election 2016: How did President Donald Trump DO that?!!

We are all born with this kind of confidence and self-worth - but, most are RE-taught 'how to behave' and 'what to believe'.
We are all born with this kind of confidence and self-worth - but, most are RE-taught 'how to behave' and 'what to believe'.
Congratulations, Trump supporters! There is no doubt that there was as MUCH passion within your campaign as Hillary's. Yeah, I'm cryin' inside for a bit, ha! Image Source: http://theweek.com/articles/606919/how-president-trump-rule-america
Congratulations, Trump supporters! There is no doubt that there was as MUCH passion within your campaign as Hillary's. Yeah, I'm cryin' inside for a bit, ha! Image Source: http://theweek.com/articles/606919/how-president-trump-rule-america

The way we believe is also why it may seem to us that some people are WAY too prosperous than we think they should be; while WE struggle to put food on the table. It doesn't have anything at all to do with whether or not you are rigidly following 'the right' religion; or how good you are being...

Successful people are successful because they BELIEVE IN themselves - some to the point of being obtuse about it. Donald Trump would be a good example: you can NOT tell that man that he is wrong; or that he looks goofy, etc. It isn't just that he 'won't admit it' - he literally REFUSES to believe those things about himself.

11/9/16, a post-election update: Trump WON?!! The entire world is shocked. I, personally, have some complaints about this election (who doesn't?); but from the objective perspective of this article...

Donald Trump does have an inordinantly-high amount of self-confidence; and he had many co-creators within his campaign, plus additional 'co-supporters' across the land. Votes were very divided; and some say Hillary Clinton won the popular vote - so, what does that say about America as 'a consciousness'?

We're very divided. Trump will either become the vessel that America needed to help navigate us into a better world; OR we will discover he brings negative contrast that we don't want - and we can then eventually steer our way toward a potentially-better option after we have learned our lessons. Relax & breathe. Creating a decent utopia between primitive tribal timelines into all-inclusive, worldwide globalization takes time, ha!

Art by  Dave Cutler
Art by Dave Cutler

The Water Cycle is the Best Representation Our Life Cycle

- with 'rain' being birth; and 'evaporation' being death of the body as the non-physical, 'soul' part of us continues on. NOTICE that streams don't necessarily flow only above ground...
- with 'rain' being birth; and 'evaporation' being death of the body as the non-physical, 'soul' part of us continues on. NOTICE that streams don't necessarily flow only above ground...

Streams, Pools, Lakes and Oceans of Life

When you start thinking about the things you WANT (not what you don't want), along with how you know you'll feel when you get them - instead of thinking about how things are; and how bad they make you feel - your boat will slowly start to turn in the streams of life.

Sure you still have to deal with situations - but don't allow them to 'dominate' your thoughts. Just deal with them the easiest and most logical way available to you. Listen to the Kingdom of God within you that speaks largely through your intuition and emotions. 'All' of you has a much broader perspective than your 'point of attraction' (your body). We'll talk in much more detail about how to listen to your inner-guidance system, later.

Multiple streams can flow together at a time; and there are an infinite combination of them for us to choose from - without us realizing it, at first.

We can cross over streams and/or hang out in them for a bit while we make course corrections. For instance, perhaps your neighborhood has the 'dark streams' of poverty and crime running through it... or, maybe you are currently in a stream that has manifested a fullfilling career; while at the same time, another stream has swerved in to manifest illness.

Flowing tributaries meander toward larger bodies of water like lakes and oceans.
Flowing tributaries meander toward larger bodies of water like lakes and oceans.
Crowds could be considered 'whirlpools' as people converge and then disperse to their own ways, later.
Crowds could be considered 'whirlpools' as people converge and then disperse to their own ways, later.

We Can Feel 'Like One'

We sometimes share streams with others; and they run into pools, lakes and oceans, etc. For instance, a family might be a pool, a community could be considered a lake; and an entire city could be thought of as an ocean - and yet, the diversity of various streams that swirl together into these larger 'points of attraction' beyond our single little ship makes things like cities, neighborhoods, teams, bands, cliques - and even families (as a group) - 'seem alive' - don't they?

If you've been to church during a really good sermon or worship service - you have experienced what these 'pools' feel like on a spiritual level. This is why it is very difficult to convince Christians (or any religious person, I would imagine) that there is no God. Because that is simply impossible for so many of us to believe. We KNOW what we have experienced; and are unwilling to let go of the obvious.

Have you ever been to a really good concert or sporting event (Go Seahawks!) where everyone got caught up in the excitement of what was going on - and you felt like you were on the same wave 'as one' with all those strangers (and our BFF's, even more)? Its the same thing.

How Streams Work and How God Communicates with Us

Streams can be 'good', 'bad', or anything in between - always bringing stuff meant to help us grow & develop in this existence. Remember the mini-universe model... It is through 'contractions' (which can be either good or bad) flowing through us that leads to the expansion of our soul.

This expansion is constantly adding to our soul; and we experience all that we have become in this life after our body dies. That is when we are capable of perceiving the reality of all that we really are.

God is PURE POSITIVE ENERGY (just like we are in our non-physical form) and can only read hearts. The physical aspects of our world - including human-born beliefs & religions - are only relevant to us. God isn't 'watching' and seeing like we see; nor does he have any use for our language, thoughts or actions. They ARE tools & toys for US to utilize, however - no matter how right or wrong we believe they are.

As such, God cannot tell whether our hands are folded properly; or if we are kneeling during prayer. God simply cannot tell the difference between the sincere worship of a Christian, Muslim or Hindu - or a crazed football fan, for that matter.

The Purpose of Streams

Most good & bad things that happen to us are related to our current stream(s); and have two main purposes:

1) To guide us into better waters (no one steers for us). The idea behind that is: when we feel bad, we will learn to re-orient ourselves towards feeling better - instead of wallowing in the misery like so many of us do.

2) They reveal the relational difference that exists between the perspective of your beliefs; and what your eternal-self really feels about any given topic. Meaning: the emotions that situations within our streams cause let us know 'where we stand' or 'how we are vibrating' in relation to how the eternal god-self part of us actually feels - both as an entire consciousness and on individual topics that we hold beliefs in. (Ie., the worse you feel, the 'further away' from the perspective of Your Source, you are.)

For instance, perhaps your life is going generally well - except you keep attracting people who steal from you, which perpetually-feels unpleasant. You have 'momentum' (usually because of thought habits or beliefs) built up around something that is 'off inside' and manifesting as stealing so that you can become aware that a 'shadow within' needs attention. It can be about something as simple as you having stolen a candy bar from a store when you were little (and have never stopped beating yourself up over it) - or it can be more complicated.

We instinctively know the truth. We speak it to each other all the time. Listen for it. :)
We instinctively know the truth. We speak it to each other all the time. Listen for it. :)

Emotions are Spiritual Indicators or Guides

We'll talk more about why bad things happen to good people, later. It doesn't have anything to do with people 'deserving' it.

But, things are so simple, its mindboggling... when we are happy, we are essentially in sync with what 'everything we are' is feeling.

On the flipside, any time we feel bad about ourselves or are angry about someone or something (any negative emotion about anything); that is our indicator that our inner being (christos - the god-self part of us) does not agree with our perspective - because God always looks for (and sees) 'the good' in absolutely everything.

Our eternal soul always maintains 'the truth' of every perspective that we have. Even things like abuse can be seen as 'good' from God's pure positive perspective. Someone who abuses is damaged and screaming for love & acceptance; and the challenge that the abused has to get past will cause them to 'become more' than they would have if they had not been physically harmed. Absolutely NO ONE can harm your soul. God keeps that safe - we'll get into why and how he does that.

We frustrated humans desperately pray for relief from our problems wondering why God does not answer our prayers... While not realizing that God is ALREADY DIRECTLY communicating with us through our body, soul and situations.

Jesus was naturally good; and it is our natural state of being, too.

Jesus was known to be especially-protective of children; hung out with community-abhorred tax collectors; had compassion on 'harlots'; healed on the SABBATH; and in John 4 - Jesus talks to the Samaritan woman at the well... He was an honorable REBEL!
Jesus was known to be especially-protective of children; hung out with community-abhorred tax collectors; had compassion on 'harlots'; healed on the SABBATH; and in John 4 - Jesus talks to the Samaritan woman at the well... He was an honorable REBEL!

How Our Soul Expands - the Good

Have you ever had happy emotions so intense, you felt like your heart would burst? Your soul is expanding!

It is easy to see why good situations happen: Joy, Love, Contentment, Good Health, Abundance, Fun and Harmony, etc., is our natural state of 'being like God'. We'll take as much of that as we can get, please!!

This was Jesus' natural state of 'being' - he made absolutely no extra effort to love or heal people. His all-inclusive, loving disposition was one of the things that was considered to be so unusual about him.

Essentially, Jesus healed illnesses by 'not believing in them' or giving them his attention - even though they existed; and focusing his attention on what he DID believe to be the actual truth about that person. The reason why we have a difficult time healing illnesses is because by the time we develop symptoms and realize we are sick - we've already got a bunch of momentum going in that stream. It is more difficult to make course corrections at that point.

This means that whatever we are giving the majority of our attention to about any subject, that is part of the essense of what we are attracting into our lives...
This means that whatever we are giving the majority of our attention to about any subject, that is part of the essense of what we are attracting into our lives...

Compilation of Spiritual & Scientific Teachers Explain How We Create & Perceive Reality Using Law of Attraction

Meaning: If you focus on a thought for awhile, other 'like' thoughts will start ocurring to you & creation builds.  Abraham Hicks is the woman's voice in the video above; and is one good teacher for detailing the science behind our reality.
Meaning: If you focus on a thought for awhile, other 'like' thoughts will start ocurring to you & creation builds. Abraham Hicks is the woman's voice in the video above; and is one good teacher for detailing the science behind our reality.
Vibration or frequency refers to our emotions. Raise the quality of your thoughts & emotions; and you will 'raise' your vibration to match more satisfying realities for yourself.
Vibration or frequency refers to our emotions. Raise the quality of your thoughts & emotions; and you will 'raise' your vibration to match more satisfying realities for yourself. | Source

The Science Behind Our Reality & An Experiment in Creation

As I've said, there are so many - teachers today who confirm our existence as I'm explaining in here: we are very creative, spiritual beings having a human experience instead of the other way around. This video (right) is a complilation of some current teachers explaining black holes, vortexes and how we create & perceive our individual realities.

Warning: this video packs a serious wow factor - but may not seem entirely clear until you get through the rest of this wordy - but (hopefully) clarifying from a Christian perspective - explanation. Also, 'the leading edge' will be mentioned; but the meaning might not be clear: it is a reference to us as human beings, being on the leading edge of this physical-based reality. That will be more clear later; but should help keep things in context for the video.

I'm not kidding, WE are CREATORS - here is an experiment: take a simple topic that is innocuous to you (one that you don't already have either a positive or negative momentum built up around; and that you don't usually encounter during a normal day) - such as lady bugs, sea shells or whatever.

Think about every little thing you can appreciate about that subject. Imagine yourself interacting with the item - for example, imagine yourself picking up shells on the beach; or hold an image of the object in your imagination - maybe do some picture searches online to get some inspiration.

Meditate on it, giving it all of your attention for at least ten minutes for a few mornings in a row; and also sporadically during the day, if you remember. Write about it if you don't like the idea of meditation. The point is to concentrate your focus on it.

After the first morning, sometimes - you will start to notice an increase in how often you cross paths with that subject during the day. It is mindboggling (and can get pretty funny) how many different ways the universe can find to bring that subject into your experience.

The Universe LOVES us and OFTEN goes out of its way to show it. It is the NATURAL, default state for wellbeing to flow FREELY to and through us. :)

And, by this time, after I've described how it works - you can probably look back on your life and see where you have indeed attracted either 'good' or 'bad' situations, people or things into your life that supported your beliefs - almost always, your 'creations' begin from persistent, rolling-thoughts in your mind.

This does not mean when we are born into unsafe or 'handicapped' situations that it is our fault because we started out vibrating at 'low frequencies'. We start out where & how we are supposed to start out. There is more to come (and varying reasons) about why 'bad' things happen to babies, children and 'good' people.

The most frustrating spiritual lesson to learn. Ugh! I highly recommend taking advantage of things like 'the silent scream' and just screaming at the Universe, in general. I somehow did not get struck by lightning. :)
The most frustrating spiritual lesson to learn. Ugh! I highly recommend taking advantage of things like 'the silent scream' and just screaming at the Universe, in general. I somehow did not get struck by lightning. :)

The Most Maddening Lesson

The concept that we create our own reality can be a really frustrating thing for seekers to accept, at first - especially since it is so easy to look back in hindsight and see exactly how we got here. It is almost embarrassing, certainly undeniable and often funny.

Plus, we don't want to hear that almost everything that happens to us is pretty much our own fault. No, its my MOM's fault or my alcoholic husband's or the fault of politicians, etc. Things aren't MY fault... I have personally thrown things and smashed them against the wall.

For instance, it is very very difficult for me not to blame the religion of Christianity for the split between my mother and myself (another common story) - and I'm sure I'm not entirely there, yet. Some course corrections take more time than others.

The bottom line is, even though we may share streams - and even though we start out in the same stream as our mother/parents/family, church congregations, and friends, etc. - we don't have to stay in anyone else's negative streams - whether we live with them, or not.

Actors & Actresses laugh and cry on cue.
Actors & Actresses laugh and cry on cue.

We have control over our own thoughts & emotions. We are each the captain of our own ship - no matter what is happening to us, or going on around us. While this may seem like an impossibility for us to do, at times - we watch actors & actresses manipulate their emotions for us all the time while playing 'let's pretend' on TV and in movies. We have more control than we realize.

This is also why 'escaping' can be good for us - as a diversion or a plain 'ol break.

The purpose of both good and bad situations is to cause our soul to expand.
The purpose of both good and bad situations is to cause our soul to expand.

How Our Soul Expands - the Bad

'The good' in 'bad' situations can be a LOT harder for us to detect. It is related to both our goals of soul-expansion; AND the solution - meaning, every problem includes the inspiration or 'pushing off point' for its own solution, if we can both realize it and reach for it (as an individual or collectively).

For example, when we find the ROOT of a problem - such as holding something inside that needs to be released (resentment, perhaps); then we can use that knowledge to alter our course (by altering our thoughts & emotions surrounding it); and 'push off' towards healing the resentment that we have been hoarding.

Another way we can move beyond a bad situation is by finding the good in it - no matter how ugly it seems to be. Focusing our attention on the good, instead of 'the bad' can help us discover the path beyond it.

Christians who come to different conclusions than their parents, families or communities should not become outcasts. Really. We haven't been led astray; and we're not 'possessed' nor 'insane'.
Christians who come to different conclusions than their parents, families or communities should not become outcasts. Really. We haven't been led astray; and we're not 'possessed' nor 'insane'. | Source

Continuing Example

For instance, with regards to the situation with my mother, above: I can choose to focus on 'the bad' (and how that makes me feel) or 'the good'. Sometimes you may need to focus on the bad for a while and work your way up toward feeling better - just like a course correction on a ship takes a little time, and sometimes through rough waters.

But, I am currently comfortable thinking about my mother like this: I KNOW we love each other. And while we have always sort of irritated each other (we have opposite styles, ha!), we could also be quite the giggle twins. It is those times and that feeling of giggling with her that I try to focus on (and her smell which I will apparently never forget); because *I* know that mother/daughter bond is the real truth of our relationship - and the split between us is a silly situation that she happens to believe is very serious...

Her only daughter's eternal soul is on the line! That isn't an easy thing for a mom to be thinking about - and it is the thing that I still hold against the religion of Christianity: for inspiring her believe those things so erroneously & emphatically.

For People Trying to Resolve a Spiritual Division with Parents, this video has excellent advice.

And yet, no one can MAKE us believe (or unbelieve) anything... this is why excommunicating your unbelieving children (or whatever their 'sin' is) is really uncool. How does it make anyone feel? In hindsight, I would not have told my mother about any of this, except she was naturally in the loop when I began questioning. As my questions grew, and I started discovering things - and couldn't stop - that is when she cut me off.

However, I have absolutely no doubt (you'll see why, later) that our relationship is okay. It will heal naturally and with perfect timing - either in this life or later. She has her own christos that is helping her through her life experience; and I have mine.

Solutions are often (not always) as simple as letting go of the harsh things within our current stream that has made us 'sick' - such as, not being able to see ourselves as anything other than a victim, to be able to forgive a past abuser.

Forgiveness & Unconditional Love is easier than we thought; and is a HUGE relief for our soul - we'll get to that, eventually.

Also, an illness can be a good way to get our attention and/or the rest our body & soul has been craving. It can even be a way to get attention from others that we have been 'needing' - since God works through us via our christos. Plus, illnesses and harsh situations, in general, often bring opportunities to heal relationships - or even create new ones.

If a situation ends in death, then that is exactly how things are supposed to go. God does not see 'death' the same way we do... For God, bringing us home is a joyous opportunity of expansion for everyone concerned; and our soul is NEVER in disagreement with it: even if it does not feel that way from our limited human perspective leading up to it; or from the perspective of those we leave behind. However, once 'death' happens (we never actually 'die'); we can look back and see the perfect purpose of it.

In fact, since most of us have such a hard time understanding God's indicators; and he never forces his will or perception on us - death can often be the only way to bring us the relief that we have been so desperate for. God absolutely will NOT perform a miracle for us just because we think that he should. (Although many people DO still experience miracles as they believe - both within religious contexts and otherwise.)

Matthew 15:30 "And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus' feet; and he healed them."
Matthew 15:30 "And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus' feet; and he healed them."

The Difference Between Crowds of Jesus' Day and Us

Our purpose in this life is to figure out how to utilize what we know, in order to fix our own problems - so that our lives as both individuals and communities become less full of strife and more satisfying. We are creators, our job is essentially to bring 'Heaven to Earth'.

Jesus' healed people in LINES all day long. Most were simple folks who got to see 'miracles' happen right before their very eyes; and some of those people experienced one within their own body.

It was a different time with the majority being lost in the brutal vastness of Rome's many pagan religions and poverty. The people of Jesus' day were a different crowd in need of a serious spiritual infusion of Hope, Love and Understanding. Because for humanity to simply survive is not necessarily enough...

But, that isn't what the crowd of this day & age is in need of. We have plenty of Hope and every other good thing swirling around us. MUCH of the reason for that hope TODAY is due to past expansions mankind has gone through. And, as important... Jesus was called because of the desires of previous humans decades [at least, maybe even centuries] before his time craving relief & truth about themselves.

Likewise, probably since Jesus' last day on this Earth, believers and unbelievers alike have been craving the truth about this particular religion. It is finally perfect timing for us to realize & discover these things - everything is in place for them to unfold (various sciences, instant information accessibility for millions via the Internet, etc). While there has always been a handful of people who understood the truth (which is where our current spiritual revolution originated and slowly gained momentum from); we weren't ready or willing to let go of such profound beliefs surrounding death & eternity without at least some scientific evidence that ALSO resonated within us as being potentially true.

As such, we are essentially in a place to reap the benefits of others who have lived before us - while continuing to slowly expand, create and pave the way into all that mankind can become into generations still beyond.

Row Row Row Your Boat is a more profound song than we thought. Capt. Kirk and the boys do this song justice.

The Main Reason Why Our World is in Chaos

This is the main reason why our world is in chaos, because most of us don't realize that we 'co-create' or 'co-attract' this entire world all the way down to our individual selves, families and communities. And since we don't realize that we do this - or HOW we do this - chaos galore!

Its okay... supposedly the chaos is part of helping us to 'become' in this world.

Life is but a dream, and our hearts are boats in the stream... We had no idea what a profound song, 'Row Row Row Your Boat' is. The fact that it is sung in a round with voices 'streaming' into each other makes it that much more profound.

What Happens to Our Soul When Our Body Dies?

When we die, we remove our attention from this realm of suspended belief to return to the fullness of our natural state of being. Essentially, we read the last page, close the book - and probably fall into that between-worlds feeling for a bit until we re-adjust to our real lives again - JUST like we do at the end of any good book. The NDE video above describes this general process very well.

Incidentally, we also supposedly 'return to our natural state of being' every time we fall asleep. Sleeping is the best break we can take. Naps are good!

How does our body stay alive if we remove our focus from it for a while? We don't completely remove all of our focus; and our cells each hold their own consciousness or battery to continue the work THEY were born to do - until its time to stop. That is when we remove all of our focus from our physical body.

Where Evil Comes From

Sometimes, the transition between this physical life and our non-physical one can seem really scary - you may have heard of NDE's where people have experienced things that resemble 'Hell'. It can be easier or more difficult from our current perspective based on what we believe about death.

Note that, EVEN IF a person experiences 'Heaven' in the beginning - their beliefs can still play a role. What have you been taught? Are you looking forward to heaven? Do you believe there is a hell? Have you been bad to fear it? Does the concept of evil scare you?

Pslams 23: Fear no evil.

Humans create evil - which means, we can also regain control over it and deal with it.
Humans create evil - which means, we can also regain control over it and deal with it.

A reminder: evil did not even SORT of scare Jesus. He knew exactly who he was, where evil comes from, and how to deal with it.

Matthew 8:16 When evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word (GO! or Rockma!), and healed all who were ill. Matthew 12:28 But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. [You can plainly see it within me.] Luke 10:17 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. [Through their Kingdom of God or Christos within.]

The nutshell version: our beliefs create/attract streams of both evil and illness - not that 'demons' or demonic activity isn't real as we are experiencing them, just like real illnesses that Jesus healed became obsolete. It depends on the stream that we have been navigating in, as to how real evil can become for us. It can affect us temporarily into our transition from this life until we become fully aware of ALL of our awareness. It doesn't take long. Supposedly, it can be not quite instantaneous.

In other words, we can no more bring evil into our afterlives (or experience it) - any more than we can experience sickness - simply because we don't have a human body to experience those human things, anymore. At the point of our transition from this body, our 'suspension of belief' in this world falls away; and we regain the full perspective of our actual reality.

It becomes IMPOSSIBLE for us to continue to believe that evil exists to harm us. We can see it for being the tool that it really is - and even appreciate it. (Another really HARD spiritual lesson to learn as a human, ha!)

Everything that happens to us is for the purpose of our soul's expansion: both good & bad stream through us (re: mini-universe model); with only 'the good' (which is the only thing that actually exists) - causing the expansion.

I don't know about you, but that sounds extremely powerful, to me. I'll actually talk in more detail about how & why God does that, later.

It is highly-unlikely that we will ever collectively get to this point - and certainly not anytime soon, if we do. :)
It is highly-unlikely that we will ever collectively get to this point - and certainly not anytime soon, if we do. :)

“Whatever plane (or stream) our consciousness may be acting in, both we and the things belonging to that plane are, for the time being, our only realities. As we rise in the scale of development (or our body dies) we perceive that during the stage through which we have passed we mistook shadows for realities, and the upward progress of the Ego is a series of progressive awakenings.” The Secret Doctrine

The better relationship you have with the non-physical part of yourself - the easier the process of dying will be for you. NO ONE ends up 'in hell'. We'll see WHY no one goes there when we get more into our navigation system; as well as WHAT are our treasures in heaven!!

Yeah, it sounds like dying might be as fascinating as this life can be. But, the NDE doesn't go very far beyond that... what happens AFTER we 'go into the light'?

Doesn't matter, back to The Christ:

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The Difference Between Christ and Us

The most unusual thing about Jesus (and the other Christs that we know about) was that he chose to care for and about people beyond the norm. Most spiritual teachers both past & present teach NOT to worry about your neighbor or anyone else. God is looking out for them; and everything is working out the way it is supposed to – no matter how sick their bodies or their lives seem to be.

Jesus taught people to turn the other cheek - so that we don't fall into the trap of getting caught up in someone else's bad attitude or 'darkness'.

Essentially, other people have their stuff to go through; and you have your's... Let God do his job so that you don't accidentally become entangled in something that isn't your's, etc. This is really good advice, generally speaking; because most of us are not here to participate in this life in that way.

Images from 'The Bible' series.
Images from 'The Bible' series.

However, Jesus was a teacher who chose to share what he knew with superstitious people who probably didn't believe very good things about themselves - and, helped those (often desperate) people where they needed it. He died for doing that, simply because of what/how people of that time 'believed'.

Jesus could easily have lived a rich, healthy, long life - but, he was HAPPY to come play with us; KNOWING how it would affect and expand the collective consciousness of all mankind.

The ONLY difference between 'Christs' and us - is that we have not returned to The One, yet. Our spirit is NOT 'completely in heaven' at the same time we are in this existence. Our soul is not 'complete' (or 'awakened', 'realized' or 'aligned', etc. - many different words are used to describe this concept) - to fully become one with The Creator, yet.

However, neither are we EVER disconnected from Our Source.

Christ is simply a soul that has completed ALL of its life lessons to 'become one' with The Source of God (or at least, closer than most of us ever have). And since he started out JUST LIKE US, he is able to return to us in a way that God himself, cannot. Christ HAS to be born into a physical form that contains his christos - just like us - in order to physically interact in this plane of existence, just like we do.

Original Source and Creator of ALL Life & Universes = 'God'

The Tentative Apologist: What place, then, for a creator?
The Tentative Apologist: What place, then, for a creator? | Source

The One cannot leave the confines of the indigenous realm, so Christ - and OTHERS LIKE that soul who have also figured out how to spiritually reconnect - is how God experiences and takes part in their existence: through their 'christos'.

He does the same thing with us 'disconnected humans', but we don't realize it. We BELIEVE that we are disconnected from God when we are NOT. No matter how undeveloped our souls may be; there is a part of us that is ALWAYS connected. We are as much 'Sons of God' as Christ is, and we always have been. We are NOT 'adopted' or 'saved' as Christian Theology dictates.

This is the way we are created, to experience lives that The Creator cannot. This is ALSO WHY reincarnation is IRRELEVANT. Whether it exists or not is completely beside the point. It will take however long it is supposed to take for your soul to 'return to God' completely - according to however long he/she decides it is going to take. Would you have it any other way?

We are meant to become Companions of God - just like Christ and others like him already are. When you think about it, it is really nice of The Christs to pay us earthly humans a visit every once in a while - or any attention, at all.

Why would they?

A Father of Science Reveals the Most Profound Spiritual Truth

1 John 4
1 John 4

Unconditional Love - Embracing Both the Good and the Bad

Because they are ONE with GOD and GOD is LOVE. God loves ALL of his creation, it is IMPOSSIBLE for him to hate any part of it. (The NDE video above explains this very well.) And, as 'lowly' as we humans supposedly are - we are as much a concern of God as the Christ's were when they were where we are now.

This is the biggest and most difficult lesson for EVERY soul in this experience to learn: how can God love absolutely EVERYTHING about ALL that he/she has created? As mere humans, we cannot BEGIN to fathom what Unconditional Love means to God. So many people of various faiths strive for it as if it is something we can completely comprehend and achieve. Most people can't, and God does not require us to while we exist in this earthly realm BECAUSE we DO feel disconnected when we are here. That is part of the experience.

Sure, Jesus gave us the golden rule that tells us to do unto others as we would have done to us, etc. But, who do we have the most difficult time loving unconditionally?

No, we have been led to believe this... keep reading, the truth is so much more powerful!
No, we have been led to believe this... keep reading, the truth is so much more powerful!
Stop judging each other and stop judging yourself. Learn how to love - even yourself - unconditionally. Photo by stockimages
Stop judging each other and stop judging yourself. Learn how to love - even yourself - unconditionally. Photo by stockimages

OURSELVES. Christians (there are other religions & cultures that do this in various ways) are especially 'programmed' in this life to judge themselves as much (and more harshly) than others - for much smaller offenses. For instance, I've seen Christians 'accidentally' tell a little white lie; and feel so bad about it afterwards that they practically became suicidal.

This is because most Christians are taught that every time we sin, we nail Jesus Christ to the cross all over again. Guilt, much?!

Just trust me on this, for now... Christ does not want ANYONE feeling guilty over anything concerning him. You don't understand sin: "they know not what they do". That isn't what his death was about.

Many ugly people may actually be very loving beings - but don't remember. It is like we are given a serious case of amnesia when we're born. Our memories are erased for a reason (watch the NDE video).

How else would a 'god' experience something like the innocence of a child - without forgetting they are a god and actually becoming a child? How else would an omnipotent, non-dual, all-inclusive-male-female being experience the difference between being male and female - or any of the fifty bazzillion shades of grey in between?

How can a generically-loving being actually experience 'falling in love' or the humiliation of betrayal? What about the victory and defeat of competition? What about that joyous feeling of decorating the house for Christmas? And what about 'that thing' that happens to you - as a human - when your favorite song comes on the radio?

As omnipotent as God is, its really quite profound when you realize that God 'can't do' any of those things in his pure positive energy State of Being... He can only experience them in his own God-way through physical beings he created 'in his likeness' - through us, and every other 'eternal mini-universe' or living thing that possesses consciousness. Yes, including animals.

It is EASY to Love Unconditionally

As 'one' we are all part of a whole - sort of like cells in a body. We mirror each other, as much as we hate to admit it. The people that we dislike or love the most are exactly the way we would be under the same circumstances and born with the same disposition, etc. Once you realize that, it is so much easier to stop judging people, forgive & LOVE them - and their quirks. :)

Our 'amnesia' gives us a sense of being a singular human in this world. It may actually be rather difficult for us to experience what it is like to be an individual - to this extent - outside of our earthly realm of suspended belief.

So, reminders or 'a light through the thick fog' about love are a good idea because we humans can really get confused about things, right? How hopeless would this life be if we really thought this skin that we have to live in every day was IT?

There are times when we have all felt like we are more than the sum of our parts - big, like that would fill up a room.

Image from 'The Bible' film.
Image from 'The Bible' film.

What Did Christ Teach About Love?

Matthew 5 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others?"

Matt 25: "For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."

The REAL Message of Christ and what happens to people who are NOT 'born again':

This is why Christ said: "Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit."

Because we each 'are who we are'; and we CANNOT CONTROL our spiritual destiny as Christianity (and other religions) insist that we can. The best thing you can do for God in this life is to LIVE your life to the fullest according to your OWN conscious and life experience as those things grow and develop in you.

You ARE [an expression of] God; and you WILL return home when you are ready - without condition:

BECAUSE THAT IS THE ONLY WAY GOD KNOWS HOW TO LOVE!!!!

Unconditionally.

New Reasons Jesus' Death Was Included in the Bible

Many people have come to believe that the story of Christ's death, resurrection and 'salvation plan' for humanity was included in The Bible for one of two reasons:

1) The man we know as Jesus may actually have died in the way that has been described - simply because that was a common way for rebels (religious or otherwise) to die in those days. However, he did NOT DIE to SAVE anyone from their 'sins'. Again, sin & sacrificing were pagan concepts.

There is really no way to know for certain if this was an intentionally-deceptive storyline twist; or we humans of the future have misinterpreted things this drastically over time. See again, the alternative interpretation above on, "I am the way the truth and the life". It is a very subtle variance, and an easy mistake for anyone to make - even during the founding of the religion - trying to translate from one language into another.

2) The death/resurrection/salvation part of the story may have been plagarized from previous accounts as a spiritual metaphor - not necessarily to deceive anyone. This is where that belief might apply...

Awareness is Resurrection

Did you know that only 5% of our cognitive activities (decisions, emotions, actions, behaviour) is conscious; while the remaining 95% is basically on auto-pilot being generated in a non-conscious manner based on previous learning since we were born? Source

The Kingdom of God

What Jesus says about the Kingdom of God in the Gnostic Scrolls. WHY would he say this? Because there was already a debate about this topic WAY back then that NEEDED to be cleared up!!
What Jesus says about the Kingdom of God in the Gnostic Scrolls. WHY would he say this? Because there was already a debate about this topic WAY back then that NEEDED to be cleared up!!

How We Connect with God

It is said in many religions in various ways - although it is often ignored - you are the closest to God when your attention is fully-present 'in the moment' - when your mind is focused; and not wandering away through various forms of 'escapes'. Thoughts that stay in the present are naturally unconcerned about the past and not worried about the future. (And not feeling insecure at all because you LOVE yourself and everyone else, unconditionally. :)

When we begin to accept ourselves 'as is' and 'remain present', we are essentially starting to realize our character in this life; and 'make it real' within the various streams that we exist within: we are 'resurrecting' or 'awakening' to directly participate with much more conscious intent.

'Connect' the physical, emotional and inner/god-self parts of you - allowing your non-physical self to flow through your physical self like the 'stream' that it is (see 'we are mini-universes', above).

ALL of your intentions, attention & energy STAY present with you (in your body) - allowing your soul to experience the waves of your emotions no matter how good or bad they feel, using them as your navigation system.

Btw, there are lots of non-religious folks (and religious ones) who do this 'staying present' stuff, naturally... And are no doubt wondering why I'm talking about it as if it is something to strive for. Cheers to you! :)

Emotions are the navigation system for the soul.
Emotions are the navigation system for the soul.
We've all gotten totally lost while concentrating and giving our undivided attention to things we are obsessing over. :)
We've all gotten totally lost while concentrating and giving our undivided attention to things we are obsessing over. :)

It is a relaxing, 'go with the flow' experience - not a struggle. Let go and let God... It is your ego that is filled with all kinds of beliefs consisting of worries and fears that keeps us from 'letting go' and trusting our natural intuition and instincts - and, it keeps us from sensing these indicators, clearly. For instance, sometimes we are picking up someone else's 'indicators' and we don't realize that it isn't our's.

We are familiar with what it feels like to remain present... When we do things like play a musical instrument; or our mind gets lost in something with all of our intent, especially in a highly-focused, almost obsessive way - we are 'naturally' staying present in the moment; and we are also creating with our entire being - a very good way to create.

Also, you are no longer helping to create and/or magnify problems - your's, Humanity's or anyone else's - by obsessing over them. Thinking about and imagining the solution to problems puts you in a better place to help and CONSCIOUSLY-create solutions (see Creation 101 above).

Escaping vs Experiencing

By all means, take in the occassional escape. We have this ability for a few reasons: 1) so that we CAN escape and relax because this life can get so hard; and 2) so that we can participate in our lives, communities and cultures - reading books; or hanging out with your friends to watch a concert or see a movie, etc.

Of course, we can also stay completely present during events with others - or allow our minds to sort of 'flip to auto' (while often wandering away). The difference is our focus: either 'escaping' or 'experiencing' - and yeah, it can be a varying mix of both.

We are here to create and experience life, not heaven.

Some souls find it easier to stay present than others do - and some moments (such as happy ones) are easier to stay present in.

It isn't a constant thing, and it is not meant to become a constant thing as some religions claim. Sure, there is a 'nirvana' that can be reached - but, why would you want to be in that headspace so often while you are here? When your body dies, there is Nirvana or Heaven.

Jesus chose to stay on the cross instead of 'poofing' off to The Bahamas. Why, if it wasn't for salvation of souls? More to come...
Jesus chose to stay on the cross instead of 'poofing' off to The Bahamas. Why, if it wasn't for salvation of souls? More to come...

The Ego is a Tool

It wasn't even a constant thing for Jesus. In fact, being varying degrees of 'disconnected' IS a tool: Jesus ALLOWED himself to be tortured and nailed to a cross; when he could probably have 'thought' himself to The Bahamas by that point.

Sure, Jesus started out still having compassion as he was hanging up there - as noted by his conversation with one of the thieves next to him. But later when he says, "Why have you forsaken me"... He was probably having a pretty difficult time 'believing': as in, maybe things were getting pretty tough; and he could not 'feel God's presence' with him - even though as evidence by him saying this, he seems pretty certain that shouldn't be possible. (It isn't possible. In reality, our soul can't 'separate' from our body until we die.)

Any time we feel abandoned or lonely - ANY time - we are actually lonely for 'all that we are'. We humans often look to others to fill that void; but the best relationships happen when both people feel secure & accepted within themselves.

This perception of being abandoned might have happened so that Jesus would not be tempted to heal himself and escape toward sunshine and greener pastures during his most difficult moments. Essentially, he was in a significant state of soul-expansion.

The body and the soul ALWAYS work as a team whether the body is aware of the soul, or not. The soul simply operates from your current 'perspective of belief' WITH you. We're not puppets; and we are in the game of life together for NOTHING but FUN. I know that sounds 'off', at first... I will explain, further. Jesus was 'playing a hero', here; and he was doing an incredible job! If it seems to you that I am making his death into an insignificant detail, I'm not.

The ego acts like a valve, allowing the stream of our broader perspective to flow through us based on 'what we believe' - is it barely a drip, a trickle, flowing freely or gushing? It will vary based on 'what you are allowing'.

I really don't mean to compare Dr. Suess's Cat in the Hat to Jesus Christ... Okay, maybe I do. ;)
I really don't mean to compare Dr. Suess's Cat in the Hat to Jesus Christ... Okay, maybe I do. ;)

Learning how to 'control the weather' - through our thoughts & emotions - within our mini-Universe so that the ego can relax and let the stream flow freely through us - no matter what is going on around us - is supposedly a very-doable trick. However, we are not required to master it as Christ had it mastered. Most of us are still children at play. :)

We never make a 'wrong choice'. Any choice we make is where we will experience life from - complete with all the various rewards and/or consequences - because we are explorers on a frontier.

God is our Baseline

We are here to explore situations, feelings and emotions that God cannot, will not and absolutely REFUSES to experience - because he/she is our baseline, keeping us eternally 'untouched' by whatever ugly things we might go through while we are focused here.

'Baseline' is a concept used in many systems to determine 'variance' against normal or expected results. My favorite definition: the return to an original state.

God can only attract 'the good' in our lives because it is all that really exists.
Here's why:

We are God's Sons & Daughters:

Most Christians think this verse is talking about angels - nope, they are not the 'sons of God'. In fact, I don't think angels are different from us or Jesus. They are probably beings like us, just not focused in a physical existence at the moment.
Most Christians think this verse is talking about angels - nope, they are not the 'sons of God'. In fact, I don't think angels are different from us or Jesus. They are probably beings like us, just not focused in a physical existence at the moment.

How We Create - Based on God's Original Creation Story

Legends, even Christianity's creation story - tell variations of why God created this kind of existence: because he/she was the 'only one' and wanted an EQUAL companion. God became lonely, so excrutiatingly lonely. Who knows how long God may have been in that state? God was miserable...

This 'agony' created DESIRE to no longer be alone - negative emotions have a profound purpose in our lives to inspire all kinds of desires and repulsions within us - which is one of the ways we figure out both what we want, and do not want, to create.

God was ecstatic with the first glimmers of creation; and the many souls (or sons of God) made 'in his image' - because God was (and is) happy to no longer be alone - plus, now there is US to explore and experience all kinds of various lives and types of existences with. God's fun levels pre-creation and post-creation are dramatically different.

Based on this original creation formula, agony (or any negative emotion) causes desire to expand the soul until it can realize how to create the desire. Desires that are born out of 'bad' stuff, always end up 'being good' - sort of like a bouy will always re-orient itself out in the waves no matter how rough they are.

To simplify that, when someone is mean to us - we desire them to be nice. When we are mean - we desire ourselves to be nicer, etc. When we're poor, we 'wish' we had more money - and theoretically, we eventually create a way to get it. Desires from negative emotions are the INSPIRATION from which more 'good' is created.

This is the same concept behind how 'bad' streams are meant to not only help our soul expand - but guide us into 'good' waters.

Isaiah 45:7 "I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things."

So, what the heck does that mean?! How can God who is supposedly made of LOVE be the origin of both good & evil?

You can't 'form light' unless you also 'create darkness'. God is light, there is no source for darkness - there is only the absense of light. Darkness or evil cannot exist except within the boundaries of places God has created for 'the dark' to be able to exist - like the Universe, and specifically for us, this planet we call Earth.

And this is the choice we make as humans every day: are we choosing light or the absense of it in any given moment? Either choice is okay because we have REASONS for making those choices. Its why we can't make a wrong one... Perceptions are part of our ever-expanding personal identity.

How God Creates 'Only Good' - Agony vs. Desire

Extracting the good out of our existence isn't really an effort that God makes. Its just inevitable.

An extreme example is a person who kills another (because of an obsession or their perspective of circumstances) - and succeeds. The murderer is later often full of regret, hating themselves and desiring to be a better person. And even if they are not, God knows their heart, and knows why they have no regret.

Our hearts are completely exposed to God because we are a natural part of Source. Being 'just the Universe' (no small feat) without human hangups has its advantages: no human perception, no human judgments, no human knowledge of our ideals beyond 'how things feel'.

Also, God never looks back - never ever - not even long after we refuse to let things go. Not only does he not want to 'keep bad stuff', he is literally INCAPABLE of keeping it.

Why?

Because 'evil' or 'sinful' stuff isn't real to God; and they are only temporarily real to us for this purpose: the emotions that developed because of it - that caused your soul to grow & expand - ARE real. That's what matters to God.

If a person's heart is completely dark, God knows why they 'believe' the way they do about themselves: through reading the lifestory of their emotions. The reason people do bad things or 'turn bad' is NEVER EVER EVER because the person was 'born evil'; nor has that soul become 'too evil' to not eventually be able to return to their natural state of being at death.

Really, think about it again... Do people 'sin' when they are HAPPY and content within themselves?

We're All Born Naturally and Completely 'Connected' - Then Duality (and expansion) Begins

When we are born is when we begin to 'become dual' beings with a soul and a physically-based ego BOTH meant to assist in our expansion in this life. The ego (not the personality) 'falls away' when our body dies: its purpose complete.
When we are born is when we begin to 'become dual' beings with a soul and a physically-based ego BOTH meant to assist in our expansion in this life. The ego (not the personality) 'falls away' when our body dies: its purpose complete.

Why are humans born as dual beings with both a temporary ego and an eternal soul?

We are born as dual beings with both an ego and a soul. Our ego is the 'new' part of us; and starts out kind of like a character sketch for a novel. It develops, grows and gives us an identity during this temporary life; while our eternal soul-self creates a story based on it.

Another way to look at it - the ego could be thought of as thread, and the soul a needle. Any number of metaphors could work to describe how imperative one is to the other. You need both thread and a needle to weave a tapestry; and our lives are meant to be just that: creations.

We are all born PERFECTLY 'connected' with our Source from day ONE - and more importantly, we REMAIN perfectly connected throughout our lives.

While our body may not always be born perfect; and we are not always born into perfect or safe situations, there is a reason for that: 10 times out of 10 it has to do with the original intentions that the soul - as an entire being before they were born - set forth in order to eventually cause a certain level or type of expansion.

Yes, we sometimes CHOOSE to come into this life with mental, physical and/or environmental handicaps; but its not like you might think. We don't have a menu with a list of specific options to choose from before we're born. We set 'intentions' based on what we want to accomplish in this life. Then, our eternal self attracts situations into our lives that try to accomplish those intentions - and they can manifest in all kinds of surprising ways.

For instance, people born with their sexual orientation flipped around from the physical sex of their body - probably didn't choose to 'be gay'. It is far more likely that they intentionally chose to put themselves in such a mentally-convincing situation that would make it difficult for them to entirely conform to the 'norms' of this world for any number of reasons.

Early childhood handicaps are often spiritually-based and/or part of a co-creative situation of expansion with parents, family & friends, etc. Along with setting our intentions, we also 'choose' our parents and general life paths before we come into these lives. Parents also choose their children; and we come into 'agreements' with each other as co-creators. Our familial connections (and every other close connection we develop) are INDEED eternal.

Yes, we love each other that much (as eternal beings) - to become each other's biggest human supporters and/or 'pains' in this life, ha! The NDE video goes into this; and there is much more info about this 'pre-choosing' aspect of things out in Internetland. Try not to let this subject become a diversion for you, some people can really get wrapped up in it. We don't need to know every little detail about how every 'engine' in our life works. This is all you really need to know about it.

We are NEVER in danger of 'losing our soul' NOR of being 'eternally punished'. We're NOT BAD (we're NOT bad children, we're NOT bad parents, we're NOT bad friends & neighbors, NOR bad stewards of the land or governments) - we're temporary human bodies with eternal souls going through experiences in this physical world. That's it. :)

God is beyond all-knowing and all-forgiving - he/she is all-understanding. The amount of compassion God has for each individual soul is literally out of this world.

A Reason for Everything

When anything 'bad' happens, as in our example with the murderer above, God knows the other person (co-creator) who was killed is 'fine' (beyond fine, even); and the 'victim' has received the soul-expansion that they were aiming for. God is always focused on 'the good'.

There is a reason for absolutely everything to be happening to us. Our eternal god-self is always orchestrating or 'attracting' events (the big ones are usually pre-set; but nothing is set in stone) - often with other 'eternal mini-Universes' within our streams - in such a way that causes our soul to experience whatever 'expansion' it needs from wherever we are currently at. We can also be part of a 'pool' of expanding souls.

This may seem like an unfair, semi-hopeless message for prisoners, because it sounds like you helped co-create this dire situation - and now YOU have to pay for the rest of this life. Essentially, it feels like you'll experience 'the good' out of this ugly experience - someday - probably after you die, just like the victim did.

What Human rules & beliefs are really for: Humans.

What a victim gets out of any situation is different than what an offender gets. And, being a creator means that we can turn ANY situation around. And some prisoners (and victims who don't die) DO exactly that.

Remember, we don't have to remain in ugly streams... We have the option to 'expand' during this physical life; OR later, after our body dies. Because we are Creator-Captains of our own ship, we always have choices - we just need to realize it.

Many Christians worry that this message means 'go ahead and sin'... But, absolutely NO ONE is born wanting to 'be bad' when they grow up. It simply doesn't 'feel good' - it isn't our natural state of being. Plus, dealing with the consequences of murder (or whatever) in this life is not a generally-pleasant thing.

Murderers still 'pay' one way or another - either through their own judgment, the judgment of society, the chaos of circumstances that can develop around those things - or, a combination. God certainly isn't conveying to us that WE should not utilize the tools we've come up with to maintain order among ourselves.

Frankly, our Human rules & beliefs are as much a part of helping to create the stories that make up our lives to cause the expansions of our souls - as anything else. However, discovering ways to keep people from becoming so twisted in the first place - should maybe become one of mankind's top priorities.

The Best Things in Life Are Free

YES! We Have Treasures in Heaven!!

Matthew 6:20-21 "But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."

These 'good parts' of our lives that Source attracts & maintains for us will stay with us forever after our lives are complete in this existence. These are 'the treasures' that God keeps for us in heaven.

In fact, when we are free from these physical bodies - we will know everything, again (see NDE video); and our minds will 'work like God's'. People who have passed on no longer see you in the limited way they did while they were here. They see who you really are, as God does. Being 'non-physical' is very different for us from the way we experience life in this limited way, now - but, how else would the story 'seem real'? (Another link to the NDE video above if you haven't seen it, already.)

No matter where you are in this learning process, it is highly-likely that your life will slowly become more fulfilling - while building momentum as you become more familiar with being connected to all that you are. It is an integral, understated part of you that will grow stronger as it is used and 'worked' like a muscle.

Know ye not ye are the temple [of your christos]? Stay present in your precious moments. You and God are connected buddies. Photo by imagerymajestic
Know ye not ye are the temple [of your christos]? Stay present in your precious moments. You and God are connected buddies. Photo by imagerymajestic

What changes when you practice 'staying present'?

Staying in the moment is actually kind of hard to do, consistently - try it. All kinds of thoughts are always trying to pop into your head to take you elsewhere. But, as you begin to 'practice' as often as you remember; and stay in the present for as long as you can each time - it will become easier and second nature to you.

As you gain experience with staying in the moment, you will notice that when some offensive thought comes into your mind, you will begin to automatically reject the ones that your 'true self' does not want to become a part of you. Eventually, unwanted thoughts come at you less often. You also begin to distinguish between your thoughts and other static you may be picking up on.

And don't get hung up on things surrounding Chakras or the Pituitary Gland, etc. Your connection, no matter how 'undeveloped' it may be with The Source of God is DIRECT, just as Christ's is. Religious rituals are human concepts. While some of them may be 'stepping stones' to help you realize some spiritual thing - they are not 'the way'; and you don't need them, anymore.

Do you need to know how any system in your body works - digestion, circulation, etc. - in order for them to work? They just work - and they did long before humans became aware of their anatomy.

The Meaning of Sex!! ;)

The only thing that is nice to know, although not imperative - is that the Solar Plexus is the organ that processes your emotions - just as your eyes process sight, and your ears process sound, etc. This is why a heartache literally feels like your heart is aching; and joy feels like you are getting ready to take flight.

Also, sex was designed in this existence to be both extremely pleasurable and the means for creating life for good reason: a sexual climax is so SWEET because that is a taste of what a fully-realized / complete / aligned / awakened soul feels like when it connects to Source. And, when you are lingering in the afterglow... heaven for a while, literally.

God did not leave us down here without that profound reminder.

Some of you will just have to trust me on this point (or not)... A sexual orgasm feels exactly like the same experience as 'being baptized in the holy spirit' except without the sex - plus, orgasms aren't usually powerful enough to make you start speaking in other tongues. Well, close maybe, ha! There is a plethora of information on the spiritual aspects of sex if you are interested in digging through piles of stories & research about it.

You will also begin to realize what your 'intuition' is saying to you, more clearly. And, because we see ourselves as individuals; we may each hear something different than someone else will hear in a seemingly-similar circumstance. This is why judging others has to go.

Additionally, we may FAIL at clearly-hearing what our 'divine inner self' is saying to us. Messages can get lost in translation; and/or we can 'be bad' (use our ego/free will) and reject what our instincts are telling us. In this case, we are simply learning a lesson or going through an experience. But, how many times have any of us ever regretted ignoring that nagging voice in the back of our mind?

One last thing about staying in the moment... another 'spiritual fad' that has probably always been around - is that other demonic entities, alien beings, 'thought forms' - or simply souls detached from their bodies - can become attached to your spiritual essense.

However, if YOU are inhabiting your body, there is no room for anyone or anything else. Any 'attachments' you may have will eventually leave because they are not being fed; and because they don't get to have any fun. 'All of you' is now doing all of the driving; and you are not sharing the wheel. :)

Everyone and everything is connected to God. We all know exactly how to connect with our Source. Humans may complicate it, but it is the most natural connection in the world for us to make. So, relax and just do it.
Everyone and everything is connected to God. We all know exactly how to connect with our Source. Humans may complicate it, but it is the most natural connection in the world for us to make. So, relax and just do it.

Prayer & Meditation

If you become overwhelmed, and 'staying present' becomes difficult for you - go ahead and talk to Christ - even when you're not overwhelmed and 'just because'. Having the option to do that can be a lifesaver - if for no other reason, than prayer has the potential to bring us grounding comfort when we need it the most. Remember, he said that he was everywhere 'in spirit'?

Prayer can be as simple as talking to yourself; and is a good way to 'give stuff back to the Universe' that you don't want - thoughts, feelings, emotions, etc. Sometimes negative ones cling to us just because we need to release them.

Spiritual things are a lot simpler than most of us were taught. If you're putting a lot of thought into something; and you're only getting more confused - you're thinking too much. Blow it all into an imaginary balloon - then let it go and drift away. You can start over with a fresh mind, later.

A very sweet & simple beginner's intro to mindfulness meditation

What is Meditation?

Meditation should be no more complicated than prayer. Psalm 46:10 - "Be still and know that I am God." It is an easy, quiet, personal spiritual exchange of love, appreciation (do you know that God appreciates YOU being 'down here on the leading edge' AS MUCH as you appreciate God?) - and sometimes knowledge between you and your christos.

It is normal for meditation to last ten to twenty minutes. Even a few seconds can help. Many spiritual teachers today teach new meditators to begin with a minute or two at a time - perhaps speckled throughout the day when you think about it. Relax and 'just be' for as long as it feels natural or good - letting any intrusive thoughts just float by like clouds; but don't let them touch you.

As meditation becomes more familiar to you, you'll begin to experience subtle communications with your entire self; and you WILL KNOW that it is 'you' and NOT some questionable 'evil spirit' or whatever. It will feel like the most natural thing... In your daily life, you are constantly sending information to your eternal self; but meditation teaches you how to 'receive', also: be still and know.

You'll learn the most mind-boggling things about yourself. Those 'thoughts' (heard, seen or an 'impression') will naturally touch you in the most perfect way that you need - they won't float away like clouds. This 'communication' never gets old, and is a huge boost for us every single time it happens: realizing that it is natural for our eternal, 'true self' to know us so completely; and speak to and through us so personally is an experience beyond description. In fact, the first few times you experience it - the jolt of surprise (and delight!) may very well knock you out of your relaxing meditation. :)

Meditation is a personal experience and can't be taught. As with many things, it can only be guided. You have to go with what feels good & right to you by following your intuition & emotions. Meditation is great for learning to hear & trust yourself.
Meditation is a personal experience and can't be taught. As with many things, it can only be guided. You have to go with what feels good & right to you by following your intuition & emotions. Meditation is great for learning to hear & trust yourself.

From Krishnamurti, Meditations,1969 - "Meditation is one of the most extraordinary things, and if you do not know what it is you are like the blind man in a world of bright colour, shadows and moving light. It is not an intellectual affair, but when the heart enters into the mind, the mind has quite a different quality: it is really, then, limitless, not only in its capacity to think, to act efficiently, but also in its sense of living in a vast space where you are part of everything.

Meditation is the movement of love. It isn't the love of the one or of the many. It is like water (see 'LIving Water reference, right) that anyone can drink out of any jar, whether golden or earthenware: it is inexhaustible. And a peculiar thing takes place which no drug or self-hypnosis can bring about: it is as though the mind enters into itself, beginning at the surface and penetrating ever more deeply, until depth and height have lost their meaning and every form of measurement ceases. In this state there is complete peace not contentment which has come about through gratification but a peace that has order, beauty and intensity. It can all be destroyed, as you can destroy a flower, and yet because of its very vulnerability it is indestructible. This meditation cannot be learned from another. You must begin without knowing anything about it, and move from innocence to innocence."

Matthew 7:7
Matthew 7:7

Asking & Receiving in Meditation

Got a burning question you want guidance on or an answer to? Meditate in silence while gently holding the question in your mind. When it 'feels right', release the question and sit quietly in an attitude of acceptance. I have always received a response - but have never experienced anything more profound than a strong impression, a few words, or a glimpse of a vision. A glimpse was all I needed.

Other people report entire, clear visions or dreams - or even entire conversations with 'themselves' or even other 'beings'. It probably depends a lot on what you are up for. With all of my past spiritual experiences, I am more of a suspicious sort - so I don't reach for that stuff. Only do what you are comfortable with. YOU control absolutely EVERYTHING about the experience. Your christos will only guide you in a very natural way.

And, as you already know, there is NOTHING that you can EVER say or do - nor anyone else - that will separate you from the love of God. He loves you, dearly. That is one of the things Christianity taught you that it got RIGHT.

Photo Credit: Jacob Abshire
Photo Credit: Jacob Abshire

Moses' Egyptian influence is beside the point. God will use anything we believe or perceive to cause our expansion.

The Torah and Old Testament have their own plagarization issues, with many OT stories, sayings and rituals originating in Ancient Egypt. The story of Jesus' life is also strikingly similar to the Egyptian God, Horus.
The Torah and Old Testament have their own plagarization issues, with many OT stories, sayings and rituals originating in Ancient Egypt. The story of Jesus' life is also strikingly similar to the Egyptian God, Horus. | Source

Why do Christians believe their souls need to be saved, to begin with?

Continuing with Jesus and Nicodemus in John 3: Jesus seems to be giving Nicodemus a glimpse into his future: "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him [his message of the Kingdom of God or Christos within] should not perish, but have eternal life."

It should also be noted, that Nicodemus helped bury the body of Jesus (this is another conspiracy theory, but it is kind of a fun one) after his death. He had obviously been moved by the conversation he had with Jesus...

Remember, many exChristians (and Christians, believe it or not) now attribute Jesus 'messianic presence' as fulfilling the different old Jewish Law of Kabbalah (this is Jews for Jesus?!!) Essentially, the man we know as Jesus the Christ had to become a martyr in order for his message to expand beyond his life and 'become known' into other consciousness's alive in this world - and into generations beyond. And, that original message was:

John 10:10
John 10:10

John 3:16 "For God so loved the world... that he gave his [not only] human-begotten ['awakened' 'realized', 'aligned'] Son [who is just like us]; that whosoever believeth in him [the Christos within] should not parish [through untrue pagan beliefs] but have eternal life" [that many don't realize is already theirs].

"For God sent NOT his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him [their Christos within] is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the [Christos being within] name of the only begotten Son of God. (We will see how Jesus became 'the only' Son of God in a bit...)

Jesus 'Saved' People from Pagan Beliefs Meant to Diminish Their 'Light'

"And this is the condemnation, that light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved."

This 'condemnation' is referring to pagan religions: the deeds of men were 'evil' - and they don't come into the light because 1) they are not AWARE that they have their own light; and 2) they are AFRAID of the punishment that they believe is coming to them. Eternal or even temporal retribution is a decidedly human construct.

"But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God."

Essentially, when you realize who and what you really are - and that you are perfect exactly the way you are (and are continuing to expand)... you WANT to 'stay present' and 'come into the light' more to integrate with 'all that you are' - then, your deeds (creations) may be be made manifest 'in God'.

Alan Watts backs up parts of this essay from his view: lecture on the history behind The Bible

This video has the potential to help put things into even better perspective for you. Alan Watts is good at explaining spiritual things from our Western perspective. He is a good bridge with a very disarming disposition. As he talks, it can sometimes feel like he is gently defusing bombs - oftentimes with humor. Alan agrees on including the miracles within the story of Jesus as I have - because they have been normal throughout history; and the entire concept of 'Universal Law of Attraction' (that has so many spiritual teachers explaining things so many different ways) can be summed up in a few words: "Just imagine you are God - you could have anything you want!" According to Alan, God is 'the player of all the parts'; and becomes so absorbed in the role (as any good actor) that he/she becomes it - until 'realization' or 'awareness' happens. While full-awareness often takes place after our physical body dies, variations of it can happen earlier to anyone anytime anywhere - like falling in love. Religions don't matter.

Where did The Gospels come from?

The Roman Emperor Constantine is credited with proliferating Christianity when he supposedly became a convert. However, some significant changes were made to the religion shortly after he embraced it; and there is much controversy surrounding the purity of his motives.

Did you know that the Gospel of John (and moreso, the Book of Revelations also credited to him) are considered by many to have 'gnostic' origins; and that many Christians today still believe that Matthew, Mark, Luke and John actually wrote the books of the New Testament that are named after them?

They didn't: "None of the gospels are eye-witness accounts of Jesus' life; and, they are all written in Greek and not in the native tongues of anyone who met and followed Jesus."

For the first three hundred years, or so, pockets of Christian survivors stayed hidden; while secretly writing and trading manuscripts among themselves, even between cities & countries. (This is the time when Paul was traveling and writing letters.) They had been persecuted from the founding of their religion until 313 AD when Christianity finally became legalized across the Roman Empire - so, early Christians were USED to having to keep the message of Christ 'under wraps'.

Perhaps if Christianity had stayed an underground religion, we might have more of those original manuscripts available to us.

There are actually a few really colorful conspiracy theories that outline 'how Christianity became pagan': The Apostle Paul did it! Or, the Romans created Jesus to deceive the Jews; or the Jews created Jesus to deceive the Romans, etc. - plus, the 'Illuminati' are in there, somewhere. Whatever changed, Christianity became the state religion of ALL of Rome in 380 AD before it split.

In 325 AD, the famous Council of Nicea was held. The doctrine of the Trinity was declared to be the official doctrine of the Pauline Church, and one of the consequences of this decision was that out of the three hundred or so Gospels exant at the time, four were chosen as the official Gospels of the Church (because there were 'four corners' of the Earth). The remaining Gospels, including the Gospel of Barnabas, were ordered to be destroyed completely. It was also decided that all Gospels written in Hebrew should be destroyed. An edict was issued stating that anyone found in possession of an unauthorised Gospel would be put to death. This was the first well-organized attempt to remove all the records of Jesus’ original teaching, whether in human beings or books, which contradicted the doctrine of Trinity. (Muhammad Ataur-Rahim, Prophet Jesus of Islam, 1992 edition, p. 40) Source (There is more than one source of this information - research.)

Where did Jesus Christ come from and why create a religion around him?

No one really knows where Jesus came from or what his real name was - although, you will find many theories out there. One of my favorites is that Jesus was Cleopatra & Caesar's son, Caesarian.

It is really interesting what people have come up with - and almost all of those ideas are real possibilities, especially since Jesus was probably a combination of people.

But, since early Christians were so persecuted; and yet, the religion of Christianity was becoming part of religious culture even BEFORE the first council - the most popular theory is that Jesus was a person who was plucked from an earlier time when people still had the memory of him and/or his teachings with them; and many of his teachings were added to the state religion of Christianity because they were the most recent spiritual teachings raging across the empire.

Christianity was declared illegal at one point in time...

The saddest and most likely scenario is that the earliest Christians - including their beloved holy man & eventually almost all of his original disciples - were annihilated for their now somewhat lost & mangled beliefs.
The saddest and most likely scenario is that the earliest Christians - including their beloved holy man & eventually almost all of his original disciples - were annihilated for their now somewhat lost & mangled beliefs.

Many people have come to believe that the earliest Christians held the original 'beliefs' surrounding Christ; and were a sect of people who were probably almost completely eliminated because of them.

Christianity was declared to be an illegal religion (remember the lions?); and all of Jesus' disciples - with the exception of John - were likely martyred for their original teachings. Even Paul who came later; but is considered to have lived around the same time Jesus did - was martyred for his spiritual teachings.

For these and many other reasons, early Christian history has been an astounding puzzle for Historians, Archeologists, Linguists and Theologians to piece together.

Discovery & Documentary by a Roman Catholic Priest

The Imperial Cult

The Imperial cult was inseparable from that of Rome's official deities, whose cult was essential to Rome's survival and whose neglect was therefore treasonous. Traditional cult was a focus of Imperial revivalist legislation under Decius and Diocletian. Christian apologists and martyrologists saw the cult of the Emperor as a particularly offensive instrument of "pagan" impiety and persecution.[1]It therefore became a focus of theological and political debate during the ascendancy of Christianity under Constantine I. The emperor Julian failed to reverse the declining support for Rome's official religious practices: Theodosius I adopted Christianity as Rome's state religion. Rome's traditional gods and "Imperial cult" were officially abandoned. However, many of the rites, practices and status distinctions that characterized the cult to emperors were perpetuated in the theology and politics of the Christianized Empire.[2] Wikipedia

A Unifying, State Version of Christianity

Whatever the case... Tossing the 'other Jewish Law' of Kabbalah aside (if they even knew about it); and making Christ the 'only Son of God' and 'Savior' of both the Jews and the various pagan 'gentiles' - using ancient prophesies about a messiah from an already-established monotheist religion - gave them a believable foundation for this new state religion designed to UNITE people across the Roman Empire.

The older Jewish religion gave Christianity validity; while this new religion united pagans into one increasingly-manageable mass (or risk execution - neat option).

It really looks like they very cleverly and creatively (a really brilliant feat, when you think about it) re-created Christianity in such a way - through Jesus; and by peppering in a modge podge of spiritual concepts from popular pagan religions - that most every diverse religious person of the day, no matter where they came from - could accept and believe.

The people just needed to 'have faith' along with the proper instruction from church-appointed Popes & Priests from the new updated holy book, The Bible.

They even created a way for followers to proliferate this 'good news' by ordering them to tell others who had no knowledge of it, yet. This is why so many Christians are incessant about 'witnessing' and converting others - because Jesus supposedly commanded (these scriptures look to have been added in later) his followers to do so - again, before he died.

And they needed to HURRY UP about it, because the apocalyptic warnings in the Book of Revelations were going to be coming true ANY DAY NOW - and people's souls will be LOST if you're not brave, courageous or zealous enough to convert them. It will basically be YOUR FAULT if you do not succeed!!

While Christ may have commanded his followers to proliferate a message - what was it, originally? Are you SURE it was that he was going to become yet another 'die for you' 'only son of god' savior of the world? To date, the world has at least sixteen similar saviors that we can count; and I've seen people list over thirty of them. Many of these holy men have the same virgin birth story including visiting wise men; similar death/resurrection stories; and very similar sayings and messages.

Proof of God!!

If there was a 'real' Jesus; and there had been no controversy surrounding him - then we human souls would never stop looking to him for our own 'salvation'.

The fact that there are so many similar messages like the one Jesus was actually teaching - spread around the world through varying timelines and tailored toward the unique perspective of each ancient audience - proves the existence of a God or 'Universal Consciousness' as much as any scientific theory.

Archeology & The Essenes: an Aboriginal Judeo-Christian Society Before Christianity Split from Judaism.

Notice this Archeology Professor's attitude toward Paul. It is common among many Christians, now - and its so sad. While probably most of what he has proposed is true; and James & Paul may very well have been enemies - that doesn't mean that the spiritual essense of their teachings were much different. As I said above, what if Paul & Jesus messages were THE SAME and 'the pagan church' got it wrong? Still, some Christians have managed to explain this perspective away.

What Might Our World be Like Today Without a Pagan Version of Christianity?

The reason why Jesus' message was eventually twisted with paganism lies within the beliefs that original pagan founders had surrounding spiritual things. Meaning: Christianity's deceptions probably didn't start out to be intentional. It looks like they based it on what they knew; and what they were capable of believing.

When we think about 'how ideas evolve' among us, there almost needed to be a pagan-christian religion in between the extremes of both 'wild' religious views - in order for humans to eventually be able to move from their 'believable' version of God to the more realistic and less harmful one that we are finally beginning to discover and embrace.

It has even been speculated that if humanity had embraced the original message of Christ during his time; our world today might look an awful lot like the ancient Jewish sect of Essenses - and they were an even more strict & radical version of Judaism than what we are familiar with, today.

To everything, turn, turn, turn...

Separating their harsh religious beliefs surrounding rules and regulations from the concept of 'the christos within' throughout history might have become an almost impossible feat - BUT, they were probably the people most accepting of Jesus' message in that location during his time.

God reveals things in perfect timing. The pagan version of Christianity has definitely had a purpose in this world as all religions do.

Here and NOW!
Here and NOW!

When is God's Kingdom Going to Manifest on Earth?

The Kingdom of God is within... that means that it has always been here for as long as we have been populating this planet; and it has been slowly developing and expanding for ages. Stop looking toward the sky for it. Luke 17:20-21 “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.

What do you think?

Does the above explanation about the 'real' message of the Christian Christ seem like a possibility to you?

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See, there was 'rest for your soul' in Jeremiah - long before the salvation message of the gospels existed.
See, there was 'rest for your soul' in Jeremiah - long before the salvation message of the gospels existed.

Advice for Continuing: Navigating Spiritual Forks in the Road

My apologies for the long length. But, because there are so many weird spiritual teachings and conspiracy theories, I feel compelled to include some guidance through the muck. Plus, the process of parsing most of this information into a blog is still ongoing for at least a couple more weeks. I appreciate your patience.

While these last videos (including the two MOST poignant ones at the very end - God has a wonderful sense of humor; and we could use some, now) may seem to be on completely opposite ends of the spectrum - they are not. I see our 'reality' as a dream. We each play the character in the dream - until we wake up. And even then, it isn't like we stop playing the character, right?

But, many of us reach a spiritual fork in the road; and things start to change, slowly at first. Perspectives about spiritual matters begin to change. When we get to that place, it is decision-making time:

- Stay at the fork in the road (even for a while until you get your bearings). There are many communities that people have built around those 'forks' - and, they will tell you that they are as nice as anyplace else.

- Turn back to re-commit and re-embrace the safety of past belief structures.

- Explore other paths; and maybe even decide to commit to one of those, instead.

- Decide to continue on, research and create your own spiritual path.

No matter which path we end up taking - most of us also end up taking on more responsiblity for our own lives and spiritual selves. Move at your own pace. It took me twenty years to come to these para-conclusions; and I've only really been comfortable enough to write about them, fairly recently.

A Gentle Warning on the Universal Law of Attraction

Clearing Up LoA & Karma

This is a good example of how to discern your truth as I am attempting to explain it (in the left column) - this is 'giggling guru' Teal Swan. She has most things correct in this video - but as is often the case, not all. For instance, it is highly-unlikely that the Law of Attraction (LoA) is being replaced. That is probably wishful thinking on her part - because it seems like a founding principle that the entire Universe, including all of its dimensions, are based on.

Still, we can agree on other things. Teal does a wonderful job of explaining how reality works with the LoA - along with a major misconception, using her own circumstances. Its very helpful. The LoA may sound like an exersize in 'thinking right'; but it is so much more complex (and easier for us!) than that. Many people who become aware of the LoA have a blame-game going on similar to the one many Christians play about 'sin' - and it is just as harmful. Teal will also explain the updated concept of karma. It is no longer about 'sin mentality from past lives' that many thought. Also, her advice at the end for navigating through life is excellent and backed up by many spiritual teachers, today.

Esther Hicks & Abraham - Law of Attraction teachings may seem simplistic; but when you think about how much we use our emotions & imagination - it makes sense that they would have a more profound purpose in our lives than we realized.
Esther Hicks & Abraham - Law of Attraction teachings may seem simplistic; but when you think about how much we use our emotions & imagination - it makes sense that they would have a more profound purpose in our lives than we realized. | Source
'God' is as much a natural part of our human body as is air & water.
'God' is as much a natural part of our human body as is air & water.

Listen for Your Personal Spiritual Truth

There are different kinds of spiritual teachers - including different kinds of Christian teachers; and sometimes people can get hung up on them in a similar way as we do celebrities. I have made it a point not to rely on any 'one' teacher because almost all of them teach from their human perspective or they are 'channeling'. That doesn't mean that nothing they have to say is accurate, its just that it is difficult to tell between when someone is stating a belief or a fact.

Learn to listen to your intuition. When something resonates within you, you'll know what comments you are hearing to be 'true for you' and which ones are not. At first, the process of learning to listen to your inner guidance can seem chaotic because we've got so much stuff in our heads.

But, when something 'resonates' - that isn't a head experience. It feels like a 'vibration' or a 'strum' in your gut - often accompanied by a tickling rush of 'goosebumps' (or 'godbumps') on your skin, but not always. You've felt that feeling before, so it is familiar to you. The spiritual community calls it a 'personal knowing'. Every time you feel that strum, pause to recognize it, appreciate it and learn from it. 'All that you are' is communicating with you and it feels amazing.

In fact, if you have felt that sensation at any point while reading this - going back to those places would be a good next step on your personal spiritual journey; because something within those comments spoke to you and 'inspired' you. That doesn't mean what has been said is true for you 'word for word', but there was something about it... take another look under those stones.

Common 'Spiritual' Ground: Teachings that Christians, Atheists & Other Religions Can All Appreciate

As such, there is only one spiritual teacher that I can confidently recommend to start with for people who may wish to continue past this point: Abraham Hicks - because of the simplicity of the message that Christians, Atheists and people from many diverse belief sets have been exploring in a serious way for almost three decades.

If you've heard of the book or movie, The Secret - these people are the origins of that information. (Who are Esther Hicks & 'Abraham'? This video is another Christian talking to Abraham, who also believes in this 'Christ Consciousness within' stuff as I have explained in here - for those of you who still think I'm crazy and just made all this up to suit myself. ;)

The teachings are both a non-religion and all-inclusive of other religions - because it is the very basics of spirituality based on the science of the Universal Law of Attraction, imagination & emotions. I've always seen Abraham's teachings as a spiritual accessory (or religious one) - but it lacks the usual drama of religious and/or alien diversions. This is why some atheists also come to appreciate it.

The topic of aliens has become twisted with many New Age spiritual teachings, and even Christian ones - ie., replacing 'demons' for 'aliens' or CERN bringing demons through from another dimension to create the apocalypse, etc. Please be careful. People who proliferate these alien scenarios can seem very convincing because they are convinced, themselves - which is why they attract so many followers: through their 'power of influence' they attract people who are vibrating at a similar 'suspicious' frequency.

But, the bottom line is - even if aliens exist, they are as much a part of 'Source Consciousness' as we are. Aliens supposedly do exist, but we can't interact with them on a grand, civilization-scale - as in, NO big alien encounters or invasions; because all 'alien' civilizations vibrate at their own frequencies. It is a virtual impossibility for us humans to coordinate enough focus from a majority of our collective consciousness into vibrational alignment with an unknown alien frequency. According to Abraham - to date, no civilizations within the Universe have ever made first contact with each other. (Not even via channeling!)

Humans can only experience other realities - alien or otherwise - if/when we are vibrating within that frequency - something we CAN sometimes do (as individuals or in groups) by sort of by 'falling through the cracks'. People who believe they are experiencing alien phenomenon (or even generally 'evil' or demonic ones) need to raise their vibration if they want to maneuver their perception of reality out of a negative stream.

What Might Jesus Christ Say to His Followers, Today?

Interestingly, it should be noted that many people claim aliens can be either 'good' or 'bad' - as, it seems, everything else is about our existence.

In the first half of this video (to the right) another Christian asks Abraham about Jesus (the response is powerful - a splash, "He would like you to remember that you were born as LIQUID LOVE!"); and in the second half, someone asks about 'the good' aliens. Its a two-birds-with-one-stone thing; and may help you decide if its a teaching you want to continue with or not.

An end nugget: "Source tunes itself to see the good in everything, and so can you. It is diverse, and the basis of love beneath all things. It exists within every people, place, religion, political party, etc. It isn't trying to get you to stop being that and start being that..."

It can take a few moments for Abraham to 'warm up' - like shortly after 4:38, when it seems like the discussion is over. I highly-advise listening all the way to the end. Often, Abraham's 'endings' are the most potent part. When listening to Abe, it helps for me to remember, the word vibration = emotion, create = attract.

Provable Peace!

Also, most people - regardless of belief set - enjoy the teachings because the concepts are something you can 'test' for yourself; and either prove or disprove through your own physical experience. Many people have become richer across their lives in the most imperative ways after finding & realizing the LoA (do a general search on success stories) - although I will warn you now, there is often (not always) a really rocky beginners path while you struggle to find your spiritual re-footing.

The best advice is to relax. Things are easier to alter than we realize. Its this 'realizing' part that can take some time. There is no hurry. You cannot hurt anyone if you happen to make 'mistakes' - not really; and your intentions are to find peace. When you find peace, others around you are also likely to find peace easier through your 'power of influence'.

Start from whatever emotional state you are in, no matter how bad it feels - then work your way up the emotional scale. (Easier said than done much of the time - search for things that will help you, personally.) Try not to take much action while you are still lingering in the negative (resistant) side. Once you manage to breach the positive - that is when you will start sensing more productive & increasingly-creative impulses from your source: when your emotions (vibrational frequency) has you in a more receptive (happier) capacity.

If you're not fine, stop pretending like you are. I know it is hard to believe, but you CAN actually become fine - beyond fine, even. Authentic living is obtainable & FUN! :)
If you're not fine, stop pretending like you are. I know it is hard to believe, but you CAN actually become fine - beyond fine, even. Authentic living is obtainable & FUN! :)
Remember: thoughts & perceptions form our personal reality (no matter how right or wrong they are); and emotions are the navigation system for our soul.
Remember: thoughts & perceptions form our personal reality (no matter how right or wrong they are); and emotions are the navigation system for our soul.
We are who we are in this life; and we are very convinced within our own performance. That is 'human nature'; and emotions are a big part of that - they are NATURAL and have a purpose.
We are who we are in this life; and we are very convinced within our own performance. That is 'human nature'; and emotions are a big part of that - they are NATURAL and have a purpose.

Emotions, the Navigation System of Our Soul - My Experience

Note that you can't fake emotions just by 'thinking positive' - you have to literally CHANGE them as if you are tuning a dial to a specific radio station. That is the only way an authentic, lasting change can take place both 'within & without' of you.

It is our beliefs (made of thoughts) that help form our reality - and often, we have beliefs that need to be adjusted. Thoughts (and situations) come for our mind/ego - attracted by our 'source' - to show us 'how we are vibrating' in relation to it (think of a mirror). Then, we can choose to do something about it, or not.

For instance, maybe you had a traumatic childhood; and have never been able to get past beliefs surrounding your insecure emotions. Your thoughts keep repeating your beliefs (lies, really) to you, like "you're not good, you're ugly, you can't do anything right", etc.

Those are habitual thoughts that can be changed or adjusted so that you can feel better.

But, just try to 'think positive' about yourself: "I'm wonderful! I'm cooler than dry ice! I am one of the most beautiful people on the planet!"

It doesn't work, does it? Maybe you can fool yourself for a while; but you can feel a contradiction inside. In other words, you DON'T BELIEVE YOURSELF; and you FEEL BAD because your source feels DIFFERENT about your beliefs than you do. 'Real' emotional adjustment is needed.

There are so many 'processes' out there - it is a good idea to search them out to discover ones that will work for you. This doesn't work with everything, but I've found it helpful for really harsh, stubborn, lingering emotions from my past (how many therapists have you been to that haven't helped?); as well as simple little 'pesky' emotions that pop up throughout my day: if I can brush away the thoughts that are making a bad feeling 'believable', it vanishes almost as quickly as it came - even if the situation that caused it still exists. It is so much easier to judge and deal with things from this more balanced perspective.

A simple example would be, while realizing that you have just been shortchanged by the grocery store clerk - the negative emotion of anger starts to rise along with the thought, "This person is ripping me off!"

Brush the thought that is causing the negative emotion of anger away - the emotion usually drifts away shortly after the thought. Now it is easier to give the clerk the benefit of the doubt; and be at peace while correcting the error - and not get all twisted into an emotional knot.

If you are someone who often finds themselves in these kinds of spiked emotional rifts; and you start practicing this process - you will gradually raise your vibration to encounter fewer & fewer 'mistakes' like this from check-out clerks or whomever. You will be manuevering yourself out of that kind of stream. Streams (which include both 'good' & 'bad' situations and people) cannot come to you unless you are attracting them.

Notice how much control we have over thoughts? Just because they come to cause an emotion - doesn't mean we have to choose it or continue to make it a part of us. As I've tried to explain above, emotions make us AWARE of our beliefs; and how they compare to the 'true' belief our eternal aspect has about anything - specifically so we CAN realize them and change them.

Negative emotions from past traumas are the hardest for us to give our attention to; because our memories are strong and they still hurt. Because of this, past emotions may come back to you a few times using the process I just described; but I have always found relief in it. I used to struggle with 'bad' stuff, but it has dwindled considerably within me. It is far more rare; and whenever something does pop up, now - it is much less painful and easier to navigate through.

You'll find things that work for you; and they won't be very far away or hard to find - because 'your source' has already got everything you need AND want lined up. Its got your back and it always does. You can trust yourself, completely.

This video is also helpful - someone who didn't have a rocky beginners path, like I did. This lady describes how fast a 'manifestation' happened for her; and then Abraham walks her through an emotional process to help her figure out how to manifest through another seemingly-impossible situation. While her pain may be frivolous to us - it is the process that matters. (Abe is incredibly good at making 'moving up the emotional scale' seem frustratingly easy - LoL!)

The simplicity of our lives is amazing.

Mooji puts absolutely everything into perspective...

From 3:00 in this video, Mooji starts reading from a book someone brought; and this conversation just keeps getting funnier and funnier as it continues - it is basically an exploration of the verse, Isaiah 45:7 "I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things." Maybe it will help some people get things into perspective. Note while listening: their word for God is 'Shiva'.

Rebel Masters

This is one more video of Mooji... I do not 'follow' this Master, but he reminds me an awful lot of what Christ might have been like in my mind's eye. There are a couple of 'rebel masters' out there - and he is one - that are a bit beyond religions. Sadhguru would be another one - his teachings are not based on any religion at all; and he will tell you that he hasn't studied them.

As I've said, there are many different spiritual teachers; and the reason why I become more interested in one as opposed to another has always had to do with whether or not their message holds my interest - including, how they are delivering their teachings. Some really seem to drag on and are too boring for me.

But, Mooji is one 'slow-moving' teacher I can feel a resonance with - even though it can take him a while to get through his points. (Mooji says he doesn't teach - he 'points'.) Even during lulls, I feel at ease and don't usually feel impatient for him to go on. That doesn't mean that you will necessarily 'resonate' with him, as I do - this is to point out how to listen to yourself to find spiritual teachers that 'feel good' and are meant for YOU.

No Spiritual Teaching Needed

Abraham (along with the two masters I referenced above, plus many other of today's spiritual teachers) will be the first to tell you that you don't need ANY 'spiritual teaching'. You are as connected as anyone else to 'Source'; and everyone is capable of accessing whatever they need (or want!) from it. Its just that some people may need extra help getting things in perspective; and/or for others who are dealing with heavy emotional issues. (Abe tackles harsh life issues; and explains past lives, dreams & reality in a surprisingly-believable way within this one video. Prepare to have your mind blown - our imaginations are freakin amazing!)

However, some people may need to start with a spiritual teacher like Teal Swan (LoA 'warning' video above) for help with emotional issues until if/when they can get to Abraham's (or anyone else's) often overly-simplified suggestions. Teal has a knack for explaining mental blocks, and helping people move beyond them. There are, of course, many other people who can help in all kinds of ways. If you're listening, your Source will lead you to any healing you may need.

If the NDE video & info above is semi-correct, this is just one way we 'play harmlessly'. God exists in the wholehearted beliefs of these beautiful people.

Final, Potential 'Truths' from a Different Perspective

Keep in mind that the perspective of a 'soul collective of infinite intelligence' (Abraham) is often different from a human experiencing these things. For instance, Abe's response to Teal's warning video above, about the Law of Attraction, might be to learn to appreciate the contrast (and bad people) as they do. This video is really good (warms up at 5:12 to the end), on how Source sees 'sinners', violence & why it happens - compared to how we view them. Like I've said, we're not bad. It also goes into detail about how & why our emotions are so incredibly important. If you watch only one Abraham video in here, make it this one.

As you can imagine, we humans have asked Abe everything you would want to ask 'God' - although they will tell you that they are NOT God, just 'another part of Source' as we all are. I have heard them say that they DON'T know how all this started, exactly. They 'think' it started with two itty bitty particles, but don't have information back that far - meaning, they don't know anything about a 'directly-conscious' decision from 'a being' to create this existence.

I hope it is obvious that in between the science I have included in this essay - there is also much I have pieced together within my own imagination from my personal experiences, former Christian perspective, and 'what I think I have discovered' about God. (Probably very similar to the way Christianity was created.) Your spiritual story may turn out to be similar or drastically different. It simply doesn't matter.

If the Source of All is as expansive and inclusive as we have been led to believe, it makes sense that there is so much diversity of lifeforms and beliefs JUST within our one little planet - and who knows what else is going on in the Universe? I mean, really... you can use logic to explain just about every wonky perspective we humans have ever come up with. As Star Trek's Captain Janeway once told her emotion-rejecting Vulcan 1st Officer, Tuvok... "Thats its power AND its flaw." ;)

We've been finding all kinds of interesting things about Jesus' time in caves...
We've been finding all kinds of interesting things about Jesus' time in caves... | Source

And, just to add a little more seasoning to the pot... I've also heard Abraham say that there is evidence of the truth about Jesus in a cave (or caves) in Spain - for those of you who are adventurous explorers interested in getting to the bottom of this controversial topic.

If you're curious about Abe's other new & radical life commentary, this is what they have to say about death - brace for laughter, their perspective isn't the same as ours. There is supposedly nothing to fear, as the NDE video above also claimed.

Or, stuff like Earth's ancient history (from 1992, there is also a little 'predicting' that we have already gone through, here - and includes a believable explanation of where the current symptoms of global warming are coming from); Earth's BRIGHT future; common issues such as parenting (really good!); harder personal life challenges - or even odd things such as their opinion of the 2016 US Presidential Election (turns out they love both Hillary and Donald the same - how is that possible?!! ;) - search YouTube for 'Abraham-Hicks' plus whatever topic you are curious about. They have a knack for helping us focus the stories of our lives into perspective.

Currently raging spiritual ideal:
Be MUCH more selfish. 'You' comes first. Helping others will come naturally and with perfect timing. When we heal ourselves, we heal the world. When we change ourselves, we change the world. When we love ourselves, we love the world.

Peace.

Or, what about this video? What do you think? Does God 'directly' get anything out of stuff like this - from performer, judge or audience perspective?

© 2016 Catherine Mostly

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      Catherine Mostly 2 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      Thank you, much appreciated. :)

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      GalaxyRat 2 months ago from The Crazy Rat Lady's House

      Vivid article. Nice Hub. ;)

      -Galaxy

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      Catherine Mostly 3 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      Thanks for stopping by. There were a few years where I could not look at the bible at all after alot of this stuff came out. Honestly, throw it across the room was my attitude about it for a while. But then, similarly as you have said - its like it came back to me in another way. Most people find this 'unbelieving' process to be excrutiating. But, once you get on the other side - its so liberating and such a breath of fresh air.

      I know there are many people who believe that our world is supposed to develop into some kind of 'one world government' (that's kind of what both Jesus and the 'good aliens' are supposed to establish)...

      But, our idea of heaven and what heaven is actually like are different: heaven is INCREDIBLY diverse with life and it always will be - farmoreso than the varying kinds of life on Earth. If there is any 'oneness' or heaven to develop down here; I think it is meant get us to the place where we can accept each other 'as is' and 'where we are' within our diversities (like we do 'in heaven now').

      'One world' is something that I supposed could eventually 'become'; but it is yet another human concept - and one that will take a very long time to accomplish if it ever does happen.

      Our expansion in this life is meant to cause a gradually more satisfying existence - nothing more. :)

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      MizBejabbers 3 months ago

      Catherine, I admire you for your adherence to the scriptures in this article. I gave up on that years ago. I believe that Jesus was trying to teach a primitive people about duality. His apostles and a few others, like Mother Mary and Mary Magdalene, understood it but most didn't. I had to get completely away from the bible before my soul could awaken in this physical body. After "awakening" it became much easier to be non-judgmental and to forgive others for things they did that I perceived hurt me. I believe that true forgiveness comes from the soul. I doubt that the ego has the capacity to forgive.

      I'm fortunate in that my mother at first didn't like my leaving the church and wondered what I was getting into. However, as time and more conversations went on, I believe that she was on the verge of an awakening. She died of cancer before that happened in this life.

      You packed so much in this article that I can't or won't comment on it all, but as far as the past election is concerned, we will learn a lesson of some kind, one way or the other. The Tibetan, Dwal Khul (DK) channeled through Alice Bailey that the United States had to become a Third World Country for the Earth to have a one-world government, and that there had to be a one-world government for there to be heaven on Earth. Is this the beginning? Anyway, great job.

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      Catherine Mostly 4 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      The thing is... if you're a Christian reading this essay; and you either can't get through it because its too much to bear; or if you can't get through it because you're sure its all wrong - then you're not quite ready to hear it and that is Okay, too. Many people can't get past the title. I know there was a time when I wouldn't have been able to.

      However, this article is for all those people out there - and there are MANY - who are questioning their religion, are in the middle of losing it, or have lost it altogether. Its a very disconcerting feeling to know that there are major things wrong with your religion; while not being able to tell 'what's good or right' about it. This was written mostly for those people - not to offend Christians who are still cozy within their religious belief structures.

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      Catherine Mostly 4 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      This isn't 'new age' teaching, it is SCIENCE along with the stripping back of layers of known history and how The Bible was created out of it - also, these are not conclusions which only I have reached. Believe what you like, it doesn't matter. Just make sure you're not hurting anyone else with erroneous or inappropriate judgements. The concept of 'sin' is one of the most dangerous beliefs Christians insist on perpetuating among their own children & the whole wide world.

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      FBC 4 months ago

      Wow! A very lengthy justification for why one does not want to humble themselves and accept the real Jesus rather than a make-believe, imagined "New Age anti-Christ christ"

      Your New Age teaching and exactly what Jesus warned his followers about.

      II Timothy 4:3-5

      3For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 5But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

      Reincarnation is clearly a false doctrine. Hebrews 9:27: For it is appointed unto man once to die and then the judgement."

      Jesus himself said...." John 14:6King James Version (KJV)

      6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."

      No matter what YOU say or what YOU believe, or what YOU imaged you wished he had said, what matters is what Jesus actually did say...and what He actually did do....resurrect from the tomb after giving himself an atonement for our sins just as he said he would do.

      I believe Him to be The Lord, my Lord and Saviour of the world.

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      Catherine Mostly 4 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      I just got done reading another nice-but-judgemental email; and I have been accused of this a few times by various people - so allow me to set the record straight:

      Email splash: "There's no love, there's nothing about faith, its just black & white. I can't accept that."

      If you actually read the entire essay (yeah, I know its long, but the bible - if you have read it - is a LOT longer) - there is no way for you to arrive at the idea that there is 'nothing personal' about this perspective - meaning, no spiritual person to have a faith/love relationship with.

      On the contrary, the very revelation that God has been manifesting as 'God in the flesh' in 'Christs' since long before we started to record history is an incredibly exciting thing. The DEFAULT states of UNCONDITIONAL love & absolute wellbeing are really something to get excited over! There IS other stuff in here... And I'm so sorry, people really are going to have to actually read the entire thing with an open, 'this is new to me' mind.

      That doesn't mean you'll get to the end of it and change your mind about how you believe (are your beliefs so fragile for that to even be possible?) - although I would be really surprised if it doesn't at least touch you or make you feel blessed, in places - along with helping you to understand what the heck goes on in other people's minds about this controversial topic.

      How DO others come to the conclusions that they do? That was the main reason why I wrote the essay (and it is FILLED with love): I HATE the deep, chaotic divisions SO MUCH that exist in this would about God among religions & non-religious folks. And yet, coming to appreciate the divisions is also part of the lesson.

      God IS LOVE - there is no way you can write something like this about him and not have that come through loud & clear!! Open your heart to experience whatever freedom & joy might be in here for you. Its so worth it, I promise.

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      Catherine Mostly 6 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      You probably have to be a girl who has watched the movie 'Fried Green Tomatos' a few times to get Tawanda. :)

      I see Source/God as 'The Creator' and us as children 'in his image' & in temporary human bodies - as you've said, 'Father' feels good to you.

      Jesus came to teach us how to be like him, 'gods in the flesh'. I think it is a personal preference as to how 'intimate', 'sacred' or 'familial' God becomes to each person. Many people who believe in Christ Consciousness like to maintain a sort of sterile perspective - atheists who believe, for instance. But, most of us who are Christians or were Christians are cozy treating that part of us like a close, cherished & wise family member. It becomes whatever you need & changes with you. :)

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      Eric Dierker 6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      You are so right about judging. I find myself judging myself so many times a day it sucks. It builds a resistance within me to be my creative self. But when I slow down, meditate and pray and become mindful I stop judging me and for sure others. What a great journey our co-creator has given us to partake in.

      Sorry over here in Fighter Town USA we do not use Tawanda, we use "wing man".

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      Catherine Mostly 6 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      Thanks for the support, Eric. It is 'judgement' against each other that probably irritates me the most - and I think that is what I address most in here. Ironically, it is judgmental people that I come down the hardest on, also. If we could all relax and just be concerned about ourselves - without judging ourselves - we would get along with each other better and probably be a lot happier. Its all so simple, really. Tawanda! (I thought I'd throw in my own mystery word, ha!)

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      Eric Dierker 6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Maitri and Seuss in the same article with Christ? Right on! You Go Girl! For if I am a steward of the beasts that God has provided, how much more am I to respect different people and their ways. You are so clear in calling our dogmas and rituals tools. Innocuous until used and the use is our free will. Our Bible is true yet it is reported on by the CNN of slant and perspective. We really deserve more. But around 400 to Luther, the Bible could only be read by the "holy".

      But all this is good. All the rigmarole sets us up to advance. So that is cool and not all are called to advance as a lamb is not a lion.

      Thank you for helping us expand our understanding. Let us do it without negative judgment. I close like this because I love it. Namaste, especially to your personal mahatma.

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      Catherine Mostly 6 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      This is another reason why I can tell you haven't read this article: you keep accusing me of things that are not true. I respect God and apparently know a great deal more about his power than you do. What you've got in your head is nothing compared to what actually is.

      You're obviously one of those dogmatic Christians who doesn't think Science can back God up - because he apparently created mistake on top of mistake from your perspective; and this world has no Scientific rhyme nor reason to it. You've got your manipulated, man-written bible & overly-literal interpretations - that's all you need.

      That is the main reason why most Christians do not get taken seriously by non-Christians. Logic, reason & common sense - all attributes God instilled in our minds - are twisted seemingly beyond repair in your's.

      You judge often, wrongly & with seething contempt. Your spiritual fruit is rotten. Read the article and catch a clue or be on your merrily destructive way. This is really the LAST comment I will approve by you. I won't even read them anymore.

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      Norine Williams 6 months ago

      You should know using SCIENCE! Oh! I forgot, you're NOT a "Christian" because ANYONE who denies His Power or "Does NOT "obey" His commandments" (I John 2:3-5) is NOT His!

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      Catherine Mostly 6 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      Thanks for the usual prattle. Everything cycles - I meant THE EARTH, Norine. Taking things too literally is another problem with some Christians. No, 'The Word' will never change cuz its not contained in the pages of a book.

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      Catherine Mostly 6 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      I've told you - I'm not afraid to discuss. If you want to discuss some direct thing about this article that you refuse to read - after you read it - fine. We've argued many many times; and I've left plenty you have to say in the above comments. How do I know you haven't read it? Because you keep asking me questions that I've answered in the article, like 'what do you mean there is no hell, how can that be' or 'what happens then when we die - no one has to pay for anything'?

      MAYBE God set this 'bad' situation with my mom up so that the perspective above could come out through yet another different kind of source. There have been so many other people who have come to the same semi-conclusions several different ways over the past 2 or 3 decades - and it is becoming more persistent.

      You can be afraid to consider it to the point of not even reading it - like both you & my mom, LoL! Or, you can trust yourself to be able to discern spiritual things beyond your ingrained understanding of the bible. It wasn't always around & it won't always be around - everything cycles. Where will the Word of God go when there is no manipulated human book to contain it?

      I had been researching this stuff for 20ish years before my mom & I had our temporary falling out. If you actually read this article, you would know that negative things happen for positive things to manifest. Yup, I was pretty angry with her for a while. I'm at peace, now - and frankly, very very VERY appreciative of the spiritual FREEDOM, perspective & experience it has given me.

      Judging is a YUGE Christian theme. Some Christians believe it is required of them. When, why or how I do & say what I do is not your business to try to figure out. I don't care how in tune to Spirit you think you are over me. We are obviously on different frequencies at the moment. No biggie, God is tuned in to all of them.

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      Norine Williams 6 months ago

      Why then am *I* not afraid to discuss and you are?

      Your actions show [once again] you are AFRAID OF TRUTH!

      I TRULY feel your 'belief' stems from your childhood and you REALLY haven't forgiven your mom; subsequently, "trying" to prove "her God" wrong!

      Retaliation?

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      Catherine Mostly 6 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      No problem, I used to believe as emphatically as you about the same things. Heck, I used to argue them. We're all on our own spiritual journey and no one's 'truth' is exactly the same as anyone else's. God is a very personal experience; and I wish you nothing but the best.

      Norine - sorry, again: I will not approve another comment from you until you actually read the article and respond to IT. As I just said, I can & have argued your side; and I'm well-aware of your fears & concerns. There is no need to get all excited every time someone else says something in here. Relax. The only apocalypse coming is within your own soul where it is supposed to be.

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      wba108@yahoo.com 6 months ago from upstate, NY

      Misfit- I think we'll have to just agree to disagree.

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      wba108@yahoo.com 6 months ago from upstate, NY

      MC- "I think you missed the point about what the purpose of 'evil' & 'sin' is above; plus the definition of evil is relative. Your insistence that there is an enemy apparently as powerful as God to be 'overcome' is as harmful as believing you're an unworthy sinner. I've explained why there is no judgement in detail, above."

      No, the enemy is no match to God but God isn't above using even him for his purposes. When Satan was cast out of heaven there was no struggle, when light appears darkness has to flee. Even on the earth now, Satan has already been defeated, as frail as any Christian is, they still have the potential to easily and always defeat Satan if they allow God to display His power through them.

      God has allowed Satan to remain to display His glory through us (jars of clay). God also uses Satan to help strengthen the Saints and for other reasons besides.

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      Catherine Mostly 6 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      And that would be the 2nd danger of your version of Christianity - that many (if not most) of the people in this country & on this planet are your enemy to be prevailed against (or used by 'your enemy', same difference).

      I think you missed the point about what the purpose of 'evil' & 'sin' is above; plus the definition of evil is relative. Your insistence that there is an enemy apparently as powerful as God to be 'overcome' is as harmful as believing you're an unworthy sinner. I've explained why there is no judgement in detail, above.

      Perhaps that is a part of your beliefs that feels too-familiar & 'real' for you to you adjust, yet. That is why this article is here - for people who are either ready for it or who are getting ready for it.

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      wba108@yahoo.com 6 months ago from upstate, NY

      "As long as you believe there is an 'enemy' after you; and only 'God' can save you and/or bring anything at all 'good' into your life - you don't really have to take responsibility for anything, nor are you in conscious control. Your creation abilities are on auto-pilot."

      This is a valid criticism of most of the church. They think, God's going to do what he's going to do and their isn't much we can do about it except sit back and watch. The basic misunderstanding here is to think that our main purpose in life is to receive Jesus and then hide from the devil and honker down till he returns and maybe warn others to do likewise.

      The real truth is that God wants to use people to reveal Himself to the world. The responsibility that true Christians have is enormous and our callings are impossible to fulfill unless we lean on God for strength and direction and take the time to strengthen ourselves in the Lord as David did.

      We are not passive in our call to extend God's kingdom on earth, as a matter of fact we're to take an offensive posture against the enemy in order to recover what He's taken. We have to put the armor of God through prayer and meditation through faith. We're called to be warriors who take the kingdom by force and prevail against the gates of Hell. If you're attacking the gates of your enemy, you're definitely on offense.

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      Catherine Mostly 6 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      As long as you believe there is an 'enemy' after you; and only 'God' can save you and/or bring anything at all 'good' into your life - you don't really have to take responsibility for anything, nor are you in conscious control. Your creation abilities are on auto-pilot.

      At some point, you decide you're tired of cruising and want to take the wheel. It was created for you to take. It is your purpose. Buddhist refer to religions as a river that needs to be crossed to get to the other side. They are meant to carry us to the truth & help us realize it.

      There is no separation from us & God, that's an impossibility. Believing either way doesn't hurt you, but it does (& has) affected the way of the world in negative ways for centuries. Realizing the scope of the deceptions - whether they were intentional or not - and getting spiritual things into perspective is becoming necessary in this day & age for so many very good reasons.

      I watched a documentary last night about the Dead Sea Scrolls on 'The Naked Archeologist'. Thousands of scrolls of all kinds found from the time of Jesus. They were trying to iron out the debate on whether the scrolls were a Jewish library put there by Jews escaping persecution from Rome during the destruction of the temple (some 'books' are missing if that was the case); or if they were created by 'Essenes' who were an uber-religious sect of Jews.

      They finally broke the puzzle by finding the bathrooms for the village, of all things. They had all kinds of strict instructions with one of the most bizzare being that latrines had to be 2000 yards from the village; BUT you could only go up to 1000 yards from the village on the Sabbath. They supposedly didn't eat much from Friday night through the weekend just because they couldn't go to the bathroom on that day.

      The story of their 'High Priest of Righteousness' sounds an awful lot like Jesus, and so do many of the teachings. One of the archeologists hypothesized that this was a spot where the religion of Christianity & Judaism existed 'as one' before they were separated. It was fascinating, and backs up some of the links I included above.

      The religion of Christianity was born for a reason; and it has been developed & expanded into all kinds of diverse versions. It really makes you wonder how much truth is really in our history books; and its amazing to realize how stories, legends & religions develop.

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      wba108@yahoo.com 6 months ago from upstate, NY

      I agree with you that the modern church as a whole has lost its way and become stale, lifeless, legalistic and powerless. The emphasis on our unworthiness is misguided and destructive.

      According to the scriptures, " as a man thinks in his heart so is he". We become what we behold therefore if we focus on our unworthiness, that's what will manifest in our lives because we are coming into agreement with what the enemy wants for us. If fact Paul never referred to Christians as unworthy sinners by he always referred to them as saints.

      Now I believe there are limits to this principle that some refer to as the law of attraction. Just because I believe i'm going to be a great this or that doesn't mean it will happen if its not God's plan for us.

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      Em Annett 8 months ago

      Thanks Misfit for your response, I'm sure that you 'get it' and understand where I'm coming from. I'll take from what you wrote what helps, and leave the rest.

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      Catherine Mostly 8 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      I choose not to be affiliated with any religion, but Christian Universal is probably close. I've also been called a Deist. I just think of myself as generally-spiritual. :)

      Your obsessive disorder is very familiar to me. Have you seen my other hubs about The Twilight Saga? I know how frustrating & life-sucking obsessions can be. I grew up with an obsessive, dissociative disorder (among others) probably for the same reasons you did: childhood traumas of all kinds for years, including sexual abuse.

      Why do you think I pushed myself on this religious hub so hard? Ha! I NEEDED to find out 'my truth' - if you read some of the stuff at the end, you'll see that there isn't 'one truth'. But, it doesn't sound like you believe much different than that now.

      My main sexual assaulter was my stepfather from 6ish to 8ish years old. He was as disgusting & perverted as you can imagine. My mom was gone a lot. He made sure of that; and she didn't do a very good job of taking care of me to begin with - although since she was having lots of struggles due to HER own 'disorders' dumped on her by her older brother, I found her easier to forgive, later.

      One day, just a few years ago, maybe 4 or 5 - I was sitting at my desk; and my mind wandered off into a daydream: I was suddenly eight years old and standing in front of my stepfather. He was knelt down on one knee in front of me like you might do if you were having a conversation with a child. I looked him right in the eye and said to him, "You hurt me." And he replied back in the exact gentle, contrite tone that I needed to hear it in, "I'm so sorry." It felt like ‘he meant it’ even though it was a very short scene that played out in my mind.

      The daydream faded away (really, that’s all it was, a daydream), I burst into tears, cried for a while and then it was gone. And while I have told this story to a few people who I thought it might help - I have not felt 'that kind of pain' since that day. I don't think about it anymore, it doesn't even cross my mind unless I'm prompted, like now. It ‘feels’ completely gone.

      That 'daydream' happened before I discovered this stuff and realized just HOW MUCH our imaginations, thoughts & emotions play an integral part in our lives. We can change our story. I've changed parts of mine.

      You don't have to believe any of this; but it is long... You may have missed some things, its very detailed. Take your time, even over days… If something doesn't 'feel right' to you, just ignore it. The other things that do feel right to you are little spiritual stepping stones.

      My 'relief' (about religion) came during the middle of writing this when a significant point about how 'our ego is a tool and how Jesus used it during his death as a tool' was fleshed-out through an insightful impulse. It felt like a missing piece to the puzzle. When I hit the publish button on that day, I felt this YUGE surge of relief/release (whatever) gush through me like a stormy wind... and then, I started hearing the song, "Fly Like an Eagle" in the literal kind of way - as if I had just turned on the radio, it was that clear, detailed (from the very beginning guitar rips) & loud!

      The idea behind 'abuse' or any traumatic situation (and it is the reason why so many children start out this way) is because we chose to come into this life that way (or sometimes with a handicap, such as being blind) in order for our soul to experience the expansion we pre-planned with our entire being before we were born. (I explain this in more detail, above.) No, its not even SORT of a perfect concept from our human perspective; but from the pure & impartial perspective of Universal Consciousness, it is a fair teaching tool that is SUPPOSED to push us toward our DESIRES while being repulsed by the CAUSE of the desires.

      We humans are just becoming aware of this stuff in the past 2 or 3 decades; and adjusting our minds to it is not nearly as easy for some of us as it is for others - simply because of the way we have been ‘programmed’ by this world. The truth COULDN’T come out earlier, simply because we couldn’t understand it until we got a little bit of science behind it.

      From our perspective, a NICE god wouldn't ‘work like that’. But, if you are an eternal 'energy-only' being who can only read ‘heart energy’; and does not even SORT of grasp our languages, thoughts or actions - it is really the only way that God can cause the expansion of our soul. Human stuff is only relevant to us. The more 'extreme' trauma is, an equal desire is created AND exists for us - either to take advantage of in this life; or, if we don't realize that we can/should take advantage of it - we'll experience that 'growth' upon death. And, it won't be a 'small thing'. It will feel worth it. God loves us too much - that's why he is our baseline, keeping us eternally UNTOUCHED by whatever ugly things we might go through down here.

      For instance, *I* (as my human self) TOTALLY agree with you (and trust me, I've screamed at God about this and even seriously cussed him out at one point - a lot of 'new' people who come to realize the Law of Attraction do, see 'window smashing' above). I would have-could have-should have learned these 'lessons' a different way and been far happier. Plus, I have a LOT of religious baggage in my background on top of abuse:

      But, the combination of the two is what eventually inspired this article. It has actually helped quite a few people. I get more emails than comments from them (along with an occasional angry one).

      I'm not trying to 'let abusers off the hook' - at all. This is NOT a 'give permission to anyone to do anything' ramble. It lets you know that you do not have to stay in that 'dark stream'... That is where your depression is coming from. PTSD, and a bunch of other labels you could put on it. But, you don't have to accept the labels. We KNOW we're sane AND worthy AND eternal and completely loved. And while we can wait to realize that after we die (watch Abraham's video on death at the end - its a hoot!); when we come to realize who & what we really are 'in God' - we can start to believe in that instead of our past, because it is 'the real truth' about us. All the other stuff is lies. Our life IS supposed to be good; and we are PERFECT from God’s perspective.

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      Em Annett 8 months ago

      Well I took a nap and came back to either erase/edit my post-because when I wrote it I wasn't feeling well at all, and my OCD religiousity was working over time. For those not familiar with it, OCD is an anxiety disorder.

      Here are some of the kinds of compulsive thoughts you can have if you have OCD Religious Scrupulosity:

      That the person has sinned or broken a religious law, or displeased their god in some way, either in the past or present, and may therefore go to hell or receive some other punishment

      That prayers have been omitted or recited incorrectly

      Repetitive blasphemous thoughts

      Thoughts about impulsively saying blasphemous words or committing blasphemous acts while attending religious services

      That the person has lost touch with God or their beliefs in some way

      Thoughts of being "unworthy" of salvation in some way

      Intrusive sexual thoughts about God, saints, religious figures, etc.

      That the person, through negligence has broken religious laws concerning speech, dress, food preparation, modesty, etc.

      Intrusive "bad" thoughts or images that occur during prayer, meditation, or other observances that "contaminate" and ruin or cancel out the value of these activities

      Believing that one's religious practice must be 100% perfect, or else it is worthless or worse

      My form is obsessive thoughts about whether God is real or not, about whether I 'believe' in the 'right' way etc. Also I am always saying something to 'cancel' 'bad thoughts.' So I came here looking for some relief from the OCD by finding something that would PROVE to me everything really is okay and not to worry, and of course that doesn't really work except temporarilty. I dunno....my compulsion says I MUST say that I am a Christian of some sort or ELSE, if you know what I mean. Had to come back to erase the post or edit it.

      Well when I'm feeling good I don't obsess about this so much, but generally I have decided to be a Christian Universalist-because we believe everyone goes to heaven, and to take the spirituality of Fred Rogers as a kind of hope or comfort. He seems to have believed that God loves everyone no matter what, and once wrote that heaven is pure gift. He believed that every child was special and unique, and was not a person who shamed others (generally-no one is perfect.) Of course, no matter what I do, the OCD will try to torment me unless I can do some behavior therapy and/or get better meds. THE BEST thing to do is IGNORE the thoughts, but that is hard! I will try though. As someone wrote, OCD is the disorder of doubt.

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      Em Annett 8 months ago

      I like many of your ideas but there is absolutely no way to know if any of what you are saying is true or not. I can tell you one thing: there is nothing good nor could anything good come out of my having been sexually abused by multiple family members as a child. It was an awful thing, I would have suffered much less and been a much better person without it, and it wasn't my fault. Not 'for your own good'. Unless I find out something to the contrary when I die and go to heaven (if it exists. who really knows)

      I often take the view of the Rabbi who wrote 'when bad things happen to good people'. His son died from the disease in which you age quickly. Often people ask how can God exist when such things happen? The Rabbi's conclusion was that perhaps God could not just 'do anything' and prevent this from happening-but could and did provide strength in the way of support from other people and I suppose he means-help in coping with it.

      You know how people think their parents can just do anything, when they are little? And then find out that this is not the case. Maybe that's how it is.

      The thing I like about Christianity is the idea that Jesus is with us in it, even when we can't feel it, and it makes no sense, and it is destroying us. No, there is no quarentee that anyone will have the ability to cope with whatever happens. I've dealt with my own mental illness to know that you can easily be overwhelmed-there are people who hear voices, or see things, and it doesn't magically go away. Give them the right meds, and some can be helped. Some end up being more or less zombies.

      I've seen people in the mental hospital who were medicated and they just walked around in a circle all day. Just thinking positive thoughts will not make the cancer go away, nor will praying, at least, usually, keep the pain of cancer at bay. You need medical science for that.

      Some people amazingly keep their faith even though awful things happen. To me that is amazing. There was a Christian pastor who stilled believed after his son died from cancer (he was maybe 12?), and then there was that family who's son was tragically killed in the water park accident not that long ago. I don't understand how they keep their faith, but it is better to have faith, whether it is what you believe, or other's believe, because it helps you through it.

      I'm old and my meds for CPTSD aren't working as the did in earlier years (not ususual), my family is highly dysfunctional and no, it's not my fault. It's called the human condition.

      I didn't used to know how awful being sick could feel until I was dehydrated plus had sleep apnea last year. It was as though I didn't exist, yet was there, strugging to breathe, and meanwhile having all these OCD religious compulsive thoughts yada yada. For about a month or two I could not relax even when resting, and I thought, if this is anything like what it feels like to die I don't want to be there.

      I suppose I had misconceptions about a lot of things-I used to think we would all have meaningful/happy/or at least redemptive deaths/endings etc. Not so.

      I've been in too many day treatment sessions (therapy) in which someone grew older, their spouse was dead, and they were put into a sort of group home-or maybe lived alone.

      Some people with mental health problems are stuck into situations in which they don't have good protection from being taken advantage of. I heard one woman speak of having been raped by a relative of the person who ran the residential living (or whatever it was) house she lived in.

      Well I tend to blame myself for everything anyway (the lot of abuse survivors), but please don't tell me or anyone else is it good to be sexually abused. Or to be a little child (or anyone else) who lives in a war zone-or who doesn't have enough food to eat.

      How is it my fault that my health care is not going to be a good next year as it was last year???

      I hope we all go to heaven and that God is there, and is love, but there is nothing in this life that, logically speaking, show that it's true. As far as I can see, it is all random. But I still hope, and try to trust, as much out of fear as anything else (thank you SO much for the idea of HELL-and that is for not just Christianity, but all the religions and ideas which contain this idea-which includes, by the way, Buddism. If you look into anything below the surface, you will find negative icky and awful things.....sexual abuse of boys in Buddest temples etc......because even if human beings are essentially good, and have souls that are good, while we are on earth we do horrible things to each other. Hence, the idea of redemption makes a kind of sense....

      Well I'm depressed and not doing well so take this with a grain of salt...but PLEASE don't blame people for the shit that happens to them, and don't assume that you can use positive thinking to make it all go away. ThaT'S NOT HOW IT WORKS. Try positive thinking on the next earthquake if you believe that.....

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      Catherine Mostly 9 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      FYI - I just wanted all of you who are coming in here since the election to know that there IS quite a bit of traffic on this page despite that no one has said anything; and people sharing it through Facebook is also starting to happen more frequently. To be sure, it will continue to be shared in as many places as we can find to share it.

      Despite that this article SEEMS to be about a completely different subject - we all know that it is not. These erroneous misconceptions that magnify our split between there being 'no God' & Christian dogma need to be cleared up so Americans can see themselves for who they really are: Children of God not Children of Republicans.

      No more fear. Jesus set you free for a reason. Embrace it.

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      Catherine Mostly 9 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      I'm going to assume that you are speaking directly to me because of the comment before your's; and if you are, you are right in one sense: my 'racism' against most (certainly not all) Christians is poignant in this article - as well as my intense desire to smooth relations among all religious & anti-religious extremists. It is what I was saying above about 'bad' things steering you toward 'good' things. No need to ask God to change me - or any of us, required. That happens naturally as our soul continues to expand. This was written for one reason: a desire for mutual understanding all the way around. There is nothing negative in that. Thanks for the comment and for sharing your visions. Those are cool.

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      Hal 9 months ago

      I had a significant vision many years ago that changed my life even then as a believer. I was praying and looking high in the Eastward sky one unusually warm December night. I was on my balcony and later that night, awoke from sleep when the whole room lit up with a beautiful non blinding light. What I saw was life changing and moved me further from the Church but closer to the Shepherd. What I do know, is the Church in many respects is not telling us and have never been telling us the truth. We paint Jesus the way he may not have looked and we paint Mary in a way she may not have looked. I must repeat if I was a racist man holding any hatred against one certain race of people I would ask God to change me before I die. Do it before you die.

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      Catherine Mostly 10 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      I'm not sure I would call your statements analytical; and I have my peace, thanks... As far as hurting people, that is just inevitable for Christians to do, often without realizing it and certainly not intentionally. It wasn't meant as a personal attack.

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      savvydating 10 months ago

      Misfit, I am not hurting anyone. I have made some analytical statements and that is all. I did not say the entire book was based on Mack, nor did I dismiss everything you wrote about science. You have invited Christians to read your article. I did so. No, I am not going to address every single point you made. No one here has. We would have to write a book---which you wouldn't care to read anyway. Lol.

      Anyway, I hope you find the peace you are looking for. In the future, I would appreciate it if you would not put words into my mouth by claiming I said something which I did not, or by assuming you know what I think. Thus far, your assessments about me and what I am thinking have not been at all accurate. Anyway, I hope you find the peace you are looking for.

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      Catherine Mostly 10 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      Furthermore, this article is not based solely on the literary analysis of people who claim to be 'experts' - there are many sources within here, inclucing scientific ones. I know its long. I used to be a diehard Christian. If you think for one second that it is just a few jumps from one way of believing to another - you're wrong.

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      Catherine Mostly 10 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      Actually, the reference is still in there (under the 'what was the original message of Jesus Christ' heading toward the beginning) - but yeah, I took the big 'Amazon link' out so that people like you didn't think that the entire article was based on that book.

      In your response, you dismiss a lot of links and sources within that you haven't necessarily followed through on. If simply dismissing everything makes you feel better - oh well, many people do that. As I've said in here, it doesn't matter what you believe. Just stop hurting people over your erroneous 'beliefs' - that's all *I* want.

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      savvydating 10 months ago

      I see you very recently deleted your reference to Burton Mack's book regarding "Q," on whom you had based many of your observations. Today is 10/21/2016, and I had read your article a day or two ago. Anyway, it is just as well that you omitted the reference since Mack ignores archeological evidence regarding the true history 1st Century Judea.

      Interesting article, but the authors you have listed have fabricated Jesus by ignoring the criteria for authenticity for canonical and non-canonical ancient texts. No serious scholar would ever do that.

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      Catherine Mostly 10 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      Perhaps, but I just want to add this information since so many people have made this comment; and it has been an excuse to not read all the way throught it for many...

      I didn't start out intending for this article to become so long; and for as long as it is - it has been months since it has gone below a 90 rating as judged by our fellow hubbers & hired editors, etc. It usually hovers around 95. It has also hit 100 or more than one occassion.

      You tell me... Am I 'that good' of an actual writer to have written something so long to warrant that kind of a rating?

      While I could put all of this info in a book as so many others have done, I want this to be available to everyone. I will eventually organize it into a blog - but, the restructuring alone would be so tedious. It is at least a month-long project, if not more.

      And really, what is the difference if you read this in a book form, a blog or in an article like this? Its not like it is as long as the bible - plus, it is much easier to read & understand; and sheds light on an awful lot of misunderstandings - not just Christian ones.

      So in the end, it really depends on how interested anyone is in getting to the bottom of these complicated topics. Many people are certain that they know the truth - while at the same time being certain that other people DON'T have the truth. How can you be so sure that 'your's' is the right truth?

      It wouldn't be such a big question if people didn't judge each other so harshly based on their perceptions of 'the truths' contained within their various religious (and non-religous) dogmas.

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      Jack Lee 10 months ago from Yorktown NY

      You must hold the record for the longest hub.

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      Catherine Mostly 10 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      Thank you, and thanks for the advice. I've been meaning to pour this whole thing into several posts within its own blog. I want people to be able to access it from anywhere. Its just that the thought of doing it is so tedious, you know? Ha! One of these days... :)

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      Jack Lee 10 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Catherine, this is a very long piece. You may want to consider making it into an eBook. It would help people reading it. You do raise many good points about Christianity and the Bible. There is so much information out there. It is hard to separate the truths from the deceivers. Good job!

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      Catherine Mostly 11 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      I'm not sure you do, but its okay... It is not easy for Christians to alter their beliefs; and the road from one end of 'beliefs' to another is not so simple as to simply remove the fairytale. Consider this article to be written 'in their language' and 'from their perspective'. Everything looks weird semi-backwards, I know. :)

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      Vladimir Karas 11 months ago from Canada

      Chick - I understand, and let's leave it at that.

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      Catherine Mostly 11 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      I totally understand your logic, Val... Keep in mind that I was writing this from a formerly-religious person's perspective, and more-toward Christians. The stuff in religious contexts might simply help you to understand the perspective of where religious folks are coming from.

      You know, I am really wondering if you actually read this again, Norine - I've heard you say that we believe that same before, ha! You still do not understand where I'm coming from - only repeating what you've already said over and over again; and not really debunking anything I've written, at all. You are so convinced that you are that right and I am that wrong.

      Oh, well. :)

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      Vladimir Karas 11 months ago from Canada

      Chick - Have you ever thought about our minds as instruments that process the reality via conceptualizing things in a linear fashion of causalities - and actually unable to know the truth other than the one generated by our own conceptualizations?

      What if Christ, and God, and Bible, and the whole religious package is merely one of many limited ways that we are playing with our minds?

      Have you ever studied the science of hypnotism to the point of realizing the true nature of "belief", and how it is not really anything like a "reflection of Truth in our souls", but a simple function of our brain, a tool that helps us to avoid thinking over and over about something that we established as true enough for us?

      You can hypnotize a person and tell him that he is a dog, and he will "believe" it to the extent of starting to bark and salivate. It is a known scientific fact that much of our psyche naturally operates by being switched to that automatic pilot of our convictions. What if much of its program is wrong?

      We believe in so many things dictated by limited perception of our five senses and equally limited mind's ability to process it. And yet we are talking from a pedestal of "knowing" something about matters that are completely out of our league to know.

      Let's be logical for a moment, and let's think of all those fine scholars who have much more brains than you and I combined. And let's ask ourselves : if they are so deep and spirited and learned and educated in so many disciplines of science - why are they STILL looking for answers? Why don't they just keep reading the Good Book, and stay at the level of knowing where you and I are trying to be smart about universal truth? Are all those fine minds a bunch of village idiots?

      You see, I am not questioning how "right" or not this or that passage of Bible is. I am not questioning your faith - be my guest and believe what you want. But if you are putting your faith as an undeniable argument on the discussion table, then I will protest, because faith is a personal choice, not a fact.

      You want a proof? In Iran and in the United States the same mathematics is valid, which makes it universally valid. Since faiths in those two countries are different, then the "spiritual truth" is up for grabs, not in the league of mathematics. There is nothing axiomatic about our belief system. It's deliberate, it may have variations, and we are capable of disbelieving in something that we believed in yesterday.

      Again, don't take me wrong, Chick, I am not against anyone believing what they want - but their faith is not invited to a discussion, because then I may claim that Santa Claus is the real god - and you try to prove it wrong if you can. I will talk "from my devoted heart" about my faith, and I have just as much "evidence" as you have.

      Yes, there is a universal intelligence orchestrating all reality (whatever reality actually is). But I don't see the point of personifying it, ascribing human qualities to it - like "it sees us, it approves, it punishes, it feels..."

      and the whole fairy tale.

      Your hub contains stuff of religion to which I could not respond rationally for all the reasons mentioned. In many instances you reminded me of my own views, and then you lost me in the unknowns of beliefs. Well, this much I had to say. I am not a competitive type, and I don't want to "win" here. We are both losing the moment when it falls down to that level of "who is going to outsmart whom". I admire your mind, Chick, and this is not to bribe you to go easier on my somewhat radical views about man and his faith. As far as I am concerned, feel free to disagree.

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      Catherine Mostly 11 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      And better yet, which was my original point... we will have a common frame of reference from which to have a discussion on the same wavelength. I mean, it HELPS for us both to 'know where the other is coming from' (*I* already know where you are coming from) in order to have a productive discussion surrounding this stuff. You 'don't get' alot of what I have said. You could refute or agree with whatever better - if you understood 'where I am coming from'. Dang but I hope that makes sense now, ha!

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      Catherine Mostly 11 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      I know exactly what you are 'fighting', Norine... I"ve been there. And yet, why do so many people BELIEVE that they have 'the truth'? It is because beliefs are 'built'. You know that you are not the only person who is so incredibly passionate about your perceptions 'being the truth'.

      I KNOW you love God, JC & HS. If that is true, and someone else that you KNOW also 'loves God' (with a similar passion as you) - insists that something is amuck - what harm does it do you to consider it IF the HS has things down so pat in your mind & spirit?

      What IF something is a little 'off'? What IF we are really just like JC? What IF the Romans incorporated pagan beliefs into his original message to unite their multi-pagan empire: whether intentionally or by accident?

      The HS will tell you which parts above are wrong or not - IF you listen to your heart where he resides instead of your head. And, if you come to the exact same conclusions you had before you read this - then, you have 'your truth' down pat and you know it. :)

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      Catherine Mostly 11 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      My apologies, Val - you're right, of course. It is hard to read through all this and I am aware of that. Thanks for the additional opinions. :)

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      Vladimir Karas 11 months ago from Canada

      This is exactly what many commenters do, Chick, they don't necessarily stick closely to the hub's message, but choose to say what's on their own mind regarding the topic. I get comments like that all the time, and don't find anything strange there - not really suspecting that they didn't read my hub. - However, I forgot to say that I liked your hub - in case that was missing. And, unless you are a psychic or something, my comment is not telling that I didn't read it, that was YOUR impression upon my not directly touching your theme.

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      Norine Williams 11 months ago

      I'll try but I'm busy "fighting demons" who hate "rightly divided WORD!" I wonder why I attract so MANY? No I don't! ANYTIME "TRUTH" is being TOLD; he comes (Satan)!

      ALL GOD wants us to do is "BELIEVE" on HIM (WORD) with ALL our hearts! IF it's screwed up; HE'LL "reveal!" HE has for me! I have NO WORRIES "in Christ!" I don't care who said what; I don't care who "added or deleted;" I don't care because I'm "in touch" with that ONE SPIRIT who has done what you say is not right in the Bible and that is "HE" "leads and guides" me "into "ALL" TRUTH! How do you think "illiterates" have a relationship with GOD?

      How could I have dreams that I didn't know were in Bible and find out LATER; it's there? How can HE tell me exactly what WORD is saying "IF" I have no contact with HIM? How can I have the ability to discern believers from non-believers who only give "lip service?" How does HE give me "peace" (although it may not look like because "unbelievers" upset me sometimes) with myself in ALL situations? How can I KNOW "whatever" demon approaches me, he will not win? How can I? I KNOW what I KNOW what I KNOW! GOD is REAL and HE will do as HE SAID in HIS WORD - REVEAL ALL and GUIDE INTO ALL TRUTH!

      LOVE

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      Catherine Mostly 11 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      Hello again, Norine... gosh, I really wish you would actually read the article so that we could have a common frame of reference from which to discuss this stuff. :)

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      Catherine Mostly 11 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      And, like I guessed... You didn't actually read the article, you're just inserting what you believe to be your relevant obversation. It is as out of place as some of Norine's comments.

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      Vladimir Karas 11 months ago from Canada

      You got it wrong, Chick. I consider myself quite a spiritual person loving the human race, but that doesn't prevent me from noticing their shortcomings.

      It seems like you didn't read my comment entirely - I did not say that anything was actually "wrong" with people, but we should stop expecting them to live up to some ideals while they are still consciously evolving and in a need to "burn their fingers many times before they eventually realize that fire is hot".

      "Sin" is not a word in my vocabulary, and while nothing is "wrong" with us as species, many things are wrong with us as "followers".

      We shouldn't expect from a toddler to understand electronics, and maybe should stop pushing people to grasp something so unfathomable as universal intelligence. When they pretend they do - it's just an intellectual arrogance, so typical for every cultural epoch pretending to know more than they do.

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      Catherine Mostly 11 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      I'm really glad it did, Janet... There are lots of books and teachers out there about the Law of Attraction, and they all supposedly started with Abraham and 'The Secret'. I don't know if that is true, or not.

      I can tell you that the first time I saw anything about The Secret (LoA) - I actually bought the book and took it home to read when it was first popular over a decade ago, now. I bought it because I was looking for current messages in this world that were being shared by 'people in the bible' - which is what you find in many NDE's: people talking to 'Jesus', etc. That is why I started researching those. I thought that this book might be a message directly from the Abraham we know of in The Bible - so, I was willing to consider it.

      But, when I discovered that the Abraham in The Secret was a 'soul collective of infinite intelligence' - I literally threw the book away because of my Christian beliefs at the time and what The Bible says about 'evil sorcery', etc. I was sure that book was evil, LoL!

      However, after I wrote this article I rediscovered the teachings of Abraham - really, AFTER - it was like a 'reminder' in the back of my head. And then, when I went out to see what Abraham had to say about Jesus, I found the incredibly poignant video that I included, above. It fit in perfectly at the end of this article.

      A lot of people (like Val, above) keep asking - why bother with this? What's the big deal about getting the story of Jesus correct - when everyone already is so sure that they know 'the truth' about him - Christian, Atheist, Muslim, Jew or whomever...

      This is why: because there IS a God-Source who DOES care about us and always has. Realizing that completely changes our perception about ourselves and each other. Its an important realization.

      Good luck on your continuing journey, Janet. :)

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      Norine Williams 11 months ago

      It's not about "being good" or "bad" but what GOD wants of us and that is to "BELIEVE" on HIM! Consequently, IF we "BELIEVE," all things will 'come together' for the good of them that LOVE the LORD!"

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      Catherine Mostly 11 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      Thanks, Val... I'm going to guess that you are yet another person who is responding without actually reading the article. I explain 'what's wrong with people' in it, thoroughly - along with what's right.

      We'd all like to blame the entire human race for simply being primal, selfish pigs with very little 'good' in us. It is a huge misunderstanding on both sides of the religous isle.

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      Janet 11 months ago

      I just scrolled down to say wow! I've heard of LoA and have read books on it, and that sounds right about being what Jesus was really probably teaching. I need to pick those books back up again. Thanks, this was an inspiring read that made me think.

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      Vladimir Karas 11 months ago from Canada

      I think we should not look into "what's true-or-not about Christ's or any other teaching for that matter - but what's wrong with the people. I think "consciousness evolution" takes time to out-root animalistic tendencies in man, and no teaching can speed up that process. If it could, the picture of our coexistence would look different today after millennia of reading holy books.

      So, it ultimately doesn't matter "how good the teacher may be", but how bad are the students. Proving or disproving the existence of this or that god is a nice intellectual adventure which won't stop people from "sinning" if it's ingrained into the very fabric of their bodies, their minds, and their hearts. Personally, I wouldn't even call it "sinning" any more than I would call "sinning" use of diapers. It takes time to grow, and we are too quick to criticize those growing pains.

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      Catherine Mostly 11 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      I think that depends on the type of attitude adjustment they need. Sometimes I needed a hug; other times, a good slap might have helped, ha! Thanks for reading most of this, anyway - I know its LONG. :)

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      MidnightMark 11 months ago

      WOW! As an atheist, I can't believe I read that whole thing (I may have skimmed through some of it). And while as an atheist I can't possibly agree with some of this stuff (the bible verses are a little offputting), all I can say is WOW! Is this really possible? Could Christians really have gotten things so wrong? How! I think I'm more frustrated, but more for Christians now. Should I bash them over the head or give them a great big hug and say, "There, there." LOL!

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      Catherine Mostly 11 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      Truth is stranger than fiction. You are welcome. Have a happy rest of your life. :)

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      T. H. 11 months ago

      I am a person who came from Christianity and into Kabbalah until I started to think it was another religion to put us in bondage. But wow, this almost makes sense. I think I need to read it again. What a relief. Thank you I think. :D

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      Catherine Mostly 12 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      Norine, you are becoming a borderline stalker. It is unnecessary to continue leaving long book-comments in here - especially since you can't actually read the article, much less respond directly to it. I'm not even reading them, anymore. I am well-aware of your point of view and rejected it for the many reasons above a long time ago. I am just fine. Go find someone else to 'save'.

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      Catherine Mostly 12 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      Norine, you constantly think about 'souls needing to be saved' and 'the judgment that is coming', etc. If you had read my article above, you would know that is why you attract that stuff to yourself - because you think about it, constantly. Whatever you believe and/or allow to dominate your thoughts: that is what you will draw to you. It is a Universal Law created by God Almighty. It would do you good to learn a thing or two about it.

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      Norine Williams 12 months ago

      A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul" (Proverbs 18:7)!

      It's REALLY coincidental my daughter asked me to view a video on YouTube entitled "Urgent Warning: God showed this man Judgment Day" just last week in which a white lady had placed something on the computer that lost 33K souls that she had to give in account for!

      View it!

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      Catherine Mostly 12 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      We all have the same gifts from God, Norine. There is absolutely nothing in here that 'defies the Word of God' - only that book that you keep insisting is 'the word of god'.

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      Norine Williams 12 months ago

      NO! She's someone who has a "gift" from GOD and has "tasted" HIS POWER! "New conclusions" are from SATAN "IF" it defies the WORD OF GOD!

      What do you want her to do "DELETE TRUTH" (WORD)?

      "A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul" (Proverbs 18:7)!

      "These six things doth the LORD (JEHOVAH) "hate:" yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren" (Proverbs 6:16-19)!

      Now which one of those missed you?

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      Catherine Mostly 12 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      Fine. I can certainly see why someone so suspicious as you would jump to that conclusion and not take it in context by:

      1) Actually READING the article so that you could read that entire part where I express 'how I and others' came to these 'beliefs' over decades in much more detail.

      2) Putting it in context... I've also told both you and Norine more than once in here to RESEARCH why Christians have been deconverting into Kabbalah for decades.

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      Kiss andTales 12 months ago

      Misfit as you stated here" There are a growing number of millions of people who have come to believe in much of what I have written - and we all came to these 'new conclusions'

      So now you deny these words.

      Are you two people or what ? What you may delete some one else does not.

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      Catherine Mostly 12 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      Btw, just so Christians don't feel like I am only picking on them - I have had similar (but opposite) conversations with dogmatic Atheists; and I have told them the same thing:

      The truth is WAY cooler and FAR more freeing than what you've currently got in your head.

      It is as important for Atheists to realize this stuff as it is for any and every kind of religious person.

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      Catherine Mostly 12 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      I don't agree... What phrases do you see that do not show respect for God?

      I am pretty sure that I never once said that all people agree with me because they read my hub... Again, you misunderstand or are assuming, I'm not sure which.

      Millions of people - the majority of them being former 'ex' Christians along with MANY who actually remain in their various Christian churches - considered much of this stuff to already be true years ago. Of course not everyone agrees with every single thing above. Some people wandered into other religions (Islam is another big one because they also believe in Christ in a similar way) or 'non-religions', some developed or started to follow various conspiracy theories, etc. Kabbalah was a booming religion for a while and Christians are still deconverting into it.

      *I* did not do any of that. As I say in the beginning, it took a couple of decades for me to gather these bits & pieces together - and I did some of it with the help of people who had discovered the same things before me... I've included lots of links to other people who 'believe' in at least parts of this general message.

      Here is where I can sound rude, because I start to lose patience with people who refuse to actually do the research or read the article in order to know what they are accusing me of...

      I am not now nor have I EVER 'bad mouthed' God in here... I'm bad-mouthing the harmful lies that the killers & murderers who created the religion of Christianity imposed on its followers in a (good start, but failed) attempt to unite a crumbling yet vast pagan empire.

      The reason why it is important for Christians to begin to realize this stuff - is because their beliefs HARM them and their children, as MUCH as they harm the rest of the world. Many Christian beliefs (especially the salvation message) are detrimental, contradictory and OPPOSITE to the reality of our existence according to God (see very first article image and lots of others in here) - which was the original message of Jesus Christ: to enlighten pagan people to the 'unbelievable' and blasphemous truth that we are ALL EXACTLY like Christ except in various stages of 'growing up'.

      As a Christian, I 'get' that that is hard for you to see... I've said over and over that it wasn't an easy or fast journey - which is another reason why I remain persistent. After you realize the implications above on the world; you have a silly desire to let people know HOW their beliefs are harming them and their friends & families. I'm sure that is one of the reasons why so many people have written about their deconversion experiences or created YouTube videos, etc. The truth is WAY cooler and FAR more freeing than what you've currently got in your head.

      I'm sorry if I've hurt your feelings in the past - but you will never find me in any religious debate agreeing with the idea of, "everyone should be able to believe in any fairytale they want to" that hinders people's minds from becoming all that God meant for them to become.

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      Kiss andTales 12 months ago

      You might not believe in dogma of ! But your phases in your hubs do not show respect.

      I disagree that all people agree with you because they read your hub.

      Saying all and millions is pretty egostistic. I get this from you.

      You have been dealt with in an abusive way and religion was a tool some one used on you.

      Sorry that you was abused .

      but religion was used as a tool.

      Just like an accident some one may drive a car reckless and cause causualties. But do we go around telling people not to buy or drive cars ?

      No we do not , nore do we say cars are evil because some one used it in a reckless way. I have a problem with you bad mouthing why God does this and that. You say this but you mean that.

      Its clear .

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      Catherine Mostly 12 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      I completely fail to understand how you see me as questioning the motives of God? Really? How? I HAVE respect for our Creator; and I am not 'shooting off any kind of way just because I can'.

      There are a growing number of millions of people who have come to believe in much of what I have written - and we all came to these 'new conclusions' through some painful & extended periods of personal research.

      You completely misunderstand the message in here just like Norine. I have a GREAT DEAL of respect for God. The fact that I do not consider the manipulative, pagan dogma of Christianity to be 'God's Word' is admittedly a big difference between us.

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      Kiss andTales 12 months ago

      Also just because you own a weapon does not mean you have a right to use it in a dangereous way. That also goes with our speech. We are to have respect for our creator.

      Shooting off any kind of way is not wise at all just because you can .

      Liberties are are not alway advantagious.

      No different then a court room and you are standing before a judge in a courtroom.

      Can you mouth off to him as you please

      No! So do not think you will be over looked here either.

      The law stands because he allows it to

      But if he allows it and we respect it

      Then we certainly should not disrepect him in any manor.

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      Kiss andTales 12 months ago

      Misfit the problem I have with you is questioning the motives of the Heavenly Father.

      The only one that keeps doing this is satan.

      He did this with Job.3:4.

      He also keeps accusing his brotbers with bad motives.

      Job 1:9

      Says he accuses those day and night.

      Rev 12;10

      The point is if this is wrong for satan to do.

      Then it is absolutely wrong for any human to question Gods motive.

      When you can create the things he has and add a day to your life and others.

      When you can return life than you are more than human.

      But right now you need him to keep you alive.

      Why destroy that.

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      Catherine Mostly 12 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      Yes, I agree... especially since I know that God does not judge. He has more than enough Christians (and other relgious folks, frankly) to do that unnecessary thing for him. (Yeah, that was yet another pagan-perception (possibly the main one) that God sent Jesus here to correct in the minds of people.)

      Also, I'm pretty sure that the post I just deleted from you to K&T about 'fools' would apply to you, now. I almost wished I had left it up here.

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      Norine Williams 12 months ago

      Let GOD be the Judge!

      I rely on HIM (Holy Spirit) "TOTALLY" not some mess man has placed on a computer and I KNOW my position (Romans 1:25)!

      FOOL!

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      Catherine Mostly 12 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      Norine: No, I haven't overstepped my boundaries, dear... I'm right on track. I've already talked to you about 'being led by the Spirit'. I simply do not use a manipulative book like you do. God's Spirit cannot be contained.

      Relax and stop worrying... There are plenty more people all around you that you can actually see who I'm sure you are convinced are going straight to hell (or will be left behind). I am no different than any of them from your perspective.

      The difference between you and I is... I don't worry about those people going to hell, anymore - because I know what really happens to their souls, now.

      I worry far more about people like you who worry so much about everyone else. Please relax, we're all fine. Really. :)

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      Catherine Mostly 12 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      K&T: I have absolutely no problem - at all - with this scripture within the corrected parameters of Jesus message that I detailed above. In fact, what this says is MUCH more powerful within the real message of Jesus Christ to pagans who really really needed to hear it:

      "Luke 4:17-21King James Version (KJV)

      17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,

      18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me [the Kingdom of God or 'Christos' within that WAS/IS currently ALIVE & WELL within each of us if we choose to 'enable' that part of internal ourselves - no 'salvation of the soul' necessary], because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

      19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

      20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.

      21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.

      I say the the article above that Jesus WAS SENT by 'God' to set the record straight about who we actually ARE 'in him' - God sent Jesus down here to TEACH people who were enslaved in pagan religions that simple concept.

      Again, if you would actually read the article... Jesus came to fullfill a DIFFERENT and much more ancient Jewish Law than the 'one of his day' that we are currently aware of. Do a search on Christianity + Kabbalah and find out why people are connecting them. That is what this article exposes.

      They twisted his message... that should concern you.

      Btw, I'm not going to let Norine's response to you through. You're welcome. :)

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      Catherine Mostly 12 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      K&T: "people have the same right as you to make that decision for themselvs... We can not choose for no one. I do dislike hypocrisy, bossy forceful nasty personality type people , who think it's there way and you are a fool"

      This article is not here to force my opinions on anyone - it is simply information for people who are usually searching for the words 'christian deconversion' or 'real message of Jesus' or 'debunk the salvation message' - things like that.

      While at the same time, admittedly - I have promoted this article in some HP debates; those are places where disagreements about the topics surrounding Christianity (or whatever) takes place - so, I feel as justified 'making my case' as you do.

      The reason why my debates frustrate you is - again - your view is all sunshine and roses: we should all be able to believe whatever we want to - no matter how harmful those proven, erroneous beliefs are to our individual souls, the souls of our children, and the entire world as a whole.

      If you can't read the article, skim down through the images - they tell at least half of the story. If the message of Christianity didn't REMOVE people's perceptions from the reality of their existence in God - things would be different. Christ came to try and get the TRUTH across to pagan people who needed it; and the important thing is...

      We NEED his 'real message' today... No more lies, and no more excuses. What did Jesus really die for, K&T? I know you care, you just don't realize that there is something to be caring about.

      It's okay if you are satisfied with your beliefs the way they are... I say that in here, too; PLUS give extensive reasons as to why ANY set of 'beliefs' is Okay. But, knowing the power of them and the effect they have on the world is a resonsibility most people don't want to consider.

      "These scriptures tell us we are guest here on planet earth. This planet was here when we came."

      Actually, we helped create this planet with our Creator - and, we continue to create our own reality - which is why our planet is in such chaos: so many people BELIEVE IN all these DIVISIVE LIES that they insist are 'the truth' (no, not just Christianity, but they are a HUGE source of confusion).

      "You see the Heavenly Father is the owner of planet earth he is in control of when to step in to handle his affairs. We are not to think we can fit in his seat of judgment to do anything that only he has a right to do. We are responsible for our own conduct and we are to work with him not against him."

      Listen to yourself... LOOK where you put yourself in the scheme of things. You have a much bigger part to play, as do we all - this was Jesus original message; most of us just don't realize it. We're far more worthy and competent than what you can possibly believe BECAUSE of the 'limits' your Christian beliefs have placed on you...

      It is because of these 'limits' that I do participate in debates every once in a while - though you will notice that I pick and choose my battles. When someone puts a question up that I have some pretty pointed things to say around: I follow the calling of my inspiriation to say them, and will continue to do so.

      As I've told you before... I hang out in those places and debate people like you and Norine once in awhile, not for your benefit... But for the benefit of all the others who are still questioning and looking for the truth. Arguing with people who are sure they 'know all about it' it is the best way to expose reality.

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      Kiss andTales 12 months ago

      No one can make anyone believe what they do not want to.

      No matter how much a person may as example listen to your words its still their own right to believe it or not.

      Next my question to you is what did Jesus read from ?

      He read from the book of Isaiah !

      Luke 4:17 the scroll of Isaiah was handed to him.

      We today have that same scroll as in a log. Says the same thing .

      No deciet here.

      People should be sure of all things .

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      Catherine Mostly 12 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      I'm not trying to separate you from anything; and the only thing I am in violation of is the way you perceive The Bible. The 'Word of God' and 'The Bible' are two completely different things. The Spirit of God does not now - and has never - needed a book to contain his word. Pagan killers & manipulators made you believe that.

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      Norine Williams 12 months ago

      NOTHING can separate me from the HOLY SPIRIT! I KNOW HIS (JESUS) position which is to "lead and guide us into ALL "truth!" It's too bad you don't!

      Do you really think HE approves of your actions? You've made HIM to be a LIAR doing HIS JOB for HIM ("leading and guiding into ALL truth" by "Researching!")!

      You wouldn't want a man to come in and takeover your position on a job, but you're messing with GOD; violating HIS LAW (WORD)!

      So you see, it's doesn't matter to me if you are right or wrong (in your eyesight) you are WRONG in the sight of GOD because you are IN VIOLATION OF HIS WORD!

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      Kiss andTales 12 months ago

      Misfit you are very passionate about people learning the corruption in religion.

      This has become the case true but not the real focus ! the truth is people have the same right as you to make that decision for themselfs.

      We can give them our opinion or our decided choice on the matter but they choose .because it is between them and the Heavenly Father.

      We can not choose for no one .

      You say I think its ok to do nothing about people being decieved.

      Think again ! If no one cared I would be doing something else in selfish pursuits.

      I love to talk to people ! I love good hearted , honest and truthful people.

      But I do dislike hypocrisy, bossy forceful

      Nasty personality type people , who think it's there way and you are a fool .

      There is no fool on HP. I see all as Adults and will treat people in that manor. Enough of that.

      But what I was trying to say is based on this scripture we should keep this on mind.

      Ps 15:1 ,O Jehovah, who may be a guest in your tent? Who may reside in your holy mountain?

      2. The one who is walking faultlessly, Practicing what is right And speaking the truth in his heart.

      Ps 15:3 He does not slander with his tongue, He does nothing bad to his neighbor, And he does not defame his friends.

      These scriptures tell us we are guest here on planet earth. This planet was here when we came.

      We do not own it just because we arrived by a birth date.

      The same with an hotel we would be a guest ! Not a owner .so would we tell a neighbor in the next room .the people lied to you about who owns this hotel, what it's policies of how it is ran.

      No! Because we all are guest at that establishment.

      Also look at another thought !

      Re 11:18 But the nations became wrathful, and your own wrath came, and the appointed time came for the dead to be judged and to reward your slaves the prophets and the holy ones and those fearing your name, the small and the great, and to bring to ruin those ruining the earth.”

      You see the Heavenly Father is the owner of planet earth he is in control of when to step in to handle his affairs.

      We are not to think we can fit in his seat of judgment to do anything that only he has a right to do.

      We are responsible for our own conduct

      and we are to work with him not against him.

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      Catherine Mostly 12 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      And, I'd also like to add for Norine in particular... With as much time, effort and energy as you have put into replying to this hub, you could just as well as read it and then replied more accurately to it.

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      Catherine Mostly 12 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      K&T, we are arguing about the exact same thing from the opposite perspective:

      You view humans to have ruined religion and the way the world works - and so do I.

      The difference appears to be, that it is OKAY with you that this has been done; and we should change nothing about the way so many people have been led to believe in pagan untruths designed to enslave their hearts & minds.

      You would also 'get more' if you actually read the article. You don't even know what you don't agree with in it. As I have said, it is not something to be read in one day - it works better ingested a few sections at a time.

      And, I'm sorry Norine.. I've already responded to all your accusations in the previous response to you. I'm not allowing yet another extended arguement on the same exact things over and over again while you refuse to consider my perspective.

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      Kiss andTales 12 months ago

      Misfit you have a vast amount of infomation rolled togather. But I will pick certain things you bring to mind.

      Like why did God not keep religion in a pure state.

      Reverse the thought why did people not keep religion in a pure state ?

      Like a home you live in ! Say purchased it spotless , super clean inside out.

      You move in it. Will your house reflect the last owner ? Or will your house reflect you by being clean , tidy, organized , the answer is it reflects on you .if you do not keep clean and pure standards . the point is earth is our planet home in a big scale ! What we see today is what man has done to our planet earth.

      It was a flourshing paradise given to the first to humans our genectic parents. Our Heavenly Father does not live here no planet could hold his dynamic power or presence.

      Earth is for our habitat.

      The final conclusion we can not judge God by mans imperfections .

      The condition of the earth tells us he is incompetent. Not equal in mind nor power to reverse the damage done nore wise enough to solve all our human problems.

      What you judge is the hand of humans.

      The Heavenly Father stays the same.

      He just has not interfered but allowed man to do as he pleases to prove the point.

      That is man can not rule himself. History proves this.

      The truth is always pure.

      But people contaminate it by actions.

      Just like a clean home.

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      Catherine Mostly 12 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      Thanks Jason, I'm really glad it helped. This stuff is supposed to be freeing and it is...

      Norine, I DO totally believe in the power of God (with a capital G, I use the cap most of the time) - its just that the power of God flows NATURALLY through us ALL via the 'Christos' that we all have embedded into our hearts - not just a select few. Yeah, we have to 'choose' to participate with it more directly - but, no 'salvation' is needed now or back then.

      You don't understand how profound Jesus 'original message' of the Kingdom of God being within us is... That is because of the way the story of Jesus has been twisted in your mind. What about the controversy surrounding Paul? WHAT IF the New Testament is relatively correct with the exception of the four main gospels that are obvious manipulations?

      It is a really hard message for Christians to grasp - which is why I take so much detailed time & words to explain it, above. Jesus message was not about him dying on a cross to save anyone from their 'sins' - he came to set people free who ALREADY BELIEVED THAT about OTHER 'saviors' that already existed in this world at the time. He came to save the followers of Mithras, the worshipers of 'Caesar', the bondage of all those previous gods & goddesses that people were worshiping so heavily at the time...

      He came to set pagans of his day FREE from their religious bonds - and men in power turned him into the poster-child for paganism.

      I've heard that argument before... 'What if the bible IS true... That is a reasoning based in FEAR (which is part of the problem I have with Christian 'beliefs'). God doesn't need to create a situation so that people will fear him in order to create a way for them to agree to follow him - he can raise up children from stones, remember? We are were ALREADY God's (without Jesus dying on a cross), and pagan religions distract us from that profound knowledge.

      That is actually the biggest 'sin' of Christianity.

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      Norine Williams 12 months ago

      You guys are ONLY a step above an Atheist! You believe there is a God (Or is it little "g" because you've become the "god" doing "RESEARCH?") but don't believe in HIS POWER!

      Based on your analogy, the entire Bible is a LIE! No Old Covenant; No Ten Commandments; No Prophets telling of Jesus' coming; No NOTHING because It proves one should "fear" the LORD!

      I would like to direct your attention to the one thing we will agree on "DEATH IS INEVITABLE" and as I've asked other unbelievers, "What IF the Bible is TRUE?" "What IF there is "a jealous GOD" who does not wish anyone to receive "glory" other than HIMSELF? What IF there is a "Judgment Seat" that ALL MUST stand before? What then?

      If Bible is A LIE, why can't anyone provide a book that was written before the Bible with as many "accurate" fulfilled prophecies? If you can do this, you may have a leg to stand on!

      Now PROVIDE or you're demons for blaspheming AGAINST THE WORD OF GOD using "Science" and "Research!"

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      Jason 12 months ago

      I'm impressed. While I was reading I kept expecting to read something that would cause my eyes to roll, but now that I'm done I feel like a huge weight has been lifted. I feel unjudged and totally accepted. I agree with Ajax, above. Brilliant. Thank you for sharing.

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      Catherine Mostly 13 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      I will tell you the same thing I told my mother about praying for me: don't pray for your will in my life - but God's will. How the heck do you think I got to this place? By myself? No... you do not come from a hardcore perspective such as your's to the one above by yourself or easily (as I've said). LOOK at all the extra sources I provided.

      You can believe what you want to, sweetie. Just stop hurting people with the fanatics of your beliefs, that's all I ask. You use them like a baseball bat. That is not even SORT of how Jesus teached - and again, 'salvation' was not his original message. I'm pretty sure that I've proven that several ways over. But in the end, you can only see what you believe.

      Thanks for taking the time to read, Norine. I know that could not have been easy for you. Peace.

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      Norine Williams 13 months ago

      "O FOOLISH [CATHERINE] Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, "CRUCIFIED" among you?"

      Catherine, I realize there are Books (40) that have been "left out" of the Bible, I realize there are "additions" politicians or religious leaders have inserted, I realize there is ONE GOD that Religions worship but have made "idols and/or graven images" to get to HIM, I realize Religion was originated from "pagan gods," BUT "I BELIEVE" the Bible is the ACTUAL WORD of THE CREATOR (GOD) written by men who were "inspired by GOD!" What other Book has as many "accurate fulfilled prophecies" written BEFORE Bible? Explain!

      Sure, man has "added and/or deleted," but I KNOW the POWER of the HOLY SPIRIT (aka JESUS)! What HE HAS SAID in Bible has been "fulfilled" in "my" life! Therefore, "I BELIEVE!"

      You can say "Christianity" is a "control mechanism," but for one that does not believe in GOD, there are "consequences" for their actions as it is with GOD! Therefore, we MUST BE SAVED from the "consequences" (HELL)!

      Man's "additions" and/or "deletions" of Bible cannot overpower the POWER of the HOLY SPIRIT who "HELPS" discern LIES! I don't care where man says GOD'S WORD "originated," I don't care how RELIGION "thinks" we are all serving the same GOD (although HE is ONE SPIRIT), I BELIEVE HE is as one's spouse "a jealous GOD" who "will not share HIS "GLORY" with another!" If you were GOD, would you? Read II Kings 17:29-41!

      It is our job as Disciples of Christ to inform those in error! However, Satan has deterred you by putting the spirit of "research" in your mind and making you loose the "hope" that we should have! Romans 8:24 says "For we are saved by "hope:" but "hope" that is seen is NOT "hope:" for what a man seeth, why doth he yet "hope" for?"

      Romans 10:1-4 "Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to GOD for Israel, is that they might be SAVED. For I bear them record that have a zeal of GOD, but not according to KNOWLEDGE. For they being IGNORANT of GOD'S righteousness, and going about to ESTABLISH THEIR OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS, have NOT submitted themselves unto the righteousness of GOD. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that BELIEVETH!"

      Where are you Catherine? Why did you go? Are you that "weak" in your FAITH? Why did you allow Satan to enter his playground (your mind) to deter you from your FAITH? Have you not heard in the natural world "Curiosity kills the cat?" How much more do you think it will in the Spiritual world? You're mixing natural things (research) with Spiritual things!

      This is a Spiritual journey in which our "FAITH" determines our outcome! You are matching "your PEANUT brain" against the ALMIGHTY! What kind of "FOOL" would do that?

      You must have something that Satan doesn't want you to exercise or he wouldn't be "stalking" you! Your mind is his playground and you have allowed him to play!

      I'll be praying along with your mother!

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      Catherine Mostly 13 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      Oh my gosh, that sounds like fun - and a huge bite to take on, ha! It took me a long time to get through this stuff - and then to get completely comfortable with it so that I could present it like this. People are in various stages in this learning process, and many are just coming into it.

      And, since I know how agonizing those beginning steps can be - and how tricky they are; I was really hoping to help people through that part, faster. Maybe there are some of us who 'had' to go through it in order to start cutting a path - but once a lesson is learned, it can be used by others to make their experience less painful (and shorter).

      I honestly had no idea how much I knew until I wrote this - and much of it 'clicked' together as I was writing. Things like this happen when you let the stream flow through you - also things like making basketballs practically jump through hoops for you (like the pros who make it look so easy, do); blasting out a perfect rendition of 'charge' on a trumpet (I used to play - cool!); or just sitting on a porch casually contemplating life when the most amazing idea crosses your mind - that is where God lives. It took a long time for me to figure that out. Hopefully this article helps people get back to living their lives faster & free-er.

      Thank you and following. :)

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      Ajax 2016 13 months ago

      I. Am. Floored. Your mind is brilliant! I have to spend much more time with this hub I was just outlining my hub on the same topic. Im studying the control systems that feed anti-intellectualism and citizen apathy. Media entity, corporate conglomerate, the elites; I myself am learning so much. Please follow me and maybe you could give me some feedback on my hubs. I just started. All new to me being so interactive with my thoughts. Im usually very private and fearful of common lashings from closed minds. Excellent to find one that spreads thoughts through knowledge rather than forcing beliefs.

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      Yoleen Lucas 14 months ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      I noticed you live in the Seattle area. I lived there for awhile, and LOVED it. Unfortunately, my personality shortcomings, which Christ did not heal me from, forced me to have to leave it. To add insult injury, I had to sit helplessly while my rescuing brother's daughter dropped out of high school to join a cult. That is what destroyed my faith in God.

      Fortunately, things have worked very well for me here. The hard cold facts are, we all have to figure things out for ourselves. Religion is nothing more than a tool towards that end.

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      Catherine Mostly 15 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      Nope, you assumed like every other Christian trying to prove me wrong... Like I said, you need more than a few minutes. This is why Christians can be so MADDENING - because they are always SO SURE that they already know everything.

      If you were to watch the documentary and/or read the link analysis (or do your own search); you will see that JULIUS CAESAR is who is being compared to Jesus - not 'just any caesar'. Historians have written specifically about what happened with Caesar's death and funeral - which included the scene where they stop for HIS WIFE (not Jesus' mother Mary) to mourn over Caesar's body that is such an iconic religious image NOT included in the bible.

      I just added more about Roman's Imperical Cult, above - obviously, more about that was needed. But, watching the original documentary from 1988 on YouTube would be my recommended starting place on this specific aspect.

      The Gospel According to Caesar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvga-98x6Nk

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      Kiss andTales 15 months ago

      Misfit that is your opinion. But think if I am already familair with your material. Before I knew you on Hp

      Then this is not about you or proving you wrong

      I am happy I can list some thing here you posted

      First link is simply an opinion of a John Crossan. His analyis Starts way after the death of Jesus.

      Next true about how false religion got started

      Not as you worded religion was pure in truth until the last deciple died.

      Then satan planted men who wanted to practice pagan and religion of christainity of Jesus.

      This has to do with the Edics of Milan. Pagan and Christain beliefs combined and free to live with out persecution.

      Example is mention of 25 of December was adopted as Jesus birthday because it was not

      Found in the scriptures. So since the 25 of December was a feastiful of worship to the sun god. They adopted it as the birthday of the Son of God. This is a lie but pagan meaning.

      Next your link talks about ceasar.

      The one writing this report has not realized that the word ceasar is a title like presendent in our language.

      What ceasar is he comparing when it was more then one.

      I am going to stop here for now . But here is my list.

      Another thing you need to consider the time line of subjects and the time period your refrences write reports.

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      Catherine Mostly 15 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      Sorry, you are difficult to understand sometimes - like now. You can tell that you are on a cell phone. I'm not trying to cause any divisions - I'm trying to knock them down. There is a huge difference. :)

      You are assuming that there is no hope in this hub because you apparently skimmed it. It takes me longer than 12 minutes to read this - and certainly, if you are going to watch any of the recommended videos and/or check out any of the links that lead to more information about a topic - it would take even longer, yet.

      Christians always want everyone else to LISTEN to them, but the flip-side does not apply. The only reason why someone with your beliefs usually read something like this all the way through is to prove me wrong - not because you're interested in getting to the bottom of 'the truth'.

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      Kiss andTales 15 months ago

      Misfit why do you put word in I never implied or said

      Never do I consider my self wise as to boast or brag

      But you seem to be the one that causes divisions by use of words. I only want people to understand the hope that all humans have

      Even though the great cover up exist .the truth

      Still be accessed.

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      Catherine Mostly 15 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      Really? Cuz that was awfully fast, LoL! Perhaps you are a speed-reader. :)

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      Kiss andTales 15 months ago

      Misfit I just read. Will give you my comment

      After reading other hubs.