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Secularism / God

As I listened to Al Gore speak against people eating meat, my first thought was of God. Whether one believes in God or not, we can be certain there is such a thing called Mother Nature. She is a part of what determines our life on earth. And her actions can certainly make folks look to something greater than themselves(God). 

Not knowing Mr Gores personal view of a deity, I can only surmise, his God is a lesser one. Why? Well, it has always been my understanding, that man was given dominion over all of Gods creatures. And because of that, man has since seen himself as top dog in the pecking order of natures offspring. This, from a secularists point of view was a  power given to man. From a more spiritual perspective, ala Francis Assisi, all creatures of God, have a part in Gods overall plan. That is why so many enlightened masters tell us, that even the movement of a rock, can awakened a previously unenlightened man.

 What seems to have emerged out of this new secularist belief  is, the meaning of  stewardship. From a spiritual perspective, stewardship in likened to that of a Good Shepard. In the hands of a secularist, it became  a power tool of control. What God gave men as a blessing, the secularist took as a replacement of  religion. And he named his religion “global warming.

Now, in my mind, the term “global warming” says something good. I could take it to mean a shift towards more warmth or ( love) in the world. But that one statement alone, could have me taken off to a luny-bin in the world of Gore. So lets just make like I never said it. Instead, lets just look at how global warming in a Godless society can mean control.

Those who believe in God, are taught to better themselves through discipline, love, and good character development. They have a God who gave them FREE CHOICE. Gave them freedom to assess the needs of the earth, as well as the needs of heaven. He gave them a way to look up.  And with the development of good character, they would naturally become good stewards of the earth, on which they live. God expects each individual to do good, He never forces anything on man. He never asked man to do anything “en mass”. For that would establish something more like a religion! And that’s exactly what  secularism has established, with this belief.

These same people look down on believers of God? They see them as  ignorant! Believing in something that there is no proof of!  Yet within the scientific community, statistics differ?  With man, facts like numerical statistics, can be used to prove either side. Hence science itself, is as much theory as it is fact. Secularist says they wish to help Mother Nature by controling the habits of man. While God, doesn’t even impose such restrictions. And as for Mother Nature? I believe she’s also part of a greater plan. Oddly enough, there are those who have been foretelling of the end of times. Expecting more than the usual happenings on the earth. In the form of  more severe  hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis and the like, have taken their cue from  biblical predictions. While at the same time, secularists use science as their prophet. So are they not both, prophets of doom? 

I believe Christ never left His people. If anything, it was the other way around. I also believe,  God loves man, more than man loves man. God forgives more, man seeks to correct and restrict, more.

And that’s the argument I propose to the global warming religious. We are all here to take care of what has been given us. It seems to me, those who have a lesser belief in a God greater than themselves, have a higher opinion of  mans personal power. Just ask a politician.

I am completely in favor of caring for the earth. Of taking care of all that God has given me. But that might not mean, I like the new mercury filled light bulbs, better than the old ones. It might also mean, that not everything man comes up with, is always good. That demanding man to eat less meat, to save trees is the only answer. Nor does controlling the earths environment, necessarily, mean good stewardship. Maybe the best cure for the earth, is for man to get out of  her way.  But hey! This is indeed a country based upon freedom of religion, so why not let the secularists have theirs! As long as they don’t want to forcefully convert me with their religious dogma. Or use statistics, that differ, based upon what they want to conclude!

My belief in God tells me, never to abuse, another nor myself. It also tells me, not to impose my will, on what He has already deemed good. If we want to clean up our world, why not improve on our character? Then all men will be good shepherds. Then we wont need to be forced to do what is right,  for the benefit of the whole. We will automatically do what is right, for the good of all who seek heavens blessings from God, on earth.

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As I listen to the troubles facing our world. People starving in places where their own people, don’t care. I look to a Country which is visibly blessed. We have taken for granted, the gift our founders seemed to have, more easily understood. They knew in their hearts what was right, for they were men of good will. Men who had already been forced to believe in a Church, established out of the desires of an earthly King.

 They knew, that  freedom was a gift of God. Not given from one man to another. That belief is called slavery. They knew how precious freedom is, when it is given to them by their God. They knew in order to preserve the  principles of all men, freedom could only come from a King greater than all men, God!

When men lose the concept of something greater than themselves, they lose their Higher purpose.  And too many weak egos, wont allow themselves to believe in anything , for fear, they may seem like fools!

 How can anyone believe in something they can’t see?  If that were true, then how can a scientist even begin his work?  They ask, how can I believe more, in a spiritually religious concept, and in the science,  I already know works? What fool, is telling you to separate the two? Why can’t both be part of Gods wonderment?

Why cant one seek God, through intellectual thought?  Why cant reason be ones guide, to the discovery of a miracle?  Doesnt science use certain formulas to find the source? Is not God invisible, until you find Him? Isnt science seeking  THE particle of where life begins? Why then do they call it the “God particle?”

The only problem science has given man, is that it has taken over mans collective intelligence. Just as the Native Indians knew much through instinct. Their opposites believed in their knowledge, more!

 What exactly does man look towards, when science tells him they can’t do any more? What gives man the strength he needs, in situations where he feels his courage failing? What is it, if not something greater than himself? What is it when all is lost, if not God?

God is that small voice that tells us to go ahead and do something, “we’re afraid of”. Who exactly has the fear, and who does not? Who or what, is urging us on to go beyond our fear? Is that not something greater than ourselves? Is that a product of science? Are we in that moment, just a molecular compound at best? What good would come to us, if we simply were a theory, or a poem, or a product of  some unresolved problem in “math”, at a moment that means life or death?

Man can fool himself into not wanting  to believe in something greater than himself. He can wish to divide and separate science, from all spiritual reality. However, he will know of God, when his  moment comes. When he needs to grasp something more, than his own limits allow. When his ego is no longer in danger of being seen as a fool. When his need for strength, requires more than he has to give. When he can face his demise, and know there is more awaiting him. 

All is never lost, when we seek ALL THAT IS. All is never lost, when we give over all we have, to the Sacrament of Life. All is never dark, when the Light of Christ awaits us to draw upon Him. For all is never lost, with God. Nor is any man, when he realizes he can never be greater than the  SUM OF ALL WHO IS… CHRIST/ GOD!

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As I read something in the Bible today, for the first time in my life, I saw it from the mind of a cynic. God has blessed me, in this way. For me to understand anything, I first have to have a taste of it. So today, I was introduced to the mind of a cynic.

The mind of a cynic , is based upon the lack of trust. It lacks of trust of others, but truly its themselves they have little faith in. They wont accept any belief, that could even slightly suggest something GOOD can take hold.

What the mind of a cynic doesn’t have, is true, self-confidence. Oh he can fool anyone with his so-called acquired knowledge. Yet his main focus of that knowledge is hell-bent on disapproval of something he sees as accepted by the ignorant masses. Therefore, he sees everything from a rather pre-judged perspective. He lacks the courage to believe in anything,another may claim as true. He is more than just a doubting Thomas. He is a Thomas who fears even the possibility of something called a spiritual truth!

Just listen to those in the media…where too much cynicism is passed off, as intelligence. In fact, in an attempt to teach college students “critical thinking”, too many colleges have instead, filled undeveloped minds, with cynicism instead.

How many times have you heard on TV, pundits suggest one good thought, only to have it immediately be buried under cynicism, before its allowed to take its first breath.

 The cynical mind wants and needs a lot of attention. It gains even more attention, if someone trys to show them any good. Its like their invitation to open up the flood waters of denial!

The cynical mind, prefers to believe, there is no way out, or up. That anything good, must be evil in disguise. It seeks to nest in an attitude of disagreeableness, than have to courage to seek higher ground.

The saddest part of having a cynical mind, is that it prevents one from truly knowing how to love. One can’t love anything, if you fear it more than trust it. 

One can’t love, if they believe every good done for them, has an ulterior motive. Nor can they express the best part of themselves, if they believe being good, is being a fool!.

The cynical mind of man, sees itself as humanity protector. It believes its expression is one of an intelligent human being. It believes its existence, is to make sure no one falls for the truth! It sees what others may call a miracle, as nothing more than a weakness in the intelligence of man. It believes religion or anything religious, as a set up, for a weak-minded humanity. It believes everyone motives for good, are selfish. And that there isn’t such a thing, as THE GOODNESS OF TRUTH! It can’t believe in TRUTH, for it has little faith in its existence. For in TRUTH, there is an inherent GOOD. 

A cynical mind fears good, as it fears  Absolute TRUTH. It has to, for if it ever allowed the light to enter into it, it would have to face its greatest fear.

The fear that it will be NO MORE!

 

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It amazes me how little some Evangelical Christians know about Christ. The other day, I tuned in to see Rick Perry’s call to Prayer. And I support anyone who calls upon God, in honor of Him. And while I was listening to those praising His name, I also heard them use the term “Our God is a Jealous God”.

I couldn’t believe  those words, being applied to Christ! I believe some of His followers have no clue, to who He really is?

I also believe they never hear themselves, or what comes out of their mouths. To say the God of love, is jealous, is to misrepresent anything He stands for!

To me, love has more meaning than just mouthing the words. And how can you  love someone, if you don’t even know them? So I would suggest, before any Christian makes the claim to loving God, they first get to know who and what they are committing to love.

They should first ask themselves, if they would want to marry a jealous man? And if they say yes, than do they believe jealousy means love? Jealousy, is a possessive negative term. It comes from a persons  insecurity.  It has nothing to do with Christ, or with love.

Maybe a better term should be a “faithful God”. God wants us to be faithful to Him. He asks us to love others as we love ourselves, so jealousy is obviously not a correct term to utter, when one speaks of Christ.

 The God they are claiming to love while using Christs name, is instead an angry and possessive God.

So I would ask all people who claim to Love Christ, to first get to know  and understand,His character. Before they commit the energy of their prayers, to something other than who they think they are addressing!

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For years I questioned why so many in my family, were striken with panic attacks? All pronounced Christians. For years, I wondered why their belief in God/Christ, didn’t aleviate their anxiety? How can you believe in Him as your comforter, your strength, and your courage, and still be filled with fear?

I could easily understand this disorder, for those who don’t claim to love Christ, much less believe in Him. Because all they have to hold onto, are the same mental, and physical limits, that create their anxiety in the first place. 

Much like the secularist, who places little credence in things that are Gods. Or the atheist, whose life goal is to deny the existence of something they don’t believe in , in the first place. Without Christ, no one has a valid, valuable WAY UP. Much less OUT!

Before Him, I sought the world to acknowledge my accomplishments. I had faced many of my insecurities, always with the belief, that in doing so, I became a soldier of Christ. Fear, and the overcoming of fear, was seen as an  opportunity to grow greater in God. I used Him both to lean on, as well as seeing His strength, grow greater in me.

Just as with any other learning, the more I applied what I learned , the more I advanced in my  commitment to Him, my Highest Self. The more I gave Christ the lead in my life, the more He took over control. Then one day, I no longer feared the world. My fear was no more. For I had faced all my fears, in His Name. And when the last fear was dealt with, it was then, that the Bridegroom cometh. He was able to claim me as His. For He can not live, in fear. Nor can He come alive, in anyone who fears more, the things of the world, than LOVES HIM!

It’s because of this experience, that I can say, that believing in Christ, is only the beginning. It is how we become greater than who we believe ourselves to be. And it’s because He can’t LIVE where fear exists in an individual…that with HIM…. panic can never live, where He is.

Fear, and panic, are symptoms of the body’s response to the things of the world. It is the egos way of survival. With Christ, our Soul is aware that its ETERNAL. And because of this understanding, our focus changes to the things that are of God. We become more concerned with TRUTH for we already know we are loved. We seek to more to exemplify the VIRTUES OF CHRIST, for they are everlasting. We no longer see words like INTEGRITY-HONESTY-SINCERITY as just words. We become them. We become GRATEFUL for all that is given us. Be it a crumb of bread, or a Pillar of God.  We begin to see these words made flesh in our own BEING. We become closer to the likeness that is our God. And because of this focus, nothing of the earth can ever again, take hold of our HEART.

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What I have noticed happening in our Country for many years now, with the increase of Government, is the lack of Principles in its people. And although many secularist, atheists, and the like claim not to need God to be ethical, I believe we can see the results of that thinking. What has been taught in colleges and other institutions of learning, is the idea that ethical behavior is SITUATIONAL! From this perspective, can you see how ones ethical behavior, can become confused?

Ethics is taught with examples of “what would you do?” Rather than calling  on “who would you be?” The first requires an outward assessment of a situation, while the latter requires personal responsibility, as well as a choice of character. The difference again, is the first is an attempt to teach ethics the latter is to LIVE ETHICALLY.

Secularism, also allows one to place blame. In fact, if you listen to anyone who wishes to be seen as “right” in any argument, the first thing the will feel, is a sense of losing , the next thing most people will do, is to shift that loss, by finding perceived weaknesses in the other party. Rarely will the hurt inflicted by the possible loss, be turned inward, for a better solution. The reason for this kind of NEED TO BE SEEN AS RIGHT, is called EGO. We see it in a battle of husband and wife, in brothers and sisters, and even more so, today, on the political stage.

It’s the threat of being defeated in our ideology, or our understanding of self (little i) that makes us fight for what we believe, is our existence. And its this threat to our persona, that makes us seek to place blame. We almost revert back to being children, pointing fingers, calling names, and whatever else we did to make us feel better about ourselves. It truly never makes us feel better. What instead it does, is allow us to fight another day. And fight we will, rather than seek a more peaceful levelheaded solution, of a balanced adult.

Politics does it as sport. The only problem with that is, that their fights usually wind up being our regulations. What situational ethics teaches, is that each situation calls upon a different you! And here is where I see the departure between secularism, and religious-spirituality.

With secularism, most often, ones expects change from the offending party. The offense being, a different perspective, or point of view. Secularists find fault with those who disagree, and the worst part about this kind of attitude, is that they never see themselves. They are so focused on whats wrong with the objector, that they never take a mirror to themselves. Secularists, have the luxury to remain “out of the picture”. They need not HAVE TO LOOK AT THEMSELVES. Therefore, their EGOS can remain intact. They can see themselves as the STANDARD BEARERS, ALL MUST FOLLOW. While never having to question, if in their own stubbornness to what they believe, they aren’t doing the very thing they see being done by the offending party.

Religious-Spirituality (my new self coined phrase) is a belief in developing into a being whose character can remain whole, in every situation. Who needs no ego, to defend a position, for this being stands on the principles his character has been built on! When one has INTEGRITY, one needs not to defend it, because you know who you are. One only defends a position, when you believe you don’t have it! That’s the main reason, for the fight for right! 

Spiritually-Religious beings ( people who are devoted (religiously) to their Spiritual nature (or connection to something greater then themselves)  or God!  These folks have a very different perspective. Its inward. It requires from them, personal responsibility for the way they treat themselves and others. They don’t expect change from others, instead, any change made, has to come from themselves, first. If there is a problem, they seek the answer first, within. They know that they are the change, they wish to see in the world. They don’t expect others to do anything more, than they themselves have already done. Meaning,they wouldn’t treat another, any differently than they do themselves. They don’t expect anything from others, yet they long for a better world. They question their own feelings , seeking answers, rather than expecting their partner to make the change needed for a better relationship. They seek partnership, rather than competition. There is no such thing as one-upmanship. They stand on the principle of life, and always seek a life change, rather than the easy way out, of divorcing oneself from a situation. They see every problem as an opportunity to grow deeper in their understanding of the God within. They seek no heavenly reward, instead, they seek the Highest Form of their Heavenly Character.

One asks a change from themselves to make the world a better place. The other seeks to tell others what they have to do, to make the world a better place. The choice is always yours. But only one, allows you to feel what its like to be One with the Character of God.

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When Christ was asked by the Pharisees, if the people should pay the government what it asks? Christ answered them with a question. He asked “Whose picture is on that coin?”. They replied, “Caesars'”. Christ then said, render to Caesar the things that belong to him, and give all that is God, to God.

Money isn’t something of Gods. It was created by man as a tool of trade. Nature doesn’t make money. Nor does Natures God. Therefore, money or finances are not something God renders to mankind. If money were supposed to be a part of the principle of equality, than all the worlds people would have all that they need. Whats also odd is, that our currency has the motto, “In God We Trust, on it?”  God has nothing to do with making money. So there must be another meaning for why, we’re asked to TRUST IN HIM? I have yet to understand that correlation? 

I have a lot of unanswered questions, when it comes to what Government does in His Name? They allow for abortion, which is directly against His BEING.  They speak in half-truths, and at times, with downright lies, while knowing full well, the real truth. They created a system that calls upon people to be POLITICALLY CORRECT, which supports the fear of being offended, while offending MORE, THE TRUTH THAT IS OF GOD? They tell us we are broke, and then seek to spend more of the illusion, we are all wrapped up in. I believe government isn’t the place we should place our TRUST. I believe the motto that asks us to TRUST IN GOD, is never more as meaningful, as NOW.

I have learned that the only Person I can place my TRUST IN, is  my GOD…JESUS CHRIST!

Men, even with the best intentions, are imperfect. Christ is not. Government, although its purpose is to do no harm, can lose sight of who is truly in control. Power can corrupt those who believe without them, people cant do or think for themselves!!

I’ve come to realize, there are two types of gardeners:

The first gardener believes it is his work, that produces the best plantings. He will spend whatever it takes to ensure his plants get all they need to grow, healthly and strong. He will create all kinds of programs to ensure they get what they need. Even to the point of  overburdening others, so that he can feel, he has done all he could to keep them growing.

The second gardener knows, that no matter how much he cares, and tends to his plants, nature itself, is in control. This gardener believes more in Gods Plan, than in his own. He knows, that no matter how much money, time, and care he puts into his plantings, Mother Nature will always be the one in charge.  He is grateful for a good crop, becuase he is aware, that so many other elements, had to come together..for him to have a good crop. He has no time for a bigger government, for he knows, its God who gives him what he needs to survive and thrive.  

I believe more and more people will begin to see who gives us what we need? Who gave us our independent spirit. Along with a resurgence in where we are supposed to PLACE OUR TRUST.

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