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This blog is dedicated to Q&A . . . questions come from you . . . answers come from me.   If you have a question feel free to ask by using the comments section or e-mail me at rockasan1@gmail.com . . . I’ll try to help or at least give my opinion.

sample:

YOU: What about credentials? Are you just an old hillbilly like the title of this site says?

ME: 1 . . . I have no social science degrees if that’s what you’re asking. I am a 75 year old man who has learned and studied the human condition via the two greatest teachers available to us all . . . experience and observation. My only desire is to share what life has taught me. . . my goal is not to wow you with my knowledge and intelligence, it is to wow YOU with yours. That is certain to happen once you break the matrix and see for yourself what you really are . . . a highly evolved, creative spiritual being. . . . This is no prelude to buying or joining anything. 

2 . . . I moved to this small valley in the Appalachian foothills about ten years ago and consider myself a hillbilly by choice because I believe the ‘down home’ way to be the only way I wish to live. I find great comfort roaming these hills and studying nature. It is here I feel the strongest ‘connection’ to all living things. 

 

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#4 Salvation . . .

You: What does it mean to be saved?

Me: That depends upon your religious affiliation, but as a rule the Christian church teaches that Jesus Christ willingly gave up his life as a sacrifice for your sins, and by your acknowledgement of that sacrifice you have been freed from the curse of sin and death. It teaches that Heaven is reserved for those who die in the faith . . . Hell is reserved for those who don’t.

Christian doctrine accepts a convert as they are and promises them a new life where they will be forgiven of past sins and become a new person as they live under the living word of God and His bible. In time the simplicity of that message created the largest and most powerful religion known to man. People flocked to the Mother church and her teachings by the millions.

When I was a younger man I know I did. I was at the end of my rope. I needed help from somewhere. Jesus was there, free and open armed, for me. I was born again in a local church and as long as I remained in good standing with the church and it’s doctrine I was guaranteed a place at the table when I got to Heaven. Heady stuff for a guy who had absolutely no religious affiliation whatsoever, and it worked great for a couple of years . . . BUT . . .

In time I began to notice that my life had become an ‘us vs them’ affair, something I was not comfortable with for many reasons. I began to question . . . especially when I realized I, as well as almost every church person I knew, had pretty much traded our past sins in for an open, ongoing, and obnoxious version of self righteousness. I was not pleased with myself.

I studied the bible, prayed for this and that, even lived on a Christian commune for a couple years . . . but after all was said and done I was the same guy I’d always been, but now I had to hide behind this magical connection to God. Anyway the questions became too many, the doubts too large, and I became what we church people feared more than anything else . . . a reprobate backsliding his way to Hell!

Back to the question of salvation: What was I being saved for? Why me? What if I couldn’t read the bible? What if I was born a Muslim? A Jew? An Indian? Chinese? What about the rest of creation? The questions came on like an endless series of waves in a heavy storm and I felt myself sinking under them . . . so I did what I do best. I hopped a plane and headed off into the sunset and a new adventure in Seattle.

Today I am not down on any church, but in general I believe we have gotten it all wrong when it comes to Christianity. I believe we have been duped by a ministry clearly bent on self aggrandizement. Guys who have created magical doctrines in order to rule over their flock of believers instead of taking the time and patience to teach them to practice what the simple teachings of Christ actually meant. We Americans are an overly spoiled, ‘all show and no go’ people. Even our version of Christianity, (especially the TV ministry bullshit), proves it to us.

Bottom line . . . It is easier to WORSHIP Jesus than it is to LEARN from him . . . and the ministers are using our spiritual laziness against us by promoting their version of American exceptionalism in order to control our minds, and give themselves a great life in their shiny new church. These Pharisees and false prophets are alive and well and living among us.

So here’s my answer to your question on salvation:  Jesus didn’t appear on the scene to SAVE you. He came to TEACH you how to SAVE yourself. . . and if you choose to follow and practice his teachings, he will be your teacher and you his student. And what can be more satisfying to a teacher than to have a student who learns his lesson?

Jesus was a special being, no one can argue that. I believe he existed and was a thorn in the sides of the priests of that day, just as you will become if you follow his lead. I don’t believe he was a special creation though. I believe he was an old soul who obtained awareness at a very early age and dedicated his life to the cause of teaching humanity a better way.

I believe there have been many teachers who have come and gone throughout the ages who were born for the very same reason, and I believe they all have based their teachings on one four cornered foundation.

house of god
You are being saved for no other reason than to build THIS house . . . you may never know it, you may never be awarded anything other than the satisfaction of knowing you helped build it . . . but that will be enough.

 

#3 Living In The Moment

You:  What does it mean to be in the moment?

Me:  Well, to me living my life in the moment is the only time I am actually alive, any other time past or present is either over and gone or sitting somewhere in the future waiting to arrive.

The past, it lies behind you

The future lies ahead

Live in the moment or

live amongst the dead.

The past it lies behind you:

Living in the past in the physical sense is like this:   When I was a young man I was strong and agile. I was superman. I could almost fly. When I became an old man I quickly realized I was no longer that person and would have been a fool to try to be. . .  Today I must live with the reality that I have weakened to a great extent. I still work out, but now it’s to keep my bones and ligaments agile. Although I still think I can fly, I know better than to try. . . . Same thing for a woman trying to carry the beauty of her youth into old age, it don’t work. There is a special beauty that is reserved for the aged she will never know as long as she lives in the past. That’s living in the moment in the physical.

Living in the past in the spiritual sense is like this:  I did some really bad stuff when I was younger that could have tied me up in guilt forever. My spiritual growth has also been stunted by lust, greed, and selfishness. I have hurt people and been hurt in return. I have struck out when a simple turn away would have been better.

Had I held onto past grievances and brooded over them for long periods of time they would have very soon become my best friends and I would still, at 75, be holding onto them. Though they were long past, and completely out of my control I would still honor them in my remembrance. Thankfully I have learned not to hold onto my past mistakes and erroneous ways and to recognize them for what they were. Growth lessons.

The future lies ahead:

It is imperative that each of us realizes that we personally have a whole lot to say say about what our future will hold for us. We are not just poor souls grasping onto dead logs as they float down the river of life, we are powerful souls piloting our own ships, and we have total control when it comes to buffeting the waves and circumventing the whirlpools. We quite literally create our futures by the things we do and say in the present.

Live in the moment or live among the dead:

That’s pretty much the way it is . . . the present is the only place we have control. Therefore, although it is a struggle to do so, it must be done.

The Great Debate (religion)

Following is a rebuttal to a Q&A about Christianity:

YouIs evolution continually progressing forward as the unbeliever thinks . . . or is the entire universe actually devolving from order to chaos as the way things seem to be going?

Me: First of all we need to define evolution . . . Darwin’s physical evolution based upon survival of the species or spiritual evolution based upon individual spiritual growth of the human species. I choose the latter because the former speaks for itself, to a layman at least, and all moral, or religious codes fall back upon the spiritual acumen of the individual(s) involved.

So using spiritual evolution and putting it up against today’s reality I’d say, at least on this planet, we are not doing so well, Why? . . . well I think it’s because we, the human species, are creators in our own right, we create our tomorrows by the thoughts and actions we have taken today.  It’s not so difficult to see where greed, self aggrandizement, and self righteousness has gotten us. We are smack dab in the middle of a mess we have created . . . blaming anything other than that is a cop out.

If you are giving the Christian a free pass, I wouldn’t.  The Christian’s moral code is  just like the Constitution . . . it only works when one activates it. It sounds good, maybe even smells good, but it tastes bad. Today, Christians like to think that the world is going rotten in SPITE of their effort, but truth be known a lot of the stench is there BECAUSE of it.

You:  Since our society has moved away from the Christian Church and their moral ideals, we are seemingly going to Hell in a hand basket, right? Isn’t our very culture moving from order to chaos by ignoring the tenets of Christianity?

Me: From order to chaos? It certainly is chaotic, but when was there ever order in this society? When was it ever dominated by Christian morality and ideals? . . . Personally I don’t see much chaos taking place that we collectively (including the christian) haven’t caused on our own.

We have, in all our ignorance, since the very first white European set foot on this continent, created genocide on a scale beyond measure, polluted the oceans, ruined the land, food, water, and air, all for the fact that we are quite literally bat shit nuts in our greed for power and things. . . AND worse yet . . . have done it all in the name of Jesus. For sure, the old order is collapsing, but as we lament it’s death we sometimes forget that great things, from seed to civilization, are birthed out of chaos.

This is not a time to lament . . . this is a time to rejoice. These dark ages will soon pass as the age of enlightenment takes hold. The earth will heal, life will go on, and mankind, although still facing challenges of one kind or another will have stepped back from the brink of extinction.  This scenario has been prophesied many times by prophets throughout the ages. We are not facing doom, we are birthing the new age!

You: How do we stop this train to destruction the unbelieving are taking us on?

Me: Get out of the way if you can’t lend a hand for the times they are a-changinnnn . . . Dylan was ahead of his time. . . you’re behind time.

You: We must fight against the inroads of the unbeliever. The bible is the ultimate source of all knowledge and we must protect it against them.

Me: I don’t think you realize that there are very few of us reprobates who actually disbelieve the foundational principles of the gospel, as most viable religions are based upon those same principles. Many of which were being taught way before the time of Jesus of Nazareth.

What we reject, or at least what I reject is what so called Christianity has done with those teachings. You say Jesus was God in the flesh . . . I say that is true, but I also say that we are ALL potentially God in the flesh. Even Jesus himself said so . . . else why would he say that we will do greater things than he did. . . ( John 14:12)  “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these (can we outdo God?)he will do; because I go to the Father.

It doesn’t take much of a reach to realize that Jesus was almost always talking about us taking on his ‘nature’ (the Christ nature; the anointed one) rather than worshiping him. He never asked for our worship. (Yet that’s pretty much all the true believer gives him.)

He promised us that if we heard his words and took them to heart and activated them in our lives we would be just like him . . . man and God, one and the same. We who you like to call unbelievers may just be better believers that those who live a self righteousness life filled with more moral judgements and accusations than the Pharisee of old.

You see that’s all gonna change once we realize we, christian or not, have no exclusive rights to any of this. We are all struggling, we are all breathing and hoping and longing for the same love, mercy and grace. We are all brothers of the same cloth.

That’s where you guys who hold exclusive rights to heaven missed the boat, that’s where Christianity takes a turn, that’s where the great separation took place . . . and that’s why the church is in such sad shape today. So sad that it is willing to stand behind those who are dedicated to and dead set upon destroying the environment even more . . . . I’m afraid the conservative Christian right is fast becoming a real problem to all of us, far more than the unbeliever.

You: Would you like to hear from famous theologians and writers in the faith?

Me: No. I get lost in experts and theologians and their opinions, as lost as I get when trying to discern between a zillion churches who all believe themselves to be the one and true oracle of God. I’m only interested in what my opponent has to say . . . if he/she calls in backup I know he is on shaky ground . . . we’re all friends here and everybody involved has as much right to their beliefs as I do so . . . . name dropping does no good as I know none of those guys personally and their having a pocket full of theology degrees doesn’t impress me one bit.

What impresses me most is a free and clear mind that can stand on its own . . . whether in agreement or not is secondary to that.

PS: My opponent chose to remain anonymous so I have scrambled his original writing and just answered a few of my own interpretations. The debate is not over though, you can add to it in any way you wish either pro or con.

There will be more mini debates or Q&A articles like this one so if interested in this kind of dialog stay tuned as they will always be left open to further discussion. That’s it for now though . . . JJ

#2 . . . Trumps Environment Agenda

You: Do you approve of president Trump’s environmental agenda?

Me: In a word  . . . no. I believe Trump is ignorant and misinformed when it comes to the question of global warming. When it comes to the question of pollution he is dodging and looking the other way because he is ignorant of the realities on the ground.

Perhaps his ignorance is so prevalent because he lives in New York City in a golden tower and the only nature he ever sees are his well groomed golf course grounds. Regardless, he is one of the cancerous breed who sees the lands of this planet as an adversary to be exploited and compromised pretty much the same way they deal with smaller mineral rich countries.

Personally, I have a problem believing he is so stupid NOT to see that the environment is taking a very heavy beating right now. One that will only get worse with his meddling. I don’t think he really cares though as long as he gets what he wants.

I know his stated interest lays in the jobs market and he does seem to be doing all he can to further the goal of getting this country working again, but he is wealthy and all his friends are wealthy and those kind of people see the world from a different perspective than us normal folks do. I believe he cares little for ‘we the people’ and is mainly pushing jobs in order to create a broader profit margin for him and his buddies. They need people who are willing to man their machines, that’s about the extent of his caring.

I don’t believe much has been done in real time to save the environment since 1970 and the advent of Nixon’s EPA and the clean air/water/land acts. Say what you will about old ‘tricky Dick’ but he helped create the sweeping environmental laws that put the industrial giants on notice and caused them to slow their mad dash to destruction.

I believe it was the Reagan administration who began taking the teeth out of the environmental movement and now with Trump in office, his desire seems to be, in general, to kill the whole thing . . . and he is currently doing a good job of it.

Trump is so egocentric that he can not see beyond the mirror on his gold flecked wall. I predict he will go down in history as the man who killed the environment movement in America. (if we allow that to happen)  We the people need to wake up and get the train back on it’s tracks.

#1 . . . Global Warming

Question: What can we do about global warming?

Answer: I believe that because of differing opinions coming from the scientific community as well as from the corporate state we will never get a clear answer to that question and even if we did we’d have no luck in changing anything of substance. Halfway measures and shouting would surely not do it and I see little else taking place.

Were we to get serious about any of this global warming it would take a vast amount of sacrifice to make the change and probably a  great amount of backing up on our usage of natural resources. We are a forward moving people. We will never voluntarily give up anything we enjoy in large enough numbers to do anything like that. So I’d say let’s put the unproven argument on the shelf and make a full frontal attack on pollution.

Pollution is right there in our face and has been since at least Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. It’s in our water supply. It’s in our food supply. It’s in our air supply. It’s so obvious that only an abject fool can use the ‘man made vs natural occurrence’ argument because everywhere we look we are being overrun by pollution. And if we don’t get our s–t together and deal with it like it was an enemy of the State, we are going to be overrun and destroyed by it.

Changing the words ‘global warming’ to ‘pollution’ does not change the actions we need to be taking in order to counter it at all, it merely disallows people like the paid off scientists, and shills for big oil to convince fools like president Trump and his administration, who are so ignorant of the facts they are even now downgrading hard fought for safeguards like the clean air and clean water acts. Of course all of this is being done in the name of jobs.

My question is: What good is a job to me in a nation that has eaten itself up in order to provide it? What am I going to do with my earnings if my water, my air, and my land is poisoned to death by the toxic after effects of the job?

Like the old Abenaki Indian said . . . Canada, [as well as the US] the most affluent of countries, operates on a depletion economy which leaves destruction in its wake. Your people are driven by a terrible sense of deficiency. When the last tree is cut, the last fish is caught, and the last river is polluted; when to breathe the air is sickening, you will realize, too late, that wealth is not in bank accounts and that you can’t eat money. . . .