Imagine there’s no heaven . . . (first verse)

Since time began God has been around in one form or another watching us. Depending on when, where, and what age we were born in, we would have received from our elders an entirely different picture of God.

What is God anyway?  Who is this multi-faceted Father of the universe that, while declaring unending love for  us, also demands our total worship or else? “It ‘s heaven or hell Bubba, you better get your shit together or hell and damnation await you!” . . . Yikes!

Now I know this stuff helps when a person is a child, but after one reaches maturity little Johnnie should be seeing things a bit clearer than that. It’s time for him to drop the blinders and realize HE is the guy responsible for his actions. It’s time for him to either fly . . . or crash to the ground.

There are no magical formulas, no special alliances . . . only hard work. Man, both singly and corporately, creates his own heaven and burns in his own hell by the way he thinks and the actions he takes in daily life.

What happens beyond the grave, nobody knows, but personally I doubt very much Dante’s hell exists for any of us. I also highly doubt we will be walking on streets of gold and having lunch with Jesus . . .

John realized that when he wrote:

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today . . .

In our time, religious warfare has ravaged the planet. People of differing philosophies are killing one another to prove the point that they are the ‘chosen’ of the God of love and peace . . . What’s up with that?

It’s time we drop the nonsense and begin to realize the oneness we share with the rest of creation . . . flora, fauna, and especially our fellow human beings. It’s time to live in the present, time to fall in love with the entity that created this beautiful universe, not fear HIm.

We are ALL chosen . . . We ALL share the gift of life . . . We ALL breathe the same air . . . We ALL are a part of the One.

Imagine a world where everybody believed that. John did.

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

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