Q What do you mean by your statement that Christianity and other religions have had many years to prove themselves and yet all remains the same?
A: Hmmmmm . . . now you have me thinking, . . . so in a somewhat disjointed and personal account I will tell you of my adventure into Christianity as well as why I chose to exit it.
First of all, we all come to Christ for a reason and many times that reason is different than others reasons.
In my hippie stage I experimented with LSD and because of those experiences I began to see things differently. In a very short time this elite airborne soldier from the projects did a complete reversal and morphed into a spiritual, caring, artistic type person. My come-to-Jesus moment came a couple years later.
I went into Christianity with a vision of unity among all men . . . Jesus was going to save the world . . . the killing would someday stop and peace would prevail . . . same stuff all Christians believe I suppose. . . . I soon realized that these well meaning people were lost in rules and look good, but meaningless doctrine . . . and going in circles. I learned through experience that it’s a hell of a lot easier to expound upon Jesus and worship him than it is to follow his teachings. And this is the crux of the matter and why I left the Christian church.
I never worried about being saved from my sins, or going to hell or heaven, or any of that stuff the church has build themselves on through the years. My concern was then and still is to this day . . . the unity of all men and their taking up the cause that I believe we were all created for in the first place. . . to be caretakers over this planet and all life upon it.
All the feel good, glory and prayers, and piles of bullshit don’t fit when I look around and see what we, the caretakers, have done to this planet in the name of greed. And really, if we can’t even TRY fulfilling that calling what the hell are we good for?
Jesus was a great TEACHER, perhaps the greatest ever. What is the goal of every great teacher concerning his students? Do they want worship? No. Do they want a class of students who have learned and excelled to greatness because of His teaching? Yes. (the works that I do you shall do greater because I go to the father)
I believe Jesus was a real guy who had a real message . . . the rest of the stuff can be argued, but it seems to me we should be more concerned about our duties as caretakers than whether we get to heaven or not. . . . especially when (as I believe) heaven is right here. . . . hell is right here. . . . this our place. There is no escaping it for a paradise in the sky.
We are far more than we have been taught. We have far more spiritual power than we have been taught. We are creators in our own right. Creation has given us our Heaven and we are quickly re-creating it into our Hell.
We have been kept down and in our place by those who have convinced us that we are unworthy and corrupted. Sinners in need will never take up the banner and charge the hill, they are only good for the local bar and the telling of war stories.
I have found this work must be done from within and all the ‘show and no go’ does little but keeps us in the prison house of doubt.
I have dedicated my future life to myself and my reawakening to the mission. (that mission is as different to each man as his fingerprints) I am learning my mission as I go and I am committed to it with all my strength of soul. . . . (that’s what I mean when I say the lone trail) that’s why I say the church is going in circles and all religion has fallen short of the calling. The call to arms is not the call to prayer and devotion . . . it is the call to arms.
Anyway that should answer your question. 🙂
Q: What does it mean to be saved?
A: 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.
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.
Q: What does it mean to be in the moment?
A: 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.
Q: Do you approve of president Trump’s environmental agenda?
A: 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.
Q: What can we do about global warming?
A: 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. . . .