I have been reading many posts the last few days about anxiety, depression, lack of self-esteem etc. It should be noted that there is always a significant up-tick in these feelings during dark of winter, and especially near Christmas-time. There are two categories of anxiety; one type is generated by real circumstances such as concerns about where your next rent payment will come from. That is conscious anxiety and normal. The next type, which is universal, is subconscious anxiety which has a much different generator. It is instilled in us at an early age before we are rational. We are made to believe that we are bad by well-meaning parents, teachers, preachers and others. Those ideas and feelings are stored in our subconsciousness. We don’t remember the specific incidents which caused the ideas and feelings, but we have a general feeling of uneasiness and don’t know why. The more we have been poorly indoctrinated in our formative years, the greater feelings of guilt and anxiety we exhibit. Greater degrees and extremes of anxiety may, and frequently do, lead to depression, even to the point of taking ones own life. Depression is caused by our failed exhaustive attempts to ward off punishment generated by the guilt instilled in us. We see defensive reactions exhibited in many ways but two stand out. One is the overbearing hot head know-it-all who has to be right all the time; would argue a point “till hell freezes over”, and all the time likely being wrong. The other in the cowed, meek, person who exhibits no feelings of self esteem. Typically, that person is shy, backward, hates to meet new people, doesn’t like crowds, would panic if asked to speak to a public audience, and typically will cling to one or two people in their lives. Usually they live in constant fear but have no idea why. In my powerful little book, Wilderness Cry, I show how Ideologies and Religion are the two main culprits in causing those problems. Both of those entities impose on us ideas and demands totally contrary to our God-given nature. As infants, toddlers and small children, we are not capable of a rational analysis of these contrarian ideas; we simply are left with the built-in ideas that we are bad which generates guilt; guilt generates need for punishment; punishment generates anxiety which generates feelings of worthlessness and depression. I show in my book that religions and ideologies in general have ignored Jesus’ command for us to love one another as ourselves. If that were the norm in our society, our children would be inculcated in a framework of love and acceptance. The result would be dramatic. Universal peace would prevail, anxiety would be reduced to a minimum, and people would be God-loving and people-loving. It will likely never happen because of Power, Money and Control. Dictators and Church Hierarchy will never relinquish their Power. For an understanding of how to rid yourself of these anxious feelings and for a complete elucidation of many, many more concepts, you must read my book, Wilderness Cry- a Scientific and Philosophical Approach to Understanding God and the Universe. Amazon and all on-line book retailers.
As suspected, yesterdays post about the history of baptism, created quite a stir about the origin of baptism and its meaning. There are certain groups of Christians who cannot allow themselves that luxury of historical perspective. However, the pagan origin of Baptism is undeniable. The ‘rub’ came when the Catholic Church declared Baptism a Sacrament, and an essential for admission into heaven. That instantly created another loophole which had to be closed—that being state of limbo for the un-baptized.
I will expose my ignorance here and declare that I do not know exactly how the Fundamentalists Christians came to recognize Baptism as a requirement for salvation. They don’t recognize Sacraments—some accept a few–Episcopalians accept them all—just don’t recognize the Pope. Suffice it to say, the pagan ritual of baptism was adopted by the Jews and was eventually converted to a rite of ‘penitential cleansing’ by making John’s baptism as salvational.
So it is evident, the responsibility for Christian baptism lay clearly at the feet of Jesus. However Jesus said, ‘John gave you baptism with water, but I will Baptize you with the Holy Spirit’. Obviously a paradox exist here. Why did God’s voice speak from the heavens and say , ‘This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased . Listen to him’. Who was there to listen and hear? Jesus had not yet chosen his apostles. So who heard that it might be recorded later? I suspect no one. I believe it was absolutely a ‘trumped up’ idea inserted into Bible centuries later to satisfy the figment of someone’s imagination. If the Jews had heard it, they would have been compelled to, obey—direct orders from God?—who would dare ignore?
No, rather I think Jesus spoke truly about the Holy Spirit. He tried desperately for three years to educate his ‘thick- headed apostles and others—we have absolutely no way of knowing whether or not he was successful—so corrupted is the Bible. Jesus saw plainly that the Spirit of God (the life giving principle of all, God’s love of all, God’s acceptance of all, God’s Holy Will) resided on all. God did not reside ‘over there’ and his creation reside ‘over here’—they were one an the same. Jesus told his apostles, ‘The Kingdoms Of God is spread out all over the earth around you and you don’t see it’.
If we are ever to have peace on this earth, each of us must come out of our ‘badger like’ cocoons, humbly accept that the Spirit of God is in us all, and indeed in all of creation. Not one of us is worthy of God’s Kingdom—it is by his singular acceptance that he has made us, and every grain of sand in the universe worthy. With that understanding, we could finally have peace—not until.
My little book, Peace in Spirituality spells it out precisely. You must first read and understand Wilderness Cry before you can understand Peace in Spirituality.
BAPTISM: today I want to address the custom of Baptism and discuss its history. I would venture to guess that most Christians think of Baptism as a Christian rite originating with John the Baptist and Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan. Nothing, however, could be farther from the truth. A simple perusal of historical data will show that ancient Egyptians, Mesopotamians, and cultures of all sorts including Hindus and American Indians had some sort of ritual Baptism.
In the case of Christians, the practice undoubtedly came through the Jews from the Egyptians. The Egyptians believed that baptism in the waters of the Nile river afforded them an immersion into god in the next life. You will recall that the Jews were enslaved by the Egyptians for years. It is very likely that during that period, the Jews adopted some of their captors ways—baptism was one of them.
So when the New Testament says matter of factly that John was baptizing in the Jordan, it was understood by the writer that his readers would know what he was referring to—it was a common practice.
When Jesus came along and was baptized by John, the developing Christian church established the process as a sacrament. Moreover, the church declared it an absolute requirement for admission into heaven—un-baptized people could not enter heaven; they went to a place called limbo—a place of natural happiness but not supernatural, perfect happiness. When I was catechized in Roman Catholicism, baptism was to be done expeditiously—doctors, nurses and all people were instructed in the simple process of pouring on the water and saying the baptismal words in case of emergency or risk of death. In any event, baptism as a formal ceremony, done by a priest seldom went 7-10 days post-partum.
As I attend Sunday Mass, baptism are frequent, and many are done during the Mass ceremony itself—others done after Mass. It seems obvious that most of these babies are several weeks(months) old. I wonder why the change in sense of urgency. The ceremony used to be done in private—now with great hoopla. Anyone have any ideas? Has limbo been swept under the carpet? I haven’t heard the word mentioned from the pulpit in sixty years.
The truth of the matter is this; baptism has absolutely nothing to do with our salvation—that has been guaranteed by the death of Jesus. My two books, Wilderness Cry and Peace in Spirituality elucidate all. By defining the essence of God, I am able to address every human condition relating to God and salvation. Press Release and video trailers for these books included.
Religion and Politics: It is a universal statement, ‘our constitution demands separation of church and state’. I doubt seriously if many people know what that means. I suspect that the framers of the constitution designed it so that no religion could take over our government and thereby become a Theocracy.
However, it is an unrealistic ideal to suggest or expect that religion would not play a major part in government—the simple reason being that all people are inculcated with some religious or non-religious beliefs. Obviously then those beliefs will influence law-makings, law-breaking and voting.
It has been said so many times that ‘this is a Christian nation’—I believe that Barack Obama said ‘it is not a Christian nation’. The truth of the matter is that Mr. O is correct. You may shriek in horror but that is factual. The reason is simply this—no two people know the same Jesus; so no two people know the same Christ (light of the world). Literally everyone professes from a different book, with a different set of rules and/or rituals and, therefore there is no common ground to claim. In summary we are a nation, and indeed a world, of individuals with literally no common ground at all. That all comes about because no two people know the same God—each speaks of God but his/her God is different from yours. Why? Because no one before me has defined the ‘essence’ of God. Absent an ‘essential definition’ of God, no two people can possibly know the same God. And certainly, if no two know the same God, it would be impossible for any two to know the same Christ or Holy Spirit.
Unwittingly then lawmakers and voters alike apply the pencil to the legal pad as well as the ballot based on their prejudicial views of God. Would it not be nice if we could have absolute unanimity of thought and understanding about God, Jesus the Christ (Light of the World) and the Holy Spirit (will of God)? Now, at last, we can and must. Finally someone has defined with irrefutable certainty ‘essence of God’, so that now everyone can know the exact same identical being.
In my book, Wilderness Cry, I do, in fact define the ‘essence of God’ with six simple words—God Is A Perfect Rational Being. Each of those words has very specific meaning and implications. Together they paint a picture which even the blind can clearly see. That definition leaves nothing to the imagination. Similarly, it abolishes forever all of the mythology, superstition and deceit associated with religions of all kinds. It shows that physical miracles are an impossibility; likewise it proves that any concepts of purgatory or hell are irrational. It shows that the Perfect Love of God pervades all—nothing can be rejected. Only by the prejudiced minds of men are we rejected. It shows how unloving (unjust) our legal system has been from the beginning.
In my Just released book, Peace in Spirituality, I take the concept of Gods Perfection to the ultimate and demonstrate clearly the only possible pathway to peace. Both books are must reads for your clear understanding of God and your relationship with him. Only then can each of you experience true inner tranquility (peace) which you may then impart to others. Until we experience this understanding, we are just ‘clanging cymbals’ creating a cacophony of unintelligible noise and universal disturbance (hostility)—and the drumbeats of war go on.
I am including a Press Release of Wilderness Cry as well as video trailers produced by covenant Books for both books. Please note the Press release describes WC as ‘a shining beacon of wisdom’—Amazon describes it as ‘A REAL EYE-OPENER’.
Re-blogged from Jan. 2018
CAVITY-This word conjures up thoughts of all sorts; tooth decay, sink-holes in the ground, rotted out holes in trees, even Black Holes in our universe. The cavity I wish to address today is that of human disharmony. Everywhere one looks or listens, he/she is greeted with a cacophony of discord. We constantly are bickering, quarreling, and yes, sadly, fighting over some issue or another. When distilled down to its finite base, the issue generally has to do with conflicting ideas of morality. Most often, those ideas are promoted as a pseudo-front for purposes of gaining votes in the political arena. Of course, that brings us back to the basics of the seemingly accepted human norm of POWER, CONTROL, MONEY. Now, I am certainly not naive enough to think or believe that such a human condition will ever likely change. My purpose is to point out what seemingly should be…
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PERFECT (7)–Continuing our discussion about God’s Perfection, I want to address a concept that is at the very root of the misconception and confusion exhibited by the Abrahamic religions, and that concept is justice. You will recall that early on in their history, the Israelites developed a philosophy of justice–an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. Consequently, as they recognized a singular God, they fashioned that god after their own image and demeanor—their God was human-like in appearance; he was capable of loving you, but more importantly, he was vengeful and demanded retribution for any breach of his laws (justice). In their eyes, that retribution must be in the form of sacrifice, which must be of nature and quantity equal to the breech (crime)—an eye for an eye, etc. Then and only then could their God be appeased. However, not every ‘Tom, Dick, and Harry could offer that sacrifice. Moreover, that sacrificial offering must not only be of sufficient quantity; it must be of perfect quality—enter the High Priest.
Since the offering must be of sufficient quantity and of perfect quality, only the High Pries was considered capable of not only offering the sacrifice but providing the perfect specimens—enter the money changers. The poor peasants were obligated to pay the High Priest an extortionist’s price for his perfect offering made in their behest—the High Priest got richer; the peasants got poorer. Does anyone besides me see a corollary to what goes down in some religious circles today?
Now lets examine the real God–-the God of Perfect Love. Perfect love you will recall is ‘acceptance without conditions’. With that understanding, there is ‘no room’ for justice in God’s world. Like probably most of you, I am accustomed to hearing ad nauseum about our ‘eternal just God’. Consider this, if God were Perfect Justice, no human to ever live could possibly be saved. But no, God is not ‘just’ at all; he is all love—enter Jesus.
I am convinced that Jesus was the most brilliant human to ever live. In spite of being illiterate, He recognized many important clues about God. He saw that everything in this universe was evil by virtue of its selfishness. Without any scientific knowledge at all, to say nothing of ‘particle physics’, Jesus reasoned that the spirit of God was in everything. Yet everything was made perfect, and maintained perfect by a Perfect God.
God made an entire universe(s) of evil—it had to be that way in order to function. Much more importantly, it had to be that way for a much, much greater cause—God must show (be) Perfect Love. Jesus recognized that his spirit (soul) and the spirit of everything in existence were mirroring their creator. Knowing that God’s perfect love must be displayed through acceptance of an entire universe of evil which God, himself created placed Jesus in a very ‘uncomfortable’ position—he, himself must be the sacrificial lamb—what a terrifying thought.
Jesus knew that the ‘good news-gospel’ must be spread all over the world. Time was short—death by crucifixion was reserved for all acts of treason and his such death was certain; he was teaching hearsay which was considered treason—but, he had no choice. He did the best he could—he surrounded himself with twelve illiterates and attempted to inculcate them with his ‘new’ philosophy about God—maybe in eternity we’ll learn if he succeeded—we certainly cannot tell from the corrupted and misinterpreted literature we have now. Nonetheless, he kept on the fringes of society trying not to awaken the ire of the authorities. After three years or so, and seeing the authorities closing in, he made a bee-line for the temple, overturned the money changers tables and called them hypocrites, as indeed they were. The rest is history.
By that ‘singular act’, God’s justice was rendered unto himself— he became, as he always had been, Perfect Love. That one act of humility by Jesus exonerated us and all creation from any possibility of ‘retribution’ by an all Perfect, all Loving God. Paul’s letters are repleat with that teaching.
Do you think, as I do, that our ‘legal system’ needs attention?
Again, if you would like complete elucidation of these and literally all considerations of our relationship with God, Please read my two books, Wilderness Cry, and Peace in Spirituality.
Since my original post, I have included additional info from publisher
Holy Spirit—If someone asked you who or what the Holy Spirit is, what would you tell them? Would you be able to give them an absolute essential definition of the HS? Likely not and the reason is readily clear. Before anyone can describe the essence of the HS, he/she must first be able do define the essence of God. Since no one ever before me has defined the essence of God in irrefutable terms, it would be impossible for any person to do so. Most likely, there would be a regurgitation of all the attributes of the HS learned in catechism classes or in bible studies, but no essential definition would be forth coming. So there could not and would not be a clear verbal picture of the essence of HS. One could no more define the essence of the HS than could they define the essence of God unless…
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PERFECT-(6) in this installment we will discuss God’s Perfect Love which may be defined as acceptance without conditions. If God’s love required conditions, it would not be perfect—it would be un-filled; an impossibility in the realm of perfection. The entire universe(s) is/are a mirror image of their Generator—that Supreme Being we call Allah, Yahweh. Buddha, God, Zeus, Brahma, etc. So God , himself is intrinsically selfish for a very specific reason—he wants, desires, chooses, loves everything for himself. In order to demonstrate and be perfect love, he chose one of his mirror image representatives to execute the deed—enter Jesus the Christ.
I submit to you that Jesus was the most brilliant human or entity of any kind to ever exist in the physical presence. Even though he was raised in Nazareth, a town of one hundred or less people with one single dirt street (path) and no school, and he was basically illiterate from an education standpoint, he was an intellectual genius of the highest order. He readily saw through the sanctimonious, hypocritical, belittling image of God that was being portrayed to the world by the Jews—they could actually bargain with God.
Although he had not the foggiest notion of particle physics (quantum mechanics), he was able to see the presence of God in everything. In the Coptic Gospel of the apostle Thomas, Jesus is quoted as stating directly that, ‘the Kingdom of God is spread out all over the earth and you don’t see it’, paraphrased. With his cousin, John The Baptist, he determined that the Good News (gospel) of God’s perfect love for us must be spread to the entire world—hence the moniker Christ—the Light of the world.
They both knew that they would be killed because of their heretical teaching, but because they recognized that they were mirror images of God, they must persist—Jesus must instruct others to spread the word. It is impossible to determine if he was truly successful because the written word we have has been so terribly corrupted by people with the same attitude as the Jews who killed him. The bible has been written and copied so many times by so many people with an axe to grind that the real truth is impossible to discern—hence the dozens of different versions of his words. I ask you simply. “are different versions of the absolute truth possible?” I think not, but those, who for monetary gain, fame and power, would have you believe so.
Knowing that he would be killed (crucified) as a traitor, Jesus worked the obscure, outskirts of society while instructing both his apostles and others in his heretical teachings and understandings of God. Jesus readily understood that in order for God to demonstrate and be perfect love, a price of retribution must be paid by God, himself—what better target of acceptance in atonement than an entire universe(s) of evil which he, himself created? Jesus knew that he was that sacrificial lamb because he was the only human to recognize it—it befell his fate to pay the price. After three years or so of attempted indoctrination of the public, and seeing that the authorities were closing in on him, he chose to confront them directly—he turned over the High Priests’ money tables all the while calling them hypocrites. Then he made one desperate effort at infusing the truth into the thick-headed, illiterate apostles heads. At his last supper, he told them emphatically that he(God) was in everything and that everything was in God(him). He used the simple bread and wine he had at hand for his proclamation—apples, bananas and pork belly would have served the purpose just as well. So they hung him on a tree until he died—the price was paid—Jesus demonstrated God’s perfect love to the entire world. The Christ, the light of the world was/is shining brightly!
For complete elucidation of these and many, many more concepts, please read my two books, Wilderness Cry-A Scientific and Philosophical Approach to Understanding God And The Universe, And Peace in Spirituality. Wilderness Cry gives complete and explicit analysis of God’s identity and activities. It also shows how God has been blindsided by religion. It demonstrates clearly that our only justifiable prayer is thanksgiving. Peace in Spirituality demonstrates clearly all the causes of discord in the world. More importantly, it outlines in clear, unmistakable terms the only way to permanent peace. Both books published by Covenant Books and available world-wide, hard copy and e-books. A press release and short video trailer for Wilderness Cry are attached—please review. All comments welcomed.