State Of The Church

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. 🙂

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 . . . Continue reading “Salvation . . .”

Psychedelics and Religious Experience – Alan Watts — Awaken

I love this guy! . . . always did from the first time I heard him speak those many years ago.

by Alan Watts: The experiences resulting from the use of psychedelic drugs are often described in religious terms. They are therefore of interest to those like myself who, in the tradition of William James, are concerned with the psychology of religion. For more than thirty years I have been studying the causes, the consequences, and the…

via Psychedelics and Religious Experience – Alan Watts — Awaken

The Power

Q: What do you mean when you say we humans are very powerful? I certainly don’t feel that way.

A: First of all, you must realize I am not talking about PHYSICALLY powerful. Actually, when put up against the rest of the mammalian world, we are not at all physically powerful . Actually for our size we are one of the weakest beings in all of creation.

Think of our first ancestors living conditions and you can see quite easily that a lot of the fear we project, even today, is justified. Early man trying to live on prehistoric tundra must have been scared shitless most of the time because everything loved the taste of his blood. How we ever survived at all must be considered a huge overcoming.

Of course, unlike other species on this planet, we are not left to instinct alone. Our brains are also hard wired into the universal mind. Call it what you will, (God, evolution, etc.) but we humans are able to receive and act upon instruction from an outside source. Had that not been true and we had been forced to rely upon instinct alone, we would have gone extinct eons ago. Power comes to us in the form of creative imagination, reason, and the ability to change direction mid stream by choosing an entirely different course of action.

On the downside, because of latent herding instincts and fear of the unknown, we are easily conned. Alongside that, place a total lack of spiritual understanding and we become weakened to the point of giving our minds away to the first usurper who can convince us that he knows best because he is smarter than us . . . or wealthier . . or God’s chosen  . . . or a zillion other scams.

These brain eaters walk among us in large wolf-like packs and are willing to do whatever it takes to get their hands on our brains. They are hungry and when dumbed down enough, we are more than willing to feed our fear ridden souls to them.

Our great shame comes in not understanding WHY we have been created with this power in the first place. We have many answers and reasons for our advanced state of being, but are any of them correct? If it sounds good it has to be true right?

The brain eaters tell you that you are the chosen, the anointed ones, the sons of God, the special, the elite . . . all sorts of things, they tell you everything except WHY you are here to begin with.

And why is that?

In my opinion [as well as deep belief] we were created with a larger and more advanced brain mass only because our Creator needed a caretaker he could talk to, a caretaker who could understand and fulfill his command to love, honor, and cherish this natural creation as if it were His/our own . . . because it is.

I must also say, that although the gifted promise was great . . . our actions upon it have been horrendous, and because of them, we are destroying this natural garden and creating a hell for ourselves. Does anybody ever stop to think that maybe this is our heaven and that story about dying and going anywhere else is bullshit?

What if we just happen to find ourselves right back here again? The way we are going, next time it may just be a nuclear waste dump . . . won’t that be a fun time?

Following are a few verses in the Christian bible where God pretty much includes everything and everybody into His wrath because of their idolatrous nature.

Romans 1:18-32

King James Version (KJV)

  1.  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
  1.  Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
  1.  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Ok, let’s pretend I’m God and I’m trying to tell you guys something, but you’re aggravating me because you’re not listening.

ME: Ok guys look here. This planet I made is for you. Now the reasons why I made it is none of your business, but I want you to know what I expect you to do with it.

YOU: Oh most holy God we could never understand the glory and the greatness and the wonder and . . .

ME: Shut up and listen to me will you?! This is important! I need your full and undivided attention here.

YOU: silence

ME: Creating a physical presence out of spiritual nothingness is tricky business, but I am very proud to say I have accomplished it. This planet is one beautiful place . . . but it is not perfect. That part I left up to you guys.

Now, listen up. The reason I created you guys in the first place is that I need you to be my caretakers . . . your duties will be to TAKE CARE of everything I made and keep it in order.

That means everything that is alive. You also have been given the power to create. That means this whole project can become your heaven or if you go stupid on me . . . your hell.

YOU: Oh thank you great and wonderful and wise and holy . . .

ME: You guys testing me?? . . . Now, the way it works is that everything that is alive is ME . . . just take my word for it . . . that means as you study the environment, the flora, the fauna, and all the creeping things and all the animals . . . you are studying, and getting to know, ME.

This is the only way we can communicate and the only way we will ever communicate. You cannot come to me because I AM already here. I am also YOU.

When you are asked my name by your children and your children’s children just tell them I AM . . .

Ok . . . I love you, I will always be with you . . . now get busy!

YOU: Oh thank you great and wonderful and wise and holy . . .

ME . . . (silence). . . . . . . .

YOU: GOD!! Where are you?? . . . Quick, set up an altar! Pray . . .Pray! . . . Pray!! . . . WHERE IS HE?

We are so afraid! Hurry we must subdue this planet . . . Kill all these animals and sacrifice them . . . Get rid of these damn trees!

OH MY GOD! WE forgot what He said already . . . Quick, write a book! . . . Build a temple! . . . We need an image! . . . We need something or someone to worship! . . . we need . . . We Need . . . WE NEED!!

Off in the distance a cloud formed dark and ominous and full of lightning and thunder. It grew until it encompassed the entire ocean. It moved inland towards the frightened caretakers as they bowed before their altars and prayed for deliverance.

The cloud burst upon them and pummeled them with rain for forty days and forty nights until every vestige of humanity had been erased off the planet. Man had once again drowned in his own ignorance. . . . by his own choice.

God wept, but soon He began again.

 

Living In The Moment

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.