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I can’t get over the loyalty thing. Compare it to someone who has never wasted a second thought about trucks until one fine day he gets run over by one, or about terrorists, until he is being abducted or something…

Something you never devoted attention to, all of a sudden becomes paramount.

 

If you look at it from a spiritually historical point of view, all the evil in the world falls back down onto a loyalty issue, namely Lucifer’s. If he had remained loyal, there would be no sin, and accordingly, most likely, no evil.

But I guess that wasn’t the plan. After all, those lessons on loyalty must be learned eventually…

 

Another issue I never wasted a second thought on for decades, or that I had simply put in a mental drawer of “does not exists” or “there is no such thing,” is that of soul mates.

A year ago or two I met a Christian couple who told me they believed they were each other’s soul mates. “Interesting,” I thought, but as far as I was concerned, there couldn’t really have been such a thing. (In my particular situation, it was always, “Maybe you’re not; maybe you are…”)

Relationships were just bound to be messy, that’s all, I figured, and the “Soul Mates” thing was a nice thought, and I was happy for them, but my personal reality was a different one.

 

Was.

 

Strangely enough, God often uses the darkest nights in our lives only to bring about a sunrise as bright and golden as you had never before thought possible in this earthly life in an, after all, often questionable world, obviously temporarily run by His adversary.

I know now there is such a thing as Soul Mates, because lo and behold, I’ve found mine. Not exactly where I would have been looking for her, but then, life is always full of surprises. Maybe you’ll hear more about this in the future.

 

 

Yet another topic my mind is currently dealing with is the sin of avarice.

 

Imagine you were the Creator and Father of every living soul and would have to watch how over ten thousand of them were starving to death daily because their richer brothers and sisters were simply too stingy to share even a fraction of their overly proportionate wealth with them, making it their philosophy that the world would actually be better off with a significantly smaller population. I bet it would certainly become an issue to you.

Living in a country where big corporations even advertise their relatively low-priced goods with slogans like “Stinginess is cool!” (“Geiz ist geil!”), as usual I’m probably a lone voice (of widely considered insanity) in the wilderness even wasting a thought on such issues, let alone web space, but I simply cannot leave any potential serious seekers of truth dwelling in the illusion that everything is just fine with us and our world.

 

People always blame God for the suffering of the world, when it becomes clear, after taking off our spectacles of self-righteousness, that it’s really largely the evil in our own hearts that’s responsible for it. Maybe some day we’ll find out that even natural disasters are being caused by our own bad vibes that we’re spewing off into the ether. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised.

 

Anyway, these are, as always, just a few thoughts from a mole who’s just breaking through the end of a long dark tunnel into the light, in an attempt to cheer up any of those out there still digging: Folks, there’s light at the other end, and it’s worth it!

 

Keep digging!

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Through a close friend, I’ve recently been allowed a glimpse into world of the Anonymous Recovery Groups, and while it is one of these groups’ principles not to rely on advertisement to flourish, I would like to share some thoughts and lessons I’ve gleaned from my acquaintance with them, and from my many discussions with my friend about them.

As Christians, it has been drilled into us that it is expedient to do whatever we do in the name of Christ, and it is my belief that salvation from our sins and death is found in no other, as the Bible states.
Yet here is a program that seems to be accomplishing a world of good, yet without calling it “Christian” or associating it with Jesus, even accomplishing the salvation of tens of thousands from physical addictions, but also what one might call spiritual problems, even if this may be a slightly different matter than the spiritual Salvation the Bible refers to.

The honesty, openness and depth of conversation within these groups is something I don’t think I’ve ever experienced in a church or even during Home gatherings, meetings or in Bible groups. After all, Christians are usually people who have their act somewhat together, at least more, on a general scale, than those that attend Anonymous groups. Having a common problem that provides a common basis for Anonymous group members to come together presents – from my point of view – an advantage that many churches and Christian movements don’t: the humility, the readiness to open themselves concerning a weakness, thus ready to attack sin head on in a way one will hardly ever find in a church where people often play a masquerade for years, one hardly ever gets to know their brethren on a truly personal level, and all that connects one another is the fact that they just listened to the same sermon, sang a few of the same songs, etc.

The question I’ve had to ask myself as a Christian was, is it possible that God instigates movements on earth that may not be able to be defined clearly as Christian? Apparently, yes. Is it possible that these non-Christian movements can sometimes bring forth more and somewhat even perhaps better fruit than some obvious Christian movement or church? Apparently, yes.
It reminded me of the passage in which Jesus talks about those who prophesied in His name, cast out devils in His name, etc., (and mind you, one has to be a Spirit-filled and born again Christian, in order to cast out devils!), and yet telling them, “I never knew you.” Yet in another passage welcoming those who all they ever did was visit the prisoners, care for the sick, feed the hungry, no matter in whose name.
Apparently Jesus does not mind whether what we do we do in His name as much as whether what we do is the right thing to do.
Obviously, a lot of wrongs have already been committed in His name, as it is. Apparently God is more concerned about genuinely helping people than He is about the advertisement, and whether it was done on His behalf or not.

Imagine you were God and had to watch how people slaughtered each other by the millions for millennia on His behalf… Wouldn’t you be glad if someone eventually came around who gave you a break and just did something good, no matter in whose name, or in no one’s name in particular?

Yes, the name of Jesus is important and powerful, and it is our duty to spread the good news that He indeed saves. But apparently there is something even more important in God’s eyes than what we say and preach, and that is what we do.
God seems to avail Himself of any program that works, and the 12-Steps programs have proven to work in millions of changed lives around the world, and God doesn’t seem to care much whether this has been accomplished under the flag of Christianity.
If a program works, you’ll use it. You install it, run it and enjoy the benefits. Totally regardless of whatever it says on the package, or what brand name it is.

One would have to ask themselves to what extent Christ Himself would consider Himself a Christian, if He were to walk among us today. Maybe in the light of all that’s being said and done in His name, He might even prefer to remain anonymous.

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What if you had a pearl of great price for only someone special? - Where would you hide it?

What if you had a pearl of great price for only someone special? - Where would you hide it?

If you were God – the Master, Creator and Ruler of the universe, and you were looking for a handful of a chosen few from among your creations truly worthy of the privilege to give you a hand at Your ever increasing job, and if you had a treasure to give to them that was so precious, so rare, that really only a few could ever obtain it, where would you hide it?

What would you do in order not to make it too obvious and to avoid having masses of people running after it in pursuit of their own glory and elevation, of even the sheer joy and happiness they knew this prize would bring?

Wouldn’t you hide it in the most despicable place, among the most ill-reputed of all people, just to make sure that only those who really meant business were going to find it?

Would you hide it in a mega-church with millions of members and attendees?

Would you hide it in the Vatican?

Would you hide it among the glamor and glitz of the tele-evangelists, or anywhere among organized religion at all?

Or would you seek out a little group of people with no reputation at all, maligned and slandered, persecuted and despised, but obedient to your word, yes even those parts of your words that none of the other big pretenders dared to put into practice because they said that just couldn’t be done in their day and age?

Perhaps you would even hand it to some who weren’t really looking for it, wouldn’t even know what to think of it, and perhaps wouldn’t always appreciate it as they should, thus sometimes walking and behaving in a manner a little less than worthy of their unrecognized privilege, just to make sure you wouldn’t attract any “fans” who were in it for the loaves and fishes?

What if you knew all about people’s hearts, and that they have a tendency to fall for any juicy lie ever since the beginning, and thus you only made your special, priceless privilege available to those who had an undying love for the truth and nothing but the truth?

A love so great, in fact, that they were willing to give up anything and everything else for it – their ambitions, their possessions, their positions, even their “responsibilities” according to what people would expect of them; and they would be as radical to follow your call in spite of all that and let the dead bury their dead in order to obtain that pearl of great price…

If you knew that everybody would be going by outward appearance, would you hide your treasure among the beautiful, or among the ugly?

If you knew that everybody would follow sweet, enticing sounds, would you hide your treasure there, or in a place where words were said that made people shake their heads and reply, “This is a hard saying, who can bear it?”

If you knew that everybody’s taste was perverted by the usurper and all they craved was the sweet stuff he heaped on them all day long, would you make the taste of your most precious vintage sweet as well?

If you had a rare privilege to give away, and you wanted to make dead sure you were going to find the right few worthy of it, how obvious would you make it where that privilege was going to be found? How easy would you make it?

Which would be your criteria? What sort of clues would you give them? Where would you be hiding? – Among the pompous, the glamorous and glorious? Or among the downtrodden, despised and looked-down upon?

What sort of skills would they have to develop in order to hear your voice? And what would they have to let go of, in order to acquire them?

What would you do if you had to choose a special few from among billions?

Perhaps God might actually not be doing anything dumber than you would.

What if?

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Aint It Funny How Time Slips Away?

Ain't It Funny How Time Slips Away?

Obviously, creationists don’t believe in macro evolution, the process that is supposed to have created every single species from one little cell, and less than that, primordial soup, with nothing as its aid but billions of years.
There is, however, something about micro evolution, the process by which are derived the manifold variations of a species or kind, such as we find in horses, cats or dogs, etc., that give us a clue about the process or development of creation, namely that changes and adaptations in the matrix of creation do take place, such as the change from herbivorous pre-flood animals into carnivorous ones, equipped with the claws and fangs to become hunters, instead of the peaceable vegetarians they once used to be, according to the Bible.

I’m speculating that another, perhaps invisible but nonetheless tangible change took place in creation, presumably during the moment of the Fall of Man, when Adam and Eve changed pretty much everything through their introduction of (the knowledge of good and) evil into the world, as I have expounded on repeatedly.

It’s really only a speculation and a guess, but at least I’m democratic enough about it not to insist on teaching it to your kids every morning in school, and on every single nature documentary they’ll ever watch, unlike the colleagues from the evolution department…

My guess is that something happened to time on that eventful day when the first human couple chose to disobey God.
For one thing, there is no physical means to define a “day” during the first days of creation, since the dry land only appeared on Day Three, the stars (including the sun that our planet supposedly revolves around) on Day Four, and unless we assume that God simply called a “day” one revolution of the empty and dark void that the earth represented in its rough, watery stages around some fictive axis, there isn’t much else to go by.
It’s not really hewn in rock that one day must have consisted of the same 24 hours back then that it does today.

If Prof. Dr. Werner Gitt from Braunschweig, Germany is correct and there are really two different types of time, namely Chronos, our current time frame, and Cairos, the eternal “time” scope of God (the kind where one day is like a thousand years and thousand years like one day), then it might explain how Adam accomplished naming all the animals on Day 6 and still came up with the necessary energy for the first date in history, presuming that his clock or schedule was still tuned to Cairos, and Chronos, which will come to an end at the time of the Second Coming of Christ, by the way, was only installed after the fateful bite from the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil…

If you’re one of the 99.9% of the world’s population who couldn’t care less about these things, never mind; it’s not as if such matters were as vital to your information as algebra, Latin or Nintendo, but it might be interesting to know that not only there once was a time without stress and anxiety, but we’re also going toward a new, in fact, eternal period of Cairos, the time scape of God’s eternal Now.

You may not have time right now to occupy your mind with such trivial matters, but you will then. Plenty.

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