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Humans definitely tend to being narrow-minded, stuck-on-themselves creatures. We always have to discriminate someone. Whether it’s folks of a different race, belief system, opinion, outward appearance or from another country than ours, another soccer team, age-group, or whatever, we tend to reject and antagonize them.

Whoever or whatever’s not like us isn’t cool.

One species or party we specially discriminate against is the invisibles.

It’s probably the one thing we hold most against God: “It’s His own fault if we don’t believe in Him. Why can’t He make Himself visible, like everybody else?”

That’s not what we actually say or think consciously with those words, but that’s the way we act.

“Why should I give any marbles to God when I can’t even see Him?” “Why should I be interested in His strange, invisible Kingdom, when all that interests me right now is what I can see, touch and feel and caters to my physical cravings?” “Why the heck should I be interested in anything that doesn’t live up to those qualities?”

Especially members of the younger generation, who have had impulses from the media cater to them basically non-stop since the moment they were born, find the invisible realm to be extremely “boring,” to say the least. Well, y’all know what I think about boredom…

What I mean is, it’s pretty tough trying to get folks interested in the Spirit World these days. At least the good side of it. But is it really God’s fault that we seem to be more interested in His opponent and find whatever he has to offer a lot more intriguing? Is God really that boring? Or is something wrong with our appetite?

Probably a lot stems from wrong concepts, too. Our classical concept of God includes the notion, for instance, that He doesn’t like or approve of some of the most fun and delightful things in life. We consider that we have to be “bad” if we really want to have some fun.

There’s a lot of jokes going around about “no place to meet old friends like hell,” and that that’s supposed to be the place where most of the fun is happening.

Well, not in my opinion, nor my idea of Heaven, which, as far from the norm as it may be, is only a fraction of a shadow of what it really is and is going on there… Whereas some of the reports I hear about hell tend to be rather disappointing, to say the least.

So, what’s the score with God’s invisibility trip, and why can’t He just make it easy on us and show Himself? Like Phillip, one of the disciples said, “Just show us the Father, Lord, and it’s enough!” In other words, “Show me God, dude, and then I’ll believe for real! All doubts finally eliminated.”

Sure enough! But that would be a wee bit too easy! We’d all be so intimidated, surely you couldn’t speak about “free will” anymore. We’d all know that “Woe is us” if we didn’t behave & follow E.T.’s advice to “be good!”

So, God made some rules to this game called life, and in order to be a winner in this game, you just can’t be as dumb as to only believe in what you see.

The way to score is by means of a magical, mysterious ingredient called faith. It’s by faith that we can skip that bummer called death, for instance. Faith is also what makes God like us. So much, in fact, that He’ll adopt us when we’ve got it and calls us His own children. Whereas without it, it is impossible to please Him (Hebrews 11:6).

Faith is like a secret super weapon in this game of life, comparable to some of those computer games where you can pick up certain super powers in hidden corners that will enable you to kill like 10.000 monsters at a time, instead of just one or instead of you being eaten by them…

It is described as “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Actually, the word “substance” here comes from the original Greek word “hupostasis” which means title deed. You own the thing you hope for, if you have the faith for it! And Luther translated the word “evidence” as “not doubting.” You don’t doubt the existence of the Invisibles, including their Head Honcho.

Well, the good news is – that whole shebang called Spirit World isn’t going to stay invisible forever. Sooner or later we’re going to see it. The only question is, how surprised or shocked are you going to be? How strange & alien will it all feel to you? Or are you going to feel right at home?

So, one mindset that’s going to help you prepare a little bit, is to get rid of that discriminating attitude against invisible folks. They’re really not that bad. And boring? Man, you have no idea what you’re talking about! In fact, you have no idea what fun really is, compared to what’s happening out there!

Computer games & Action thrillers are only cheap counterfeits of the Real Thing that’s going down all around us in the invisible Realm. The problem is that just because it’s invisible, we figure it’s not real, when in fact it’s a lot more real than our finite, temporal world, and the problem isn’t with them, it’s with us. We just can’t see’em. But you will, if you start believing… and, well, even if you don’t. It just might take you a bit longer.

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Our problem is that we think we’re so smart and know anything, when we haven’t really got a clue.

Our sin is our presumption to claim that we can actually see, when we are totally blind to what’s right in front of our noses.

Our sin is our unbelievable pride.

We discover the miracles of life with our electronic microscopes and say, “Nah, that’s nuthin’. Anybody could have made that, in fact, it probably

made itself.”

We close ourselves off to true information that’s all around us; messages from our Creator that constantly shout, “Look around: I’m right here!”

But we willingly choose to ignore Him. We choose to be blind. And as He said Himself, “None are so blind as those who refuse to see.”

The complexity of the structure and modus operandi of a single cell and its integrated communication system that makes all life possible are the greatest known single source of information and intelligence in the known universe, but we just assume, “Aw, that’s just a little blob of chemicals that came to life once when struck by a lightning.”

I personally never saw anything drastically improve from non-life to life by being struck by a lightning, but I guess scientists who are paid for upholding a wobbly theory like Evolution are forced to live in a different reality.

It’s our arrogance that blinds us. Its our indifference toward our Maker that deprives us of the privilege to live life to the full, the way it ought to have been lived. But we don’t even know how to live, because we constantly choose the path that seems right in our own eyes but turns out to be the ways of death.

We congratulate ourselves for our “progress” and technical advances, when most of what those “advances” result in is more death, more suffering for others, ever greater pollution and the impending destruction of our planet, because with the same indifference and contempt we treat out Maker we naturally also treat our fellowman and our environment. The art of war is still what we’re best at, and what our governments spend most of our money on. Wow, yeah, seems like we really have learned something.

Knowing what we were going to be up to, the Bible promised 2000 years ago that “He will destroy those that destroy the earth,” when we were far from being capable of doing so.

Those smart alecs who are so dead sure they’re smarter than everybody else, including God are taking us all along for a ride on their highway to hell, and most of us don’t even notice it, and what’s worse, most of us don’t seem to mind. As long as we’ve got our fancy gimmicks to distract us, we won’t say a word, no, won’t even so much as raise an eyebrow. After all, our TVs, our Gameboys, our I-pods, our Big Macs and our BMWs are proof enough to us that the System is working. Who the hell cares about 10.000 people in other countries starving each day, or a bunch of Arabs killed by our guns? They’re all terrorists anyway, right? Or, as one Abu Graib “war hero” put it, “Anything that wears a turban is guilty.”

Yes, people, we’re really enlightened. It only looks to me like most of us are going to get a big shock when God turns on the light for real, and we get a look at the way He sees things, namely the way they really are, and not the pitiful concoction of our imagination we currently call reality…

When I say, “we,” I’m definitely including myself. I frequently find myself afflicted with the same blindness to His views and REAL-ity, so I’m not just pointing a finger at everybody else. Like Jonah I frequently find myself inside the darkness of the belly of the whale due to my own stubbornness and insistence on running the opposite direction God tells me. But like Jonah I also have found out time and again that it’s true, that “Salvation is of the Lord.” When we call on Him when we don’t know what’s happening, or our own way of seeing things has driven us against a stone wall and we need Someone to pick up and mend the pieces, He always comes through.

People don’t believe me when I say “God talks to me.” They just figure talking isn’t included in God’s repertoire. That He’s incapable of communicating. That’s the arrogance I’m talking about.

How can we be so presumptuous to say that the divine Author of the entire, unfathomable sum of information that lies embedded in His creation, the One Who has brought forth the universe by means of mere utterance of His Words, should be incapable of communicating?

“Why should He bother with someone like you?” Because He loves me. Just as He loves you, and He would really like to surprise you pleasantly by filling you in on some essential details concerning life, if you’d just be willing to open your ears to His voice, your eyes to His views, and your heart to His loving vibes and give Him a chance…

(Excerpts from the chapter “What’s Up?” in the free eBook “The Deeper Meaning of Everything.”)

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001 Personals

Personals (Published December 2004 on DaveMendoza.com)

Q.: “What nationality are you, Dave? What country are you exactly from?”

A.: I subscribe to neither national identity, but consider myself a citizen of the Kingdom of God, regardless of place of birth or passport. I have personally witnessed the evils that nationalism brings about in many countries, have seen it start wars & transform happy people into haters of their fellowman & thus I have come to detest any display of nationalism & patriotism.
Jesus told His disciples that they were “not of this world”, & that’s how I have always felt. Naturally, earthbound people who are satisfied with the materialistic System resent those who don’t let themselves be pressed into any flag-waving mold or drawer. Sorry, if all I can say to those people is, “Tough luck!”
Earthly empires have come & gone, and the Bible predicts a time when they will disappear for good to be replaced by an everlasting Kingdom of Love. If you want to know which nationality I adhere to: THAT’S the one.

Q.: “So, obviously, you’re some kind of religious freak, Dave! So, tell us, which church or denomination do you belong to?”

A.: In order to tell you which church I belong to, let us take a look at the origin of the meaning of the word “church”: Nowadays, we associate “church” with a pompous building in which confessing Christians meet during one hour a week (on Sundays) to listen to a man talk & sing a few songs & monotonously repeated prayers & ceremonies. But the original of the word comes from the greek word “ecclesia”, which means “the called out ones”. God, throughout the ages, has always had a small body of true believers who were conveying His message for the time, & who were doing their best to obey His commandments.
The Bible says that “the most High dwells not in temples made with hands”, so, you won’t find that group in any church building.
The Bible also says that “all who will live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution”. So, all you need to do to find out which group of believers I belong to, is to investigate which single Christian group of believers has suffered the most persecution during the past 2 decades, & I’m not talking about those in China or muslim
countries. (Or check out http://www.thefamily.org)
Note that as it was in Jesus’ day, it is often the established religious powers who instigate those persecutions. Those who “think they do God service” by hounding their brethren.
Depending on how much you’ve been brainwashed by the media, you might not like what you’ll find. Unless you’re prepared for a truly radical God Who is the opposite of all you’ve ever learned.

Q.: “You scare me. So, you really believe that God interacts with people & stuff? Don’t you think one has to get a good education, a job &, you know… make an effort to ‘fit in’?”

A.: As I said, the true believers are “called out” of the Systems of this World, and Jesus said, “He that forsakes not all that he has, cannot be My disciple”. I believe that this is still as true & applies as much today as it did then. True believers must “forsake”, renounce, give up & leave their earthly possessions behind (like I did
when I was 17 & I’m ready to do again, at His beck & call, anytime) in order to share them with their brethren, the way it’s described in the Book of Acts: “All that believed were together & had all things in common…” Wanna know where Marx & those who paid him stole the idea of “communism” from? – That’s
it! Acts 2:44,45. Only that this, true communism, only works if empowered by the love of God, which is ready to “lay down his life for his friends”, not to establish another tyranny of the kind we have seen in Russia or China. Do I believe that God interacts with His chosen people? You bet I do. Look how active the Devil is. You
think Gid is sleeping all the while?

Q.: “C’mON, Dave! You really mean to tell us you believe in the Devil? Every kid knows that’s a fairy-tale to make little children cry.”

A.: Oh yeah? Well, not according to the Bible. Granted, by today’s widely recognized views the Bible itself isn’t much more than an ancient conglomeration of fairy-tales, but that just shows how successful the Devil has in been in preaching his gospel. For thousands of years people have accepted for fact that the world was created.
Only in the past hundred years have we all come to accept that the world & intelligent life “evolved” from lifeless matter – a violation of the laws of nature & common sense.
Everything the Bible has foretold about the history & future of the World has come to pass or is happening before our eyes, so, I also believe what it says about the Devil, namely that he is – at this time – the god of this World, into whose hands the kingdoms & riches of the world have been given – soon to be restored to their rightful Owner.

Q.: “Dave, for thousands of years, people believed that the Earth was flat. Are you one of those?”

A.: People always ascribe this narrowminded, “Don’t-confuse-me-with-the-facts” attitude to Christians, and,
unfortunately, only too often, they’re right. The established religious powers are always too busy maintaining their power to hear what their own God has to say (the Bible described the Earth as a ball way before Galileo or Columbus), & thus, as mentioned before, prefer to persecute the true believers to being open to revolutionary new revelations God might have in store for them. Why do you think the Bible continuously blasts those who claim to be God’s people? “This people praises Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. ‘For your sake My name is mocked among the heathen’, says the Lord…”
It’s because they have preferred to serve the materialistic world & Mammon & thus live in the same
3-dimensional world as the unbeliever.
Just like people used to believe the Earth was flat, most people today are also “flatlanders”, who don’t believe in anything beyond that which they see & perceive with their physical senses. True believers, now as much as then – know that the world is not limited to 2, 3 or 4 dimensions. In fact, they’re quite in touch with the 5th,
6th or 7th…

Q.: “So, you’re one of those esoteric weirdos who believe in ghosts & spirits & stuff?”

A.: The Bible says, “God is a Spirit” (Jn.4:24) & it has a lot to say about angels & spirits. Yet, just because
Satanists, witches or New Agers believe in spirits, too, most Christians close themselves & block off anything that has to do with spirits, & thus, unfortunately also often lock out the Holy Spirit, as well.
The Bible has many “gifts of the Spirit” to offer, like prophecy, for example, which means, hearing from God & receiving His personal instructions, personally. Most people are inclined to believe that God doesn’t talk
anymore since 2000 years. I have experienced the opposite to be true.

Q.: “So, you mean to tell us, you’re actually hearing from God & He talks to you?”

A.: Well, as General Patton answered when he was asked whether it was true that he read the Bible: Yes Sir, I do.
“Every God-damned day!”
You can even hear God talking to you straight in many of the songs He’s given me. Sometimes I retrospectively realize that a song I wrote years ago has a much deeper meaning & greater significance than I
originally perceived. Some of my song lyrics are straight prophecy, like “Just Give me A Chance” or “Standard Of Love”. The first person speaking in those songs isn’t me speaking, it’s the Lord.

Q.: “I’m speechless.”

A.: When you don’t know what to say, it is a good time to remain silent.

Q.: “Sounds familiar. The Bible? No, wait. Hollywood?”

A.: “The King And I” – Yul Brynner.

Q.: “Any more words of wisdom like that?”

A.: “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothin’ at all!”

Q.: “That sounds like… like…”

A.: “Bambi”.

Q.: “So, how many movies have you got memorized?”

A.: None at all. But I believe that God can use a lot of things to speak through, not just the Bible, a preacher…

Q.: “…Or your songs?”

A.: Right. In fact, He sometimes even uses songs that were written by people who don’t even believe in Him to
convey His message. And so He also uses movies… like everything else He created or allowed man to create, to make His point….”

Q.: “How’s that?”

A.: He just speaks & it is there. “In the beginning was the Word & the Word was God… All thing were made by Him.” He just says, “Let there be light!” And the result is, “And there WAS light”.

Q.: “Just like that?”

A.: Just like that.

Q.: “But… HOW?”

A.: This you’re going to have to ask Him, not me.

Q.: “So, Dave… there’s evidently no hope for you… you seem so far gone… I’m sure you don’t have any other hobbies & interests, besides reading the Bible and… oh, yeah, music?”

A.: No, I sit & pray & meditate 20 hours a day, then eat a handful of rice & drink a cup of water, sleep for a few hours &….
Rubbish, of course, I’ve got hobbies & other interests. I used to be a fanatic lover of animals & of nature as a kid, & have found out in the meantime that people are even more interesting. They’re not entirely uncomplicated, but I like to learn what I can about them & how to get along… “People” also specially includes “young people”, & since I have 6 kids myself, raising & dealing with young people is definitely one of my fields of interest.
I love swimming in natural waters, lakes & rivers, like hiking in the woods & hills & I have recently discovered a passion in me for debunking the so-called theory of Evolution, but that’s a whole nuther subject…
I like cooking (although I must admit I’m usually too lazy) and… hey, I love to write, as you can tell.
Besides that, I love to listen to good music, of course, as well as write & record songs… and like most other people on the planet, I’ve got an ardent interest in members of the opposite sex…

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