15 Questions You might have about the Bible and Christianity

I’ve always had questions about my Christian faith over the years, but I just accepted what was being taught…until a few years ago.

Then I really began to search for some answers. That lead me into other questions I didn’t even know. They were there, but just under the surface.

Here are some of the questions:

Maybe you have some of the same ones…So let’s get started.

1. The first one was in Genesis where the word “we” was used when God talked about “himself.”

How many Gods where there then?

It was always explained as the Trinity was talking, but that does not set well with me. The Trinity means 3 in 1, so why use the plural when it’s really One.

It just leaves an uncomfortable feeling in me.

There are lots of other explanations…and we might get into them, but they come from outside the Bible and Christianity…so let’s leave that one alone for awhile.

2.  Why where these Gods so afraid of our potential that they destroyed the Tower of Babel?

They said we could become like them…something to remember.

It just doesn’t seem like a “God” to me.

3. Then we get into all the rules about cleaning your body and house. It only entailed washing and then having the priest inspect it.

So didn’t they have some other kinds of treatments? Like herbs or prayer?

Probably…but could it have been a “priest power” thing? Just Asking???

They had the power to kick you of the city and destroy your house if you were unclean!

4. I always wondered about the statement, It was spring, the time Kings went out to war.” Does that mean God wants us to be in war?

Then it says King David stayed at home from war and because of that he got into trouble too. That’s the Bathsheba story. He committed adultery and then tried to cover it up by murdering a man. He lost his son as a result. This is because he didn’t go to war??? Hmmm…

5. This is the one the really gets me questioning. When the Israelites came back from Egypt, they were commanded to “kill every man, woman and child, every animal and every living thing, so not to “contaminate” the Jewish bloodline! This has implications throughout history. Who would command that? It doesn’t matter for what reason!

6. Then it says that we should have no other gods before him. What other gods? I thought there was only one. Baal was “defeated” by Elijah at an altar. So Baal was another god? Hmmm…are we talking about gods…or GOD here? Some say that money, or food, or drugs can be your god. We are equating bad habits with Creator of the Universe!!!??? They can supplant the “real” God!!! I don’t get it.

7. Then there is the commandment Thou shalt not murder! But, spring was the time kings went out to war. Isn’t that murder, especially if you were the aggressor. I think there is a contradiction here.

8. Then the stories of the kings. When they followed God they flourished, but when they didn’t God Punished Them. So it’s God sending bad things on us when the king was bad? Just doesn’t sound like a god of Love! Kinda sounds like God made in our image instead of the reverse.

9. What was Job all about?  God and the accuser talked. Who is the accuser, and how does he get to talk to God? He’s a very bad person I hear. Wish I could get to talk to God, as I gotta be better than the accuser. And then God let’s him take everything away from Job, even though he was an upright man. Doesn’t sound fair. Ya, I know that happens here on Earth, but does it originate in Heaven? I shutter to think even about that. I know it could be taken as an illustrative story, but it never said that’s what it is was. It was told like it really happened. And how long did they talk about why Job was taken down….pages and pages. It’s a major event as far as Bible stories go. But I don’t get it.

10. Did you know there is no mention of the Jews in Egypt, including Moses or Joseph or about the 3 million people that left, or the parting of the waters, or evidence of 40 years in the desert. There is no mountain in the Sinai, but there could be one in Saudi Arabia, but the Israelites would have had to walked 45 miles a day to stick to the timeline described. They had to cross the Gulf of Aqaba, Not the Red Sea to get there. There is some unconfirmed evidence of some chariots remains there, but the Gulf is over a 1000 meters deep at that point! So it would be a major effort to gather it. It must have been a really great miracle to stop a thousand meters of water over 5 km wide for the Jews to cross. Also  Solomon’s temple has not been discovered, even though Jerusalem is the most excavated and researched area in the world!!! Actually Israel did not have Any large cities when all this happened…around 1000 to 1200 BC.  200 to 300 years later there were cities, but no evidence of kings or big empires. Nothing that was said in the Bible about David, Solomon, Abraham, or Moses can be found. They can’t even find evidence of the Jews back then. There is one carving  of a king’s name in Northern Israel (Samaria) that also has a one sentence reference in the Bible. That is hardly evidence. Shouldn’t the greatest empire of the time be written about. Where is the evidence of Solomon’s riches and kingdom?

There are no records in Babylon either. There are a lot of records from that time, so if the Israelites were “big”, it should have been recorded somewhere. The closest they can come is Ezra writing the “history” of the Jewish people when they returned from Babylon. The Bible says he was a writer and historian, but where did he get his information from?

I was amazed to hear this…the general consensus is that the Patriarchs  didn’t exist. I still find this hard to believe. This is the bedrock of our faith…and it’s a myth…a lie!!!????

Now I am getting angry. We have been told a “story,” a lie, for thousands of years. What is going on?

11. Anyway, let’s move on. What is a wheel within a wheel in Ezekiel, and how did Elijah, and others get caught up into heaven. Pretty strange. I think this is something we should be studying and emulating…

12. In the New Testament Jesus was an entirely different person than what Paul talked about. He never said he was the “Savior of the world.” In fact he didn’t allow anyone to bow down to him. He referred to himself as the “Son of Man,” and only once did he say he was the “Son of God.” What does “Son of Man” mean. I find no explanation. He did talk about his Father in Heaven, but he never called him God.

What did he mean when he said, “I am the way the truth and the light. No one comes to the Father, but through me?” He’s not here anymore, so how can we go through him? You could take that symbolically, but He said he was going back to the Father, and sending the Holy Spirit, which was going to “reveal” all things! How many Christians have that focus on what Jesus said…I was always told to worship Jesus, something he said not to do!!!

13. Paul said Jesus came to do away with the Law in Romans, but Jesus never said that. He did say that he came to reveal a new law…the law of Love (hence my focus on Knowing that You are Loved, therefore You Can Love Yourself, and Find Your Dream.) Jesus did miracles, taught Love and told the Jewish religious rulers they were evil. He said we could be healed by our own faith, but when we didn’t have much faith he could not do many miracles. He said strange things like, Is it better to heal on the Sabbath or to forgive sin? I ask, how did he forgive sin? Doesn’t say…. I think that’s critical, how did he forgive sin? To me it’s central to Christianity???

He also said “Neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more.” What…God doesn’t condemn us? Wow! And we can live perfectly. Well he said, “Be ye perfect even as your Father in Heaven is perfect.” We are supposed be like the Father…perfect!!!???

I think we got it wrong someplace. Paul says we were born in sin, then Jesus saved us from sin, and now we can be perfect. So we were never perfect before, and if so, how can we get there? Jesus said these things when he was alive, BEFORE he died on the cross and rose from the dead and saved us! Something is wrong!!!

14. What is this thing about Communion? Do this in remembrance of me. Drink my blood and eat my flesh? A commemoration, but really kinda gross, isn’t it. And why would we do that? What good does it do, but to remember him maybe as a symbol??? I don’t know, but maybe as an example to be followed.

15. The last thing…for now…I think I will be writing about this more…is the complete lack of difference in Christian character in the world. There is very little difference in Christian and non-Christian divorce, crime and many other statistics.

What???

I am astounded the lack of evidence for many of the Old Testament stories, and evidence for Jesus actually being a historical figure (Only 1 historian says anything about him. One would think that a man who changed the world would have corroborating sources outside the Bible.)

Also the removal and total suppression of books from the Bible in 300 AD that the leaders did not like. What are we missing?

I wouldn’t mind or question that decision, but with all the other things listed above, I have grave concerns!

I have lived my life as a Christian, and now it is upended, in doubt and basically destroyed.

So what does one do now? I have been researching and studying for more than 5 years. It’s called going “down the rabbit hole!”  It’s lead to many strange and wonderful places…and I will be writing about them in future blogs!

Stay tuned!

 

 

 

How Can You Love Yourself

In a previous post, I talked about the “Why.”

Now it’s time to address the “How.”

If you have not internalized the Why, go back to the post here and review it.

I did talk a little about the How in that post too, but let’s go it again, with more Gusto!

Number 1:  This is an ongoing learning and growing process. You are always becoming a different person! Your past is no longer relevant to who you are today

Number 2:  As you grow, things come up. You could ignore them by focusing on the Present, and overwhelming them with the positive, like repeating I Love You {your name}, telling yourself that all day long, listen to this YouTube here, make a video of you saying it over and over, and send it to me!

Yes, send it to me! It makes it REAL when you involve someone else!

Number 3: When some things persist, so you need a way to respond to them.

They will manifest as an accusation. “You can’t do this. Look at all the things you did.” Even things like, “I don’t know how. It’s too much. I don’t have time.”

The response is: Yes that’s true, that happened, but I’m not that person anymore. I Love Myself.

Then your mind will resort to send you thoughts just to make you feel bad. Insane things that don’t make sense, but your response is, “Yes, I know that, but I Love Myself.”

Then wait for a response. Most likely there won’t be any. Just think if you responded that way to your friends. They wouldn’t know what to say. Think about what you would say if they said that to you!

So the mind “leaves you for awhile” to go conjure up some new memories or situations to accuse you. It will say, “No you don’t,” and then flash scenes in your mind, or just “talk in your ear.”

The response is: Do you want me to hate myself? Make it either Love or Hate! If the answer is Hate, there is a big problem. It is an entity, not the real you. The real you would never actually say that.

Number 4:  Know that “Being comes from Doing,” as my Shaman friend says.

The more you do it, the more you will believe it, and the more you will become it!

Number 5:  Know that you want to Love Yourself! You certainly don’t want to Hate yourself!!! It’s innate. It helps us survive, keeps us from suicide, and keeps us creating  and growing!

Number 6:  Actions and Being are 2 Different Things!  What you have done is not you. You are the Being in the Present! Separate your actions, which are only in the past, from who you are in the Present…the REAL You!

Your actions are always creating a New You all the time! That’s a great response to past accusations. “I’m a new me, Now!”

Number 7:  Some of these memories and accusations will be pretty emotional, so when after you are confident in Your Love for Yourself, you can take on the “Big One,” It’s called Forgiveness. 

You have to be ready to admit your “wrongs,” be sorry for them, and willing to go to who you have wronged and apologize. Then offer to make amends. It’s hard, but so freeing.

You will be surprised that most people don’t even remember the situation, or have already let it go. I wrote about that here. I was so surprised when they said that’s all in the past.

The other thing that could happen is that they won’t accept your apology no matter what you do, but you can’t do anything about that. Just know you did your part.

So let’s wrap this up by recapping How You Can Love Yourself.

  1. You are growing and becoming a new person all the time.
  2. Repeat “I Love You” in as many different ways and as many times as possible.
  3. Learn the responses to all the accusations. …I Love Myself Anyway. Then wait for the response. There won’t be one, but it so keep saying Yes, I know, I Love Myself!
  4. Being come From Doing
  5. You WANT to Love Yourself! Ask the question, Do you want me to hate myself?
  6. Who you Are and what you Do are separate.
  7. The Big One is most Freeing!

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Neither Do I Condemn You…Go and Sin No More!

I have read this Scripture many times and others like it. Jesus said many times, “Go and Sin No More!”

But let us start with some background for those of you who haven’t read the Bible 30 plus times…like me..

Not only that…but have “studied” it…like thought about it…asking what does this mean?

Well, I got some intuition about it.

The part I am talking about was when a women was caught in adultery, and the religious leaders were about to stone her…like kill her…by throwing stones at her…

As the Law said!

What a way to die…and whoever devised that punishment is…what…insane!

But anyway, the religious leaders asked Jesus what they should do.

He bent down, starting writing in the dirt and said,

“Let him who is without sin, Throw the First Stone!

He continued writing in the dirt….wonder what he was writing?

Maybe all their sins….who knows…doesn’t say…but…

One by one they leave, because they feel guilty.

Finally there are only Jesus and the “guilty” women.

He says to her “Who is left to condemn you?

She says, “NO one!”

He then says,”Neither do I…

Go and Sin NO More!”

What does this all mean?

First of all we condemn ourselves…

Second, God does not condemn us…

So in his Eyes we are Not Guilty!!!

Think about that..WE are Not Guilty!

Love Yourself!

Third we are supposed to “Go and Sin No More!!!”

That means we can live a “Sinless Life!!!”

Wow…how does that work?

I think it has to do with the Big Picture.

It’s like it all works out…and we should live as if IT does…

Then we really don’t live under condemnation and guilt.

That’s the part that matters.

It goes back to the “Love Yourself then Love Your Neighbor” post I wrote a while back…

So if you want to change your perspective on guilt and fear,

and learn How To Love Yourself on Your Journey to Finding Your Dream…

Reply to this post, or email me at vsalzer@vincesalzer.com, or message me at https://www.facebook.com/vsalzer.

Thanks…I love You, as much as I Love Myself!

 

On Perfectness

I got some feedback on being perfect from a previous post and a YouTube video. It really made me “think.” Actually inspiration came to me…not really thinking. And I really thank those who responded, as I grew personally from the discussion.

The feedback said that they know they are not perfect. And even if one could be, what would come after that?

Actually I sort of agree with them…in my mind…but through inspiration it is hard to hold that idea. It is just the programming that we get in this life. We are told that we are “naughty” when we are young…and sinful when we get older. I can feel the shame and guilt from it.

Then when this revelation came, with all the supporting Scriptures…and many other sources from my research, I had to change my attitude.

Scriptures say to be Perfect even as Jesus is….you will do more than these things…talking about the miracles he is doing.

Also He said go and sin no more…many times…it is the command to be perfect.

The inspiration said that if there is even a seed of doubt, you will not achieve anything. It’s got to do with faith…believing without a doubt

It says in the Bible that if we accept Christ…we become righteous…God sees us as righteous and we can then enter into His presence…

Seems like we can become Perfect!!! Pretty Deep…Hard to understand…because we’ve all been told the opposite all our lives.

And if we are not perfect, then what are we…evil…????

We are made in His image therefore perfect.

The Kingdom of Heaven is within…how can that be if are imperfect.

Jesus removes our sin!!!

We have to see ourselves as perfect as God does.

Those are just some of the Scriptures, but my research found many other places and teachings that say…or at least imply…our perfectness.

Such as:

The Universe is one…we are one…

Creation is perfect…as we are.

In the parable of the man and the white horse… a series of circumstances occur such as keeping a very valuable horse, then losing it…which is a “bad” thing, but it comes back with 10 other horses…which is a “good” thing. Then another bad thing happens then a good thing. The idea is to quit making judgments about our life. We really don’t know ultimately what “sin” is.

So is being imperfect evil?…it is taught that way. There is no gray area…evil or perfect. But we must believe the ultimate result is perfectness or we have chaos!!!

So it seems like when we look at our lives there is no way we can be perfect..and even if we are, what do we do then, like what’s next, but when the Perfect One tells us to be perfect and we can…maybe we should listen!

Treatise on “Free Will”

Do we really have “Free Will?” Well, sort of, but only if we exercise it…and it’s not free. It takes a lot of effort and exercise.

If we think free will is doing “whatever I want,” we are right, but what do we really want? Do we want the money, the toys, the prestige? Does that bring us happiness? Not really…we want the happiness that true free will creates.  We limit our free will by thinking that the spiff, the bling… is what we want?

Free will comes from control…self control. Knowing what we want and controlling ourselves to get there, is the ultimate free will. Freedom means free from our controlling mind.  Being in our hearts or our God-self is the true freedom. We limit our free will by what we do. There are many forces that are trying to control us, and that is what is taking away our freedom.

The “will” of free will is our attention and intention..what we focus on. That becomes free when we control it. So for all of us control “freaks” this is something to focus our attention on…our will. To have an iron will means that we control our minds..by quieting it, and looking beneath all the advertisers and the media, (for one thing) that are trying to keep us in fear… and start living in love and compassion.

Compassion comes from  accepting things just as they are. They may not be as we like them, but they are the way they are. We need to accept the present situation. Once we are not tied up in knots about how everything should change, we might be quiet enough to hear….from our hearts….how WE can change to make the situation better.

So just look at things as are, and quiet down and listen…for the solution..or maybe just the next thing that can be done.

On Christianity…

Not sure what to write on this entry. Have been learning lots on just writing anyway, and things will come. Deanie said my higher self is here trying to help me write. It’s been slamming doors and moving things around. So maybe I should listen….

First of all….who are we. We are an everlasting spirit that never dies. That brings up some things about Christianity that I have questions about. If we are a spirit, but we have one life to live, what happened(s) to us before we were born and after we die? We must have had an existence somehow, somewhere. Christianity doesn’t allow for that unless it’s heaven or hell, but how can we be in either place before we were born. How could we “accept Christ” before we were born. No one ever said anything about that. So where were we…in heaven or hell? Does that make any sense?

Another thing, since we are an immortal spirit, what have we been doing for 14 billion years, as scientists, and many other religions, say….or even 6000 years…as Creationists say. We will live forever, but really only have less than 100 years of experience. Does that make sense. There is a story in the Bible where Lazarus, in Abraham’s bosom, (What does that mean, and where is it?) is talking to someone suffering in “hell.” So that means there is experience after death, and it’s a lot longer than life here on Earth. Maybe we should spend some time thinking and researching that!

Maybe that’s why some religions say that we reincarnate, or have many lives. Seems to make sense, since we must be doing something. That could also mean that we could be anywhere in the Universe, wouldn’t it. That would be a “life” too. It just isn’t explained very well, and when there are unanswered questions, we begin to wonder and to research…and learn.

Another question is that is if we don’t accept Christ in this life; we spend the rest of our existence in hell. Wow that’s a long time!  And what does “accepting Christ” mean. Every denomination has a different definition. Some say you have to be “reborn” and some say you have be baptized, go through some sort of training, and be made a “Christian.” So what really is the answer, and do we decide what it takes, or does Christ?? It says in the Bible that our faith is shown by our works. Well, Christians are not doing so good in that area. They have as many or more divorces, and generally have about the same life, as “non Christians.” So, even most of the Christians are not even “saved,”as shown by their works, and are not going to heaven. So that leaves at least 90% of the all the people that ever lived in hell, or are going to be. Doesn’t sound good for God, does it? Looks like the devil is winning. Is that possible? It says not in the Bible….that in the end God wins. That’s not much of a victory, since they can’t ever leave hell! (as evidenced by the Lazarus story..the man in “hell” could not escape. ..Luke 16:19-31.)

And there’s the unanswered question of what if Christ was never preached to them, how will they know. (Romans 10:14) Someone explained it this way. Everyone has a chance to accept Him, because He will appear to them, and then they have to make a decision. Well there goes the need for a church and teaching and living a good life, because for some Hindu, Christ will appear to them and they just have to decide one way or the other. My head hurts from that logic…or illogic!!!

So this is why I have been doing much research into what is really “true.” Since we have a long time to live, what is our purpose here on Earth, or wherever else we may be before and after? Since we have God living on the inside of us (The Bible says the Kingdom of God is within us, Luke 17:21.), wouldn’t a better way to think about it is that we are here to learn about realizing more of God in us…and the more we learn, the more God grows within us. God might be “out there,” but what difference does that make since the whole Kingdom is within us! Maybe we should pay more attention to what’s happening inside of us. Maybe should be totally responsible for our lives, and our “salvation.” Maybe we should be aware of who is trying to control us. There are many forces saying, “My religion is the only way to God.,” and they go out and kill all others who don’t “believe.” (All religions have done this.) That’s their definition of Love, because “God is Love.” It’s like they know God better than God does! Some have said, “We create God in our own image,” instead of the other way around!

So Christianity has some holes in it….it can’t answer all the questions, such as….What really gets us into “heaven,”  or 90% of the people in hell…come on!!! These questions have to be answerable, or we walk around in doubt, which is the opposite of faith. That does not work in our lives. We live by faith…having no doubt about our destiny..our “ending.” The questions need to be answered.

How Grieving helps to reevaluate life…which moved me into the Metaphysical.

All these thoughts on grieving have helped me to reevaluate my life. It has given me a Purpose…to pass on my family traditions and values. It has also brought me think about the metaphysical and “God.”

I specifically have been thinking about how existence could have begun.

I really like the theory that in the beginning there was just “One.” There was no time or space, because everything was One…like all together…at the same time.

Then that One wanted to realize itself, so it created “Two,” which created the Universe…and here we are. Simple right…well getting to Two was, but after that…will take more analysis.

It is said that if you try to randomly solve a Rubik’s cute, it will take billions of years, but if you have only one feedback after every try…whether it was right or wrong…a 1 or a 0…it will only take hours.

So that is how the Universe went from Two to today. There was feedback…meaning the every action had a reaction…and someone kept track. We can call that Source, or God…what it has been traditionally called.

Some call the One as nothing…like zero…i.e. atheists and some scientists, but that does not make sense logically, or mathematically, or have any meaning in physics…at least to me.

Maybe some scientist can explain it, but it would have to make a lot of sense, and not be too complicated. Mathematics…the language of science…has problems with zero. It can’t be manipulated. So to start with zero creates a problem. Zero multiplied or divided by anything is undefined. So to divide nothing into something…like 2/0 doesn’t make sense.

So I think we have decided that it has to be One. That’s what all the religions and mystery schools have told us too. Also that is a confluence between Science and Faith.

To know oneself is a basic teaching of metaphysics. It’s also called self-awareness…I call it the God Quality in each of us. We can think about ourselves…referring to the past and the future. We understand there is something bigger that us. We can judge our actions by the result they created. That is the same way God operates…always seeing the result…in an ultimate way.

Now I have a question about the feedback of the result of each move of the Rubik’s Cube. I said that each move will have a 1 or 0 feedback…right or wrong. Well, who knows what is right or wrong, unless you know the outcome… the completed Rubik’s Cube. So one must have solved it at least once to know if each move is moving towards the goal.

Hmmm. Then I thought about God. How does He know what is right or wrong unless He has been through all of Existence already? So he started as One…became self-aware by becoming Two…and then what?

It says in the Bible, that He knows the end from the beginning. That must be why He is God. That is way over my head!

To know right and wrong…ultimately…means you know the outcome. Wow! That is True Self-Awareness!

So how does this work for Us? In the same way we must realize…visualize… an outcome, and then we can judge our performance against reaching that Goal. That is what is called How to Find Our Dream!

First we must access that God Part of us that knows our Outcome…our Dream…and then start taking steps to create it.

Ahhh…another thing…create it. What does that mean?

It is the result of self-awareness and free will. They change our decisions and actions based on feedback and our Dream! And that creates a new reality!

So what is Reality anyway? It follows that it is the sum total of our results. As is said, change our actions, which create results, which changes how we perceive and interact with the feedback. That’s why a positive outlook is the best way to view the results, because it allows for seeing the possibilities in Finding Our Dream.

And it always starts with the first thing we do. It’s called the Next Right Thing. We really don’t know if it’s right until we do it, and the feedback gives us the answer.

So if the result took us away from our Dream…some would call it failure…we know we must make a change. It doesn’t mean we abandon our Dream. We change how we react, or our strategy, and do the Next Right Thing. It might be doing the same thing, with modifications, over and over, until we are shown another Next Thing.

So failure, or the “wrong” result, isn’t really a big thing. It’s just showing us how and where we need to change.

That should help overcome fear…what other people say…and procrastination.

Just as in solving the Rubik’s cube, the awareness of ourselves creates a path that we can follow through feedback.

Feedback from other people is crucial, as we can sometimes get too caught up in our own reality, and then cannot see the “obvious.”

That’s where I come in. Using my tips, techniques, strategies and intuition developed over 40 years of business, coaching and consulting, I can help you find Your Next Right Thing and show you How to Find Your Dream.

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Top 4 Ways I Stay Emotionally and Spiritually Healthy

Here’s is a link to staying healthy by Amy Englemark. I also included the blog post. The link will take you to her blog where you can see other things she is writing. She is in the same niche I am…personal coaching in health and success!!

Enjoy

Vince

http://amyenglemark.com/2015/02/18/top-4-ways-stay-emotionally-spiritually-healthy/

 

posted by on Feb 18, 2015

Grab a pen and paper:

Imagine you’re 80.  Ideally, what type of emotional and spiritual health are you experiencing?  Write it down.  What has helped you stay healthy?  How do you feel?  How do you look?  Jot down the first things that come to mind.

Me Personally

I’m always learning.  I thought you might like to know what so that you can take what you want and leave the rest.  There’s more to health than nutrition and exercise.  Most of us desire to feel healthy emotionally, spiritually and mentally as well.  Here are some of the ways I do this.

  • Forgive quickly and steer clear of becoming offended.  If I harbour negative thoughts towards someone I feel uncomfortable and sour inside.  This definately shows up in other ways.
  • Spend time (ideally first thing in the morning) just being still or talking with Jesus. My spiritual quiet time is precious to me.  I savour it like I savour good chocolate or a sunset!  If I offended anyone with this last point, I apologize ahead of time!
  • Choose to seize the day.  Really, who knows if today is our last day.  If it was, how would you live differently?  People in our very own neighbourhoods are struggling with their health.  Why are we immune to death or disease?  Reminding myself of our inevitable death reminds me to not take time for granted.
  • Feel emotions and choose to respond using self control and discretion.  I’m sure you’ve experienced a disagreement with your spouse, kids or co-worker.  This has for sure happened many times in my life.  Emotions are great, even anger.  It’s how you/I choose to express myself when I’m emotionally charged that makes all the difference.

How about you?  What steps are you taking to feel healthier, inside and out?  I’d love you to share them.  The best place to share is over on my facebook page.

Have a healthy day!

Amy

 

Another look at fear!

This is by Paul Rosenberg from Casey Research. It is a very well done treatise on fear, and how we have changed thru the media and and other things. It also gives good solutions, so  read all the through, and make some changes…for the good!

The Way of the 21st Century: Going Nowhere While Very, Very Frightened

We’re 14 years into a new century, which is typically how long it takes for a century’s unique characteristics to show up. The 20th century, for example, looked a lot like the 19th until 1914; from there on it looked a lot different. So I think this is a good time to take a look at our new century and see how it’s shaping up.

I see two particular things that are defining the mainline culture just now. Let’s go with the easy and obvious one first:

The 24-Hour Fear Cycle

Nothing makes humans easier to manipulate than fear. Get a group of Homo sapiens afraid of something and most of them will run wherever you want them to. Unfortunately, all the manipulators of our time know this and are maximizing their use of it.

On top of that, we have a 24-hour news cycle, and nothing rivets eyeballs to screens like fear. Good news, as we all know, doesn’t sell papers.

There have always been bad things happening on Earth. Take the truly horrifying stories that pop up here and there of women killing their own children. Sadly, these have always been with us, but they weren’t blasted on five or ten news channels 24/7. Likewise, horrifying stories from the Middle East or in Africa; these are very definitely nothing new. What’s new is using these stories as tools… tools to make Homo sapiens run to where you want them.

Here’s the reality:

Violent crime is decreasing, and significantly.

Deaths in fires are dropping:

Disaster losses are falling too:

I could go on, but you get the point. Lots of things are getting better in real life, but no one thinks so because everything’s getting worse on TV. Fear works.

One final example: Here’s a list of events from a year that generally inspires no fear in us—1970:

March 6 A bomb being assembled by terrorists explodes, killing three.
April 8 47 children are killed by (peacetime) bombs from a neighboring country.
May 4 Soldiers kill four American college students.
May 8 A huge mob of construction workers in New York attacks protestors.
May 14 Police fire on a crowd at a college, killing two and injuring 12.
June 9 A bomb explodes at New York police headquarters.
July 12 Two canisters of tear gas are thrown into the British House of Commons.
Aug. 7 Terrorists take a judge hostage in California, then kill him.
Sept. 1 An assassination attempt on the King of Jordan.
Sept. 6 Terrorists hijack four airplanes on flights to New York.
Oct. 5 Terrorists kidnap a British diplomat.
Oct. 10 Terrorists kidnap a Canadian Minister. He is found dead a week later.
Nov. 25 Terrorists seize the headquarters of Japan’s defense forces.
Nov. 27 An assassination attempt on the Pope.
Dec. 3 A major government caves and releases five terrorists.
Dec. 4 Spain declares martial law.
Dec. 7 A Swiss ambassador is kidnapped.
Dec. 13 Martial law is declared in Poland.

These events were accepted in 1970. People thought they were sad, but they didn’t panic over them. I don’t think that would be true in this 21st century. We are living in a fear soup, which is being stirred by the overlords of the age. And it’s working for them.

Going Nowhere

There’s a great line in the Bible that says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” And that is exactly what we’re being treated to from the mainstream culture right now. This is a second defining characteristic of our new century.

How many of us can answer this question in any positive way?:

Where is Western civilization going?

In this 21st century, we have no vision, no goal, no direction. And that’s a very bad thing.

Lots of modern people want to live healthier and longer, but to what end? So they can eat more fancy food? So they can have sex a few more times? To what great future does that lead?

Millions of 21st-century people want to get rich, but what do they do with their big pile of money? Is it just to look at? To salve their insecurities? To prove their superiority?

Money is a fine tool, a good thing to have, but anyone who thinks it’s going to make them into some kind of superior person has a big surprise coming. The one thing they may get from it is status, but only in the eyes of shallow people.

At one time, the men and women of the West did have goals. At one time, they strove to attain righteousness, to love their neighbors, and to eliminate slavery. (And yes, I’m talking about the early Middle Ages.) Was this universal and perfect? Of course not, but it was quite real and quite effective, no matter what pop history says.

Even during my youth, we had a vision: We were sending men to the moon, then outward from there. However poorly the effort was handled, it was a real goal, and one that positively affected millions of us.

Now there are no goals, no striving, no searching, no becoming. Instead, we have distractions, fears, and stasis.

Humans need goals, and we as a civilization currently have none.

The Current Necessity

So what do we do about this?

The common reflex is to “reform the system,” but I think that’s a tragic mistake. There’s a line from Emerson that goes like this:

We are always getting ready to live, but never living.

And that’s precisely what the usual path will get you. Always “gonna live soon” but never actually living.

“Things will change as soon as we get X out of office.” “They’ll change as soon as we get Y into office.” “As soon as we change the Supreme Court!”

You can chase these rainbows for decades, but it ends up making no real difference. One day you’ll wake up and realize that you’re old and nearing the finish line… and that the system still sucks.

So, I recommend that you dump all of that and get busy changing the world directly. Forget the visionless 21st-century culture and start creating your own vision. Read, learn, choose! And get busy doing.

Without a vision, we stagnate, we walk in circles… we perish.

Don’t live in that trap.

A Free-Man’s Take is written by adventure capitalist, author, and freedom advocate Paul Rosenberg. You can get much more from Paul in his unique monthly newsletter, Free-Man’s Perspective.

Good Quotes

Images in a Reflecting Pool Inspired by A Course in Miracles…by Elaine Hill which can be found at https://elainehill.wordpress.com/2011/08/27/images-in-a-reflecting-pool/

I think we plan our lives before we are born.  If so, given that I have always spent much time in thinking about what I should do next, I’m sure I planned carefully on the Other Side.  I once had an intuition that my growing-up years went just as intended.  I wanted to emphasize working hard on academic pursuits and developing the impetus to achieve.  Now when I question the advisability of all that, surely some balancing act is taking place.

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