Let’s take back Evangelicalism.
Neuroscience would say that it is strictly biological. Instinct, something a large enough computer would be able to compute the actions of every individual past and future.
Philosophy has tangled with this subject for thousands of years neuroscience has recently entered the picture. However I feel that neuroscience while having valid input into the subject neglects the spiritual. Then, we run into the problem of measuring a spiritual phenomenon such as free will. Neuroscience would say that it is strictly biological. Instinct, something a large enough computer would be able to compute the actions of every individual past and future. I see this as coming down to having a belief in a God or gods or a source which has consciousness that either created humanity through spiritual means or created humanity through breeding. Neuroscience would be the avenue of approach if humanity was created through genetic breeding leaving the human without any objective spiritual lives other than imagined religious experiences.
I propose a thought experiment in which we are all living in a static world. There is no past, there is no future; we are just here. Present is you, the present is just a name we use for our living experience. However, within the present is the infinite past and future. Before the big bang and after the universe is wrapped up and fades away; you will be here. How does this tie into free will? Free will exists on the macro level or spiritual level but is limited in the micro level in our human experience. Limited but not completely taken. However, a large enough computer would be able to predict with great accuracy your future and tell you your past based on your present.
Imagine Infinite Source
Now imagine the infinite source. This source set everything in motion and may or may not be interacting with humanity on a spiritual level. I would suggest that this source does interact with us on a spiritual level through the subconscious. This then limits free will even more than natural animal instinctual behavior as now the subconscious is being influenced by a creator source. One may ask does the creator source have free will. I think that we can ask the same of our spiritual selves as we are a part of the creator source. All is one. In conclusion free will and lack thereof are non-existent. The question is moot as it is our human existence which asked the question in the first place. The lower cannot know more than the higher. If the creator source possesses free will than so do we. If not we are ok as there is nothing we can do about it.
Moral of this little thought experiment is that you have nothing to worry about in life as all life is probably planned out for you in advance.
Just enjoy the ride!
Bernie Sanders is the only candidate running for president in 2020 that is bold enough to speak the truth.
The American way, is bombs away, as the United States takes another state. While the country has officially stopped at 50 states there probably should be a couple extra stars on the flag. I am not just talking about Puerto Rico. Let me just name a few; Iraq, Pakistan, Iran, Libya, Venezuela, Honduras and Yemen. If you need freedom we can dish it. Even liberals are afraid to mention the atrocities in which the United States has committed. Vietnam is probably one of the worst with the Korean War and all of the battles in the Middle East coming in second and third. Generally these war mongers are Republicans. They cry about abortions, kids smoking pot and having a beer; but have no problem giving them a gun; bastards.
Bernie Sanders is the only candidate running for president in 2020 that is bold enough to speak the truth. Why? That is what the American people want to hear. Americans want to be heard by the government. We do not feel heard by Trump or even when Obama was president. Most presidents govern based on their own bias. The only bias Bernie has is the people. He has fought for people his whole life and yes, he said learning how to read is a good thing. Really, Castro taught kids how to read? Yes while our schools lack funding. Let’s not forget how many British were killed during our revolution. The world is not full of roses, but truth is truth.
The Country is Not Just Supporting Bernie Sanders.
The country is not just supporting Bernie Sanders. The country is supporting freedom. People who desire freedom from slave owners which are the corporations and big businesses running the current government. Damn right the American people are tired. We will stand up against our rights being infringed upon; the places we are forced to live and the wages we are given for our work. We are tired of being ripped off. The voices of the people are rising and the world hears us!
Bernie Sanders is taking the political world by storm. Bernie is the messenger of what most Americans desire. The American people desire a complete reconstruction of society in order to flip the ownership of the 1% to the rest of us. Americans are tired of being ripped off and then told capitalism is the only way and anything else is of the devil. These are the beliefs ingrained into anyone who lived through the Cold War. We think that we fight totalitarian governments without realizing we are living under one.
A new world order, one in which president Regan spoke in front of the United Nations. An order in which we contribute and take willingly. Nothing is kept from anyone as all things are commonly owned. Yet this is not your average type of Communism; this is a system with no authoritarian government. This order is established by the will of the people under no constraints to comply. The very natural beauty of society will compel even the staunchest capitalist.
Imagine after work stopping by the store to pick up this week’s groceries. Instead of stopping by the cashier you walk right out of the door with your goods. There are no cashiers, there is no money to take or give. You receive your food because you are apart of a great community. A great society in which we work together for our neighbors and your neighbor works for you. It is the fulfillment of the greatest of commandments. A community of love.
Follow your passions, rather investing in building arms we build great universities with schools of every philosophy. The great library of Alexandrea will not come close to our new thought. There will be no wars as countries are of the past and the only race us human. We share in culture and our work, learning from one another in order to grow as one human race. Atlantis shall rise again!
Do I really think that this will happen in this lifetime? No. if Bernie Sanders is elected president it is a step forward. I say this believing we should not even have a president, but we do. Bernie is the only candidate pointing in that direction. More people than ever before are being awakened to the evils we live under in America. Our economy is based on the blood of soldiers. We starve our workers to supply all the belongings to the rich. Money is belongings and the 1% share in these belongings. They are the socialist, the evil government which is disguised by capitalism to keep its slaves in line.
I just want you to think about this. Give it some time. Look around and ask yourself; are you free? Do I live in a police state? Is my country the only one slaughtering people around the world practically non-stop since its inception? Yes, it is. However, hope is not lost, in fact hope is gaining ground. Why do you think there is a billionaire in the White House and other billionaires are running? Why? Because you’re a fucking slave!
Balance may be the answer Jesus was trying to teach while emphasizing the destruction in which money causes.
For far too many of us our fears are centered around money. We are manipulated to make money our youth. Always being asked what we are going to be when we grow up; why? I do not like it; it is not fun trying to gain enough money only to freak out when you do not have enough. Sometimes it may be better to live as a happy wanderer; penniless, no job, no permanent shelter or car. No bills, free food, no stress from work. Wander around just, being. If they only taught us this as children.
It is commonly known that Jesus talked more about money than he did heaven or hell. It is no wonder why he did so. Even Jesus was not immune from the damage money will bring upon the human psyche. However, how shall we resolve this fucking lunacy in which we live when the Son of God could not even break free from it? Maybe Jesus tried. He was a happy wanderer. Well happy most of the time. Nonetheless he was a wanderer, couch hopper or as Metallica said, “My home is wherever I may roam.”
Maybe We Need To Accept
I am not one to undermine Jesus and think I know better than him. Maybe, we need to accept. I have always come back to a statement, “Acceptance is the answer to all my problems today.” Just accept and be, yet also be aware and fight for what is right. He was never without what he needed. Like the prophet Elijah, even when disgraced and ready to die the birds fed him.
Balance may be the answer Jesus was trying to teach while emphasizing the destruction in which money causes humanity. Jesus knew he had to live with money but seemed happier without it. Jesus did not seek out money; money was always there when he needed it. Those who suffer from the anxiety in which money causes may be lacking in faith. This is much easier said than done as I myself am a victim of money. I want a lot of money, yet trying to get there is an unending mountain which becomes more treacherous every step. I do not want to live that way anymore; do you? I won’t throw myself down, but I will not stop moving forward. Maybe it is time that we do not worry, becoming more like the lilies of the field or the birds of the air. All is found under the umbrella of God in which we live.
Do not look at anything outside of yourself to know yourself.
We are all looking for a sense of meaning the motivations which drive us through life. Living lives unhindered by ego. With purpose is realized we are carried away, the Universe moving us forward. The dying man is lost without hope. He has never truly seen himself; this shame, this calamity impacts billions of earth’s citizens. You say, “I do not want to die suffering from a life never lived.”
Where do I start? Start with you. Do not look at anything outside of yourself to know yourself. The master said “The Kingdom of heaven is within.” There is no great sage that has ever spoken of the attainment of self-knowledge from outside sources. There is great value in objective learning; it is the foundation. It is what you do with the raw knowledge; our goal being transmutation into gold, the high goal of alchemy. You can read every self-help book available and all you are going to do is take up space without real seeking.
Attainment Is Not Easy
Attainment of your purpose is not easy, you may have some idea. As you step closer towards self-knowledge the mirror hiding your true self becomes clearer. Often people start with a practice of meditation combined with yogic breathing techniques helping the subconscious become more open to the conscious. Ritual exercises help stimulate faith in the work as doubt will be your greatest enemy. Keeping a journal of your daily activities will help you stay disciplined in your work. This will give you a record of your progress building your faith in the work. Be brave enough to realize the unhindered dream of your childhood. It is all a matter of faith.
Do not worry about profession; it is about who you are. Being able to accept yourself as a divine being; your job is something you do to eat. Faith is the key. Without faith you will never move mountains. You will never find your true self. Build your faith with the practices mentioned above. You will slowly step out unto the water and not sink. You will be content with full acceptance of your divine nature. Nothing will be impossible for you as your will is the same as the universe. Now you know who you are.
Are most people sitting in the pews every Sunday giving away their cash and singing a few songs really Christians?
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36-40 NIV
Christians and most Americans have these words seared into their conscious. Generally one thinks of the corner stone of Christianity as Jesus, the cross and love. Unfortunately in between Jesus and love comes dogma and doctrine. Often social justice minded Christians are more concerned for the love of neighbor than “church” involvement. These Christians are critiqued by “conservative” Christians who are involved with organized church, believing it is their outer expression of love of God. Likewise these are critiqued by the social justice minded Christians for their lack of community involvement. Why is there a split in the first place? I am sure there are Christians who are knees deep in carrying out both parts of the greatest commandment. Two questions I would like to propose. Are these commands synonymous? If they are synonymous, are those who are partial to social justice issues the only Christians?
How Do I Love God?
Let’s look at the text. Jesus is famous for hyperbole and parables, it would not be against the norm for him to repeat the same command in different means.
How does one love God? It seems we have created this idea that we must attend an organized church, read the bible and listen to Christian radio. Maybe staying away from porn, beer and pot making sure to live up to the law and moral codes set in place by their denomination. This sounds rather an odd way to love God. Oh, I know, it is giving 10 percent of your money to the church. Not really, the church, but a staff of paid members of the church. The ones responsible for the building, teaching, reading, music and other production work. I still do not understand how this is how one loves God.
Jesus says the same thing in order to make it much clearer to the reader. “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Not an easy task for sure. It is much easier to create dogma and doctrine in order to feel we have satisfied the requirements. The majority feeling that the dogma and doctrine outweigh love of neighbor not realizing that is all Jesus meant. All Jesus meant as the greatest commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself.
How does that make sense? Simple, you are god. While not fully God, you are a piece of God. God would not be God without you. You are god, humanity as a whole is God. This is understood in many religions but generally rejected by the faith which worships the messenger. It would stand to reason that the majority of professing Christians are not Christians at all. They have created some strange doctrine and attached Jesus to the front cover.
Read the first four gospels. Jesus is constantly preaching plainly or through parable, good works towards mankind. Christians and non-Christians who take care of each other, fight for one another and give to one another. Those people, these gods, who love themselves by loving others. When others are themselves and themselves others, this knowledge is at the heart of the message of Jesus. Jesus was radical in his approach speaking the truth leading to his death. Are most people sitting in the pews every Sunday giving away their cash and singing a few songs really Christians?
‘By their fruit you will recognize them.” Matthew 7:16 NIV
Those who truly care; the doctor, professor, scientist and philosopher dare not enter politics. Once they cross the threshold into politics especially their legitimate career is over.
Iowa caucus proves Presidency is outdated. I have written about this before; but after the recent Iowa caucus it may need to be said again. The United States does not need a President. Half the people who caucus do not even know the positions of the candidates. It is like going to a flea market for the leader of the free world.
A President is the thing of the past; nothing can take place efficiently in congress because the majority parties are continually siding with whoever the President is. Essentially because of cronyism there are only two branches of government anyway. The Judicial and the Executive; while the Congressional is present, they submit themselves to the Executive if the President shares their political party, while the other party works fervently against the Executive. In short, nothing gets done.
Do We Need A President?
The office of president takes up a lot of time and money that could be going to better causes. Every four years we must listen to a year worth of indoctrinations by the candidates. Instead of getting smart people who really care about the future of the country and world we get the cool jocks who often do not know how the real world works. The bubble is strong within politicians, entertainers and business executives. Unfortunately these bubbled in group of over privileged bastards run the world.
Those who truly care; the doctor, professor, scientist and philosopher dare not enter politics. Once they cross the threshold into politics especially their legitimate career is over. They are no longer a respected members of society. They have jumped into the camp of the greedy, crooked and sociopathic.
Yes, there is a way in which the United States moves forward without a president. Ending the gridlock over political parties and putting a stop to the cool kids on the block and their constant lies just to get into the girl known as the oval office. We can make a change, but it will take time. It will take a movement that wants to restructure society for the greater good of all people. It will take you!
We know then life is not forever, watching parents become older, not their young selves remembered from the eyes of a child.
Change is the constant. What you can always count on is change. Change is the moving force of humanity. Without change we would not have moved from hunter gatherer tribal nomads to living in cities having everything we need to survive minutes away. From newborn to old age, change in the constant motion driving us from cradle to grave.
Humans resist change understandably, becoming accustomed with lifestyles, occupations and even our human body. We dread reaching the age 40, 50 and 60. Those years come with the body starting to break down. We know then life is not forever, watching parents become older, not their young selves remembered from the eyes of a child. Children no more we are not, death is knocking knowing as they are so we shall be.
Acceptance to Change
Acceptance to change is a desired response in order to lubricate the emotions which long to resist. We can bring peace to our minds, learn, grow and become teachers to the youth. Changes in all its forms are not bad. In fact, change is a necessary component to our spiritual growth. Without change we will stay infants well into our old age. Or simply without change we would not exist in the first place. Stop resisting change and allow your stress to be eliminated. It is the unknowns of change that leave us paralyzed with fear. Instead of moving forward into the great unknown we stay in a desperate mode of survival in which we can never win.
Ride the wave of change. Stop regretting and stressing, instead move with the universe follow the path of the fool into the unknown. There is only reason to fear if you are resisting what must be. Allow change to be your friend working together towards a better future for yourself and others. Accept your life for what it is; embrace the change you make in yourself as well as the change that you face. You have made it this far, you will always make it.
What is faith? Why is it occult?