Nate takes us on a begineers journey into the early Christians. In fact the true Christians who we know as gnostics.
In short, evil does not exist. It is our human condition to suffer which we perceive as evil.
“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then
he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?”
I want to focus on this quote by Epicurus in part 2 of “God Is Not the Cause of Suffering.”
“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he in not omnipotent.”
I think we can base most of this argument from the ancient book of Job. We understand that only good things come from God however, God does allow evil to work in the world. God then is still omnipotent just a participant by association in the evil as we perceive it. I think it is important to remember God’s ways are not our way.
“Is he able but not willing? Then he is malevolent.”
Yes, from our perception he is malevolent. There is no doubt about it. God is absolutely allowing evil in the world. I would ask is evil necessary? Or, does evil exist at all? Do we just call what makes us suffer evil because we do not like it?
“Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?”
In short, evil does not exist. It is our human condition to suffer which we perceive as evil.
“Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?
That would be a personal choice. Don’t call him God. Call him what you want. Why do I call him God? I call him God because his ways our higher than mine. “Reality” Is much more than I could ever understand. I call him God because I do not believe in evil. I believe in suffering and suffering can bring about some of the best attributes in mankind. This however is my personal choice. God then is not the cause of suffering; suffering is the cause of mankind. To suffer is to live. Do what you will.
Do you wonder why people leave God? We teach them he is this creator who brings vengeance upon his people and all suffering, illness and disasters are from his hand.
God is not the cause of suffering. Many within the Evangelical church believe that pain and suffering are from God. Some radicals feel that hurricanes, earthquakes and other natural disasters are God’s vengeance. These types seem to live in a real life Dungeons and Dragons game rather than being followers of Christ. Imagination is a good, but we must not get carried away. If you think God causes suffering he/she is not the God I serve. Here is the deal humanity in itself is the cause of suffering. We start suffering before birth and continue to suffer until our death. Suffering is human nature. It is not of God, it is of humanity.
Countless times I have talked with those who were once Christians or grew up in a Christian home who reject Christianity due to a misunderstanding of suffering. Often Christians will quote Sodom and Gomorrah as an example without consulting Jesus and his interpretation. Jesus was asked whose sin caused this man to suffer; his parents or his own? Jesus said neither. The suffering was for the glory of God. Life is suffering, all suffering can bring us closer to God or drive us away. That is the human condition.
Do You Wonder Why People Leave God?
Imagine yourself flying from Hawaii to Los Angeles. Throughout the flight you are looking down on the beautiful ocean. Then you start to see land and the smog below. Humans are destructive. We destroy as we self-destruct. Like mold on a piece of white bread, the mold will spread and destroy the whole piece. We need to be honest with ourselves. Teaching our children or a new believers that God is behind our suffering is an imaginary way of trying to make peace with our condition. We blame it on God and teach our children to blame it on God. Do you wonder why people leave God? We teach them he is this creator who brings vengeance, suffering, illness and disasters on humanity.
Let’s not forget we also teach our children and new believers that if we do not get it right we are thrown into a lake of fire. This teaching must stop. We must rid ourselves of what we have been taught and think rationally. No good God is going to cause suffering. No good God will banish people to eternal torment. Finally we must ask ourselves why a good God would make humanity to be creatures of suffering.
When we take Christ out of politics, we remove the emotion of religion which stunts rational thinking. I am not saying you should not live for Christ. On the contrary we should live as Christ did.
There is a very real need to take Christ out of politics in the United States. Evangelicals for Trump recently held a meeting in which Trump seems to be their interface to God himself. I have always considered myself an Evangelical Christian as the very word evangelical means “good news.” I am finding with the election of Donald Trump it is plain to see many evangelicals never knew Christ or the good news at all. Their focus seems only to be the power of having their man in the White House.
Christ was Neither a Politician Nor Interested in Politics.
Christ was neither a politician nor interested in politics. He sarcastically stated, “Give to Caesar what is Caesars.” Evangelicals have run with this along with Romans 13 a chapter in which the apostle Paul speaks of being submissive of earthly authority. We however have a major problem. Paul was speaking to Roman Christians in the 1st century who needed to be very careful how they behaved to save their head. We can’t take the Bible literally in the sense that every word is applicable to today.
We must take Christ out of politics. As a Christian I do not want religion of any kind in American politics. We all have different interpretations of the biblical text and each one should be respected. Seeing Evangelicals for Trump is sick, it is not Christianity it is a cult of personality, it is a travesty created by Trump. Unfortunately, Evangelicals have been some of the most gullible citizens. Evangelicals are also one of the largest voting blocs in which Trump understood he could win over.
We Should Live All the More For Christ.
When we take Christ out of politics, we remove the emotion of religion which stunts rational thinking. I am not saying you should not live for Christ. On the contrary we should live as Christ did. Progressives are now guilty at slinging religion back at Trump supporters. John Pavlovitz is a perfect example someone who has a good heart but is becoming as ugly as the president in his rhetoric. Let’s be Christ through our faith and deeds. Let us not be just as deceived as Evangelicals for Trump. Turn the other cheek and love your neighbor. Do this and you have loved God!
You could argue progressives want to replace fundamentalist Christianity with progressive Christianity.
Are we as progressives wrong? As progressives it is difficult to not interject our Christian worldview against the Christian worldview in the White House. Jesus was a socialist, Jesus was a conservative, Jesus was this or that. Jesus seemed to do his best to stay out of political life. He could have been made king, led an invasion against Rome; even call down angels against those that sought to persecute him. Jesus did none of those things. Rather, Jesus taught his disciples to love God and neighbor. This type of leadership transcends given authority by birth, force or election. It is a leadership of example and choice.
Church and State
Progressives make valid points in which I agree. We as a people should start treating people with dignity and respect. We should care for the immigrant, feed the poor, provide affordable healthcare and do our best to give each person the right to execute their own free will. A government free from as much corruption as possible and listens to the needs of all people. A government that reasons together instead of fighting each other. The founding fathers were not perfect, and I do not hold the constitution as written by God’s hand. However, I do believe they were correct separating church and state.
Regardless if you are a religious person or not there are central moral doctrines most would agree. Do not kill or steal; most laws draw from these internal doctrines written on our hearts. We are smart people and can handle it, although I do not think that we have been handling the separation of church and state very well. Progressives are angry that fundamentalist are influencing the president and the Republican party. You could argue progressives want to replace fundamentalist Christianity with progressive Christianity. Both are wrong. We are wrong. Religion, any religion has no place in United States government.
If we are Wrong, What Now?
So, what now? Do we stop trying to correct the flaws of fundamentalism and the flagrant invasion of this form of Christianity in politics? Or, do we do what Jesus did? Jesus stayed out of the political scene. The Apostles stayed out of the political scene. When did things get bad for the people on earth regarding Christianity and government? When Constantine took Christianity and made it one of the state religions giving political power to the church. We all know how that worked out. I encourage my fellow progressives to stop trying to use our faith to fight the politics of the current administration, rather use our progressive values to live out Christ. Example is our power. Our salvation does not come from government. Our salvation comes from the Lord.
Pentagon leaks claim the latest earthquakes to hit Iran were part of a super-secret government program.
Breaking News: Iran’s Earthquakes man-made. Pentagon leaks claim the latest earthquakes to hit Iran were part of a super-secret government program. It is believed that HAARP (High Frequency Active Auroral Research program) in suspected. HAARP is the leading organization in weather manipulation located in Alaska. HAARP has created a high frequency weapon causing a disturbance in tectonic plates. These frequencies are believed to have caused the latest Iranian earthquakes. Recent tensions in Iran seemed to have created ideal proving ground.
The weapon is presumed to also be the cause of the Ukrainian 737-800 jet crash. While the Pentagon leakers could not be positive the crash was associated with the attacks. Scientist do report that it would not be out of the ordinary for a weapon to affect an airliner.
The United States has a history of manipulating weather. During the Vietnam war “Operation Popeye” created artificial rain. Increases in military technological lead many to take the leaks seriously. While other nations seek to build long range missiles. The United States has changed warfare forever. manufactured rain, earthquakes, volcanos, and hurricanes are now the next weapons used to fight against Americas enemies.
There is a cloud over the eyes of Christians. This cloud blinds the eyes of humanities search for God.
The death of Christianity is upon us and only Christians are to blame. For years the Evangelical Christian church has taught fire and brimstone, sinners and saints, numerous rules, dogma and doctrine. Children who grow up in this environment are sick of it. Those who are not leaving are changing denominations, while those who stay become like their agents of hate parents. There is a cloud over the eyes of Christians. This cloud blinds the eyes of humanities search for God.
Karl Von Eckartshausen, wrote the book; The Cloud Upon The sanctuary (1909). The text was very influential to societies who wished to make contact with the divine not through traditional means but that of the occult. Only those within the occult would be able to appreciate the mystery which the average Evangelical would not comprehend and probably label demonic. People want to be as free from suffering as possible. The church encourages suffering through its endless culture wars against people different from themselves. The endless dogma and doctrine of biblical literalists leaves the church goer in constant fear of God and hell. Jesus talked of a light burden; Evangelicals place heavy burdens on their adherents as the Pharisees in the days of Jesus.
Blinded by a Great Cloud.
We just do not understand this life. Some would say the purpose of life is to know God. This process it is not an automatic ask Jesus into your heart and done. It does not work that way. We must question, seek and be brave. There is a very real cloud that separates us from the divine. The transfiguration of Christ is a great example of our modern church. Peter, James and John represent the church as they stood in confusion. They spoke of what they do not know. A voice through a descending cloud spoke of Jesus “listen to Him.” Are we listening? No.
Live free of material gain and the fear of lack of. This causes some of the greatest suffering. However I find it unique that the Evangelical church is so wrapped up in money. I have never been to a service that the plate is not passed or money spoken of. Although Jesus himself talked more about money than heaven or hell his speech was not to gain, but to warn. Jesus understood the overwhelming sufferings money has caused the world. I believe Jesus was hoping we would listen to his words.
Do Not Fear Death.
Fear of death also has caused great suffering within the Evangelical church. No one wants to hear that they are going to hell when we do not even know if hell exists. Most scholars believe when Jesus spoke of hell he was speaking in hyperbole. Yes, it gets the point across and that can be ok at times. Don’t steal or kill or you will go to prison. I get it. Yet we are talking about long term mental devastation upon young people that have had enough. To hell with your hell, maybe the only hell that many Evangelicals lived through was within their church. Can you blame them for leaving?
If the Evangelical church has any hope it must restructure from the ground up. Rid itself of dogmas and doctrine from a time past. Rid it of its literalists views. The racist, anti LGBT, anti-immigrant, pro borders and gun beliefs which are rife within Evangelical walls must be dismantled. Love is the only law. This is the only doctrine that matters. There is hope for the Evangelical church as the word itself means good news. To save Evangelicals from radicals Sometimes it must die before it thrives.
With such atrocity and division caused by religion we must ask; is religion worth it?
Is religion worth it? There is nothing on earth that is used more to manipulate the populace than religion. Religion inspires people to commit the best and worst of actions. Religion has spearheaded some of the bloodiest wars and terrorist attacks. The labels in which we put on people in differing countries are often based on the majority religion. It is a Christian, Muslim or Buddhist country. Within the differing religions is even greater division especially within the Christian faith. With such atrocity and division caused by religion we must ask; is religion worth it?
Religion Defines Our Purpose.
People throughout history have also used religions to define their purpose. Trapped on this planet in the middle of space, early man developed religion as a panacea of sorts to explain why we are here. If God or Gods have contacted humanity it was still mankind who developed the system of worship around the Gods. Within Christianity, the Biblical text spells out how the religion was formed. Jesus did not form the church. Jesus did tell his followers to go about and spread the good news. However, this good news of love and peace has become a heavy burden to the majority of Christianity.
Religion is not Complex Enough for Humanity.
Is religion worth it? No, I would say it is not. It is within human nature to seek for the divine, but to formulate religions on dogmas and doctrines in which we think we know the will of God has caused nothing but harm. To have faith in God and a spiritual practice is not the same as an organized religion. Spirituality is following ones will. Ones will is their purpose and we are all spiritual. One’s path is not the same as another as each path is as unique as a fingerprint. To develop a system focusing on the human and his or her purpose in life is leaving humans wanting as no system is great enough to handle the unique nature of man.
Do Not Give Up on Your Faith.
If you agree but still love your faith good. I would never want someone to disown their faith, rather I would say let us build upon our spiritual nature within the framework of our faith, adding modifications when needed. Live by love, do no harm, seek peace and care for one another. Know that everyone is different and that is ok, that is how God made them. Understand that variety is the spice of life and you do not know the answers. Love, and be love, that is the only way.
The new order goes into effect immediately. If your son is 13 years of age or older, he must report his status to the selective service.
Breaking news: draft age now 13. The President of the United States has signed an executive order lowering the draft age to 13. This news comes as tensions grow with Iran. It is reported that Barron Trump, youngest son of the President was upset that he could not join the fight.
Trump stated: “This is a very good thing, a very good thing. I know, I know more about war than anyone else. Now your youngest children can fight for our great, great country.”
However much to the dismay of Barron he has since been diagnosed with Bone Spurs. The same condition which kept his father from military service. Barron is happy that other boys his age can go in his place. When Trump was questioned about Barron he stated: “Barron cannot go, he told me he wanted too, but the doctors will not let him. Do not worry, your children are able and will have the opportunity to fight. This is a great thing if you are 13 years old you should be able to fight for freedom.”
Under the order a 13-year-old will be able to enlist in the military branch of his choice.
The new directive goes into effect immediately. If your son is 13 years of age or older, he must report his status to the selective service. Under the order a 13-year-old will be able to enlist in the military branch of his choice. Republicans in both the House and Senate are praising the executive order with hope of making it law. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell supports the executive order which now allows his grandchildren to sign up for the fight. McConnell praised the president stating: “This is a great thing for our families and young patriots. I wish my grandchildren did not have asthma. I am sure your children will be able to fight. The President’s son and my grandchildren will be watching the patriotism of our young men from the White House.”
Why soldier do you choose to die so the wealthy elite gains an extra dime?
Humans love to be ruled; a terrible condition. The condition of war is another stain on our humanity. Nations of the world each with their dictators, presidents or kings. The United States is no different. We invest in long winded elections to find the most popular person to make king. Trump has been the president of the United States for 3 years and the country is more divided than it has ever been since the Civil War. War, the nations of the world love war. The United States is first among nations who chooses to sacrifice the lives of its youth for the interest of the few. Of course, those few convince soldiers and the populace believe we fight for freedom and the freedom of others. I call bullshit. It is our condition of war.
Why soldier do you choose to die so the wealthy elite gains an extra dime? You take an oath, you think its true, the oath you take is foolish spew. It is all just bullshit. If we the people just said no to these people. If our soldiers just said; I do not think I will fight today. Many say that is the way of a coward. They, would have you believe that. Trump, Obama and Bush. Yes, Obama too. Men who sent men and women to die so they can claim their royal prize.
Iran the Latest Victim of our Condition of War
Iran is now the target of the United States with Trump supporters calling for war. Foolish people. They crave for war, but very few have tasted its sting. War is not a pretty thing. War is the blood sacrifice to the egos of men. The conservative voices of the United States are filled with pride. Fundamental Evangelical leaders feel they have they know the will of God. I laugh at their ignorance their petty ways. They rob from the poor to fill their banks; then send your sons to die as sacrifices to their god.
Peace is the Only Option
Could we have armies that pray for peace? Armies without weapons of war. Armies to be the example of real power; power which is the enlightenment of mankind. Armies that will take humanity to the next level of our evolution. The return of Jesus. Jesus has never left. I am with you always. We are Jesus. I would not think the Jesus who healed the soldier’s ear would send to war children without names. It is not courage’s to obey criminals, real strength is that of standing up for righteousness in the face persecution. Just say no to foolish wars. Put down your silly pride. Foolish souls calling for war. These are the burden of humanity. Maybe the evolution of mankind cannot move forward till these who long for war with soldiers willing to die for kings are taken from the earth. If mankind is to survive then war must cease, whatever it takes for peace.