10 Spiritual Questions and Their Answers

Written by Rick Warren

voidQuestion 1: Why is there evil in the world?

If God exists, why is there evil in the world? You know, this is a difficult stumbling block and question for many people. The simplest way to look at this question is to examine God’s nature and his desire for mankind. Look at the logic. God loves us and wants us to love him back. And how could we love him back unless we have the freedom to not love?

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God could have made us like robots who do nothing more than say, “I love you. I love you. I love you.” But we’d be forced to do that and that wouldn’t be real love. Love is a choice. And if you have a choice you have to be able to choose not to love and that in itself is the nature of evil. Evil is choosing not to love. So when God gave us the freedom to choose, he gave us not only our greatest blessing, but he also gave us our greatest curse because we can choose to do right or choose to do wrong.

The reason there’s evil in the world is not because of God, but because God gave us the freedom to choose. Now the potential for love outweighs the existence of evil, because you see, evil is only going to exist for a short time, but love is going to go on forever. And all of the suffering and all of the death that we see in the world today are the result because man has chosen to make wrong choices.

God could have taken our freedom, but He didn’t. I hope you’ll use your freedom to choose God.

Question 2: Is Jesus really God?

Well when you think about it you only have three options as to who Jesus Christ was. You see, Jesus claimed to be God. He said things like, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me.” He claimed to be God many, many times. Now, that means either:

  1. He is who he says He was
  2. He was the biggest liar in history or
  3. He was crazy, He was a lunatic on the order of the man who calls himself a fried egg.

You see, you can’t just say Jesus was a good man. I’ve had many friends who said, “Oh, I believe Jesus was a good man.” Well He couldn’t have been a good man and said those things He said. For instance, if I said to you, “I’m Rick Warren and I’m a good teacher and a good husband.” You might say, “Okay, I buy that.” But if I said to you, “I’m Rick Warren and I’m God and I’m the only way to heaven.” Well, you would have to make a decision. You couldn’t say I was a good person because a good person wouldn’t say that. You’d either say, “He is who he says he was, or he’s a liar or he’s crazy.”

Now Jesus didn’t just expect us to believe Him and take Him at His word. He said, “I’m going to prove the claim that I am God.” He said, “I’m going to let people kill me on a cross, then let them bury me. I’ll be dead for three days and then I’ll come back to life.” And, of course, that was the event that changed history. The resurrection of Jesus Christ. Every person since then refers to Jesus Christ, whether they believe in Him or not, every time you right a date, A.D. or B.C., what’s the reference point? Jesus Christ. Because it was the event that split history when Jesus proved that He was who He said He was, He is God.

Question 3: Do all religions lead to God?

Well now think about the logic of this. Can I go into a phone booth and dial any phone number and get home? No, there’s only one number that’ll get me home. I could be sincere, but I could be sincerely wrong. The truth is, all roads don’t lead to Rome and all roads and all religions don’t lead to God.

You see, it all depends on which direction you take. Jesus said this, “I am the way and the truth and the light. No one comes to the Father except through me.” I’m betting my life on the fact that He was right because I figured Jesus knows more about it than I did.

The Bible tells us that on the road to heaven, there are only two directions, toward Christ or away from Him. You can accept it or you can reject it, that’s your choice. You can make Jesus the Lord of your life, that means the manager, the ceo, the person in charge of your life, or you can call Him a liar, but that’s what the Bible declares.

You know a lot of people sincerely believe that even though they’ve broken God’s rules that they can earn God’s forgiveness by doing good works, by observing the Five Pillars of Islam or the Buddhist Eightfold Path or the Hindu Doctrine of Karma, for example. But I don’t get it. How will doing some good works that we should have done all our lives, make up for all the countless times we failed? You see, heaven is a perfect place and that means only perfect people get to go there. If not-perfect people were allowed in, it wouldn’t be perfect anymore. Well I don’t know about you, but I stopped being perfect a long time ago. So God came up with plan b. He came to earth in human form, Jesus Christ, and He lived a perfect life and now He offers to let us go to heaven on His ticket. And I pray that you will trust Jesus Christ and stop trying to bat a thousand because you ended up not doing that a long time ago and accept God’s free ticket through Jesus Christ.

Question 4: What’s going to happen to those people in the world who’ve never heard about Jesus Christ?

You may have heard this question put this way: “What about the person living in the jungle somewhere who’s never heard the good news about Jesus Christ? Are you christians saying that a person won’t go to heaven based solely on where he lives?” No, we’re not saying that. The Bible tells us that God doesn’t work that way. We understand that God is perfect in His love and perfect in His holiness and He’s perfectly just and fair. Therefore, it’s against God’s nature to be unfair. It’s against God’s nature to hide the ball on salvation or to condemn somebody who’s ignorant of his truth. In fact the scripture, the bible declares that God is loving and patient and not willing that anybody should perish. But He wants everybody to come to repentance, to come to know Him.

So if God is a perfectly loving and righteous God, then He will figure out ways to help people understand Him. He somehow reveals the simple truth of the gospel to people throughout the world. You know, I’ve talked to people who were missionaries in Africa who’ve told me that Jesus has revealed Himself through nature. When you look at nature you learn that God is organized, that God is creative, that God likes variety. But it’s when we look at Jesus Christ we realize that God is loving.

And as Christians we are called to tell the good news to other people. It’s God’s decision to decide what happens to people who haven’t heard about Him. But it is our decision to take that news to as many people as possible. And the bible says we will be held more responsible because we have heard and we have known that God is love, that God wants a relationship to us and that God will forgive us if we give our lives to Jesus Christ.

So, what do we do about those who haven’t heard? We tell them. First we accept God’s good news and then we tell them and we leave the result in the hands of a fair, loving and just God.

Question 5: What about all the wars that are caused in the name of Christianity?

Well first, let me say that a lot of things have been done in the name of Christianity that Jesus Christ would totally disavow. And just because someone claims to be a Christian doesn’t necessarily make him a follower of Christ, nor does it make him a representative of Jesus. It’s very, very important to distinguish between the bible kind of Christianity and the actions that have been taken throughout history by people who claim to be Christians but really didn’t know.

You see there’s a difference between religion and a relationship with God. Jesus is not interested in the religion of Christianity. He’s interested in you having a relationship to Him. Jesus never said, “I’ve come that you might have religion.” He said, “I came that you might have life and have it more abundantly.”

Now a lot of people have claimed to be followers of Christ but they’ve lived their lives contrary to His teaching. And we shouldn’t label that group Christian. But let me say this, have you ever seen a counterfeit dollar? Well, maybe you haven’t, but maybe you’ve heard of them. Why are there counterfeit dollars in the world? Well, I’ll tell you why. Because there are real dollars in the world. If there were no real dollars, there would be no counterfeits. And if you find counterfeit Christianity in the world, it must mean that somewhere there must be the real thing. The point is we don’t identify Jesus by claiming that all the things that were done in His name were done by Him. In fact, Jesus proffended His own disciples from defending themselves against the enemies when He said on a personal basis, He said, “I want you to turn the other cheek.”

So a lot of wars have been done in the name of Christianity that Jesus probably would have disavowed. The real issue is do you know Jesus Christ? You see, it doesn’t matter so much what has been done by hypocrites or phonies or false followers of Christ. What matters is do you know the real, true, genuine item? Have you ever turned your life over to Jesus Christ? If you haven’t, I would encourage you to investigate Him today.

Question 6: Is there any real right or wrong?

You know, you might have heard somebody say, “I don’t believe there’s such a thing as right or wrong.” Or maybe you’ve heard a professor say, “There are no absolutes.” Whenever I hear that I want to say, “Are you absolutely sure?” You have to ask yourself, “Is this statement even logical? Is there any right or wrong?” Because when people say, “There is no right or wrong, or it’s wrong for you to impose your morals on me,” think about it, by them telling you that, they are imposing their morals on you.

The fact is we all inheritantly know right from wrong and we just have this weird tendency to disregard it. To disregard morality when it conflicts with our desires for pleasure or personal gain. Now, sure, you might justify having an affair, but certainly you wouldn’t condone your spouse having one. Or you might justify taking something without permission, but if you were the one being robbed you wouldn’t think it was okay. You see the fact is, there isn’t a person alive today who’d come home from work and discover that their entire house had been robbed and say, “Oh, how wonderful that this burglar is able to enjoy all my things without my permission. And who am I to impose my view of right or wrong on this poor burglar?” You see how ridiculous that is? Of course.

Even those who claim there is no right or wrong have their own moral conscious, they’ve just set their own standards. Here’s a good way to determine right from wrong. Turn the situation around on yourself. Jesus said it best. He said, “Treat people the same way you want people to treat you.” You see we all know that murder and rape and lying and stealing and torture and injustice are absolutely wrong. Why? Because we wouldn’t want any of these things to happen to us. The person who would say, “there is no right or wrong,” would not agree that it was okay for them to be raped. No, when you turn it on yourself, you realize that even inside ourselves God has placed a moral conscious and that conscious tells us when we do right and when we do wrong. And when we violate our conscious, we need forgiveness. That’s why the bible said, “God sent Jesus to earth so that we might be forgiven of all of our wrong.”

Question 7: Why do I exist?

That’s the most fundamental question of life. What on earth am I here for?

Well, you need to understand God to answer that question. You see, the bible says, “God is love.” It doesn’t say He has love, it says He is love. It’s part of His nature, His character, it is the essence of His being. God is love. Now, love isn’t very valuable unless you bestow it on something and the bible says, “God made you to love you.” You were created as an object of God’s love. If you want to know why you’re taking breath right now, why your heart is beating, it’s because God made you to love you. It’s the sole reason. You were made to be loved by God and to bring Him pleasure.

Now God wants you to learn to love Him back and that’s the first purpose of your life, to get to know and love Him back. One day Jesus was walking down the street and a man came up and said, “What’s the most important command in the bible?” And Jesus said, “I’m going to summarize the entire bible in one sentence. Love God with all your heart and soul and mind and strength.” That’s called the great commandment. And God wants you to get to know and love Him back. So that means when you get up in the morning, you should sit on the side of your bed and say, “God, if I don’t get anything else done today, I want to know you a little bit better and I want to love you a little bit more.” Because if at the end of the day you know God more and you love Him more, you have just fulfilled one of the purposes of your life.

If, on the other hand, you’ve accomplished all kinds of things and achieved many, many successes in life, but at the end of the day you don’t know God better or love Him more, you have missed the primary purpose of your life. Because God didn’t put you on this earth just to mark things off your to-do list. He put you here to know Him and love Him. That’s why you exist.

Question 8: What is my purpose in life?

Well the truth is, God created you for five purposes. You see, you were made by God and you were made for God. And until you understand that, life isn’t going to make sense. When you come to this question, what is my purpose, you only have three alternatives.

  1. First is what I call the mystical approach, and that is look within. You find this in a lot of talk shows, a lot of new age books a lot of seminars. They say, “look within to discover your purpose.” The only problem is that doesn’t work. We’ve all looked within and I didn’t like what I saw. It’s quite confusing. In fact, if you could know the purpose of your life by looking within, we’d all know it by now. It doesn’t work.
  2. The second way you can try to discover your purpose is called the intellectual or philosophical approach. And that’s where you go to a seminary class or university class and you sit there with a pipe and your latte and your coffee and you ask questions like, “Why am I here? Where did I come from? Where am I going?” I once read a book by professor John Morehead, the Head of the Department of Philosophy at Northeastern University in Illinois. And he wrote to 250 well-known intellectuals and asked them, “What is the meaning and purpose of life?” These were novelists, scientists, well-known intellectuals, and I read the book, it’s now out of print, it was quite depressing because most of the people said, “I have no idea what the purpose of life is.” Some of them admitted they just made up a purpose. And some of the admitted they guessed. And some of them said, “If you know the purpose, please tell me.”
  3. You see, there’s a better answer to speculation and that’s revelation. If I were to hold up an invention that you have never seen before, you wouldn’t know its purpose. The only way you’d know its purpose was either talk to the inventor, the creator who made it or read the owner’s manual. The owner’s manual of life is the bible and your Creator is God. And it is only as you get to know God you will discover his five purposes for your life. I hope you’ll begin that journey today.

Question 9: Does my life really matter?

Well, it’s a good question. You know, today we teach our kids that we’re all just one big cosmic accident. We came from the goo through the zoo to you over billions of years. Well, if that is true, in a nutshell it teaches that your life really doesn’t matter, you’re just the freak accident of random chance, you’re complex slime and you were an accident. And if you get accidentally killed, well, of course, that doesn’t matter. And that creates a lot of our sociological problems and a lot of our self-esteem issues.

But the truth is you are not an accident. You were created by a loving God who loves you and designed you with intricate detail in your life and when you understand that God made you to love you and that God made you to be a part of His family and that God made you to last forever, then you’re never going to have a problem with low self-esteem again.

It was Bertram Russell the atheist who once said, “Unless you assume the existence of God, then the purpose and meaning of life is irrelevant.” The truth is, if there is no God your life doesn’t matter. But because there is a God, God had a specific purpose in mind when He created you and you do matter. You matter because God created you. You matter because he sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross. If you want to know how much you matter, think of Jesus Christ with his arms outstretched saying, “I love you this much.”

Now, if you had to chose between a loved one and a material thing, even if that thing was priceless, you’d chose your loved one in a heartbeat. And when you’re on your deathbed, you’re not going to surround yourself with material possessions, you’re not going to say, “Bring me my trophies. Bring me my credentials. Bring me my certificates so I can look one more time at my grade point average.” No, you’re going to surround yourself with loved ones and everybody’s going to be crying because they’re going to miss you. You see, that’s how much you matter.

Personal relationships to God and to other people are the most important thing in life. And God wants you to know Him and He wants you to have a relationship with Him because you’re worth so much in God’s eyes that he sent His Son to die for you. I hope you’ll get to know Him very soon.

Question 10: Is there a real hell and why would a loving God send anyone there?

Well, first I believe in hell because Jesus talked about it. In fact, Jesus talked more about hell then He did heaven. He said it is a real place and it is a place of eternal torment. And I believe Jesus knows more about it than either you or I.

But second, I believe in hell because logic and fairness demand it. Think of all the atrocities and evil that have been done throughout history by evildoers in this world. For God to allow those crimes to go unpunished would mean that God is not worthy of our worship and love.

Now why would a loving God send anyone to hell? Well in a nutshell, God doesn’t. God doesn’t send anybody to hell. We choose to go there when we reject the love of God. If I were to say to my right is a door heading to heaven, and to my left is a door heading to hell, if you walk out the door heading to hell, you don’t have anybody to blame but yourself.

In fact, the bible tells us that God does almost everything – well everything possible to keep us out of hell. He cared so much to keep us out of hell that he sent Jesus Christ to come to earth, to die on the cross, to pay for our sins so that we don’t have to pay for them. He wants to set us free. He wants to give us forgiveness. God made us in his image and He gave us the ultimate power to say yes or no.

Now if we chose to reject God here on earth, then we, at the same time, are choosing to spend eternity separated from Him. You see, there are only two people in the world – two kinds of people. Those who say, “Thy will be done here to God on earth” and those to whom God says, “Your will be done,” when we say, “I want to do it my way.” And if we say, “God I don’t want you in my life while I’m here on earth,” then God says, “I don’t want you in my heaven for eternity.”

You don’t have to go to hell. In fact, Jesus Christ has made it possible for you to go to heaven. Open your heart to Him and say, “Jesus Christ, I need you, I want you, I trust you and I ask you to forgive me.” And He’ll come in and save you.

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560 Responses to “10 Spiritual Questions and Their Answers”

  • Kevin says:

    Wisdom is very educative and i’m probably gonna start my own lore very soon that people can learn from! Also using Bibical, Qu’ran and Toric and Buddhistic related quotes as well!

  • Kevin says:

    You should know about the countless of stories i daily receive… :-) it’s always fun to make a story/game based on the many truths people receive daily from the source.

    Ever heard about the (Warcraft) series? They’ll talk about an Titan (God!) that is getting confused by the things why they are the way they are and why there is so many chaos and imbelanced. The other Gods/Deities didn’t knew the answer, so they allowed the other God/Titan to do what it likes to do. They captured the disharmonic forces long ago, but they just didn’t understand them yet.

    This is the best explanation for me what also happend here in this universe a long long time ago – and since time even doesn’t exist… we are part of the Luciferian experiment right now! That also explains our free will.

    Eventually it perceived (somehow) duality and the disharmonic forces were getting more attracted. There were as many Deities destroyed as possible but it didn’t just work and felt good for them after fighting them pointlessly, so eventually they came up with another plan.

    What happend in this universe is ALMOST the same thing, but slightly a bit different.

    We all know spirit can’t be destroyed. Why would the source isolate itself in one reality? We need to learn and perceive of the low aspects of ourselves and eventually bring order and freedom to this universe again.

  • Tom Tom says:

    Kevin–
    I’ve got to hand it to you Kevin. Your imagination is right up there with Isaac Asimov, H. G. Wells, and Steven King. Ever thought about writing science fiction?

  • Kevin says:

    In the beginning source just (was) it allowed itself to express itself in the unknown and have different kind of perceptions in order to understand itself merly better. God allows itself to express itself in order to have this experience and it doesn’t take away it’s free will because that would already have explained alot. We are here on this Earth to understand the lower part of itself and build up some immunity against it so we can pretend it to happen ever again and we can give these forces a new change to life in the glory as well again. There will be a new universe be create very soon. The source is just like the human body… it inhales fruits and vegetables in order to cure it’s sickness and build an immunity against it and turn the disharmonic bacteria into harmonic ones.

    Also one of my guesses is that in the beginning of creation some forces we’re able to merge itself to one and each other because the true fact is that the universe is ONE and plays on rules. The other part is tend to believe in seperation and it is allowed to do so but it brings alot of consequences with it as well.

    We are here for a reason and we are here to learn so the experiences we have learned can be turned against the negative forces. One day they will get recycled. Some of the humans here were also fallen beings that came back here in order to have a second change.

    Seperation makes us EXACTLY what the Luficer experiment did a long time ago on Atlantis and Mars.

    Humans nature is good because it is in our DNA. It is very bad to guess we’re ”evil” because people are born pure and have feelings and know how to expres mercy uppon others. We know what’s bad and we know what’s good and we want to help each other if we had the change to do so and we feel really bad when we don’t. Source energy is downloaded within our own DNA as you see.

    When you start eating the meat and modifited stuff it will have a huge disharmonic impact on your DNA that will mess up your source DNA. These times are the true dark ages! If we believe we’re imperfect you will start to become that way. They say God is infinite why follow him and obey him instead of expressing the source energy within your own and understanding that you and the rest of us are ONE?

    If you believe you are dependent you will stay imperfect. If you believe you are way more then what you are taught your DNA will build up an greater self esteem which is good for the source and it’s energy to come easily in.

    Indeed, we need to ascend and evolve in order to be like God. There are multiple ways to understand God. There’s not one way there are infinite ways.

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Cary, I appreciate your passion for understanding what the Bible says. You are right about the need for understanding the context of the words of the Bible in order to be able to understand what is being communicated to us. Idioms from the Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic languages cannot always be interpreted literally. There is a tremendous amount of literature written that helps us understand that context and know what is the background of those idioms.

    I am not sure what conflict you are referring to in regards to the story of Jesus being asleep in the boat during a storm. In Mark’s account of the event we read, “But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion.” (Mark 4:38) Matthew gives less detail when he wrote, “And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep.” (Matthew 8:24) Now there are other places in the Bible where there are differences in the details but those reflect different people’s perspectives and their emphasis rather than discounting the accuracy of their accounts. In fact, in accounts where the details are identical people then accuse the biblical authors of collusion or copying one another.

    We can have great confidence in the accuracy of the Bible, and trust it to lead us into the truth of God. And helping other people to know the truth of God is an act of love. A parent acts in love when they correct their child, or warn them of dangers. There is a cliff near my home which has a long sloping crest that is covered with loose gravel and moss. There have been many who have misjudged their footing at the top of that cliff and slipped and fallen over the cliff. Is it loving to allow them to be deceived and not correct them when they venture too close to the slippery edge? I don’t think so. In the Bible we read that God disciplines those He loves (Hebrews 12:6) so discipline and correction are acts of love. Jesus said, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8:31-32) So helping people to continue in God’s Word, the Bible, is helping them to know the truth and is setting them free. Isn’t that an act of love to see people be free?

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Kevin, There are some problems raised by your claim that we are God who has lost our true potential. First of all, that suggests that there is a higher standard than God by which perfection is judged. If we, as God, are the ultimate standard of perfection then even in our fall we would be considered perfect because we would be the measurement for perfection. So by claiming that we have fallen away from our true perfection suggest that there is another being, force, or deity which is the true standard of perfection against which we can measure ourselves. So rather than looking at ourselves as God, we need to be looking at that entity.

    Secondly, if we, as God, are able to fall, we are not a trustworthy source for finding redemption. Our nature is imperfect and prone to evil. So therefore, we need someone outside of ourselves to be our hope of redemption. If my nature is evil, using that nature to make myself pure will not work. Even if my nature is only partly evil, I still cannot transcend that to make myself pure. It is like trying to clean my face with a dirty rag; all that happens is I move the dirt around my face but it will not get clean. So it brings me again to a dependence on the entity which is the standard of perfection to rescue me from my imperfection.

    That is what the Bible describes for us: God is perfect and we are imperfect. We are dependent on Him to rescue us from our imperfection and cleanse us from our evil. Try to relabel us as God only changes the titles, it doesn’t fix the problem or create a new solution.

    Perhaps you can explain to us how we, as fallen God, have any better chance of saving ourselves from our own evil, than we do as fallen humans.

  • Kevin says:

    We are God but we lost our true potentional with the higher self. The only way to achieve that is to seek out the inner self and connect yourself with everything else that is into existence. You, me, and everything else is a part of God! We are God. I am way more then the bible and all otehr books decribes me and the rest to be.

  • Cary says:

    Kevin, Aldo, and everyone
    Why must one read the bible scientifically? Why? And before answering, be honest with yourself for a moment and look deep as to why this is so important. Then I ask, why is there disturbingly unloving, ungodly statements in the bible? Is this not contrary to such a scientific reading of the bible? Lastly, why is there discrepancies, conflicting statements which cannot be reconciled, in the bible if a scientific reading is appropriate? An example is whether Jesus was on deck when the storm came as stated by place and Jesus was sleeping down below in the boat when the storm came stated in another gospel? Is not one of those wrong and if so, then should be more careful to read the bible scientifically? So I ask again, why must you read it as every statement is truth word for word? Why? And why do we over emphasize some statements in the bible and never discuss other important statements, if they are true, which tend to be at odds with our behavior? Lastly, words have different meanings over time and the meaning change. We have expressions like “Damn the torpedoes”; 2000 years from now should people interpreting statements of this century interpret that statement scientifically? Or what about “that picture is speaking to me?” Why is it so important for Christianity and Jesus to be the only way to the light, the creator of the universe? Why does this consume so much energy, so much effort, so much attempted justification? What if Jesus meant by “I am the only way to the father” as following the morals, principals and morality he preached, demonstrated etc. By “I am”, what if he meant “my actions?” Do they even use the term I am back then and if so, what meanings did it have? If Christians spent half as much time worrying about all of the statements from Jesus telling you or demonstrating to you or the message being conveyed to you that you should not judge others, this world would be a much better place. So my final question, how can you believe Jesus is the only way and then judge others for not agreeing? Does that highlight the hypocrisy and if not, does it not at minimum lend authority that there is a balancing of ideas and morals that takes place and we place emphasis where it meets our own preconceived beliefs and supports them and de-emphasize those that we disagree with or that do not support own current beliefs? Our beliefs change over time and the bible tells us over and over again to think for ourselves and watch out for idiots telling us what we should think. Examples of this are demonstrated over and over again; people following the crowd or wave right over the cliff. So isn’t the most important moral to think for yourself? To be a leader not a follower? Do use your brain and not just blindly follow some self-appointed authority or leader? Is love really that picky on how you get to it? Kevin states you cannot dial any telephone number in a phone booth and reach home to support the proposition that Jesus is the only way to god. An analogy which fails on many fronts. First, God is not confined to s space like a house on a planet, but rather is everywhere, in everything and you do not need a telephone to speak with him because he hears everyone all the time. A better analogy is a man and woman have 10 children and the man and women are pure love and compassion as much as can be and they love all of the children, purely not in degrees, but unconditionally. But they must teach and educate their children as is their responsibility to do so and which is prudent, to pass on the knowledge and experiences to make the children’s lives easier. One child takes a tougher road, smoking pot, drinking, he is a real leader though and chooses these things because he is seeking his independence. Another child is brilliantly smart, a mathematician, has no desire to “experiment” or find his individuality and so he is content staying at home and not getting in trouble. And the parents, in speaking about a all of their children as to whether they will participate in the family inheritance, states, only if they do like the mathematician or only if they follow in the steps of the mathematician. Does that mean that all of the children must do as the math child? Of course not, maybe they mean find yourself, or become something, or try hard. This is a better analogy for many reasons and just as we as parents of ten, understand the differences in them, so too does god understand us all and our differences. God is a combination of both man and women, but its not a person with a brain. It made everything and knows everything and we are not close to being capable to comprehending 1/1,000,000th of any of it. So maybe we should stop thinking we got answers because none of us do, none of us. Isn’t that more Jesus like than running around proving we are right and you are wrong? It is more humble than the alternative; it is less judgmental; and is it not more noble? We need to come together as we are all one and anything that tries to separate us is wrong. Everything in life tries to make us fee separate. That s the key, we are not; we are all connected. God wrote this statement, through my had and in fact, I did this without draft and as it came to me. Love is the answer, its not hard, it is simple. Love is the road, love is the path, love is the answer. Separating and competing as to who is right is not love; especially when it is not grounded in humility, compassion, empathy and morality. Ask yourself, which road is more moral, has more humility, is less judgmental, is more about love and less about conflict, conveys better compassion and empathy? That is the more moral road and the right answer. Signed —.

  • Aldo says:

    Kevin, please read Jamie’s comments of March 18, 2016 at 9:00 AM that are under yours below. He has some very good points, and interesting questions for you.

  • Kevin says:

    For your own pleasure.

    ”Self lust”.

  • Kevin says:

    Also did you know that only people existed in the past? I mean that only earlier humans have existed and nothing else, they fed off themselves by sourceful connected energy and since they lost this connection, the order also lost it’s connection, so God (THE ONENESS) made animals to maintain nature again for the belanced order since the lesser light also were in tact with the Earth – humans were permitted to eat animal flesh when it is necessary. The reason why we have to go trough the negative is to learn from it and to bring the heavens on Earth again – we will go there as well if our soul level is high enough – there are numerous of realities out there like i said before.

    The eating of meat nowdays shouldn’t be considered (moral) because we don’t need the flesh in these times anymore because we can get what we want to have. We shouldn’t abuse this opportunity, but rather do something with it.

    Also the Earth is chaning in a new vibrational state that allows source energy to enter even more, the old power constructs are over and they lost – they will have to learn on another planet again in order to ascend as well. You also can see that a lion spared baby lambs and cared for them, while another lion ate it later on – you can see that animal bahaviour changes as well.

    The eating of meat that you don’t need at all is againsts Gods universal order, especially without morality and pure sensations for the physical lust.

    ”Which should be considered as a sin because you are harming some other individual with a piece of God in it as well!”

  • Kevin says:

    Source can’t be deceived – but the source is free to test itself as well. Time doesn’t exist so i think what happend before still happends today at the same moment – and we are all part of this.

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Kevin, those are some unique ideas you are sharing. How do you know that there is any truth in those claims about earlier humans deceiving themselves, losing connection with The ONENESS, and that they will be pure again? How did you learn about those ideas?

    I find it interesting the similarities of your explanation of all this, and the record in the Bible about humanity. As I am sure you are aware, the Bible does talk about the first humans who were created by God: Adam and Eve. They were made perfect and were given by God the mandate to have authority over all of Creation to lead all of Creation in worship of God. But they did deceive themselves to think that they could establish themselves as the highest authority which brought death and decay into the natural realm, and separated them from God. The rest of the Bible tells how God provided a way of restoration through His own sacrifice. The great hope of the Bible is that for those who respond to God’s invitation to trust in His sacrifice as the means of becoming pure through Jesus Christ, they will be united with God in Heaven for all of eternity to proclaim the great love and power of God.

    My confidence in the Bible’s description is based on the fact that all of the stories are part of a verifiable history. The events are not metaphorical depictions, or mythical narratives that have no historical connecting points that cannot be verified or falsified like what we see in most sacred texts. The Bible’s accounts have been repeatedly confirmed by archaeology. Also the prophecies made in the Bible are consistently accurate; as I have pointed out before, many of the prophecies from the Bible have already been fulfilled and can be studied. The accuracy of those prophecies have caused some critics to allege that the prophecies were written after the historical events, even though the evidence of the actual date of those prophecies is difficult to deny. So I don’t have to rely solely on my own feelings or revelations from spiritual beings or claims that others have made. Do you have similar confidence in your sources, Kevin?

  • Kevin says:

    God made some earlier humans in development that could do whatever they wanted to – a few of these (free willed) earlier people sticked up with the alternatives after they have shared their own version of reality with each other, they misguided and deceived themselves and became the way they are now – they feed off source energy because they don’t know other kind of methods. The game is that these (fallen) earlier humans will ascend in heaven as well and be pure co – creators again.

    There are many realities out there – once you realize this you won’t be deceived by the lesser light anymore.

  • Elkay says:

    Rhonda, Tom posted while I was writing this so I will be saying some of what he did in a different way that I pray makes sense to you.

    I hope that you recognize that all human beings are sinners and our sins are against an infinite, holy God who cannot even look upon sin. God is eternally, immutably, and intrinsically good and His character cannot tolerate our wrong doings. He can’t overlook sin, no matter how small we think it is and so we cannot exist in a permanent friendship with Him. When we die, then, we live on but somewhere absent from Him. Based on what Jesus has told us, this place is Hell and it is simply what we deserve as a consequence of a lifetime of wrong behaviors. All of us.

    But another of God’s eternal, immutable, and intrinsic characteristics is love. It is more than God being loving, God is thoroughly love. Because God is love, He has to be loving and so 1 John 4:10 tells us, “This is real love—not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” That is, God loves us so much that He gave us “a way out” of the consequences of out sinfulness. Jesus satisfied the demands of God’s holy justice. and when He received God’s wrath for us, His sacrifice, and this alone, made it possible for us to be in a right relationship with holy God. And this is why all of our worship, praise, devotion, energy, etc., all of what we are, has to be focused on Jesus Christ.

    Jesus journeyed into the deepest pit of despair hours before His crucifixion. In the Garden of Gethsemane, He repeatedly prayed for “the cup” to pass from Him (Matt. 26:39-44). Christ was staring into a chalice of wrath and judgment that must have made His soul recoil (Isa. 51:17). Mankind had filled it with the most depraved deeds and thoughts that they could conceive. According to Scripture, Jesus Christ did not just die for our sin; He became our sin (2 Cor. 5:21). The holy, perfect Lamb of God took upon Himself all that was vile and dark.

    Peter was preaching the truth about Jesus being Lord and Christ after His Ascension and his listeners asked, “What shall we do now?” His response is simply “Repent, and . . . be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ” (Acts 2:36f).

    So in order to have the blessings of God’s wrath being reflected away from us, we must place faith in Christ for the forgiveness of sins, and that faith decision requires a change of mind (repentance) about our way of life. “God saved us by His grace when we believed. And we can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.” (Eph 2:8)

    If we reject the path God has given us to salvation, He is not sending us to Hell; He is simply allowing us to experience the consequence of our own choice of rejecting Jesus’ “sacrifice to take away our sins.” This makes no sense because He has also warned us that we have nothing righteous enough to atone for our own sins.

    Tom is right: We all have a choice, what’s yours?

  • Tom Tom says:

    Rhonda–
    God created us for a relationship with him. He also gave us the choice whether to obey him out of love or to disobey him out of prideful selfishness. We all do the latter.

    He also gave us the 10 Commandments so that there would be no question as to what his standards are. We willfully disobey them all the time. The commandments are fantastic rules by which to live. Following them will lead to peace in our lives and with all others. Not following them will lead to brokenness, heartache, and in many cases physical death. (Think of STD’s because of sexual immorality.)

    Out of love, a parent sets down standards and rules by which he expects his children to live. Following the rules will provide the child safety and rewards. Not following the rules will result in punishment and the withholding of certain enjoyments. It could also lead to death (if, for example, the child plays in the street against the explicit instructions of the parent not to do so.)

    Because we’ve all broken God’s rules, we all deserve to be punished. Because no sin can be in heaven, we cannot go to heaven as sinners. The alternative is separation from God. Hell is basically everything that is apart from God–without God there is darkness, despair, hopelessness, suffering, etc.

    It’s not like we don’t know what the penalty for disobedience is; it’s just that we don’t think it’s “fair.” I know a lot of people who think it isn’t fair when they get a ticket for speeding, even though they know what the law says and what will happen for disobeying it.

    God goes beyond what we deserve and gives us grace. By faith in his son who suffered horribly and died to take our sins upon himself, we only have to believe in Jesus and trust him alone for salvation. Amazingly, people in their belief that God is unjust to allow people to go to hell for disobedience, choose to deny the incredible graciousness of God and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation. It’s so easy, and yet people, like the stubborn child who says, “NO!!” refuse to accept it.

    We all have a choice. What will yours be?

  • Rhonda says:

    Hell isn’t a choice. It seems to be cosmic overkill. God is pretty much saying, “love me, worship me, or you’ll get it!” That is a tyrant, not a loving god. He’s giving you the “choice” of loving him or being thrown into a lake of fire. It is emotional blackmail, pure and simple. If a human being acted like God does, we’d throw him out of power! This is the problem I’m having with Christianity lately. I want to be convinced he is a loving god, but the same pat answers just aren’t cutting it anymore.

  • Calysta says:

    Thank you Jamie! Thank you for taking the time and effort for very helpful comments and prayer. I have enjoyed close times with God, but I have pulled away from Him at other times. I have good days and bad days now. Depression, Alzheimer’s, and Lung diseases run in both the maternal and paternal sides of my family. But I have good doctors and I also see a trained counselor at a local Church. I have spoken to more than one pastor and theologian about my family’s tragedy and tragedy in general.
    I don’t know if I have experienced a “connection” with God. I don’t think I have experienced what some Christians describe. I have experienced a close bond with my dogs. I have experienced a sense of connection with some of the wildlife I have observed and studied. It is truly a spiritual experience to look through a spotting scope at an animal and watch it look back at you. It’s no small experience and I thank God for it.
    I think my greatest struggle has been enduring the cruel, stupid cliches from well intentioned people. No one who has not experienced Alzheimer’s as a victim or caregiver can completely empathize. Some people like yourself, have been kind enough and wise enough to be authentic.
    Alzheimer’s does far more than destroy memories. With Azlheimer’s proteins block the synapse between 2 Axons, disabling the communication in that portion of the neural network. Over time the neurons die. This does more than destroy short and long term memory. Victims lose their balance and eventually the ability to move. They hallucinate, lose their ability to communicate, and eventually lose the ability to swallow. It’s horrific and agonizingly slow. Victims can linger in the last stages for over a decade. For Caregivers the experience is like watching their loved ones die daily over and over again for years. But caregivers also have to shoulder the legal and bureaucratic responsibility while grieving the loss.
    I am tired, but I wanted to thank you for your kind and very helpful words.

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    How would you describe the ONENESS within yourself that you trust? Since all religions acknowledge that human nature requires some remedy, wouldn’t that call into question anyone’s ability to trust fully their perceptions? Have you ever felt certain about something and later discovered that it wasn’t true?

    The Bible gives a concrete description of what is true. I have found that it points out clearly the areas of my life that require Jesus to transform, and it doesn’t allow me to deceive myself into thinking I am ‘OK’. I know how easy it is to rationalize lots of unhealthy things in my life. My mind is very good at figuring out a way to have an extra large scoop of ice cream or another piece of cheesecake. How much more am I susceptible to rationalizations to follow my own selfishness and pride? In a world that is a cacophony of voices all vying for my attention towards all manner of hedonistic selfishness, the Bible is a clearly sounding invitation to draw closer to God.

  • Kevin says:

    I seek the ONENESS within myself and i know what i can trust and what not in my personal feeling. Every religion and belief orgin from a tree of knowledge.

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Kevin, I am interested by your claim that the Bible ‘ripped off’ other ancient texts. I will agree with you that there are similar accounts in many of the ancient cultures but doesn’t that make sense if, as the Bible describes, we all come from common ancestors who passed down their experiences to subsequent generations? So rather than ‘ripping off’ other texts couldn’t it also be said that the Bible is a unique oral tradition with accounts similar to other oral traditions?

    I am also interested in your astral projection experiences. What gives you certainty that your guide and the other entities you encountered are trustworthy? You do acknowledge the existence of malevolent spiritual entities who have been corrupted; how do you discern which ones can be trusted and those who have been corrupted? I have friends who have experienced astral projections and spirit guides who appeared to be honest and loving, but as time went on their true character was revealed and they showed themselves to be demonic. How do you know that your experiences have not been misled?

    As I said before, my confidence in the Bible as an accurate revelation of God is based in its historical accuracy, it’s prophetic record, in the way the Bible’s description of the human condition fits what I can observe in the world around me and in my own hear, and finally in the person of Jesus Christ. I know how easily we humans can be misled or fool ourselves, and so trusting in a written revelation of who God is gives me much more confidence than depending on how I ‘feel’.

  • Kevin says:

    http://www.all-creatures.org/discuss/svtmeat2.html

    The original plan by God for man was to be vegetarian. But after the flood when all the vegetation was destroyed, God permitted man to eat clean meat.

    ”But after the flood when all the vegetation was destroyed.”

    ”vegetation.” <—

    This means that we should stop eating meat and go back to our vegetarian state again. Also this proves that vegetarians are the closets to God because we we're made that way. We abuse it nowdays.

  • Kevin says:

    You need to be pure and pure minded to connect with God fully 100%.

  • Kevin says:

    Well, the bible originally ripped off historical facts and other stories from other kind of ancient books. I’m not trying to get you away from your belief.

    I can astral project, and i can see and know stuff for sure when i’m out of my body – i even came to my own theory of how stuff got (corrupted) – because the ONE can do whatever it wants to.

    In my view, God made some earlier physical humans and those were intact with the highest in the beginning, the other (humans) were interested in the physical and they experimented with stuff and recources.. they liked the idea and they were so interested in it that they wanted that to be their way mostly – they were allowed to because of their free will, but some of them lost their interests in the source and wanted to stick up with the alternative method. This is called (The Lucifer Experiment) <– search it up! (Y) and some of them became so corrupt that they thought that their free will is being messed with – God allowed them to do whatever they want to because there's creation for.

    In my astral projection i could see entities as well, and i can see my own guide, talk with it, see other worlds with life on it – Earth is ONE of the hardest places to experience – and we will win the game soon. Those that can raise their love and vibration up will disapear to the new Earth for sure. The handicapped, disabled people, and the rest that are good hearted and have a great intension for mankind will too.

    Also.. i can tell you for sure that eating meat while the circumstances are good is a big sin.

    Nature guarantees you the nutrition your body needs.

    Trees and soil are there so fruit and vegatables can be grown on.

    The reason that the ''Bible'' and all other religious books allowed eating meat is because in those times it was difficult to get your food mostly. Especially in sand places that made the circumstances even harder.

    Sure we can reason now and sure we can get the stuff that's good and healty for our body… causing suffering upon others because of their flesh is indeed godless and one very big sinful act because of murder and taking someones life over like you're the God over the rest, because what gives you actually the right for that when the circumstances aren't that worse?

    The energy of the animal will stick up with you and the demonic entities just will feed off it.

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Kevin, it looks like you have gathered your information from many different sources to compile your own understanding of how humans have come to the place where they are. You have obviously spent a lot of time thinking about all this.

    Your claim that some earlier human being chose their own desperate reality and became the source of evil in this world is interesting. I assume those humans were also sparks of the Divine. That still leaves us with an imperfect Divine whose imperfect nature is passed down into humanity. I have to reiterate that this leaves us still with the need for a being or force that is greater than the Divine who is the standard of perfection by which we can judge what is good and what is evil. It doesn’t matter how far back you try to push the coming of evil into the world, if all of humanity is a spark of the Divine, then our imperfections are a reflection of a Divine with an imperfect nature.

    I am also interested in knowing on what you base your confidence in the explanations you quote here. How do you know that these people are telling the truth? What makes their explanation more acceptable than the explanation given in the Bible? I have confidence in the accuracy of the Bible for many different reasons: 1) time and again, we have been able to prove the historical accuracy of the accounts given the Bible. That is not to say that evidence has been found to corroborate all people, places and events described in the Bible, but there has never been any conclusive evidence disproving the historical accuracy of the Bible; 2) the accuracy of prophecies in the Bible also gives credence to the claims made in the Bible. There are detailed prophecies in the Bible that have been clearly lived out in history, even the naming of a Babylonian king more than a century before his birth; 3) the description of the problem facing humanity, the source of that problem, and the solution all makes the most sense to me and fits the evidence we see around us every day; 4) The most compelling evidence is Jesus. His claims to divinity cannot be denied, and the impact He has had on the lives of people serves only to solidify His claims. These are just a few of the reasons why I have such confidence in the accuracy of the Bible. Do you have similar reasons for why you trust the accuracy of the explanation you have shared with us here? What are those reasons?

  • Kevin says:

    The world is in chaos because that´s how it became the way it were. In the beginning this wasn´t the cease because everything was fed my sourceful mana. Even if your claim was the cease, why are we doing the same kind of stuff and taking THEIR places over? The planet is full of parasitic forces that has ruled over mankind for DECADES, trough out blood sacrifices and human ritual / fear and suffering.

    I think that indeed the bible is right about some earlier human/beings called (angels) that could use their free will (somehow) and that one of the beings created their own kind of desperate reality – while that was done.. it cutted itself off illusionery from the rest of the source.. and it still needed mana and energy to stay into existence – there also were beings that were into contact with the source and every kind of aspect. Sometimes the source allows negative energies and entities in order to be purified again and taking back to it’s source – some are really that misguided and won’t do it and are loyal to their masters.

    When there’s suffering – you will feed the fallen angels with negative energie.. and your auric field will save those (negative) energies so it can partly posses you as well, like you made a pact with them.

    Have you ever actually wondered Why we reincarnate? Why is it that we have such short lives, and, for the most part, the only spiritual paths are very dubious religions and teachers?

    Or why those religions are built upon hierarchical structures? Have you ever wondered why there is so much evil in the world? And why such evil people seem to become the leaders of men?

    And the big question concerning reincarnation: Why don’t we remember our past lives? How can we resolve our past if we don’t even remember it?

    This is something I’ve had found:

    We go through our lives with our past lives haunting us, yet we cannot see them. We carry the residual habits and traits from our former selves, yet we have no idea where they came from

    For the most part, we don’t have any idea how they are affecting us now. Therefore, how can we ever resolve our past issues? Especially since they affect us even in this life?

    What religious person or spiritual teacher, or channeler or yogi has ever answered this question satisfactorily: Why don’t we remember our past lives? The answer may be chilling.

    It is described in Vedic and Puranic texts that humankind lived very long life spans during the golden age. They spent their lives in deep meditation and were in balance and harmony with Mother Nature. Then something happened. In ancient legends, myths and texts, there is described the fall of man.

    Man is perfect at his origin, a divine being who has degenerated into what we are.” – R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz, Egyptian Miracle
    .

    “…primeval man was the truest model and representative of man, and that all human progress since, though upward in some things, has been in the main an unceasing deterioration…All the world that came next after primeval man honored and even worshiped their first fathers as very gods of light, knowledge and greatness.” – Joseph A. Seiss, Gospel of the Stars
    .

    “Then she added a prophecy in which she foretold the approaching end of the Divine Age and the beginning of a new one, in which the summers would be flowerless, the cows milk less and women shameless and men strengthless, in which there will be trees without fruit and seas without fish, when old men would give false judgments and legislators make unjust laws, when warriors would betray one another and men would be thieves and there would be no more virtue in the world.” – (Prophesy of Badb, War Queen of Ireland)
    .
    So what caused this fall? We can see that at one point, gods from the sky came, and humans were taught about agriculture and animal husbandry, which is the enslavement of animals.

    With that knowledge came the cities, the kings, the hierarchal systems of control, armies, war, slavery and the worship and sacrifices of gods. This was the fall of man. Mankind fell out of balance and harmony with Mother Nature and thus began losing virtue.

    So who were these gods that came and gave humankind this knowledge? From where did they come? They are not of the Earth. They came to enslave humankind, to demand flesh and blood sacrifices, including human sacrifices.

    They demanded to be worshiped. And, as we read in the old testament, Jehovah would destroy entire races, or have his “chosen people” destroy them for him. The Gnostics called these gods the archons. Don Juan called them the predators.

    These gods have been feeding off of humanity for thousands of years. They consider us their herd, just as we consider farm animals. As above, so below.

    They feed off of our negative emotions and energies and they feed off of our worship to them. They especially like blood and suffering, so they create conflict, violence and wars between men. Notice most wars were between religions.

    But they also control us through religions, ideologies, governments, societies, propaganda, the media, etc. Another way of controlling us is through reincarnation. Reincarnation is a form of slavery. After the fall, man’s duration of life was drastically shortened.

    Before the present age, men only lived a short average life span of 25 to 40 years. That is not enough time to figure out what life is about, especially if all they were given were the religions of the gods. They had to toil all day, raise their families and then they died.

    And then comes the question of why we don’t remember our past lives. We are constantly born into ignorance and the only knowledge available was what the gods gave us – religions and ideologies.

    After a few short years, we die in ignorance and then return again. This keeps the herd in order. Without any remembrance, we are imprisoned in ignorance, without the proper tools to break free.

    Occasionally a few great souls were able to liberate themselves, but the priests took control of their teachings. They skewed them and butchered them into religions.

    We find ourselves in a matrix, where an artificial light construct has been overlaid upon the real world.

    As in the movie The Matrix, we are simply batteries that the gods feed off of. This is our plight, where we are born and we die in a matrix as food for evil entities. And of course they have their minions here on Earth that keep the herd in line.

    So the next question is: What happens when we die? When we die, we enter the cosmic matrix, another false light construct which we call heaven. Our souls are trapped within this prison of the gods.

    After some time in the false heavens, we return again in the same cycle. This is called the wheel of samsara, the cycle of birth and death.

    The only escape from this prison is to awaken to who you truly are. By letting go of all of the false beliefs, gods, angels, gurus, etc., and stop feeding these false gods with our worship, our blood, our negative emotions and thoughts, and moving out of the whole game.

    Must-read: Escape ‘Their’ TRAP and Set Your Soul FREE

    “To see the universe as it is, you must step beyond the net. It is not hard to do so, for the net is full of holes. Look at the net and its many contradictions. You do and undo at every step. You want peace, love and happiness, and work hard to create pain, hatred and war. You want longevity and you overeat. You want friendship and you exploit. See your net as made of such contradictions and remove them – your very seeing will make them go away.” – Nisargadatta Maharaj
    .
    See the matrix for what it is. It seems all powerful, without any way of escape, But it is full of holes. If you have an open mind, discernment and the eyes to see, this whole game is nothing more than a house of cards.

    In Ask Simple Questions I showed many examples of how this entire matrix is falling apart at the seams. The question is, will you wake up, or be dragged away in the net, to continue on the wheel of birth and death?

    Imagine how fortunate you are to come into contact with the keys to escape this prison. You can see how confusing it can be with all of the religions, new age philosophies, false teachers and teachings. I see that there are a few great masters who shine above all of this confusion.

    Take what you can from them, but blaze your own trail into your inner Self. Break free of the prison.

    END:

    Perhaps that’s our lesson?

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Calysta, I am very familiar with people like your parents who agonize over doing the will of God. There are many who have developed a misunderstanding of the character of God and what it means to follow Him. Jesus said, “Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear and the burden I give is light.” (Matthew 11:29-30) Jesus did not intend people to be weighed down with anxiety about following His will. Paul wrote, “It is for freedom, that Christ has set you free.” (Galatians 5:1) He was writing to a community of Christians who were getting mixed messages about following laws and regulations in order to please God. Jesus set us free from the penalty of our sin in order that we would be free from the weight and anxiety of trying to measure up to a moral standard. He later wrote, “If we walk by the Spirit we will not follow the desires of our sinful nature.” (Galatians 5:16) What that means is when we are followers of Jesus and depend on Him to lead us by His Spirit we don’t have to be anxious about doing the right thing, because He will always lead us to do the right thing. Being a follower of Jesus is not just joining a club that you can belong to, it is being in a very real, active relationship with the Creator of the universe. He walks with us in every moment of life actually guiding our thoughts, our attitudes and our actions. And you can know for sure that His leading is going to be perfect.

    Yes we are called to live our life according to the will of God, but He is not some sort of sadist who then hides His will so we have to try and guess what that is. It is His nature to communicate. He is infinitely generous in the way that He directs our steps in life. We don’t have to focus on determining what is the right or wrong in any given situation, all we need to do is to look to Him and He will guide us. A great image of this for me is watching sheep dog competitions. The really good dogs are the ones who always keep their attention on the shepherd. They don’t get distracted by the crowds or the even the sheep. The shepherd will give a command and the dog will be off; but even while the dog is hustling off to obey the command, his attention is on the shepherd so that when the next command comes he is ready to follow immediately. The dog doesn’t have to figure out what is the best way to get the sheep to go into their proper place; that is the shepherd’s job. All the dog has to focus on is watching and listening to the shepherd’s commands and being ready to obey immediately.

    That is how I want to live my life, with my full attention on the Good Shepherd–Jesus–and be ready to obey His directions.

    I am sorry that your parents have both faced the tragedy of Alzheimer’s, and you have had to watch their memories slow be stripped away. I can totally understand how that would make it harder to trust Jesus and to keep focussed on Him in your life. Jesus’ promise was not that He would take away all the problems in our life, but that in every circumstance He would lead us to overcome. He told His disciples, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) And because He has overcome, He now lives to lead us so that we can overcome with Him.

    Let me pray for you: Jesus, I pray for Calysta and ask that You would help her to know Your leading in her life. Help her face the difficult journey of Alzheimer’s with her dad. I can imagine that the memories of going through that with her mother makes the prospect of living through that with her dad seem very overwhelming. I ask that You would give her the strength she needs for this journey. I pray that she would have a keen sense of Your presence with her and she would know Your guiding hand leading her every moment of every day. I pray that in the midst of all the pain of seeing her dad’s condition deteriorate that there would be moments of great connection that she could keep as a cherished memory. Bring people around her who can help support her along the way. Thanks that we can trust in You in any circumstance, even when the path seems so dark. Amen.

    Calysta, what has your journey with Jesus been like? Have you ever experienced a ‘connection’ with Him? Have there been points in your life when the things that He said made sense to you? Have you ever been a part of a church? I would love to hear about your experiences. I will keep praying for you and look forward to hearing back from you soon.

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    If you define free will as “being able to choose your lot in life” then you are right, there are limits to our free will. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy suggests that, “Most philosophers suppose that the concept of free will is very closely connected to the concept of moral responsibility…being responsible for one’s action.” (if you would like to read the entire article describing how different philosophers have responded to the idea of ‘free will’ you can find it here) An example that most of us could relate to, I can choose to drive my car at whatever speed I would like, within the capabilities of my car. However, the law has established what speed they will permit. If I freely choose to exceed that speed limit I become a lawbreaker and am held responsible for my choice. If on the other hand, all cars were manufactured to only travel at the posted speed limit, I would no longer have free will to choose how fast I will drive.

    God has established the moral law based on His perfect character. We are all given the choice of following His moral standards. If we choose to ignore His standards and follow our own desires we will be held responsible for that choice. If we were unable to choose to follow His moral standards and were created to automatically do what was right, we would no longer have free will.

    Is that how you understand the idea of free will Paul? Would you have a different definition?

  • Calysta says:

    This is just my opinion, but I don’t think we have complete free will. We’re supposed to serve God’s will and we even have to deduce what exactly that will is. I’m unsure what happens to us If we refuse that will or if we’re too stupid to figure out what it is. If we go to Hell for those reasons, we really don’t have much choice, do we? We live in a free country, too, but none of us is completely free. We pay taxes and observe the laws. I think complete freedom is a myth. We each have to decide what we believe, what we’re willing to do, and then do our best. My parents agonized over doing God’s will. But my mother died a horrific death with Alzheimer’s and I’m watching my father die the same way. Free will didn’t help them and if God is agonized about how to help them, I didn’t know anything about it. I think the only true freedom any of us has comes from living life without regret.

  • Paul says:

    simple question: if god gives, “FREE WILL” did anyone ask”TO BE BORN”?…that is clearly “NOT FREE WILL”…just sayin’..

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Kevin, that is an interesting explanation of why the Divine splintered Himself into little sparks which are the souls of living things. So you would say that the Divine was imperfect in self-awareness, and so splintered Himself so that through conflict and chaos, He could fully discover Himself and be reunited. Does this mean that the Divine is/was imperfect? For a infinite being that would suggest that He has existed for eternity incomplete, less than perfect. The implications of that seem quite significant. If the Divine is imperfect what is the standard by which perfection is judged? There would have to be another being who is perfect who would be that standard then, or a moral standard that is greater than the Divine. So why would we worship the Divine when there is something/someone greater than He?

    That is not how the Bible describes God. He is infinitely perfect and always has been. He is complete within Himself and requires nothing to make Himself better. He is the ultimate standard of what is morally right and can be trusted to act perfectly in all situations and all relationships. I don’t know about you, but that gives me greater confidence in seeking Him.

    I was also intrigued by your description of animals as angels, or non-rebellious ones already in harmony with the Divine. So would you say that only the herbivore animals are the ones who are non-rebellious, and the carnivores and omnivores are, like humans, rebellious ones because they cause pain and suffering for other animals? Or if they all are in harmony, what is wrong about humans eating animals?

  • Kevin says:

    The devine did this in order to experience and understand itself in an even proper way, that´s the most accept belief of the buddhists if i understand. In the beginning there was only praise and oneness, but what would the source achieve with this? (i’m speaking out of my perspective!) – life is a challenge and sometimes you have to go trough all sorts of stuff, when your lessons are over, you become the true harmony with the source. Lessons can be given everywhere, not just Earth.

    God gave mankind (free will) in order to experience and co – create stuff to make the chaotic place harmonic again. That’s why we are so special about this.

    Animals are here to fulfill their natural order. The planet is the way it is right now. You can see the animals as Gods angels and we (humans) as the rebellious ones that now can choose our own destinations.

    If humans don’t change their ways, there won’t be a (new Earth) anymore, comming to pass.

    Animals already got the (ONENESS) God fully inside, they likely co – operate with each other. We are here to use our free will in a way we believe it to be righteous and good. So when the need of meat isn’t nessacery, you admnit you can’t go without it.

    Also – heaven means (order with the ONE) if you are eating stuff that needs to fulfill their order, you are against the same kind of order that’s in heaven – just saying. We are eating a part of God that is really bad for the natural order and the person and animal itself.

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Thanks Kevin, I appreciate your willingness to talk about your understanding of God. Help me to understand this better: how did we become divine little sparks? Are you saying that all living things united together comprise “God”, and there is no individual identified as “God”? Why are some of the divine sparks (animals) only capable of limited thinking capability?

  • Kevin says:

    You obsiouvly can see that the writers of the bible also don’t have great intentions for the planet itself and the rest at all. They probably also enjoyed the taste of meat and didn’t mind if another suffered from it, this is really godless and probably they were posessed by their own physical lust.

  • Kevin says:

    Those that (eat) the meat of dead animals because they (just) enjoy the taste and think that they have the right for it because they can misthreat the planet the way they want are very wrong – the consequences are that the (frequencies) of the person won’t match that of the source and the new heaven on earth very soon.

    The people will be left behind if they don’t change their way now and will experience another earth where the satanic parasitic forces control earth and it’s inhabitants trough out lies and illusion, till their learning cycle is over – and they know and realize it.

    If christians really want to experience God in a way like the buddha did, they shouldn’t act so disharmonic and life in the (now) – and in (peace) with their surroundings.

  • Kevin says:

    Humans are all divine little sparks of what we call (God) he made it possible for us (himself) to experience order and disorder in order to understand itself even better. The people that enjoy eating the dead meat of animals and don’t care about the killing and all sorts of suffering that has been brought uppon their fellow souls are indeed very godless inside. In my experience, vegetarians have more brighter and warmer auras – I’ve also noticed this to myself.

    When you notice that everything is the same spark operating on their own level – you will notice that you are this (animals) as well, and you will experience this life like it’s yours if you’re a very expert at it.

    I have been out of my body serveal times, and one time i saw myself floating around and i saw the day that i were being borned till the day now (present) and i realized how special that was to life such long with all my memories with it – now i compare this (my own life!) with that of another individual that it’s the same kind of special soul that experiences it’s own level of reality and game.

    Humans are here for a task, so are animals.

    Humans have free will, animals also got a bit of thinking capability, but they need to fulfill their ”order” here on Earth.

    When you aren’t starving to death and everything around you is full of vegetables and fruits you just shouldn’t touch another soul.

    To be really united with God, you should unite with the rest of the creation at first.

    You can still believe in the bible and use it as your own truth and source of information – but we all can understand things in a proper way… right??

    Sure that’s no sin.

  • Tarra says:

    I urgently needed money to clear lones who will send 85lakhs rupees, I hope Jesus expired long back so he is unable to do this , then who is the right human being to help me

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    I would be very interested in you elaborating on your understanding of who God is and what the consequences you see are coming soon for those who persist in eating meat. When you say that we are mistreating the God within us, are you suggesting that humans are divine?

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