Tag: history

Religion according to me: GENESIS part 2

God created FREE WILL, because He has free will and he wanted to share that with another creation. He made the djinn, among whom was Lucifer, who was the proudest of them all. These beings were made of smokeless flame. Energy. Then God decided He wanted to create a being from a PHYSICAL material, and so He created Adam from the the wet earth. And then He commanded all of the angels and djinn to bow before Adam, His new creation.

Now, the angel have no free will, they are instruments of God’s perfect will. And so all of them bowed.

But amongst the djinn Lucifer came forth and in his pride he would not bow. And it was the first time anything had ever apposed God’s perfect will. But God gave FREE WILL to the djinn and mankind, and so He allows this will to be 100% free, for our God is true to his word.

But our God is also just. And so to appose God’s perfect will, which is 100% good and right, you have committed OTHER THAN God’s perfect will, which is 100% evil and wrong. You see, we are not robots, and God does not ask much or often of His creations of which he has granted free will. So then when God directly commands them to bow, they had better expect he means it, and it is with good reason.

For bringing the first EVIL into creation, now God curses Lucifer, henceforth to be known as satan, and a place called HELL is created. It is a place of absolute wrong and evil for those who CHOOSE that path of wrong and evil (AKA other than God’s will) with their 100% free will.

In his desperation, satan challenges God, telling him that man is evil and wicked like himself and he would like the opportunity to prove it before he burns in hell for all eternity.

For reasons known only to our wise God, he allowed satan this opportunity…

To be continued…

 

 

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Is what you KNOW true?? DON’T BE SO SURE!

It seems to be a fundamental aspect of the human condition that we like to THINK we know things. It gives us a feeling of comfort and assurance. But if history has proven anything, it is that we always have a LOT more to learn.

It seems that nowadays people think that we are nearing some sort of technological and cultural apex, at which point we’ll have a basic understanding of everything in the universe. I propose to you that this notion is PURE ARROGANCE.

People have always thought that they’ve known a lot, and then discovered in the next few hundred years that they didn’t really. Why should right now be any different? And not just that we’ll have MORE advanced technology, but we’ll understand things that will fundamentally change our conception of the world and reality. Things that will contradict things we KNOW (or rather, thought we knew!).

For instance, we also recently discovered an ancient stone building/monument called Gobekli Tepe dating to 10,000 BC, when all humans were supposed to be primitive cavemen. Our history book understanding claims the first civilizations began with the Indus Valley civilization (closely followed by the Mesopotamian) no older than 7000 BC. This temple, and the relatively advanced civilization that would have been required to create it, predates that by 3000 years. And if this temple survived, there must have been many others that didn’t. I mean, that’s a LONG time ago, and they couldn’t have been the only smart people in the world. This puts a major hole in our idea of how humans have gradually advanced. Apparently we have been SMART and ORGANIZED a lot longer than we had previous KNOWN.

Also in the field of QUANTUM PHYSICS and ASTRONOMY were constantly coming across strange and incomprehensible things.

What I’m basically saying is… Don’t be so sure of what you KNOW. Not just about science and history, but your life and the nature of the world and anything else. Many of these ideas you have WILL BE PROVEN WRONG, although we can’t know for sure which ones.

You’ll find that the smartest people in the world (Einstein and Socrates for example) will always be the first to admit that they know very little, if anything.

“I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.” – Socrates

“A true genius admits that he/she knows nothing” – Albert Einstein

These were pretty smart dudes… They’re probably on to something.

~Jones

Did YOU choose your BELIEFS – and if not WHO DID?? ASK YOURSELF this question NOW!!

Here’s a common situation that has been occurring throughout human history:

IMAGINE you are sitting at home in your little village, where you’ve lived ALL YOUR LIFE. You barely have news of the outside world, nor do you really care too. Honestly, you probably just don’t give it much thought. THERE’S ENOUGH TO THINK ABOUT ALREADY… you figure. Now all of a sudden, one day, a large army walks right into your peaceful village and demands that you ABANDON your beliefs and adopt theirs.

I think that most people would feel rather INDIGNANT at the idea. Something like a red sign in their heads flashing the words “OH HELL NO!” I mean, who wants to be forced to change their beliefs?

But wait a second… Have we even addressed what either of those beliefs are?? What if I were to say that you lived in a tribe of incestual cannibals, and the conquerors were telling you NOT to eat people and NOT to sleep with your immediate family… would you be less resistant to them then?? Just because you have strong beliefs, doesn’t make those beliefs righteous or correct. In most cases, YOU DID NOT EVEN CHOOSE YOUR OWN BELIEFS. It was the society and environment that you grew up in.

A big part of MATURING, I think, is questioning those beliefs, in order to DECIDE FOR YOURSELF IF THEY ARE VALID. This includes beliefs about anything: yourself, your family and friends, your future, your past, your religion, the world, etc. If you don’t question your beliefs then you’re just taking a shot in the dark. I think it’s especially important to DEEPLY QUESTION your religion. REAL FAITH cannot be cultivated in a heart that afraid to question its beliefs. If you’re afraid to question your beliefs, then you clearly have some doubts about them being true. THAT’S FINE. But you must question them, and REALLY question them, (and ask God for guidance, I would suggest) in order to SINCERELY consider them as TRUTHS.

Did YOU choose your beliefs? Or did the MEDIA and SOCIETAL PRESSURES choose them for you? It’s unpopular (almost looked down upon) to be deeply religious in much of the USA today it seems. In television shows, any religious person is always portrayed as FANATICAL or wierd somehow. I get the feeling that many people (including myself) feel that they would be seen as such if they expressed their faith openly by in any way, such as by bringing God into a conversation (even casually). And HOW ABOUT PRE-MARITAL SEX? How NORMAL has it become in the minds of westerners. It’s pretty much considered CRAZY to even think about marrying anyone WITHOUT sleeping together first!

DID YOU CHOOSE THESE BELIEFS? And, more importantly, do you have the power to un-choose them if you’d like to? If you can IDENTIFY these beliefs (many of them are subtly ingrained in our subconscious and so it can be difficult to even realize that we have these beliefs) the you stand a chance to CHOOSE WHO YOU WANT TO BE FOR YOURSELF.

So don’t get too upset and defensive when someone challenges your beliefs, telling you that you’re wrong. TAKE A GOOD, LONG LOOK AT YOUR BELIEF and find out if it’s really valid. The other person may in fact be right. And if they’re wrong, then no harm has been done by considering the issue more deeply. Often you’ll find that nobody is right or wrong, THEY’RE JUST DIFFERENT VIEWPOINTS.

Regardless, don’t be mad about it. Appreciate people who make you feel uncomfortable. They are the ones that you can learn the most about yourself from.

~Jones