SURPRISE

SURPRISE

What a wonderful day off. (plus Sunday). Cousin Nedra just stopped by as I -was getting ready to forward today’s WORD. She called first and asked if I would like some freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.  Well duhhhh. They are great, btw.  This is also more than a Daily Word today. The Test is to fill in the blanks. ________________ ASSURANCE __________ ___.
Takes me right back to the Church Choir. Life just has a way of putting a smile on your face when you least expect it.
Stay safe and enjoy the day.Cares and Prayers
ME, Mack and Jake

“THIS IS A FOOTBALL”

“THIS IS A FOOTBALL”

“THIS IS A FOOTBALL” 11-16-20

It is a bit chaotic here in the USA. The election has been an interesting venture this year.

There has been a lot of delusion in the responses of the two parties and it is difficult to grasp all the problems. I’m a pretty simple guy and have had the opportunity to see a great many Presidential elections and this one seems to be the most discerning.

The response of the people to the outcome has been the most interesting thing to watch. I have never seen the response like this before. It developed a few questions that I am really puzzled by. I wanted an analogy that made some sense to me. I went back to America’s favorite sport, football.

Whenever I think of football I think of how people just love football. It brings two teams together. Both teams have adamant followers. Many of the teams play each other at least twice in a season at each others home stadiums.

Usually one of the teams wins and one of the teams loses. The next time they play, the team that lost the first time may win the second time. If they meet in the playoffs one will win and move forward and one will lose and wait until the next year. The fans of the winners cheer and have parties and the one that loses goes home. Everyone has a favorite team. Most have moved over the years and yet they still wear a shirt, or a sweater or a something that advertises their hometown favorite team. I’ve seen people get devastated when their team loses. They get so angry that they may even break things, they yell and they can not calm down for days. Then, a week later, there is another game. Another team. And the team that lost last week, wins this next week. An interception or a scoring run. It varies from week to week. Both teams want to win and plan to win, but realize that it is just the way the game goes.

It is quite a game that is very similar to our political system. It is quite possible that football is based on politics.

There are two main teams, and actually open to any number of people who are able to run for any office they choose as long as they meet Constitutional mandates. It usually takes a bit more resource to get the paperwork, advertising, the recognition and on and on to win in the election for whatever they are running for. It has been like this since the beginning. It is called Democracy. When a candidate wins, they are up for reelection again in a set number of years. They may win again, they may loose the next time, and they may attempt to win again years later. There is however a difference this year.

One team wants to win that lost the election this year. In the long run that losing team wants to eliminate the other team. Unlike football, the losing team doesn’t want to wait until the next Election to win like what was expected of the previous administration. Not only that, they are threatening the country to allow it. The division in America that has been established has been backed up by using the military to disrupt peaceful protests for a photo op of the Bible. More on that later. Marching through DC peacefully until the sun goes down and then getting violent as has happened in other settings.

This team wishes to develop what I would call a Republica. Now when they played the last time they won. There were no mail-in ballot that they wanted to have disavowed. No problems, there was no bad news recounts, they didn’t even get the popular vote and they won through the Electoral College, (oddly enough they lost this election by the same margin). They cheered and partied and started to divide America. To get reelected they also forgot how they play football, a game that they love.

I was reminded of a famous coach. Vince Lombardi. I will always remember the coaching of Vince Lombardi. Vince Lombardi made a well remembered first day of one spring training in 1961 after loosing the championship at the end of the game the year before with the following:

Holding up the pigskin football before doing anything else he said to the team: “Gentlemen, THIS IS A FOOTBALL”.

Back to The Basics.

As I lived in Minnesota back then the rivalry between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings was legendary. Each stadium was outdoors, no covered stadium. We (The Vikings) won some and Green Bay won some. It was usually real cold. You get frustrated, you get rewarded. In 60+ years of football games at all levels I have never seen the losing team go home and burn cars, attack the police, rob stores and steal tv’s, drive cars through a peaceful crowd, hound the competitors team bus, and threaten, threaten and threaten. Money for you, no money for you. I haven’t seen them threaten their football teams opponents. Or perhaps they have.

But the losing party this year is threatening our infrastructure by encouraging violence to win, from the top down. This is not even football. Best score wins. I have never seen the losing team win a football game at any level with the lowest score. I have never seen a downtown attacked by the losing team.

Football is TV.

I understand that a great many watch it and bet on it and drink over it.

Many of my Christian friends set aside Sunday afternoons for the traditional TV game. They may even spend hundreds of dollars to be sure they can watch their team play every Sunday on cable wherever they are playing whether on their network or not. They wear the jerseys, they have the license plates, they tailgate at the stadium or the backyard BBQ. If their neighbor grew up with the opponents and wear their jersey they invite them to the BBQ. If they have to wear a mask to get to watch in the stadium they will do all that is humanly possible to get in there, no whining and no complaints.

If the opponent wins they do not go to the front yard and set their neighbors car on fire. Or throw rocks through their neighbors windows and want nothing to do with them for the rest their lives, until the rematch a few weeks later or during the playoffs. If they win that next time they celebrate, they say “showed you”. If they lose they say “Wait until next year”.

If Jesus was at the BBQ and He was for the other team would they be respectful of Jesus or would Jesus be left in the living room by Himself?

Would the things they have learned in Church, LOVE ONE ANOTHER, or LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF mean anything to them in that setting? If Jesus was there in the living room would they offer Him a beer, or wine or a cigarette or a cigar. Would their expletives at a dropped pass or a missed field goal fit right in with Jesus the guest and “Do not take the Lord’s name in vain”.. Would they change their game plan because their guest stopped by at an inconvenient time?

You can answer for yourself.

We have two teams we are watching now.

One I call Republica

The other I call Democracy.

It is on TV but it is not quite the same. It is not a football game. It is real life. No one dies at the hands of the opponents in a football game, not intentionally. They do die at the hands of the political process when you drive through a crowd. You can wear a mask to eat dinner at your favorite restaurant or at the stadium to watch you favorite team, no problem. But you can’t wear a mask to save your or your families lives. If your star quarterback died from Covid, would it hurt more than your Mother, or Father, or your child, or your neighbor or your neighbors child would die from your talking and breathing and screaming at tv during the Big Game without your mask on? What exactly are your priorities?

What part of LOVE ONE ANOTHER or LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF is so hard to grasp.

DEMOCRACY is your REAL future. Literally a new civil war will not make AMERICA GREAT at any time in our future. The steller quarterback for that last exercise in have your own way did not even have the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of the sacrifice. In fact the leader of Republica put himself in that same category with Abraham Lincoln, who united the country at his own expense. AMERICA is not UNITED today. Do YOU have more respect for football teams than you have for your own country. This is not news. We’ve had the civil war already. If you can wait for 2 years you can pick and choose who you vote for. You can decide to vote. You can respect the outcome of your football game, that proves to me that you are capable of respect. Or is this one time escapade the best you are capable off?

“GENTLE PEOPLE, THIS IS A DEMOCRACY.”

THESE ARE THE BASICS.

VETERANS DAY – 2020

VETERANS DAY – 2020

There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (New Living Translation)

I am grateful for all those who have risked their lives, in too many cases lost theirs, to protect me and my family over all these years. I honor them and wish to thank them all and pray for their families and loved ones for their sacrifices and their gift. It goes beyond the friendship as written in scripture for I could never know all their names and all who have given their lives for all of us, our country, and the countries they have served to protect.

Only one other example of true love can ever compare with this and even that salutes them all.

AMEN.

UNORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY

UNORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY

FOR THE DISENFRANCHISED

BELONGING
Phase One of the election has finished. Many are disappointed and many are elated.

Today we have seen a unique forum in our American History. I simply can not fathom the number of prayers that went into this election for GOD to deal with. I also realize that the contest will not be over until January 20,2021 to bring reality into play. I have been jotting down some thoughts as the process has been moving along.

First of all:

I have started with my original title from my original website home base because UNORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY grew out of creating a LOVING HOME for the disenfranchised. Those who need an accepting home for ALL those whom GOD created as EQUALS. ALL GOD’S CHILDREN.

Jesus is not a CEO of a business. He mentioned that The Meek shall Inherit the Earth.
Jesus is not an apprentice in a political football game.
Christianity is based on a tenant, a new commandment that was brought forward from JESUS called LOVE ONE ANOTHER. To get your attention and emphasize His point he died on a cross and came back to explain it to you.

Jesus is a lifestyle “Love your neighbor as yourself”.
GOD is LOVE
LOVE does not threaten.
LOVE has no need to threaten.
Threats won’t change the worldly.
Threats do not create love, they just create actors.
Only LOVE can create love.
Only LOVE will be recognized as LOVE.
Behavior threatens.
Behavior creates risks.
LOVE is not measured by RED STATES vs BLUE STATES
THE BIBLE is not a PROP. It is a book of wisdom to either be accepted or ignored.
GOD created the Heaven and the EARTH.
Much like ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL, JESUS had expanded on that thought long before our first politicians came up with their thought of what EQUAL meant.

When the people came with their children for Him to lay hands on them and say a prayer with them the disciples rebuked them and turned them away. Jesus said “Let the little children alone, and do not stop them from coming to me; for it is to such as these that the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to.” Then laid His hands on them and went on His way.

Jesus also brought up another interesting prayer:
ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.

BELONGING

So many AMERICAN’S believe that they are not the right gender, the right color, the right culture. They feel that they are disenfranchised to the simple basics of life in America to this day. If you want to parade the BIBLE around without LOVING ONE ANOTHER, Or have preference of one group over another, or penalizing and ostracizing those who may disagree with you, you should read the NEW TESTAMENT. The GOOD NEWS.

NOW is the Beginning of PHASE TWO of the election. The REAL GREAT AMERICA that the rich have tried to reserve for themselves and THE NEW WORLD ORDER has done AMERICA no good. AMERICA deserves a second chance to be truly great the first time. To be grateful for the people that have made AMERICA what it is. THE PEOPLE. The protectors, the military, the police, the workers, the miners, the first responders, all colors, all cultures, all faiths, all Church denominations and all beliefs who have worked the hardest for America. The ones for whom many businesses want them to do 40 hours of work with a 20 hour paycheck. The ones that work two and three or more jobs to get to the poverty level and enough to buy a place to live and groceries to eat. The families that need health care in a country that puts more value in their profit as apposed to their people.

BELONGING is the strongest human emotion as you go through life. Our strength has ALWAYS been our diversity. OUR diversity that has included CHRISTIANS, MUSLIMS, HINDU’S, BUDDHISTS,and more. NATIVE BORN AMERICAN INDIANS, ASIANS, EUROPEANS, and every other country. GAY, STRAIGHT, and LOVING PEOPLE from around the world coming here to help AMERICA be a HEAVEN ON EARTH, unlike any other nation in it’s scope in the world. PEOPLE who come here with the intention to BELONG. TO be ACCEPTED. To be WELCOMED as all the others have been coming here over the years to be.

AMERICA should not be based on being a third world country with a $26 trillion debt and an upper class investor society that likes all the accouterments that these immigrants and natives have provided for as little money as possible.

WE THE PEOPLE have only progressed to PHASE 2. WE THE PEOPLE have a long way to go to make AMERICA GREAT WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

LESSOR OF TWO “EVILS”?

LESSOR OF TWO “EVILS”?

BY THE RED BOX or BY THE BLUE BOX

We have become a nation of the corporations, by the corporations, for the corporations. Can we return to a nation OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE?

America is at the threshold of its most serious election in its history. The choice is much clearer than ever before in its history and I think the American people are finally seeing it as being as important and serious
an election can become.

For the first time in its history, the majority of Americans fall below the dream than those who live within it. For the first time in American history we have laid off more dreams than we have created. For the first time in American history we have moved more of the American dream overseas than we have created avenues to the American dream here. All this under the watchful scrutiny of the American Corporation into whose hands our Politicians, and Leaders have entrusted our dreams and who have traded our dreams away to make themselves higher profits in many nations around the world but our own. The American dream was once a reality, but is now in foreclosure.

The American dream is now falling through the fingers of those who put it there in the first place through their hard work and their relatives sacrifice to achieve what they had once achieved and have had taken that great economy away from them. For Profits for a very few, and more power for but one.

It will be interesting to see just what direction we “dreamers” take come election day. Those of us who have invested our energy and a lifetime of hard worker to prepare for our retirement to have our leaders use our money free of charge for their own political welfare. It seems that the two party system has become a CHOICE BETWEEN TWO EVILS. One which could care less and another that can’t explain to us where that money is.
One whines about the media and a media that would have you believe that only these two parties comprise choice. Money talks in AMERICA, not the notion of AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL.

We have become a people who now vote for “The Party” and pay no attention to the people we are voting for. We have become a people whose future has been traded to CHINA as well as too many other foreign nations to jot down here, for higher profits at headquarters, bigger dividends, and fewer workers. Those very people that built the greatest country on Earth have been sold out by the CORPORATIONS and the elected politicians that keep telling us how great we are as a country by increasing our debt by $24 TRILLION Dollars, while their personal BILLIONS increase by the moment. They don’t have to pay health care to the people that have made them all wealthy. So they don’t have to thank them with retirement benefits, but they “lay them off” so that their profits get buried overseas so they don’t even have to pay taxes to the country that made them wealthy in the first place. Will America forever let their corporations steal their future for the sake of their GOD – money? Isn’t a free and healthy America worth anything to them? I’m not seeing it much on the street. The very wealthy are taking care of their own but not too interested in the ones they set aside to make more room for wealthier politicians and themselves.

Will AMERICA ever be for ALL THE PEOPLE or just for “OUR PEOPLE”? The struggle has always been our ability to make AMERICA GREAT THE FIRST TIME. All races in AMERICA have been to war to defend AMERICA. All RACES are included in the ranks of the country’s police, fire, first responders, garbage collectors, postal deliverers, normal working people who seem to be less important to the Corporations or the Politicians. THE PEOPLE should have more to say and be listened to than just six months during an election year. If we keep voting for the same people over and over, it is no miracle that Congress has been focused only on themselves over and over again.

ONLY THE PEOPLE will make AMERICA GREAT for the FIRST TIME. ONLY THE PEOPLE can create the original idea of UNITED WE STAND. ONLY THE PEOPLE can learn to vote for PEOPLE not the party.

330 MILLION PEOPLE cannot come up with 2 people Who care more about THE PEOPLE than their PARTY.

It seems that we find ourselves once again having to choose the least of 2 EVILS than the best of all choices. It will take WE THE PEOPLE to say on election day “THE PARTIES OVER”, or AMERICA may have a hard time to ever be great for ALL THE PEOPLE just once.

RESPONSIBILITIES

RESPONSIBILITIES

Responsibilities

(Updated from the Original Site in 1-29-2005)

With ministry in whatever form comes responsibility. Whether one is to prostrate oneself before the city gates and scream “REPENT”, or merely comment on the doctrine of the soothsayers and ‘Pharisees’. Whether Church Leaders, Ministers, Popes, or Prophets, it is not to be taken lightly. With thousands of references already on the “net” to unorthodox and Christian, there is but one unorthodoxchristianity.com.

It is humbling. For the seeker who finds themselves seeking through a www, you’ve stumbled upon this site. It is almost as though I have been granted some authority to present a ‘what it is’, I have not. I have no great expertise. I am a simple man. To me, the message of Love One Another is plenty succinct enough. This site is about love one another, and some of my views on what the ‘Pharisees’ say and interpret as truth. Doctrine must be weighed against the gauge of Love One Another. If doctrine doesn’t support that view, I find it hard to reconcile it as coming from GOD.

Many point out Old Testament texts, The New Testament Gospels are about the GOOD NEWS of a new teacher and a radical itinerant Rabbi. The leaders of His time did not exactly embrace his teaching and neither do very many of ours. Do not let anyone make you feel guilty for loving. Do not let anyone condemn you for caring, whether popular or not. And most of all, pay no attention to them when they attempt to judge the measure of your love, that is between you and your GOD. GOD will not condemn any who love, irregardless of their banner. Jesus said that any who love are with us, and can not be against us. Only those who profess to believe in love and who do not demonstrate it need be fearful of the results of their actions. GOD need not condemn for life itself is the greatest of equalizers.

And so I hope and pray that I present what GOD would wish. Unorthodox Christianity is about Loving One Another.

Enjoy.

Dennis Wheeler

The Circle of Existence

The Circle of Existence

The Circle of Existence

From the way-back machine in Unorthodox Christianity. Before there was WordPress there was the internet. In those earlier years was the original Unorthodox Christianity.com The theology was more than a blog. Much of it was much as the following content. I am setting up the reissue of that original .com that will be in the core of this site. One of the many early pages.

From 7-29-2007

The question of the nature of existence has been at the forefront of philosophical thought forever. From long before mankind could record thoughts on papyrus, and prior even to the cultures of hand me down legends of heroes in the past, where do we come from and where are we going has been the basis of theology and the world’s religions.

I have been reading a brief synopsis of the major theological movements over the past few days and have been intrigued by the growth of theological thought. The term cyclical comes to mind as theology and religious history follow an ebb and flow from strict dogma, to flexible reform and back into a strict religious morality when reform results in what the majority considers to be a rise in the incidence of `immoral’ behavior.

I have also noticed that there seems to be great periods of frenetic religious activity, followed by lulls of mere history, followed by eruptions of dogmatic supremacy, followed by periods of romantic flexibility and a return to dogmatic stigmatism.

From the most primitive forms of mythology that established multiple gods throughout the developing world, in Rome, Egypt, Mexico, Peru and others, man has constantly attempted to explain who he is and why is he here. Hinduism seems to predate and to begin establishing the modern era of a monotheistic theology. Hindusim seems to be followed by a dramatic influx of thought developed by Confucius and then expanded through Lao Tzu. Buddhism grows out of this and then on the western front shades of Mosaic law. Then the segue into Jesus and Christianity and then Mohammed and Islam expanding Christian concepts into cultural conformity. This continues to this day through Bahai and some of the more liberal new age inclusive conceptuals that try and appeal to a broader mixed cultural group.

Even within the buracracy of fundamentalist thought, each major religious turn includes its reformists and its liberalists, whatever name is coined for them, or about them or from them.

I am also amazed that each successive religion takes what it wishes from its predecessors and edits to suit a new crowd of followers or a new crop of leaders. I believe that this accounts for the ebb and flow from dogmatism to flexibility as it benefits the practitioners and their `chosen caste’.

As I read with a skepticism born of historical study, I am drawn always to the Christian writings of my cultural upbringing, the Judaistic drama of history, and the history of Hinduism, the more ancient beginning of current group belief. I see a lot of the writings of Jesus being an interpretation of the writings of Lao Tzu or Confucius or Mencius to a crowd that wasn’t familiar with or had disavowed these ancient writings in favor of “their own” Mosaic dogma and Pharasitic interpretations.

I see where the tribe develops its own school of thought for its own culture and then takes ownership of its relevance and correctness. Jesus, as a great teacher, embraces the whole world of theological thought at the time and proclaims that “I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE”. The Way, being the Lao Tzu world of Confucianisms, The Truth, being the world of Mosaic Law, and the LIFE, being the reverent respect for all living things of Buddhism and many of its interpreters. This he conjoins all at once in one convenient itinerant package we came to call Christianity.

Centered amidst the confluence of many trade routes, Jesus was no doubt exposed to much theological thought in his day. I do not believe that one such as Jesus would have been content to merely accept the Mosiac dogma in light of the Eastern beliefs.

The question that seems to gnaw at me is just how much inclusion Jesus incorporates into his world of thought which is buried in his words, thoughts and deeds. In addition, I see how much of our interpretation of Jesus is being contained in a vessel of religious dogma that appears narrow minded and `self’ contained. By this I mean that we interpret Jesus’ sayings in light of what our modern culture wishes for us to believe and not enough of our belief looks at what the world in Jesus time was believing. Because our theological bureaucrats find some beliefs to be `profitable’ we are missing the hidden code of history. Dan Brown only scratches the surface of the code in a haunting mystery novel about political religious history. The real drama lies in the clues to our existence that Jesus came to reveal to us through the disciples and the scribes within his entourage and their families’ oral traditions.

All of this hyperbole to reach this point: where do we come from, where are we going, what is life?

From The Gospel of Thomas within the Nag Hammadi library:

Lesson 18: The Disciples said to Jesus, “Tell us how our end will be.”

Jesus said, “Have you discovered then, the beginning that you look for the end? For where the beginning is there the end will be. Blessed is He who will take his place at the beginning, he will know the end and not experience death.”

Lesson 19: Jesus said, “Blessed is he who came into being before he came into being. If you become my disciples and listen to my words, these stones will minister to you. For there are five trees in Paradise which minister to you in Paradise, which remain undisturbed summer and winter and whose leaves do not fall. Whoever becomes acquainted with them will not experience death.”

Moses, Confucius, Mencius, Lao Tzu, Buddha: All predate Jesus. They are 5 pillars of religious thought that have founded countless schools of theology and represent a core of thought that one could reasonably call, the ancients. Within each lie the prodigy which expanded and interpreted their ideas. These are cores whose beliefs have not fallen out of favor (among the `enlightened’) although they have always been threatening to those who desire power. The stones are the beliefs, the sayings, the proverbials that have been tested and reviewed and found to be valid through the ages.

The mysteries of Jesus have always been enigmatic to scholars. “Even these stones will minister to you.” There is a proverbial that I like from Ecclesiastes, “a time to cast away stones, a time to gather stones together.” I noticed in my reading, as obvious as it is that I missed it, the order of the saying seems odd. A time to cast away stones, a time to gather stones together. Common sense would seem to support that one gathers stones and then throws them; but not in this sense. The stones of beliefs are often
“ read and then cast away, discarded into the cavern of memory”. Later in life an event occurs that brings that old `stone’ to the surface, gathered together so to speak in light of new knowledge or understanding.

An example are the many events of our lives that are lived and cast out of our conciousness in favor of each new event. Upon the death of a loved one we then sit back and pull these stones to the forefront of our memory that we may derive comfort from the memories once discarded and now retrieved.

The pillars of heaven are also not stone pillars, but the knowledge passed along by these great theologians and their theologies of the time. If you become familiar with their teachings and the meanings of the teachings, you will not experience death because you will recognize the mysteries of life. So what mystery do you discover?

I believe that Jesus told us, straight up.

Lesson 18: The Disciples said to Jesus, “Tell us how our end will be.”

Jesus said, “Have you discovered then, the beginning that you look for the end? For where the beginning is there the end will be. Blessed is He who will take his place at the beginning, he will know the end and not experience death.”

This is a simple and common philosophical question. What line has no beginning and no end? A circle. There is no discernible beginning to a circle and no discernible end unless one establishes an arbitrary beginning, which also becomes its own end.

Is it possible, let alone conceivable, that the circle of life: birth, living, death is reflective of the circle that is existence itself. Can the circle of spring-summer-fall-winter-spring- summer-fall-winter be a reflection of existence. Is time a circle not a line? That would explain prophecy, invention, science fiction, people. Another philosophical question, what came first, the chicken or the egg.

In the beginning was the word and the word was with GOD.

If Jesus was the word, did the circle begin with Jesus, or the beginning with GOD. Was it ‘poof’ all at once,everything?

 Ecclesiastes also says, “everything that is, was, and ever will be, has already been.” To expand on that idea, imagine a globe made up of an infinite number of circles of varying widths that whirl about each other always maintaining the globe as the perfect circle. Which microscopic dot on one of the circle lines are we, now, at this time? We are all at once someone’s future and someone’s past.

Time travel is perhaps just locating a spot on a globe of circles that roll within itself, a huge globe beyond our conception. The other side of  time may, in fact, be an arms length through the globe. Then, what is beyond the globe?

Whooooo,, so deep for a simple guy.

Do not worry about the future, Jesus says, God will take care of the future, the present day has enough concerns of its own.

What a good time to gather that stone together and allow it to minister to me.

Just some thoughts.

dennis

SHARING THE WEALTH

SHARING THE WEALTH

Sharing the Wealth

from: 7-24-2005

No Amount of Money
No amount of fame,
No amount of power
Can keep the grim reaper at bay.

Nothing that you do here
Can protect you from his hand
The secret lies in living
To help the most you can..

For those whose gifts are many
Much more is required
To help the ones less fortunate
And those whose lives are tired.

The truest gifts present themselves
When you stretch forth your wealth
To touch the ones that got you there
And recognize that in yourself.

The gifts of GOD weren’t handed out
In fits of preference,
But given to the ones GOD thought
Would take best care of them.

The poor man found the gift of love
And family that stood fast..
The rich man found the people
That loved him for his wealth..

Which gift contains more value
And which message do you heed,
The gift of love so freely shared
Or the poverty of greed…..

dw

IN HEAVEN AS IT IS ON EARTH?

IN HEAVEN AS IT IS ON EARTH?

IN HEAVEN AS IT IS ON EARTH

Jesus said: When you pray, pray this way:

“Our Father who art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name

Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done

ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN” …..

I have always been intrigued by this prayer offered up by Jesus. Over all the years I have heard so many threats about what can happen as a result of having been born. As an example: The mysterious ‘they’ mentioned to Jesus that it would be better not to marry than to risk sin and damnation should it not quite pan out the way it was originally intended.

I have heard so many sermons and ‘Bible’ studies of losing favor with GOD and being subjected to ‘HELL’ for being the ‘wrong’ faith persuasion and being subjected to eternal damnation as a result.

There are actually an estimated 2.2 Billion people who proclaim Christianity as their faith.

Major religious groups

  • Christianity (31.2%)
  • Islam (24.1%)
  • Hinduism (15.1%)
  • Buddhism (6.9%)
  • Folk religions (5.7%)
  • Sikhism (0.29%)
  • Judaism (0.18%)

“As of 2010, Christianity was by far the world’s largest religion, with an estimated 2.2 billion adherents, nearly a third (31 percent) of all 6.9 billion people on Earth,” the Pew report says. “Islam was second, with 1.6 billion adherents, or 24 percent of the global population.” Apr 2, 2015

Interestingly enough, Judaism, which is the foundational faith of Jesus, is very much outnumbered by the others. I point out again:

“Thy Kingdom come, Thy will will be done, ON EARTH as it is in HEAVEN.”

Why would there be such an emphasis ON EARTH when many professing Christians live their lives worried about living on EARTH while waiting to enjoy life in HEAVEN. Living ON EARTH as it is in HEAVEN, which was created by GOD for some purpose to be enjoyed at the very beginning. Jesus prayed for EARTH to measure up to HEAVEN. If HEAVEN on EARTH was such a priority to JESUS I would have to ask why it is not a priority for mankind which has 31% of the entire population as adherents?

Earth is certainly a flawed location. WAR is an industry on EARTH. Illness is a part of world history. As of today no one in the world should be ignorant of the suffering of a pandemic, not just now but throughout world history. Politics plays to a select crowd of the wealthy and select voters. The priority of business conglomerates seems to take advantage of as many humans as possible to create income, chasing money, money and more money. Nations rebuild the armies of other nations to fight more wars to make more money. Is this truly our answer to the prayer of Jesus, whom 2.2 billion people profess to follow?

“ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN”. It is pointed out that it will be more difficult for a rich person to enter Heaven then a camel to pass through the eye of a needle. Many of the world’s wealthy profess to be Christian to get elected throughout the world and yet “ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN” is either a mistaken prayer by Jesus for Heaven would not be my cup of tea if they reflect each other.

So let’s take it a step further. One dies. I could take myself. What have I done to make the world a world that reflects Heaven? What have I done to make HEAVEN like a reflection of myself in a mirror?

What are you going to take to Heaven with you when it is your time. When you walk through the pearly gates what do you expect to bring to the table? Will you debate which religion is right? Will you enter Heaven as a Baptist, or a Catholic, or a Methodist, or a Mormon. The entire religion of Jesus was Jewish, will you accept Heaven with a Jewish background? Will you follow your political leader’s leads into Heaven, behaving just like they are here on EARTH? Will you look for the purple robe that you feel you should be given because of all the good that you have done? What sort of a Heaven will you be creating when you get there? Will it be socialist, a democracy, or an anarchy or a Communist?

IN HEAVEN AS IT IS ON EARTH?

There is an answer. Two thieves were crucified with Jesus. One lobbied for Jesus to save himself and both of the thieves. The other said “What we have done was our doing, what He has done was nothing wrong. We deserve what we get, He does not deserve this for what He has done.” What did Jesus reply to the second thief? “Today you will be be with me in Paradise.” No question from Jesus of his faith, if he had any or not, no color, no tribe, no particular affiliation that Jesus was even concerned about. What did that thief do to have the opportunity to be taken to Heaven by an itinerant Rabbi named Jesus? He believed in what Jesus said about how to live your life ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN. It is a difficult door to walk through. You must walk through the door to HEAVEN believing that ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN is the prayer and the purpose. Jesus and this thief were GOD’S examples of how to accomplish the dream.

In your own corner of the world try to make “ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN”. That is the prayer of JESUS and the prayer of GOD.

We need that prayer now more than at any time in the history of the world.

I pray this for all of us.

LOVE ONE ANOTHER

LOVE ONE ANOTHER

1-25-02 (updated 8-31-20)

‘Their GOD is not our GOD.’
“Our beliefs are the true beliefs”.

So many times have I heard this come out of the mouths of Christians I am reminded of what Jesus said, “It is not what goes into your mouth that defiles you, but what comes out.”
I was involved in a discussion once with a Christian acquaintance and the topic came up of whom GOD loves more.

Who are the true chosen?

I asked him to list the people on Earth whom GOD did not create. You see we are ALL the children of GOD.

I related a story: when my grandmother baked cookies for me she always made more oatmeal raisin cookies than chocolate chip cookies. Why? Because I liked oatmeal raisin cookies more than chocolate chip cookies. If we believe that GOD shows some sort of preference for one group over another, certainly the chosen people are Asian, for there are many more of them than anyone else.

I believe GOD is big enough, intelligent enough, and loving enough to speak to all people in their own language and in their own culture. I believe there is a measure of truth intertwined within all the religions of the world and that we are missing the entire message when we exclude one faith journey vs another because of our tribalistic propensity to hold our own ritualistic faith as the entire truth of GOD’s teaching. How much wisdom has been lost in such ignorance.

Jesus taught, ”Love one another”, No caveats, No claims of exclusivity of membership. “By this [love] will they know that you are disciples of mine”, LOVE is a common destination that leads to peace. In fact, it is the only destination that leads toward peace. Until we can embrace our diversity of culture, religion, and faith with the understanding that GOD speaks through many tongues, our destination will be one of division. Until we learn to focus our energies on a common destination of loving one another, our world will never find peace. I believe that:

GOD WILL NEVER DENY HEAVEN
TO ONE WHO LOVES.
 THIS IS OUR PROMISE, IT IS OUR HERITAGE,
 IT IS OUR TEACHING, AND IT IS OUR GIFT.