Free Will – NEVER FREE

I read this the other day from a posting person that I admire . “Christ says we are made to serve Him and allow Him to make the choices in our lives.”

The first thing that came to my mind is a story I tell about my relationship with “GOD”. I know what “GOD” looks like. There is a large bruise on “GOD’s” forehead where GOD’s palm has struck the forehead as “GOD” utters…..”Dennis, you’ve done it again. I had it all planned out and coordinated and now you change the direction of your life…”
The choices of GOD are not always so apparent that my choices coincide with “GOD’s” plan for me. My favorite poem talks about ‘The Road less traveled.” Why do I so often settle on the road less traveled?
Because “GOD” has never failed me in my choices. “GOD” mentions after saying how I have “Done it Again, Now I have to rewrite the plan I set up for you the last time.” Right, or wrong, the journey takes many twists and turns. This is not news to “GOD”. Perhaps “GOD” is pre-aware of the directions I will take and the design of my personal tapestry has already been prepared for the seemingly new direction I am moving in, which “GOD” has been aware of since the beginning. I have been allowed a second chance.


Each one of us is the architect of our own individual journeys. Often times the choices are less than wise, but always based on events within our own lives or compared to that of others. Where we do not always do well at predicting our own future, GOD can. The tapestry that surrounds us is too complex for us to sort. Consequently ‘free will’ often gets the best of us. How many times does GOD come across this over the history of the universe and the entities that reside there?
Have you made a mistake? Many? GOD understands what you even cannot see.

“Forgive them…..they know not what they do.” This is a quote from the GOOD NEWS.
Jesus brought a new perspective on GOD that we today call “GOOD NEWS”. It has never been FAKE NEWS. ‘FREE WILL’ comes with challenges, and is never “free”. Whether others judge you or not, you judge yourself. If you never judge yourself, your actions have their own judgements. Free is never free. A poor concept to extend.
This is where “Forgive them, Father…” comes from. The harsh Father who theoretically casts out the lost from the path to eternal life has given us an advocate. Jesus. A Jewish carpenter from a town called Nazareth.

“For they know not what they do….”

Those calling for Jesus’ Crucifixion did not know much more than they were told what to say in the middle of the night by armed advocates.
(At the risk of censure, our politicians perform about as well as the disciples did, and they theoretically know ‘the rest of the story’. )
Knowing “What A Friend I have in Jesus” and His stance on forgiveness does not make the mistakes free, it makes them forgiven because whom amongst us has not done things that “we know not what we do” or the repercussions as a result of our choices. For those mistakes will never be “free.” Not to me… And at some point in time our stewards will discover how not “FREE” their decisions have been. But they are understood and forgiven by one who lived the reality of life on Earth. One who has seen the powerful place self before others. Somewhere in a book I read years ago it is said the “The meek shall inherit the Earth.” Perhaps because only the “meek” shall survive the”Powerful.”

“FREE WILL” is a lie. Our actions cause reactions whether we like the results or not. It is to me, in those moments, reassuring to know that 2,000 years ago a mentor of mine pleaded for my forgiveness even in the place where I judge myself. And He will do that for me forever. “What a friend I have in Jesus….”

The Real Jesus

From 4-10-2007 (brought up to date)

The whole scene of Jesus has been so distorted in our minds eye by grand movies with huge sets and fancy settings. Where we see Jesus Christ Superstar, a handsome movie star in a clean white robe, the people saw an itinerant street preacher who was ‘despised’ and rejected of men, not comely to look at. Thin and ‘average’.
Without the miracles, Jesus would have lived, preached, and died without much notice. No new calendar, no Christians, probably no Koran, no crusades, and a completely different history.
We have created a legend that has become pretty and acceptable. We can not understand why anyone would not jump on the Jesus bandwagon. The walking was down crowded alleyways in Middle Eastern Earth, dusty, dirty, and smelly with no deodorant, no shaving cream, and no breath mints. There probably wasn’t a closet full of clothes to take a clean robe from daily. The beds were blankets on the ground or in hard bunks. It is said that the man himself was born in a stable. Standing in the presence of Pontius Pilate was a man who probably did not look much different than a thief or, at best, the most common of commoners. When Jesus spoke he was a carpenter’s son and not a priest.

His message was beyond radical, it was crazy. LOVE ONE ANOTHER was not going to save anyone from the Romans, or the tax collectors, or the Priest who sat in the seat of honor. ‘Kiss my ring’ was not invented by the Pope or some French King, it was a traditional realm of power, a perk of status.
Jesus would have been seen as a commoner in the temple, expressing ideas that were so far out in left field, and then slowly but surely, over 3 years it got worse. Now a bit of a politician, a teacher proclaiming a kingdom of GOD radically different than that espoused by the priests, a position also in opposition to the Sadducees, the politicians of Jewish society. Worse yet, he was gaining a following. Think of John the Baptist in the wilderness, wearing animal skins and eating locusts and wild honey. They thought Jesus was the Baptist. This is not the image of a handsome Hollywood actor who just walked onto the set and then retreated to his trailer. Everyday, 24/7, healing the sick, preaching a message of LOVE in a world of hate and prejudice. Every rumor of healing threatened the seats of power. Every healing brought 100’s more to the neighborhood to be healed. Some out of desperation, some out of greed, some out of love for others. Think of the reactions among the priesthood upon hearing of a crowd of 5,000 men (plus women and children), not once but at least twice. The stories we read about are merely highlights out of a life of touching the sick, the unclean. To the traditional Jew, Jesus would have been the uncleanest of the unclean, the commonest of the common, and the least likely to be a Messiah.

Inside of this man, though, resided a very special spirit that was recognized almost immediately by others. Fishermen debated with him until he proved that what He said had an other worldly prophetic power.

“Cast your nets there,” Jesus said to a group of fishermen headed by a scurrilous old salt named Simon (to be called Peter).

“Been there, done that, ain’t there,” responds the tired fisherman.

“Just try it,” responds Jesus. Somehow the authority in his voice commanded a respect that one wouldn’t expect from this Simon. We are told Simon went back out, did as was asked, and couldn’t reel in the haul without breaking the nets.

In the end Simon and his brother follow this teacher and become “Fishers of Men”.

I tried to find a picture of this real Jesus on the web to put at the top of this post (looking under ‘Jesus Images’) and could not. If you have an idea, feel free to forward it to me.

So all that said, in today’s terms, was it all fake news? I believe because of what the followers did. They risked their lives to spread his simple message. They would never have thought of doing that had there not been substance to the stories. No magic publication of a million copies to change the world. Just the sayings of a carpenter’s son spread by word of mouth. I wonder how Twitter would handle “Love One Another” today.

Try it and see what happens.

On Gay Lifestyles: Love is like a Diamond

It is Time : A Treatise on ‘Homosexuality’
Gay Lifestyles: Love Is Like A Diamond
from 2-05-2006

I was listening to the sermon the other Sunday at our local church. It wasn’t scathing, but it dealt with the issue of gay lifestyles. Of course, the various Bible passages that deal with ‘homosexuality’ were brought up. Paul’ s take, the passages on marriage, between a man and a woman, and others. Couched within the language of ‘care’ the passages non the less were all interpreted so as to equate ‘homosexuality’ as abnormal, inhuman, or somehow outside of GOD’S design.

Upfront, I disagree. And that is to be expected from my Unorthodox Christian viewpoint.

Somehow, in my viewing language and within my history, I deal in colloquialism. Is what the old languages called ‘eunuch’, a term interchangeable with what we today call homosexual? Is the term we refer to as ‘gay’ apply to many of those that the Bible writers were referring to in various passages, those who showed a preference for their own gender rather than the opposite?

I have asked many questions to myself regarding the gay lifestyle over my life, especially within the context of my own theories of spirit movement. As I have discussed previously, there can be no mistaking Jesus’ belief in spirit inhabitation. The stories of spirits cast out, returning, inhabiting bodies, etc. are many. The Legion story leads way to the woman who sweeps one spirit out only to have seven return. One might assume that only bad spirits travel about, but there must be ‘good’ spirits also that wander and seek homes in people. The ‘holy spirit’, as one is called, comes and visits by “GOD’S’ direction. If a ‘holy spirit’ can come and go, then there are no doubt others that come and go amongst people, some perhaps not so holy, and some just sojourners on a journey through the physical world on their way to wherever they go. For all we know, the journey of spirits from one human life to another to another could be the entire structure of life, its design, and function. It was a belief held prior to Jesus time, during Jesus time, and exists to this day in various world religions. Christianity, as a religion, is relatively new comparative to ‘time’. How long have spirits been journeying? In what forms have these spirits journeyed, as male, or female, or both? Once or twice as each, or a thousand, or a thousand thousand? Do they always return as the same gender, culture, race or time? I discuss this throughout my spirit writings.
I recall relationships that seem as though the spirit, or perhaps one of a few spirits that dwell in me, recognizes the spirit that indwells another, someone whom I recognize as familiar, yet whom I know I have not yet met physically. Yes, I said spirits, plural. Is Legion unique, or merely an extreme?

What causes a good person, child or adult, to commit a vicious crime that seemingly is totally opposed to his or her nature? What causes a sane person to “go off the deep end?” Is it a temporary possession, or merely the manifestation of a dormant spirit. Can the spirit of a memory inhabit a new friend, and then just as suddenly retreat or leave that same person? Is the exorcism of a spirit imagined or real?
In light of this, what is to say that after many lives within female bodies, the sudden manifestation of a female ‘gendered’ spirit into a male body causes extreme confusion in that male ‘host’. Is this some sort of evil manifestation, or merely the natural result of the dual nature that is caused by spirits inhabiting human bodies. Is this ‘gay’ lifestyle, merely reversion into a previous existence where two spirits recognized the relationship they lived before subconsciously and are attempting to duplicate it, whether in the same gendered bodies or not. Is it the manifestation of a previously female gendered spirit within a male body trying to duplicate its previous existence as a female human or a previously male gendered spirit within a female body trying to manifest a duplication of a previous male existence?

Would we call this, ‘the way I was born?” Or would it be, “I am more familiar with the way that this is.”

In Matthew chapter 19, beginning at verse 1 Jesus discourses on marriage. “Have you not read that the creator from the beginning made them male and female?” and then He said, “This is why a man must leave father and mother and cling to his wife.”

Is the male and female of which Jesus speaks merely referring to the physical body, or also a spirit gender that travels through lifetimes? Male often refers to the spiritual existence and female the earth (or physical) existence in ancient writing (i.e. Nag Hammadi).

In verse 12 Jesus discusses the issue of eunuchs. Again, is Jesus addressing an issue of whom we refer to ‘gay’ (both women and men). In our modern interpretation of language are we translating what is a reference to ancient homosexual tendencies as referred to in those times as ‘eunuch’?

Was there, in that age, female gendered ‘eunuchs’ or only ’emasculated’ males?

It is not a topic that received much attention in the colloquial writings of the day. Irregardless, Jesus states, “ there are eunuchs born that way from their mother’s wombs, there are eunuchs made so by men and there are eunuchs who have made themselves that way for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let anyone accept this who can.”

Is it unlikely that many are born ‘emasculated’ from their mother’s womb, or who choose to be ‘emasculated’ for the sake of the kingdom of heaven? A Catholic priest, choosing a celibate lifestyle, would by this definition of Jesus be considered what the translator refers to as a Eunuch, one who chooses to live outside of the traditional male/female relationship, in this case to further the kingdom of heaven.

For the sake of questioning let us say that two spirits, who perhaps were physically married to each other for many years in a previous existence as a male and female spousal unit, reestablish their relationship in a time where they inhabit bodies of the same gender. Is the ‘love’ less for the sake of being the same physical gender? Do we seek out a special person in our journey of this physical life, or are we truly trying to reconnect with a spirit in a host now in this physical journey irregardless of the physical gender in this life journey?

If the spirit of a previous female gendered host’s life or (previous) lives, all of a sudden inhabits a male body in this new life (or a male spirit in a female body), how would it react if the opposite gendered historical spirit was dominant over the instinctive host (as it may be after many journeys)?

Is this “made that way from their mother’s womb”?

Do we know enough of the kingdom of GOD to pass any judgements whatsoever on the structure of human existence? I believe not.

Is it possible, or even necessary, to ‘fix’ spirit genetics?

I go back to diamonds. A diamond in the rough is a rock. The diamond requires a master to cut facets into the rock to create a diamond that reflects light and creates the beauty we recognize as a diamond of great value. The human race is to the kingdom of heaven what facets are to the beauty of a diamond. It requires all of the various facets of the diamond to make the diamond brilliant, so it is with the great variety of human nature, cultures, teaching and languages. Each is a contributory facet.

I am not so naive as to ignore the fact that many spirits can be self centered and instinctive. History is filled with the evil, power driven spirit that wishes to succeed at all costs. The death, destruction and viciousness of people to one another is not news to anyone. Success AT AN-others expense, is not an external force. Jesus admonishes, “It is not what goes into a man from without that defiles a man, it is what comes out from within.”

What I am saying, is that we simply do not know enough about the structure of life, the movement of spirits, or the design of existence, to pass judgment on those who love in whatever manner that they do.

I have been privileged to have been an outside salesman for many years. In the course of these positions I have called on many hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, care facilities, etc. and have found that the sensitive and caring male nurse that would exhibit what we may consider gay traits, give unceasingly and tenderly to those who require their care, in many instances where no one else will.

When asked about discipleship, Jesus also replied, “Love one another, by this they will know that you are a disciple of mine.” No caveats. It does not read that the key lies in fish symbols, or cross necklaces, or Judaistic caps or Catholic robes, by espousing Love alone and by living the new commandment to Love One Another, you display your reverence for love and become a disciple of Christ’s teaching. Is it necessary to brand yourself with a cross to follow a discipline of love? I do not believe so.

Jesus did not come to destroy the law of GOD (LOVE), but merely to fulfill the law that had been adulterated by men.

Love One Another. No caveats. By this they will know that you are a disciple of His. Even without knowing His name, such disciples preceded Jesus, their names simply have not been recorded, and those who have their names recorded permeate our scripture and the scripture of other cultures.

As Jesus said, “Let anyone accept this who can.”

Amen. (Moderately edited from 2005)

PS: The discussions of spirit travels are contained in many of the other writings on this site, and I will be adding to them as the ‘spirit’ so moves. God Bless.

dennis: The original is from my original site unorthodoxchritianity

http://unorthodoxchristianity.com/GayLifestyles

 

Saved Today

An excerpt from the writings of  unorthodoxchrstianity.com/

4-12-2008

I was listening to one of our better known preachers the other day on the radio. To paraphrase what I heard, “Do you know that there is a reason why you are listening today. It is because you need to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior or subject yourself to a catastrophic eternity”.

I beg to differ emphatically.

Your eternity is up to GOD to measure, not us as men to judge. We have to remember that according to Jesus of Nazareth, whom we aspire to follow as Christians, GOD is LOVE. How would LOVE measure our lives and how would LOVE react to our living? LOVE, knowing all of our motivations, understanding all of our temptations, understanding all of our circumstance and cultural upbringing, how would that LOVE measure our choices? The decision was made clearly and emphatically by LOVE’S representative on Earth, Jesus of Nazareth upon a cross of crucifixion, “FORGIVE THEM, FATHER, FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO”.

Who requires a better attorney for our admission into eternity than that?

NO ONE.

Who is in a better position to pass judgement upon our actions and our qualifications for eternity?

NO ONE.

If you haven’t had a chance to discover the life and example of Jesus of Nazareth you may have had a wonderful life, but you haven’t necessarily had the opportunity to have a life full of wonder. If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to get to know Jesus of Nazareth you haven’t yet discovered a way of life that can potentially SAVE you from the mistakes that plague most of us.

The Jesus of Nazareth of Unorthodox Christianity neither came to condemn nor necessarily condone. This Jesus did not come to save us in our eternity, He came to help save us in our everyday. This Jesus did not come that we would be saved in our dying, but that we would have real help for our living.

Through following the example of Jesus of Nazareth we may save ourselves much of the grief that we cause ourselves in our living because we do not pay attention to the example of Jesus. Instead we often prefer to have a Jesus of our dying and not ascribe much of his teaching to our living.

This Jesus has a message for our living not for our dying. Jesus does not condemn us in our death, what happens is that through our living, our prejudices, our bigotry, our contentious culture, we cause ourselves more grief than if we merely pay attention and follow the teachings carefully.

Saved from what? Saved from our culture, from our prejudices, our bigotry, our selves.

Saved from what? Saved from our religious vipers, vultures, and profiteers.

Saved from what? Saved from being more focused on the day of our dying than living the day of today.

Hear the GOOD news.

Jesus of Nazareth is about our everyday, not our eternity.

If we but allow Jesus of Nazareth to be the example of our everyday, our eternity will take care of itself.

dw

 

Ordinary People

The song that you can listen to via the link below is called Ordinary People.

A number of summers ago I was asked to perform at an outdoor revival meeting called Break Down the Walls  in Salt Lake City, UT. On one particular afternoon there was a fiery evangelist preaching his Full Gospel Message. In the best tradition of fiery Full Gospel preachers he jumped up and down and shouted and gestured wildly as he moved from one side of the stage to the other, “THANK GOD that Jesus came for us sinners. That Jesus came here, to the other side of the tracks”.

He went on to discuss how deeply we are in sin and why we suffer and how great it was that Jesus came for us sinners. I thought immediately of a young lady on a retreat I was on who commented that she didn’t feel she could find Jesus because she hadn’t been ‘hurt’ enough in her life to find Jesus.

I sat back and thought to myself, Thank GOD that JESUS came for the little lady who always sat in the back of the sanctuary and made a cake or a meal for every funeral at the little white church I had attended in western Minnesota. That Jesus came for the school teacher who stopped in after class to help clean, or mow the lawn. The neighbor who took a bar to the family next door when there was a loss or a celebration.

I thought, “Thank GOD that Jesus came for the ORDINARY PEOPLE. The ones who live ‘normal’ lives, who aren’t fallen angels or alcoholics, or from broken homes or live broken lives. ORDINARY PEOPLE, like you and I.

Enjoy.

http://webletelpaso.wix.com/dcwheelermusic#!ordinary-people/xhypj

Food For Thought

I was at the grocery store yesterday and was pushing a cart back to the store that someone had left in the parking lot where their car was. In my world of unorthodox christianity a thought came to mind. Would Jesus have pushed the cart back to the store? Would Jesus have left the cart in the middle of the parking lot in the first place under the assumption that it was someone else’s task to put it where it belonged?
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Is it loving one another to expect others to complete the task that we find inconvenient?

To this day I see on my wife’s car the sizeable dent made by the shopping cart that blew into my wife’s car in the parking lot of Sam’s Club on one average windy day in El Paso.
Do I file that under Love One Another, or Take Advantage Of One Another?