The Internet is demonstrating to us the power of feeling "linked in" to a power greater than ourselves. We may become frustrated, to the point of panic, when viruses or other malfunctions destroy this connection. Imagine that all creatures are "linked in" to the Creator by unconditional love, and that this bond is broken by the despair of our doubts and fears. Can we measure the compassion generated by unconditional love? Can we measure the despair generated by fear? We call one "good" (or God, in the primitive origin of our religions), the other "evil" (or the Devil, in our religions). They are neither. They are natural phenomena. Energy has a purpose, to keep us going. Viruses have a purpose, at times, to protect us from becoming hyper-inflated with energy, perhaps. If left alone, we might be better off for a time.
Is the Creator a "real" entity, apart from ourselves, or something within that guides us throughout our lives, when we are not overly burdened with the viruses of doubt and fear? Perhaps the Creator is both. We can prove the existence of unconditional love by the way it affects our relationships with others. Can we tap into it at any time, for answers to questions, for understanding, for advice on any subject? It's like the Internet in that regard. If we seek these things, we will find them by going within, for that is where our link with the Creator dwells. It is a birthright of every living thing at the cellular level, in our genetic inheritance. Fear is also our birthright, evidenced in the startle reflex of infants, to alert us to the unexpected, which might turn out to be dangerous to our survival.
All of this natural, part of the plan of Creation. Should we condemn fear, therefore, and try to eliminate it? or work to understand it? and employ it in ways that will benefit us, rather than suffer with it when it appears to be in overabundant supply? Fear, and the negative feelings engendered by fear, are not the enemy. Those who do "criminal acts" because of fear are motivated by a survival instinct that has been overstimulated, through training or parenting or circumstances beyond their control.
Is behavior modification, or the punishments of incarceration, enough to establish the compassion that unconditional love provides? Probably not, for there is no outward method of forcing someone to go within, where their answers lie, hidden in the genetic inheritance that we all receive, activated at the moment of birth. Proof of the God that we are told does not really exist, except in our imaginations? I challenge everyone who reads this to go within for five minutes, at the start of every day. You will receive information and guidance that will amaze you.
Written by NJAhrens@att.net
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Monday, May 16, 2011
The older I get the more I value knowledge and making wise decisions. The Bible speaks a great deal about the importance of knowledge as it relates to life and spirituality. Proverbs 2:6 , Colossians 2:2-3 , and Chronicles 1:10-12 tell us that all knowledge is from God and is important to the makeup of every Christian.
"Giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity." 2 Peter 1:5-7. By putting these things into practice we are able to better achieve our individual calling. "For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ." 2 Peter 1:8.
When we study the Bible we gain knowledge not just on our spiritual purpose in life but on everything else in this world that affects us and the people we care for. Knowledge to follow and the wisdom to lead are necessary to meet the challenges we face as Christians today.
Source: Bible on Knowledge , Wisdom of God.
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