A very bad habit

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In my opinion the very worst habit afflicts much of humanity and they remain essentially unaware of it.

No, it’s not overeating.

Not smoking

Not gossiping

Not drinking

Not greed

Although, the above may not be good, what’s worse is…

The habit of letting circumstances establish or affect our moods, happiness, pleasantness, serenity, composure, etc.   We do not control events.  They happen.  We do, however, control how we respond, either with resistance or acceptance.  Happiness is not a matter of circumstances but a matter of choice.

What is, IS.  We cannot change or affect it in the slightest.

Whether you just won the lottery or just received notice from you doctor that you have liver cancer, what is, IS.  You can either gratefully accept or grudgingly resist.  Either way “what is” remains unchanged and unaffected.

The only thing we have the power to affect is our attitude to “what is” in the eternal NOW.

Perhaps our shifting to grateful acceptance of what is tends to reduce the other negativity.

As a former Christian….

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I think one of the main reasons many people tend to frown on Christians is their belief that they must convince others of their beliefs.  They believe only they know the truth and that God is leaving to the Christian part of His creation the burden of “saving” the rest.  This is not to say that Christians are not some of the most wonderful people in the world, they are, but they are simply misled.

No one is dependent upon another for truth or salvation!  Period.

Everyone believes they are right but that does not mean that each should convince the rest of his/her particular belief.

If the lost were dependent upon Christians, evangelism, etc., for salvation, no Christian should own a TV or recliner.  The world of lost souls needs to know.  Thousands are dying every hour.  If others are dependent upon me for my beliefs, I have no time for eating or sleeping, working or raising a family.  If in my whole life I save only one soul from hell, surely it would be worth it.  My what a terrible burden this loving God has placed on His chosen, according to the Christian belief.

Do we choose or generate our thoughts?

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No, we do not.  Obviously, if we were the chooser we would know them in advance but the fact of the matter is, we have no idea what will be our next thought.  They simply flow from beyond.   I share Rupert Spira’s YouTube on the subject.

Idol worshipers and rejecting God

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The religions scoff and accuse the Old Testament nations separate from Israel for their rejection of the true God because they worshiped man made idols.  But, come on, no one is fool enough to knowingly worship a false God.  Those people wanted to serve God as much as anyone else.  They simply were doing it the only way they knew how.

The fact is, we are doing the very same thing today, each worshiping his/her own concept of God, which in most cases is just as false as the “golden idol” of long ago.

By the same token, the “religious” claim those who do not share their beliefs are rejecting God when nothing of the sort is true.  What different people reject is differing beliefs.  No one is knowingly rejecting God.  No one is such a fool.  Even the atheists are not knowingly rejecting God, they do not believe He exists.  To some degree they are correct, “he” doesn’t exist as a separate being.  They ARE God, they just have yet to come to that realization.

Everyone is simply at their particular stage of knowing.  Love does not condemn and certainly it does not condemn sincerity regardless its stage of evolving.

Fear induced Faith?

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What is faith?  Faith is the inner knowing that all is well and being directed by an omniscient loving force.  Fear is lack of such knowing.  They are opposites.  To accept a religion or teaching that says, have faith or be damned is to teach faith through fear.  Such teaching relegates God to a despicable tyrant like old king Nebuchadnezzar who demanded his kingdom to worship him or be cast into the fiery furnace. To believe love could be so convoluted is to horribly desecrate both love and God.

What is my life’s purpose?

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I suggest each person’s life purpose is simply to experience whatever one is experiencing.  Our choice being whether to accept or resist it.  Acceptance and being present in each moment means contentment while resistance means struggle, disappointment, anxiety, etc.

We can go in circles our whole life trying to figure out why we’re here or we can simply live life as it flows.

I do not believe for a minute that we were created because God needed worshipers and I do not believe love condemns.

Musings on This Present Moment

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OK guys, I do not claim to have all the answers but I’d like to throw out some thoughts for consideration and would love to hear your thoughts.

It seems obvious to me that all we ever have or ever will have is the present moment.  The past and future exist only as thought, whereas, the present moment is reality and forever shall be.  That being the case the present moment is not merely important but is all there is.  Yes, it will change and will be a completely different experience constantly and forever but it will forever be “this present moment”.  This present moment is without beginning or end and is eternal but in a constant state of change.  Another way of thinking of the present moment is “what is” right now.  In other words, whatever we are now experiencing in this present moment is all there really is.

I’m going to suggest some startling observations.  First and foremost, we cannot change, influence or affect “what is” in any way in the slightest. What is, IS.  We can only respond to it, we can like and accept it or dislike and resist it.   Our whole life is the experience of, and responding to, what is in the present moment.   Is this not true?  If so, how is disappointment, discouragement, anger, resentment, greed, etc. ever justified?  Is not the seeking of something different the root of all evil?   We tend to think that resisting that which we do not like leads to change for the better.  But I believe deeper contemplation indicates such not to be the case.

We can only find contentment, peace and happiness when we are in harmony with “what is”.  If there is any resistance whatsoever, it causes tension, stress, anxiety, etc.  Our problem, it seems to me, is that we tend to think life should be smooth sailing and become displeased when it is not.  But life is variety, it is a constant changing contrast of duality, opposites, good, bad, long, short, up, down, hot, cold, etc.

Are we capable of actually changing anything, making choices, etc.  After much deliberation and contemplation, I do not think so except as how we respond to the present moment. Does prayer change anything, I do not think so.  I know there have been various studies that suggest that it does but there are just as many that indicate the opposite.  Meditation is acceptance with gratitude for what is, while prayer is asking for something different.

We are obviously not generating our thought.  If we were, we would know it in advance and be planing it.  It flows from beyond.  No brain ever created a thought or anything else for that matter.  The physical does not create the mental, it is the other way around.  Thoughts flow from beyond. “My brain is only a receiver. In the Universe there is a core from which we obtain knowledge, strength, inspiration. I have not penetrated into the secrets of this core, but I know it exists.” Nikola Telsa

I believe we are here to experience whatever this life delivers as aspects of the One or All That Is.   Carl Jung’s famous statement I believe is true, “that which we resist, persists”.  Perhaps change for the better comes as a result of accepting and complete surrender to what is in the present moment.   It may not be that which we would choose but it will be that which God chooses.  To me this is “faith”.  It may be that regardless the circumstances that develop, our change for the better is simply in accepting graciously “what is”.   Is this not the same as that which most religions advocate when they say that we should completely surrender to God’s will?  If the present moment or whatever we are experiencing right now were not God’s will it could not exist.

Of course, this philosophy is essentially that of the Eastern thought of Non Duality or Advaita which rings true to the ears of this writer (a former Christian).

What would the world be like if everyone was graciously accepting “what is”?

My response to a Christian Apologist

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His post

An objection to Christianity I hear all the time is one that suggests faith is based less on reason and truth and more on geography, cultural influences, and traditions. In other words, if a person were to grow up in America they would likely be a Christian while a person growing up in Baghdad will likely be a Muslim.

While this argument might seem to have some merit, its true goal is to cast doubt on the truth of Christianity and question the intellectual honesty or intelligence of believers who claim to believe in Christianity based on the truth of its claims.

Surely, no one can take beliefs that were handed down to them by their parents seriously especially when there are so many religious options, can they?

While it is true that many people are guilty of clinging to a belief simply because their family or culture is closely tied to it, the Bible explicitly cautions against doing so (Mark 7:8-13).

My response

Your reasoning here seems to me very shallow and does more to weaken your argument than strengthen it. As a former Christian and Southern Baptist Deacon for many years, I see no validity to your statements. Regardless ones faith, he sees it as truth just as you do yours. You say, test it against the truth, fine, what are the results of your tests that would differ from the faith of another? When I test Christianity against truth it fails miserably. It does not begin to meet the basic requirements of consistency without contradiction.

You say, those who point out that people tend to cling to their cultural upbringing are just trying to fault Christianity. Well, let’s just say they are simply pointing out that the belief is one big contradiction after another. Christianity portrays God as fair and just, which of course, He is but this point brings out that particular contradiction. If God is fair and just, then every human would have equal opportunity but if one simply looks at the world today, we see those who have accepted Jesus largely grouped geographically or culturally, hardly reflecting equality of opportunity.

Furthermore, regardless one’s religious belief, each are sincerely choosing to serve God as they best know how. To believe a loving merciful God would condemn people for sincere misunderstanding is to horribly desecrate both love and God!

It simply makes not a lick of sense. Look at the world the first thousand years or so after Jesus died, what about those on the other side of the globe, the millions of Asia, etc.?

Those who believe God only accepts people of a certain faith or religion are those who have yet to find truth and are themselves blind leaders of the blind. God is not a creator of refuse and rejects and love does not condemn.

Thoughts on character

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It seems to be the nature of us humans to desire the easy life of plenty, our share of fame, fortune, etc.  But as Swami Vivekananda put it at the address to the Parliament of Religions in Chicago on Sept 27, 1893…

“In studying the great characters the world has produced, I dare say, in the vast majority of cases, it would be found that it was misery that taught more than happiness, it was poverty that taught more than wealth, it was blows that brought out their inner fire more than praise.”

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