Category Archives: God

Forgive Us, to the Same Degree That We Forgive…..

When thinking about being forgiven, then being allowed into “Heaven”, my thought process went like this….”I’m not THAT “bad”, I’ve seen worse…I forgive people.” Then I attempt to put names with the “forgiven”…the ones whose “trespasses” are all but forgotten. The people who are forgiven, AND trusted, just like “before”. It was a short list. I know better, and yet…
Raise your hand if you’ve heard something like, “…and forgive us, as we forgive those who trespass against us”, or something similar. What DOES that mean, exactly?
At first look, it seems to mean…I forgive (some)(enough to prove I can do it…I don’t need to be highly successful at it. I’ll still be 100% “forgivable”, cuz’ I’m OK.). Well, I had better do better! Why?
Few could guess that, “as we forgive…” isn’t SAYING “WHILE” we forgive, or “BECAUSE” we forgive. It DOES mean, “to the same DEGREE” that we forgive….. It’s JUSTICE, SIMPLE and PERFECT. So says THIS death survivor. (There was nothing “NEAR” about it!)

…but.

I’m at the Life Review.  (You’ll get your chance.)  In mere MOMENTS, every single act, and thought I EVER did and had was all around me, as if happening for the first time!  And yet, the entire thing happened so FAST, it was over before my brain could register it.  But I remembered it all!

As if that wasn’t strange enough, I saw things as if I was on the receiving end of things I had said and done.  To me it seemed like the effects were amplified somewhat.  It’s that or…some of the things I had said…cut to the bone?  Or were those “recipients” just (too) “sensative”?  …No, that was not the answer.

I would come to a place, in this…thought stealing review, that I would feel I needed to…defend my actions.  Over and over I would begin by saying, “yeah, but”…and that would be the end of the moment, moving on to the next.  After this had occured several times, I realized that my “yeah, but” “explanation” carried no weight.  It wasn’t that it was a “lie”, more like…you should have known better, AND WOULD HAVE, if truly coming from a place of love!

There it is…the “afterlife’s” standards for admission, and now you know, when your turn comes, that “but.” is always the end of the sentence.

 

How to Make a Miracle

There once was a family of three.  One child is all there would be.  As one might imagine, this situation made that one child extra special, in the eyes of the parents.  Naturally.

The child was still a toddler when it was discovered that heart surgery would soon be needed.

To make a long (and agonizing) story short, the little legs on this darling would no longer function, afterward.

Doctors and nurses would come in every hour or two, checking blood pressure, giving medicine, poking, prodding…yes, the full treatment….hoping, and watching for any sign of return of function.  Hours go by, then days.  The first few hours would be their best hope.  If not hours, there is still hope for many days.

Days turn into weeks.  One week…still hope.  Two weeks, a little less hope.  After three weeks, they’re moving into “forget it land”.  You know the place.  It’s where even the “powers that be” agree to purchase a teeny tiny wheelchair for the three year old parapalegic.  The tiny, folding chair made it so weekends at home were finally possible.

Somehow, life must go on.  Sure, you might forget your name most of the time….but….  So it’s week three, week four, week five.  Who knows what day it is…..  Another weekend, and another trip home.

Packing up, getting ready for the hour long ride home.  Oh, visitors come, just as it is time to leave.  The mother strikes up a conversation, for a few minutes.  The father sits, in a daze…a fog….the twilight zone!  (After all, he IS the one that gave the go ahead.) Every waking (and otherwise) moment is spent trying to maximize the chances of recovery, in any way, to any degree possible.

Having thought, and planned, and investigated everything that anyone mentioned that might help, what is left?  Only…..a miracle.  Sure, like these people deserve a miracle!?  Uh huh…….  Well…what do they have to lose?

Dad begins to talk to God (a lot of people call it “praying”), silently.  Nothing happens, surprise!  With a clear mind, he continues to “speak”, and seek.  He feels the need to lay his hands on the affliction, though he is absolutely against “hocus pocus”.

Now attempting to…transmit…some of his strength to those legs, thoughts run wild!  Thoughts of, what will these people think, if they see what is going on over here.  Nobody does, so continue.  Why would this work??  This can’t work (now, here)”, he thinks.  Then it begins….why NOT now?  why NOT here?!  Why NOT for this innocent child?!  A wave of…….anything is possible….came over him.

Yes, why NOT.  Well…………………what if, with functioning legs, something worse ends up happening?  Who IS this guy who thinks he knows better than the Almighty, what is best for this child?!!  So he backs off his request, and asks for whatever it is that He (the Almighty) wants for this little life, fully knowing it may mean giving up a miracle.

Finally, someone notices dads hands on the legs.  “What are you doing?”.  “Nothing”.  They all leave.

One hour later, back home…..a fresh set of clothes will feel more “homey”.  WHAT’S THIS?!!  Toes move!!  Feet slightly move!!  They were checked minutes before leaving the hospital, an hour before!!  That’s ALL that happens, but still………….  After five weeks….checked continually, day and night, by professionals, and this one hour is when this happened???

Once again, yes, this was us/me, the dad.   And the debate begins.

The one thing that comes to mind, after YEARS of contemplation, as far as an “answer” goes is, “Your faith has healed you”.  Jesus wasn’t healing that person, they touched HIM, and were healed!  What He said makes me think…..

Then, there was Jesus telling  His followers, they would do things greater than He himself did!  What do these things mean?

I KNOW what I think it means……..   It appears that EVERYONE has this available.  How do we qualify for this power?  THAT I don’t know.

The Truth about Lies…….Huh?

We all know about lies.  Lies are untruths that make you look like an idiot, when they’re discovered.  After that, it’s likely fewer people want to talk to you….what’s the point, what you’re saying is probably a lie!

There are many, situations where a  strategically placed lie…just makes life easier. They aren’t usually malicious.  Usually it’s just a little white lie that “saves” the day/moment.

Having had a death experience, this is what I have to report to you.  It’s a report of what I saw, and was told (about lies, in this case), not MY, personal mandate to civilized life all over the universe…..

Here it is…A HUGE lie is an abomination to God, and everyone that loves His ways.  Who’ll give me an “AMEN”!  A little lie is, then, of course…….an abomination to God, and everyone that loves His ways!!  Big lie, little lie, they are EXACTLY the same.

Liars are looking to buy an eternity of being lied to, it appears.  It’s a shame.  The thing is, was it really necessary to lie, every one of those times?  Now, think about this, then answer…..from what I’ve seen, once you are finished  living, and have “gone on”, life seems to have been very, very short…maybe just moments.  It has been suggested that, in a place that has NO TIME, life resembles ten minutes.

So the question becomes, do you think you could go 10 minutes without lying, in order to be acceptable in Heaven?  The alternative may be, being spit out like a mouthful of sewage, thrown out, into……….

Who IS “Mr. Big”?

Let’s think about this a moment…………

Are all the people who don’t accept our deity going to eternal damnation?  Yes?  Really??  Is that because our religious leaders said so, or because…..those other peoples’ love somehow doesn’t count?!  Not bloody likely!

You know, even the followers of Jesus said he was the SON of God, not GOD.  Couldn’t the people now in Heaven be called SONS (and daughters!) of God.  They don’t all become sons of God the minute they step through the “pearly gates”.  They were already sons of God before they “died”!  That’s why they are now in Heaven.

So, who’s to say that, the persons’ whose teachings were the Light in our life, won’t meet us when life is over?  Not me!  With that said, WHO did I see?  Let me tell you something about HOW and WHO…….

The life review of every second of my life is over.  Suddenly, in a different…..area (a room, but not a room(?)), standing, looking at the floor.  “Why am I standing looking at the floor?”, I wonder.  Then it comes to me…..there’s a light that’s in front of me…it’s unbelievably bright!  Then it occurs to me, where I MUST be.  “This is just like the olden days, when people went before the king……….and, if I am where I think I am, this is the King of Kings!”  It’s  at this point that “every knee shall bow”, believe it!

Having been a relatively strong physical specimen, falling to my knees shouldn’t be possible.  Oh, it’s possible.  Fighting it all the way, eventually my head is sideways on the floor, because FACE to the floor was not low enough (!!).

Hey, this may be the only chance to see the face of the One in the light.  For one thing, the One WAS the Light!  “The face, the face, I’ve GOT TO SEE!!”  I used every single ounce of strength in me….the light did not hurt the eyes…the light was…. LOVE.  Explain that, eh!  Then the face came into view……….it was………………………………………………………………..Jesus!  Not like any picture from before, or since, but it was clear who He was.

I was shown the future,and I was not there.  The family was devastated….I had to go back.  No trip back down the tunnel (maybe a pit?), then, POOF, and back I am.

In addition, my understanding of “no religion is just right”, but, “most have the correct intent” leaves me thinking………… WHO WILL meet the rest of the world?  That is one answer not received….I know what I believe, but this I can’t testify to.

The Poor Have it MADE?

Perhaps you have read the part that describes how life is only ten minutes long.  What could you “put up with”, for ten minutes, knowing that a blissful existence is the reward for success DURING those ten minutes.  Even being “poor”, which pays better, so to speak, would be survivable!

There are people who have very little use for so-called “wealth”.  (I know one particularly well.)

It’s funny (?) that, no matter how much money people make, it’s the people above them that are rich……hmmmm. They are looking in the wrong direction!  If we can’t look to the poor for that comparison, at least  look at the “average” poor…the WORLD average!  Now who’s “rich” (monetarily speaking)?

Another way to look at it…the tough way…the Just way….add up the GDP of the entire planet, and divide by the number of people!  THAT is how it’s done in Heaven….and that should be how we do it.  (We’d have to go more by “living conditions” than actual dollars…unless we levelled the playing field to start with….)  Looking at it that way, maybe we ourselves aren’t doing so bad, eh?

Really, the poor have it made, right.  Yes, and here’s why….

A kid who has NOTHING, not even shoes, gets GIVEN a ball.  It’s great!  It’s like….a miracle!  Now imagine  that kid is….crowned king of the world.  He controls everything.  He OWNS everything.  How blissful would that kid be, now?  Now, multiply that times 100000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000.  Now there’s a heavenly reward!  All for being poor (and still grateful), for ten minutes!

On the other hand, there’s the guy who had everything, well off.  He says we’ll always have the poor and hungry, but I really deserve another vacation.  He goes to the afterlife, and expects this best life to be deserving of continuation  (conditions, treatment, the works).  It doesn’t seem fair, once again, but this guy has had his.  You know, that kind of person that always puts themselves first, and, well…. we don’t like their kind, up Here.

Lastly, it all goes back to life being really only, like, 10 minutes long  (once we’re IN eternity, that’s what it will seem like).  With that in mind (always)…..what do you think most people would choose?

I’ll Kill Myself and Go Somewhere Better…Says Who?

What makes people think they can kill themselves, and go somewhere better?!?  Do they think there is never an undesirable outcome after death?  What about “ghosts”?  Presumably they (ghosts) are trapped here.  This isn’t to say that there are ghosts, but it wouldn’t surprise me.  The point is, if they believe in the existence of something resembling “hell”, or in trapped spirits,  or some such, they’d better think again before thinking suicide!  It gets worse….yeah, worse.

The answer to the suicide/Heaven formula?  Zero.  That’s the chance of having a good outcome from suicide.  I am sorry.  The Kid with a thousand questions expected a different answer!

You know….life is tough!  It seems like God would have pity on people who….just can’t make life “work”.  You know, the whole God/forgiveness thing.  That simply wasn’t the case.

THIS is the answer to the question of suicide…..Just for the record, I don’t feel it’s fair….apparently suicide is unforgivable, according to what I’ve seen {I mean, the Kid has seen).  Why?  Because, you’ve chosen to tell God, “to hell with your plan for my life, I’m doing what I think is best!”.

You don’t see people who have had a so-called “near death experience” committing suicide.  These people have seen death….and bliss….who WOULDN’T want to go back ASAP?  But they don’t, do they?

So VERY many good things come from people who have borne the unbearable…maybe it’s almost “required” in order to do the BEST things(?).

That’s it.  Like all answers from/about God….simple.

Which Religion is the RIGHT Religion?

This question has been pondered at one time or another, by most folks searching for the “truth”.   After all, who wants to have been serving the wrong purpose, all their lives?  (Not to mention that, having made such a big “mistake”, you’ll look like an idiot, when you’re standing before God!)  The Kid with a thousand questions was no different.

The answer  was rather surprising, and completely unexpected.   The answer is…….   No religion is the right religion.  Of all the religions in the world, NONE, ZERO are “just right”!  Many of them have the right idea, but have one, or more, fairly major flaws.   In this case, there were no names given, as to which is the “best/most correct/worthy”.

Flaws?  The biggest problem with religion is thinking that our own is the ONLY way to get to heaven!  This often leads to arguments, fights, and even wars.  It’s CRAZY!!  Assuming we can all agree that “love”, for everyone, in every situation, is the path to a blissful afterlife, why are believers driven APART, when it should draw us together!!?  I don’t get it……

As far as lifestyle goes, way too much importance, time, and, especially, money is wasted on buildings.  What can we say, standing before God, accounting for our actions, “but, we had such a nice building.”?!   Buildings, and “stuff”…like fancy clothes bought to wear to that building are a waste of resources.  Did people like Jesus, need a building, or fancy duds?  There are people starving to death!  Obviously, no one understands that…we are ALL ONE!  That person dying of starvation is your mom, dad, brother, or sister!  You might just as well kill them outright, and spare them some suffering!!  ……..I can’t talk about this more, now.  It’s tearing my guts out!

So, what makes a religion “worthy”?  You may have guessed, it’s…Love.  Not talking about it, not debating it…doing it.

The End Is ALWAYS Near

You know how sometimes, time flies?  Other times it seems to barely move.  Time flies?  How about vacation time. Time crawls?  How about…standing in a long, slow line at the market, when you are in a hurry.

My (95 year old) grandma said, when asked which decade went the fastest, “I went to bed 49 (years old), and woke up 60”.  This being the case…who cares what others think/say? It will be over in ten minutes!

OK. ….How to explain “time” as it exists in a place with NO time…….?

Every minute in heaven is kinda’ like, say, a decade on earth.  Looking at it this way, if we’re LUCKY, we’ll “live” for 10 minutes (Heaven “time”)!  So, that leaves us with THE question, could you “be good” for ten minutes?  Truth be told, only HAVING ten minutes to live, I’d be trying to get as much “helping” done as I possibly could.

That is EXACTLY how it will feel, once we’re in the great beyond!  Just like in old age, where years, and even decades, seem to have flown by, once they’re over.  “Life” is just a blip on the screen of eternity.  Think about that….it changes EVERYTHING. For instance…why worry?  In “ten minutes” it (life’s worries) will be over!

Say…a loved one has died.  They’re missed so very much…yeah, for “ten minutes”, until you are there as well!  You want to relieve life’s stress?  It too will be…forgotten…in “ten minutes” (Heaven “time”).  So don’t worry about it….see how easy it was for me to say that?  I can say it, I just have trouble doing it!

One more thing…once you’ve “gone on”, and you know that your whole life was just a blip in time, you’ll realize… THE END is ALWAYS near!

How can there ever be lasting peace?

Where there is love and true justice, peace comes easy.

Think about the person you love the most in the whole world (maybe that is yourself). THAT is love, and everyone should be treated as if they ARE that favorite person. Does that seem not enough? Then treat everyone as if they are God.

As far as justice is concerned….good luck getting THAT in life!  But after life, justice is absolute…AB-SO-fricking-LUTE!!  It’s, also, PERFECT.  Explain perfect?  Whatever a person does to another person, they may as well be doing it to themselves!  The rolls are reversed, where there is perfect justice.  Example?  I scream at you, “You are so stupid, and I can prove it!”  Well, I just signed up to be screamed at, probably for eternity, and, all the while, during that time, realizing just exactly how stupid I truly was to have gotten myself here/there, by treating someone else so lousy!!  Perfect Justice.

So……you want peace, treat “yourself” (everyone!) well!