Monday September 01 , 2014

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FINDING GOD TAKES THREE MINUTES


I was asked recently what the most important aspect of life is, and I'd have to say to  give yourself to God.

I know this sounds odd and too flakey to many,  but God gets a mixed review with many, obviously a favorable spin from religious or spiritual types, but still one with vague undertones of uncertainty and that He ( being  a man - naturally )  will judge you and may choose to send you to hell,  and this nonesense is widely believed yet hugely incorrect.  God does not judge us - WE JUDGE US.

Let’s cut to the chase. Life on earth isn’t easy and even when wealthy or healthy, people are often unhappy.  With no way to know what will happen one minute to the next, control and security are illusory and are what we are told we need to be in command of in order to feel safe and secure.   Money, power, fame, sex, etc. promise happiness but inevitably disappoint because they lead nowhere.   We still have to work hard to pay for these things and then in case of fire or theft,m work hard to pay fopr the insurance that covers them in case;-  and this distract us from realizing the truth about life.

Lastin g happiness starts and comes from within. Not from material goods or a handsome lover on our arm ( this can certainly help,  temporarily ) We’re immortal souls temporarily incarnate in bodies and here solely to learn, grow, and awaken  and evolve spiritually, and this includes learning lessons through mind, body and soul.   After spiritual awakening, we graduate from the earthly school of life,  and  I believe we move on with our spiritual journey on a higher level of awareness,  or a higher reality - dimension - on an everlasting journey to God.

“Increase thy net worth” or “Be thou a sexual dynamo.”   These are not quotes from the Bible but can be part of a spiritual journey if used in the correct manner that wealth and sexual prose can be used for, as everything is a manifestation of God and everything can be used as a tool,  a method - to engage with the Spirit Within - it is just many get lost on their journey and abuse the tools that can be used to gain enliughtenment and so an opportunity to doscover the Meaning of Life is lost.

Spiritual growth culminates in reuniting with the source of unending joy- God. So stop chasing toys, creation, and turn your attention toward the divine Maker that is within.


Why is this important? Because we all seek happiness, and lasting fulfillment is only found in God. Everything we think provides joy , ultimately, doesn't.  Nothing lasts.   Nothing produces eternal and everlasting joy; While God is joy. 

Taking a couple of minutes a couple of times a day to close your eyes,  take a few dep breaths and meditate in peace - regardless of where you are - can re connect you to your inner core of Godliness and help you through a stressful day at work, an argument that suddenly seems less important - and can help create a calming space within.

It only takes three minutes.

JB

 

 

 



America and Creationists

( sent to me by Geoff H.)

Apparantly up to 46% of Americans say they believe God created humans in the present form, according to a recent Gallup poll.

Denial of evolution is unique to the United States. The fundamental ideas behind the theory of evolution have been scientific fact for decades — and yet, defying Darwin, creationists refuse to go the way of the dinosaurs.

Even St. Augustine, the most influential of the early Christian theologians, knew that there were all sorts of problems if the Bible was taken literally, and cautioned that much is metaphorical or allegorical in the Bible.

And yet some Americans continue to need to put themselves, human beings, at the center of the universe, and deny evolution.

Look at what’s happening now:

Northern Kentucky is fast becoming a mecca, of sorts, for those attracted to the lucrative business of creationism.

Answers in Genesis, an organization that embraces a “literal” interpretation of the Book of Genesis and believes the earth is only 6,000 years old, is the main group responsible for bringing so-called creation tourism to the region. First, it opened the Creation Museum, which depicts an earth where dinosaurs and humans co-existed. The 70,000-square-foot complex has attracted well over 1 million visitors since it opened in 2007.

As soon as it reaches its funding goal of $24.5 million, Answers in Genesis will help open the nearby Ark Encounter, a Biblical theme park that will feature a full-sized, 500-foot-long, 80-foot-high recreation of Noah’s Ark, a zoo, a first-century village and a mock-up of the Tower of Babel.

Now another group, the online-only Creation Science Hall of Fame, hopes to establish a real-life creationism center located between the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter. That’s in addition to another creationism museum in Texas, and a mobile museum that takes fossil exhibits to churches and schools.

The hall of fame website was launched in February and honors “those who honored God’s word as literally written in Genesis.” Any scientist who the institution believes furthers the scientifically inaccurate idea that God created the world 6,000 years ago can be included.

“We honor these people, not because we believe everything they say, but because they made critical contributions to creation science and to the explanation of the Genesis story,” secretary/treasurer of the hall of fame Terry Hurlbut told the Cincinnati Enquirer.


Curious as to who “these people” might be, I checked out the hall of fame website, and discovered that it honors 104 deceased male scientists including Leonardo Da Vinci, Michael Faraday and Guglielmo Marconi. To explain why these individuals are included, the site excerpts biography information from the book “Men of Science, Men of God,” written by a man widely recognized as the father of creationism, Henry Morris.

It turns out that not everyone in Kentucky is thrilled about these developments. Last year, the Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority granted more than $40 million in tax incentives for the planned $172 million Ark Encounter. At the same time, they cut millions of dollars for education.

Let’s give the last word to Bill Nye and his awesome
Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children video:

Denial of evolution is unique to the U.S. The U.S. is where most of the innovation still happens. When you have a portion of the population that doesn’t believe in evolution, it holds everyone back. Evolution is the fundamental idea of all of life science. It’s like trying to do geology without believing in tectonic plates. You’re just not going to get the right answer. It makes everything more complicated.


I say to the grown-ups: If you want to deny evolution and live in a world that’s completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that’s fine. But don’t make your kids do it — we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future.

It would be easy to dismiss the notion of creationism as belonging to the lunatic fringe, but it’s not. Anti-evolution bills have been
introduced this year in at least six states, and in 2008 Louisiana passed a bill that gives teachers license to equate creationism with evolution

Is the United States the laughing stock of the world yet?


 

 


Comment from John:-

It really does go to show how anyone can be so odd as to disbelieve science fact about the origins of man and choose to believe a book that has been massively edited and messed with for centuries and where there is absolutely no proof at all.  believing that the world is only 6,000 years of age and that Adam and Eve rubbed shoulders with dinnasaurs etc. is lunacy.  It is beyond me how so many educated aduts can choose to believe such stuff and still call themselves educated people.  It is laughable.  The arguments against are huge and valid and choosing scientists who agree with you - and who have a vested interest to do so,  it not truthful - and this lack of wisdom is dangerous for our future generations.

Now :  I truly respect other peoples views and love a good debate on things, but not when pure stupidity is used as fact - Not when myth and story telling is used and produced as accurate and NOT when bullshit replaces honest scientific fact.
Creationism simpy does not add up - it makes absolutely no senjse and is all based on the writings of a few ancient monks working out the original date of Adam and Eve and in all probabilioy,  getting it very wrong. 

It wouldn't be so bad if America was not such a powerful nation ( at least they assume they are ) or that the people were not so arrogant as to assume they are right and everyone else is wrong.  You really have to respect their values like one does a child and see them for what they are,  and that maybe one day they will grow up and mature and be responsible adults for a change. At the moment - with this kind of belief structure, you really have to wonder how many of these people have mental health problems. 


What's the expression - ONLY IN AMERICA.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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