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If You Were in Heaven; What Would You Do?

We seem to think of heaven as a nice place with lots of clouds and angels. But I recently wondered, what if I actually was in heaven, what would I do there? I suppose hang around the pearly gates with St. Peter, chat it up some with Jesus and the Blessed Virgin, and sing some angelic music with Gabriel. Apparently, in the Muslim faith, if one dies a martyr, there will be lots of virgins to occupy the time. What else?

Would you watch TV. Play video games. Work 40 hours a week doing something you’d rather not do.

A New Perspective – Brookmont Vespers – May 31, 2009

I believe in peace. I believe we all can achieve peace of mind, and that the world can be at peace. I believe we can eradicate war, murder, rape, and hate. I don’t know how many people believe this, but if we don’t believe, how will we ever achieve it?

So, I think it’s time for a new perspective. It is time for all of us to see life on earth in a new way. If one voice can change another’s mind, then that one voice can change the world. Each of us can change the world.

I have concluded that there are only two states of mind: love and fear.

Jesus Myth Crackpot

It has been some time since I have posted a blog, and perhaps this is the first on the new Peace Evolutions site. What prompted this blog was last week, when I was called a "Jesus Myth Crackpot!"

Here's what happened. I saw a link to a video by Darrell Ray, who wrote the book, "The God Virus, How Religion Infects our Lives and Culture." I watched it, and then looked at some other Christian videos about Jesus, religion, etc. I posted a comment on one, saying, "Well, the ironic thing is that there really never was a historical figure named Jesus Christ.

Liberals Love; Conservatives Fear

I’d like to talk with you a little bit about love and fear, and about liberal and conservative principles. Many have recognized that there are only two basic aspects of life: love and fear. That is one of the core principles of A Course in Miracles, and of writers such as Jerry Jampolsky. In my book, Peace and Forgiveness (which is not a religious, but a metaphysical book), I state that there is only love and fear, and that all emotions are either love based or fear based. Peace, joy, gratitude, friendliness, acceptance, etc. are all loved based.

The Sun of God

Many Christians don’t really understand the history of their religion. They don’t know anything about the horrors of the centuries long inquisition, how the popes countenanced torture of non-Christians, or really any of the truth of the origins of Christianity. The truth is this; there were many christs before Jesus, with many of the same mythological features. They were pagan gods, like Zeus, Apollo, or Neptune.

If There Never Was A Jesus…

There Never Was a Jesus.

What if that were true? It is, of course. There never was a son of god who walked on water, cured the sick, or died and rose again. No virgin mother, either. If that’s heresy to you, could you please indulge me for a moment and just hypothetically assume it true?

So, then, what would you believe in?

If there were no saints, or sinners, heaven or hell, what would your life be about?

The Gift of Christmas

If there never was a Jesus,

Where would that leave us?

Some scholars say, he never was,

A pagan myth, believed because

We hope so much for love and grace

And, upon our deaths, an eternal place.

Inconvenient Truths

I recently saw Al Gore's movie 'An Inconvenient Truth.' It is one of the most important films ever. He explains clearly that human behavior is causing global warming, which if not arrested will result in a rise in sea levels of twenty feet or more and hundreds of millions of refugees around the world trying to escape the oceans.

He also very clearly says that we can halt global waming.

The Fear of Not Being Loved Causes People to Kill

War wages in the Middle East. Human against human. People shake their heads and wonder why.

It’s easy really. The ultimate fear of not being loved causes humans to kill one another. Oh, there are lots of other ostensible reasons: hate, anger, national or tribal feuds (the same thing, really), religion, etc. But these all arise directly from the fundamental fear of not being loved, which can also be interpreted as not being able to have the peace of the Universe, or by some as not being with god in love.

Here is a case in point.

True Christians Cannot Support War

This was written on a beautiful Easter Sunday, when Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. It is a wonderful day, with the thought that death can be conquered and that there is hope. Of course, it is not true that Jesus actually rose from the dead. The story is based on an old pagan myth. Yet so many people take an obviously untrue story and make it the centerpiece of their religious belief. That's why they call it faith, because no one could believe it otherwise.

Raised a Catholic, I understand faith and how people can believe things that make no sense whatsoever.

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