In a world where you can be anything you want to be, perhaps the best thing you can be is yourself. The old saying is that everyone else is already taken. Who else are you going to be?
It’s amazing how society tells us to be ourselves, until we actually do it. Peer pressure doesn’t stop just because you get older. It actually gets more intense. They say kids can be cruel in elementary school but the big boys in the real world can be a lot meaner.
People tend to struggle with reality. Though the reality they struggle to accept is usually someone else’s version of it. And in metaphysical terms, the reality that everyone struggles to accept is only 1% of the overall reality that we can even see with the naked eye.
It’s amazing to hear advocates of capitalism and socialism use the tenants of Judeo-Christianity to justify their political stance. However the Bible says God’s ways are higher than man’s. By defending our political or economic system, we are merely just creating our own god to suit our vision of how life should be.
Because I believe in divine Providence I don’t believe in the mainstream narrative regarding poverty. God is the source of prosperity (which is more than money) and it doesn’t matter which puppet is in office.
Western society is more profit oriented while eastern societies are more spiritual. The latter tends to be more self-sufficient.
Third world countries may have a better economy spiritually
I have read articles and posts about people who came to the United States and ended up going back to their third world countries because all the materialistic distractions hindered their relationship with God and others.
Then there were the comments by some people in third world countries that said they wouldn’t trade their community focused society for anything. I even heard a religious podcast that said true religion (internal v. organized) could only flourish in a poorer country without all the distractions.
Third world economies are more traditional
There are banks and economies in third world countries. But much of the countries practice sustainability. They are pretty much where the United States was back in the 19th century. Back in the days when Americans used to pride themselves on not having a class system.
So what kind of economy would exist in heaven? Heaven would likely have no scarcity. Since scarcity creates value there would be no economy. This kind of perfect Utopia could never exist on Earth due to mankind’s depraved nature.
Rather than worry about economic collapse, just trust in divine Providence (however it manifests itself. Also don’t assume having an abundant Life means having more stuff. Lastly research traditional economy, sustainability and self-sufficiency. None of these are as bad as they sound.
I have to be careful showing pictures of headstones on social media. Someone took it as a death threat. I found my mom’s side of the family’s cemetery by “accident”.
I was headed north on 75 in McKinney, Texas when I recognized a landmark that I remembered passing on the way to previous funerals. I followed a winding road back to a plot of land my maternal grandparents purchased decades ago in the small town of Climax, Texas near Princeton, Texas; where my grandparents grew up and got married in 1938 until his death on February 7, 1990.
I just missed Mother’s Day and her birthday is coming up so this picture came to mind that I took a few years ago.
Surrendering yourself to the Divine will doesn’t mean giving up your individual autonomy
You still have power and dominion over your own life
There has to be a God because only divine providence can keep each from destroying ourselves and the planet
Jesus is not coming back to set up an earthly kingdom. That kingdom is spiritual and invisible. The material world is more of a Luciferan playground.
This place can be either heaven or hell, depending on how many people are aligned with the Divine will. We can’t judge who is and who isn’t because we can’t see people’s hearts.
Although we can get an idea who is led by the spirit by their actions, we can’t assume they are lost just because they believe differently. God is much bigger than that. Even “His” name is man-made. Not to mention pre-supposed gender. Truly, the Lord works in mysterious ways.
We do have freewill. Wisdom is just reverence for the Divine which helps us to make the best choice for our individual lives. Most people don’t believe in this so they trend towards evolution or Calvinism.
It is ironic how we are free though people have the power to take our freedom away from us.
I should note that I don’t curse that much; especially in a blog post. The worst words that I used were d, s, h, and b, and only then for the effect. I hardly ever use the F word, except under my breath when I make a mistake. But if it comes to using medicine to suppress my emotions or expressing my frustration, you might want to cover your ears. All things in moderation. It’s only an issue if every other word you use is an F-bomb.
Speaking of F-bomb, I remember reading this article a few years ago when Pope Francis mispronounced some Latin word, or something like that, and accidentally said a curse word.
This is by far the most liberal Pope I have ever seen. But he is still probably tame compared to the ones centuries ago. I have visited a few Catholic Churches and admit that I like the fellowship. I am not too into the hierarchy or the sex scandals, and I definitely don’t want to go through some six month RCIA program just to be initiated into the Church.
Nothing wrong with being a liberal in a social sense. The political sense is something else. Even conservatives were liberal at one time if you understand Classical Liberalism. Without the latter, none of us would be here today.
I wonder where Pope Francis has been in recent years? Whatever agenda that he has, he better hurry up since he is damn near 80. (Oops did I just post that out too loud?)
The Pope was either supposed to be the last Pope or the first Pope in the New Age. Since Eastern Orthodox Christianity and the Catholic Church split over the issue of the papal position, they might reconcile if they do away with the position.
That’s another thing that I have issues with: Calling the Pope the Holy Father. I guess I’ll stick with being a Protestant. But since I am not fond of the established church and believe that Christianity is more or less a religion built around Jesus, I am by definition a liberal in that sense. The writers and poets of the 19th century, such as Emerson, Whitman, and Faulkner, and even Thomas Paine, were considered liberals for being against the Church. Though by today’s standards they would be conservative or at best Libertarian. \