God is supposed to be love. The Bible says love keeps no record of wrongs and all of that. To hear so many denominations fight over various scriptures taken out of context makes you wonder. . .
Not every Christian knows God as most are likely going to church for worldly reasons. Likewise not every non Christian is necessarily lost.
This way we can’t judge. God works in mysterious ways. He will save whoever He has mercy on.
Protestants focus so much on belief and faith alone, and not by works, that the very act of believing becomes a work that fundamentalists use to merit their way into heaven.
Human: So God loves me but has to burn me forever if I don’t love him back or believe in the right theology?
Human: that’s not a God anyone wants to know
Evangelical: he will love you unconditionally once you get to know him.
Human: sounds like your typical asshole on this planet
How many people have died at the hands of “unconditional love?”
I don’t want to sound all doom and gloom, or worse make people think I have no self-esteem; as if I cared what anyone thinks. I consider myself an optimistic pessimist, because going too far either way can make us out of touch with reality.
If you can’t decide what you want to do with your life, I have some good news. It doesn’t matter in the end because it is all dead end and temporary. Nobody wants to come to the end of their life and wish they had spent more time working.
Don’t get me wrong, life is work but not everything has to be about work and money the way we make it today. I believe there has to be more to this life than just the here and now and this is why I am convinced that there is a God (metaphorical name for Divine goodness) and a life beyond this one.
Religious texts such as the Bible and even Vedic scriptures have a lot of truth to them, one of these eternal truths being that life is meaningless in the Book of Ecclesiastes. Many people will hear this and give up in despair but for me this is good news because it means I am free to do whatever with my life (within reason).
Our purpose in life is to do whatever makes us happy. True happiness has been defined by ancient philosophers as being of service to others. Life is about service. Making money is good but even spiritual teachers like Dr. Wayne Dyer say it should not be the end goal. Money is simply a medium of exchange, so when we find what makes us happy and pursue it we naturally attract the money we need to finance our life.
There is an old saying that when we do what we love the money follows. Even if we don’t make a lot we will have the wisdom to do more with less (this is better than chasing after money in my opinion).
The reason we are so obsessed with money, work and material wealth is because we have lost our sense of purpose so we focus on whatever feels the void, which in most cases is money or relationships. We will never be happy if we lose touch with who we are and try to look for what we are missing through other people.
Have you ever wondered who wears the pants in the family? The man is supposed to be the spiritual leader. Although many husbands say they wear the pants but their wife tells them which ones to put on.
The woman may technically be the spiritual leader because the divine feminine is usually more sensitive and intuitive to things of a spiritual nature. Men just get the final say; maybe because they are more rational while women are prone to run on emotion.
However there are a growing number of men who are so everything their wife tells them because they have overbearing spouses (ballbusters). These types of husbands are typically passive aggressive and probably would have never gotten married if he’d man’ed up.
If this type of guy were to become more assertive, he’d probably get hit with a divorce decree. This could explain the growing number of divorces taking place within the church. Most divorces seem to be initiated by the wives.
Feminism has empowered women beyond traditional roles as a wife. Women are said to outnumber men, possibly a 7:1 ratio. I haven’t looked it up but I have heard it in more than one setting.
Some of the men in church used to joke about how there would be more women in heaven. Duh! Why do you think it’s called heaven? (Jk). 72 virgins? Jk again. Remember Jesus said there would be no marriage or people given in marriage in heaven.