Gotta Beatitude Problem?


I read something in a catechism or a Catholic article that said that anyone who had a “Beatitude attitude” was led by the Holy Spirit; whether they were aware of it or not.

Jesus said by their fruit you will know them. What is this fruit? Besides the fruit of the Spirit that Paul named in Galatians chapter 5.

The first Beatitude is blessed are the poor in spirit. This has nothing to do with being financially rich. A rich person can be poor in spirit if they know they are nothing and everything comes from God.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. This could refer to the empathy and highly sensitive people who are bothered by some of the shit that goes on down here.

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. A meek person is a humble person that knows the source of everything comes from God. When we trust in God, we are not tossed to and fro by worldly troubles and have an assurance of life everlasting; this we overcome the world and inherit the earth.

Blessed are those that hunger and thirst after righteousness. This follows the poor in spirit. It involves knowing there is a better way to live than just accepting things as being human nature. And it knows the source and seeks after it diligently.

Blessed are those who are persecuted. When you pursue righteousness, you run counter to the world. You will likely encounter some subtle, or not so subtle, persecution. The grace of God will empower us to rise above it and keep pushing forward.

Blessed are the pure in heart. Jesus said love for God and love for neighbor fulfills the whole of the law of God.

Blessed are the peacemakers. Those that strive to live in peace while worldly types are always in conflict of some sort.

Blessed are the merciful. We are saved by the grace and mercy of God. When we show mercy and not judge others, we are being merciful. The bible promises we will experience mercy because mercy triumphs over judgement.

The late Evangelist, Billy Graham once told a story about how he witnessed to a Buddhist monk. The monk received Jesus and went on to say that he already knew Him, but he didn’t know him by name.

Anybody who exhibits this kind of Beatitude attitude is no doubt led by the spirit; directly or indirectly.

Can you be so heavenly focused that you are no earthly good?


You know, it’s been said among some Christians that you can be so eternity focused that you are of no good to anybody in this life. To put it in human terms. . .B.S! Was Jesus any earthly good? He was popular but misunderstood, therefore people withdrew from Him. If He was rich from His vocation, He likely gave away all His money, even His home if His neighbor was in need.

To be more eternity focused is to be more God focused. The atheists are right when they say you can’t prove God exists. Most admit you can’t disprove it either. A person who has experienced a relationship with the Divine can’t deny it either. That’s all the proof you need.

The secularization of religion

Many religions, and most people in general, today are becoming more secular. The goal of the 17th and 18th century Enlightenment was to move away from religion and spirituality and focus more on science and intellectual reasoning.

In layman’s terms the more progress we experience, the more we move away from God. Even Jews are becoming more secular. I have even read some Jews profess to be atheist jews.

I couldn’t figure out how that worked when the first commandment in the Torah says to believe in God. But then someone pointed out that Jewry today is more of its own ethnicity. In other words very few Jews practice Judaism. Even fewer can probably trace their lineage back 2000 years or more. Especially since you can convert.

Salvation and finding God

The New Testament says God comes to save the world and not judge it. The Old Testament says if you seek God you will find Him. Even if very few do. God’s nation is His people, the spiritual Jews.

Even if finding God means you are no earthly good, you can still make a difference in life when God uses you to reach others. You can still enjoy life in the material world, though putting the Divine first will enable us to be more self controlled.

What exactly is Hell? It does exist

Since God is everywhere, the only hell that exists is an empty and meaningless life without life’s most important relationship. Nothing in the material world can make a person truly happy.

You can be good without God, as secular humanists teach, but still miss out on the whole point of life.

In closing, if you are really that heavenly minded, you are doing more earthly good than you realize. The world may think you are not doing much but God can do a lot with a little.

Embrace diversity by embracing tribalism. It’s okay to be different


I saw an articles recently that talked about how Democrats and Republicans are not only divided, but they have two different worlds.

It is also known that the public education system prepares us for a world that doesn’t even exist. This is why so many college graduates, after spending years in school, have breakdowns and mental health issues when they get out in the real world. If they grew up in the proverbial middle class family, reality will hit them even harder if they were sheltered by material comforts.

My point in this blog post, is why do we assume that something isn’t working just because everyone doesn’t do it?

  • Christianity (or any religion) fails because it can’t convert the whole world? Maybe not. Maybe the person is disenfranchised with the established church but still trust in the Divine indirectly. Especially since God, Jesus and other names have been changed so many times.
  • Capitalism is a failure because it didn’t make everyone rich? It doesn’t promised to. It only promised those with capital can enrich themselves. You can live richly with little or no money if you know how.

That’s just the two biggest examples. We view success and the so-called American Dream as being one sided. What if someone’s dream is to live off the land or live in an airstream down by the river?

It’s a big world. There is plenty of room for us to all co-exist and live differently. But different tribes have always fought each other, and even killed each other, because they couldn’t convert each other to their way of life.

The only way to have a peaceful world is to live and let live and respect each other’s decisions, as long as they aren’t hurting anyone. That is the definition of a free society. It’s okay to pursue wealth. It’s okay to be poor as long as you don’t mooch off people and have the wisdom to to know how to survive. In this sense you are not really poor. Just look up how third world countries chose sustainability over capitalism.

The worst thing one can do is create a god that will pronounce judgment on someone who doesn’t live up so certain societal expectations. But apparently we all do this to some degree.

I saw a quote by former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher that said “There is no such thing as society. There are only individuals and families.” Society puts the notion of expectations on us. This can lead to anxiety and depression. We are not promised tomorrow. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do things today that will ensure tomorrow is better.

Why do we push everyone into one category? The world would be boring if we were all the same. Embrace diversity and your own individualism. You don’t have to conform to any status quo. Life is inherently meaningless. We give our own life meaning by pursuing whatever gives us purpose.

Unity in all religions


I have been following other religions, denominations, and new age thinkers such as Eckhart Tolle and Wayne Dyer on Twitter-which is like going to a free University in and of itself.

Some Christians would freak out if they read that but it does enhance your witnessing if you study them. For this reason you have to have an intimate rlationship with your Creator or you could become unstable by being tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine.

1. All paths don’t lead to the one true God. The path is by faith through the grace of God.

2. It is widely known that not every one who professes Christianity follows the Christ. It is estimated that true followers may be as low as 20% or even lower.

3. It is also possible that those who practice other telling religions may be led by the Spirit indirectly. Try reading the Sufi literature for example. Or Emmanuel Swedenborg.

Jesus Himself said the Way was very narrow and few would find it. Basic religious teaching is the same and spirituality comes from God, no matter how it manifests itself. We are the ones who pervert the message.

This may sound too open minded but it keeps us from judging. It also reminds us that salvation is of God and whoever He chooses to have mercy on.

Peace and Freedom: The two things man longs for the most


What are the two things that man secretly longs for? I’ll give a hint, it is not the things of the world. It is peace and freedom. We slave away for our freedom (the irony of working 70+ hours a week to be free, if you don’t die first). We kill for freedom, which is sometimes true though there is more to war than just fighting for freedom.

The Bible says everything we need is in the Spirit, or Christ or whatever you call it. It is righteousness, joy, and peace, Being lead by the spirit provides all three; knowing your purpose in life is to live in harmony with the Creator, forever and have assurance of a life beyond this one.

I have heard that joy and happiness are not the same thing. Actually joy is true happiness.