A lesson I learned from Jewish friends and studying Judaism the last few years:
- Torah is divine law that they follow out of reverence for the Divine and results in divine blessings.
- It’s all about the heart. There is no penalty for not following divine law unlike man made laws.
- Jesus didn’t free us from something that we were never bound to. The Christ just showed us the spiritual aspect of the law which is reverence (fear) for the Divine and love for our neighbors.
- Paul said the law was written on our hearts. We can’t judge who a spiritual Jew is because only God can see the heart.
- The Bible repeatedly talks about obeying God’s commands being our primary purpose in life. Any spiritually discerning person can go through the 613 commands and tell that it boils down to being a decent human being who puts God first and looks after their neighbor.
The Divine may be sovereign but I don’t think “He” is anal enough to keep track if we’re keeping all the laws. Even the Christ couldn’t keep all of them since some were only for women. Unless Jesus was transgender.
Everyone always looks for an escape from reality. Why is it no one wants to take the only escape that offers actual benefits rather than a route of self-destruction?
That escape is the inward path. Maybe it’s fear of the unknown? Of really getting to know yourself?
My escape from reality has always been reading. Even though I’m aware that 99% of what I read is bullshit. The knowledge is still empowering and gives me the self-control I need to resist all other addictions.
Sometimes I like to escape from reality and take a trip to the funny farm. It’s where I get my best material.
I used to have paranoid delusions and loss of contact with reality. Now I just watch everyone else act paranoid while not being all that certain of what reality even is. It’s as if I can’t tell the difference between the real world and a psychiatric emergency room anymore.
You think you’re not very smart and then one day you realize that the world is run by a bunch of jacked up idiots. Now that’s one way to prove the existence of God (or whatever name you ascribe to the Force).
The future of America may very well be trailer parks, rvs,and bonfires
Sounds like something out of Honey Boo Boo and Duck Dynasty don’t it
Some people see these things and see poverty
Others see it as anarchy, freedom, and their own personal wealth
One man’s wealth is another man’s poverty
Life isn’t about earning money
It’s about relationships and community
The money is just a bonus
Material prosperity is a sign of divine favor alright; but this pertains to what God has already provided in nature
Compared to natural providence everything man made is cursed
Minimum wage for everyone: The new middle class.
I have to start off with a confession
I still believe in hell
Not the hellfire and brimstone that churches teach that stems from taking the Bible too literally
People put themselves through hell by over thinking life and making it harder than it has to be
Life isn’t that hard, nor was it created to be hard
God will not bless you for enduring a hard life if it’s of your own doing
The world itself is hell
The afterlife is just a continuation of this life in another dimension
Heaven and hell coexist
Perhaps hell is just heaven’s ghetto; which just means that if I don’t make it to heaven, I will be living on the Southside for all of eternity.