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.
Anything can be an idol or a god in one’s life. It’s whatever you are dependent on or whatever you find your identity in. For most people it’s money and what they feel is their life’s work since this is where they spend most of their lives. That’s why many can never retire and feel a sense of loss when their job gets phased out.
Addiction is a form of idolatry because you are dependent on something man made; be it drugs, alcohol, food, sex, work, etc.
If it’s not any of the above it could be the pursuit of knowledge. People stay in school all their lives for this reason. In church settings it can be theology. This is why churches judge other churches who have a differing theology.
Solomon was familiar with all of these and was the wisest man man in the Bible. He’s the one who said all is vanity and that life is ultimately meaningless without a relationship to the Divine.
Jesus said you should hate your family before you can follow Him. One is not spiritually discerning if you think God can be love and preach hate. Metaphorically speaking, to hate is to “love less than”.
One’s love and reverence for the Divine should make love for anything in the world look like hate in comparison.
Maybe the church has it wrong and relationships are more important than having right theology.
“You will know them by their correct theology.”-said no Jesus ever.
Sin is simply to miss the mark or to miss what life is all about and consequently become too focused on earthly things.
What is true intelligence?
“The heavens declare the glory of God.”-Psalm 19
True intelligence comes from reverence for the Divine. It is wisdom that trumps booksmarts and common sense. Both the latter look foolish by comparison.
The late philosopher Socrates once said “all I know is that I know nothing”
It takes more faith and humility to admit you don’t know as much as you think you do.
The Apostle Paul said to become all things to all people so as to win some. So I became an atheist. Now I understand what Pope Francis meant when he said a righteous atheist could still make it to heaven.
Some atheists have a more transcendental view of God. It’s just organized religions they reject since they tend to become corrupt if they get too big.
I once saw a video on YouTube featuring Professor Richard Dawkins and Evangelist Ted Garner at a megachurch in Colorado. Dawkins actually seemed like the humble one in the video and the former seemed more full of himself.
Who am I to judge though?
Sometimes it’s okay to admit that you just don’t know.
Just embrace the mystery of the Divine and watch it take care of you.
True worship and “confession” is just acknowledging anyway.