Angels Vs. Devil

Man’s history on earth: 6,000,000 years.  Well, 200,000 if you only count modern man.  6.000 if you take the Bible literally.  No matter.  In the recorded histories of man, there are cycles of peace, and cycles of wars, stories of great sacrifice, and stories of the most outrageous horrors perpetrated by man against man.  “Celestial” grace against earthly destruction.  Religions, mighty in their power over people, and those long forgotten, trying to make sense of the human condition—to rectify the urge for domination with the urge for justice and “holiness”.  Angel vs. Devil.

I’ve always questioned myself (and sometimes asked others as well); “Which side are you on?  That of the angels, or that of the devils.”  And I don’t mean that literarily (I’ll leave a discussion of whether angels and devils are actually real for another time).  But what I am asking is “Is your basic makeup to do good in the world, or to do evil?  To leave the world a better place for your having existed, or to make the most out of your opportunities to satisfy your own needs and wants regardless of their impact on others?”

At the end of my novel “I’m God and You’re Not” (PLUG: available on Amazon e-book, as well as soft or hardcover at Amazon and through major book retailers worldwide), God concludes that, despite the “devilish” acts that seem to full our history and our daily news, it is the striving for good, the unselfish acts of humanity, that redeems us, and makes Him love us. 

In moments of despair, we need to remind ourselves that the majority of people in the world strive for the good and reject evil.  But, perhaps, we just aren’t clear what we mean by each. Knowing that followers of Ann Rand will object, I will hold that to be an angel is to promote that which leaves the world better and increases understanding and acceptance among people, and to be a devil is to promote that which divides and separates us from one another.

Some peruse the pages of their holy books, selectively pulling tidbits to support their “holier than thou” attitude which allows them to put themselves in cult of the selected few geared to future rewards in some next life or in Heaven at the side of God—and to condemn the vast majority who do not share their beliefs to damnation.  They imagine the worst tortures and find them justifiable merely because of a difference of belief, taking a perverse glee in contemplating the screams of the “damned”. Some would even condemn innocent babies to a Hell merely because someone did not sprinkle some water on them or made the necessary holy signs, or neglected to perform a rite of circumcision or otherwise mark them as chosen or unique?  Is that idea, of itself, not evil? Meanwhile, they carefully ignore other tidbits that would condemn themselves.   And they call themselves the “good.” Others, in turn, may see these self-elected ones as increasing evil in the world.

 “I’m God and You’re Not” is full of sections where God Himself points out this basic hypocrisy.

The very nature of Good and Evil would be so easily defined in an ideal world.

But our world is far from ideal, and there are areas where what constitutes evil and what constitutes good can be debated.  Abortion is just one area where differences of opinion seem to condemn each side to eternal damnation[1]. Each side sees its position as the good, the other evil. But which one leads to the greater good?  In an ideal world, would there even be a need for abortion?  

We indulge in our own self-righteousness while mocking those who disagree with us.  We go so far as to regard others as sub-human because they look different, they talk different, their culture is not ours, and see them as a threat where the vast majority only want to live in peace, dignity and hope just as we do. Regardless how you may feel about illegal immigration, how does the forceful separation of children and babies from their parents be anything but an increase in evil?  Go on a social media site such as Facebook and you can be overwhelmed by the pure hate that gets expressed there—threats of civil war, wishes for the death of those who disagree with our position, a sickening spiral that springs forth the worst in us and demeans ourselves and corrupts the souls of our children, the future of our human race.  How does this hate make us better? Blind hate can only bring us closer to the side of the Devils.  It corrupts us.  It takes us further away from the potential of greatness that is in each of us.

If we seek “the kingdom of God”—whatever we think that is, a literal coming of God’s kingdom lead by a Messiah (Jesus or otherwise), or a great awakening in the human spirit–and we can disagree about which it perhaps is—we need to stop!.  We won’t bring that kingdom closer; we repel the very thing we want in our deepest part of our soul. 

 Ask a simple question: Will the future commend or condemn us?

 I refuse to believe that there is anything but a very small minority of people who choose consciously to side with the Devils. If we look inside, our beliefs make us imperfect, we all have areas of contradiction and conflict. But these grey areas do not prevent us from trying to be on the side of one or the other, of the Angels or the Devils.  None of us are perfectly one or the other—perhaps that is in the nature of being human. Our words and actions ripple around the world, touching each other in ways we cannot foresee across time.  How does what I do invoke the best in you?  And how does what you say inspire me to be a better person?  Equally, could we not bring forth the monster that is buried deep inside by a careless word, a glance of contempt, the silence of indifference?

A normal lifespan is less than a century.  What does that small period of time that you are here mean to you? When you have left this life behind, will they say of you that the world was made better (“may his/her memory be a blessing”) or more hopeless (“may his/her memory be blotted out”) as a result of such a life? 


[1]. Disclaimer: As a man, I have mixed feelings, and am not arguing one side over the other here because I surely don’t have an answer. Is the great evil the act of abortion? Is it ignoring the rights of women to control their own bodies? Is it holding that the potential life of the unborn is sacred yet ignoring the welfare of the child once born—failing to provide the means to give that child a future other than poverty, sickness, and despair? In an overpopulated world, is the act of given birth moral or immoral? And what to say to those that are against abortion or even birth control methods, but also say that if you can’t afford a child, you shouldn’t have them—absolving themselves of any social or human responsibility? Even the Bible does not solve the issue—in Numbers, even providing the priests for forcing an abortion due to adultery, and yet hear the commandment “Thou shalt not murder.” There are innumerable passages where God condones or even orders the murder of unborn children and pregnant women in towns conquered by the Hebrews and others supposedly serving as His agents. If the fetus is sacred, why does God allow miscarriages? Is God a hypocrite?

Religious Freedom is for Everyone

From Huffpost 11/27/2019

Judge’s Ruling Shows Religious Freedom Isn’t Just For The Christian Right

https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5ddd4c9be4b00149f724ff89?

Scott Warren says his religious beliefs compelled him to provide water to migrants who are suffering in the desert along the U.S.-Mexico border.

A Letter from God

This is Lucifer speaking.  If you read God’s last post, he’s taking a little break and asked me to keep an eye on you humans while he’s gone.  You may also recall that I am to report back to him on your activities upon his return (and boy, do I have a lot to tell him already which is a bit frightening when you consider he’s been gone less than a week!).

In the meantime, I thought you may be interested in reading a short letter I received via Paradise Post  this morning from the Big Guy…

To: Lucifer
Washington, DC
Earth Date: July 16, 2018 4:13PM EST

Hiya, Luce:

Just  hanging around watching a beautiful solar system set over the northern mountains here.  You really should see the display of infinite colors reflected in the lake–definitely one of the best things we put together in those early Creation days. Of course, I won’t tell you where I am.  I really need these moments of privacy every thirty millennium or so or I think I’d go as batshit as some of the humans are.

Oh, speaking of humans…I thought over what you and I were discussing just before I left and I didn’t want to leave you hanging any further.

I still don’t understand what is going on in some areas of the Earth right now.  It’s like some madness has taken over and people are forgetting their basic humanity right now.  I know many of them are frightened; they see their insolated patches of culture and tradition changing before them.  It’s that old story that every civilization has to deal with sooner or later.  You know perfectly well that this irrational fear allows demagogues to manipulate the crowds for their own purposes: it is so easy to deflect people from their real enemy–which is most often the very persons doing the deflecting–to some innocent. You and I have watched this over and over again much too much  in human history.

And always religious texts are manipulated and twisted to support the exact opposite of their intent.  These charlatans are always selecting tiny isolated part of their scripture to justify breaking the first rule of all great religions.  Do I have to repeat it yet again: Love each other.

I’m sickened at how families are being split apart as they seek a better life in a new land, babies, shrieking and wailing,  taken from their mother’s breast while rulers justify this by calling these family illegal and brazenly lying about them, saying that they bring nothing but crime and violence.

And there are so-called “good” Christian leaders who justify it by perverting what their founder preached.  They take a letter from Paul, who as we know, had a number of serious issues–you know the rumors–and justify these atrocities by what he wrote in Romans 13:

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.  Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.

Well, you know what a load of crap that is!  Certainly, Paul, being subject to the will of the Roman Emperor, that SOB Nero, and tried his best to prevent the persecution of Christians by imploring them to be good citizens of the empire.  But, he didn’t imply that such obedience was absolute.  Just look at what immediately follows the above in the same epistle:

 The commandments,.. are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

So what takes priority if the authorities asks their subjects to do something that is against the fulfillment of that law?  Should the Germans in 1930s blindly have followed Hitler as so many of them did? If the authorities tell you to murder your neighbor, do you do it?

Where do you draw the moral line?

It’s like I always say, “I gave you a brain, humanity.  Now, use it!”

Well, it’s getting late here and I really need to catch up on my rest.  This sort of idiocy raises my blood pressure much too high.  So I’ll call it a night.  Talk to you in a while.

Be good.  You always are.

Affectionally,

G

 

 

The Bodhisattva’s Mind Training Practice

I have always been fascinated by the Bodhisattva (an enlightened being that compassionately refrains from entering nirvana in order to save other) concept in Buddhism.

This is an interesting introduction to the mind training practice as written by Tenzin Norbu

Tenzin Norbu: Lojong Meditation: The Bodhisattva’s Mind Training Practice.

Is “God” blackmailing German Catholics?

According to the Associated Press, Roman Catholics bishops in Germany declared today that believers who refuse to pay religious taxes won’t be able to receive the sacrament, become godparents, work in church institutions, and possibly will be denied burial in sacred ground:

AP News: German group slams Catholic pay to pray decree.

Why do good people suffer?

First, my apologies for the delay in new posts. Some personal matters needed to be taken care of that took up more time than I anticipated.

One of the hardest things for me to accept when we talk about a “loving God” is how it seems that so many good people suffer calamities through no obvious fault of their own. At the same time, people who are — for want of a better term — “evil” seem to succeed and have good things fall into their lap.

It’s a lack of justice in this world that sometimes I have trouble dealing with.

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