Heaven, Hell and the Devil.

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Knowing my viewpoint is to radical for the regular board...so lets discuss those liberal thoughts here...

Get behind me Satan, to me is pushing those negative thoughts those errant ways from my being and psyche.

Hell is living in a material world as it mattered, hording, worrying about loss, jealousy etc.

Heaven is that bliss, when we realize oneness, I and the Father are one, being in this world but not of it...those moments at first were rare...but as they increase we touch another space and time.
 
There was a great post a while ago in which all of Jesus's references to the Kingdom of God were listed according to whether they referred to some time in the future or to the present. Most of them, on careful reading, referred to the present.

My personal opinion is that the commonly held ideas of Heaven and Hell as reward and punishment after our death, are the biggest obstacles to truly giving our lives to God. How can we genuinely love God if we believe that we will get rewarded for it "in Heaven"? What does it say about us if the only reason we abstain from wrong is to avoid punishment "in Hell".

I would recommend to anyone on the Path to assume there is no life after death. This thought will liberate them into the present.
 
god controls everything. we arent abstaining from doing wrong for god, he gives us grace to help us abtain from doing wrong. hell is where we are going if we live against god. and we are created with a mind of the flesh and of isin. if we do a number of good works it is only gods will tat is keeping us from sinking to the evils of someone as bad as hitler. heaven is the chance to be with god in holness, but e is offering us the chance to know him on earth.

i actually agree with you man, i thik it makes sense that heaven and hell are ttes of mind and that is what the real jesus was preaching. this sermon thinks that god is in the bible and tats exactly what god thinks and all. o if jesus did other things or taugt other things, the most important stuff is in the bible and should be interpreted as it is written in the bible.

im not sure if that is correct.

but thats where this sermon is comming from
 
Virtual_Cliff said:
I would recommend to anyone on the Path to assume there is no life after death. This thought will liberate them into the present.
Exactly. The Noble Lie.

I agree with you as well, wil. If one approaches religion from a psychological point of view, it all makes sense...usually.
 
it seems to me that deep thinking goes against this breed of christianity. and yes i agree with focus on the present. in poor countries, people dont have time to realize their sinful natures in order to appreciate gods gift of salvation. its in this crazy screwed up country where everyone has low self esteem and looking for a greater good that this kind of preacing works.

well that might not be true.

but anyway.

in some places, there is no time for this, because people are dying and you are starving. no time to think that your baby cousins are dying because of gods terrbile glorific wrath, while everyone in america is eating well.
 
shadowman said:
it seems to me that deep thinking goes against this breed of christianity. and yes i agree with focus on the present. in poor countries, people dont have time to realize their sinful natures in order to appreciate gods gift of salvation. its in this crazy screwed up country where everyone has low self esteem and looking for a greater good that this kind of preacing works.

well that might not be true.

but anyway.

in some places, there is no time for this, because people are dying and you are starving. no time to think that your baby cousins are dying because of gods terrbile glorific wrath, while everyone in america is eating well.
I would say that in places where people are poorer they are more spiritual in a sense that they appreciate more and they look to something other than themselves to sustain them. I have witnessed this in a few countries I've been to, where even though people live in abject poverty they are unusually happy. I think it's the opposite, where when we have our TVs, and videogames, and fashion etc. we focus too much on that are are not thankful or receptive to spirituality and are thus less likely to pursue a spiritual path.

Personally this is what the Buddhist realms means to me. They represent different types of people in different conditions. The rich people are the gods, and the poor people are the hungry ghosts or something similar.
 
nesflash, those happy people are filling themselves with the devil, not god!!!!! :confused:
 
shadowman said:
nesflash, those happy people are filling themselves with the devil, not god!!!!! :confused:
Often they are allowing the devil, the monkey mind, to take control of themselves. Relying on material things, believing in what was sold to us by the capitolists. Not to say capitolism is bad, just buying into the keeping up with the joneses.

Please to remember shadow, this is the liberal garden, we welcome the discussion, but if you wish to spew fire and brimstone this is the place to do it metaphorically.

I don't believe man is sinful to the core or even by nature. Maybe by choice. I've encountered to many wonderful, caring compassionate people, and NEWSFLASH, they haven't all been christian...but I have found 99.999% of the people to be good and giving to a fault and know that .001% make the paper and the evening news...
 
wil said:
I don't believe man is sinful to the core or even by nature. Maybe by choice. I've encountered to many wonderful, caring compassionate people, and NEWSFLASH, they haven't all been christian...but I have found 99.999% of the people to be good and giving to a fault and know that .001% make the paper and the evening news...
I agree with you 100%, and I like your first post, wil. Right on!!! :)


It may be a bit like the Chinese curse, when it comes to capitalism, however:
May you live in interesting times! :p

Aargh! Indeed, we do!

andrew
 
I can't see where you're coming from Shadow. St Paul said "Choose life". We have got the choice by the grace of God. But it's up to us to choose wisely.

We in the West have a hard choice. We can't serve God AND money, but money IS the god of the West. What we have to be is subversive, and not believe in the voices that say - There is no spirit, there is no God, there is only science and consumerism. We have to be rebels.
 
Virtual_Cliff said:
...We in the West have a hard choice. We can't serve God AND money, but money IS the god of the West. What we have to be is subversive, and not believe in the voices that say - There is no spirit, there is no God, there is only science and consumerism. We have to be rebels.
Namaste V_C,

This is sort of where the rubber meets the road. A decision. For a while I was leaning toward giving up the material, living on service and grace. But then I looked at this world/plane of existence that we were gifted as a learning/growing medium and decided to take full advantage of all it has to offer.

On the capitalist side, I think of Gates and Forbes and Carnegie and wonder if they decided not to be capitolist the millions and billions they wouldn't have created, that couldn't have done good works.....
 
Hmm. I don't see a straight choice between service/grace and learning/growing. Surely these can be combined - but it's up to everyone to find their own way. Not everyone can be a saint.

As for your philanthropists, they are not my heroes. There is a difference between creating wealth and taking it from others. IIRC Carnegie's steel workers were paid the least possible going wage. As for Gates, I can't decide. I don't think he did it for money or for the common good. I think he did it because he is a geek. I notice you did not include Edward Kronk who gave us the McDonalds hamburger. Was that a service to mankind too?
 
Oh, I am not saying they are my heroes....I am saying these folks took material wealth and the capitolistic system and then created huge foundations which in turn will benefit the world at large.

No Gates may not have had that intention, but the end result is his philanthropic notions changed. And all of these folks do have skeletons in their closets (and many skeletons out of the closet that we are fully aware of) and we can argue about wages and benefits but if it were not for them where would those tens of thousands of people be employed? Most of us do take the best opportunity for employment available to us at our level of skill and other personal requirements (hours of work, commuting distance etc)

McDonalds didn't give us the hamburger like Ford didn't give us automobile...they both utilized the assembly line. And there is the Ronald McDonald Houses not to say its enough to offset the extra pounds and cardiac care...but


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Virtual_Cliff said:
There was a great post a while ago in which all of Jesus's references to the Kingdom of God were listed according to whether they referred to some time in the future or to the present. Most of them, on careful reading, referred to the present.

My personal opinion is that the commonly held ideas of Heaven and Hell as reward and punishment after our death, are the biggest obstacles to truly giving our lives to God. How can we genuinely love God if we believe that we will get rewarded for it "in Heaven"? What does it say about us if the only reason we abstain from wrong is to avoid punishment "in Hell".

I would recommend to anyone on the Path to assume there is no life after death. This thought will liberate them into the present.

Virtual Cliff, I like your posts. I like what you say here--these two highlighted questions are very thought-provoking.

As for Gates, I can't decide. I don't think he did it for money or for the common good. I think he did it because he is a geek.

This is so perceptive. As I was reading this part you really had me curious.....he didn't do it for the money and he didn't do it for the greater good...What, I wondered, could possibly be left? He's a geek who does what he does because he's a geek. There is a satisfaction in creating for its own sake. And if you can get someone to pay you for it--hey! so much the better!
 
wil said:
McDonalds didn't give us the hamburger like Ford didn't give us automobile...they both utilized the assembly line. And there is the Ronald McDonald Houses not to say its enough to offset the extra pounds and cardiac care...but

Fair enough Wil. Credit where it's due. I am not one of those who can't accept that capitalists can ever do good. But that still doesn't make the veneration of greed a good thing. If we all nurtured and cared for one another there would be no need for these houses or any of the other first-aid measures we use to try to prop up our failing societies.
 
Virtual_Cliff said:
... If we all nurtured and cared for one another there would be no need for these houses or any of the other first-aid measures we use to try to prop up our failing societies.
Wouldn't that be wonderful, but as you indicated it is also wonderful that those who got the greed bug at one point in time, reverse the flow when enlightenment is achieved...as obviously we are not nurturing each other enough to not need them...
 
crickets?


Updated | Catholic Pope Francis made a startling revelation Thursday by stating that hell did not exist, in an interview with a leading liberal Italian newspaper.

In an article titled “It Is an Honor to Be Called a Revolutionary," La Repubblica founder Eugenio Scalfari acknowledged the pontiff's previous remarks about how "good souls" who sought repentance from God would receive it and then asked, "What about the bad souls?" Seemingly going against centuries of core Christian belief, Pope Francis said the souls of sinners simply vanished after death and were not subject to an eternity of punishment.


"They are not punished, those who repent obtain the forgiveness of God and enter the rank of souls who contemplate him, but those who do not repent and cannot therefore be forgiven disappear," Pope Francis said, as translated by Catholic blog Rorate Caeli.

"There is no hell, there is the disappearance of sinful souls," he added.
 
What do you know, the Pope's been reading his Bible.

Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

I was always taught, hell or more accurately lake of fire, was not a place unrepentant souls would dwell in eternal torment, but rather where they'd be blotted out and that eternal damnation simply meant they'd be gone forevermore, never to return.
 
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