Thursday, December 13
Memories Of The Future
When I was about 14 or 15 I had this idea that all of us would eventually become Gods. We would each be given a planet to oversee with a population designed as we thought fit. I can also remember standing over a small ant nest and realising that, like God, I could wipe out a few of the ants or even most of the colony by simply stamping on them. This, in a way, was influenced by the old fashioned idea of God, where he could bring about terrible consequences if we did anything wrong - or even just on a whim.
When I was imagining these things it was way before computer games where such things are possible.
As I see it, in days gone by, there was a fear of God because it kept us all in line. This in many ways completely opposes the teachings of Jesus and love and forgiveness. The Old and New Testaments of the Bible do tend to contradict each other at times.
I feel that the Old Testament God may be a misunderstanding of the idea of karma, - whereas Jesus teaches about what we reap is what we have sown - a truer version of karma.
At times it is difficult to understand the unfairness of life, but problems are a means or opportunity to overcome. We maybe should think of our lives as being long term, and not just 70, 80 or 90 years. The idea of a resurrection being based on the actions of one short life, and the conditions we are born into, is unrealistic and would be unjust.
Resurrection surely must be an opportunity for us to start again and is part of a constant state of a surviving spirit, soul or whatever you may wish to call this. We assume and discard many bodies with the essence of life flowing from one on to another.
We therefore refine our future bodies and circumstances by the actions of our current lives here on Earth. Our lives are a spiral of continuity which we gradually ascend.
Something I read recently by RP Beesley was:
"The Spirit is the true self, this is our eternal body. That it will grow, expand in wisdom and knowledge, become strong resilient, courageous and deep in understanding is the purpose of it's being, thus to become builders, teachers, skilled artisans of creation.
As the Kingdoms grow other worlds are still in the making, so these souls and spirits help fashion and to dwell in these future realms - brave new worlds invested in the consciousness of God."
So maybe I was sort of on the right track when a young teenager after all!
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Posted by Mike Perry at 06:30
Labels: Bible, God, Life After Death, origins of life, Reincarnation, Soul, Spirit
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Thanks for the reminder of the big thoughts we thought, as teens. Like you, I did too.ReplyDelete
As a mother, I also have a different perspective. My eldest daughter turned 12 in 1993, and my youngest daughter turned 18 in 2007. Those 14 years were turbulent and packed with drama, rioting hormones, and brilliant insights.
When I was a teen, my brilliant big thoughts were of interest to few. So when my daughters reached those years, I paid attention and learned a lot. The most important thing I learned is: Never overlook or discredit a teen with big thoughts. They are the leaders of our future.
My hypothesis is - that remembering those big thoughts in our teens is especially good when we become leaders in our later decades.
I like your final paragraph (and the rest obviously!) you could well be right - never thought of it like that before - so thanks.Delete
I don't think I has such deep thoughts at 15, I'd just realised what boys were! Interesting stuff Mike, I am beginning to think we may live on and on but not sure of in what format.ReplyDelete
Never fear, we do live on - but I can't tell you exactly how, unfortunately.Delete
When I was 12, and going to church and catechism was simply part of our family life, I was sitting in catechism one sunday morning, listening to a nun talk about heaven and hell. I remember I thought: You've got it all wrong, that's not how it works at all. I'll live many lives and god isn't an angry guy.ReplyDelete
Great post, Mike.
Thanks Trish. I think such early insights as you had must be carried over from somewhere else - perhaps a previous life.Delete
God and Jesus are one in the same. The God of the old testament was quick to punish and seemed cruel at times. He no longer needed to be that God in the new testament because he sent His Son as a sacrifice for our sins.ReplyDelete
Once Jesus went to the cross, we now had the opportunity to have Him cover our sins in His blood. This sacrifice put us in a time of "grace", which we are still in today.
When read, researched and understood correctly, both testaments coincide and do not contradict each other at all. I think it's important to look to the Bible scholars for advice if something doesn't make sense.
There are plenty of times when I get stumped and need help. Furthermore, I am always learning from the Word even though I've been reading it for years. I'm sure I will continue to learn until I pass on.
One thing I do know is that God doesn't change. He is today as He was then and will always be.
This is all from a Christian perspective and JMO. I hope it helped.