God’s not Dead


The movie “Gods Not Dead” has hit the screens and if you choose to go and see it (I highly recommend it), you may see the world from a little different angle even if it is for just a moment. For those of you that have followed any of my writings or even read a copy of my book “Deceptive Influences” you would know this is a passion of mine. I believe that this world was created and that it has not just evolved. I believe that if everyone would take the time or maybe better yet be given the total story via our education system, the world would be such a good place to live. People would love people, people would respect people, all people would have a real truthful purpose in life. It’s not that each of us don’t have goals, and it is not that goals are not important because they are, it’s that so many times we get the important ones mixed up and they end up on the back burner and many times we loose them due to our pushing them so far back we don’t even remember them. In todays world, actually this started back in history in the early 1800’s and we could even track this back hundreds of years before our time, the world decided that God was not so important and that maybe He just does not exist and set out to prove that they were correct. Going way back in time people added new god’s to the equation in search for something that they must have felt made sense to them at the time. Then came the evolutionary theory. No God at all. While this was a very small minority in the beginning, the momentum started to grow in the mid-1800’s. Many people credit Darwin with this evolutionary thinking. He stepped out and published what he felt was important and he did this for a reason. He did this after the death of his young daughter and also his younger son. I can only guess at what his attitude on life would have been. I have never experienced this personally outside of loosing my parents and grandparents, but loosing a child let alone two would be a bit devastating. It was after this that I believe Darwin lost his faith in God. Darwin had went to college and trained to be a minister. His faith was challenged and his desire to find a different path was set.

I believe that this is true for any of us when faced with things in our lives that make us feel uncomfortable, uneasy with what we see, upset with events in our lives, and just plain upset with God. So many people blame any bad thing’s that happen on God. How often do you hear or maybe you have even stated it, “If God was a good God He would not let these thing happen”. People struggle with these issues. I truly believe that if we could allow our minds to just contemplate the total story, we would be able to understanding that it is not God doing these things. I had an example of this explain to me and it goes like this.

“If a father and a son were walking along a path together, and the son fell down and hurt himself, was it the fathers fault? Did the father cause him to fall? Or was it the father that reach down and picked up his son and help him back on his feet or carried him back home?”

Digging into this topic I have discovered that it really does come down to a single question. It should have nothing to do with what makes us comfortable, how we want to live our lives or what makes us happy. It has to do with the truth behind who we are. Were we created or did we just evolve? You may not want to tackle this question or even explore it due to our human inclination to keep our lives comfortable with where we are. However, if we were created then it is a very real possibility that God is real and that what He created is each of us. If we evolved from something, then He is not real. It takes faith to believe in either. It is now a matter of where you place your faith. When placing it one way or the other you need to do this with an understanding of all the information out there and not just what someone wants you to believe. We live in a world that either tells us what to do or provides advertising in an attempt to control our desires. What we need to do is make that decision ourselves based on our discovery journey. Believing in God is not restrictive outside of what we should not be doing anyway and allows each of us to live a great life. If you decide to believe in evolution you should still desire to live by the same rules of life. In either case our life on earth would be so much better if we all followed these simple rules. They are called the 10 commandments.

I welcome any comments and thoughts from either side of this discussion. It is an exciting journey we are on and to share and explore is what makes this life so interesting. Thanks in advance for your support and too each and every explorer that decides to jump aboard this discovery journey with me.

What happened to all the people?


A Think Tank question:

Have you ever had a time when you were looking at something to purchase and when comparing the difference in cost of new vs. used and having checked out the available statics, you determine that new is the best way to go? However, down the road what you purchased new no longer worked while your friend with the used one was still using it and it was working just like yours did when it was new? The world of statistics can be fascinating and generally can add credibility to most any thing if they exist, if true information is utilized with no hidden motivation in their compilation. Summing this up we really need just the true facts to draw a solid conclusion.

Looking into our world population and the current numbers that everyone agrees exists today and moving backward based on the proven and statically agreed to population growth formula, we find that when we reach all the way back to the first two people – a man and a woman living on earth – it would be around 4500 years ago. I find this quite incredible since we are continually educated that this earth is many millions and billions of years old. That we are told that it takes millions of years for something to evolve into something else. That a man and a woman would have evolved just in time – at the same time – just to start the population of our earth is quite mind-boggling.

What is wrong? Who is wrong? Is anything wrong? Think about it!

 

 

The Migration Season


Northern Michigan at it Best!

Each year as fall and winter approach, the animals and birds start their journey to their winter homes. Some of us will do the same as we move to a warmer climate to avoid the cold during those cold winter days. It’s interesting how this approach to life also impedes in our daily thoughts. How we tend to migrate to what make each of us comfortable. Some of us like to curl up on a sofa or our favorite chair, read a book or watch one of our favorite movies. Some will throw on the running shoes and hit the trails. One might argue that they are not the same. Knowing some of the people that get such great joy out of running I would argue they are. The big difference is that for the runner you must first work at it until your body starts looking for that rush you get. Even then once you have reached that level you have settled into what makes you comfortable. It becomes our mental state of mind. One might have a glass of a favorite wine, lite the fire in the fire place and sit back and let our mind and body slide into deep relaxation. We have trained our brain in a way that fits our desires, what makes us comfortable, what we feel gives our life stability and in many ways purpose.

While running, walking, reading, or just meditating is a great thing and each of us should desire for some level of this in our lives, it becomes important to realize that when we get to a point that we are content with our daily lives, we have allowed some level of complacency to settle in. If we are a runner and enjoy that rush we get, as our body ages we need to recognize that maybe it is time to change to taking brisk walks instead. If we are a reader we may need to explore new authors to gain new perspectives. Maybe it is looking at the other side of a topic that we feel strongly against. We should not allow complacency to inhibit our ability to look outside the box. We should look to reinforce our current beliefs or possibly altering our position just a little if we find that we were not quite correct.

Opening one’s mind to things outside our comfort zone is difficult. Our subconscious mind drive our feelings. Many times we dismiss thing around us just because we didn’t see them or we dismissed the thought before we took the time to think about it just because we didn’t agree or thought it was a waist of time. It truly takes a conscious effort to eliminate complacency from our lives.

I once asked myself the question “What is this life all about anyway?”.  Allowing myself the freedom to explore this thought, raised the key question about life in general. Did I evolve from something or was I created by someone. Logic would say of course I was created by my mom and dad, but what created that egg that I came from? How did this all start?

Watching the discovery channel, I was being told that it all started millions of years ago. That my great, great————, great grand father was really just a single cell that randomly happened.  If this is really the case than I guess that we really are only on this earth for what we call our life time and once this is over we just decay away too nothing but a memory in someone’s mind. But how could this cell be randomly started and have built into it or possibly over time develop the DNA requirement to make me into a human complete with a brain and a mind to think with. Is it then possible that I was created? If so, then I do have a real purpose. Maybe there is more to this life and possible even death.

To explore these questions is something each of us should attempt to do. We should not just accept what we are told on TV, in our museum’s,  in our schools and even in our place of worship. We need to decide for ourselves what is true and to do this we have to overcome the complacency of our mind. Directing our lives and not allow someone else to control our thoughts and beliefs can be difficult. The satisfaction of expanding our knowledge, allowing ourselves to stand firmly on our beliefs, never hiding from a discussion, always being able to have open dialog with those who have a belief different than ours, is the key to a full and robust life.

So until tomorrow when the sun comes up again, I will continue my quest. Please feel free to join me on my adventure and chime in anytime. Your thoughts and ideas are welcome.

Life’s Questions


After several conversations with several different people on the topic of what are people really looking for in life I found several comments that focused on who am I and why am I here. Why should I care? What should I believe in? Is there really a God? If God is good and controls everything why does He let all the bad things happen? Who is the real god? Are we created or did we just happen? Science has proven we have evolved over time. I can’t believe the bible is true. What religious belief is the real deal?

I have asked several of these questions myself and find many people who don’t believe the same as I do, take positions on these topics based on feelings or personal comfort with how they want to live their life just like I did. How do you look at life? What makes you believe the way you believe?

If you would share any thoughts you may have it would be great. I believe it is the unasked questions and the unanswered questions that control who we ultimately are, what we place our faith in, how we act and react to life’s issues.

Thanks in advance for your support in this exploration. What questions do you have or do you hear from your friends?

Influencing personalities that Influence


Have you ever wondered just who you are? Just why you are here? Why you do what you do? Why you have become the person you see looking back at you in the mirror? The person behind the face you see?

It all begins at birth. After one is born we start taking on the influences of our parents. We learn by doing, seeing, touching, tasting and smelling. We learn by doing even if it is a bad experience. We react to things we see and restate things we hear. Our personalities are in full development mode. We move onto school and enter into our formal education years and our mind continues to soak things up that we are taught, hearing what people want us to hear. We start becoming our own person which has been influenced by everything around us. At some point in this process our personalities take over and it drives us deeper in the direction it has been programmed to do. We many time don’t even realize the things we are missing just because we have programmed our mind to see things the way we want to see them. Life moves on and we become set in our ways and generally can have issues seeing someone else’s point of view if it does not somewhat line up with ours. We dig in our heals when things oppose our point of view. We don’t want anyone rocking our boat. Then something happens. It could be the death of a loved one, an accident, a close call, a war, or just about anything that rattles our daily norm and for a brief moment we become vulnerable and have a window of opportunity to see things differently. If we react things can change and if we don’t, in short we are back to where we were before this event occurred.

If we would just allow ourselves to peel the onion back and get to the core of who we are, we could start to see these influences that molded us. Makes little difference if it is religious driven or the other side of the equation that believes we are just here via some big bang. The point to this is that getting to the core of how this all began is important and if we did not evolve from some little cell that just happened, then someone must have started it all. It really is one or the other. This someone would have been the beginning of everything including ourselves. So if you choose to place your faith in chance than don’t worry too much because you just happened, but if you place your faith in someone who started everything then it might be good to find the beginning of this so you have your faith in the right someone.

Possible a little deep I know. But worth pondering. What I found while digging into these thoughts was surprising. It was not overwhelming and most definitely was worth the time spent traveling down this discovery road. I feel I now know how this all started. It takes faith to believe in either side of this story. It is really just a question now of where you place your faith and making sure that it is your decision and not a decision influenced by what someone else would have you believe.

Life’s Influences


When one looks back on their life we find that our personalities start their formal formation at birth. How we are raised, the environment we live in, our schooling, our religious upbringing all play a role in who we are today. Check this YouTube video out and see what this author has tried to analyze, drawing conclusions based on solid non – influenced data.

http://www.youth.be.com/znG9cEWUdg4

Who’s Faith do you have?


If the influences of our childhood including our schooling years play a key role in who we become, we could say that what we choose to place our faith in is generally a combination of our developed personality and the things of life we feel most comfortable with. Rocking our boat of life is something none of us like. But who’s faith do we really have; our own or that of someone else? 

I find it interesting that if we were to peal the onion back so to speak, rock our boat just a little, throw out all the things of this world that seem to complicate any investigation for just a little while, we could find that everything boils down to the question: Did God create us or did we just evolve? Only one can be true.