Hello everyone. I am new to this bulletin board.
Good Question JC. I'll start by first stating that I am glad you are asking it. "Seek and ye shall find" - (Step one)
"There's more than one answer to this question,
pointing me in a crooked line" - Indigo Girls
I cannot speak for others, but I will gladly share with you my beliefs and my reason for believing them.
I believe in God. I believe in a personal God composed of a collective consciousness. Just as you are a collective of cells composed of molecules
composed of atoms composed of neutrons, protons and electrons composed of other sub-atomic particles ad nauseum, but yet are still one entity. To
come to know God, one must experience God through emotion. Logic will not get you there. Thinking only inspires the question, to invoke the
experience, but it is not the experience itself.
I envision God as I do the ocean. I envision our spirits as molecules of that grand ocean. We were created by God from God "made in his image".
This is a crude analogy at best, but it helps me make sense of what God has created. One fundamental difference between ourselves (as molecules of
the grand spiritual ocean) and real H20 molecules is that we have been given the gift of free will. Love in it's truest form is God's gift to us to
choose our own destiny. Without free will of the spirit, meaning in all of this... both physical and nonphysical is lost.
I believe that we separated from God, some of us recently, some of us long ago. I believe that there are many reason for this separation, but
fundamentally God allowed this separation from God for the purpose of growth. I mean this in the spiritual sense.
I will use a physical analogy to make my point however. How do you make your muscles grow? You challenge them. You apply force to them in such a
way that they must compensate or fail. Prolonged exposure to lack of gravity causes muscles to atrophy and eventually become relatively useless.
(Side note - Most aliens tend to be rather frail looking such as the Grey species)
Anyhow, being a spiritual being in this four-dimensional universe we are challenged. If you think about your life and how you've grown as a person,
you'll likely see that growth spurts occur when you overcome adversity by how you think or changed your thinking and how you change(d) your
relationship with your surroundings (especially people). We are essentially here on this Earth "to learn" for the purpose of spiritual development.
When you die, all you will retain are the memories of what you experienced while you were here. Your physical body and all your possessions will
stay here. This begs the question, "What is experience and where is it stored?"
I believe that true experience comes primarily through the emotional/spiritual connection. Sure you can remember thoughts and facts and such, and
they shouldn't be totally discounted, but most substantial memories and experiences are emotional ones. Particularily when there is an interpersonal
connection with another entity being either God, another person or an alien for that matter. So, after you've spent some time on Earth and then
depart, hopefully you've grown.
I also believe in reincarnation. I believe that once we separated from God by our own choosing that we were/are karmically bound to the lower planes
of existence (lower 5 dimensions) until we ask God to bring us home. I believe that if we do not go back to God, we are reborn to learn what we did
not learn in previous lives and that we grow until the point at which we decide to go home (back to God).
How do we get back to God? Through his gift of grace. We are born sinful (with karma). We are imperfect in these lower dimensions and have no way
to attain perfection on our own. You cannot earn your way to God because to achieve the union with the perfect, you must become perfect which you
cannot do by your works alone. That is why Jesus Christ came. He is the lamb that was slaughtered for our sin (karma). By his sacrifice, all sins
are forgiven (karma absolved) in those who believe and put their faith in him. Christ is the ticket home. By the grace of God, this gift of his son
for all beings cannot be earned for it is a gift. It is our choice to either accept it or reject it. You cannot earn this gift, for there is nothing
you can offer that equals it. We cannot attain perfection on our own even though popular culture and the media is constantly telling us that we can
if we eat just the right foods and exercise or freeze our heads cryogenically for future technological advancement, someday we can attain perfection.
Why do people have such a tough time with accepting Christ? Because you must give up your pride. You must lay your imperfections out before God in
your heart and admit your faults.
[The original sin in the fall of Lucifer is pride. Lucifer was once the most beautiful of all God's angels. He was known as the "angel of light."
But pride made him believe that the light was coming from him within rather than reflecting from God. That is why he fell from heaven (higher
dimensions) to these lower dimensions and is bound here until he is reconciled with God. God allowed all this to happen. Why? That is outside my
time constraints in this essay. Perhaps another time.]
Coming to know Jesus Christ is a tough thing for most people. Most people (including myself) find or have found reasons not to accept this. (The
bible isn't true. Other religions can't co-exist. Etc etc etc.) Thankfully, I kept my heart open and truly searched for God and I believe that if
you do the same, you will reach many of the same conclusions. Before you say the Bible is false, why don't you really study it and learn what it
says. I used to say that the Bible was a good tool (I still say that) but that you can't necessarily believe it word for word because it is
interpretations of men inspired by God and hence (imperfection "man's interpretation) distorts it. This may be true to a small degree but the
primary message in the Gospel is remarkably clear and comes through not in one or two books but four personal accounts with Christ.
There are many paths up the mountain to go back to God and no two are the same. Unfortuanely, we don't have the climbing skills to get there on our
own. Thankfully, our gondola ride has already been paid in full. All you have to do is stop by the WILL CALL and accept it.
To sum this up JC I will offer this small bit of advice: Seek, LISTEN & HEAR what GOD is saying. You'll know HIM better when you do.
Thanks for reading this. I gotta go to bed.
God Bless you on your journey.
Will (~aka Jammerman)