Monday, September 23, 2019

The Spiritual Above The Material

Prosperity is not the solution. Material prosperity is not it. Too often we talk like if only there were prosperity, and that would be it. Well, you did have it. In paradise you had everything you could ask for. And you lost it through disobedience.

Sin has consequences. That is part and parcel of free will. Someone capable of free will is capable of love. And love is the point. But someone capable of free will is also capable of sin. And sin has consequences. That is how creation has been designed. Somebody has to pay the price, be it the Son of God himself. The price has to be paid.

If you can get the spiritual part right, then you make yourself capable of material success. God is not opposed to prosperity. But God worries prosperity will make you lose your way. God does worry that prosperity will be your quicksand.

God chose a people, the Jews, not to play favors, but to give you living, breathing proof that yes, there is a God. Instead of envying the material success of the Jews, know that they have suffered much as a people when they strayed from the path of the true God. You can have all they have if you will accept God and choose to be blessed. You can have prosperity. You can have abundance. But you have to put God first, front and center. The spiritual has to be above the material, and then you can have material prosperity.

Love of God comes first. Love of parents comes close to first. Then we can talk about prosperity. Unless you get that message you are better off being poor. For all the pain and poverty and suffering on earth, hell is much much worse.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Fully Human

What gives me immense confidence to talk to you is the very fullness of my humanity. That is by design. That is also by choice, per the scriptures.

I don't know what's around that corner. But God is supposed to be omniscient. God knows what is around every corner. What gives? It is called the fullness of my humanity. But between my Father and I, we do know everything, we do know what is around every corner. And my Father is always with me.

All creation is evidence of God. And yet people miss out. God tried every miracle possible. And people still miss out. And so God pulled one last trick before it might be time to close the curtain. The fullness of humanity is that last trick. That is God making it super duper easy for you to believe. You get to do the math on the prophecies that have been, that are being, and that will be fulfilled through me to determine my identity. But then you get to follow the trajectory of my lifeline. The fullness of my humanity is not my limitation. It is your limitation. It is God coming to your level to speak. A God who does not perform miracles should be a God you should not struggle with. It should be easy now. On the other hand, my being here affirms the scriptures. Yes, they are for real.

As per the scriptures, I am supposed to come like a thief at night. I did. Prophecy fulfilled.

There is suffering in the world. There is suffering because sin has consequences. All the suffering is unnecessary. Every life form on earth draws its energy from the Sun. Every human being on earth similarly needs to love God with all heart, all mind, all soul. That is the number one thing. And then you can have earthly prosperity too. All the ingredients of the Age Of Abundance have always been available to you. They have been right in front of you. This entire time. But if abundance be your top priority, you will get lost in the quicksand fast.

Blessed are the poor who pray for their next meal with all heart, all mind, and all soul. Blessed are the rich who thank God with all heart, all mind, and all soul for their every meal.

Instead of saying come down from the cross, perform yet another miracle and we will believe you, make the effort to understand why I need to be on the cross. Make the effort to understand why I refuse to perform miracles. When in doubt do the math on my identity.

The three pictures are from 2019, 2017, and 2015.

The Angels Of Heaven Also Have Free Will
The Fullness Of My Humanity

Monday, August 5, 2019

A Little Bit More Intelligence

Look at the Internet, and look at how most people access that Internet. They hold mobile phones in their hands, and they assume there is information in the air, literally in the air. That Internet is as physical as the air. And that is a new thing. People have not always thought there was all that information in the air. It is something newly created. Created by people.

Does this development have spiritual implications? Yes. The Internet might engulf you. And it holds information. And that information is a lot. It is said an average human being holding a smartphone today has more information at his/her fingertips than was the case for the President Of The United States. But a lot is not infinite.

The Blockchain that is being built takes that to a whole different level. Actionable intelligence will go up by leaps and bounds. Will that development have spiritual implications? Yes.

When you say God is everywhere and knows everything, has omnipresence and is omniscient, it helps to have the Internet and the Blockchain. The Internet is physical. The Blockchain is physical. It is accessible. Think of God's intelligence as like that of the Internet, only infinitely more. The Internet can be a metaphor, a spiritually handy metaphor.

If the scriptures are timeless, as they are, they have to be actively interpreted in terms of contemporary realities, and contemporary developments. They have to be made relentlessly relevant.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Salvation And Religion

What is salvation? Salvation is ending up with everlasting life in paradise after this life on earth. The question emerges, what is paradise? Is it for real? And how do you get there?

If you are a Christian, the answer is obvious. Jesus paid the fine on your behalf, the way only the Son of God could. If you accept that gift, you go to paradise. That is salvation. But then the command is that you take that message to every nation on earth.

There are those who don't even believe. They will tell you, there is no God, there is no heaven. And then there are those who seem to practice all these other religions. Either you will have to tell them they have false religions. Walk away from your false religion, come to this true religion. Is that the way to go?

My point is, that is not the way to go. Do you realize how hard it is to establish the idea that there is a God? If there is a God, where is He? Who is He? What is He? Do you realize how hard it is to establish the fact that there is a heaven, there is a hell? For Christians all they have to do to appreciate that is to read the Old Testament, aka the Jewish Bible. Look at how hard it was for God to establish those facts among his chosen people. And they still missed out when he showed up finally, as promised.

On the other hand, you can read that same Old Testament to find evidence of false religions.

My point is that the very scriptures in these other major religions point towards the Gospel.

For example, Muslims are aware there is a God, there is heaven, there is hell, but Prophet Muhammad died not knowing if he was going to heaven or not. If he himself did not know, how could he have taught others how to? Did he go to heaven? I'd be surprised if he did not. But the point is, he did not before he died.

Hindus talk of being born on this earth again and again. They do know there is a God, and that God is a trinity, but they also seem not to know the bridge to heaven.

The most famous Buddhist on the planet, the Dalai Lama, of course, is born on earth again and again. He does not seem to die and end up in paradise.

Prophet Muhammad died not knowing if he was going to heaven. If he did not know, how could he have taught you?

The books that the Muslims and the Hindus read to know there is a God also happen to be books that point them towards the path to salvation.

This is not a my God is better than yours proposition. There is but one God. There is no God but God. This is not a my religion is better than yours proposition. There is no religion in heaven. There is only God.

The human being is finite. God is infinite. God is always going to be more than what you know God to be. And so it makes sense for Christians to get curious about these other scriptures.

The only way to take the Gospel to every nation on earth is by pointing out how these other scriptures point towards the Gospel. The Jewish Bible is not the only one.

When a Christian does that with the Hindu scriptures, for example, that necessarily leads to pointing out hypocrisies in the Hindu society. If a low caste birth is because of sins from previous lifetimes, and if Lord Krishna says in the Geeta that "by way of Wisdom, you will be able to cross the sea of all sin," then that means 300 million Dalits in India can accept Jesus, as per Lord Krishna, and attain salvation for the afterlife, and political and social equality right here on earth, effective immediately. The caste system comes crumbling down.

Just like there are passages in the Jewish Bible that can not be taken out of their historical contexts, that is true also for the Quran. Just like there are detailed laws in the Jewish Bible, there are detailed laws in the Quran. The detailed laws get simplified and superseded by two simple laws, Love God, and love your neighbor.

Some Hindus in India demolished a mosque in 1992 that had been planted at the very place where Lord Rama, the first human incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the Holy Father, was born. That which the Muslims call Allah, the Hindus call Lord Vishnu. That which the Hindus call Bramha, the Christians call Jesus, the Jews and Christians call Wisdom. Bramha and Wisdom mean the same thing.