Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Takes His Anti-War Message On The Mike Douglas Show

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Interview On The Mike Douglass Show

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Interview On The Mike Douglass Show

A brilliant conversation about the definition of militants, Stokely Carmichael, the Civil Rights movement, his relationship with President Johnson, Communism, the quest for an Antiwar America & much more. I can offer no commentary comparable to Dr. King’s affable yet adequate reasoning.

This man consistently brought much need insight to an era desperately in need of perspective. You’ll just have to see for yourself.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Enjoy.

Martin Luther King Jr Interview (Part 1 of 3)

Martin Luther King Jr Interview (Part 2 of 3)

Martin Luther King Jr Interview (Part 3 of 3)

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25,000 Words & Counting

25,000 Words & Counting

25,000 Words & Counting – 50+ Essays on America’s Issues & More

During the 2008 Presidential election I started a Blog Talk Radio show called Interesting Conversations. I just couldn’t stand idle by and let the liberal media ignore Obama’s shortcomings. But at the same time, I needed America to know Obama had the record to be a formidable opponent to the Clinton machine. During my stint on talk radio and interacting with scores of opinionated listeners I developed a love for hearing as many sides of a story as possible before drawing any conclusions.

That turned into show after show of not just 1-sided political perspective but pointed conversations about what mattered most to my peers and anyone else that tuned in.

3 years later I started a more intimate series called Be Necessary. This time I set out to target only zeitgeist moments that I thought had the real potential to cause lasting ripple effects. And rather than offer “more” commentary on the problems of the day I would begin offering solutions as close to common sense as I could come up with.

That’s what Be Necessary is about – targeting the problems THEN grinding out solutions. And hopefully that’s what the next 25,000 words will be about.

Later.

~ Al

Legislation Beyond the Inauguration

President Obama Delivers His Second Inaugural Address

President Obama Delivers His Second Inaugural Address

It’s always interesting to hear inaugurations call for unity and togetherness. Truth is – that’s played. As long as there’s no crisis in front of United States legislatures they will continue to be small and petty in the how they address the nation’s problems. So the question was raised – “Why are Republicans still hatin’?”.

I mean there is no 3rd term to block so why on earth wouldn’t the Republicans jump at the opportunity to work at the President’s side? The answer: it’s just not in their nature at the moment.

Republicans would readily have my support if they lived up to their own standards – as would a number of other independents. They’ve chosen to be small on too many issues for them to just decide to stop hatin’ all of a sudden.

Reagan was a common sense conservative and they don’t seem to exist in this climate right now. I won’t get into his record but he definitely beat the odds and stood the country up a bit on his watch. Clinton was a common sense cat too.

People cite Reagan and Clinton as able to overcome the obstacles of divided government. On the whole when you don’t have a whole lot of complex issues common sense leadership works because it forces conservatives and liberals to retreat to basic negation-mode. Then sh*t gets done.

But when things heat up (’08) and you take a mediocre Congress and hand them a complex issue to solve you need an entrepreneurial style of leadership to right the ship. I think Romney would have been a good President but he made his case in the same loser-style as most Republican cases – “The Right is right just because”.

Thank The Liberals**For Saving America

Thank The Liberals**For Saving America

In Alan Combs latest book Thank the Liberals he talks about how liberalism is what this country was founded on. And while obviously a different brand at the time, the concept of “change” was at the core of this nation’s construction – not the fear of our futures or the threat of being progressive. That’s a cowardly way to legislate and should be punished at the polls more often.

In Dick Morris’ Because He Could Dick talked about how unseating a president that had given “you stuff” went against your own best interests. After close examination you can see that the “stuff” Morris mentioned was not a grab bag of free crap but a plethora of access and opportunity.

That’s why Reagan won again, why Clinton won again and certainly why our current President whooped that *ss in the Fall – because people FELT what he had done and it outweighed what he had to overcome to do it. He provided access to many latters to climb out of the recession to both individuals and businesses.

Obama also wanted to go even further but was blocked by his own “purity” and “immaturity”. In this term, he’ll kick that habit and adopt a more Reagan-esque approach to problem solving… I hope.

Is Jesus The Only Way Into Heaven? (Part II)

Black Jesus

Black Jesus

The original question centered around whether accepting Jesus was the only way into heaven.

An apples to apples debate would we understood heaven at least similarly, so let me take a moment to define. I understand heaven to be our souls returning to our creator’s side after fulfilling our purposes here on earth. And that any presence of this creator, while serving here, is not heaven but something different. And while different, still essential, still tangible and still beautiful.

I also feel that some will never meet their creator. I believe some will simply pass away like other organisms and never get the opportunity… because they choose not to recognize a creator exists. Albeit unfortunate, some believe they are themselves gods and will never seek to explore that concept any further.

So where does Jesus fit in? I think it’s very possible that God, through whatever means, provided a blueprint for how to live in order to end up at His side. I think that blueprint was Jesus’ (or whatever new shiny name you have for him). Even if scholars, who’ve sought to prove Jesus’ stories, were all wrong I can’t see how living like him or believing in him would put us at a disadvantage. Living this way is the very definition of the pursuit of righteousness. You accept Him by seeking to live like him.

The First Council of Nicaea

The First Council of Nicaea

Accepting the fact that God provided a blueprint, even through the pen of the council of Nicea, is in fact a bold and conscious step. Contrary to popular belief, there are many that move from blind Christian faith to intelligent agnostic beliefs… and then BACK to a more learned Christian faith. You don’t have to let another MAN’s scholarly research derail your spiritual faith. There will always be counter arguments from those who ALSO want to be published or heard. We are all adults and should seek to have discernment either.

Knowing full well the contradictions theorized by scholars I still trust that the 66 books we do know about or “ended up with” give me what I need to “end up” at my creator’s side. In fact, if there was any conspiracy in the missing books it’s very possible they may have hurt the overall context of the final work. I’ll allow for a little editing.

What we’ve heard from this debate is that the Bible was written by imperfect MEN so it must too be imperfect. That Jesus is just one of many exceptional men or maybe not even real at all. I’ll accept that argument?

But as you read this, are you willing to concede that living through Christ WON’T get you to heaven? Or that He is not the only way?

The “star-system” heaven or the “of-the-earth” heaven that was discussed earlier both sound very practical and pragmatic which is admirable. But is the heaven that you understand a practical matter? Or is the idea of heaven much more profound?

If the God you serve is grand enough to create a universe then I’m sure that god has a grander vision of your “afterlife” than that of a tree which is also very practical.

Heaven is a faith-based initiative. Anyone that could prove it would either have to be from heaven or IN heaven to explain it. And if you want in you already have access to one of those… his name Jesus.

68 Ways To Get To Heaven

John 3:16 (124)

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Helpful Not Helpful
Ephesians 2:8-9 (93)

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

John 14:6 (86)

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Romans 10:9 (80)

Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Matthew 7:21-27 (60)

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. …

Matthew 6:14-15 (43)

For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Romans 3:23 (41)

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

John 14:15 (40)

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

Matthew 5:17-20 (34)

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 19:16-17 (33)

And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.”

Luke 18:21-25 (28)

And he said, “All these I have kept from my youth.” When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” But when he heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich. Jesus, seeing that he had become sad, said, “How difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”

Luke 10:27 (28)

And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”

Matthew 6:1-6 (28)

“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. …

John 4:24 (25)

God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Romans 6:23 (24)

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Matthew 7:1-2 (24)

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.

John 5:27-29 (23)

And he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man. Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.

John 3:3 (23)

Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Matthew 6:24 (21)

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

Matthew 5:20 (20)

For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 7:13-14 (19)

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

Matthew 6:19-20 (17)

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.

Matthew 13:44-46 (16)

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.

1 John 5:13 (13)

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.

Mark 9:43-45 (13)

And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell.

Matthew 19:23-24 (13)

And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”

Matthew 16:27 (13)

For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done.

Matthew 5:19 (13)

Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

John 14:26 (12)

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

Luke 8:20-21 (12)

And he was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see you.” But he answered them, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.”

Luke 10:30-37 (11)

Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. …

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (10)

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

John 6:53 (10)

So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.

John 3:36 (10)

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.

Matthew 5:1-48 (10)

Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. …

2 Corinthians 6:2 (9)

For he says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

Romans 13:4 (9)

For he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.

Romans 5:8 (9)

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

John 15:13-14 (9)

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.

John 4:48 (9)

So Jesus said to him, “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.”

Luke 13:22-35 (9)

He went on his way through towns and villages, teaching and journeying toward Jerusalem. And someone said to him, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” And he said to them, “Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. When once the master of the house has risen and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, open to us,’ then he will answer you, ‘I do not know where you come from.’ Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ …

Mark 1:15 (9)

And saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

Matthew 26:52-54 (8)

Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?”

Deuteronomy 28:47-48 (8)

Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joyfulness and gladness of heart, because of the abundance of all things, therefore you shall serve your enemies whom the Lord will send against you, in hunger and thirst, in nakedness, and lacking everything. And he will put a yoke of iron on your neck until he has destroyed you.

Genesis 9:5-6 (8)

And for your lifeblood I will require a reckoning: from every beast I will require it and from man. From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man. “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image.

Luke 6:46-49 (7)

“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.”

Mark 16:16 (7)

Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

Matthew 23:1-3 (7)

Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, so practice and observe whatever they tell you—but not what they do. For they preach, but do not practice.

Exodus 20:1-26 (7)

And God spoke all these words, saying, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before me. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, …

Genesis 4:1-26 (7)

Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten a man with the help of the Lord.” And again, she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a worker of the ground. In the course of time Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground, and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell. …

Luke 22:36 (6)

He said to them, “But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one.

Matthew 4:1-25 (6)

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple …

John 15:1-27 (5)

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. …

Matthew 25:40 (5)

And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

Matthew 5:38-39 (5)

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.

Exodus 22:2-3 (5)

If a thief is found breaking in and is struck so that he dies, there shall be no bloodguilt for him, but if the sun has risen on him, there shall be bloodguilt for him. He shall surely pay. If he has nothing, then he shall be sold for his theft.

Exodus 22:1-31 (5)

“If a man steals an ox or a sheep, and kills it or sells it, he shall repay five oxen for an ox, and four sheep for a sheep. If a thief is found breaking in and is struck so that he dies, there shall be no bloodguilt for him, but if the sun has risen on him, there shall be bloodguilt for him. He shall surely pay. If he has nothing, then he shall be sold for his theft. If the stolen beast is found alive in his possession, whether it is an ox or a donkey or a sheep, he shall pay double. “If a man causes a field or vineyard to be grazed over, or lets his beast loose and it feeds in another man’s field, he shall make restitution from the best in his own field and in his own vineyard. …

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (4)

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Romans 8:1-39 (4)

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. …

Mark 10:17 (4)

And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

Matthew 4:7 (4)

Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

2 Chronicles 17:10 (4)

And the fear of the Lord fell upon all the kingdoms of the lands that were around Judah, and they made no war against Jehoshaphat.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-22 (3)

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, …

Romans 1:26-27 (3)

For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

Luke 16:24 (3)

And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.’

Deuteronomy 28:1-68 (3)

“And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God. Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your cattle, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. …

Numbers 31:3 (2)

So Moses spoke to the people, saying, “Arm men from among you for the war, that they may go against Midian to execute the Lord’s vengeance on Midian.

Genesis 5:10-16 (2)

Enosh lived after he fathered Kenan 815 years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Enosh were 905 years, and he died. When Kenan had lived 70 years, he fathered Mahalalel. Kenan lived after he fathered Mahalalel 840 years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Kenan were 910 years, and he died. …

Is Jesus The Only Way Into Heaven? (Part I)

The First Council of Nicaea

The First Council of Nicaea

I know not the way into to the “heaven”. I am but a man – a living one at that. How in the world would I have a formula on what happens to a flesh-person body becomes earth again? Were it not for a text that declares it I might just be content to live in ignorant bliss. This text that defines who Jesus is and why he seems to be the only way into Heaven. This text might help us in this discussion but you all know the scriptures associated with going to the big show.

Please be mindful that we would have to all learn Aramaic to debate this sufficiently but I’m waiting for the weigh-room to open so I’ll give it a shot in the King’s English.

This text also says a lot of things about when to grow crops, how to treat a wife, and how to be a good son to your parents. It breaks the laws of physics (as we know them) and much, much more so I understand the rush to flea such a text in the search of definitive truths.

But heaven itself is not a really ‘definitive’ truth – it’s a faith-based initiative. And what is faith but a belief in Jesus? If you don’t believe in Jesus then you can’t believe in His heaven? If you don’t believe in heaven then why have you read this far?

Some would say that we are already in heaven. If we’re already in paradise then where does any argument about the an after life come in? Then we’d be arguing a non-sequitur. We’ll deal with that later.

To the intelligentsia – I hear you loud & clear on the former Jesus-like characters from the past. Even the name Jesus was copied from a very similar figures before His time so I hear you on that. But I would argue that even making the comparison means you recognize what He stood for – He was a savior.

Is your definition of heaven something that transcends all time because the idea of Jesus would simply move from one era to another then. Kind of how Adrian Peterson is the Eric Dickerson of today. You either think Jesus wasn’t actually the son of God or you don’t think he was real at all but you understand what he stood for.

I’ve heard some of the more prudent and practical arguments that claim heaven is the complex star systems. We can not enter into star systems. Sure it could be argued that we are of the earth and the earth is in space so we are in space but that would be too easy. In a conversation about the afterlife. Would you be arguing that we enter into the stars or that heaven is “the stars”? I’d wonder then if you didn’t see star systems as heaven but you see heaven as merely a pseudonym for star system. And you would be my hero for such a bold claim.

You would be deciding to compare a very definitive, physical entity with where  a soul – A SOUL – ends up after it fleas the flesh-form it assumed for 72 hours or 72 years. You would be comparing a very real place like the galaxy to where a soul goes… o_O

After death, our fleshly bodies belong to the earth again… I’m not sure anything that has ever existing on this planet has ever made it off this planet – which kind of means the stars never actually touch us.

Jesus and Slaves
Was Christianity not around prior to the Trans-Atlantic Slave-Trade? If so, I wouldn’t blame our “belief system” on Europeans or whites. If you believe that there is a God (1.) and that he had a son of a earthly virgin (2.) and that he later died to show a deteriorating world what sacrifice looked like (3.) then even Europeans don’t own that story. That could be said of many, many of our ancestors – ancient Egyptians included.

Some would say the Europeans creating a system to oppress. It’s been done for centuries and they simply jumped on the bandwagon of what works. Slavery worked for a while – a long while. I will give you that. But ask yourself; is it just because THEY “gave” it to us that you choose to deny the parable and wisdom of the Bible. Is it so hard to digest that if a god existed that that god wouldn’t find a way to hand us a Word we could consume as opposed to living a life of implication?

On another note – as long as we blame the “white man” or A.D. Europeans for any our behaviors we don’t deserve to inherit “the Kingdom” or wealth or freedom. The moment we stopped the blame we started making positive strides. It’s happened time & time again. The moment we own our own destiny on earth is the moment when get a seat at a table we built.

I would also ask yourself who the bible was written for? It wasn’t us slaves. We came later.

Seeking Christ consciousness will give us the heaven we desire…

I have a question: if you don’t accept and follow Jesus will you go to heaven?

Another way to pose the question – is there any doubt in your own mind that if you died without accepting Him… would you be concerned at all about going to Heaven?

I love the quote…

“Everyone wants to go to heaven, but no one wants to die to get there.”

It just goes to show the very personal divide and perception of separation between the living and dead. We all value the idea of Heaven but why do we find so valuable the existence of our tender flesh.

What is our purpose if we have to feel relegated to merely living?

And I totally get it where some of my brothers and sisters are coming from.

Jesus is not the only way to enter into Heaven because we’re already there. Or that heaven is already in us. And that we are all Gods already.

What is heaven then? One can not sit at his own side after death. That’s just life.

In fact, the term heaven is derived from a word that means a place where God lives (or something like that). So it makes sense that we would have to recognize how much God (or righteousness) was already in us in order to deserve to sit as his side. I hear you on that.

How would we recognize that righteousness but to identify with someone who was Christ-like.

We are temporary beings. How is that a god could be temporary? We are here for a short period of time and then the bodies we know break down.

Further, if we were all gods then we are all capable of the same things, and we all have the same access to *heaven* but for a great divider – the quest for righteousness.

“Things that are equal to the same thing are equal to each other.” ~ Euclid

While our capacities to live well may be the same, the hearts and minds of men differ greatly. Why would the lives of all men, either tyrannical or philanthropic, lead to the same end? We could not all be deserving of the same “conclusion” unless our decisions about life and how to lead it balance with our fellow man. I think this is where the example of Jesus comes about. And possibly why Niceas folk decided to take on the task of an outline in the first place.

Literature was fast-growing at the time and there was much more worldly influences so it would make sense that “Christ” was needed.

If we seek to be Christ-like then we can right the ship, if you will, and come back in line with righteousness.

That still equals subscribing to Christ or a Christ in order to make it into heaven.

Lemons

When life gives you lemons… you open a got d*mn lemonade stand on its ass…

#nowwhat

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