Religion’s Problem 2019-007

Religion’s Problem  2019-007

The problem with religion is —- Religion itself!!

This is NOT about an individual religion, but the concept of every religion that make up the religious experiences.

So, what is religion?  It is the basic organized set of beliefs, rules, ceremonies, dictates, dogma, etc. used in worshiping God.

The belief in a god that people are involved in, is called by various names in different faiths and identifies the various groups of that faith. Each faith or groups within that faith have specific beliefs that identify each from any other.

The first Christian faith group was called “The Way” and to belong to this group identified the followers of Jesus Christ. Then came the Catholic religion, followed by very many more faith groups.

Today, there are over 9000 groups within Christianity, that have their religious take on how to act, based on their defined system of believing. That is why the problem within religion is – religion itself.

To belong to a specific group within Christianity automatically excludes all other religious groups of followers. The different rules that each have are specific to that group, which makes the others different automatically.

We then can follow one that includes those things we admire, like, and make us feel good. Or, it could be a religion has beliefs that we want to follow, and we could care less if any others want to believe in what we want to adhere to in life. This is a narrow minded, one sided thought process, as such.

Many use religions as a tool to have and make that religion seem like the only or best one out there. If others do not see our way they are wrong, and we remain right.   WRONG!  Just another example of the problem of religion.

BUT, to use religion in a good way, the correct way, is not only hard to do, it is hard to come up with what actually is good and correct, versus any other.  So, religion itself CAN be a good thing, if we can agree what is good. I would like to think that most religions are of a good nature, and to believe in that religion or denomination is fine and no problems exist with them.  

If a religion uses the Bible Scripture as a weapon to make an asinine point, I have a problem with that religion and the people that believe and support it.  I think they could rethink what they believe in and go back and consider what the man-God who became the Savior of mankind thought and taught.

Peace,

Den Betts            email: bettsden@gmail.com          blog:  thebettsden.com

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Tired – I Quit 2019-006

TIRED – I QUIT 2019-006
I guess I am just plain tired of many things I do!!! At the moment, I am thinking of my comments on Facebook that I post, primarily. Any that have to do with Trump especially.
TRUMP
Many of the people that read my posts, especially certain ones, have the same opinion about him that I do, so I believe I am preaching to the choir. Any post about him are irreverent anyhow. Some people may disagree with what I say who, like him, but they also remain quiet to what I state.
RELIGION
Another issue is when I post a copy of a blog post on Facebook, especially about any topic regarding religion. Again, to many or some I am preaching to the choir and they feel the same way, perhaps, as I do. Anyone with faith problems, just may not want to hear what I post due to reason I will not state now. I realize this, but I usually posted beliefs that can actually be debated or discussed. Oh well…..
WORD COUNT
Another thing I now know is the fact that my posts are usually set at a total word count of 500-1000 words per post. Some people are conditioned to a power point and bullet point presentation in life with short, concise statements as something they want to take in time to read quickly. I don’t write that way and will NOT do so. What I have to say and post is not something I will or will not do as a twitter dictated word usage of just so many characters and words. That is just me as I am.
I do NOT get feedback from Facebook people, either good or bad about what I write. All, either ignore and do not read or could care less about the subject written, or just plain do not want to take the time to read in detail.
BLOG SITE
So, why bother writing?? I DO post what I write at my blog site, thebettsden.com and that is different. I get people from all over the world who read and sometimes “like” the postings. The total number of people to date following me is over a hundred… WOW!!!
I have posted over 450 posts of many categories and over 3000 views have been recorded to date in the 3-4 years of posts.
I QUIT
Therefore, I am NOT going to waste my time to copy too Facebook anymore. IT does take a procedural effort and I am wasting my time doing so. I could say that NO likes, NO comments, NO shares equal NO interest and I can and do accept that about my Facebook posts.
BUT
I am NOT leaving Facebook and will continue to “like” other posts, post comments about other “normal” things and on occasional, post a saying or picture with words that go with it.
This is NOT farewell, but instead a withdrawal of posting my opinion on certain things in life. So be it…..
Peace,                                                                                  533 Words
Den  Betts
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Body and Soul 2019-005

Body and Soul       2019-005

What is the soul and where does it reside in us? I do not actually KNOW but have the following opinions. First, the body is a collector, a shell, a vehicle for the soul to inhabit and travel through life here on Earth. It has the elements needed to survive, to thrive, to exist as a means for the soul to travel in its journey from then, to now, to the next step of beyond.

We exist in form, which makes us unique from other type of entities. It, the body is vulnerable to life’s many trials and tribulations we put it through or what happens regardless of our desires.  We abuse, mistreat, overindulge, and otherwise, do not absolutely take good care of this container of the soul. Such is life.

It has a built-in life span of use until, other than accidents, it succumbs to the reality of the planned obsolescence that was dictated at birth of an eventually occurring death.

Again, what is the soul that inhabits the body? The soul is the essence of who and what we are as we live out life. It is the what we truly are and who we are in our existence of living.

The soul is the epitome of everything we are as a person that exists. When the body dies, and is committed to ashes or burial, the soul is what lives onward. The soul has no form, no facial recognition showing of its existence. It is there, it can be everywhere, it encompasses and surpasses normal earthly capabilities. Pretty unique itself.

It, the soul, leaves behind, the human frailties, has an absence of pain and suffering, if any, when it is released from the body to continue the journey of life beyond.

The soul joins the other souls now able to relate to each other’s bodily mind memories of before. Each knows of each other’s before form of living, and who and where we are and the time span of life. Ancestors know the newbee that just arrived, and the new one, knows each of the old ones that traveled before to where they are now.

There are requirements, expectations, duties and responsibilities and the like. For the joys of eternal life, there are costs to endure, but in comparison, these are minute in nature, nothing that cannot be accomplished.

Earthly man-made thoughts of how things were to be, are what they were at that time; opinions and not facts.  Nothing that the esteemed leaders could think of have any resemblance to reality of what is now, as the soul continues onward.

The newness of this soul’s life’s existence is beyond understanding and comprehensive thought to the human mind having a body before.  When the soul meets the maker, all will be known, all will be understood and accepted.

The vessel, like a train going across the land, a ship plowing through water, a plane flying in the air all have a destination. When done the vessels purpose is also accomplished, with the cargo, the soul, delivered for continued life and existence.

If we do not take care of the body/vessel, so be it, but should we not nourish the soul for its journey of eternity? Is it not practical to consider what the soul is, and what entity created it for us? Is not the God of the Universe, the one we could acknowledge, as the reason for our existence and opportunity to eternal life.

 

Peace,
Den Betts

Disciples 20190-004

Disciples       2019-004

What is a disciple?  A follower of Jesus Christ who decides it is more important to follow Him and that takes precedence over all other things.  Sounds strict, direct, committing, or very definitive.

A disciple tries to act like and look like the one they are following, namely, Jesus Christ.  Being a disciple means submitting oneself to Jesus and becoming part of the spiritual development process in learning to live all of your life in this submission to Him.  The key here is the word “submit”. Another word could be to surrender oneself to Him.

Being a disciple of Jesus requires us to also strive to make disciples of others, teaching them to observe all that Jesus taught to His original disciples of his time. Sort of like “sharing” the news…..

I have found it is NOT easy to be a disciple, but easier to call oneself a disciple of Jesus Christ. Just like it is normal for many to call themselves a Christian, but where they do not practice at being one.  

The journey to get closer to God has many pathways with stumbling blocks in the way, at times. If I go to church, that fact does NOT make me a disciple of Jesus. If I do community service work, that fact does not make me a disciple either. 

Once more; submitting to Jesus Christ and involving oneself in the spiritual development of learning to live the life in the submission to Jesus is the path to becoming a disciple.  Just stating that I am a Christian does not make me a disciple of Jesus either.

Living the life of a disciple and teaching others what Jesus said and proclaiming the Word of God as written in the Bible are the beginning actions of being a disciple. This is NOT a part time endeavor, but a full-time life choice that again, takes precedence over all other things in life.

This commitment does NOT mean becoming a religious hermit or monk of some sorts, doing things in a monastery or other place of worship. It does require our lives to be changed to one of acting and living the life of a disciple and spreading God’s word to all. The goal is to make disciples of others that you meet or know and have them become as you are now.

It means not being afraid to announce that God’s presence is nearby, God is alive and active, and aware of all of us and more importantly, Jesus Christ is our Savior in life.  

It is NOT easy, but Jesus Christ never promised easy to His disciples that traveled with Him or to those in the future that want to make the claim of being one.   

Peace,
Den Betts

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What is a PC 2019-003

What is a PC     2019-003

Well, at first thought, it is a Personal Computer. I was asked very recently if I was a PC.  It took me a second to realize I was not being asked if I had a large disc drive or a lot of RAM memory. I had no idea what she meant by this question and though I knew her, it was not very well. I looked at here dumbly and asked her what she meant.

She stood more erect and stated, “You know, a Practicing Christian.” I took a step back and looked her in the eye and retorted, “What is a practicing Christian, in your mind and why ask me this question?” I got a look like I was drunk or something.

I guess it was the word practicing that got me and why I was confused.  I consider myself a Christian, but never put the “P- word” in front of the word Christian. Many people I know are of the Christian faith and vary their involvement in worshiping at various denominational churches.  I think that was what she meant and after asking, she said “Yes” in response.

I do NOT truly care how others do or do not follow their faith or not, as it is not for me to judge them in any way.   I do not want to be judged by others either for how I pray or attend any church. The how, what, where and why we do things is up to each of us in life.

I feel that to put people in a class or on a scale of 1 – 10, for how they believe, is not good or proper, and some people do that, which I think is incorrect or wrong.

I consider myself a disciple of Jesus Christ, though not a great one and still learning the ropes of being one and feel that I am still on a journey to be closer to God, but that is MY journey and not something I expect others to do. IT is personal and mine to own and not anything I expect others to follow as such.

I do have feelings of sadness for those that do not adhere to a religion of any sorts, and even do not believe in God in any way.  They, in my mind, are missing some of the best moments they could have, by being part of a group of likeminded people with the same thoughts.  But that is me….

A couple of years ago I experienced something that changed my life forever. I found God, or maybe He found me, and since then, I have enjoyed many wonderful moments with Him.  Maybe I am a Practicing Christian, in her eyes, but going to church on a regular basis, doing community services, spreading the Word of God found in Scripture, are something I would not give up for anything. If these and other practices make me one of those people, I can say, “Yes I am; I am a PC.”

Peace,

Den Betts

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The Place 2019-002

The Place      2019-002

The Place is not – where it is  at or how did it get there.  The Place is not the when we arrive or why we ended up there.  The Place IS – because it is and that is the reason for its existence.

Many will find it to be magnificent. Some will be in awe to its greatness.  ALL will find it to be the epitome of life everlasting.  The Place does not have tickets for admission but does have a cost for entry.

Once in, there are no rules, but there are expectations, duties, and responsibilities and the like. There are no formal attire requirements for everyone will be the same in entirety and very transparent, for there is or will be no form to cover, to hide from or to see.  You will meet people that you know and be known by all that see and hear you.

Stories that you wondered about before, will be told and then known in detail once and for all. Habits that were formed will be lost, replaced with new standards to live by on a regular basis.  Pains and aches that mattered before will not be factors or anything to be concerned with now.

Past anxieties will be forgotten and any before despairs will be history again, never to see the light of day. The human frailties are a thing of the past, gone forever now.

Communication will be easy, what you say will be understood by all, and what others say you will know instantly the meaning. Universal knowledge will be the norm.

Race, creed, nationality, tribes, clans are gone, but not forgotten, just enhanced for understanding by all.

Peace reigns, love rules, togetherness is the common trait.  Any past hatreds, prejudices, differences are now wiped clean, with nothing to be held against the before thoughts.

If Heaven were to have another name it would be this Place.

 

Peace,

Den Betts

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Empathy 2019-001

Empathy        2019-001

Not enough of us have enough empathy for others. We can say we do, but in closer inspection, our nature is not in having enough. We live in a world of “ME” at times. What do I get, want, desire, without any feeling about anyone else, other than ourselves?

Our aches, and pains, our job situation, our pleasures and nothing about the other guy prevails, and what he desires or NEEDS. This is NOT unusual, quite common, and defiantly not an exceptional trait life choice of acting.
How do I allow myself, yourself or ourselves to get into this mode of thinking of Self and not of others? You say you have never thought this, or do not do so, ever???? I doubt it. It is a human condition of life to think of ourselves before we do so toward others.

Or first goal upon awakening is to do something for ourselves, and that is normal…. But where do we take some time to have feelings for others and not ourselves? Many organizations try to tug at our heartstrings and play upon our sympathy for those issues they are promoting. They want a donation to go to them to hopefully address the needs that they show us. That’s nice, but not what I am referring to now. For I have listed below those that I feel could use our empathy, sympathy and money.

Migrants, the Sudan starving people, Human trafficked people, sex slaves, homeless, returning vets, coal miners that are unemployed, factory people replaced by robots, prejudiced people of all sorts, and the multitude living in hunger daily. This is just part of a list, actually.

So, what to do? Some of these above issues can be helped with money, but many if not all sometimes requires action of some party with power to do something; such as our leaders. If we do nothing as individuals, we are nothing ourselves. We do not deserve to be recognized as caring people for others.

We cannot get on the band wagon and toot our horns for all people needing empathy. We can get involved in some way in certain areas that we may have a strong presence, AND DO SOMETHING!
Just a thought for the beginning of 2019.

Peace,
Den Betts
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