Spiritual vrs Religious 2019-008

Spiritual vrs Religious  2019-008

 

I believe Spirituality is the merging of the Self with the Holy Spirit, but the definition is at best sketchy and hard to agree on by many.

Being Spiritual, is the process of becoming closer to God overall, and entails many practices or actions. I wrote about this at one time and stated. “Being of the spiritual mind, involves being driven by the Holy Spirit or being animated by God.”

Being Religious, to me, involves those things that pertain to a particular religion of the Christian faith, though it could pertain to other faith beliefs. It also requires one, to be involved in various practices that the religion requires or dictates.

As to being Spiritual or Religious, I claim to be involved in both. My journey of getting closer to God is mine to own and travel and others have their own to be involved in life. My involvement with Religion is personal and fulfilling with supporting a church that is involved in many service projects and allows me to worship in this House of God.

There are many other factors on both and much more I could add to this

 

Peace,

 

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

The Darkness of Life 2018-100

The Darkness of Life      2018-100

I recently wrote about “Jesus being the Light” in our daily lives, where I also referenced this by His being the light that keeps us from walking in the darkness.

What does that mean? If Jesus is the Light, then where or what is the darkness He was talking about?

Well, we do not want to stay in the Darkness, so what are we staying away from by following or believing in God and especially Jesus?

One source stated that it means we are, in effect, not in step with the evil one, but instead pacing ourselves with God and His Son Jesus.

Jesus stated in John 12:36, “We had Him, the Light, and not to allow the darkness to overtake us.” If we do walk in the dark, we will not know where we are going.   Makes sense! Jesus implored us to trust in the Light (Jesus), so we also can be sons of light.

Darkness is the void of light and it is necessary to accept Jesus as our savior if we want to get out of the darkness of life.

I think, there is a commitment on our part in doing so.  We MUST make a decision to accept Jesus and His words, and not reject Him. Jesus will not judge us if we do not do so, but the one God of the Universe might be the one that will hold us accountable at the last day.  If we reject Jesus, we may also be denying God Himself at the same time.

This brings us to the thought that by all this denial of both God and Jesus, we are denying the opportunity to have a life after death and for eternally.

If is not easy to accept this notion of an unseen God or even a man-God deity, from over 2000 years ago, as being a factor in our lives.  Very understandable!

I do NOT, just believe in God, and follow Jesus as a disciple today.  I know there is a God in a Triune form as a one God of the Universe. I know God is alive in my life, I know He is aware of my existence daily, He is definitely alive to all of us and it is a blessing to know His Presence is there always.  He is there to comfort me, care for me, console me and when I think of God, I am at Peace.

It is NOT easy to believe in a deity you cannot see, touch or not hear, unless you can, then that is different.

Peace,
Den Betts           
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What If 2018-94

What If????    2018-94

I was doing something the other day and stopped and asked, “What if?”

We do things daily as a normal course of events and think nothing about what we are doing and the ramifications of “What If?” We drive to work, get in the car/truck to get groceries and other normal, daily activities!

But then I ask, “What If?”

What if gasoline was not available to anyone on a given day or time? That would change our planning for the day, that is sure!  The truckers who transport all the food we eat using diesel fuel to do so would be sitting idle if they had no access to fuel.  Our dependable grocery store would be bare of goods in hours.

What if —- the electric company we take for granted were to stop making electricity, due to many factors— nighttime would be VERY DARK!!!! Any batteries would soon be completely discharged, and any generators would stop if fuel were to also disappear then.   If wintertime, houses or any dwellings would get cold very quickly.

We are dependent on fuel, electricity, vehicles, etc., etc., etc. for ALL our comfort needs in life. ALL!!

I live in an Amish community with the 4th largest Amish population in the U.S. They do NOT use electricity, phones, cars, and other items we use regularly on a daily basis.  They would be fine to a degree, with horses and buggies for transportation, as an example.  Third world country inhabitants would be better off than us, due to many not having the necessary items we have and need.

I sound like a survival enthusiast, or activist, but I am not.

We are SO dependent on things and other people for our existence! We should thank God for the many things we have and take for granted.

I hope God does NOT get pissed at us, because it would not take a “Flood” again, but instead, just a few things to NOT have, to make life here on Earth inhabitable for many.

Think about it!

Peace,

Den Betts

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Who Am I 2018-84

WHO AM I  ?   –  2018-84

 

I KNOW who I am, but guess one person does not know; so, this is about them and what they asked me.

I will just use “her” as a means of identification, for some people “out there” might know her, or perhaps not, but I don’t want her to get any more involved.

Who am I!? Well, she actually, said, “Who do you think you are?” This was in relation to either an email or posting I made many weeks ago, but was a pointed question to me

Anyhow, she asked me, and I stopped and thought and thought some more. My journey with God has had its ups and downs, that have been self-administered.  The road has been one of self-contemplation, self-denial, self-doubting, and basically self-everything else.

So, her question, made me stop and think. Think seriously about myself and what my journey to find God was all about. Part of this questioning evolved talking with my Pastor and stating some things that were factual, and this was after, again, a self-analysis of what my journey was all about.

What did I tell her?!  Well, it popped out after giving it good moments of this thinking.  I thought I knew why she asked so it was based on this process of thought.  It was a simple statement and gave her something to also think about, at the time.

I said:

I am NOT more than what I am.

What you see and hear is all that I am.

NOTHING MORE!  I just am.

I am NOTHING more than what I am

And What I am is EVERYTHING that I am.

 

Not earth shattering. Not a real, definitive statement. Not an explicit thought, but it is what I think of myself, and for a reason.

Something happened many years ago that changed me.  It turned me, finally, into what I call being a disciple of Jesus Christ. In fact, I recently stated this in a blog, or told someone, that I am a “poor example” of being a Christ disciple or student of Jesus Christ, but identify myself as one, anyhow.

I make NO claims of being special. I am not anything than who I was before and am now.  BUT, I have been changed.  I have allowed God to enter my life by submitting to Him and have surrendered myself to Jesus Christ.   Both actions are what I feel I have done, but, also feel that I am not doing a good job of it.  I think I will write about this shortly, if I remember.

Peace,

Den Betts            Email: bettsden@gmail.com       Blog: thebettsden.com

Life and Living 2018-83

Life and Living          2018-83

What is life all about, the living itself or instead what we have done during the living? Each of us have the same amount of hours in the day to live and do.

Some of that time is spent eating and, of course, sleeping. There is that thing called WORK too!  

There is a multitude of other things that can take up our time, some quite fun, actually. I guess my next thoughts are meant for some and not for others.

What do we do that really means something to others? For instance: Is what we do only about ourselves? Do we just seek self-gratification and nothing else? Could we do something that means something to someone else instead? This thought process is like the saying about Christmas time. It is better to give than receive, but I believe many would not agree with that saying.   Normal!

We all do the same things every day, without any additional thoughts. Some are repetitious and perhaps boring to a degree. Some have the little things that make it somewhat different, but, all in all, still the same.

BUT, if we were to have a concentrated effort on the OTHER, and not US, that might prove to be VERY interesting in the long term of things in life. Wouldn’t that be different?

The joy, the pleasure, the love and many other feelings that OTHER would have, might very well make our day one of immense pleasure to ourselves.

Coupled with that, I would think the feeling of satisfaction could be exquisite. Many hours, many opportunities to give and in return receive, with the knowledge that we do make a difference to another person in the process.

The hours add up and our live journey to the final bell and maybe we will hear the ring of a difference to someone who NEEDS our actions in life.

God is there to listen to our needs, our desires, our wants, for He is Aware, Active, Alive, and ALWAYS PRESENT. Can’t guarantee what will happen if you speak to Him, but He is there………………

Peace,

Den Betts        Email: bettsden@gmail.com       Blog:  thebettsden.com

Where is Heaven 2018-80

Where is Heaven?

I asked this before, “Where is Heaven” and one person answered – “Here and now, Heaven on Earth”, without any explanation, which was fine.! There have been many opinions as to exactly where Heaven is located, some quite bizarre, most, if not all, being incorrect.

So, where is it that eternal life accommodates the multitude of those that have traveled on the final journey to the hereafter?

Not in the clouds with harps and choruses singing in tune.  The few stories in Scripture, sometimes refer to “UP” as the direction to look for Heaven as a reference and that is OK, but this does not make a definitive answer as to where, how far up or anything else. In Mark 16:19, it states, “Jesus was taken up in Heaven and sits at the right hand of God.”

So, it is typical, and I could say correct, to look up when we pray to God. Another is Colossians 3:1 where the Apostle Paul states, “Since then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on those above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not in Earthly things.”

My question is then, “Where is UP?” It could be a figure of speech, but not a direction to explicitly go to, and does it imply, how high up is it?  I believe my friend Paul was correct when he said, “Here and Now”.

Heaven is NOT on a planet elsewhere in the Universe and a far distance from Earth, as another friend suggested.  Sort of like the 4th or 5th rock from the Sun.

I prayed to God and feel like He answered me by saying “You are here now also, the same answer as Paul’s, since I was in my living rom I looked around and saw Earthly possessions I have and nothing else.

Do I know for sure –” No!” I believe Heaven is here and now, not far away as I said.  It is NOT a “Heaven on Earth” existence, but instead a Heaven that is here on Earth, in its existence.

How so!?

The easy or most understood explanation would be to say “Heaven exists in a way similar to a Parallel Universe, that our souls inhabit together in one plane while our Earthly bodies are in another. This goes beyond theory’s that abound on this subject, and it could be the way it is.  This is an easy way of describing Heaven’s existence of where it is at, without trying to figure out some convoluted explanation.

A Parallel Universe is one, where it – “Heaven” exists on Earth, but the worldly inhabitants of Earth do not comingle with the souls there. We cannot see them (the Souls) and they cannot see us (our Earthly bodies) or react to us, yet we are together in the same p lace (Earth) at the same time.

Oh yes, “What about “UP”.  I ask, “How high is UP and then state, “It can be as high as needed or desired by God.” It will be interesting to see if there are stages or levels in Heaven. If souls do not have human form or are “wispy” in nature, then Height is not a problem for those there.

One more thought!  “Who is there in Heaven, and if God loves all of us, does all of mankind that has passed away actually reside? there? What does that mean?

All is all, means no exclusions; the good, the bad and otherwise. Why not, and give this a ponder, are there again stages or levels of souls being placed there in Heaven, dictated by God? Will see!

I believe in God!  I also, believe in a hereafter called Heaven. Where and how it is, will be found out eventually and the mysteries of life (and death) will be known.

Amen!

Peace,
Den Betts                            Email:
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