Loving Our Neighbor 2019-28

Loving Our Neighbor        2019-28

What does “Loving Our Neighbor as yourself” mean, that Jesus stated as being one of the greatest commandments?  In Mark 12:31 He stated this, along with “loving God with ALL your heart in 12:30.

He said this when asked by His disciples, what the most important commandment was and this loving your neighbor is an essential component of “love of God.”

This is all and good, but when I ask,” Who is your neighbor?” It is NOT just the little old lady next door or the guy up the street! This does not exclude anyone and is all inclusive; period!!!!

It includes poor people, rich people, the good, the bad and the in between, and probably those you want to not even like, let alone love in any way…. It includes others of other faiths, creeds and ethnicity.

If you do NOT love God or not even believe in Him, then you would not even consider this commandment by Jesus.  I understand that feeling by you, BUT, if you are an advocate of Jesus and do not believe this, then it is not you that has a problem with this commandment, it is Jesus that has a problem with YOU.

Jesus and God the Father are very loving of their children of Earth. People on Earth have opinions on what God thinks and what He will do and what He will decide in each of our fates in life. I would think also, that God has the final decision about each of us and if we cannot do deeds of things to get into the Kingdom of God and are accepted by God through Grace. But, are their rules or things that God demands from us that do prevent our being accepted into the Kingdom? If not, and then, therefore, does God love us unconditionally, regardless of what we do or not do?  Convoluted thoughts, I realize……

I do not know and  only God knows, and He will let us know when the time comes for us to know.

 

Peace,

Den Betts

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Is God Good? 2019-27

Is God Good?   2019-27

God is ALWAYS good in my mindful thoughts!

If the god of the Hebrew Bible appears to be NOT good to those reading passages in the Old Testament, it might also appear to be so for the time period it was written and before. To equate the then God to the now God is not a correct thing to do.

Things change!!!

With the advent of the Son of God arriving, this episode in life makes things different to many. Jesus Christ became a part of the Triune God and brought forth another thought of God’s Presence known as love to all.

Blaming God for an event in life that affects us and saying He is NOT good in the process, shows our vulnerability in life itself. We as children of God cannot, just cannot, demand a better outcome in life, where we feel God could have, should have or is required to do a good thing in our lives for us, so we can say God is good, God is great… Many or some people turn away from belief in God due to the feeling of God not doing what they wanted and would have been good to do so for them, at the time.

We cannot dictate to God what we want; God is NOT our servant; we are His servants. God is a loving God and loves us to death and beyond. God is a caring God and cares for us and those we love. The fact that He does not do what WE want, is another matter.

God will be with us always, by our side, even to the death and will comfort us even then and those we love ourselves.
What humans do as God’s children to others, is on us and God will be with us through the trails and tribulations of life that man does to man, for whatever reasons, and where man does the things we think are horrible it is not just to state God is not good due to those actions of those others, but it is somewhat normal to do so, regardless. He knows that too.

God is good, God is Great, thanks be to God………

Peace,
Den Betts

Love God TOO much? 2019-024

                Love God too Much?     2019-25

Can we love God too much, and think of Him more than we should?

Does going to church all the time suffice to make Him satisfied with our efforts to show Him how much we like/love Him? What does it take to make Him realize we are sincere in our belief in Him? Are we content in our way of showing our love of Him and His son Jesus Christ?

Questions upon questions and most of us ARE satisfied with what and how we hold ourselves in thoughts about Him — NORMAL?!

With God as our Father and Jesus as our savior and teacher, what do THEY expect from us? Using the Scripture in the Bible as a reference or source, it is fairly clear, just what He expects, wants or desires from ALL of us.

It is somewhat easy to do for some of us and very hard for others, to appease God. Too many things we can use as excuses to do or not do, when it comes to NOT loving God in many ways. God has a simple wish that takes effort but is not a hard or difficult thing to do! What is that?

We are to seek and find God and his Kingdom FIRST, and put Him in our lives, above all else, as stated by His son Jesus. I would think that this means He wants us to follow Him and also become a disciple of His son Jesus Christ. We CAN say we do so now, and perhaps we believe this as a fact!

God is our heavenly Father, not our Uncle we see at reunions, or when we want to see Him. He wants us to put Him FIRST and more than just now and then—like on Sundays only.

We can still go to soccer practice, but maybe He wants us to think about Him when we are there. The football or baseball games can still be attended, but they should not be our prime enjoyment in life. We might think about submitting ourselves to God and to surrender ourselves to Jesus and this might be the things He and Jesus desire from us. This CAN be enjoyable if we allow it to be so.

Being a child of God and a disciple of Jesus, are FULL time endeavors and He expects and desires this commitment.  Neither of them wants us to be become 24/7 religious advocates in life, but He does want us to make or take a stand in our commitment in life to them.   

The responsibility of letting others around us know of the teachings of Jesus is ours too, where we tell others about his love for all mankind. This requirement also is there to make disciples of others that surround us, for that mimics what the Disciples of Jesus, did after His death on the cross.

No, I do NOT think we love God to much, just the opposite. I think He is not loved enough! Some of us have made their God a materialistic one and idolize things more than God Himself. This may be the “new norm” in today’s society and the Golden Calf’s like Ba’el, are the Gizmo’s that man has created, and now worship.

 We can believe in Him, we can love Him, we can submit ourselves to Him and surrender ourselves to our Savior, Jesus Christ. That is NOT asking too much of us from Him.

Peace,
Den Betts                           
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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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