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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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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Bah Hum Bug 2018-103

  Bah Hum Bug   2018-103

The season of Christmas is almost here.

To practicing Christians, this is a time of significance where the birth of the world’s savior is celebrated. For many, this is a time of (hopefully), good feelings, good times and a period of giving and receiving. To many, regardless of faith beliefs, it is a time to celebrate, regardless.

Overall, I feel both groups with their thoughts of why to observe Christmas have merit and it is good in my mind. There are so many traditions, acts of joy, ceremonies, and parties, other get togethers and good will occasions it makes for a wondrous time of year.

Some thoughts of this Christmas period:

I will say “Merry Christmas” to anyone and not “Happy Holidays”. If they celebrate a different holiday time and respond with their holiday wishes, I will wish them well.

I feel Christmas has become very much commercialized with gifts to one another the main focus.

When I was a child in the forties and fifties, I had NO idea why we were exchanging gifts or what Christmas was all about, so in some ways, nothing has changed for some of us. It would be great if something was discussed about the reason we celebrate Christmas, at least on Christmas day.

I know of someone who does NOT celebrate Christmas because he states, correctly, that Jesus Christ was NOT born on December 25th, but what he ignores is the fact that Dec 25th,is the day we celebrate his birthday anyhow. He also wants me to know that this date originated from a Roman festival of the god’s Mithra and Saturn which was adapted to the birth of Jesus.  He adheres to a cultish type religion that has many strange beliefs but claims to be a Christian.

One thing about the Christmas season is where I see all the good feelings of Christmas fall off the cliff and disappear on December 26t;; it is then, back to the normal way of existence.

I used to have (actually still do in a box somewhere) a mirror with a picture superimposed on it of Scrooge and the words “Bah, Hum Bug” on it. This was brought out each Christmas and was mine to look at and express my feelings of Christmas.

I don’t do that anymore, but instead, try to live my part as a Christian and remembering why Jesus Christ died for my sins.  I then think about the next religious holiday Easter and what that means to me too.   Maybe we all should do that.

Peace,

Den Betts

A Man 2018-88

Just how do we feel about those that are not of our kind or looks. It is so easy to be judgmental and turn away from those not like us.  We do have much to learn about being more tolerant and forgiving to others that do not appear like us, or are different in many ways.

A Man   2018-88

I saw a man as if in a dream,

His hair was long like a once called hippy.

 

The sandals he wore appeared as old as he,

The smell of sweat was in the air, not clean.

 

Looks are not true of a man and his beliefs,

But, only are signs of what and how things just are.

 

Should I criticize the longhaired or bare footed,

Or those that are not like me?

 

A man died for me once who was like this,

Would I judge him today like he was then?

 

Do I cast a verdict for those not like me,

The outside looks are not the inside thoughts.

 

The self-righteous man has much to learn,

From those that walk the ways of life.

 

Den Betts

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Blackness and The Light 2018-85

Blackness and The Light   2018-85

The epitome of the blackness in life is NOT defined by any other actions or inactions. The infestation occurs from many sources, which envelop us in ways that are terrible. This void of light can be made by things beyond our control.

Desolation can reign, where it will and what we do with this feeling of life occurrences can be changed; but it takes work sometimes if not all the time, to eradicate it.

The makeover to a venue of consolation is, or can be, a simple matter, but again it is an undertaking, which involves more than just a wish for betterment.

I can remember a time where the dark pit of despair lingered with me and that was not a pretty picture of life to experience. Some could say, I had every right to have those feelings, but, more importantly, digging out of that trough is a story I don’t want to rehash now.

Suffice to say, it took time, some professional help and understanding by those I love, that got me through it and on the road to normalcy. Nothing and I repeat, NOTHING is unsurmountable in life that cannot be changed around to a much better living. Nothing!

Yes, there may be a change in life, but this has to be accepted; period! Not easy, but the way of life today in this chaotic living we have now.

Black is a color, that’s all, and life can be changed to a brighter and more beautiful way of existence and expression.

When someone says, “I know how you feel” and you know they do not, tell them!!!!  I now say, that if you are living in the darkness of life, a blackness of existence, a period of desolation, I truly can say, I know what you are feeling, and I can only say also, there is hope, there is an escape, there is an answer.

It may not be what you want to hear, it may not be what you want to believe, and it may not be what you want to do, but the light will be exactly what you need to live again the way you want.

I have seen the light, I relish in the enjoyment of living, and my life is now one of acceptance of others, happiness of living, contentment of existence, and enjoyment of knowing the light of life is with me always. It is somewhat our job to become the sons and daughters of light, spreading this brightness to all that we know around us. I am content with living now, beyond my dreams.

Peace,

Den Betts

Question: What is the light?     

 In John 8:12 “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life. 

In John 12:36, “Put your trust in the light, while you have it, so that you may become sons of light.” 

In John 12:46, “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in the darkness.”

Answer: Jesus Christ IS the light!!!!!!!! 

Cross Bearer 2018-81

Cross Bearer   2018-81
Why wear a cross? Some do so, as a piece of jewelry that looks nice, even great. Others have their own reasons to do so, which could be many out there.

I wear a simple cross like a shield. It is a way to make me conduct myself in a way I feel our Savior would want me to do as his disciple.

In Ephesians 6:16 it states, “Take up the Shield of Faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” Here it also goes into detail ow what we can do otherwise, although I will not go that far myself. I find a shield is a barrier to outside influences and only means something to the one wearing it.
I find it difficult to do those or any things that would be contrary to the teachings of Jesus Christ. If I do so, the cross reminds me as to who and what I am: again, a disciple of Jesus.

Does my cross I wear make any statements to others? Yes!

Indirectly, it shows others that I am a practicing Christian; one that believes in His teachings, believes in going to a religious sanctuary, or church, o0n la regular basis, and who is unafraid to tell the Word to any that will listen.
My cross does NOT say that I am a religious nut. It does NOT give me the right to use the Bible as a weapon to try to prove a point or accuse anyone of not being like me, a follower of God, and student of Jesus Christ.

I wear my cross daily, when I travel outside my home, but that is my choice, which is my decision in life. If I give my cross to someone, it is given with NO strings attached, other than the one that holds it around the neck.
There are NO requirements for others to do so, it is up to the wearer and Jesus as to when, where, why, and how much they do so.

The worn cross is a symbol to some, a statement to others and is a means of expression to telling a belief of the mind in a way, using no words. It is a simplistic unadorned object from the earth representing a means, a way, of reaching the universe, the heavens above. It is an object, simplifying pain and death, of cruelty beyond description, but promising s a life of joy beyond belief. It IS, a sign of the Son of God, of suffering for the sons and daughters of the Father for the promise of eternal life.

I share these crosses I make, at no cost to those I give them to, but with the hope that they will wear them in a humble way and not any other way. They are not made of gold or silver, but in earth like material, signifying the Son of God, who died for our sins, and promising eternal life.

Peace,

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

God’s Face and Ours 2018-79

God’s Face and Ours  2018-79

A face that would be recognizable, I ask, not mine, His!!! The short answer would be YES, but the long one, has to be clarified. One God, three faces make for a convoluted answer.

Jesus would have been known by others back in His days, as a distinct person and was known by His looks, not as we see Him on pictures being portrayed today or the near past times, but as He was in His time frame. The Son of God, had features then and will have them in the hereafter that will be seen and known as being Jesus, the Son. BUT what He, the Son, looked like then, may not be what He looks like now in Heaven, for all to see.  Well, maybe so, don’t actually know.

Not even Moses had seen the “Father God” the God of the Universe, nor anyone else, then or now. (Genesis 13:20).  So, does He, have facial form, or is His aura that of an unknown, yet, recognizable entity, even in the hereafter? The guess would be, that He DOES have facial form, or the same form we will have, and ALL will know who the “Father God” is, when observed.

Ponder this: The face of God, will be a mirror image of us, each of us. IF you were to look into the eyes of another, or can see by the look, you will see God, and if you look closely, you will see yourself, and by doing so, see God again. Not comparable to others, of another color, creed, or anything Earthly, but more personal to each one of us here on Earth. That is what the “Fatherly God” will be seen to look like in Heaven.

Then there is the Holy Spirit, the third part of the Triune God.  The Holy Spirit is and has been the spirit and its form for identification is what it is, and that is what will be seen, the spirit of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will and has now, the form of the Spirit of God and transcends the normalcy of having to take a human form, unless It wants to do so. But It will be known by all in Heaven for what It is, the Holy Spirit, and all will know when they see It.

The Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit will, again, be known without question.  But, also, one more tidbit of info, without any question of who we are, from one another, even with our forms being spiritual and NOT defined by human form, we will know who we are from each other.

The same goes for our more ancient ancestors, who we have no pictures of or data to dwell on for I.D.  We will just KNOW who they are and they will know us also. Their history, their personal stories of life, will be there to know, to observe, to experience and appreciate. The inner connections to one another will not require a DNA test to ascertain who is who, and the relationships; it will be just known by all.

This is going to be exciting for all of us; repeat ALL of us. To recap, the face of God is to be seen, the face of Jesus will be seen again, and the Holy Spirit will infuse us with the knowledge of what it is like. Those that have gone before us will be exposed for us to enjoy and to rejoin with the past.

Peace,

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