Living a philosophical choice

So I got lost in meditation a few days ago, prompted by a scripture. John 11: 26 “and everyone who is living and exercises faith in me will never die at all.”

Can it be said that we really have a choice on whether we live forever or just exist for today? Living with eternity in mind is very different from being alive.

The opportunity to live forever is extended to Christians many times in the Gospels and throughout the whole Bible.

Often confused with the notion of the reward structure – floating on a cloud plucking at a harp or burning in the pits of Hell fire and being tormented.

The meaning of Philosophical choice –

relating or devoted to the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence.

“philosophical discussions about free will”

So the idea of living forever isn’t just a dream of concept but a fundamental examination of who we are.

Last week I got sent a “Pure Cremation” pack inviting me to plan a “no fuss” funeral and it got me thinking. If I had to choose a date to die on could I? Would everyone think I had lost my mind if I decided that the 29th February 2024 was the date? Would others try to dissuade me?

We all have to die according to science but we look at extending our lives for as long as we can. Those who believe in the immortality of the soul want to remain in the physical form.

None of us with reasonable health or in favourable circumstances would chose to die. So starting at that point we begin to ask what would make life worth living forever? Good health, true peace, real security, removal of poverty, a beautiful home and strong family.

Is this possible? this is where “the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence” comes in. We need to examine for ourselves the evidence. I can tell you or try to explain what I have discovered but the most important way is to seek the truth about our hope and the potential to live forever.

I don’t have the power to give anyone everlasting life but notice the words of Jesus often quoted by Christians John 17: 3 “This means everlasting life, their coming to know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.” and his words at John 4: 14 “Whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty at all, but the water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water bubbling up to impart everlasting life.”

Study and meditation

Understanding comes from personal study and meditation on God’s word ensures that we have the the insight. Those who look at life today and say there should be so much more and we should be able to find a real meaning to life need to examine, explore and understand that Everlasting Life is a promise not a dream.

To find out how we can be so certain start an examine of the Bible using the Study Aid Enjoy Life Forever follow the advice that we should draw close to God because he is close to each one of use if we reach out to him.

As a parent I remember my sons taking their first steps and walking unassisted what gave them confidence was that we were right their when they needed us, they stretched out their hands and we caught them, the same applies with God – he reaches out for us when we indicate that we need that support.

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Was God Lonely?

The Bible’s opening words at Genesis 1: 1 “In the beginning God Created the heavens and the earth. ” You may ask why? and Colossians 1: 13 “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation;” says of Jesus. So do we conclude that God was lonely?

No! 1 John 4: 8 explains that “God is love” his desire to create life comes from that unselfish love. With our limited capacity and direct knowledge we can discern that it is similar to the desire to become a parent. Very few of us think that we are perpetuating the human race by having children, we have a family because something conceived in love or out of passion gives evidence of that love we share.

Therefore, humans are an expression of God’s love. As are Angels, the Universe and everything he does.

This draws millions to serve him, to share bible truth and explain just what God’s purpose is for humankind.

What did God Create?

We’re told he created the earth to last forever, he put the first humans and animals in a beautiful garden, that paradise home known as Eden.

All of the natural cycles that keep our home clean, our air breathable, our planet producing all that we need. Nothing left to chance.

Therefore, we know God created everything.

So what went wrong?

One Angel looked at the relationship humans had with God and decided he wanted to have some of the glory, based on his desire he reached out to Eve and deceived her, Adam responded to the news that Eve had eaten the fruit by rebeling against God.

It wasn’t imperfection it was a decision bourne of self interest and without regard for those who would follow. That single act of rebellion established a challenge, that we as individuals only serve god for what we get out of the relationship. The account at Job 1: 7 “Then Jehovah said to Satan: “Where have you come from?” Satan answered Jehovah: “From roving about on the earth and from walking about in it.”8 And Jehovah said to Satan: “Have you taken note of my servant Job? There is no one like him on the earth. He is an upright man of integrity, fearing God and shunning what is bad.”9 At that Satan answered Jehovah: “Is it for nothing that Job has feared God?10 Have you not put up a protective hedge around him and his house and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his livestock has spread out in the land.11 But, for a change, stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your very face.”12 Then Jehovah said to Satan: “Look! Everything that he has is in your hand. Only do not lay your hand on the man himself!” So Satan went out from the presence of Jehovah”.

Yes Satan asked this question not just of Job but all humans “Is it for nothing that Job has feared God?” It is an issue that involves each one of us.

Now even in a sinful state God blesses his servants but Satan is saying that this is the only reason why people want to worship him.

None of us can satisfactorily answer that challenge because we all sin. Therefore, we need to find someone who will redemm us.

This is the greatest act of kindness – God sent his only begotten son as a ransom for humans, living now, in the past and those who have the promise of life in the future.

This is a the “Good News” Christ died for our sins so that we can be reconciled to God and once again enjoy the relationship with the Creator Satan and Adam spurned.

To accept this redemption price we need to know the key issues and how we are to address them. John 17: 3 “This means everlasting life, their coming to know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.” is the key for our research.

Move away from theology, the views of those who claim to be educated – you know the ones that sap every grain of hope from our hearts. They focus on research over feeding the poor, there is enough money in circulation to eradicate food shortage and famine even when crops fail. Greed and self interest make the moral response impossible. On the one hand Governments finance weapons and the population finance the relif work and rebuilding through acts of charity. The logic of putting money into weapons that perpetuate warfare rather than putting the equivalent into the public services just demonstrates how warped the reasoning is of those who educate and lead us.

So go back to the beginning, why did God create when he was complete? what did he expect? what is his purpose? is there more to life? find the answers in the bible.

“See the Lamb of God”

John the Baptist proclaimed these words to his disciples when Jesus had been baptised in the River Jordan.

John and been given a clear sign that the Messiah would approach him to be baptised and that Holy Spirit would be evident.

So when John’s disciples approached Jesus later and asked if he was the Christ, he replied as recorded at Matthew 11: 2 But John, having heard in jail about the works of the Christ, sent his disciples3 to ask him: “Are you the Coming One, or are we to expect a different one?”4 In reply Jesus said to them: “Go and report to John what you are hearing and seeing:5 The blind are now seeing and the lame are walking, the lepers are being cleansed and the deaf are hearing, the dead are being raised up and the poor are being told the good news.

The evidence was clear all the things Isaiah the prophet foretold were happening in Israel. This message was passed to John shortly before his murder in prison by Herod.

Why is this important?

John finished his first statement with the words “who takes away the sin of the world”.

Jesus explained how this was to happen Matthew 20: 28 Just as the Son of man came, not to be ministered to, but to minister and to give his life as a ransom in exchange for many.”

His to give his life for mankind but did you note it doesn’t say for everyone because Jesus also explains not everyone claiming to be Christian and doing good works in his name is going to be saved.

There is more to it than just believing in Jesus, accepting him as the Ransom for Humankind and then just going about our lives. Note the simple statement that set the criteria for benefiting from the Ransom of Jesus Christ a famous text John 3: 16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that everyone exercising faith in him might not be destroyed but have everlasting life.17 For God did not send his Son into the world for him to judge the world, but for the world to be saved through him.” verse 17 is often omitted but it is important to understand how we respond to them determines the outcome for us.

We need to understand more about the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world and how we are judged as worthy of salvation.

Not all possess faith, not all who claim to have faith will be saved but the ransom price was paid for everyone and to find the reward we must exercise faith.

John 17: 3 “This means everlasting life, their coming to know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.”

We need to know God and Christ so it is up to us to do the research. Where do we start?

  • Read the Bible
  • Focus on the Gospels
  • Understand the theme of the Bible
  • Let the Bible explain itself
  • Obey the divine word
  • Never compromise

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Identify the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world and understand your own place in God’s purpose.

The message

Having read many books about and observed the interest in communication with extraterestrials I have found it interesting that the Bible isn’t reviewed from that standpoint.

For example, the evidence of alien encounters has led to many strange accounts, pictographs and of course personal stories. We always expect the technology and intellect to be more advanced.

To establish the point read most Science Fiction. However, lets look at the expectation that the visitor would tell us something humans didn’t know long before they became aware of it.

The Earth

Isaiah 40: 22 “There is One who dwells above the circle of the earth, And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers. He is stretching out the heavens like a fine gauze, And he spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.” Key word is circle, simple in its statement but way ahead of contemporary thinking.

Job 26: 7 “He stretches out the northern sky over empty space, Suspending the earth upon nothing;” Science and the church taught something different.

We can find a description of the water cycle, that rivers fill the oceans and that there is a complete series of natural cycles that only science from the 18th century has determined.

I would expect that in a message from space!

The scientific advancement of civilisations doesn’t diminish the accuracy, it is just explained simply.

Look at the Stars, come closer to home and look at ourselves. The Bible reflects that every detail of a person is recorded from the embryo and yet people challenge the idea that God would communicate with humans so simply. So ask yourself if someone had put forward that light had components, it could be refracted, carry data and destroy rust 200 years ago the person would have been laughed out of the scientific community.

Humans and God

Humanity has searched for intelligent life in space thinking we were reaching out to it before it reached out to us. The reality is they were searching on their terms.

God had already reached out, had shown that he is willing to let us get to know him and see the whole truth about where we live, what life is about and of course what our future holds.

Now humans were subject to futility, we are born, we live for a while, form relationships, dream and plan but all too soon we get old, sicken and die.

We were not there when that began to happen but the message from God exlained the cause of the futility, explained why we want to live a long time, achieve more and how that wasn’t a dream, it was stolen from us.

The Restoration

I was born with a lung disease – the Doctors can tell me what it is, they can describe the impact but can not predict what will happen next, they just treat the condition today.

The issue is that they know what it is but not what it will become. The limited skills. However, Jehovah God explains through the Bible that we can identify the cause of our condition, he has given us access to the best tools to live with the condition until the remedy is ready. It is a bit like the COVID19 pandemic the government knew a vaccine would manage the impact of the pandemic but it wasn’t the cure.

Jehovah didn’t stop wit hthe treatment, he extended it to the restoration of the original human condition. That is the bible’s message.

Not how humans fell into sin and were separated from God rather that even in the condition we could become reconciled to God, restore our hhealth and start learning about something better.

Daniel 2: 44 “In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed. And this kingdom will not be passed on to any other people. It will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, and it alone will stand forever,” A kingdom that will end corrupt government and will stand for universal justice set to God’sstandards.

Jesus made thsat Kingdom the theme of his Ministry – Matthew 24: 14 “the Good news of the kingdom” Matthew 6: 9, 10 he encouraged us to pray for “God’s Kingdom”, he emphasised the benefits of that Kingdom.

So the message was recieved thousands of years ago, the events of history and current incidents continue to demonstrate the accuracy of the Bible account.

Jesus explained how to benefit from it when and John 17: 3 he encouraged us to get to know God and the Christ. So that is the message, where do we start? First things first read all the message – so obtain a copy of the Bible in your own language where possible. Then review the message, test it for yourself and look at how we can apply the information.

Jesus explained once we understand it we are compelled to tell others that they need to search for the truth about the Good News of God’s Kingdom and why we can be certain that there is life beyond this planet.

Start with downloading a copy of the Bible and reviewing some bible study aids – no cost associated head to www.jw.org accessible in more than 1057 languages with the onlione bible and downloadable copies of King James if you don’t want to use the New World Translation.

End of Suffering – When disaster Strikes

Today we live in a world filled with disaster. Some are natural, for example, earthquakes, extreme weather and pandemic. Some are personal, the death of a loved one or failing personal health and still others due to the world we live in.

Whatever the cause they can leave us in denial, with feelings of hopelessness and the belief that life is no longer worth living. They cause dispair.

The Bible

God’s inspired word shows us that however, we feel there is always good grounds for hope. Look at the words of Jeremiah 29: 11 “‘For I well know the thoughts that I am thinking toward you,’ declares Jehovah, ‘thoughts of peace, and not of calamity, to give you a future and a hope.12 And you will call me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.’

A future, peace and hope are assured through God’s Kingdom – we have all prayed for it in the Lords Prayer “Let your Kingdom come!” – these are the promises

Isaiah 65: 19 “And I will rejoice in Jerusalem and exult in my people; No more will there be heard in her the sound of weeping or a cry of distress.”

Psalm 37: 11 But the meek will possess the earth, And they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace. and verse 29 The righteous will possess the earth, And they will live forever on it.

Revelation 11: 18 …and the appointed time came for the dead to be judged and to reward your slaves the prophets and the holy ones and those fearing your name, the small and the great, and to bring to ruin those ruining the earth.

Revelation 21: 3 With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them.4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”5 And the One seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new.” Also he says: “Write, for these words are faithful and true.”

Isaiah 65: 17 For look! I am creating new heavens and a new earth; And the former things will not be called to mind, Nor will they come up into the heart.

Find out the truth about an end to suffering

To examine these promises in-depth and develop the hope for the future that has been assured review lesson 2 of the Bible study course “Enjoy Life Forever” Lesson 2

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Is the Dream Dead?

Martin Luther King Jr said “I still have a dream, a dream deeply rooted in the American dream – one day this nation will rise up and live up to its creed, “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.” I have a dream …”

Those words resonated around the world. A man of principle and high moral character his personal belief “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character. I have a dream today!”

His belief stemmed from a deep-seated focus on the Bible, the Prophets Isaiah and Amos were quote and the words of the Apostle Paul. Have his children seen his dream realized? One has died, and three are now maturely approaching the latter part of their lives. Sadly, the world they see and the country they live in has not responded to the dream positively.

Is His Dream Dead?

The Reverand King was basing his fundamental belief on his desire for God’s Kingdom, the promise he refers to in Isaiah didn’t apply to one country or a world governed by people. Notice how the writer explains at Ecclesiastes 8: 9 “All of this I have seen, and I applied my heart to every work that has been done under the sun, during the time that man has dominated man to his harm.” The reason for the failure Psalm 146: 3 “Do not put your trust in princes Nor in a son of man, who cannot bring salvation. 4 His spirit goes out, he returns to the ground; On that very day his thoughts perish.”

When leaders die they take their good intentions and great dreams with them.

However, as the Psalmist goes on to explain the Reverand King’s dream is not dead, complete the reading of Psalm 146. Justice for all, righteous government, a power that heals the sick and feeds the hungry. The promises in Isaiah that formed much of the dream are focused on the abundance of opportunity for all.

A World Without Borders

Do you reflect on the words of the Lord’s Prayer? Have you considered just what you are asking for? God’s Kingdom, God’s Will to care for the earth. A powerful request, note what the Apostle Peter said at Acts 10: 34 “At this Peter began to speak, and he said: “Now I truly understand that God is not partial,35 but in every nation the man who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.36 He sent out the word to the sons of Israel to declare to them the good news of peace through Jesus Christ—this one is Lord of all.

This isn’t equality, this is justice, this is the identifying mark of Christianity! If we have to rely on the legal system to dictate how we behave towards others we are not demonstrating that we are one of Jesus followers John 13: 35 “By this all will know that you are my disciples—if you have love among yourselves.” John 15: 12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another just as I have loved you.”

Many people have dreamt of something better we have all prayed for or wished for something better, but today, where you are born, determines what opportunities and advantages you have. Some have so much that they could feed a country every year but it piles up in a bank account.

Many years ago I worked with a person who had accumulated wealth and property, two broken marriages and estranged children. By late middle-age they lived in a beautiful property, surrounded by vacant space and work was the only contact with the outside world. Happiness, contentment and companionship were missing. The only reason to get up in the morning was to make more money.

That person determined to get a grip of the reality of life and searched for God.

The Reverand’s dream is dead because it failed to achieve the things he wanted to see in the lifetime of children, but the promises of Gods Kingdom continue to thrill and excite millions around the globe. Why? Because already almost 9 million people live in that dream environment and practice the fundamental requirement they show love. Here are some examples – VideosVideo2, just examples of those who have changed the outcome of their lives today.

Do you share the dream? Would you want to live in a place where justice prevailed and all barriers related to birth, where you live and the colour of your skin has no place then you are seeking God’s Kingdom under the rulership of Jesus Christ? To understand what both Jesus has accomplished already and the dream Reverand Doctor King could see we need to understand who is preventing this from happening, what fight we really have, not with flesh and blood but the spirit of this world and its ruler.

Begin by opening the Bible, ask the hard questions and begin to seek the real answers. Not the tired trite rubbish of the educated elite.

Our lives and our families lives are in our hands, real freedom begins with truth and the Apostle Peter explained where we all stand Acts 10: 34, 35 “And Peter opened his mouth and said “I perceive to a certainty that God is not partial,35 but in every nation he who fears him and practices righteousness is acceptable to him.” Discrimination, segregation and hate start with someone else because there are greater issues at stake than what is going to happen to humanity.

The Bible explains the “Big Picture” – share the dream of a united family of humans serving each other and sharing a real hope for the future.

As we approach MLK jr Day in 2022 discover the truth and embrace true freedom

We’ll post again soon – don’t focus on fiction look for the truth found in God’s Word

How to deal with Stress today

The Bible gives us a wonderful hope for the future, that soon God’s Kingdom will end all suffering.

However, its practical wisdom helps us today too by giving us sound guidance on how to cope with very stressful times.

Jesus said in Matthew 6: 34 “So never be anxious about the next day, for the next day will have its own anxieties. Each day has enough of its own troubles.”

Although, todays problems are a part of life, don’t increase stress levels by adding future problems to them. Cope with one day at a time.

The bible also recommends that we set priorities Philippians 1: 10 that you may make sure of the more important things, so that you may be flawless and not stumbling others up to the day of Christ;

Making sure of the more important things, so we can reduce stress by focusing on more important jobs, keeping a track on how we spend time, schedule in some downtime.

Along with taking care of your health 1 Timothy 4: 8 “For physical training is beneficial for a little, but godly devotion is beneficial for all things, as it holds promise of the life now and the life that is to come.” and getting support from others Proverbs 12: 25 “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, But a good word cheers it up.” the bible emphasises in a time of stress we need to look after our spiritual needs 1 Peter 5: 6, 7 “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time,7 while you throw all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.

Prayer to Jehovah can result in inner peace please read Philippians 4: 6, 7 “Do not be anxious over anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication along with thanksgiving, let your petitions be made known to God;7 and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your mental powers by means of Christ Jesus.”

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“We are not…”

Starting post with a negative statement may seem odd but the verse goes on to say: Hebrews 10:39 “But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.” and a more modern translation “And we are not for flinching that comes to destruction, but for faith that comes to soul-preservation.”

Because Hebrews 11: 3 “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”

We are compelled to ask ourselves “What do I understand?” The Apostle Paul was discussing the demonstration of faith in the first century and by extension now we should understand the same things and be able to read the signs.

Nature

Romans 1: 20 “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:” We should be able to look at nature around us a see the creators hand in them.

The complex simplicity of the natural world never ceases to amaze me for example the humble bumble bee; Elephants and ants. We could look at the stars and planets, the universe that we understand so little of. Science and education tell us only fools believe in creation because scientists “know” look at what science does know and ask how accurate are they about everything else in life.

Can we trust people who really don’t have a track record open to in depth scrutiny. Often people we wouldn’t want to trust with our precious things, who say what they need and ensure their funding. Or that sad group who blame life for the ailments they live with and say if there is a God he wouldn’t let someone as clever as me suffer this way or my family.

Science has an agenda – to exclude the creator because a life without moral guidance means that the boundaries of human decency can be pushed hard. Human life has no value and humanity looks to science for a future that it can’t predict or provide.

Beauty of Truth

The simple fact about God the creator is that he isn’t demanding that you follow him, you have free will, he gave that to the first humans and we exercise that right.

However, we do have to accept the consequences of our choices:

  • Reject God and his plan – we aren’t part of his future
  • Reject God and his rulership – he owes us nothing because he paid the price for our salvation and we are throwing in his face.
  • Select human reasoning over God’s – the consequences are we die

If you decide there is no God, who suffers? Why does God require his worshippers to preach about his kingdom in the hands of his appointed King Jesus? Why are so many atheists upset with those who have faith?

We were created with eternity in our hearts

Ecclesiastes 3: 11 “He hath made everything beautiful in its time: also he hath set eternity in their heart, yet so that man cannot find out the work that God hath done from the beginning even to the end.”

So what day have you chosen to die on? Would you want to die if everything were perfect, your health, your body and your mind? How about a planet with out war and crime?

The things that make us sigh and groan today about modern life create a real sense of hopelessness, but remove them who would voluntarily end their life?

It isn’t fantasy and it isn’t some place in heaven. Your research into the hope all humans share and the choice they face determines whether you are counted amongst those who shrink back or those who have the relationship with the creator that sustains their lives.

Extend your search with a bible study aid that looks at Creation and another Life from a scientific perspective the information will challenge your current perceptions. It did make me research what I had accepted as truth as soon as I read it.

Three fantastic publications

I went back to Einstein, Hoyle, Newton and the great cosmologist of the 20th century. This book got me started Is There a Creator Who Cares About You?

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