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Secrecy, In Fact, Is Our Only Salvation

Don’t whine about life. Accept where you are, the people around you, and the events of your life as divine gifts. You are where you should be, in the era and society that is best for you, chosen by the Divine. The spiritual part of a human being is like tuning fork; it vibrates to truth as a tuning fork vibrates when its pitch is played close to it. Trust that God put you where you are, when you are, and with whom you are, for a reason. Believe that there is a plan, that your life is not random, that it matters where you are, when you are, and with whom you are. Recognize that because it was God who decided these things for you, you have a purpose to fulfill or a special accomplishment to achieve that can be done only because you are where you are when you are, and with whom you are. I am a very religious man and believe in predetermination; that our lives are guided by the God who has a plan for every human. Trust your first instinct, do not try to change who you are, do not try to change the people around you, and accept your fate. There exists one’s true self, buried beneath the false image we try to convey to other people. Peel that false image away, and we are all the same at the core. Society is always moving forward against chaos and darkness. You cannot just expect to learn self-reliance in one day and without self-reliance, you will not get very far. Any work done in God’s name does the greatest good. No work can be accomplished without the help of others. Believe in your work and ignore the criticism of others. Every heart vibrates as its own guidance, not the direction of others.

We can talk about our troubles to those who can give us direct help, but even in this case, we must come to a carefully thought out conclusion before the consultation. We have to be perfectly clear to ourselves about our own limitations. Most of us have a foolish trick of applying for help before they have done anything whatever to aid themselves. We try to talk to our self into clearness of insight and intelligibility. The only way such people can think is by talking and their speech consequently is not the expression of an opinion clearly thought and formed, but a manufacture of it. One should be very careful when we speak about our pained emotions. The expression is apt to carry with it exaggeration. By being reserved, we are able to attach less importance to that which is not worthwhile to mention to others; therefore, secrecy, in fact, is our only salvation. Keeping one’s problem to oneself will lessen the severity of its impact on us.

The Path of Love

 

In search of God you do not need to go anywhere. No temples, no church, no mosque are not true abode of God. They are built by man. The true abode of God is this body that God himself came up and created. The body is a living temple, saying temple, and moving temple. The temple was designed by no ordinary engineer. It was created by pure will of God. Therefore, it is a sacred gift from God. You must take care of the gift as the apple of his eye. You need to properly use the body for the implementation of the Self

The body is the first tool of the righteous deeds; therefore, the body should be used to perform daily spiritual practice, not only for food and drink. Of course, nutrition is essential to maintain the body. Food is there to protect the body and the clothes to protect from the cold, but if you think all the time about food and about the wealth, when you think about God? If the food is good, mind, too, will be all right. When the mind is all right, you can reach God. You have to understand that the food and mind are designed for realization of God.

Posted February 7, 2017 by dranilj1 in BODY_MIND_HEART_SPIRIT

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It’s All Still in There



We are all destined to do something great. For God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn. We are full of incredible potential. When God created us, He deposited seeds of greatness inside of us. He gave us our own dreams and desires. We each one have something to offer that no one else has. But too often, we allow adversities, disappointments and setbacks to push these things down, until one day; we find that we are not pressing forward anymore. We are not stretching; we do not believe we are capable of rising any higher.

When adversity comes, it’s easy to think, “Why is this happening to me?” The answer is because the enemy knows what is on the inside of you. He is going to do everything he can to keep that seed from taking root. But, he will only be successful if you let him. He cannot stop you unless you quit. During the difficult times, remember that the gifts and callings God has placed within us are still there. Don’t become stagnate in pursuing your dreams. It is time to get your fire back! It is time to press forward. It is time to dig deep inside and take hold of the marvelous destiny God has prepared for us!

God Knows Everything about Us


Yes, God knows exactly when, where, and how we will die. God knows absolutely everything about us. So does this mean our fate is sealed? Does this mean we have absolutely no control over when we will die? The answer is both yes and no, depending on the perspective.

The answer is "yes" from God’s perspective because God is omniscient. He knows everything and knows exactly when, where and how we will die. Nothing we can do will change what God already knows will happen. The answer is "no" from our perspective because we do have an impact on when, where, and how we die. A person who commits suicide causes his own death. A person who commits suicide would have lived longer had he not committed suicide. A person who dies because of a foolish decision “expedites” his own death. A person who dies of lung cancer from smoking would not have died in the same way or at the same time if he had not smoked. A person who dies of a heart attack due to a lifetime of extremely unhealthy eating and little exercise would not have died in the same way or at the same time if he had eaten healthier foods and exercised more. Yes, our own decisions have an undeniable impact on the manner, timing, and place of our death.

How does this affect our lives practically? We are to live each day for God. Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money. Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.’” We are to make wise decisions about how we live our lives and how we take care of ourselves. Ultimately, we trust God that He is sovereign and in control of all things.

Many believe that since He is all powerful and all knowing, God takes people at their appointed time to die, and there is nothing that man may do to change or affect this. According to Greek mythology, there are three goddesses, or fates, who determine the destiny of men, and men, have no control over the course life will take. People express the idea of fate as they say of someone who has died.

There is no question that death is inevitable for all people, but the inevitability of death does not mean that either the fates have determined a particular time for individuals to die, or that God has predetermined a particular time when He has ordained a person must die. We don’t have a fateful, specific appointed time to die, but that death is inevitable for all mankind, and just as surely as death is inevitable, judgment must follow. The key is for each person to prepare for the judgment by accepting the salvation offered by God through the sacrifice of Christ.

The false idea of a predetermined fate conflicts with the teaching of scripture that each person has the free will to choose how to live, and whether to respond to God’s will. God chooses to love and redeem us. He has free will. We, created in His image, also have free will. Since man sins and separates himself from God by choosing to transgress the law, he also has the free will to choose righteousness. The actions of others may influence when we die, but we have much control over when we will die. If we choose to risk our lives by abusing alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs, speeding on the interstate, or engaging in other risky behavior, then we take our lives into our own hands. Along with the free will He gives us, God also makes us responsible for the consequences of our actions. He doesn’t just kill us at some time He has appointed. We can choose to live as we should.

Since no one knows when he or she may die, each person needs to be ready to die at any moment. I think that God has set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.

Posted September 4, 2013 by dranilj1 in BODY_MIND_HEART_SPIRIT

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Knowledge about God



The question who created God? This is a major objection that atheists put forward to justify their disbelief. Bertrand Russell in his essay, Why I am not a Christian, put this forward as his first objection. Today’s atheists repeat the objection, including Richard Dawkins. Australia’s Philip Adams said, “The great argument for God was that there had to be a Creation, a beginning. … But my objection is simple…If God was the beginning, who began God?

The universe had a beginning; almost no one disputes that, because the laws of thermodynamics demand it. The universe is running down and it cannot have been running down forever, or it would have already run down. No stars would be still churning out energy and we would not be here. Some propose one universe giving birth to another, but again, there cannot be an infinite series of such births and deaths, as each cycle must have less energy available than the last and if this had been happening for eternity, the death of everything would have already happened.

There must have been a beginning. One of the most established principles of logic, science, reality is the principle of causality: something that has a beginning has a sufficient cause. The principle is not, ‘Everything has a cause’; Bertrand Russell misstated it. No, the principle is, ‘Everything that has a beginning has a sufficient cause’. Just a moment’s thought confirms this—something which had no beginning has no need of a cause. Furthermore, a cause has to be sufficient, or adequate. ‘You were found in a cabbage patch’ is not a sufficient explanation for your existence.

This principle of causation is so fundamental that if I said that the chair you are sitting on, which must have had a beginning, just popped into existence without any cause, you might justifiably think I need a psychiatric assessment! Today’s atheists, who like to use words like ‘rational’, ‘reasonable’ and ‘scientific’ in describing their beliefs, believe that the greatest beginning of all—that of the universe—had no cause whatsoever! Some admit it is a problem, but they claim that saying ‘God did it’ explains nothing because you then have to explain where God came from. But is this a valid objection?

The cause of the universe must have been non-material because if the cause was material/natural, it would be subject to the same laws of decay as the universe. That means it would have to have had a beginning itself and you have the same problem as cycles of births and deaths of universes. So the cause of the universe’s beginning must have been super-natural, that is to say, non-material or spirit—a cause outside of space-matter-time. Such a cause would not be subject to the law of decay and so would not have a beginning. That is, the cause had to be eternal spirit. Furthermore, the cause of the universe had to be incredibly powerful; the sheer size and energy seen in the universe together speak of that power; there had to be a sufficient cause. That sounds like the God to me. The Creator of the universe is eternal. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Here God created time itself; only one, who is outside of time, that is, timeless, or eternal, could do this.

Now to ask where someone who is eternal, someone who had no beginning, came from ‘Who created God?’ is like asking, ‘To whom is the bachelor married?’ It is an irrational question.

Those who reject the Creator not only have to believe that matter came into being without any cause; they also have to believe that life itself popped into existence without an adequate cause.

Even the simplest single-celled life is stupendously complex. A humble bacterium is full of incredibly sophisticated nano-machines that it needs to live. A cell needs a minimum of over 400 different proteins to make the machines that are absolutely essential for life. How could these protein-based machines make themselves, even if all the right ingredients about 20 different amino acids, but many of each could make themselves? The amino acids, often thousands of them, have to be joined together in the correct order for each protein to function.

Think about one essential machine that copies the DNA instructions for making each protein. Then let us take just one protein component of that machine, less than 10% of the total. This protein is 329 amino acids in length. What would be the chance of getting this one protein by chance, assuming that the correct and only the correct, amino acid ingredients were present? Calculate it this way: 1/20 x 1/20 x 1/20 … 329 times! This is a probability of 1 in 10428 … a number with 428 zeros after the 1! Even if every atom in the universe (1080—a number with 80 zeros) represented an experiment for every molecular vibration possible (1012 per second) for the supposed evolutionary age of the universe (14 billion years=1018 seconds), this would allow ‘only’ 10110 experiments—a long, long way short of the number needed to have a ghost of a chance of getting just this one protein to form, let alone the over 400 others needed.

We marvel at the scientists who are discovering the nano-technology in living things and it is an astonishing enterprise. But what of the One who invented these things? How much more intelligent is He? It’s no wonder that Richard Dawkins admits that scientists might never work out how life could arise by natural processes. Nevertheless, he rejects the creation explanation for the fallacious reason above. Now what sort of cause is sufficient to explain the origin of life? The cause must be incredibly intelligent—far beyond our intelligence. We marvel at the scientists who are discovering the nano-technology in living things and it is an astonishing enterprise. But what of the One who invented these things? How much more intelligent is He? This reminds me of another characteristic of the God whom the Bible reveals: He is omniscient or all knowing.

We know sufficient about the Creator from His creation to be without excuse. God’s invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse, for although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools and here is the explanation why otherwise intelligent people choose to believe impossible things—that firstly the universe, then life, just popped into existence without any adequate cause. They choose to illogically accept that their two ‘great beginnings’ had no sufficient cause, rather than acknowledge and honor their Creator.

Soul and Spirit are Distinct



There is something that makes humanity distinct from all the other creations. Human beings were intended to have a relationship with God, and as such, God created us with both material and immaterial parts. The material is obviously that which is tangible; namely, the physical body, bones, and organs and exists as long as the person is alive. The immaterial aspects are those which are intangible like soul, spirit, intellect, will, and conscience. These exist beyond the physical lifespan of the individual.

We have both material and immaterial characteristics. It is clear that all mankind has a body containing flesh, blood, bones, organs, and cells. However, it is the intangible qualities of mankind that are often debated. Heart is central to man’s will and emotions. Fulfill duty in all good conscience. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of mind. These are the various aspects of the immaterial part of humanity. We all share both material and immaterial qualities.

Scripture outlines far more than just soul and spirit. Somehow, the soul, spirit, heart, conscience, and mind are connected and interrelated. The soul and spirit, though, definitely are the primary immaterial aspects of humanity. They likely comprise the other aspects. The word of God is living and active. It is sharper than any double-edged sword. It judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Spirit in Greek means breath having extended meanings beyond that basic sense. It can also mean wind; the vital force in living creatures; one’s spirit; spirit persons, including God and his angelic creatures; and God’s active force, or Holy Spirit. Soul is a person, an animal, or the life that a person or an animal enjoys. Soul and spirit are distinct. The spirit should not be confused with the soul, for they refer to different things. The Hebrews 4:12 speaks of the Word of God as ‘piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, and of joints and their marrow. As has been shown, the soul is the creature itself. The spirit generally refers to the life-force of the living creature. The division of soul and spirit is something that only God can discern. Rather than focusing on something we cannot know for sure, it is better for us to focus on the Creator, who has made us fearfully and wonderfully.


Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you~Marsha Norman


We Are Spirit, Have a Soul and Live In a Body



That is the wisdom of nature, reflecting outside what is created within. We are spirit, have a soul and live in a body. It is in our spirit that we have meaning and purpose in life. At the deepest level, our spirit gives us meaning and purpose and our spirit enables us to love one another, our self and God. It is through our spirit that we have communion and fellowship with God. Our spirit gives us intuition between right and wrong.

Our spiritual health will have a significant impact on our emotional health which will have a major influence on our physical health. The inter-connection between the spirit, the soul and the body is certainly a complex connection; nevertheless, the connection is very real. We pray that God may prosper in all things and be in health, just as our soul prospers. This is an indication of the importance of attending to matters of the soul as it relates to being healthy.

Our soul is what gives us our personality and it is through our soul that we live out our relationship with God, with other people and with our self. Our soul has three major components—mind, will and emotions. Our mind has a conscious part and a subconscious part. The conscious mind is where we do our thinking and reasoning. The sub-conscious mind is where we hold our deep beliefs and our attitudes. It is also where we have our feeling, our emotions and retain our memories. Our will is what gives us the ability to make choices. Through a very complex way, our mind, our will and our emotions are connected to the body through our endocrine, nervous and immune systems. The mind and body communicate constantly. What the mind thinks, perceives, and experiences is sent from our brain to the rest of the body.

It is by our body that we function. It is comprised of organs and cells which consist of protein carbohydrates and fats. Our body contains our nervous system with nerves and the brain. It is through our bodies that we connect to the physical world with our five senses. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. The human body is unique, the most complex organism in the world, and that complexity and uniqueness speak volumes about the mind of its Creator. Every aspect of the body, down to the tiniest microscopic cell, reveals that it is fearfully and wonderfully made.

The human brain is also an amazing organ. It has the ability to learn, reason, and control so many automatic functions of the body such as heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, and to maintain balance to walk, run, stand, sit, all while concentrating on something else. Computers can outdo the human brain in raw calculating power, but are primitive when it comes to performing most reasoning tasks. The brain also has an amazing ability to adapt. When people put on glasses that make the world seem upside down, their brains quickly reinterpret the information they are being given to perceive the world as “right-side-up.” When people are blindfolded for long periods of time, the “vision center” of the brain soon begins to be used for other functions. When people move to a house near a railroad, soon the sound of the trains is filtered out by their brains, and they lose conscious thought of them.

When it comes to miniaturization, the human body is also a marvel. For instance, information needed for the replication of an entire human body, with every detail covered, is stored in the double-helix DNA strand found in the nucleus of each of the billions of cells in the human body. A system of information and control is represented by our nervous system, so compact in comparison to man’s clumsy inventions of wires and optical cables. Each cell, once called a “simple” cell, as small as it is, is a tiny factory that is not yet fully understood by man. As microscopes become more and more powerful, able to magnify smaller and smaller fields, the infinite vistas of the human cell begin to come into focus.

Consider the single fertilized cell of a newly conceived human life. From that one cell within the womb of mother, develop all of the different kinds of tissues, organs, and systems, and they all work together at just the right time—amazing! An example is the hole in the septum between the two ventricles in the heart of the newborn infant that closes up at just the right time to allow for the oxygenation of the blood from the lungs which is not used in the womb.

Further, the body’s immune system is able to fight off so many enemies and restore itself, from the smallest repair; even down to repairing bad portions of DNA, to the largest repair; mending of bones and recovery from major accidents. There are diseases that will eventually overcome the body as we age because of man’s fall into sin and the resulting curse, but we have no idea exactly how many times our immune system has saved us from death that would surely have occurred without it.

The functions of the human body are also incredible. The contrast of being able to handle large, heavy objects and yet to be able to carefully manipulate a delicate object without breaking it is also amazing. We can shoot a bow and arrow, repeatedly hitting a distant target, peck away quickly at a computer keyboard without thinking about the keys, crawl, walk, run, twirl around, climb, swim, do somersaults and flips, and perform “simple” tasks such as unscrewing a light bulb, brushing our teeth, and lacing up our shoes, again without thinking. Indeed, these are “simple” things, but man has yet to design and program a robot that is able to perform such a vast range of tasks and motions.

The function of the digestive tract, the liver and other major organs, the longevity of the heart, the formation and function of nerves and of blood vessels, the function of the lymphatic system, the cleansing of the blood through the kidneys, the ability of the reproductive system to create cells able to mate up with another cell from the opposite gender and produce a cell with twice as many chromosomes, the complexity of the inner and middle ear, the sense of taste and smell, and so many other things we barely understand—each one is a marvel and beyond man’s ability to duplicate fully.

Truly, we are fearfully and wonderfully made. How grateful we are to know God created man in His own image.


 

Posted September 3, 2013 by dranilj1 in BODY_MIND_HEART_SPIRIT

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