When seeking your belief, did you by any chance think of God before ever reading the story in your holy book? Did you not seek him at your first breath? Did God not have you from your beginning just as God will have you in the never-end of Heaven? We all find God at our births, for there is no God without conception. See?
(I shudder to imagine my fate after this news...)
Did you by any chance imagine for a second, since you "found" God, that maybe it is not a story, but a way of being? Humble, needful, kind, loving, giving, helpful and peaceful? A child of Creation? Of the very God you profess to me that finds Hell a thing worth manifesting from our most fervent beliefs in it? I mean, what is the alternative for a creator if Heaven and Hell are the only options for Creation's offspring? Hell? Not on your pious life, not on your judgmental life, not on your short-sighted faith, not on your life, my friends, my brothers and sisters, will I ever demand another follow God by initiating a threat.
It is rather simple, we are to Love one another, a command most sensed in our animal and in our spirit, long before words. If God demands that we Love and Forgive, why would God allow one child to descend into humankind's delusions of grandeur?
Equals, through and through. Sovereigns of Home... free, willful, a collective of saviors to Home and Life.
If we are "forged in the fires of suffering and fear", yet awaken to bliss, without trepidation, it stands to reason that it will be a most welcome turn over the suffering and the once hidden truth.
I say then that suffering is relative to the person and to the situation. To have not suffered the same as another and then declare that no suffering is too great is like saying the USA is the greatest "country" on eartH never having traveled outside of its borders.
Thank you, Universe, but I see it a wee bit differently than that. The suffering is too great, the warring, too monstrous, the truth too hidden from our ignorance, from our want over need, from the weight that bends our backs down toward indifference. Too much!
I believe all things are possible within "The Universe", I'd be a fool to imagine it otherwise, but answering simply with a "yes" to your questions seems too indifferent to the truth. Not the future, but the truth of now.
---U.S. Navy to test futuristic, super-fast gun at sea in 2016---
Mach7! You damned fools! You don't achieve Peace by thinking of better ways to destroy, you find Peace by thinking peacefully, not fearfully! You think with your most loving intentions for all, not for flag or country or self, but the deed of thought, the deed of the loving spirit for all, not some.
The speed of sound I do hope travels faster than noise.
Faster than light from a damned fool hell-bent on destruction.
Faster than a speeding bullet, there before it blows its target to smithereens,
sending it down to war's coming silence,
spreading its fetid talons skyward like an oil baron.
I agree, Jimmy, but what of taxes? Must we really give more toward more of the same suffering slavery to a system that, world wide, is based on money, on taxes... slavery. Servitude that exponentially drives us to make more and more and more, money and crap!
Sir, we have forgotten where we are and that is most sorrowful.
We treat Home as if ownership is feasible,
treat others as if belittlement were grace,
cruel punishment, God and Love without Peace...
A branch, not a switch! Eeeek! Grandma chasing me around the yard, both of us laughing when the switch came down with her gentle Love, more a hug than a stinging truth, more of a caress after a bad dream than a disciplined cruelty after a good reverie, more Love and Peace than Fear and War.
Religion is here because we are believers. From birth to death we damn well believe IN something!
Religion is abhorrent to God if it is not of Home and one another, of Love and Peace and Forgiveness and Laughter. God will approve.
It is not just reality that we must contend, it is the truth of our journey that we must seek and believe. If that be Jesus, the Prince of Peace, the personification of suffering, or Muhammad, the praiseworthy, all idols of equal amounts Hell and equal amounts of Heaven, shy on the truth, short of Love, miles from Peace, most ready for great laughter.
Born believers, die believers, rise again as knowers. I say let's believe and know, let's die believing and knowing, let's know it without knowing it. Simpler, a harmony written in...
Seek your child's grace within, seek its Love, seek its Peace, seek its God.
Once found, rinse and repeat until who and what is in you is made evident by Heaven's soil giving rise to wonder in the child...
For the love of Christ, you "leaders" chap my hide. You talk and talk and talk and talk and talk and- (Pot, meet kettle...) END ALL WAR is what You should be screaming to the mountain tops! Tell us that War is finished, not this "if you can't afford" crap! It's all nonsense if we do not enter in as peacemakers. End the foul charade of power and blood-lust and want and corruption and doublespeak. Give a child reason to laugh, give Mother's and Father's their children back. Give me one good reason why I should see any of you "leaders" as viable to humankind's continued existence? Lead or get the hell out of our way. Yes, Bernie Sanders, do not go to war, go to bed... and take the rest of your pals, on both sides of the aisle, with you. Peace and Love