After re-reading my post from yesterday, I realized that I never really made the connection to the actual first part of the title of this post. I had planned to get to the second part of it, but first things first –
The “garbage” in my analogy is all of the stories, ideas, concepts, sayings and principles that have been shoved into our brains from the minute we are born that define our views of reality. A great example of just one of these is “seeing is believing” – a seemingly innocuous phrase that seems true enough, right? Surely, you can’t believe in things you don’t see. A great example for atheists and materialists of this is God – you can’t see God, no proof, so why believe? Ghosts, UFOs, spirits, all kinds of stuff can be covered by that, and seems sensible enough. More recently, there is the idea, the scientific principle that nothing can exceed the speed of light. And yet, in quantum entanglement, the state of one particle, separated by millions of miles from another, changes instantly when the first one is measured – much faster than the speed of light allows. So even this bedrock scientific “truth” is not entirely true, but we are supposed to continue believing it is.
But wait a minute – what about X-rays, can you see them? Yet we know they are real. Or how about microwaves? What about gravity? Indeed, there are all kinds of things we can’t see but know are real. Of course scientists would argue that we can see their effects and construct experiments which lead to proofs, and I agree with all of that. But the greater point is, believing doesn’t always require seeing, so that saying is not – or shouldn’t be seen (punny) as entirely true. And in fact, some new thought practitioners have coined the phrase “believing is seeing” to address that. But the even deeper point is just how pervasive this pattern is, how all-encompassing, and how much it defines not only what we believe, but what we attempt – or are willing to attempt to do, where we spend our time and resources, how we organize our societies – everything is based on these ideas and assumptions – most of which are garbage in my view.
I briefly mentioned yesterday the law of correspondences, a Hermetic principle that loosely means things in the inner realms are often mirrored in the outer. In this example, think of all the waste that our society produces. I’m sure you’ve seen articles about the huge garbage patch floating around in the Pacific, read stories about the plastic rings that cause birds to starve, polluted rivers, smog – etc etc. We create a lot of waste and pollution – a lot of garbage. Our society is built on materialist principles, and our impact on the planet and its life shows that.
If our society was based on different principles, might it be different? What if, instead of being seen as some hippie, dreamer, delusional idea, the thought that we are all truly connected to all other living things and the planet itself – what if that idea was treated as true? My daughter and I were talking about plastic bags and the environmental issues associated with them the other day, about how hard it will be to get everyone to start using reusable bags, when she asked , “couldn’t they make all bags biodegradable so then there wouldn’t be a problem?” Well, now there’s a thought. One has to wonder – why do “they” put it all on the consumer, that it’s OUR fault, that we need to start bringing our own reusable bags to fix the issue, when they could completely eliminate the problem at the source? I could be wrong, but I am going to just make a guess here – could it be, oh, I don’t know, maybe MONEY. I’m guessing it’s more expensive to make those kind of bags, so, because we live in a society ruled by materialism where he or she who has the most material rules, we don’t see any companies racing to make all bags biodegradable, when it seems like such an obvious answer. If the people who owned those companies were taught that they are truly connected to all of those creatures whose lives are being destroyed by their choices, might they choose differently? I think so. Actually, I know so. And someone else knew too (finally, we’re getting to the Second Coming part lol).
First, a bit of a disclaimer here. I am not, repeat NOT a Christian, and not affiliated with any religion. The following views are based solely on my experience, not meant to slight any other spiritual teachers, and not meant to imply that they aren’t as great. I’m merely sharing about my experience and beliefs. I tend to follow Buddhist principles, but don’t necessarily claim to be a Buddhist. I do believe that the being known as the Christ was one of the greatest spiritual teachers to ever walk the face of the planet, the other being the Buddha. I have also studied some Native American spirituality, Judaism (in particular Kabbalah), Hinduism, some of the ancient mysteries, occult stuff, etc. I think it’s important to put this out there to frame the next few paragraphs, as I am going to get into some Biblical Prophecy stuff up in here.
When I was in my early 20’s, I was extremely angry at organized religion, and rather pissed off at this Jesus fellow for starting this religion that seemed to be so hypocritical. I decided that it probably wasn’t fair to be mad at him though without actually reading what he himself said, so I set out to read all of the Gospels, word for word. I’m sure I had been exposed to parts of them before, but we weren’t church goers when I was a kid, so I had never read them entirely. I only knew the cliches and sayings, and had seen a couple of movies about him. To say that I was completely shocked when I had completed them is a total understatement. How in the WORLD did they get away doing everything he told them not do, not doing anything he told them to, then creating a religion based on him (again, something he told them explicitly NOT to do), and sell it to billions of people as his teachings over the last 2,000+ years…?!?! I mean, truly – WTF..??? If you haven’t read them in a while, I challenge you to go back and re-read them, only them, on their own, and you might see what I mean. The term “Christianity” and the religious thought systems it represents is THE greatest example of just how powerful “they” are at convincing people what is true and what is not, what is possible and what is not, even when the original information, written by the supposed “creator” of said movement, flatly states the complete opposite.
Christ never calls himself the son of God, he only ever refers to himself as the “Son of Man.” Yet they declared him to be and call him the son of God. Christ said constantly, “worship not me but the Father that is in me,” yet they created the religion in worship of him and include effigies of him in the churches. Christ said, “if you believe as I believe, works as these and GREATER you will do.” But they said he alone was the son of God, that we are all sinners, and it’s blasphemous to compare ourselves to him. Christ said that it was easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get into heaven, yet the very foundations of our capitalist, materialist society are supposedly “Christian.” Christ said that when we pray, we shouldn’t go into churches and synagogues and pray around a bunch of other people using vain repetitions, but that we should pray in private. They created religions based on everyone praying vain repetitive prayers gathered around everyone else. Should I continue, or is the point made? I know it was made for me. Basically, Christ got ganked. And somehow, SOMEHOW, almost everyone has gone along with it or let it slide for the last 2000+ years. My reason for explaining that is simply to show that it’s not fair to throw out everything he said because of what the church did to him and his teachings and to demonstrate how easy it is for them to state what is true and what is not, and convince everyone of it, even to the point of killing others or going to war, even when the ACTUAL TRUTH is right there for all to see. Dang, this has been a lot of build-up! That’s why I really want to get a book published… there’s just so much to all this. But on with our story –
In the Gospels, Christ talks about when he will return, what signs people can look for. In Mark 14:62, Christ is quoted as saying “…and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.” In the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 24:14 talking about the days leading up to his return, he says “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” When Jesus is comforting the disciples in John 14 because the know he has to leave them, he says ” If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” It’s interesting to note that the original Greek said “parakletos,” which was translated as “comforter,” but also has a meaning as an advocate or even defender. This is what is recorded in the Bible. What does it really mean? Well, I’m going to tell you what I feel it means.
First off, I don’t think Christ was talking about he himself coming back in some human form to save everyone. I think he was referring rather to that spirit, that consciousness that he was a manifestation of (think “the Father that is in me”) returning to this world. That consciousness could be described as the manifestation of Ultimate Truth, or Awareness of Life, or something along those lines. And I think there are some social movements now, especially among younger people (the strike for the climate recently comes to mind) that are starting to show a return of that consciousness. He mentioned coming in the “clouds of heaven.” As a web developer, I can’t help but think of the cloud – the “mystical place” in cyberspace where most web applications are now hosted. Think how often you hear about “the cloud,” and how everything is moving to it. And then the gospel (truth) being preached in “all the world.” Before the advent of the internet and the world wide web, it’s pretty tough to see how that could actually happen. Now, something can be broadcast globally, to all the world, with the click of a button. So to sum up my thoughts:
I think the Christ Consciousness is returning to this planet right now via the world wide web, and the advent of cloud computing, AI, and quantum computing is speeding up the pace at which it is happening. I think materialism has finally reached a point that people are truly disgusted with it, and see that the foundational ideas and beliefs we have built our world society on are flawed. People are sick of being told, “That’s just the way it is, you can’t change it. There will always be the haves and the have nots. It’s the American way, the American dream. We can’t just give people stuff for free – there isn’t enough! Everything will be fine, those people are just doom sayers or crybaby liberals. Humans aren’t causing climate change – it’s natural. Wealth and fame are the ultimate success – he/she who dies with the most toys wins. Our golden rule – he/she with the most gold rules.” That’s all a bunch of garbage. And someone needs to come and take that crap OUT.
With every article that gets published about some startling new unbelievable discovery – time moving backwards, objective reality not being real, AI completing task in minutes that would have taken humans hundreds of years, a mysterious energy that nudged the universe into existence – another little piece of trash gets removed from the collective unconscious, and replaced with a little spark – a spark of possibility that threatens to burn down the whole heap that has us all buried so that we can rise from the ashes as the Great Phoenix and fly towards our greater destiny.
I don’t know that this turned out quite like it came to me initially, and for that, I am a bit disappointed. But if at least a little bit of the spirit of what I am hoping to convey got through, then I am grateful. Thank you for taking the time to read this – many blessings…
4 thoughts on “Garbage in, Garbage out, and the Second Coming – Part II”
Good article. I agree with you (materialism & capitalism has to go. There is someone who has a movement right now that wants to create an egalitarian society: http://www.newdemocracyworld.org/).
However, I have a bone to pick dealing with Matthew 24:14. That doesn’t have anything to do with the end times. At the beginning of Matthew, they ask about the signs of the end of the world. World is actually age in the Greek (the end of the Jewish age. 70 AD signaled that).
Also, don’t forget Acts 1. In 1:6, the apostles ask him about the day of Pentecost, and ask Christ if this is when he will restore the kingdom to Israel. In 1:7, Christ tells them that it isn’t for them to know the time or the season.
You should check out a book called End Time Delusions by Steve Wohlberg on Amazon. He makes a lot of good points, especially in dealing with who Antichrist really is.
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Thanks for the comment. There are so many ways a person can interpret scripture. I certainly don’t claim to know what the ultimate truth is, I only speak to how I interpret it. I believe most of the stories in the Bible are allegorical, and just as “world” might translate more properly to “age,” so I believe that concepts like the antichrist are not an individual person, but an archetype. To me, the antichrist is division, deception, materialism – and has been here for a while already. But again, that’s just me. I love discussion like this – thanks for the comment!
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As far as the Antichrist is concerned, read the book End Time Delusions by Steve Wohlberg. He is right on the money. I will give you a hint: Antichrist has been here for centuries.
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JBSPTFN – I will check out that book as you suggested.