Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust


More than anything, humans fear death. The end of life. The knowledge they will be gone from this earth, never again to share time with loved ones, watch a sunset, climb a mountain, or simply enjoy Life and all that that encompasses. It is this inevitable fate that creates a heaviness in the heart of every human being.

The ancients experienced this dread as well. So they put their imaginations to work and soon came up with ways to overcome (or at least minimize) this innate, and most unpleasant, emotion. They devised paradises, nirvanas, heavens, promised lands … final destinations designed to offer complete bliss and delight and peace. While not totally removing the fear of one’s demise, the hope of “something better” at life’s end became a rallying cry for the impermanence of human life.

At the same time, there were those who believed not everyone “deserved” to enjoy such pleasures at life’s end. They saw some humans as mean, cruel, evil, immoral. Simply Bad People. So they came up with another end-of-life solution to deal with these malevolent individuals. And while it takes many forms, the end result is pretty much the same — punishment in some sort of “hellish” environment.

The Christians, in particular, took this idea and honed it to perfection.

In Christianity’s early days, there was a contingent of esteemed individuals who claimed “heavenly” knowledge, and it was this assembly that set the standards for proper “Christian” living. They determined that all who lived “godly” lives would, at death, be allowed to spend eternity in “God’s Presence.” However, if a person chose to rebel against the standards set forth by this prestigious group, that individual would be required to pay a penalty for their “evil deeds.” The punishment would come at death and consist of an eternity of suffering in what these “godly souls” christened the Lake of Fire.

This revered group did, however, make a small allowance for those who might come to regret their evil ways. They instituted a simple solution in which “sinning” individuals were required to say a few words (and convince themselves they were Truth™) and they would be SAVED from the horrors of this established end-of-life event.

Even in today’s modern world, there are many who still cling to these tenets put forth so many years ago. They are totally convinced that by remaining “in the good graces” of a supernatural entity, they will be able to face death without fear and/or trepidation.

However, at the same time, there are scores who reject this approach to life … and death. They dismiss the stories and platitudes offered by the religious and believe it is far better to face life’s end with resolve and single-mindedness. These are the individuals who live life with gusto … facing their demise without trepidation or dread. For them, these ancient words contain the real truth … ashes to ashes, dust to dust.

The Evidence of a True Christian™

From the local newspaper —

As winter draws closer and temperatures begin to plunge at night, the Warming Center at the First Presbyterian Church’s Dream Center prepares to open for the season.

The Warming Center opens when at least three major weather sources forecast temperatures 0 degrees and below or 32 degrees with snow. People who stay the night can also have breakfast in the morning. All the food is donated.

Volunteers go out into the community on the first and third Saturday of each month and offer people on the street lunches, clothing, hygiene kits, rain gear and tents.

In an effort to accommodate an expected increase in people coming to use the Warming Center … cots will be placed in the main congregation room and balcony of the church.

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Think about this, folks.

The homeless will have food and shelter available to them during the winter months because a group of people are fulfilling the commands of their Leader:

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in (Matthew 23:35, NIV)

On the internet, it’s extremely easy for Christians to defend their position. They will quote relevant scripture, often referencing their favorite apologists and/or philosophers to support their stance. They will describe their personal experiences of answered prayers … physical healings … changed lives.

Yet how many actually carry out the (very clear) instructions indicated in the above scripture?

The evidence of a True Christian™ is displayed in both faith and action.

Reblog: Remembering …

Let us never forget …

Filosofa's Word

Good Monday Morning, friends.  Jolly Monday will return in its usual format next week, but for today, without apology, I am doing something a bit different.  I came across something that I felt was a timely reminder and important for us all to read, to think about, to remember.  This came from a Facebook page I follow, the Jon S. Randal Peace Page.Peace Page

In 2005, a foreign army made its way toward the southern border of the United States.

As the convoy and troops passed Mexican villages on its way to the U.S., people in the villages cheered, waved, honked car horns and rang bells to support the mission of their troops.Mexican armyThe Mexican army, its trucks emblazoned with large Mexican flags, crossed the border at Laredo at dawn and advanced up Interstate 35, arriving in San Antonio later that day. The Mexican Navy would also send ships, buses and…

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Don’t Throw Rocks!

Any person who AGREES with the things Donald J. Trump (the current POTUS) has said about the caravan of immigrants traveling from Central America to the United States in hopes of a better life …

PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE! Read the following article!

Migrant Caravan Families Face Illness, Exhaustion, and Danger

These are NOT people who plan to rob and steal and sell drugs. They are REAL HUMAN BEINGS who are simply hoping for a better life … and willing to suffer whatever it takes to reach that goal.

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Re: The title of this post:

President Donald Trump has said that the U.S. military would treat any rocks or stones being thrown by asylum-seeking migrants heading toward the U.S.-Mexico border as firearms.