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DAMNATION

Our topic for today’s presentation is Damnation. Damnation is another metaphysical speculation and I want to address it and put it to rest. Damnation is God’s punishment in the afterlife and it was my greatest challenge during my spiritual quest.  I literally wrestled with two passages in the New Testament.  I was caught between two choices: believe and be saved or disbelieve and be damned! The passages came from the Gospel of John and here they are:

1.      "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son."  John 3:16-18.

2.      "The father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him." John 3: 35-36.

The realities of belief are the images in your head. But are the images real? Of course not; you created them with fuel from the culture in which you live. In my case I could see the consequences of firing my God like burning in hell with hungry ghosts tormenting my body. But all these existed in my mind, they are not real and the first step toward taking back my life was to stop the movie in my head. As I said earlier I had two choices: believe and be saved and disbelieve and be damned! You could see that it sounds easier to believe than to disbelieve because you are promised eternal life. However the moment you stop the movie in your mind, you can think clearly irrespective of the promises and the threats. The first question I asked was “What is eternal life?” and the second question was “Who really needs eternal life after living in this world for one day?” Obviously eternal life from a foreign cultural God was not for me. I would prefer the natural course of events to influence my life! So I rejected John’s eternal life!

Well said but that did not get me off the hook. If I rejected eternal life the alternative was burning in hell. Let us see how you get out of that. I took time to reflect on the passages again and decided to use freedom of choice, unconditional love and belief” to attain balance. These were my reasons:

1.      Foreign Text: The statements come from a foreign sacred text or the statements come from a text. How many people believe the statements in foreign Sacred Texts?   Thus I have no obligation to make a choice. On the other hand how many people believe their religious texts verbatim? In most cases they choose their beliefs. For instance not many believers will stone their children to death but some would probably stone gay people to death.

2.      Belief: I do not believe in the text and what I do not believe cannot influence my life! This was actually one of the teachings of my childhood in Nigeria. I learned very early that what I do not believe can never harm me!

3.      Experiences: The statements are John’s experiences; I have a different experience. We are not here to have the same experiences because if we did there would be no progress and we will continue to repeat the same mistakes so it is all right to differ.

4.      Unconditional Love: I am loved without conditions and I am blessed without requirements. We should suspect anything that has a condition. The gifts of the Universe are unconditional: Free air to breathe, free rain to water our crops, free sun to keep us warm, free snow that invites all creatures to play, free fruit bearing trees and plants for food, free flowers to brighten our day, free creatures to keep us company, free parents to love and raise us and unconditional love to guide us through the journey! These are the only things we need; we do not need what people think about heaven, hell or damnation!

Lastly I want to acknowledge the fact that no set of arguments can change a person’s religious beliefs and this presentation is not about changing your beliefs but about loving all creatures without conditions.  We choose to believe and we choose to disbelieve!

Judgment Day

Salvation

Damnation

Heaven & Hell

GOD Vs. Cultural Gods

Cultural Gods

GOD of the Universe

Something will Happen

What is a Sacred Place?

What you need to Setup Your Sacred Place

Sacred Place Master

Sacred Place Texts

How to Setup Your Sacred Place

How to Dedicate your Sacred Place

Universal Love

Know Yourself

 

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