Apr 30, 2008

The Depersonalization of War: Rev Erupts in the Washington Post Blog

The depersonalization of war...

Several authors have written extensively on this topic, apparently war is more palpable when hands on engagements are replaced with remote technological devices. (Technological devices helps to desensitize the killing of another human being, even humans who are innocent)!

The former will increase, instead of diminish the likelihood of [war prone] nations like the USA, with superior technological advances, launching pre-emptive attacks on other nations and people in the future।

Eventually wars will be fought from the sanctity of an American living room। With the use of sophisticated held-hand devices - Americans will be able to lodge an hour or two of war on the basis of convenience.

Americans will get in a few dissociative kills, perhaps after returning home from happy hour, watching a few porn movies or football games on their HDTV screens, or prior to saying their prayers before retiring for the evening! Or, hey son, let me borrow your XBOX1000, I need to obliterate a few Iraqis and American liberals before I turn in tonight (or to destroy the telecommunications system in Iran - we already have that technology up and running)!

Americans today, unlike Americans of old are unwilling to risk death like the old soldiers who preceded them। The old soldiers faced their enemies on the field of battle with honor, or because they didn't have a choice!

Americans are willing to kill others ad nauseum and by any 'high-tech means necessary', for Americans to do so is the ultimate fete compli!

An Israeli pilot confessed on PBS the other day that he does his job, which amounts to flying his airplane high in the sky, after he receives the coordinates to destroy certain passenger carrying vehicles or sites that are to be destroyed on the ground। And from his lofty position in the sky, he simply pushes a button - he never witnesses the personal carnage, afterward he heads home to be with his family - the other guy did not, and the other guy never knew what hit him.

An American fighter pilot in Baghdad admits that he watches Iraqi soccer matches from the sky, while flying reconnaissance missions. Get it? Watch the game, and then pause for a minute to kill a few Iraqis, then back to the match!Posted by: The Rev April 30, 2008 10:54 AM

Peace & grace,
Rev. C. Solomon

Addenda: When His disciples James and John saw this, they said, "Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?" Luke 9:54.

Soon Nintendo, Microsoft and Sega will be producing actual hand-held war devices!

Apr 29, 2008

Senator Obama vs The African American Right!

Senator Obama vs The African American Right!

A New Right, thanks to Reverend Wright and Senator Obama has emerged in the historically monolithic black political community in America.

Ironically, the last time that I visited the National Press Club in Washington DC, Minister Luis Farrakhan, having recently returned from the Middle-East was the speaker.

Reverend Wright's appearance at the National Press Club yesterday, has resulted in Senator Obama speaking out about the distraction today. He attributes 'the distraction' to a man who served both he and his family for twenty years, and another cleric that has been a champion in our struggle, Minister Luis Farrakhan.

Obama has dissed two clerics with one stone, the Obama stone, who have worked in the cause of freedom for decades। Why? Because he wants to be President! Ironically, if Senator Obama becomes the Democratic nominee, white conservatives are waiting to do to him what he has done to these two prominent ministers.

Senator Obama has been far less vocal about the real culprits who are responsible for the distraction, the press, Obama's base, and American conservatives.If Obama can't stand the heat he should get out of the fire. Reverend Wright has the right of Free Speech.
The fact of the matter is that Reverend Jeremiah Wright did not turn his back on former skeptic Senator Obama; on the other hand Obama has turned his back on two religious civil rights leaders that have fought for social justice issues over the past 4 decades। These two gentleman embrace, and are the embodiment of black American and social justice values.

Curiously Senator Ted Kennedy, turned his back on President-elect Jimmy Carter 28 years ago, at a time when blacks overwhelmingly embraced President-elect Jimmy Carter. During the current election cycle, Senator Kennedy turned his back on Senator Clinton who blacks overwhelmingly supported until Obama tossed his hat into the ring. Had Senator Obama been white, the majority of American blacks would still be supporting Senator Hillary Clinton!

If the polls are correct and 90% of the black community is supporting Obama, the black community is confused. I don't believe that unsophisticated blacks really understand what is transpiring. If criticism holds, that the Clinton's are elitist and believe that have the exclusive right to be 'the' Democratic nominee, then what does that make the Kennedy family that happens to be embracing Obama?

Do the Kennedy's have the divine right then 'to say who should or not be President (during the years when the Kennedy family cannot produce a candidate)?

When Senator Ted Kennedy spoke at the Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference 4 years ago, he boasted about the competence of Reverend Al Sharpton who was sitting on the panel. When Reverend Sharpton asked for his endorsement, Senator Kennedy simply smiled।

Folks, if Senator Obama will turn his back on two ministers like Reverend Wright and Minister Farrakhan, and at the same time say nothing about the real culprits, what makes the black community believe that Senator Obama is going to stand up and fight for black American values? Are you kidding me?

Another question black Americans ought to consider is as follows, if Senator Obama and Dr. Martin Luther King were contemporaries, and Obama were running for President, would he also turn his back on Dr. MLK? By his own admission Reverend Wright's sermons and positions are mild in comparison to the speeches that Dr. Martin Luther King gave at black churches.

I don't dislike Obama, even though I believe that Senator Clinton has earned the right given her previous work, skill and experience, to be America's second black President. Senator Obama is prepared to go to work on day one,and that is something that America needs - President Bush and company will be leaving this country in a domestic and international mess.

Finally, If Senator Obama really believes what he has been saying, then that is just one more reason that he will not be the President that most black Americans believe that he will turn out to be. Senator Obama should be ready to run for President 4 years from now, even if he does not return to Trinity UCC or visit the Nation of Islam!

I suspect that Senator Obama's real problem is that he simply woke up one morning and decided that he was a black man, Reverend Wright and Minister Farrakhan have always known who they were!

Peace & Grace
Rev. C. Solomon


Addenda: Does anyone recall Senator Obama's name being mentioned during the civil rights struggle?

Apr 27, 2008

E-Life: Living in a Time Independent State!

Time-independent dream states, appear to be of few experiences where humans encounter all things, past, present and future simultaneously! This topic, a sequel to my previous writings about the meaning of eternal life is important to understand.

What we have to look forward to once we are freed from the mortal soul: An eternal, if you were to count in Earth time, can exist for billions of years. In eternity where time apparently does not exist, the eternal ones simply exist although billions of years may appear to have passed!

Introduction: My position, to be succinct, is that eternal life does not have a basis in 3-dimensional linear time. A wholly different nomenclature is needed to explain, or to understand what likely takes place in a suspended eternal time-independent state. Terms like date of origin, birthday and lifespan are insignificant.

When the herald of the Apocalypse of John cried, Time Be No More! It is possible that not only was IT saying that the stopwatch of man's existence in the Universe had clicked off, but that the timepiece of 'time' itself had reached its end.

In the book of Exodus, Moses was dispatched to Pharaoh, the ruler of Egypt, to tell him to release all of his Hebrew bondservants, some estimate to have been 600,000 to a total number of 2 million individuals, including their families. These numbers are likely exaggerated, however, the point can still be made.

Moses realized how fraught with danger this enterprise would be to demand that the Pharaoh suspend a significant portion of his labor force. So he asked before leaving, and on whose authority shall I tell Pharaoh to release a significant portion of Egypt's workforce? God's response was simple, tell Pharaoh that 'I AM', or I Exist sent you!

Many names have been provided for the deity which most faiths refer to as being the Supreme being. However, the entity that gave Moses his instructions did not provide a name but said simply, I Exist!

I. Why didn't he answer El, Elyon, El Shaddi, Ywh or by some other appellation? Why didn't Moses simply inject a name for God that he was already accustomed to, perhaps Horus? Do names matter anyway in eternity? Or given the fact that God did not provide a name, did he answer in that manner in order to simply make Pharaoh aware that the entity God existed! God knew Pharaoh's heart, a man who wondered, 'who was God that he should obey'?

The entity that most religious groups and cultural groups recognize as the Supreme being, has been given more names than there are letters in the Greek or English alphabet.

It is my position that eternal life does not have a basis in longevity, or in any of the other variables or time elements to which we have become accustomed. In other words those beings past, present and future that have already been transcended, would have little relationship if any with finite beings (who need to separate, catalog and track seconds, minutes, hours, days... incrementally)!

As a consequence of cataloging and labeling each permutation of an individual's day to day relocation in space; corporeal beings adapt their actions and behaviors accordingly in order to, among other things, maintain order. However, even in a space-time continuum, occasionally, order gets distorted.

II. Time Independence in a Dream State:
Prodromal dreams are dreams that indicate the onset or presence of a disease or illness usually to the dreamer, but not always - it could be about someone else. Precognitive dreams are of the type that provide clairvoyant ability to foresee the future within a dream state.

For those of us who have experienced either type, trying to convince us that our experiences are fabricated, based upon having had too much to eat before going to sleep, and all of the other rational explanations for what is perceived to be irrational is a pointless exercise. too many times, and without question, what we have seen or been told beforehand has come to pass just as it was predicted or shown to us!

Carl Jung not only wrote about the existence of both types of dreams, as a result of research with his subjects, he also confirmed that on many occasions that the portent in the dream content later came true just as it had been previsioned.

What happens within the dream state, and who or what is the source that is revealing or leading the dreamer to what we would refer to as previsioned information? I submit that perhaps the dreamer is experiencing eternity, although the dreamer remains in a body, and is unable to benefit from the customary use of his or her typical sensory apparati. The dreamer has apparently entered into an omnipresent plane and is experiencing what is normally beyond his or her time-dependent conscious reach!

For example, once you are removed, suspended from or transcended beyond a linear time dimension, length of time, past, present or future and relocation in space no longer matters - there is only a singular dimension, the aggregated dimension, where I AM exists

Time independence, and time independents like the entity or principle that we refer to as God simply exists and is eternal because it is neither subjected or bound by time or apparently to a body as we know it।

An interesting canonical illustration to support my position is when Jesus, Moses and Elijah all appeared together in one plane, on the Mountain of Transfiguration, albeit Moses and Elijah had passed on long before (Elias of late, having morphed his essence into the body of now decapitated John the Baptist)। Therefore, in a time-independent reality it would appear, that "I Am" is the only state, for in this scenario all 3 tenses of time, past, present and future all came together at once.

III. When Time No Longer Matters:
Time, as we know it on Earth already loses its significance as one travels further and further into deep space. In fact, if you are bound to a time measurement, where you are located in space matters significantly, albeit perhaps not in a black hole, in terms of tracking time.

I like the human example that Astronomer Neal DeGrasse Tyson provided, when explaining time and space. He said: if you were scheduled to meet someone tonight let's say for dinner, you would need to know the time and the place of the meeting. Think about it, Neal said, what good would it be to know the scheduled time for the meeting, and not know where to meet your party in space ( or vice versa)? In other words the majority, if not all of our current actions are tied to time and space!

Having said that however, when your existence is no longer defined by time-space variables, you have become time independent; you neither have to be at a place nor will you have to know the time। I can recall stories of individuals in this country and outside of this country, of some written about in magazines, who simply did not know how old they were। These individuals were not keeping track, and the municipalities, cities or countries where they resided in, made little effort, to track their age. To these bohemians, time was not of any consequence, they were simply living, some 80, some 90 and some apparently over 100 years old!

How is it that characters inside and outside of the Bible knew. in addition to the present, about the future and the past? And how are the archetypes who visit many of us today, or our historical or present day counterparts able to explain the past or present in dreams, night or day visions? And how is that much of what has been foretold in the past, has without doubt, come to pass Have certain individuals or spirits as we refer to them already visited what we refer to as the future?

For that matter, how does the entity that we refer to as God know the beginning and the end, and if you want to make it personal, how does God know your and my end in this life, evening before we can get to the end? How can the Hubble Telescope, suspended in space orbit, peer into the past? And, how is it that the past cam still be present - even if we do not have the ability, all of the time, to view or experience it? Isn't it because the past, present and future all exist as one? And might I add, even though they overlap, we simply do not know how to hurl ourselves in an out of the present-past, the future-present or the future-past?

Quantum physics and mechanics, seeks to understand and explain phenomenon at the atomic and subatomic levels. In order to give serious consideration to a belief in eternal life, one has to consider the ramifications of what it means to exist, instead of to simply endure time-independently. I suspect that the Universe may be 15 billion years old, and the earth 4 to 5 billion years old as scientist have said, in consideration of a space-time continuum that is dependent on Earth/Solar time.

However, in deference to Earth time, or even Universal time the whole point of conjecture or fact becomes moot. The fact is that what we refer to as beginning, middle, Alpha, Omega or end is also moot. For what exists is what matters! In other parlance, all of creation may not be time dependent, however, what lies outside of creation is apparently time-independent and simply exists! I can envision the entity God experiencing everything all at one time. The whole creation by comparison might represent a singular atomic or sub-atomic second in terms of eternity, or perhaps not even a subatomic second would register in eternity!

I suspect that someday when humans have gone through the process of eternal transmogrification or metamorphosis, that we will experience again what we have in prodromal and precognitive dreams, understanding of all। That is what we will be able to do outside of the constraints of body and creation time, which is the equivalent of what some have experienced in their dream and vision states. And what that is, happens to be the ability to be ,and yet to experience what would one would define as the past, present and future taking place all at once!

The question that I will close with then is why is it so inconceivable for some humans to believe that living in a perpetual time-independent state is phantasm? I believe that is where we are headed and what eternal life is, just as it has been written about in various religious texts!

I suspect that eternals, will in what we call the future now, someday exist in in a time-future independent reality, and therefore we will experience again all of what we are experiencing now - that is if we are not already in the future and simply reviewing our past, which is today?

IV. Did Jesus Astral Project?
Was Jesus warping through time or astral-projecting himself from a parallel universe?
Jesus was not the only one, who spoke in terms of past, present and future realities to those who did not understand; many within his audiences were upset with him and others believed that he had flipped his wig. The more logical members of the crowd wanted to know how he could claim to have known such things or people like Abraham or Moses, given that he was only a young man.

Of course, many of those individuals likely could not imagine that their descendants (our generations) post-modernity would eventually fly to and land on the moon.

Trying to convince anyone who has had a factual-actual experience, is a complete waste of time, particularly if the dream, vision or message has come true already. It would be the same as those skeptics experienced from a young man in the canon who was able to see for the first time. He said in John chapter 9, that whether the man who healed me is a sinner not, I don't know but one thing I know for sure is that now I can see!

And other persons who have what is referred to as para-normal (para in the Greek meaning: along with or alongside) gifting, an ability to occasionally see or experience what appears to be in the future in advance, will not likely submit either to their critics who explain, :oh what you experienced was simply a coincidence:. Clearly, the biological kingdom overlaps the parallel world, not world or plane from time to time -- portions of which, may or may not all be contained within the human brain!

You might not be considered an Edgar Cayce, Nostradamus, John the Revelator, Joseph or Daniel from scriptures by your friends, if you have precognitive abilities, however, you know for a fact that on occasion you inexplicably experience something in a dream or a parallel state that is beyond your cognitive comprehension that eventually comes to pass!

to be likely, amended, corrected and continued...

Peace & Grace
Reverend C. Solomon

Apr 26, 2008

The Wright Reverend - The Reverend Jeremiah Wright.

The Wright Reverend - The Reverend Jeremiah Wright...

appeared on the Bill Moyers show last evening, Friday April 25, 2008।

Like Michelle Obama, listening to him made me proud to be an American for once, I can see why Senator Obama became a believer instead of a skeptic and stayed with the Trinity UCC for so long.

I still wish that Senator Obama would stand up for principle and the tradition that he came from, it has a lot more meaning than being the soft-shoe President of the United States.

As the Wright Reverend spoke, I thought of Jesus when he explained to his disciples that Jerusalem would also be damned (plundered]; and when viewing the Temple area he said, not one stone would remain on top of the other.

And the followers of Jesus did not get angry with Jesus for foretelling what was to take place years later. Of course, his disciples were not sycophants of the Roman Republic/Republican Party either, were they? And after all, Jerusalem was plundered just as Jesus predicted!

Reverend Wright, in addition to reminding me of Jesus and the Prophet Jeremiah who had to give a similar prophecy to his own nation, also reminds me of the prophet Ezekiel. The latter was sent to deliver an unpleasant message to the refugees of Israel, and God told him, beforehand, they aren't going to listen टू you! He could have asked, so why am I being sent to give this message, but he did not? The Wright Reverend could have asked the same question, however, he did not ask why either, he simply gave the message!

And just as it was with Ezekiel [Ezekiel 33:30-33], many Americans are trying to hear what the Wright Reverend has to say of late, however, their motives are simply to laugh at, find fault or mock him। Noah experienced the same kind of behavior from his contemporaries, and afterward look what happened.

Kudos to Reverend Wright, he is a gentleman and a scholar! He is the one who ought to be running for President. Senator Obama should be ready in another 4 years from now - this whole experience, and the way that he ran away from his pastor tells me that he has a lot to learn himself about what happens when you tell the truth!
It makes you wonder, will he stand up and tell the truth, if he were to become President, or do the soft shoe, he has already demonstrated that he is a 'good dancer'!
Nobel Laureate Dr. Martin Luther King once reviled by many Americans is a celebrated American hero today. I suspect that in time, Reverend Jeremiah Wright will be also honored as an America hero. Keeping his safety in mind first, in my opinion we need men like Reverend Jeremiah Wright to speak truth to power more, not less!

Peace & Grace
Rev. C. Solomon
Reverend Wright would make a great head of a newly founded international human rights umbrella organization, that would include human rights organizations from all over the world, including the USA!

The Reason Other Nations Want Nuclear Technologies!

The Rev to the Washington Post Blog:

The only reason they want nukes... is in defense of THE USA?

It is too bad that the world lacked a Superpower nation that was strong enough at the time, to stop the USA from doing then what it is forbidding other nations from doing now, ie., to collaborate with other nations in order to acquire secrets necessary to develop their own fission and subsequent hydrogen bombs (in order to save the lives of their citizens - from the USA - as the USA claimed that it had to do in WWII). [Perhaps one hundred thousand and more Iraqi lives could have been saved].

The third-world nations mentioned in this piece are experiencing their version of an American inspired world war, i.e., the USA and Great Britain primarily, behaving as Germany did in order to force its will on on Muslim and Arab nations in the region who won't capitulate.
Can you blame them for attempting to follow the example set by the USA in order to save lives (by killing us)?

Where was the moral turpitude in the 1940s for developing nuclear technologies? The current turpitude of the USA today, is of the kind that augurs that we will not destroy our nuclear weapons, however, no one else in the 3rd world (except Israel) should be permitted to have them (even though we share technology with Israel and provide nuclear weapons to Israel at will)! Netanyahu refused to deny that Israel had not received nukes already from the USA!

I smell a rat! Those other nations mentioned in this piece are victims of American duplicity and [the]American threat. If the USA was an honest nation, its enemies instead of fearing the USA would trust the USA for protection - then those outdated nuclear treaties and agreements would make sense - and America's enemies would not be seeking nuclear weapons technology to protect themselves from the USA!

Let's face it folks, the only reason that that our enemies believe that they need nuclear weapons in the first place is because of their fear of one nation alone -the United States of America (The Late 20th and beginning of the 21st Century Republican Reich)!
Posted by: The Rev April 26, 2008 1:53 PM

Peace & grace,
Rev. C. Solomon

Apr 23, 2008

Unfit And Unworthy To Lead: The Rev Responds To The Post


You are on to something my man. To encapsulate with respect to the current Administration in Washington:

1). President Bush made it clear that all that mattered to him during his tenure was 'his base', (not the will of all of the American People). And where is his support base now? He had a chance to become what only a few have had the opportunity to become, and to be great at it, however, he blew it.

2). Vice President Dictator Dick Cheney, said what he meant before: I don't care what the (American people) think,or anyone else for that matter. He made no bones about the fact that he was never a servant of the people. Punk!

3). Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld made it clear that he did not care about (America's allies) old Europe, or the military leadership under him for that matter - he often disrespected both groups!

Clearly, the Republican voters placed power in the hands of a dangerous triumvirate, a triune godhead that took the power of the Republic and wielded it as they saw fit and in deference to the will of the American non-Republicans, the military or America's allies.

Power was concentrated in the wrong hands and this administration was never a representative of the people's will - and we won't require future historians to tell us that!

The Military leaders who served under them excercised excellent restraint and shewed their mettle given the lack of civilian leadership at the top. As we have witnessed [military leaders], they have had to play both military and civilian roles for the security of this nation.

When all 3 of these anal retentive bobble-heads are out of office they will not be missed!
Actually my career overlapped with Condi's at Stanford, I don't agree with her politically, however, she really is a caring, astute and articulate individual - I will give her a pass!
Posted by: The Rev April 23, 2008 6:44 PM
Peace & Grace
The Rev
Addenda: If NASA is considering its options for a future space mission, I know of some toxic waste that could be rocketed into outer space, once the last two are out of office.

Apr 22, 2008

The Rev Comments: Mr. Arkin's Excellent Washington Post Article!

The Rev Said:

What a brilliant analytical discourse?
You are likely correct that the public over-relied on what military leaders had to say; however, who else, associated with Washington could we trust?

We could not trust the Republican led Congress or Senate (and where are most of them now)? And we certainly could not trust anything that came from the President and 99% of the members of his cabinet (Despite the UN speech, Powell was the only trustworthy Cabinet Member).

Everyone knew that Bush and company were untrustworthy as we watched the whole Iraqi fiasco develop and unravel.

Late President Ronald Reagan said one thing that I agreed with: He said, Government is not a solution to the problem, government is the problem.

He was right then, even about the government that he presided over, and about the government that is currently misleading America - IT IS THE PROBLEM!

The overthrow of the American government in Congress in 2006 in the Congressional election Part I, needs to be followed by the overthrow of the Executive by voting in the General Election 2008, Part II!

Even though I don't agree with General Petraeus whose surge(s) simply took violence in Iraq back to 2005 levels (still unacceptable but appears to be an improvement); I still trust the General, Colin Poweell, McCaffrey and others - more than I trust anyone else who has been in the White House and associated with it (including Rumsfool) in the past 7-years.

If I lived in say a 3rd world nation, this cleric would be calling for a military junta to take the country back from its current oligarchy, until Elections could be held!
Posted by: The Rev April 22, 2008 1:54 PM
II. The Rev Comments with regard to America's 22nd Secretary of Defense, Robert M. Gates.
Perhaps Gates is a wise old soul...
and he recognizes the damage that has been done to the military psyche, and that it is not the time to make any major changes, other than to repair the damage that has been done to the military by you know who!

Somewhere between Rumsfool and Gates lies the truth, and I suspect that the truth is a lot closer to Gates than it ever was to his authoritarian and egomaniacal predecessor who wouldn't cooperate in the fight for American national defense.

Please recall that his predecessor wouldn't cooperate with other cabinet members with regard to America' national defense! And as a result, on 9/11 the nation, the military and the Pentagon (that he couldn't protect) were literally caught with their pants down.

I suspect that it will take time to repair the incremental damage that has been done over the past 7 years, and Gates has begun the first step in the repair process! The remainder cannot happen until Cheney, Bush and the remaining diseased scourge and blight on civility and justice are history!
Posted by: The Rev April 23, 2008 11:21 AM
Peace & Grace R. C. Solomon http://www.sealofabraham.blogspot.com/

Apr 21, 2008

E - Life: Its Implications - Could Adam Have Died Had He not Partaken?

Assuming that interpreted canonical numerology and chronology are both correct:

... if i would have lived as long as Adam did for 930 years, looking back, i would have been born in the year 1077. By now I would have witnessed the crusades, the enlightenment, relocation from Africa, the inception of America, WWI and WWII..., in addition to the invention of automobiles, computers, airplanes, humans in space...!

Part I: E-life and the Canon!

If I could live for 930 more years, I would be 968 years old in the year 2937, (the age of Methuselah)assuming that the solar system and the earth are still in existence. What will I have witnessed by then? What are its implications? Would I be healthy?

More than a few questions come to mind with respect to E-Life, or eternal life, for example what constitutes life? What is death and is it truly the opposite of life? What is eternal life and what are its ramifications? Can it possibly be real?

In John chapter 3 vs 12 Jesus said, If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things.

1). Humans have already done a lot to extend the life cycle given human achievements & advancements in medical research, the use of pharmacology and the employment of surgical techniques in order to extend the life cycle. There is a lot more involved however, such as eating healthily, exercising and maintaining a healthy psychological balance.

Typhoid fever, smallpox, botulism, tuberculosis and other well documented infectious diseases and plagues each lack the destructive power that each one once held over humans. Millions of people previously died all over the world - in Europe, the Near and Far East, as well Africa and the Americas' due to the incurable desultory and potential life-threatening and life-ending effects of any of these diseases and illnesses.

Other pathogens and illnesses like polio, that were known to cripple or destroy thousands of human lives have since been quarantined and some have been eliminated altogether. Many of us who have had or have loved-ones who were or are at the point of death, have witnessed or are witnessing their full recovery as a consequence of improved medical techniques, research, pharmacology, discovery of cures and improved treatment techniques.

Many others are currently experiencing medicine's ability to prolong life while medical researchers continue to seek and understand causation and cures for a variety of maladies and chronic diseases like hypertension, disease, cancer and diabetes.

2). If we truly believe, today, that individuals once lived nearly a millenia, then why is it so hard for us to believe that the trend of death can be reversed, and that the life-cycle can be extended to 930 or 967 years again. If Adam had maintained eternal life, I have said it before, we could drop by and speak with him today; assuming that Bishop Usher's numbers were correct, then Adam (grandpa) would be around 5000 years old. If I dropped by to see him and he offered me a piece of fruit to eat, I might pass, otherwise I would have a few questions to ask!

I love nature and ecology, I spend a lot of time exploring nature whenever I can get the chance. Have you ever looked at a tree and realized that a tree outlived 2, 3 and 4 generations of your and my ancestors? Each generation was born, lived, thrived and passed on in the shadow of that tree (sometimes in the yard at a house where 3 generations lived before); the tree outlasted them all. And, if you were to slice the tree open you could discern from its rings just how long the tree had lived. Why is a tree outliving a sentient human being?

What contributes to the extended life-cycle of the tree? It's simple: if you have a healthy tree and it is placed in fertile soil, and if the tree receives sunlight, water, food and air it would live for what my appear to be everlasting, as long as those conditions remained constant. For sure it would outlive us in our present state.

If humans are to live for extended periods of time within their earthen bodies, clearly humans also require an intact earth and atmosphere including (oxygen, food, water, warmth, protection from toxins, accidents, diseases and dangerous rays from the heavens among other things..., and happiness).

3). If a person (Latin: meaning to speak through) can learn to exist outside of the body, then the ability to live 930 years or more and its implications are dramatically improved I would think. God, Jesus and the angels, if you believe in any one of them, from all indications are non-human. And whatever their original form happens to be - they are able to simply exist and to change forms, if the canon and other holy codices/books are correct!

A doctrinal discussion on the person of Christ, the Godhead, would open up 'Pandora's jar' for sure if I were to get into that. The Trinitarians and the Oneness folks would all polish off and bring out their weapons (if I were to head down that road). With respect to that, the fact is that each group knows what it believes and believes what it knows. However, has any man seen God at any time?

The arguments made by both schools are arguments that are based upon pure dialectical materialism, and their conclusions are based solely upon their understandings of what someone who preceded them, wrote down or said - and how good were their sources? Neither school knows for sure what the essence of God is, and let me add this caveat, if either school were to actually witness with the human eye what they believe to be God, and let's say that it actually was God, what each school would have witnessed is their their own relative mental-physical perception of what God is - and nothing more!

If you polled the eye-witnesses afterward, not everyone would have seen the same thing! So why do religious individuals waste time on dribble, as opposed to pursuing what is important - the promise. It it real or not, is the promise possible or not - so stop fighting?

4). What is the nature of God then, what does God eat, does It eat, what kind of cuisine does God thrive on if any? The answer becomes negligible when you consumer that the entity that we refer to as God might simply be light, or the basic ingredient for all that is living and non-living, matter or anti-matter.

In the book of Genesis, it was written that after Adam was formed from the soil, apparently the 2nd soil sub-layer where organisms and organic life thrives, that the entity God then in human form literally breathed (theos pneustos) into the formed body and Adam became a living soul. Now, did God conduct mouth to mouth resuscitation on the pre-formed body? I don't know, I was not there.

However, I doubt it; I suspect that life was transferred into Adam's carnate carbon-based frame as a result of the actions of the life-giving principle that we call God! For example when the zygote in reproduction has attached itself to the walls of the mother's uterus, does God climb into each womb and give the fetus mouth to mouth resuscitation in order for it come alive? It is a non-sequitur, a human-body God apparently does not exist!

5). Jesus not only said that he came that we might have life more abundantly, he provided a startling revelation to his followers when he explained to them that "I Am The Resurrection". Jesus did not say that I can initiate or activate the Resurrection, but that I am in effect 'the Resurrection'. He also added in John Chapter 17:3, And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou has sent!

That sounds like a definition, as well as a defining moment to me! Is the term Resurrection a noun or a verb! Then what again is eternal life! Is it a state of being, uninterrupted consciousness, or a connectedness to an anticlimactic life-giving principle!

That raises a critical point in my mind. I have written before that humans throughout history have anthropomorphized God. We have seen numerous representations of God in literature, and characterizations of God scribbled on walls of caves - some images are rather frightening I might add. However, from every indication or description in the canon and from from the vantage point of 21st century understanding, what humans refer to as God is neither human, animate or tangible - unless it elects to appear in one of these recognizable forms.

6). It would appear that in terms of its substance, quantum mechanics and quantum physics would be able to best describe the God-Singularity by comparison at the sub-molecular/subatomic level, albeit It has the apparent ability to transmogrify or morph in and out of different forms, even a human form.

Let's consider John the 1st Chapter, where Jesus is described in terms of his essence as being both logos and light. If we accept what John wrote, then the Jesus that John referred to was originally non-human. Clearly the Jews were stunned in Jerusalem at his claims (John chapter 6) on one occasion when Jesus claimed that Abraham witnessed his day, when clearly based upon his outward form Jesus was still a young man.

What (not who) was Jesus (for not all 1st, 2nd or 3rd century scholars or his friends and relatives believed that Jesus was divine)? Eusebius, the original organizer of the canon, certainly did not believe that Jesus was divine, and he was not alone? Apostle Paul once described God, in Acts the 17th chapter, as something that we live in, move in and have our being or essence in - as if God was a type of creative and sustaining atmosphere that all things, including the Universe, existed inside of after being created by the entity God!

This may or not conflict with what Job and his other contemporaries believed, that the Earth was the womb. Job not only believed that the Earth was the womb from which he sprang, he believed that it was the womb to which he would return. At least that is what the writer of the play, who wrote for Job, wrote in the Wisdom book Job of the Hebrew scriptures.

It would appear then that Jesus' essence or his rudimentary makeup was non-human, even though Jesus had the requisite ability (in the intangible), to shift in and out of our Universe, and in and out of frames - that were human perceptible. Jesus, post-death and Resurrection suddenly appeared among his disciples in the place where they were hidden, and again popped up on the Mountain of Transfiguration.

If you think again about what John wrote a question comes to mind, can words, plans, blueprints or thoughts metamorphize (meta in the Greek meaning beyond or away from) into forms? That would appear to be the case given the different representations of Jesus, who some also believed was the Archangel Michael!

In fact, we are told that an eternal Jesus-essence popped into a 30 year old human frame - and on the cross got back out of it, visited the dead and disappeared into 'the heavenly realm', popped back into the corporeal realm, visited with above 500 individuals and his disciples, subsequently led them to Jerusalem, and then was lifted up into the heavens in an Ezekiel like cloud! I would remind my skeptical friends that today humans are ascending up to the heavens in airships that leave behind a cloud!

In John 17:3, when Jesus explained that he was eternal life, again, he did not say that he had the ability to give eternal life in this context, he said, that he was eternal life, similar to what was written in John 3 (I am the life and all things were created by me). Obsessive-compulsive Martha, sister of both Lazarus and Mary was stunned by his allegation , when he reported that he was 'the resurrection', and the fact that her brother was already dead was of no consequence!

Martha, like most religious people believed in the Resurrection, she simply did not expect to really see the Resurrection take place, not then anyway; nor did she expect someone that she knew personally to proclaim that he was in fact 'the Resurrection'! Today we have a special place for people who believe that they are Deity - we call them delusional, or having had delusions of grandeur! I remember a client who was brought for counseling because he destroyed a bar and beat up some of its occupants. Well he believed that he was God, and one of the patrons used his name in vain! Oops!

Martha wasn't stunned for long, for subsequently Lazarus her brother who had been deceased for approximately four three-dimensional earth days, decided to rejoin the family after Jesus called him not only out of the grave but back from death! Jesus said again, I am the life; does that mean that all life is Jesus?

With respect to Lazarus it must be the case, for not until Jesus arrived did he get back up again! What killed him? Did he die again, post-Resurrection? Why wasn't he taken into heaven - did he receive eternal life then or was he simply raised from the dead? Were eternal life and the Resurrection one and the same?

Jesus spake similar words to call Lazarus back from death, that he spoke to the essence of the unseen Father in his highly intercessory prayer recorded in John the 17th chapter. He gave clear indication by his behavior that the essence of the Father was not here on Earth. Listen to this prayer!

1.) These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:2). As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.3). And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

And in John the Third Chapter, we are reminded of the purpose for Jesus' advent (why he was sent from the unknown), Jesus said that the unseen God had sent him for a purpose:
15). That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.16). For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.17). For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

What was it that humans were required to believe, in order not to perish (or waste away)? Since Jesus was 'eternal life', what he was saying was that he was giving himself to whosoever would believe, Jesus being eternal life, and not just a person, sage, prophet, miracle worker, prophet or inter-planetary being!

Part II. If One Were Given E-Life What Are Its Implications?
Could an eternal ever be killed, or would everything that could cause life to dissipate have been removed from the presence of an eternal forever, or at least have zero effect upon an eternal entity or being? Would an entity that had been given eternal life be able to survive if sucked into a black hole, or would anything that was tangible or physical have any effect on something that was non tangible and eternal? Does it mean that 'the eternal', Jesus no longer in a human form would become your entire essence?

Could you run forever if you didn't have a heart, it certainly would eliminate heart disease? Why why would you have a heart anyway if you didn't have legs and other body organs that did not require blood to be circulated to them?

2). Post transformation, could you see heaven and the pearly gates without eyes, or eat leaves without a mouth and consume leaves without a digestive track?

3). Humans spend, more or less, 1/3 of our lives sleeping. If death is as some say similar or related to sleep, then if you take away death, then would the need to sleep also disappear since the two reportedly go hand in hand?

4). If Adam had lived beyond 930 would he have required insertion into a new body, or would he have required body or organ rejuvenation or replacement, wouldn't he have Alzheimer's? And what would his internal and external organs have looked like after 930 years of aging? Were his organs still intact, for after all he eventually died?

Could Adam still procreate? I am certain that some scientist, archaeologist or forensic paleontologist would love to have the opportunity to conduct a full body examination if Adam were still around, or if his remains could be located. Can you say, give me a tissue sample? Now that is the body that our archaeologists ought to be trying to locate! What was the real difference between the 1st and 2nd Adam, when you consider e-life?

I am certain that some curious paleobotantist would love to examine the foods that Adam was consuming, that would have provided Adam with the sustenance and energy to live for such an extended of time, compared to modern-day humans - diet is critical. Based upon what we have read before, it appeared that Adam was a part of a basic food-gathering society that survived on fruit, nuts, herbs (perhaps he snuck off and fished at times).

Some hydrologist would want to, I'm sure, take a look at the water that he was consuming. Was there something in the water? After expulsion from the Garden he apparently became a carnivore!

In places like Madagascar or the अमजों for that matter, scientists have determined that there is more in either of two these places, for example, that we don't know about, as opposed to what we do know about. We do not know what healing powers may rest in over 90% of the remaining trees in the Amazon, albeit we have already extracted life-serving and curative medicines and relaxants from trees and vines in the Amazon for example.

I choose these two examples because both remind me of Adam's Garden of Eden, of the kind that Adam must have thrived in (as reported both in scripture, in the Quaran and the Torah). Both of these vast tree-stocked locations are also replete with unclassified plants and birds...!

5). Adam's Garden which might have expanded over thousands of square miles would have been full of flora and fauna, much of which he never fully had time to discover given his sudden and unexpected expulsion from the Garden. We speak of the snake that spoke with Eve, however, how many snakes wondered around in that vast wilderness? When you think about the serpent or snake that Adam spoke with, how many little serpents or snakes were a part of that serpent or snake's family. The entity or life-killing principle, what was it - certainly not a snake!

In, Genesis chapter 4, we witness an act of punishment and an act of grace, when Adam was tossed and locked out of the Garden (lest he return to the Tree of Life, that would cause him to live forever in his corrupt state. Clearly, when someone is told by a doctor that he is going to die, under normal circumstance he will go to the tree, doctor or pharmacist and seek medicine, relief or a cure!

6). What is a tree of life? We have found trees of life in the Amazon and all over the world, most have trees of life on their properties, even in their backyards. We depend upon trees for life itself, including shelter, food, medicine, protections and to filter dangerous toxins from the air. Different trees and vines contain healing ingredients. different trees filter the atmosphere of its dangerous toxins.

Our parents and foreparents relied on Homeopathic medicines and cures to heal them from sickness and disease. Apothecary, pharmacist - what is that? Many of them up until the 1950's had never seen one of those? Many times they headed outside to the vine, to the tree, to the ground and to the cow - we'll come back to the cow later for cures and medicines, and molasses! Professor Kinnell, formerly of Stanford University once told me (he was raised on a farm in Virginia), I seriously believed at one time that my folks were barbarians or something.

As a boy he would visit the smokehouse out back, or watch his parents personally butcher animals and hang all kind of weird stuff in the smokehouse. Professor Kinnell told a group of us that for a long time, he remained a vegetarian. With jocularity he said, I thought about reporting my parents to the authorities for perhaps they were vampires or something! Does the Blair Witch Project come to mind?

My dad during cold season would make cough drops for my siblings and me by mixing together kerosene, fire and other ingredients in a small metal pan. He would light the mixture or admixture, and after the solution cooked, it solidified. At that point dad would smack the 8-inch hardened brown round solution, or hit it with a hammer, and crack it into bite sized pieces or cough drops - then dad would proceed to pass out the home-made cough drops to whoever needed them.

Now I don't know whether dad should have been incarcerated or not for practicing pharmacology without a license, but at the time it was the way that things were done. And where do kerosene ingredients come from, petroleum? And what contributes to our survival today, trees?

When we were kids an old friend, singer James Ingram and other kids from the neighborhood and me would raid every tree or grape or blackberry vine in the neighborhood on the way to and from school. We captured a bounty of pears, apples, plums cherries, wild cherries, rhubarbs, crab apples...!

In California kids raid the trees for loquats, kumquats and plumqats in addition to all of the other fruits and nuts!

Today, I enjoy walking among the eucalyptus trees on the campus at the U of California at Berkeley, just as I did a week ago, or heading up north to the Redwood Empire, or viewing the trees on the drive up 50 past Colma to Lake Tahoe. You mean Eucalyptus comes from a tree?

Trees are not only trees of life to humans, trees are also trees of life to animals, and their habitats should be respected and protected!

Not only were and are there homemade botanical cures, some cures were derived from animal waste products. For example, an apparently popular cure in the South was 'Cow Drop Tea'. Yes folks, think about it - someone figured out that not only was rich cow dung (hum baby) a perfect ingredient to fertilize the soil, it was also good for human ingestion in order to effectuate cures.

So these people, as I will refer to them, my relatives - in order to cure certain sicknesses would send the kids out to recover a cow chip/dropping. The cow chip would be brought into the house and placed into a cooking bag and boiled in water until it yielded a drinkable tea. Next, a piping hot pungent smelling cup of 'cow dung tea' would be administered to the family-patient. And guess what, many in the family who were sick before reportedly recovered - even from pneumonia? Put a little sugar in my tea please!

Dudes, placebo, real or imagined, I suspect that I would have recovered from whatever ailed me the moment they bought 'cow drop tea' into my sickroom. Mom, I would have said, the fever, blisters, pneumonia..., its gone - it just left! Depending on the ailment or sickness, sometimes they would place seeping cow dung under a sick bed and allow the fresh steam and aroma to soak into the patient just as one one do today with a humidifier.

Good steamy cow dung would apparently detoxify the body. If you have a cow don't be so quick to sell or throw those cow chips away anymore!

7). What did the ancestors do in order to treat bee stings? Sorry you asked? Once I was tossing balls across the yard at a bee hive built in the foundation of our family home, when suddenly 1 million, well 50 or so bees attacked me all at once. Folks, I was doing the holy dance at 8 years of age in the backyard. My arms were flailing and my legs a running. By the time I got into the house, I had been stung at least 4 times. Mom said to her 8 year old, lay down here on my lap. What was she going to do? She never went to the medicine cabinet.

Mom took a hairpin (bobby pin) from her hair, turned me on the side, dug in my ear with it and brought out a healthy supply of 'ear wax', I kept a healthy supply of that I tell you. The next thing I know mom was applying ear wax to the bee sting, gross! I hope you're not eating. Was I cured? Right on, the wax apparently drew the sting or poison out and I was ready to return back to the fight in the backyard. Well, the truth is, I never bothered the bees again!

On another occasion I caught a bad cold, it was around the year 1973. At the time I was staying with a family who relocated to the west from the American south, and I had relocated from the east to the west. Instead of jumping in the car and heading down the mountain where we lived in order to get a bottle of NyQuil or Robitussin, the minister who was taking care of me said, what you need is some 'red onion tea'. Oops, what's that I thought? Dad had never heard of Luden's cough drops, and this minister had apparently never heard of them either!

The minister either went and purchased some red onions, or he had some on hand. The next thing I know a quart-sized pan, full of red onions and filled with water was simmering on the kitchen stove. As the pungent odoriferous odor and the contents of the red onioned concoction boiled, the aroma stank up the whole house. I was thinking uh oh, these people weren't who I thought I thought they were.

However, and to my amazement when the mixture or admixture (take your pick) had sufficiently boiled it turned into a red tonic right in the pan, and just before it finished its boiling cycle, lemons were added. After everything was melded together a bit longer, the Reverend found the largest drinking cup in the house, filled it with the brew and said, now drink this and go to bed. Go to bed? I was thinking of calling the cops.

He then added, oh and put some honey in it! Yeah, as if that would make it better! Nevertheless, I drank the 'witches brew' just kidding for these were good people, I went to bed and when I woke up in the morning, I was completely cured. Hello, you have got to be kidding me I thought!!

Later, I inquired of a gentleman who had a scientific or chemical background - I don't recall, have you ever heard of such a thing? He said no, however he added, just think about what onions do to you if you were simply to peel one of them. Ah hah, the properties of onions, hotdog, these country folks were smart weren't they! Not only did it work, think about the cost of one large red onion in comparison to a bottle of Robitussin and cough drops.

Besides which bottle of Robitussin would you buy anyway, there are at least thirty different types, expectorant, anti-histamine, cough...<(-:)~? One red onion, mixed with lemon and honey will take care of all of your symptoms and eliminate the cough.

7). I can think of other examples, but what is important is that as long as we are on Eras (the Greek derivative for the term Earth), we have what we need oxygen, atmospheric protections, oxygen, food, water, warmth, medicinal cures, prayer et al. And where do most medicines and foods come from, easy, the same earth that the body is made from. Five minutes on Pegasus 51B, and it is so long and it was nice knowing you!

However, this not the end of the story - who wants to die? Who wants there loved ones to die? Who wants to live forever if everyone else is deceased, deformed or has something wrong with them, or if you gained eternal life and you spent eternity wanting to see all of your loved ones again, well perhaps not an ex-wife or ex-husband <(-:)~!

Part III. Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven But Nobody Wants to Die!
It is likely that each one of us has heard that expression before. To get to heaven presupposes that one must die (except in some exceptional recorded cases). To get into heaven also presupposed that one has merited entrance into heaven., for everybody talking about Heaven 'ain't a gonna' there, the song said.

If the human body is dependent upon the Earth for its eternal expression and existence, it ain't going to heaven intact. In fact, a human would apparently cease to exist several miles up into the earth's atmosphere if certain precautions were not taken. Astronauts are required to take life support systems into space and to wear a special suit (I will come back to the suit later), in order to survive.

Are you able to make the claim, like the lyricist did in the old television hit show Fame, that you are going to live forever? Do you really want to live forever? Frankly, I have more questions, like what is the alternative and what form will I be in, and what will we have to do in heaven, go to church everyday?

2.) Here is something to ponder; prior to consuming the fruit-bearing enzyme, higher-knowledge or pathogen that Adam partook of, would he have died whether or not he partook of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Midst of the Garden? Why do I ask? God explained to Adam, according to scripture, that if he were to partake of the fruit of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the midst of the garden, that he would die in that day (age). Clearly, his body did not die that same day!

Some argue that Adam's actual sin was disobedience to God,
which was the causal factor for his impending death. Now keep in mind, God did not say that he would kill Adam, he told Adam, according to scripture, that if he were to (of his own action) partake of the fruit of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil then he would die.

I have augured before that there was actually something within the fruit itself
which modern medicine, whose effects, God or someone is going to have to reverse if humans (or human consciousness, or the human soul is to live in a prolonged state of being. If the fruit of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil was just that - carnal knowledge; is it evil knowledge then that is killing us?

Before you answer,
let's back up Don Pardo and go over that again, the question being: Would Adam have died if he had refused to ingest food or drink (starved himself) prior to consuming the magic mushrooms of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil or not? Could his body have conceivably survived for long without food or water anyway? For that matter, how long can your body survive without food and water?

There is a problem here if death was contingent, according to the scriptures, upon Adam eating of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil as opposed to the Tree of Life.
Do you get it? I bet they don't preach that at your church? Something is wrong if you were to accept the literal interpretation isn't there! And remember, there are many known interpretational and transpositional errors in the canon.

I believe that I have the answer to my own queries. The first Adam was a living soul, not an eternal quickening spirit like the 2nd Adam Jesus Christ. Had Adam or Eve not eaten or drank, either of their bodies would have eventually died due to a lack of nourishment and hydration - and, I proffer that eventually they would have died of old age or organ failure, unless they had eventually gone to and partaken of the Tree of Life which was awaiting them, just as we apparently have the same choice to make today.

If sin is the cause of death in the first place, where is the sin in not eating? Answer: More specifically, Adam's body would have died without food or sustenance, had there not been some kind of intervention. His soul, the real life इनसाइड of the body, would have apparently lived on had his body ceased to function For according to the scriptures, any contents of the trees in the garden were okay to eat from and apparently nutritional for the body!

It would appear then that 'the life' was more than meat or drink
or an essential functioning of the organs! The new Kingdom is described as joy, righteousness and peace in the Holy Spirit!

3).A former psychologist friend and fan of Charlie Brown and the Peanuts column would often say during our staff time at the Counseling center, that 'each of us were merely insects on the windshield of life'!

Even worse than what Bob would often repeat, another gentleman explained life in this manner: He said, life is simply doing the things that you have to do in order not to die. He added that many of the things that we do like eating, drinking, exercising..., if we stop doing them, we would simply die. Good point! If Adam had stopped everything that he had been doing prior to consuming 'from the bad tree' I ask again, was it possible for him to die? This gentleman was correct I suspect, with regard to what it took to perpetuate the body.

However, Jesus indicated in John chapter 10 that there is such a thing as abundant life. To American capitalist corporate executives and our Mega-Church capitalist preachers, that meant, 'I am going to get paid, and get me a Mercedes and an aeroplane'. Jesus and the disciples walked or rode burrows, however, from what I understand he could fly, or had the ability to create a Benz for both he and the disciples to get around in - one a piece! Peter, like today's minister, would have requested a red one!

Enough sarcasm, Abraham Maslow, a non-believer, demonstrated by his Pyramid, that beyond the need to acquire food, water, safety and shelter in order to survive; that there is another aspect of life that trumps mere existence. Once we satisfy our basic needs, Abraham Maslow taught that we move on to enjoying life, the arts, pleasure (sex), libations...!

Was there something else going on with Adam's life that we don't know about it 0other than eating and drinking ? Cain and his family, having been banned from the presence of God and most humans, see Genesis 5, just as pop and mom were banned from the Garden - created instruments which apparently satisfied the ethereal aspects of their being.

Some say that they did so in order to replace the inner spiritual void that was left after being shunned away by God. Cain's family reminded me of what one other individual said during my years working as a counselor at the counseling center, i.e., that all of us are simply finding things to do until we die! Eek!

4). What is my latest point? Have you ever wondered what you would do in the Heaven that the canon describes, if you could get there, other than spending eternity pursuing the means of self-preservation as we do here on Earth?

Okay, don't tell anyone that I said this, however, I spent my life in church. While growing up, I was as much a part of the church building as the pews and the piano were. Frankly, the canon's portrayal of what I would be doing in heaven, i.e, eating leaves from trees, walking down golden-paved streets and worshiping around a throne - the prospects of doing any of these things forever simply does not inspire me - there must be more to it than that.

If you think about it canonizers and bible literalist, if you were to cease to exist in human form, what difference would chemically based-gold streets, leaves or worship for that matter make anyway? In other words, who would benefit - unless of course we were going to make some more cool medicines and ointments. Any cows there? Again, there must be something more! They say that there won't be a temple there, good no more Jim Joneses characters or kool-aid!

A group of individuals who called their organization Heaven's Gate, I believe it was - first castrated themselves, and them beamed out to the mother ship, leaving their bodies behind! People have a variety of motives for wanting to beam up to heaven or asteroids don't they? Wouldn't you need your body hanging out on the asteroid? Er herm, I'm just saying!

5). If I had E-life and were eternal, could a bullet, bomb, disease, dislocated energy or a vacuum kill me or dissipate my energy or consciousness? Or, on the other hand will I be a new creature in a non-molecular non-organic world, simply existing - neither bored or unhappy, just there and simply fulfilled! One very important thing that should be noted from the Bible, God, Jesus - the giver of life, is apparently not a killer by any means - It remains strictly a life-giving and life-sustaining principle apparently.

The primary objective for humans right now, including professional ones, is to continue research in spite of what religion says, research of the kind that will enable us to extend the life cycle. Why? If we can extend the life-cycle say to 125 years, by then we will have figured out to extend it to 200 years, then 300 years and so on.

And given our expanded knowledge, the answer to which I believe resides ultimately above, in and over our heads, we will also come to understand how we can morph our consciousness and essence in and out of different forms; and instead of wasting time doing things we will simply be an 'I AM' too! Does that sound sacrilegious? Trust me, once we figure it out the religious folks will be the first in line to partake! You got it, this Reverend does include himself with the religous crowd!

I believe that it is what must have been intended by the entity that is both at the end of life as we understand it, at its center and its beginning! Today, in religion particularly, we have gotten bogged down - we are going in circles and making little progress except to build larger barns and to make my fellow clerics rich - years of understanding have been sacrificed given our need to stick with and expound upon repeated outdated myths and religious paradigms!

Remember it was religious backwardness and retrograde thinking that caused the persecution and murder of Jesus' body in the first place. Perhaps he would be around like Adam in a human carbon, in and out, himself today! We would get a lot of questions answered had be still been around!

The real problem, if there is nothing really to do in e-life: I will miss having a good Ruth's Chris steak, a bowl of Cioppino or a slab of Barbe Que (Jews couldn't have ribs here - Gentiles got rid of that rule) - and a glass of oops - better wait to do that with Jesus! Christians don't want you to have a glass of ..., with your steak or ribs. You know, I ate a whole of ribs one night all by myself.?

Didn't Jesus promise us new wine in the Kingdom anyway? I know, no grape vines in heaven, however, Jesus apparently has the ability to change at the molecular level into wine or anything else for that matter, like humans. Man I love to mess with church folks!

In Closing: The very possibility of eternal life affects behavior (depending on whether you believe there is such a thing or not) and ones scope, for action is predicated upon belief. E-life for example influences how and why we feel in the manner that we do about funerals and death! If we really believe that our loved ones went to the next dimension, other than missing them, what are we crying about!

If we believed in another dimension that awaits us like the Heaven Gates folks did, we too would likely have beamed up to the mother ship a long time ago. We really should not be going to church just to sing and dance; rather we ought to be going, if the church and other religious organizations were up to snuff, to learn how to and to activate the 'divine evolutionary life principle that eviscerates death and gives us E-life!

So what am I doing here? I am doing what I have always been doing, fighting to help bring the churches up to snuff - not always a welcome enterprise I might add! Is eternal life is never ending consciousness? To the human existentialists, what does it matter anyhow for they are living for the moment?

E-life, will it be a life of unhappiness, despair, sickness, pathology or one where E-lifers experience congenital illnesses or disease? A funeral director once said, don't kiss dead bodies, for the pathogens that caused the death of the deceased may still be alive on the corpse! E - Life: Its Implications - Could Adam Have Died Had He not Partaken?

What age will you be in eternity? Since there is no such thing as time, there will be no such thing as age, you will simply exist!

God's motivation for extending the life-cycle, I believe with the assistance of medical practitioners was and is apparently because of E-Love - there is something good about it, something that we have apparently still not fully realized! For after all, isn't what we are really after - is a state of unceasing love in a state of consciousness? And we understand God to be Love! Physicians were once considered to be instruments of God!

Aren't we seeking to do what Peter wrote about in 2 Peter 1:14, i.e., to partake of the divine nature, as opposed to lustful, prideful and sometimes hateful human nature? The seeds that we plant in the ground today, according to the Apostle Paul will determine what comes out of the ground in the future! But even Paul admitted, you don't have to get in the ground in order to get there. Or, as I have previously explained, we are all in Earth anyway, for all of us are Earthen vessels or bodies anyway!

If hope (confident expectation) in this life is all that there is, and it will be duplicated in eternity with pain, sickness, death, fear and disappointment..., who wants that forever? I suspect that in 2937, someone will know what the truth really was and happens to be.

I suspect that what we refer to as God in the 21st century and have learned from those who preceded us during centuries past, will turn out to be something far greater than the mystical and metaphorical anthropomorphized entity that we have been taught to envision as God by religion.

IT will be far more than the God that has been described in any holy writ, and I will not be surprised that if a lot of what has been been written before, metaphorically about God, may turn out not to be at all as it has been written about by numerous well-intentioned writers before us. However, we must give them credit for causing us to look for IT ourselves.

I believe that we will play a larger role that has been expected and written about ! How will we get there, where there, may turn out to be simple relocation or suspension in or out of space. And if not suspension, it seems to me that once you remove consciousness from the body and learn to relocate it in and out of space - then all you need is an appropriate body or body suit to occupy wherever you happen to visit, just as we have doing while here on Earth - occupying bodies, or when we send Astronauts into space.

If in an out of body adaptable state, if you were to visit a planet where methane fills the rivers, streams and seas, you would simply need to adapt or to construct from a form, likely taken from the ingredients on that indigenous planet or moon, in order to stay there for any period of time - just as has been done on Earth? When heavenly figures come here, they apparently clothe themselves and adapt to the conditions here on earth.

Consider this: In the canon, ants are referred to on several occasions as 'a people'. I considered the other day how similar a nake human being, down on his 4-legs with his or her head sticking up, resembles an ant scurrying around in the dirt. We also scurry around, gathering food, building domiciles or nests, procreating and worshiping. Ants have intelligence, and we have intelligence - they engage in many of the same behaviors, and apparently thought processes as we do.

From the vantage point of one that is highly intelligent, in our present form we are a people who are not much different it would appear than ants living in the dirt. I believe that it is time to evolve to a higher form and to experience E-life, which is not just a form of existence - and I believe that we are supposed to be proactive and participate in the process of transmogrification!

Peace & Grace

The Indefatigable Reverend C. Solomon www.sealofabraham.blogspot.com

Addenda: It is time for institutionalized religion and religious individuals, particularly the leaders of religious institutions to take their feet off of the brakes, and to stop fighting against other disciplines and individuals that have outstripped religion. The fact is that religion is going to have to admit at some point that portions of its dogma were and are simply wrong!

I suspect that religion may be preventing individuals from moving on to E-life and holding individuals in the current state of conscious pain, misery, apathy and despair. If I am correct, some of us are going to be moving on while others are sitting down at the church or mosque still singing and asking the question, Shall We Gather At The River - while the rest of us will be at the River of life and drinking from it!

Religious folks: Get in the real world, get up to speed or you might find yourself gazing up the next time Jesus departs from planet Eras in the cloud!

Apr 19, 2008


American Foreign Policy......
is based upon American moral relativism; that is to say that the survival of America and its ideals, moral and immoral, are tantamount and all that matters in the universal scheme।

The danger of republicanism (American style) is that incredible condigned power, as a result, has been transfered into the hands of a small number of individuals who can choose to use unlimited power (power sufficient to destroy humanity) in order to wreak havoc on others - even though the empowered individuals may lack compassion or the requisite understanding or knowledge to know when and when not to wield such power!

And depending upon their decision, everyone else becomes their potential victims - individual foes, other nations, citizens of the republic and those who are obligated to fight for or against those who wield the power of the republic!

What is happening to Iraq given the actions of those who are in power in America is that the nation and people of Iraq, the adjoining countries in the region, the American military and the American people are all powerless victims as a result of the power that has been placed into the hands of the potentiated in America!

Posted by: The Rev

Apr 15, 2008

The Rev Fighting The Good Fight: Re: America's Policy In Iraq

The Rev responds to writers on the Washington Post Blog:

Frank said:

Well. As you know, I believe intellectual honesty is essential for understanding. And understanding is far more important than agreement.


You and others on this blog would make great statesmen and stateswomen!

As soon as I get my friend plainfacto to become intellectually honest and to ignore blind patriotism, he would make a great statesmen as well!

For example, patriots stood by the American government's partiality, and preferential treatment of one group of American citizens above the other. Thank God, some of those patriots began to break ranks, having listened to a higher call.

Frankly, no pun intended, at times one's government can SIMPLY BE WRONG!
Posted by: The Rev | April 15, 2008 12:53 PM

The Rev to Plainfacto,

The Exchange between Senator Warner and General Paetreus during the Senate Hearing a week ago:

Senator Warner: Was the war worth it?

General Petraeus: ... we followed our best course of action to achieve our objectives in Iraq.

Senator Warner: Will it make America safer?

General Patraueus: I don't know, I have not sat down to think about it...!

Do you get it plainfacto, according to the distinguished General, America achieved its [venal] objectives; this war was never about American safety. Patreaus knows that what America is ultimately seeking after will never be achieved militarily!

We must change our draconian policies which has always encompassed a belief in a double-standard, one standard for America to remain atop the world order, and another standard for the rest of the world and satrap nations (our allies) beneath it!

If you consider America's internal domestic divide, it remains intact today because America has always had a double-standard, one for its preferred class and another for its diminutive class!

Get in the real world plainfacto, you are supporting a mockery of true justice!
Posted by: The Rev | April 15, 2008 12:48 PM

Rev writes:

-- ... even when you disagree with me! --

Well. As you know, I believe intellectual honesty is essential for understanding. And understanding is far more important than agreement.
Posted by: Frank | April 15, 2008 12:23 PM

Frank Wrote:
And I would not dismiss out-of-hand Rev's thought that some senior military leaders have retire because...!

Thank you Frank. You and I fight from time to time, however, I am always appreciative of your objectivity and candor - even when you disagree with me!

I will never understand the blatant dichotomy/incongruence between what American policymakers and most American citizens believe is good for Americans, and America's perpetuation of the doctrine of totalitarianism which it uses the military to spread abroad.

In my opinion, this kind of American schizophrenia only hurts America abroad. However, when I think back to the founding of this nation, there has always been a double-standard.

In the final analysis, America's desire to be a world leader, other than by military force, subterfuge or economic strangulation of nations who will not submit to the will of the American juggernaut, has been defeated!

We need to go back to the drawing board!
Posted by: The Rev | April 15, 2008 12:17 PM


Given Washington's insistence on micromanaging the war, its ignoring the will of Army Command, its broken promises, that General Franks had already passed on to the troops (that the troops would soon be going home), General Franks and the top Commanders in Iraq under him all left Iraq.

In public, General Franks appeared to have supported his boss Mr. Rumsfool, however, in private he expressed his true feelings which have since been made public. The actions of Ambassador Bremmer, disbanding the Iraqi Army without consultation and against the will of Army Command was the last straw.

Even retired General Garner who was originally dispatched to oversee Iraq was immediately upstaged by Presidential envoy Paul Bremmer.

How do you suppose that Junior General Sanchez got the job of top Commander - everyone else left, Plainfacto.

The fact of the matter is that Commander Tommy Franks and the Brass under him decided to exercise their options (including retirement), and get out of there, just as I have reported!

The rest of the military would be smart to follow their lead and to get out of there -and that is the will of the majority of the American people.

How does it feel to be a minority Plainfacto?

Peace & Grace
Reverend C. Solomon

Fighting the Good fight!

Apr 12, 2008

Heaven Cannot Wait Any Longer: The Meeting Has Begun

John Nelson Darby, where are YOU?

In a time-independent reality, tomorrow is not necessarily preceded by yesterday!

We are likely a part of the generation that will not taste of death, and we might be the generation that will help to restore life to those individuals who preceded us in death! Eventually, eternal life will be nothing more than an adjunctive technological advancement that came about as a result of research that took place in the heavens (where humans intersected with the inanimate and intangible God, Singularity or God equivalent)!
Rev. C. Solomon

* But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded? 1 Kings 8:27.

* Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord! 1 Thess. 4:17.

*Man must rise above the Earth-
to the top of the atmosphere and beyond
For only there will he understand the world in which he lives. Socrates!

Introduction: Forgive my visceral and error laden treatment of this topic for I intend to amend and expand upon it in the future. However, what I believe has been lost on most of us, thanks to imperceptible and inflexible religion and its forbading teachers, is the significant participatory and proactive role that humans were expected to play with regard to 'extending the life cycle' and helping to reinstate eternal life.

Some religious teachings and teachers have also impaired human understanding with respect to the meaning of the meeting (often referred to as the rapture) which had been scheduled to take place (in the heavens, air, clouds or skies), between the abstract and the non-abstract.

The conjunctive meeting or rapture (perhaps the highly ethereal intersection of higher knowledge and perfect understanding with human thought processes), has apparently begun to take place in heaven already. Science appears to have arrived at the meeting place (in heaven) and 'supped first'. I believe that it is time for those who want to advance but have been held back, to consider 'limited retrograde religious dogma' in its proper historical context!

Christians have historically criticized Jews, their religious ancestral prototypes, for their perceived failure to move past the legalistic teachings of 'The Mosaic Law' and into 'the Dispensation of Grace and Truth' (which represented fallacious New Age Teaching to their Jewish brothers and sisters). However, the same Christian dispensationalists are perfect examples of what they criticize - the failure to move beyond the principles of 'Christian Dispensational Theology' and forward into 'all of the Truth'!

Why is it important to move on? The simplest answer is, fulfillment! Jesus said in the often quoted 3rd chapter of John, that his reason for being sent to planet Earth was to restore life back to the human family. Jesus explained that he did not want anyone to perish. Christianity, the same as many other religions have done, has also bogged down in religious practice and tradition. The former was intended to be a means to an end.

Religion(s) have historically found themselves stuck 'in the means', only to forget about the completion of the story! I didn't give my life to God in order to get stuck in any religion, my objective (1 Thessalonians 5:21) was to prove and to hold on to what was and is true. Dogma and unsubstantiated minutiae, I find easy to discard! Besides, we cannot wait around while dispensational theologists debate and at the same time reject science and other disciplines and individuals who are pursuing what is actual and factual. The former have had several millenia to reach consensus!

Once the meaning and the method of procuring eternal life is demystified, as a result of the meeting with the esoteric (God, Singularity or God equivalent) in the skies; proactive and aggressive human involvement in effectuating the next stage in the evolutionary life cycle/metamorphosis will begin to take shape.

Then we will likely witness all of the following: the elimination of death as we know it (for with the end of time comes the end of wearing down and death), cognizant transformation into a perfect and eternal form, a corporate leap in wisdom, cognition and intelligence; personal omniscience our having experienced all of what was intended in our evolution had the process not been interrupted. Can you imagine where you and I would be right now and what we would be doing or not doing if the process had not been interrupted, creating perhaps?

Point I: Meeting the Lord in the air!
The Apostle Paul wrote about a future meeting that was to take place between humans and God in the air, in 1 Thessalonians 4:18. In spite of the fact that the Apostle believed that he would be one of many who would still be awake and caught up when the meeting took place, I suspect that the rest of what he wrote is coming true today, albeit perhaps not in the manner by which he expected it to happen.

And let me say this in fairness to the Apostle Paul (and I am not talking science fiction here), in a non-linear time independent reality Paul might be there already with the rest of us, even though we are apparently still here on Earth!

If you are an 'I Am', everything else that was, is and is to come would be present all at once as if suspended in time! In other words there is no yesterday or tomorrow, everything simply is. Then why does the scripture say that God created the Earth in 6 days? I suspect that explanation was given to explain God's work in terms that humans could understand!

In addition to the different species of animals which once roamed the Earth, now mostly extinct, both early, pre and post-modern human beings all the way back to and before Imhotep, Aristotle (and unnamed females), each gave more than cursory scrutiny to the skies.

One could argue that everything on Earth had been and is still being affected by what has been and is still going on in the heavens. I dare not presuppose just how limited early human understanding of the skies actually was, as some have done. For there is sufficient anecdotal information to suggest that perhaps early humans had a broader understanding of the significance of the skies than both the pre and post-modern humans that exceeded them.

Given the advances in modern astronomy, and the breakthroughs in astro and quantum physics, post-modern human beings, you and I, have a deeper understanding of what is out there in comparison to our pre-modern predecessors. And, more and more we are beginning to understand its significance in our lives and its bearing on our destiny. Since the beginning of modernity and the period of Enlightenment, we learned that the Earth was not the titular center of the Universe.

We have also learned the age of the Universe and the Earth in terms of dependent linear time, for outside of linear time all of what is and has apparently transpired before might actually be a blip in eternal reality, in other words not even one second of time has passed. Having said that, we understand the rotation cycles of the Earth, stars and other planets. We also know about the billions of galaxies, planets and stars that accompany us in the cosmos.

We understand protostars, quasars, dark matter, elliptical orbits, nebulae, anti-matter, supernovas, pulsars, time and space. We understand the processes that stars undergo in star creation. We know the atomic weights of molecules and how other chemicals like oxygen, hydrogen, carbon-dioxide, helium... play a role in the formation and preservation of the universe. We understand the molecular structures of planets and stars.

We understand the atmosphere, how it works and what its layered composition. We understand quantum mechanics and physics and the importance of radiation and thermodynamics. We have quantifiable evidence to prove that black holes and worm holes exist.

We understand time travel in man made rockets, and how to quantify time (relocation in space) based upon one's location in space. We have invented tools to assist us like the Hubble Telescope, and massive telescopes that are strategically located all over the earth, not to overlook the launch of an even more powerful telescope, The James Webb telescope in the year 2013. The latter will permit scientists to peer even further into space, just as a biologist would examine a microorganism on earth, using a microscope.

We understand that the universe is expanding, and that the Universe is essentially larger today than it was yesterday. We understand how the universe sprang from a cosmic egg, and we have the ability to look backward in time, even closer and closer to the point of creation!

My point: We know a lot more today about not only the heavens, we also understand a lot more about the human body and human engineering (a result of the work that has been done with the Human Genome project and historical biological research). We are already manufacturing replacement human body parts given the advances in polymer technology (go Case-Western and Akron University). We are learning even more about heaven and earth, and that what is in the heavens and inside of us, humans, is interwoven and intertwined.

One of the questions that still remains is how, why and what will we do with what we know, and how long will it take before all of the missing pieces will be put in place? Will we always exist in our present forms and require the perfect oxygen hydrogen balance in an atmosphere in order to exist? The answer to the latter is, apparently not!

I won't spend a lot of time pointing out the role that religion has played, both good and bad, in helping to provide meaning and understand to life. However, I will say that if you will consider the Christian Bible, Jesus once instructed his disciples to ignore the religious oligopy at the Temple of Jerusalem, offerings, priests and all. It was as if Jesus washed his hands of that intractable organization that had substituted its purpose for existing above a more important one.

One important contribution that has been garnered from religion is its prediction of a future meeting that is to take place between God and humans in the air, or in the heavens if you prefer! Many of the writers in the Christian canon often mentioned what they viewed as a peculiar occurrences that took place between the heavenly and the earthly realm. Those occurrences included visitations by beings, flying machines (chariots), clouds descending and ascending, stars appearing, fire descending down from heaven and on and on.

I will get right to the point by saying that I believe that religion has been correct all the time in saying that heaven and earth are extricably tied together. I also agree that there is to be a meeting between heaven and earth, however, with this one added caveat. I believe that the meeting began a long time ago, and more and more, given the research that is taking place within the scientific community, the meeting is still in session right now.

1). In John the 14th chapter, Jesus spoke to his disciples saying, Let not your heart be troubled, if ye believe in GOD (caveat), believe also in me. For in my Father's house there are many mansions, if it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you that where I am, there may ye be also.

2). In Acts chapter 1, verse 9, the eyewitnesses said, And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel.

Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

3). Witnesses from the school of the Prophets witnessed the Prophet Elijah, apparently, being taken up into heaven in a space machine which they referred to simply as a chariot of fire. The prophet Ezekiel, arguably, witnessed the descent and ascent of a flying vehicle that was apparently engulfed in a cloud of smoke and amber (similar to a 747 or 767 apparently), when he was living among the exiles at the river of Chebar in Babylon [see Ezekiel 1:4).

4). Jacob saw angels ascending up and down a ladder from heaven. Folks, were these individuals, including Daniel and many others experiencing auditory and visual hallucinations. Or, did some of the writers in the canon embellish or fabricate what has been written down and passed on to us? I don't think so!

For the record, in case you haven't figured it out yet, I believe that the Heavens are significant, and that they have deep significance and meaning in our lives. The more we learn about the heavens, the more we learn about eternity, eternal life and ourselves! Whether heavenly flying beings exist or not as they have been written about in scripture, or whether they represent what exists, but had to be expressed in allegorical terms - I suspect that the latter is true.

Do I believe that God is sitting somewhere in heaven on a throne with cherubs and angels flying around anxiously chomping at the bit to zap fallen human beings? I doubt it. I suspect that the metaphors and visions all had meaning. And it would appear that full disclosure of the meanings of the symbols and metaphors was too far advanced for early man to comprehend - I could be wrong about the latter.

However, today, we aren't seeing 'through a glass darkly'. And more and more we are making empirical observations of what is in the heavens, testing the hypotheses and extrapolating what it all means beyond empiricism or myth; we have sent both humans and probes into space to examine, test and quantify our research.

I will revisit this point shortly, with regards to the meeting in heaven and what I believe it means. However and having said that, it won't be long before eternal life will be considered anything more than a adjunctive technological advancement that man will have achieved. And where will the knowledge or missing puzzle pieces be garnered likely, I believe in the heavens where the God entity will reveal it?

Point II: Is God Animate, Inanimate, Subjective or Conjectured.
Getting right to the point, let me go on record saying that I believe that what we refer to as God is likely an inanimate something. The word of faith people and a few others will accuse me of apostasy, however, in the words of one of the late prelates of one of America's premiere religious organizations, 'I suppose that my opinion is just as good as anybody elses happens to be'.

When most of us were children, at the same time that we were taught about the illusive and avoidant Santa Claus, we were also taught that there was also an illusive and avoidant God. Both characters had a lot in common. Upon further inquiry, we were told by our parents that God is everywhere, however, you simply cannot see him.

So, not only was God illusive and avoidant like Santa, God was invisible. To children in the prepubescent and pubescent periods of life, what they had been taught by their parents had some holes in it. So let me get this right mom and dad, there is a God who created the whole world and everything in it for that matter, however, we can neither see, hear, touch smell nor taste this God? And our parents answer would always be a resounding yes!

Now if your parents said it, God lived in Heaven and no one has ever seen God, and Santa lives at the North Pole, and no one has seen him either - then it must be true, right. Folks, I suspect that even though there is a whole lot of truth to what our parents told us with respect to the qualities of the entity that we refer to as God (much of what had been taught them by their parents) was simply what they understood at the time.

Knowledge has increased folks, it continues to increase, our understanding has become more enlightened than that of our predecessors - it is time to move forward, it is time for us to advance even further than we have gone before, Dr. Spocks! it is time to leave the principles behind, and to move on to perfection!

And by doing so, it does not diminish our parents or our ancestors in any way, shape or form. The scriptures also contain an interesting phrase in the Old King James, Hosea 6:3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth. version of the bible. It reads, 'we follow on to know"!

I suspect that this text has both a local and a universal context to it! Information is typically garnered proportionately, a portion at a time; Or as the old King James version read, 'here a little and there a little". Knowledge appears to be scattered around like eggs at an Easter egg hunt - you simply have to keep gathering the pieces. However, increased understanding, the presence of knowledge and the ability to comprehend have all been increased exponentially.

Given the recent advances in nanotechnology, in less than two decades I understand that the ability to download information directly into our brains will expedite learning to an even more substantial degree. Why? In the same time that it takes to download information on a CD, or to burn information using a CD burner, it will take just about the same length of time to download 4 years of reading, learning and training at an institution of higher learning directly into your brain.

In other words, humans will be able to choose any subject and simply have the complete repository of stored information downloaded into the brain, eventually in a nanosecond! The information highway in heaven has been opened to human access. It would appear that nothing will be hidden from this point on. And if we go too far, similar to the Tower of Babel story, the repository will be shut down.

And who opened the repository? It was and is being opened by what we refer to as God! What took so long? I suspect that it is was due to the corrupt nature of man, and the fact that some humans weren't ready to receive the knowledge. Again, if we accept what has been written already about some of the Bible characters, several of them made the leap before their contemporaries did.

Enoch, Elijah and a few others garnered the knowledge and were apparently able to traverse the multiple planes.I suspect that if religion had done its job, there wouldn't be a secularist on the planet. I also believe that once we teach God, as God really is - there won't be any secularists left!

Is God... everywhere, invisible and undetectable to our five senses? I believe that is customarily true. Does some old man figure who is similar in form and age to a patronly Santa Claus live somewhere near the north pole or beyond? I don't believe that is true!

Where our ancestors likely did us a disservice was by anthropomorphizing God, in other words by describing God as a super omniscient and omnipresent human or Santa Claus like figure, one whose only interest is in who has been naughty or nice!

I have gone into more detail in some of my previous writings. However, let me emphasize that what I believe that the ontological God... really is - happens to be more of a non-human, inanimate being or non-being. And instead, the God..., I believe is something that is everywhere and that exists in likely every thing, or almost everything. In Genesis chapter 3, the body of Adam became a living thing following 'theos pneustos', when the breath was put into his carbon body.

In John chapter 9, we witness the creative work of the Holy Spirit, when the same material that was used to create man was extracted from the ground, and was used to correct this man's congenital visual (organic) problem, probably an injured or undeveloped organ, iris, retina or cornea!

I believe that all things were made with God's composition being the basic ingredient. This would support what the Apostle Paul wrote about in Acts chapter 17, that in it, we live, move and have our being (essence). I have argued before that I believe that what we refer to God is the evolutionary life-giving principle, and that the next stage in our evolution is eternal life or existence, which represents going back to the future! Which brings me to my next point.

Point III. Eternal Life: Body obliteration or replacement?
In previous writings, I have gone into detail about what happened when Adam apparently ate of a particular fruit (quince or not)that apparently introduced an enzyme or poison into his system that forever altered his human DNA. If we accept what has been written in the canon, clearly, at the time of his birth up until the time that he consumed the fruit, he never experienced any sicknesses and he was on his way to living forevermore, not just 930 years!

With our vast and growing understanding of biology, genetics, biogenics, nanotechnology and other related branches of science, we are coming closer and closer to understanding what is required in order for life to exist eternally, or uninterrupted. And I suspect that the reason for the meeting in heaven with the God... is for man to understand what it is that is needed to regain and to sustain an eternal life.

Why? In every example in the canon, all eternal creatures and beings that visited the earth eventually returned to the other worldly plane! Am I saying that we have to literally go into heaven, the fact is that we already have gone into heaven by machine, telescope and inquiry!

Does it mean that each one of us will have to individually ascend into heaven? Possibly, unless what is needed will eventually be brought to earth by those who enter into heaven either through research, the use of probes, or actual travel into the heavens. Keep in mind that once NASA has perfected space travel, humans will travel into the heavens as frequently as they take their summer vacations.

Humans have developed new medicines, and extended science as a result of discoveries that have been made in the weightless environment of the heavens. And here on earth, humans have already increased the life cycle given the use of improved healthcare, vitamins, additives, and medications - some developed in the heavens. As I wrote before, had Adam not partaken of the killer poison or enzyme, you and I could go over and meet him and ask a few questions!

Well, there is a little more to it. According to scripture there was a 'tree of life' also in the garden, proverbial garden or not. Whatever its meaning, we understand that 'the tree of life' was removed to the heavens! This life giving tree is mentioned more than twice in the canon. Where do many of our medicines derive from today? They come from plants, or trees if you prefer! Which one contains the elixir or cure that humans require to reverse the damage and to provide us with eternal life.

However, one other thing, if you follow the story in Genesis chapter 4, God did not want Adam to have access to the 'tree of life', which apparently would not have cancelled out the corruption that was in Adam, even though it would have extended the life cycle! I will let you figure that out!

It will shock some to hear this, but perhaps what the God... was telling us all a;pmg was that we we would be participating as I mentioned before in the restoration of eternal life , as a consequence we are learning currently given our introduction to the heavens! Imagine if our researchers and phamacologists today could get a hold of that 'tree of life', and create medicines for humans!

I quoted a scripture from 1 King the 8th chapter above, where King Solomon realized that in spite of the great Temple that he had constructed in Jerusalem, that it could not contain this thing that we call God.

In the book of Acts, chapter 7 beginning at verse 48, it reads: But the Most High God does not live in houses made by human hands. As God says through the prophet. Heaven is my throne. The earth is under my control. What kind of house will you build for me says the Lord? Where will my resting place be?We often quote other scriptures like, Forever Oh Lord, thy word is settled in heaven. God must not be human or animate folks, why? Can you imagine having existed for eternity without shelter if God had been human or animate?

One of my pet peeves is as follows: In what we refer to as the Lord's prayer, modern recitations of the prayer include the phrase, thy will be done 'on Earth' as it is in heaven. Does anyone recall before when in the King James Bible, the scripture read, thy will be done 'in Earth', as it is 'in Heaven'. I believe that subtle modification is far-reaching! Not only was the text changed then, the context was also changed.

In other words, would it make sense if we were to say that God's word was settled 'on heaven' instead of 'in heaven'? Things in heaven are composed of things that are 'in heaven, and what is on earth including humans are composed of things, mostly, that are 'in earth'. We are Earth creatures, composed mostly of ingredients from the Earth (not all of our substance)?

Are we the earth that Jesus was referring to, instead of the planet body that we cling to. Then just as God's word is settled 'in heaven', God's word must be settled in us, for we are 'the earth' that he was referring to in this context. For that matter is God an ingredient, or something more like an atom, molecule, quark, neutron, proton, principle ...or all of the above and more combined?

Getting back on point, we have also been told by religion that in order to see God, one must experience transformation. I upset some when I wrote before that if you take religion out of it, it all makes perfect sense. For whether you happen to be religious or not, not many would argue that there isn't such a thing as death. And perhaps what an inorganic, non microbial entity with intelligence has been telling us is that death is reversible!

And, what the entity is relaying to us subliminally is that we have the option of participating in the reversal of the trend of death. Will it take a restorative enzyme, an implant, genetic engineering? Could it occur through the use of body and mind modification or augmentation? Will it require simply getting out of our current space-time continuum? Whenever I mention this concept, just as I was discussing it with a student in Sproul Plaza on the campus of UC Berkeley just a few days, I always receive these blank stares.

What is eternal life? In our solar system, we measure time in fragments based upon the length of time that it takes for the earth to rotate around the sun; we call that the time that it takes make complete rotation around the sun, 365.2 days, a solar year. On the other hand we measure lunar time based upon the time that it takes for the moon to complete its rotation around the Earth, a lunar year. From this dichotomy, one should be able to see that time measurements are variable.

So what happens when you get away from the Sun and moon in our solar system? How do you measure time then? Is these two measurements of time, the only measure of time that matters? Of course not, for once you get outside of the solar system and away from the rotation of the Earth and gravity, everything changes. Why is God eternal? First of all because God is time-independent! Once you get outside of time, the effects of time no longer have any bearing upon you.

If fact, if you consider the Hubble Space Telescope which was placed into space by humans, it has already looking back through what we refer to as time. This manmade telescope is not just looking out into space, given that it is in space, it is looking back into the past, get it? In our present, it is peering back into the past. The past still exists and the future already exists, what matters is where you are, it will determine by and large whether or not you can witness past, present and future all at once.

In a truly time-independent void, I would expect that one would witness infinite (seeing both beginning and end all at the same time) from one location.

We have been conditioned to believe in and operate by what I will refer to as linear time. However, outside of a 3-dimensional solar or lunar-based time world, everything changes. In a world void of time you wouldn't wear down or die, you would simply 'be', or exist! And instead of moving in space, more likely space would move through you. Now where have you heard this before?

You have heard and read this before about the entity that we refer to as God. And if we are to be with this Entity, and to be like this Entity, we will also be omniscient, omnipresent and time-independent! Believers fail to extrapolate the meanings that have been provided by the symbols in their own holy books! Some Christians for example still expect to see Dragons and Beasts walking the earth someday, or coming up out of the seas. Perhaps they are right and I am wrong, however, I don't believe it.

Who can I quote or cite in this matter? Frankly, I cannot think of anyone, human, that I can quote, because. I really don't believe that many humans, except perhaps those in scientific fields, and a few in and outside of religious circles, understand what I am talking about. Religion will not permit its followers to think outside of the prescribed religious box! Jesus once explained to the Pharisees, you have shut up heaven, you are not going in and you are preventing others from going in. Isn't that what religion is doing today, keeping people from going in to heaveN?

Having said that, arguably more is being discovered outside of religion of late, than has been the case inside in religion (as an institution)! Religion is dead in its tracks, there is no forward movement, in fact there seems to be a steady decline, well except in those cases when religion is being used for manmade purposes. I've said it before, God's debunking of ostentatious worship, sacrifice and obligatory prayers ought to tell us that religious worship was never the primary thing.

God does not want to be worshipped, God wants to be be understood and then internalized - remember, he rejected the majority of vain religious worship and sacrifices throughout the canon!

The very fact of salvation, its emphasis has always been placed on the preservation and restoration of life, regardless of whether you jump, dance, sing, swing from the rafters, chant, offer human sacrifices, smoke peyote or whatever you believe that you are doing to appease or please God. Cain, son of Adam brought a sacrifice apparently to God and he was summarily told, dude, this is unacceptable! So what is acceptable!

I repeat: God is not interested in empty and vain worship, God wants to be understood and internalized!

All of us ought to work together, in order to permanently eliminate sickness and death (that last enemy)! And it appears that the answer is above us, in the skies! Some theoreticians hold that we were made from the ingredients of stardust! Has star dust reached the earth, scientists have confirmed that the Earth's composition is due by and large to what ascended from the skies, the earth was created from ingredients that preceded it - that were in the cosmos. In fact asteroids, comets... brought the materials to Earth, that weren't here already.

Religion would have you to believe that a Super Man is going to appear in the sky and say some magic words and that everyone in graves or those who are still living on the Earth at the time will suddenly fly off into deep space 9! I understand why they teach that, I simply believe that they failed to interpret the symbols in order to understand the meaning of the symbols.

I believe that further technological advances in nanotechnology for example, and other scientific discoveries will help us to complete the journey, not religion as we know it. The former is an extention of the latter. I also believe that our scientific guide, as well as our technological leader will be what we refer to as the God entity! I believe that where religion stalled, God has found fertile and arid ground where he can posit more truth, and that is among the scientific community.

I am happily balancing the two disciplines, and rarely do I find any major contradictions, either discipline seems to be taking different routes, however, they keep ending up at a similar place. Religion requires a teacher that can take extend its understanding and guide it into the truth that it often pontificates.

Point IV: Our Contribution and Making it Happen.
Why is it that we fear death, when most of us do not fear sleep? Most humans fear death because of what they have heard about death. The very thought of leaving our present bodies, if that is what death happens to be, and being absent from our loved ones, and resting in a cold ground or ending up in a hellfire is both frightening and disheartening.

When I was a young, I would often hear people say that the nearest thing to death is sleep. Even Jesus when teachings the disciples about his friend Lazarus' death, see John chapter 11, confused his disciples when he said that Lazarus is asleep.

The Apostles like most of us who believe that rest or sleep is good for you when you are sick, felt, that Lazarus was doing well by resting, when Jesus told them that he was sleeping. They supposed, understandbly, that rest would help to facilitate his reovery. Jesus then added, no, he's dead! Two worlds came together in terms of what Jesus was saying, and what the Apostles understood. In other words from a Jesus perspective, one who had the ability to restore life to someone who is apparently dead, death is nothing more in a highly ethereal sense than sleep.

To individuals today, who are as limited in understanding as the Apostles were at the time in both ability and understanding, a person who is dead is not asleep, their life functions have terminated permanently. Science teaches that all energy goes somewhere, energy does not dissipate. Some branches of philosophy teach that consciusness does not dissipate either, it simply goes somewhee else. We mentioned before, transmigration of the soul or spirit!

Clearly Lazarus, Moses, Elijah and others who made reappearances after death, proved that the conscienceness of the person does not dissipate! In short: people who were dead or sleep simply need to be reawakened. Ezekiel saw a vision where in a valley that contained the remains (bones) of humans that were deceased, were reconstituted into fully living fighting warriors! We are about to learn how that process works given the meeting in heaven!

Most of us look forward everyday to 'getting some sleep'. We consider sleep to be necessary pleasant, restorative exercise. We are not disturbed about the prospect of going to sleep given our expectation of waking up again in this world. Now on the other hand those who are in despair, guilt-laden, suicidal, in chronic pain or with little or any hope of recovery from pain, these individuals often look forward to death. The last group is willing to take the gamble that death, an escape, has to be preferable to their existence in this world or plane.

This group would prefer living either in another world, or to have their conscieness and therefore their pain to be put permanently at rest. A photographer recently came to the Bay area and set up his time-lapsed photography equipment on the world-renown Golden Gate Bridge. The cameras were strategically situated in order to capture the expressions on the faces of those individuals who lept from the bridge to their death below.

Until the project was terminated shortly after, some felt that what the photographer was doing was unethical, he captured, however, the forlorn and empty expressions on the faces of several individuals who lept from the bridge to their deaths below - only a few have survived the fall.

Eternal life could be nothing more than changing out of worn out bodies from time to time, or as I pointed out before, or it could represent extraction from the body as we know it altogether - in either representation, the transitioning of our conscieness. Which is it? I don't know for sure.

I have augured before that NASA could likely save itself some money and trouble, if it would experiment with others means of exploring space than by building aircraft that can carry on average 6 foot human bodies, life-support systems..., into space. Like what for example? Learning to project human intelligence and conscienceness into space, to be used for space exploration.

In time when we become like the God entity, we wll apparently inhabit all things without human limbs and other human body parts, for according to scripture we will be like the God entity, whatever it is - perhaps pure energy. And perhaps, we will learn to bring the whole cosmos to us instead. I understand that outside of time, tomorrow is not necessarily preceded by yesterday!

Point V: Our Contribution: Making it Happen and Other Implications?
First of all does the God entity exist within the, or does the cosmos exist within or separate from God. This is important, and it has serious implications. For as some have written already, the Universe was born and therefore without some intervention it will eventually die.

So as eternal beings that may or may not require food, sleep, or rest, perhaps an eternal existence within the bubble is inconsequential, or perhaps on the other hand it has significance. Whether or not it does or does not matter (no pun intended), will have a lot to do with the form in which we will ultimately exist or not exist! Will we be organisms? Apparently not! Will consciousness require an organic brain in order to exist? Maybe not!

Jesus in speaking with the disciples explained that sexual reproduction will come to an end, ergo, gender will cease to exist, marriage will cease to exist (The Mormons won't like that attack on the principle tenets of their theology), marriage and polygamy. Perhaps, there will no longer be a need for arms and legs as forementioned, or for the other customary human pleasure and reproductive organs. In Genesis, it was written that God rested.

Mormon and other males will have to give up the pleasure of looking at women's bodies, and enjoying sex! And as the Cable Guy would say, forgive me Lord, for I shouldn't have said that!

Whether the rest, which was referred to in Genesis was literal or figurative in the sense that God took a respite from its work, will speak to whether or not we will need to rest. For if sleep is a form of death, remember, death will have been eliminated! Perhaps the rest 'of time', that is what it is apparently - in an eternal sense can be defined as one day, minute or second or none of the above. Instead, like the eternal God "I Exist", and everything is common all at once!

Did I just contradict the scriptures again, or was I simply trying to explain a biblical metaphor. The canon is full of them after all!

Heaven has been opened up it would appear. From the time that humans began trying to make sense of their lives by studying the skies, adapting to times and seasons, creating and studying astrology and astronomy, clearly, it would appear that the God entity, equivalent or inanimate - is already meeting us, particularly those in the scientific community, in the (metaphorical or actual sky)?

Wasn't it always intended to be a meeting of knowledge and wisdom, and our taking that knowledge to transpose ourselves in order to continue that meeting with all of its possibilities and ramifiations in a permanent heavenly plane? And in that heavenly plane we will understand the lifelong mystery, minus all of the mysticism and the facade of religious worship that has accompanied it.

I do not get the sense that God unlike man, is sitting somewhere on a throne hoping to be worshipped. I suspect that the God entity whatever it happens to be [Higher than the hevens above the earth, and in thought above our thoughts], has been in its existence simply interested in providing us with knowledge and truth so that we can rejoin it, having spent years teaching us to love, worship, honor and to look for truth or what is actual.

The third time: I suspect that the God entity is more interested in being understood and incorporated, than in being worshipped!

As more of the mystery, in the absence of mysticism is being unconvered in various disciplines outside of the mystical, a continued unveiling and our acceptance of truth and what is actual, will provide us with the requisite knowledge and understanding that we have been seeking. For example, how and why we are here - and where we are going! Adam lived for 930 years, for those of us whose life expectation is less than 100 year today, that would have appeared to be an eternity. However, in a time-independent world Adam at best would have simply lived!

And just as each us began in family or guardian institution, one day we grew up. And once we grew up, some of us, moved away from the family home that we had become so accustomed. And we did so in order to move out into life where we could experience more than the limited view of the world that was provided us by our parents or guardians. My first move was 2500 miles from where I was born.

Now having said all of the above, some individuals have never left home. They are very comfortable there where everything is provided for them. These individuals are comfortable in stasis, and they disapprove of their siblings, neighbors and friends who have moved on. We represent a threat to them!

It is time for those individuals who are stunted and living at home and living in their (natural and religious) parents comfort zones to grow up. It is time for each of you to move out and to learn more about what it out there and beyond (even when home represents arudimentary religious comfort zone). Some religous group-families containing millions of children, happen to be stuck in 2 to 4000 year old paradigms!

In some religious orders, sects and organizations, the Pastor and his are considered to be mom and dad. When your parents move on, where will you be at the time - living their lives all over again for them? Would that explain the scriptural injunction to never refer to another as Father, or why we must 'grow up in him'? There is more beyond the piece of the puzzle that our parents provided us with - each generation garners, it would seem, a better understanding of the puzzle!

In Conclusion: Again, I believe that the meeting in the air has already begun. The knowledge that some pre-modern humans could not discern, that encircled them all the time is here for us to see, taste and understand today. We have both the means, if not the desire to partake of what is actual, and there for us to imbibe. And, we can live in it, move in it and have our being within it.

It represents our next stage in the evolutionary cycle, our journey is not complete yet, being human only represented a developmental stage in terms of what we are ultimately meant to become! And if you were to pass on temporarily (fall asleep), before we gain full understanding of the knowledge which contains the answers that are required to unlock the mystery of death, don't be surprised one day to hear a familiar voice awakening you from sleep.

We will help you to enter into your new body or form, if you haven't done so already. And why is our assistance required? We are his body, feet, legs and hands - HEAVEN APPARENTLY CANNOT WAIT ANY LONGER!

Peace & Grace
Rev. C. Solomon

Postscript: It is possible, if not a certainty
that the part that humans would play in terms of
meeting the Lord in the sky, and rein-
stituting the process of eternal
, has been downplayed! We
were apparently taught
against being as
proactive as
we should
have been!
more passive than we
should have been!
you and me have been taught to be too passive.

And what is my role in this? I am a minister who I believe
has been called to be a facilitator between two
disciplines that have been at war. I have
spent years studying theology, and
theology is not without its flaws.
I am studying science, and
science is not without
its flaws.

The two disciplines together, however, compose a
powerful juggernaut. Many of the world's
earliest scienctific researchers were
also religious individuals. Many
of their ideas and extrapolations
became a source of study, and
birthed the need to verify
was can be proven and
what remains unproven.

I believe personally that science is kinder to
religion than religion is to science. How
can religion be objective when the
fulcrum of religion forces
its followers into a box
from which they are
not allowed to

With the best of intentions both institutions
and individuals make mistakes. When it
comes down to it, each one of us is
responsbile for or own destiny.
And to outsource that
responsibility to
another is

I have gone on record to say that based upon my personal
research and study that 'the canon' is not a perfect
book. Should it be tossed out of the windows
given its imperfections? No, I don't
believe that, however, we should
examine it closer for its
voracity, and at the
same time we ought
to consider and
evaluate other

Well that is, if we are actually seeking after 'The Truth'. Otherwise
why should the two of them lie down together in the streets for
all of the world to witness?