Apr 27

Open Thought Asks: Does Man Experience Eternal Punishment?

As a child and far into adulthood, I believed that if man sinned and was not “saved,” he would suffer in hell eternally.  There would be “everlasting punishment!”  I do not believe that anymore.  Understanding Truth, Life and Love, has changed thought and freed me from those horrible beliefs.  That’s all they were–beliefs based on mortal thinking–thinking that did not understand man’s relationship to God.  What does all of this mean?

God is the sole Creator!  Nothing or no one exists outside of his creation, and all that He made is good.  This thinking is derived from reading the first Chapter of Genesis, specifically this verse: “And God saw every thing that he had made, and behold, it was very good” (1:31).   Reading and gaining an increased understanding of that entire chapter gives one a different perspective on man’s relationship to God.   What is that perspective?

The man that God created is a spiritual idea, never having the capacity to sin, experience sickness or death.  He dwells eternally in the realm of Spirit where all is perfect, holy and pure.  The man introduced in the second chapter of Genesis is a false belief of the creation of man–a man made from the dust of the ground–later becoming flesh and blood.  This belief is mortal, having nothing to do with the immortal man presented in the first chapter.  No . . they are not the same man in spite of what many believe!  

Those who believe in flesh and blood or man made of dirt, are setting themselves up for suffering–suffering brought about by this sinful belief.  This belief says God brings sickness, allows sins and kills people.   If God is good, how could He perform such hideous acts?  The answer:  “He does not!”  Man suffers as long as he wallows in the dirt of false belief.   Sin renders punishment.  To escape suffering, mortal man must free himself from mortal beliefs and suffering ceases.   How does he do that?

Freedom from sin, means emptying one’s consciousness of all of the false beliefs stored there.  This is a process that may not be achieved before the human body passes away.  The human body is not one’s true body.  The true body is spiritual consciousness–the divine activity of thought.  Let’s return to the subject of this article”  Does man experience eternal punishment?

Answer:  No!  Man will experience suffering as long as he believes he is mortal, has a mortal mind and does mortal things.  It is these beliefs that cause his suffering.  When his physical body passes away, his consciousness still exists and he must continue purifying his thinking in the hereafter to demonstrate the man God created–the one with a spiritual body.  That man was always there, the human mind simply was not aware of it.  It did not understand his true being–his divine nature.  It believed what mortal parents and human society brain-washed him into believing.

No, I am not crazy!  This is the message that Jesus brought to us.  Mankind has distorted that message with his ignorance of God and the man He created.

Here are some truths to ponder:

Everlasting punishment is a difficult term, what does it mean? It means one will be punished for his sins as long as he believes they exist. #sin #DrMamieSmith

Man’s true nature is unaffected by sin when it becomes unreal to him. To most of us, this if difficult to understand. #DrMamieSmith
When one ceases to believe in sin, that sin ceases to exist in his thought and he cannot suffer from it. #DrMamieSmith
Ridding thought of sin, enables you to escape the punishment sin brings. #DrMamieSmith

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Apr 23

Open Thought Asks: What Does Life Look Like After Death?

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WHAT DOES LIFE LOOK LIFE AFTER DEATH?

 

Have you ever pondered such a question as the one above?  Do you believe there is life after death, or are you one of those people who runs away from such questions and answers, and labels people a bit “nuts’ who raise such issues?

I am one of those people who say, “There is a trial period each one of us will go through after the human body passes away.”  Two key words make me say this: faith and understanding.  From early childhood, I have believed in a power greater that man–a power I call God.  As I grew in faith and battled with the darts and bolts of life, I sought understanding–spiritual understanding and was not denied.

Such understanding has made me redefine who I am–a child of God–a child made not of flesh and bones, but of divine consciousness.  Each of us has within consciousness goodness, mercy, joy, peace, good will, harmony and an infinite number of qualities that come from God.  The man God created is a body of divine thoughts, not a human body as many believe.  To cling to such a belief separates us from gaining an understanding of who we really are.  Years of searching have made me know who I really am!  

The greatest example of a “trial period after death,” was the re-appearance of Jesus to his disciples and many others after his crucifixion.  His human body showed the marks of death, but his spiritual mind revealed dominion over death.  He did this to prove to all of us that death really is an illusion, based on the belief that man lives in flesh instead of Spirit.

You say, “Hm-m-m-m. . . now I know she has lost it.”  I haven’t lost anything, I have simply gained spiritual understanding.  These words stem from over 40 years of divine demonstrations of Life, Truth and Love.  What does that mean?  It means I have healed diseases the same way Jesus did, silenced hate, forgiven the seemingly unforgivable and today, see life only as the divine activity of thought.

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Life means using wisdom and understanding to gain dominion over sin, disease and death.  Death occurs only if you believe life is in the body.  I believe in the premise that man lives only in divine consciousness, not in matter.  If God, whom I believe to be Life, created all existence, death has no basis for occurrence.  It does not exist!  That is what is meant by “receiving the Holy Ghost.”  One reaches a state of thought where human existence is viewed as a myth, not as the creation of the One God.

How do we achieve this while here on earth?  Jesus paved the way.  He taught that the Christ was and is not a physical being, but a divine message from God that speaks to the human consciousness and takes away the sins of mankind.  That same Christ dwells among us . . . we have only to become spiritually aware of its presence.

Jesus had a dual personality–one of Spirit and of flesh.  Uninspired thought only saw the fleshly Jesus, but inspired thought knew the spiritual one.  Which one are you clinging to?  To walk in the flesh but become one with the Spirit, means the human eyes see mortal man, but mentally embrace the spiritual man.  As we grow in grace, every mortal thought will be destroyed by truth and you will gain eternal life.

What does life after death look like?  You will awake with a consciousness, not a physical body, because you have left that body here on earth–in a grave or ashes in an urn.  That consciousness you awake with, will basically be in the same place it was before you passed way.  What do I mean by that?  It will hold the same concepts, ideas and beliefs that controlled your life while on earth.  If those thoughts and ideas are materialistic, your battle to obtain eternal life will continue.  You will suffer from lack of spiritual understanding and may even die again and again until you reach the understanding needed to alter your journey.

Those who have embraced Christ and strove to demonstrate it while living on earth before death, will awake to a greater understanding of man and his relationship to God. Your wisdom will be heightened, growth steady and demonstrations sound.  This will continue until the “last trump sounds”– the last erroneous thought in consciousness melts into truth and love, and you attain a mind that never separates itself from God.

What road will you choose today?  What pathway will you walk in?  Will it be one of truth or error, joy or sorrow, love or hate, peace or war?   The choice is yours!

Mar 01

Is “Anger” an Emotion of Praise or Disapproval?

The news media seems to highlight “anger” in a complimentary manner,  with a welcomed smile and with words like, “There’s a lot of anger out there!” or ” People don’t like the way the country is going and they are angry about it!”  “People are angry and they’re taking action!” The picture below is the crux of this article:

How Does Getting Angry Solve a Problem?

In finding an answer to the question above , the writer looked at a couple definitions of anger.  Webster says “anger is a feeling that results from mistreatment, injury or opposition.  It usually  shows itself in a desire to hit-out at something or someone.”

Wikipedia describes anger as “is an intense emotional response . . . that involves a strong uncomfortable and emotional response to a perceived provocation.”

 

Both definitions indicate anger is a feeling that someone experiences which creates a mental disturbance toward something or someone.  OK . . . you have this feeling . .  . what do you do with it?  What kind of a reaction does it generate?  Is the reaction positive or negative?  Does it involve a logical, well-thought out solution or does it generate a reaction based on illogical conclusions drawn from a disturbed mind?  Is anger spiritual or material?  Human or divine?  Right or wrong?  Good or evil?  These are questions this article seeks to answer.

 

Psychological View of Anger 

Let’s take a look at anger from a psychological perspective.  Ph. D . Steven Stosny says:

 

“Anger is the primary protective emotion, designed to protect us from harm or from loss of something of value. The most physical of all emotions, anger sends action signals to the muscles and organs of the body to prepare us for one purpose and one purpose only: to neutralize or defeat the perceived threat.”  He suggests further that two factors go into forming anger: current vulnerability and magnitude of the perceived threat.

 

Vulnerability leaves a person feeling “open to attack,” somewhat helpless in defending himself.  It gives one a sense of hopelessness, the inability to correct a situation or powerless to ward off forces coming toward him.  Low vulnerability is perceived as less of a threat that high vulnerability.  A person experiencing high vulnerability usually reacts with problem anger. 

 

 

 

The Australian Psychological Society weighs in on anger this way:

 

“Anger is a normal human emotion and when it is managed properly it is not a problem. Everyone gets angry, and mild anger can sometimes be useful to express strong feelings and deal with situations. However, if anger is expressed in harmful ways, or persists over a long period of time, then it can lead to problems in relationships . . .  and can affect the overall quality of your life.”

 

The key to this anger perspective is the word “perceived.”  Perception is the motivating factor, and in many cases one’s perception is based on false premises, acquired through negative life experiences, lack of information and emotional instability, thereby, making a logical decision difficult to obtain.

 

Does Anger Prevent Rational Decision-Making?

Human rationality or logic is based on one’s ability to produce or receive advantage, pleasure or happiness.  It is usually self-motivated, with little or no regard for another’s welfare. Therefore, what is rational to one may not be rational to another.  This type of reasoning changes with personal experiences, emotions and cultural backgrounds.  However, rationality with a spiritual foundation, is based on divine, unchangeable laws that are universal in meaning and demonstration.  Such rationality has reasoning power based on Truth, Life and Love.  Its motive is pure and its outcome peaceful.

Anger is an emotional, human reaction caused by displeasure with something or someone, with no semblance of divine truth, life or love.  The biblical reference to “the anger of the Lord,” is and was humanly derived–a false sense of mortal man’s understanding of God as “humanly circumscribed.”

God has no human or mortal attributes.  He is Love and only knows love.  Thus, rationality based on anger separates itself by its very nature, from logic with a spiritual foundation.  It can never render a decision with sound logic!   Therefore, to hold “anger” as an emotion that will yield positive results, is without substance or validity.

Anger is never good, right or spiritual.  It begins with lower levels of thought which do not ascend to higher levels.  To reach higher levels of thought, man must remove anger from thought, dissolve it with love, and erase it with truth.   Problems are solved by lifting heaven

thought above anger, uncovering the errors that suggest its reality and casting them out of thought! The greatest example of this, are the lessons taught by the Great Exemplar, Jesus Christ.  He laid the foundation for spirituality, mapped out the way and left guideposts to get there.  It is up to us to acquire the tenacity and courage to demonstrate it.  The man of God’s creation is neither mortal nor material, neither emotional nor physical, but a spiritual consciousness filled with goodness and mercy–a spiritual idea, made in the “image and likeness of God.”

Glorifying anger as something of value, is the wrong message sent to mankind.  When we hear it expressed in such a manner, let us mentally denounce such a practice and replace it with purity, grace and truth–a truth that frees us from fear, self-righteousness and self-justification.

Is anger an emotion of praise or disapproval?   We answer with the following verse:

“Let them praise the name of the Lord: for he commanded, and they were created.  

He hath also established them for ever and ever:”  Psalms 148: 5-6.

Jan 15

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Sep 24

Open Thought: How Is Marriage Really Defined? Same-Sex or Opposite Sex?

Open Thought:  HOW IS MARRIAGE REALLY DEFINED? SAME-SEX OR OPPOSITE SEX?

“For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven”

Matthew 22:30

jesusinthedesertWhen I listen to the fiery discussions on marriage, see the clerk in Texas refuse to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple or hear my sister say, ” I applaud the woman . . . what she did is based on Scripture,”  my thoughts immediately turn to the verse above–words spoken by Jesus to the Sadducees–a group who thought they knew the scriptures, and that Jesus did not know what he was talking about because his understanding of the Word of God differed from theirs.   Four words are key to grasping his meaning–resurrection, marry, angels and heaven.  Let’s examine those words in the context of Jesus’ teaching.

 

Research reveals that Webster gives two basic meanings of the word “resurrection,” one being “the rising of Jesus from the dead after his death and burial” and two, a “restoration and revival.”  How do these definitions compare with Jesus’ concept of resurrection?  In John 11: 25, He said to Martha, when she referred to the resurrection as being an after death and judgment day rising,  “I am the resurrection, and the life:  he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” What is he saying?  He is referring to his demonstrations of life–demonstrations that healed the sick, cleansed the leper, cast evil thoughts out of the minds of people, raised the human body from death (to prove that true life is not in the body) and used  “unconditional love” as the foundation of divine existence.    Even though Jesus raised four people from the dead, including himself, his message was more of restoration and revival, based on goodness, mercy, forgiveness, justice,  peace and righteousness, with divine love as the foundation of all of them.  Hopefully, we are on the same page as to the meaning of resurrection.

 

Marriage means “to unite, to enter into a close or intimate relationship” or “to join a man to a woman as his wife or a woman to a man as her husband.”  Angels are divine messages or thoughts from God, that enter into one’s consciousness to take away the sins of the world, and heaven is harmony, peace, a divine state of mind–not a place in the sky where one goes after death.  You may not agree with these definitions, and that will determine your assessment of this article.

 

 

How do all of these “stack-up” with the life that Jesus lived and taught us to live?  Humanly, he did not unite with a mate, his connection or unity was always with God.  He even said “I and my Father are one”– one in quality, not quantity. That “oneness” was a divine state of thought”–a thinking that manifested the Christ, which I define as a manifestation of God that comes into man’s human thought, and erases the sins embedded there.  So we begin to see that Jesus’ interpretation of marriage, was not one human being uniting with another human being–man to woman, man to man or woman to woman, but the spiritual nature of man connecting with God, Spirit.  Thus spiritually, it is of no consequence what two mortal people do relative to marriage, the key is whether they love unconditionally, do unto others as they would have them do to them, express purity of thought according to the Ten Commandments and Beatitudes, and have no other God but the One God.

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Angel messages are powerful in determining whether one serves God or mortal man.  These messages stem from ideas that cause us to express who we truly are–” man made in the image and likeness of God,” and that likeness has nothing to do with flesh and blood, gender, sex orientation or human kind.  We are only children of God to the extent that we express the attributes of God:  wisdom, mercy, comprehension, faith, purity, peace, awareness, insight, warmth, perfection, justice, equality, order, joy, strength, honesty, integrity, unchangeableness, compassion, unselfishness, charity, respect and forgiveness — just to name a few.  Mankind has decided to interpret God’s laws as though God serves man, and not man serving God.  The laws of God are unchangeable and eternal;  the laws of man are changeable and temporal.

We talked about heaven as not being a locality, but a divine state of mind–a state of mind where one’s consciousness  knows only peace, harmony, joy and spiritual understanding.  Thus, we can experience heaven, while here on earth.  Most of us do experience heaven in some way and at some time, but unlike Jesus, who was always divinely connected, we have only moments of higher levels of thought, then our thinking sinks back to the human level, where judgment is based on the five senses. Truth then, becomes not what is based on the Beatitudes, Ten Commandments or the inspired word of the Bible, but on our own sense of truth, and the sad part is, we describe that so-called truth as biblical interpretation, and use our limited intelligence to judge other people.

 

A typical expression is, “The Scriptures said . . . ” not realizing that it is one’s interpretation of the Scriptures that makes one believe, and everybody has the capacity to interpret or understand them based on his experiences.  Not only are scriptures interpreted literally, but also spiritually, and unless inspiration accompanies that interpretation, we only get a human version of what is being said.  A better way to assess whether one understands the Scriptures correctly, is to see if his “works” emulate the works of Jesus.  Does he rely on doctors to heal?  Jesus didn’t.  Does he spend a large part of the day reading, praying and seeking understanding of the Scriptures?  Jesus often went “up into the mountains” to pray and re-establish his connection with God.  Does he constantly purify his thoughts, so he can see God and the man God created in each individual?  Jesus saw the perfect man, in spite of what the physical picture presented, and finally, does he place no other god before the one God?  Jesus’ life was holy, uplifting, comforting and free of human criticism. Mankind is so busy pointing fingers at someone else’s faults, and leaving his own faults unattended.

 

The clerk in Texas was minding someone else’s business and not being about “my Father’s business” as Jesus did.  It is not her job to “work out (another’s) salvation,” only her own.  In fact, she can’t work out the salvation of anyone else, each person has to rid himself of evil beliefs by personally uniting with the one Mind–divine intelligence.  This is not to say I believe same-sex marriage is an evil, it’s to say, even if it were, she cannot “save” anybody.  More importantly, she needs to “cast the beam” out of her own eyes, instead of trying to “cast the mote” out of the couple’s eyes.  As we have discussed, true marriage has nothing to do with one human uniting with another, but with man’s union with God.  Sin is sin, and one sin is no greater than another.  Therefore, unless your consciousness is free of all sin, it is best to concentrate on making thine own self true.

 

Now, let’s look at the citation by Jesus in the context of the meanings of resurrection, marriage, angels and heaven as discussed here. Repeating the citation stated at the beginning of this article, “For in the resurrection, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as angels of God in heaven,” Jesus is saying that when man’s nature is transformed by Spirit, and he is totally, mentally connected to God, he is above human thinking and acting, but dwells in the realm of Soul, where all sensualism disappears, and peace and harmony reign.  Most of us will never reach that transformation before we make the transition from one consciousness to another, therefore, it is essential that we spend our time “putting off the old man” and “putting on the new man” for oneself, and leave other people alone.  Should one seek your counsel, give it, but if advice is not sought, keep it and put it into practice for yourself.  The divine messages from God are always harmonious–in harmony with divine Law–molding and elevating thought.  As I study the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, unfoldment reveals that what appeared to be true yesterday, may not be true today.  It is not the Word of God that changes (for it is eternal) it is my perception of the Word of God that changes, and when we know better  . . . we do better.

 

Same-sex marriage does nothing to prevent one from being “fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth” as we read in Genesis 1: 28, for it is not babies that Moses is admonishing us to fill the earth with, but, spiritual ideas.  He is saying “do the spiritual work that will enable the divine ideas God has placed in your consciousness, so that they can unfold, and fill the earth with beauty and peace.”   Spiritual ideas are not flesh and blood, they represent the presence and power of the living Christ.  Seek them, find them and embrace them . . . and the glory of God will enshroud you in righteousness, because your are wedded to . . . the One God.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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