All Roads Lead to the Same Destination: Two Ultimate Paths to Choose From

Which path are you on?

So now we come to the precipice.

Seeing all of the corrupt and outrageous actions taking place in our world today (or perhaps it’s always been there; for years/decades/centuries… and people wise up to it (or don’t) on their own time), we must ask ourselves what it all boils down to.

What is the end-game?

What do we do?

Now, I have made a list of some of the possible routes that people/individuals/humanity can go down. Assessing all of these paths, ultimately it culminates into TWO paths that one can choose from.

You’ve likely heard of the verse,  “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”Matthew 7:13-14

Well, this idea fits in nicely here. A little too nicely. In fact, it fits in so well, that there’s little room to wonder if this may have been misconstrued in some way.

But, I will offer these paths for others to consider, for your reflection. This is based on what I have seen, my beliefs, and my opinion. To be clear, this is not meant to offend anyone. Only to present the separate groups that I see people dividing into.

What do you think? Do you agree/disagree? Is there a path I’m missing? While at first glance it may seem to be unfair to box people in these separate groups, I am merely trying to outline the different paths that I see people taking as things progress during our lives. And likely, many of these paths have been taken by us as individuals at some point. Until we finally settle into one that fits us.

Ultimately, we will all come to the same place – but what happens after that remains to be seen. And I would very much like it to see people on the right side of history.

1st Path – the 3 D’s – Destruction/Disruption/Disorder

There are those who live in chaos. They love drama – causing it, being involved it, watching it… Even if some will not admit to it and/or they will deny it, there are individuals who enjoy a crazy/hectic life.

This isn’t “evil” per se, but when we see the Bible verse above specifically mention that the wide gate leads to ‘destruction’ (in other versions, it is translated as: ‘hell’ – New Life Version / ‘death’ – The Voice / ‘perdition, damnation’ – Wycliffe Bible), one can make the correlation that to seek this lifestyle would lead to one’s destruction.

And then there are those, of course, who know full well the actions they are taking. Deliberately causing mayhem, wars, hatred, anger, violence… There are of course many references to the secret societies of the world, the “hidden hand”, whose motto “order out of chaos”, fits very well into this scenario.

Yet again, there will be those who, separate from the secret societies, follow this sinful lifestyle and revel in it. Perhaps they know no better. Or perhaps they know exactly who they’re following by going down this road. Perhaps they’re of the belief that nothing happens to us after we die and there will be no judgement. We just cease to exist.

Perhaps they’re of the belief that “life” is for us to enjoy it, sins and all, free will, do what thou wilt, etc. Perhaps they seek the worldly life and those of the world – riches, fame, power… which brings me to the next path.

2nd Path – The Ways of the World

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. – 1 John 2:15-17

Sadly, there are many who seek this path. We have been so inured to seek the “successful” life – whatever “successful” means in a normal social setting – high-paying career, family, 3 story house, promotion, Maserati, the most friends/followers on tiktok, the greenest yard in the neighborhood, winning the Nobel Prize, etc., etc., etc. that we end up losing sight of what really matters.

It is not just the most famous of celebrities, or the highest-bribed paid politicians, or the corrupted healthcare workers and scientists keeping their silence for money and to maintain their reputation… these are also everyday ordinary citizens that prize money, recognition, their status, other people, etc. that they will literally choose the ways of the world over their salvation.

Even if they consider that it is not the best route for them spiritually, they will be tempted by the allure of what the world can offer them. The physical/materialistic aspects are tangible, pleasing to the eye; monetary wealth/fame can boost one’s image/ego. Even if they plan to follow the RIGHT path at some point, they put that on hold until they decide if and when it’s right. If they even ever make this choice (or have the chance to…).

This group also, in my opinion, includes the Lukewarm Christians. Those who may proclaim with their mouth that they follow Jesus Christ, but in their heart they are still tied into the worldly system – debts/mortgages to pay, the safety net of a job/career, the need to attend a prestigious college, going to church only to fulfill obligation or because of habit, the desires to adhere to a strict set of rules for the illusion of temporary granted freedoms…

When push comes to shove, the lukewarm Christians sit on the fence until they are finally forced to make a choice – and sadly, many of them will choose the wide/easy path.

3rd Path – The Clueless / Deniers

As much evidence and proof there is of heinous agendas by those in positions that they shouldn’t be in, there will be a group of people that are either utterly clueless to these kinds of activities, and/or they will outright deny that this is even happening. Even as the atrocities pile up all around them, the bubble they live in will not allow them to see/admit when things have gotten out of hand.

Their refusal or blissful ignorance keeps them from seeing the truth of the ways of the world,

“My people perish for lack of knowledge.” – Hosea 4:6

They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. – Ephesians 4:18

From this group, the efforts to debunk, ridicule, scorn those who do believe that the world is excessively heading towards a bleak, dark future and who are trying to alert others, will give rise to a form of indifference/passiveness that influence others into the belief that the “conspiracy theories” of our time are just that. Fruitless conspiracy theories that have no basis in reality.

So even if the evidence is there, it will be ignored and bypassed as just coincidental, weird occurrences that have no affect in the ways we live our lives. Letting the wickedness run rampant freely with little to no opposition, or even acknowledgement from the people on this path.

4th Path – The Follower

A saying that I, for one, have gotten morosely too familiar with these last couple of years, is, “Everyone else was doing it. So I followed along.”

The need to “fit in”, to not be “left out”, to “follow the group”… Regardless if they were for or against the ideologies set forth by the so-called majority… once they see their friends, families, co-workers, strangers, people around them following a set-up paradigm, they will accept it as a part of their normal lifestyle. They will let it integrate into their life, either without so much as a single thought, or even just silently going along with the motions.

This leads to a very severe upset in the way that a society is run.

Imagine the very same tyrannical forces that enjoy disruption and chaos from the 1st path, employing their dictatorship and anarchy on to the rest of the world, and enforcing their beliefs on to the rest of the world. Now imagine the population, even if hesitant or resistant to it at first, slowly becoming indoctrinated, habituated, desensitized – to the initially outrageous and preposterous proposals set forth by these establishments?

This is exactly what’s going on in the world right now, with such escalating force and alarming speed, that if one isn’t paying attention, they will easily be swept into this immoral culture without a clue how they got there. And will they stand up against it? The people in this group will not. They will go along with it. Because even by the time they notice it is happening (if they even do), the majority has already accepted it. And they will follow, if only for the sole reason to not be ostracized.

5th Path – The Lost Sheep

Sadly, while not necessarily under the “follower” path, the lost sheep are the ones who have been led astray and deceived/manipulated into believing that certain systems/structures being set in place are what’s right.

Whether they are being indoctrinated by “educators”, taught their ideologies from their parents, misled by their pastors, outrightly lied to by “experts” or authority figures… the people that fall in this group have been tricked, scammed and misguided.

I have a level of sympathy for the people in this group. They are doing what they believe is right by listening to the people that they were taught to trust. Throughout our youth, who were we taught to trust? Our parents, our teachers, law enforcement, doctors, pastors… we are taught exclusively not to trust strangers – even if those strangers are simply concerned citizens on the internet.

It should make sense. However, for those in authority, it’s quite easy for people in those positions to abuse their authority. “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” This can be construed in a couple of ways. The original meaning: those in power end up being corrupted, OR, one can look at it as: those in power corrupt others.

This could fall under a cult-like inclination, perhaps a vicious cycle that perpetuates unorthodox teachings, misled belief structures in certain institutions and agendas… and, in some cases, this is by very strategic and deliberate design. 

6th Path – Give Up / Give In

In this path, there will either be those who have given up on humanity and leave them to their own devices, doom, demise… what have you, although they themselves are fully aware of what’s going on. Perhaps they are of the mentality that nothing they can do or say will amount to anything, so they choose not to do anything. Or perhaps they simply don’t care. They are not necessarily for the immoralities going on in the world – but rather they see no way to stop it, and so have sat back to let the world do what it will.

Then there are those who have tried to set things right; bring attention to certain topics/subjects that people should address and change. They will try to tell others and spread awareness. But they will not be met with much luck and will realize that their attempts are futile.

While at first those in the second group were attempting a noble effort, the lack of the response they were hoping for gives rise to a certain apathy and will conclude, much like that of the first group, that nothing they say or do will change humanity for the better. So they essentially give up.

Even more tragic, there will be those who not only give up, but will give in. It’s one thing to remain resistant to immoral changes, but it’s an entirely different field to give in completely to the establishments that one was at first opposed against. This is not to imply that everyone will give in, because some will remain resistant. But there are some that will, sadly, cave in to the pressure – essentially joining the Followers of the 4th path.

7th Path – The 3 R’s: Resist/Rebel/Retaliate

While seeing all of the corruption and wickedness taking hold of the world may lead one to consider a “revolution” of some sort, initially, it would seem that this is the only path that one could take in order to “fight the establishment”; in order to stand up against dictatorship and tryanny.

And certainly, there will be people attempting to join this path – if not already on it.

However, while Resisting should most definitely be followed, as well as Rebelling to a certain degree, the last R – Retaliate, should be reconsidered. I would imagine most people in this group would Resist and Rebel, yet fall short of Retaliating.

Peaceful protests are fine, violently rioting/opposing is not. Openly declaring/discussing our beliefs, stances, disagreements are fine. Or it should be; however, as those who have been speaking out are finding out, censorship and the labeling of people who speak out as “dangerous dissenters” have taken a center stage by tptsb – involving everything and everyone from politicians, celebrities, mainstream media/social media, government agencies, educational/medical institutions, etc.

Physical retaliation, on the other hand, will give those on the 1st Path the Destruction/Disruption and Disorder that they desire. It brings us back full circle to perpetuate/perpetrate the chaos that those who want to initiate this kind of lifestyle on the population, and gives them the ammo to continue their agenda.

Having an aggressive, violent force opposing them will justify their own retaliative actions and will give them the vindication (at least in their own mind) that they were right in considering others as a danger to their own livelihood; even if they, themselves are naturally wicked, immoral, and destructive.

Again, this is only speaking of my own observations and theologies.

So while Resisting and Rebelling (peacefully) should be followed, the last R – Retaliation, would, in my opinion, give the globalists exactly what they want.

So, this brings me to the last path that I believe people can take; and most certainly SHOULD take. Even if it doesn’t make sense. Even if it sounds too easy. Too ridiculous. After studying the many different paths, this is the only one that I can see will make the best difference, or even the ONLY difference. Even if we don’t realize it, or don’t see it manifesting in the world… We have to wonder, what will it do to our own spirituality and enlightenment?

8th Path – The RIGHT Path

I have named this the “RIGHT” path, not only for its double entendre, but also as an acronym for the following:

Return Individually to God’s Heavenly Teachings

What is God’s teachings? Well, there are always debates surrounding the subject of religion, theology, philosophy, the mysteries of the Universe, the meaning of life, the Creator, God, etc. So people will have different answers for this type of question.

So again, I have to reiterate, based upon my experiences, Forgiveness and Love are the two key principles that I have gained in my personal life and what I have gleaned from the Bible.

Now, I have to be crystal clear, Forgiving and Loving does not mean to accept wrong teachings or ideologies. One can forgive and love someone without absolving them of their crime, sin or wrongdoing. This is ultimately up to God/Jesus Christ to pass judgement. But we can grow in Love and Forgiveness and see them as a soul/consciousness who is on their own path and will face the truth of themselves when the time is ready for them.

With that being said, for those on the RIGHT path, we’d also want to spread this message for others to seek the truth and help them/us along our road to the narrow gate.

But can we change the world? Can we change other people? Some people believe so. Some people believe this is an unachievable endeavor.

But realistically, what can we change? Well, that’s obvious. We can change ourselves. Even if we don’t believe on the outset that we can change others, by changing our own way of thinking, by developing ourselves to follow the path set forth for us by Jesus Christ, his message of:

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,” – Matthew 5:43-44

then we can, even if in a small measure, plant a seed in the “enemy”, that their opposition towards us is unheeded and unneeded. They are loved, and even if they believe that “love” is for the weak and they prefer power and subjugation, their consciousness – all of which is from God – will show them the Truth and will show them the futility of what they once held in such esteem. They will come to realize, just the same as all of us, that Love is the only thing that matters, and that this simple notion is what will ultimately change the world, one individual at a time.

Now, there are people who are already on this path. They see the wickedness taking hold all around them, all around us, and it is waking them up – or they are just naturally aware of what is going on. People are realizing that the answers they seek lie in our vibration, our frequency, our fortitude to rise above the hatred, the division, the anger, the violence… Even if they are not of the religious/spiritual sense, if they turn towards the understanding that Love itself is a force, and understand its importance and initiate it into their lives, they are, for all intents and purposes, following the teachings of God/Jesus Christ.

Lastly, I want to address some feedback that the 8th Path may inevitably bring up. And that is the subject of the belief that by being of a loving, forgiving nature – instead of one of forceful opposition, that will allow the evil to run even more rampant in the world.

Well… there’s a few different ways of looking at it. On one hand, while this assessment may be a likelihood, we have to ask ourselves, even if this is so, biblical teachings point us to the way to not hold onto things of the world as what we should strive for. In fact, it teaches us to rise above this mentality and seek God/Love/Jesus Christ above all things – especially over the world.

Another perspective is that by not physically enforcing a way of life that we have decided would be beneficial to us – such as physically rebelling and/or attacking those institutions who we would consider our “enemy”, is that we are more easily led like sheep to the slaughter. Or a sort of martyrdom, if you will.

This could also be true in a sense.

But one thing we should also consider, are the other teachings that Jesus has tried to tell his disciples. Namely, “He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.” – Matthew 10:39

This is, obviously, not meant to be taken to run head first to be a martyr for Christ, but only to realize that if we truly want to follow the RIGHT path, we need to lay down any and all types of violence, aggression, vengeance, etc. and love our enemies even as they would persecute us. This would, obviously, leave them no recourse as justification for their actions, other than, “They allowed us to do it without putting up a fight…”

A peaceful and loving countenance is what Jesus would expect of us when addressing an adversary. So much so, that even as He was being crucified, He was imploring the Father to forgive them and forgive the crowds who were calling for His death.

With all of that being said, I have also considered the possibility that the Bible and its messages of Love and Forgiveness is one huge, giant psyop to get people to easily lay down their life for their enemy so that “evil” will, essentially, win. With the hopes of no opposing force except for a peaceful group that are pacifists, they would in turn be an easy resistance to wipe out.

However, after realizing how much the messages of Jesus Christ is hated by those who love to control the world, while that could be a fake guise in and of itself to further deceive people, I find this hard to believe. It would seem that they delight in turning people against this message and into one of hatred, division and violence. The last thing they want people to do is become loving and forgiving towards one another.

So, in essence, only 1 of these 8 paths is the narrow path we are tasked with walking down – but they all lead to one destination. Again, this is just from some of my observations of what I have seen going on in the world.

For me, personally, I have at some point in my life, walked 4 of these 8 paths. I am trying to walk on my 5th and final road: the RIGHT path. While sometimes we may stray and go off the intended path, I have faith that Jesus Christ will lead us right back to it.

*Featured image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

You Are Much More Than You Realize | But You Need to Believe It

What do you believe in? Do you REALLY believe it?

I don’t normally write opinionated or speculative pieces on this website; usually I try and provide informational articles or transcripts, or a collection of important subjects to consider, etc.

However, this is also incredibly important and I was due for some serious reflection when considering human nature and its connection to energy/vibration/frequency/etc.

I come across a lot of theories that our thoughts form the world around us. If that’s the case, then would a worldwide focus on disease and sickness literally create this mindset that we’re all in? Would a collective consciousness, mainly focused on one thing, bring it to being?

There’s so much to unravel when diving into this subject, and of course I’m not going to come to a clear-cut conclusion, because I have no professional knowledge about metaphysics or quantum mechanics, but I do want to bring up the topic just for deliberation.

Image by Garik Barseghyan from Pixabay

Imagine all of the influences that shape your view of the world today. Imagine how you thought of the world when you were younger. Is the stark difference (if any) between the two due to knowledge and experience, simply growing up and learning more about the world around you? Or was it due to outside sources shaping your feelings, emotions, thoughts, patterns? (A combination of both? A nature versus nurture/parental/societal upbringing?)
 
Let’s take this website, for example. Am I unknowingly feeding into the negativity, fear, chaos, confusion, low-vibration energies that I would like humanity to rise out of? By comprising a lot of the articles with negative topics – granted due to wanting to inform readers of the events that are going on around us – I can’t help but feel as if I’m contributing to spreading the anxiety, fears, panic, etc.
 
This is not my intention, but the sentiment remains.
 
There is also the fact of the matter that there are studies that people are naturally drawn to “bad news” rather than good news. Sure it could be from a tendency to be aware of our surroundings and be alert so that we can know what actions to take, but one could also argue that this isn’t the case because of the lack of action to prevent or change these certain things from happening. So then the question becomes, why are we drawn to negativity instead of seeking the positive?
 
Perhaps a twisted curiosity of the chaotic events surrounding us? A slight obsession to keep ourselves informed of all the bad/evil things occurring in the world, yet offering little to no action to counteract it? As it is, there are some groups coming together to raise awareness of several political attempts to impose unnecessary rules and mandates, which does help, but what about the others who remain in their state of un-acknowledgment, or even worse, complicity? Then when considering those who are fully aware of what’s going on, yet maintain a defeatist position, or an apathetic one, the struggle to see the positive outcome can get overwhelming.
 
If the world is indeed composed of energy, frequency, vibration, thoughts, then by constantly focusing on the negative aspects and collectively indulging these thoughts, it creates an endless cycle of fear, division, emotional distress, etc. that keeps us in this lower state of energetic frequency/mentality.
 
If our world does indeed stem from our belief system, creating the trap that essentially enslaves us, then wouldn’t it be prudent to set our beliefs and thought patterns away from all of this evil and negativity, and instead direct it towards hope, faith, love and forgiveness?
 
Some may scoff at this idea, but there could be understandings that bring this theory to interesting reflection, if only one would expand their thinking and entertain these thoughts without the need for completely believing them.
 
Take, for example, the “paranormal” aspects of tulpas, poltergeists, placebos/nocebos, and similar concepts. History and studies dictates that these are within the realm of possibility, if not having already been established.
 
For additional reading into these subjects, please visit:
 

Tulpa Creation in Tibet
“Placebo” vs. “Nocebo”: The Good And The Bad
What Is a Poltergeist?

Then, in a somewhat similar vein as poltergeists, there are cases where a person’s energetic force, if that’s what it is, causes disturbances to electrical objects.

Are You A Slider? The Phenomena of High Energy People Causing Electronics to Go Haywire

I myself have had experiences with appliances going haywire during certain times in my life. I can’t attest that it’s due to my conscious/subconscious/unconscious state, or that it was even directly through me. But it is fascinating and questionable when certain objects respond to a specific person’s close proximity, compared to those of other people.

There is also the matter of vibrational frequencies. Some people experience vibrations during meditation, or even when having out of body experiences. Again, I have first hand accounts of this phenomena, not only from out of body experiences, but also from a vibrational test, of sorts. I fully believe that the more spiritually developed we are, the higher and stronger our vibrational frequencies get. Staying in a state of despair, depression, anger, fear, etc. will keep us in a lower state of frequencies.

Feeling Vibrations During Meditation: Here Is Why!

Now, with all that being said, why do I feel as if our beliefs/thoughts play a significant role in the life that we’re in?

Well, I’m going to go back to one of the most widely known manuscripts/books in history. To the Bible.

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not [overcome] comprehend it.
John 1:1-5

What are words, spoken aloud? It’s sound. What is sound? It’s a vibrational frequency.

“A sound is a form of energy, just like electricity, heat or light. Sound is one of the important senses of the human body. Some sounds are pleasant, and some are annoying. We are subjected to various types of sound all time. Sound waves are the result of the vibration of objects.”What is Sound? – Characteristics of Sound Waves, Propagation Of Sound

“The Word of God” could then be re-written to state “The Vibration of God”. There are also scientific studies into “light” and its definition being of an energetic wavelength – similar to that of sound.

Now, getting back to the Bible, I want to focus on the belief/faith aspect of its teachings.

But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach):
9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Romans 10:8-9

The above passage combines both vibrational sound frequencies (speak aloud your faith) with the belief (conscious thoughts) of one’s heart in Jesus Christ.

One has to wonder, why is “belief/faith” such an integral part of the biblical/Godly narrative? If our own belief constructs can make us sick through “nocebos”, or well with “placebos”, just by believing in the concept of side effects or cures, then what would a belief in a divine presence accomplish?

Likewise, if one wants to entertain the opposite side of the fence, what would a deeply held belief in demons, ghosts, negative entities, accomplish? There are many who practice witchcraft, sorcery, satanic rituals, paganism, etc. who have alleged to experience supernatural events. The same can be said of some followers of Jesus and of different religions, but seeing the current situation we have today, one has to wonder if there is a deliberate concerted effort to endorse other religions and practices while simultaneously denouncing Christianity/Jesus Christ for a specific reason.

If there are fewer and fewer people who believe in Jesus Christ, while I, personally, think that each person will have their own independent time of atonement, the whole world will either experience chaos (similar to the situation we find ourselves in right now), or depending on if more and more people choose to believe in Jesus, the world will slowly wake up out of this “worldly/materialistic” system and focus instead on the light/vibration of Truth and Love.

I have researched this for a very long time. While I may not have necessarily put my knowledge into practice until recent years, this information has been one that all roads lead to. And I want to make something completely clear. While there are many who do not believe in Jesus and instead are agnostic, or polytheistic, completely atheist, etc. – here is what I understand – [this is my opinion only based on the research and experiences that I’ve had]:

Jesus IS Love. He is the personification of Love.

I realize there are debates about this concept and that there are instances where Jesus expresses his outrage (fig tree/money changers) and while I’m not going to pretend to understand completely the motivations behind it, I will say that Love is not without its reprimands. I love my son whole-heartedly, but that doesn’t mean I won’t scold him or punish him if he does something out of line. I can’t explain Jesus’ outrage at a fig tree, but it’s not my place to judge.

So what does this all have to do with our beliefs/thoughts/energy/etc.? Well, Love in itself is an energy – emotional/vibrational energy. And if Jesus is Love, then it is akin to saying if we believe in Jesus, we believe in Love. We can also turn it around and say that if we believe in Love (pure, divinely-inspired Love – not the twisted “love” that some people try and justify their actions with), then we believe in Jesus Christ – even if we don’t realize it.

One last passage from the Bible that I want to make mention of (in which there are many centering around this topic) is the pure belief in what Jesus Christ can do.

In Mark 5, Jesus can be seen casting out a Legion of demons from a possessed man. There are a few key takeaways that I want to address.

1.) Even the demons that were being cast out believed in Jesus Christ and His power.

2.) A woman later comes up to Jesus, and just from her belief in Him alone, gets cured from a long-suffering ailment:

25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years.
26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse.
27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak,
28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.”
29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. 30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” 31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ” 32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it.
33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth.
34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
Mark 5:25-34

3. The verse: “At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him.” is very telling. This ‘power’ isn’t spoken of in a metaphorical way. It is quite literal. And it indicates that it’s this power that healed the lady. But it’s only because she believed. The question then becomes, what would have happened if she didn’t believe? Would nothing have happened to her? Would the power have remained in Jesus Christ and not been able to go into the unbeliever? Would it have been her own mental blockade preventing Jesus Christ from curing her?

One could also turn this around and ask if it would have mattered if it’s Jesus’ belief that He can cure anyone; surely He could even if they don’t believe. So why does it seem to be a requirement that they believe, first?

In a somewhat similar topic, there are many who have had a near death experience who come back allegedly from the ‘other side’ with the full belief that they are cured from their sickness/accident – even if the doctor doesn’t believe them – and true to their belief and/or after their experience, they are somehow miraculously cured:

Near-Death Experience Reveals Secret to Rapid Healing
Miraculous NDE Healings

So to end on that, what is my purpose for creating this article? We should be aware, yes, of the unsavory events going on in the world – and take action to help our fellow human beings make the right decisions regarding them – but we also should not let the negativity of these events become our focal point and drag us into a state of despair.

Many times I have thought about simply giving up and letting humanity do what it will in regards to the state of the world. Those who are awake, are awake, although they have the choice to go back to sleep – those who are not awake, have the option to wake or forever remain asleep. Perhaps attempts at waking those who are still asleep are going against the frame of free will. Perhaps there is a time and place for everyone and eventually everyone WILL wake up, whether in this life time or the next.

But that divine spark that is within all of us is what I cling to, and what I would like to do is at least plant the seed that there is something much more to life than we can ever imagine; and if our thoughts are indeed creating the world around us, then it would benefit us to focus more on the positive, loving aspects of humankind, the kindness and compassion we have, rather than the darker counterpart. And just as importantly, remember who we are, what we are, and what we’re capable of.

Thank you for reading, I love you all. God bless.

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Genesis 16: Hagar and Ishmael

Earnest Examination

This series is presented as an honest, sincere look into the study of the Bible with my own personal theories, opinions, comments and that of others’ insights and research into what the verses could mean. I cannot claim one way or another that everything that I am stating is fact and the true meaning of what is meant in these verses.

To lay it out in a way that I can manage, I have highlighted the texts of verses that I either don’t understand or have a comment or question about in yellow. And the comments I’ve left beneath it will be of a smaller font and using brown text.

I would love it if you’d join me in this journey and if you have any insights and/or knowledge of these chapters/verses etc., please feel free to share with me and the other readers. Any chance to get a clearer understanding of the Bible and Jesus Christ would be welcomed with open arms.

Version used is from (KJV) Genesis 16

1 Now Sarai Abram’s wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar.
2 And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.

It’s interesting how even though Abram trusted in the Lord that he will have descendants that come from his own body, it did not occur to him that it would come from his own wife, Sarai. Instead, because Sarai thought that she could not bear children, then his descendants would have to come from someone else. Thereby offering up her handmaid so that her husband could have children through his bloodline. Was this planned by God all along? If God is omnipresent and omniscient, then He would already know that this is how the story is going to play out.
3 And Sarai Abram’s wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.
4 And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.
I do want to make another point here, about who many believe wrote Genesis to begin with. Of course this question brings up many debates, but the person most referenced as having written Genesis is Moses. Whether that be from word of mouth and passed down traditions and tales, or whether perhaps he had the testimony dictated to him by an angel of the Lord, or the Lord Himself, it is interesting that a lot of these passed down tales give us an inner look into the emotions and feelings of others. Was there written dictation that Hagar began to hate her mistress? Was there proof of some sort that there was animosity brewing between the two because Hagar felt herself better than Sarai because she can conceive and Sarai couldn’t? And this brings into question how these texts could have been written with the knowledge of what people were feeling and thinking. Yes, God would be able to know how everyone’s feeling, so could it be possible that whoever did write Genesis gets insights into everyone’s thoughts and feelings? And if certain chapters were dictated, how can we be, FOR SURE, that the dictation came from an angel of the Lord, or the Lord Himself? Or even if they came from visions or dreams? How can we be sure that these visions/dreams/etc. were not misconstrued?
I also want to bring up the emotion of Hagar herself for her thoughts of pride for being able to conceive and thinking herself better than someone else because of this. I don’t want to judge this characteristic, because I don’t know what’s going on in her mind/thoughts, but thought it was an interesting perspective. Of course this particular version of the text does not reference Hagar’s complete feelings to Sarai like others do, like the NIV for instance. The NIV gives a little more context to this relationship.

5 And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the LORD judge between me and thee.
6 But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thy hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face.
Here is another reference to Sarai and Hagar’s relationship, which was never brought up before Hagar became pregnant with Abram’s child. And another wrongdoing, even though it was Sarai’s idea to have Hagar become Abram’s wife as well specifically to have children through her. I also want to make note that at this point, it doesn’t seem as if the Lord has given any instruction as to how to live one’s life. The 10 commandments were not created yet, and the word Love has not even been mentioned yet other than in reference to procreation as can be seen in NIV Genesis 4. In fact, it won’t be mentioned for a few more chapters, and even in that context, as we will see, I have issues with.
So at this point in the Bible, it would appear that people have no way of knowing how to treat each other. We can see such disrespect coming from Hagar to Sarai, and Sarai to Hagar, with not a mention of compassion or kindness. In fact, the last few chapters dealt with gain as far as land and wealth and bloodlines. It’s fascinating that Love has not even been a component yet. Even at the creation of Adam and Eve and the love of a husband and wife, or the love for their children.

7 And the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur.
8 And he said, Hagar, Sarai’s maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai.

The phrase “the angel of the Lord” grabs my attention and to me, implies that this angel is special in some way. Why “THE” angel? Not “an” angel? Why is there this implication that it is not just a “random” angel of the Lord that came to Hagar, but the angel of the Lord? What does this mean? Does this angel have some sort of significance? There are indications of heirarchies within the angelic/heavenly realm, so does this angel hold a particular importance or certain leadership quality that others angels wouldn’t?
9 And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.
10 And the angel of the LORD said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.
This gives me an even deeper impression that this angel, for some reason, holds more weight than the others. Why would this angel specifically say, “I will multiply thy seed”? Wouldn’t that be something that the Lord would say? If the angel is speaking for the Lord, then the wording, I would think, would be more like, “The Lord will multiply thy seed”. Not I, as in the angel itself.
11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
Just a quick note, “Ishmael” means “God listens.” or “God will hear.” or similar variants to this.
12 And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.
So why would this be? This sounds like more of a curse than a blessing. Is this “angel of the Lord” merely warning Hagar that this is how her son will be considered? Is it just what was in Ishmael’s destiny? There are theories that Ishmael’s descendants are known today as the Muslims, or Arabs, Arabian Muslims, with some history provided by Muhammad/Quran.
So another question I have is, if the angel never mentioned that Ishmael would grow up to be at odds with every man, would this prophecy still play out as told? Did the angel’s prophetic warning have anything to do with how Hagar raised Ishmael, with the expectation that he would be against others and others against him? Did the angel set the precedent with this foretelling?

13 And she called the name of the LORD that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me?
Hm… now I’m really confused. The angel of the Lord was speaking to Hagar… so why is this verse now considering him the Lord? And if this was the angel of the Lord, then surely the text would clearly imply again “the angel of the Lord”. Not “name of the Lord that spake unto her.” Unless it is indicating that by being addressed by this angel, she realizes that Thou God, meaning the angel’s God, and thus God Himself, has seen her in her distress and is appealing to her to return to Sarai even amidst all of the hostility. It still does not explain though why in this verse the angel is considered the Lord… Could “the angel of the Lord” be the Holy Spirit? Therefore indeed a significant part of God? Or perhaps as some theories speculate, could it be the Christ Consciousness before Jesus Christ was incarnate? Even so, the strange prediction that Ishmael will play a substantial role in his dealings with other mankind sets an interesting and perplexing anecdote, as if setting the stage for what is to come.
14 Wherefore the well was called Beerlahairoi; behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered.
15 And Hagar bare Abram a son: and Abram called his son’s name, which Hagar bare, Ishmael.
16 And Abram was fourscore and six years old, when Hagar bare Ishmael to Abram.

Throughout this chapter, I have to bring up again how interesting it is that the one message that Jesus Christ teaches, of Love to God and to each other, has not been mentioned yet. In fact, like I stated above, Love is not even a factor and has not been mentioned in Genesis yet, from Adam and Eve’s creation, to Abram’s timeline, 2,000 years since the beginning, according to the Bible. Has this concept, this feeling, not have even manifested yet? Are humans at this point of time just multiplying out of duty to keep one’s heritage/bloodline going? We can see how people have treated each other throughout all of this, with brother against brother, son against father, woman against woman due to pride, jealousy, envy, etc., etc., etc. I think Love will be a specific recurring topic that I will keep a very close eye on going forward.

 

As usual, I want to reiterate that some of my thoughts and theories may be way off base, and I also research some other things on the side as well to try and get a broader understanding of what I’m reading, so please bear with me, or, even better, if you have insights that bring more light to these verses, please let me know.

I enjoy bouncing off theories and theology off of each other and love to hear other people’s perspectives on things. Thank you for reading and I look forward to hearing from you!