The Good Child and the Bad Child

    If you had two children and one of them was well behaved as a child, always helpful to his parents, studied hard in school, and took care of you in your old age while the other was always getting into trouble, took your money, damaged your property, showed no respect for his parents or others, and avoided you after he grew up and moved out, which one are you going to leave your estate to when you die? Some will argue that it shouldn’t matter, they are both your children and should both get an equal share. But if you do that, aren’t you, in a sense, rewarding the bad behavior? Of course you are, and nobody wants to do that. 
    Obviously it is not right to leave equal shares to both, but what if things change just a little. Suppose when he gets a little older and finds out for himself what it is like to have to deal with problem children, the bad son has a change-of-heart, asks for forgiveness from his parents and does everything within his means to help them in their old age. Then should he get an equal share? Some people would still say no, but he should get something. God doesn’t see it that way. 
    God has one reward to give all his children: the reward of eternal life. He isn’t going to give that reward to those who defy him and essentially work against him by following Satan’s will. But he is also forgiving and will give that reward to those who are genuinely sorry for their past mistakes and do everything they can to make amends and to follow God’s Plan. So even those who make a decision late in life to follow the path of God will get the reward (after proper payment of karma, of course) but not if they wait until the last minute. If you spend your entire life defying God, it is too late to turn to Him to save your soul when you are on your death bed.

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Random Thoughts 2-27-2011

So now God is working as a matchmaker and is under contract to ChristianMingle.com. At least, that is what they seem to be claiming in their advertising. I wonder how eHarmony, also run by Evangelical Christians, feels about that?

And now Twitter is getting in on it by having a twitter dating service. No word on what angels or prophets they may have hired to help.

I heard an introduction to a news story several times this week that said a new study showed that cell phones had an effect on brain activity, but I never saw the details. Of course, it should be obvious that bombarding your brain with microwaves is going to have an effect. The real question is: How much harm is it doing?

A new video on youtube from Gary Buchanan:

And a reminder that you can now get an ebook of the first three years of this blog for amazon kindle.

 

If the Mind dwells upon the spiritual things, then it follows that it becomes what it has dwelt upon, what it has lived upon, what it has made itself a portion of.
But if the Mind dwells upon self-indulgences, self-aggrandizement, self-exaltation, selfishness in any of its forms, in any of its variations, then it has set itself at variance to that First Cause: and we have that entered in as from the beginning, that of making will–through the Mind–at variance to Creative Forces before it has come into the movements of matter that we know as physical, material.
” ~Edgar Cayce

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Scripture: The Paramahamsa Upanishad 4

The aspirant who is seeking the Lord
Must free himself from selfish attachments
To people, money, and possessions.
When his mind sheds every selfish desire,
He becomes free from the duality
Of pleasure and pain and rules his senses.
No more is he capable of ill will;
No more is he subject to elation,
For his senses come to rest in the Self.
Entering into the unitive state,
He attains the goal of evolution.
Truly he attains the goal of evolution.

To seriously develop our spiritual side, we must stop being attached to material things: objects, people, pets, everything. This doesn’t mean that we cannot have any care for our loved ones or compassion for other beings, but we must do it without too much attachment to any of them. Such attachments are like sandbags holding our spiritual balloon down on the ground, or allowing it to rise only a little. The “evolution” referred to in this quote is of course spiritual evolution, not the physical type of Darwin.

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Healing Herbs: Butcher’s Broom

        Butcher’s Broom is a plant that is a member of the lily family. It is most often used to aid circulation. It seems to be particularly good at improving blood flow in the legs. For nearly 2000 years it has been used as a laxative and diuretic. It also helps to suppress abnormal heart rhythm. Butcher’s Broom also contains ingredients that are used as blood thinners. It can aid in reducing excess water in the legs and feet for people who spend most of the day standing. Butcher’s Broom can be mixed with Witch Hazel to make an ointment for hemorrhoids. It can aid breathing for those with asthma, especially when mixed with green or black tea. It is useful in treating varicose veins and low blood pressure. It is used to treat jaundice, gout, kidney and bladder stones and gall stones. Butcher’s Broom can suppress the absorption of some snake venoms, so is a first aid for snake bite.
    Butcher’s Broom should not be taken by pregnant women or anyone with high blood pressure.

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