Common Sense and Reasonable Answers
Common Sense and Reasonable Answers
Our world is in a hell of a mess. Wars and violence persist; human beings killing one another in an attempt to solve their differences. Hatred, cruelty, vengeance, suffering and indifference abound.
Millions live in luxury, while millions suffer from hunger and starve to death, when there is plenty of food available. About 1.2 billion tons of produced food is wasted every year. Which in turn represents a waste in water, land, labor and capital as well as an increase in green house gasses that pollute our air.
Our environment is in trouble as the ice caps melt and oceans rise. Will New York City become the Venice of America? Our oxygen providing forests are in decline as the oxygen consuming human population is increasing. The global net forest loss is 13 million acres per year. The world population of seven billion is increasing rapidly as the birth rate exceeds the death rate. Can the earth’s resources sustain the population growth? Absolutely not! Maybe a devastating plague or a good war will save us. Or should we do something reasonable like developing a world-wide contraception program?
Corrupt and polarizing politics around the world lend to greed and the vying for power and wealth to the detriment of the people. Politics is the basic cause of the U.S. gargantuan national debt of $20 trillion that threatens our financial well being. Both politics and religion are the root cause of the Middle East conundrum.
Religion is a major divisive factor among the nations and people of the world causing discord and enmity. It is at the root of much of the world’s problems and a major cause of violence. Religion has conditioned us with false beliefs about the nature of our world, about God and the human nature.
The cause of all this is threefold: lousy stewardship of our beautiful and bountiful earth by its inhabitants, excessive striving for materialism and the failure to listen to what God has to say to us.
It is obvious that we need to change our ways and do something different. On January 20, 2015, President Barack Obama, in his State of the Union address, spoke some magical words of wisdom, “Imagine if we did something different.”
Imagine instead of going to war with our enemies/terrorists and trying to kill them, we showed them love and did good to them. “You’re out of your mind!” most people would cry. Yet, that is exactly what God has instructed us to do. Mat 5:44. We believe God is all wise. Why are we ignoring him? Imagine if we actually did that. I imagine that in time there would be few enemies. Imagine what our world would be like then.
Imagine if we shared more. World hunger can be eliminated at the cost of $15 billion annually. That’s a trifle of the private wealth that is held in the world, or of the hundreds of billions spent on warfare. The 422 billionaires in the U.S. alone could handle that with hardly a dent in their financial bottom line. Imagine what our world would be like when there is no more suffering and starvation from the lack of food.
Imagine if there were no more bickering or scheming politicians playing to the special interests, but governments truly of, by and for the people. We put great store in the wisdom of our Founding Fathers. They were dead set against political factions, warning that they breed corruption and deceit. Imagine a Congress without political parties where the majority rules and their highest priority is always the good of the people.
God has told us we must all live in love and do unto others as we would have them do unto us. That forgiving one another for mistakes or wrong doing should have no limit. That we are not to seek vengeance. Imagine what the world would be like if we obeyed God and lived that way.
Religious dogma tells us that we are flawed beings whose nature it is to sin which then is responsible for all the hell that goes on in our world. God tells us we are made in his image, wonderfully and respectfully made, the light of the world and salt of the earth and to let our light shine forth so as to make the world good. Imagine if we listened to God, actually thought of ourselves that way and acted accordingly.
Being magnificent beings, as God has told us, we have the complete ability to turn all those imaginings into reality. It only takes the will and courage to do it. Let’s get on with it. After all, God has said "nation will not lift up sword against nation, nor will they learn war anymore," and that his "will is to be done on Earth as in Heaven." I imagine there is no war, violence, suffering, hatred, hunger, politics or religious dogma in Heaven
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