When I was a little girl my mother used to say, "Lisa be good, otherwise God will punish you."
I feared this god, of which she spoke, as if he were a boogie man hiding behind bushes, following my every step.
I am older now, and still I hear people say things like, "God would never give me more than I can handle, so I guess I can handle cancer", or "Why did god take that child from her mother?" or "If there were a god, how can he let such horrible things happen in the world?"
God created man, but man has also created god, or at the least his own perception of god.
Throughout centuries ideas of god have changed and adjusted according to the "knowledge" man had at that point in time. Once there were god's of fire and rain. Man's ideas of god were wide, open and not held tightly perhaps because denominations had not yet taken the world by storm.
It seems that as the world has progressed, the images of god over time have gotten more precise.
In my opinion, it is because along the way, man began to figure out that if he could put fear in another man's heart, he could control him. Further, if he could control the fear, he could go as far as to manipulate the man's thoughts, behaviors, and wallet. Deeper still, if one elite man (power) could control a man's thoughts; if he could convince other men to breed and to force his offsprings into alignment with what the controller believed, it would be possible to manipulate masses of others for a specific gain.
Why can't we all see it?
Why can't the middle east, see it? Why can't minds free themselves enough to allow themselves the chance to first see they are being manipulated into believing someone else's thoughts, and that any type of harming of another being goes against life...and life-form regardless of what type, is still life...and that life that is in one, is in us all and to destroy it, is to destroy ourselves?
And yet I, or you, ask such things of terrorist organizations, while many of us follow just as blindly denominations that preach domination just as arrogantly as any other.
I have been told if I did not believe in Jesus, I would be denied entry into heaven....
I do believe there is a god, but I do not believe in the god that was so forcefully driven into every cell of my body, that was used against me to assure conditioning...
I believe in god so strongly that I see god in every thing I see. I see god in the skies, the grass, the horizons and the sunsets...I see god in the smiles of children and in the wise eyes of the old...I see god in the oceans, as well as in my fish and dog...
And I can feel god too.
I feel god when I allow myself to connect with the stream of joy loving my children creates.
I feel god in a kiss...
I feel god when wind blows through me, around me, and tosses my hair back and forth.
I feel god when I remind myself I am perfect where I am...
I feel god in me because I know god is me.
The bible says, "Do unto others as you would have do unto you." It says, "Fear nothing and that worry never adds a day to your life."
In the chapter of Matthew it is written, 17:20 "Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
2 Corinthians 5:7 We live by faith, not by sight.
"For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain,
Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you,
What things soever ye desire, when ye pray,
believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them."
Mark 11:23-24 (KJV)
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek; and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Throughout the bible, there are truths that have been used sadly against us, when in fact the only messages that should have been actively sought, were those meant to inspire us, and to grow as free minded people, who knew that their true strength was within them, and all we ever had to do to deserve it, was be ourselves.
Yes, I know, Jesus lives in us...but unfortunately the messages I received as a child about Christ were drenched in guilt and fear.
I get it now.
God does live in me, because I am an extension of all that is...I need not ask for permission to be good enough, because I am good enough...we all are...
So mom was right after all. "Lisa, be good or else, that bad you put out there, will be attracted right back to you"...But it is also true..."Lisa do good, be good and attract whatever your heart desires now and forever"...
The bible is full of teachings on the Law of Attraction...we just have to open our minds to see them...