on Heaven & Hell – an Introduction

“I want to invite you to consider the possibility that maybe the televangelists and the street preachers and the evangelical converts are wrong … I want to invite you to consider the possibility that maybe God really is Love unconditional. I want to you to open your heart & mind to the chance – however […]

Part 1: About the Hereafter

Back in June of 2013, the Westboro Baptist Church struck again; this time condemning a young girl who was selling lemonade to support Equality House — the rainbow-colored dwelling that serves as the headquarters for Planting Peace, a nonprofit organization that campaigns for human rights, gay rights and anti-bullying efforts … Now I am not […]

The Blessings of the Damned

First, for all non-Christians (i.e. the “damned”), it is important to remember the simple fact that in order for you to truly suffer at all — even in this life, it is necessary to be conscious of your existence; it is necessary to focus on yourself & your current predicaments, whatever they might be. Thus, […]

The Sufferings of the Saved

Next, for all Christians (i.e. the “saved”) — for all of you who will one day be residing in the version of Heaven described in the book of Revelation and alluded to in the writings of the Apostle Paul, things might actually not be as wonderful as you might be tempted to believe…   You […]

Part 2: Claiming our Final Breath

(on embracing the “eternal instant” between Life & Death) Especially when it comes to Heaven & Hell, the Bible is – to say the very least – a most intriguing tome.  Sometimes it is contradictory and often it is confusing … and yet always is it insightful.  As a prime example, consider the following verses […]

Part 3: Salvation — right HERE, right NOW

“The Kingdom of God does not come with things that can be observed, nor will they someday say, ‘See it here!’ or ‘See it there!’ For indeed, the Kingdom of God is already within you.” ~ Jesus Christ (Luke 17:20-21) “Heaven & Hell are both here – both around us, and both within us … […]

Part 4: God of Wrath; God of LOVE

(… a Biblical case for the unconditional Grace of God) I realize that the contents of this tome’s previous pages will possibly not prove to be very soothing to more than a few of you; especially those of you who are (and who desire to remain) “steadfast Christians”.  After all, as a Christian it was […]

Realization #01: It is actually fallen angels (and not God) who commit the vast majority of the Old Testament’s acts of violence & “divine wrath”.

There are quite a few folks – Christians & non-Christians alike – who have wondered about the seemingly contradictory nature of God as He is portrayed in the Bible.  On the one hand, the Bible tells us that God is an embodiment of perfect, unconditional Love (Psalm 100:5, Matthew 5:48, 1 John 4:8-16, et al).  […]

Realization #02: The verses & teachings found in the New Covenant trump & transcend those found in the Old Testament.

So how else can we reconcile the readily apparent contradiction between the Old Testament’s wrathful God and the New Testament’s all-Loving One?  Fortunately, the easiest way to do so is found within the verses of the Bible itself.  Indeed, the New Testament makes it quite clear that, wherever there is an apparent contradiction between the […]

Realization #03: Either as abstract concept or tangible Force, the “Nature of God” is completely beyond human comprehension.

Initially, it is Important to remember that the Bible itself states that we cannot quantify or describe God with any certainty.  He and the magnitude of His ways will forever remain a Mystery to us …   “The God who made the world and everything in it … does not Live in shrines made by […]

Realization #04: The full essence of God resides within each & every sentient Being for the entirety of their lives.

Where are we to find God?  Many pray to a God that resides far away from us – far “above” our physical existence here on Earth; worshiping an external God that “looks down” upon us “from on high.”  Indeed, there is some Scriptural support for such a claim, and yet it is just as scripturally […]