PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE RESPONSE
John WorldPeace All Rights Reserved
TABLE OF CONTENTS
on Earth am I here for?
Day 1 It All Starts with God
Day 2 You Are Not an Accident
Day 3 What Drives Your Life?
Day 4 Made to Last Forever
Day 5 Seeing Life from God's View
Day 6 Life is a Temporary Assignment
7 The Reason for Everything
#1: You Were Planned for God’s Pleasure
8 Planned for God's Pleasure
9 What make God Smile?
10 The Heart of Worship
11 Becoming Best Friends With God
12 Developing Your Friendship with God
13 Worship That Pleases God
14 When God Seems Distant
PURPOSE #2: You Were Formed for God’s Family
15 Fromed for God's Family
16 What Matters Most
17 A Place to Belong
18 Experiencing Life Together
19 Cultivating Community
20 Restoring Broken Fellowship
21 Protecting Your Church
#3: You Were Created to Become Like Christ
22 Created to Become Like Christ
23 How We Grow
24 Transformed by Truth
25 Transformed by Trouble
26 Growing through Temptation
27 Defeating Temptation
28 It Takes Time
PURPOSE #4: You Were Shaped for Serving God
29 Accepting your Assignment
30 Shaped for Serving God
31 Understandng Your Shape
32 Using What God Gave You
33 How Real Servants Act
34 Thinking Like a Servant
35 God's Power in Your Weakness
#5: You Were Made for a Mission
36 Made for a Mission
37 Sharing Your Life Message
38 Becoming a Word-Class Christian
39 Balancing Your Life
40 Living with Purpose
PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE RESPONSE
As part of my transformation
in prison, I went through Dr. Rick Warren’s book, The
Purpose Driven Life. It has forty chapters which are to be
digested one each day. I am sure I will probably move faster
because I have no obligations now except to work on this book.
I will chapter by chapter state
my position on his premises in each chapter. From looking
at his book, I see many areas of agreement and some agreement
for different reason and something I simply disagree with.
I know that my life long interaction with and seeking to understand
God is equal to Dr. Warren’s. I have come over my sixty
years to different conclusions about God and human relationship
Dr. Warren is a fundamentalist
Christian. I was raised as a Christian but I have studied
all the major religions. In fact, for my own understanding
I have reinterpreted all the major texts of the major religions.
I did this by taking seven translations of each text and then
line by line studying them and then rewriting them with my
own personal glossary.
Being very simplistic, I have
summed up each of the major religions as follows! Hindu, Bhagavad
Gita, We each have destiny. We reincarnate. To refuse to follow
our destiny disappoints others who come here to interact with
our destiny. Brahma is the all inclusive God presence I refer
to as the Infinite Oneness. From Brahma many avatars, prophets,
saviors, saints have come to bring enlightenment to human
Buddhism, Dhammapada, evolved
from Hinduism and teaches an eight fold path to enlightenment.
Reincarnation is accepted as true. The idea is to learn to
detach from this earthly reality and then never have to reincarnate
again. Life is considered hell. I disagree that life is hell.
I believe that we incarnate to experience this reality intentionally
not reincarnate in order to break our addiction to its pleasures
Taoism, Tao te Ching, is an
abstract paradoxical text where denying something in the physical
realm gains it in the spiritual. It teaches about abstractions
and how they relate to the logical linear reality of the human
Zen Buddhist combines Buddhism
and Taoism to present a totally esoteric belief system of
understanding. In a nutshell, Zen teaches that you can’t
be enlightened through your mind. It is an experience. It
is a knowing that is not really possible to communicate. You
cannot know God but only experience oneness with the Infinite
Oneness. Buddhism and Taoism do not relate to God as an anthropomorphic
super being but as an all inclusive essence.
Tibetan Buddhism is focused on what happens between lives;
from death to rebirth. The Book of the Dead discusses the
various experiences a spirit has after death.
Judaism, The Pentateuch, is
the West’s movement from many God’s to One God.
The all inclusive infinite immortal God is acknowledged but
God is related to as an anthropomorphic super being.
Confucius, the Analects, is
about social order and obligations. It is a way of life. It
is a secular religion.
Christianity evolved from Judaism
and sees Jesus as the only son of God. The New Testament is
the sacred text. The core message is to love one another.
But the real message for me is that we create our own reality;
ask and receive, seek and find, knock and enter. Christians
go to heaven by accepting Jesus as their savior.
Islam, the Koran, also evolved
from Judaism. It was and is the most war oriented religion.
It grew and flourished itself by conquest.
For me, to understand God and
our purpose on earth and the why of life, one needs to consider
the teachings of all religions. Together they give a balanced
view of the whole concept of God and how God relates to life.
I believe in reincarnation
because it makes sense to me. I draw from all religions because
by so doing I have been able to make sense of who God is and
who I am and all the why’s of life on earth. Dr. Warren’s
book tries to explain the purpose of life through one religious
teaching, that of Christianity.
At their core, all religions
say the same thing but use different metaphors. I will respond
to Dr. Warren’s forty steps to finding a purpose drive
life from a global religious perspective as opposed to just
a Christian one. In other words I will globalize his teachings.
Since I was eight years old,
when I put away my toys, I have been on a quest for an understanding
of what is the point of life. I believed that others had found
partial answers to that question. I believed that the focal
point of the major religions contained the answers. I have
believed that the all inclusive goal of life and the answer
to the “why life” questions was grounded in the
issue of peace; both universal peace and WorldPeace and inner
peace. I originally believed that religion was the sole vehicle
to increase the level of peace in the world human society.
But I have discovered that religions are bureaucratic and
exclusive man made organizations that promote war right along
with enlightening the human society. Some religions are more
warring than are others.
Later I realized that there
was a secular side of peace which the justice systems of each
country are responsible to create a secular peace. I have
found that justice is elusive.
When I changed my name in 1988
to John WorldPeace, I knew I had two possible paths to seek
out peace. One was to become a monk or priest and live a life
of service. The second was to go to where the conflict in
society exists, to become involved in the law and in religion.
It is a proactive path as opposed to a passive vicarious path.
I have made enemies on my search for peace and I am sorry
for that. But I have learned a few things about peace. This
book is about that journey.
Therefore, as you read my response
to Dr. Warren’s book, understand that I am speaking
from a more inclusive religious spiritual philosophy. Non
Christians can have a purpose driven life through a different
religious metaphor. That being said I was raised a Christian
and my first understanding of God was through the Christian
AM I HERE FOR?
DAY 1: IT ALL STARTS WITH GOD
God is a manifestation of
the Infinite Oneness from which all things manifest and back
into which all things disintegrate. There is no place that
God is not, all good all evil, all something all nothing,
the infinite and the finite, the duality of all things, the
oneness of all dualities is God. This is all inclusive, infinite
immortal God is beyond description, beyond definition, beyond
the most expansive human attempt to relate to it. It has no
beginning or end, this is the great mystery. We are all one
with this essence. We are a part of the whole to which there
are no parts.
From this infinite Oneness (God), God the anthropomorphic
super being has manifested in the west this anthropomorphic
God is the God to which we pray because we can not relate
to the Infinite oneness. The anthropomorphic God is within
our understanding and our ability to conceive.
God is the focal point of
our prayers. God is the focal point of the Jews and the Muslims
but Jesus is the gate keeper to God and the kingdom of heaven
for the Christians. The Hindus pray to avatars that are the
same as Jesus but more numerous. There is no God between these
avatars and the Infinite Oneness which is called Brahmin.
Buddhism uses Buddha as the gate keeper to the Dammakaya (The
Infinite Oneness). Buddha is the path to heaven as Jesus is
God is my creator. God is
my connection to the Infinite Oneness. It is God to whom I
pray. I and God are one. My spirit is infinite and immortal
and like God without beginning or end. Every soul (spirit)
has always existed in God.
I acknowledge my oneness with
God. I acknowledge that he is much more than me. My purpose,
my destiny is what makes me happy and gives me pleasure. My
pleasure is God’s happiness. My purpose is not to pray
and worship God all day. My purpose is to find happiness and
my happiness will transfer to others.
Jesus said “Ask and
receive – seek and find – knock and enter.”
Through prayer and mediation
God had promised that our specific life’s purpose will
be revealed to us. By the grace of God we live. Being successful
is being in harmony with your job, home and family. If you
are successful in a way that does not prey upon your fellow
human beings but help them in any number of ways, God is happy.
You are happy and the human society is uplifted. If this is
true you are achieving your purpose.
DAY 2: YOU ARE NOT AN ACCIDENT
I do not believe that God
sat down and crafted people one by one. As I said earlier,
there are about hundreds of thousands of new souls entering
this reality everyday, and there are hundreds of thousands
of souls leaving each day. About 75% do not accept the Jesus
metaphor even after they have heard the good news about Jesus.
I cannot see God moment to moment creating all these souls
I believe that our spirit
has always existed as has God’s. The concept of an infinite
immortal being is hard for humans to conceive much less the
concept that there was no beginning and will be no end to
God. The Infinite Oneness always existed. Actually it is easier
to think about the potential of all things having always existed;
everything was always possible.
On a more basic level our
spirits are not newly created. They have always excited with
God. Some spirits are angels some are not, and some that are
not incarnate into this reality.
The spirit attaches itself
to a conceived human being. Exactly when is questionable but
one day science with discover the answer. What is known is
that the spirit attaches at the time of conception and begins
to grow that new life to suit its need in this reality. It
brings to the human body that information it needs to function
in this life. And it comes in with a purpose and a destiny
probably in almost all cases agreed to with God.
As the fetus grows the soul
begins to forget or have amnesia about the reality of Heaven
from which it came. The spirit could not live in this reality
if it was constantly distracted with humanly things. In this
reality we must focus on our purpose here and not be distracted
with too much background noise from heaven. It is like hearing.
We hear only a limited range of sound. We cannot hear what
a dog hears. If one did, it may drive us mad. Our bodies had
adapted to function in this reality.
We come into this reality to experience and learn. I like
to think of life as a play and I and others have agreed to
come together to put on the drama. Unlike a real play, life
here is very dynamic and it is real. This play is connected
to the rest of this reality. In a stage play, the actors have
other lives outside the theater. In this reality the play
is infinitely dynamic and you never leave the theater.
So a decision is made by the
spirit to participate in this play. The body is irrelevant
in most ways because it is disposable. I never understood
why someone would want to resurrect an ugly body. The spirit
is what gives life to the body. Without a spirit the body
is dead. I do not believe that a body can survive without
an incarnate soul (spirit).
God is our connection to our
spiritual home. We also have guides and angels and all kinds
of other attendants and God’s helpers assigned to help
us in this reality. We also have kindred spirits who help
and guide us as we try to navigate in this difficult reality.
This reality has evolved on
its own and spirits (soul) and other beings become fascinated
with it and helped mold and shape it into what it has become.
God did not create an environment for human beings, the environment
created the human form. As recently as 40,000 years ago there
was a whole different lineage of human beings called Neanderthals
and there were other human being lines but they died and as
did the Neanderthals if in fact they were not exterminated
by our ancestors.
There are infinite numbers
if planets in the physical universe. The number of and kinds
of intelligent life forms in God’s realm are infinite.
We chose this reality, this universe, this galaxy, this solar
system this planet to experience. In time, I suppose we will
experience all realities but without an infinite essence of
God, all is meaningless because it is another finite form
that humans use. Infinite means there is never all. There
is no all of the infinite. Right now each of us is experiencing
this reality for whatever reason and God a loving attentive
God and other beings are ever present to help us in our journey.
DAY 3: WHAT DRIVES YOUR LIFE?
The purpose of each life is
to do God’s will. God’s will is what you and God
agreed to before you came into this life. If you did not have
a purpose in this reality, there would be no reason to reincarnate
here. If you are fulfilling your purpose you will feel peace
in your life. If you are not on your path, then you will find
confusion and some degree of chaos. An underlying sense of
peace assures you that you are on the right path. I am not
talking about short lived joy. I am telling about your life
generally overall feeling right and in harmony.
A person needs to understand
first that they came here with a purpose that through thought,
meditation and prayer one should seek out his or her purpose.
Within the word purpose is
the overall destiny of one’s life and also the many
short paths that support that purpose.
I feel that I have some destiny
having to do with peace and WorldPeace in the human society.
When I was very young, I thought that any destiny may mean
becoming a minister. But that never felt right. In college,
I began to think in terms of an advocacy for peace, even though
I did not know how to follow that path. Yet deep inside I
kept considering a life dedicated to peace. I also believed
that was God’s purpose for me.
In the meantime, I went on
with my day to day to day routine yet all the time considering
and studying religious and spiritual matters as well as political
and judicial systems, I was drawn to these areas of interest.
As time moved forward a few
decades, I came to understand that an advocate for peace could
choose one of two general paths. One, a life of service like
a priest or monk where one is devoted to helping others find
peace. This is a passive advocacy.
The other approach would be
to go where the conflict exists. That place was very easy
to identify; the judicial system. The judicial system is where
arguments are settled. It is there where I expected to find
the root causes of conflict. This path is active and it is
the one I chose. I chose to be proactive and go to where the
conflict, confusion and chaos reside to try to find some common
denominators that could help increase the level of peace in
the human society.
I also pursued activities
to understand the political system and so I ran as a Democratic
candidate for governor of Texas in 2002. The political arena
can be defined and described as “money driven”
and therefore peace becomes collateral damage.
I further got involved in
several peace organizations. In order to understand why they
were so ineffective, what I found is very simple. Each peace
organization is exclusive and elitist. Together all the peace
organizations could exert a powerful influence in global affairs.
But individually they are marginalized.
At the beginning on the Iraq
War, the peace organizations by way of cell phones and the
internet could manifest an instant peace demonstration very
quickly. But that is all they could do is show up. Then go
home. They were totally ineffective. The reason is simply
because they did not have an umbrella organization with an
agreed agenda. And they lacked a spokesperson to advocate
that common agenda. There was no individual who could go head
to head with George Bush. Bush had the U.S. Government plus
his political party supporting him. Bush laughed at the large
peace marches because he understood that without a global
platform all he was dealing with was a peace mob.
After 20 years as John WorldPeace,
I have learned a few things about peace. I have also come
to understand that it is my life’s purpose. And I have
some to know that is the destiny that I agreed with God to
live prior to being born.
At this point in time, everything
has been cleared from my life. I have never devoted all of
my energy to peace. I have learned a lot about promoting and
marketing business services. I have found that I am an excellent
salesman who has never had the ability to put together an
effective operations department that could keep up with me.
I have learned a lot in each business but in the end, each
business was abandoned. The web design business came to an
end due to forces and factors not under my control. It can
be resurrected easily but the question is if that is what
I am to do. The web design business can foster peace indirectly
with an infusion of money in various peace promoting organizations.
But to make a real core difference in increasing the peace
in the world human society using money to overcome the effects
of the lack of peace is only temporary. The bigger agenda
is to change the core mindset that creates confusion, chaos,
pain and suffering worldwide in the human society. And if
that is to be my purpose, then there is a question of financing.
A history of the major religious
movements seems to indicate that the founder must spend about
forty years disseminating his message. In the case of Christianity
there was a shared responsibility between John the Baptist
who would announce the coming of Jesus, Jesus who lived the
life, and Paul who built the church. Together their mission
lasted 40 years.
Being such a mission at 60
is irrelevant. Moses was 80 when he led the Jews out of Egypt.
The question I must answer
in this jail is will I commit to a life exclusive devoted
to advocating peace. If it is my destiny, once begun, nothing
will be able to stop me. If not, no amount of effort will
create success. The real answer will not come except by making
the commitment and going forward. That is where I am.
Once a person embarks on a
destiny and that destiny is considered his purpose and there
is a total commitment to it, then it is easy to make decisions
on what to do. Each question is held up to the life purpose
template. If the event or decision will promote peace is my
case, then I embrace it; if not I ignore it.
We can never be sure of God-s
will. We will not find out God’s will and purpose for
us unless we move forward toward what we feel is that purpose.
The path may not be easy but if one is moving forward that
is the verification that one is on the right path. Great destinies
can never manifest without God.
DAY 4: MADE TO LAST FOREVER
All religions preach some
kind of after life for the soul (spirit). This short life
is to eternity as one second is to all the seconds in our
life times forever.
Actually eternity is less than
the Infinite Oneness which is timeless. Eternity has a beginning,
the Infinite Oneness does not. We do not gain external life
after our short stay on earth. We return to eternity from
where we come. We always existed with God and God, the Infinite
Oneness, the Infinite Potential of all things and non things
always existed without beginning or end. This abstract concept
of no beginning or end cannot be comprehended by human beings
who observe that everything in this reality has a beginning
and an end.
Birth in this reality is a
choice. We are not required to exit a higher existence, a
more awakened existence, in God’s all inclusive infinite
Immortal potential to come and live on this earth. We choose
to do that. We came here with a purpose, a destiny, an agenda
and at the end of our days on earth we review the life we
Many Christians do not believe
in reincarnation but Jesus repeatedly in the gospels says
that John the Baptist was Elijah returned. And when Jesus
took the disciples up the mountain and was transfigured both
Moses and Elijah were present with him. Moses was present
because he gave Abraham’s children a new birth as he
brought them out of Egypt. He was the first new connect between
God and Israel after Abraham. Elijah was there as well because
he was God last prophet at the time of Ahab. He was surely
God’s most favored prophet because he was assigned to
support, herald the coming of Jesus and another convent with
the non Jews.
So Jesus defiantly accepted reincarnation as a reality. The
problem with the Bible is that in the year 400 Jerome chose
the 88 books of the current Bible. When Jesus died there was
no consolidated Bible for all the Christians. There were too
many stories of Jesus and to build the Catholic Church a consolidated
coherent story needed to be told. After Jerome finished his
work all the texts that were not included in the Bible were
declared heresy and the Christians went on a book burning
rampage which included the library at Alexandria which included
virtually the history of man. For 1600 years scholars knew
there were missing texts but until the Dead Sea Scrolls were
discovered in 1945 and the Nag Hammed Library in 1947, none
of those texts could be found.
What these texts showed was
that there were storied similar to those of Jesus which predated
Jesus by several hundred years. It is obvious that some stories
about Jesus existed before him. This is especially true of
the parallel religion Mithras which had a very similar storyline
to that of Jesus and was flourishing at the time of Jesus’
birth. The center of Mithras religion was in Tarsus, the town
where Paul was raised.
Because of the self serving
interests of the Catholic bureaucracy to destroy everything
that contradicted the official Jerome Bible, we are missing
a lot of stories that would give us more information about
Jesus. There is a serious question about what did Jesus do
between age twelve and when he confronted the elders of the
temple until thirty when he started his ministry.
It seems to me that there was
a lot more early writing about Jesus that support reincarnation.
Until more texts appear, and I am sure they will, we only
have the references to John the Baptist as the reincarnation
of Elijah. The problem that Jerome had was that we had so
much material that he could not purge it all and so thee are
many remnants in the scriptures that refer to larger issues.
Elijah and reincarnation is just one.
The kingdom of God heaven that
Jesus talked about is just as valid with a concept of reincarnation.
The difference is that one continues to try to become more
Christian through multiple lifetimes. This is the concept
in Hinduism and Buddhism. You work through many lives to reach
heaven when you no longer have to reincarnate back to this
The goal of a Buddhist is to
become perfect so as not to have to reincarnate in this very
harsh world. But it is possible that this world is not that
harsh and we reincarnate here deliberately. Our spiritual,
religious guidance is here to make sure we do not get so conformed
in the finite mortal life that we forget that this is just
a temporary visit and not our true infinitely immortal home.
We must remember that we are
just visiting here and that our lives here and after living
here will be better or worse. When we try to hold on to the
temporary nature of all things in this reality, we begin to
travel a path of confusion in this reality. The truth is to
remember moment to moment that this reality is not permanent
and not our true home. When our bodies die, our spirits return
For me it is like going to
the movie theater. When you get there you have a choice of
twenty or more movies (or realities) you can experience. When
the movie is over you exit the theater back into the real
world, at any time you go see another movie or the same one
again. This movie that we are permanently experiencing is
just a dream from which we will wake up back into eternity.
DAY 5: SEEING LIFE FROM GOD'S VIEW
Mr. Warren believes that God
reviews human beings from these perspectives; as a test, a
trust or a temporary assignment.
We are all immortal infinite
spiritual beings who have, like God, always existed. The truth
is that we have already done everything because we are connected
to God (Infinite Potential) who is everywhere, in all times
and spaces at once.
Before we are born, we choose
our destiny. This is done with the assistance of our spiritual
family. We choose what we want to experience and some of our
spiritual family and friends agree to come into our lives
with us to help us along the way.
Life is coming to earth to
see it we can pass some test that we have set for ourselves.
We come here to test ourselves. God has no reason to give
us a test. We do not have to do anything to acquire his love,
we are his children. He loves us all even those dark souls
who are confused in the manifestation of this reality and
have lost sight of heaven from where they come. We don’t
have to pass a test to win God’s love. In fact, God
helps us with our test. He is an active participant to the
degree that we ask for help. But he is not the test giver,
we are. We test ourselves.
God knows that our time, even
the darkest souls will return to the light and some very bright
lights will fall into darkness. There is no beginning or end.
God has forever to wait for us to return to him. So tests
by God of us would be useless. We want an experience with
certain tests or challenges. So we set our destiny and then
enter this reality.
The second metaphor that Dr.
Warren speaks of is life as a trust. When we came into this
life we define the kind of person we will be and we project
and visualize how much wealth, education and so on i.e. race.
No two humans are alike. We each choose assets to bring with
us into this life that will help us have the life experience
that we desire. The idea is to make the maximum use of those
assets to achieve our destiny. And our destiny is always to
enlighten ourselves and others.
God does not hand out assets
and good luck to each soul. God helps us with the destiny
we have chosen. Passing tests and being a good steward of
things entrusted to us is not a requirement for reentering
heaven after our bodily death. God loves us and he helps is
in this life because of how much we pray for his help. God
is always with us. God loves us. And like our own children,
whether they are good or bad we still love them. God is more
of a parent than any human will ever be. If we know how to
love children surely God loves us in a more dynamic way.
Life is a test we set for ourselves.
The assets we bring into this life we chose to bring. At the
end of our life we decide is we have passed the test and trust
we set for ourselves. At the end of life God is full of joy
or sadness right along with us. If we do not do well in our
self scripted assignments, we can do it again. We can repeat
the same test or modify it, the choice is ours. But judgment
and the possibility of heaven and hell is not what happens
at the end of life.
DAY 6: LIFE IS A TEMPORARY ASSIGNMENT
The source of all things is
God. Jesus says in God’s house there are many mansions.
God has created an infinite number of dimensions and realities.
This is just one if them. The essence of All There Is (The
Infinite Potential, God) is spiritual. It is our spirit that
is immortal and infinite. Therefore, our real home is heaven
because it is infinite while this earth is finite.
The earth had a beginning
and will have an end. Our bodies, in which our spirits were
born of the earth will one day die and return to the earth.
Like everything else on this wonderful planet our bodies are
created by a mysterious, mothers body from nothing. After
conception the fertilized egg begins to grow. It begins to
assimilate atoms from the mother’s body as the mother
has drawn life from eating things from the earth.
In death, our bodies
become recycled. The atoms that are now our bodies now could
well contain atoms from any number of human bodies that have
lived over the last millions of years. It also surely contains
atoms of many different animals, fish, plants that once used
them for their bodies. The human body is nothing but a vehicle
for our soul. Without a soul, the body is nothing more than
DAY 7: THE REASON FOR EVERYTHING
God is not an egocentric being.
God is everything that exists and the potential of all things
that do not yet exist. The whole purpose of creating is not
to glorify God. The potential of everything has always existed
as has God. Our purpose is not to moment to moment glorify
God. Our purpose is to proceed with our chosen destiny. In
this reality, we focus on living the reality that we came
here to live.
One of the main things to
learn here is how to participate in the reality without becoming
conformed in it, without forgetting that we are infinite immortal
beings and not finite flesh and bone that is deteriorating
moment to moment. As we live, we wear out. As soon as we are
born, we begin to die. And when our body dies our spirit body
returns to the spirit world from where it came.
We as human beings have a
choice as to how we live. God is always present and always
available but to feel his presence we need to call upon him.
God wants us to succeed. He wants us to make the right choices.
He wants us to stay detached from the earth and its pleasures,
even as we enjoy the pleasure of the flesh.
God as the infinite immortal
all inclusive essence makes good and bad in equal proportions.
At any moment, we can use this God energy for any purpose
we desire. We can use it to prey upon our fellow human beings
or we can use it to uplift the world human society. The choice
This reality is perfectly
balanced and yet between darkness and light, God made the
light dominant. A candle dominates the darkness and vanquishes
it. Darkness, no matter how strong, no matter how evil cannot
darken a candle flame. As long as the flame burns the light
continues to dominate.
The purpose of your life should
be to discover your destiny and then live it. Unless you and
a priest or monk or other holy man or women you do not have
time to use all your time glorifying God. Every act does not
have to be one of prayer, meditation or service.
You please and glorify God
when you remember your oneness with God. Remember this reality
is finite and not the true reality and that at the end of
it your body dies and your spirit returns to the spiritual
reality where your spiritual consciousness is more awakened
to a greater number of aspects of your reality.
In this life your senses are
limited. This is to cut down the background noise and allows
you to focus on your destiny. You have come here for a purpose
but that purpose is not to waste time trying to experience
the things of the spiritual world which is not possible while
your spirit is attached to a human body. Always remember that
if you truly wanted to be in the spirit reality, you would
be there and not here. So as long as you are fully conscience
of this reality know that you chose to be here and you have
not fulfilled you destiny yet.
My experience in life in general
and working at M.D. Anderson hospital in 1967 (a hospital
dedicated to cancer research) makes me believe that no one
dies or leaves this reality until they are ready. We are protected
as long as we are pursuing our destiny and have not chosen
to abandon it. It does not matter how you die, whether by
disease or by accident at the hands of another person or even
murdered. When we die our souls have decided it is time to
leave. We each came into this reality alone with a destiny.
Certainly our destiny interconnects with the destiny of others
and we thereby help each other fulfill our destinies but when
we leave we leave alone. We travel our path back to our spiritual
home. As we have a support system when one enters this life
we have the same thing when we return to the spiritual reality.
We have someone there to help us adjust back into the spiritual
It is very important to understand
that this reality is not much different than out spiritual
home. This world, this reality is modeled on our infinite
eternal spiritual home. We live in that reality in a more
awakened state then here because our bodies there are much
lighter, more transparent.
In our spiritual home we can
think ourselves from place to place but in this reality we
have to transport by some means our body from one locally
to another. Yet even then there are limitations as to the
speed of travel.
#1: YOU WERE PLANNED FOR GOD'S PLEASURE
DAY 8: PLANNED FOR GOD'S PLEASURE
It is very difficult to come
to terms with who or what God is because we don’t have
the language to make a statement. Our logical linear language
cannot effectively communicate abstractly. One basic consideration
is that in the religion of the Western world Judaism, Christianity,
Mormonism, Islam, Bahai, God is seen as masculine and there
is definitely a male gender bias through out all the scriptures.
The world society is moving toward rectifying its secular
gender bias. The world is slowly moving toward a society in
which women are equal citizens. In the Jewish book of Genesis
( Genesis 3:16) the male God of the Israelites condemns Eve
(all women) for listening to the serpent. God in this verse
makes woman second class citizens forever. And this test is
incorporated with all the other religions of the West. I often
wondered what it was like for a woman to sit and be programmed
as a second class citizen from birth. And how does a woman
challenge the “word” of God.
Prior to Christianity many
of the sacred sites were dedicated to a female God. In the
agrarian cultures God was female: The Mother Earth. When Christianity
took over as the dominant religion those female Gods were
demoted to Mary the mother of Jesus. So the female God was
demoted to a Goddess.
The truth is that God is not
biased toward gender. It is man who has for his own selfish
purposes demoted women to second class citizenship. Now the
world secular society is giving women an equal status and
increased respect. In time, the secular reality of equality
is going to impact on the sacred text and Genesis 3:16 is
going to be edited out or ignored.
Because of bureaucratic religious
teachings: women have been subordinated in the world human
society for millennia. Now as human beings become more educated
intellectually and more enlightened spiritually these pronouncements
from bureaucratic religion that are not in line with the secular
reality are going to be discarded. We as human beings need
to understand that religion is always evolving to meet the
secular reality. Religious texts are written by human beings
to connect humans to their spiritual essence and to control
the general population.
There is a lot in the doctrine
and dogma of the sacred religious writings that are contrary
to the words of the religious patriarch. The Catholic Church
has accumulated an unprecedented wealth promoting Jesus who
had nothing. Jesus was like thousands of Buddhist who traveled
the earth teaching. They live a non materialistic life. There
are billion dollar Jesus shows on TV now where preachers accumulate
untold fortunes talking about Jesus who advocated and lived
a non materialistic simple life. He even told the rich young
man to sell everything if he wanted to follow Jesus. These
tele-evangelist perform a service and do God’s work
but they are all hypocrites because they can’t live
the life of Jesus. They can only talk about it.
The prime directive of all
bureaucrat religions is to preserve the bureaucracy and second
to spread the message. It is the human influence on God’s
word. Man built religious institutions with the argument that
without the bureaucracy the word of God could not be disseminated.
This is contrary to what Jesus taught. Jesus did not build
the church Paul did. Jesus was essentially anti bureaucratic.
He had little good to say about the Jewish religious bureaucracy.
Paul copied the Jewish religious bureaucracy model and it
became the Christian religious bureaucracy with all the same
Religion is good when it brings
people who have become confused in the manifestation of the
finite reality back to a consciousness of their infinite immortal
nature. However, religious bureaucracies then put a heavy
yoke of doctrine and dogma on the born again believers and
enslave him or her. In the case of women, they are immediately
told that God says they are second class citizens to all men.
In this third millennium these
inconsistencies will be challenged and religion will evolve
into something more just, less hypocritical and more oriented
toward teaching this one on one relationship with God, without
the requirement of a bureaucratic religious liaison. The Catholic
Church moved in this direction when it began to have services
in English and not Latin.
A masculine God will always
be aggressive, judgmental and destructive. A female God will
always be creative. For a sane world the secular and sectarian
bureaucracies must be equalitarian.
What is interesting is how
the Western religions have identified a masculine God as a
creator and destroyer. On how a destructive God has been given
female creator aspects without giving God a feminine name.
God did not create us. We
and God always existed. God is our connection to the greater
Infinite Potential. Over emphasizing the personal aspect of
God creates confusion. I was raised with a personal God and
I have lived with that reality all my life. For human beings
in the West to relate to God it is necessary to personalize
him. I would not know how to pray to a non specific Infinite
Potential. As humans we are used to hierarchies. We are not
used to a completely equalitarian society.
So I pray to God. I relate
to God as a personally involved super being who guides me
in my life in this reality. There is no time when I do not
feel his presence. My relationship with God works. He has
always been there for me. My God is a real God but I know
if truth God is not a man.
I do not consider that God
created me for the sole purpose of worshiping him. I believe
I am in God’s charge but I do not consider myself to
be his slave. I am an imperfect parent but I do love my children.
God is more loving and tolerant then I am so he understands
my every need he knows that I have always acknowledged him,
that I have accepted his decisions for my life. My life is
one focused on increasing the peace for peace in the world
human society and I believe that was a mandate to me from
God before my birth. I have worked everyday accepting God’s
direction and believing that all that I have experienced is
for a purpose. All that I have experienced was necessary.
I have accepted my destiny, which I believe I had a part in
scripting before I entered this reality. I believe I am on
my path and everything is as it should be. I believe the radical
words that I am using are inspired by God. I live each moment
in all circumstances with the belief that God wants me to
experience these things. I accept all things from God. I try
to find the positive in every situation. And for over 60 years
I have always found that what I was experiencing was in line
and necessary for accomplishing my goals in this life.
God is a father to me. And
as a father he did not make me for the sole purpose of worshiping
him. What I experience is for my benefit and if my destiny
is a worthy goal like increasing the peace in the world human
society then I am doing his will as well as my will. It is
a mutual working relationship and I want to do my part. My
faith makes me believe that all I do is my part but the truth
is that I will not be sure until my life is ended and in heaven
I will have my renew and the simple reward of well done if
I deserve it.
DAY 9: WHAT MAKES GOD SMILE
My God is not an ever present
score keeper who smiles when I do good and knows when I do
bad. He does not speak with me each day and tell me each day,
moment to moment, if I am going to heaven or hell if I die
in the next moment. Since God knows when I am going to die
or can end my life at any time, why does he not kill me when
I am on the heaven side of the score board? That would be
fair to me. Why treat me like a performing rat who moment
to moment not only holds life and death over me but also heaven
and hell. God is the gate keeper. This kind of thinking creates
a paranoid hopelessness among human beings.
I moment to moment ask God’s
guidance to keep me in the right path. But I see him as helping
me grow, experience and accomplish the goals we set for my
life before I was born. When I make mistakes he helps me get
back on track. What is important is that I am trying, not
whether I always succeed.
I love God. How would I not.
He takes care of me. He works with me. He is all powerful
and all loving. Jesus said ask and receive, seek and find,
knock and enter. Who would give his son a stone when he asked
for food? All we have to do is ask. Why should I not love
my father? I was never born as a spirit. My soul like God
has always existed. God is much more than I am. He cares totally
about me. Why should I not love him?
How could I not trust God?
My success or failure is based in his direction and my willingness
to follow his directions and do it my way. If I do it my way,
I may fail but if I do I have earned from that failure, God
knows I tried. I am not on some kind of moment to moment game
board where one mistake and I am vaporized and God abandons
me. God and I have a working relationship in this life. I
trust him totally to guide me and I trust him to teach me
when I make a mistake. I am doing the best I can.
The problem is that most human
beings become confused in the manifestations of this reality
and believe that they are in control of this life without
aid, and they forget that death approaches always. No matter
what you achieve or accomplish in life, there comes a time
when you die and all that you accumulated us passed onto others
or it just rots away. To ignore or not acknowledge God’s
every moment’s presence causes one to live in fear of
each moment. It causes one to believe that he or she can work
harder and be smarter and dodge and negotiate all the obstacles
in life successfully. A life without a personal God is a life
of anxiety. A life without trust in God is one that saps one’s
I don’t think of God
in terms of obedience. I obey my earthly father as a child
because if I do not there are consequences. But death and
abandonment and an eternity of hellish torture were not the
punishment. I trust God so I try to do what I feel he is telling
me to do because I want to live in peace and accomplish my
goals and fulfill me destiny. For me obeying means no freedom
to experience. Obey is just too strong a word for me to apply
to my relationship with God.
I acknowledge God’s
all inclusive infinite immortal essence and I thank him but
he does not need my praise if he has my love. I do thank God
moment to moment. I thank him for my life and everything associated
with it. I thank him for his presence. I acknowledge that
without him I am nothing going nowhere.
God joys in me following my
destiny. He is happy when I do not quit. He is happy when
I trust him totally. He is happy when I do whatever it takes.
When I use the skills I have to focus on and proceed on my
chosen path. God is glad when I expand who I am and when I
use all that I am as I move through this short life.
I had a client who referred
to God as his partner. He had made a lot of money and then
lost most of it and at one point like me found himself in
jail for six months. But he never gave up on God. He said
one time when he had a deadline when money was due within
hours and he did not have it on hand he just turned the problem
over to God. He simply reminded his partner that he had done
all he could and now the partner had to solve the problem.
He told me with five minutes to spare God came through. This
was just one of his miraculous stories.
I view God as my loving father
who is also my partner in all aspects of my life. And I always
view a non response from my partner as a response and not
abandonment. I can only do so much. God has the bigger picture
on mind. He has all the answers. He knows what I need and
what I don’t need. Kay, my second wife, says I have
more faith than anyone she knows. It is true but it is easy
to have faith when God is your partner.
DAY 10: THE HEART OF WORSHIP
Surrendering to God’s
will is a difficult concept for me. If we believe that God
has the total power to control and direct our lives we have
no choice but to surrender. The question is what are we surrendering
to God. Are we surrendering to God’s will for our life
over which we have no control or are we surrendering to God’s
help and guidance to allow us to achieve the destiny for which
we were born?
I reject the idea that God
has created me for one life and I have to be exactly what
he has planned for me. That means that I am nothing but a
robot made to perform some duty. God doesn’t need to
create me to perform anything. By his thought whatever God
And worship of God does not
have to come in complex games God plays to test our trust
and our surrender. If God wants worship all he has to do is
think it and infinite human beings will manifest for that
I am not a robot or a clone.
I am a unique infinite spirit that has always excited along
with God. I have free will. I can think. I can create, in
a lesser capacity than God, but I can create. In fact, I believe
that I created my role in this life.
This reality was molded by
those who are committed to this reality, innumerable beings
created this solar system and earth. By this community thought
this earth has evolved from dust to a planet inhabited by
human beings. We have made an ongoing movie if you will.
The rules and reality of this
planet have been molded by trial and error for billions of
years in earth time. Those who incarnate here have agreed
to abide by the rules and support the beliefs about this earth;
i.e., men cannot fly without aid of a mechanical device. We
can’t walk through walls. We cannot think our way from
place to place but must move by physical means.
This earth is one of the infinite
realities in the mind of God. We come here to experience this
reality. We define the role we want to play then come here
by connecting with a human body in our mother womb. We are
born and take many years to grow up to be adults fully trained
in the mechanics of this reality.
We agree with God to follow
a path we desire to experience and God commits to help us
achieve out goals. It is a partnership.
So we do not get plucked out
of nothingness and then forced by God to play an extremely
short lived and limited role in the human society. We choose
our own sole as we accept a predefined sole that we want to
Surrendering then becomes nothing more than acknowledging
that we are spiritual beings who are infinite and immortal.
We remember that we have incarnated with a body whose senses
are limited. They are limited so we can better focus on our
life and destiny. If all senses were doubled then the background
movie would significantly increase and worship here would
be more difficult. There would be twice as many distractions.
I surrender to God’s
help and guidance in my life. I acknowledge I need his help
to accomplish my destiny. I am thankful for my life moment
to moment and joy in my relationship with my God. That is
my surrender. That is the nature of my worship of God. I am
not God’s robot, clone or slave. I am Gods son. I was
made in his image; but of a lesser knowing. If I am a robot,
and I was made in his image, he would be a robot as well.
DAY 11: BECOMEING BEST FRIENDS WITH GOD
Responding and commenting
and elaborating on Dr. Warren’s book, The Purpose Driven
Life seems a bit strange to me in the sense that since I was
8 I have been moment to moment aware of God’s presence.
When I was growing up we went to church every Sunday and I
was schooled in the Old and New Testaments. As an adult I
had taken my family to church but it never really fit into
my life. I never considered church attendances that important.
What I considered important was my direct connection to God.
I never felt a need to go through Jesus to speak to God. The
church has developed this metaphor of Father, Son and Holy
Ghost which for me was nothing but a religious intellectual
complex metaphor. All these are just God split into parts
to help people connect to God. The church could never answer
my questions as to why children die and bad people seem to
be rewarded and why good people suffer (Job’s questions).
I believed that by continuous study, prayer and meditation
I could get those answers directly when God felt it was time
for me to know. So why did I need the church?
I was baptized as an infant
in the Presbyterian Church. Some religions don’t recognize
baptism until a child reaches puberty. At sixteen I attended
a Billy Graham crusade with my parents in the Astrodome in
Houston. I had watched Billy Graham on TV for years and I
liked his simple straightforward messages but I never related
to God as a harsh judge. And I never believed that heaven
was just reserved for Christians. Buddhist monks travel and
teach and live like Jesus. And I know Muslims who are more
Christian then Christians I know.
We had gone to a couple of
Mr. Graham’s Crusades but on this particular night we
sat about fifteen rows up from the arena. When the call came
at the end of the service to some forward I felt that I had
to go. I did not feel I needed to be saved. I felt I needed
to go down and show that I acknowledged God in my life; again
not Jesus but God. I was filled with emotions as I made my
way up the stairs and then down into to arena. I did not ask
my parents or tell my sister, I just got up and went. They
did not go. I think they thought I went to the bathroom. Nothing
mattered. I just felt I had to show the world that I acknowledged
that I served, trusted and believed in God.
When I got down on the field
I did not know what to expect; maybe an experience or some
kind of revelation. What I saw was Mr. Crouch from my church
who was working with the Crusade. I sat behind him in church
most Sundays. I did not consider him as someone who had any
spiritual knowledge on the level that I needed. Some other
workers caught my arm and we said our prayer. My revelation
was that getting up and going down into the field was all
I needed to do. The information that was imparted to me was
not that relevant I have no memory of what it was.
So when I read Dr. Warren’s
book, I keep saying to myself that I know this and I do give
regards to the section about a one on one personal relationship
with God. I have never agreed with the actions of man’s
bureaucratic religious organizations because they seemed too
restrictive and most Christians I know are very judgmental
and they believe their religion is THE religion. They all
seem to me to be elitist in an exclusive religion. I never
understood how any religion could look down on others religionists.
God has created a diverse human society. I ask Christians
often if they understand that 2/3 of the human beings on the
planet do not accept the one Savior for all: Jesus. I can’t
believe all those non believers are condemned to hell or banned
from heaven. The God I know loves all his children.
I feel that God and I are
very close friends but when I think about it intellectually
I am not comfortable with the image of an old man with a long
white beard. Yet I cannot conger up any other image. So I
really don’t think of God as a form but as a person
who I do not try to bring into visual focus. As the Tao Te
Ching says, The God that can be described or defined is not
the real God because any definition or description of God
is limiting and God’s infinite and all inclusive.
That being said, it is easy
for me to relate to God as a friend no matter what form he
chooses to manifest in my mind. And I don’t intellectually
or spiritually see God as male. I see God as both male and
female in a form that I can’t really imagine. When all
of creation is sexual, how does a human being in this reality
relate to a non sexual, not male not female being? How do
we consider that God has no beginning and will have no end?
All things we know of are born and then die.
Over the years I have come
to ignore the concept of death, more especially since my heart
attack. I do not associate with my body as anything more than
a vehicle to which soul is attached to every atom. I live
as a freeman joying in human pleasures but I know this body
is fragile and could die at any moment. I am certain moment
to moment that my soul sustains my body and God sustains.
I pray moment to moment with
every breath. I find beauty in everything large and small
including this cell that I presently inhabit. At night I have
a prayer that I wrote and I read it. I modify it as things
change. Reading a written prayer out loud dramatically increases
its impact and prayers with an emotional booster are very
I am in constant meditation
with God. Some may say that I am completely spaced out. But
I have done it for 60 years and so most don’t notice
the difference between me being more or less grounded. Meditation
takes place with every task; painting, mowing, raking, washing
dishes, and bathing. Meditation does not just happen when
you sit in a focused lotus position. I like to have my hands
busy when I meditate. It is best in this place I love it when
they turn out the lights and it gets quiet.
At every moment, I am conscience
of what I am doing physically and how that physical act relates
to my spiritual destiny and God. There is nothing that I do
or experience that distracts me from my spiritual connection.
Kay likes to listen to the
radio or have the TV on. I don’t. My mind is always
processing something, always thinking. The internal chatter
never stops. So the radios and TVs are distractive. But when
I watch or listen, I am never fully engaged enough to experience
the music or TV show. I am seldom really into it.
God is my friend, father,
and creator. I trust that he has all the answers. I know he
is always with me guiding me every second. I have total faith
in him and because I have total faith I have no fear, even
of death. Death is a ticket home but I am having too much
pleasure in this life as in every life to want to leave. I
pray in every moment in every breath in every place even in
the jail. This jail cell is one of God’s many mansions.
DAY 12: DEVELOPING YOUR FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD
Having a conversation with
God is like having a conversation with myself. God knows everything
I know. I can hide nothing from him even though at times I
can hide things from myself.
I believe that the spoken
word is much more powerful than something written or silent
prayer. There is something about the voice that resonates
through the universe. Sound thoughts are more powerful that
quiet thoughts. Also when you speak out loud you also hear
yourself, so you get feed back. You hear how you sound. You
can distinguish the emotions behind your words. In silent
prayer you cannot feel the weight of your words. Talk to God
as you listen in on the conversation. Praying out loud creates
clarity for me.
In have no doubt that God
is always present when I begin a conversation with him, even
if that conversation lasts only one second. I also have no
doubt that based on my past choices things are just the way
they should be. God is always, always, always looking out
for what is best for me.
I believe it is critical to
a focused life to have faith that things in one’s life
are unfolding just as they should. When we know and understand
that we release worry and concern and just deal with the task
at hand. I do not believe God responds as quickly with those
who are doing something tangible to manifest this vision and
destiny. After prayer and meditation there must be activity.
You must do something physical to move forward. You cannot
sit back with doubt and worry expecting a sign from God at
When you have doubt, know
that God does not have doubt. If you don’t know how
to move forward, take a small step in the direction your logic
directs you. Don’t get stuck in the mud. Get moving
and God magnifies your energy. When you are ready, God reveals
what you need. Life would be a dull job if you knew at every
moment what to do and what was about to happen.
I believe everyone has come
to this reality to learn faith. Faith comes from moving forward
trusting, believing and having no doubt that God is ever present,
ever caring. My life is a testament to that.
I don’t like the word
“obey” yet I find as independent and free minded
as I am, I love to do God’s will. I love to please God.
I want him in my life at every moment because I am joyful
and blissful when I feel and I know his presence; when I know
that things that are happening around me that would not be
happening around me if God were not there in charge. God is
love. I reject all the Biblical teachings about a vengeful,
judgmental God. My God has infinite patience because we are
all infinite immortal beings. In time, even the darkest soul
will come to the light. What is the hurry? No one can take
away an infinite immortal being. So how can anyone really
harm us? Yes they cause grief in this reality but the truth
is that seldom almost never is there a situation where we
can’t track the negative things that happen to us to
a choosing of bad decisions in the past.
I believe that God wants the
human spirit to live in peace and each individual to have
peace of mind. I care about doing something to increase the
peace. I believe I am in sync with what God wants.
My life has been chaotic and
confusing to others but not to me. I believe and have faith
and no doubt that almost every act in my life was to help
me be an advocate for peace. I have never complained about
my circumstances but I have looked for why things were happening
to me. I feel that I am to learn from things I don’t
I am willing to endure anything.
I am willing to do whatever it takes to be an advocate for
peace. Even in jail I found reason to celebrate and I feel
God’s bliss as clearly as in any place I have ever been.
That is because there is no place where God is not. I see
God everywhere. I see his works always.
God is my friend and I am
his. We are one. I cannot be harmed by enemies even in death.
I do not passively accept my circumstances; I always evaluate
what is happening to me and ask why. I never tire of this.
I mediate and pray day and night no matter what else I am
doing. I am always keeping an eye out to make sure that I
am still on my chosen path.
God is love, trust, and faith.
This has been my life experience to which this book as a testament.
DAY 13: WORSHIP THAT PLEASES GOD
Worship God is something that
is associated with going to church because worship seems to
be defined as the rites and rituals of a church service. For
me every time I pray to God it is an act of worship. When
I pray I am acknowledging that God is my maker and the source
of my spiritual essence. We worship God every time we acknowledge
Going to church is a specific
act of worship. We go to church in a large part to worship
God by singing songs, reading the scriptures in unison and
praying common prayers.
If you are a Christian then
you want to worship as a Christian. That would mean to worship
in the way that the Bible teaches. As a Christian you pray
as Christians pray from the Bible and you do not get creative
or bring in any prayer from other religions. You pray the
exclusive Christian prayer.
There is a Christian method
of worshiping God but that is not the only way to worship.
The Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim all have their prayers and
worship and songs of worship and songs of praise. I suppose
a Muslim must according to his religious bureaucracy pray
accurately from the Koran, as Buddhist must from the Dhammapada.
To suggest there is an accurate
way to worship is to suggest there is an inaccurate way to
pray and worship. This is a core problem with religious bureaucracies.
It is an elitist mindset that distinguishes one religionist
from another and tends to make a religionist judgmental not
only toward other religions and its member but also judgmental
toward members of ones own religion who are not praying accurately.
There is no truly accurate way to worship God. But there is
an accurate way to worship as a Christian, a Buddhist, a Hindu
or a Muslim. Accuracy is about religion. Worship is really
about spirituality and God. True worship transcends religious
bureaucratic accuracy. In fact, accuracy even though it conforms
the entire membership, it is an implement to the other issues
I believe Dr. Warren’s book is a wonderful book on how
to connect with God as a Christian. But I disagree with Dr.
Warren’s underlying message that being a Christian is
the only acceptable religion on the planet.
All the other religions on
the earth have a method of interacting with God, the Universe,
the Infinite Oneness, All There Is, and Brahman and so on.
One must always be on guard against becoming arrogant about
other religions, or emphasizing an elitist mindset, or an
exclusionary attitude about other religionist.
Job asks God why evil men
prosper and why the good suffer. God never answered Job. He
just asked Job who he was to question God. The same is true
about why God allows other religions. I suppose that a true
believer, a true Christian may believe that Satan is the God
of all the non Christian religions. Except that I know Muslims
and Buddhist who act more in line with Christianity but though
their own religion then do some Christians I know. To even
suggest that other religions are motivated by Satan nonsense.
Any religion that connects human beings to God and acknowledges
a positive God force in the universe is not Satanic. The worship
of Satan is a religion that worships things of the earth and
not of heaven. A Satanic religion is a religion of materialism.
They are easy to distinguish. The building of large edifices
and religious movements is magnificent and awesome but there
is also an underlying message of materialism is good, our
church is bigger and prettier and more magnificent than yours.
This mindset is not what Jesus advocated. Being in awe of
the building and the religion instead of the God it praises
creates confusion in the mind if those seeking spirituality
One must never forget that
man made bureaucratic religions are not God and are not spiritual.
Spirituality is outside religion and has to do with a one
on one relationship with God. Spiritual worship has no _?_
except that all worship by human beings is individually _?__.
No major religion on earth
is Satanic. All acknowledge a higher positive spiritual essence.
Jesus said a divided house cannot stand, as there are many
Christian documents. There are legitimate alternative religions
that believe in a higher power and that power is also a God
of love and compassion. These characteristics do not define
evil they are light issues.
Worship must be authentic.
This would seem to mean that you must be emotionally connected
with your worship. If you are a long time member of a congregate
you will have said the same prayers over and over for many
decades. You may have said the words so often you don’t
even have to think about what you are saying. It just comes
out. Individual spiritual worship does not usually become
a ritual and repetitive. Each moment one worships God by being
truly thankful for his or her life. Individual worship is
not likely to become stale and meaningless like just another
Thoughtless worship is meaningless
worship. It would tend to be more prevalent in a repetitious
environment, every Sunday morning 11 AM. Individual spiritual
worship would probably not be thoughtless because then would
not be anyone to lead a worship service. The thought of worship
would come due to ones immediate experiences which would come
due to ones immediate experiences which would remind me that
all things come from God. Repetitive worship has its place
but the participants should think about what is being said.
Practical worship seems to
mean that you must get up and go to church and support the
church in other ways. But one must remember that it is not
necessary to go to church to worship. Worship is any act of
kindness to another human being. Worship is the observing
of something in life and simply saying praise God, this is
practical worship. If you are going to church just to say
you never missed or it is just another job to go to, maybe
you should disengage for a while and determine why you go
to church. It may well be worship and even a moronic repetition
of the worship service is better then forgetting that God
is daily blessing you with this magnificent life.
The point is that you don’t
have to go to church to worship. But whether you die or not
all that matters is that you be engraved in the act of worship.
The more you are connected with speaking to God the more fulfilled
your life will be.
DAY 14: WHEN GOD SEEMS DISTANT
Contrary to Dr. Warren’s
position I feel close to God at every single moment. Yes there
are certain times when I am in deep meditation or after he
has blessed me with a miracle that I feel very close to him.
But the vast majority of the time I just know that he is present,
ready to listen to me and guide me. I never feel distant or
separated. God is like my parents and my son John. I am glad
when I am talking or visiting with them but they are always
just a phone call away. I do not doubt their love when we
are not interacting or communicating.
I find the thought that God
is testing me when I feel separate (which I don’t) silly.
I have gone through times when I am disappointed that I was
not going to get what I had prayed for but that was simply
God saying no for my benefit. I have been through so many
difficult times in the last year that I know that I am about
to enter a new and very different life style. This stay in
this jail is a transforming experience. It is a real time
God does promise he will always
be there. If a person does not find his presence it is because
he has not paid close attention to the different ways God
feels. But in meditation, one will always find God. Always.
God always has something he is ready to communicate when we
are ready to listen. It may be that you have to get deeper
into mediation than normal with meditation because God wants
you undivided attention, but he is always there.
For me, the experience of
God and the seeking of God is the same thing. They are different
words with different meanings but Jesus said ask and receive,
seek and find. To believe that God would not respond when
we seek him would not be an experience I have had. How often
will a good parent fail to respond to their child? The answer
is never. Good parents are always attentive parents.
God does not have a presence
for being felt as opposed to being trusted. These are just
logical linear distinctions between words. When you feel God,
you trust God and when you trust God you find him. Consider
whether a good parent would hide from his child when the child
was in need or seeking the parents for any number of reasons.
Maybe a good parent may not immediately respond to his or
her child but God is a better parenting example than humans
are. He is always attentive because we are part of the body,
mind and soul of God. He is us and we are him. Human beings
are separated with physical bodies and the conscious physic
spiritual connection is not that developed in humans. But
God is spirit and his spiritual essence is always connected
to our spiritual essence because our spiritual essence resides
within him. God is all-inclusive.
I am always candid with God.
I tell him exactly how I feel because he already knows. It
helps me to voice my feelings out loud as if I were talking
to him. It relieves my concerns, makes God feel more real,
and makes me feel more connected. When I call, he answers
or at the least I feel his presence. Always.
The nature of this reality
is change. It is hard for us to conceive of an unchanging
anything. God’s love is unchanging. Our situations change,
life changes but Gods love is always there the same way a
good parent always loves his or her child. The difference
is that our spirits are never separate from Gods where as
our bodies can be in different places than our children’s.
However many parents have developed a sixth sense about their
children and children about their parents. When either feels
that something is wrong, they check on what is going on.
You either trust God or you
don’t. God’s trust is like his love, it is unchanging.
You can always trust God. He is not a bad parent who plays
mind games. I think if God were to completely withdraw his
presence from any human being, that person would immediately
panic in the void and become suicidal. I can assure you that
I can always trust God as can all God’s universe of
At every moment I thank God
for the blessing of life. I do not constantly verbally repeat
thank you with every breath but almost everything I experience
reminds me of God. When I stop to think, I can count my many
blessings. Many blessings are nothing less than miraculous.
For a year or so after my heart attack, I was paying very
close attention to my heart rate. I found my heart to be miraculous.
If it does not beat every moment, I will get faint and then
if it does not begin to beat I will die. Each heartbeat is
a blessing from God. When our hearts stop we return to God.
That is a wonderful experience. It is one of heavenly indescribably
blissful peace. I am here for a purpose. I will know that
purpose has been accomplished when my heart stops. I should
have died ten years ago and could have died on several other
occasions. I didn’t because my purpose in this world
had not been completed.
The eternal God is your resting place and underneath one the
everlasting arms, Det: 27:33
Job and Jesus never gave up
on God, never lost their faith, trust and love for him. The
story of Jesus is an example for each of us.
PURPOSE #2: YOU WERE FORMED FOR GOD'S FAMILY
DAY 15: FORMED FOR GOD'S FAMILY
There is a family of believers
in Jesus. There are about 2 billion Christians on the planet.
They are a family by virtue of their belief in and faith in
Jesus. They consider themselves the elite in Gods kingdom
because of then faith in Jesus. The reality is that there
are over 4 billion other human beings on the planet who do
not believe in Jesus. They have their own God given religions.
And they are elitist and exclusionary in their religious beliefs
In this reality, we are born
as human beings. All people on the earth are human beings
first. All human beings on this planet are animated by an
infinite immortal spirit (or soul which I use interchangeably).
We have existed forever as part of God. In Gods realm there
is no time. Past, present and future all merge into NOW. On
each, the finite reality, time can be measured. It is part
of this creation of God’s. We use the word creation
but in truth there was no creation. Everything always existed
as part is the Infinite Potential of God. Creation is a time
related concept. It means to begin. It is only relevant in
explaining a relationship to God in the reality. It would
be more accurate to say that the drama began when we appeared
in this reality, in this dimension and then only in respect
to our finite and time limited bodies. Our incarnate infinite
immortal souls have always existed. So creation is a word
that relates to this physical reality and not to the upper
levels of heaven.
We are brothers and sisters.
Actually there is no gender distinction in heaven. This is
another concept that applies to this reality where it takes
two genders to reproduce but does not apply in heaven. We
cannot conceive of a genderless, sexless reality. God is not
male. But we refer in this world society, in the major religions
to God as male. Thousands of years ago God was considered
female. The higher religious concepts always saw God as having
male and female attributes but in reality neither male nor
female yet containing both attributes.
We really have no common word
for a creator that is neither male nor female. An amoeba is
such a creature. But it is a one-cell organism. All the higher
life forms are either male or female. There is no higher life
form that is sexless and reproduces as an amoeba reproduces.
It is time that we stopped
referring to God as one or the other sexes. Refer to God as
God and not he or she.
As to the reward of Christians
is heaven 1) We have always been with God forever in heaven,
2) We are all Christ like in our being but not always in our
earthly actions, 3) There is no pain and death in heavens
lower levels and no suffering in the upper levels 4) We will
become as we desire, not eternal slaves in heaven, 5) and
we already share in Christ’s glory. There is nothing
to work for in heaven. We are already what many believe is
only in heaven. Our true being, our spiritual essence, our
soul already lives in heaven but in these limited human bodies
that knowing of heaven is clouded. In order to experience
this reality we have to accept that we will function on a
much lower level until our bodies die and our spirits are
free to return to a more awakened state.
Baptism is a ritual that Christians
use to signify that one is a member of the Christian family.
It means that one has been born again into the Christian faith.
Every time I get caught in
the rain I felt renewed. I feel baptized again. With rain
we often see a rainbow if we are positioned just right between
the sun and the rain. The rainbow is a symbol of God’s
promise to Noah not to again destroy the world with water.
It is the mark of God.
So I associate water, and this
is essentially a water planet, with God through the rainbow
and as a baptism of renewal. There are many rites and rituals
in each and every religion. Baptism is one of the most significant
rituals for Christians.
The family of God includes
all human beings of all races, all religion all nationalities
and both genders. All human beings are the children of God.
It is wonderful that human
beings of like mind gather together as Christians, Jews, and
Buddhist. It is not OK to have an elitist opinion of oneself
and one’s family as being better than other human beings
not of your particular religious family. There is no proof
that God treats any human beings different than any other
human being. The world is a hard place, and the good are punished
and the evil are rewarded in every human society and in every
religion. In heaven there is the same condition of equality.
Religion is good unless it
causes one to harm other human beings in the human family
simply because of their religious affiliation. At this moment,
all over the world, human beings are being abused and even
murdered simply based on their religious affiliation. This
is undeniably wrong. If your religion instills you with an
elitist mentality or condones the suffering of others human
beings because they are excluded from your religious beliefs,
then you have become confused on the reality of a loving God
who is the God of all human beings and the God of all religions.
There is one God, one heaven but many paths to God’s
heaven. Let us not harm one another in the name of God. It
If your religion causes you
to consider yourself more loved by God because of your religion
or your gender within that religion you are confused in your
understanding of the true nature of God.
DAY 16: WHAT MATTERS MOST
Peace is about love. We do
not have to love everyone but we do have to have respect for
them as human beings. We have to acknowledge that no matter
how much we disagree or dislike a person, they have as much
right to be here as we do. So we must accept and respect this
even if we cannot love them.
Love should apply to every
human being regardless of politics, nationality, race or religion.
We should not just love other Christians but all religionists.
Love is important for a church’s community but when
you reserve your love for only other Christians you have become
elitist and exclusive. It is easy to love friends and family.
Not so easy to love others globally. But respect requires
I am not talking about the
lack of respect for someone who you personally know personally
has done some harmful act. I am talking about a lack of respect
for a race of people, or a religion, not of ones faith, or
lack of respect because someone is a citizen of another country.
These are generic matters not individual. Lack of respect
and love needs a factual foundation on an individual per individual
Love is a word that has many
variations of meanings depending on who or what you are talking
about. You love your parents, children and spouse differently.
You love your friends on another level. So when we say we
love someone we often have to identify our relationship to
that person before others know what kind of love we are talking
It is hard for most of us
to not dislike someone if not hate them. We have a whole range
of feelings about people. Loving a stranger is very hard.
For us to find more than apathy for people starving around
the word is unusual. We have to care about a person or a people
in order to begin to love them. If we have discounted them
and their lives and their families then we cannot even begin
to love them. For the most part we just tolerate people who
do not belong to our race, religion, nation, company, neighborhood,
organization, family and so on.
We do not have to love everyone
to increase peace in the world human society. But we do have
to raise them to the statues of human beings in our minds.
We have to acknowledge that they are infinite immortal souls
just like we are. The primal nature of human beings is to
be loyal to and concerned about and supportive of one’s
group or clan. This is about survival. We all want to survive
and we have to rank other people by our own personal hierarchy
because we believe it is necessary to survive. We also expect
this from others and so we justify it.
The gospel presents a different
story. Consider Jesus and the woman at the well. She was a
Samaritan and asked Jesus to heal her child. Jesus said he
was only sent to the Jews. So he did not immediately respond
to this woman’s request but told her that she was not
a part of his mission. Only after the woman told him that
even dogs eat from their masters table did he heal her child.
His lesson to his disciples was about the faith the woman
had and not about love. And Jesus did not expand his mission
after this encounter. Jesus healed the centurion’s servant
but again the lesson was about faith and not about love.
Jesus did not expand his mission
to non Jews until he called Paul to take the gospel to them
after he was crucified. It seems when Jesus said love your
enemies he was talking about Jewish enemies of Jews. He did
not during his mission on earth mean to love the enemies of
I believe this is the reason
that Americans had no problem with slavery. No matter how
much someone might have said they loved their slave it was
not enough love to free them from their bondage. In addition,
Christian America had no problem committing genocide against
Native Americans. To date there has been no apology by the
US government for these hateful and unloving acts.
Love is the glue of society.
It connects from one human being to another so that by looking
at those who our loved ones love, this means that we indirectly
do love everyone. If we all loved those who loved our loved
ones and refused to hate the ones our loved one’s hate,
(easy because we often don’t know them) then just consider
how this mindset will change our attitude about the world
human society. How can we truly not love those who love our
loved ones? We have a common bond with those other human beings
because we and they both love the same person.
What I am proposing is a more
radical love between human beings than even Jesus advocated.
To not love or care for or respect every human being is the
core reason we send our children off to war to terminate the
lives of our perceived enemies. It is a global tragedy.
God did not create different
races and religions and nations and then intend for them to
murder anyone who was not a member of one’s race religion
or nation. This would suggest a God who did not love all the
world human society but only part of it. It would mean that
all those who do not belong to our elitist exclusive reality
were made by God simply for our abuse and subjugation; which
is exactly how early Americans treated Africans and Native
I do not worship and love
an unloving sadistic God. My God’s love is all-inclusive
and without exception. Every human being is incarnate with
an infinite immortal soul. My God requires the acknowledgement
of this one truth as the minimum acceptable love of one another.
This is a very very hard reality
for virtually all human beings and generally rejected by them.
How can Jesus come and create
a perfect society of Christians when we are all told in the
Bible that there was a war between angels who served God and
those who served Satan. How will Jesus manifest on earth what
according to the Bible does not exist in heaven? Give this
If you want to know abut the
relationships between beings in heaven, then look at what
goes on in the human society. The Bible said God made man
in his own image. We are told that we don’t look like
God exactly so the word image must also include temperament
As in heaven, you either worship
the God of love, the only God, or you worship darkness. As
above, so below. Human beings are attracted to living a good
life, a life in the light because it feels better than living
in darkness. Not just on earth but universally we need to
learn to love one another.
If you think about it in human
terms, the only way Jesus will return and create a perfect
peace is if he raises the dead and then turns them all into
stones that by their nature cannot interact with each other
but only live in silent peace until the physical universe
collapses upon itself and all tangible evidence is compacted
until it again explodes in a rebirth as God and beings watch
and prepare to again influence and eventually populate the
new heaven and new earth.
What I am suggesting about
the nature of love and the mandate of Jesus to love one another
is considered impossible by human beings and I am considered
a radical heretic. And maybe that is true until you hold your
baby, kiss your wife, or say goodbye to a loved one called
by death. Then love announces its presence. And if you take
just a second you realize that EVERY human being regardless
of race, nationality or gender finds that same love as they
interact with those they love.
We can increase the level
of peace on earth. We can embrace our higher nature and that
is all that I am suggesting that by single acts of love we
increase the level of peace on the earth. This care message
is what I have dedicated my imperfect life to achieving. No
more, no less. I am just one man with one simple message:
WorldPeace. But at the heart of that message, at the most
basic level is an advocacy of love one another. With love
everything else works out. It is my desire to leave a legacy
of peace no matter how imperfect.
DAY 17: A PLACE TO BELONG
Membership in a church is
not one of God’s requirements. The church is not God.
Religion is not God. You can be spiritual without being religious.
The most important thing is the individual’s direct
relationship with God, his or her spirituality.
The church body serves many
functions. Though regular services it allows a person each
week to reconnect with God and remember his or her infinite
immortal spirit. It renews ones faith. It reduces the chance
that one will become confused in the manifestation of this
reality. It is good for people of like minds to associate
with each other to help each other and to spread the word
to others in the global community.
It is a legitimate life to
be a monk or priest or nun and isolate one’s self to
become closer to God, to pray for others and the world. It
is wrong to discount those lifestyles. Everyone is not socially
oriented. It does not mean a lack of care, it just means that
each of us worship and connect with God in his or her own
way. Some need the church and its social agenda and some do
Some believers want to attend
a church service to pray and meditate but they don’t
want to be members. They don’t want to be interrogated
when they do not attend church one Sunday. There are all kinds
of legitimate reasons not to go to church. A family trip on
Sunday can be more spiritual than attending church.
I do not believe that it was
Jesus’ intention to begin another religion. He never
mentioned that. He said his mission was to the Jews.
The word Christian first became
used at Antioch. Paul was initially preaching to the Jews
but the gospel of Jesus found a responsive chord among non-Jews.
It was Paul who established the church through his great energy
and determination. Paul helped build the church because he
saw no other way to effectively spread the gospel. At that
time, people were illiterate and they learned things by attending
church services and sharing information.
Today we have a literate world
and we have the Internet. There are millions of web sites
that discuss religious matters and spirituality of God. Information
is readily available. There are prayer sites. The church community
and membership is not the only vehicle for worshipping God
and learning about Christianity.
Another important thing to
remember is that Jesus continually attacked the hypocrisy
and evil of religious bureaucrats. It was undeniably the Jewish
establishment that caused the crucifixion of Jesus. There
is a dark side to religion like every other organization on
the planet. Dr. Warren ignores this reality in his book.
The church is there to satisfy
many different needs. The determination to make ever member
conform has the effect of pushing some away from the church.
If you are trying to build an organization to spread the gospel,
in the beginning you have to have more structure and control
until that organization is established. However, all those
rules and regulations offend some individuals.
A church needs to be flexible.
The work of churches in their internal support system and
external outreach programs are wonderful. But the enslavement
of the memberships is wrong. In some churches the need to
control is so great that those who do no attend are considered
sinners. The church bureaucracy often uses guilt and fear
to control the congregation. This is where the saintly work
the church does to remind and reconnect human beings to God
is great. But the work it does to control and create tension
for the purpose of control with individual members is wrong.
Another problem is when there
is a lot of control the group becomes a closed system. There
is little from the outside that can impact on the group so
they begin to drift off into elitist and even more exclusive
mindsets that are impediments to true spiritually. The core
group tends to become more and more judgmental and intolerant.
The group then tends to lose touch with the greater society
and in the long run implodes.
God is all-inclusive and tolerant.
Any religion and church that claims to do God’s will,
need to be more tolerant, less egotistical, less judgmental
and more loving. Each religionist must understand that God
is love. That whatever religion a person is called to is legitimate
for that person. A one size fits all religious mentality is
unloving and intolerant.
What I am suggesting is a
global spiritual mind set. I say spiritual because I want
to emphasize that it is an independent mindset that is inclusive
of all human beings. It is not a super religion to which all
traditional religions subordinate themselves. It is the individual
spirituality, a one on one relationship with God that supersedes
one’s traditional religious doctrine and dogma. Each
person should adopt one or more religious vehicles to help
them stay connected with God and to enjoy the community of
believers. But when the community turns to discussions of
other religions, the spiritual connection should supersede
the elitist exclusionary discussion. Jesus repeated over and
over again to not judge others. God is no fool. There is a
reason for all the various religions on the planet. I am careful
not to second guess God or tell him how to run his creations.
When Job asked God questions
about good and evil and why things are the way they are on
earth, God did not answer Job. He just asked Job who Job was
to question God. We must look at all human beings as spiritual
beings first and religionist second.
Religion has its place. But
religion is not God. It is a community of believers who come
together for many legitimate reasons. I go to church but I
don’t consider the name on the door. I just want to
be together with others who are seeking God. The particular
form or shape of religion does not matter to me.
In my studies of the world’s
major religions, I have found that to acquire a complete understanding
of God, one need’s to look at all the major religions
as one. Christianity is about creating your own reality through
faith. Ask and receive, seek and find. If you have the faith
of a mustard seed it is enough. You can say to the mountain
move and it will move.
The Analects of Confucius
are about getting along with society. Buddhism is about the
psychology of religion and enlightenment. Tibetan Buddhism
is about the life between death and rebirth. Taoism and Zen
Buddhism are about the abstraction of enlightenment. Hinduism
is about destiny and reincarnation. Christianity is about
loving one another.
The major dilemma is that
major religious bureaucracies are changed with spreading the
message of its patriarch. Yet when there is a question where
the elders have to decide between spreading the message or
perceiving the bureaucracy, they will chose to presence the
bureaucracy. This is why there is an unresolved issue of the
Catholic Church accumulating priceless art while advocating
Jesus a man who like Buddha owned nothing! How do you in good
conscience convince the poor to give what they have to the
church and take that money and build huge expensive edifices
as opposed o redistributing the money to the many people who
are starving in the world. And how do you ignore people who
starve because they have not embraced Christianity. And this
is the reality that there are only so many believers on the
planet so it is necessary to demonize other religions in the
attempt to increase the number of members in your religion.
This exclusive mindset is
why a Christian peace will never manifest world peace. World
peace is all inclusive so it must stand above religion and
focus on individual spiritually. WorldPeace will require a
spiritual orientation and it will require a secular aspect
which on the local level has to do with the justice system
and a national level has to do with politics.
I am sure that my ideas seem
strange. To all religions I am a heretic, pariah, and anarchist
because I acknowledge and to a degree support religion but
my priority is spirituality not religiosity. It is easier
to find God in prayer and meditation without having religious
metaphors. In the Book of Hebrew it says after Jesus, God
wrote his love in every heart and there is no need for one
person to teach another. If you will listen, God will speak.
In a religion you depend on and abdicate your spirituality
to some elder. This may not be necessary for some but it is
viewed as attempted enslavement to others.
One truth is absolute. None
of the world’s religions over the thousands of years
since their founding has manifested peace on earth. In fact,
religious wars have been some of the bloodiest in history.
A religion has to be careful not to become caught up in earthly
corporate business at the expense of spreading the message
of its patriarch and if possible living his example
DAY 18: EXPERIENCING LIFE TOGETHER
In a functional church the
members care for each other. The most successful churches
are the ones where the membership stays in touch with each
other without over stepping into a person’s private
space. If someone has a loved one who is sick, it is important
to inquire about how that person is doing but not into the
details of the sickness unless it is offered. The same things
apply to marital problems, parent and children problems, work
problems and so on.
There are so many levels of
interacting within a congregation. People should find a church
that matches the level of desire to interact with other members
that is in harmony with their personality. There are plenty
of church’s and by visiting different churches people
can find one that fits into their expectations with regards
to involvement. It would be wonderful to find a group of members
who make you feel like a part of their religious family that
you look forward to visiting with them each Sunday.
Life is hectic and we all
need a support system. When a congregation fulfills that factor,
then God smiles and the level of peace in the world human
society increases. There are many people whose ministry is
within the church congregations. They are not ministers or
a part of the bureaucracy. They are just members who want
to make others feel welcome and want to let others know they
are available for whatever needs someone may have.
Every group had problems with
members who create chaos and tension in a group and sometimes
even destroy the group due to their presence. This is life.
I feel that everyone should be engaged as a peacemaker in
the group in a sincere effort to preserve the positive nature
of the group. But no matter how dynamic and loving any group
is over time, the integrity of the group will become stronger
or weaker. One should joy in a fellowship and help maintain
the positive loving nature of the group. But often time erodes
even the best of fellowships due to changes in the lives of
If the group you are attending
shifts such that it is no longer in harmony with your objectives
then it is time to find another group. To promote the common
goals of the fellowship one cannot feel animosity or other
negative feelings while involved in the group. If things become
too out of sync it is time to move to another group in the
church or to find another church.
A church family ideally should
be just an extension of a traditional family. As a forgiven
family members and really close friends that some tolerance
should extend to church fellowship. There are few groups that
are uplifting as one based on spiritual fellowships. But such
a fellowship is what the members make it.
Peace and WorldPeace in the
human society should begin at the core units of a spiritual
religious fellowship. Religion is mandated by God to manifest
peace and harmony. One does not have to become a politician
to bring about peace. Peace begins in the family and extended
family and then into fellowships within the church which has
a stated mandate and agenda to spread and live the gospel
(good news) of a spiritual life. There is no better place
to find peace than in God’s house, temple, sanctuary,
The key is to take
this Christian fellowship to every group, organization, work
place that one attends. To globalize the Christian movement
in the world human society so that it becomes common as opposed
to elitist, and exclusionary as opposed to exclusionary
DAY 19: CULTIVATING COMMUNITY
One of the greatest
problems and for me the core flaw in Dr. Warren’s book
is the underlying elitist attack. As a Christian minister
he sees the world through Christianity and yet only one third
of the world is Christian. The rest of the world is something
else. All the evidence he uses to discuss Christianity applies
to all other religions and the world human society as a whole.
What I have tried to accomplish in my comments about his book
is to globalize his positions.
Except for the part
which relate to Jesus as the only son of God and Christianity
as the only way into heaven everything else applies in one
way or an other to every religion. The purpose driven life
is secular not just religious. It is both and both the secular
and religious wisdom in his book applies globally. He is a
minister and so he has a religious bias. I am spiritual and
secular and so I view his evidence as both. Consider how the
world would change if we apply these pearls of wisdom to the
world human population undistinguished by race, religion,
nationality or gender.
The world is full
of lies and evil thrives in dark lies and untruth. The whole
world would transform overnight if those in power or those
with agendas to subordinate others would just not deal in
lies. What is great wealth worth if accumulated based on lies.
Truth ranks right up there with love as a promoter of peace
in the world human society. All lies and untruth spread and
spewed out in to the human population are nothing more than
time bombs that will detonate sooner or later. Lies are rotten.
And anything that is established based on lies at its core
will eventually collapse and implode on itself. The deceitful
will reap what they have sowed in this life or the next. You
cannot run from lies and deceit. They stay with you. They
are you negative treasure. Whether in a family, or in a religious
or other community or organization or in the world human society
they are a beacon of darkness constantly eroding justice and
peace and harmony. No liar ever finds bliss. What pleasure
these lies bring are short lived and fragile. Jesus said,
“What is hidden will come to light.”
To be great one
must be honorable. To be first one must be last. These are
some of the great paradoxes of the world. The most humbled
substance on earth is water. It goes to the lowest places
and it gives to all that live, not judging good or bad. To
be a servant of the global human community is the best way
to be recognized as a great soul. Mother Theresa was one of
the greatest examples of humility. She lived it each day and
she was very uneffected by her notoriety. She just went around
Blessed ___ traits
like humility go a long way in family, religion, politics
and the world human society. The trick is to learn how to
balance ones life. You have to be able to deal with evil while
remaining centered in your goodness. Being humble does not
mean a lack of confrontation. I can assure you that being
humble subjects one to all kinds of abuse because of the darkness
in the world. The key is to side step darkness and hold fast
to positive uplifting character traits like humanity.
In all of our human
interaction we should always be courteous. Even with loud
and aggressive persons. At the foundation of courteously is
respect. One of the most important requirements of survival
in prison is respect. If you disrespect someone in any way
you are potentially taking your life in your hands. Even the
most innocent comment can be taken as an affront and disrespect
in jail and prison. Most of these men who I am housed with
are repeat offenders and as such have had to fight at one
time or another or have witnessed many fights. In some ways
this is a pit of angry tigers.
Last night Danny,
a 22 year old who I get along with very well, came to my room
complaining of Eric. Danny is strangely drawn to marijuana
and sells a little dope to make money. Eric is an ex cop who
allegedly used his status as a cop to have sex with a 16 year
old girl. At the domino table he jokingly said Danny was a
narc to his face. Who knows why he would say that. The comment
was disrespectful and more important it put Danny’s
life in jeopardy. Someone could take that innocent comment
and pass it on in a more dangerous tank and Danny could be
harmed, all over a stupid attempt to make conversation. I
will talk to Eric. But he is on Danny’s list of people
never to talk to again. Eric has made an enemy because he
violated the respect protocol in this environment. Eric has
to quit acting like a cop and start acting like a convict
in jail, which he is.
That is another thing.
These inmates make a big distinction between jail and prison.
I am often told that this is not prison but jail and if you
have not gone to prison you are not a convict.
There are all kinds
of rules about respect in here. If you bump into someone you
say excuse me or it may be taken as a provoking attack, an
invitation to fight. In all walks of life and in all situations
it is best to be respectful and courteous. It creates an atmosphere
of peace and harmony even in a tank of angry tigers. Courtesy
and respect are foundations of peace and WorldPeace in the
world human society.
To get along with
people, you should not talk about them to others unless it
is to help them and they expect you to do so. Sometimes we
are called to be intermediaries. One should not deal in gossip.
We really know very few people well enough to gossip about
them; to make assumptions about who they really are. Many
men in this tank have lived respectful lived before they made
a mistake that put them in here. To gossip about someone’s
mistakes or really about anything about that person creates
negative ripples in the community. Also and more importantly,
when you gossip about others you lose your personal power
because the person you are talking to knows that you cannot
be trusted to keep their confidences. As trust binds people
together, gossip pushes them apart. To be a valid and significant
part of any group, you should never gossip. It reduces you
status in any gathering.
In order to be an
asset to the world you need to be engaged in some social endeavor.
A church community is always available to allow you to do
good and increase the peace in the world. To be most effective
you need to be a frequent participant in the group. Your presence
not only allows you to uplift others but it also allows others
to bolster you. Each of us makes choices about the level of
commitment we have to any group with a focus. To be effective
we should identify with a group we feel in harmony with and
then be a frequent engaged participant. The greater our participation,
the greater the impact of the groups objective, and the more
cohesive the group. The more frequent you participate, the
more you become a light in the darkness that pervades the
world human society. Every positive act increases the peace
in the world human society and every negative act decreases
The Analects of Confucius are about protocols. Confucianism
is not really a religion but a secular approach to society.
These character traits and acts that bring community to Christians
work in all walks of our lives.
DAY 20: RESTORING BROKEN FELLOWSHIP
There are many ways
to restore peace in life and there are many proven processes
to achieve a goal of resorting harmony in individual relationship
all the way up to national conflicts. There has to be a true
desire by the opposing parties to reach a resolution. Conflict
creates a ripple effect through the whole human society. The
incremental level of total peace in the world human society
is the sum of all the relationships on all levels in the world
human society. There will never be a perfect peace but we
each and every day have the ability through our interpersonal
relationships and interactions to increase the overall peace
in the world human society. Increasing the peace is a worthy
and achievable goal.
Everyone says they
endorse peace and that peace is a good thing and a achievable
goal. But when is comes down to specific incidents of tension
and conflict, people want to control and have things their
way. The reality is that everyone wants peace but their actions
all to often reflect a hatred for peace and that hatred focuses
on advocates for peace like myself.
I have been John
WorldPeace for twenty years as of April 5th when I changed
my name legally on Good Friday; the day I made the commitment.
I am the only person in the world whose level of commitment
extended to giving up my family identity by changing my name
to John WorldPeace.
In doing so, I have
become a target and sounding board for peace and world peace
related issues. I have become neutral in all claims between
the legitimacy of one religion or organization or government
unit and another. The lawyer business has taught me that each
opposing side in any argument has legitimate concerns that
support their position.
The majority of
people I meet and who identify me as John WorldPeace or really
hear my name are simply apathetic to it. They are so busy
with their lives that WorldPeace is just a name. A significant
number think I am a Native American. Most of the time, in
business matters, I wear a suit and look like a banker. And
there is the fact that America is a melting pot of the world
human society and old world names are very common and often
hard to pronounce or understand.
There is a small
percentage of people who act favorably and even make genuinely
sincere positive comments when they see or hear my name. And
there are an equal number who are immediately irritated to
have to even consider the word WorldPeace. In any gathering
where my name is called out people do turn their heads if
they clearly hear my name. When I ran for governor I joked
that I was sure that I would win because who was going to
vote against WorldPeace. I did get 20,000 votes and that is
just remarkable because people had to consciously choose to
vote for someone with a name like WorldPeace.
One of the many
reasons we do not have a greater level of peace is because
most people understand that the world is a dark and treacherous
place. They understand that there are many people who given
the chance of doing good or bad with absolutely no repercussions
to themselves, will choose to do the wrong thing.
Peace takes effort.
It requires a desire to be peaceful. And truthfully I have
found that peace is not a priority but with a very small percentage
of the world human society.
One of the main
ingredients to peace is the tendency of all human beings to
identify with one group or another. The biggest classifications
have to do with race, religion, nationality and gender. Race
has further sub categories of red, yellow, black, white. Religions
all have various factions. Nations are divided in to states,
counties and cities. Gender is set at two.
There are all kinds
if life style choices like sexual preferences and careers
(priests and soldiers) and a gigantic number of organizations.
Being associated with any group carries with it the status
if that group and also indirect contact with those in power.
The majority of people feel they have no individual power
in this complex world society and so they need a big brother,
if you will, who they can call on in times of trouble. Everyone
in the world understands how important it is to know important
people in times of trouble.
to protect themselves, do not want to embrace an all inclusive
philosophy because that would mean a loss of power, a loss
of the edge that belonging to one group or another brings.
People have little
faith in God to take care of them. They are more trusting
of their boss to get things done. In God they trust but this
faith is in who they know to get help in times of need. Actually,
faith is who they know or faith that their assets will allow
them to hire professional help.
In order to maintain
power, people have to demonize others who do not belong to
their various sub societies in the world human population.
This is very dangerous position in the world society. On a
national level it does seem to be important to have an army
because all nations do. The temptation to take over others
nations is too great for a nation with superior power. Certainly
the Romans, Greeks, English and Americans have imposed their
power and will on lesser developed countries mainly for economic
objectives. On an individual level people own guns for protection,
the majority of people would not use them offensively.
We need to embrace
and faster a mindset of peace. But to be functional it has
to be a cautious embrace of peace. Peace will come incrementally,
radical peace is too dangerous. But we can move forward slowly
and cautiously. One of the ways is to refuse to disparage
and talk negatively about others who do not belong to our
particular group or organization. It is good for people of
like needs to organize and socialize together. Competition
between apposing groups is a healthy thing and conflicts are
resolved and a new covenant is embraced and endorsed by both
The method of resolving internal conflicts chaos and confusion
in groups to maintain this integrity applies to all groups
and not just religious organizations. If a person feels inordinately
in conflict with the group, then he or she should consider
withdrawing and associate with a group more in harmony with
his values and attitudes and even personal preferences and
principles apply between groups because all groups are represented
by human beings. To increase the peace in the world human
society, one must always take the higher ground and emphasize
commonalities and not differences.
The thing that makes
all this even more interesting is that people sometime belong
to two different groups that have conflicting objectives.
Often a corporation has objectives that are contrary to ones
political party preferences and even to ones religious belief.
We can make decisions on how to make all our affiliations
coherent, but the truth us that our jobs and careers will
take priority over all other affiliations. A person may work
for a major defense contractor making military hardware. That
high paying job takes a priority over any anti war pacifism.
Working for a nuclear power plant may conflict with one ecological
Peace and WorldPeace
are tricky problems but peace is a good thing and attempts
to increase the peace are a worthy goal. Jesus said “Blessed
are the peace makers.”
DAY 21: PROTECTING YOUR CHURCH
The church is a
bureaucracy whose purpose is to remind human beings of their
infinite immortal spiritual nature. The human being is more
important than the church. The church exists to help human
beings awaken to God. The human being does not exist to support
the church above his relationship with God and his mission
This is one of the
great curiosities of the church. When the church reaches out
to awaken a human being to his spiritual nature, that is wonderful.
It is positive and will uplift that individual.
However and unfortunately,
after being a human being to God, after awakening to him to
his or her spiritual nature and oneness with God, then the
church hands the new member a book of doctrine and dogma and
informs the new member what he or she must do and what he
or she must believe to stay in God’s grace.
Jesus said nothing
positive about the Jewish religious bureaucracy. Nothing.
Jesus was critical of almost all the rules and regulations
that the Jewish doctrine and dogma imposed on their race.
Jesus again and again ignored those rules and over and over
again accused the Jewish bureaucracy of placing form over
substance. That it was more important to adhere to the rules
of worship that the purpose of that worship. To pray to God
or to listen to God through meditation requires nothing more
than to stop what you are doing and focus on God. There is
nothing wrong or bad about rites or rituals. The truth is
that they are inspiring. But to say that God requires absolutely
strict obedience to the rules of a man made religious bureaucracy
To maintain and
support any community is always better for conflicting and
combative parties; to look first at the things they have in
common. And the number one thing they have in common is a
belief in God. From this all problems should be easy to resolve.
This principle of conflict resolution applies not only to
the church body but also to all religionists of all stripes.
All religions believe in a higher power. They just differ
in how to connect and serve and worship with the higher power.
would focus on their common belief in a higher power they
would not foster wars in the name of God.
All human societies,
religious or secular, are imperfect because they are comprised
of human beings who are each unique. No human sub society
is perfect and never will be. It is best for a person to find
a group of religionists who are kindred spirits and of a like
mind rather than staying in a group where your presence creates
conflict. In America, there is a church on every corner and
no one should have any trouble finding a religious community
where they can worship in peace and harmony and not be fighting
other members over things that do not have life and death
This is what I was
talking about earlier. I will go to worship and not to do
battle with fellow members over what will in time seems like
nonsense. If I am drawn into a conflict, I will find another
place to worship. That combative church has survived for years
before I appeared for worship and so they don’t need
my input and they will not miss me when I am gone.
Most people are
not interested in being criticized when they are paying a
psychologist to do it. If you don’t have something nice
to say to someone, don’t say anything more than hello.
As above, gossip
serves no purpose but to create conflict. Refusing to gossip
or even to listen to gossip and refraining for criticizing
others creates peace in any group. This is not unique to religious
organization. It applies to humans everywhere. To increase
the peace don’t criticize and don’t gossip and
definitely don’t judge.
With regards to
resolving a conflict with another person in a group it is
good to first speak with the other person to see it you can
resolve the conflict. If it is important to resolve the conflict
and the group is not large enough for you to avoid that person,
it is good to find some mutual friends in the group and take
them with you and try to resolve the conflict. If that does
not work, than you can ask the leader of the group to talk
with that person. If it is a situation where both you and
the person are important to the group, it may be necessary
to take it before the entire group.
If the matter still
can’t be resolved one of you would probably be better
served by leaving. Sometimes these matters are so divisive
that one of the two parties plus his or her supporters breaks
away from the group and forms a independent sister group.
If the majority
of the group determines that the one party is to blame, then
that party can be asked to leave for the benefit of the group.
The possibilities of conflict resolutions are numerous.
What should not
happen is that a person who cannot get along with the group
be treated like a sub human. If that person is removed from
the group, he or she should not be isolated or shunned by
members who know him or her outside the group.
There are some religionists
who when they are unable to control a member, who is acting
against the groups purpose, expel the member and then no one
speaks to the member in any capacity. When a group completely
shuts off a person in all situations, especially if the problem
was over some religious doctrine or dogma, then the group
has become elitist and exclusively and more than likely one
that is intolerant of anyone outside the group. This kind
of attitude is judgmental and unacceptable.
Every person has
his good and bad traits. No one is perfect. So to judge someone
as worthless because they do not believe religiously the same
way you do is surely against God’s will. When groups
become so closed minded as to think they are better than the
rest of human society it is time for the group to disband.
Supporting the leader
of the group is important for unity. But sometimes the leader
is a crook or a thief or someone whose behaviors is out of
line with the nature of the group; i.e., a minister who has
sex with a member of the congregation, or steals money or
gossips, must be removed as leader. A minister leads by consent
but when he fails to live the life that is harmony with the
group’s beliefs, he must be removed. Certainly a minister
must live in harmony with his sermons. Sometimes a dark soul
will become a minister and when that happened he must be removed
because he will seriously destroy the integrity of the group
and undermine the greater society’s confidence in the
3: YOU WERE CREATED TO BECOME LIKE CHRIST
DAY 22: CREATED TO BECOME LIKE CHRIST
I believe we are
all infinite immortal beings who have always existed. I believe
God is a more awaked being than I am. I believe I have access
over time to all of God’s creations; those we know about
and those we do not.
It makes no since
to me that God would create a little planet in an obscure
solar system in a gigantic universe. Even if the stars we
think we see are actually galaxies of billions of stars. Why
would God make all that space and create the whole universe
for an experiment with human beings? If God can make a universe,
why make such a simple human being?
What makes more
sense is that everything has always existed and we have incarnated
into the reality by choice. We will leave by choice. And who
knows where we will go after death. Our spirits may go to
heaven and they may incarnate back on the earth or some other
planet as some other higher or lower life form. If my spirit
can inhabit a human body, why not any body? Jesus sent spirits
into the body of pigs. And it does seem from the Bible that
more than one spirit can inhabit and control a body.
We exist to expand
our awareness of God’s creation in this reality, all
of them of which this is just one. About 2 billion human beings
have been chosen not only to reincarnate in human form but
also to reincarnate with a desire to be a Christian. Others
on this planet in the world human society have chosen to experience
other religious experiences. I do not believe that all the
other religions on the earth are evil because they teach a
need to become in harmony with God and to have respect and
love for all human beings and especially those who are a part
of their own race, religion and nation just like Christians.
I refuse to believe
that all the human beings who were born before Jesus died
and all the human beings who have lived since Jesus died and
who were never introduced to the gospel of Jesus or did not
become baptized are just so much garbage, whose spirits are
destroyed by God after death. Or is there a ministry in Heaven
to minister to spirits who did not embrace Jesus when he walked
the earth of after he died. And what about those who followed
Jesus but were not baptized by the disciples? Jesus apparently
did not baptize anyone.
a path to God and according to Christians, the only path.
But Buddhists have a path to God as well as Nirvana, a blissful
merging of the spirit back into the Dhammakaya, their concept
For me it does not
matter what religious vehicle that human beings use to connect
to God as long as they acknowledge, and are awakened to their
infinite immortal spirit and their higher spiritual nature.
And that understanding promotes a desire to increase the peace
in the human society. I know Hindu, Muslim and Buddhist who
pray for the same things that Christians pray for, and they
witness that God answers their prayers. There are almost 7
billion human beings presently residing on the planet and
the majority of them believe in God for help in their daily
lives. I do not discount those people or question their witness.
I see the miracles of their faith and the peace of their religion.
All the prayer and
all the rites and rituals must be accompanied by action if
change of any kind is expected. Whether you want to change
your life or the world or achieve a goal or accomplish an
objective or live a destiny, there must be a visualization
followed by action.
This is a tricky
reality. It is full if fears and hesitation due to a lack
of faith. But Jesus said to ask and receive, seek and find,
knock and enter, and all that is required is the faith of
a mustard seed and then mountains can be moved.
We are responsible
for our lives. What we are and what we accomplished is totally
within our control. This deceptive world that attempts to
hide everything in darkness is at the same time a power house
of miracles and controllable change and transformation. To
accomplish anything we must adjust our habits, strengthen
our faith, and harmonize our thoughts with our goals and objectives.
We are miracles with the power to create our own miracles
within and without.
The life of spiritual
isolation alone in community is a legitimate and transforming
endeavor. The faith of each human being bolsters the faith
of the world human society. As I grow the culminations light
to the world human society grows. A life of prayer in a cell
or moving through society is absolutely validated. The judgment
of a chosen spiritual path is based on ignorance of what that
life is about. Until you have been scholled as a monk, or
lived as a monk, do not make comments about the validity or
that form of worship.
The absolute and magnificent beauty of the human society is
its dynamic individual components. Through the seven billion
individuals in the world human community we have an extremely
dynamic complex and uplifting community worship of God. It
is multifaceted. It represents the never-ending desire of
human beings to live a spiritual life, to connect with the
spirit that each feels inside his or her body. If there were
no religions they would be created. Human beings cannot ignore
their spiritual nature. It must have a tangible physical display
of what it feels and experiences when the mind becomes quiet
and the world disengaged.
We are all asleep
to some degree. When our spirits incarnate into our body,
they lose their expanded consciousness of God and heaven.
Spirits attach to the fertilized human eggs at various times
between conception and birth. The sooner the spirit attaches,
the more it can customize the body. But this customizing or
form fitting body to spirit goes on after birth as the child
In life, we awaken
to the spiritual reality and expand our view of reality. We
learn things from every incarnation but we are developing
as souls and not as bodies. The body dies and along with the
mind, disintegrates back into the earth. The soul has always
existed with God and does not come into existence at conception
like the body. The soul is infinite and immortal and beings
to the earth reality all those experiences. Mostly those experiences
are hidden talents.
As the human being
grows older and takes his or her place in society these past
life experienced and talents manifest for use in the present
life if they are needed to fulfill one’s destiny. All
artist and talented gifted people are drawing upon the soul’s
experience and those experiences are expanded as the human
beings awareness increases and becomes more awakened.
The purpose in life
is to wake up to an expanded consciousness, awaken to our
destiny, and then to love that destiny as we learn and experience
and continue to expand our knowing. Each human being has a
mission in this life. And sometimes that mission is totally
The most important
thing to remember is that this reality is transient and finite.
This reality is not the true reality, not the true heaven
or hell. If we do not remember that we become confused in
the manifestations of this reality such that we ignore and
take advantaged of those who are also lost in this reality.
Our objective is to remember that we are infinite immortal
beings who have incarnated into this limited reality for a
divine purpose. If we remember this then we do not get confused
in the manifestation of this reality and lose our way.
Through the physical
body, the spirits experiences the intensity the senses of
the body experiences; sight, tough, smell, taste, and hearing.
The spiritual reality is not this intense. It is important
to understand this so as not to become too grounded in this
reality. There are those who never become fully grounded in
this reality and can never really feel whole. There are others
who become so grounded in the intensity they cannot easily
release the pleasures of this reality. Some people overdose
with substance abuse. From saints who never became confused
in the manifestation of this reality and do not become attached
to it, to dark souls who cannot detach from these intense
pleasures, the earth is populated with every possibility from
total detachment to total addiction.
Life on earth is
hard, intense, and pleasurable. This is why each soul had
so many guardians and other spiritual helpers for the purpose
of navigating this reality.
DAY 23: HOW WE GROW
The most important
thing in life is to become awakened to the fact that within
your body there is an infinite immortal spirit. That spirit
of part is what human beings consider an intangible reality
of heaven. In heaven the spirit exists as a form of energy
that is not perceivable with human senses. Yet there is a
substance to the spirit. That substance is a kind of energy
that creates a very thin body that projects itself in whatever
form is necessary. We tend to think of spiritual bodies as
looking like ghosts of the physical human body. The truth
is that those spiritual bodies have no real form but they
do have a presence. Time and space are merged in heaven so
everything occupies all of the Infinite Potential.
On earth, in this
reality, once we become awaked to our spiritual immortality
and our true relationship to God, then we need a template
for our destiny by which we can easily determine what course
of action that we should take in any circumstances.
Jesus said to store
up treasure in heaven that cannot be eroded. On earth all
treasure is subject to decay and disintegration. All things
in this physical reality manifest from the non physical Infinite
Potential. This is another great mystery as to how an all
inclusive infinite non physical God can manifest the tangible
physical universe in which we live. We as humans cannot conceive
of something being created out of nothing.
We must always be
vigilant and not become confused in the manifestations of
this reality that will in time disintegrate back into the
Infinite Potential. With a template we can determine whether
or not our actions are going to increase our treasure in heaven
or increase our treasure on earth where they will rot and
Our life purpose
template must be one that is made is heaven not on earth.
In other words, our templates of our destiny will consist
of the things we desire to accomplish in this life in order
to increase our awareness of heaven as we live out our life
If we contemplate
some action that has to do with other human beings, we need
to check our template to see if that action will increase
our earthly power, wealth and status or our good deeds stored
up in heaven. If our actions will increase our earthly power
and wealth but decrease our heavenly treasure because we are
taking advantage of or praying upon other human beings we
can then choose not to do that act because it is harming our
In every act we
conceive, we need to remain vigilant, check our template,
and make sure we are not downwardly spiraling into the confusion
that there is no heaven and it is best to live as well as
possible while in this reality. The beauty of this reality
provides much to be desired but all if it is fleeting and
will last but a second as compared to the everlasting reality
Your template can
destroy you or enhance your memory and knowing of God and
heaven. True rewards are spiritual. Human rewards are fleeting.
In developing and
constantly monitoring your template, you ask for spiritual
guidance. There are parts of your template like, “do
unto others as you would have them do unto you” that
are global and never change. Yet there are other parts of
the template that change with time as we move from children
to parents to senior citizen. Our primary purpose on earth
will remain the same but those sub purposes will change over
time. In other words how we support our primary destiny over
time will change as we grow older.
acts on what we tell it. It assures that what is told to it
through the mind is real and it therefore interacts with the
spirit to manifest in the tangible the things that have been
programmed in. We will bring to us what we program into our
template. Jesus said “ask and receive”. So what
we want as defined by our template is what we are going to
If you want to store
up treasures in heaven it is very simple. You must program
yourself to stay vigilant and never forget that heaven is
the true reality and that God’s primary realm is heaven.
Through heaven, the earth and this reality are manifested
and maintained. First love God. Second love your neighbor.
The more that you act in life for the benefit of others, the
greater your rewards in heaven. The more you act in your own
self interest the more your heavenly treasure decreases. If
you want to get into heaven be a servant on earth.
So a life of service
to the world human society is the best course in life and
a life template devoted to materialism and self gratification
is in one that decreases one’s rewards in heaven and
begins to cause confusion in this reality. Confusion as to
which reality, heaven or earth, is the underlying everlasting
Jesus had nothing but the clothes on his back and he preached
a message of love and heaven. He lived a non materialistic
life. He told several people that it was hard to live in wealth
and store up treasures in heaven.
of earth are great. If you are not vigilant and keep an eye
on and a commitment to your template, a life on earth will
demean as opposed to uplift your spirit. In heaven as on earth
there is status, and to gain status there you have to serve
here as well. Heaven is a place of servants not masters.
DAY 24: TRANSFORMING BY TRUTH
The word of God
comes in many forms. The diversity of God’s word is
truly overwhelming. Billions of human beings embrace the words
of Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, Muhammad and others each day. These
sacred words speak to their hearts.
No sacred text that
glorifies God can be discounted. God in embedded in every
human heart and the truth of the sacred texts are a comfort
and assurance in a world as hard and difficult as this one.
Those souls who came to this place, incarnate in this dimension
find a sacred book of comfort in a language they can understand.
Great souls bring
revelations from our heavenly home as guiding lights to give
us peace in a chaotic place where all things are intense and
continually changing. There is a peace that comes from experiencing
hell on earth and finding in the depths of that hell the peace
of God waiting to impact eternal love.
God is your resting place and underneath are the everlasting
are the human peace. God’s truth is God’s love.
God’s truth is our salvation. In our darkest hours,
we always find God’s light.
truths by daily reading and meditating on his various sacred
texts creates a foundation of faith which over the years allows
no pain to shake our lives. To assimilate God’s word
into a foundation of faith which can be drawn on at any moment
is the only dependable source of comfort in times of trouble.
In the depths of
despair, God’s sacred words part the dark clouds and
sends magnificent rays of light to our hearts and souls. When
we assimilate God’s truth into the foundation of our
philosophy then it can be easily applied to life’s every
moment. In the best of times, God’s truth reminds us
of his love and in the worst of times God’s truth reminds
us of his love.
The purpose driven
life requires a foundation of spiritual truth to which has
been attached memories of past times when that truth was the
only unchanging light in our life. When that truth gave us
comfort and hope. When that truth reminded us that God is
always present in every moment.
Jail is a reservoir
of long term despair. The death of a loved one is a short
lived event. But serving a jail term is long lasting. It is
day to day moment to moment until the sentence is fully executed.
In jail the prayers are constant and the ministry of one inmate
to another is on going.
Ministers come and
go in here. But there are many ministers in this place who
never go home. They stand ready at every moment to reach out
to those in need. To guide those who are lost. In this place
the need of God’s truth is persistent.
In every life, other
humans come and go; friends and family, teachers of all kinds.
But God’s truth never leaves. God’s sacred words
mature us as children and as adults and as senior citizens.
It is passed on from generation to generation. It is always
there uplifting, loving, teaching. God’s truth is redeeming.
DAY 25: TRANSFORMED BY TROUBLE
When we are in distress
we tend to pray to God. The more stressed we are, the harder
we pray. Silent prayer is the least effective. Written prayer
is more effective. Written prayer read aloud over and over
is very effective. If you add emotion to your written prayer
and read it out loud you will have your most effective prayer.
When we emotionally
charge our prayer they have the greatest impact. It is sort
of like a child crying. When a child cries, adults pay attention
and try to comfort the child. Certainly God hears our silent
prayers as well as the loudest most emotional prayers. And
God is concerned about every one of our needs. But when God
cares more about your problems than you do, it may not be
time for God to act.
Jesus said ask and
receive. But a half hearted prayer does not have a lot of
impact. We have power to make things happen. We have the power
to ease pain on our own. We are spiritual beings and as such
we can use our spiritual power in any way we want. We can
pray for a new car or we can put the same energy into prayer
for a sick relative. There is nothing wrong with praying for
a new car, but if you want to awaken your spiritual awareness
then the car is not going to achieve that goal.
God lets us make
our own choices in life. As these human bodied can perform
many physical functions our spirit can perform many functions
as well. Jesus said if you have the faith of a mustard seed
you can move mountains. I think Jesus was using mountains
to mean a mountain of trouble or create a mountain of good;
but maybe not. Who knows how much potential power the spirit
has to manipulate physical objects through the human vehicle?
When we are stressed,
we tend to focus more intently. The problems that most affect
us get our greatest attention. All things are possible through
God. On this planet in this reality our human bodies have
to move slowly and crudely; like we are moving through molasses.
In heaven things happen almost immediately because the physical
resistance is slight. So we have to work a little harder to
make things happen in this reality. We have to repeat a prayer
more often and we have to meditate more to make sure we are
praying in the most effective manner to accomplish our objective.
When our stress is due to the illness or disease or just advanced
age of the ones we love, we have to show some restraint. Every
person has a destiny and sometimes a sickness is necessary
for their spiritual growth. If that is the case, then we should
not impose our will through prayer on others. I am also convinced
that no one leaves this life except at the time of their choosing.
No one dies until they agree to leave this reality. And it
does not matter if they die in their sleep or in an accident.
God has the ultimate global universal plan and we have to
have faith that things are the way they should be.
Everyone has a destiny.
But that path is seldom straight. If we look back on our life
it will be seen that there was a different direction and purpose
but there was many detours and side traps some of our doing
and some of God’s interventions. Life is very complex
because we are all helping to fulfill each others destiny.
God is efficient. All actions ripple through the entire universe
and everyone affected is effected in the way they need to
be. The murderer and the victim are both benefits or God would
not have allowed it.
Murder is a heinous act and must be punished and prevented.
But the truth is that it is the body that is discarded and
not the spirit. Yes we are sad, yes we are enraged and distraught
but no one dies the spirit does not die. We are deprived of
the human manifestation of our loved ones but in an instance
in God’s time we will be reunited with our loved ones.
Christians believe in eternal heaven and hell. Whichever one
you choose the Bible indicated that the soul is immortal.
So, hard times focus
our attention on God. We are the most intense in our spiritual
connection when we are the most emotionally on edge. The goal
is to walk more in the light than we do. That goal is to be
more spiritually aware even when things are going ok. There
is no moment when I am not paying attention to my human needs
as I simultaneously listen to my spirit and see the hand of
God in everything. I have little fear and much faith and it
is because I believe that all things as they should be. Most
of our problems are a result of a series of our own choices.
Some go back to birth. Through a lifetime of choice we are
exactly where we should be based on these choices. Nothing
is coincidental or by chance. In every path of every kind,
God is there. We should spend a little more time in meditation
considering why things are happening to us, why we are experiencing
certain things. It is then that we will see the pattern.
As we age we naturally
become more aware of how things work. But the more we focus,
the more we keep an eye on the global issues the faster we
learn, the faster our awareness expands. I like the Buddhist
word awakened. The more awake we are, the more we understand.
The one thing we will come to understand is that at every
moment, with every breath, God is always with us and has charged
angels and other spiritual beings to watch over us; not to
mention other human beings. The support system for each human
being is infinite because God is infinite.
DAY 26: GROWING THROUGH TEMPTATION
I do not like the
word sin. Sin is some act contrary to religious doctrine and
dogma. Sin is to religion what crime is to secular society.
Instead of sin which sounds very judgmental, I like to use
the word confusion in the manifestations of this reality.
We are infinite immortal souls experiencing a journey through
this earthly reality. We cannot die in spirit. So sin is too
harsh and unforgiving a word.
As we live life
every day, we are tempted in many things that give pleasure.
I am not talking about pleasure that comes from another person.
I am mostly talking about pleasure that is related to self
serving interests and materialism for the sake of self satisfaction
and often coming at the expense of others.
It is fine to own
things as long as you realize all materialistic pleasures
are short lived. We will tire of our toy, it will wear out,
or we will die and not have access to it. If you truly love
a materialistic pleasure and you die, you will have a craving
for it that according to Eastern religions philosophies causes
you to reincarnate until you lose your attachment to that
pleasure. Smoking and drinking and drug use are some examples.
Giving into temptation is not a bad thing unless it degenerates
into an addiction.
Everything in this
reality, as in everything, is transient, fleeting and temporary.
To try and hold on to anything in this reality is an attempt
to freeze the entire universe in a moment of time. All things
that manifest from the Infinite Potential eventually disintegrate
back into it.
As we live in this
reality and fulfill our destinies, we need to be aware of
the fact that we are not going to live forever. We come here
to experience, learn and grow. The trick is to not get lost
in the manifestations in this realty and forget that we are
spiritual beings. We should be mindful of the temptations
that lead to confusion.
The test is very
simple. As we are given a choice about anything we need to
bring out our templates and ask ourselves whether we are going
to become attached to one of our choices. Will our choice
addict us to something that does not exist in heaven but only
on earth. Temptations are like food. Food exists to nourish
and fuel our bodies. We have to eat to live. But when we begin
to live to eat, we are addicted. It is good to enjoy a piece
of cake once and a while; it is a warning sign when we have
to have cake at every meal.
Everything on this
earth, in this reality is here for our pleasure and enjoyment.
But every materialistic pleasure has a potential of attachment
to it. If we want to stay on our path in this reality and
if we want to return to heaven with ease, we need to be careful
not to become confused in earthly pleasure.
The worst case of
confusion exist when a person is so addicted and attached
to this reality that they can no longer relate to God. I sometimes
think this is why our lives are so short. Death is an escape
valve. Before we can become truly confused and enveloped in
darkness, we get a wake up call, death. Death ends all, our
ability to experience earth until we reincarnate. We may choose
to come back and proceed into deeper states of attachment
but death gives an opportunity to evaluate where we stand
and consider what we are doing.
I love to play chess
and I have the opportunity to play it all day, every day here
in jail. But in ninety days at the outside, I will leave this
tank and re-enter the real, free world. At that time, I will
not be able to play chess, because unlike here I have to pay
rent, buy groceries and go to work to support myself. I don’t
want to get attached to playing chess.
My other choice
is to play chess in moderation, enjoy it and spend the majority
of my time on this book which is first and foremost a vehicle
of self understanding. And it is possible that it may have
value to others. The better choice is to spend my time to
learn and grow and understand because that I get to take with
me back to heaven. Great skill at chess which can be only
be played on earth is useless in heaven. I am sure there are
things you can learn from chess that will apply to life. The
way you attack or defend is a lot like life. But generally
chess is just a pleasurable game and a way to pass the time.
I want to play better but I do not want to become a grand
There are some people
in this reality who given a choice of doing the right or wrong
thing with no consequence to themselves will do the wrong
thing. These people are the ones who are so confused in this
reality that they do not remember God. They aretotally lost.
The more we allow ourselves to become attached to this reality
the harder it is going to be to return to our natural state
of non attachment. There is always the chance that in our
choice to reincarnate here we will become stuck and confused.
This is why it is important to stay awake and aware of God’s
ever presence. As long as we focus on God, consider our purpose
template before each decision, we may not avoid temptation
but we will not be confused by it.
The truth is that
life in this reality is hard even under the best of circumstances
and it is hard because it is always changing. Every change
brings with it temptation becauseevery change required a decision
to reestablished our environment. We lose our job, our children
grow up, accidents happen, loved one’s die. A firm belief
in and faith in God, supported by a life template and a habit
of daily prayer and meditation is a plan for success in navigating
life on planet earth. It is a beautiful world that God allows
us to experience but for those who do not remain vigilant
it can turn into a nightmare.
DAY 27: DEFEATING TEMPTATION
There are two things
we get in life; what we really really want and what we really
really don’t want. The more intensely and emotionally
we focus on things the quicker they happen whether they are
positive or negative.
I have spent a lot
of years fighting evil and wrongdoing. I see now that I wasted
a tremendous amount of time doing so. The more I focused on
the evil the more energy I put into it, the bigger the evil
grew. The power of negativity on earth is great.
I have come to view
darkness, negativity and evil as a tar baby. The more you
hit it, the more it gets on you. In the end, it can drain
your energy and defeat you. Even if it does not defeat you
it has taken its toll on your body, mind and soul and leaves
you in a weakened condition.
I have decided to
put all my energy into doing good. All that energy I wasted
confronting evil did nothing but draw me into a world of darkness,
When I see something that angers me I will in the future determine
if I have a chance of really doing anything about it or if
it is just going to feed off of my energy.
There is a lot of
evil in the world because there are so many people who are
confused in the manifestation of this reality. The main problem
is a dark focus on material things. The more the craving for
material things the more confused the person is and the more
likely that they will pray on others in order to posses what
When I was a very
young man, I knew that I would never work in a liquor store.
I drink on occasion and I do not advocate total abstinence
but I know what alcohol can do to a person and I know what
a drunk can do when driving a car. I did not want to get paid
to increase the suffering caused by alcohol.
Selling drugs is
probably the worst thing a person can do to make money. Personally
I believe that drugs should be legalized to cut down on crime
and to make it easy to monitor. I think it should be sold
in liquor stores and controlled by the government. This a
practical approach to the fact that human beings are going
to seek out the pleasure of alcohol and illegal drugs no matter
how legally restricted they become. Some people will pay anything
and do anything to be able to feed these addictions.
A drug dealer is
feeding the addictions of others for the sole purpose if increasing
his wealth. He has totally abandoned any sense of morals and
ethics and he’s perused a career that does nothing but
harm the end users. Alcohol and drugs kill at their worst
and create pain and suffering for the user and those around
the user at the least.
We all know our
weaknesses. Some may crave food, others alcohol or drugs and
others sex, along with an entire list of crimes of robbery,
burglary and so on. Some of us have a genetic make up that
craves alcohol and drugs and these people have a burden they
must carry all their lives. They live with the craving all
the time on some level. To succumb to those cravings creates
chaos and increases the desire. Almost all of us have food
cravings that put unhealthy weight on us.
We all must live
the life we have and so we must learn to ignore those cravings
and desires that are going to harm us or cause us to harm
others in order to satisfy our cravings. To succumb to our
materialistic desires and pleasures is to be on a slippery
slope that can lead to hell or a near hell on earth and beyond.
To confront evil
and temptation you must turn away from it. The mind cannot
hold two thoughts at once. So if these confusing thoughts
enter the mind, the best thing to do is to immediately think
of something else or do something else. If I get hungry, I
often take a walk or do something to occupy my mind. We have
to play games with our mind to be successful in getting lost
in the manifestation of this reality.
Prayer or meditation
helps as do support groups. I gave up a lot of socializing
to achieve my business, education and family goals. I had
a template for my life and it required sacrifice. This is
like dealing with addiction but it is the positive side. I
focused on a big goal that took away my need of many pleasures.
I had a long range perspective and I was able to ignore short
and darkness can overwhelm you. Just like over eating. People
gain weight over decades not over night. The same way with
darkness; a little over a long time takes us down a path that
when we wake up wish we had not followed.
You have to use
your logic to program your mind and write on your template
that certain things are bad in small doses because they lead
to bigger cravings. A life template is critical to a full
and happy life and on that template the list of negative influenced
need to be listed and burned into your mind. After my heart
attack I went on a strict diet. I refused the bypass. I knew
if I ate foods with cholesterol I would die. It would kill
me. It was real. The diet was bland but death was the alternative.
I chose to stick with my diet. I am alive now because I stayed
away from food that I loved but which was like poison to me.
I had to program my mind to see things like ice cream as poison.
It was not easy but death easy the alternative.
The short term pleasures
of addiction in this world are not worth the long steep climb
out of the hole which confusion in the manifestations of this
reality creates. And if we find ourselves deep in that hole
of confusion, we need to reach out to God in prayer and mediation
for help as well as others to support us.
Focus on good and
not evil. Be vigilant. Heaven is nicer than hell. Be careful,
strive to be happy and at peace. Follow your template. Avoid
DAY 28: IT TAKES TIME
There is no end
to the wonders of God. No matter how much we experience and
learn and grow there is an infinite amount more to experience.
The process of learning to be in harmony with God and to live
in peace with other human beings without judging them or taking
advantage of them is never ending.
Life is made up
of one destiny and many lesser goals and objectives. Every
time we finish one, then there is something else waiting for
us. Life is therefore not a destiny but a journey. It is a
journey of an infinite immortal soul without beginning or
When this life ends
another one begins in the spirit world or back in this reality
or somewhere else. It is a wonderful universe and we are just
travelers in its infinite vastness.
Who knows why we
are alive and experiencing this earth, this heaven, human
and spiritual beings. Through prayer and meditation we will
learn more about our journey. We will learn how to control
our lives. We will learn about joy and sorrow. Everyday has
the potential to experience something knew.
Sometimes I feel
like I get so caught up in contemplating God and what it means
to be human, I think I am losing my mind and it is all just
a dream. Then I think about the miracle of my birth and the
fact that I do exist because I can see myself in my mirror
and then I remember that death is real and one day my body
will exhaust itself.
When I consider
these things then I realize there must be a purpose and I
go back into prayer and meditation looking for answers and
It seems to be important
not to do wrong or harm to other people. It seems important
to know there is a God and there is a spirit and reality that
is integrated with the earthly reality. It seems that we would
not be here unless we had a purpose.
All we can really
do is to continue our journey here until it ends and then
return to our heavenly home to be welcomed and comforted by
our spiritual clan and rest and review what we did in this
life and decide what is next.
If we acknowledge
that there is a God who answers prayers and looks out for
us and if we learn to not get caught up in the manifestations
of this reality and began to believe that this is the only
reality and if we love and respect our fellow human, then
that is about all we can do.
In each day of each
life we learn something. That is all there is to it. The purpose
of life is to live. The second is to find our destiny and
then to stay on its path. The object is to do the best we
can and that a loving God knows when we have done our best.
The more we awaken
to God, the more alive we feel. The more we come to know and
feel God, the more deeply we will experience this reality.
The more we expand our awareness of God and remember our heavenly
love, the more we will relax into the peace of God’s
love as we live out our destiny.
PURPOSE #4: YOU WERE SHAPED FOR SERVING GOD
DAY 29: ACCEPTING YOUR ASSIGNMENT
Every person who
came to this reality has a purpose. It may be a small purpose
or a global purpose. There are very few careers or destinies
that do not involve other human beings. Every child requires
someone to raise it until they can fend of themselves.
Since you must interact
with others, you are performing a destiny of interacting with
these other people. Some people need to give and so even if
you have a role as a taker you are fulfilling a role necessary
for a soul who needs to give, nurture someone just like you.
Even the homeless fill that role; allowing others to experience
giving and reaching out to others. I do understand that that
is a valid destiny in this global play that we are all participating
Everyone who comes
to this reality has a purpose. It is decided before a soul
incarnates. It is not forced labor; it is labor of love and
one that is voluntary. Each of us agree with God and the many
spiritual workers that will help us and those who are to interact
with us. It is a community decision and when you don’t
do what you agreed to do then others cannot fulfill their
destiny and purpose.
We all have free
will to abandon our destinies. We do not sign a contract in
heaven before coming here but we understand that we are expected
to do certain things and play a certain role here. A purpose
or destiny is a general thing, every moment of our lives here
are not pre scripted. Things happen and when one person does
not honor his obligations it ripples through the world human
society. If we do not perform a task, then many times others
will step into that role. The whole process is very flexible
but somehow we each tend to gravitate to and then fulfill
our role. We may think we are total failures on earth but
when we return to heaven we realize we did a great job.
The question comes
up as to whether someone is playing a role of a bad person
or whether they are truly bad. Who knows? All I know is that
we are all infinite immortal beings and we therefore have
infinite time to work it out. So much of heaven is just too
complex for us to figure out and we have a limited understanding
of the spiritual reality. We just need to stay focused on
God and know that everything is the way it should be.
When I was about
eight years old, I wanted to know what death was about. I
wanted to understand why people died and I wanted to know
what happened to a person after death. I believed that in
the writings of people in the world both past and present
and especially sacred texts, that the answers to those questions
were recorded. I believed that it would be in the religious
texts where I would find the answers. I felt that because
every Sunday either my Sunday school teacher or the preacher
would say something about Jesus dying for our sins so we could
So my destiny began
to be revealed as I pursued the questions of what is the why
of death, and though these questions I would find out what
was the meaning of life, and with the answers to that question
I would come to understand my destiny.
I believe that our
destiny is reveled to us in this way. As we go looking for
answers we find out who we are. I believe we find our destiny
by not really looking for it but God speaks to each person
differently about destiny. Some people never ask about their
purpose here but after a lifetime they realize that they in
fact were in their path all the time.
In the 1970’s
I read a lot about Edgar Cayce the sleeping prophet and after
that I read a lot of self help books about being all you could
be, about knowing yourself and self actualization. In those
self help books they all discussed goals in life not so much
as a destiny but about how to define a life goal and then
pursue it. I also bolstered my mind with reading about a positive
mental attitude and faith and believing in God as well as
about miraculous stories. Then in the 1980’s I began
to read books about near death experiences. All this searching
and researching eventually led me to a decision to interpret
all the major religious sacred texts for my personal understanding.
On April 1, 1988,
I made my commitment to WorldPeace and my covenant with God
was sealed when I changed my name. After I changed my name
to John WorldPeace, the specifics of my destiny began to reveal
themselves. This book is sort of a landmark in understanding
my destiny because it is a review of my history and closure
on my past. From writing, praying and meditation on those
past events, I have begun to understand who I am and more
clearly see what I am to do with my future.
I will be biologically
sixty years old in a month. Sixty to me is a passage from
being an adult to being a senior citizen. I looked at forty
as being the passage from young adult to full blown adult.
I looked at twenty-one as a passage out of childhood into
a young adult. Those years have had special significance to
me and I can see clear themes for the first, second and third
twenty year periods of my life. And I feel there will be another
change when I reach eighty.
Our destinies are
ever revealing. The general direction becomes obvious by forty,
I think, or maybe fifty. After that we know our life’s
path and we begin to refine that definition. Once we are awakened
to our infinite immortal spiritual essence and our connection
to God, then we begin to understand our destiny and hopefully
we pursue that path because that path will give one’s
life the greatest sense of satisfaction and the greatest reward
in heaven. I did not say it would be the easiest path but
whatever pain and suffering is there will be put in perspective.
All life is full of pain and suffering along with wonderful
positive uplifting miracles because life is about constant
DAY 30: SHAPED FOR SERVING GOD
Each of us has a
unique destiny. Destiny is a word associated with big events
and moments but it is really a word that applies to every
human being. Our lives are unique and our destiny is unique.
On the most basic relationship level of family, a destiny
to raise children is a huge mission. Raising children is never
easy. The most important thing to remember is that children
are children for life. Few young couples think about this
when they decide to have children. Children will always be
younger than their living parents and so in this sense they
are lifetime responsibility.
I laughed at my
mother’s mother who lived to be 91. In her last years
she lived alone and was fiercely independent. Her attitude
about my mother and aunt was “What does anyone in their
70’s know?” That is true. The percentage differences
between adults and a parent’s age reduces over time
but the actual year’s difference stays the same. When
a person is a year old their parents may be 25 times older
than they are. But as the parents live to be 100 they will
only be 33% older than their children. Children are children
for life. And the same goes for parents. They are parents
for life. A destiny of just supporting children as parents
The difference between
a person who achieves his or her goal and those who just accomplish
them is the degree of passion. A person with passion loves
his destiny, loves his destiny. In the best cases scenario
the passionate person can’t wait to get up in the morning
to work on this love and hates to go to bed at night. People
who are so integrated and enthused about what they are doing
that they don’t want to stop to eat or sleep or rest,
their life is their passion and their passion is their immortality.
When you have passion
and enthusiasm you became __ but more important you infect
others with your energy and your zeal about your work and
sometimes they join with you. Once you connect to your passion
all sorts of miraculous things begin to happen. Money and
assets applies, people show up unannounced and doors open
for you that will not open for others less committed.
You have a body and
mind that has been custom built by your soul with God’s
guidance to provide you with everything you need to accomplish
your mission, your destiny to be fulfilled in life it is important
to pray and meditate about your destiny. Remember Jesus said
ask and receive, seek and find, knock and enter. Through prayer
and mediation your destiny will become obvious and once it
becomes obvious the continued from all it will attract all
the things necessary to make it happen.
When you discover
and integrate with your destiny, you partner up with God for
the achievement of your mission. There can be no time fulfillment
unless you are on your designated path. You will know if you
are on the right path if miracles begin to happen around you
to help you in your work. You can recognize a miracle. On
the other hand, if you are not on your path, then things will
be hard and you will feel defeated.
It is important to
understand that nothing is easy. No great task is easy. Even
the best of destinies and the most focused human beings run
into obstacles. No matter how worthy and needed your services,
there will be those who want to stop you. That is the nature
of this world. When you hit an obstacle you need to push on
it to see how strong it is. Don’t assume you can’t
do anything. Give a little push and shove. If it does appear
that the obstacle is not going to move, then you have to realize
that you should try another way to accomplish your ends. Again,
God is your partner and through prayer and requests it will
become obvious to you what you need to do. Work with God and
all your guardian spirits and angels. This is your ever present
team. The bigger your destiny, the greater the number of spirits
and humans will be drawn to your mission to help you. But
so will those who want to stop you.
You should always
remember that over time good always prevails. The light always
At the end of life,
all your money and assets will pass on to other human beings.
But your spiritual growth and understanding and accomplishments
go with you. Act is sync with your unique destiny and you
life will have meaning and in death you will joy in you earthly
All God’s projects
are uplifting. So when you return to heaven, your bliss will
be to know that you have been an instrument of God peace.
This book is about
my destiny. It is about how I accomplish what I have accomplished.
Lectures and talk mean nothing. My life is my teaching. The
stories in this book are true. No one is more committed to
peace and world peace than me. Yet it is obvious that this
destiny has been tough.
You are reading the
story of a man who would not quit, a man whose life is dedicated
to his vision, his destiny. I pray others will not have the
hell in this life that I have. But that hell is what is perceived
by others. For me the hell is not distinguished. It is just
a little rough patch on the path of life. No problem is beyond
God’s solution. Each difficulty is necessary. I have
done all that I can do. I have done the best I could. I question
things through prayer and I listen for guidance through meditation.
Time will tell how much I accomplish in my advocacy for peace.
For me all that matters is that I tried. I kept the faith,
I believed. I took the road less traveled and that has made
all the difference.
DAY 31: UNDERSTANDING YOUR SHAPE
Every one of us
has a need for guidance and mentoring. More than money we
all need the help of others who have been where we are going
or where we find ourselves in the present. Everything a person
does in life can benefit others who are about to enter a path
we have already traveled.
When I was very
young I realized that life was short and that I did not have
time to gain the experiences I would need in my life. So I
tried to listen to people talk about their experiences. No
matter how mundane, every human being has personal knowledge
and a personal perspective on common human problems. We all
have to deal with family.
In this cell block
there are a lot of men who are the black sheep of their families.
They have families whose members are effective and valuable
members of society but for some reason those here could not
fit into a conventional role. So in here they share with each
other because they are black sheep in common. They learn from
each other and if nothing else they realize that they are
not alone in their experiences. They learn that there are
others with whom they can discuss their problems and gain
some incite. Some young guys look at older guys who never
got a hold on their lives. The young guys can see their future.
Some of these men
were abused when they were children. Bill N. told me that
he was sitting on a bench with a friend of his on his baseball
team. The kid’s father brought him some food and the
kid was disrespectful of his father and complained and griped.
Bill said is made him so nervous that he had to get up and
walk away. The reason is that his father beat him often. He
felt sure this kid’s father was going to physically
beat the kid up and he wanted to move away. Then he saw the
kid a few days later and he was amazed that the kid had no
bruises or cuts on him. He asked the kid if his father had
beat him up. The kid said no and wondered why Bill would ask
such a ridiculous question. It was then that Bill began to
realize that he was not having a normal relationship with
Every time we talk
to others, no matter what the subject regarding our family
life, we are imparting knowledge. People listen and hear things
they need to hear. We are always ministering when we communicate
with others even when we do not consciously intend to teach.
My mission purpose is more global. All I am trying to do is
make people aware that we can increase the peace in the world
human society. I am not trying to force any particular mind
set on others that is judgmental. I believe each person knows
when they are being unpleasant and harming others. If each
human being just refrained from one such act a day the whole
world would be uplifted. In addition, we can do the same by
just making a positive remark to another person.
There are so many
ways in which we can increase the peace in the world. I have
put my life on display. Some people will judge me by what
I have done or not done. Others will gain some insight into
their own lives. I do not want anyone to follow me. I just
want to show people what I have done and what did and did
not work for me.
I want to show people
that no matter how lofty one’s goals there are others
who will criticize if not deliberately try to thwart us in
our objectives. Life is not easy. If it was easy anyone could
do it. By reading my life someone could determine that the
set backs they experience on pursuing their destiny is just
business as usual. We have to be realistic in our ministry.
For me my purpose,
ministry is global. I am a white Christian male and I will
always have that influence, perspective on everything I do.
But I try not to speak about things from any of these perspectives.
By identifying myself in those forms, I appear to have an
exclusive mind set when I in fact have an all inclusive philosophy
and deal with people first as simply human beings. This is
not typical. Most people want others to be like themselves.
The truth is, in many ways, I don’t know what I am doing.
I have no other person to look to who has had my same global
world peace objective. I have read the biographies of great
people and have tried to adopt some of their traits but when
someone who wants to become President of the USA has many
role models, I have none. I pray and meditate and contemplate
what I am doing and then use my logic and intuition to move
forward. I cannot accomplish much without God, and with God
as my partner I can do anything.
I have started several
businesses from scratch and so I have some knowledge of what
it takes to create something from nothing. And all those businesses
had thousands of others who had done the same. But a world
peace all inclusive mission is unique. I am the only person
who has the name WorldPeace and WorldPeace is the only name
that can be translated into every language.
Originally I thought
that by changing my name that when other people heard, read,
and spoke my name they would have to think about WorldPeace
for a moment. I thought if that was all I did at least that
would be something. That was such a small agenda for such
a large destiny.
We all have a destiny
and one way or another that destiny is our ministry. No matter
how little we think we can contribute, there is always someone
who needs to hear what we have to say or write. With the internet
we can speak our truths and experiences worldwide. I believe
that if we communicate our message, God will lead those who
need to hear it to that message. We should never discount
our ability to do good; to do God’s work.
I only caution people
not to be so exclusive and elitist as to discount or worse,
demean others who are not of the same race, religion, nationality,
or gender. A Christian, Hindu, Buddhist peace will never manifest
WorldPeace because they are exclusive philosophies and WorldPeace
is an inclusive view of the world as being made up of human
The fact that you
are incarnated on this earth is undeniable evidence that you
have a mission. In truth, all missions from God are uplifting
no matter how great or small.
DAY 32: USING WHAT GOD GAVE YOU
We all have natural
talents and things that we like to do. They go hand in hand.
We do things we do because we like to do them because we are
good at them. Many people do not take enough time to do what
In high school I
read a poem by Robert Frost about making your job and your
hobby into one endeavor. In other words, make your business
your hobby. I believe from my experiences with thousands of
business owners that money can be made at almost work. Some
things have great monetary potential and others are too labor
intensive and don’t. But I think that just about any
pleasurable act can be turned into income producing work.
In your ministry
destiny you will be most effective doing what you enjoy. I
think it is not good to force yourself to take on a ministry
that does not bring you joy, pleasure or a sense of accomplishment.
In any group objective there are always people who have the
skills to do the various tasks. If you are good at selling,
then sell, and if you are good at organization then do that,
and if you are good at making things then do that.
In life, we have
so many choices it creates confusion. I enjoy so many things
that it is hard for me sometimes to be effective because of
what I choose to do with my time. If you want to serve, simply
ask yourself what you like to do and then find a ministry
that needs your help. If you are not an entrepreneur then
there are plenty of organizations who need your talents.
In all cases it
is better to just go to work. Don’t stand around or
sit and contemplate, just get busy. As you get busy your mind
engages and thoughts automatically come to you about how to
do things better or more efficiently or how to expand your
ministry. If nothing else, you may find that you do not enjoy
doing a certain project as you thought. This will lead you
to looking around at other things you like to do. Overtime
you will find your ministry. You will know you have found
it when it brings you joy.
One of my primary
goals in writing this book is to decide how best to use my
talents for the rest of my life. Jail is a retreat for my
mind more than punishment. I don’t feel punished. I
feel alive and cleansed. I am glad I came here where I could
sort out my life and determine who I could and could not depend
on. I have had to let go of controlling things outside this
I have had a major
life review but that is because I am 60 and I have a lot of
years to review. Also, I have done a lot of things that most
people would not have done. So there is a lot of experience
over a lot of years to review.
I have narrowed
down the future to my art, my poems and my web design business
all of which I enjoy. In addition I need to find a female
companion and create a social agenda which I have never really
had. And I have to determine how much I want to travel and
to what countries I may want to live. And my WorldPeace advocacy
could take me all over the world. At 60 I have an agenda of
a 21 year old. All of the above have the potential of uplifting
others and increasing the peace in the world society but I
have to cut down on something. There is not enough time in
the day to do it all. It is time fore me to decide what I
want to be when I grow up. And God has blessed me with the
time and peace to figure it all out.
I cannot help but
look at the fact that in the last few weeks God has reduced
the tension in my life my removing Ms. Williams, has increased
the warmth and eliminated the noise of the TV. I feel like
maybe I am about to get out of here and I need the peace to
hurry up and finish this book, who knows. As I keep saying,
I always watch what is going on around me and consider where
I am being led.
In this unique life
we should not concern ourselves with what others are doing.
What they are doing does not matter in our unique mission
and we should not try to copy missions of others unless we
really feel we could do better. It is best to pray and meditate
and focus on God to help define and complete our mission.
Other human beings can and will help us but our main partner
in our mission is God, not other human beings. Even in a human
partnership we have one God given role.
Also, it is very
depressing to compare yourself on your mission with others.
There will always be greater and lesser persons than ourselves
and there will always be greater and lesser missions. Every
mission, destiny is important in the world human society.
If we are happy doing small common things then that is what
we should do because that is where God and you have placed
your bliss. A dog will never find bliss living as a cat.
I am coming to feel
more and more like I am a duck in a chicken house. I am an
ultra liberal person living in a very conservative part of
society. I need to go to Paris where the radical artist unite
and ex patriots live. That is where I think I will find my
bliss. When I exit this jail, I will begin to make my way
to Paris. If that is where God is leading me then the things
will be easy. If not I will never go there. But for now I
feel an urge to move in that direction.
DAY 33: HOW REAL SERVANTS ACT
some interesting contradictions. Jesus was a non materialistic
person. He only had the clothes on his back, he trusted God
to provide what he needed and to send him where he needed
to go. In this respect, he was like Buddhist monks who today
only have the clothes on their backs and a begging bowl.
This being the case,
there are many preachers and a significant number of televangelist
who control millions of dollars in their ministries. I refer
to these as billon dollar Jesus shows. These men and women
no doubt provide good work but I have never been able to reconcile
Jesus’ non materialism to the extravagant life style
of these televangelists. They have all the trappings of commercial
corporate success. They come on TV in $2500 suits not $40
blue jeans. America expects their preachers to smell of money
because money is the measure of a man in the USA; even men
Something else about
Jesus was his willingness to be a servant. This was best demonstrated
by his washing his disciple’s feet. He made a very clear
statement that they were to be servants not demigods. A servant
is like water; water always seeks the lowest places and offers
itself to everyone without judgment. I have always been bothered
by the fact that Jesus said he came only to the Jews while
he was alive yet through Paul’s conversion he expanded
his ministry to the non Jews in the world.
As I am writing
this, one of the several ministers arrived in the cell block
for the purpose of teaching Bible lessons. He has attracted
about seven men, the rest are sleeping even though it is 10
am. This man does not have a big TV Jesus business. He is
a true servant. Regardless of what kind of ministry he has
outside this prison, he is none-the-less here speaking to
many who are interested in worshiping.
I don’t know
many ministers who service more than paying members of their
congregation. He just finished his lesson which lasted ten
minutes but there are 9800 inmates in this jail and I am sure
he has a lot of stops to make. The fact that he made one impresses
he won’t get any news attention. Other then the men
he just spoke to and myself, no one will make note of his
presence. Yet God knows he has come where there is great need
but few workers.
I do not discount any ministry. I am just pointing out that
I question these televangelists who no doubt reach millions
of people but who live like kings. The paradox of America
is that most people would probably not tune in to see someone
like Jesus who only had one set of clothes. The Bible says
that Jesus had a seamless robe which was no doubt unique.
But I feel it was a gift. It had enough value for the soldiers
who were crucifying him to gamble for it. But this robe was
no $2500 suit.
The Buddhists emphasize
that the way to heaven, Nirvana is to eliminate your attachment
to worldly things, and this is what Jesus advocated. He told
one rich man to give away his wealth. The man could not do
it. Jesus said it was very hard for the rich to get into heaven
and that is because of their attachment to the world. So we
again ask what about the televangelists who are worth millions.
This accumulation of wealth was rejected by Jesus however
the spreading of Christianity is a good thing as long as it
is not done from an elitist exclusionary mindset.
Jesus is clear.
The path to heaven is that of a servant. He’s life suggested
a non materialistic servant.
Real servants fill
many needs. Even if they are not experts at something they
will step in if no one else volunteers. They will pick up
garbage; they will drive out of their way to bring someone
to worship service. I always wonder why it is necessary for
a church to hire someone to maintain the lawn. Is there no
one in the membership who will do that for free? Or paint
the church? Or fix the roof? Are there no servants to do these
jobs within the membership?
If you are performing
as a servant without any consideration for the rewards you
will get because of it, then you are in sync with what Jesus
was teaching. If you are performing a servant’s task
so you can be recognized and applauded for it you are going
to be disappointed and angered because most people don’t
care. You do the task that need to be done because no one
else is doing them.
You are a servant
if you simply do your best to do the things that no one else
wants to do. If you see a menial task that needs to be done,
The world needs
more servants. The foundation of peace and WorldPeace is based
on refusing to distinguish yourself as one of a certain race
or religion or nationality and using that as a excuse not
to help another human being. Spiritual servants do not select
who they are willing to help. They help those in need because
it needs to be done. See people as human beings, someone’s
parents, child or brother or sister first and help them. Don’t
let your prejudice against other races, religions or nations
stop you from doing a worthy act. Don’t ask is a hungry
person if he is a member of your religion as a condition of
There is much that
needs to be done in the world. There is pain and suffering
everywhere. Simply roll up your sleeves and pitch in no matter
what the job. This is the core mandate of servitude and the
highway to heaven.
DAY 34: THINKING LIKE A SERVANT
My goal from the
age of eight was to find a way to uplift the world human society.
I had no idea how to do it. I was always more concerned about
increasing the equality and opportunity in the world than
about how much money I would make. I did not have the vocabulary
or the experience to really understand what I could do to
fulfill my destiny. As time went by that mission became more
clear and defined. So I talk about it now with a greater more
dynamic, tested glossary of terms and concepts.
years, I finally realize that the best way to create peace
is to increase the money people have. All the lectures and
teachings will not give as much peace as a $100 bill.
I do not really
believe in giving money away because that creates a permanent
financial dependence. The thing that is needed is a source
of money that would be endless. The only thing that makes
sense here is to create jobs as a way to increase the peace.
If I, through my efforts, create millions of jobs, I will
have done a lot to increase the peace in the world human society.
I also know that
peace does not really sell because it is an intangible. In
other words the money that I would make and the jobs I would
create by traveling the world talking about peace is nothing
compared to what a very successful business would create.
As it turns out,
the internet in the perfect business to accomplish my goals.
The concept is simple. I would create a web design business
which would focus on upgrading web pages. I would have the
web site produced in the third world. I would sell the web
site up grade in the wealthier nations. So it would be a transfer
of wealth from the rich to the poor.
Everyone wins, the
poor get money to support their families and the rich get
a competitive priced web site. That is what I have done. I
started a web design business in 2004. All was going well
and my projected employee base was 4000 by December 2007.
The problem was I trusted my youngest son to handle the production
end of the business. In January 2007, he tried to destroy
the business and succeeded in that the business no longer
exists as it was. But the concept is valid and I will begin
it again after I exit from jail.
My goal was to take
all the profits from the company and use them to increase
the number of employees. I did not care about accumulating
personal wealth; I cared about moving money from the rich
nations to the poor. I was focused on creating a wealth transfer
that was not based on charitable donations. I was interested
in a for profit business not a non profit one.
This is my servitude,
to use my education and experience to create jobs and to help
increase the level of peace in the world human society. A
side benefit to me is that the more the world is integrated
economically the less chance of war. People will not make
war on their supplies or their customers.
In addition, some
of the profits could be used to build public works projects
all over the world in order to uplift communities even as
individual human beings were uplifted by being able to make
a living to support their families. Money could also be allocated
to create WorldPeace murals, shrines, and sculptures, to remind
people constantly to consider peace and WorldPeace; also money
to educate children as doctors and other social servants.
The wealth to be gleaned as the world connects to the internet
So my interactions
have been and continue to be to use the skills and experiences
and education I have to create as many jobs in a ongoing for-profits
company as possible. Every one wins.
Jesus and Buddha
tried to uplift people spiritually. They were the ultimate
servants. But in their day a global economy was not integrated.
Now that we have a global economy, all we have to do is increase
the number of people who are part of it and the level of peace
will increase in the world human society.
There can be nothing
more rewarding than to help others uplift themselves, to give
the poor hope and self dignity. The lack of peace in the world
society fluctuates moment to moment. The idea is to uplift
individual and together they will uplift the world society.
This is what it
means to me to live as a servant. This is how I intend to
fulfill my WorldPeace agenda. This is how I will further my
DAY 35: GOD'S POWER IN YOUR WEAKNESS
Every one of us
is a role model to some degree for others. Some of us are
strong in some ways and some are weak. Weakness can be associated
with character flaws. I’m a very strong and focused
person but I have had a hard time staying focused on a project
that degenerates into routine. I hate boredom. But the good
thing is that there are people who do well with routine. A
team is a group of people who work together. Every one can’t
lead and all leaders are not always good followers. There
are people who can easily make decisions and those who are
I have is my anger at lies and injustice. My tendency is to
challenge it. Bit the problem is that I waste energy on insignificant
Every one of us
has flaws and weaknesses. There are many strong leaders who
do not have the ability to keep their sex drive in check.
They allow their personal sexual nature to override their
knowledge that extra marital affairs are destructive to a
marriage and for the most part cause a reduction in respect
More people see
themselves as weak rather than strong. In fact, most people
focus more time on their weaknesses then on their strengths.
Regardless of whether we feel week or strong or in between,
we have a following of people, some we know and some we don’t
know. These are people who are like us and do not know how
to cope due to their character. We are role models for those
like us and it is good if we leave something in writing as
a guide for those who are on the same path.
Sometimes I feel
that I have to write for another generation. I know that I
have had a lot of experiences and I feel everyone who reads
this book will be able to relate to one or more of my experiences.
I don’t have all the answers and in many cases I have
chosen a path that had increased the chaos in my life.
I have had two nineteen
year marriages. Sandra, my first wife, I consider an evil
person and Kay I feel is about as angelic as any person I
know. Yet the reality is that both left me. I am the common
denominator. Why have two wives with two completely different
personalities left me? I don’t know. Part of the reason
for writing this book is to try and figure that out.
I am a very open
person and some tell me that is a weakness. I see it as positive
and negative. For a person to pay attention to anything I
say requires a trust and trust comes with candor. The more
open I am, the more trustworthy I appear to be. There are
others who will try to take my weakness and capitalize on
it; use it against me. I don’t pay enough attention
to this reality. In this book, I have related major areas
of my life and how I dealt with them. The fact that I experienced
these things also should show that I am human.
In reality, I have
no idea how people will evaluate at my life. Many will look
at it to verify their opinions of me. Some will use it against
me. Come will draw strength and faith from it. Some will not
read more than a few pages before they discard it. None if
this really matters. I have a WorldPeace agenda. This is the
foundational core of my purpose driven life. I am relating
as much as I can about me in an attempt to further my WorldPeace
advocacy. I am enigmatic and full of paradoxes many would
say. The only thing that matters is that my life has become
an open book.
Somewhere out there
is a person who will want to try to be an advocate for peace
and for that person he will have my book. He or she will be
able to see where I could have done better. He or she will
find a kinship with someone who was as committed as they,
even if their path to peace was different. We are in harmony
in purpose if not in focus.
Every human being
is unique and yet these are gross categories of personality
types such that we are each a role model to millions of others
now living and billions to follow. How great it would be if
I had a biography or auto biography of a regular person like
me trying to advocate peace and WorldPeace. It would give
me a lot of comfort. I would not feel so isolated and alone.
I would not have so many unanswered questions about my past.
In life we are all
students and teachers. We should all aspire to peace. One
way to increase the peace is to teach, to be a role model.
This will give peace to others who are looking for an assurance
that they are OK and their path is unique but who know civilization
advances on the experiences of those who have gone before.
Even if our ministry
is not directly spiritual or religious it is non-the-less
capable to increasing the peace for those like souls who follow
us. No one is liked or endorsed by everyone. That is why we
need to find our like souls and find comfort and peace in
the association. Even if it is an intangible association with
someone who is no longer incarnate we can acknowledge the
ministry of peace that comes by relating one’s life
experiences for others.
As Emily Dickinson
says, “If I can stop one heart from breaking, I should
not live in vain.” A ministry to one is a valid purpose
PURPOSE #5 MADE FOR A MISSION
DAY 36: YOU WERE MADE FOR A MISSION1
We each have a ministry
and some of us have a mission. A ministry is simply going
around doing good, do not distinguish people by their religion
or anything else, see all people as human beings. If someone
is grieving the loss of a loved one, there is no need to question
their religious preference. Why would you do that? If you
can help someone, do it. That is your ministry to every human
being on the planet. There are an infinite number of ways
you can do a little good for someone each day. There is no
need for me to make a list. Do unto others as you would have
them do unto you, this is an active ministry.
We also each have
a passive ministry. That is to refrain from causing pain and
suffering, chaos and confusion in the world human society.
There is no need to belittle others. If you can’t say
something good about or to someone, don’t say anything.
Silence and inaction are good things if your actions are going
to hurt someone’s feelings or cause them stress which
is going to ripple through the world human society.
Even when we feel
a need to teach someone we can do it in a kind and loving
non abusive way. But like Jesus says take the log out of your
eye before you try to take the spec out of someone else’s
eye. Do not criticize someone for doing something that you
do yourself. Clean up your own act first.
The best way to
be a light to the world is through the example of your own
life. Be an example. People will follow you. Don’t tell
your children not to smoke with a cigarette in your hand.
Don’t use foul language as you tell your children not
to curse. Read the Bible. Worship, pray, meditate. Help others.
What you do is a much more powerful teacher than a lecture.
These are all examples
of ministry. For me a mission is something more dynamic and
complex. We have had a ministry but we all do not have a mission.
A mission is a conscience effort through some endeavor to
uplift others, to increase the peace in the world human society.
If our work is to uplift and increase the peace, then we have
a mission. Unfortunately the military uses the word mission
to describe an action in war. That is not always a mission
of peace even indirectly.
So a mission is
a mission with intent to bring about a positive result. No
peace mission can bring peace through force or violence or
if it causes pain and suffering. To create pain and suffering
to end pain and suffering happens sometime but it is outside
my definition. Forget associating war like acts of violence
and threats of violence in my definition of a worthy mission.
I have a mission
to advocate peace. I thought at one time I could bring peace
by working as a lawyer. That is nonsense. All lawsuits are
un peaceful. You cannot be a peace soldier. You cannot be
a peace lawyer by participating in the prosecution or defense
of a lawsuit. The judges and attorneys and prosecutors in
a lawsuit are warriors and warriors do not manifest peace.
They try to create chaos to win. They create hell to win.
They create hell to make money. Justice is virtually impossible
to come by in the courts. Mediation is best when both parties
gain something. But mediation is an aggressive act in itself.
I tried to bring
peace in the courts. It is not possible. All the participants
in a lawsuit have an agenda and they are all human beings.
Justice is a subjective illusion. If you want peace turn the
other cheek or get out of the way of evil. Evil is a tar baby
that cannot be defeated without creating chaos and confusion.
And sometimes that is necessary. But a mission to overcome
evil with death and destruction is not the kind of mission
I am talking about.
People ask me how
I could be named WorldPeace and act so viciously in a lawsuit.
The answer to that was that I could not employ peace in the
prosecutions or defense of a lawsuit. There are no peace missions
related to a lawsuit.
In addition, my
mission is to create jobs in a peaceful vocation like building
web pages. These jobs, mostly in the Third World will uplift
the lower status of the human society. My vocation is a vocation
of peace and the money from this vocation will finance the
WorldPeace beacons as well as my travels to talk about WorldPeace.
I have been searching
for my specific mission my whole life. It took me over fifty
years to really see and understand and create a mission that
was in line with my destiny. Again Jesus said ask and receive,
seek and find, knock and enter. When we are ready for our
mission, if we choose one, the mission specifics will be revealed
to us and once we embark on our mission through prayer and
meditation we will stay on track.
DAY 37: SHARING YOUR LIFE MESSAGE - MY TESTIMONY
One absolute fact
is that I have absolute and unwavering faith in God to guide
me in my life. All my life I have felt the presence of God,
especially since I was eight. As a child, I did not have the
vocabulary, experience, or education to really understand
what God means to me but over the years my understanding grew.
grew not just from an intellectual perspective that comes
from attending church and reading religious and spiritual
material but also from having a working relationship with
God. God works in mysterious ways but God is always working
directly in my life. He has not spoken to me in a way that
my physical ears can here. I have not known God directly through
any of my physical senses.
I have known God
through the thoughts be has placed in my mind. Through dreams
and visions, God has spoken to me also through miracles, coincidences
and other signs which are to numerous to relate. He sent me
to Europe when I should have gone to Vietnam. He has saved
me from drowning and other perils. He has held back my enemies.
He has provided money when I needed it by simply telling me
where to find it. He has shown me how to evade and win over
my enemies. He has healed me after my heart attack. He removed
the cancer from my body. He has provided a house for my children
when I needed it and paid of the IRS with that same house
when I didn’t. He sent me Kay to teach me love and to
firmly stand by me for nineteen years. He thwarted the evil
acts of the snake, my first wife. He has allowed my parents
to live long to support me in the worst of times. He has given
my life meaning. His blessings are without number.
Through every test
that I was destined to endure, God was always there. My life
has been hard because I needed those lessons in order to accomplish
my mission in life. I have never once complained about the
difficulties in my life. I have never turned my back on God.
My whole life has been founded on my faith that God is always
present. I do not fear death because it is the doorway back
to God’s presence. This is my partial testimony about
God in my life. Without God, I would be nothing.
In this book, I
have tried to relate the many life experiences that I have
had that were necessary for me to fulfill and achieve my mission
to promote peace. The lessons from some of these experiences
are obvious. When they have not been obvious, I have tried
to explain the lessons I learned. In truth, every moment is
a lesson. Right now I feel a serge of energy and a clarity
about what I am writing. Last night I was unsure. I have asked
God to let me be an instrument of his peace.
There are many lessons
I have learned, some specific to my mission, some global in
its application to every human being on the planet. The one
thing I know is that there is a God and I know that I have
faith in God because God has never abandoned me or allowed
one second to pass where I have not felt his presence.
I was raised a Christian
and so I visualize God as an old man, the ancient of days.
This is how I relate to God but I am not so ignorant as to
think anyone can fathom what God looks like. God intellectually
for me is everything but as a human I find it hard to pray
and communicate to everything. So I continue to pray and meditate
on the image of God that Christianity gave me as a child.
That image is one manifestation of God. I see God as an old
man because that is the image I best relate to. That image
is a facade which binds me to the real God who I feel no need
to see in his true form. God appears in many forms spiritually
and every form always. This is why I find a fascination with
every physical manifestation I experience as a human being.
I can meditate on a roach or a cracked cup or a sunset or
a mountain or the miracle of a bumble bee or even my image
in a mirror.
My lesson is to
keep the faith. My experience is to expect miracles because
I have seen so many. My belief is that we are all children
of one God no matter how you define God. There is one source
of everything. My reality is that we create our own earth
experience through choices. My lesson is that when God speaks,
I listen. Through prayer and meditation, I have established
a relationship with God that gives me hope in the darkest
hour. That causes me to believe that everything is exactly
as it should be. I am humble because I can never in any form
embrace all that is God. And my lesson is that God is perfect
love and love binds all the universe bothseen and unseen together.
There is no place God is not.
My passion is the
advocacy of peace and WorldPeace. Everything I do is subordinated
to this mission. For me this is a worthy mission that can
never be fully accomplished. There will never be a perfect
place but we can increase the current level of peace in the
world human society. Increasing the peace is doable.
Peace is a global
mission and there are infinite possibilities for increasing
this peace. The world is becoming more and more interconnected
and through the internet all kinds of opportunities to increase
the peace are possible. I believe that the world human society
is about to transcend to a higher level as people all over
the world began to have a new understanding of each others
religion, race, nationality, culture and so on. One of the
foundations of peace is understanding.
I am excited about
living in this historic time and I am passionate about being
involved in the coming transition to a more sane world. There
is nothing that I enjoy more than discussing the potential
for peace and interacting with others who are as committed
and as passionate about peace as I am.
To be effective
in my endeavor, passion is a requirement. Nothing much gets
done without passion and enthusiasm. Who knows where my WorldPeace
journey will take me. I may accomplish very little, it does
not matter really. What matters to me is that at the end of
my life, as I take my last breath, I am can at least say I
My mission does
not allow me to sell Christianity because to do so would be
contrary to the inclusive nature of a WorldPeace Advocacy.
To advocate Christianity which is elitist and exclusive of
other religions would be to deny the nature of WorldPeace
to include all religions. World peace is in harmony with spirituality
which has to do with an individual’s one on one relationship
with God and does not require a religious affiliation.
I cannot advocate
the Christian religious doctrine and dogma and belief system
as being superior to the other world religions without also
advocating that the only hope for WorldPeace is if the entire
world converts to Christianity. Christianity can never manifest
WorldPeace because a Christian peace requires all human beings
to be Christian. There is intolerance in a Christian heaven
for any other religion but Christianity. Christians advocate
that the only way into heaven is through Jesus. So Christians
believe that there can be no hope for WorldPeace until the
entire world population converts to Christianity. Many Christians
feel there is no hope for WorldPeace until Jesus returns.
When Jesus returns he will send everyone to hell who did not
believe in him so all that will be left on earth are Christians.
I do not advocate
any religion being superior to any other religion. I am saying
is that there can be no WorldPeace until there is religious
tolerance between religions. This is going to be hard to sell
to religionist of every stripe, yet I cannot imagine that
it is God’s desire that all the religions of the world
will not advocate world peace.
I have no solution
to this problem. So I simply advocate that until there is
religious tolerance there can be no WorldPeace. In the meantime,
we can increase the peace in the world human society by refusing
to kill and harm each other in the name of any religion. We
can become more tolerant of other religions and accept them
in a secular society that disallows discrimination based on
a religious belief.
I am an advocate
of increasing the peace. I am not an advocate of a perfect
DAY 38: BECOMING A WORLD CLASS CHRISTIAN
I act like a Christian
in the sense that I try to follow the words of Jesus. For
me the red letter Bible that has what Jesus said in red is
preferred. I try to live by what Jesus said but much of what
Jesus said is also said by all the other religious patriarchs.
For me this means
to do unto others as I want them to do unto me. I want to
be treated with dignity and respect and I don’t want
to be taken advantage of. I want to try to live a life of
peace and harmony and be an inspiration to others. I want
to reach out and help others in need to the best of my abilities.
I want to try to uplift others. I want to pray for others
in need of the help that only God can give.
I do not have to
be a card carrying member of a Christian church to do these
things. If I follow the lessons of Jesus I am a Christian
by my acts. Some people would argue that you must be baptized
and accept Jesus as your savior. I did that forty-five years
ago as part of my religious training imposed on me by my parents.
To be a world class Christian all I have to do is follow Jesus’
Even as I try to
help others who I come into personal contact with each day,
I have to focus to increase the peace in the world society.
That is a result of becoming more Christ like even though
Jesus did not command others to go out and make peace. But
he did say in his sermon on the mountain that the peacemakers
I will always encourage
people to act more like Jesus but I will not try to sell others
Christianity. That is the mission of others. It is not my
mission. My mission is to embrace all those who love God and
try to do God’s will. Killing others is not God’s
will. If I identify myself as a Christian, the other religions
will determine that I have nothing to say to them. If I don’t
identify myself as a religionist of any shape and encourage
others to follow the lessons of Jesus without referencing
that the lessons are Christian lessons, then people of other
religious affiliations will try them.
My reality is that
I see very few Christians who can live up to the Christian
standard. But I have seen non Christian religionist who do
God’s will even though they are not Christian. I am
not interested in discussing what is necessary to become a
card carrying Christian. I am interested in encouraging people
to act like the Christian ideal.
My mission is to
teach others as human beings first. My mission is to not distinguish
people by there religions, their race or nationality or gender.
My mission is all inclusive and democratic. I will not request
people to become a part of something which encourages them
to feel better than others solely because they are Christians.
In fact, I will never encourage anyone to compare themselves
to others or judge others.
If my mission was
to increase the number of card carrying Christians on the
planet, I would have become a Christian minister.
My name is WorldPeace
and my advocacy is WorldPeace.
DAY 39: BALANCING YOUR LIFE
One of the most
important things in life is balance. We as human beings need
to keep all the areas of our life in balance with each other.
We eat a balanced diet to remain healthy. We don’t eat
all meat or all cereal or all juice or all sweets. Our body
needs the nourishment that different kinds of foods provide.
In life, we must
have a certain amount of time for sleep and certain amount
of time for work and a certain amount of time for family and
a certain amount of time for pleasure and socializing and
meditation and prayer. If we do not balance our lives with
rest we start becoming less effective because we are so tired
that we can not think straight. And if we do not exercise
we lose our mobility and the quality of life disintegrates.
It is depressing to realize that you can’t do the things
that you used to do. Not because you are old but because you
have become inactive. These are physical needs, sleep, rest,
We also need mental
stimulation. We need to keep our brains active or we forget
how to think. Most important we need to keep our spiritual
connection with God. We need to talk with God each day. We
need to be constantly reminded that God is always present
and everything is the way it should be. If we don’t
stay in touch with God, then we sort of forget God and we
become more and more upset because our lives are not going
the way we want and we don’t know why we are in the
position we are in and we forget how to get out of trouble.
Every moment of
everyday I think of God. I see God in every aspect of my life.
Maybe I have taken on too much in this life and so I have
to always be aware of God because I always seem to need help
and guidance. The bigger our agenda, the more dynamic and
complex our mission, the more we need God’s help to
manage our affairs.
I asked a judge
one time how he dealt with stress as a judge. He said he always
asked one question when he met life’s obstacles. “Will
this matter be considered important ten years from now?”
In other words, will this decision impact my life ten years
from now? If yes, pay attention. If no, move on. This is a
great template for sorting out what is important in life and
what is not.
For me I have a
greater template, actually two. First, will what I am doing
now further my mission to increase the peace in the world
society. If yes I move forward, if no I abandon the action.
The second is whether this act has eternal consequences or
not. Will I be able to take this experience or not. Will I
be able to take this experience with me to heaven or is it
just an earthly event with no heavenly consequences. Mowing
my grass is an earthly matter. Helping someone in distress
has heavenly eternal consequences and rewards. I generally
do not think about rewards in heaven. What I think about is
peace. I think about whether I will have regrets about some
act I did or not on earth. I don’t care so much about
material rewards just living a good life.
In looking back,
I see that I allowed me life to get totally out of balance.
I tried to raise a large family, acquire a greater education
and to run my own business. I placed the business at the top
of the list because that paid the bills. Then I emphasized
education because that would allow me to increase my income
in the long run. And third I emphasized my family. Jesus says
you can’t serve two masters. Well, I tried to serve
three. I had the stamina and energy but not enough time and
my family suffered. I was not a good and present father prior
to my first divorce. I thought I had family covered by abdicating
that to my wife. Well I was wrong. Sandra could play the mother
but not the father. In the end, when the business and educational
goals were established, my family disintegrated. The family
that I worked hard to support, right when everything was set
in place, disintegrated from lack of attention. So the most
important thing in my life got the least attention and come
Secondly, I put
so much time in my business, my education suffered. I made
low grades because I was just trying to graduate from law
school. In later years, I could have avoided some pit falls
if I had gone a bit slower; put more emphasize on studying
and less on working.
Also, the business
suffered because I was spread too thin and lost sight of the
big picture. I could easily have been a multi millionaire
in the field of insurance, accounting, taxes, law and web
design services, but I did not pay enough attention to the
production aspects of those businesses but instead focused
solely on the sales because money from sales solves a lot
of problems. So even with my businesses I was out of balance.
I started this book
not knowing exactly what I was trying to accomplish. But I
did know that I needed to review my life. I needed to look
back at all the major events over the last 60 years and see
what went wrong and what went right.
I have found that
in writing things down, I am much more effective in reviewing
them than just thinking about them. When I write, I have found
I must focus more intently and that means the peripheral and
collateral issues that were in play around every event gave
me a greater understanding of what was going on. I have released
so much over the last forty eight days. I have remembered
so many things in my life that I find a great weight has been
lifted from me. I have seen the error of some of my ways.
I know where some of the pit falls are for the rest of my
life. And more importantly, I have come to better know who
I am and what I need to find peace as I pursue my mission
of advocating peace and WorldPeace. I have affirmed how important
God is in my life.
I am going to make
this book available to the public. I may have to self publish
it. I may publish some of it on the internet. But I think
it is important to allow others to learn something from my
mistakes if they are so inclined. I am not anything but an
ordinary person. There are plenty of books out there about
great people. This is a book about an ordinary person. I started
to sub title this book, the WorldPeace Advocacy, an autobiography
I don’t want
to peach or teach really. I have written this book for me
first. I was candid with myself. One thing I thought about
a lot yesterday was that this is a true story. No fiction
here. Nothing was made up. I think people may drift into the
stories and think it is fiction until they take a moment and
understand it is not. My life may read like a soap opera but
it is real life.
Part of my mission
I see now is to make my life an open book. Sure there are
some very private and intimate areas about which I have not
written. I have a right to keep some things to myself. I also
don’t have a right to be so self serving to set others
up for criticism and judgment. I have written enough for others
to know who I am. And that can be dangerous when people know
too much about how you think and deal with things. But I have
always been foolish and others tell me too open. It is the
fearless side of me but with God in my life what am I to fear.
DAY 40: LIVING WITH PURPOSE
I made the journey
day for day through Dr. Warren’s book and it gave me
comfort and direction. Both he and I are very much in sync
with God but our lives have different purposes. His life is
devoted to the Christian philosophy of life. Mine is to a
global Advocacy for WorldPeace.
I cannot believe
that God’s plan was that every human being converts
to Christianity. God has allowed many legitimate and valid
religions to permeate and integrate with various human societies
all over the world for millennia. Five billion people on the
planet reject Christianity for there own religious traditions.
I do not believe
that we can discount entire nations and cultures because they
embrace an older religious philosophy than Christianity. Buddhism
predates Christianity by five hundred years and Hinduism more
than a thousand years. These by a standard of time have a
more legitimate foundation. Judaism from which Christianity
evolved is sill a viable religion. And how can a child declare
itself greater than a living parent.
I am cautious of
religious bureaucracies because Jesus had little good to say
about the Jewish religious bureaucracy. The Christian bureaucracy
has all the same flaws as the Jewish religious bureaucracy
and every other major religion on the planet.
The problem to be
solved is to create a method of spirituality that supersedes
corporate religion; one where human beings feel comfortable
connecting directly with God. Religion provides the rites
and rituals to forget ones spirituality when too deeply focused
in a particular religion.
All religious bureaucracies
are elitist and exclusionary. They all claim to have the only
valid path to heaven or Nirvana. They tend to skew spiritualism
in favor of corporate religion. This confuses people and traps
them in rites and rituals mindlessly repeated. Spirituality
can have no bureaucracy or it denigrate into religion. There
are enough religions on this earth. People can select the
religion in which they feel the most in sync. But spirituality
is unique and cannot exist within structure. Spirituality
is prayer and meditation with God. There is nothing to join
or serve allegiance to. No doctrine or dogma. It is a oneness
with God. No more, no less. It is a worship of God without
rules and corporate religious restrictions and filters.
The WorldPeace Advocacy
embraces spirituality but rejects religion because to embrace
one religion requires one to reject all other religions. To
embrace one religion is to judge all other religionist as
inferior or confused.
For me, to better
understand God, one needs to explore and study all religions.
Each is part of the whole of worshiping God. You cannot discount
a religion that has lasted 1000 years or more. It has validity
and a proven track record otherwise people would not be drawn
to it and it would die out in the population.
I thank Dr. Warren
for clarifying a valid path to a purpose driven life no matter
what the mission. If you take out his personal mission of
seeking Christianity to the whole community and insert my
WorldPeace Advocacy or any similar mission then the book seems
valid and is classical. I advocate his methods but not his
purpose. He has his audience and I have mine.