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Second Coming

by Charlie Phillips

    This is ridiculous would have been my reaction a few years ago!

    I was reading an article by someone who said their words were from someone not of this world. They were channeling through this person. I now read things like this with a more open mind, because I have found that most of what we have been told is all false. I read an article by a former pastor who said he had a friend in the CIA. Now this friend couldn’t say anything because of quote “national security” but what he did say was “everything you have been told is a lie.”

    OK back to the channeling article. As I was reading it I noticed there was something familiar about it. In it the author was talking about how these people from outer space were going to help those of us (who have become enlightened) to clean up this place we call “Earth”. Does this begin to sound like what we have been taught all our lives? I think some call it the Second Coming.

    Now I really don’t want to get into a theological discussion about what the Bible says or any other belief. What I am saying is that it is the same theme song, just with different words. Someone will save us. I believe that is because mankind needs that glimmer of hope that something or someone is going to come rescue them. I have been taught since before I could walk that the Christians would be raptured out of this mess and taken up to Heaven. This is not much different than this fellow channeling and saying a star nation was going to come down and save us from this mess we have created.

    It seems to me that the real problem is we are looking to an outside force to intervene for us. Some people say the Bible says that the Second Coming happened in seventy AD and others look at the same Bible and say it is yet to happen. Others, as in the above-mentioned article, say some other outside force will appear. I’ll let the reader decide which side they want to be on. What appears to me is we are forgetting the other things the Bible says. You know things like “loving your enemy, treating others as you would want to be treated”. Those words or similar ones can be found in almost all religions and disciplines. If we followed those simple guidelines we wouldn’t have the mess we have here now. We wouldn’t have companies putting out products that poison the water we drink, or the ground where we grow our food with their only motivation “the bottom line”. Nor would countries be invading each other.

    The biggest stumbling block I see is that then we would have to be responsible for our own actions. Lets take an example from the Bible: if you accidentally killed someone in Biblical times, you might not be put to death for your actions, but you would have to reside in a city of refuge. It was still your action that caused the death and for that you had to pay. Today we just buy insurance, run over someone with our car, let the insurance company take care of it and we go on our merry way.

    I’m not sure how any of us can expect to be rescued when we aren’t living our life by the higher rules: rules of responsibility – taking upon our own shoulders the consequences of our actions and not waiting for a “bail out.” Jesus said that the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. To me that says I can have it now, just reach out and grab it. It is not some far off place, it’s right here. It is determined by our acts and our faith. Other prophets, sages, whatever title you want to give them have said the same thing. Most of them, meaning religions and disciplines, say we will be judged by our actions at some point in time. Why then don’t we live by the guidelines laid down for us? It seems one of the hardest things for us to do is to keep our noses out of other peoples business. We say we are living this way and so should everybody else.

    We have let our governing bodies pass laws that only do that. A simple example is the drug law. If someone wants to put a substance in his/her body, harmful or not, why is that anybody else’s business. If they smoke something that some consider unhealthy, isn’t that their business and their body? As long as they are doing it and not harming anyone else why should we get upset about it? Wasn’t one of the laws “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”? Well, what if someone decided that, (put in your favorite passion in here) was illegal. Now you could be sent to prison for doing something you love, because someone decided you were having too much fun.

    Another example you are driving down the freeway with light traffic and you go seventy-five mph instead of the posted sixty-five mph. The highway patrol pulls you over and gives you a ticket. Were you hurting anyone? Well it all boils down to the same thing; we want be able to dictate what another person can do. Isn’t that violating one of the laws in that book, “judge not less ye be judged”? That also violates common law! In common law there has to be an injured party. Who is the injured party in the above examples?

    So - is there going to be a Second Coming, or is a star nation going to come to save us? You know what? I hope so. I hope something happens because we have made a real mess of this place. However, I’m not going to hold my breath. I’ve been around for almost seventy years and it hasn’t happened yet. I think the best thing for me is to work toward living my life by the above rules: love my enemy, treat others as I’d like to be treated, and refrain from judging another’s actions. Maybe if enough of us start doing that we can create our own Heaven right here on earth!

Charlie