Are we at the beginning of the end times?

I am not a religious person by any stretch of the imagination. I am a humanist through and through, but everyday I feel that our governments and our humanity is failing us. This morning I awake to hear of another mass shooting in Orlando, Fl one week before the one year anniversary of another shooting that happened in Orlando. There was a terrorist bombing the night before a fundraising concert for a bombing in Manchester that happened only a few weeks ago.

Who is doing the bombing and why? So far the major player taking responsibility for the bombings is ISIL. So in other words….religion is causing end times…a self fulfilling prophecy?

Religion, doesn’t matter which one you chose so long as the Old Testament is in their library of holy scriptures, talks about the end times and the signs that go along with it.

Now let’s take a look at some of the signs.

War on a large scale.—Matthew 24:7; Revelation 6:4. There is no way not to say there is war on a large scale going on. There are civil wars in several countries and the religious are constantly bombing those who do not believe what they believe.

Famine.—Matthew 24:7; Revelation 6:5, 6. With the droughts there is famine.

 

Great earthquakes.—Luke 21:11. Fracking is a major cause of earthquakes in the US where there is no fault line likely.

Pestilences, or epidemics of “terrible diseases.”—Luke 21:11, Zika, measles coming back, cancer increasing…

Increase of crime.—Matthew 24:12

 

Ruining of the earth by mankind.—Revelation 11:18. The US just pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord. We are fracking up the earth for natural gas to replace our coal all of which is polluting our air and our water.

Deterioration of people’s attitudes, as shown by many who are “unthankful, disloyal, . . . not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness, betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride.”—2 Timothy 3:1-4.

There are other “signs” but they become more subjective then the above mentioned. I think that religious or not we can agree that the above “signs” are definitely upon us.

But end of times, doesn’t necessary have mean the end of the world, or mankind. Maybe just the opposite. Maybe it could mean the enlightenment of the world to the unnecessary trials and tribulations of religion. That man and woman are enough and that no supernatural being controls us or our destiny. That we alone hold the keys to happiness and we alone have the rights and ability to protect our planet. And that the planet is worth protecting. How about we make that a self fulfilling prophecy?

Wish I understood

“Jesus walks right with us, and we are never alone!”

“Thanking the man above that gives me the strength to keep with it everyday!!”

“Celebrate all the things God has left for us to do”

IN a matter of minutes on my Facebook news feed I can find several of these post. I was raised in a household that allowed me to question everything…and I did.  Why the sky was blue, why the sun set in the west, where babies came from, and if all my loved ones are going to meet me in heaven what about the ones that went to hell…is there a visitation day?

My questions needed answering and as time went on, finding the answers lead me further from religion not closer. For every answer that was at least one more question raised. The more I learned the more I realized that the invisible man in the sky wasn’t listening to us and his “will” wasn’t always nice. I would rather do things my way and not hurt people than to do it “His” way and see people suffer.

I have learned that the root of religion is in the yearning to be with people like you…like minded, values, beliefs…so you don’t feel alone. Others who can understand your joys, sorrows, fears and worries. But its that what family is for? People to celebrate accomplishments and team members to do the tasks too big for one person.

I have found that over the years there are few people that stick by you. Fewer that care about your accomplishments or sorrows. I believe that all people are good, that we don’t want to hurt others, that we are not all selfish. Now don’t get me wrong there are those out there that their happiness is above all others, and to them I say, “and it harm none do what ye will”.

Never should your beliefs, desires, happiness ever harm or take away from a others. If your religion says to hurt others, deny them freedom to find happiness, or restrict what makes them happy but doesn’t hurt others, then your religion needs a new mission statement.

All my decision are mine, as yours are yours. My accomplishments are because I worked hard…not His will. My disappoints are because of my choices…not His plan. I would never ask for strength seeing as the only way to build muscle is to put more strain on them and tear them down before they rebuild. If you want to ask the universe for something ask for wisdom, knowledge and common sense.

Friends of Israel

I have long struggled with the idea thatIsrael shouldn’t give any land to the Palestinians. 

I was told in history classes over the years how the Jews were forced from their land given to them by God by the Romans.  And that the Romans gave the land to the Arabs.  The history books tell how after World War II the Jewish people were given the land back by the British so that they had some place to go.

My concern was that it wasn’t right of the Romans to exile the Jews nor right to give the land away to the Arabs.  But it also wasn’t right for the British to take it away from the Arabs and give it back to the Jews.

I began to do some research on the whole conflict.  What I found was interesting.  I was able to do a little comparison for myself to understand it better.  I wanted to be able to explain it in the simplest of terms…as Einstein said, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”

 

My research showed that the Jewish people were never fully exiled from Israel by the Romans.  That after the Romans destroyed the Second Temple in Jerusalem in 70 C.E.  the Jewish people rebuilt there and grew bigger and further spreading to Gaza and other areas in the land.  Then when the Crusades came through and murdered many of the Jews, they rebuilt again.    

By the early 19th century there were over 10,000 Jews living in the area that would eventually be given its “birth certificate” asIsrael.  The “birth certificate” wasn’t issued to the land until the 1917…years before World War II and the British.  But they waited until 1949 to join the United Nations.  Why the wait? 

Now during all the Jewish building and rebuilding they did the area was not Israel, the area was Southern Syria.  At what point Syria gave up the land to the British I haven’t found.  And although “God” was suppose to have given them the land he forgot to tell the Syrians that it wasn’t theirs.

The Palestinians showed up in the region 200 years before the Hebrew were given the land by “God”.  Then both lived there for 300 years before King David declared Jerusalem the capital.  Then Solomon’s son divided the area into Northern Kingdom (Israel) and Southern Kingdom (Babylon).  Another 500 years till the Palestinians destroyed Israel and the Southern Kingdom surrender.  We are at 586 B.C.E.   But the Palestinians were never a nation, they were Syrians. 

From 586 B.C.E. to 70 C.E. there were Jews living in the area that was predominately Arab.  They didn’t all leave the area when the Arabs fought for the kingdoms.  It was really just a kingdom turnover.  Then the Romans came through and we head back to paragraph 3. 

Here is the issue I have.  If the Israelis don’t see a need to give any of the land to the Palestinians then why would they want the support from a nation that came and conquered the natives and gave them (to this day) parts of the country as their own?

Here in the US we fought for this land.  We killed A LOT of Native Americans, and then we gave them (small) areas through out the country as their own Tribal Reservations.  They have their own schools, hospitals, peace officers, governments, and we continue to aid them year after year. 

So why is it that Israelis are better than that, that they don’t have to give the West Bank (which was Jordan’s till 1967) and Gaza Strip (which is Eygpt’s till 1967) to the Palestinians?  It wasn’t part of Israel when they became a Country in 1949.   And why would they want support from a nation that believes that giving that land away is the right thing to do?  Simple, because that said nation has money. 

And although we, the US, didn’t have the land back to give them, or give them the land in the first place, it has been our duty to support them with money since 1949.  To which I personally disagree with.  Who decided that we would support another country for decades?

After all the research I have done, I have to admit that the results were not good.  The Jewish people were never without a “homeland”.  The Romans didn’t exile them, the Christians didn’t murder all of them, the Arabs didn’t convert them all…they continued to live in the region.  They continued to build.  They continued to survive.  They were given their “birth certificate” in 1917.  So why is it that the Palestinians can’t be given the same recognition that the Native Americans were given?  That they have a right to be there?  That they have a right to some of the land?  They have a right to their own government, traditions, religion and laws?

What are the big questions that plague the area from peace talks and ultimately a resolution?