Have you ever seen someone who has recovered from cancer and they seem to appear like they are glowing or at least healthier than before they were even diagnosed with cancer? I have noticed this not just once or twice but as an almost sure phenomenon that happens to people. It’s ironic that from they day you are born your mind is filled with images of death and society has a way of confirming that everyone and everything is going to die at some point. Popular Christian teaching makes it clear that although Christ guarantees us eternal life we won’t be enjoying it any time soon. It also makes clear that “this too shall pass.” It also makes it ok, especially in the USA to consume everything and destroy everything because earth will one day be destroyed, sometimes sooner than later (but usually before cheap oil runs out).
So, in essence, where does the truth stand? Are we eternal or temporal beings? Nature seems to indicate that everything dies. At a swift glance, from television commercials about prescription drugs or shows with aging actors, we might assume that one day, we, too will die. This is fear-based thinking. The bible said that Christ never tasted death and that his followers wouldn’t have to either. But, as you may have noticed, all of the great apostles and disciples the bible discusses, even the powerful rulers like Solomon and David, died. So it seems that we are supposed to go somewhere when (not if) we die where we will enjoy eternal life. It seems we transcend a physical state of death and pass into a spiritual state of life.
In my experience, we die every day. Our body goes through a series of small deaths all the time but what we are experiencing, the now, is eternity. Science confirms this. Cells die and regenerate all the time. As we are constantly dying, we are also constantly rebirthing. We are given chance after chance at life but we never actually die and we are never actually born. We are eternal beings with eternal minds. We are housed in physical bodies but even these are constantly evolving while our consciousness remains eternally conscious. We used to believe that the brain had only so many brain cells and we were always diminishing them with our activities and that more could never be produced. Now we know that that is not so. Brain cells do regenerate. Stroke and heart damage are not necessarily permanent and lame people really can learn to walk.
If you see the world as somewhat of a Hollywood “Matrix” type experience, you can visualize this easily. The world we perceive is pretty well formed by our sensory organs including the mind. When we alter the mind, the world alters with it. This sounds like hocus-pocus bullshit but listen for a minute. When you think of history, you think of a set of fused events that happened on a timeline with a sense of permanence. There seems to be no way of altering history. However, it has and will continue to be done because there is no time. We are eternity. What do I mean by altering history? Think about the propaganda that was put out by the Nazis about the Jewish people and how that shaped history. History textbooks, from different publishers, to different nations they are been learned in consistently change. Sometimes they change to fit the current political party agenda or the current religious norm. Rarely are history books or even the news subjective in any way. People have to know how societies work then make their own conclusions about what actually happened while putting in the research that it requires to actually learn history. Even if they did learn the correct and accurate history they will never know all of the contributing factors to those minds and perceptive organs of those who experienced the history to make a firm conclusion as to what actually happened. The intent of the actors in time makes all the difference as to what their actions were. Which leads me to another conclusion: there are no good or bad people.
The people that say there are good and bad people are typically religious leaders that use their influence to marginalize groups of people so that they can better control the outcome and thinking of the lives of those in their congregation or voting populous. But truth continues to prevail because people know inherently that “God is no respecter of persons.” All life has value because all life is eternal or it would not be life. It comes from the breath of God Himself which is life eternal. When God released His Spirit into the earth it went to all people, contrary to Jewish popular belief.