Sour Grapes

The grapes I just ate were tart; almost bitter actually.

There is a world of difference between us now, now that I don’t believe there is such a place as hell, but you still do.

It changed my view of life, you know? My opinion of you! How one believes; how one feels about life and death makes you a different person every time.

There are not many people like us left, you know? Those who lived apart but remained close for sixty years or so and then, went one way and the other.

The new cotton sheets my wife bought are PERFECT! 100 point, or something like that, she said. She loves them!

Actually, it’s all very rudimentary, this rift between us, that is. The rudiment, of course, being that neither of us knows what he’s talking about.

You feel you know because you believe them! They tell you what to think and claim to be God’s very own messenger. And so, you follow!

My claim is to not know! All that I do know is that I don’t know, and I’m full of doubt because of what I see around me. Because of what I experienced.

You make a pretense at humility, but it is all disingenuous. You may as well pin an ‘I Am Humble’ pin to your lapel, to make sure everyone knows.

You already wear that ring you’re so proud of, whereas I have never had enough fingers to justify wearing anything. I am lacking too much!

But neither am I humble. It’s not a ring or a pin that makes us what we are.

House cleaning brings out the worst in me, but my wife cannot do it anymore. She’s done it so long that it finally broke her back.

I kept mine in one piece, just in case that happened.

Did you know that regardless of how old you are, it has nothing to do with WHO you are? And who you are has nothing to do with WHAT you are!

Looking into a mirror as I type, I’m trying to decide if I like myself or not. Your beliefs made me hate myself, my weaknesses; for all the things I am unable to do.

As I learn, and I think, I somehow behave differently; there, in the mirror, is a slightly different person than before. I still don’t like him, but I let him live.

Oh, yes…all those forty-plus years I cried out, “Change me, help me change, make me a better person, take away this constant pain that none can see or feel but me!”

Or is it true that one must suffer first to appreciate heaven all the more? No worries, I never had any intention of being in heaven. But, it would be nice!

Were we really made to endure all of this…or is the joke on us? Eat, drink, and be merry … and all that other brouhaha!

The sacrifice applies to all, you said, but only if you perform certain duties, only if you observe certain rituals! If then, you are found deserving … well … maybe then.

What? I don’t get it?

Go forth, and make the world observe these…so that a few, only a few, will survive; you said. A man’s enemies will be those of his own household!

Did I create a thousand chairs to find only six that I want for around my table? Do I then burn the nine thousand nine hundred and ninety four?

Without law, there is no sin, so law was introduced into the world so that sin could be brought to light; once sin is made evident among all men, destruction will be justifiable.

Is it really? Is it rightly? Through one man sin entered the world and death spread to all men. The wage that sin pays is death, but the gift that God gives…

A gift to be received with stipulations?

How easy it is to speak with the voice of God! As so many seemingly believe themselves to do!

You don’t believe in hell, I know, not even a bit more than I do! Either I am condemned or I’m not. Time will tell. To die, to sleep…no more!

But without hell, can there be a heaven? Yes, we’re pretty sure to whom that belongs.

In the meantime, I’m going to have a glass of wine, and kiss my wife!

The Flag; The Cross; The Stake…A Moot Point

Just recently I saw a middle-aged man wearing a t-shirt that was emblazoned with a giant religious cross in the background, and in the foreground is an America flag; essentially side by side with a caption that read: “I always stand for the flag, and kneel for the cross.”

Now, it’s logical to think that this gentleman feels that he is being very noble in his professing belief in God and country, and most others likely feel the same as he. Unfortunately, the one whose opinion matters most is not yours or mine, but that of our Creator; our God!

Does the Creator, our God, view this as a noble gesture? Or is such a statement and action quite the opposite of nobility, and actually an ungodly and unlawful act in our Creator’s eyes? Is this more so the expression of man’s ignorance and lack of understanding of God’s requirements as well as his lack of knowledge of what the Bible has to say about such a presentation and proclamation?

Consider this, if you would, please? First of all, to “stand for the flag” and putting the flag foremost, presupposes that the flag is somehow more important than anything God has to say in the matter, something we are forced, from birth, to believe through our government propaganda.

It also presupposes that this country alone is “doing the will of God” and has the right to raise itself to a level that is equal to, or above the Creator, and therefore “expresses the will of God.” Again, something we are forced to agree with from birth through the propaganda of political leaders who feel that the power of God was given them.

Of course, every other nation of the world presupposes the same things about their god and their countries; some even have many, many gods to back their claim. So, it appears we battle on more than one level of existence, both spiritual, and political. Yes, some actually do.

The second supposition is that the ‘cross’ represents true Christianity, but this is not likely to be the case, either. There is evidence that Christ did not die on a cross, but rather, was hung on an upright pole, or stake similar to a large fence post or perhaps something more like a telephone pole.

According to Roman tradition: His hands were overlaid, i.e. one on top of one another, above his head, and then nailed through the palms to support the weight of the body. The arms being pulled above his head put excessive strain on the heart, causing a much faster death. The feet were nailed as ell as lashed to the pole, but in order to expedite death, the legs were broken so that the full weight of the person would come to bear on the arms and cause the heart to literally burst from the pressure.

What though, if the Christ had died other wise; say, by hanging or a firing squad? Or even if they had burned him at the stake, or garroted him? What kind of symbol would people wear or display considering any one of these? Or would they display anything at all?

Jesus was murdered by the Romans, and hundreds of years after Christ died, when the Romans hijacked Christianity in 523 AD and called it Catholicism; they melded it with their pagan rituals and only then did the fallacy of the ‘cross’ surface and become the adopted to symbolize his death. The cross is of pagan origin and existed as a religious icon for centuries prior to Jesus. Ergo, it is not a fitting symbol to use to commemorate anything about him.

The 10 Commandments of God are still valid, or are they?

Exodus Chapter 20:4-6 (Please read all three translations – different Bibles)

New World Translation (NWT)
4 “You must not make for yourself a carved image or a form like anything that is in the heavens above or on the earth below or in the waters under the earth. 5 You must not bow down to them nor be enticed to serve them, for I, Jehovah your God, am a God who requires exclusive devotion, bringing punishment for the error of fathers upon sons, upon the third generation and upon the fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing loyal love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.


New International Version (NIV)
“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

New King James Version (NKJV)
4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

Within the overall theme of the Bible, Jehovah (Psalm 83:18) established the “Kingdom of God,” which does not hold this or any country of the Earth in greater esteem than any other. In fact, Satan offered ALL the kingdoms of the Earth to Jesus to entice him away from his Heavenly Father. Luke wrote; 5 So he (Satan) brought him (Jesus) up and showed him all the kingdoms of the inhabited earth in an instant of time. 6 Then the Devil said to him: “I will give you all this authority and their glory, because it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.

Regardless, the SECOND COMMANDMENT should be sufficient for us to understand that just because the rest of the world does it, does not make it correct!
Again: “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God,”

Bowing to anything, whether you are “saluting” a flag, or “bowing” to a cross; an idol is and idol. Satan is the ruler of this world, and we should not bow to anything he puts before us: Revelation 12:12 “12 On this account be glad, you heavens and you who reside in them! Woe for the earth and for the sea, because the Devil has come down to you, having great anger, knowing that he has a short period of time.

Heavenly Gate Hotel! All are welcome!

All new arrivals must check in at the front desk. No need to ring the bell, we’ll be waiting for you, and we expect you will be traveling light! Lots of vacancies, even though no one ever checks out! Activities around the hotel include: well, that’s up to you! Right? I mean, this is Heaven, you can do whatever you like! Right? Well, almost! So, then, what will you do? Have a piña colada? No? Sit on a cloud, perhaps, playing a harp and just daydreaming? Sorry, no vestal virgins here! No fountains full of Jack Daniels! So, what’s your plan?

It is so amazing that everyone wants to go to heaven, or so they think, anyway, but, any thought of what is to be done after arriving? Not usually! If heaven is the answer to all of our problems, then WHY is everyone so afraid of death? Give me a stroke or a nice, quick heart attack while I’m sleeping! What more could a guy ask for? I’m ready to check in!

Or is it, perhaps, that we are frightened by the LIE that the churches feed us of a place of EVERLASTING TORMENT? Perhaps that is motivator for not giving up this life we currently have? Of course, there is no such place, another pure fabrication of Catholicism by twisting the words of the one person who knew the most about heaven and what it meant to be there and what there was to do there and a lot more than that.

Think about it! GOD IS LOVE! Would a God of LOVE give you a life you didn’t ask for, torment you the entire time you are living that life, and then tell you, like it or not, do as I say or I will torture you FOREVER AND EVER AND…

Well, you get the picture. Or do you?

How may times did your parents set you on fire when you did something wrong? No, really…actually set you on fire or held your hand over a flame and burned you for being “bad,” so to speak? Never, they would be maniacs to do so, and end up in prison themselves!

BUT…the churches claim that their God does these things to billions of people, and FOREVER, and ever! Ah, so God is different than parents, right? Less loving, less in control of himself? According to the churches, our Creator who gave us life, is willing to melt the flesh from our bones repeatedly because, why? Because “The wicked must be punished!”

HOW UTTERLY RIDICULOUS! The Bible I read, every version, every translation, says, “God is a god of Love,” and that, “Jehovah is a God, merciful and gracious, abundant in loving kindness and truth.” Not a God of torment and torture. Take a look at this: w73 4/15 pp. 232-241

www.jw.org