The Love Of Money


The Love Of Money

I have been thinking a lot lately about the state of the world, the treatment of the less fortunate, and of course our own struggles and pains. Like many of you, I truly wish things were different. I wish we did not have the worries, fears and obstacles in our way. I wish we were all in a better position to truly make a positive impact in this world, in fact I wish we all believe we truly could.

Now I am not an expert in the arena of politics, ethics or economics, but if art is any indication of life then we are not truly the civilized race that we have been programmed to believe. The rich are not only still getting richer, but it seems today greed is rewarded, corruption is the status quo, getting head and staying in power, regardless of who is hurt in the process, is what makes this world tick.

Whether it is corporate giants that line the pockets of politicians to tighten their stranglehold of those that have become their slaves, the industrial machines that have worked to break up unions and are allowed to poison the earth leaving a wake of disease and death behind them, or wars that are fought in the name of greed that steal the countless lives of innocents in their path. The world we are living in is a far cry from the heaven on earth we each pray for.

When CEO’s and heads of state are bathing in wealth at the expense of those they are paid to protect and lead, when we are robbed of our hard-earned money to afford those at the top of the food chain with more and more, when our privacy is stripped away and our God-given rights are stolen from under our noses, when even our charitable organizations and religious organization justify the lavish lifestyles of their leaders by unjustly using hundreds of millions of dollars to simply build their own kingdoms on this earth, it should be time for us as people to stand up and say no more.

Sadly, the question always remains, “What can little old me do about the troubles in the land?” But I believe there is truly no telling what mountains we can move when we act out of love. That is what this paper is about. Not to convict anyone about the way they are living, because we all have areas in our lives that can be improved through selfless effort, instead of selfish preservation. However, I would like to show that the system we have been tricked into serving, is the very system that is causing the suffering we see in our lives and around the world. The ends never justify the means when it comes to the Love of Money.

Have the ends to which people go to get ahead ever justified the means?

If one person eats because they have worked to outwit another so they cannot eat, does that make their meat any more sweet? If one person is strong enough to kill and steal the land beneath another’s feet, does having more land make their lives more rich? Does having an excess of worldly possessions make a person’s life more fulfilled if those possessions are gained by underhanded means? The answer to all of these questions is NO.

Yet, we don’t live in a world based on principle. We live in a dog eat dog world, where only those who are willing to do the unthinkable to get ahead, stay ahead. But I telling you this is never their ultimate reward. The entitlement mentality is the very enemy of us all.

Matthew 16:26
For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

Sadder still is this “get ahead no matter what the cost” mentality has trickled down to all of us. People will sell out their brothers and sisters to get ahead, sell their children to get a meal, lie about and manipulate situations to take another’s job or position. There seems to be no depth a person will not go for the Love of Money. And everyone has been tricked into drinking from the same well. Of course there are differing degrees, but we have become a race of people who are concerned with the rat race of self-preservation. And why wouldn’t with be the case when things are the way they are?

But what if this line of thinking, even though it seems to yield temporary results, is setting the tone and reality for our tomorrow. And what if that tomorrow is a bleak, dark, terrible thing for us all? What if we do indeed reap what we sow? Would knowing this change anything?

Galatians 6:7
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

It is my firm belief that while our lips shout to the farthest corners our unyielding faith in a just Go, I believe our hearts are indeed far from this reality. The proof of this is found in our day-to-day suffering.

Isaiah 29:13
Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:

Is this not the day we are living in. How many of us can truly say that we trust God? How many of us love and forgive without expecting anything in return? How many of us do not hold unto every dollar for fear we will not have food on our tables tomorrow if we do not?

It is one thing to say that we should take no thought for tomorrow, that even the sparrows have enough to eat, it is another thing to truly believe this when we see children starving and people dying because they cannot afford healthcare?

Well has Isaiah said indeed, the people honor God and the principle of loving others with lip service but their hearts are just not into it. The only Fear of God that is learned by the human race, is what is taught by men and women with ulterior motives. Greed is the lesson, gain is the goal. They teach their congregations that if you want to get ahead, give US more of your money. If you want to blessed join us and make others join us, or God will punish you endlessly. And many of us foolishly believe, so much so that we will fight those who say differently, all the while being buried in a mountain of debt. We, as the saying goes, rob from Peter to pay Paul.

Fearing God today has little to do with reaping what you sow, it is doing what man says or else, it is fearing the world system and the words and empty promises of men and women who are counting on our ignorance to feed their greed. Playing by their rules, or else. Voting who they say into office, or else. Keeping your mouth shut and taking whatever injustice is given, or else. Never questions the leaders voice, or else. The fear of God has nothing to do with what is being taught today. It is the fear that if you do not follow carnal man’s laws and rules, you will not GET AHEAD. This world has even perverted faith.

I am writing this article because I myself feel helpless. Like all of you, I am debt, I live pay check to pay check. Like all of you I worry what will happen in the future. Will I have a job? Will I be able to help my four children get a higher education? Will I lose everything?

What is truly sad about this, is I have lost everything before, and by no means of my own I have seen God restore me. Yet I wonder if the house of cards we are all living in now begins to collapse where I will be? I too have been programmed to put my faith in money and yet there is a fight within me, reminding me how futile this is. This is why now more than ever I see the need for change in my own life. It is time for me to have hope, to trust that there is divine justice and provision.

1 Timothy 6:10
For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows

The Love of Money is what makes this world go round. The Love of Money is the reason people are suffering today. The Love of Money is the reason people have traded mutual respect and the love for others for selfish gain, believing that if they don’t follow after the ways of the world, they will not be provided for. The Love of Money is why so few in government are trusted, so few in religious circles are praised, so few in the community are helped when trouble comes. It the “what’s in it for me” belief, as opposed to what can I do for others.

Lao Tzu wrote in the Tao Te Ching…

“When rich speculators prosper while farmers lose their land; when government officials spend money on weapons instead of cures; when the upper class is extravagant and irresponsible while the poor have nowhere to turn — all this is robbery and chaos. It is not in keeping with the Tao.”

Now for those that don’t know what the Tao is, it is a word that simply means the “Infinite principle by which all things exist. It is the divine balance and order of things.”

These words that Lao Tzu wrote sadly echo the times, and worse still after thousands of years things have not gotten better, the corrupt have just gotten better at keeping all of us inline and convincing us to try to play the same game.

The Love of Money, Power, Fame, Control, is indeed the root of all evil. Many have heard the term, selling your soul to gain the world, but the line for which we as a society know should not be crossed has become almost transparent. We do things each and every day, little things, big things, that prove this. Whether it is walking past a homeless man or woman and justifying keeping that five dollars because someone told you it would be spent on drugs, to allowing others to do wrong in front of you for fear of losing your job or losing a reputation. Even the greatest among us, as the prophets have said are as a thorn-bush.

Micah 7:4
4 The best of them is as a brier: the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge: the day of thy watchmen and thy visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity.

How can this be? Why is there so much suffering in the land? Why are out hearts troubled day and night? Why are their disputes among us? Why, why, why? The answer has always been the same. We have not tried another path, we continue to do the wrong things expecting a better result. This is the curse of the Love of Money, our utter destruction and suffering.

1 Timothy 6:10
For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows

Because of our love for money, we are pierced through with many sorrows. From the gluttons who have so much and need more, to those who have nothing and want more, suffering is always the reward. And I have met not one who is immune.

This world needs a wake up call? We need to truly stir up our faith within us and trust God. There is only one way out of this cycle of pain and struggle, and that is the straight gate. It is the path less traveled, it is the path of trust, it is the path of submission, it is the path of true love.

This may seem an odd question, but how many of us truly believe in God?

How many of us truly believe that if we walk the straight path we will find heaven on earth? How many truly believe that only through Love will we ever know peace?

I think many of us have been beaten down, neglected, used, and abused for so long that few really believe that the only path to freedom is unconditional love, unflinching faith, and unyielding courage. Because we see others get ahead by putting aside the love of others for the Love of Money.

We are told that there is but ONE WAY to the Father and that is the SON. What if this REALLY means what the scriptures say.

John 15:10
If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

The only way to the Father is to pick up your cross and follow the path that has been laid out before us. TRUE LOVE. We cannot abide in love and hope and peace if we do not keep this command.

John 15:12
This is my commandment, That ye love one another.

The Cross is a symbol for us all to lay down the way we have lived our old lives and to pick up a new way of life. The way of the cross is the way of Love. And getting there may get you to question whether God has forsaken you. This is a question, if we are honest with ourselves, we all know too well. Instead of faith, we put our thoughts to schemes, and make new plans to find the world’s promiseland of wealth, instead of God’s promise of unity, wisdom, and being content in all things.

What if this is our way out? To truly love others. But to do this we must first understand what Love really is? What is found in love? What is offered by loving?

WHAT IS LOVE AND HOW DO WE LOVE?

Romans 13
8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. 11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.

12The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. 13Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.

We are promised in scripture that if we do this, we will know joy unspeakable.

Then we question, where is the promise?

However we never question, what is it we are doing that is keeping the promise far from us.

Why do we never question whether or not we are following the path to the promise? And if we do, why do we allow our fears and insecurities keep us from taking up the cross and walking out of the darkness of our pain into the light of true life?

What would happen in our lives if we truly dared to walk the straight path? In the face of adversity, in the wake of trouble, in the pits of despair if we only held out hope, refused to go where others go or do what others do, if we turned the cheek, and gave our shirt when another stole our coat, what would happen then?

The greatest changes that this world has seen has always come from peaceful men and women who refused to repay hate with hate. The greatest change did not come with a violent rebellion when Jesus was put to death, it came when Jesus forgave and trusted that His World was not This World.

Today, I simply want to remind you all of the same thing. This world and its many pains are not our reality. Our reality is not what happens outside of us, it is the change that is brought from within us.

And after years of wondering, why? why? why? I have come to the conclusion that Faith and Love is the only answer. Doing this is the only thing that will bring me true life. Walking the straight path is the only path that will lead me to where I truly desire to be, any other path will lead me back to misery.

It is a path few travel, or have traveled, it is a path I myself have not fully understood or seen. But I am pressing on to this High Calling, because I may not be able to change this world outside of me with my own effort, but I believe God can surely change this world by showing the world the peace that only comes from love.

I for one want to put this message to the test. I will love others and do good to others because God is rewarder of those who do so.

If you plant love, honestly, and charity you must reap eventually it in return. I have tried other paths and for this I have suffered. I have walked in hopes of financial security, while trying to also serve God and do good to others, but you cannot serve both God and the love of money.

Luke 16:13
No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon

We need to choose this day which God we will serve. And although it is my strong belief that one day all will learn this lesson, wouldn’t it be wiser to learn it today instead of suffering more until you do. There is a system that God has put in place, it is a law like gravity, I call it God’s fail safe. And that is whatever you sow we also reap. I for one have reap bitter fruit for too long and I encourage you all to strive for the sweet fruit of love, that endures for all of time.

If we do this, and we allow this great light of Love to shine, I truly believe it will draw this world away from the love of money, into the love of others, and in so doing we will finally be free.

Think about that. Do you really want to free? Then enter that straight gate and see.

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Jacob
http://www.JacobIsrael.org

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Make a Marriage in Heaven!

MAKE A MARRIAGE IN HEAVEN!

My wife reminded me last night of the parable of the pearl and the oyster. When we first met, I would use this parable and others like it often. I put this in my novel, “The Calling”, where the lead character explains to another who has had a hard life of all the good the hardship has done in her life. He said, “If not for the suffering of the oyster, where would the pearl be? If not for the manure how would the flowers grow to be so sweet?”

I try to be as transparent about my life as possible here. I let many know, that I don’t have all the answers, that I suffer terribly as well, like Paul, I have cried out, TAKE THIS THORN AWAY ALREADY!!!!! Yet, as my wife reminded me last night, if not for my hardship I wouldn’t be the pearl that I am today. Yes, I know, my wife is pretty awesome. She had an excellent point, how could I ever understand suffering if I haven’t first suffered, and how could I ever learn how to overcome suffering, if I didn’t have suffering to overcome. So yes, I can count it all joy, because of all the fruit that has come of it. Not to mention, that I have learned a thing or two along the way, especially when it comes to being married.

You see, when Danielle and I first got married, many things came against us and our marriage. It was a hard time for us, but we only became stronger because of it all. While many outside of our relationship were working to tear us apart, inside our relationship we were enduring, overcoming, and learning to love each other on a level that we would have never known had we not had these difficult times. And now, as the scripture says, our past sufferings seem as nothing compared to the relationship we have today. Family abandoned us, financial hardship, friends left, it was a sad time, but we had each other, we had our kids, and we had a marriage that was going to last. We had a marriage that we wanted to enjoy, and so we fought for it.

It really isn’t very hard to make a marriage work if you take the time to really think about it. All a great marriage takes is two people willing to put the other before themselves. Or at the very least, one who will be patient until the other comes around. You’ll see me quote this many times in my essays, “Love draws a multitude to change”, not proving you’re right, not shaming someone when they have done wrong, and certainly not carrying a grudge for days because you don’t like what someone said to you, about you, or how they acted.

Arguments, as fun as we all know them to be, don’t have to continue on for days and days, if one person will put their hurt feelings aside and simply love the person they married. This is what Danielle and I try to do. Now this does take time, because overcoming our ego isn’t a simple task.

Over the years we each have built walls to protect our insecurities, and our loved ones learn very quickly how to get in those cracks and expose those insecurities, and vice versa. And so the mud-slinging can begin if you aren’t careful to guard your spouse and your own heart. And yes in my marriage there has been mud slinging, but less and less, the more we grow to admire and appreciate each other. Sure, every relationship has these moments, but the trick is seeing that hurting your spouse, life partner, etc, will never make you feel any better about yourself. The only thing that will make you feel better is peace in your home. And the only way to have peace in your home, is to learn to have mutual respect and admiration for each other. Yes I know, sometimes easier said then done. But there is a principal I would like to share that I believe if applied to your marriage it could change everything. And no I am not a pro, in fact the fact I am writing this article is proof I want to make my marriage better than ever before. It’s easy to say, you should do this and do that, and forgive and live in harmony… It’s a whole other thing to actually do it. But I promise you, when you do, buckle up because the love ride is going to take you places like never before.

The principle is as old as time itself… Some call it Karma or the boomerang effect, I call it Reaping and Sowing, and no I didn’t coin the term, we can thank tha author and finisher of our life and faith for that one, and the others :).

Reaping and Sowing is one of the greatest lessons anyone can learn, not just for your relationships but for you life. And this is a flat-out guarantee, if you begin to put this principle in practice today, I GUARANTEE your relationship, regardless of how far gone it may seem it will turn around. And if you are just beginning your journey together if you put this in practice together, you will have that marriage made in heaven we all talk about and wish for. Now it won’t happen overnight, you will be tested and tried, but if you keep at it, and you say “I am going to have LOVE, I am going to be in LOVE, and I am going to do what it takes to keep that LOVE!” Then you will succeed. Sadly more people are hung up on the “what have you done for me lately” attitude, as opposed to the “what can I do for you attitude,” which by far outweighs and outshines the first.

So let’s talk about this Reaping and Sowing principle for marriage.

This world is governed by laws, the law of gravity is one we all know and understand. But few know that Reaping and Sowing is also a law. The Law of Cause and Effect. You can take a glass and throw it against the wall, it breaks. Cause-Effect. Now people have no problem understanding this law in the material world, but few understand the profound significance of it in the spiritual and emotional world. Simply put… YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE! AND WHAT YOU GIVE YOU WILL EVENTUALLY GET!

If people really believed this, we would see an end to war, famine, heartache, divorce, rape, murder, theft, arguments, the list goes on and on. I call “Reaping and Sowing” our Creator’s fail safe. Because of this principle, not one will be lost, be eventually everyone will learn it is better to give then recieve. ESPECIALLY IN A MARRIAGE!

Now if you look at life as limited to this single timeline you know as life, it would be easy to deduce that there are many people who don’t get what they put out. But we need to take God out of the box, and we need to understand that this world, is not the only world there is. The scriptures speak of the worlds to come. But i don’t want to go down that rabbit hole for this paper. I simply want to point out how if we change how we treat others, how others treat us will change. Especially in marriage.

The problem is, most people have been raised to be selfish. Most people have been conditioned to believe that others should put them first, as opposed to putting others first to receive it in return.

Now in a moment, I am going to list a bunch of passages that Jesus of Nazareth was quoted as saying in the scriptures that illustrates the EXTREME IMPORTANCE of this concept. But if you are not a Christian, don’t let that bother you, the buddha taught the same, so do the Vedic scriptures, the Tao, well, let’s just say the principle is found in every so-called holy book, and embraced and taught by every great spiritual teacher… So let’s get into it shall we?

IF YOU WANT YOUR LIFE AND YOUR MARRIAGE TO TURN AROUND YOU NEED TO TAKE THESE WORDS TO HEART AND ACT NOW!

Now does this mean, that once you start putting out good that you will never again receive bad in return? Of course not! We will always be tested and tried until we finally overcome, and unfortunately for those “Rapture” believers it will never be a POOF Moment when your healed and made whole. You can’t do as Charlie Sheen said, and just heal yourself with your mind in an instant. Like anything else in life, it takes practice and discipline. And this is why we find ourself in the mystery of this world, it is our testing ground. Our school. This world is the place for it all, this is our learning place.

Luke 4:13
And when the devil(adverse thinking/lies/false beliefs) had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season

We will be tempted by our carnal ego many times in our relationship. Perhaps our partner, husband, or wife, will say something to hurt our feelings. That insecure beast of an ego of ours will want to rise up, show its fangs and go on the attack. Thoughts will run through your mind, “I don’t deserve this””how dare they””oh I show them!”…

But can someone tell me, when picking up a stone and throwing it back at someone ever solved anything? War will never bring peace, just as Peace will never bring about war. So we see pictured in the scripture above, when we are tempted to go on the attack, that if we…

James 4:7
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil (These nonsence thoughts), and he will flee from you.

If we submit to LOVE and TRUTH and resist our bruised carnal ego, all that pain caused by those negative thoughts will go bye, bye.

However, that carnal ego of ours is always around, waiting, just waiting, to return. Sure it may depart for a season, but those that endure until the end of their “temptation to lash out” will overcome.

James 1:12
Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

The Crown of Life, isn’t something we need to wait for. Re-read that passage again. Religion has us all so screwed up, religion puts our reward in the future, when our reward in RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW!

John 11:25
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

A crown represents a RULE, or AUTHORITY. Life is joy, peace, purpose, hope, and a marriage that ROCKS!

So when we re-read that passage in James with the right eyes (understanding) we see what it really is saying. It states, when you endure and overcome the temptation to lash out and fight and you choose not to, you receive peace, joy, etc… Right here, Right now. This has nothing to do with the future. You don’t need your marriage to have joy and peace and love in the hereafter, you need it now. So there are some things you need to remember if you want this.

First:

Proverbs 18:21
Death and life are in the power of the tongue

Matthew 12:36
But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

AND JUDGMENT IS NOT A FUTURE EVENT, it is right now. You say bad things, you will get those bad things in return. You will give account for every idle word you speak in this life. Remember judgment is not the way many religious leaders and religious paintings portray it to be, JUDGMENT begins…

1 Peter 4:17
For the time is come that judgment must begin at the HOUSE OF GOD (us)

And we are the HOUSE OF GOD, the Temple of the Holy Spirit of God. It all takes place WITHIN US. Which is why our words are so important. They are like toothpaste, once they leave you can’t put it back in. But your return on those idle words won’t be fresh breath, but a bitter feeling in your head and heart.

So, be careful what you say. Your words can bless your life and relationship and they can curse them. But it goes deeper than that. It’s not just words, you must take captive your thoughts. Racing negative thoughts will be the death of your relationship. You need to find ways to change the tune playing in your head.

For example, some of you reading this right now, will think… “My wife, Husband, or Partner, will NEVER do that…” – You see, as long as you believe it, you will receive it!

Book of Proverbs chapter 23 verse 7, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he

So yes, if you believe your spouse or partner is a big jerk, they will be a big jerk. EVEN IF THEY ARE NOT! Your perception is your reality, so change your perception. And to do this, you MUST put your partner or spouse before yourself.

John 15:13
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends

That scripture is often used to describe people going off to war and fighting, but the scripture really is about putting others first. It is about LOVING OTHERS enough to LAY DOWN your hurt feelings or desires to build another up. This is the very key to a Marriage made in heaven. In Fact, it is EXACTLY what that phrase means. To make a Marriage in heaven, one must make that marriage in HEAVEN (which means, a higher understanding of what life and marriage is, according to the Holy Spirit within).

Well, look, I think you all get the point by now. You get what you put out.

We all need to think higher of our partners, and spouses, than we do of ourselves. Even if you think that this will never work, try telling yourself it will.

If your marriage is falling apart, get together, talk to each other, tell each other you want to have a better marriage, you want to have joy and be excited about things together again. Then make a commitment to each other to do just that. Lift each other up, put each other first, and FORGIVE!

Remember when people lash out at you, they only do it because they themselves are hurting, keep that in mind. And begin to build a better relationship by your actions and thoughts.

If you want your husband to buy you flowers, surprise him with a gift. If you want your wife to snuggle more, then begin to show her more attention.

What you put out, YOU RECIEVE! This is not a belief, this is a LAW! It works, don’t believe me? Next time a fight is started, just say you are sorry and you will do better, EVEN IF YOU DID NOTHING WRONG. If you continue to LAY DOWN YOUR LIFE you are showing your spouse or partner how much you love them and I promise you they will have no choice but to reciprocate. IT’S THE LAW! 🙂

REAPING AND SOWING is probably one of the laws Jesus taught ON the most. Take a look.

1)Whatever you wish others to do to you, do to them (and they will)
2) Forgive and you will be forgiven (because that’s what you will get)
3) Show mercy and mercy will be shown (because that’s what you will get)
4) Judge not and you won’t be judged (because that’s what you will get)
5) Love your enemies (because that’s what you will get… eventually)

The list goes on and on. The simple truth is, whatever you PLANT will GROW! If you believe your marriage is cursed, it will be cursed, if you act like your marriage is amazing your marriage will be amazing. Just as whatever you plant in a garden grows into what you plant, and the health of that plant depends on how well you tend to it and cherish, the same is true for your marriage!

So make that MARRIAGE IN HEAVEN! Rise above the cares of this world, put your fears, insecurities, and your carnal ego aside, cast away terrible thoughts and start planting good thoughts and good deeds into your home. Resist the Devil/Your Ego – Resist your insecurity, resist your fears, resist your bruised ego and those negative thoughts will flee. And always remember that tough times will come, tribulation will come, you will make mistakes, but this time use them to make your marriage and your life stronger and better than ever before!

Oh, and for those divorced out there that think that God hates them, because some religious leader states that “God hates divorce” and attributes it to literal marriage. The truth is, if people took the time to study the word divorce in the scriptures, and took the time to find out what really matters to God, it is DIVORCING YOURSELF FROM GOD AND THE TRUTH that God hates.

Literal marriage is a great symbol of this union, but remember it is a tradition of man and if your marriage ends, same rules apply, love, forgive, and be kind and you will get it in return. Especially if there are kids in the mix.

Coming from a divorced man who has full custody of his two children and is re-married, I understand how hard blended families and re-marriage can be. The stats prove there is a greater chance of divorce the second, third, or fifth time around, but if you put this into action, if you SOW LOVE you will REAP LOVE in return!

Forgive me if there are a bunch of spelling and grammar mistakes, I write these quickly and don’t edit so I can spend more time with my family! And now that you’re done reading, maybe you all should do the same. God bless and keep you all!

Jacob
http://www.JacobIsrael.org

PS… here is my latest Youtube Video – CALLED LIVE YOUR LIFE! It’s about existing in the moment. Enjoy

BREAKFAST WITH DEAN – Reincarnation?

BREAKFAST WITH DEAN

Early one morning, I and my friend Dean Dosher spoke about the possibility of re-incarnation, universalism, who all of humanity is, and how we are finished in perfection. I decided to record the conversation, which usually lasts about 30 minutes or so, every day or so, last night I edited the conversation down. So much ground in covered in these eleven minutes, that you may have to watch this many times, to grab hold of what is said. Philosophy which literally means the LOVE OF WISDOM is something, so many people are hungry for. WHAT IS THE MEANING OF LIFE? WHAT IS THE POINT? WHO ARE WE? You’ll have to watch and find out, and you may be surprised in the end, to find out, if we know or not. 🙂 Enjoy

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JOB 8 8For enquire, I pray thee, of the former age, and prepare thyself to the search of their fathers: 9(For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow:)

Recently, I have received many e-mails from people who had but one question to ask me.

“Jacob, do you believe in re-incarnation?” “Is there biblical proof?” “What is re-incarnation?” “Is this belief heretical?”

It struck me as strange that all of a sudden, sooooo many people would be asking me about re-incarnation. One day I received three seperate emails about the subject, from three different people from different places on the globe who don’t know each other. So far, this week alone, I have received about six questions about the subject.

The surprising thing I found with each of these individuals, is that they were beginning to wonder the very thing I had wondered years ago… And that is, why are some people born happy, healthy, and prosperous and have relatively good lives, and why are others born with terrible diseases, born in impoverished, war torn countries, where they are murdered, raped and more. The scripture states, God is no respector of persons, but this would certainly show that the odds were stacked in the favor of some, while they weren’t for others. It also didn’t seem very fair to me, that only some people would experience privledge and health, while others would never experience this. This was the genesis of my research into the belief of re-incarnation. And what I found, was that not only was this a commonly held Hebrew teaching, found in the scriptures, but it is also found in the holy books of almost every single world religion.

Now, since no one really knows for certain whether or not this is a one time around journey, or a many time around (until we get it right) journey, I would like to point out why I believe that re-incarnation (not the way you have been taught it) may indeed be the path all of us take.

So a word of warning to those who are not open minded to hear alternative view of how God may finish his creation in victory, click another link and move on until you are drawn to return, because this article is not for everyone.

But for those who are made of a stroner metal, I really hope that this paper will at the very least open a dialogue for us all and we may even begin to see re-incarnation in a new and exciting light.

Isaiah 55:11
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

When I was born, I came into this world not knowing of the terrible disease I would suffer from, or the abuse, abandonment, and more that I would have to endure. Today, my trials and testing have yet to come to their end. Now, if God is in control of all things as I so often claim, it would be a terrible thing to put on an “innocent child” through such disease and suffering, not to mention a man who desires above everything to know His will. So how does one come to terms with this?

You see, here is a problem for a majority of the Religions of the world. How do they in one moment say, “If you don’t accept Christ you will burn for eternity in Hell” and then explain to a grieving parent whose two year old child that dies, “not to worry.”

You see many people look at a baby after being born as innocent, pure, with those chubby cheeks and pudgy belly. Most are born healthy and we thank God, others are born with missing fingers or toes, or premature, and have rare conditions; some unfortunately die days after birth. Once again, for a God who does not esteem one man above another, this would seem so unfair.

Now the Religious Church (not all faiths) but many of them teach, life is a one shot deal…. Christianity being the biggest faith to reject the idea of reincarnation. They teach that our life is unique and we are only given ONE CHANCE to get it right. It doesn’t matter if you a bushman living in the rainforest worshipping a toad, or a wall street exec, it doesn’t matter because all MUST do what these Religious teachers say, or else! They believe this is a one-way trip, and that we had better get in line with their beliefs or we will be damned, lost, massacred, or tortured endlessly. (A God of Love they say) – They see our lives as limited to 80 -100 years of age and then buh-bye. Here comes Heaven or Hell.

Yet a majority of scripture states we are seated in heavenly places, that we were with God always, that we are infinite in Christ, and that God knew us, before we began to identify ourselves as Joey, Darrel, Ziek, Earl, or Jessie.

Jer. 1:5, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you…”

So many religious circles face a crossroads of sorts. They don’t want to lose members, and they must be able to “Give every man an answer” … and when a child who clearly does not understand the truths of the kingdom or Christ dies, how can they tell those parents that those poor kids are going to Endless Hell… They can’t, nor will they. So they have to come up with some clever explanation. But making up stories is not the best business to be in.

So many people look at these babies, and cute little kiddies around us, they say they are innocent, and sure they are in a natural sense, so some Religious Circles, Evangelicals Especially begin to coin a new teaching, they call it “AGE OF ACCOUNTABILITY”. Bingo, this is their way of getting out of another heretical teaching they call Eternal Torture (Hell).

In a Nutshell (Because that is where this doctrine belongs) they teach that until a child reaches the age of 12, he is innocent and basically gets a free pass. Catholics do the same, by baptizing babies, so if they die, they go to heaven as well… But I’m afraid to say “church” all of these teachings are OTHER GOSPELS.

For we know there is but ONE WAY to the FATHER and that is through the SON (Christ).

Romans 10:9
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

I find it bizarre that many would demand people claim Christ in one breath, and then say, well if they are too young, no worries, they will be saved, especially since scripture clearly states without confession of the Lord Christ and the taking on of his nature there is no salvation… Now, of course, I believe ALL WILL BE SAVED eventually… just want to add that in.

Philippians 2:11
And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

You see, everyone does it eventually. But that is beside the point. This whole “AGE OF ACCOUNTABILITY” thing is what we call ANOTHER GOSPEL. It says, “No you don’t need to believe, confess, and do the will of God, you can just be a dumb kid and die and that’s it, your golden!” – WRONG PEOPLE WRONG!

Galatians 1:6-8 6I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

Now why do they teach ANOTHER GOSPEL, which is clearly untrue and “heretical”? The reason is they want to give an explanation to their congregation, when children die. They want to itch their ears. And since they start by saying, ONLY BY ACCEPTING CHRIST WILL KEEP YOU FROM INFINITE TORTURE when a young child dies who hasn’t done this and clearly couldn’t understand what that even means, they have to create ANOTHER GOSPEL to appease their congregants, or their tithe box would get a bit lighter.

Now I will tell you, that NOT ONE CHILD that has ever died is GONE! AND NOT ONE HUMAN BEING on this planet will EVER FACE AN ETERNITY OF FLAMES!

Hebrews 8:11 …for all shall know (intimately acquainted) me, from the least to the greatest.

God will have ALL MEN to be saved, but His ways are above ours. And since so many of us have been brainwashed to believe that our lives are only a “one time around” deal, it is hard for us to imagine that God could do save everyone. Especially because so many people do terrible things and never reap what they sow in “this one time around life” as they see it.

So another “HERETICAL” teaching that many religious Christians teach today is that… in the moment before death, Jesus comes to everyone and gives them one last chance to accept Him… This leaves those congregants that grieve, hope that their teen that killed themselves, or those that died after doing horrible things may have seen the error of their ways in that moment before death and accepted Christ… and what is this? WELL IT’S YET ANOTHER GOSPEL!

We know, Jesus said, unless a Man take up his cross he is none of his. Salvation is a process, like birth. You cannot just say LORD I BELIEVE, and then you enter heaven’s gates. (Especially when most people don’t even know what Heaven is to begin with) – Here’s a hint, IT’S WITHIN YOU!

Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

So you see, SALVATION is NOT about saying “this or that”… it is about DOING THE WILL OF THE FATHER… There is but one way into the KINGDOM OF HEAVEN and that comes through much tribulation unfortunately, at times.

Acts 14:22
Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

And the only way into the Kingdom is through the sheep gate. To do this, you must hear and follow the voice of the Christ. And when you do this, guess what you become?

John 10 1Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. 2But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

You see to try and enter into the Kingdom of Heaven ANY OTHER WAY but through the sheep gate, the same is a thief and a robber. Those who teach OTHER GOSPELS are thieves and robbers. (This is why we see and hear of so many thieves and robbers in scripture, they are an allegory of those who believe OTHER GOSPELS)

But the amazing part is the second verse in John 10

2But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

When you enter in, YOU become the SHEPHERD of the SHEEP. And who is the Shepherd again? 🙂 This is the great mystery and this is the salvation of us all, CHRIST IN US, the HOPE OF GLORY. When you find out who you are, you are no longer blinded by who you aren’t. The Truth sets you free.

So for those that teach, that wicked men don’t need to reap what they have sown, but can say “Lord, Lord” and then be forgiven and enter the Kingdom of Heaven, well, you guessed it ANOTHER GOSPEL and they got another thing coming, LITERALLY!

The only way to salvation is to have complete faith, wisdom and be ONE with CHRIST and to DO THE WILL OF THE FATHER.

John 5:30
I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.

He also went on to say…

John 8:28
…I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.

Why? Because through a bunch of suffering he learned obedience.


Hebrews 5:8
Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;

And what’s good for Jesus is good for us. We all learn through the things we suffer. But we would not suffer if we had not sinned.


Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

So what does all of this have to do with Bonnie’s email to me. Well I am setting the stage here. Because I have a belief, which is not a popular one, but it helps explain many of the world’s problems, and why so many terrible things seem to happen, and yet remain unexplained.

I was once asked if God healed my Crohns Disease, because I have been in remission for quite some time. I responded and said, God gave me the Crohn’s Disease to heal me! Chew on that for a moment “Church”

Have you ever wondered why some are born with such privilege and others with such pain and poverty? If God is no respecter of persons, then why?

Acts 10:34
Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:

And if, as some believe babies and children enter this world SINLESS (Which is not true by the way)

Romans 3:23
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God

Psalm 51:5
Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

And if ALL HAVE SINNED and are sinners even before birth, how is that possible?… IF LIFE IS ONLY A ONE TIME AROUND RIDE? Well the answer is simple, this isn’t our first go around on this rock called Earth.

I don’t buy this whole, One Man in the Garden years ago sinned and then we all suffer because of it. Here is the reason. God does not change. The same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. There is nothing new under the sun!

Psalm 33:11
The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.

So, if God doesn’t change, then he wouldn’t blame one man for another’s sin. If your neighbor killed someone, would God hold you accountable if you didn’t know about it? Of course not. The same is true, for this nonsensical teaching that because of one literal man Adam’s sin, that all of us now are paying the price.

Well here is the NEWFLASH for you, ADAM (which means HUMANITY AS A WHOLE) HAS SINNED. We ALL have falled short, WE HAVE DONE THIS. We have sinned. We are NOT BEING CORRECTED because of another’s fall.

In ADAM (our ignorance) we ALL DIE. So, you see, this is why there is not one child that is born into this world that is SINLESS. The only on without sin, is CHRIST – (The quickening spirit within us)

You know, Even the meat-head religious leaders of the day, understood that all were born in sin.

John 9:34
They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.

Isaiah knew about reincarnation, as well as being sinful from the womb.

Isaiah 48:8
Yea, thou heardest not; yea, thou knewest not; yea, from that time that thine ear was not opened: for I knew that thou wouldest deal very treacherously, and wast called a transgressor from the womb.

So if all be SINNERS in need of a SAVIOR, then guess what, when a child dies, he doesn’t get a one way ticket to heaven, he simply has moved onto to lesson 2, or 3, or 763… and his or her death became a judgment upon that child’s house, and that CHILD has now moved on to another life to learn more from. I know sounds too far fetched, but with God all things are possible. We must remember…

Galatians 6:7
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap
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Rom 2:6
Who will render to every man according to his deeds
:

Gal 6:5
For every man shall bear his own burden.

Gen 9:6
Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed:

Rev 13:10
He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

The question I ask, is do you believe this? Do you believe God says one thing and changes his mind and does another.

Isaiah 46:11 God says: “I have spoken it, I will bring it to pass

You don’t get a free pass because you’re on you’re death bed and scared. You don’t get to live a life of hurting others and then, go to an altar call and be on your merry way to heaven. What carnal nonsense the religious have taught. If truth be taught, then we would NEVER HURT OTHERS, we WOULD BE CHARITABLE, we would not be greedy, seedy, and there would be no needy!

This is the patience of the SAINTS, BECAUSE EVENTUALLY everyone will pay the piper and learn to let go of the reigns and say “Not my will Father but yours be done” – And in their reaping what they have sown, they will submit themselves to the Father and all things will be His.

Hopefully the loss of that child will have taught those that love the child the lesson that they so desperately needed to learn.

You see, what if, life was not a ONE TIME AROUND DEAL? What if the Potter has power to make, remake, break, reshape, and make again, and again, the pot until it is the perfect image of the Potter?

Jeremiah 18 3Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. 4And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. 5Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 6O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.

Why is it we limit God? Why is it we would rather see God as this distant monster that treats some better than others? Why is it, we don’t believe that God can finish his creation in victory?

The reason is simple: Man is blinded by the temporal world, Man believes this is it for him. He is a god but believes he is mortal Ps 82. This is why, Man is DEAD (Ignorant and suffering) because he does not believe the Truth, THE DEAD KNOW NOT GOD!

But if you want to find a reason as to why some are abused and others comforted, if you want to know why some suffer and others simply live a carefree life without even thinking about God… then you MUST consider, that there is more to life, than this LIFE YOUR LIVING ALONE.

Yes, I am talking about reincarnation. From a philosophical stand point it would explain why some are born with disease while others do drugs and party and never even sneeze. It would explain why there are some that are so well off and others that are so poor.

Look at the parable of the RICH MAN and LAZARUS for a moment. See it through different eyes now. The Rich Man was greedy, hoarding his belonging, never helped poor Lazarus… But after their physical death, we see how the Rich Man now Suffered because he did not do well with what was given him in life, and the poor man was comforted.

Luke 12:48
But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

There is a law at work in the law of this land. It is called REAPING AND SOWING. A majority of Jesus’ teaching was about this. He understood that when people hurt him, he must forgive them. He taught that if someone was to persecute or attack, you are to forgive, if they are to steal from you, you are to give them more… WHY would Jesus teach such a thing. It is because he understood, that if you are suffering you have brought that suffering unto yourself and if you fight against it, you are throwing that karmic ball back into play, and you will yet again have to reap what you sow.

Matthew 5:25-26
Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still with him on the way, or he may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. I tell you the truth, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.

REINCARNATION – BIBLE STYLE!

I know even writing that word has caused many of you to cringe, and some to even say, JACOB IS A HERETIC. Well, I am simply a man that wants to know the truth no matter what the cost. And I am willing to accept that whatever suffering has come upon me, was to bring me to God, because at one point I was away from God. What I endure today, I committed against others yesterday, or so I believe.

Genesis 15: 15And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age. 16But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.

If this belief was taught, and embraced, we would see so many others giving where they have not given before, forgiving where they have not forgiven before. We would see that our actions have consequences and that, saying LORD LORD means absolutely nothing.

Ecclesiastes 1:4-9 (abr)Generations come and generations go…What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” If there be nothing new under the sun, than everything that is, has already been. Ever get deja vu?

Jesus taught on the subject often, and it was, and still is a common orthodox Hebrew belief.

Matt 24:34
I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.

There is a reason that “this” generation will never pass away, it is because this generation has always been, ever growing, ever learning, ever moving closer or farther away from the Spirit of Truth and Redemption.

Many refuse to accept this idea, yet in the same breath they will believe Jesus when he said, John the Baptist was Elijah Reincarnated. The common belief was that a man returned to reap what he had sown, that is why the disciples asked Jesus whose sin was it that the Man was BORN BLIND? (How could it have been his sin, if he was BORN BLIND and it was his first time here?) Many believed Jesus was one of the prophets back from the dead. But put that all aside.

GOD IS A GOD OF THE LIVING NOT THE DEAD! Job understood God and this principal.

Job 1:20-21 Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and he fell to the ground and worshipped. And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return there. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

Job 14:14
“If a person dies will he live again? All the days of my hard service I will wait for my renewal to come.”
“My RENEWAL to COME?”

Read this passage from Psalm 90 carefully. See how the LORD has been our dwelling place for GENERATIONS not a generation. How he destroys a man and then says return.

Psalm 90 1Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. 2Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. 3Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men. 4For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night. 5Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up. 6In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.

We are to understand the ETERNAL THINGS OF GOD, the INVISIBLE THINGS OF GOD, by the VISIBLE/TEMPORAL things around us. We see seasons of life, death, rebirth, death, etc. etc. Notice in the above passage Man is compared to the grass, we spring up, we bloom, we flower, we dry up, we shrivel up, we die, and the process repeats again and again and again.

That is why it is so important to do GOOD IN THIS LIFE. To not hoard what we own, to hurt others, to not have faith, to be STILL AND KNOW THAT GOD IS GOD! To understand that God is in control. So regardless of what happens to us in this life, if we continue to seek God and do good, if we give it shall be given, if we forgive, we shall be forgiven…. If not in this world, than in the WORLD TO COME.

Mark 10: 29And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.

Now, remember, eternal Life is to know God and Christ. That’s it. The WORLD to come is not HEAVEN. For HEAVEN IS WITHIN.

Luke 18:30
Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.

John 12:50
And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

(This is ETERNAL LIFE – To know God – NOT TO PARTY IN THE PEARLY GATES)

We even see how when trouble came to David, he didn’t even know if he brought this pain and suffering unto himself or not.

Psa 7:8
O lord if I have done this? (asking to be saved from those who persecute them) 15 He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made.

Psa 7:16
His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.

There is only one way for this to happen, and that is if THIS LIFE WE LIVE IS BUT A MOMENT, but the LIVES TO COME are where the FUN REALLY BEGINS.

Oh I know what you will all say… “It is appointed for all men to DIE ONCE and then comes the judgment” – Well, we aren’t talking about physical death people.

To be CARNALLY MINDED IS DEATH. And then comes the judgment from it. And that may take more than one go around.


And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, (Hebrews 9:27)
– and remember “Judgment begins at the house of the lord.” Not in some battlefield where people are sent off to eternal torment.

Job 33:29
Behold, all these things does God do — twice, even three times with a man — to bring his soul back from the pit that he may be enlightened with the light of the living.

Did you catch that? God does things again and again and again to us, for us, so that we may be ENLIGHTENED AND BE BROUGHT INTO THE LIGHT OF THE LIVING!

This is the GREAT NEWS! This is why we never need again suffer for the soul of a lost loved one, most likely they are still around you, near you, and most likely, you all will be reunited again in this very world, so that together you will find your way back into the LIGHT OF THE LIVING.

This is why with every death at that very instant somewhere in the world there is a birth. If you raped, you will be raped in the world to come. If you mocked the obese you will be obese, if you were prejudice you will be that which you were prejudice against. What better way to learn to love, than to walk a life or two or fifteen in the shoes of those you have persecuted.

Why do you think Jesus said, “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” (John 8:58) – Because JESUS was! As are we all!

The heart of BIBLICAL REINCARNATION is found in the parable of the TALENTS. Matt. 25:14-15 Again, it [the kingdom of heaven] will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability.
This idea that God gives people varying amounts of abilities at birth – each according to his ability – is a law that even Origen believed to teach pre-existence and reincarnation.

“It can be shown that an incorporeal and reasonable being has life in itself independently of the body… then it is beyond a doubt bodies are only of secondary importance and arise from time to time to meet the varying conditions of reasonable creatures. Those who require bodies are clothed with them, and contrariwise, when fallen souls have lifted themselves up to better things their bodies are once more annihilated. They are ever vanishing and ever reappearing.” —Origen

But what about Josephus, who also recognized reincarnation.
“All pure and holy spirits live on in heavenly places, and in course of time they are again sent down to inhabit righteous bodies.” —Jewish historian Josephus who lived around the time of Jesus
And Jesus from the Gnostic Gospels. “Souls are poured from one into another of different kinds of bodies of the world.” —Jesus Christ in Gnostic Gospels: Pistis Sophia

But of course, you know that in many other faiths, Gnosticism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, And even we find this evidence in the Koran

“God generates beings, and sends them back over and over again, till they return to Him.” —Koran

Or the KABBALAH – “As long as a person is unsuccessful in his purpose in this world, the Holy One, blessed be He, uproots him and replants him over and over again.” (Zohar I 186b)

But I know to quote from the Tao Te Ching, The Koran, The Upanishads, the Dhammapada and Gita, is a turn off to many Christians, which is why this blog usually teaches strictly from the scriptures.

But you would be surprised how many great minds, saw the importance of reincarnation!

“It is not more surprising to be born twice than once; everything in nature is resurrection.” —Voltaire

“I am confident that there truly is such a thing as living again, that the living spring from the dead, and that the souls of the dead are in existence.” —Socrates

Now I understand I can even quote Mark Twain. “I have been born more times than anybody except Krishna.” —Mark Twain.

But the fact remains, this is something you must be taught by the Holy Spirit. Put aside the incredible amount of sense it makes, and hope it gives us all. Put aside, the countless references in scripture, put aside the fact that “With God ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE” and really ask yourself, would you rather believe this is it?

And if this is it… When will the MEEK INHERIT THE EARTH?

When will… the “Women received back their dead, raised to life again. Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection.” (Heb. 11:32-35)
When will those that have “left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or wife or children or land for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age – homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields … and in the age to come, eternal life. (to Know God) (Mark 10:29-30)

If Reincarnation is True. Than we must begin to live our lives differently. We must trust the words of the LORDS PRAYER…

“Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us” – We will be forgiven as we forgive. We will be loved as we love.

We are like seeds, planting with our words and actions and it may take many years to see the harvest of what we have planted. But if we believe you go to Church, confess Christ and still live like the devil that when you die you will inherit heaven, you got ANOTHER LIFE COMING. So it is time, to pray and seek, and ask God if these things be true. It would explain the suffering in the world, but fret not, for those who suffer today will be encouraged and comforted tomorrow, if they learn to turn to the Creator that is within.

I will leave you all with this last question to ponder from Ecclesiastes, and I will hope that this essay answered why, even seemingly righteous people suffer terribly, (it is because they weren’t always so Righteous, and in fact it may be their suffering that will lead them to the ETERNAL LIFE and PROMISE LAND we all seek.

Eccl. 1:7-11
“Is there anything of which one can say, “Look! This is something new”? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time. There is no remembrance of men of old, and even those who are yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow.”

MUCH LOVE
JACOB

TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT

“TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT”

Hey everyone, wanted to share this poem I wrote awhile ago. There is a lot we can learn from it. Also please enjoy this song I wrote years ago called “Come to Me” produced by the amazing Joe Ninowski, sang by Eddie Coronado.

The song depicts God crying out to all of humanity, and how a new day is coming and a great hunger will grow inside many, who will “Come to Him”

SO, CLICK BELOW and enjoy “COME TO ME”

TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT

The Master left his mansion angrier than a hornet shook from it’s hive.
His Servant smiled as he waved his Master Goodbye.

“I have, and you have not,” the Master screamed to the servant tending his yard. “Why are you always smiling, when I know your life must be very hard?”

The servant turned pretending not to hear the words he said.
The Master got angrier and forced him to listen instead.

“I have a home, one hundred times the size of your shack.
I have cars, wealth, fashionable clothes and I give you just enough to keep you coming back.”

The servant tried to hide the pitiful look in his eyes.
However, the Master saw this and it fueled his anger inside.

“I have the best physicians in the world, I have the most wonderful food to eat and I belong to many important clubs.
You don’t have insurance, your food is scrap and you look at me as if I’m corrupt?”

The servant raised his gaze from the ground below.
As the Master continued to speak, the servants smile began to grow, not from pride, for humiloty and peace is all this servant wanted to know.

“I am a man of importance, one who travels and hunts.
I vacation where my heart desires and I do whatever I want.
But you, you are just the help, no one respects you and never will.
You’re the one who cleans the dishes, not the one who pays the bill.
Your back is breaking, while mine is being rubbed.
Your hands are blistering, while mine are washed up.
What is so good about your life that I never see you cry,
Why is it you always smile, when I believe you should want to die?”

The servant rolled his shoulders back as if he was going to speak.
He laid his rake to the ground and took off the boots from his feet.

“You may have a mansion, but I have a warm home.
You may have wealth, clothes and status, but I have a peace you will never know.
While you are fighting to have more, I have all I will ever need.
You see, I want nothing, but your belly hurts from the flames of your greed.
You say this is your grass, but I am the one that helps it grow.
You call this your land, but there are parts of it you don’t even know.
I stock the fish for your pond, but you never watch one swim around.
I plant your flowers and you never smell them or pick them from the ground.
You’re always worrying you will lose what you have, but I can never lose the truth I have found.
You tear down, I build up.
You are ungrateful and want more, but I know the fullness of my cup.
You measure yourself against others, but I love who I am.
You can’t see past your wallet, but I see a magnificent plan.
So, you want to know why it is a smile and I’m always so nice?
It’s because I have found more than you have in this short wonderful life.
When I look back I see those things I have nourished and helped to grow.
I see those I have served and all those I have been blessed to know.
What is it you see Master, when your life stares you in the face?
Is it those you’ve abused and taken advantage of? It must be a darker place.
You’ve taken without asking and never given, even to a few.
And now you want to know why it is I smile when you never do?
It is because I have something you don’t and that much is very true.
And no matter what you think you have, until you change, this servant will always be greater than you.”

“How dare you, I could fire you for the words you say. I did not come here to be lectured by laborer whose hands are covered in clay. I’m in control, I am the ruler of this place. I am the one who provides for you, how dare you say I’m the disgrace?”

The servant placed a comforting hand on the shoulder of this self important man. The Master was shocked but did not take his hand away. There was something comforting about the way he touched him that day. Tears began to well in the Master’s eyes and the servant began to say.

“I know you hurting, this is why you treat me and others so. But there is more to this life than what you know. We each have a part to play, and trust me Sir there is a greater plot. And to store up treasure in this world, it most surely is not. We must learn from our mistakes and that we will reap everything that we sow. What we do to one, we do to ourselves this you need to know. The reason you are hurting is because your self serving. But all of this can change if your life you rearrange by putting others above yourself. If you do this you will find peace, joy and purpose in your lot. Then you will have as I have, but right now Master you absolutely have not.”