The end times

The phrase ‘end times’, refers to prophecies of a time of God’s supposed judgment and ensuing punishment of humanity; a time of wars, famine, pestilence, terrorism; a time of utter despair; a time in which the devil is free to torment humanity. Many believe that we are living in those times; however, let’s not run for the hills just yet.

God, the Universal Intelligence, our Creator – whatever name you prefer to use – is energy – unconditionally loving, vastly intelligent, responsive energy. This energy loves each and every one of us unconditionally – after all, it created us. As unconditional love, this energy does not, and in fact cannot, judge, criticize or condemn us. It is impossible to do so, for that would not be unconditional love. There will be no punishment from God.

Punishment from the devil?

There is no such thing as the devil. What there are though, are human negative thoughts, attitudes, emotions, belief systems and desires. No one and nothing except ourselves makes us do the things we do – we have free will, and nothing is stronger than that. The sooner we accept this and take responsibility for our actions, the better. We cannot continue to blame others, or the actions of others, for our choices. There will be no punishment from the devil.

Ah, sweet revenge

The Universal Intelligence responds to our thoughts. Since one of humanity’s chief desires has been, and continues to be, to gain revenge against those who have harmed us or our loved ones, God provides us with prophecies telling us that that is exactly what will happen – our enemies will be punished and vanquished. Prophecies of doom for the so-called bad people are nothing more than the Universal Intelligence telling us what we want to hear. Our desire for vengeance keeps us trapped in the cycle of karmic debt, and we will not become free of the desire for revenge until we forgive – REALLY forgive.

The trouble is, we’ve all hurt someone at some time – so theoretically, someone, somewhere, could think that we’re bad and therefore need to be punished. No, the punishment won’t come from God, or from the devil. It will come, as it always has, from humans.

Tumultuous change for humanity?

Some suggest that the next step in human evolution will occur during the end times. Will technology change us by giving us greater mental and physical capacity and abilities? Will a saviour come and magically transform us? I believe that the next step in human evolution is the refinement of our negative thoughts, attitudes and emotions and changing of old, out-dated belief systems and behaviours. This level of change must be done voluntarily though, and since no one wants to believe that there’s anything wrong with the way they’re doing things, our transformation will be a gradual one. If change were to be thrust upon us, we would resist, and that would inhibit the process.

It’s not that we’re not doing anything wrong; we’re doing exactly that which God wishes – we’re evolving. God has given each of us free will – within the bounds of certain recently-revealed spiritual laws – to live, learn and grow. In the meantime, we tend to get lost in the playground that is planet earth, forgetting our true nature. It is actually we ourselves who will punish humanity, unless and until we start letting go of ancient (and not-so-ancient) hurts.

About Gratitude

What is gratitude?
It is an attitude of thankfulness and/or appreciation. Gratitude can easily be confused with feeling a sense of relief, but true gratitude accepts that each experience in life is given as a learning opportunity, and never as a reward or punishment from God. The Universal Intelligence knows how we feel before we even think it, so God doesn’t mind if we miss an opportunity to say thank you. Saying grace before a meal is a fine practice, but if it’s used as a protection against the wrath of God, then gratitude is not the real motive – fear is the real motive – and God knows it.

There’s a lot of hype out there about the importance of feeling grateful and expressing our gratitude, but it’s getting so that we can feel pressured into saying thank you for every little thing. This goes completely against the spirit of gratitude. There’s a world of difference between truly feeling thankful, and saying thank you merely because it’s expected. Besides, expressing our gratitude is not a protection against having negative life experiences.

It’s well and good to express our thankfulness, so long as it doesn’t become excessive or obsessive; but unfortunately it can, and it does – and that’s not healthy. There’s a world of difference between helping to provide for those in need as a matter of compassion and social responsibility, rather than as a public display of appreciation that we ourselves don’t need help, or as a protection against experiencing the same fate. It’s our attitude that counts; it’s our attitude that is heard by the Universal Intelligence. We can fool people, but we can’t fool God.

Thanking God for loving us is a concept borne of fearing divine punishment for taking things for granted, for not being grateful. The fear is that God will think we feel entitled, and that it’s a short step from there to hell. This sort of fear can stem from our caregivers requiring our gratitude for their having provided us with the basic necessities of life. Are we supposed to thank them for choosing to have children, and then for enabling us to stay alive? It’s like an interviewee thanking a reporter for interviewing them – they’re just doing their job.

Another aspect of gratitude to consider is this: We praise God when things go our way and assume that we must have done something right, but what happens when things go wrong? Do we assume that God has judged us as unworthy, or that he is punishing us, or that he likes our opponent or enemy more than he likes us?

 

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Gratitude?
Someone at a place of work threw a surprise birthday for the boss. The guest of honour had specifically asked that there be no party, as he feels uncomfortable in such situations. At the party, the hostess proudly announced that she had decided that the boss really did want a party after all and so took it upon herself to organize it. She then waited for his expressions of thanks and gratitude and was offended (really offended!) when he said, once again, that he had not wanted a party.

What are your thoughts on this?

  • Was the employee wrong to have arranged the party?
  • Was the boss wrong to have shared his request?
  • Was the boss mean for not just playing along?