Awesome Frank Schaeffer Interview

This awesome interview was live streamed on YouTube today. I love the wisdom and honesty that resonates so strongly from this wonderful enlightened man. The video is over 2 hours long, it starts at 1:42

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBRXbsHs2LI

A little about Frank Schaeffer: Frank Schaeffer is a New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books. Frank is a survivor of both polio and an evangelical/fundamentalist childhood, an acclaimed writer who overcame severe dyslexia, a home-schooled and self-taught documentary movie director, a feature film director of four low budget Hollywood features Frank has described as “pretty terrible.” He is also an acclaimed author of both fiction and nonfiction and an artist with a loyal following of international collectors who own many of his oil paintings. Frank has been a frequent guest on the Rachel Maddow Show on NBC, has appeared on Oprah, been interviewed by Terri Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air and appeared on the Today Show, BBC News and many other media outlets. He is a much sought after speaker and has lectured at a wide range of venues from Harvard’s Kennedy School to the Hammer Museum/UCLA, Princeton University, Riverside Church Cathedral, DePaul University and the Kansas City Public Library.

http://www.frankschaeffer.com/

I am a theist, but I understand that I could be wrong…

I am a theist, but I understand that I could be wrong. It’s possible that when I die I will cease to exist, however in my heart of hearts I don’t think this will be the case. I believe that in the coming ages I will spend time with (amongst others):Julius Caesar, Ghandi, Jesus, Florence Nightingale, my beautiful Grandmother and Grandfather, Hitler (yes even that dreaded evil Hitler), Anne Frank, the French guy who wrote Papillon, Winston Churchill, my highly intelligent atheist son, Christopher Hitchens, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Michael W (and Rhonda) Jones), Robin Williams, the Queen of England, my biological brothers, sisters, Audrey Hepburn, (don’t tell Trish!), children, foster children, Facebook friends, all my school friends, the dysfunctional bully at school who always wanted to fight me, my tormented alcoholic father, Twitter and IG friends and of course my lovely wife Trish Shaw (if she’s not weary of me already). I may be wrong, but the idea that I will one day meet and spend time with everyone who has ever lived brings sustenance and joy to my innermost being. There are some people that for certain reasons I don’t want to meet again. That’s okay, my belief is that these things will work themselves out in the ages to come, because in the end LOVE will prevail. None of the above mentioned people will suffer in some sort of (supposedly) divine torture chamber called Hell. That’s just bullshit. I am thankful to have LOVE in my heart and a hope for the future. In this life but also the life to come. Am I deceived? Maybe, but that’s okay, I love my life and am incredibly thankful for the amazing people I meet everyday. Peace to all.

 
 

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The creator occasionally brings people into our lives to shake us up, make us a little uncomfortable and laugh at the absurdities of life. Now that he has gone, it is up to us to live our lives with a touch more craziness, laughter and boisterous absurdity, bringing some light and laughter to our brothers and sisters. He shined his light as best he could and we are the richer for it. In different ways we can do the same, this will most assuredly make the world a better place.

Your Song

Your song is filled with angst, a minor key lament, beautiful and yet appropriate for where you are at in the discouragement of your present understanding.

But your song is about to change, sing your song, sing it in the quietness of your spirit, sing it in the calmness of your true self, then… let it increase in you, first as a stream, then in the knowledge that you are fully and unconditionally loved, accepted, beautiful and perfect, a euphoric masterpiece of joy welling up from the deepest part of your inner being.

Sing it loudly; sing it exuberantly, ridiculously at the top of lungs, erupting to a crescendo, a raging torrent of boisterous hilarity and unfettered ecstasy.

Is it okay to be sick? Do I lack the faith to be healed?

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Another great Blog Post from my friend Jim Palmer – this one on sickness and healing. This resonates as truth to me.

Originally posted on Jim Palmer:

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I often receive emails from people about the subject of healing, which motivated me to write the below post.

Our original, fundamental, eternal Self is a manifestation of the image, likeness and being of God. That Self is complete, whole, and permanent. That Self cannot be improved or diminished. That Self is in no need or improvement, transformation, or enlightenment. That Self took on a human mind and body in order to have a human experience, and to give human expression to that eternal Self. Unlike that Self, our human mind and body are not permanent. Our human body and mind changes, is shaped and impacted by our environment, circumstances, conditions and a variety of influences. The human mind and body deteriorates, is susceptible to illness and disease, and eventually stops functioning. Ultimately, we all die. This is part of the deal with respect to being human.

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Think New

What is the message of Jesus? Did he want to start a new religion? I don’t think so. Did he want people to go to church every week and worship the God of the Old Testament? (as per the Jewish religion?) I don’t think so.

Did you know that Jesus never asked anyone to worship him? In many ways Orthodox western Christianity is a rehashed version of Roman Catholicism that it was supposed to have improved upon. It still teaches about a ‘god’ that apparently ‘loves’ us yet will abandon us for eternity if we don’t accept him in this life.

Jesus was the end of religion in the sense that religion is mankind trying to make it’s way to God or the Gods. The message of the gospel (good news) is encapsulated in the Greek word ‘metanoia’ – to think new.

Unfortunately the word metanoia is translated in the bible as ‘repent’. Religious people like to take a moral viewpoint in our understanding of the bible, this is what’s the religious leaders did to Jesus, they accused him of hanging around the people they liked to call “sinners”. I think that the sin we need to “repent”of is seeing ourselves as being separated from God and each other.

‘Think new’ in respect to the God of the universe. The living God is not some Zeus-like character in outer space somewhere. I’m an atheist to that insecure god who burns the ones that reject him. The living God lives in the soul and fabric of every human being.

Jesus said we are Gods (John 10:34), he said God is in each one of us. ‘Think new’ in relation to the idea that we are separated from God and each other. We are all one. Because of quantum physics we now know that this is true physically. I think it is also true spiritually. Nikola Tesla said: “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms if energy, frequency and vibration.

Maybe there really is a true living God, and maybe, just maybe he lives in the fabric of the smallest sub atomic particle. Think about it. If the world can grasp hold of the message of non separation then problems such as we have in Gaza and the Ukraine will disappear.

Think new people.

On being alive

Originally posted on Jim Palmer:

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Alan Wilson Watts wrote, “The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.” We have difficulty comprehending and accepting these words, which is symptomatic of our woefully inadequate view of what life is.

Religion often doesn’t help the matter by focusing out attention on the afterlife, and more or less implying that attachment to the herelife is “worldly,” “ungodly,” and “sinful.” Religion’s apocalyptic view of the world’s end reinforces this further. Why bother if it’s all going up in smoke and flames anyway?

I find it interesting that Christianity puts tremendous emphasis on the birth of Jesus and his death/resurrection, and misses what happened in between… umm… like… his life! Joseph Campbell said, “We save the world by being alive…

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