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Hell? Are You Going There?

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“Hell? Are You Going There?” “Heaven or Hell…Which?” “Are You Saved? Only the Saved Go to Heaven!” “Have You Heard of the 4 Spiritual Laws?” Those were the cliches’ I often heard…heck, I even used them…when, at one time in […]

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The Stuff I Was Raised to Believe and What I Believe Today – Part One

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Like many of you reading this, I was raised to believe many religious things. Much of that stuff, however, I no longer believe today. Make no mistake, I’m still a believer. And, what I believe today is very important to […]

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Hell No, I Do Not Believe in Hell

posted by smcswain

I think I have finally decided that to believe in hell, as I once did, is really the admission that Love does not exist in you. How could it? HELL? HELL NO! Just imagine. You’re in the imaginary heaven (I […]

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You Are What You Seek

posted by smcswain

Or, so said Saint Francis. Rumi, the Sufi poet put it slightly differently, “What you seek is seeking you.” And, Jesus said, “Seek first the Kingdom.” So, what is the Kingdom? It is not the Church. Not heaven either. Are you […]

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What’s Wrong with Much of Organized Christianity Today?

posted by smcswain

J. S. Spong says this: 1. God is still envisioned as a “being” supernatural in power, dwelling somewhere external to this world, usually depicted as “above the sky.” 2. Prayer is largely an effort to manipulate God to conform to […]

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What about Heaven or Hell?

posted by smcswain

I was re-reading this morning Richard Rohr’s book Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life. Haven’t read it? I suggest you do. On Heaven? Here are some of his words… “When you do not know who you are, you […]

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Is There Really a Heaven or Hell?…

posted by smcswain

I suppose.  If you need them. But here’s another consideration. In Falling Upward, Father Richard Rohr writes… “When you do not know who you are, you push all enlightenment off into a possible future reward and punishment system, within which […]

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Near Death Experiences…Heaven? Hell?

posted by smcswain

NDE – Near Death Experiences. Heaven. Hell. Questions about whether there is actually life beyond the grave invite such debate.  Immense emotion, too. Express doubt about whether there is a heaven and you’d better be prepared for the barrage of […]

On the Pathway…But, to Where?

posted by smcswain

On the Pathway…But, To Where? It’s today’s buzzword, isn’t it? Pathway…Journey…People speak quite frequently these days about being on the path…or, on the journey. But, to where? For some Christians, it is a journey to heaven. Really? Is that the […]

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Hell? Are You Going There?
"Hell? Are You Going There?" "Heaven or Hell...Which?" "Are You Saved? Only the Saved Go to Heaven!" "Have You Heard of the 4 Spiritual Laws?" Those were the cliches' I often heard...heck, I even used them...when, at one time in my young ...

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