Benefits of Atheism. Part 2

atheist-sign.jpg     I am going to presume you have read the first installment of this topic (below), if you have not then may I suggest you read that before this one other wise this one may not make total sense. A quote from the same Atheistic book that I referred to in the first article states that; ‘If one person is delusional, they call it insanity, when a multitude of people have the same delusion as each other its  called a religion,” an interesting thought. My question is however; “Which is the delusion? To think there is a higher power out there greater than you or to believe that you are it? 

Okay, let’s get into the next two benefits, firstly; The Spiritual Connection. It is a proven scientific fact that we are more than just a physical body. At the very least we are energy. I believe, together with the majority of humans on this planet that we are not only physical we are also Spiritual. I would take it further than that and would say we are more spiritual than physical. The majority of the religions around the world worship spiritual beings. I agree that does not necessary make them right, but there are so many evidence of the Spiritual realm in one form or another. Whether it be, ghosts or life after death experiences or ……  Well I have personally facilitated 100’s of people getting ‘born again”. i.e. getting connected spiritually. I have watched with my own eyes on numerous occasions the effect that that spiritual connection, that spiritual ‘plugging in’ has had on people, often instant and tangible, sometimes overtime. Yes it could be auto suggestion, it could be a mass delusion, but boy is it life changing or at least it can be if taken advantage of.  

There is a big spiritual world out there far more powerful and amazing that this old physical world. It’s a lot less limiting; a lot more empowering, enabling, even encouraging than the one we can touch. It’s a big benefit, don’t take it for granted, don’t deny the power thereof.  Perceive it, investigate it, and pursue it. In the bible Paul prays that the Ephesians would come to know the immeasurable, unlimited power that’s available to those who believe. Make sure that the eyes of your heart are opened to that spiritual power. 

Okay, benefit number four (of the series) is: Moral Absolutes. Us peoples are desperately in need of moral absolutes. Moral absolute of course are pretty much based on the Ten Commandments; Thow shalt not kill, etcetera. If you don’t have absolutes, if you are no anchored morally, anyone can move the goal posts, anytime it suits them. I was once explaining this to a friend and used adultery as an example. He stated that he did not need to be religious to know that that was wrong and he would never do such a thing. Six months later, he met a young lay that gave him some attention and shortly thereafter after spending all his family’s joint savings and investments left his wife. Now I know that Christians do that too, it’s just that they know sooner that they are crossing the line and in fact it stops many from doing so. The problem is that if we are not sure where the line is drawn, we can step over it or move it anytime we like.

fetus1.jpg   Let’s look at some examples of the line being fudged. The most glaring is abortion. In order to get around the “thow shalt no kill” rule. We move the “when life begins” line. The homosexual issue is a sensitive one; it should be pretty obvious that it’s wrong. I mean if we all became homosexuals there would be no one left to make babies. (over simplification, maybe but true) I have always wondered who decided that rape is wrong. To millions of Christians it’s obviously wrong, but to those who believe in abortion and homosexuality? Well in fact most of them think it wrong too. Murder’s okay, rape is wrong; a clear moral ambiguity, of goalpost moving!                                                                                                                                   I always think someone bigger than me needs to set those type of rules, hence my support of moral absolutes.  

The other spin-off of this is, having all these bible believing peoples around trying to lay down the law and keeping people from sinning, helps to keep the world from degenerating totally. The fact that they are trying to be “the salt of the earth” is pretty much all that keeps this world of ours from going completely bad. It’s a major benefit to the world and they surely don’t appreciate it. 

Micro-cosmic Global Village

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If we could shrink the earth’s population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look something like the following:
There would be 57 Asians
21 Europeans
14 from the Western Hemisphere, north & south

8 Africans
52 would be female
48 would be male
70 would be non-white
30 would be white
70 would be non-Christian
30 would be Christian
89 would be heterosexual
11 would be homosexual
6 people would possess 59% of the entire world’s wealth, and all 6 would be from the United States
80 would live in substandard housing
70 would be unable to read
50 would suffer from malnutrition
1 would be near death
1 would be near birth
1 (yes, only 1) would have a college education
1 would own a computer
When one considers our world from such a compressed perspective, the need for acceptance, understanding and education becomes glaringly apparent.
The following is also something to ponder:
If you woke up this morning with more health than illness then you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.
If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation then you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.
If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death then you are more blessed than three billion people in the world.
If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep then you are richer than 75% of this world!

Work like you don’t need the money, love like you’ve never been hurt, dance like nobody’s watching, sing like nobody’s listening, live like it’s Heaven on Earth.

Springboks win the 2007 Rugby World Cup!

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That’s what the headline says and that’s the truth! J What makes this victory so much more exciting for me is that the Law of Attraction played a significant part in the winning.

John Smit said that the first thing that Jake White said to his team when he met them  4 years ago, was that “they would be lifting the Webb Ellis trophy in October 2007” and they did! Wow!

They did just that. White started attracting that accolade four years ago. It’s a very interesting journey that I don’t have privy too, but the results of there positive thinking and all that goes with it are being celebrated all around the world today. They had one goal in mind, one vision, one purpose and they worked towards it, single mindedly and systematically. 

I heard a couple of weeks ago that the Boks were employing “the Secret” as a tool in the pursuit of this particular prize. While I do no have actual proof that that is true, I am pretty sure that it is. You could hear it in their speech, they talk the correct way. “They (the team)are just concentrating on ‘the now’” I heard Victor Matfield say. That type of talk comes from the fact that you can’t do anything tomorrow, you can only do what you are doing now well, just as I am writing this now, and you are reading it now. I can’t write this at 3 o’clock yesterday now, I can only write it ‘now’ now. Anyway, moving on; another player, I believe it was John, the Captain, said that just before he left, his wife presented him with a Vision Board that she had compiled, of the winning moments – lifting the cup, the fireworks and the celebrations. He related that he had looked at that Vision Board everyday and had lived the joyous occasion over and over in his mind before it actually happened.

That reminds me of the often related story of Walt Disney; someone said to his recently widowed wife on completion of the first Disneyworld, that; “it was a pity that Walt wasn’t there to see it.” Her reply is a lesson for all of us, she quipped; “Oh no don’t worry, he saw this long before we ever did” Meaning that he dreamed it and lived it, long before it came into being. As Bob Doyle in ‘The Secret’ says: “Thoughts become things” Whether we are creating Disneyland, Winning the world cup or becoming “National salesman of the year” (as one of my clients is starting to consider possible) thoughts become things.

What’s very interesting to me is that they had the Vision – they knew they were going to win, but they did not sit back and wait for it to happen. They planned, strategized, trained, work-shopped , practiced and did everything in their power to make sure that they were ready for it to happen. There’s a major lesson there: You can’t always just plant the seed and leave it, sometimes (more often that not) there is work to be done.  If you want your business to grow – you have to manage and lead well, hire and fire the right people if necessary.  If you want to be a specific weight – you must eat correctly and exercise enough. Winston Churchill said: ‘’Doing your best is not good enough, you have to do what you have to do”

One of the things that the Springboks had to do was believe that the Law of Attraction actually works and then they had to go out there and make it happen! And so they did! J

 webb_ellis.jpgEpilogue:

The trophy was named after the boy, William Webb Ellis, who pick up the football in Rugby and started running with it. The first team to win the world cup 3 times will keep the Webb Ellis Cup permanently. Is South Africa gonna attract/win it again and keep it? Well that’s entirely up to them, isn’t it? J

     

Attitudes control our lives

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“Our attitudes control our lives. Attitudes are a secret power working 24 hours a day, for good or bad. It is of paramount importance that we know how to harness and control this great force” – Tom Blandi.

The Law of Attraction (The Secret) says that:  “We attract what we think about most.”  The bible says:  “As a man thinketh so is he”  and as you can see from the quote above from Tom Blandi, a 1907 French Author, our attitudes control our lives. I agree completely with Tom when he says; “is is of paramount importance that we know how to harness and control this great force” Well the most basic way of harnessing and controlling this great force is to ensure that we always – as much as you possibly can, have an attitude of gratitude.                               If you are attracting what you think about (and you definitely are) then you want to attract good things. We want to attract as much positive stuff as possible. So it follows that the more you are positive about stuff the more positive stuff you will attract. Its not rocket science, but we do to realize the truth of it and make sure it is working for us in our lives. If we want more good stuff than the bad, make sure we spend more time thinking about good positive things. Make sure you are consciously grateful about all the good things that are going on in your life. Look for things to be grateful for. Celebrate the nice things. That way you will get more of it. Does that make sense?    images-miscellaneous-2006-eye-700x7001.jpg There is so much to be grateful for; life, sight, breath, electricity (most of the time), good rugby! J  If you spend most of your time being miserable or depressed you will get more and more things to be miserable and depressed about. So how do you change if you need to?                                                                                          Well firstly you decided to change, decide that from not on you are a positive person and be one. It’s that simple, be one. Make lists of why you like your job, why you like your spouse, why you are grateful for this or that, make lists and keep reading them over and over. Be grateful, emotionally grateful, for as much as you possible can, maintain an attitude of gratitude and more and more things to be grateful for will come your way!   

The Benefits of Atheism.

 Subtitled:  “Why I chose Christianity”

To be honest with you I’m not sure that there are any real benefits to being an Atheist. I recently read in a summary of the book; “The God Delusion” on Atheism, that atheists are higher up the food chain than religious people, because they don’t need a God. That may well be, who am I to argue, but it led me to thinking about this “benefits” idea. Well, it was the fact that I have a coaching client who is a declared atheist that really got me started, but the comment s I read made me want to write my thoughts down.

Those thoughts are; “that Atheism has very few benefits, but Christianity, on the other hand, has plenty.”

Before I continue, perhaps I need to warn you that this dissertation is going to be too long for one blog article. In fact I believe it has the makings of my first e-book and possibly my first published work. {What do you think Timothy? (Timothy is my precious son-in-law and future Publisher J)]

As I say, its going to be too long, it might even be divided up into 5 or more parts.

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To get back to my point, which is that not with standing the theological benefits that any Christian, especially the newly involved ones, will be only to happy and sometimes rather insistent on telling anyone that  is willing to listen, there are also intrinsic benefits. People arguing against Christianity have often accusingly called it a “crutch” to which I have always readily agreed. But its much more than that, there is a whole list of benefits that have come to light after some meditation on the issue.

Just one more thing before I list and elaborate on the first to of them and that it that this particular article is a Roy Heeley original. Some of the stuff I will be writing will be a paraphrase or a re-writ e of something I read, but this one comes from me. J

 

Okay let’s get right to it: The first benefit of Christianity (in no particular order) is that it gives us a Benefactor. That’s right it gives us a big, generous, loving entity, up there in the sky somewhere that some people call Father. I mean it’s so good to believe that there is someone away from this corrupt world, someone who believes in us and wants us to thrive, prosper and succeed. Otherwise we have to make our way through this world all on our lonesome. (Literally) Yes I certainly enjoy having a Daddy in the sky that I can enjoy, communicate and even fellowship with. That I can look to for help and comfort in times of troubles as well someone to thank in times of gratitude. I have a benefactor!

 

Secondly, Wisdom! If you right of the bible or denounce it as poppy cock, you immediately cut yourself off from an inordinate amount of wisdom. The bible has instruction and guidance on every conceivable issue, from raising children to raising buildings. There are insights on living, loving, relationships and there’s even guidelines how to deal with the laws of the universe (including the law of attraction). I would highly recommend to atheists or anyone for that matter that even if they cut themselves off from a loving heavenly Father they should not abandon the abundant wisdom found in this book. Yes some of the stories are hard to swallow, but it’s a very strange world we live in (Master Jack) and this book makes very interesting reading.

I have two very interesting benefits in the next installment, can I suggest you bookmark my blog

so that you can visit it regularly. Feel free to drop me a line if you have comments or thought s on this or any subject.

Once in a lullabye

After putting Paul Potts on my blog, (I suggest you watch the video below before this one) I could not resist this young lady.  She is so cute and so talented! Wow!

Your dreams can come true too, all you have to do is find a bit of self-belief, take courage and in this case take care of number one, as the movie, The Wizard of Oz, the original movie in which this song was sung, depicts.

I am sure you will enjoy this very young lady!

 

 

 

 

 

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Amazing Talent

You may note that this amazing singer, says he struggles with self confidence, you will ask yourself with a voice like that how can you possibly not know you are good.

After you have watched the video, please go on to read my comments below. If your bandwith is to slow, let it first stream down with the sound off and then replay it. If it’s still too slow, may I suggest that you find a faster connection and watch it there, its worth it.

Paul Potts went on to win the competition, the hearts of the British public and he will be winning many hearts around the world. Enjoy!

Well! what amazing talent are you hiding or suppressing? It doesn’t have to be singing, it could be cooking or dress-making, teaching or leading. Whatever it is don’t under-estimate yourself like Paul did. It time to get your talent out, dust it off and win the world. Start today!