As I wander about in my life, I am starting to realize that there are two different paths to take. One is to “follow God’s will or plan” and the other is to set a course for yourself.
They both have merit. The God’s plan is often referred to in Holy books such as the Bible, the Koran, etc. Setting your own course is more new age, affirmations, vision boards, etc.
Do they conflict? For sure. In my experience, I have kind of tried both, with a big leaning towards being God led. So, first some thoughts there.
I am not slagging the Bible or the Koran, but it all depends on how you read it. Essentially, we are told by various authors that we need to follow certain rules. If we do, we will be rewarded. If we don’t, bad things will happen, with an eternity of torture in Hell to boot. So…the bible/koran claims God gave us free will to choose and then this loving God will torture us eternally if we choose wrongly? That we must figure out the mind of God amid all of the conflicting teachings does not seem reasonable!
And, of course, the conflicting teachings were written and copied numerous times, and became “gospel truth” when, really, it should have been examined much more thoroughly.
For example. Paul, writing about “our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against powers and principalities…” Wow. Sure sounds to me like Paul was saying, don’t rise up against the Roman oppressors, or any kings for that matter, no matter how tyrannical, because they are not the real enemy anyway.”
Now I think Paul was right in the sense that those in power (even today) are being influenced by negative forces. But shouldn’t we be rising up against this influence, opposing the evil in the world? How else can we evolve? Who wins by not rising up?
In my last post, I said about a new yardstick to measure the teachings. Anything that brings more truth, more knowledge, and a growing closer to God is divine in inspiration. Anything that adds fear, doubt, anger, etc. is not.
It brought me peace. And now to apply it. For years and years I have been spinning my wheels, waiting for some kind of divine inspiration, guidance, for what to do. No real plan, vision board, etc. Now I think that was a mistake.
Make a plan, set goals, BUT with our Creator in mind. I think, in hindsight, it is far better to set goals, write them down, work at them, as long as the goals are aiming towards divinity and not the ego/self/evil.
Sounds obvious, but rarely done, in my opinion. I know far too many people who got rich by directly ripping people off, lying, manipulation. It seems that is the only way to get ahead in this evil world. If it is, I choose NOT to become rich, but…hopefully rich in spirit.