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Casting Art to the Net

Art is a celebration of God's gifts 

Prologue:

My website's commercial free and crafted towards ages 12 and up. Some content is not suitable for young children.

 

This sociocultural art based self-portrait website's five page intent and purpose is to answer my daughter's request for a little "dad" history plus entertain and encourage everyone else that visits in some good way. 
 

It’s a work in progress!

 

Please feel free to share any and all of this website with others as long as you keep sharing it for free.

 

This is not my life story, but it's close. I make every effort to relay a positive attitude in sharing my experience, work and hope.

 

I respect your time so I've done my best to keep my website entries brief and to the point.

 

In my art, humor and motorcycle adventures, I'm sharing pieces I hope you find fun, intriguing and aesthetically pleasing!

 

In my writings and art about mental illness, I'm sharing my own personal experiences. I hope it helps shed light on a typically dark subject.

 

In my writings and art about religion I'm sharing my own personal view. Yours may be different, so I hope you're not offended but intrigued.

 

Ed (Bear)

I love and respect bears. By and large, they are powerful and gentle creatures. Their demeanor is usually quiet, steadfast and to the point. As with most wild animals, they typically mind their own business and try to keep away from humans. Which makes them smarter than dogs and cats. But if they lose their fear of humans because of readily available food, they most often end up being euthanized. So please don't feed the bears!

Ed's Art Net Started

September 28, 2007

Hint: Underline text is a Hyperlink

Latest Additions

May 19, 2022

Unique

May 15, 2022

Foundation

May 13, 2022

Mickey Mouse

April 17, 2022

Back to Work

April 8, 2022

It’s Okay to Cry

Latest Updates

May 22, 2022

Loving Ourself

May 21, 2022

Foundation

May 21, 2022

Culture Comments

May 14, 2022

Coloring the Trinity

April 27, 2022

AllSpark

April 19, 2022

Peyt

April 19, 2022

The Darkside

Endorsments:

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Page contents:

Credits:

Most of all, thanks to God who deserves ALL the credit!
 

Thanks to my family for the help with spelling and grammar. But mostly for being family!

 

Thanks to everyone for the life lessons, love and patient understanding!

The truest True lives inside each one of us!

Glory belongs to God!

Epilogue:

Thank you for visiting and sharing Ed's Art Net!

Artists finish their work ~ An audience completes it!

Casting Art to the Net

Revelations

We are all without excuse...

God is not small.
 
Revelations of God are found in Scripture and Nature through our mind and spirit. God constantly communicates with each one of us. But many of us have a propensity toward not always properly listening.
 
It takes spending time seeking God's messaging and allowing Him to be the boss!
 
The more intently we seek knowledge and a relationship, the closer we become with our Creator. You know you are listening when you realize that you're being disciplined as you sense God's undying love. see Revelation 3:19   see Jeremiah 31:33

Bible

The Bible teaches and inspires us as God’s inerrant Word. But could the humans that assembled the Bible canon ever have been wrong about certain writings?
 
Some say that if ANY part of the Bible is in error then the entire Bible is invalid. That is irrational thinking. God did not PHYSICALLY write the Bible... inspired humans did. God "breathes" on everyone that loves and seeks Him!
 
God’s spiritual messaging outshines any and all of the, other than Christ, human involved Bible attributes. see Luke 8:21

Nature

For those that love God, His Spirit radiates inside us when we experience a beach sunrise, star filled night sky, love of a friendly neighbor or anything else good that we enjoy.
 
We see the Universe as God’s created wonderful miracle. And since we love God, we easily feel His love in return as we interact with Him and His Creation.
 
The more intently we seek God, the easier it is to communicate with Him mentally and spiritually through the physical universe and spiritual world. see Romans 1:20

Spirit

God is not separate from what He created.
 
God Spirit lives inside each one of us. We get to choose whether or not to communicate with Him. God waits with benevolent patience for us to seek His help. We all need His help.
 
Without God we are lost individuals falling prey to Satan’s deadly schemes.
 
Satan does his job all too well... but God is always available to help us overcome the Devil’s influence.
 
It’s God’s good and perfect plan for our soul to reach Heaven. It’s Satan’s plan that our soul dies. see 1 Corinthians 3:16

The Three

The Voice

If you’re anything like me, you have always had three voices in your head. These voices challenge, guide, and console you. These three voices are your lifelong inner companions. 

First and foremost, is your consoling “self” voice. The one you control and are responsible for. This “self” inner voice communicates with the other two inner voices. “Self” serves as judge and jury for your conscious and decides how well you feel. How you feel about yourself depends on which of the two other voices that you “listen” to.

Which brings us to voice number two. At some point, all of us struggle with this creature. Voice two is a little bit annoyingly aggressively intimidating or a lot intimidating depending on how your “self” deals with this particularly challenging inner voice. Voice two is evil and encourages you to do bad things. Like ignore someone or some creature who needs your help. Take that something that doesn't belong to you. Purposely break a window. Harm yourself or someone else. Or try to convince your “self” that you don’t need that third inner voice. Voice "two" is your enemy.

Which brings us to the third and most incredible voice. Incredible because of voice three’s wonderfully delightful and powerful techniques of communication. Voice three is benignly patient and listens more than talks because He can get His point across in many simple and subtle ways. Voice "three" is your guiding friend.

 

Voice number one, your “self” voice, is your most important voice because it's the real YOU. Your behavior reveals your “self”. And indicates whether you follow "two", the Devil’s aggression or "three", God’s good, pleasing and perfect will. 
 
You cannot blame your behavior on the Devil, or on God. Your “self” is controlled by YOU and not anyone else. Your own inner “self” voice is the ultimate decision maker in how you behave.
 
With mental illnesses, your "self" must seek out and allow others to help when you feel control slipping away. Otherwise, voice "two", your enemy, wins.
 
Voice "three" is your own personal supernatural, superhelper, superfriend. And you share Him with everyone else. His power has no boundaries and He helps you directly plus through the work of many others and by many different means. You listen most to Him because you know He loves you. "Three" is your multidimensional best friend who happens to create universes.
The Yoke
Jesus tells us in the Bible that His yoke is easy. He doesn't lie. Following Christ with our personally designated plow involves doing three simple things that revolve around love. If we genuinely love God, others and ourselves, we will live with Him in Heaven.
 
Yes, there's a requirement to enter Heaven. And it doesn't matter if you're Christian, Buddhist or Whatever... it's simply not difficult to do!

Works in Progress

The Bible teaches us that we should not expect to be perfect, but we can improve and we can love! 

 
There are three essential requirements for living a healthy spiritual life; love God, love others and love yourself. see Matthew 22:37-40

Across our planet, relating to a deity takes on many different belief “details”. And while each of us grow uniquely throughout life as individuals, no matter where we live or what we believe, the spiritual bottom line is that human behaviors follow familiar good and bad patterns.

Our three part attitude determines our spiritual altitude.
 
1. Loving God 

Loving God is easy, especially when we try and take in all of Creation. There are so many wonderful things that populate our universe. If you love a sunrise, sunset, star filled night, trees, flowers, mountains, rivers, animals... you are loving God.
 
If we’re spiritually healthy, it’s impossible to not be grateful and humbled by our beautiful surroundings. How could the natural world exist without a miraculous Designer.
 
Perceiving a loving Creator gives us a sense of well-being and purpose.
 
2. Loving others

Loving people is easy with some, but not so easy with others.
 
If someone helps a weak elderly lady across the street, then we can easily love the “Good Samaritan” for that.
 
But if someone viciously knocks her down, then how can we love the perpetrator for that? The perpetrator desperately needs repentance.
 
God simply means for us to help others. Which is spiritually rewardingly easy when we do.
 
3. Loving ourself

Loving oneself is easy if we follow God’s will. But loving oneself is difficult if we continually focus on our mistakes. 
 
God gives us all the help we need when we follow Christ’s teachings. Doing our best to think and act in Christ's example leads us into forgiving and loving ourselves.
 
Loving God and others helps us to love ourself.

Works
 
Evil is readily identifiable when it’s self-serving and harms others. Evil can also be subtle. None of us can justify dictating thoughts to others. And loving others doesn’t mean giving up our ability to defend ourselves. Defending ourself and others against evil is an act of love.
 
Satan's power wanders freely to and fro across the planet. Be discerning of yourself and others' motives and counter evil's tactics with love. 
 

Everyone has issues of some sort. You’re not alive if you don’t face problems.
 

Many of our own problems go inwardly unnoticed if our thinking stems from self righteousness or self loathing. If we believe that we are superior or inferior to any others, we fail God’s will for our behavior.
 

We are all equal in God's eyes. And we are ALL works in progress.

Fire and Brimstone

When I was a child my parents wanted me to learn about Jesus so they took me to church and enrolled me in Sunday School at Concord Baptist Church in Mableton, Georgia. They also took me to hear the Sunday sermons.

 

Preacher Davis wore glasses and was a heavy set man with thinning greyish white hair that he oiled and combed straight back. He rendered fire and brimstone style sermons. He would shout, scream and sweat profusely at the pulpit while delivering his messages. He always had a handkerchief nearby.

When Preacher Davis preached about Hell, he was especially fiery. He preached that we must be saved or else burn for eternity. So when he invited the congregation to come down the aisle to be saved. I quickly did so without fully understanding. All I knew was that I did not want to endure that much pain for a second let alone eternity. 

 

I know Preacher Davis meant well. And I’m not even sure that I’m remembering what he said accurately. But at the time, I got the impression that I was safe from burning in Hell through baptism.

 

Job 32:8

A number of years later, after seeking God on my own and actually studying the Bible, I came to the conclusion that God would not burn any one of his creations for an eternity. And that my heart and behavior determine my soul's state in the afterlife.

 

The Bible teaches that we need three things to enter Heaven. If we fail those three things we will enter Hell and die a second time. We won’t be with God and we will end up dead for eternity.

 

I can see the Devil taking delight in torture but not God. But I do not fully understand God and I'm not expected to. I am expected to follow His three most important commands.

Praying

I am not comfortable praying out loud around other people. Prayer is personal and private between the Holy Father in Heaven and me. I’ve prayed out loud with friends and acquaintances but always felt praying out loud was not praying directly to God. I feel that praying out loud among other people is a prayer partially to them and not intimately focused to God.
 
I believe from what I reckon in my Bible study that each one of us is supposed to pray alone and individually to the Holy Father. God knows we all have different thoughts and needs. He wants an individual and private relationship with each one of us.
 
My prayers fit me and your prayers fit you. We can pray for whoever and whatever we want in private. We all want to pray for our own loved ones! And I expect we would all love to see the world made a better place! Each one of us have our own unique thoughts to communicate to the Father.
 
The Bible teaches us how to pray. Jesus gives us a basic outline for prayer in Matthew 6.
 
Our loving incredible God is available to everyone at any time and is completely aware of our innermost thoughts.

Light in Darkness

"There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.1 John 4:18 NIV

Good ultimately prevails over evil...

darkness seeps... 

only 'til light casts it back to the deep

We Need God

If we reject God, we are spiritually alone and left with only our own designs and conclusions to deal with Satan. We're no match by ourselves against the Devil. Without God we have to explain away our world so that the universe conforms to our man made rules... And without God our rules are imperfect leaving us with an artificial sense of purpose or no sense of purpose at all. Without God we become our own flawed god and remove ourselves from the great goodness and reward that comes from seeking a relationship with our Creator. see Hebrews 11:6
 

Without God we fall prey to Satan, easily hating and raising ourselves above others since we perceive ourself to be the highest authority. We need God because we cannot grow properly without Him. Without God we are like lost or spoiled children living without supervision pretending to successfully fend for ourselves. see Ezekiel 5:10

 

We need God so we can more readily overcome evil. All of us need God's love! We need God because without Him we become self-righteous. Even us good intentioned Christians can act with self-righteousness by uninvitedly imposing our own belief doctrine onto non-Christians. We need God's Word to guide us into properly loving others to celebrate that we are all uniquely different. see 1 Peter 3:15

 

God Loves Us

 

God communicates with everyone and everything at the same time without blinking an "eye"... which is mind boggling to us... but must be routine for Him. I love God with all my being. It's the easiest thing I do. When you know God, you will agree! Knowing God means that you realize He is beyond our understanding and treasures us when we reach out for Him. see Job 37:5   see Malachi 3:17
 

God disciplines us when we seek Him and listen. Listening is not always easy. When we're actually able to pay attention, we sense unimaginable compassion for each one of us. He let’s us know that He loves us deeply and He does so in many different ways! If we look for God's messaging, we will find Him throughout Creation. see 1 John 4:16

 

 

Light Prevails

 

Problems we face usually work out for the good, even the difficult ones when we persevere. Jesus tells us not to worry about our lives. see Matthew 6:25-34 I know that's a tall order but trusting in His goodness and light is what He wants us to do, especially in trying times. Not all of us are equipped to battle evil at the same level, but all of us can trust in God... Evil can win a battle but it cannot win a war... In time, and most definitely at the end of time, goodness and light will prevail. see Revelation 21:1-8

Warriors

Each one of us has a God given purpose. Some are called for battle. Some are called for teaching or healing. Many are called just to be a good neighbor. see Romans 15:2

 

Our military, firefighters and law enforcement warriors are following a high calling. They too often lose their mortal lives, limbs or mental faculties in pursuit of peace, respect, safety and security for the rest of us.

 

Warriors battling for good should never be taken for granted. The good neighbor warriors that lift us up, the distribution warriors that supply us with sustaining goods, the environment warriors that manage our waste, the media warriors that keep us informed of the truth, the teaching and healing warriors that help us grow and heal, the political warriors that honor the people and especially the military, fire and policing security warriors that physically protect us from evil's many selfish schemes.
 

Our good and purpose driven warriors deserve far more reward from us than what they typically get. It's regrettable that we tend to hold various performing artists of stage, screen and sports in higher esteem, especially financially. That tendency is a sad reflection of our culture. We are more focused on entertainment than we are enlightenment and well-being.
 

This cultural trend may not end until God's children reach Heaven. This old Earth is a fallen world where wide and well traveled is the road to destruction.

The Road

"I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." Romans 12:1-2 ESV

Perspective, Path and Purpose...

We are all traveling a spiritual journey. We are constantly making "steering wheel" decisions. Our final destination is indicated by our interaction with others which is a reflection of our relationship with God.

see Matthew 7

The Road Ahead

Blue Ridge Parkway

In the above BRP photo, we are heading north. North is up. Up is toward Heaven. I can see the shape of a cross in a tree that’s up and around the bend on the horizon. I enjoy finding subtle messages from God like that. It’s affirmation for me because that’s what I choose to see. It's my imagination, faith and God's Spirit that enables me. see 1 Corinthians 1:18

Pareidolia

 

I see God reflected in everything. Also in the above BRP photo, the reflection of the sun on the camera lens is another pareidolia that I choose to see... God explains to us in His Word and when we study the intricacies of life and the universe that He is beyond our understanding. God seeks us when we seek Him. And when we seek Him, He rewards us infinite times over what we typically deserve... I see the sun reflecting on the lens (apparently pointing at the pareidolia tree forming a cross) as God beaming with pride in His Son Jesus Christ (God in human form) who died on the cross as spiritual payment for OUR sins. see John 3:35-36

Rapture 

 

God in Christ Jesus sacrificed His human mortal life so that we would be able to live in His holy presence. see John 11:25 This will physically happen for those of us who are still living our mortal life when Jesus returns for the second time after His resurrection (the Rapture). see Thessalonians 4:17 God's home will be among us. We will live eternally in His holy presence without pain or sorrow and all things will be new. see Isaiah 65:17 Those that had already passed will have been with God in Heaven "waiting" for us. Heaven is outside our space time dimension as evidenced by Christ's appearance inside a locked room after His resurrection. see John 20:19

Road to Death

 
Living with Christ in our heart is rewarding beyond words, but this life is not without challenges. This world is not Heaven. We battle evil every step of our mortal way. God’s good and perfect plan for us after our individual time based life is to overcome death. But the road to destruction is well traveled. If we succumb to Satan's influence and fail to seek God, we face the second death instead of Heaven.

Road to Life

 

If we repent, we can overcome the second death by seeking a relationship with God. see Luke 23:38-43 I recommend beginning with the Bible book of Job. Some Bible scholars believe Job is the oldest writing in Scripture. Job teaches us a fine lesson in humility, which is a good preparatory introduction into meeting with God. If you want to find God, you will... and you'll be amazed by how loving and receptive He is and at how prominent He is reflected in everything. Just remember that God's love includes His discipline... evil will not enter Heaven. see Matthew 7:21  see 1 John 4:16

The Road Behind

Jesus replied, "No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.Luke 9:62 NIV

I would love to know more about the writers of Scripture. I expect they would be fascinating people to meet. Much of the Old Testament prophet Isaiah's writing is beautifully and emotionally charged. John had a special relationship with Christ. James grew up with Jesus and although she probably didn't write about it, Mary would most certainly have more stories to tell about Jesus's childhood. I'm looking forward with hope to living outside time constraints.

Faith in God means we shouldn’t worry and that we should keep a positive eye on the future.

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." John 14:27 NIV

The Road We Travel

The Right Path

God commands us to treat each other how we want to be treated. We ALL are God's family!
see James 1:19

Free Will 

 

God gave each one of us independent thought. We can choose to be inspired by the abundant miracles in life we encounter or we can pick our inspiration from a perceived single endpoint of death... everything points from and to nothing. If we choose death as an end, we won’t mind lying, cheating and disrespecting others. That destructive road is well traveled. see Matthew 7:13
 

But if we choose to focus on life, then we will want to respect others and take inspiration from even the "simplest" things that God has provided. The living road leads to God’s good and perfect plan for us to meet Him in His loving and peaceful presence... for the rest of eternity.

Then Job replied to the LORD: “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted. You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know. “You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you shall answer me.’ My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.” Job 42:1-6 NIV

The Road Ends

Revelations

 

God teaches us how to behave through the writers of Scripture. i.e., see Matthew chapters 5, 6 and 7 God also tells us that He loves us through Scripture (see 1 John 4:16) and His love is also revealed to us by the world we live in. God's signature "fingerprints" are everywhere. So we are without excuse. see Romans 1:20 He explains through Scripture (see Job 36:26) and we learn through our own scientific study that we cannot fully understand Him nor can we explain life's intricately designed detail without Him. see Job 37:5

 

End of the Road

 

God lovingly teaches us how we can die or else live renewed in His truth, beauty and goodness for eternity. see Galatians 6:8 No one but God the Father knows when this world will end. see Mark 13:32-33 He has always known... He knows EVERYTHING! We do well to listen.
 

When we listen, we realize that God works everything out in His good and final earthly purpose. see Revelation 21:1-8

A Matter of Color

"My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry." James 1:19 NIV

Color is a Blessing

Thank God our universe is not just black and white... what a bore that would be. — Unless we didn’t know anything about color. I suppose that if God wanted to, He could have made us all blind to color. But that limits our potential.

 
God gave us the ability to see a wide spectrum of color AND the ability to figure out how to see beyond what’s naturally visible to humans with machines that detect what our eyes cannot. Infrared, X-ray, radar, magnetic resonance imaging and sonar are some good examples. Those machines allow us to see deeper into the incredible universe around us. We gain insight from those marvelous beyond color inventions enabling us to better understand the workings of us and our surroundings. 
 
God in his infinite wisdom created the potential for us humans to develop individually even to the point of our skin color. We are a single race currently consisting of billions of unique individuals! We are the human race. God commands us to treat our fellow humans the way that we ourselves want to be treated. That message is at the center of our relationship with Christ Jesus when we seek God’s help. How we treat our neighbors is reflective of our relationship with God. 
 
If our relationship is more with Satan, then we will not love and respect our neighbors. And we will use color as a weapon of division and hate. God wants us to seek Him and shun the Devil. Satan wants us to die. Hating me for example, because I’m not the same skin color as you is Satan at his best and you at your worst. God wants us to relate to each other mentally and spiritually in love, not in hate. He wants us all to repent from our sins and follow Christ’s teachings. It’s a matter of LIFE or DEATH... Christ or Satan!... We each get to choose through our heart as will be indicated by our thoughts and behavior!

"So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets." Matthew 7:12 NIV

Foundation ❤️

We are one human race made up of billions of INDIVIDUALS. We each have unique thoughts, so having different detail beliefs about God is expected.
 

We should think rationally about other’s cultural inheritance and respect that we all have unique life experiences. The “only Christians make it to Heaven” is false doctrine and self-centered irrational thinking.

The Christian foundation: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son."  John 3:16-18 NIV

Taken literally, John 3:16-18  indicates that only believing in Jesus Christ allows us to be with God in Heaven.
 

John was a man. John and Jesus had a special relationship. Jesus's death and the way he died would have hurt John especially deeply. There's a great deal of emotion in John's writings. He had just cause to be hurt and angry about his Friend being taken from him.
 

Taking John's words figuratively, like the method Jesus uses to teach, the message is that as Christians we must believe in Him with our minds and follow His teachings in our heart. People can follow Christ's teaching in their thoughts and behavior without being Christian. We do best to follow Jesus's teachings and not John's.

 

We can appreciate John's writings just as we appreciate all the human writers of the Bible. But our "rules" should only come from the one God through His son, Jesus Christ.

 

“... No one comes to the Father except through me.” Those words spoken by Jesus tell us that we will only make it to Heaven by following His teachings. His teachings are summarized by the three most important commands from God.

 
1. Love God 
2. Love others 
3. Love ourself 
Yes, Jesus gave us an example to follow. Of course we aren’t expected to walk on water, but we are required to help others if say, we are capable and they are drowning in need of being rescued.
 
Being a good “Christian” means accepting others’ beliefs when they too love God, love others and love themselves
 
None of us Christians own the rights to LOVE. None of us mortal humans own the right to tell others what and how to think and believe. God wants us to love and care for each other. God does not want us to have ANYONE but Him as our Devine and spiritual leader. Especially a commonologist like myself. I'm just a man. I have my own ideas and you have yours. If we treat each other with love then we respect each other's individuality.
 
As the human race, we can rationally accept each other’s religious beliefs. It's God's command to love. Even agnostics and atheists are a religion when they love themselves, others and realize Nature as a mysterious source of Love. Our BEHAVIOR and THOUGHTS are what matters most. Choosing to be a Christian is not the only way to Heaven. It's just the only Christian way.
 
Humility is also the Christian way. We should NOT expect others to think exactly like ourselves. We SHOULD recognize that all of us have the common denominator of LOVE in how we interact with ourselves, others and our un-caused Creator of Creation.
 
Love is the foundation that Heaven is built on... not doctrine. 

Coloring the Trinity

"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes." Ephesians 6:10-11

One of the Devil's schemes is to try and confuse us regarding God's three persons. How can three persons be one... It's not simple so Satan takes advantage.

An Artist's View

A typical traffic signal is one thing with three major functions. Color helps us communicate and differentiate. I'm using five colors (yellow, green, red, blue and black) to help symbolize and highlight the three major functions of the Trinity. I'm symbolizing the singularity of the Holy Trinity with white.

God is our Christian guiding

LIGHT of the 

FATHER 

SAVIOR

MENTOR

God's mentoring  SPIRIT is everywhere. When we study the Bible, we learn that God is not separate from His creations. His Spirit is inside us and we decide on our own whether to communicate with Him or not.

 

Christ JESUS was immaculately created in Mary's womb as a divine human. After Jesus's resurrection, the Son of Man ascended to Heaven to join with the Father. Christ's purpose is to lead us into Heaven.

 

The Holy FATHER created all things and knows all things. He is wise and powerful beyond our understanding. 

 

As our focus on God becomes clearer, we realize that the Father, Son and Spirit are one GODHEAD separated only by function.
 

I'm not comparing my wife to God but merely making a simple point... she is a spouse, mother and grandmother... three different major functions in one person.

WHITE symbolizes the Godhead (Trinity), sum of the Father, Son and Spirit since white reflects all of light's colors (God is reflected in everything throughout the universe. He is the Artist with the largest palette and singular divine infinite and perfect skill.) see Isaiah 40:28


WarningWe cannot look safely at the sun without machines because damage will occur to our naked eyes! 
 

YELLOW symbolizes the Holy Father as reflected by the sun when photographed through the Earth's atmosphere at certain times of the day. (The Father is the "life source" that sustains us.) see 2 Corinthians 6:18


GREEN and RED symbolizes Christ Jesus's life and purpose as our savior. (Jesus's life is our living example to follow and His blood is our "door" to Heaven.) see John 14:6

 

BLUE and BLACK symbolize the Holy Spirit like the beautiful daytime and nighttime sky all around us. (God's mentoring Spirit interacts with us constantly like the atmosphere we breathe. When we are "still", He is readily apparent.see Psalms 46:10

What’s Up

"For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2:10 NIV

Signs, Space and Hope...

This website reflects what I realize about God and Satan. Nothing is more inspiring than God's love. Nothing is more disastrous than succumbing to the Devil's influence.
 

Patience 

 

When we pursue God, we learn that He is, and always has been, walking with us. He loves us more than we can fully understand! He is infinitely communicating with us, but we mostly choose to ignore Him. (How great and patient is God!We get caught up in the daily grind of dealing with life’s stresses and shut Him out. And we sometimes take the miracle of our surroundings for granted.

 

Benevolence
 

God understands us better than we understand ourselves. But God does not have infinite patience. He has benevolent patience and is always here for us whenever we are ready and willing to listen. God helps us deal with Satan's pursuit when we pray and pay attention. The more intently we pursue obeying God's will, the easier it is to listen and shun Satan.
 

Reward
 

If we choose to pursue EVIL we will die twice. see Luke 8:12 

 

When we seek God, we discover His redeeming Message. see Job 19:25

Happiness

 

It’s a blessing to have dependable transportation, a comfortable home and nice people who love us. These blessings provide earthly contentment and pleasure. But earthly blessings do not satisfy the soul. Happiness happens when we experience God’s love.

"But it is the spirit in a person, the breath of the Almighty, that gives them understanding." Job 32:8 NIV

God knows our heart.

He knows us better than we know ourselves!

see Psalms 139:1

The Plow

"When a farmer plows for planting, does he plow continually? Does he keep on breaking up and working the soil? When he has leveled the surface, does he not sow caraway and scatter cumin? Does he not plant wheat in its place, barley in its plot, and spelt in its field? His God instructs him and teaches him the right way." Isaiah 28:24-26 NIV

Susan with one of her many critter rescues.

Jesus gives us work to do but never more than we can handle. Satan, on the other hand, doesn't care if he kills you.
 
Our Mission 
 
Jesus gives us an orientation at Luke 9:62 and another at Matthew 11:25-30. Jesus doesn’t mention the condition of the "earth" we will be "plowing" but assures us that we will be able to achieve our goal. That’s because each of us plow a different plot of soil with different organic compositions. Some of us get rocky hard clay and some of us get rich black soft dirt. I think most of us get something in between.
 
God knows what we can deal with... He knows our past, present and future... after all... He is God Almighty Creator of us and the universe! God lives both inside and outside our mortal space time continuum so He already knows whether we grow or die.
We can defeat Satan's pursuit but only with God's sought after help. It’s imperative that we provide gentle and respectful answers about our hope in Christ whenever we are asked. Remember, God wants us to individually SEEK Him... any other means is not the right path. He makes Himself known to us in many ways. So we are all without excuse.

God reveals Himself to everyone so it's NOT up to us as individuals to impose OUR awareness onto others about God's plan and existence. However, it's good to share our hope and answer questions with seekers of truth when we are asked. And we should always share our joy with gentleness and respect.
 
It's no one's place but God's to judge us spiritually.

Satan

"Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." 1 Peter 5:8 NIV

The more we resist life’s evil temptations and make ourselves aware of Satan and his evil ways, the weaker his influence on us. Satan wants us dead. see Luke 22:31 He was cast out of Heaven and is extremely bitter. Satan is God the Father's most beautiful angel creation, but he has a purposeful kink in his get-a-long.
 

God communicates with Satan and God already knows ALL about our thoughts and behavior.

 

Satan's Purpose 
 
We make choices in our behavior. It’s that unique individual “free will” thing we all have. God designed each one us as a free-spirited soul with our own built in organic decision making control. We are not robots. God the Father designed Satan to help expose and therefore weed out evil spirited people from entering Heaven. Satan "speaks" to us individually through our spirit but we can always choose to follow Christ and overcome the Devil's influence. If we don't, we will perish to Hell on our own individual judgment day.
 
We SEEK guidance whenever we are thinking. We tap into our collected memory for solutions and conclusions. Satan and Jesus are both available for us to communicate with. The biggest communication difference in the two is that Jesus wants us to do the seeking and Satan does the seeking of us. The devil is like a corrupt used car salesman only worse because he's trying to sell you deathGod will help you when you seek Him. God's good and perfect plan keys on our free will.
 
Once we realize that Satan is always after us, we can better counter his tactics. Jesus does not play games like Satan. Jesus loves us and wants us to know truth. Satan wants power over us and uses all sorts of tricks to get it. Remember, Satan wants us dead because he is evil and bitter. It’s all part of God’s good and perfect plan. see 1 John 3:8
 
Battle Strategy 
 
The best way to battle Satan is to study the Bible and get outdoors to enjoy Nature. Nothing refreshes the spirit like a sunny walk in the woods, scanning a star filled night sky or finding an inspirational nugget in God's Word. God Spirit is everywhere, you can find Him anywhere, but He's most apparent outdoors and in Scripture. see Jeremiah 29:13
 
Dealing with Satan is also easier with help from others that share the same life and death battle. Joining a spiritually healthy church or finding a like-minded friend should supply you with supportive and neighborly love. see Proverbs 27:17   see Matthew 18:20
 
And PRAY for God’s guidance. He will help you sort through any dark Satanic thinking you experience to realize a brighter healthier conclusion. We don’t have to pray out loud because God knows our thoughts and when we are actually able to listen, we get to hear HIS thoughts. see Psalms 139:17

Black Hole of Death

Image credit NASA

Satan is not funny. Beautiful, but not funny. He is deadly like a black hole. And just like a black hole, Satan wants to draw us into his singularity of a hellish death. Pray to God and ask Him to help you... He WILL and you will grow stronger in God Christ Jesus! see 1 Peter 4:11


Rapture 
 
Satan has been around for a long while. But his days are numbered. Revelation 20:7-10 NIV Satan and time will perish along with every other evil living creature when God Christ Jesus returns to Earth.
 
That day will be the final glorious event in our space time continuum. All living God fearing people will transcend to Heaven where evil will not exist (no pain or sorrow) and all things will be new forevermore! Amen see Genesis 28:12

Jesus

The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death. But they did not find any, though many false witnesses came forward.
Finally two came forward and declared, “This fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.’ ”
Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” But Jesus remained silent.
The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.”  “You have said so,”Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: From now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.” Matthew 26:59-64 NIV

God is omnipresent and omnipotent... in simple words He is everywhere and anywhere at the same time and in control. Our free will can make it seem to us that God’s not in control but that is due to our mortal human limited sight distance perspective. When we recognize that God has no limits, we begin to understand how great He is. The more we seek to know God, the more our eyes are opened to His power and compassion. God knows everything... past, present and future. His plan for us has always existed. And God's timing is impeccable. Jesus Christ was born at just the right time to seed Earth's civilization with His Message. see 1 Corinthians 1:18

There is no greater love than to sacrifice one's life for another.

Jesus’s death was the greatest tragedy and yet the greatest humanitarian event of all time. Why did He have to die at such a young age? How could we kill the lamb of God? The answers are found in Scripture. Jesus Christ tasted death for all of us. Yet, none of us deserve Christ's sacrifice but it was God's plan to overcome death before this universe existed. see 1 Corinthians 2:7

 
God Loves Us
 
We are all sinners. We are sinners because of our free will to choose between good and evil behavior and our propensity towards succumbing to Satan’s influence. God’s plan is for us to grow spiritually by following Jesus’s teachings and shunning Satan. Satan is our greatest challenge. Those who seek Christ can do their best but will always fall short of perfection. Sin cannot exist in Heaven so a remedy is necessary. see Hebrews 2:9

Jesus's Purpose 


Intending to protect their religious power, evil acting men killed Jesus.
 

Through Christ, God basically took a bullet from Satan for all of us. Jesus’s sacrifice opened the door to Heaven for those who love Him. And loving Him means you follow Jesus’s teachings and shun the Devil’s evil influence.

 

God made a provision for all of us, even the criminal, to repent from evil behaviors and do what Christ Jesus teaches us to do. Which is... love Him (God), our neighbors and ourselves in our heart and actions.
 

If we love Jesus, we suffer from His death and celebrate His life.

 

God is perfect without sin. God wants us to live with Him for eternity. God made a provision for us by compressing Himself into human form and living a perfect, free from sin, human life. see John 16:33

 

Jesus provides us a surrogate to do our best to live through. His teaching opens our eyes to proper behavior. see Matthew chapters 5,6 and 7 His crucifixion opens the door for us to enter Heaven.

Only through Jesus's spotless death can we enter Heaven. see 2 Timothy 1:9 If we are repentant of our sins and have Jesus Christ in our heart, we will live a second time thanks to God’s good and perfect plan! Which was in place before time began!

The most essential and pertinent aspect of our mortal human life is God's healing power through Jesus Christ, inherent in following His good, pleasing and perfect will.

Audience

"Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says." James 1:22 NIV

God has a plan. He loves us all. His plan is proof... His good and perfect plan! He spells His plan out for us many times over. His messaging is broadcast multiple times throughout Scripture and Nature. Sometimes we miss God’s "show" because we are too caught up in producing our own show.

John Lennon of the very popular Beatles rock band once made the comment that they were more popular than Jesus.

 

From a young John Lennon’s vantage point, I’m sure that appeared true or he wouldn’t have said it. But instead of compassionately investigating why he would say such a thing, there was a public outcry basically for his head! People burned Beatles records and condemned John for his simple comment.

 

I’m sure in the limelight that the Beatles were living in, and from the self centered mindset of society, that just seemed true to John. Maybe it was true. But instead of society taking responsibility for giving a young artist that impression, society basically crucified John Lennon out of fear that he was right.
 

Sounds familiar doesn't it.

Communication

 
God Spirit “talks” to us in multiple ways. The most important thing that we have to do in our lives is to pray, look and listen for God’s directing messaging. Some of us are not able because we’re too focused on our own audience. see John 9:31 We’re busy trying to impress other people with our own selfish deeds, when we would be better off trying to look and listen for our Holy Father's communications.
 
His Spiritual messages come to us through Scripture, Nature, other people and our own mind when we pray. God works in mysterious ways. He uses all sorts of people and sometimes surprising means to relay a message. Remember, we are assured that something good will be the ultimate final outcome no matter how horrible things seem! When we are seeking, discerning and quiet it's easier to listen for God's good and sometimes even humorous perfect messaging. see Matthew 6:6.  see Psalms 46:10

Antagonist

 

God will wait, but not forever, for us to recognize His good, pleasing and perfect will. But the Devil is strong... it takes a lot of prayer and perseverance to overcome the Devil's influence. Satan does not want us to know God’s good and perfect plan because when time terminates... it will be the end of evil, and of course, Satan’s demise. The Devil works hard to confuse us. Satan knows he is doomed but he doesn’t know when. Satan knows he is evil and that God rules over him but he is hardened in his purpose. Satan does his job all too well. see Philippians 2:13

 
Credits 
 
We all should seek God’s help to overcome the Devil's schemes. God wants us to... God understands our plight. He created us AND the stage we're living on. He put up all the “props” and wrote the entire “screenplay”. But it’s up to you and me to appropriately “act” out our roles. God did not write our lines, We get to write our own lines and God Spirit is ready, willing and able to help.
"No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it." 1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV

Heaven

"He alone stretches out the heavens and treads on the waves of the sea." Job 9:8 NIV

M31: The Andromeda Galaxy

Image credit NASA Copyright Robert Gendler

What does God reveal to us about Heaven? There are some key details that, for His own good reasons, He leaves out. For example, God doesn’t let us know what happens to unborn children at the Rapture. He also doesn’t let us know how we will appear physically in Heaven. Jesus wasn't easily recognized by His friend Mary Magdalene or His followers after the resurrection.
 

God does not reveal EVERYTHING to us at once. Sometimes he waits a lifetime. Some of us need to digest life first. Many of us are afflicted and need time and experience to enable our ability to fully comprehend His messaging.


God does reveal to us that we will be in His physical presence and that ALL things will be new! Those two nuggets of information seed infinite possibilities. We know that our sins will not come to mind, plus pain and sorrow won't exist. Jesus healed many people suffering physically and mentally during His earthly ministry. God explains enough for us to understand and know that Heaven is where we want to be. see Isaiah 65:17 

 

God's Children

 

God makes it abundantly clear that we are the apple of His eye. We are all God's toddler children. He created an entire universe so we could experience His great Love for us in this mortal lifetime. His good and perfect plan is for us to grow from this tiny finite earthly cradle into His very glorious and beyond beautiful infinite kingdom paradise!

Ed (Bear)
Casting Art to the Net

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