Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.

            A wise man once said that we should not fear death, for it is God's way of inviting us to Him. Why should we decline His invitation?
    When our Lord Savior descended into the realm of the dead, He extended His hand to the first Adam, thus breaking the curse that forced all the dead to be brought into a land of suffering and despair.
    Death took a new form by becoming a way for us to reach God. Evil and death, however, still exist as a consequence of negative choices, but they will be abated when history has come to an end.
    This moment will mark the instauration of a new existential order and the judgement of all mankind.
    Those who will not answer the Lord, will be sent to Gehenna; nevertheless, we learn that this will not be a permanent state, either. The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ ended the eternity of hell just as God will end death and sin with the definitization of the Kingdom of Heaven.
    The Kingdom itself represents the new age, and it will be a place populated by all kinds of heavenly life forms. Here, humans will be able to live in communion with God.
    Furthermore, the Kingdom of Heaven will have a hierarchy-based structure, each of us having a different relationship with God similar to how the stars differ from one another in splendor. 

Based on Jesus Christ in the Light of the Holy Scriptures. 

Black Gold - one of the most amazing films ever screened


'Is there a greater curse than to be a poor king?'

                  Poverty is truly a great curse and this is especially true for the emir of a small Arabian state who is seeking to improve the quality of life for his subjects. The wind of change comes with the discovery of vast oil reserves, but actually exploiting the oil potential becomes problematic as the state stands divided between numerous tribes. Uniting all of them under one flag is no easy task, but the ever-so-cunning emir manages to gain their support by employing different deceitful tactics. His rival, however, is not so easily persuaded. As a sultan of a conservative faction, he believes that a true Arab is someone who upholds the Quran without deviating from its teachings while working hard for life's necessities. In the vision of the sultan, obtaining something must be done through either love or blood. A conflict between the two ensues while the oil extraction comes to a stand-still. The solution comes from the unlikeliest of people: the sultan's son, a soft-spoken young man who would rather spend all of this time in the library than in the council room or on the battlefield. 

 'God hates the things we do in His name. He hates that.'

        As a soldier of God, a person must endure terrible hardships to prove his or her worthiness. 
        Many will come and say that they fight for God when in truth they only fight for themselves. The sultan's son learns the hard way what it means to accept your destiny, to fight for what you believe, to sacrifice what you love, as the cost of uniting peoples is far greater than what he had ever imagined.  
       Black Gold is a journey of initiation and self-discovery; it is truly an exceptional film that I wholeheartedly recommend. 





                  Time does not really exist. It is an illusion perpetuated to keep ourselves in complete and utter ignorance and far away from an unexplainable and often harsh truth.
     Constrained by time, we find ourselves in an imaginary jail that prevents us from understanding the meaning of our very lives and that of the Universe. Constantly rushed to get somewhere or to do something, we discover an impenetrable veil that we dare not unravel. Imagine if man's clock stopped its infernal ticking. Would we all be in disarray? Yes, but we would also be free. We have been given complete freedom, yet we spend our lives creating illusive walls meant to safeguard our obtuse way of thinking. There is a price, however, as all of our hard work, time takes away. But if there is no time, then there is nothing to be lost, nothing to be taken away. 


     Only by freeing yourselves from this prison we call time will we be able to enjoy life and discover what is really important. Not only that, but by embracing eternity, the fear of loss also dissipates.
      Of course, it is easy to dismiss all of this simply because we have chosen to lull ourselves into a false sense of security. We have accepted an unfair society that restricts our very being. But by looking into our very core, it becomes quite clear what is real and what is contrived.
      This discussion, however, should not stop at a philosophical level. The concept of non-time could offer practical applications as well.
     Imagine having ships that can access warp-like speeds similar to the Starship Enterprise in Star Trek, or imagine dodging bullets like Neo in The Matrix. The possibilities are endless. 
    Ultimately, it is up to each and everyone of us whether we break free from the confines of this world or simply accept everything as is...

     For more on this, please make sure you read:

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