New Insights about Joel Osteen

Joel Osteen has been the butt of many mean spirited jokes and memes lately. He has even been dubbed and “Fake Christian”. Some of the people who are engaged in these activities are not Christians. Others are Christians. Those Christians who are engaged in these mean spirited activities are not acting like Christians. Those who are not Christians are not acting in a way that follows the teachings of their faith either.

To be sure, Joel Osteen did not  act like a Christian when he didn’t offer his church as shelter for his neighbors in need. I am sure that he realizes what he did was wrong.  I am sure that he will learn from this mistake because, he is, after all, a smart man. I am also sure that Joel Osteen is a good man. Not offering his church to his neighbors was an error in judgement, not a calculated, mean spirited decision.

Joel Osteen Preaches in a positive, uplifting way. He talks about the blessings that God has for each of us. He often talks about forgiveness and redemption. I believe that Joel Osteen deserves our forgiveness and he deserves redemption through The actions that he is now taking and will likely take in the future.

Joel Osteen is an imperfect human being and he has an awful lot of company. In the Holy Bible Jesus said “Let him that is without sin cast the first stone.” Those who have been casting stones at Joel Osteen should consider examining their own lives and see if they are without sin. They should examine their own actions and decide if they truly acted in a way that is in alignment with their faith. Did they act in a way that would please God? Those who truly follow the teachings of Jesus wouldn’t join the feeding frenzy or the angry mob that drove the “Rain Vengeance Upon Joel Osteen bandwagon. They do not sit in judgement of others for they know that judgement is reserved for God.

Joel Osteen and his church may feel more heat and take a financial hit from this fiasco in the short term but if Mr. Osteen is shunned and his voice is forever silenced over this that would truly be a tragedy on multiple levels. Not only for him but for people of faith everywhere as well. It would be a tragedy because Joel Osteen is a powerful, positive voice in the world faith community. It would be a tragedy because the things he talks about and the way he says them need to be heard. It would be a tragedy because the forgiveness that is put forth by all faiths wasn’t afforded to a person of faith by the community of faith and what would that say about the community of faith?

This entire episode should teach us that not all Christians act like Christians all of the time. Not Mr. Osteen and not his detractors either. The lesson that this episode is meant to teach us is that we are all imperfect human beings and it is only through forgiveness that we can heal, move on and get closer to God.

In True Faith,

The Prophet of Life

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The Virtue of Atheists and Non-Believers

By The Prophet of Life

I am a person of faith but I have friends who are of many different faiths. I have friends who are Agnostic. I have friends who are non-believers and friends who are atheists. There are many faiths which discourage having friends who are not of the same faith. There are many more faiths which discourage having friendships with atheists. They look at atheists as Godless people. I don’t look at atheists that way.

The atheists I know are good people. They love their families. They make sacrifices for their children. They help others. Atheists can test the faith of people of faith. They see people who are good but who do not believe in God and they wonder about why good people will burn in hell for all eternity. These people of faith however, are twisting their religion and giving God base human emotions which are diminishing God.

Non-believers and atheists don’t recognize the existence of God. Some are awaiting proof of God’s existence because they have not seen any in their lifetime. In truth, evidence of God exists everywhere but your reality is determined by your perception. Two people can see the same thing and see something different based upon their perception.

Let’s take, for example, despite the fact that we are a species similar to monkeys and apes, we have built magnificent cities and have invented things like cars, computers and rocket ships. A person of faith look at these things and sees God’s hand in them. A non-believer looks at this and sees natural evolution or a series of random events.

A non-believer looks at the horrifying natural and man-made disasters that occur and the disease, poverty and suffering in the world and cites them as proof God does not exist because, if God did exist, how could so many horrible things be allowed to happen? Some of them believe this because, it would be far more horrifying to believe that God does exist but that God is callous and uncaring.

People of faith look at the disasters, disease, poverty and suffering in the world and either see it as punishment, natural occurrences, obstacles or challenges put before us, or as part of God’s Mysterious Plan. Others see it as my followers and I do, God’s way of sending humanity a message: “Your brothers and sisters are hurting, what are you going to do about it?”

The interesting thing is that People of Faith, Agnostics, Non-Believers and Atheists all choose to help. They all contribute to help the poor, give relief to disaster victims, and cure disease. In so doing, they are acting as Agents of The Lord and replying to God’s message “I am helping them”.

Those who tell you that non-believers and atheists are going to hell are doing so more out of a need to convert or keep followers to their faith, through fear of eternal damnation then of anything God ever told The Prophets. It has been revealed to me that how you believe in God or whether or not you believe in God makes no difference to God. God is bigger than the human emotion of vengeful pride. Whether or not you believe in God, God believes in you. God is always with you and God communicates with you, through events and through others, whether or not you choose to hear God.

So, rest easy. You don’t have to convert to any particular religion because nobody has a monopoly on God. You can believe what you want without fear because God will still love you unconditionally. What culture or family or socio economic status or sexual orientation you were born into are unimportant to God. They are merely what you began with. You have a lifetime to play and learn and grow. The lessons you learn will enrich you, enrich all the lives you touch and enrich God. No matter what your faith, non-belief, or length of your life, we all contribute and in this way, every life has meaning and purpose.

from the Kindle book What Faith Has Taught Me:

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How Would You Describe Your Faith?

By The Prophet of Life

If you were to describe your faith in just one sentence, what would that sentence be? Not the religion you belong to but your individual faith in God. Everyone, despite their faith, has an individual relationship with God. That relationship constitutes your true faith.
There are some who practice their religion fervently but don’t bother with their one to one relationship with God. Others never go to a temple or church or shrine but are in constant contact with God, praying or meditating or just relating. Some see God in a building, others see God everywhere. So how would you describe your faith?

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Gratitude, The Key to True Faith

By The Prophet of Life

 What is the key to true faith? The answer to that question consists of one word: gratitude. Why gratitude? Because people who are truly faithful know and understand that life is a learning experience and God sends you what you need to learn the lessons your life has to teach you.

 A Faithfully shallow person is like a sunshine patriot, they are happy to profess their faith and show gratitude in times of plenty, when everything is going their way. It takes a person of deep faith to profess their faith and show gratitude when life is hard everything seems to be going against them. Yet it is exactly people of deep faith that profit the most from times of challenge. This is because they are the ones who actually learn the lessons that the times of challenge are meant to teach them. They rarely repeat the mistakes that may have helped set them up for challenging times because they have learned the lessons.

 People of shallow faith rarely learn the lessons that life is meant to teach them. They go through life looking only for the happy times and trying to forget the bad times. They never actually forget the bad times, however, they cling onto them, often unconsciously. They either repress them or try to mask them with addictions. Since they never learned the lessons that challenging times were meant to teach, they keep repeating the same mistakes and often face the same challenges over and over again.

 Both people of shallow faith and people of deep faith pray. People of shallow faith pray for deliverance. People of deep faith pray for God’s will to be done. People of deep faith are almost always okay with the outcome of times of challenge is. People of shallow faith are rarely okay with it. People of deep faith, of true faith, thank God for the experience and are grateful for what they have learned from it. People of shallow faith become upset with God for not answering their prayer and not delivering them from the experience. They don’t see the lesson they should have learned because they are focused lack of avoidance of the experience instead of on the experience itself.

 People of shallow faith depend on miracles and wish fulfillment to sustain their faith. People of deep faith, of true faith know that true faith does not depend on miracles or wish fulfillment to sustain itself. They are grateful for the experiences God sends to them, both good and bad because they know, that God only sends them experiences which can make them stronger from the lessons that they learn through them.

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¿Y si el propósito de la vida es aprender lo que tiene que enseñarnos ?

¿Qué pasaría si … ?
Uno de los ¿Qué pasa si la serie Conversaciones …
Entre El Profeta de la Vida
y la Humanidad
¿Y si el propósito de la vida es aprender lo que tiene que enseñarnos ?
¿Y si los obstáculos en nuestra vida son únicas pruebas destinadas a hacernos más fuertes ?
¿Qué pasa si los fracasos que experimentamos sólo están hechos para enseñarnos lo que no se debe hacer en el futuro?
¿Qué pasa si estamos destinados a aprender, no sólo de los errores que hacemos , sino también de los errores de otros ?
¿Qué pasaría si cada experiencia de vida , no importa lo breve o inútil que parece en la superficie contiene un significado más profundo en las lecciones que puede producir a partir de los conocimientos adquiridos y las lecciones enseñó tanto al espíritu de experimentar que la vida y para el resto de la humanidad y el universo ?
Sabiendo esto, sería el dolor y el sufrimiento sea inútil o sin sentido ?
Si el propósito de la vida es aprender lo que tiene que enseñarnos …
¿Qué has aprendido ?
Invito a sus comentarios …
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What if the purpose of life is to learn what it has to teach you?

What if …?

One of the What If Conversations series…

Between The Prophet of Life

And Humanity

What if the purpose of life is to learn what it has to teach us?

What if the obstacles and setbacks we experience are only tests meant to make us stronger?

What if the failures we experience are only meant to teach us what not to do in the future?

What if we are meant to learn, not only from the mistakes we make but also from the mistakes of others?

What if every life experience, no matter how brief or pointless it seems on the surface contains a deeper meaning in the lessons it can yield from the knowledge gained and lessons taught both to the spirit experiencing that life and to the rest of humanity and the universe?

Knowing this, would pain and suffering be purposeless or meaningless?

If the purpose of life is to learn what it has to teach us…

What have you learned?

I invite your comments…

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What if…?

Part of the What if Conversations series…

between The Prophet of Life

And Humanity

 

What if there is more than one path to God?

What if all good people, no matter what their faith, can get into heaven?

What if all of the Prophets were really saying the same thing and when all of the things added on by their followers were stripped away, the essence of all of these messages is:

Love God, Love yourself, Love each other, help one another and care for this planet and all who dwell here.

What if humanity spent less time trying to save souls and more time trying to save lives and improve the overall quality of life for everyone, no matter what religion, or nation or culture or political ideology they were a part of?

What if all of the wars, and bombings and assassinations in the name of God, aren’t really about God at all?

If any of these things are true, how would that truth change your perception of God?

How would it change your perception of humanity?

How would it change your perception of your relationship with God and your fellow human beings?

And finally… What if all of these things are true?

I invite your comments.

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