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#2- About Bible Notes from Rhapsodie

For this post INTO upcoming posts

These notes are being added here because plans are to read through my new chronological Bible’s  that I may get including the one mentioned previously. This is being done with the notes of my thinking being added, so that readers of my posts can see things if they want.

Please remember this is only based on how I think on these things; others have thoughts and feelings on scriptures and interpretations of what they read and that’s fine, for all of us we should take care because none of us is God. “Do not interpretations belong to God,” the words of Joseph to the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt, before he was out of prison and made a great man in Egypt are reasons we shouldn’t preach about our interpretations unless those are facts. (Genesis 40:8)

My Reasoning

Rhapsodie, years ago

God’s Love Shown

My Reasoning is NOT God’s, while I talk to God and try to listen I know I’ve failed many times to do this as was as God had willed. It brings me to tears, but I hope others can learn that listening to God is more difficult as well as more easy than following the commands of people, including ourselves.

For example the words above were right out of the Bible, not my own. As well as the examples that people in the Bible lived at different times and were living in different circumstances which could shift how the reading impacts what we read and learn AND are examples of reasons for what I share.

My reading of the chronological Bibles is being done because it’s a new format that I think will assist me in understanding the time of statements and comments better. More information is shared about what I’m reading now in the 1st post of this series. This should mean I will also find these shares more pertinent if I also have some historical and understanding of the times and people being shared with.

Postings By Me Are Inconsistent

Please note that I am not a consistently regular poster, this means that infrequently there will be

  • the daily comments posted,
  • at other times I will a scheduling of multiples to share, while
  • most frequently there will be gaps in the shares.

For me with the Biblical postings, like any postings involve a lot of work. This is because every post involves time, energy, effort, and additional care and effort with the preparations because these are publicly shared announcements about me and who I am.

Problems with Consistently Sharing Posts

There are multiple problems to consistent shares, there are some options for avoiding these hassles, but you need to be consistent even if it’s only an infrequent consistency. For the Bible shares with daily reading of the Bible I’m anticipating that readers will also hope to get more frequent shares.

My Problems with Posting very Often

There is the situation that I’m just not on the internet OR even my computer as often as many others are. Plus, I try to post well, this means that sharing regularly adds work to the sharing. For in this case there are the initial work shares, followed by the upload shares, and the communication works beyond the sharing.

INITIAL WORKS TO SHARE

Because I want to share with many, taking the time for these efforts help the works to be useful as well as readable by others.

  • Starting in this work with me reading the Bible,
  • then use my reading to make notes if there is anything I think on commenting about.
  • Plus the extra work at times doing some research for adding additional ‘facts’.
  • Then there are the times I add info from research that takes time to add into the sharing.
  • Additionally there’s the jobs of
    • writing (a.),
      • it’s easier to do when you have something to say, but when you’re language skills are minimal there’s more work.
        • There’s still a lot of work, so readers are getting more than a lot of empty words.
    • editing the writing (a.), and
      • “This is 2/3rds of the work and time for writing,” A. Constantine.
    • image works (a.)

for online sharing, oops…I don’t have an example here yet, but here’s my work process…

      • Make your image,
        • which can be photos modified for sharing, drawings, sketches, computer graphics, and more before doing the posting work which includes another process action plan and work with doing that.
      • go into your image program,
        • yes you can take a photo with your camera and upload it, BUT you still should check the sharing based on the sizing of what it is, so work is needed…
        • (other programs differ, but I go into Word because I make large pixel images which means that my originals are HUUuuge.)
      • Shift the image option so that you can share it online with details BUT with less pixels than the original image which makes uploading, downloading, and sharing more of an option for more people.
        • (Your program shifts how this works, I use Microsoft Effects compression option.)
      • Save this for the users to know what it is about in a way that separates it from the original if you don’t want the original shrunk less usefully with future sharing,…(continues with more use info below).
      • At times I add this into the written information already made, but there are writing shifts that can mean this isn’t the best at all times.
        • If I load the image(s) into the offline writing, then later I’ll still need to follow the online processes below. BUT the prefit locations will display as image spaces with nothing added in some cases with the uploads copied and pasted.

INTO BEING SHARED WORKS

Nothing is done really fast even if it’s found & read in a few minutes, in fact even if the info is prewritten then copied onto the sharing site additional share modifications may be necessary for readers to appreciate the reading more. Some of you are reading this thinking, I don’t need to do that, do I? Some people share differently than others, the work I do is done, so that if I die OR live the work that is done shares me well. Because I want to share with many, these extra efforts are taken so the works being shared can be easier for others to connect into.

Plus these carry my name and reputation forward, which means that care taken with the sharing and how it’s shared influences not just you, BUT also me and how you think about me.

  • The repetition of the jobs above, may only be done once, but with my work I like to keep a record of my previous writing, and it’s less costly to our internet to pre-write on paper then load the info online. This means the additional jobs for the type of sharing and the desired readers for what is being shared:
    • Rewriting OR writing (b.),
      • Often people will do writing online, while that’s okay in many cases, but my family pay for every gigabyte of internet we use.
        • While typing online only feels like typing into a document format, it generally is a process taking more internet, similar to online chatting, because every word I type onto the blog/website takes internet signal.
      • this is done with the online sharing at WordPress.com, Blogger.com, and other online sharing that involves ordering material online in ways that make the flow different than if it’s being read on paper.
        • This can involve multiple things OR only some things:
          • Rearranging sentences so less page space between written sections is there,
          • Putting in headings to segment the info for better online association with the info placements on the pages.
            • Originally for this paper there was no segmenting within this whole copy & paste section, BUT for this share I’ve added over 3 headings so far.
            • Plus there will be the work of reordering the paragraphs for shorter reading sections. Instead of the college OR professional writing styles of about 3 to 5 sentences for each paragraph, in general online more than four lines, about 2 sentences seems to be too much to read OR see.
          • Changing font styles, colors, & locations on the pages instead of the classic writing formations of having the info starting on the left and leading to the right side of the page.
            • The fonts which include the type of text and the size of the text, plus additions like emboldening OR underlining which may not be important on paper, can be really important with online reading placements and more.
          • In addition there is the size of the posts, I always make mine way larger than is preferred by many people. BUT I do this knowing that they are large, which also means fewer readers are likely.
            • BUT nothing is done with just this rewriting.
    • Re-editing the writing (b.),

yes this is done again with sharing online versus sharing on paper.

      • While “[t]his is 2/3rds of the work and time for writing,” A. Constantine on paper, when taking previously written material and putting it online the formatting, type of talking style, and language formats shift in ways that aren’t obvious.
        • For example
          • instead of using the word and, often the symbol & is used.
          • Instead of writing first, the 1st ‘word’ type was added. This is because numbers are more relatable, easier to see and find, and they feel more important than the whole word, especially with screen reading.
      • Also the segments of info should be prepared for readers to feel like I’m talking to each of them, oh, each of you personally.
      • Plus I’m long winded, so taking the time to portion out the share by the first & ‘read more’ sections take efforts and time.
        • What is shared with separations can allow people that open up the post info sections of what is being shared, without needing to download the whole post unless they desire to read more.
    • image works (b.),

for online sharing, as we discussed above continues here…

      • FIGURE OUT WHERE TO ADD IMAGES INTO THE POST,
        • Some posters share almost only images, but that’s not me. Which means additional work is needed to read through the info being posted to determine where the images with what is said should be put into the post. That’s if images are prepared already, if there aren’t images then some have to be made to be added, so that at least one image is added to each post…it’s odd, but those are often the only thing that’s shared with the linked post shares other than the image caption or an added tagline.
          • This varies based on what is being said, if the image is leading to the words OR if the words are leading to the images.
          • This can be done with the previous writing, like was shared above,
          • BUT if the writing alters or changes these placements are likely to vary.
        • All images still need to be put onto the internet to be acceptable for uses.
          • If the words are copied the images do not copy until they are put into the internet image records.
      • USE THE SYSTEM PROCESSES TO UPLOAD IT,
        • Some systems like blogger lock the images after you load them, so you can’t reduce the mass of saved images, like you can with WordPress, Pinterest, and some other sites.
        • Your loading on the internet copyrights the image, but that copyright varies based on what you & where you load the images,
        • plus the type of copyright impacts who can load OR not use the images with OR without crediting you.
          • Please take care, just because you load a protectedly copywrit image it doesn’t do anymore than give you legal rights to take control of the issues if another uses your works.
            • You have to search out and protect your rights. That’s why businesses that own things like production houses, studios, artists and others find value in guilds and unions that assist them in keeping and getting these rights.
      • PAGE IT CORRECTLY FOR SHARING
        • It’s useful to preview a post to see how it looks for other readers also, but take care do the previews in multiple styles:
          • Different search engines,
          • Different devices
            • Previously I had a setup at WordPress, that looked great on computer in Google & Bing, but on the cell phone it was a page space waster. It also didn’t work in other search engines, like in Explorer
      • Share it with the post.

I’m not adding anything but the preceding info, the link follow-up info, and the scriptures read through with the posts that follow the first post. That post shared here was done without planning any future posting, but starting to read the One Year Chronological Bible has changed my work here.

Because my notes are mine, no one should think this is a ‘religious teaching’, it’s more about gaining more by taking the time to learn with reading. Learning begins with questioning what is normal, taking the time to consider and think about what is learned; it’s often referred to as ‘thinking outside of the box.’ And this means it’s not a standardized teaching that helps this learning it’s going into things and beyond things to find and get more. This takes more effort than emotionally reacting to what is being shown or shared.

For reading thousands of years of information capsulated in the Bible, there are many areas of information and consideration that aren’t added, my reasoning is because this compilation of writings is done to show us examples of God’s love for us all, no matter who we are…and this is proven with Israel one of the specifically blessed people who lived with God’s hand helping them a lot. Job wasn’t a member of Israel his family was blessed also, SO I can’t say that God only loved Israel as a nation. BUT as a people they did lead us to Jesus as the SAVIOR for all mankind. But the classic Bible has a lot of information about Israel leading to Jesus. BUT also how God interacted and was heard by so many people over so many years. So we all need to take care, if God was to speak with us would we hear and listen OR not? We all, each of us, have been saved from Adamic death because of Adamic sin with the actions of Jesus, so we each should consider if our actions are done in imitation of his example of love for us?

So my next post is going to start with notes from me about my Bible reading, that was done yesterday… BUT my plans are to just share my thoughts from verses of the Bible without making anyone use the version OR translation I’m writing about.

#3- Beyond Bible Notes- War in Heaven

Heaven’s War in the Bible

I’m still reading my One Year Chronological Bible, some sections of information have really shared more impact with me because of the modern terms versus previous readings of other Bibles.

Different Bibles have various terms in sections of the Bible that can be found interpretable based on our own understanding versus the terms in the time of writing of the versions AND the terms translation from the original and the translators of the works from the original into the present used versions.

The war in the heaven’s has continued for millennia there is Biblical evidence and modern information being written by Ava D Dohn also. The information will take some time to gather and share with accurate links to the scriptures as well as ways for others to see the information. [This will be modified gradually as the information is updated and prepared better for sharing.]

Heaven’s War Scriptural Evidence

Different Bible’s state the same terms in different ways, but modern reading can add interpretation ideas that may have been found in other times which we don’t really associate the same with now. For example one of the examples below from Joshua 5:13-15 has

  • the term commander in the NIV, 1995, while
  • in the, 1984, New World Translation the same section has the term prince.

Modern people take prince to mean a ‘figure head’, while in the past the term prince like king often also meant military commander OR leader. So the term for modern interpretation with commander is more definitive for modern readers trying to understand the scriptures. Other terms used in the exact same set of scriptures include:

  • captain– in the King James Version (KJ),
  • Captain– Modern Language Version (ML)- 1959
  • Commander in Chief– Living Bible (L)- 1971
  • Commander– Revised Standard Version (RSV)- 1952

The terms have various military connotations in the modern day, but when looked at and read based on Heaven’s War there is little interpretation against the military of the heavens.

More War in heaven scriptural evidence [not done yet]

That the heaven’s has been at war is evidenced with the Bible and information in the scriptures shared in various locations with different aspects to be learned with reading the information. The scriptures I’m adding are based on how reading things of the scriptural information was found and interpreted by me. As we mention above there are various ‘terms’ that can impact interpretations, so while I’ll always add one verse at times multiple verses may be linked OR completely shared OR both.

Joshua 5:13-15

New International Version(NIV)…

13 Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?”

14 “Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord[a] have for his servant?”

15 The commander of the Lord’s army replied, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so.

New King James Version (NKJ)

13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, “Are You for us or for our adversaries?”

14 So He said, “No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.”

And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, “What does my Lord say to His servant?”

15 Then the Commander of the Lord’s army said to Joshua, “Take your sandal off your foot, for the place where you stand is holy.” And Joshua did so.

English Standard Version (ESV)

13 When Joshua was by Jericho, he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing before him with his drawn sword in his hand. And Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us, or for our adversaries?” 14 And he said, “No; but I am the commander of the army of the Lord. Now I have come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped[a] and said to him, “What does my lord say to his servant?” 15 And the commander of the Lord’s army said to Joshua, “Take off your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so.

Amplified Bible (AB)

13 Now when Joshua was by Jericho, he looked up, and behold, [a]a man was standing opposite him with his drawn sword in his hand, and Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us or for our adversaries?” 14 He said, “No; rather I have come now as captain of the army of the Lord.” Then Joshua fell with his face toward the earth and bowed down, and said to him, “What does my lord have to say to his servant?” 15 The captain of the Lord’s army said to Joshua, “Remove your sandals from your feet, because the place where you are standing is holy (set apart to the Lord).” And Joshua did so.

Image Interpretations

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There are various types of images from this scripture some showing more passivity in the style of the angel’s dress and others showing more warrior dress with armor and help than other images share. I think the more warrior style of dress is appropriate, but I don’t think the human ‘dress’ styles would be used as much in the heavens unless they are practical. The modern dress options with pants, boots, and armor may not have been seen both because Joshua was able to recognize at least the sword and the man didn’t seem to be too odd to him. Not like other images of angels seen at other times.

Rhapsodie’s interpretation of Joshua 5:13-15

The man/angel with the sword was obviously handling a familiar instrument. This is backed up because of being commander, captain, prince of the army of the Lord/God/Jehovah/Yehowah. I’ve not studied a lot of war history, but it seems to me that commander positions are gained with actions taken, not just because of title in many instances. The sword in hand is evidence that the hand holding the sword had the power/strength/ endurance to do this for some bit of time also.

Angel’s with Swords

There are many scriptures where Cherubs and Angels are mentioned as having/holding swords in the scriptures. Because there are so many scriptures with information I’ll add the links here that I’ve found. BUT reading these versus can be interpreted in many ways if the information isn’t mentioning more about military in the heavens.

Here are some links

With reading this information you’ll note that some of the scriptures are added to the war in heaven evidence, while others aren’t added. [Not done yet]

War in Heaven Care with Reading Info

There are multiple scriptures where war in heaven is a theme. Because there are so many interpretations and links with scriptures containing information I’ll add the links here that I’ve found, but as you can see with reading there are so many bits of information that are interpretable, that readers have ‘various’ feelings about what they read as they read it. Revelation 12 shares a dragon, with the war in heaven.

  • If I was Chinese than the enemy is the woman, if
  • I were European the enemy is the dragon. BUT if
  • we believe that Jesus’ came to the earth for all mankind,
    • For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost. (Luke 19:10) …For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:17)…This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. (1 John 4:9)…And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. (1 John 4:14) (From Evangical Outreach.org

While I don’t believe all the info at this site, it’s still useful for the run of scriptures above about WHY JESUS CAME TO EARTH? and sharing the scriptures above and others at the site. Additional scriptures through the gospels show us why later in the scriptures, the work of Jesus is shared saying, “Become imitators of me as I am of Christ.” (1 Cor. 11:1, New World Translation, 1984) 

The whole written work of Jesus on earth that is commonly known is shared through the gospels. Jesus whole life, his actions, his work as a child of God is shared here for all of us…this means that all of Jesus’ time on earth is an example…BUT the war in the heaven’s then also means that we have lived lives that aren’t ‘peaceful’ all the time…our life in the past AND possibly for a longer time into the  future can be a lot more tumultuous and ‘warring.’ While we are still living a life imitating Jesus.

Again reading these versus can be interpreted in many ways depending on the readers, the time periods under discussion, and interpretation of the information by the readers.

Revelation 12: about war in the heavens-

For instance in China dragons are considered, Wikipedia info:

But in the American/European interpretations, based on the times of the last 1,000 years or so the dragon is held as an enemy, a threat, a danger, like Wikipedia also shares:

When Revelation was written by John, is likely based on his understanding, BUT for any of us the ‘dragon’ term is varied. For John, since I don’t speak OR know the ancient tongue he wrote the works in, I’m unsure what he really wrote about when we refer to dragon. There has also been some online searching about this [not done yet.]

Our Brother’s and Sister’s in the Heaven’s at War

Our Brother’s and Sister’s in the heavens are at war…Author Ava D Dohn shares a historic account of the heaven’s at war. AND this goes on to the story of the earth with heavens war and impacts, by the same author. While I still haven’t finished reading these books, when reading under the ‘term’ fiction, they are boring, but if we read these as factual…because they are shared in part by visions from God then we see things totally differently with the reading.

The war in the heaven’s has impacted the earth and it continues to do so, but that’s not my story to share.

‘Heaven is for Real’ . . . fictionalized- #6 of 7

A golden blond Jesus with blue-green eyes is shared as one of the people met by a young boy who visits heaven during a near death experience.   ‘Heaven is for Real’ could be fictionalized, but having such a young person affirm this as reality will hopefully open up others hearts and minds to a deeper tale told.

The story I’m talking about is an epic that begins with book 1 in The Chronicles of Heaven’s War: Sisters of the Bloodwind.  This book was originally written under the book title The Chronicles of Heaven’s War: When General’s Cry, and it was originally published in 2003 with the most recent edition being published in eBook format in 2011.  My hope is that the increase in belief of the realities of heaven as portrayed in the movie ‘Heaven is for Real’ will cause people to search for more.

For me this interest started long ago, but the drive to really contemplate God and the heavens came with personal experiences added to with stories told by author Ava D. Dohn.  And that interest added to my conversations with customers while working at Walmart in Hornell, NY .  Before becoming a door greeter I’d been a floor associate, electronics associate, and cashier.  My interactions as a door greeter were done to motivate and inspired other people to grow and gain a desire to know more.

2 Jesus- Mihai- blue green eyes

Not only that I think it inspired movies like ‘Heaven is for Real.’ One of the reasons for this belief is because my love based actions and conversations which caused others to desire to share with the world as I was trying to do.  Experiences during those times at the door specifically lead to the words I’ve shared and am continuing to share about this movie.

Jesus with golden hair is a description talked about in a previous post and beyond that ideas for the film were discussed.  Other posts share some details of those talks.  But things went further once interest was developed and devised.  In fact that man that had conversed with me about Jesus and the golden hair came back in later and asked about Jesus’ eyes.

Well at that time I hadn’t read Sisters of the Bloodwind recently, so I commented, “Blue, no green, blue, oh I can’t remember.  One has blue eyes, one has green eyes.”

He took those words, and imitating my combination of words said, “Blue-green, I like that.”

“Green-blue.  No you’re right blue-green sounds better.”

He stepped back and away a bit and said, “So blue green it is,” and with a turn he walked away as I waved and said goodbye.

But more happened, and that’s why I started this spiel about the movie ‘Heaven is for Real.’

‘Heaven is for Real’ the new movie- #5 of 7

Jesus in heaven ‘a blond?’

Well that is the description shared in ‘Heaven is for Real’the movie released April 16, 2014. According to radio commentators and personal research on the internet Jesus is not only blond in heaven, but Jesus also has blue green eyes.

Those commenting, on that fact, seemed very surprised, but I’m not.

Why?

Because with my reading of Sisters of the Bloodwindby author Ava D. Dohn and the talking done with customers at Walmart in Hornell, NY as a door greeter, from 2008 till 2010, causes me to think that I helped inspire that picture. The conversations shared in previous posts under this theme continued.

My desire to draw people toward loving God caused me to talk to ones who demonstrated not only a willingness to listen, but also desired to gain more knowledge and insight.

Double rainbow evening

In fact during one conversation about, my view of, the reality of the heavens a man or woman commented, please forgive me for not remembering which, “What do you want to do to help people love God more?”

In responding motion for our present was defined, at least that’s what I believe, “Well, I think films/movies get more response than books do in our present technological age, and because of that the story I’ve read inspires me, others should read it to so they’ll have a reason to fall in love with the people in the heavens. But I think films are a way to get people interested in the book. Because books always hold more details so even the best of films only work as advertisement for the books. But most people don’t read books so a film could inspire more reading.”

“Why do you say that?”

“Because there are hundreds or thousands of people leaving this store with DVD’s each week versus the hundred or so with books. Now that’s just my perception [found with being a door greeter, cashier, book reader, and electronics associate], but take a look at the size of our book section in this store! Then compare that to the size of the DVD section in electronics. They are both entertainment, but people go into electronics and spend money on movies that they just don’t spend on books.”

When that comment was made a brand new hardcover at Walmart was about $17.99 in price versus a new release DVD without extras for $21.99. And in the Hornell, NY store at that time there was about 28 linear feet of shelving for all books, while there was between 144 and 160 feet of linear shelf space for DVD’s.

My customer questioned me with words similar to those here, “What type of story do you think will inspire people to search further for the heavens?”

After pausing to think for a moment, I responded, “A real life story, one that would be believed because the teller was young or a religious minister. It should be real, it should be truthful, but it should also be a vision of heaven.”

“A vision of heaven?”

After some slight consideration, my response was, “I think I may have when I was young, but I’m too old for someone to think I’m not crazy . . .”

That train of speech was interrupted by a woman with the comment, “I heard about a boy who had an experience.”

Asking her about what she knew caused her to say, “I’m not sure; I’ll have to ask him.”

The woman’s comment may have inspired more movie plans in the mind of my conversationalist because there was more interaction between us, in following talks, but it was centered more and more on bringing the reality of the heavens to people through film.

The movie ‘Heaven is for Real’ is told as a true story, I haven’t watched it yet, but I’m thinking Jesus is female in that movie. So not only golden blond, with blue-green eyes, but also female is my conjecture about Jesus as shared in that movie presently.

I’ll see it eventually, for me it would be sad to me if the movie doesn’t share the reality of my discussions because of fear of standards defined by man.

‘Heaven is for Real’ was inspired- #4 of 7

‘How can I say that the movie ‘Heaven is for Real’ was inspired by thoughts and comments I shared as a door greeter in the Hornell, NY, Walmart store?’

The question, “Have you seen any of these perfect people?  What do they look like?” from an individual who had heard my reasoning on the age of those in the heavens, leads to answer for the first question here, and caused me to respond emphatically, “NO!”

“So how would you describe them?,” was the following inquest.

My response was tinged with the tenor of hope and intrigue, “Adam and Eve were created, ‘male and female’ our creator made them.  And according to Genesis, they ‘were created in their image.'”

An emphatically nodding head, and an opening mouth caused me to pause.

While my customer spoke, “There are males and females in heaven?”

“That’s just my reasoning on the scriptures I shared with you.”

“So how would you describe people in heaven?”

My answer in accord with the descriptions shared by author Ava D. Dohn, in Sisters of the Bloodwind came out in accord with this comment, “I’m familiar with descriptions of some who have envisioned heaven and the people there but you can read those descriptions for yourself.”

“Is there a description of Jesus?”

“Yes.”

“So describe Jesus for me?”

“You are probably imagining Jesus as dark haired, lean, but strong, with dark eyes, and being male?  Aren’t you?” was my responding inquiry.  In a desire to insight more inquiry, as so not to offend, I also asked, “What do you think? Now remember Jesus came to earth, as Mary’s child, but returned to the original home in the heavens, so doesn’t necessarily look like what pictures all show,” was my hopefully thought provoking response.

The comment returned was a softly questioning, “Blond . . .”.

And the hesitating response and my excitement caused me to burst out, That’s right.”  But after a small pause continued with, “You’re right, at least that’s how the book I’ve read describes the Messiah.”

Jesus the king displayed in Sorrento, Italy at a Catholic church located on Corsa Italia.

Jesus the king displayed in Sorrento, Italy at a Catholic church located on Corsa Italia.

In response to my excitement the comment came, “You know in Italy Jesus is shown in some churches as blond?”

“I thought I heard that . . .” and we continued on discussing multiple topics.

Last year, 2013 while taking a semester abroad I visited a couple of churches that displayed Jesus as blond.  And at a religious edifice in Naples, seen on a class field trip in January, Mary with baby Jesus were both displayed with golden blond hair.  So a blond Jesus isn’t really that abnormal, it’s just uncommon here in the U.S. with our Puritan and Latin American religious background.

According to  online and radio descriptions about the ‘Heaven is for Real’ movie Jesus is a blond that also has blue-green eyes, and this is something specifically said by me in a conversation somewhere between 2008 to 2010.

The movie ‘Heaven is for Real’ guides me- #3 of 7

I’m not writing here to take glory from the film, but my experiences cause me to see a lot and encourage a need to empower others in seeing more.  And truthfully what I share here is in accord with my line of thought, because the book I mention sometimes is one the author doesn’t want religious people to buy for religion.  But I share how much more I’ve fallen in love with the heavens and the people I relate to because of that book.

I never recollect exactly what has happened, but the movie ‘Heaven is for Real’continues to guide me through memories I’m giving here.  This along with a belief that sharing with others my love of God added to the love from reading Ava D. Dohn’s books, starting with the Sisters of the Bloodwind, a fiction, and its harmony in accord with the Bible helps me believe my distribution, of love and knowledge, helped inspire this movie.

One of the persons I had shared some beliefs with previously questioned me about heaven.

And I responded, “Well I think it’s very similar to earth, at least the home planet is. But I also believe that because everyone in the heavens is way older than us, they have traveled beyond the home planet into the universe of that realm, and its varying planets.”

“That’s profound, but could it be real?,” was the curious but slightly heated curious tone of the response.

Male + Female he created themSo continuing on with my reasoning based on words previously shared in this blog, I said, “Just consider what scripture in Genesis says, ‘We are created in their image,’ it continues relating that Adam and Eve sinned, were thrown out of the garden, but before that happened they were perfect. Just think about it, this happened at the beginning of human history, but the record in the Bible says that Methuselah lived to be ‘969’ years old, and Adam lived after sinning 930 n- some years. According to my reasoning, the people in the heavens are older than us, and we are created in their image, this then means there are many if not all who are older than the earth itself.”

“That makes sense,” was the curiously investigative trend of response.

This caused me to continue with words, similar to the following, “That also means that we ‘male and female’ are created like them, then these perfect people, un-ageing, and very educated at least with age, are much more than basic glo-globs’s of power and energy. For being perfect as a human means to me that I’m physically perfect, but I’m also myself, making mistakes, overthinking things, getting hurt because I just wasn’t being wise. Perfect as in my body repairs itself, doesn’t grow old, but does age at least with wisdom and experience.”

This response caused consideration to rise on the face of the person I was talking to. And in our vicinity were others who heard what was being said. And more questions ended up following.

Which lead me to the ‘Heaven is for Real’movie.

The ‘Heaven is for Real’ supposed reality- #2 of 7

Heaven is for Real’ is supposedly based on a real life story, but more happened while I was at Walmart  leading me to conclude that the whole tale is not actually truthful.  This doesn’t mean that this young gentlemen, the story author, didn’t experience a heavenly occasion, but I think details have been added that he didn’t see.

‘Like what?’

While working customers shared in thoughts and ideas with me.  Sometimes comments about faith and love were made, by my people, because a loving display was noticed.

One time I commented about my desire to bring love for God to all mankind in response to an inquiry.

The person being talked with questioned, “How?”

God's finger + a heavely view

A heartfelt response followed, “I’m not really sure, but I do know that heaven is real, and if heaven is real God is real, and if God is real ALL people should be able to feel and understand the reality of God and the other people in the heavens.”

The stiffening shoulders, furled eyebrow, and questioning gaze of this listener caused me to continue, “’We are created in God’s image,’ at least according to the scriptures in Genesis.  And the Bible also mentions that there is war taking place in that area.  At least that’s how I perceive some words in Daniel.”

That talk concluded when the customer left the store.  But on returning, at a later time, the conversation continued with them mentioning that the scriptures shared, previously, had been reviewed and then their appreciation for my words to them was shared.

After asking about details of our previous conversations I led into a continuation of thought.  “So for me that means there are people battling for righteousness and freedom which people on earth don’t even think about.   We consider God and the angels as superior beings, but even though they are without inherit sin the people in the heavens aren’t machines, the LIVE.”

And the interested querying face caused me to proceed with that line of thought.  “Before the flood, if you read Genesis 6 you’ll find the words [similar to these] sharing that ‘the thought [of the sin and horror upon the earth at that time] hadn’t even been contemplated by God.’  God is the ‘Alpha and the omega,’ but God is growing with life and alterations that happen with life.”

“What?”

“‘ Thought never rose up into the heart of God,’ the thought of rebellion, sin, hatred, wasn’t even felt by God, the mind of God by the time of the rebellion before the flood never had considered the evil actions that happened.  That means God learned.”

“You know I never thought of that before,” or words very similar was the response from that person.  Then their body language conveyed the question, ‘where do these thoughts come from?’

As they were edging toward the door, I could tell that their time at Walmart was done for that day, so I said, “Please have a great day, and feel free to look up those words in Genesis 6 about God’s thinking if you want to.  Especially since I never quote word perfectly.”

And upon exiting these words were heard, “I will!  Thank you.”

Multiple public conversations and my marketing scheme for a book that is  fiction but shares a story that caused me to try leading others to go beyond the structured thinking religions have defined.  Some of those ideas, in my opinion, helped inspire the movie ‘‘Heaven is for Real.’’  Hopefully sharing with you will cause curiosity to rise up in your heart to seek out more inspiration.

The ‘Heaven is for Real’ movie and I- #1 of 7

The ‘Heaven is for Real’ movie and I are acquainted.

How so?

Hornell Walmart- summer 2008

Well I worked as a door greeter at Walmart in Hornell, NY from 2008 to 2010. While at the door my work was inspired by the desire to share with people love. Love for the unknown and under-appreciated. Love for the people who battle for righteousness and universal freedom.   This love caused me to try to make people feel appreciated, cared for, and it caused me to talk about people I’ve come to love the most.

What is interesting is that conversations would sometimes take twists and turns because I didn’t ever try to make people believe what I said. I just tried to encourage them to think. This involved listening, commenting on what was said, and inserting thoughts and ideas that could encourage their minds and hearts to change.

During one conversation I mentioned my belief in heaven and the people that live there.  Those people being different from the majority of the world but very similar to us in many respects.

He queried with, “What do you mean?”

I responded with, “Well for many of us we see God and angels as glo-globs of energy with no definition other than commanding power, law & authority and very little personality.”

The man had been nodding his head during my words and in my guesstimation, his nodding was because of relating to what was said.  Sort of like I was speaking truth and he concurred with my conjecture.

His expressions inspired my following response, with similar words, “My view of God is based on a slight understanding of the Bible and some of the creation account in Genesis.”  Because of a fear of offending the man, a customer, with one of the two forbidden public conversations, politics and religion I personalized my comment. These were my words, “In the description of creation, Genesis chapter 1 or 3, but I think its chapter 3 we’re told, “‘…and they [humans] were created in their image.’ According to my interpretation, that means we are like God, God is like us.” Observing the skeptical questioning on his face I continued, “The scriptures describe God as our ‘father in the heavens’ . . . they mention that ‘his eyes are upon us’.  What does that sound like to you?”

He responded, “I think I remember reading those words, but I never thought of God as a person before.”

In encouragement I said to him, “Examine Genesis for yourself, because that’s what the Bible mentions.  Think about what we discussed and consider all the other times God is described as a physical being.”

He waved as he walked away with the kind of carriage that caused me to think he was accepting and curious.

Well time continued to pass. And once in a while in-depth conversations like the one, described, here continued to happen.

Presently having seen and heard ads for the new movie ‘Heaven is for Real,’ causes me to recollect even more . . .

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