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  • Our most treasured beliefs dwell in a kind of mental concentration camp where they are never allowed out and other beliefs are never allowed to visit.


  • Anyone or anything that moves us away from that which is true is a corruption regardless of whether the act was intentional or not, whether performed by a religious leader, a political leader, parent, spouse, friend, or enemy.


  • That believing is seeing is often said, but in many cases not seeing is necessary for believing.


  • Those that hold their theological beliefs to be their highest values will probably have no trouble in sacrificing the rights of others, and perhaps no trouble in sacrificing the others as well.


  • Theologies have become a kind of ventriloquist that puts words into Gods mouth that were never there before.


  • It would seem that if Hell is going to really be an effective deterrent to the living, that God would somehow permit a few of these tortured souls to return and present a first-hand description. Perhaps He has, but who amongst us would listen and not call insane?


  • Heaven may only be what we grow within us by planting, cultivating, and harvesting the best that we can be. Hell may only be what we grow within us by planting, cultivating, and harvesting the worst that we can be. Like all things that we grow, we are always able to cultivate one or the other as we pass through the many phases of our lives.


  • Many pray like the man that prayed for a fish and then expected it to leap into his lap.


  • It is impossible to fully comprehend the intricacies of the smallest bits of matter all about us, or the enormity and complexities of the Universe that we can observe; how is it then that any person would dare to presume to understand God, the assumed creator of it all?


  • There are times when it is very difficult to believe in God while listening to theologians.


  • We should pray to God, not for him to act differently, but for ourselves to be different.


  • We need to always be wary of those that come among us that claim to possess the ability to receive Godís messages on our behalf, as God is perfectly capable of communicating with those that are receptive; for those that arenít receptive to God, they remain receptive to exploitation by those that falsely cloak themselves in holy words.


  • One of the blessings of Hell would be that we wonít have to put up with those busybodies that always know best how we should live; on second thought, perhaps that is all that Hell is, being surrounded by the righteous, each one struggling forever to have others believe the same way that they do.


  • WALT HASKINS


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