Odds Are…

What are the chances that life is illusory?  What are the chances that God exists only in your mind?  If anything is possible, then the odds are good that any of these suggestions are reality.  And because of the quantum world, even contradictory actions can occur simultaneously without cancelling each other out.

So, is everything possible?  Quite possibly, everything could be possible.  Is it possible to win the lottery?  The odds may be against that happening, but it could happen.  If I were to draw 13 cards from a deck of cards, the odds that those cards would be all spades, consecutively drawn as:  A, K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, and 2, would be astronomical.  But it is possible.

If everything is possible, could something also be impossible?  In other words, is it possible for something to be impossible and still everything would be possible at the same time?  Of course it can through the magic of quantum mechanics.  Therefore if everything is possible, including some things being impossible, then this is a complete set of possibilities.  There is nothing out of the realm of possibility within the universe.

And that makes sense since matter and energy can neither be created nor destroyed in our universe, so that everything within our universe must be a complete set since nothing else can be created.  The deck of cards (matter and energy) within our universe was created outside the universe, leaving us with free will and random chances in how the cards were both dealt and played.  If everything is possible, then there can be no complaint about your failure to be a good person or to reach your goals.

And being a good person or reaching your goals is not a miracle provided by God.  God gave you the cards, but you played them and thus must accept the consequences for your choices in life.  The key to miracles is in transforming your mind.  It doesn’t matter whether you utilize philosophy or religion or meditation.  You mind must leave the universe and become connected with God, who is outside the universe.

Scientists and doctors have case studies where patients have been pronounced as brain dead, but were later revived and brought back to life.  Those patients consistently have reported that they were still aware of events even after their brains stopped functioning.  In effect, their consciousness continued into the afterlife.  And this is both possible and impossible, depending on your perspective.

As I have written many times, our species would be infinitely fortunate if we died and our consciousness ended at the same time.  That would be the best case for mankind.  But unfortunately the odds are against that happening.  Since nothing in our universe can be destroyed and also assuming consciousness is something in our universe,  then our awareness will not terminate when our bodies die, just like we have been told by those who have died and then have been resuscitated.

Even though some religions promise eternal lives for true believers, please be careful what you wish for.  If your goal is just to have eternal life, this could be a hell within itself.  Can you imagine being stuck for eternity in the same room with your enemy or even an individual who irritates the hell out of you?  Eternal life without first unifying with God could be eternal damnation.

So if you die and are still thinking, then you had better quickly become one with God or you will be lost without a guide through the chaotic journey after death where anything is possible.  And this might become your personal Judgment Day with you inflicting more torture and pain on yourself than God would ever do.

How Much Do We Know?

With all the improvements in science and scientific research and space exploration, how much do we know… perhaps 10% of what is in our universe?  With the large telescopes on earth and in space, how much do we see… perhaps another 10% of our universe?

Actually, we know less than 1% of what is in our universe and probably much less than 1%.  The visible universe is less than 4% of what is included in the universe and probably much less than 4%, especially if the universe is an ellipse and we can only view it to its horizon.  And even if the visible universe is 4%, we know just a fraction of what is in that visible universe.

So, how much do we know?  Not much at all.  We don’t know much about dark matter and don’t know anything about dark energy.  In fact, we can say with certainty:  we are pretty much in the dark.

We don’t even know that much about what is right in front of us.  The invisible quantum world is right next to us, but we have only scratched its surface.  There are unexplored deep oceans.  There still are many mysteries deep inside the earth’s core.

We, humans, think very highly of ourselves, but actually we are a miserable lot.  We can’t take care of our environment.  We are responsible for a current mass extinction that may end up being worse than the Permian extinction.  Our emotions make us more violent and unpredictable than any other animals.

We don’t even know much about ourselves and why we exist.  Why do we think about our existence?  If we didn’t have that nagging awareness, we could be like all the other animals, living through basic instincts without emotional interplay.  But our consciousness and consciences make us different from other animals… and not necessarily different better.  We murder based on hate, greed, sex, desire, jealousy, and anger.  No other animals do that.  We want gold, silver, diamonds, and currency.  Other animals don’t care about these things.  We want luxury automobiles and huge homes with the best furniture.  Other animals could care less.

So, why are we different and what is our purpose?  Well, logically there must be a reason for us to have free will and make choices based on our unique consciousness and consciences.  And the only reason that makes sense is that we are being tested.  Why else would we be able to make choices?  Life with free will would be quite absurd without consequences for our choices.  Existentialism rules our world.

Homo sapiens could have been like any other animal with no awareness or conscience, but we were given free will that no other animals have.  Why?  It has to be because something or somebody will examine these decisions that we have made.  And, of course, there will be consequences.  You cannot judge an animal that acts based on inherent instincts, but you can provide punishment for bad choices made by Homo sapiens.

So, how much do we know about a future judgment?  My guess is that we know less than 1% and probably substantially less than 1%.

Gnostic Gospels

The lost gospels of Mary, Peter, Phillip, Thomas, and Judas, many of which are Gnostic in origin, were not included with the gospels selected by the Nicene Convention in the fourth century for our Holy Bible.  They were intentionally eliminated and were hidden from Christians for hundreds of years.

Since the Gnostics believed that their relationship with God was personal and thus did not need a bishop, priest, or any other religious leader to intercede for them, it was natural for the structured, formalistic faction of Christianity to not include their gospels in the Bible.

The Gnostics were almost mystical in their faith.  They had a one-on-one connection with God that did not require them to go to church or have any relationship with other believers.  Their faith was based on God entering their thoughts and mind and unifying with them.  Nobody else was required in order for this to happen.  In fact, others would have distracted them from obtaining this type of relationship with God.

Even though these Gnostic Gospels are not accepted by mainstream Christians today, it is important to read them.  They provide insight into an important and significant part of early Christianity that was erased by Emperor Constantine and the Roman religious leaders of that time.

The importance of Gnosticism is found in the reality of any imagined afterlife.  Logically in order to have an afterlife, you have to be thinking or be aware after death.  If you die and are no longer thinking, then anything that happens after you die is meaningless to your consciousness.

There are scientists and doctors who believe that you will no longer be aware of anything after you die since your brain, the center of your awareness, will be dead.  This is quite possible, but I would argue not probable because of the Law of Conservation of Matter and Energy.  Our consciousness or thinking cannot be destroyed in this universe.  Our awareness, however, can be converted to another form of matter or energy, which probably does happen.

But the question is: will you still be thinking in this new type of matter or energy of the underworld?  I believe that it is more likely that you will still be thinking because your awareness cannot be destroyed; it can only be modified.

So, Gnosticism may be more appropriate for a situation when you are thinking in a new environment without priests or friends or family by your side to assist you.  You will be on your own, facing eternal thoughts in the afterlife.  Anyone familiar with sensory deprivation will explain how devastating that can become within a matter of minutes.

As the Gnostics recommend, you should become one with your God before you die.  By unifying with God, He enters your thoughts and becomes one with you.  He will be your guide through the underworld.  Trust me.  It is not something you want to try on your own.  Just ask former prisoners who were tortured with sensory deprivation.

Even those who said they were religious did not fare well because they had not linked up completely with God.  They may have gone to church and may have even led a good life, but they were not unified with God.  Most of them started hallucinating within minutes and the horrible nightmares would have created an eternal hell for them.