A little while ago I was thinking about reincarnation. I was thinking what a terrible thing to be true. What if I’ve been here before, and was sent back because I didn’t learn whatever I was supposed to learn? What if I don’t learn it again this time? How many times have I fricking been here?

I don’t believe in reincarnation simply because I don’t like the idea. And what a stupid idea it is. How are you supposed to learn from your mistakes in a previous life if you cannot remember that previous life?

There are so many fricking philosophies and beliefs in this world. It’s ridiculous. Truth is supposed to be easy to hear and recognize, isn’t it? Jesus says that his sheep hear his voice. (John 10:27)  In John 18:37 Jesus tells Pilate, “You say that I’m a King. I was born for this, and I have come into the world for this: to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to My voice.”

I have been a believer in Jesus as the Christ for a long time. I don’t see that changing, ever. If I am wrong, I will die wrong.

I have read a lot in the last several years. I have learned about grace. I have learned about trinitarian life. And quite frankly I believe I was lead to these writings and revelations by the Spirit of God. The idea of God as a family, and wanting to extend that family through humanity seems right to me. But I’m just a man. Other men believe other things, and they think that what they believe is right. How is that possible?

As Christians, we tend to believe that we are right about what we believe. And we believe that the Spirit of God leads us into all truth. The scriptures say that very thing in John 16:12-14. But how has humanity come to believe so many different things about God, and who he is?

Someone, or something, is causing confusion. There is the darkness. I’m confident that God can find us in the darkness. But there is confusion, and God is not the author of confusion. So I also have to believe that there is an enemy.

Matthew 13:36 says that an enemy has sown bad seed in God’s kingdom. Instead of removing the bad seed God allows them to grow together so that the good seed won’t be uprooted.

When the harvest comes the Lord will send his angels to gather first, the bad seed; they will gather from His kingdom everything that causes sin and those guilty of lawlessness (Matt 13:41)

Jesus says this parable is the way things will go down at the end of the age. So how is it that Christians teach that the church will be raptured out of the earth before any trouble?

A lot of times the parable of the 10 virgins is used to prove that the some will be taken, and those who are not ready will left behind. What if the parable is teaching that those who have the Holy spirit will be protected from the things that are happening to the rest of the world as the angels take care of “everything that causes sin and those guilty of lawlessness?” The scripture says that these are thrown into a blazing furnace where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matt 13:43) Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s kingdom. (vs 44)

Wow! I don’t know how I got to all that. So if the oil in the parable of the virgins represents the Spirit of God, it would make sense that the virgins that had oil would not be able to share it, because it is “belief” in Jesus that brings the Spirit to one’s life. You can’t acquire it from someone else. The Spirit is given to those who believe.

Those of us who believe now are prepared (?)… to go through the great tribulation and to be protected by God’s angels as they deal with the weeds. (?) Makes sense to me.

What I do know is that I am a believer. I have been for a very long time. I will be forever.