Saturday Six Word Story Prompt (6WSP): “Beauty”

Hi there all you blogger buddies and readers. This will hopefully be a weekly participation post for Saturday Six Word Story Prompt.

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I’m participating in this week’s prompt of Beauty. Why not join in? Here we go with my entry:

“Everyone wants to think they’re Beautiful.”

And…

“Beholder’s eyes don’t always see straight.”

Thank God for honest mommas.

Why not join in with your own entry in the comments, on your blog with a link down below or just on the original blog that startd this Hot Mess. Down below, you know what to do.

-mike

Saturday Six Word Story Prompt (6WSP): “Heaven”

Hi there all you blogger buddies and readers. This will hopefully be a weekly participation post for Saturday Six Word Story Prompt.

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I’m participating in this week’s prompt of Heaven. Why not join in? Here we go with my entry:

“Only Heaven awaits in God’s grace.”

And…

“Justice requires it to be so.”

If God I all loving, understanding, gracious and merciful… Then Heaven is the only option in regards to our Life after death here.

No matter what shape or situation that encompasses “punishment” or Justice for our ‘sins’ of being human, flawed and fragile… The God who made us cannot but recognize that we are not meant or fashioned for ‘perfection’. Life is not perfect and neither are we.

If the implications of our failures go far beyond the consequences of this life, there is no way that we in our finiteness could ever be held to an infinite sentence for what we’ve done in our limited natures, circumstances and information available. It would be Unjust to hand down Infinite Justice on Finite creatures with Limited capabilities and capacities.

So I believe that if Heaven is for Any, it is for All. That is what Grace is after all. Getting what we could never deserve. I haven’t always felt this way. But I’ve learned to err on the side of Mercy.

Why not join in with your own entry in the comments, on your blog with a link down below or just on the original blog that startd this Hot Mess. Down below, you know what to do.

-mike

Saturday Six Word Story Prompt (6WSP): “Anger”

Hi there all you blogger buddies and readers. This will hopefully be a weekly participation post for Saturday Six Word Story Prompt.

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I’m participating in this week’s prompt of Anger. Why not join in? Here we go with my entry:

“Anger motivates for Good or Evil”

Remember to heed the warnings of Starbuck and avoid the fate of Ahab.

Sometimes is better to learn when to let it go. And then… Let it go.

Why not join in with your own entry in the comments, on your blog with a link down below or just on the original blog that startd this Hot Mess. Down below, you know what to do.

-mike

Saturday Six Word Story Prompt (6WSP): “Fate”

Hi there all you blogger buddies and readers. This will hopefully be a weekly participation post for Saturday Six Word Story Prompt.

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I’m participating in this week’s prompt of Fate. Why not join in? Here we go with my entry:

“We are free, within our Boundaries.”

I don’t believe in Divine Determinism or Preordained Happenstance. Even though there is nothing accidental by physics, Physics itself is not governed by Fate.

Nature is Natural and as such proceeds and unfolds as Nature sees fit. All involved. All interacting. All cooperating in the Dance.

“Destined to Create our own Fates.”

Why not join in with your own entry in the comments, on your blog with a link down below or just on the original blog that startd this Hot Mess. Down below, you know what to do.

-mike

Saturday Six Word Story Prompt (6WSP): “Loss”

Hi there all you blogger buddies and readers. This will hopefully be a weekly participation post for Saturday Six Word Story Prompt.

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I’m participating in this week’s prompt of Loss. Why not join in? Here we go with my entry:

“Loss is an opportunity to Gain”

It’s not to belittle or make less the importance of what happens To us when we say that what happens Thru us creates the difference In us. All loss sucks for a time, but shouldn’t for All time. To the degree we accept and incorporate, adapt and innovate, is the measure of how successful we will be in our ability to Grow and Learn and Be better for the future not only for ourselves, but for Others around us.

“Grieve the Loss, Anticipate the Benefit

Why not join in with your own entry in the comments, on your blog with a link down below or just on the original blog that startd this Hot Mess. Down below, you know what to do.

-mike

Saturday Six Word Story Prompt (6WSP): “Betrayed”

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I’m participating in this week’s prompt of Betrayed. Why not join in? Here we go with my entry:

“What once was Precious, now Lost”

And another to illustrate…

“The Betrayals that Betrayal leads to.”

Who betrays whom?

We think of Judas

One who believed, yet Betrayed-

-The One meant to Die.

A Zealot pre-made

God shaped his own betrayer.

Determined ahead.

Following a script

Set forth from Eternity

Obedient one

Did Judas betray?

Without knowing, he obeyed.

Could he be guilty?

Story set in Blood

Omniscient narrator writes.

Novelized doctrine.

“Buy Truth”, or the truth?

Not the Only “Risen One”.

Once “Found”, but now Free.

-mike

Betrayed and Betrayer

Some may call us Apostates. Others Deconverts. Still others “stop their ears” to our stories and past to lable us “never saved” or Atheists… both wrongly so.

Those of us who have asked questions that “must not be asked” or dug deeper than the ‘Answers’ provided that “must not be questioned” feel differently though.

It’s not us who have Betrayed our former Faith or Saviour, it’s our Faith Tradition which has betrayed us by not allowing the possibility that gnaws at the hearts and minds of almost everyone who believes, but the most irrational and separated from Reality. The possibility that we are wrong. That God may exist, but Other than we Believe.

I still believe in God.

I don’t “know” or claim to be able to fully know. But I believe still. If God truly exists, He/She/It is so “Other” as to be beyond our detection by natural means or comprehension by limited minds. I no longer believe we would be able to Know.

We’re the ones who have been betrayed for decades, centuries, millennia, regarding the Foundations of our “Faith Once Delivered”. Apologists try to block the exits, plug the dike, give us “answers sufficient” to keep us calm and confident, but wholly unable to completely disspell the doubt, erradicate the “disease” that threatens to shine the light on the Hollywood Set-piece nature of the “Greatest Story Ever Told”. Apologetics is Big Business and business… is Booming.

Some know what they are saying and selling, as one historian repeats, “isn’t True, isn’t History”, that it’s “just more Astounding Rubbish from the New Testament”, and Tradition passed down thru the ages as Revealed Truth ™.

Some know, but are “bound” by carreer, finances and families to make the best of it anyway, like the “Hirelings” spoken of by Jesus in the Gospel, lest they “lose the World by gaining their souls” and integrity.

Thankfully, aside from a short stint as a missionary overseas myself, I was never in such a position of making that choice. But I think of those who betrayed me and empathize with them as well, having been betrayed themselves by others and the same system, and betraying themselves everyday to maintain their livelihoods and careers.

Universal Stockholm Syndrome

We have all been held captive to an idea that Captivates as it promises Freedom. Even those whose “Jobs” it is to Apologize, Answer for and Defend what, if Truly True, would not need defending, answering for or Apologetics.

Truth can be Detected for

History, Science, Archaelogy and Biology all tell a very different story. One that can be verified and even challenged and corrected if found later to be incorrect or in need of updating.

Faith neither offers nor tolerates any of those. It demands obedience. I was both Betrayed and Betrayer.

Now… I’m on Recovery. Why not join me?

Why not join in with your own entry in the comments, on your blog with a link down below or just on the original blog that startd this Hot Mess. Down below, you know what to do.

-mike

Saturday Six Word Story Prompt (6WSP): “Unconditional Love”

Hello all you blogger buddies and readers. This will hopefully be a weekly participation post for Saturday Six Word Story Prompt.

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I’m participating in this week’s prompt of Unconditional Love. Why not join in? Here we go with my entry:

“The Golden Rule is not Unconditional.”

Even “Do unto others… ” is motivated by “… what you would have them do to you”. We act, speak and treat others, and rightly so, with the respect, compassion and empathy that we would like to be returned.

It’s traditionally taught that it’s about treating OTHERS, but in an equal way, it’s about the expected or hoped for return FROM others to yourself. Either way, it’s notunconditional. And that may be a good and healthy thing at that.

I’d like to offer an article on Unconditional Love for consideration as to the effects and emotional consequences of both uncritically giving and expecting Unconditional Love.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/intimacy-path-toward-spirituality/201801/is-unconditional-love-really-possible

Another good explanation of why Love must be conditioned on respect and love returned is this blog post from a blogger who “liked” this post right after I posted. Unconditional Love is a potentially dangerous concept in reality. Read HERE.

Why not join in with your own entry in the comments, on your blog with a link down below or just on the original blog that startd this Hot Mess. Down below, you know what to do.

-mike