Overseas Deployments and Heaven

As I look at the title of this post, I wonder how those two could have anything in common at all. Deploying overseas was hard, dangerous work. We were far away from loved ones and often felt isolated from “real life”. Well, this is about a revelation I was given years after the deployments I made, long after I retired from the Navy.

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Who’s the High Priest?

Many of us know the story about how Jesus was called to defend himself before the High Priest and the rest of the council.

Matthew 26:62-65: Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?”

“I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

The high priest tore his clothes. “Why do we need any more witnesses?” he asked. “You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?”

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Personal Gospels

Some say that the most important books of the Bible are the four Gospels. Because the writers saw things through their own eyes, the stories do not line up 100%, which is as it should be. In many years of detective work, I learned that rarely do two witnesses see things the exact same way. It’s always from their own point of view.

Witness statements. That’s what the Gospels are to us, to me. Different views of the same thing and each view tells you a lot about the author as well. Here’s what I mean:

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A Creation Story

As it says in the title, this is a story. Sure, it’s based on a true story, the one in the Bible, but like Hollywood I have taken liberties to … fill in the blanks.

So, let’s start at the beginning. No really, at the beginning.

History, time and space all began at the “Big Bang”. That’s what science tells us, however science leaves out a few things:

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Was Jesus Only a Great Teacher?

Several people have told me that Jesus was “only a great teacher”, and He was not the Son of God. He was, at best, maybe a prophet.

Well, at least they do admit He existed in history, so that’s closer to the truth than those who deny Him completely! I almost never challenge those people, because I feel God is working on them and a confrontation will not do anyone any good. So, I will address the issue here.

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If Jesus was walking today

It is easy to hear about the churches that focus on judging people, especially because when they do, the media loves repeating it. Churches condemning homosexuals, prostitutes, criminals, politicians, and even members of the “wrong” political spectrum. They have no idea about forgiving “low lives”, it seems far beyond their consideration.

I don’t condemn someone for being like that, it’s just the human thing to do. Suspecting those that are not “like us” is part of the survival skills developed long ago. Parents properly tell their young children “don’t talk with strangers”.

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Abide / Remain

Does it make sense to make planes out of something that doesn’t fly or to make ships out of something that doesn’t float? Metal doesn’t fly or float! Yet jet planes are made of metal, as are ocean-going ships. Many times I have used both to go on long journeys covering distances I could not cover on my own. I could well use my relationship with God in the same way!

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