On this November 6, 2017, it is reported that in Sutherland, Texas a man dressed in black, armed with an assault rifle, opened fire inside a church yesterday, killing 26 people and wounding about 20 others.
Upon leaving the church, he was confronted by an armed resident who grabbed his rifle. The resident “engaged” the shooter, whatever that means. A short time later the shooter was found dead in his vehicle at the county line. It is unclear if the shooter died of a self-inflicted wound or if he was shot by the resident.
As always, after the fact Federal agents swarmed the community. President Trump is monitoring the situation. We can expect demands for gun control.
Power and control is a root cause. The lacking of power and control, as well, is a root cause. The answer Jesus gave us is to look within for the answer. If we could believe that the kingdom of God is within us, would external power and control dominate?
If you want to know how something works, you take it apart. Physicists began taking apart the universe when I was born. They are now looking for the “god-particle.” They thought they would find the beginning of it all with the Large Hadron Collider, a giant atom smasher. They didn’t find the beginning. There is no beginning or end.
From the Bible, “And God said, Let us make man in our image….And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul,” soul defined as our immaterial part, our animating self, or our actuating cause of life, I dare say that if we were consciously aware that we are eternal—at one with the consciousness of the universe—those people in a church in Sutherland, Texas would be alive.
It is the belief that God is supernatural and external, that we need an authority on God to advise us, and there are many; we cannot possibly know God.
The cutting edge of science has it that the whole is more than the sum of the parts. Our space-time dimension is only one of the parts. There is a dimension of infinite possibility with which our immaterial part is connected. We have the power to make our reality, individually and as a whole. This being true, why would we turn over our lives to this or that authority? Perhaps those people whose lives were lost in church was a lesson.
Before Jesus started his ministry, he went into the wilderness to meditate. While there, he was tempted by Satin. He returned more determined. His first act was to turn over the money changers tables. The priests were taking the people, living grand lives while the people went without.
In the four Gospels, we find the revelation of self rule, that “man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God….Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.” Indeed, we were not created to live like ants or bees, nor were we created to live like heard animals. We are not flocks of religious beings, or sheep being led to slaughter.
Jesus said, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”
Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.
As for authority, Jesus said, “whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister. And whosoever will be chief among you let him be your servant….But woe unto you, scribes and Pharasees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men for you neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.”
Said Jesus, “So, likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Verily, I say to you, This generation shall not pass away till all be fulfilled.”