"May Adonai bless you and protect you! May Adonai deal kindly and graciously with you! May Adonai lift up his countenance upon you and grant you peace!" (Torah, Numbers 6:24-26) And Jesus said, "Allow the little children to come unto me. Forbid them not, for of such is the Kingdom of God. Truly, I say unto you, unless you receive the Kingdom of God as a little child does, you shall not enter therein." (New Testament, Mark 10:14-16)

Sojourning at an Oasis Paradise

My purpose for living this life, and for writing this blog, is to understand the faith that links us to God. I wish to explore and discuss the reality at the heart of all of the world's religions. This is an immense task, but I know that God also has faith in us, trusting that we do desire the truth, as well as freedom, love and wisdom. Thus, as always, He meets us halfway. Even as God has given us individual souls, so we must each of us trace out an individual pathway to God. Whether we reside in the cities of orthodox religion, or wend our solitary ways through the barren wastelands, God watches over us and offers us guidance and sustenance for the journey.

Most of what you will see here is the result of extensive personal study, combined with some careful speculation. Occasionally, I may simply offer some Scripture or an inspirational text. I am a wide reader, and the connection of some topics and ideas to matters of faith and religion may not seem immediately obvious, but perhaps I may spell it out in the end... or maybe, you will decide that it was just a tangent. Anyway, I hope that you will find my meanderings to be spiritually enlightening, intellectually stimulating, or at least somewhat entertaining.

In the coming weeks and months, I intend to transcribe a series of essays that I wrote about 20 years ago in the hope that I might get them published. They represent the nucleus of my spiritual life and the focal point around which my wanderings revolve like an electron in an atom. I hope that they might eventually serve as a springboard for discussions about the common spiritual heritage of humanity. May we come together and embrace each other in peace.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Why Space?

1. Frontiers to explore - The human species has always had
the urge to see beyond the horizon and go where no one has
gone before.

2. Resources - to mine and build new cities, and develop new
technologies to use them.

3. Vitality or decay, keep our freedom to grow or we will
become decadent.

4. Stepping stone: a launch platform to open the way to the
planets and the stars.

5. Knowledge and discovery: to learn about the laws of
physics, the stars and their inhabitants, and how we can
adapt to live among them.

6. Utopias and Edens, where we can learn to create better
societies and steward world ecologies.

7. Salvation of the human species, in case of global disaster,
we can rescue the survivors and rebuild our civilization.

8. Apotheosis: the good angels are free to roam the heavens,
while the bad angels are confined to the hell they will make
of earth.

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