Conflicting Dreams

“The mark of humanity is in the looking up, the mark of the believer is in the looking in.”

The stars…

They make you dream of transformation, discovery, and mystery. A transcendence or release from the cages of what was and what is.

Humanity, since it’s beginning, has sought the stars. Charted, studied, and reached out in longing toward them, like so many bugs in a jar.

Star Trek and other science fiction works do well to capture our intrigue, sweeping us up in its progressive ideals and future outlook where mankind has fully matured as a species.

Matured or more specifically—“evolved” into something more. As if our existence and purpose were centered in our collective betterment. And as if we could ever hope to achieve such a feat by hard work and wits alone.

I’ve always loved Star Trek and the utopian future it painted, where humanity had overcome its evils and discovered new life amidst the sea of stars. But it’s merely a childhood fantasy to believe that we humans possess the ability to grow at all, apart from God. In other words, what we share in the outcome, we differ in the process.

While the rest of the world is looking up, we look within. While they are reaching and striving—we are kneeling. And therein the action lies the truth. As one seeks self transcendence the other acknowledges a power in which all transcendence flows.

The Tower of Babel is an interesting story of humanity striving for greatness apart from God. You see, we all want transcendence—but there is only one way to acquire it.

“I am the Way, the Truth, the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me (Jesus).” —John 14:6

To most of the world, transcendence is through the mind. Mental control, knowledge (science), or meditations—which conjures up this image I’m sure.

For the atheist it is all knowledge. To the spiritualist it is all God. To the Christian it is one God who created all.

As I read one of my many Star Trek novels, I realize that they represent our modern day secular world and it’s socialistic progressive ideology to the T.

They look at the story of Adam and Eve differently. Not just in that it is symbolic to them (not real), but also in its purpose. Christians see dependency on God as the “good”, and Adam and Eve’s decision as the “evil” which led to exile from the physical garden and God’s presence.

This understanding is the foundation of why the rest of the Bible is important and vital. It is the story of our redemption that could not be won through our humanity, only through the Son of God.

When the humanist reads this story, they paint a different picture. Of mankind elevating itself by choosing independence from God and His “cage”. That the garden was like a nursery that we had outgrown as a species. And God?….that we had outgrown Him most of all.

This is important to note because first, it is the very lie the devil had whispered in Eve’s ear.

“(The devil speaking)…For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God…” —Genesis 3:5

Second, it is a misconception of what freedom is. Progressives believe that things like morality and the law (whether Biblical or literal), are binding. As if they enslave us, when truthfully it is the lack thereof that binds us with many chains.

The devil cared not about Eve. He wasn’t handing her a gift but a curse!

Sin is enslavement just as the flesh, if undisciplined and loosed, is enslaving. It tells us what to do and rules our very existence. And sin is never satisfied until it has consumed its captives onto death.

In the garden we were free of the weight of sin and death and had authority and power that was stolen when we were cast out. We were made to rule the garden and expand it, to co-labor with God in vanquishing the evil on the Earth. That job is ours again, one that can only be accomplished if done together with God.

He is not a dictator, or some long bearded angry entity in the heavens, unconcerned by our souls. He is love—love that came down and became one of us for the sake of oneness.

We exist therefore to love and be loved. We aren’t slaves but servants, we aren’t chained but free, and we aren’t animals evolved but children adopted and grafted into God’s family.

And so, I’ll leave the stargazing to the dreamers. Instead I will look within myself, pursue God and Godly matters—and turn dreams into reality.

There is hope for humanity still…and it rests not in our limited abilities but in His unlimited love.

Maybe it’s time we stop looking up…and start looking in. So that we can then look out at the world that matters most in this sea of stars and do some real good through the lens of Christ.


8 thoughts on “Conflicting Dreams

  1. Reblogged this on Zero Lift-Off and commented:
    Very good Hope! I like very much the way you have portrayed the reality of mankind’s wandering imagination, that as I see it, always tends to get it into trouble if not bridled and directed by the only Master Teacher and Potter our Lord Jesus Christ!

    Of course the most standout point to me here is this one Scripture that I quote!

    “I am the Way, the Truth, the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me (Jesus).” —John 14:6

    There is no other way to explain our design and purpose but through that as you put it lens, or this focal point of absolute Truth! From this everything becomes academic and straight forward, but, too many wayward human beings want to run a fool’s errand or open a new “Pandora’s Box” that they allow themselves to be tricked into believing will take them to some great or worthwhile destination, in this case; “to explore strange new worlds and great civilizations, and to boldly go where no man has gone before,” but all of it is “vanity” and vanity is always the biggest tool of the Devil’s in this material realm of flesh existence! I say this for a plain God Truth reason!

    “Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, Vanity of vanities! All is vanity” (Ecclesiastes 1:2,
    Romans 8:20 says that all creation was subjected to vanity because of God’s curse. When Adam sinned, God cursed all that He had made (Genesis 3:17–19). In other words, perfection was lost. All of creation is now falling short of its original purpose; rather than working in harmony with God and creation, inhabitants of the earth have turned on each other and against God. We still reel from the effects of that curse. Everything meant to be right side up is upside down. The chaos and insanity of the world as we know it are due to the fact that God has subjected creation to vanity until the time when it will be set free (Romans 8:21).

    I said many people “allow themselves” (temptation) to go this route for a reason, the tantalizing and even mesmerizing intoxication of power and glory that some people pursue is like a drug, and we see sheer examples of this in many of the top current politicians in the DC Swamp, who are as you said about “freedom misused,” now “chained or shackled” to grave sin, because they chose to be “wayward and rebellious” to God; which is as I see it one of or perhaps more accurately the greatest of sins, because they not only reject God’s authority as occurred in the Garden, they also mark him in great blasphemy, putting themselves on a pedestal, and think themselves in a real sense; godlike or masters of their own destinies! Which is exactly what Satan was seeking to get out of them, and he has succeeded in spades; say for example with Biden who is utterly demonic in all he does and now being the King of Abortion appropriating 468 $Billion, nearly a half Trillion dollars for the exclusive use to fund abortion, up to and including full term day of delivery; which is the “murdering” of the “most helpless innocent human beings,” and that man calls himself a Christian Catholic which is absolutely false; he is as far from being a Christian as any human being could ever be or had been, and to make it worse he had the knowledge of forethought in advance of becoming what he has, which is absolute proof that he is like Satan and all demons that reject God’s authority; thus making all of those aborted babies a sacrifice from Biden and all of his cohorts; to Satan! I don’t even like to think about let alone talk about this unbelievable evil; but, I have to be a big enough person and more importantly a big enough good devoted Christian to face this horrible truth of this evil time we are now living in!

    I used to love watching Star Trek as a kid and as I got older I dropped my interest in it quickly knowing better, and I’m a science major throughout all of my education years generally speaking with high aptitudes, so my deductive reasoning and curiosity capability coupled with my deep Christian commitment to Jesus Christ, I knew this stuff was all a fantasy, and maybe fun as a kid, but, now it’s all utterly ridiculous and rather crazy if I were to pursue any interests; in any of that make believe silliness.

    You mention progressive thinkers or let’s say radically free liberal minded persons on steroids with no God focal point of reference; so we end up with what I had to mention to another blogger the other day!

    Please bear with me this is a long comment and for that I’m sorry, but, I do it from my heart and because I mainly know God approves at this moment!

    “I’m not discussing thermodynamics and or particle physics as those debates in the world at large continue, as to whether the basic laws that govern the time space continuum are set or have absolute boundaries as Einstein was referring when he stated that “God doesn’t play dice,” while there are those that still concur that beyond the fourth dimension which they believe quantum mechanics appears to indicate there are fluctuations or vibrations that function outside of all established known physics leading one to consider alternate universes and the like, or multiple outcomes are randomly possible for the same static event or particle’s path when considered in the expanded time space continuum based on that conjecture; but some would or try to say that any such intriguing possibility that seems to be presenting such a potentiality; this is to me for all intent and purposes the God particle as a reference here, far exceeding our conceptualization capacity, or that aspect that all else is based on which is God, which nobody is infinitesimally capable of understanding let alone competing with such enormous and vast power and understanding; that which knows anything and everything! Take a look at what we really are to equate what I say; otherwise we are heading down the rabbit hole of atheism and non-belief in any highest intellect and presence in the universe and that in itself is ridiculous on its face, because it concludes that all is just random and there is no order or design intelligence to anything while reaching such a conclusion based on “Nothing;” making it all gibberish and a total fool’s errand!

    So in such a mindset anything goes and morals or integrity should be non-existent as well, so there is no right or wrong and if you hail from that arena I can tell you categorically you are totally a wet blanket and dead wrong! In such a world murder and any malicious act is fine and all that matters is who gets the advantage over someone else say like the way the CCP in China function, where they as of 2014 had exterminated 1.2 million Tibetans, and so my point is “morality counts above most things on earth” and there is a reason it does, and was meant to be such!! It is not meant to be the opposite of rule by the toughest and wickedest or only the most vicious bloodthirsty can prevail with brute force and cunning! I have even experienced supernatural events that proved to me 100% that there is absolutely way more than meets our puny minute vision and comprehension! Oh and yes, there is diabolical evil it exists, and is a force that one way or another we will all grapple with to some degree in our own short lifetimes, or in the least when each of us dies and our immortal souls are then presented with the absolute truth; then each soul will see the basic truth and finds whether it has been in alignment with the inner light of God, or instead the opposing force of darkness and evil. Which I have to tell you or anyone interested you don’t want to be on that side of the ultimate judgment equation, because the agony of what awaits such souls is far too difficult to fully comprehend in this present state of being; but, it is real and eternally finale for such souls! I would only tell you no matter where you stand in all of this, you owe it to yourself not to cut yourself off from the life giving source, that which is all encompassing and made all things. Your point is based on the finite particle physics world, and what I’m talking about is far beyond mere matter and energy extrapolations! You’ve seriously put yourself at a great disadvantage speaking about the spiritual in this limited finite closed system of terms!

    For now I can assure you there is far more to existence than meets the eye or what “any equations” arrive at as conclusions, all basically missing the bigger part of the picture, and therefore; not knowing enough to say there is no evil. This all takes many years of delving into multiple disciplines to break it down deductively; and or “experiencing events beyond the ordinary,” (Holy Spirit) to have any valid concise conclusion of science and beyond it; unless of course you’re happy with your limiting process, then you get what you pay for or pay for what you did, when your time comes to face the music! In other words you’re on your own! The choice of course is and must be your own, but, I have made my mind up long ago and nothing in this world or anywhere else can alter my perception or understanding in a negative way! I’m all set!

    I want to provide a bit more for you to consider what I’m saying about evil, and how real it is or how it manifests in human beings intellectually and physically; by reading these two previous essays and then I hope you will begin to understand my accurate perceptions that provide enough of a solid footing to say I have the best possible answer to our human dilemma or condition!”

    “I must warn you I only offer this outpouring to you as a conscientious solid faithful believer in God Almighty through Jesus Christ, and I absolutely do not believe in arguing with set non-believers who have drawn what they believe is their proper conclusion based on nothing but rebelliousness, and I have to say darkness! I do this for your benefit not mine; I am all set, thank you!”

    Now I’ve delved again into this whole free thinking go wherever your imagination takes you concept because it clearly illustrates that once a person goes down that rabbit hole the concept of morality and right or wrong are easily muted or cancelled out, and there is no right or wrong, but only what a person perceives is right or best for him or her in that given circumstance, and accountability is only to oneself; so murder and mayhem have free reign in this system! The obvious conclusion has to be that as you have clearly stated already Sister Hope; we need Jesus Christ to lead us, and nothing else will do so that we won’t go off the rails or worse; and this isn’t a complicated thing to do, its actually rather simple!

    I leave you with this one additional essay link of mine which I think you may have seen by now, but, either way it’s good to refresh and there are others out here that can benefit by checking it out right now!

    Thank you for this great posting and opportunity, for me to try harder for Christ and be a better Christian by attempting to communicate some vital points, that we all need to stay Focused on and Review often; while sharing them with love to others so we can help each other to stay in the good graces of God in order to then make it home someday; to our everlasting home in Heaven. Amen.

    God bless you and yours!
    Brother in Christ Jesus,
    Lawrence Morra III

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    1. Thank you for the comment, as always! And amen, the devil knows what he is doing and knows all of humanity’s pitfalls. The human flesh and its condition hasn’t changed but the option to be cured of it has. Jesus is the only way. He is the answer to all our deepest wants both humanly and spiritually. God bless!

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      1. Thank you again Hope! You just put in a nutshell as far as I see it all. I was happy to see this beautiful response to my once again long dissertation for another of your fine postings this morning; as I had thought just last night and again this morning when I might see your response, which I was very Hopeful that it would be a shining light of Hope; but, I was also thinking how Hope is so very busy and especially with family coming first, especially now with a very beautifully gifted, energetic little baby boy! Yes, Jesus is the only way, and He is leading those of us who are seeking and listening to Him! In comparison the world has Nothing to offer me, to me it is vanity of all vanity and the Devil’s playground!

        “Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, Vanity of vanities! All is vanity” (Ecclesiastes 1:2,

        Romans 8:20 says that all creation was subjected to vanity because of God’s curse. When Adam sinned, God cursed all that He had made (Genesis 3:17–19). In other words, perfection was lost. All of creation is now falling short of its original purpose; rather than working in harmony with God and creation, inhabitants of the earth have turned on each other and against God. We still reel from the effects of that curse. Everything meant to be right side up is upside down. The chaos and insanity of the world as we know it are due to the fact that God has subjected creation to vanity until the time when it will be set free (Romans 8:21).

        Thank you for hitting it out of the park and the inspiration Sister!
        God bless you and yours! Amen.

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