Sobriety sucks! Even the great apostle Paul understood this fact. “Do not be drunk with wine which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit.” (Ephesians 5:18, NIV). Sobriety in the sense of not being intoxicated through excess of alcohol etc. is a good thing. Trying to be abstinent from everything that gives us pleasure is dumb and sucks. So forget sobriety. Listen; basically humans are cancers on the earth. From the day we are born we start the clock until death and it is filled in between with suffering. To live is to suffer and vice versa. The Spirit of God is our comforter and through faith, prayer, medication, visualizations of divine bliss we can negate the suffering a bit on our way to death. I know it sounds morbid; but it is true.
Here are some “sober” activities. Motorcycles, videogames, exercise, reading, hunting, and fishing; these activities require no outside substance but will release endorphins into your body. What are endorphins? Endorphins are a naturally produced chemical secreted by the brain during various activities that give the person a sense of pleasure. Endorphins are also pain and inflammation reducers this chemical is similar to a natural opiate. So when you are thinking that your goal is to be sober but you love the way you feel after a nice run; wrong you’re an addict. We all are; it is impossible to be human and not be. Literally are own brains know that living on this earth sucks by God’s grace we can tap into a natural free source of drugs in order to help balance out. If for whatever reason we were unable to get high we would probably be considered depressed and suicidal and not realize it.
Other activities that involve drugs which people who think they are sober condone include but not limited to; caffeine, sugar, nicotine, basically most food. I suppose you could live on vegetables and water without any physical activity your chances of a long life are slim. Essentially what this concludes to, is we live an existence that without intoxicating activity we will die. The human spirit trapped in these monkey suites must stay high to stay alive. Now I understand that this does not mean that we need to get drunk, snort coke, gamble away our life savings and put needles into our arms. This also goes for eating ourselves into oblivion, drink ungodly amounts of soda, and smoking cigarettes like a chimney. Smoking cigarettes and eating unhealthy amounts of food are perfectly fine in the communities of people who are abstaining from our traditional drugs and alcohol. Many people just replace one drug with another and that is ok as long as you can be more responsible with one more than the other. Essentially sobriety is not good for you. As a human being trapped on this godforsaken planet please stay intoxicated! I do not blame people for abusing substances, they are dangerous but so is the existence we live in. So what the heck is my argument?
I am saying that there is no such thing as 100% sobriety in its truest form. There is sobriety from certain substances; that is a good thing. I know that this is a fatalistic way of thinking, but there is really know other way of thinking about it. We grow up going to school to get a job, and then work so that we can have a few toys and die; and that is if you are lucky. Human beings are a cancer to the earth and until we evolve in our spirituality we will continue to be plagues upon the earth with are life sucking, addicted ways. But I get it; we all need something because being sober sucks!
Nate puts another spin of original sin placing much of the blame upon fear. Fear is one of the greatest emotions which keeps us from living out God’s will for us on this earth. So let us learn to live life without fear!
The Kingdom of Heaven is within, so said the master. According to the Christian tradition paradise was lost when man and woman rebelled against God through the eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, this “fruit” whatever it may be either literal or as I would believe to be a an analogy of the ancients in order to demonstrate man’s fear. Adam and Eve of the garden were afraid that they would be left behind, that they were being kept out of the loop, that God the Father was somehow refusing their birthright unto them. I suggest that fear was original sin and since the time of Adams and Eves picnic of knowledge, fear became passed down from one generation to the next with man loosing paradise and the peace, bliss, and the worry free lifestyle was now far from the minds of man with a flaming sword guarding the way back in. In my imagination the type of life in which God created us to be before the fall is one in which we do not possess an ego, a life in which we have no hopes, no dreams, no desire other than being one with God in spirit. This is because we do not need a “self” a “hope” because we have everything or “desire” for the same reason. This was a time when we were one with God, a blended consciousness perhaps. Yet we were not immune to falling short of this continuous bliss, we were deceived to believe that God is the enemy, that we were neglected and like the parable of the prodigal demanded our inheritance which eventually left us eating with the pigs. The forbidden fruit is fear that God will not bestow upon us the knowledge which He possesses. I suggest to you that fear is of the greatest of sins, one in which we were are born with, one which takes us away from a fundamental state of reality, creating a self-centered life which in turn brings about the fruit of all kinds of sin.
The great master Jesus Christ came to show us the way back to the garden. His life was one of living in this world full of fear yet He himself had no fear. He lived a life as one who was one in consciousness with God His Father. We may say to ourselves that Jesus being the incarnated son of God gave him an advantage, well you have me there, and then again we are also sons of God through Christ! Christ came to be the restorer. He came to bring the death of the first Adam to life, this being done through the cross. This great mystery is just that a mystery, a mystery in which we must take advantage of!
Now that I have given a very brief synopsis now I must get to the point in which we start to live a life without fear. Unfortunately I have sad news, for most people if not all people it is impossible to completely live without fear in fact some fear is good, yet I do not know if it is truly fear. The fear that may have brought about original sin is full of every sorts of evil. Our fear drives us as human beings to create the world in which we have around us today goes back to the beginning of sin. Getting back to paradise will not be an easy task. We are constantly being bombarded with situations causing stress, pain, and anger. We are around people who create turmoil in our lives, Jesus had to deal with people within his own inner circle of friends who were thieves, violent and angry, sexually promiscuous, those who wished to undermined and threaten the very reason which the Christ came. We also deal with people with very similar issues which directly and indirectly affect us. Jesus knew full and well what was going on yet he did not allow it to detour Him. Jesus was fearless, He understood that He was in the hands of the Father, regardless of any situation that came His way even that of the pending cross He gave it all up to the Fathers will. He was not always immune to human emotions, but lived his life without being detoured. We each have a mission in life, a calling, a purpose, something in which we were placed on this earth to do. In order to carry out our purpose we must choose to live our lives totally surrendered to God. How do you do this? Well I will be honest sometimes it just boils down to not giving a crap about life and to live in the simple bliss of knowing that everything is ok. Like a baby in the arms of his mother, so we are to our Father. The Father is pure love and light, He sings His praises over us. We suffer earth to earn our soon reward. If we can break down our state of being to realize that nothing in this life in which we hold so dear really matters. As Jesus would say we must be born again, we must lose our lives to gain it. To do this we must first surrender to love, it was the love of God which allowed us to be reunited as His sons and daughters, so we must learn to live love. I suggest a reading of 1 Corinthians 13 in which the Apostle Paul gives a very powerful definition of love. If we can grasp love to its fullest extent we may just be able to truly live out life as a type of Christ on the earth. If we can live out love we can change the world, it is not the amount of numbers we have, and Jesus who had few followers who ended up changing the world even to the extent in which I write this article.
So let us make living out love something in which we start to practice. Let us spiritually take upon ourselves the Christ consciousness, let us let go of what causes us stress, pain, and anger. Let us understand that most of what we place our stock in is worthless. To understand that spiritual strength and mental peace is more valuable than gold. To not allow ourselves to be owned by the world, but free people, happy people, people who enjoy life and able to carry out our mission in which we have been placed on this earth to do. We can live a life without fear, without much worry or stress, we can live our lives happy and free. We must rid ourselves of the fear which has destroyed our lives, the fear that our Father wishes to keep the glories of heaven for himself, and the fear of those who try to rule over us here on earth. My passion for you is to be restored to the Father, to make it through this life, to find the Kingdom of Heaven within and be free!
What is possible? What is impossible? If you were to ask these two questions many people would give you dozens of answers. I am here to explain in this article that nothing is impossible! I truly believe that the laws of physics are just man made labels given to our understanding of the working universe. While these labels are useful they can also prevent us from breaking the boundaries between science and faith. There was a time in history in which it was said that man could not travel faster than sound. A day will probably come when man will travel faster than light.
Take us out of this human shell and we will have the ability to travel faster than light. Everything that we think we know about existence now, we will one day realize that we knew nothing. I see this within the many Christianities that make up my faith. So many feel that they have the right theology and practice the proper doctrine. Truth is most of us are probably off center; this is another amazing example of God’s grace. One possibility that many would deem impossible would be the church being able to unite as one putting aside our differences and embrace our unity in Christ. This will probably not happen till Christ comes in glory but hey, anything is possible.
I am of the Pentecostal flavor of Christianity. That basically means that I am a continuist, I believe that all of the gifts of the Spirit that are found within the pages of the Bible are still readily available to people today. The same Spirit that hovered over the waters of the young earth found in the book of Genesis is within you. This Spirit and desires to help you accomplish the impossible in Christ. We need to believe that we possess what we know we have in God before manifest in our lives. Take hold of the things in our lives that you know that are attainable for you and go after it. Even if it doesn’t seem attainable at the present, start taking small steps towards it. One of the biggest things that holds us back from achieving the impossible is fear. Fear eats us alive, we must be fearless! being fearless enough to know that you can do the impossible!
Do not listen to those that say it cannot be done. Or that you are not good enough, smart enough, pretty enough, or strong enough. Do not let your past define you, let your actions today determine your future. Live in the now! I could go on and on but I am sure you get my point. What matters is if you are following God’s will for your life. God is a powerful, wonderful and amazing God, he desires us to do amazing things on the earth.
Some of us wish to have what we shouldn’t trying to attain what is outside of God’s will. This in many cases is why miracles are not happening in our lives. When we are being led by the Spirit the laws of physics do not apply to us; they are just suggestions. You say you have not, I say you haven’t asked! God can and will make what is nothing into something. The Latin term used by theologians is “ex nihilo.” This is to create something out of nothing. This is what God does; it is his business. Start to believe that you are already a successful person. Your thoughts become reality when you place actions in front of them!
You may say how this is done? Let us look at the book of Hebrews the writer list many great people of faith, and how they believed God.
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead. By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.” For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.
By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise. And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore. All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.”Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death. By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future. By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff. By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions concerning the burial of his bones. By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. By faith he kept the Passover and the application of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel. By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned. By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days. By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient. And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions,quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground. These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised,since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect. – Hebrews Ch. 11, New International Version.
Now I wouldn’t normally place a whole chapter from scripture in my article but this is an exception. I have been inspired throughout my entire life from the verses above. These great people of faith did what seemed to be impossible. Yet through faith the impossible became possible! They believed God, carried out the action and the results are seen. They were not out for themselves or their personal will, but for God’s will. “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done.” This is how Jesus taught us to pray. Not Nate’s kingdom come, Nate’s will be done. (You can add your own name). We need to pray for the knowledge of God’s will in our lives. Most of the time we know already what God’s will is for us. Or at least we know what to do. We do what is right, what is good, and what lines up with scripture. Basically it is about doing the next right thing. Keep it simple!
Furthermore we cannot forget about God’s miracle working power in our lives. We may try to downplay God’s will and by doing so miss out. Remember Jesus fed the multitudes with just a small amount of food. He healed those who were sick, he raised the dead. Jesus commanded evil spirits out of men, and silenced their lips. He walked on water, and guess what, he said we can do the same as him! Start believing in the supernatural and start making the supernatural natural in your life.
I am far from a physicist, but I love hearing about the new discoveries that scientist in this field are finding. It has been brought to my attention that in Switzerland scientist at CERN were using the Hadron Collider and doing research into some of the smallest known particles. It turns out that they have identified particles that do not follow the “standard model” of how they should act. You can read about this here http://www.sciencealert.com/the-lhc-finds-evidence-of-particle-activity-beyond-the-standard-model
In my personal opinion science and faith can co-exist. The more science discovers the more they reveal the wonders of God. These scientists have found that certain particles do not follow the “standard model.” I do not think that we will ever be able to fully understand all of the mysteries of the universe even through modern science. Yet I am sure that we will continue to try. I bring up this article because the scientist found something that they did not think was possible. These particles basically did not follow the laws of physics in regards to gravity. The thing is our God does not follow the law of physics either. He doesn’t follow any law, he is the law. Whatever he does is law, and whatever he wills manifest. Ex nihilo takes place and we stand back in amazement and worship the God who created this universe and still cares enough to give the ultimate sacrifice for our sins, his son Jesus Christ. Today believe in the impossible, believe that there are no limits on what you can do in life. We will not always be able to understand it. Listen to the voice of Christ and just believe!
I am not a big fan of hunting. Not because I am against it, but because I have certain beliefs that surround the act of hunting animals. First and foremost I believe that we must eat what we kill. God has given us various livestock that have been created for human consumption. I also do not have what it takes to kill, gut, and skin an animal. I am also a huge animal lover. So therefore I am not going to be a hunter. I think you probably know where this is going. Cecil a beloved lion in Africa was recently killed by an American who has a past time of hunting trophies. Now I always try to put myself in someone else’s shoes. I am sure this man thought what he was doing was okay. We are known to justify anything that gives us pleasure. Obviously he has friends they must have known of his trophy hunting. Many have probably been admiring his collection for years. I am just guessing but if one spends thousands of dollars for a head I am sure he had them mounted so all his visitors could view his conquest. I am also sure it is a very thrilling experience to stalk a deadly animal and kill it. Something that reaches back to man’s primal existence.
Let me make it clear, I am against the hunting of these creatures. It makes no sense to kill these animals. God has placed them on this earth for us to be stewards of. God cares even for the sparrow, he surely cares for all of the other creatures of his creation. Switching gears a bit let me allow you to look at the hunter within. I found it very disturbing to see the hate in which many have placed on this man. Most people had no idea about this lion, until mob mentality took over. Everything I read on social media is encouraging revenge on the dentist from Minnesota. Many are even asking for his death. How crazy is that! We humans have are priorities backwards. It is the human who was created in the likeness and image of God. It is the human who is a little lower than the angels, and it is the human in whom Jesus was incarnated in order to bring salvation to the world. So I say every person calling for the death of Walter Palmer is just as bad as he is. We humans like to seek out and prey on others. It is the thrill of the hunt. Who can we shame next? Who we can gang up on and destroy because they are doing something outside of the social norm. So who is the hunter? Who is seeking the thrill of the hunt? I am not saying Walter Palmer is innocent, but I am not saying you are either. You’re a social justice abuser. You cry over a lion no one has heard of, but no tears are shed over aborted babies. What in the world is wrong with us? I guess it is just the human condition, I really shouldn’t be surprised. Man is evil from birth. Yet does that give us the reason to persecute our fellow brothers and sisters. No, we should be able to respond in a dignified humane way instead of acting like the man we are shaming. So what would I say to Mr. Palmer? I think I would tell him that I understand that you are a hunter and have been doing this along time. For the most part you were under the radar. Now everything is in the light. I am sure you are only sorry that you were caught. Maybe you should realize that these animals are rare and precious. If you committed a crime you should answer to the crime learn from this experience and move on with your life.
What comes to my mind when people hunt big game for no other reason but a trophy is their decreased sensitivity to life in general. On the flip side do those who throw stones especially through social media also have a disregard for life? It is certainly easy to run your mouth online, yet I doubt 90% of these social justice warriors wouldn’t dare speak to this man’s face. This guy kills lions with bows and arrows, I am sure that he also has plenty of high powered rifles laying around. Also Lions and big game are not necessarily innocent creatures. They are not my kitten who is sleeping next to me as I write this. A lion will kill you. Bears will kill you. They will have no remorse, and social media wouldn’t make a sound. These animals will even cannibalize their offspring. People talk about humanity being violent and humans being the destruction of the planet, the animal kingdom is much more ferocious. I am sure you have watched the lion killing dozens of gazelle on TV. I am not saying this to justify the actions of Mr. Palmer, I am saying it because there is always two sides to every story. God desires us to be good stewards of the world in which we live. We have majestic creatures in which we should protect if possible. Yet in reality many of the endangered species will go extinct just as the many before. Dinosaurs once ruled the planet and nature took its course, now only bones remain. So when I woke up today to notice social media going nuts over this dentist in Minnesota, my first thoughts were not about the lion it was about the cruelty that our fellow man shows to each other. This man didn’t kill another human, he may have broken the law but nothing deserving of death. So just think about it next time you’re out and about and maybe do something that could leave you shamed. I guarantee we all have been there. Or think of your past and the little secrets that you wish to remain hidden. Being aware that we are human, and giving each other grace will be a major step in helping your own life find peace. I have found that people who like to cast stones have some kind of issue which is putting their life out of balance. I could understand if this man killed another human being, but he did not. I am not defending his actions, but defending him from the absolutely crazy responses from our social media warriors. So speak easy and with reason, or don’t speak at all. Blessings!
Just who were we before we were born? This is a question that I have not heard much about in any of my Christian circles. Apologist who believe that our existence started upon birth or at conception use 1 Corinthians 15 in order to negate the question. The Apostle Paul speaks of the natural being first, followed by death and then the resurrection to new life. This I do believe, yet it does not fill in all the blanks and the scriptures as a whole can be confusing. I find that this is a very interesting topic because the paranormal fascinates me and as a Christian I strongly believe in the afterlife and the paranormal. All Christians should. For one, the scriptures teach us that this life is short, that we are just visiting or passing through. So if we are just passing through where did we come from? I know we came from God but when? Something inside me tells me that we all have been around a lot longer than the date on our birth certificate. Why would I think something like this to be true? Why wouldn’t I just follow much of the fundamental church’s teachings? Well for one, I cannot say for certain that the church has everything right. I am also not afraid to speak about such issues that are spoken about in hushed tones or completely ignored. The world is chasing after every other teaching to fulfil their spiritual curiosity and many times Christians remain silent. Being a Christian is a mystical, and experiential life, it is amazing! Many would not seek out other faiths if they understood Christianity. Most fundamentalist would say that there is God, angels, demons, and Spirits who reside in either heaven or hell. I believe this as well. It is also written that we are a little lower than the angels for a time. There is also the recorded creation in the book of Genesis which lays out what seems to be a creation of both spirit and body when God formed Adam. Yet like Jesus who was incarnated into the womb of Mary, who is to say that we are not all incarnated into the wombs of our parents from the spiritual world. Who is to say that the first Adam was sent to the earth to start the human race? I know that I am up against a tough argument, because it is also written that it is appointed for man to die and then the judgement. One could exegete Hebrews 9:27 and say that this is an event that takes place in every life that we live, that is if we are to believe that we make many trips to earth. Once again we would have to look at the following verse 28. So Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him. I strongly believe that Christ was offered only once for all, and that is all that was needed in order to cosmically change the universe. Christ brought salvation into the world through his death. We accept this salvation and understand that through this salvation we have been granted eternal life.
On the opposite side we can look at Jeramiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Now of course God was speaking to Jeremiah and not to us. Yet if you would take the passage across the hermeneutical bridge we realize that if he was talking about Jerimiah who was also a human being born in a body like all other humans so why wouldn’t it be any different for us? I don’t know. Just like many apologist who are against the idea of pre-existence use 1 Corinthians 15 there are a variety of other scriptures that seem to indicate that we existed before being incarnated into this body.
The whole entire first chapter of Ephesians is very interesting. Especially Ephesians 1:11-12 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. What it seems is that whatever existence that we had before we were sent to earth we were given the opportunity to become sons of God through Jesus Christ. The time that we are living on the earth is more of a transformational state or an initiation into the glory that is yet to come. This glory set aside only for us, those who have been chosen according to the author of Hebrews to be a little lower than the angels while we are on earth. This would surly light a fire under the enemy Satan who would obviously not want any more spiritual beings who are sons of God.
I know, I know as a fairly conservative Christian it is a strange topic to write about. Many may say just leave well enough alone. Or what is the point? Well it is these begging questions that are mysteries to us that I find irresistible. I personally believe that God incarnated each and every single one of us into the biological bodies inside our mother’s womb. That is what gives the value to the life in which she carries. A reason why I am such a strong advocate for Pro-Life. So we either were Spirits with God before we were incarnated into our bodies or we have made many trips to the earth. Several religions especially those of the East believe in reincarnation. I could write another article about it, but I think I will just incorporate it into this one. Jesus speaks of John the Baptist as Elijah. The book of Revelation also speaks of two witnesses who will be appointed for their duties in the end of days. These witnesses according to Revelation 11 will be appointed, killed, and then rise again from the dead in front of the whole world. Thank you 24/7 news. Many people who believe in reincarnation believe that the Spirits of man are no longer coming to the earth. The Dali Lama believes that he will also not be reincarnated. This goes against a long standing Buddhist belief. Many conspiracy theorist believe that Pope Francis is the last of the Popes. We may be seeing these witnesses sooner than later. So be ready!
Finally the mind boggling stories of small children who have incredible knowledge of some sort of past life are very intriguing. This link shares some stories of small children under five that have amazing stories. http://wallstreetinsanity.com/9-reincarnation-stories-that-will-give-you-goosebumps/ So what does this all mean as a Christian? I really don’t think it means much at all. It could all be true or I am completely wrong, I do not think that it matters so much. Most Christians have decided not to even go there. What I believe is true is that during this life we must accept what Christ has done for us. This life is most certainly a training ground for the next life, and we have been blessed to come to the earth. Kind of like Army basic training, it sucks but it also has the benefit that upon graduation you have morphed from a civilian to a full blown soldier. We may have been Spirit before this life but we may not have made it until we eventually become sons of God through Christ. Of course this is mostly all speculation but it is fun to think about. Blessings!