Acts 14:22 - ...“We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,”... - A lot of people seem to think that it will be smooth sailing after they become Christians, but that's not what the scriptures say. Some might even give up and say "why bother"? This is understandable, and I often feel the same way. But then I go back to remembering the Apostle Paul who wrote much of the new testament. After he became a Christian he traveled widely promoting Christianity and had big problems, many of which would dwarf ours, almost everywhere he went. As we are told in 1 Peter 4:12 - Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you -. Even Jesus had some troubles when his father sent him here to be our Savior. https://whataboutjesus.com/
Eritmitus pointed this out to me last week - I was aware of the show but hadn't had time to watch it and still hadn't seen the original 73 film
Up to episode three now it contains most of everything that I've been rambling on about for the past decade with exception that I don't see our situation as wasteful and there's probably a necessary purpose for our current existence
other than serving as punching bags and sex dolls for an external race of beings
The reason I believe that this world is so ugly is that it's training us for an external existence; another dimension beyond this life where.. well... life is still ugly
I mean you don't train soldiers to shoot a gun if you don't plan on ever sending them into a war, right?
Ok so using the logic that I can imagine a life much better than this one or anything remotely similar to it the sum of me must be above and beyond that next dimension we enter upon death.
In fact I think we're going to have to die in several dimensions before entering into something that makes sense; a world where it is not necessary to have to get others approval to live happily or just simply to live.
These worlds we face now they were intricately designed to cater to ego
Children whom want power and control over the other children and have fabricated things so that they are not granted from start but need to be begged for; like dogs jumping to scraps dangled by those control freak children.
Sadly, most people, if we did not have to associate with them for commerce and livelyhood, we would not associate with those selfish bastards at all.
So we draw from a considerate and empathetic god who does not have a hungry ego to feed yet we are incarcerated by a much lesser god who does.