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“Hell is the impossibility of reason.”

~from Platoon, an Oliver Stone Film

Simple reason tells us that it is totally unnecessary for any advanced society, such as ours, to allow its private citizens to purchase and own military weaponry of any kind, including assault rifles supposedly used for recreational sport such as hunting and target shooting.

Yet, after a catastrophe year of mass murders in our communities by mad men using legally purchased semi-automatic assault rifles with horrendous rounds of ammunition, why, then, are we still debating the issue of whether to ban such sales?

Moreover, why, after the recent tragedy in Newtown, Conn at Sandy Hook Elementary School would a certain U.S. Senator on national television seemly boast about having an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle in his home? Or why, according to the same article by the Associated Press, would the NRA plan to use its membership as volunteers to help guard children?

Considering that such tragic events has happened elsewhere in our communities, notwithstanding the fact that this sounds eerily close to calling for a state militia, does this sound reasonable today given that we now have a local Police Department, the National Guard or the U.S. Army on call 24/7.

Or, considering that such advocates for more deadly force are, in fact, reasonable persons, could there be a deeper reason for their concern, one not so obvious yet very real to them?

In retrospect, I can clearly recall my father once saying that only a fearful man carried a gun. Or our mom jokingly saying it was the devil in us when, as children, we were afraid to enter a dark room. Though we usually laughed at mom’s playful attempt to make light of the situation, we always waited for her to turn on the light.

What is Fear

Today, after having to overcome some fears of my own during many years on the path to truth, I‘ve learned a thing or two about fear. First, fear is a deep sense of loss whether real or unreal. Next, fear is a powerful emotion that seems very real at the time and can make us crazy if we are not careful.

Moreover, I’ve learned that beneath our prolonged fears lies hate in one form or another.

Irrational Fear vs. Rational Fear

Unlike our natural fear of the unknown or our primal fear in the face of real danger, which I think of as our rational fears, irrational fear is something else. Often born of self-hatred or hatred of other people, irrational fear is not usually recognized. Though inwardly confused by now, we like to see hate as a strength and fear as a weakness.

Thus, we miss the point entirely and set about to convince other willing souls that not only is our hate justified but certain others, whom we have targeted, are objects of our hate.

Yet, there is a way out, for we are far greater than our deepest fears.

Stopping Hate Stops the Fear

By resolving to give up our hate, we automatically give up our irrational fears and thus release our self from hell. We let reason prevail and thus resolve the tragic issue of gun control, and thereby create a safer and far more peaceful society. And so, we make the best New Year resolution ever!

©2012-2013 Delores L Adams and The Aunt Jemimah Post. All rights reserved.

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 Christ is Within You

 A Course in Miracles

Text, Chapter 25  

 

 “The Christ in you inhabits not a body.Yet He is in you. And thus it must be that you are not within a body.What is within you cannot be outside. And it is certain that you cannot be apart from what is at the very center of your life. Christ is within a frame of holiness whose only purpose is that He may call to them to come to Him and see Him where they thought their bodies were. Then will their bodies melt away, that they may frame His holiness in them.” ~ACIM Txt, Chp 25, Intro 

 

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The Christmas Story: The Birth of Jesus

The Gospel According to St Luke

Chapter 2 Verses 1-20

The Holy Bible, KJV

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And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

Adoration of the Shepherds

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

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