BRIEF OVERVIEW – WHERE WE’VE BEEN AND WHERE WE’RE HEADED

The whole God/Jesus backstory is true.

Without the God/Jesus backstory, nothing can satisfy the human soul.  Peace/joy can only be fleeting and intermittent.

Anyone who has a clear understanding of the God/Jesus backstory will be so glad about it and that it’s TRUE will experience lasting peace/joy much greater than they’ve experienced before.  This person will think, “So THAT’s what this life is all about, after all.  Life makes so much sense now.  I have a sense that all my needs are met, now, knowing what I now know.”

Except for those who have the God/Jesus backstory, each person must awake each day to try to WORK for relatively small dribs and drabs of peace/joy.  Dribs and drabs like making money, having relationships with friends and family, being handsome or pretty, staying organized, having a comfortable home, checking things off the TO-DO list.  Basically trying to scratch out bits of peace/joy by pursuing (working for) these kinds of things.

These dribs and drabs can not satisfy in a long lasting or consistent way. But, if that’s all you have (because you don’t have the God/Jesus backstory), then you pursue it because it’s all you have.  Most people try very hard not to “call bullshit” on these dribs and drabs because it’s a terrifying thought that the ONLY HOPE they have for any peace/joy might be debunked.  This can leave a person even suicidal.

There is much emotional pain in pursuing peace/joy via the dribs and drabs approach.  So many things “go wrong”.  Relationships break up.  We get fired from our jobs or we quit because we are unhappy. Our money runs short.  Our kids go wild.  Sometimes they die. People mistreat us.  We get embarrassed from time to time such that we can’t forget our blunder. We age and get less good looking.  We often “lose” in our secret competitions with others.  We aren’t happy for others when good things happen for them, not us.  Others don’t notice or appreciate the good we do.  But, they notice our mistakes.  I could go on and on.  Bottom line: There is much emotional pain in pursuing peace/joy via the dribs and drabs approach.

When a person says they desire peace of mind, they are saying that they are longing to not have to scratch out the meager rewards of going after the dribs and drabs.  Our desire for peace of mind is really our longing to not have to work so hard and so unsuccessfully to be happy (peace/joy).

And, what happens if we ever really GET what we think we want/need to have peace/joy?  Like what does it feel like when we make some huge money or get famous?  The peace/joy of those events quickly vanishes and we find that what we were going for all along doesn’t satisfy very well.  I’ve had that experience many times in my life. Think of Hollywood or professional sports.  These people aren’t satisfied in their souls, except those who have big chunks of Truth about the God/Jesus backstory.  The only reason everyone goes for dribs and drabs is that they don’t know any better way to get any peace/joy at all.

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