Is Homosexuality a Choice?

Is Homosexuality a Choice?

This is a loaded topic in today’s world, with plenty of animosity going back and forth on both sides of the debate. So let me answer my own question: Is homosexuality a choice? Yes it is — just like all other aspects of a human being’s life (country, family, race, height, handicaps, etc) are also choices a soul makes before being born into a physical body.

In my novel, there are four homosexual characters who understand and acknowledge that they’ve chosen to be homosexuals in their current incarnation. They have very familiar names: Hillary Rodham, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, David Duke and Harry Reid.

I felt strongly about including some homosexual characters to make the point that many souls willingly come to earth as human beings with this sexual orientation for the purpose of soul growth and development. That’s because they face unique and difficult challenges. I tried to bring this out in the dialogue between the characters, for example, this little interaction in a Paris boutique in Step Three:

Bader Ginsberg’s black cheeks turned red as she watched them approach, realizing her flimsy excuse about needing some time alone hadn’t deterred suspicious minds. The French sales girl observed the scene with amusement.

“May I help you, ladies?” she asked innocently.

“Oh we’re just here to look around,” Hillary answered.

“You mean spy on me, don’t you?” Ruth shot back angrily.

“Oh come on, Ruth, lighten up!” Golda encouraged her.

“We’re all friends here. And if Hillary and Debbie are brave enough to go public with their love you should be, too. Besides, we all know you have it bad for Mao—even if he does stink something fierce.”

“Stop it!” Ruth defended him. “He’s been working hard on his hygiene and he smells much better.”

“Is that why you’re here?” Debbie quizzed. “To help him along?” With that, the trio dissolved into giggles.

“Ladies, if you cannot behave I will have to ask you to leave,” the sales clerk warned partly out of sympathy for Ruth and partly because she wanted to close a good sale tonight.

“We’re sorry,” Hillary finally managed to blurt out. Ruth just stood there with her hands on her hips, more agitated than ever as she glared at them.

“You know, the two of you ought to have a little more sympathy,” she chided the lesbians. “Even now in Salvation Days knowing it’s a soul’s choice, it’s still hard for some to accept homosexuality. And I never once made fun of you when you decided to announce your relationship on the train last night. So the least you could do is show me some respect.”

“Oh my God, you’re right,” Hillary conceded sincerely as she absorbed the meaning of her words. “We’re sorry,” she added, “we had no right to make fun of you for falling in love, no matter who it is.”

Later, Mr. Bauer proves once again that he’s an understanding, compassionate and concerned teacher in this interaction with David Duke:

Thus assured, David Duke shot out of the car and ran in the direction of his travel companions, reeling with excitement about the future. But just as he was about to reach the designated meeting place, he was stopped in his tracks by Mr. Bauer.

“You’re late Mr. Duke,” he declared.

“I know, sir and I’m sorry. I thought a few minutes wouldn’t make a big difference,” he softly replied.

“Ah but it does Mr. Duke, especially to the one who’s responsible for 21 teenagers.”

“You’re right, sir. I apologize again.”

“May I ask what detained you?”

For a few minutes he stammered and stuttered, his black cheeks burning.

“Mr. Duke, don’t worry everyone else is safely inside the bus already with strict orders not to move. No one will hear us.” The teacher instinctively knew what the student was about to confess but wanted him to own up to it in his own words.

“Uh, Mr. Bauer I met someone and fell in love tonight,” he finally blurted out.

“You mean the young man in the sports car who dropped you off?”

“Yes, sir. His name is Harry Reid and he manages a bar and restaurant called Boardwalk in Wilton Manors. I found it on an internet search and decided to check it out. I never intended to break curfew like that or—”

“Please tell me you were very careful, Mr. Duke?”

“Oh yes sir, we were. We used protection,” the student assured him quietly.

“Excellent,” the teacher continued. “Look Mr. Duke, we all understand now in Salvation Time that homosexuality is a choice. It’s a lifestyle some souls choose before coming to earth to provide the mental challenges needed to advance to the next level. Your soul made a decision to be a gay man this time around, and I respect that.

“However, our physical bodies were not made for this type of sexual activity so I want you to promise me that you’ll always be very careful.”

A relieved Duke thanked his teacher and assured him he’d always be mindful of this sage advice. Besides, he was fairly certain he’d just met the man he was going to spend the rest of his life with in a monogamous relationship.

“Well congratulations and best of luck to both of you,” Mr. Bauer enthused, placing an arm about the student as the both walked toward the bus. “Just remember it is never ok to break curfew, no matter how wonderful the reason or how handsome the guy.”

By the way, Boardwalk is an actual bar and restaurant in Wilton Manors, an area populated by gay men and women. Since I live in South Florida, I wanted to help publicize a local business. Please understand, this is the way I see things after my time spent on the other side after my motorcycle accident. I’m not out to offend anyone although I know that’s inevitable. In this case, some will reject my acceptance of homosexuality while others will take exception to my belief in reincarnation. But I welcome civil debate and invite you to contact me here to discuss further.
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Steps to Salvation Justice System

Steps to Salvation Justice System

Before I published my book, some beta readers did not like the fact that in my novel after the Armageddon War, the descendants of the world’s most repulsive evildoers like Hitler and Stalin, and privileged political elites like the Bush and Clinton dynasties are forced to relocate to Arusha Africa for the Race Unity Experiment.

Aside from an obvious plot device (there would be no story otherwise), I had very compelling reasons for doing this:

  • It ties in with the concepts of atonement (restoration of the name to goodness) and reincarnation
  • It provides an entertaining  method of educating readers about the crimes of the real people
  • It’s a practical way to explain my concepts for various industries through specific characters

So while I understand the distaste of “collective punishment,” from a fictional and educational point of view it was very important to send characters off to Arusha to make restitution. Please remember that they are not forced into a prison but instead a lovely, if isolated, neighborhood where they still enjoy modern conveniences like up-to-date technology, cars, good schools and access to food and clean water.

When collaborating on the book, I agreed to the selection of sociopath Charles Manson as the representative of the Salvation Time Justice System without even knowing his full story, aside from the obvious. In Step One during the mandatory history exam the student Charles Manson (a descendant of the real guy 400 years into the future) is called upon by Mr. Bauer to explain the difference between the End Days Justice System and the one currently used in the year 2412:

“Of course sir, my apologies!” he exclaimed, “I didn’t mean to get ahead of myself. Uh anyway, back in the End Days, the prison system in just about all countries throughout the world was run by your corrupt, hell-on-earth, End Times governments. Even though the death penalty was enforced in some places, most convicted criminals enjoyed their long sentences within the confines of a prison.”

“So you are telling us that these criminals actually liked being in prison, Mr. Manson?”

“Sir, I say ‘enjoy’ because even prisoners who’d committed evil crimes had privileges that much more deserving citizens didn’t. Like soldiers who put their lives on the line defending freedom or law-abiding poor people who couldn’t afford to feed their families even though they had jobs and worked hard.

“In the End Days prisoners were well-fed and got plenty of exercise. They also had lots of books and if they wanted it they could have a higher education. And these are just a few of the perks they got. So even if they’d been found guilty of murder and other violent, vicious crimes they could still eat, drink, exercise and earn a degree—all paid for by taxpayers’ because corrupt governments controlled the prisons. And the revenue these governments collected from good working

men and women were partly used to sustain the prison system.

“In Salvation Time though, we are in an Age of Responsibility. This means that when you’re convicted of a crime and sent to prison, your punishment is just beginning. You’re pulled out of society so you cannot harm anyone else but you get a choice of whether or not to work while you’re there. Being a prisoner during Salvation Time means being productive—you are sentenced to live in a new kind of prison run by a smart, streamlined Salvation Time government. This prison is an independent city within Sin City that produces electricity, manages waste, provides utilities, manufactures products and grows food for its surrounding communities.

“In Salvation Time, convicted criminals are sent to prison not just to protect the innocent and punish them for their crimes, but also to help them become productive human beings and better people. Each prisoner has a choice of learning a new skill—landscaping, growing food, repairing electrical equipment, manufacturing useful products—whatever skills are needed. When they’re paroled after serving their time these practical skills help them find a job in the ‘real world’. If they can find a job, chances are they won’t go back to a life of crime and end up in prison again. That

Charles Manson.

Charles Manson.

happened a lot in the End Days. In Salvation Time, working prisoners get paid for the jobs they do, but at lower wages than in mainstream society. Every convict has his own bank account to pay back his victims and send money to his family back home. Criminals who work must open a bank account so they can make payments to their victims and take care of their families.

“Unlike in the End Days the Salvation Days prison system is designed to rehabilitate its prisoners, to help them positively change their lives. But if a prisoner wants to stay in jail even after his time is up, he can. He can create a life within the prison system. This is another big change from the way the prison system worked back in the End Days. For many criminals knowing they can stay if they want to is comforting because life on the outside is just too hard for them. So it’s good for them and good for society.”

 

During the research phase of the book, it became very clear why Charles Manson was such a great pick as the character who would help explain the justice system — something we incorporated into the dialogue in Step One:

“Mr. Manson, do you believe your ancestor Charles would have done much better under a Salvation Time prison system?” The teacher obviously knew the answer but wanted to draw it out of the student to assist him in his own understanding and development.

“Yes sir I do,” Manson replied confidently. “Not only was my ancestor Charles unable to cope with normal life, he was also a vegetarian. Growing his own food on a Salvation Days prison would have been a productive way for him to spend his time. We know from his imprisonment on Terminal Island that he indulged his love of music. He wrote song lyrics, learned to play the guitar and studied Scientology. When his time there was up he begged the authorities to let him stay, knowing he wasn’t capable of being a productive, non-violent citizen.

“But they wouldn’t let him stay in the prison. They sent him back into society where he soon found the Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco and hallucinogenic drugs. There my ancestor Charles also found sexual freedom because at the Haight-Ashbury there were no restraints on sex at all. It was an ‘anything goes’ type of life. Once Charles Manson understood that illegal activity was no longer needed to satisfy his urges he began to organize the ‘Manson Family.’ He recruited its first member during his time at the Haight-Ashbury—her name was Mary Theresa Bruner—but she was only the first of many young girls Manson lured into his violent, drug-infested world.”

Suddenly, the student realized he’d been intensely staring at his teacher during this entire monologue, a habit he’d inherited from his ancestor.

“Sir, I apologize,” he said to Mr. Bauer. “I certainly did not mean to stare at you so harshly while giving my answer. It is a habit I am trying to break.”

“Understood Mr. Manson,” he replied sympathetically. “Is there anything else you would like to add before I calculate your grade?”

“Yes, I would like to say that as guilty as my ancestor Charles Manson was—and he was definitely guilty—I would also like to let the class know when I did my research, I felt sorry for the guy. He was born to a poor, unwed 16 year-old mother who became a prostitute and totally neglected him. For the first few weeks after he was born he didn’t even have a real name. He was called ‘No Name Maddox’ before his mother finally called him Charles Milles Maddox. She married a guy named William Manson, which is how Charles ended up with that last name. But the marriage didn’t last.

“Manson’s mother was a drunk. She even sold him once to a childless waitress for a pitcher of beer! His uncle had to go get him days later. Then Manson’s mother spent five years in jail for burglarizing a West Virginia service station, so Charles was placed in the home of his aunt and uncle. When Manson’s mom was finally paroled, she physically embraced him—an incident he would later describe as his only happy childhood memory.

“But after that, his mother made it very clear she didn’t want anything to do with him. She even tried to put him in a foster home to get rid of him. When none was available, the court placed him in a boys’ school in Indiana. He ran away from it 10 months later to go back to his mother, who rejected him again.

“I mean, can you imagine your own mother being so cruel?”

 

There’s much more to the student-teacher interaction than I am posting here (you’ll have to read the book for the full answer) but I want to clarify once more that I am NOT condoning evil, making excuses for Manson’s crimes or suggesting he didn’t deserve his punishment. As I stated in my last post, evil must be confronted with courage, logic and common sense. Part of that involves a total overhaul of the current prison system into one that actually encourages hard work, moral and spiritual development, and the option of staying imprisoned for life if the convict cannot handle the obligations and demands of civilized society. All with the understanding that God allows ten percent of the population to commit horrible acts of violence and murder to give the rest of us the opportunity to do the right thing.

In Step Three, Mr. Bauer and his class have an opportunity to visit the Sin City Salvation Time Prison in Fort Lauderdale Florida where their knowledgeable tour guide Alan (named for a good friend of mine) shares the success of this new system for both the guilty and the innocent:

Alan opened the gate and led them to a long, canopied electric tram car that would provide easy access to the grounds while keeping them as cool as possible on this cloudless summer day. Their driver nodded and smiled as they boarded while Alan connected to the wireless speakers embedded in the car. Once all were safely seated, the tram rolled out to their first destination, the for-profit farm. Alan explained that the Sin City prisoners raised all of the produce and animals under the watchful eye of designated prison managers. These working prisoners had opted to be productive; therefore they were all compensated for their labor but at a much lower rate than their counterparts on farms outside of the prison system. Many used this money to make restitution to their victims and provide for their families back home. Because they’d chosen to work, they also had the benefit of a monthly conjugal visit with a Sin City prostitute, internet and satellite television access, high-quality food and well-made clothing. Most importantly, they also enjoyed shelter within the air-conditioned building where they were provided the basics of a comfortable bed and private shower, sink and toilet. While far from extravagant, these accommodations were clean and even included a kitchenette, plain chest of drawers, nightstand, chair and small closet.

However, prisoners who were lazy and refused to work were relegated to a special tented area outside where a common bathroom provided them with stalled toilets and a common shower area. While their nutritional needs were met with food and water, their cuisine was simple and bland. These prisoners were forbidden any contact with Sin City prostitutes and denied access to the internet and satellite television. If at any time during their incarceration a non-working prisoner had a change of heart, there would be a one-week minimum probation period to ensure their work ethic was up to standard before they’d receive the same benefits as productive prisoners.

Charles Manson listened with interest, reflecting back upon his ancestor. He remembered Mr. Bauer asking him during the test if he believed the 20th century Manson would’ve benefited by imprisonment in the Salvation Time justice system rather than the antiquated one of his day. Gazing out at the endless rows of vibrant vegetables cared for by diligent prisoners, Charles felt more certain than ever that his ancestor—as well as his poor victims—would have definitely been better off. Staring at the colorful lettuce, squash, cauliflower, peppers, carrots, tomatoes and corn stretched out over several acres, he was amazed not only by the quality of the produce but also the disposition of the workers. Completely focused on the task at hand, none of them seemed bothered by the intense heat generated by the summer sun. In fact, they appeared to be quite content as they went about their business. Some even looked up at waved at the passing tram car with genuine smiles on their faces.

Alan enthusiastically spoke of how food was so much cheaper for everyday Floridians because of the Salvation Time Prison System. Since it was produced by prisoners earning much less than the going wage, the benefit to the consumer was higher quality food at a much lower cost. Although these food items were sold exclusively at government-run supermarkets, all citizens could shop there. Not surprisingly, government employees preferred them over privately owned grocery stores and supermarket chains.

For the prisoners, this system gave them an opportunity to make real restitution and become better people in the process. Instead of simply being a just punishment for a crime committed, the sentence was also a practical way to prepare them for life on the outside. For those who opted to return to civilized society after completing their sentence the task of finding a good job in the real world was simple and easy—preventing the majority of prisoners from backsliding into a life of crime. For innocent, law-abiding citizens it was also a welcome relief. For many employers, hiring a former inmate of the Sin City Prison System meant adding a good worker to the payroll.

So that’s a brief overview of the Salvation Time Justice System. It’s also important to keep in mind that 400 years into the future the spiritual nature of man is in control of his animal nature — at least in terms of the 90% who are law-abiding citizens and hard-working producers. And in Salvation Time, politicians are mere pencil-pushers who’ve been stripped of the formidable power, influence and wealth they had during the End Days. So when I say that something is “government-run” in Salvation Time, that government is a very limited one that actually works on behalf of individuals, not against them. It’s a concept that’s difficult to wrap our heads around given the current state of the privileged and permanent political class but I’m confident when you read my entire book, you’ll see that.

The One God Religion in Steps To Salvation

The One God Religion in Steps To Salvation

Partly due to my study of history and partly due to my experience of crossing over to the other side, I firmly believe that religion has been a source of conflict on earth. I am not talking about a belief in the God of Abraham, Isaac, Ishmael, David, Solomon, Jesus and Mohammad; I’m talking about the man-made structure of religion.

In Step One, high school senior Nathan Rothschild enlightens the class about the history of money, which is intertwined with religious hierarchies:

“Yes sir,” the student began. “Back in the centuries leading up to the Armageddon War, the money supply was controlled by elite bankers. These bankers had a lot of power. They could manipulate currency at will and impact national economies for better or worse. They were driven by profit, greed and selfishness—the opposite of positive capitalism, which helps citizens become financially independent.”

“Mr. Rothschild, when did this money-manipulation begin?” Mr. Bauer followed up.

“Sir, this practice goes all the way back to Biblical times and the famous story of Jesus chasing the money traders out of the temple. Back then money traders controlled the money supply. They made it impossible for practicing Jews to pay their temple tax when they came to Jerusalem because devout Jews could only pay the tax with a coin called the half-shekel of the sanctuary. This shekel was a special coin—an ounce of pure silver without an image of a pagan emperor. That’s why the Jews believed it was the only coin God would accept. But thanks to the money traders it was also really hard to find.

“These money traders also included the Jewish elite and the Jewish leadership. Because they had a money monopoly, ordinary Jews were forced to pay whatever high price they demanded to get the shekels they needed to pay the temple tax. To Jesus, this was completely immoral and unacceptable. It also violated the sanctity of God’s house. That’s why he threw the money traders out of the temple. This was the only time he ever became violent during his ministry, at least that we know of.”

“So Mr. Rothschild, are you telling us that the problem with money traders began during the time of Jesus?”

“No sir, the problem with money traders started long before him,” the student answered confidently. “Two-hundred years before Jesus was born, Rome fought with money traders. Two early Roman emperors tried to rein them in. They reformed usury laws and limited land ownership to 500 acres. Both of those emperors were assassinated. Then in 48 B.C. Julius Caesar took back the power to coin money from the money traders and minted coins for all Roman citizens.

“With a positive money flow, Caesar built great public works projects and earned the love of the common people. But this also made him a target of the money traders. Some historians believe Caesar was assassinated because he took back the power to coin money. No one knows for sure if that’s true. But one thing is true: Caesar’s death meant the end of abundant money in Rome. Taxes and corruption went up and the Roman money supply went down by 90 percent. Regular Roman citizens lost their land and their homes. Because the Roman people lost confidence in their government they refused to support it. This plunged Rome and Europe into the Dark Ages.”

Later, Rothschild discusses the unholy alliance between the Vatican and the Medici and Borgia families:

“Then in the 15th century two powerful families in Italy linked the Vatican and the global banking system. The Borgia family took political power at the Vatican and the Medici family created the modern banking system.”

Before the student could continue, Mr. Bauer jumped in again.

“Tell us Mr. Rothschild, where does the word ‘bank’ come from?”

“Yes sir,” the student responded, “the word ‘bank’ is derived from the Italian word ‘banco’ which means ‘bench’. During that period of the End Days, only Jews were allowed to trade with money. So you’d have a Jewish guy sitting on a bench in the marketplace for the exchange of money and bills.”

“Very good, Mr. Rothschild, you may proceed.” The student drew another deep breath before answering.

“The main practice of the Medici Bank was the secret movement of money. Even though it went through cycles of prosperity and hard times, the Medici Bank built a political power base that put the Medici family on the Papal throne 10 years after the Borgia’s reign ended.”

Here Mr. Bauer interrupted again. “So are you telling us Mr. Rothschild, that there was collusion between the financial industry and the Catholic religious hierarchy known as the Vatican?”

“Yes sir,” Rothschild replied. “And Rodrigo Borgia had a reputation for being the worst pope of all. When he was elected in 1492 he took the name of Pope Alexander VI. He had already fathered four illegitimate kids, and the rumor was that he fathered at least three other kids while serving as Pope. But the Vatican was famous for its immorality and corruption during this time period, going back to Pope Sixtus IV in 1471.

“Even though he was the head of the Catholic Church and supposedly God’s earthly representative, Sixtus had been anything but godly. He took the papal practice of nepotism to a whole new level by rewarding his nephews with money and power. He also used them as agents in the power politics of competing Italian states. At this time in history, Italy was not a unified country. It was made up of independent city-states that had their own governments.

“These nephews thought up diabolical plots for their own selfish reasons. One of these plots even ended with murder–the murder of one of the Medici’s in the Florence cathedral during High Mass. One of Sixtus’ nephews learned his lessons so well that he achieved even more politically when he was elected to the papacy as Julius II. Pope Julius II actually directed military campaigns. He also commissioned artwork from Raphael and Michelangelo. That’s why we have the beautiful frescoes of the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel—and that’s also why we had the Protestant Reformation.”

In the book, this student’s answer is the longest one of all of his classmates and goes into much greater detail than I am posting here. During the collaboration process, I wanted to present a vision of Salvation Time in which all people freely moved into The One God Religion as encourage by Moses himself in Step Two:

It hasn’t escaped our notice here on The Other Side that most of the hatred, violence and animosity on earth is Godperpetuated in the name of religion. This rancor between competing theologies would be amusing if it wasn’t so destructive and deadly, not to mention completely absurd. Why is this fighting completely wrong and unnecessary? Because there is only one God.

“We’re all here—Jesus, Mohammad and me—and we know it’s the same God. So what’s all the fighting about? The world cannot move into Salvation Time with all of this hostility, bitterness and war perpetrated in the name of organized, divergent religions.”

Jesus and Mohammad nodded their heads in agreement as they remained seated in their designated chairs.

“So now that I’ve identified the most pressing problem on earth, what’s the solution?” Moses continued. “First, we must unite all religions under one very basic, fundamental truth: there is ONE God for all. This God does not belong to any one religion: he just IS. He’s not exclusive to Judaism, Christianity, Islam or any other organized religion. It’s the same God for all souls, all living creatures—the I AM WHO I AM; the Alpha and the Omega. He has no beginning and no end.

“And for the Creator life on earth is all about becoming a better person, doing productive and uplifting things for your fellow humans, and making life better for everyone—not perpetuating an endless cycle of violence in his name. For that reason Jesus, Mohammad and I recommend that you shift the world into a One God Religion on earth, where you will help to unite people instead of separating them. In order to achieve this noble goal, you must incorporate the very best of every existing religion and integrate it into one major religion to create unity among people all around the world, rather than hatred, war, violence, poverty, death and destruction. It’s unity over hate, love and connectivity over fear and loathing.”

Moses, Jesus, Mohammad and a host of Advanced Souls who were once religious leaders on earth then offer their assistance to the Salvation Twelve in moving people willingly toward The One God Religion. However since fiction must also reflect real life, I realized I had to make it clear in my novel that those who wish to keep their End Days religious denominations are free to do so – it’s just that the power structure these various religions had before have been extremely reduced. And MOST but not ALL people freely move into The One God Religion, with an emphasis on freely.

The greatly reduced religious power structure is presented in Step Three when Mr. Bauer and his class visit Rome and the Pope:

Pope Pius greeted the crowd warmly. As he stood behind a specially erected marble podium in Saint Peter’s Square, he felt honored that they’d taken the time to visit with him. Standing among a small gathering of about 50 people including the Arusha  contingent and 200 media members, he was both exhilarated and humbled by their presence. At first the students were surprised by the meager attendance, having intensely studied the papacies of the End Days. But Mr. Bauer discreetly reminded them that they were now living in Salvation Time where the Vatican’s influence was greatly diminished. Popes were still revered by those who’d remained Catholic and others who respected the rights of human beings to worship as they pleased, but they no longer enjoyed the trappings of immense power. And since the majority of people had freely chosen to join The One God Religion, popes in Salvation Days no longer attracted the huge and nearly unmanageable crowds of their predecessors.

A Caucasian version of Mr. Bauer, Pope Pius appeared to be around the same age, an affable man with a genuine interest in his fellow human souls and a sincere desire to maintain the peace and prosperity the world was now experiencing. In stark contrast to the popes of the past he was dressed in a simple black suit, crisp white shirt and black loafers. His neatly cut gray hair bore no semblance of a fancy mitre, just a plain, purple cap; his hands were free of anything resembling an ostentatious staff, allowing him to touch each visitor on the shoulder and shake their hand as he extended a personal greeting.

After delivering a few remarks he stepped down and began to mingle with his audience, working his way through the line accompanied by a lone security guard while the magnificence of Saint Peter’s Square—with its exquisite columns, ornate statues and dancing water fountains—competed for his attention. Spielberg of course, had been busily filming this wondrous scene while the rest of his peers had stood awestruck as they contemplated the God-given talents of the human architects. For Anwar Sadat, Saint Peter’s Square provided further proof of the righteousness of his decision to become a priest in The One God Religion; for Nathan Rothschild, an affirmation that something beautiful and timeless emerges out of even the worst of circumstances. This beloved Roman attraction might have come into existence because of rampant corruption but he couldn’t deny it was also a tangible reminder of the talents with which God endows every individual. In spite of his earlier fears, Rothschild found himself renewed and inspired by the experience.

Once the Pope had acknowledged everyone else he turned his attention to the Arusha travelers. Extending his right hand to Mr. Bauer in a firm shake, he placed his left hand on his shoulder and thanked him for his excellence in teaching. Mr. Bauer graciously accepted the compliment before facilitating individual introductions of Pope Pius to each student. As they’d been instructed all of the teenagers displayed the proper etiquette as Pius inquired about their journey thus far and engaged them in conversation about their families back home. After he’d completed a meaningful one-on-one with all 21 students he announced his intention to escort them through the rest of the Vatican and encouraged them to ask as many questions as they’d like.

No doubt, this new streamlined papacy will offend many but I truly believe the excessive hierarchies of religion, along with big government, are a threat to freedom. In Salvation Time, the Pope is still loved and respected but he’s truly a man of the people who lives a simple life and greets all of his visitors personally.

You’ll have to read the entire book for the full picture of my views about religion. In the meantime, I welcome your feedback here. Health debate is good for all of us. God bless you.

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Steps To Salvation with Shlomo: What Is America?

Steps To Salvation with Shlomo: What Is America?

Please join me for my debut episode of Steps To Salvation Radio with Shlomo on Monday, July 17 at 10 AM Eastern Time U.S. when I discuss the United States of America. What is it? Where did it come from? Where is it going? I’ll answer these questions and more.

To stream the show through your computer, click on Steps To Salvation with Shlomo: What Is America? on Monday, July 17 at 10 AM Eastern. You can listen by phone at (347) 996-5894. Press “1” if you would like to ask a question on the air.

I am looking forward to starting my podcast and hope you will join me. Thank you.

Salvation Time Cinema

Salvation Time Cinema

Another Salvation Time advancement concerns pop culture and in particular, cinema. The character I used to explain the changes is no doubt a very familiar name since he’s one of the most successful Hollywood film directors in history: Steven Spielberg. As with Charles Manson, it’s Spielberg’s descendant in 2412 who explains the difference between End Days and Salvation Days film production during the Step One’s history exam:

“First, tell us Mr. Spielberg, what was the role of the filmmaking industry as controlled by Hollywood in the United States during the End Days, compared to its current role now in Salvation Days?”

“Well sir, like Henry Kissinger said, during the End Days there was really no difference between Hollywood celebrities and politicians. Both groups were ruled by the self-directed big ego. They piled up obscene amounts of money while they kept people in the dark about what was really going on in the world. Joseph Stalin told us about his ancestor who made propaganda films to trick Russian peasants into believing he was leading them into a new dawn of prosperity when it was really the opposite. He was using cinema like a weapon against them in his quest for domination.

“During the 20th century Joseph Stalin said, ‘America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality, and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within.’ Making movies was one of the best ways to do it because you couldembed the indoctrination in entertainment. And people wouldn’t even know what was happening. Back in the 1930s when Ronald Reagan was an actor he saw what was going on and he started to fight back against the communist takeover of Hollywood. In the 1950s Senator Joseph McCarthy investigated and found evidence of communist infiltration within the United States government. Some saw Reagan and McCarthy as patriots but many saw them as crazy conspiracy nuts.”

The student paused for a moment before picking up on his teacher’s nonverbal cue to continue.

“But now in Salvation Time the filmmaking industry promotes our worldwide system of positive capitalism. Instead of turning people who do bad things into ‘anti-heroes’ or victims of an ‘unfair’ system, it tells stories of everyday people who do good things for others through their service. It produces films that inspire, educate and uplift because Salvation Time cinema wants   audiences to be inspired to do these things in the real world. The goal is to encourage them to imitate the examples of ordinary heroism and honor they see on the big screen.

“Instead of covering up truth and promoting excessive immorality, those who work in the film industry now make a good living by producing virtuous movies that people really want to see. And it’s ok to make films that portray a positive image of God and those who worship him. During the End Days, most believers were portrayed as crazy.

“So in Salvation Time, creating cinema is all about doing the right thing even though it’s tough. It’s courage over fear, service over self-centeredness.”

Later on in the dialogue comes a slightly controversial interaction involving one of Spielberg’s most acclaimed movies. One of my SchindlersListbeta readers took exception to my characterization of Schindler’s List but I stand by my opinion and welcome readers to comment in the thread after this post if they wish to debate it.

“Now for your bonus question, what was your ancestor’s role in all of the Hollywood propaganda during the End Days?”

Spielberg transitioned from euphoria to disappointment because he knew his grade hinged upon total honesty in telling the story of his shameful ancestor. This guy had been one of the most fêted men in Hollywood who’d amassed a fortune by promoting lies and hiding the truth in his well-received films. Still, the student was aware that coming clean was the best way to aid in the process of restoring the Spielberg family name so he set about making his confession in front of his teachers and classmates.

“Sir, my ancestor Steven Spielberg was one of the most successful, adored and wealthiest filmmakers in Hollywood during the End Days, even though his movies were filled with propaganda and lies. Take his popular film Schindler’s List. Spielberg insisted that the movie be filmed in black and white so he could whitewash evil.  He didn’t want to ‘offend’ anyone by accurately portraying Nazi crimes against the innocent. Considering that Spielberg was also a Jew, this was even more disgusting. But his main motivation was money. He didn’t want to risk losing a fat paycheck for honestly telling the story of Jewish oppression by socialist Nazis who blindly obeyed a madman.

“So that’s why my family was expedited to Arusha after the Armageddon Commission—to begin to make up for the sins of our ancestor Steven Spielberg, a man who valued money and fame over truth. He makes me very ashamed.”

Again, there’s much more to this answer than what I’ve published here so when you read the book you can expect greater detail. In the Salvation Time  movie industry it’s not the actors who get the most money and fame but the people who finance the films and the diligent behind-the-scenes workers who make it all possible. People like camera and boom operators, make-up artists and engineers. During the course of his personal and spiritual development in the novel, the student Spielberg will face more than a few moral dilemmas requiring him to use his free will for either good or evil. You’ll have to buy the book to find out what he chooses.

Virtual Tour of King Herod’s Temple Mount

Virtual Tour of King Herod’s Temple Mount

I found this excellent recreation of King Herod’s Temple, which is the model for The Temple Mount of the One God Religion in Steps To Salvation. In Step Three, Mr. Bauer and the 2412 graduates of the Race Unity Regional High School will visit The Temple Mount of the One God Religion where they’ll discover The Rock of Abraham, The Arc of the Covenant, The Twelve Commandments and The Twelve Holidays.

Salvation Time and Reincarnation

Salvation Time and Reincarnation

For many readers, especially the devoutly religious, the concept of reincarnation in my novel might be problematic. Although I’ve always questioned my own traditional Jewish upbringing, it wasn’t until my experience of “crossing over” to the other side following my motorcycle accident that I realized God truly did set up souls to incarnate over countless lifetimes. The purpose behind it is to give the soul multiple opportunities to grow closer to God and advance with each new lifetime. Before being born, a soul chooses the circumstances of his or her life including sex, race, sexual orientation, country, family, health challenges, money issues and just about everything that affects material existence. Yes, we also have free will. Which means we also have the ability to rise above these circumstances. As human personalities and mind-beings, we’re not allowed to remember everything our souls have chosen to experience in a particular lifetime — at least not consciously.

Why?

Because if we already knew everything, there would be no chance to learn, grow and move ahead in our spiritual development.

That’s why legitimate practices like Past Life Regression Therapy can be very helpful. We have the God-given tools to aid us in our spiritual development which includes learning how to confront evil and choose courage over fear as Eyal Grad’s grandfather explains in Step Two during a discussion about Hitler and the Nazis:

“Saba, how could God approve something so diabolical and wicked?” Eyal asked incredulously. “As you yourself stated, these victims were innocent people. Why did God allow Hitler and his minions to commit massive genocide?”

“Well Eyal, from your perspective I can understand how it appears that way. And yes, what the Nazis perpetrated on earth was pure evil; there is no argument about that. However, you must also remember that before they were born into their earthly bodies, the souls of those the Nazis terrorized purposely selected this mission on earth. They saw their entire lifetime long before they ever took human form. We also have to keep in mind that God endows all human beings with free will. Hitler and his men used their free will to torture and murder millions; we the targets of his hatred, however, failed to exercise ours. Or more precisely, we failed to use our free will to do the right thing. We chose fear over courage; cowardice over rebellion. Instead of fighting, questioning or resisting, we got used to being the world’s scapegoats and figured, ‘It won’t be so bad.’

We could not have been more wrong.

“Instead of seizing the chance to confront evil as God wanted us to do, we simply went along with it. Even if the end result had been the same, the lesson we learned in that lifetime is that it’s far nobler to go down with a fight than to become submissive sheep, easily led to slaughter.

“If only we had banded together and used common sense, we might have been able to save ourselves. By choosing to meekly obey the Nazis and forget that we are also children of the One Creator worthy of dignity, respect and life, we failed the test for that incarnation. God challenged us and we fell short.”

After pondering his grandfather’s words, Eyal asks another valid question:

“Saba, have any of these souls who were once Nazis reincarnated since then?”

“Oh yes Eyal,” he answered confidently. “Depending on where they were in their own development, some of these former Nazi souls came back in the next lifetime as sick, homeless Haitians to make up for what they’d done. Others opted to return as religious fanatics—suicide-bombing Islamists in one lifetime, rigid orthodox Rabbis in another. Remember, life is an eternal opportunity to learn, grow, repent and move closer to God. The cycle is endless.”

Unlike many who believe in reincarnation today, I am not espousing moral relativism: far from it. Evil is evil and must be confronted, defeated and atoned for by those who commit it. That may be another reason why people who believe in individual liberty and limited government take issue with the concept of reincarnation. But for me it’s about understanding why God allows ten percent of the population of incarnated human souls to come to earth truly demented. It’s to teach the rest of us a lesson about standing up to evil and doing the right thing. For those souls who commit heinous crimes against humanity, in addition to an earthly punishment (I’ll post about my concept of a fair justice system soon), they also reincarnate under very dire, lowly and challenging circumstances, e.g. as a homeless person in the next lifetime to truly make reconciliation and understand why their actions were wrong.

 

Steps to Salvation on Just Believe with Lisa Tarves

Due to an unforeseen circumstance, I was unable to appear on Just Believe with Lisa Tarves to discuss Steps To Salvation. However, Daria did an excellent job of representing me on the radio. Click below to listen to the interview.

Thank you Lisa, for the opportunity!

Steps To Salvation on Writestream Radio with Daria Anne

Steps To Salvation on Writestream Radio with Daria Anne

I talked to Daria Anne, my ghostwriter, on Writestream Radio about Steps To Salvation. For me there’s a bit of a challenge in that readers who will like my book’s political themes may not like its spirituality and the concept of The One God Religion. On the other hand, those who embrace the concept of One God For All might not necessarily like the politics.

We had a good discussion about the book. If you missed the interview, click below to listen.

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