By Steve Clayton
A lot has happened in the last month or, perhaps more to the point, a lot has not happened in the last month. Here on the east coast, a pleasant Spring has not happened. The amount of rainfall and inclement weather we have had over the last six to eight weeks is discouraging to say the least. Mind you we can be thankful for not having to endure destructive wild fires, tornadoes and widespread flooding other areas of the continent are struggling with. The other thing that didn’t happen was Judgment Day; May 21st came and went like any other day listed on the calendar. Or did it?
For a non-event it has certainly elicited a great deal of attention. Before the 21st there was much said about whether or not Judgment Day was going to take place. Here we all are; believers, non-believers, and the fence huggers, still living our daily lives ten days later. The news is full of stories about Judgment Day not occurring; most of these stories are very mocking, rude and some are even hateful. Reporters who, in theory, are not supposed to be biased are exhibiting very strong biases; in other words, they are making judgments, ironically, about Judgment Day and those who believe in it. Obviously the idea of Judgment Day is extremely frightening to many; if it was not, would the responses be so extreme? When push comes to shove what did any of the believers in Judgment Day do wrong? Mr. Camping followed a belief he thought in his heart was right. I think it is safe to say the majority who followed his beliefs did so of their own free will. Many spent their money in the last few months and weeks, not by giving it to Mr. Camping, but by trying alert their fellow human beings Judgment Day was soon upon us with the hopes of helping them.
These acts of altruism remind me of the Kogi and other South American tribes who perform regular ceremonies to pray for us ‘modern’ or ‘civilized’ people whom they believe have lost their way. What do civilized people do in return besides damning their rivers, burning their forests, destroying their peaceful harmonious way of life, all to sustain a society that is destroying the planet? They judge! They judge themselves as superior and proceed in their own righteousness. Whether you choose to agree or disagree with the believers of Judgment Day is up to you. Be grateful for living in a society that allows you and others to be able to make such choices. The moment you judge someone else, and want to limit their freedom to choose, you are limiting your own freedom as there will always be those who disagree with you.
I do not believe in Judgment Day but I do believe in the Ascension. I honestly believe that for the souls who are ready to take the next step on the long journey back home the time to do so will soon be at hand. Do I believe the souls who are not ready will be, or should be, condemned to hell? No, of course not, for many reasons one of which is I do not believe in hell. For me hell is only created in the human mind when it has become totally disassociated from the human heart. Do I want to coerce others to follow me in my beliefs? Do I dislike those who disagree with me? I can answer ‘no’ to both questions. Those who know me know I have tried, to the best of my abilities, to treat everyone fairly and with respect. Do I always succeed? No, because I am only human and am far from being perfect. Quite a few years ago a very good friend of mine reminded me of how Christ answered the people who asked him how they should live: Love others as I have loved you. For me this means that every day (not just in the wake of a judgment day that did not materialize) I should love people unconditionally without judgment. For those who call me foolhardy and other names we could debate endlessly but instead I will leave you with the following line: A person’s reach should exceed their grasp, or what is a heaven for?