The first nationwide “Thanksgiving” holiday was proclaimed by inaugural president George Washington on Thursday, November 26, 1789, as a day of “Public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and significant favors of Almighty God.”
Whether mankind’s life exists through a forethought gift of a Divine Creator or by the random chance of two rocks colliding (though I would like to know from where the rocks came and what caused their motion), individual intelligent life does exist, and as all reading these words possess this beneficiary state of being that was beyond our own choosing, which is the central condition through which all prosperity comes, then it is this intrinsic form of existing as a living being that must form the foundation our most humble state of thankfulness. That is to say, life itself is the central reason for gratitude, to be given either to an inanimate universe (that somehow formed life without being alive itself) or to an Almighty Creator, whose mind and abilities are beyond the comprehension of mankind, just as the workings of an airplane are to a canine, to whom a lack of understanding of its intricacies does not negate the Truth of its forethought design.
Regardless of its origin, the Believer and the atheist alike have reason to be grateful for the gift of life, for without it, nothing else would matter. Even if an Eternal Being were the cause of it, and no afterlife was granted following mortality, we would still be obliged to give thanks for the hours and days we received, completely unmerited. This is why, when I do express thanks for the many undeserved blessings of existence, my Number One acknowledgement is for life itself, even if there were no afterlife following its conclusion.
As I do observe and acknowledge the design in all of nature, as did Einstein, Newton, Galileo, Copernicus, and DaVinci, as the insides of our very beings display complete intentional order and purpose, and suggesting that lower forms of life created higher forms of life is as completely contrary, just as a first grader developing algebra would be, the next level of thankfulness that my heart ascends to is the hope and promise of Eternal Life. When the cartoon character robot “Bender” from the program “Futurama” found out that he only had one million years to live, he famously said, “Anything less than immortality is a complete waste of time.” He is profoundly right. Even if mortal man could live a million years, the time would eventually come to an end, along with all the memories thereof. Sad.
Part of being a Believer in a Divine Creator is the understanding from the ancient scriptures, as well as from secular history (which actually corroborate each other fully, with exception only to the “Creation” account, which one either accepts on Faith or questions in doubt), both of which tell the account of mankind falling from being loving and peaceful in nature to hateful and warlike. (Even atheists agree with this.) As such, for those who believe in a Creator rather than an “accident” (the latter likely for a desire of unaccountable self-rule). Believers understand that a plan was enacted to reverse this deadly trend, by the Creator personally visiting His creation, demonstrating the Way of Life that was lost through contagious self-centeredness. By adhering to this Divine Doctrine, the sinful nature of man is restored, the byproduct of which is Eternal Life. Thereby, my Number Two expression of thankfulness, is to the Messiah for sacrificing His heavenly comforts to take on the lowly form of a homeless man, to reverse the poison of hatred with love, and through Him alone, one may take hold of the only acquisition worth anything, that of Everlasting Life, because . . . “Anything less than immortality is a complete waste of time.”
Number Three in my list of Thankfulness is the Messiah’s Church and my local Inspirational Pastor, which is a gymnasium, and who is a coach, for my striving soul. The Savior plainly said, “Those who hold to the end will be saved.” (Matthew 24:13) Quitting smoking once is not enough to overcome lung cancer. One must fight and stay quit for all time in order to be cancer free. In the same way, getting “Saved” is not enough to enter eternal life. One must stay saved in order to take hold of the victory. (See Hebrews 10:26-29 & Romans 6:1-23) The Scripturally Sound Church trains the soul for continual maturity and keeps the soul in the Saving Grace of God. Without this discipline and likeminded fellowship, the spiritual athlete will drift into unhealthy worldly habits that will entrap them again into the very enslaving sins from which they just got saved. (See 2nd Peter 2:1-22)
Number Four: My Darling Wife; Partner in Life; Partner in The Faith. My friend and inspiration in life.
Number Five: My home and income. While only 425 square feet and less than $1000 a month from Social Security, it is clean and orderly, in a great neighborhood, has affordable income based rent, and utilities are included! The modest stipend from the government allows me to invest my most finite time into inspirational writing such as this, developing “Dream” projects to help others, and removes me from the debilitating and soul-crushing “Rat Race.” I make less money now than I ever have, and I am happier now than I have ever been.
Number Six: The Sleuth Journal and their operators Wendy & Matthew. They work tirelessly to bring the Truth to those who seek it in a world filled with lies, granting me the opportunity to share my perspective in this shared quest.
Number Seven: My supporters and contributors, the chief among whom are Simon and John, as well as this short list of those who “put their money where their mouth is” in our quest for Truth through regular Pay Pal Donations . . .
Brett – Andy – James – Ralph – Joseph – Patricia – Graham – Adam – Romerico – Chris – Robert – Russ – Donald – Golden – Alain – Einar – Allan – Andrew – Patrik – Snowman
Thank you ALL
I will discuss all this, and much more, in this week’s episode of Conspiracy Corner News.
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