Archive for September 29th, 2012

29
Sep
12

be an angel

All this current talk in the United Nations about making “blasphemy” against someone else’s religion a crime under international law has gotten me to thinking.

Does this mean that I can devise some new doctrine, claim that it was bestowed upon me by a disembodied voice emanating from a burning bush, written with hieroglyphs on golden plates (which have since mysteriously disappeared), or told to me in a vision by mysterious beings of light, and then have someone jailed or drawn-and-quartered if they ridicule me or hurt my feelings?

Oh boy! I’m a prophet!

Okay, listen up. I want to talk to you about angels. This came to me in a crazy dream I had last night—but I’m absolutely certain it’s true. You can believe me because I have it on the Highest Authority.

Did you know that more people believe in angels than believe in global warming? This isn’t tea-leaf stuff, it’s the gospel according to Gallup.

According to the Gallup Youth Survey, in a Teen Belief in the Supernatural poll in 1994, 76% of 508 teenagers (aged 13–17) believed in angels, up from 69% in 1984.

A 2007 Pew poll found that 68% of Americans believe that “angels and demons are active in the world”, and according to four different polls conducted in 2009, a greater percentage of Americans believe in angels (55%) than those who believe in global warming (36%).

A 2008 survey by Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion polled 1,700 respondents and found that 55% of Americans (including one in five of those who say they are not religious) believe that they have been protected by a guardian angel during their life.

A 2008 survey of over 1,000 Canadians found 67% believe in angels.

I’ve believed in angels all along, too—but this belief has resulted from the ways that “financial angels” have made fundraising efforts successful for a variety of causes in which I’ve been involved over the last thirty-seven years.

But last night’s dream didn’t have anything to do with fundraising. It was all about human beings actually transforming into angels—luminous beings who are a notch above human and a step below God. In my dream these “Human Angels” were comforting our kids including James, Blade, and Jordan, who were being tormented in their respective “Hells-on-Earth” because of demons like Jefferson Sanders and Bobby Carter, Jim Oliver, and Adam Harvey, John Bongivengo, and Dominick Motto. And, oh yes, Stephen Sydebotham.

I was so intrigued today by the image of a human transforming into an angelic being, I researched the concept and learned that some world religions actually believe and teach that such a thing is possible.

Some religions—the ones that currently seem so intent to bring the world to the brink of war—do not believe that humans can become angels (so I won’t say anything about them as I don’t need blood crazed fanatics disturbing the tranquility at Estrella Vista). But some religions—Hindu, Mormon, Bahá’í, Theosophists, etc.—do believe that humans can become divine. (Could this be why I’ve never heard of a religious war being waged by the Bahá’í?)

In his Book of Certitude, Bahá’u’lláh, founder of the Bahá’í Faith, describes angels as people who “have consumed, with the fire of the love of God, all human traits and limitations,” and have “clothed themselves” with angelic attributes and become “endowed with the attributes of the spiritual.” Angels are “confirmations of God and His celestial powers.” They are “blessed beings who have severed all ties with this nether world” and “been released from the chains of self.” They are “revealers of God’s abounding grace.” The Bahá’í writings also refer to the “Concourse on High,” an angelic host of Bahá’u’lláh’s vision.

I have witnessed all this. Such beatific beings have been attracted to The Redemption Project. They have lifted me up in my darkest moments of doubt. They—that is, you—have helped me persevere.

A Human Angel is a person who makes a commitment to be placed by spirit at exactly the right juncture of time and space to make a positive contribution in the life of another human being. This is the very same impulse which motivates people to give money to our cause.

Will you please consider being an angel—a financial angel—and help us help our kids at this time? Will you please consider joining our Concourse, our angel band?

We have so much to do. We must absorb the pain and fear our kids are experiencing in prison and encourage them to be safe and soldier on bravely. We must raise money to hire expert witnesses for the appeals of Jordan Brown and James Prindle and the upcoming trial of Noah Crooks. We must fill the courtroom with supporters for Paul Henry Gingerich’s oral arguments hearing at the end of October. We must continue our behind-the-scenes efforts to find exonerating evidence to reverse the wrongful convictions of our kids who have never had a fair break in life. We must continue applying relentless pressure on Stephen Sydebotham to return the money he has stolen from Blade and James. We must continue building our organization’s capacity to meet the needs of new kids who desperately need a second chance and an opportunity to succeed. We must become a reliable, permanent anchor in our kids’ uncertain lives.

Whether you give a dollar or five or five hundred or a thousand or more, I predict that you will experience a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment that you are bringing “God’s abounding grace” into this often tragic and hellish world. Mitigating misery. Sowing hope. Spreading light.

It’s your choice and divine opportunity.

Please visit www.redemptionforkids.org and give.

Thank you, sincerely.

۞

Groove of the Day 

Listen to Craig Carter performing “No Angels in Hell”