What Do You Have Faith In? — New Heaven on Earth! (Reblog)

Do you have faith in a virus, or do you have faith in God? Do you have faith in fear, false evidence appearing real, or faith in Jesus? Do you have faith in the enemy of our souls or the Holy Spirit of God our Father and his Christ? When we stand on the Truth […]

What Do You Have Faith In? — New Heaven on Earth!

Haiku: ‘By Design’

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Intricate nature
Infinitesimally
Glorious design

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

Haiku: Travails of the Sun

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Sunday was special
Laws of men deemed it not so
Which law is righteous?

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Favoured Old Books No: 1: ‘Gods and Spacemen in the Ancient East’ W. Raymond Drake (Sphere)

 

Back in the early 1970s when I was a teenager, I grew to love this kind of book. I, like many, was fascinated by ufos, aliens and space, that maybe the myths of the Greek gods were a retelling of ancient visitation of spacemen from other worlds.

Such books would have been scorned by my history teacher, yet these were far more interesting to me than the learned tomes we were supposed to study for O level.

This is the one I bought in 1973, which, as you can see I covered with plastic, as lovingly as any schoolboy would cover a textbook. It’s in very good condition.

Of course it was Erich von Daniken‘s famous book ‘Chariots of the Gods‘ which had really fired my imagination a little earlier. Although he was to receive much criticism from both the scientific and religious communities, I still believe there is much to be learned from his books and from other authors like Drake.

I recall one school assembly put on by some pupils around 1973 which even brought up the subject of ancient aliens. Was God and astronaut? The following day the headmaster took to the stage himself and attempted to shoot down the theory in flames. Despite this, the theory is still out there and as popular as ever.

The great thing about Drake’s writing is that whilst he is clearly learned, he writes in such an accessible way – it had to be for me to read it! I particularly enjoyed the chapter about the Ramayana of ancient India and his interpretations of it.

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The general thesis of all these books is that extraterrestrials have visited ‘our domain’ in the past and have effected the course of human civilisation, perhaps even to the extent of altering our DNA through one method or another.

For me it is a wonderful adventure, and even if not all of it is true, it is highly entertaining, nevertheless. One qualification I would insert is that the understanding of the word ‘extraterrestrial’ has become more complex in recent years. I am quite sure there are other dimensions to reality, and that ours is only one.

Therefore the origin of these interlopers, whether they be in spacecraft or not, could be from the same third dimension as our own, or from the fourth or fifth dimensions, the latter which may surround us invisibly.

I think it’s important for us to keep an open mind, to explore and yes… to imagine.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

The Magical and Mysterious Number 7

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Haiku: Someone is Listening

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Our prayers determine
Someone will be listening
God is still with us

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Haiku: Going Inside

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I found him inside
In a still pool’s reflection
What I saw is me

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Haibun: God is Within

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The 60s came and they declared You dead.
For a time many might have believed it.
But events transpiring ever since
have only convinced me that You are —
and always will be —
that still small voice inside.

Peace and love have gone
Division has gone viral
So I turn to You

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Haibun: A 2020 Vision

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He took me up high into the clouds
to show the four corners of the earth.
As far as the eye could see,
the great extent of the cosmos –
the perfection of His design.
Then I knew this was no accident.
My destiny was written;
to be present to witness the coming change.

Waking up is birth
Vast vision lays out the truth
Glory eternal

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Haiku: Nature’s Work

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Nature’s harmony
The exposition of God
Subservient Man

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Haibun: The Church of Unanswered Questions

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I walk around in reverence,
just another agnostic 
searching for truth,
an open door leading to the light
in a space devoid of people.

Once a little boy
Many unanswered questions
And he questions still

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