I BELIEVE

    I believe what most mainline Christians believe, (I think); I just believe more stuff, or at least the possibility of more stuff, that many aren't aware of or haven't considered. But let me start with a statement St. Augustine said about 1600 years ago: "In essentials, unity. In nonessentials, liberty. In all things, charity." This is my personal motto.

    So what do I consider the essentials?

ESSENTIALS

    For starters, I believe everything in the National Association of Evangelicals Statement of Faith, with a few of my edits. Here they are:

    I also want to add a few other things to this list of my beliefs which I feel are important to mention because they are being brought into question this day and age. They are as follows:

    And there are a few other minor things I believe in as well, but I won't be dogmatic about them, such as:

NONESSENTIALS

    As for the nonessentials, those are endless, and I won't bother to list them all, but I'll mention a few. But before I do, I will say from personal experience that these nonessentials which have no bearing on one's salvation have a way of stirring Christians up, but there's really no need for anyone to get emotional about them. I have received the following feedback from Christians about nonessentials:

    So much for charity in all things. Such ranting is not edifying and serves no purpose. The nonessentials have no bearing on salvation, so what's the big deal? For those that haven't figured it out yet, INTERPRETING THE BIBLE IS NOT AN EXACT SCIENCE! Most people agree that 2 + 2 = 4, but the moment ANYONE says ANYTHING about what they think something in the Bible means, there's suddenly an emotional uproar about it. People - calm down.

    I don't claim to 'amend' the Bible; I'm simply pondering and suggesting possibilities that don't make much difference one way or the other. Jesus gave us a charge to "Seek," (Luke 11:9), and scripture states that it is the honor of kings to seek out a matter, (Proverbs 25:2), but if we're living in fear, too afraid to ask any questions out of the box, and ponder the various meanings of scripture, HOW are we suppose to SEEK? The seeking process is asking questions, and pondering possibilities, is it not?

    In the future, if extraterrestrials show up in their UFOs and start appearing to Christians, but then everything some of them say about Jesus is spot on, (as might be the case when looking at Revelation 14:6), there's probably going to be some down right confused Christians! Sure, we have the fallen angels pegged; they're easy. Listen to their deception about being our genetic progenitors, and judge them by their fruit - alien abductions are horrific. But what if they ALL aren't acting the same way? Are we going to label ALL of them demonic, even if they're in agreement with the Gospel, saying with a loud voice, "Fear God, and give glory to Him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship Him that made heaven, and Earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters"? And what if they aren't even angels? What if they're mortals just like us, afraid to die just like us? Are we going to burn them at the stake, or might we consider the possibility that Colossians 1:20 could be talking about them? What's the big picture here, anyway? Might things be slightly more complicated than we imagined? I believe there is a distinct possibility that angels, the host of heaven, and the 'heavens' in general might not fit our current mold of reality, and the universe is far more colorful than we've imagined. Or wait - strike that, we've imagined most of it, (Independence Day, Star Wars, Star Trek, etc.), but we just didn't realize our imaginations were so prophetic...

Revelation 14:6-7 (bold emphasis added)And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

Colossians 1:20 (Bold emphasis and underlining added)
And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

    Think about what happened to Jesus. He showed up, and who was it that wanted to crucify Him? ALL THE RELIGIOUS people of His day. They were terrified of Him because He didn't fit the mold of their thinking. The Messiah can't be a bastard son of an obscure carpenter from Nazareth! The Messiah can't be hanging around with fishermen and a prostitute, and eating with sinners! What is the Messiah doing talking with a tax collector? Why is the Messiah chatting with a sleazy Samaritan woman? All these misconceptions eventually led them to believe that Jesus was filled with the power of Satan, (Matthew 12:24), and able to cast out devils because He was empowered by the prince of devils. They thought that the Messiah would be a religious wealthy person like them, rubbing elbows with politicians and people with clout, hailed as KING, victorious in battle against the oppressive Romans. Instead, He hung out with the common people, and rode on a donkey with annoying kids running around shouting hosanna --- and on and on and on. EVERYTHING Jesus did broke every mold that anyone ever thought about Him before He came. Religious people are still the same today. "Demonic" is the patent answer to practically anything that is not understood or doesn't fit with the mold of the common paradigm, but I'm not content with a label posted over a closed door that says "Do not enter, don't ask, just leave this topic alone!" I'm a seeker, that's how God made me, SO I'm going to rip off the label and go through the stinking door and investigate! Sorry if that provokes some people, but oh well.

    Every year, the United States funnels billions of dollars into NASA, and for what? Is it not to seek out extraterrestrial life? What if we find it, then what? Why would we even want to find extraterrestrial life, if at the same time, most of us would think it was demonic?

    Personally, I think we already found it, or rather, it found us, and the government's been doing everything it can to hide the truth from us, because it thinks the public can't handle it. But exactly when will the public be able to handle it? Is there a plan to break the news slow and easy? I think there is. Consider this; NASA and the Air Force are currently working on a revolutionary hyperspace drive that will propel us 11 light years in just 80 days in our exploration of the heavens. Simply do a search on "real life hyperspace drive" in any search engine, and read all about it. The crazy contraption is supposed to punch a hole in our dimension in order to work. I'm betting that the government has assessed that public disclosure will be easier to take if we're the ones that discover life out there before it publicly announces itself to us. It'll also be easier to take if we discover something innocuous, such as bacteria, before we warm up to the idea of advanced intelligent life that can compete with us. First get used to the idea that there's life out there - then go to the next step. Make any sense?

    The prototype for the previously mentioned hyperspace drive is expected to be complete by 2012. Hmm, that's odd, I keep hearing this date.

    So the government has been staving public disclosure to avoid widespread panic, (my theory). And they're asking, "What will religious people think?" That's why in May 2005, a nationwide survey funded by the government (The National Institute of Discovery Science), was sent specifically to people of religious affiliations all over the United States. They're putting their feelers out there. The results of the survey revealed that we are a little more ready than we were back in the forties, (since the broadcast of War of the Worlds), but not by much - at least with Christians. Christians are the ones they're really worried about. Most Christians still see things in very simplistic terms of black and white, and most things out of the box are labeled as "Demonic." It might be a bit hostile for extraterrestrials to announce themselves to us, with a quarter of the planet thinking they're demons.

    As for me, I don't see things in terms of black and white, because reality is rarely black and white. Why do we constantly make the mistake of stereotyping everything? Satan is black, and God is white, but practically everything else in between is some shade of grey, at least in my opinion. Don't get me wrong; I believe there is absolute truth, but truth is rarely shallow. Instead, it's deep, wide, and frequently spans beyond our perception, knowledge, wisdom, and just about everything else.

    If public disclosure happens in the near future, Christians will have to reassess their interpretations of scripture, and adjust their 'mold of reality.' If I'm wrong about my theories, really - SO WHAT! But if I'm right, then my research into this possibility will be very useful. I'm still standing firm with my conviction in all the basic Christian essentials listed above, (unlike many who research extraterrestrial information in the Bible). I don't claim to be 100% correct in all my doctrine or ponderings; all I'm doing is asking the same questions that Christians will be forced to ask in the future when their backs are against the wall. And I'm doing this while still standing firm on the essentials, and refusing to compromise with theories like evolution, or us being star children. We were created by God from the dust of the Earth, just like scripture says. But I can see how the doctrine of evolution will instantly be catapulted into the spotlight with the advent of public disclosure, and then depending on what extraterrestrials are telling us, there stands to be a great deal of deception on the way. This deception is coming, regardless of what kind of life forms we find out there - whether they're fallen angels, or beings just as lost and confused about God as many of us are. The only exception to this is the members of the Host of Heaven that are faithful to God, and many there are. Scripture says they will be spreading the Gospel as well (Revelation 14:6), but many Christians might be so paranoid about them, they will categorize ALL of them as demonic, as I previously mentioned.

    So what am I saying? I'm saying that because the big picture is probably really complicated, we shouldn't jump the gun and label everything demonic. At the same time, we need to hold our ground in the essentials, but be willing to flex a little with the nonessentials. We could all use a little flexibility.

    Now that all that is said, I must reiterate that I think St. Augustine hit the nail on the head with his statement above, and the church has a big lesson to learn there. Lighten up folks! This is nonessential stuff. I'm trying to do a good thing here! And even without me looking into these things now, it could be that in the near future, practically everyone is going to be doing exactly what I have already done.

    Here's a few nonessentials:

    Most of my writing ministry, (if that's what it is), is NOT based on the actual essentials listed on top of this page. Those are not debatable in my opinion, but much of my material IS debatable. In fact, I'm open to debate most of it. If anyone reading any of my material feels I'm wrong, please LET ME KNOW, cordially of course, and supply scripture as well. I retain all such information in a research file. I will change my views if effectively convinced. Finnis Dake actually changed my mind to believe that the Earth is very old, because his scriptural support is far more sound than anything I have ever read, and answers every question I ever had about the age of the Earth. In any case, don't just email curses on me, and spout off that I'm wrong and I'm a heretic, etc., and leave it at that. That won't help. Would it be correcting me in love, anyway?

    Furthermore, I'm a writer, so those who invest a little time to convince me I'm wrong with some scriptural support, can be a return on that investment, because I'll make sure to publicize that information if the arguments are sound and convincing. This is not all to say that what I write about isn't valid or isn't having any effect. I'm just saying that those who have a genuine saving faith in Jesus will be just fine without believing that the Earth is old, or that angels and aliens are the same things, etc. The future might be a bit confusing at first if I'm right, but they'll eventually come around. The bottom line is, however, that most of my theories are nonessential and not worth dividing over, that's for sure.

MY MISSION STATEMENT

    I believe God has given me a two part mission.

    First of all, God has imprinted this scripture on my heart from a very young age:

2 Thessalonians 2

Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.

    Since my earliest youth, the thought of the Antichrist brought intense fear to me. It doesn't any more, now that I'm an adult and more spiritually mature, but the question still plagues me: how could someone be so evil, yet be so popular at the same time, and deceive so many people on a global scale? What is it with this guy? This great deception coming in the near future, spoken of above as "the delusion," will usurp every world religion by storm, like pulling a rug out from under the feet of all the nations of the globe. WHAT IS IT?

    I think I know what it is.

    I've had dreams about it since my earliest youth.

    I think my Great Grandmother's UFO sighting back during the turn of the century was for my benefit more than it was hers.

    Jesus said the following:

          Matthew 24:29-33

Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.

    I've seen the powers of the heavens shaken, vividly in my mind, for many years.

    Jesus also said:

John 13:19

Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he.

    Jesus said that they should believe Him on this occasion, because He was telling them ahead of time exactly what was going to happen in the future. The fact that these things are going to happen is PROOF that He knew what He was talking about; I believe this scripture can be applied to all of Jesus' prophecies. Knowing these things will protect them, (and us), from future deceptions, because they were warned ahead of time. SO, the gist of it is, the disciples got the inside scoop. My primary mission is therefore to DO THE SAME THING; to give the inside scoop to all who are seeking. Many people who read my books are not Christians YET. I'm betting they just might be, if they see the stuff I'm writing about coming to pass.

    Secondly, many people in the world aren't interested in reading the Bible. They are just like I was; seeking spiritual things - in all places except the Bible. Many of them were turned off by Christians and churches that didn't want to deal with their questions, and had no interest in listening to their ideas; their dreams; their visions; their personal experiences that they can't deny. Many of them might also think that labeling everything unknown as demonic seems like a cop-out, and that they're missing out on something they believe God is trying to tell them.

    I'm giving them a second chance to look at the Bible that they never knew existed, and consider the possibility that perhaps not all Christians, and not all churches, are so willing to close the doors on them over nonessential stuff. Reading the Bible is like reading Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and Matrix combined. EVERYTHING is there, reaching back into the dateless past, and stretching forward into the eternal glory of our future ahead. Vast unfathomable technology, countless worlds, beings of every size and shape, degrees of power and knowledge; wonders beyond comprehension; it's ALL THERE in the Word of God. There is an immense wealth of "nonessential" information in the Bible that God felt compelled to enlighten us about, and He did this for a reason. HE DID THIS TO ATTRACT PEOPLE from all walks of life. So the second part of my mission is to do just that; reveal the Word of God to people that are just like I once was, searching for answers to odd questions, and hoping to not get ostracized for it. And then perhaps when they're ready, they might be able to go back to the essentials, read over them, mull over them, pray about them, and make an incredible decision about them which can start by reading this link HERE if they're already prepared to do this.

    If there is anyone that has read all of this and still has any questions to me about what I believe about something, don't hesitate to ask me: jmilor@yahoo.com. Many blessings to you all!  :-)