The author points out that we are all unique individuals, and by taking personal responsibility for our happiness we can acquire wisdom and overcome rhetoric. He also points out that each of us thinks differently and we should be respected for the benefits each type of thinking can bring us.
While this book does not claim to have all the answers, it effectively points readers toward a direction where they might be able to ask the right questions. Packed with facts, logic, and compelling anecdotes, this is a body of work that will start conversations and generate discussions among those who read it. Its unbiased exploration of the relationship between that which is known and unknown will ensure that it is appreciated by both scientists and philosophers alike, and even more so by those who share the author’s belief that one simply cannot exist without the other.
Josh Okello invited me back on his show and he entitled the episode “The Big Question” where we talked about transmigration of souls, reincarnation and life after death. We also discussed my writings on Quora where I have been answering many questions related to the three books I have written.
We talk about the most popular question that I have answered so far, and that is about the story of Eve being made from Adam’s rib. As with many of the stories in the bible, this is of a nonmaterial nature. God did not wrap earth around a rib He took from Adam, but rather He took a physical body and ensouled it with one of the false ribs – the fallen pair of Elders (Rev 4:4). God put this symbolism into man’s body – showing the 24 elders and only fourteen of them are connected to Jesus (the sternum).
We discussed the flood as how it fits into earth’s history. The abrupt global warming that occurred around 8,500 BC, flooded the inhabited delta regions and wiped out those who were not prepared for the rising waters. But Noah, a spiritual pioneer in the plan of this benevolent force, was saved. This was like burning the dry brush away to allow the tender green roots of virtue to take hold.
In addition, we spoke about the plan of salvation which is not spoken of in any religion. The concept is that each one of us is a fallen angel and this material world was created for us to regain our virtues and overcome our vices in an unperceivably slow process of rebirth. I have explained this in the books and also in a post on Quora called How can God’s work of salvation be summarized?
Since the release of my trilogy, I have been answering common questions posted on Quora addressed by my books. Over 400 questions have been answered and these have received over 51,000 views in the past 45 days. There seems to be a hunger for logic and reason that both religions and science are having difficulty delivering. Below are the questions I have answered that are of most interest to readers.
Is there any evidence for reincarnation, as in: One dies, then is born again? I’ve read a few stories about children remembering being on the Titanic, or being a fighter pilot, etc… Is this hogwash or is there evidence?
Please visit my profile for these and many other questions with the perspective presented in Torn Between Two Worlds.
Josh Okello invited me to join his show on Friday night to discuss the trilogy Torn Between Two Worlds. After having read the first book, Josh had a wide range of questions about the nature of reality and truth, the origin of the universe, and more philosophical concepts that stretched the breadth of my three books. I look forward to continuing the conversation with Josh and his twitter followers.
In this discussion, I hope I was able to make the point that any theory of our universe and its creation needs to encompass much more than scientific realities. It must be able to explain:
- the anomalies that science ignores,
- the common perceptions of people with clairvoyant gifts,
- commonalities in near-death and out-of-body experiences,
- the shared experiences researchers have with ghosts,
- the multitude of religious beliefs, and
- the wide variety of human life experiences/tragedies.
Ideally this theory should also answer the three basic questions of human existence:
- Where do we come from?
- Why are we here?
- Where are we going?
So, even if science and religion work together to break down barriers and expand the understanding of the universe, there is another battle, on different dimension that we need to examine. Knowledge without wisdom can be even more dangerous when coupled with someone talented in rhetoric. Rhetoric in this book is defined as the use of knowledge and beautiful speech to achieve a political objective. Philosophy is defined as the “love of wisdom” and the search for it among the rhetoric will prove difficult.
I must admit that it took me many years to be able to understand and verbalize this dimension. Trying to understand the difference between an argument based in laws and one that is almost all based in laws is often impossible without looking at the personal motivations and character. Often this cannot be known in time and can only be studied after the fact. This book will analyze some key moments in history, starting with the master of this topic, Socrates. Thanks to Plato, the words of the master of logic have been preserved and we can examine the battle he fought between wisdom and rhetoric, and the impact of his loss on the world.
The subtleness of this loss is symbolized on the cover of this book by the difference between the Ionic- and Doric-order. The Erechtheion is an Ionic-order temple built by the enlightened of Athens. The six Karyatides staring out to the ocean depicting the women of Athens carrying the weight of society while their men were defending Athens from foreign invasion. In his early life, it was Socrates who carved these six images of his wife, the wife who was stolen from him by a Spartan as he was away defending his country. It was this materialistic society who built the monstrous Parthenon, with none of this subtle symbolism of the value of women to the enlightened Greeks.