You Do Not Have To!
Take Up Your Cross and Follow Me
Our Journey in "Time"
In the the Holy Scriptures (2), Old and
New Testaments, a certain Book of Life is mentioned; a book wherein the
names of all who are to go to Heaven appear.
Why does this Book exist? Because in "Eternity" all has reached
its completion. If a soul is "going to be" in Heaven, even if that soul
is in a body and biochemically alive on the Earth (in "Time"), that
soul with its glorified body is simultaneously in Heaven in
"Eternity". Naturally, its name is in a Book of Life. Think of the Book
of Life as a Heavenly Directory.
Therefore, when that soul is born into "Time" (that is, in this
world), that soul is already marked to go to Heaven. The question is:
"How hard or how easy will that soul’s journey through this world be?"
Believe it or not, that will entirely depend on the manner in which
that soul exercises its free will.
God has a plan for each one of us as we journey in this world. If
we follow that particular and highly individual plan, as close as we
can, our passage through "Time" (this world) will be in the easiest
However, exercising our free will, we may deviate from that
"perfect plan" by deciding to do it "our way". In which case God
resorts to a Secondary Plan to help us.
The suffering that we may add to our life as we journey though
it, is proportional to how far we may deviate from such plan.
Nonetheless, as an act of Divine Mercy, God will take advantage (His Secondary
Plan) of that suffering to help us get to the right path. That path
will give us the most joy possible in our journey through life. (3)
The Cross - The Crosses
When Jesus Christ said "Take up your cross and follow Me" (4),
He was not necessarily telling us that to be good Christians we had to
fight the lions every day at the Roman Coliseum. What He was telling us
1. Take up your cross... :
are all born with an original sin. This "inborn cross" gives us the
opportunity to exercise our free will and choose good over evil.
2. ...and follow Me: If we live in accordance to His
teachings, as close as we are able to, then we will make it through
this world with that "inborn cross", plus all the other crosses
that we may pick up, or are imposed upon us, along the way, with the
least possible amount of discomfort.
These "other crosses" that we are speaking about refer to, by way
of example, to the following:
+++ If you fought in a bloody war and
witnessed many physical and political atrocities, that left a deep and
painful mark. Your entire life will be colored by that mark and, there,
you have yet "another cross".
+++ If your parents abused you, that left a deep mark in your
soul. Your entire life will be colored by that mark. That is "another
+++ If the first love of your life mocked and rejected you
publicly, that left a deep and painful mark in your soul. There is
+++ If you were abused by a member of the clergy, that left what
may be considered the most serious mark in your soul. That is yet
"another, and very heavy, cross."
These "another crosses" are not given to you by God. It is the
evil doings of mankind that brought them upon you.
Why did God allow this cross or that cross to be
imposed upon us? Because God does not violate our Free Will. He Created
us, gave us a Free Will, and a method to access His protective mantle
(to prevent those "other crosses" from being placed upon us). However,
if any of that fails, because of our ineptitude and abuses, He still
gives us His Way (5) to minimize the suffering
caused as we journey through life burdened with many, many crosses.
We may be disciplined by Him as any true loving parent would do
to his child. Nonetheless, the severity, the amount of suffering, still
is in our hands and depends on the acts of our free will. That is, how
hard do we resist or how quickly we respond to get back on the right
We have a difficult time realizing that God has given us more
real control over our lives than we could have possibly had by any
other means. However, for us to exercise that control, we must "follow
To assist us in "following Him" is the real reason why humanity
continues to receive many legitimate Messages from Heaven (6).
God continues to extend His loving Hand to us. Many poor and
endemically disoriented members of the clergy, thinking of themselves
illuminated, claim: "The last revelations from Heaven (7)
ceased when St. John (the Evangelist) died. We do not need messages
What these poor souls fail to see is that (8)
organized Christianity miserably failed to Evangelize the world, as
instructed by Jesus Christ, and should feel ashamed that God has to
In His infinite Mercy (9), He is
communicating to us using many systems to lead us step by step (10)
back to Himself and help us minimize our suffering as we approach the
End of These Times (11); not of the World,
but of These Times. Thank God!
(1) If you do not believe
in the Holy Scriptures,
or God for that matter, we encourage you to view this as an example and
note the demands for internal/external coherence needed when discussing
supernatural events and/or prophecies. Without a frame of reference,
even an assumed one, no logical discussion with a healthy exchange of
views may be developed.
(2) Psalm 68:29 and
Revelations 13:8; 17:8;
(4) Matthew 16:24
(5) Matthew 11:29-30
(7) This same logic, they
do not realize,
demolishes the basis they use to defend the "Traditions" of the
Catholic Church as well as the claim of sweeping Papal Infallibility
En Español: Toma tu cruz y
sígueMe - Es el camino más fácil y menos doloroso
Em Português: Carrega com a tua
cruz e segue-Me, É Fácil
This Document Prepared on August, 1997. Texas, U.S.A.
Edited for clarity and
on September 14, 2003 and October 16, 2008. European Union.
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