Correlating Christianity’s God and Heaven with the Connections God and Heaven
Every religion, faith, and belief system has a “God” and a “Heaven”. They take different forms, and they have different names, but, they also share beautiful similarities. And while it is interesting to compare the differences and similarities between the “God” and ‘Heaven” in every type of religion, this discussion is focused solely on correlating Christianity’s God and Heaven with Connections God and Heaven.
This isn’t presented to sway you to “believe” or accept a God or Heaven different from the ones you believe in and accept. Connections isn’t a belief system or a faith. It’s simply a form of engagement – a way to interact with those souls and energies that have passed through life as we know it. So naturally, Connections acknowledges, honors, and references God and Heaven – albeit somewhat unconventionally.
In his book, Connections, Clif Taylor consistently asks the reader to be objective. Knowing Connections has no religious or spiritual pre-requisites, Clif Taylor encourages readers to retain all that their religion or faith has shown them to be true while allowing for the possibility that Connections can also be true.
Clif goes further with the notion of being objective by inviting readers to explore the possibility that Connections and religion can co-exist without contradiction or exclusion.
This is illustrated by Clif’s use of the words – God and Heaven. While he uses them in a way that may be very different from how you and others use or interpret them, let’s take a look at the similarities between God in Christianity and the God referenced in Connections discussions.
Christianity’s God – Simplified
The God of Christianity is the creator and preserver of all things, with love for all of humanity. Christians are encouraged to seek God, feel God, and find God, as God lives within us. While over-simplified, it isn’t a stretch to see and feel God as love and to accept that God sheds love on all of humanity.
How does Connections define God?
With no disrespect, Clif defines God this way: God is love. On that basis, all of us, regardless of religious denomination or degree of faith in a “higher power”, can agree.
Can Heaven be viewed similarly?
In Christianity, Heaven is referred to as God’s – and the angels’ – “throne”. It is associated with the afterlife as a physical place; most commonly, where the “righteous” – those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their savior – eternally spend their afterlives. Yet, it is also spoken of as a dimension, above or beyond the cosmos.
Clif Taylor initially uses the word Heaven to describe where he’s been and what he’s seen, heard, and felt during his Connection experiences. At first, he understood it to be a “place”, which is where and how Connections’ Heaven and Christianity’s Heaven intersect. However, as time went on and Clif’s Connections experiences became more sophisticated, he recognized Heaven as a dimension that is everywhere, including here on Earth.
So while Clif has found that Heaven is indeed a place where “good people” go upon death, his Connections experiences have led him to realize that that’s not the whole truth. This is where his notion of “Heaven on Earth” comes into play and how Connections embraces the Christian Heaven and then merely expands upon it.
Heaven on Earth simply means that where we are now, physically on Earth, is part of Heaven. Connections contends that the widely accepted notion that we are separated from Heaven is one of the reasons why we are separated, and why we remain separated. Those who are Connecting realize we are not separated from Heaven.
In effect, making Connections expands our access to Heaven before we die. From this perspective, near-death experiences are glimpses of Heaven, without experiencing near-death.
Regardless of your religion, faith or spiritual beliefs, would you be attracted to pursuing a deeper spiritual experience that is based upon the premises that God is love and Heaven is a dimension? Connections is truly that simple.