INTERVIEW WITH DR. MONICA LARSON (Part 8)
By Warrior Richardson
Dr. Monica Larson: I've heard individuals say, "There's no heaven. "There's no hell." Well, heaven and hell are definitely real; and so what would you say to those individuals who want to debate that there is no heaven and there is no hell.
Warrior Richardson: Well, it's an academic question. I know it has a reality to it; but in the here now on this earth... technically you can have a hell on earth. If there is no heaven...Okay. There is a heaven;...
Dr. Monica Larson: Right.
Warrior Richardson: ...but the focus is misdirected. If they believe there is no heaven or hell...but what they can wrap there mind around is meaning and purpose and fulfillment in their own life here and now.
Dr. Monica Larson: Right.
Warrior Richardson: And you cannot do that without God. So, you can debate heaven and hell and that can be very academic because I can't prove to you that there is no heaven or hell. I can't do that. But you and I and everybody knows "Am I fulfilled?" "Is my life meaningful?" "Why am I doing what I'm doing?" "Should I be doing this?" Can you have the kind of certainty that what you're doing is right? And do you have a joy that surpasses understanding? In spite of all circumstances I have had a joy and during my worse moments when I had nothing was when I was born again and that was the most joyous moment of my life when I had nothing materially.
Dr. Monica Larson: mmm hmmm.
Warrior Richardson: We can debate heaven and hell all we want to and that becomes an academic debate; but it is a reality that without God we are not fulfilled. Everybody can say I am or I'm not fulfilled; but the reality is that without God there is no fulfillment. You're just chasing after something that you hope will fulfill you; but the reality is that it is obvious that it does not. So...
Dr. Monica Larson: right.
Warrior Richardson: That's why I don't debate whether or not there is a heaven or there is not a hell because there are too many things that we know for sure: You are fulfilled or you are not. You are living a meaningful life or you are not. And that's what is affected once God saves us. We suddenly live a meaningful, fulfilling life regardless of the circumstances. In spite of the trials and tribulations we actually can have joy. We don't always because we don't always stay focused on God; but when we do we can get through trials and tribulations with joy, as ironically and contradictory as that may sound.
Dr. Monica Larson: No. But it's true. And a peace that surpasses all understanding.
Warrior Richardson: Right
Dr. Monica Larson: And I appreciate that. Thank you.
To be continued...
Dr. Monica Larson Purpose Statement:
To serve, love and touch the hurting through performing and writing to restore items lost through low self-worth, validation insecurity,
mistreatment by others and self-deprecation.
To build up through performing, writing and speaking to beauty. Teaching that although marred, they are masterpieces.
To be a witness for Christ through the entertainment industry.
To teach despite life's challenges, obstacles and setbacks, we can and we will finish the good race.
We are a work of art
We are all masterpieces from the painter's palette.
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