Here is a document called The Gospel According to the Grateful Dead (by David Smith of wisedyes.com -
check out his awesome tie dyes).  It creatively seeks to explain the Gospel message of Jesus using
Grateful Dead song lyrics and Scripture!  I'm not sure that Hunter, Garcia, Weir, Barlow, and the
Grateful Dead intentionally wrote lyrics with the Bible in mind.  However, there's no denying that God is
sovereign and in complete control and that there are Biblical principles and themes in some of their lyrics.



I have spent my life, seeking all that’s left unsung, Bent my ear to hear the tune, And closed my
eyes to see
                                ~Attics of My Life

We’re all looking for answers. We all want to know the truth. Sometimes it seems within our grasp, and then it
slips away.

Sometimes the light’s all shining on me, Other times I can barely see, Lately it occurs to me, What
a long strange trip it’s been                                                                               
                ~Truckin’

But the truth does exist. Love is real. It is the most powerful force in the universe. And while we are seeking
Love, Love is seeking us. Love desires to reveal itself to us. Let us be open to that love.

Once in awhile you get shown the Light, In the strangest of places if you look at it right
                                ~Scarlet Begonias

God is love. God is truth. God knows you intimately and wants you to know Him. He wants to commune with
you now, right where you are. Through dreams, visions, prophecy, and other forms of inspiration God has
spoken to countless people over the centuries. The concept of a supreme God has existed for centuries in
hundreds of cultures throughout the world. In fact, He may have already been speaking to you. Through the
words and music of Robert Hunter/Jerry Garcia and John Barlow/Bob Weir the God of all creation has planted
his Word. Listen carefully to what has been said.

If my words did glow, with the gold of sunshine, And my tunes were played on the harp unstrung,
Would you hear my voice come through the music, would you hold it near, as if it were you own?
                                ~Ripple

Can’t you hear God’s voice pleading with you to be heard? Listen. These are living words! Open you heart.

What’s to be found, racing around, You carry your pain wherever you go. The Black-throated wind,
whispering sin, And it speaks of a life that passes like dew
                                                           ~Black-Throated Wind

Some days the gales are howling, Some days the sea is still as glass, You’re a lost sailor, You’ve
been too long at sea
                                        ~Lost Sailor

Without God we’re all lost. We’re like sheep without a shepherd.

Was it you I heard singin’ while I was chasing dreams? Driven by the wind, like the dust that blows
around, Well, I never know,  just don’t know
                                ~Saint of Circumstance

Reach out your hand if your cup be empty
                                ~Ripple

God is calling you. He loves you more than you can imagine. All the searching can be over. God wants to
forgive you and cleanse you and make you whole. You must come to Him and admit your need. Confess your
errors to God and trust Him to answer you.

I told Althea I was feeling lost, Lacking in some direction
                                ~Althea

You’re playing cold music on the barroom floor, drowned in your laughter and dead to the core, If
Mercy’s in business, I wish it for you
                                ~Fire on the Mountain

But I’ll get back on my feet someday, the good Lord willing, if He says I may, I know that the life I’m
living’s no good, I’ll get a new start, live the life I should
                                ~Wharf Rat

Maybe you’ll find direction around some corner where it’s been waiting to meet you Believe it if
you need it or leave it if you dare
                                ~Box of Rain

Only God can fill this void. Without Him we can never be completely whole. Be honest with yourself. Isn’t
something missing? Wouldn’t you like to know why you’re here? Wouldn’t you like for your life to have
meaning and purpose? God understands. He stands at the door of your heart knocking. Let him in. Receive the
Truth.

If your cup is full, may it be again
                                ~Ripple

Perhaps you’ve been more fortunate. Maybe you’ve already discovered the power of love. What have your
placed your faith in?

Some folks trust to reason, others trust to might, I don’t trust to nothing , but I know it come out right
                                ~Playin’ in the Band

Small wheel turning by the fire and rod, Big wheel turning by the grace of God
                                ~The Wheel

Don't you realize how kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Or don't you care? Can't you
see how kind he has been in giving you time to turn from your sin?
                              (Romans 2:4)

This power that guides all life is more than impersonal energy. This “force” that keeps your life flowing is
intimate and personal. It loves you and desires to be loved. Recall all the times you have sensed God’s hand.

See here how everything leads up to this day, And its just like any other day that’s every been.
                                ~Black Peter

In earlier days He permitted all the nations to go their own ways, but He never left himself
without a witness. There were always his reminders, such as sending you rain and good crops and
giving you food and joyful hearts.
                          (Acts 14:16-17)

Let it be known there is a fountain That was not made by the hands of man There is a road, no
simple highway Between the dawn and the dark of night
                                ~Ripple

God loves us so much that He became flesh and came down from heaven to live among us. You know the story.
Jesus taught us, healed us, and loved us like no other man in all of history. Jesus said He is the fountain. He
said He is the road to life. He said “The Father and I are one.” There is no other!

“Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. For the Scriptures declare that rivers of living
water will flow from the heart of those who believe in me.”
                       -Jesus (John 7:38)

"Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction,
and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which
leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
               -Jesus (Matthew 7:13-14)

Jesus often referred to God as Father. God is Spirit, and without a physical body. The significance is that God
is personal and can be known. He is more than a force or energy. Electricity is a powerful force. Heat is a source
of energy. God is merciful, kind, and loving. He hears our prayers and responds. He rejoices when we do well
and grieves when we sin. Don’t confuse the Creator with the creation. The incredible beauty and balance of the
planet are evidence of a thoughtful and loving Father.

What shall we say, shall we call it by a name And listen to the thunder shout I am, I am, I am, I am
                                ~Let it Grow

And God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM." And He said, "Thus you shall say to the children of
Israel, 'I AM has sent me to you.”
                             (Exodus 3:14)


Jesus said…

"…I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me
shall never thirst.”
                                (John 6:35)

"…I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light
of life."
                                (John 8:12)

"…I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.”
                              (John 10:11)

"…I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.”
                              (John 11:25)

"…I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
                                (John 14:6)

"I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last."
                        (Revelation 22:13)

"…Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM."
                                (John 8:58)


In order that we might know God more perfectly, He sent Jesus into this world. As the first born of all creation,
He was given all authority over heaven and earth. We therefore must know Jesus if we are to know God fully
and completely.

All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
                                (John 1:3)

For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and
invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created
through Him and for Him.
                          (Colossians 1:16)

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on
earth.”
                          (Matthew 28:18)

And they were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not
as the scribes.
                               (Mark 1:22)

A decision to follow Christ is one you must make alone. Don’t be swayed by the behavior of some other human
being. Your wife, your husband, and your friends all must make their own decision. This one is between you
and God.

And if you go, no one may follow  That path is for your steps alone.
                                ~Ripple

Now the shore-lights beckon  Yeah there's a price for being free.
                                ~Lost Sailor

The price for your freedom has already been paid for. It is our pride, our rebellion, our sin that separates us
from intimately knowing God. Jesus willingly suffered the agony of the cross to pay for our guilt.

If a man among you, got no sin upon his hand  Let him cast a stone at me for playing in the band.
                                ~Playing in the Band

What is a man  Deep down inside  But a raging beast  With nothing to hide
                                ~Passenger

Even the purest of romantics compromise
What fixation feeds this fever
Am I living truth or rank deceiver
                                ~Victim or the Crime

For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your
ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. He paid for you with the
precious lifeblood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.
                   (1 Peter 1:18-19
NLT)

Old men sing about their dreams  Women laugh and children scream  And the band keeps playing
on
Sun went down in honey  And the moon came up in wine  You know stars were spinning dizzy  
Lord the band kept us so busy  We forgot about the time
                                ~The Music Never Stopped

“In the last days, God said, I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters
will prophesy, your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. In those
days I will pour out my Spirit upon all my servants, men and women alike, and they will prophesy.
And I will cause wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below- blood and fire and
clouds of smoke. The sun will be turned into darkness, and the moon will turn bloodred, before
that great and glorious day of the Lord arrives. And anyone who calls on the name of the Lord
will be saved. “
                      (Acts 2:17-21
NLT)

Shall we go, you and I, while we can?
                                ~Dark Star

I got a feelin' there's no time to lose  No time to lose
                                ~Saint of Circumstance

Please don’t put off this decision to follow and serve Jesus. God loves you and wants you right now – just the
way you are! There really is a devil who wants nothing better than for you to postpone this decision. He is a liar
and a thief and a murderer.

Is there anything a man don't stand to lose  When the devil wants to take it all away
                                ~Mexicali Blues

And if he catches up with me I'll spend my life in jail
                                ~Friend of the Devil

A secret incantation, candle burning blue  We'll consult the spirits, maybe they'll know what to do
                                ~I Need A Miracle

…For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.
                     (2 Corinthians 11:14)

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because
many false prophets have gone out into the world.
                               (1 John 4:1)

“For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great miraculous signs and
wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God's chosen ones.”
            -Jesus (Matthew 24:24
NLT)

All these trials soon be past  Look for something built to last
Built to last till time itself falls tumbling from the wall  Built to last till sunshine fails and darkness
moves on all  
                                ~Built to Last

“Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will remain forever.”
            -Jesus (Matthew 24:35
NLT)

“If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give it up for me, you will find it.”
            -Jesus (Matthew 10:39
NLT)

"Anyone who listens to my teaching and obeys me is wise, like a person who builds a house on
solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat
against that house, it won't collapse, because it is built on rock. But anyone who hears my
teaching and ignores it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and
floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will fall with a mighty crash." After Jesus
finished speaking, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, for he taught as one who had real
authority-quite unlike the teachers of religious law.
                       (Matthew 7:24-29)

I want to say to my sisters and my brothers  Keep the faith  When the storm flies and the wind
blows
Go on at a steady pace  When the battle is fought and the victory's won  We can all shout together,
we have overcome  We'll talk to the Father and the Son  When we make it to the promised land
                                ~My Sisters and Brothers

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
This I declare of the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I am
trusting him.
For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from the fatal plague.
He will shield you with his wings. He will shelter you with his feathers. His faithful promises are
your armor and protection.
Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor fear the dangers of the day,
nor dread the plague that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will
not touch you.
But you will see it with your eyes; you will see how the wicked are punished.
If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter,
no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your dwelling.
For he orders his angels to protect you wherever you go.
They will hold you with their hands to keep you from striking your foot on a stone.
You will trample down lions and poisonous snakes; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under
your feet!
The Lord says, "I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name.
When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue them and honor
them.
I will satisfy them with a long life and give them my salvation."
                           (Psalm 91
NLT)

Lay down my dear brothers, lay down and take your rest
Oh won't you lay your head upon your saviour's breast
I love you, oh but Jesus loves you the best
                        ~And We Bid You Goodnight

“Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice
of the Son of God; and those who hear will live.”
                       -Jesus (John 5:25)

If I knew the way, I would take you home
                                ~Jerry Garcia (Ripple)

So many roads I tell you
So many roads I know
So many roads, so many roads
Mountain high, river wide
So many roads to ride
So many roads, so many roads
So many roads I tell you
New York to San Francisco
So many roads I know
All I want is one to take me home
From the high road to the low
So many roads I know
So many roads so many roads
                                ~So Many Roads

It may seem to you that there are So Many Roads to ease your soul but
there's truly only one way that will take you home.

"I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
                       -Jesus (John 14:6)





How to Know God and Receive Christ into Your Life

1. Realize that you are a sinner.

No matter how good a life we try to live, we still fall miserably short of being a good person.  That is because we
are all sinners.  We all fall short of God’s desire for us to be holy.  The Bible says, “No one is good—not even
one” (Romans 3:10
NLT).  This is because we cannot become who we are supposed to be without Jesus Christ.     


2. Recognize that Jesus Christ died on the cross for you.

The Bible tells us, “But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while were still sinners”
(Romans 5:8 NLT).  This is the Good News, that God loves us so much that He sent His only Son to die in our
place when we least deserved it.


3. Repent of your sin.

The Bible tells us to “repent and be converted” (Acts 3:19).  The word repent means to change our direction in
life.  Instead of running from God, we can run toward Him.


4. Receive Jesus Christ into your life.

Becoming a Christian is not merely believing some creed or going to church on Sunday.  It is having Christ
Himself take residence in your life and heart.  Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door (of your life) and knock.  
If anyone hears My voice and opens the door,
I will come in . . .” (Revelation 3:20).



If you would like to have a relationship with Christ, simply pray this prayer and mean it in your heart:

Dear Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner.  I believe you died for my sins.  Right now, I turn from my sins and
open the door of my heart and life.  I confess you as my personal Lord and Savior.  Thank you for saving me.  
Amen.


If you just prayed that prayer and meant it, Jesus Christ has now taken residence in your heart!  Your decision
to follow Christ means God has forgiven you and that you will spend eternity in heaven.  The Bible tells us, “If
we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1
John 1:9).  To put your faith in action, be sure to spend time with God by reading your Bible, praying, going to
church, and telling others about Christ. Please contact us and let us know about your decision to accept Jesus
Christ as your Lord and Savior.  

I asked Jesus into my heart,
NOW WHAT DO I DO?









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