Saturday, 20 January 2018

Killing the Messenger.

                            

When God reaches out to humanity with the Good News of His unconditional love and forgiveness what happens is that the powers of this world kill the messenger and steal the message.

What happens then is that they turn the message back into the carrot and stick religion of rewards and punishments because this is what suits the rich and powerful of this world.

The rich and powerful seek to control the masses in order to maintain their position of power and privilege.  And the traditional religion of rewards and punishments suits their purpose perfectly.

Napoleon said that if the Catholic Church had not existed he would have to have invented it.

This is proof that this style of religion suits the powerful.

But this burdensome exoteric religion is not the truth.

God loves humanity unconditionally and He is always ready to forgive.


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Friday, 19 January 2018

Shepherds.

                            

"My people have been lost sheep, their shepherds have led them astray, turning them away on the mountain; from mountain to hill they have gone, they have forgotten the fold."  Jeremiah 50:6 (NRSV)

Christianity has grown old and corrupt.
The sheep have left the fold.
They have been led astray and abandoned.

"Thus says the Lord God: Ah you shepherds of Israel who have been feeding themselves!  Should not the shepherds feed the sheep?  You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with wool, you slaughter the fatlings; but you do not feed the sheep.  You have not strengthened the weak. you have not healed the sick, you have not bound up the injured, you have not brought back the strayed, you have not sought the lost, but with force and harshness you have ruled them."  Ezekiel 34:2-4 (NRSV)

This sounds strangely familiar.
And not just because it resembles the words of Jesus to the Pharisees.

When the covenant grows old and the shepherds become complaisant and corrupt God sends a messenger to prophesy against them.

In this way God renews, even enlarges, the covenant with humankind.

Christianity has grown old and corrupt.
The shepherds feed themselves and rule harshly.

The time has come to renew God's covenant with humanity.

Hear the Good News:
You have nothing to fear from God.
God does not punish us.
God punishes no one.

God does not force us.
Nor does He threaten or intimidate us.

There is no hell.
Hell is totally out of character for a loving God.

There is no devil.
There are no dark powers, only the goodness of God.

Sex is the consummation of love.
And love is the Nature of God.

God loves us.
Even to the very last one.

This is the Truth.
Not the carrot and stick religion of rewards and punishments which corrupt shepherds impose on the people.

They serve themselves.
And impose harsh penalties.

In this way they rule humanity.

It is a millstone around our necks.

Cast it into the sea.

May it be gone forever.


[Scripture quotations (marked NRSV) are taken from the New Revised Standard version Bible, copyright © 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission.  All rights reserved.] 

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Thursday, 18 January 2018

Sodom.

                            

Proponents of Satanic rock music claim homosexuality for Satan because of Sodom.

But.....

"This was the guilt of Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and the needy."  Ezekiel 16:49 (NRSV)

No mention of homosexuality.

Could they be mistaken?

Or are they just preying on vulnerable young people who have been told that God hates them?


[Scripture quotations (marked NRSV) are taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 by the Division of Christian  Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission.  All rights reserved.]

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Homosexuality.

                            

Homosexuality is love.

"God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them."  1 John 4:16 (NRSV)

Just so.  Homosexuals partake of the Love of God as others do.


[Scripture quotations (marked NRSV) are taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission.  All rights reserved.]

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

The Rainbow Covenant.

                  

"God said, "This is the sign of the covenant that I will make between me and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.'"  Genesis 9:12,13 (NRSV)

God vows never again to destroy all flesh.

And the sign of this is the rainbow.

The rainbow is a sign of peace between God and all living creatures.

The rainbow is also a symbol of the gay community and political coalitions that protect the environment.

So the rainbow is indeed a sign of peace between God and the earth.


[Scripture quotation (marked NRSV) are taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission.  All rights reserved.]

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Monday, 15 January 2018

Musclemen.

                                  

What is described on the Internet as muscle worship is none other than love.

The great desire that men feel for beautiful musclemen is love.

We are filled with impossible desires.

But rather than appealing to his ego or his dark side, perhaps we should appeal to his big heart.

Tears melt the heart.

So, rather than a response of fear - fear of peer pressure, fear of emasculation, fear of ridicule - we should try to win his sympathy and trust.

Then by demonstrating that our great desire is love perhaps we could win his heart.


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Sunday, 14 January 2018

Powers and Authorities.

                            

The problem, as I see it, is that the powers and authorities which rule our world do not reflect the Nature or the Will of God.

These powers and authorities, which include most of the Churches, are hard-line right-wing conservatives.  They invoke harsh penalties to keep humanity in line.

Not only does this reflect a negative view of humanity but a negative view of God as well.

They have little faith in the benevolence of God.
And they certainly don't reflect the Love of God.

Humanity is wicked, they believe, and needs to be threatened to keep them from hell.

Many have suggested that this approach has nothing to do with God and everything to do with maintaining power.

This may well be the case.

Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

But God is loving.

He treats us like His children.

He forgives us.

He always gives us another chance.

What could be further from our experience of power and authority in this world?

So when religious people talk to you about authority be sure you know which kind of authority they are talking about. 

For the ultimate authority is Love.


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