Tuesday, 24 April 2018

The Unseen Hook.


May you turn

from

the darkness of evil.

And be reconciled

to God.

Through

Love

the Unseen Hook.


Photo Credit: Jay Cutler.

Monday, 23 April 2018

Victims.

                            

Our society has an endless capacity for blaming victims.

If anything goes wrong in a person's life it is said to be their own fault.

This is very convenient for most people because it means that you don't have to help.

Hippies and Baby-Boomers are the victims of drugs and Satanism in rock music.

Gay men are victims of AIDS.

Refugees are victims of war and economic oppression.

But we are led to believe that they somehow brought these things on themselves.

Open your eyes and open your hearts!

It is the only way.


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Sunday, 22 April 2018

Homophobia.

                            

Homophobia causes suffering.

Not only does it cause open hostility but unconscious homophobia can even lead to torture and damnation.

Homophobia creates poverty.

And homophobia can kill.

So don't insult me with your right to be homophobic.

Your attitude is destructive and harmful to others.

And it should be abandoned at once.


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Saturday, 21 April 2018

Prayers.


As you would

from crimes

pardoned be.

So may

these prayers

set you

Free!

Friday, 20 April 2018

A Father's Love.

                            

A child instinctively knows he should be loved.

And although we may receive love from our mothers our father is often distant and cold.

This is compounded for the gay child because his behavior will often not live up to a father's expectations of a masculine child.

A gay child will often lack the manly virtues of physical strength, emotional control, sporting achievement, and self-confidence.

A gay child may be artistic and sensitive, even effeminate.
He may want to dress up (even in his mother's clothes) and wear make-up.  He may be more interested in musicals than sports.

This, of course, is confusing for the father and he may even despise his own child.

Hence when the child reaches puberty he sets out on an unconscious search for his father's love.

While this is a strong motivating factor in gay men I do not believe that it is the cause of homosexual orientation.

Same-sex attraction would appear to be genetic.
It is a physical phenomenon which manifests in puberty.

But the emotional and psychological characteristics of homosexuality exist in childhood and can be recognized.

Many gay men may have a strong feminine component without being overtly effeminate.  Others may feel so strongly feminine that they identify as female.

In the gay scene many aspire so strongly to the desired ideal of masculinity that they adopt a predominantly macho culture.

Anonymous, casual sex is common in the gay scene.

This is a relic from the age when homosexuality was illegal and men had to hide their true nature.

Now, when a young gay man enters the gay scene, he is looking for a relationship that will last and satisfy his yearning for masculine love. 


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Thursday, 19 April 2018

The Good Things.

                            

Satanists - mostly in rock music - will tell you that all the cool things: ego, fame, success, riches, sex, money, real estate, holidays - belong to Satan.

But I tell you all the good things: humility, peace, compassion, charity, courage, integrity, gratitude, forgiveness, joy, and love - belong to God.


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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

The End of the Age.

                            

"'Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age.'"  Matthew 13:40 (NRSV)

There was a general belief in the time of Jesus that the end of the age was approaching.  And at that time God would judge between the good and the evil and the good would be vindicated and the evil would be destroyed.

But this is not what happened.

What happened was that the light - the message of Jesus - was persecuted and killed and the powers of the Earth usurped his Church.

"'Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.  Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.'"  Matthew 5:11 (NRSV)

"'Truly I tell you there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age - houses, brothers, sisters, mothers and children and fields, with persecutions - and in the age to come eternal life.'"  Matthew 10: 29,30 (NRSV)

In these passages Jesus predicts the persecution of the light and the reward of those who adhere to it.

But we would be wrong to think that Jesus' mission was a complete failure.  Some of the light survived the persecution and even the take-over of his religion.

So that now we have a Church which, like the Jewish Temple, is a patchwork of light and darkness.

It is our job to collect the fragments of light.

And make no mistake if we are not diligent the new revelations which are coming now will meet the same fate.


[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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