Monday, 25 September 2017

A Culture of Love.

                            

We live in a culture which is insular, materialistic, impersonal, and mercenary.

Our entertainment is dark, violent, and shallow.

We are disturbed and distracted.

We suffer.

This is because our culture neglects our humanity.

And what is at the heart of our humanity but love.

Love is the only thing that can save us.

We need to develop a culture of love.

A culture in which love is the highest value.

A culture that cultivates love in all times and places.

A culture that is human.

I pray for this.


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Sunday, 24 September 2017

Tax.

                            

The first step we must take to create a more just and equal world is to force the multi-national corporations to pay their tax.

If these corporations paid their tax in the countries in which they made their profits the benefits to third world countries would equal the aid given them by the rich nations of the world.

But, despite concerted efforts by activists, the G20 is dragging its feet.

Angela Merkel and the other leaders of the G20 are too afraid to challenge these corporations for fear of losing their countries' prosperity and privilege.

We need new leaders committed to global equality who are not afraid to take on the corporate plutocrats who rule our world.

We do not want to be governed by the rich.

We want to be governed by leaders who truly represent the common people.

And it is the will of the common people that the corporations pay their tax.


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Saturday, 23 September 2017

Competition.

                            

Before we have any contact with God we compete with each other to see who can be the most daring, the most drunken, the most pleasure-seeking, the most rich, the most outrageous, the most violent, the most evil, the most good.....

This, of course, gets us nowhere.

But we don't know any better.

Contact with God brings concern for others, especially those who are less fortunate than ourselves.

We cease to compete for supremacy and begin to care about others.

We become more charitable, more generous, more compassionate, more forgiving.....

We know that we are loved.

And we long to share that love with others.


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Friday, 22 September 2017

Natural Justice.

                               

Natural Justice teaches that the world and God reflect fixed Laws by which we are rewarded and punished - rewards for good behavior and punishments for bad behavior.

Natural Justice is a naive expectation.

It cannot be sustained upon any length of experience in the world.

The Book of Job in the Bible was written to refute the claims of Natural Justice.

So the religious elites projected their expectations of Natural Justice into the afterlife - creating Heaven and Hell.

If God does not behave in this way in life why would He behave this way after death?

A better explanation is that God is Love.

And Love bends the rules according to understanding.

God does not punish us.

God, when called upon, will try and help us.

God is our loving Father.

And a father does not condemn his children.

But we are not passive puppets.

We love and participate in God's work.

We are co-creators with God.

So we can replace the childish notion of Natural Justice with the mature understanding of Love.


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Thursday, 21 September 2017

Homophobia.

                            

Violence against homosexuals is not new.

In Australia there was a tradition among men of poofter bashing before the gay liberation movement of the 1970s.

Many, especially those of the older generation, still harbor these views.

This is why the Church, which is made up of mostly older generations, is so slow to change.

Resistance from homophobic elements within the Church slows down any progress.

And a reluctance to question the authority of the writings of St. Paul only adds to the problem.

St. Paul's writings on sex and homosexuality are ill-informed, ignorant, and perverse.

We would do better to follow the teachings of Jesus.

Jesus made no mention of homosexuality at all.
And his inclusive approach would indicate that he would not be homophobic in his views.

Homosexuality is love.

And as love it is part of God.

We would do well to recognize this.


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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

The Humanities.

                   

When we were at school we studied the sciences - mathematics, chemistry, physics etc..
But we also studied the humanities - languages, literature, history etc..

We were just beginning, however, to enter the mindset which ultimately valued the sciences much more than the humanities.  Art was for dummies.

Now education is considered job training and the humanities are not valued at all.

With this development has come a lack of humanity in our society.

We are trained to think entirely in left-brain rational terms.
The right-brain imagination, which feeds religion, is ignored.

And as such we are unbalanced psychologically and emotionally.

We need to bring more humanity into our lives.

This is the task of 21st Century religion.

The revelations which are now coming from God attempt to redress this imbalance by re-reading the scriptures as poetry and metaphor.

In this way the spiritual becomes intelligible rather than being considered fanciful and thus being discarded as worthless or even dangerous.

Too often we regard the visible as the real whereas the metaphorical refers to unseen realities which can be apprehended and experienced.

Science ignores the sacred.

We must recapture the sacred in our modern world in order to regain our humanity and our sanity.


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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

The Aquarian Temple of God.

                            

The Aquarian Temple of God may be a mental construct in which God is panentheistic and immanent.

That is to say that God is everything and more and God is in everything and everything is in God.

This is not to reject science but to complete it.

To bring a sense of the sacred to the lifeless laws of science.

For God is not just an impersonal force or energy.
God is also life and consciousness and intelligence and imagination and love.

God is sensitive and artistic.

He relates to us as a person.

He enlightens our minds.

But the sanctuary of the Aquarian Temple is the human heart.


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