Thursday, 22 February 2018
In the past the Christian Churches have preached good works to earn your place in Heaven.
And sins, especially sexual sins, will land you in hell forever.
This kept everyone in line and maintained the power of the Church.
But modern educated people would not be bullied in this way.
They left the Church in droves.
The child sexual abuse scandals were just the straw that broke the camel's back.
It is time for a New Reformation of the Church.
A Reformation which returns to the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
Jesus taught Love.
Love God and love your neighbor.
Forgiveness, mercy, compassion, charity, and peace.....
All these things derive from the teachings of Jesus.
The Church will have to give up its big stick - HELL - and return to the original position of servant.
The Church is there to serve the community not to rule over it.
The Church is a servant not a master.
All too often the Church has assumed the position of master in order to gain power over humanity.
But Jesus said, "'whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave.'" Matthew 20: 26.27 (NRSV)
So the Church must change.
It must move on from the Machiavellian carrot and stick religion of the past and preach the Gospel of Love.
[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, 21 February 2018
Tuesday, 20 February 2018
If you are sick of feeling rotten and negative.
If you keep trying but nothing works.
If you have given up.
There is an alternative.
The negative influences in your life come from rock music, T.V., movies, and sports.
Turn them off.
Throw them away.
There is a positive spiritual influence available to you.
Go into your room.
Close the door.
God will hear you.
And He will answer.
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Monday, 19 February 2018
Sunday, 18 February 2018
If God does not judge or punish us then how does He stop us from sinning?
This is the classic argument in favor of the system of rewards for good behavior and punishments for bad behavior.
It betrays a dim view of humanity.
But what is the cause of sin?
Contrary to standard wisdom I believe that sin is caused by feeling unloved and abused.
"They don't give a stuff about me so why should I obey their rules?"
God addresses this lack by loving us all the more.
But it is when we begin to love others that we really blossom.
God's way is the way of the heart.
Love God and love your neighbor.
Then we will not need to sin.
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Saturday, 17 February 2018
There's good news and bad news.
I'll tell you the bad news first:
We are all caught in a gigantic Satanic conspiracy.
Our music, T.V., movies, literature, and sports have all been infiltrated by people who have sold their souls to the devil and practise black magic and Satanism.
They use the mass media to spread their evil web.
This is not immediately apparent because most of this is done on the unconscious level with backtracking and subliminal images.
Many of the people involved are famous rock stars, actors and directors, and sports men and women.
But there's good news:
God can rescue you from these dark forces.
We are forgiven and saved.
He will wipe away our tears.
And admit us to Heaven.
Go into your room and close the door.
Pray to God with a sincere heart.
And He will answer you.
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