Thursday, 17 August 2017
Making Them and Breaking Them:
When it comes to religion there are two types of people:
These two types are represented in astrology by the planets Saturn (rule-makers) and Uranus (rule-breakers).
These are represented in Judaism by the House of Judah (Saturn) and the House of Joseph (Uranus) - the two Kingdoms of Israel.
"The word of the Lord came to me: Mortal, take a stick and write on it, 'For Judah, and the Israelites associated with it', then take another stick and write on it, ' for Joseph (the stick of Ephraim) and all the house of Israel associated with it', and join them together into one stick, so that they may become one in your hand." Ezekiel 37: 15-17 (NRSV)
This passage from Ezekiel foretells God's intention to join the two Kingdoms of Israel into one nation.
The astrological sign of Aquarius is co-ruled by Saturn and Uranus - the rule-makers and the rule-breakers.
These two positions must be reconciled into one for the Age of Aquarius to begin.
Interestingly there is an asteroid called Chiron which orbits between the planets Saturn and Uranus, moving from inside the orbit of Saturn to outside the orbit of Uranus.
Chiron in mythology was a centaur.
He was a wise teacher and healer.
He trained many heroes and healers.
He was wounded by an poisoned arrow from Hercules but could not heal the wound and replaced Prometheus in Hades. He was later lifted to the stars by Zeus.
Thus Chiron is called the Wounded Healer.
There are many wounds between Saturn and Uranus - these two forces often clash violently causing wounds - as we have seen in the recent Culture Wars.
Perhaps in the Age of Aquarius these wounds may be healed and a lasting peace established.
And so we have Religious Traditionalists (Saturn) and Religious Progressives (Uranus).
But could there be a third force - the Healers.
Jesus himself was a healer and sometimes he was a rule-maker and other times he was a rule-breaker.
He said, "'Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.'" Matthew 5:9 (NRSV)
As the two sons Judah and Joseph had one father, Jacob, so traditionalists and progressives have one Father - the one in heaven.
So, rather than claiming exclusivity, we should recognize that we are brothers equally loved by God.
Neither of us is perfect and neither of us is preferred.
And so we take the best of both worlds - the best of traditional religion and the best of progressive religion - and synergize them into a rainbow of views across the religious spectrum.
We must tolerate each others' views without trying to force others to conform to our view.
Then, perhaps, we may see the beginnings of peace.
[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, 16 August 2017
When I talk about the ill-effects from listening to rock music I am not just talking about sex.
Sex is probably the least important effect.
Satanism in rock music creates death, depression, and a disturbed state of mind.
Combine this with a negative attitude to sexual gratification - i.e. sex without love - and you have a recipe for suicide.
But God is life, and joy, and peace.
The opposite of rock music.
So unplug your earphones and pray to God.
You might even consider going to Church.
But pray to God and He will hear.
Worse effects even than these relate to sin, fall, damnation, and hell.
These things are hidden in the music and imagery.
And they act on the subconscious mind.
God is about virtue, grace, salvation, and heaven.
Pray to God and He will deliver you.
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Tuesday, 15 August 2017
Those who have sold their souls* do what they think is the devil's work in our world.
So they are in the business of temptation.
In the Bible it is said that the devil's work is to kill, steal, and destroy.
They are about corrupting us and turning us to evil.
But there is no devil in reality.
And God does not punish us.
But the damage remains.
We are cursed.
* Rock stars and celebrities.
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Monday, 14 August 2017
The most common complaint about church is that it is boring.
A friend once told me this joke about church: "It's not the worms in the pews that are the problem it's the dry rot in the pulpit."
So why is church boring?
The experience of God is anything but boring.
It is wonderful, exciting, beautiful, surprising.....
It is never dull.
So why does church not reflect the experience of God?
Could it be that priests and ministers have not experienced God?
How could this be?
Perhaps they have intellectualized religion to such an extent that they have excluded direct experience.
Perhaps their motivation is wrong.
In any case the real experience of God will enliven His Church and make it relevant.
If they will allow it.
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Sunday, 13 August 2017
My friend Sean said to me recently, "There is either the presence of God or the absence of God. When God is present you experience good things. When God is absent you experience bad things."
I would have said that it is either the presence or absence of love which causes us to have good or bad experiences.
Perhaps, in the end, they are the same thing.
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