Saturday, 31 August 2013

The Ways of God 1.

 "In days to come the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it.
"Many people shall come and say, 'Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways, and that we may walk in his paths.'"  Isaiah 2:2-3a (NRSV)

The main reason why this has not happened in the past is because the Churches were not teaching the ways of God.

The Christian Churches preached a version of Christology which did not reflect the pacifist, forgiving, loving nature of God.

How could the nations learn the ways of God if His own Churches did not teach them?

As I have said elsewhere, this is because the conservative establishment usurped the absolute power of Christ and modified Jesus' message of love and forgiveness to suit their own power and position.

We are only now beginning to see the true nature of Jesus' message as Progressive Christianity deconstructs the scriptures to reveal the true ways of God: unconditional love, forgiveness, benevolence, and equality.


[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.]

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Rock Satanism.

If there is one thing that I would tell young people today it is that the rock music which they are constantly listening to is poison.

Since the 1960s rock musicians have sold their souls to the devil and practiced Satanism and black magic/witchcraft in their music.

This is disguised, often as wisdom or goodness, but they are whited sepulchers.

Death, evil, shame, blasphemy, profanity, violence, incest, hate, Nazism, madness.....
All these things can be found in their music.

Thing to look out for: horns, skulls, snakes, spiders, spider webs, flames, anything upside down or backwards, backtracking, black, darkness, negations, misery, guilt, and fear.

At first it may seem as if only overtly Satanic rock bands are involved but I can assure you that the others are  equally culpable, even if their pop music appears harmless on the surface.

Look a little closer.
Look beneath the mask.

Not all of their songs are dark and sinister.  They will include innocent songs in order to draw you in then they will poison and curse you to death.

But they are sorely mistaken.

There is no Satan to reward them.

They have been misled.

In the end there is only God's Love.

Pray to God to deliver you from their web of evil.

He will hear.

And you will be delivered.

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Sign Posts.

We need to be able to read the sign posts that point the way to God.
So that at least we are heading in the right direction.

In this we will be directly contradicting what we are being told by the media and the entertainment industries.

Rather than money, fast cars, nasty sex, filthy, wicked, materialism, power, and status, we will emphasize the things of God: people. love, compassion, forgiveness, non-violence, moderation, charity, equality, and the common good.

These are the characteristics which point to God.

Through prayer, contemplation, and study we can experience God for ourselves.

But first we must practice the commandments of Jesus:
"''You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind"'"  Matthew 22:37 (NRSV)
"'"You shall love your neighbor as yourself."'"  Matthew 22:39b (NRSV)
"'Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.'"  Luke 6:27,28 (NRSV)

If we do this we will be following in the footsteps of Jesus which lead directly to God.


[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.]

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

You Can Count on Me.

If only people knew that they can call on God in distress and He will deliver them.

We are so used to thinking of God as absent, or inactive, or even unreal.

"For he delivers the needy when they call, the poor and those who have no helper. He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy.  From oppression and violence he redeems their life; and precious is their blood in his sight."  Psalm 72:12-14 (NRSV)

"Rescue the weak and the needy, deliver them from the hand of the wicked."  Psalm 82:4 (NRSV)

"'Is my hand shortened , that I cannot redeem?  Or have I no power to deliver?'"  Isaiah 50:2b (NRSV)

When we are young we feel as if we should not bother God with our prayers.
But as we grow in faith we realize that God listens to our prayers and answers them.

Moses, David, and Jesus all speak of God's steadfast love and compassion, of God's willingness to help.

Cry out to God!

He will say, "You can count on Me!"


[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.]

Monday, 26 August 2013

It's a Man's World.

The philosophy of men:
Being strong.
Being tough.
Not crying or whingeing.
Coping.
Competing.
Not showing emotion.
Being one of the boys.
Winning.

This was the philosophy with which we were confronted as children.

Because this was the dominant philosophy in society it was assumed that this was the philosophy of God.

It is not.

This is the reactive philosophy of the world.

When we realize that the dominant philosophy of the world has nothing to do with God we begin to see.

The mistake comes from confusing worldly authority with divine authority.
A mistake which was made by the institutions of the Church.

The divine right of kings was followed by the born to rule attitude of the conservative establishment, of which the Church was part.

Once we separate the teachings of Jesus - love and compassion - from the political conservatism of the establishment we will begin to grow.

The social justice agenda of the prophets - the widow, the fatherless, the stranger - is the opposite of this tough philosophy of the men of the establishment.
It is more Marx than Moses.

So the despised touchy-feely nanny state of the socialists turns out to be the true philosophy of God.

So Jesus prays, "'Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.'"  Matthew 6:10b (NRSV)

Because what we are taught to obey on earth is not God but men.


[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.]

Sunday, 25 August 2013

T.V.

I hardly watch T.V. anymore.

I came to the conclusion that what was not Satanic entertainment was political propaganda.

So I turned it off.
The music, the sport, the news.
All of it.

And I'm happier for it.

No longer am I barraged with negativity and darkness.

I get my news from the internet, where I have some control over what I watch and read.

I listen to classical music, mostly sacred choral music.

I read with discrimination.

I write.

And I pray.

Saturday, 24 August 2013

The Establishment.

When I was young it seemed to me that the conservative establishment had appropriated the higher ground in Christianity and used the threatening passages of the Bible to reinforce their position of power.

There was no talk of social justice, or freedom from oppression, or prejudice, or even corruption, or exploitation.
The interests of the rich business community were not threatened by the Church.

Instead we had a fear and smear campaign about sex and selfishness.

The Protestant work ethic reinforced the injustice of the business community.

And everyone was expected to feel ashamed of their natural sexual instincts.

This was done deliberately to subjugate everyone to the rich right-wing establishment.

It was a blatant abuse of the Christian religion.

As we move into the new millennium people are beginning to see that this is not what Jesus intended.

Neither is it God's way.

The prophets exhort us to care about the poor and the disabled, the destitute and the stranger.....

Jesus tells us to love everyone, even our enemies.

So the religion of unconditional love and social justice is emerging from the death of Christendom.

Perhaps the old, corrupt religion has to die before the new religion can be born.

Of course the powers of the world will try once again to usurp this new religion.
Just as the teachings of the historical Jesus were usurped by the bishops at Nicea and linked to the Roman state.

This new religion could be co-opted by the powers for their own purposes.

We must be sure that this does not happen.

Friday, 23 August 2013

Righteousness.

"'Because I delivered the poor who cried, and the orphan who had no helper.....and I caused the widows heart to sing for joy.....
"'I was eyes to the blind, and feet to the lame, I was father to the needy and I championed the cause of the stranger.
"'I broke the fangs of the unrighteous, and made them drop their prey from their teeth.'"  Job 29:12-17 (NRSV)
"'The stranger has not lodged in the street, I have opened my doors to the traveler.'"  Job 31:32 (NRSV)

This is Job's declaration of his righteousness before God.
It consists of charity and social justice.

"And the crowds asked him, 'What then should we do?'  In reply he said to them, "Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none, and whoever has food must do likewise.'
"Even the tax collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, 'Teacher, what should we do?'  He said to them, 'Collect no more than the amount prescribed to you.'  Soldiers also asked him, 'And we, what should we do?'  He said to them, 'Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusations, and be satisfied with your wages.'"  Luke 3:10-14 (NRSV)

This was the advice of John the Baptist.

How does this relate to us today?

I would suggest that today we should open our hearts to the poor and destitute, the disabled and asylum seekers.
Instead of blaming them for their own misfortune.

I would also suggest that we deal honestly in business.
Not avoiding tax or exploiting labor.
But treating employees like brothers and sisters or sons and daughters.

Employers should provide as a father provides for his family.
They should open their hearts to their workers and the community around them.
Instead of oppressing and exploiting people our of fear.

We should challenge the conventions which say that we don't have to care about the people we employ, we are not responsible to anyone.

"'Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me'"  Matthew 25:40 (NRSV)

And this includes vulnerable people in third world countries.

I would say to those people - Do not resort to arms or violence in response to oppression and exploitation but cry out to God!
He will hear you.
And deliver you from their hands.


[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.]

Thursday, 22 August 2013

A People Person.

In the past I would not have described myself as a people person.

I may have called myself an intellectual, or an artist, or even a contemplative.

But the closer you get to God the closer you get to the people around you.

The love and the life which accompany the light of God lead directly to everyone around you.

God is profoundly personal.
He knows your inmost heart.
He knows the longings and the desires of your heart.

So now I would describe myself as a people person.

God has brought me closer to the people around me.

He has taken away my fear.

For now all are my brothers and sisters.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Flames.

While we were watching television a video of a famous singing group appeared.

What was extraordinary about this live performance was that behind the four singers, who were all dressed in black, was a huge video screen on which was fire. Flames spread across the whole of the background.

This didn't appear to have anything to do with the song that the four men were singing.  And it kept up through the whole performance.

These are the flames of hell.
Famous singers sell their souls to the devil and use their performances to spread his works.

This may seem incredible in 2012 but I assure you that this is what is happening.

Others may use images of the beast or 666 or death.....
Skulls, spiders, snakes etc. are also used.

All rock musicians are involved so don't be fooled by their image, which is like a mask of respectability, even goodness, that hides their intent.

They sell their souls for fame and fortune.
They poison and curse their fans.

It works like unconscious propaganda.

There is no Satan to reward them.

But the harm remains.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Hell.

Where did hell come from?

Before Jesus there was the afterlife which existed in the underworld - Hades and Sheol -a place of shades and spirits.  But this is not hell - the place of unquenchable fire and eternal torment.

I am reliably told that hell derives from the Book of Revelation in the Bible.
"And the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulphur, where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night for ever and ever."  Revelation 20:10 (NRSV)

The first mention of this lake of fire is slightly earlier:
"And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who had performed in its presence the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshipped its image.  These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulphur."  Revelation 19:20 (NRSV)

The Book of Revelation,which is the last book of the Bible, is an exaggeration of all the end times passages of the prophets.
The second of the above quotations (which is the first reference to the lake of fire) derives from the prophet Daniel:
"And as I watched, the beast was put to death, and its body given over to be burned with fire."  Daniel 7:11 9NRSV)

As it is clear in Daniel that the beast is a "kingdom"  Daniel 7:23 which is defeated in battle.  The slaying of the beast is the last act of war - the killing of its leader. And his body is destroyed by fire.
This refers to the ancient practice of burning the bodies of the dead after battle, nothing more.

The writer of Revelation has transformed this passage into some sort of supernatural fire in the same way as he has exaggerated the other end times passages.

So hell does not exist.

We need not fear something which is clearly a misunderstanding.

And this misunderstanding has been responsible for much suffering - from threats of hell-fire to burning people at the stake.

The Bible is their justification.
But the Bible is in error.

There is no hell, only God's 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.]

Monday, 19 August 2013

Harmony.

Our task is to bring the various factions of God's house into harmony.

"'In my Father's house there are many dwelling-places.'"  John 14:2a (NRSV)

One will not win out over another.

One will not dominate the others.

This does not only refer to the various denominations of Christianity but to all the world's religions.

How can God's house stand if it is divided against itself?

The various religions are like the colors of the spectrum - they all derive from the white light of God.  They do not clash but blend harmoniously one into another.

While any religion claims sole access to God His house will not be in harmony.
For they are excluding all others.

While one religion claims the supreme position of mother God's house will not be in harmony.
For they are dominating all others.

Each religion must be equal for harmony to be achieved.
This will require tolerance, goodwill, and flexibility.
Not the animosity and rigidity that comes from fear.

It will require us to get to the heart of our religion.
Not to remain hung up on the details.

Just as the interpretation of scripture requires us to find the inner meaning of each passage and not get hung up on the words.

Will we remain paddling in the shallows or will we return to the deep?

For it is only at the deeper level, when we have let go of the details of worship, that the world's religions will find harmony.


{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.]

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Naive Conversion.

I once spoke to a Pentecostal minister about her faith.
She said that early on she had experienced a naive conversion.

I understood what she meant.

A naive conversion is when you do what you know your superiors want you to do.
Thus you are the golden haired boy, the apple of their eye, the favorite, the proselyte.

Whilst you are merely doing what you intuitively understand your superiors want you to do you have no understanding of your faith.
You are merely a puppet or a robot repeating things by rote.

In most cases you will be obeying your superior's fears.
Their fear of God, their fear of Satan, their fear of socialism, their fear of poverty, their fear of being wrong, their fear of ostracism, their fear of women, their fear of gays and lesbians, their fear of liberalism, their fear of crime, their fear of human nature, their fear of sex, their fear of evil, their fear of hell.....

"There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whosoever fears has not reached perfection in love."  1 John 4:18 (NRSV)

So seek to understand and overcome your fears, even surpassing the fearful faith of your superiors.

Jesus said, "'For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.'"  Matthew 5:20 (NRSV)


[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.]

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Christmas and Easter.

I believe that Jesus had a normal birth.

I don't believe that Mary or Joseph knew he was to be the tutelary spirit of the Age of Pisces.

I don't believe that Jesus himself knew until his ministry began.

There may have been wise men who studied the stars and predicted the birth of such a spirit but it is unlikely that they were present shortly after his birth.

There is Biblical evidence for this belief:

"When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, 'He has gone out of his mind.'"  Mark 3:21 (NRSV)

Why would Mary and Jesus' brothers and sisters try to restrain him if they knew he was the Messiah?

They would not believe that he had "'gone out of his mind.'"
They would have encouraged him.
So Mary and Jesus brothers and sisters could not have known that Jesus was the tutelary spirit of the age.

This throws a different light on the whole of Jesus' life.
He was not a perfect human being.
He was not God incarnate.
He was a normal human being who made contact with God.
And as such he became a teacher.

His death was not a ransom for the sins of the world.
It was a tragedy that saw the light leave the world.
For no one after Jesus had the same level of contact with God.

The crucifixion itself was triggered when Jesus became a threat to the established powers - the Pharisees and the occupying Roman forces.

It was not an act of God at all.


[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.]

Friday, 16 August 2013

Be Reconciled.

Jesus said, "'there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine people who need no repentance.'"  Like 15:7 (NRSV)

This is the love of God for his prodigal sons and daughters.

God does not abandon his wayward children.
He understands them.

He does not punish them.
He waits for them to change.
He treats them well.
In the hope that they will change.

So we wait.
Wait until they see.

See the goodness of God.
And be reconciled.


[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.]

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Good News.

The good news that Jesus proclaimed - the forgiveness of sins, the healing of the sick, the new covenant with God - was a challenge to the religious authorities of the time who taught morality and severe punishments.

After Jesus' death the new authorities returned to the doctrines of original sin, universal condemnation, and judgment.
This was hardly good news.

It would seem that the conservative establishment - the Bishops and the Founding Fathers of Christianity - was more interested in subjugating the masses than liberating them.

So the new teachings of Progressive Christianity - unconditional love, a healthy attitude to the body and sex, inclusiveness, religious tolerance, and freedom of thought - could suffer the same fate as the teachings of Jesus if we are not vigilant.

The good news of Progressive Christianity must be preserved from any new authorities who may seek to hijack the New Paradigm.

It should be made clear that we do not wish to return to the negativities of the past, or ant new negativities they might dream up for that matter.

Once we are liberated we must stay that way.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Sinners.

Jesus said, "'For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.'"  Matthew 9:13b (NRSV)

Why did Jesus forgive sinners?

Jesus said, ""A certain creditor had two debtors; one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.  When they could not pay, he cancelled the debts for both of them.  Now which of them will love him more?'  Simon answered, "I suppose the one for whom he cancelled the greater debt.'  And Jesus said, 'You have judged rightly.'"  Luke 7:41-43 (NRSV)

We are encouraged to forgive others as God forgives us.

We all make mistakes.
But God does not punish us.
No one is condemned.

It is human nature to divide the world into good and evil, us and them, right and wrong.....
But God does not see it thus.
Are the righteous any better than sinners?

Jesus said to the chief priests and elders of the temple, "'Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you.'" Matthew 21:31b (NRSV)

Our heavenly Father will not abandon us.
He understands our decisions.
And the tyranny of fear.

Help us to forgive others as we have been forgiven.


[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.]

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

No Sides.

The distinguishing feature of the ultimate reality or God is that there are no sides.

Not only does God not take sides, He does not recognize our sides at all.

To God there is no us and them.

All are equal.

All are equally loved.

So there is no profit in trying to win.
Trying to win our side against another side.

We are encouraged to forgive.
To forgive others as God has forgiven us.

Then there are no sides.

There are only imperfect human beings.

Human beings make mistakes.

Our mistakes are forgiven.

Forgive your enemies their mistakes.
And you will be like God.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Backwards.

Satanism is orthodox religion backwards.

Orthodox religion is dominated by fear of God.

This fear of God motivates the Satanists' rebellion.

Their image of God is one of tyrannical morality - punishment, judgement, violence, torture.

This image is completely false.

They have taken the negative orthodox image of God and internalized it.

So their malice, their sabotage, their violence is based on a false notion.

They prefer Satan:
Satan is reliable (a contract), dominant (the way of the world), desirable (pleasure, sex, fame etc.), and consistent (evil).

But there is no Satan in reality.
The effects of fame and fortune happen in any case whether you sell your soul or not.
It is the result of talent and work, not some supernatural contract.

So all the damage they do is for nothing.
It is all an enormous misunderstanding.

But they will fall at the last hurdle.

There is no Satan only God's Love.

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Religious Fear.

The leaders of our world religions are full of fear.
Fear of God.  Fear of evil.

This fear has been passed down from generation to generation by those who obey their superiors.

Most seem to see God as a rule maker.
And they assume that these rules are enforced with punishments and rewards.

They obey unquestioningly.

But they impose their fear on others by intimidation and force.

Fear begets fear.

So, rather than attacking them or threatening them, it is possible to feel sorry for them.
So tyrannized are they by fear.

We can pray for them to overcome their fear and see God's true nature which is merciful and compassionate.

God is not a punisher of men and women.
He does not judge us.
Therefore there can be no hell.
There is no Satan to fear.
No anger.  No wrath.

God is all good.

God is Love.

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Dappled Light.

What we see as adults in the world is dappled light.

Scriptures, Psalms, hymns, philosophy, literature, art, science.....

All are mixtures of light and darkness.

When we are born we are in darkness, we know nothing.
And yet babies glow with an inner light.
Children are innocent.

Jesus said, "'Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.'"  Mark 10:15 (NRSV)

We learn everything from childhood to old age.

We see only fragments of light, often surrounded by darkness.

Sages glimpse the truth and expand on that.
St. Paul; said, "For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I am fully known."  1 Corinthians 13:12 (NRSV)

It has been said of spiritual experience that the water takes on the color of the container.

It is our job to separate the fragments of light from the shards of pottery that contain them.

And to collect the fragments of light.

Until we are in darkness no more.


[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.]

Drugs and Divorce.

When we consider the cultural effects of Satanism in the music industry the most obvious effect is the spread of drugs.

This can be traced directly to the rock bands of the 1960s and 1970s.

70% of criminals in prison are there for crimes related to drugs.

The personal effects can be devastating, even leading to mental illness.

The other major effect of rock Satanism is to do with personal relationships.

Firstly we were encouraged to score - meaning to accumulate as many sexual conquests as possible.

Secondly we were encouraged to be promiscuous leading to a lack of faithfulness in relationships.

Thirdly we were encouraged to have extra marital affairs leading to divorce.

The last factor is incitement to engage in sexual politics leading to power struggles between the sexes and divorce.

All these things can be traced directly to the rock bands of the 1960s and 1970s.

How much human suffering has been caused by drugs and divorce?

Add to this the inducement to engage in hedonism, which sabotages the spiritual quest, and there is suffering indeed.

The hippies and baby boomers were the first to be betrayed by their rock stars.

Subsequent generations have been betrayed in turn.

Generation X were incited to hate, badness, casual sex, group sex, violence, materialism, and sin.

Generation Y were told to follow the hippies and Generation X in hedonism and bad behavior.

Generation Z are following with sex addiction and evil.

The Rainbow Children  who follow are being told to engage in promiscuous sex and drug taking.

So the rock stars of each generational group are responsible for these effects.

Untold suffering follows in their wake.

Thursday, 8 August 2013

14.

At the gay marriage demonstration we were addressed by a 14 year-old school girl who had come out to her peers.

She spoke sadly of the way the word gay was used by the students at her school.

"That's so gay!"
She said it meant lame.

She also spoke of being called a fagot and the homophobia of her generation.

She said that many people at her school were locked in the closet out of fear.

The crowd was very quiet during her speech and you could sense the shock and sympathy.

When I got home I felt a sense of frustration at not being able to reach these young gay people.
How could I help them from so far away?

So I have decided to write a message here for them to read:

You must never think of yourself as lame or sick.

It may seem incredible now but everyone else is wrong and we are right about the naturalness and goodness of our homosexual feelings.

It took me thirty years to realize this.

But it is absolutely true.

When you are attacked or abused by others it is best to think of them as driven by fear.

Homophobia means fear of homosexuals.

If you can think of them as ignorant and fearful it may help you to maintain your own self-image as a loving and worthwhile person.

It is important that you know that there are older people like myself who love and support you.

It is so easy to feel alone.

There is a whole community of gay people who have worked through these issues and emerged better, stronger people for it.

My prayer for you is that you will do the same.

And when you see Christians on the television telling you you're condemned by God don't believe them.

There are plenty of Progressive Christians who support and affirm gay people.

God loves you.
He accepts you as you are.
You are welcome at his table.
You will enter heaven when you die.
And you will partake of eternal life.

You have nothing to fear from God.
Cry out to Him.
And He will hear.

Don't let fear win.

You are beautiful, unique people.
Each and every one of you.

 Know that you are loved.

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Concepts.

Aquarius is an air sign.
It represents our concepts.

The New Paradigm will sweep away all outdated modes of thinking.
Concepts like: original sin, universal condemnation, punishment, judgement, the devil, hell, and death.

Other concepts may be re-imagined like: atonement, salvation, redemption, and sin.  These concepts will be purged of their negative characteristics and re-visioned as: volunteering, change of heart, reconciliation, and mistakes.

This is the territory of Aquarius.

But it is when we encounter the concept of unconditional love that we begin to see.

Once all the negative characteristics of religion are gone what remains is unconditional love.

When we practice unconditional love, love for God and our neighbor, we begin to grow spiritually.

And from our hearts will flow "'rivers of living water.'"  John 7:38b (NRSV)


[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.]

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

An Economy of Love.

From Love flows caring.
From caring flows comfort.
From comfort flows ease.
From ease flows happiness.
From happiness flows willingness.
From willingness flows productivity.
From productivity flows profit.

From Love flows generosity.
From generosity flows charity.
From charity flows gratitude.
From gratitude flows goodwill.
From goodwill flows business.
From business flows trade.
From trade flows profit.

From Love flows honesty.
From honesty flows trust.
From trust flows goodwill.
From goodwill flows business.
From business flows profit.

From Love flows providing.
From providing flows food and shelter.
From food and shelter flows gratitude.
From gratitude flows willingness.
From willingness flows productivity.
From productivity flows profit.

Monday, 5 August 2013

Economics.

During the 1990s it was thought that free-market economics was the answer to all human problems.

It was thought that by giving the market free reign it would create jobs and when people had more money they would be happy.

They didn't say what would happen to people who lost their jobs in downsizing.
It was just assumed that they would get another job from the pool of new jobs created.

This did happen to some extent.

But there was a price to pay.

Everyone had to work harder, faster, and longer.

This left people with no time for their families and left tiny children in child care.

As the drive for more and more profit went on the human cost became greater and greater.

Until it was too much to bear.

During this period the crime rate escalated.
The more unjust a society is the worse the crime rate.

Property prices soared.
But who wants to pay $1 million for a modest house?

This is the whip:
Work harder!
Or lose your job.

The unemployed were punished with work for the dole and other blame schemes.

Fear increased.

Fear will drive them to work harder.
If they work harder we will make more profit.

C.E.O.s were offered million dollar salaries plus bonuses to betray their fellow workers.

Unions were demonized.

Collective bargaining was sabotaged.
Work became contracted and casual.
Wages were forced down.

So the result was not what was promised.

Corporations made huge profits.

Workers paid the price - wages and conditions were lost.

The gap between rich and poor increased dramatically.

News media became propaganda.

And trust was lost.

Jesus said, "'No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other.  You cannot serve God and wealth.'"  Matthew 6:24 (NRSV)

So in the end we have been deceived.

Economics is not the answer to human problems.
It serves wealth not God.
It does not serve human needs.
Only greed, which is fear.

Business as usual.
Heartless and cruel.

Until we find 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.]

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Fears.

Pray for us to overcome our fears.

Try not to provoke the powers.
If you trigger one of their fears you run the risk of being fired, tortured, or killed.

There must be a way to adhere to the truth and allay the fears of the powers.

If God is our Father then everyone is my brother or sister.

It is better not to be adversarial.
But to have compassion for the powerful, pity for their violence, sorrow for their corruption.
For it is fear that drives them.
Fear of poverty.  Fear of need.  Fear of loss.

But less is more.
You may be happier with less.
Less possessions.  Less work.

More Love.

Love can be manifest at work.
Through consideration, relaxation, and appreciation.

"Work harder" is not the answer.
It may bring more profit.
But what profits a man if he loses his own soul.

Money is not the answer to human suffering.

Only Love.

Saturday, 3 August 2013

The Prophet.

When the prophet is dead we are left in darkness.

When the darkness spreads over all the earth we suffer.

Cry out to God!

How long!

When the prophet comes
Will we reject him?
Will we crucify him?
Will he be shot?
Will he be assassinated?

Economic rationalism and free market economics at work and Satanism in our entertainment are the darkness which covers us.

It is riddled with greed, corruption, and brutality.

We cry out for the light.

The light is Love.

Will we accept it?
Will they allow it?

Or is it too much of a threat to their supremacy?
To suggest that they should provide like a father out of love?

It is their fears that drive them.

Pray for them to overcome their fears.

Friday, 2 August 2013

Laws and Principles.

People try to find out the laws and principles of life in order to manipulate them to their own advantage, i.e. so that the good stuff happens to them and not the bad stuff.

This is merely selfishness.

It is not spirituality at all.

We think that if we do the right thing we will be rewarded.

To do the right thing regardless of the consequences is closer to the truth.

Jesus was crucified for testifying to the truth.
The prophets were killed and persecuted.
J.F.K. was shot for trying to implement idealism.
Martin Luther King Jnr. was shot for daring to demand civil rights for black people.
Robert Kennedy was shot for his idealism and vision.
Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated for freeing India.
Anwar Sadat was assassinated for daring to bring peace with Israel.

These are the things which can happen if you challenge the powers of the world.

It is not rewards for good deeds and punishment for bad deeds.

People act out of their own free will.

There are no laws and principles to manipulate.

Only the presence and absence of Love.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Post Modernism.

Post modern people don't come to church because they don't want to be indoctrinated with negative ideation, especially about sex.

They are beyond being told what to think about God.

They want to get rid of the middle man and experience the divine for themselves.

This is what was so attractive about yoga.
It offered a way of experiencing the divine directly.

Unfortunately this individual path was sabotaged by Satanists in the rock music industry and as a result each individual was picked off and nothing seemed to work.

This is why being part of a community of like minded people is so important.

At the moment most Churches are still preaching the old paradigm: Fall/Redemption theology, Christology, and a judgmental God.

Nothing will change if we just dress up the old theology in new clothes.

We need a positive theology:
Original Blessing.
A healthy attitude to the body and sex.
No punishment, judgment, or hell.
Acceptance of homosexuals.
Equality of women.
A path to personal experience of God (through prayer, contemplation, study, and action)

Through these practices it is my hope that post modern people might experience the Love and forgiveness of God for themselves.