Saturday, 30 April 2016

The Age of Aquarius.


Many people believe we are now entering the Age of Aquarius.

The theory of the Ages derives from astrology.
The precession of the vernal equinox moves backwards through the zodiac at the rate of 1 degree every 71 years.  So every 2130 years it moves into a new sign.

At the moment the vernal equinox is still in the sign of Pisces.
But the flurry of astrological activity around Uranus (the ruler of Aquarius) and the sign of Aquarius itself since 1993 has convinced many that the Age of Aquarius has begun.

At the very least we are in transition.

Most people have heard of the Age of Aquarius because a song about it was included in a certain 1960s musical.  But the song was quite a late entry in the mythology.

Astrology has been used by holy men in the East for thousands of years and many believe that the three wise men in the Bible were astrologers following the Star of Bethlehem - the Jupiter/Saturn conjunction in Pisces in 7 BCE.

So the Age of Aquarius is not just a populist fad.
It has its roots in legitimate religious traditions.

Aquarius governs: equality, homosexuality, universal brother-and-sisterhood, socialism, liberty, liberalism, the future, revolution, conceptual thinking, humanitarianism, technology, and enlightenment.

It represents a great leap forward in the consciousness of humankind.

But this phenomenon will only take place if we can liberate the Age of Aquarius from rock music and popular culture.

Rock musicians and celebrities will wreck the Age of Aquarius in the same way as they wrecked the Hippies in the last century.

So don't be seduced by stars who put themselves forward as leaders of the Age of Aquarius.  They are not.  They are only doing it for their own selfish purposes.

Look to leaders who do not profit from C.D. or book sales.

Look to legitimate religious leaders and thinkers.

The stars can take care of themselves.


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Friday, 29 April 2016

Minds.


What we think

and

what we see

affects

those around us.


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Thursday, 28 April 2016

God is Coming.


The Africans have a saying when a catastrophe happens - God is coming.

The catastrophe that hit the world's gay community was AIDS.

So in what way could we say that God is coming to the gay community.

After Stonewall in 1969 the gay community enjoyed a decade of activism which saw homosexuality become almost glamorous.

At the height of this surge AIDS hit.

Not only did this stretch the human and spiritual resources of all gay people but it threw up all kinds of prejudices - especially religious prejudices.

The current Progressive Christian movement developed from a reaction to the AIDS crisis.

Jack Spong said that sex sent him back to the Bible - to reinterpret it and set the Progressive Christian movement in motion.

So it is true - God is coming to the gay community.    


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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Lovers.


To love

and be loved

is true

satisfaction.

But most of all

to love another.


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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Degradation.


I saw a television documentary about a photographer who recorded the lives of her friends in the 1970s.

I recognized much of the scene from that period.

But what struck me was the squalor and degradation in which we lived.

The objective lens of her camera showed what this must have looked like to others.

Many were drug addicts and the daily rituals and habits which were exhibited were quite shocking.

Much of this derived from the rock music we were constantly listening to and the promiscuous sexual practices which it promoted.

Since I have sworn off rock music I have rediscovered a dignity and purity which I had lost.

I owe to God my life, my health, and my well-being.


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Monday, 25 April 2016

Androgynous.



A gay person whose personality is 50% male and 50% female is like God whose attributes are both male and female.

God loves men and women equally.

God loves us like a Father and comforts us like a Mother.

God teaches us and nurtures us.

God is all this and more.

God is transcendent, beautiful, sublime.

God's love is unconditional.

And God's forgiveness is forever.

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Sunday, 24 April 2016

An Optical Illusion.


Is our ego an optical illusion?

Because our eyes are in our heads and we are taught to identify with our intellect we think that our ego or our self* is in our minds.

But the divine spark or soul dwells in the heart.

God is closer to our hearts than our minds.

So we can cease chasing after states of higher consciousness and settle in the heart.

"'For the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.'"  1 Samuel 16:7b (NRSV)

* This self is at least to some extent created by projections across the collective unconscious.  We are partly a fabrication of other people's perceptions.


[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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Saturday, 23 April 2016

Following God.


Instead of following

celebrities and rock stars,

ask yourself,

"What is God doing?"

And follow that.


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Friday, 22 April 2016

Blue-gum.


The Australian

blue-gum tree

has startling

bright pink flowers.


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Thursday, 21 April 2016

Felicity.


When we think

of destiny

we think of

doom or dread.

But kismet

may indeed

describe

a state of

pure felicity.


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Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Prayer.


May all those

gay men

affected by AIDS

be blessed

and healed

and reconciled

to God.


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Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Communion.


When I take

communion

in church

I pray that

I may represent

all those

gays and lesbians

who feel

abandoned

by God.


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Monday, 18 April 2016

God Loves Gays.


Do not listen

to the nay-sayers

and the hate-mongers.

Do not listen

to their lies

and their excuses.

God loves gays.

And He admits us

to Heaven.


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Sunday, 17 April 2016

Conspiracy.


We are

in the grip

of a Satanic conspiracy.

We are deceived,

tempted,

distracted,

and betrayed.

But God

is real.

Call on Him.

And He will answer.


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Saturday, 16 April 2016

The World.


The world

is not

a safe place.

We are

brainwashed,

controlled,

tempted,

betrayed.

By T.V.,

radio,

C.D.s,

D.V.D.s.

The powers

of hell

assail us.

Cry out

to God!

He will

deliver you.


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Friday, 15 April 2016

Violence.


The way of the world is the way of violence.

Men use violence to establish their supremacy and fear of violence to maintain it.

The rich western democracies pride themselves on their peaceful societies.
But these peaceful societies are maintained by huge, sophisticated armies.
The threat of violence keeps the West on top.

Modern entertainment endorses the use of violence to resolve conflict.
Evil is put down with the sword.
The heroes are even more violent than the villains.

But God's way is different.

God does not use violence or force.

God lures us with Love.
And teaches us with a gentle light.

Rather than destroying the aggressors we are urged to pray for them.
Pray for them to overcome their fears and have a change of heart.
To show mercy not violence.

And to be forgiven and healed by God.


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Thursday, 14 April 2016

Backwards.


I've seen you

with your caps on

backwards,

your t-shirts

upside-down,

your writing

inverted.

What could

this mean?

Except accepting

Satan?


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Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Goodness and Love.


If we call

on God

He will bless us.

We do not

deserve it,

or earn it.

But goodness

begets

goodness.

And love

begets

love.


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Tuesday, 12 April 2016

The Ideal Candidate.


What is happening in the world is that the media is creating fear of a threat to public safety (real or imagined) and then the right-wing political machine puts forward the strong candidate who is the only one who can defeat the threat and make people feel safe.

This is one way of winning power.

But there is another way.

And that is to win the hearts of the nation.

If a leader can touch the hearts of men and women in the way that Gandhi and Nelson Mandela did then we can achieve what now seems impossible.

Ironically this involves lessening people's fears and challenging our stereotypes and prejudices.

Such leaders would not listen to minders who tell them they are unelectable.

The world is crying out for such leaders.

Leaders who will bring integrity and idealism back into politics.


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Monday, 11 April 2016

God is with Us.


Rather than

feeling abandoned

or at the mercy of

wolves.

Know that

God is with us.


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Sunday, 10 April 2016

Faith.


My faith

wells up.

It spreads

across the sky.

It intersects with

the faith of others.

It grows.

Until all are blessed!


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Saturday, 9 April 2016

Heaven.


God

does not

punish us.

God

does not

judge us.

God

does not

damn us

or

put us in hell.

God

loves us.

And grants us

Heaven.


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Friday, 8 April 2016

I am not Infallible.


I am not infallible.

It is quite possible that I might make a mistake.

I do my best to convey the messages that I have heard from God as accurately as I can.

If they are compatible with your experience and your truth then well and good.

If not then you are at liberty to reject them.

It is my hope and prayer that I will never get a big head or expect any special privileges because of what the Lord has done for me and through me.

Amen.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Friends.


"'You are my friends if you do what I command you.  I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing, but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father.'"  John 15: 14,15 (NRSV)

This is Jesus saying that he is equal with his disciples.

This  statement contradicts the notion that Jesus is God incarnate.

Jesus is saying he is a human being like his disciples who has been given the privilege of transmitting God's message to humanity.

And that message - as can be seen from the context* - is Love.


*John 15: 12-17.

[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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Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Bless You.


God bless you

and keep you.

God guide you

and light your way.

God protect you

and touch your heart.

God save you

and bring you home.


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Monday, 4 April 2016

Pray.


Pray for peace.

Pray for our leaders.

Pray for captains of industry.

Learn how to weep.

Open your heart.


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Sunday, 3 April 2016

No Help.


It may seem

that the devil

gives you

an edge.

But in reality

it doesn't help.


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Saturday, 2 April 2016

No Devil.


There is no devil

in reality.

You cannot

sell your soul.

Evil cannot win.

So open your heart

to God

and to your neighbor.

And know

that love

is God.


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Friday, 1 April 2016

Him.


Who is

the great dark man?

Who is

the object of desire?

Who is

the one we search for?

He is

The Beloved.

The Love

of God.


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