Sunday, 26 January 2020

Hate as a Political Weapon.


Since 1984 we have seen a continuous hate campaign against the left.

Ronald Reagan's hatred of the left-leaning Hippies combined with Generation X's hatred of their predecessors to destroy the left.

And labelling left-wing policies as the devil justified the Religious Right's hate.

They called Obama the Anti-Christ because he dared to propose health-care.

They claim that hate is a Biblical imperative.

Citing Old Testament texts which claim that God hates evil and sin.

But they ignore the words of Jesus: "'You have heard that it was said, "You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy."  But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.'"  Matthew 5:43,44 (NRSV) 

Hate is not Christian.

Hate is the domain of the devil.

If there is one.

So they are not Christian because they ignore the words of Jesus himself.

And they have sold their souls for political power and privilege.                       


[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, 25 January 2020

Aquarius.


Aquarius is associated with light.

This is because Aquarius is represented by the stars in the night sky.

You may say that light in the Zodiac is represented by Leo (its opposite sign) and its ruler the Sun.

But opposite signs have a strong relationship in astrology and it must be remembered that the Sun is a star.

So the light that will come with Aquarius will enlighten humanity.

It may come slowly or in sudden revelations.

But it will come.


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Friday, 24 January 2020

The Age of Aquarius.


So what can we expect from the Age of Aquarius?

First of all we can expect an Epiphany of Light.

A new enlightenment of humankind.

This Light has already begun to come into our world.

It can be seen in the revelations of progressive religion.

And in the works of Pope Francis I, Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama and others.

But the darkest hour is just before the dawn.

Our world has been plunged into darkness and evil.

Fortunately the darkest hour has passed.

And we are entering a new reality.

But this is a gradual process.

It will not happen all at once.

The legalizing of gay marriages and their celebration in some Christian Churches is a sign of greater light.

The virtual curing of AIDS leads us out of fear and violence.

A resurgence of left-wing political thinking gives us hope.

But these things are encountering stubborn opposition from conservative forces.

If we can demonstrate that their fears are unfounded there may be progress.

But don't despair if progress is slow.

It is slow but slowly building.

And its author is God.


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Thursday, 23 January 2020

Spiritual Principles.


In order to progress on our path to God we must practise spiritual principles.

These spiritual principles include: mercy, forgiveness, compassion, charity, non-attachment, and devotion.

This is the next step that we must take after the practise of virtue.

And there can be no progress without them.

For example there can be no progress without forgiveness because we all make mistakes and if there is no forgiveness we cannot continue to progress.

So forgiveness is essential.

Many of these spiritual principles develop from the virtue of non-violence.

So God must be non-violent.

There is no judgement or vengeance in God.

These are primitive conceptions of God based on fear.

But there is no fear in God.

And no violence.

So we need not fear punishment.

There can be no hell.

The inmost nature of God is Love.

And it is Love that we can expect.


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Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Virtue.


Most world religions and the science of Yoga recommend the practise of basic virtues.

These virtues include: honesty, truthfulness, sexual moderation, non-violence, and faith.

But these virtues are not ends in themselves.

They are mere imitations of the goodness of God.

God is wholly good.

He transcends evil and sin.

And His inmost nature is Love.

It is His will that we be united with Him.

Virtue is but one path to this end.

The Bhagavad-Gita says that if we embrace just one petal of this flower we possess the whole bloom.

So the practise of virtue is one part of our spiritual path to God.


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Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Mr. Music.


I have often heard people say when the subject of drug abuse is discussed: "Why would people want to do that to themselves?"

The answer is in the music they listen to.

Drug use was (and still is) propagated by rock musicians.

It began in the 1960s, flourished in the 1970s, and has continued to this day.

Rock musicians tell us it is cool, it is harmless, it is desirable to take drugs.

Little known to us was the fact that drugs were used in Satanic rituals like those taught by Aleister Crowley.

And the rock bands of the 1960s and 1970s made no secret of their admiration for Aleister Crowley.

So, if you want to know why people take drugs, you need look no further than the rock music they listen to.


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Monday, 20 January 2020

To Be or Not To Be.

        

You can't make people act.

You may be able to inspire them to utter beautiful words and sentiments.

But you can't make them do anything

As Jesus said: "'You hypocrites!  Isaiah prophesied rightly about you when he said: "This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching human precepts as doctrines."'"  Matthew 15:8,9 (NRSV)

Isaiah added: "learned by rote."  Isaiah 29:13 (NRSV)

So beware of those who speak beautifully and piously but do not act on their words.

They are practisng a feel-good religion which does not do what it says. 


[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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