Thursday, 19 July 2018

No Hell.


Jesus said, "'love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return.  Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.'"  Luke 6:35 (NRSV)

If God is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked then how can there be a hell?

"'Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven, for he makes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends his rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.'"  Matthew 5:44,45 (NRSV)

If God sends light and rain to evil people how can we say He will punish them in hell forever?

To be children of God is to be like God.

And Jesus says that God does not punish evil people.

Rather He loves them and helps them.

So we need not fear hell.

If God helps evil people how much more will He help those who love Him.


[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, 18 July 2018

Come and See!


Twice in the early part of John's Gospel we are invited to "Come and see."

When the two disciples of John the Baptist ask Jesus where he is staying he answers: "Come and see."

And when Philip calls Nathaniel he says to him that he has found the Messiah, "Come and see."

Jesus is the Light of the World.

And we are all invited to "Come and see!"


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Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Safe.


"'"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"39 (NRSV)

When we love God with all our heart what we discover is that we are perfectly safe.

Our love is accepted.
Our love is requited.

Therefore it is perfectly safe to open our hearts.

In life in this world we seldom feel safe enough to open our hearts.

And if we do our love is often rejected.

Life on earth is the vale of the broken-hearted.

But if we open our hearts to God He will not reject us.

This enables us to feel confident enough to open our hearts to others.

This is how the Kingdom of God expands.

We are all Children of God.

God rejects no one.

And He mends our broken hearts.


[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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Monday, 16 July 2018

An Adjunct of Love.


Sex is an adjunct of love.

Sex is not a sin or even a moral consideration.

You will not fall or be condemned or damned.

You will not die.

Sex is not the dominion of the devil.

If there was a devil.

Sex is an aspect of God's good creation.

"God blessed them, and God said to them, 'Be fruitful and multiply.'"  Genesis 1:28 (NRSV)

And before you say this excludes same-sex relationships there is no indication that the male and female creation is exclusive.

Homosexuality exists in nature.

There are asexual plants.

Creation is diversity itself.

And homosexuality is an expression of that diversity.

And as such homosexuality is good.

So do not listen to those who tell you sex is bad.

Sex is the consummation of love.

And it is blessed by 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.]

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Sunday, 15 July 2018

Scriptures.


Great spiritual teachers attain a refined vision of God and humanity.

Unfortunately they are often unable to effectively communicate this vision to their disciples.

Therefore we get a lesser vision in scriptures.

And so we must know the authors and writers of scriptures in order to discern the truth.

The authors and writers of the scriptures can only express their understanding of the vision according to what they themselves can understand.

"The water takes on the color of the container."  (Sufi saying)

And so we must decipher what we read.


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Saturday, 14 July 2018

Idols.


There are many idols in our world:

Rock stars, celebrities, sporting heroes. money, possessions, fame, status, witches. false prophets, dogs, divas.....

These things are empty.

They cannot bring happiness.

Instead of human and material gods we should worship the One Living God which is Love.

Put your faith in Him.

Pray to Him when you are in distress.

Wait on  the Lord.

And He will answer you.


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Friday, 13 July 2018

Gay Weddings.


It's done!

Gay weddings will be celebrated in the Uniting Church.

Last night the Uniting Church in Australia adopted a second statement that says marriage is between two people.

This opens the way for gay weddings.

Congratulations to the Uniting Church for their tireless work and perseverance.

At last there is a Church where gay people have equal rights.

At last our relationships will have God's official blessing.

They are to be commended for their foresight and vision.

Thank you! 


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