Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Rage, Rage.


In 1984 when Generation X began to rise and Reagan and Thatcher ruled I heard Sir Lawrence Olivier quote Dylan Thomas, "Rage, rage against the dying of the light."

Although the original poem is about human death the quote resonated with the time - the dying of the idealism and spirituality of the 1960s and 1970s.

In the I-Ching there is a hexagram called "Darkening of the Light" which refers to a time when the light is withdrawing and the darkness rising.

Only now can we see what was lost.


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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

The World.


The way of the world is the way of power and might.

The way of the devil is to steal and kill and destroy.  (John 10:10a)

That is why Jesus calls them children of the devil (John 8:44a) because they steal and kill and destroy.

"'Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, says the Lord of hosts.'"  Zechariah 4:6b (NRSV)

The way of God is non-violent.

God punishes no one.

It is the way of truth.

That is why I will not sing, "God of power and might."

He is not a God of power and might.

He does not use force or coercion.

He is a God of Love.

He is a God of mercy.

And His forgiveness is infinite.

"'Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.'"  Matthew 5:9 (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.}

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Monday, 20 March 2017

Fear or Faith.


When we allow fear to control us we become part of the problem.

How can we overcome fear?

We say "God has forsaken the earth."

We have little faith.

If we had faith in the Love of God we would not be afraid.

"There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear." 1 John 4:18a (NRSV)

Were we to believe that God cares for us we would not need to build up huge reserves of money and possessions.

There would always be enough.

We could live with less.

And less is 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.]

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Sunday, 19 March 2017

Ruin.


In the 1960s several Indian gurus migrated to the West.

Their message was meditation that led to enlightenment.

Unfortunately this coincided with the rise of rock music in our world.

And rock music promoted activities which transgressed Eastern religious laws.

The use of drugs, promiscuous sexual practises, and anti-social behavior - all of which were promoted in rock music - led to problems in the various sects.

The messages in the music were designed to get us into trouble and sabotage our search for God.

It is interesting to note that all of these gurus were eventually ruined.
Scandals of various kinds saw the demise of their enterprises.

I believe that they were deliberately set-up to fail so that their light would be extinguished.

If we look back to the 1960s we will see that the darkness has prevailed.

But there is new light in the ruins of the temples.

God is doing a new thing.

Old negative doctrines are being replaced by new positive ideas.

But unless people realize the evils of rock music and celebrity culture this light will meet the same fate as the gurus.


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Saturday, 18 March 2017

The Way of God.


The way of God is the way of mercy.

The way of non-violent forgiveness and Love.

It is a way of peace.

God does not judge us as earthly authorities do.

God does not punish us.

There will be no Day of Judgement.

There will be no hell.

God is trustworthy, reliable, and steadfast in Love.

God is responsive when called upon.

And He wishes to communicate.

Above all the way of God is the way of the heart.

We can give thanks for that.


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Friday, 17 March 2017

Sex.


The basis of the popular rebellion against religion is that God is anti-sex.

This, of course, is demonstrably ridiculous.

God is the author of sex.

He has made us sexual beings.

So why would God be anti-sex?

The basis of religious objections to sex dates from ancient ascetic practises.

This is the source of St. Paul's hysterical writings on sex which the Christian Churches adopted.

You will not find these ideas in Jesus' teachings.

Jesus taught that God is Love.

And sex is closer to love than self-denial.

Those who practise self-denial seek to bargain with God.
They try to trade earthly pleasure for heavenly pleasure.

But you cannot bargain with God.

And why would God grant pleasure in Heaven if He was opposed to pleasure on earth?

These things are not logical.

And they insult God.

God is not opposed to sex.

Sex is an integral part of God's good creation.

And as such we should celebrate our sexuality as part of our redeeming love.


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Thursday, 16 March 2017

Inconvenient.


Many people reject what I say because it is inconvenient.

Unorthodox views about Jesus and Christianity are highly inconvenient.
They put you out on a limb and they force you to take risks.

Uncustomary views about Satanism in our popular culture are most inconvenient for a population which is addicted to celebrity.

But a commitment to the truth requires us to act with courage and integrity.

Only then will God say, "Here I am."


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