Tuesday, 12 November 2019
Whatever happened to Good?
When I was young we were expected to be Good.
And we wanted to be Good.
And I don't mean just well-behaved.
I mean real Good.
Good to us meant being honest and truthful.
Good to us meant caring and helping.
Good to us meant peace and love.
But the next generation (Generation X) were Bad.
And they made everyone else Bad.
Now we laud corruption and praise evil.
But the generation that follows Generation X (the Millennials) are Good.
Good to them is natural.
They aspire to work towards Good.
This gives us Hope.
And it deserves our full support.
So put your faith in this generation.
And pour your blessings upon them.
For God is Good.
And all blessings flow from Him.
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Monday, 11 November 2019
The Bhagavad-Gita says that the Way of Love is greater than the Way of Knowledge or the Way of Asceticism or the Way of Good Works.
Love is the inmost nature of God.
Those who love know God.
And His friendship is reserved for those who love Him.
Jesus said that to love God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your might was the first and greatest commandment.
And the second was to love your neighbor as yourself.
And he gave only one commandment himself and that was to love one another as he had loved us.
So it is clear that the greatest way is the Way of Love.
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Sunday, 10 November 2019
The attraction that gay men feel for men is love.
It is the equivalent of what men and women feel for each other.
But it is the habit of society to characterize our attraction as purely sexual.
And this has resulted in the reinforcement of the casual sexual practices that you will find in the gay scene.
In the past when gay sex was illegal men married and sought casual sexual encounters with other men.
This culture has continued to the present day even though gay sex is no longer illegal.
A young gay man is not looking for casual sex.
A young gay man is looking for a lasting relationship.
He is looking for love.
And now that gay marriage is legal he can look forward to a life-long relationship.
So don't follow the rock-culture preoccupation with sexual gratification.
It is love that you seek.
And only love will satisfy you.
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Saturday, 9 November 2019
Because there is no devil does not mean that there are no devil-worshippers.
Our world is inhabited by rock stars, celebrities, and sportsmen who believe in the devil and sell their souls in the traditional fashion for fame and fortune and a rock star reception.
They poison us through music and entertainment and also affect us through the collective unconscious.
They believe that their art is magic.
And their intentions are evil.
This is not generally known because it is secret and their curses are cleverly disguised.
They are wolves in sheeps' clothing.
They pose as saviors and messiahs.
But they are Dogs* and Divas.
And their intentions are evil.
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Friday, 8 November 2019
Because the Church has failed us does not mean that Satanism is true.
Satanism permeates our popular culture disguised as rock music, movies, literature, and sports.
The negative, corrupting messages that we absorb in our daily lives are poisoning and cursing us.
They will destroy the Church, weaken our faith, sabotage our spiritual quest, and turn us to the dark side.
All in the hope that we will go to hell.
But this influence is not immediately apparent.
We must train ourselves to look below the surface at the subliminal messages we are receiving.
Death, fire, darkness, magic, spiders, skulls, grave stones.....
All these things derive from Satanism.
We can do without it.
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Thursday, 7 November 2019
There are many different philosophies that we can follow in life.
But none of them seems to work satisfactorily until we find the philosophy of Jesus.
The non-violent, inclusive, non-combative forgiveness and mercy that Jesus recommends is a very real alternative to the aggressive, aspirational, selfish philosophies of the world.
But it is when we follow Jesus' instruction to love God, love our neighbor, and love even our enemies that we find the true core of life's meaning.
We become harmonized with the heart of the universe and life begins to open to us.
This is not to say that all struggles and sufferings cease.
They do not.
But they take their place in the context of the Love that carries us home to Heaven.
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Wednesday, 6 November 2019
Despite the fact that Fundamentalists say that the Bible is all literally true there is evidence that the prophets' image of God evolves with time.
There are several revisions to the Law and earlier understandings of God.
".....visiting the iniquity of the parents upon the children and the children's children to the third and forth generation." Exodus 34:7 (NRSV)
"What do you mean by repeating this proverb concerning the land of Israel, 'The parents have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge'? As I live, says the Lord God, this proverb shall no more be used by you in Israel. Know that all lives are mine; the lives of the parents as well as the life of the child is mine; it is only the person who sins that shall die." Ezekiel 18 2-4 (NRSV)
This is a revision by the prophet Ezekiel of the earlier Law of Moses.
And Jesus does likewise.
"'You have heard that it was said, "An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth," But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer.'" Matthew 5:38,39 (NRSV)
"'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)
So there is Biblical evidence that some of the words put into the mouth of God by earlier prophets are mistaken.
How can the inspired word of God be mistaken?
The understanding of primitive prophets is limited by the knowledge and worldview of the time.
The revelation is reflected in the understanding of the prophet.
It is clear that Jesus revised the understanding of earlier prophets.
And as a Christian Jesus' words take precedence over earlier and later interpretations.
So it is clear.
God is non-violent, merciful, and forgiving.
[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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