Sunday, 22 July 2012
What People Don't Know 1.
1. Our present religious authorities are the sons and daughters of the Pharisees and Sadducees who killed Jesus. But they should be treated with the understanding that their actions are inspired by fear and are therefore to be excused. (See The Key) (July).
2. What the religious authorities say is not necessarily what God says.
3. There is no Hell.
The concept of (eternal) punishment is totally out of character for a loving God.
4. There is no Satan.
Satan is an explanation for the question - Why do bad things happen to good people?
But because there is no Satan does not mean that there are no Satanists. (See Satanism On The Phone)(May).
5. God does not punish evil and reward good.
Natural justice is a human concept.
(a) God is a father and treats all people as His children.
(b) God does not wish anyone to perish.
(c) All men and women are our brothers and sisters.
6. Suffering (ransom) is not required by God but is what it takes to melt our hearts.
How much does it take until we will open our hearts?
7. God is love.
(i.e. not moral law or divine justice).
Photo Credit: DG Jones Flickr via Compfight cc