Tuesday, 28 January 2014

The World.

If you want to know what is wrong with the world just look to the propaganda practices of the rich and powerful.

Not only in the media but in the doctrines of religion.

The doctrine of Original Sin states that humankind is totally depraved - born entirely in sin.

This doctrine inspires the belief that harsh punishments are necessary to save wicked humanity from damnation.

But the theology of rewards and punishments has been used to subjugate humanity, not save it.

God does not judge us.
He punishes no one.

God is wholly good.
His intentions are entirely benevolent.

He wishes peace on earth and goodwill to all humankind.

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Give Love.


Cast your love upon the waters.
Not in the hope that it will return.
But because this is how we love our neighbors.

"We love because he first loved us."  1 John 4:19 (NRSV)

A church should not be a moral police station or a house of hate but the heart of the community.  A place where people come to experience Love.

And it will only be this if we give up our judgments and prejudices and give love as God gives to us.

We should project love out into the community from a sure foundation in the Love of God.

Our love should be unconditional as His Love is for us.

We should love God, love our neighbor, and love our enemies as Jesus taught us.

Only then will our love be universal - like a light shining in the darkness.


[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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Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Liberalism and Satanism.

Conservative Christians equate Liberalism with Satanism.

Although the two may seem similar on the surface there are basic differences which set them apart.

Satanism may disguise itself as Liberalism but its purpose is not to gain freedom, it is to cause us to transgress.

This is temptation with the purpose of damnation.

Liberalism on the other hand seeks to free us from restraints.
Restraints which hamper us and stunt our growth.

Liberals may well question traditional doctrines and dogmas but their purpose is to search for the truth.

Satanism on the other hand questions in order to create doubt which cancels salvation.

So Liberalism and Satanism differ in their purpose.
Liberalism seeks to free us.  Satanism seeks to damn us.

Interestingly these two are ruled by different planets and signs in astrology.
Satanism is ruled by Pluto an Scorpio.
Liberalism is ruled by Uranus and Aquarius.

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Church and State.

The reason that throughout history the religion of rewards and punishments has dominated the more pacific forms of religion is because this harsh form suits the needs of the established authorities: kings, aristocrats, dictators, and governments.

So the official forms of religion have always tended to be punitive.
And, like the elites' rule on earth, this was defended by violence: crusades, trials, and inquisitions.

Any one who deviated from this orthodoxy was subjected to torture and death.

So it is little wonder that this negative form of institutional religion dominated.

Napoleon said that if the Catholic Church had not existed he would have to have invented it.  So compatible was its teachings with his dictatorial rule.

Religion has always been used to subjugate the masses.
This was the reason that Communists declared themselves atheists.

But this is throwing out the baby with the bathwater.

It is yet to be seen whether modern democratic societies can maintain a religious spirituality which is not based on rewards and punishments.

Can Aquarius resist the temptation?

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Love.

The reason that the world is as it is - unsatisfactory, imperfect, and broken - is because humankind does not follow God.

"He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" Micah 6:8 (NRSV)

If we all did this the world would be a different place.

But we don't.

We dominate others out of fear.
We do not believe that God will provide.
We close our hearts to others.
And we refuse to help when needed.

Even those in positions of religious authority fail to follow God.
They even deny the teachings of their own prophets.

The blind lead the blind.

But if you open your heart to God and humanity you will find the door of the sanctuary open.

God is the lover of humankind.

"We love because he first loved us."  1 John 4:19 (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.]

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Jesus' Teachings.

Some would say that if you don't believe in Original Sin, the Virgin Birth, Salvation through the blood of Christ, the Second Coming, the Judgment, and Eternal Damnation then you don't believe anything and cannot call yourself a Christian.

But I would assert that Jesus' teachings of love, forgiveness, mercy, compassion, and faith are the heart of his message, not the doctrines and dogmas which grew up around the figure of the Christ.

So, far from believing nothing, what we do believe is the heart of Jesus' teachings which lead to his vision of the kingdom of God on earth.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Visionary.

I believe in Original Blessing.
We are all part of God's good creation.

I believe that everyone has a divine spark within them.
But this spark is not in the mind, it is in the heart.

I believe in an afterlife for everyone.
Not heaven and hell but some other realm where the learning process continues.

I believe that God is One.
A holistic entity that is more than the sum of His parts.

I believe that God is our loving Father.
We are all His children and He will not reject us.

I believe that Jesus was the guiding spirit of the Age of Pisces.

I believe that we are now entering the Age of Aquarius.
And the New Paradigm of Progressive Christianity is the model for the Age of Aquarius.

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Heretic.

I don't believe in Original Sin.
The myth of Adam and Eve was created to explain why men toil and women suffer in child birth.

I don't believe in the Virgin birth.
Jesus had a mother and father like everyone else.

I don't believe in the Divinity of Jesus.
Jesus was a normal human being who made close contact with God.

I don't believe in the Second Coming.
Jesus will not return to judge everyone.  He refused to do so in life so why would he judge people in the future?

I don't believe in the Judgement
God judges no one.  And the son follows the Father.

I don't believe in hell.
Hell is totally out of character for a loving God.

I don't believe in Satan.
Satan was invented to explain why bad things happen to good people.