Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Hearts of Flesh.



"I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh."  Ezekiel 36:26b (NRSV)

What does this mean?

What is a heart of stone?

A heart of stone is a heart that feels no love, a heart that has no compassion.
A heart so afraid that it cannot give.

And what is a heart of flesh?

A heart of flesh is a heart that is human-centered, a heart that values people above laws and morals.

Jesus said to obey the spirit of the law, not the letter of the law.
And the spirit of the law is love.

What was the first commandment?

"'"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)
"'And a second is like it: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."'"   Matthew 22:39 (NRSV)

What was Jesus' commandment?

"'This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.'"  John 15:12 (NRSV)

Even Paul said that we should make concessions according to understanding.

So do not pride yourselves on obedience to rigid laws and morals.

This will lead to a heart of stone.

But learn to love and forgive.

And you will have a heart of flesh.


[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, 30 December 2014

Respect.


With desire comes love.

And with love comes respect for the beloved.

What diverts this respect is fear.

Fear of losing out, not experiencing communion.

When this fear is gone we experience respect for the loved one.

Respect for their wishes.

Respect for their rights.


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Sunday, 28 December 2014

If Only.


If only

they knew

how wonderful

you are;

how beautiful

and generous,

how constant

and benevolent;

trustworthy,

reliable,

steadfast in love;

we can turn to you

in distress

or in gratitude

and be healed,

delivered,

saved

by your Love.


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Saturday, 27 December 2014

Blessing.


Bless him,

deliver him from

the web of evil,

lift him up,

guide him,

touch his heart,

and bring him Home.


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Thursday, 25 December 2014

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Blessed.


Future generations will call us blessed.

"How beautiful upon the mountains
     are the feet of the messenger who
        announces peace,
    who brings good news,
        who announces salvation,
        who says to Zion 'Your God reigns'."

Isaiah 52:7 (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, 22 December 2014

Treachery.


When we experience treachery we should realize that the people involved
are acting out of fear and insecurity.

These people don't believe that they can win, so they turn against us.

This is fear.

Fear of losing out.

If we can see this for what it is we can pray for them to be helped with their fear.

Thus we can have a benevolent attitude towards them despite their treachery.

This is what it means to love your enemies.

As Jesus did on the cross.


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Saturday, 20 December 2014

Modernism.


Modernism tends to dismiss anything that came before science as worthless.

But religion and philosophy are about life and how we live it.
And this was as true in 3000 BCE as it is today.

Scientific knowledge informs our worldview and our vision which helps to dispel superstition and ignorance.
But the way of the heart is as ancient as humanity.

Science ignores the human dimension of life.
This is why modernism failed.

But Egyptian religion, the Buddha, Jesus and their successors all recommend the way of the heart as the answer to life's problems.

And this is as true for modernism as it was for them.


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Thursday, 18 December 2014

The Rings of Saturn.



Saturn has a reputation for being dour and dull.

This is because it is the farthest planet visible from the earth.
So it appears faint and dull.

But when we come closer to Saturn it is quite beautiful with its colored bands and its rings.

What could this mean?

Saturn also governs the pinnacle - the best of things - like silk or satin.

It must be remembered that Saturn also governs rewards as well as restrictions.
He is immaculate and glorious.

Discipline is beautiful.

So perhaps Saturn has been maligned.

We should come closer and see his beauties.


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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Judge No One.


"'You judge by human standards, I judge no one.'"  John 8:15 (NRSV)

Jesus made this statement to the Pharisees in the treasury of the temple.

"'I do nothing on my own but I speak these things as the Father instructed me.'"  John 8:28b (NRSV)

Jesus was making a distinction between how human beings on earth see things and how the Father sees things.

"'The Father judges no one.'"  John 5:22a (NRSV)

People on earth believe in natural justice - rewards for good behavior and punishment for bad behavior.
But God punishes no one.

God gives everyone a second chance.
He does not judge us but helps us to grow and progress towards the light.

Even the most heinous criminals are His children and He will not reject them.

"The Lord is not slow about His promise as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish."  2 Peter 3:9 (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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Sunday, 14 December 2014

Abnegation.


God is not a rule-maker.

God is not a moral accountant.
God is not a punisher.
God is not esoteric knowledge.

God is not right beliefs.

God is not a wowser.
God is not awful.
God is not a deal-maker.

God is not a spirit.

God is Love.
Universal Love.


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Friday, 12 December 2014

Little Boxes.


What is it that makes us feel separate from nature?

From the time we are born we are enclosed within little boxes.
Man-made structures that separate us from nature.

Humans consider nature hostile so we set about withdrawing from it in order to try and tame it.

In the Book of Genesis in the Bible God tells Adam and Eve to subdue the earth and gives them dominion over every living thing.
This passage has been used by humans to justify the rape and pillage of the earth and its animals and plants.

We can see the results.

It is time to reconnect with nature.
We are not a race apart.
We are a part of nature.

Go outside.
Breathe the fresh air.
Look at the trees and flowers.
Smell the roses.

This is God's temple
Not the massive buildings we have made.

So come out of your little boxes and be with God.


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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Degradation.


I saw a television documentary about a photographer who recorded the lives of her friends in the 1970s.

I recognized much of the scene from that period.

But what struck me was the squalor and degradation in which we lived.

The objective lens of her camera showed what this must have looked like to others.

Many were drug addicts and the daily rituals and habits which were exhibited were quite shocking.

Much of this derived from the rock music we were constantly listening to and the promiscuous sexual practices which it promoted.

Since I have sworn off rock music I have re-discovered a dignity and purity which I had lost.

I owe my life, my health, and my well-being to God.


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Monday, 8 December 2014

Entertainment.


The Satanism which has infected our entertainment is becoming more widespread.

It now appears in most television programs and sports in the mass-media.

It began with rock music in the 1960s when superstars sold their souls to the devil and used black magic in music and videos.

This was cleverly disguised as popular culture.

Most rock bands are involved and their dark practices can be traced through sabotage and backtracking.

Biblical references like temptation and death are common in their music, as are backwards references and backtracking.

Deafness, dumbness, blindness - the opposite of Christian principles - appear in their music and images of death and darkness appear in their videos.

They may even reference the devil or wear horns.

These things have spread to other areas of our entertainment industries.

It now affects television, movies, theater, literature, and sports.


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Saturday, 6 December 2014

A Doorway to the Heart.


Aquarius is an air sign, it governs our concepts.

Unconditional love is a concept.

It is a doorway to the heart.

So, rather than wallowing in the shallows of mere knowledge, we should enter through the doorway of unconditional love into the holy of holies - our heart of hearts.

And learn to Love.


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Thursday, 4 December 2014

Birth Control.


Is homosexuality natures birth control?

As we move further into the 21st century the problem of over-population is increasing.

Advances in medical science and the subsequent reduction in infant mortality means we are growing at an unsustainable rate.

Is it possible that nature is producing more homosexual people as a method of birth control?

Homosexual people do not produce offspring under normal circumstances.
Sperm donation, or IVF, or surrogacy are necessary for homosexual people to reproduce.

This is not a moral matter.
A minority of homosexual couples will still want to have children.
And they should not be discouraged from doing so.

Nature adapts to new circumstances.
For example fruit flies can change their sex according to need.

So it is not outrageous to suggest that nature is creating more and more homosexual people as a method of counter-balancing the population explosion.


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