Tuesday, 22 March 2016
The Outer Courts.
Traditionally religious leaders have preached the carrot and stick gospel of rewards and punishments.
This is to stay in the outer courts and not enter in to the sanctuary.
Jesus said of them, "'you did not enter yourselves, and you hindered those who were entering.'" Luke 11: 52b (NRSV)
What we have to realize is that after the prophet is dead the powers of this world appropriate his message and modify it to suit their own needs.
Thus the carrot and stick religion is reinstated because it is this teaching which keeps the masses in line.
And they will try it again in the Age of Aquarius.
But the true teaching, which all the prophets preached, is the Gospel of Love.
This is to enter into the sanctuary, which is your own heart, and find God there.
[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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