Sunday, 10 June 2018
After spiritual teachers have died their disciples and followers apply their limited knowledge to the memory of that teacher.
This is why the original vision, which is transcendent and free, is subjected to ideas of barter and atonement.
Fantastic stories grow up around them and their message is compromised.
Good News becomes condemnation.
And forgiveness becomes penitence.
The message may even be usurped by the teacher's enemies and modified to meet the needs of the establishment.
In this way the carrot and stick religion of rewards and punishments is re-established as the norm.
They put words into his mouth and write back their Machiavellian philosophy into the legend.
But all of this is a perversion of the original revelation which was good news indeed.
And that news is that we are all forgiven and loved by God.
He does not punish us or judge us.
He loves us like a Father.
And therefore there can be no hell.
Hell is the weapon that the conservative establishment uses to subjugate the masses.
It has nothing to do with God.
God loves us.
And we go to be with Him when we die.
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