Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Prayer.


In this solitude.

May I be

a father-figure

to all those

young bodybuilders.

Let me be

a Lamp

to them.

That they may

see

the evil

that surrounds them.

And turn to

God.

And be Saved!


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Monday, 21 May 2018

Integration.

                            

Ancient philosophical models still persist in our unconscious.

Noble reason's control of bodily passions - as symbolized by the five-pointed star - hark back to the stoics and ascetics of the ancient world.

Linear (vertical) models like animals to humans to angels to God require the subjugation of the physical.

St. Paul's dichotomy of body and spirit as death and life is destructive of healthy human sexuality.

The only answer is integration.

We should not be cut of at the neck or even at the waist.

A healthy harmony of body, mind, and spirit mediated by a loving heart is what we should aspire to.

Contrary to popular opinion the soul, or divine spark, is not in our minds it is in our hearts.

And the heart is the center of our being.

Namaste.


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Sunday, 20 May 2018

No Claim.

                            

"And the devil claimed his soul."

Thus ends the story of Faust.

But there is no devil in reality, and no hell.

So he cannot claim you.

He cannot claim gay people.

He cannot claim anyone.


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Saturday, 19 May 2018

Kindled by Love.


My hopes for you.

My hearts desires.

My fervent prayers.

My ardent words.

Are

Baptismal hymns

Kindled by love.


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No Devil.

                            

Not only is there no hell but there is no devil either.

After many long and heartfelt prayers I received the answer that the devil is an explanation for questions regarding evil in a world created by a good God.

Why do we suffer?

Why do bad things happen to good people?

One of the explanations is that there is a devil who is constantly working against the good works of God.

But there are other explanations.

I believe that evil in our world can be totally explained by the ignorant actions of people with free will, mostly out of fear.

These ideas challenge our dualistic thinking.

Progressive Christianity puts forward the concept that God is holistic - there is no duality at all.

This is new.

And it may be the next leap forward in our thinking.


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Friday, 18 May 2018

No Hell.

                            

A quick look at the history of religion will tell you that hell is not so much about the nature or the will of God as about earthly power.

Heaven and hell are the carrot and stick in our earthly religions.

And the carrot and stick approach is typical of institutionalized authority.  It is the weapon of earthly kings and dictators.

Napoleon said that if the Catholic Church had not existed he would have to have invented it.

But my experience of God has taught me that God punishes no one.  Therefore hell cannot exist.

How are we to cope with a religion that has no hell?

This is good news indeed!


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