Monday, 31 March 2014

Heaven and Hell.

In the Old Testament heaven seems merely to refer to the sky.
It was God's abode.

But it does not seem to be a destination for ordinary souls.

Elijah ascended into heaven (the sky) in a fiery chariot.
But this was a special event.  It did not happen to others.

My concordance records no references to hell in the Old Testament.
Instead it refers to Sheol.

Sheol would appear to be under the earth and was the habitat of souls after death.
Here the departed lived a shadowy existence something like the shades of Hades.
But it was not a place of fire and eternal torment.

The first references to hell appear in Mark's Gospel, written about 60 - 70 CE.
This appears to have developed from the idea of eternal life found in Jesus.
Jesus ascended into heaven and prepared a place for his followers there.

So the logic goes that unbelievers or heathens must go to a place of eternal punishment.  If there is a heaven that you can go to then there must be a hell also.

But hell is totally out of character for the loving God of Jesus.
It is very much the stick to heaven's carrot for those who have no faith in human nature.  It is more to do with controlling sinful humanity than understanding God.

So, just as hell appeared after Jesus' death, so may it disappear after the end of Christendom.

The time has come for humanity to discard the baggage which grew up around the Christ and settle for the love of God and forgiveness for all.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

The Beloved.

When I was growing up the Christianity that was presented to us was a dry mix of fear and morality.

God was an enforcer of moral rules.

But later there was a rumor from the east that God was the Beloved.

This was much better, but it was only a rumor, there was no evidence of it in our Churches.

When; through prayer, contemplation, and love; I finally drew closer to God it became apparent that God was indeed the Beloved.
The way was the way of the heart.
And everything flowed from that.

To have compassion and mercy was to have a soft heart.

The opposite of this was fear - fear of punishment, fear of hell.

But hell is out of character for a loving God.

You have nothing to fear from God.

Follow your heart.
It leads to the Beloved.

"'"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)

"'"You shall love your neighbor as yourself."'"  Matthew 22:39b (NRSV)

"'Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.'"  Luke 6:27,28 (NRSV)

These are the primary teachings of Jesus.

Follow them and you will find the Beloved.


[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.]

Monday, 24 March 2014

Rumors.

In the 1960s and 1970s there were rumors that rock stars were practicing Satanism.

We took little notice of this and believed the image that was presented to us.

But this image had been cleverly manipulated to appeal to our desires.

We saw what we wanted to see.

The rock stars took advantage of this and steered us left into the territory of transgression in the hope that we would all go to hell.

This was subtle and secret sabotage - drugs, hedonism, and dropping out.....

They then covered up their purpose with a subsequent whitewash of their image.

This was so successful that it continues to this day - 50 years later.

This was the crime of the 20th century.

And it continues into the new century.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Every Man and His Dog.

Progressive Christianity is for everyone.
Not just the righteous.
Not just the good.

God's grace extends to everyone.

And when through love and justice we stand at the gates of heaven and are forgiven, every man will bring his dog (god backwards).

For everyone has a dog that partakes of the Satanic culture that is hidden within our popular culture.
Everyone has their rock stars and celebrities - those who have sold their souls and seek to lead us into hell.

But there is no hell.

When we stand at the gates of heaven and are forgiven we will likewise forgive our dogs.

So all will enter into God's Love.

Monday, 17 March 2014

Now.

"O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not listen?"  Habakkuk 1:2a (NRSV)
"Then the Lord answered me and said:"  Habakkuk 2:2a (NRSV)
"For there is still a vision for the appointed time."  Habakkuk 2:3a (NRSV)

That time is Now.

"I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?"  Isaiah 43:19a (NRSV)

That thing is Progressive Christianity.

The hand of God is guiding those who are founding the movement.

But Progressive Christianity is not exclusive.
It includes everyone.

Everyone is forgiven.
Everyone is blessed.

It is a New Reformation, more far-reaching than the first Reformation.
For now we are challenging many of the fundamental doctrines of Christianity.

No longer will Jesus be magical salvation.
Jesus is the gentle teacher of unconditional love and forgiveness.
The non-violent leader of the people.

It is his teachings that will bring about the Kingdom of God on earth.

And a new covenant with the Father.


[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.]

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Signs of Life.

Love.

Joy.

Consideration for others.

Willingness to help.

Cleanliness.

Moderation.

Self-Control.

Respect.

Gratitude.

Prayer.

Humility.

Forgiveness.

Honesty.

Truthfulness.

Courage.

Compassion.


These things come from a relationship with God.

They are the gifts of Grace.

And God's vision for mankind.

Most of all Love.

Monday, 10 March 2014

Signs of Death.

They are wearing all black.

They are addicted to pleasure.

They hate the Church and Christianity.

They think that sin is fun.

They are filthy.

They are wicked.

They are bad.

They are worldly.

They are tough.

They are unforgiving.

They are selfish and self-centered.

They are addicted to watching and shopping.

They are celebrity junkies.


Death is the spiritual state of being separated from God.

"For the wages of sin is death."  Romans 6:23a (NRSV)

Whether this is a reality or not it is the desired result of rock music.

They tell you to transgress.
So you will be damned to hell.

This is their vision of the future.

And they're winning.


[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.]

Thursday, 6 March 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.

God wishes peace on earth and goodwill to all humankind.

Monday, 3 March 2014

Marijuana.

At present Satanists in the music industry are selling drugs to young people.

Working through the negative attributes of Aquarius they push drugs and insanity on the unsuspecting.

Have you noticed the activities of the bikie gangs in our cities?
Their involvement in the drug trade is well known.

The activities of Satanic bikie gangs in conjunction with Satanists in the music industry conspire to exploit innocent young people who are unaware of their intentions.

If they knew that these things were controlled by Satanists with malevolent motives they would not get involved with them.

But they don't know.

They believe that their rock stars are merely out to have a good time.
They think that they are innocent like them.

But they are not.

Drug addiction leads to crime and mental illness.
It does not liberate you.  Nor does it bring spiritual experiences.

The motives of their pushers is entirely malevolent.
Death and hell are their desired destinations.

Do not practice yoga in conjunction with drug taking.
It leads to damnation by the authorities of eastern religions.

This is one of the ploys of the popular culture.
It is done deliberately.

See their malevolent intentions.
Drugs lead to crime, insanity, damnation and death.

They will stab you in the back as we have been stabbed in the back.