Thursday, 31 July 2014
The eastern symbol for the divine is the lotus.
This was so in Asia and Egypt.
The western symbol for the divine is the rose.
When a sage reaches enlightenment he begins to see visions of lotus flowers.
A saint sees visions of roses.
It has been said that flowers exist in both worlds.
The beauty of the lotus and the rose gives us a glimpse of the beauties of heaven.
And these beauties are a product of Love.
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Monday, 28 July 2014
Have you noticed that everything is going up in flames?
From sporting events, to rock concerts, to T.V. talent shows everything seems to be on fire.
These are the flames of hell.
Combined with any excuse to get hell into the headlines, this is raising hell on earth.
It is done by those who have sold their souls to the devil for fame and fortune.
It is often associated with sex - as if it is sex that makes you go to hell.
This, of course, is totally false.
It is a lie.
Sex is sacred and as the source of life it is intimately associated with God.
You do not go to hell for sex.
So be wary of any hell raisers.
They want your soul in hell.
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Friday, 25 July 2014
The symbol for the sign of Aquarius is the Egyptian hieroglyph for water.
This is an enigma because Aquarius is an air sign, it governs our concepts.
The water is carried by a man with a jar.
The Egyptian hieroglyph for the heart is a jar.
The pinnacle of Egyptian religion was the "intelligence of the heart".
So what can the water be?
It can only be Love.
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Monday, 21 July 2014
We can give thanks to God for the gift of life.
We can give thanks to God for the gifts of consciousness, intelligence, and imagination.
We can give thanks to God for our hearts.
Our minds may be full of light, even enlightened, but we cannot live without love.
God is Love.
We can give thanks for that.
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Thursday, 17 July 2014
The universe began as forces and energies.
These interacted in swirling galaxies and stars.
And gradually condensed into solar systems and planets.
These planets gave birth to life.
And life gave birth to consciousness and intelligence and imagination.
When we are born we are given the gift of life.
God is traditionally thought of as the author of life.
The breath (nephesh), the wind (ruach) is breathed into Adam to give him life.
We can thank God for this gift of life.
It is not God's will that we should suffer.
We suffer because of the impersonal actions of nature or the ignorant actions of human beings.
But we are never alone.
We are always in relationship to the whole of humanity and the whole of nature.
Everything is interconnected.
Even our thoughts are influenced by the collective unconscious.
God is all of this - energies, forces, life, intelligence, imagination, love and more.....
These are gifts.
And we can give thanks to God for that.
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Monday, 14 July 2014
Because God has being, consciousness, and intelligence He is able to relate to our cultures.
Human beings create societies which in turn create cultures.
These cultures are the highest expression of our intelligence and imagination.
Some religions say that important cultural developments have come from contact with the deity.
At certain points in history it would appear that God has intervened through certain individuals to bring about a quantum leap in understanding.
Jesus was one of these individuals.
He brought about a huge change in the way we think about and relate to God.
2000 years later humankind is experiencing a new quantum leap in understanding.
This is the New Paradigm.
It is unfolding in the consciousness of humanity now.
I hope and pray that this change can be achieved without conflict or violence.
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Thursday, 10 July 2014
Many Progressive Christians say that they can no longer pray to God because they no longer think of God as a person.
The reason for this goes back to our scientific education.
We have been trained to think of the universe out there as atoms, and force, and energy.
Therefore when we try to fit God into this picture He becomes an impersonal force or energy.
You cannot pray to an impersonal force or energy.
What we are forgetting is that animals and humans are also part of the universe.
And if God is everything and more then He is also being and consciousness and intelligence.
We can pray to a God that has being and consciousness and intelligence.
God also has a heart.
And it is when we realize this that we are able to love God as He loves us.
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Monday, 7 July 2014
What messages are our young people receiving?
Mostly they come from the media - sports and entertainment, and from the music industry.
The messages they receive from sports are: work harder or suffer pain, winning is everything, winner takes all, you've got to be tough, show no weakness, and show no mercy.
The messages from entertainment and music are dark indeed.
They are rife with darkness, death, and evil.
You have to be more ruthless than the wicked.
And you only ever think about yourself.
The rest is advertising.
This pushes the idea that more things will make you happy.
More possessions, better tickets, faster cars, bigger houses.
This is materialism gone viral.
This is quite apart from the play-hard messages of drugs, alcohol, and sex.
So what awaits them in the future?
I can only say that they will suffer.
For none of these things leads to true happiness.
There is an urgent need for a new message.
That message is that love, consideration, justice, and equality lead to greater happiness.
And this message comes from God.
There is an urgent need for religions to cast aside their messages of fear, hate, punishment, and damnation.
God is not a moral arbiter.
We are not born absolutely sinful.
We are not in need of salvation.
The only salvation we need is from our own culture.
And this is what the Kingdom of God looks like:
Equality, justice, consideration, and love.
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