Sunday, 31 July 2016
Saturday, 30 July 2016
Friday, 29 July 2016
Thursday, 28 July 2016
I am Alpha and Omega - the Beginning and the End.
And as such I resemble a river.
If you follow a river downstream you reach the sea.
If you follow a river upstream to its source you reach the mountains where the rain falls.
If you follow the clouds to their source they rise from the sea.
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Wednesday, 27 July 2016
I believe that the search for God includes the fields of: theology, mythology, history, language, astrology, astronomy, mysticism, mathematics, theoretical physics, politics, poetry, culture, art, and literature.....
In fact any field of study can lead to God.
God is everything and more.
God is everyone.
So follow the fields in which you see God.
And go downstream to the sea.
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Tuesday, 26 July 2016
Monday, 25 July 2016
Sunday, 24 July 2016
Saturday, 23 July 2016
As we set out in the world we are encouraged to seek the prizes of the world:
Fame, wealth, prestige, possessions, pleasure, achievement.....
But when we get these things we find that they are empty boxes.
There is no real satisfaction in them.
This is not the true purpose of life.
The cause and the purpose of life is love.
It is in love that we find true satisfaction.
To be loved is good but to love is even better.
And love is its own reward.
Love is intimately associated with God.
And God is the author and sustainer of life.
God is the Beloved.
And His purpose is Love.
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Friday, 22 July 2016
Thursday, 21 July 2016
Wednesday, 20 July 2016
To what shall I compare
the Kingdom of God?
It is like a tiny seed
planted in the earth
which grows onto a
strong and sturdy tree.
It has many branches
heavy with fruit
from abundant waters.
And it brings forth
that delight the heart.
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Monday, 18 July 2016
Sunday, 17 July 2016
In a recent television interview a prominent religious writer said that to find yourself is to find God.
I would agree and disagree.
The self, the soul. the divine spark, is in fact part of God .
But we can identify with this self without being aware of God.
We come to know God through prayer and study and contemplation.
In yoga there are three stages of meditation: concentration, contemplation, and trance-consciousness.
We can concentrate by quietening the mind and being totally in the present moment.
We become aware of God through contemplation of the Divine.
In this way we become connected to God in a way which we were not before.
The Divine has a certain nature - it is transcendent, sublime, wholly good.
It is Life, Light, and Love.
But this is not our self.
God is at once separate from us and connected to us.
After we have found the self it is our task to find God.
And when we do this we begin to reach the end.
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Saturday, 16 July 2016
It seems to me that people confuse what can be seen with reality.
But there are things which cannot be seen that are real.
For example: electricity, sound waves, oxygen, radiation etc.....
God is real.
He may not be visible (except in dreams and visions) but He is real none the less.
Prayer, worship, supplication, gratitude, praise.....
All these things lead to God.
There is a Reality by which the seen becomes symbol and metaphor.
We live in darkness.
But God is the Reality.
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Friday, 15 July 2016
It seems astonishing to me that religious leaders have interpreted the Bible literally in the past.
Everything I learn of God is symbolic: from the poetry of the Old Testament to the parables of Jesus.
Even Revelation, so popular with the fundamentalists, could hardly be described as literal.
God is imaginative, artistic, subtle.....
"Then afterwards, I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions." Joel 2:28 (NRSV)
So I can no longer sustain a literal interpretation of the Bible.
The Bible is myth and metaphor, poetry and symbol.
[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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Thursday, 14 July 2016
Wednesday, 13 July 2016
Violence is fear.
Dig down below the mask of violence and you will find fear.
And the greatest of these fears is fear of God.
But God is harmless (ahimsa), non-violent.
We have nothing to fear from God.
If we pray for peace we must overcome fear.
And make peace with our brothers and sisters.
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Tuesday, 12 July 2016
It is our prerogative to point out if our brothers or sisters are causing harm to anyone.
The Eastern principle of ahimsa (harmlessness) is prominent in their religions.
This can also be translated as non-violence.
Why would God tell us to be non-violent if He was violent Himself?
This circular logic circumvents any idea of Divine violence or hell.
But most religions worldwide preach Divine punishment and some even take it on themselves to execute it.
It is our prerogative to point out the harm that they are doing to others.
And make peace with God.
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Monday, 11 July 2016
Saturday, 9 July 2016
Friday, 8 July 2016
Thursday, 7 July 2016
The way of God is Love.
And these are the attributes of Love:
Mercy, forgiveness, patience, faithfulness, truthfulness, honesty, reliability, trustworthiness, generosity, grace, care, and consideration.....
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Wednesday, 6 July 2016
Tuesday, 5 July 2016
Monday, 4 July 2016
Sometimes we are so afraid of making a mistake that we become stuck in a phase of our development.
But fear is never the answer.
It is better to make a mistake than to do nothing.
Sometimes when we make a mistake it can be a breakthrough in our development.
At the very least we will know more than we did before.
Of we are sincere we will always be forgiven.
So make a mistake and learn something.
It is better than being stuck.
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Sunday, 3 July 2016
When we begin to explore ideas of spiritual development the evil influences which work though the collective unconscious can attack us.
This can cause accidents or it can tempt us and corrupt us.
This is where we need the help of a spiritual community around us to help counteract any evil influences.
We also need help from the Divine which can be sought through prayer and supplication.
If these two elements are missing - i.e. we try to do it on our own - the chances are that the evil influences will overcome us.
But if we seek the help of like-minded people in a spiritual community and humble ourselves before God the chances that we will succeed are greatly improved.
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