Friday, 20 July 2018

Gay Holy Man.


Gay Holy man

From Pushkar in Rajasthan.

White Brahman bull.

Pink and gold robes

With honor ennobles.

Pink and white flowers

Fertility endowers.


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Pitch Black.

                                      

There is so much to do.

We live in intense darkness.

People wander to and fro in the darkness, not knowing where they are going.

We are cursed.  We are deceived.  We are controlled.

Evil lingers in the shadows.

But there is a glimmer of light.

In tune with the time.

God approaches though Aquarius.

Universal brotherhood and sisterhood.

Freedom and equality.

Unconditional Love.

So take up your jar - which is your heart.

And pour out your love to all humankind.


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Thursday, 19 July 2018

Ruin.

                            

In the 1960s several Indian Gurus migrated to the West.

The message was meditation that led to enlightenment.

Unfortunately this coincided with the rise of rock music in our world.

And rock music promoted activities which transgressed Eastern religious laws.

The use of drugs , promiscuous sexual practices, and anti-social behavior - all of which were promoted in rock music - led to problems in the various sects.

The messages in the music were designed to get us into trouble and sabotage our search for God.

It is interesting to note that all of these Gurus were eventually ruined.
Scandals of various kinds saw the demise of their enterprises.

I believe that they were deliberately set-up to fail so that their light would be extinguished.

If we look back to the 1960s we will see that the darkness has prevailed.

But there is new light in the ruins of the temples.

God is doing a new thing.

Old negative doctrines are being replaced with new positive ideas.

But unless people realize the evils of rock music and celebrity culture this light will meet with the same fate as the Gurus. 


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Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Love.

                  

Over the years the Church has taught moral obedience and good works.

It has also threatened people with hell.

So it is little wonder that conditions under Christendom were little better than before.

The Churches were teaching the wrong things.

Jesus said to love God and love your neighbor.

Jesus' only commandment was to love one another.

So in the 21st Century we should return to the primary teaching of Jesus.

And that is to love.


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Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Help People.

                            

When asked as a teenager what I wanted to do with my life I said I wanted to help people.

This was am awkwardly expressed, vague feeling of benevolence towards others.

I did not know myself how I would do this.

Jesus said, "'first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor's eye.'"  Matthew 7:5 (NRSV)

So when I set out to discover what was wrong with the world I was on the right track.

What I have discovered is that there is not enough love in the world.

Human being thrive on love.
Without love we struggle.

So if you want to help people show them love.

Love will guide you.
Love will care.
Love will help.

Jesus said to love God and love your neighbor.

You could not get better advice than this.


[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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Monday, 16 July 2018

The Next Generation.

                            

After the positive media of the 1990s it seemed as if the pandemic of homophobia which was triggered by the AIDS crisis was largely over.

Especially when Churches like the Uniting Church in Australia conducted wide-ranging discussions about homosexuality and religion.

But we failed to take into account the effect AIDS had on the next generation.

Homophobia in the young has hardened into a snub-nosed prejudice that has made gay a put down and insult used to bully and torment young gay people.

And the decline in religion means that the only message young gay people hear from the Church is that God hates them.

This is a tragedy of major proportions.

Much work still needs to be done to redress the damage that has been done to the next generation.


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Sunday, 15 July 2018

God's Name.

                            

"'Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you, and these know you that you have sent me.  I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.'"  John 17:25,26 (NRSV)

In the ancient world to know a gods name meant to to know his nature.

Jesus says that the world does not know God.

The world thinks that God is angry, judgemental, harsh, even tyrannical.  But Jesus shows us a loving Father who forgives even His most prodigal sons and daughters.

How could it be that Jesus knew God and the Pharisees - the keepers of the Temple - did not?

"The shepherds also have no understanding, they have all turned to their own way, to their own gain, one and all."  Isaiah 56:11 (NRSV)

The Pharisees had no understanding because they were motivated by their own greed.

"'Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it!  How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!'"  Matthew 23: 37 (NRSV)

This is God's desire to gather His children to His bosom but those in authority are not willing.

"Thus says the Lord God: Ah you shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves!  Should not the shepherds feed the sheep?  You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fatlings; but you do not feed the sheep.  You have not strengthened the weak, you have not healed the sick, you have not bound up the injured, you have not brought back the strayed, you have not sought the lost, but with force and harshness you have ruled them. "  Ezekiel 34:2-4 (NRSV)

"With force and harshness you have rules them."

Because they have no understanding of God and seek their own benefit.

Jesus shows us that God's nature is not that of a moral judge but of a loving Father.

Relationship with God is not about obeying but about love.

Love is considerate, love is forgiving, love is patient, love is kind.....

God's Church does not reflect God's love because the shepherds seek their own benefit.  They want power and authority, they are full of fear, not love.

Jesus knew God because he loved God.

"'"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind."  This is the greatest and first commandment.  And a second is like it: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.'"  Matthew 22:37-40 (NRSV)

So it is through love that we come to know God.

Jesus loved God.  The Pharisees feared God.

And this fear has been handed down from generation to generation to this very day as tradition.

Jesus criticized tradition as "human precepts".  Matthew 15:9 (NRSV)

And preached love above all other things.

"There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love."  1 John 4:18 (NRSV)

So we are not to fear punishment - i.e. hell - we are to practise love.

The way of love still exists.

Love God and love your neighbor.

And you will come to know the Name of God.


[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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Saturday, 14 July 2018

Heal the Earth.


From the festering scars
of the ravenous machine.
From the toxic pollution
of industrial waste.
From the deadly wash
of plastic bags.

Heal the Earth.

Smoke free cars.
Degradable bags.
Clean energy.
Safe seas.

Heal the Earth.


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Friday, 13 July 2018

Evil Unmasked.

                            

Rock legends, sporting heroes, superstars, divas.....
Movie stars, famous directors, writers, T.V. personalities.....

Many among these have sold their souls and secretly practise Satanism and the dark arts.

It is from here that much of our suffering comes.

They have betrayed us.

They have stabbed us in the back.

They have sabotaged our spiritual quest.

But modern Satanism wears a mask.

They pose as saviors and prophets.

They say, "We are gods."

But they are dogs (gods backwards).

They are whited sepulchres.

See beneath the mask.

Beware of any dark or wicked words.

Avoid any deathly or hellish images.

And know the truth at last.


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Thursday, 12 July 2018

AIDS.

                            

Some Evangelical Christians still say that AIDS is God's punishment for homosexuality.

This is plainly ridiculous because AIDS does not only affect homosexuals in any case.

But say, for example, that your wife gets breast cancer, would you say that God was punishing her for being a woman?

Or say you get prostate cancer, would you say that God was punishing you for having sex?

Obviously you would not.

So why persist in saying that AIDS is God's punishment for homosexuals.

It is demonstrably untrue.

And it should be denounced for good!


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Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Sensible.

                                   

The New Paradigm includes a sensible attitude to sex in general and homosexuality in particular.

The ridiculous attitude of traditional Christianity towards sex is no longer tenable.

To preach that the body and sex are the enemies of the spirit is not sustainable in the 21st Century.

Sex is a natural function of our bodies and the pleasure experienced during sex can hardly be said to be against the will of God.

The time has come to leave these attitudes behind and teach our children to celebrate their sexuality as part of their love for their partners as it was intended.

Homosexuality is no different from heterosexuality.

This is what we should preach.


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Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Reconciled.

                            

There is no devil in reality.

So you may as well be reconciled to God.

Who is Love.


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Monday, 9 July 2018

No Lie.

                            

Prejudice and intolerance are darkness.

They are untruth.

There is no lie in New Jerusalem.  "For the Lord God will be their light."  Revelation 22:5 (NRSV)

God's Love is for all.

Even those we call evil.

God will call them by their name.

He will take them by the hand.

And bring them out of darkness.

And into His marvellous Light.


[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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(The image has been slightly modified.)

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Gay Sex in the Kingdom of God.

                            

Is it possible to practise gay sex in the Kingdom of God?

I believe that God does not discriminate.

So the answer should be: Yes!

But within the Kingdom of God there are still many people who oppose gay sex.

Many gay people would say that it is better to reject the Kingdom than to have the Kingdom reject them.

But I say it is better to remain in the Kingdom and trust in God's Love.

If we pray for those around us who are persecuting gay men and lesbians perhaps God's Light will dawn upon them and they will see that God does not discriminate.


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Saturday, 7 July 2018

Gay.

                                         

I am gay.

I am a citizen of the world.

I am a child of God.

I am bound for Heaven.


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Friday, 6 July 2018

Fitting In.

                            

Parenting, education, and psychology are all oriented towards making people fit in.

But fit in to what?

The world is a horrible place.

Should we become horrible as well?

We are ruled by corrupt corporations.

Should we become corrupt as well?

Psychological health should not be equated with conformity.

Integrity, honesty, wisdom, and love are admirable qualities which should be cultivated in our children.

Unfortunately the world does not value these qualities.

But we cannot afford to just fit in.


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Thursday, 5 July 2018

The Easy Way Out.

                            

What people do when you have a problem or something goes wrong in your life is they take the easy way out.

They blame the victim.

They rationalize their guilt.

They take the line of least resistance.

They take the course of action which least disturbs their comfort.

They put it in the too hard basket.

And if the worst comes to the worst they will just ignore you.

It's always your own fault.

"I'm alright so what have you done wrong?"

"Cope."

"Smile."

So don't expect too much help.

Only God is reliable.

Pray to God.

Trust in Him.

And He will deliver you.


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Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Brother Jesus.

                            

When my friend Sean joined our church our Minister said to him, "You should think of God as your Father and Jesus as your brother."

I agree.

Even though I believe that we are entering the Age of Aquarius and the new revelations from God are symbolized by the Water Carrier,  I still believe that Jesus is the guiding spirit of the Age of Pisces.

Jesus is not my enemy.

Jesus is my brother.


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Sunday, 1 July 2018

Holistic Health.

                                         

Sex is the desire for union with another and as such it is the antithesis of dualism.

To experience sexual desire is to become aware of our connectedness to other human beings and to the earth itself.

We are not merely separate individuals apart from others and nature.  We are interconnected.

So sex can be a valuable aid to integration of our psyche.

It leads to holistic health.

It also leads to a holistic view of the universe.

A universe in which God is One.

And we are one with God.


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