Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Fear.


If we accept that it is the powers and authorities of this world which insist on the carrot and stick religion of rewards and punishments then what is it that causes them to ignore God's messengers and institute this punitive approach?

I believe that the reason is fear.

A lack of faith in God's benevolence and love results in a life ruled by fear.

"Forgiving people and restoring them to society just won't work."

"People are bad and unless you punish them they'll get worse."

This is fear talking.

So we have punishment disguised as justice.

But God does not punish anyone.

He loves us and restores us to life.

And His Love takes away our fear.


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Monday, 27 February 2017

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 22:5c (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 the 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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Sunday, 26 February 2017

Reconciled.


There is no devil in reality.

So you may as well be reconciled to God.

Who is Love.


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Saturday, 25 February 2017

Religion for Dummies.


Satanism may seem like an answer for those who feel they can't live up to God's expectations.

"I'm no angel."

But is negativity an answer?

Guilt, shame, poison, sabotage, lies, hate, and hell are not really helpful.

Torture, torment, and pain are considered fun.

If they tell you to lie the chances are they are lying to you in the first place.

There is no Satan in reality.

So Satanism is really only religion for dummies.


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Friday, 24 February 2017

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 through 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, 23 February 2017

Holistic Health.


Sex is the desire to be united 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 is a valuable aid to integration of our psyche.

It also leads to a holistic view of the universe.

A universe in which God is One.

And we are One with Him.


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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Sensible.


The New Paradigm includes a sensible attitude towards 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 partner as it was intended.

Homosexuality is no different from heterosexuality.

This is what we should preach.


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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Fitting In.


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

But fit in with what?

The world is a horrible place.
Should we be horrible as well?

We are ruled by corrupt corporations.
Should we be 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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Monday, 20 February 2017

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?"

"Smile."

"Cope."

So don't expect too much help.

Only God is reliable.

Pray to God.

And He will hear.

Trust in Him.

And He will deliver you.


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Sunday, 19 February 2017

Goodness.


Rather than aspiring to righteousness we should be aspiring to goodness.

Righteousness can bring with it a sense of moral superiority and condemnation of others.

It is these things that Jesus criticized in the Pharisees and Sadducees.

To aspire to goodness, however, is to banish all harmful thoughts and actions.  It is to be totally benevolent.  It is to wish the best for others.
It is to give.  It is to love.

Goodness softens the heart and opens it to others.

So that we may love God and love our neighbors.


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Saturday, 18 February 2017

Light.


The light that comes from God enables us to see the truth.

The illusions and the lies which fill the darkness are swept away.

No longer do we believe their backwards lies: devils in heaven and saints in hell.

But we see the beauty of God:

Forgiveness. Mercy. Goodness. Love.

We experience Love.

And spontaneous Joy.

We are touched by Peace.

And a glimpse of Heaven.


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Friday, 17 February 2017

XXX.


He arrived on the scene driving a black Lamborghini with 666 on the number plate.

He was dressed all in black with dark Ray Ban shades to hide his eyes.

He aspired to money.

The root of all evil.

His god was the devil.

And his intentions were evil.


She strutted the streets in her little black dress.

She aspired to being his prowess.

His mistress, his partner, his driver, his mother.

She was hunting for scalps.

Power was her god.

And her intentions were pure evil.


Now they are old and their black shirts have faded.

They no longer have power.

And no one remembers.

Their children rebel.

Their masters look elsewhere.

At last they must face that their actions were evil.


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Thursday, 16 February 2017

Good People.


There are many good people in the world.

Unfortunately Satanism in rock music, celebrity culture, and corporate ownership guarantee that evil is in control.

Good people have no power.

Good people are poisoned and distracted.

We cannot hope to make a better world while this situation continues.

Watch your eyes and ears - what you watch and what you listen to.

What is it telling you to do?

"Don't change anything, just have a good time."

Meanwhile the rich get richer and governments become more corrupt, the rich pay less tax and governments cut welfare.

Two-thirds of the world goes to bed hungry.

And war rages on.

Don't just do what your told.

Challenge the T.V., the music, the government.

While we are controlled there is no hope.

We must act now!

Otherwise the evil people who control our world will make things worse and worse until there is violent revolution.


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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

The Dark Night.


We are living in the darkness of night.

The world is evil and corrupt.

We have no power.

And God is dead.

But unbeknownst to us this is the result of a deliberate campaign to rid the world of goodness and spread evil everywhere.

Satanists in the rock music and entertainment industries set out to destroy the Church and promote Satanism in its place.

Their work is dark, sinister, and blasphemous.

And they have largely succeeded.

Although most people don't realize that what they are doing is Satanism.

It is backwards and upside-down.

So throw away your C.D.s, turn off the T.V., and unplug your earphones.

We have been deceived.


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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Out of Sight.


We never see the starving, the destitute, the refugees on our T.V. unless it is to demonize them.

The corporate plutocrats who own our media do not want us to see them.

We might demand that something be done to help them.

And they are afraid that they might have to pay for it.

So it is out of sight/out of mind.


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Monday, 13 February 2017

Fear.


As I was returning from a shopping expedition the other day I saw a couple seated at the tram stop.

The man was obviously distressed and was ranting at the top of his voice.
His girlfriend's face was contorted with a look of such suffering that it touched my heart.

My first reaction was fear.

Everyone was avoiding them and hurrying by.

I did not stop at the time.
But later that evening I remembered them.
I overcame my fear and opened my heart in prayer.

To my surprise my thoughts of them were surrounded by feelings of warmth and love.

I prayed for them over the next few days.

This experience confirmed for me that it is fear that stops us from loving.

When I overcame my fear I was surrounded with Love.


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Sunday, 12 February 2017

Remnant.


"But now I will not deal with the remnant of this people as in former days, says the Lord of hosts.  For there shall be a sowing of peace; the vine shall yield its fruit, the ground shall give its produce, and the skies shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things."  Zechariah 8:11,12 (NRSV)

There is always a remnant.

Even now, as the Christian Churches of the West decline, there is still a remnant, small as it is.

Let us hope that there will be a sowing of peace and that the dove will be seen once again in the earth.


[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, 11 February 2017

Virtue.


We cannot just go back to the 1950s.

But the revolutions of the 1960s and 1970s had their negative effects on society.

Sex and drugs and rock and roll caused untold suffering from addiction and divorce.  Let alone the negative influences in the music.

Death,  Depression.  Suicide.  Evil.

This period has also seen the demise of the Church.

Hypocrisy, sex-phobia, negative doctrines, moral wowserism, fear, guilt, and abuse caused billions of people to abandon institutional Christianity.

But the Church has some good qualities still.

Charity, consideration for others, concern for the poor, compassion for the suffering, faith, fellowship, prayer.....

These are good things which society lacks.

So we can still combine the good things from the Church with the more positive aspects of our secular culture.


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Friday, 10 February 2017

Power.


True power, which comes from self-empowerment, is gracious, generous, constructive, and creative.

It is related to self-love - the capacity to love oneself.

Such a person does not try to dominate others, nor does he retaliate, or use power destructively.

These things are essentially the result of deep fears and insecurities - the person must prove to others that he is strong and powerful precisely because he doubts in himself that he is and fears being dominated by others.

In effect he fears his own vulnerability.

But an open heart is always vulnerable.
We cannot open ourselves to others without exposing our vulnerability.

This requires trust.

If we close our hearts and protect ourselves with ramparts and towers we can never be close to another, whether we are married or not.

Trust is an essential component of faith.

God is trustworthy.

If we open our hearts to God He will return our love.

In this way God heals our broken hearts.

Our experiences in the world may cause us to defend our vulnerable selves.  But by doing this we shut ourselves in a prison of our own making.

Love can set us free.

If we overcome our fears and open ourselves to God and to others our love is liberated and we are free to love.

This is true power.  


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Thursday, 9 February 2017

Obligation.


When we first become aware of God's work in the world we assume that helping the poor and the needy is an obligation - a good work backed up by rewards and punishments.

Fear grips us.
We fear that God expects this of us.
Or else.

So we banish pleasure and act against our will.

This generates resentment and anger.

But fear is no motivation.

The gift of Salvation is free.
There is no obligation.

What happens is that God touches our hearts.

It is our tears that open our hearts to others.

Secure in the Love of God we lose our fear.

And we act out of love.


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Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Rationalizations.


What is it that holds the Status Quo together?

Rationalizations:

We worked hard for our wealth.

Our holidays are generating income for people in poor countries.

People are poor because they are lazy or vicious.

All people on welfare are cheats or criminals.

All Muslims are terrorists.

All asylum seekers are queue-jumpers.

We are not racist.

We are not wealthy.

Trickle-down economics.

The politics of envy.

Class warfare.

Ideologies.

Political Correctness.

Do-gooders.

Communists.

Bleeding hearts.

All of these rationalizations are false.

They seem true superficially but they will not stand scrutiny.

But no one ever questions them.

They are handed out by politicians.

And people repeat them to you word for word.

They are reinforced by the media.

This is why nothing ever changes.

No one ever questions these rationalizations.


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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Cake.


At the corporate executive luncheon all who were present partook of a particularly decadent chocolate cake.

Not only was the cake itself rich chocolate but the icing was adorned with swirls and scrolls of pure chocolate like some surreal sculpture.

The guests were delighted.

When one of them commented that she felt a little bit guilty eating cake while the office workers were still at their desks the CEO replied, "They're just lazy bastards.  If they worked as hard as me they could have cake as we do."


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Monday, 6 February 2017

Status Quo.


We no longer live in a democracy we live in a corporate plutocracy.

We no longer have any power - all power devolves to the corporate plutocrats who rule us.

We are stuck with the Status Quo.

And we have no power to change it.

In fact it continues to get worse.

Corporations expect to increase their profits by 15% per year no matter what.

What of our governments?

Our governments are corrupt.
They kowtow to the corporations because they share in their profits and privileges.  They retire into directorships and seats on the board.  They no longer serve the people.

And they are now signing off our taxes to corporations who want to sue governments for lost profits.

This is corruption.

Our media is owned by these corporate rulers so we never see anything they don't want us to see.

The poor, the destitute, the lonely, the oppressed, the foreigner, the hungry.....

You wont see them on your T.V..
Unless it is to demonize them.

Only cooking shows, violence, and evil.
Delicious and corrupt.
And sports to distract you.

So we are stuck with the Status Quo.


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Sunday, 5 February 2017

Temple.


An Indian yogi once said to me:

"A little boy went to the temple to pray but the priests would not let him in because he was untouchable.
The boy sat down on the steps in tears and prayed to God.
And God answered him saying, 'Don't worry they won't let me in there either.'"


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Saturday, 4 February 2017

Self-Criticism.


In Buddhism there is a tradition that the novices can criticize their leadership on one day of the year.

This is to ensure that those in authority do not become complacent.

In Judaism God periodically sends a messenger, a prophet, who criticizes the shepherds - the political and religious leaders.

Jesus was a prophet in this tradition.

Jesus said to the Pharisees, "'For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord."'" Matthew 23:39 (NRSV)

By this he meant until they accept the criticism which comes from God.

For "he expected justice, but saw bloodshed; righteousness, but heard a cry!"  Isaiah 5:7b (NRSV)


[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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Friday, 3 February 2017

Integration.


Ancient philosophical models still persist in our unconscious.

Noble reason's control of the bodily passions - as symbolized by the five pointed star - harks 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 off 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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Thursday, 2 February 2017

False God.


Those who have rejected God and turned to Satan will be exonerated because God's representatives on earth - His priesthood - told them that God was a vindictive judge and punitive dictator.

They have rejected a false image of God.

God is neither judgemental nor punitive.

God judges no one.

God punishes no one.

These errors come from human beings projecting the traits of human authority figures - fathers and kings - onto God.

The fear of punishment has been handed down from generation to generation.

So those who have rejected this false image of God will be exonerated and their debts will be written off.


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Wednesday, 1 February 2017

An Alibi.


Whenever rock musicians enact one of their atrocities they always have an alibi ready.

It wasn't evil or malice it was something else.

And we swallow it whole.

When the light from God reveals the truth we look stupid.

Better to look stupid than to suffer what they prepared for us:

Death.  Drugs.  Damnation.

They poison our minds and curse our souls.

So don't believe their alibis.

They are agents of evil.

Turn to God.

Call on His mercy.

And He will deliver you.


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