"God created you in His image, in His likeness, in His loveness; He created you, my dear friends, from pure unabashed love." - Dr. Peebles through Summer Bacon (December 2021 Seasons of the Soul)
He is not on some distant cross, dying. This is our brother, here to help us.
Did you know ... that the word "salvation" in the Bible means perfect health, harmony, and freedom ... wholeness in all that you are!
THE LAW - Simplified
A Brief History of Jewish Law(s)
Mosaic law, started with the 10 commandments from Moses. Then, over the years and centuries, as certain men read the Torah, they thought they saw finer definitions on how the Hebrews and People of Judah should act, or not act. Thus, they came up with more and more laws. So, today, to be a good Jew, you have to follow about 613 different laws in order to keep your covenant with God, so that you are "acceptable" before Him.
The good Jewish boy, Jesus of Nazareth, came to simplify the law
Jesus came to simplify all these laws, not to fulfill them, but to bring people back to a simpler way of life lived; loving one another, which brings the opportunities for peace to live in every heart.
Jesus, himself said, "So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets." (Matt 7:12) He came as a teacher and an example of love on earth; not to build the hierarchy of a church and not to tell us that God puts onerous requirements upon us.
So, later, when asked by some Pharisees, who held the letter of the laws of Judaism above all else, testing him, they asked, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matt 22, 36-40)
Then, again, when asked by others about The Law, Jesus told them, "Alas for you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; you pay the tithe on mint, dill, and cumin, while you have neglected the weightier requirements of the Law - just judgment, mercy, and faithful dealing. These things you ought to have done, and yet you ought not to have left the others undone. (Matt 23:23)
Jesus followed his heart; not the written laws.
Then the man, Saul of Tarsus came along proclaiming to be The Apostle Paul
After meeting Jesus on a road to Damascus, and finding out how loving, honest, truthful, real and genuine this man was, Paul realized that he had unjustly persecuted others (and persecution is not a part of love) he changed his ways. Believing Jesus to have died several months earlier, he decided that this was a vision and therefore this man must be a God. Thus, he set about putting together his story of Jesus, the Man-God.
Thus, over the following centuries, this Man-God was seen by many, that Paul talked to, to be more magical and powerful than all the Greek and/or Roman Gods and Goddesses, the Celtic and/or other "Pagan" deities and even the honored One God of the Jews. Paul was a good salesman!
However, Paul created a religion that worships Jesus rather than honoring our oneness with all of Creation and Creator. This was not the message that Jesus brought, which was (even from his birth) ... "Peace on earth comes from practicing love and good will to and with all people".
The Way is simple, it need not be laborious:
Life is a living expression of love, and so it is simply to live your life to its fullest, with respect for all other life, knowing that all forms are various expressions of Light (the entire E-M spectrum), God and Goddess, Yin and Yang, in a continuing dance of love! Join the Dance ... you're already a part of it! Be not afraid ... you are already a part of it and it's all around you! ENJOY!
Marriage, according to the Bible
A LETTER TO THE EDITOR:
Just another in a series of cultural dust-ups was all about the Chick-Fil-A company coming out publicly against homosexual marriage, and the resulting criticism and support for the company. I'll not take sides regarding Chick-Fil-A, but would like to point out what the Bible says about marriage - because people keep pointing to the Bible as their guide.
With Adam and Eve, it was clear, but by the time of the first patriarch, Abraham, things got a little dicey. Abraham had only one wife (who was his half-sister), but he also had at least one child with his wife's servant, and that didn't seem to upset anybody.
Jacob had two wives. Many other leaders had several.
King David had eight listed by name, plus others unnamed.
King Solomon was champ with 700 wives and 300 concubines. (Concubines were women at his call without benefit of marriage.)
Nowhere does the Bible condemn polygamy. Times were different then, and so were the customs. Good Christians ignore most of the 614 commandments in the Old Testament, and nobody cares?
The Bible does condemn male homosexuals - in fact, it says they should be put to death. But lesbians are not mentioned. And neither is gay marriage.
Thus, to me it seems rather pointless to say that we should follow the rules and customs mentioned in the Bible. Our laws and customs have changed greatly just during my 86 years, and they will keep right on changing - like it or not.
Al Herron, Prescott
BAPTISM AND HOLY COMMUNION
While using water for washing or cleansing is certainly valuable and an ancient Jewish custom for the physical body, just coming to life, into your body is a baptism of your soul by life, in love, for more light!
As the Light of Christ gave: "Where two or more are gathered, in love, there am I". So, being with others, in communion (common union) is always a Holy Communion. If you break bread and have a drink together, now you celebrate the ancient Holy Feast ... an ancient Jewish, later Christian, tradition. While the Jewish tradition held regular feasts of sacrifice (and feeding the poor), the early Christians had potlucks, sometimes weekly, so that all were fed.
And, as our Loving Father-Mother, God-Goddess does not keep track of your "sins" or "errors", only other people do, living the best life you know completes your baptism by life, light and love ... just by living your life! For your spirit and soul are love manifest, without limitation or judgment.
Not to worry! God-Goddess is love manifest, without limits or judgments. Only people judge! So, no one will be thrown out, left behind or lost! And,between earthly "lives" you are immersed in love ... a Real Baptism In Love and reenergization!
Only humanity fears and judges, because we have forgotten the love that we truly are, came from ... and return to!
WELCOME TO A TIME OF NEW UNDERSTANDINGS
The former archbishop of Milan and papal candidate Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini said the Catholic Church as "200 years out of date" in his final interview before his death. (Sept. 2012)
As this new age matures, it is becoming a time for the old Orthodoxy to give way to a New Order, realizing that Heresy and Chaos are not signs of disorder, but rather, this is what happens when an old order lives its time and then becomes out of date and thus a new philosophy comes to replace it ... with New Life. Life is based on change, for ever and ever!
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