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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

From the Road to Hell 

I wrote something 6 years ago that I need to explain and apologize for. This is it:
"All living things return a little something to God at the moment of death. All living things except for human beings, that is. We’re the only creatures on this planet that are able to lose that little something all creatures are endowed with. The beauty of it is that God doesn’t make the call. We do. It’s a love thing. And it preserves the Life Force’s integrity. No amount of "moral calculus" can subvert it.

It ends for some people when they cease to exist at the moment of death - precisely as atheists imagine it."

http://violetlake.blogspot.com/2006/07/directions.html
Although I am tempted to lie again and tell you that it was a misinterpretation, I will not, because I realize now that I failed precisely where it counts the most. My good intentions were not license or reason to ignore the protests of my soul and deceive you. I apologize for inserting my judgement where it doesn't belong.

The soul is indestructible. God doesn't turn anyone away. Damnation and Hell - the results of our moral failures - exist only in this world.

My credibility is a small price to pay for this truth.

Monday, February 27, 2012

This is the only life that counts. 

Don't let anyone convince you otherwise. It is urgent that you understand this fact.

The concept of reincarnation is probably the result of a misinterpretation, not a deliberate deception. We retain our "selves" when we die and join the Life Force, and it is possible in dreams and altered states, with varying degrees of clarity, to experience the dead from various points of view. I won't use the word "communicate" because I don't want to give you the impression that one can simply dial a number. The experience cannot be willed or divined.

The concept of heaven is a little closer to the truth than the concept of reincarnation.

My vision would not exist without the things I have experienced in dreams and altered states. Those experiences are so compelling that I have effectively guided myself by them for most of my life.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Fall and Rise of the Human Soul 

As I know it, the soul is the essence of each individual as well as its connection to the Life Force, (God). Every living thing has a soul, although only a sentient being can damage it, (it cannot be destroyed). It is likely that similar observations inspired a series of myths, beginning with the Fall of Man/Tree of Knowledge and culminating with the myth of redemption through a personal savior.

Friend, God already made room for you, and nothing can ever change that. Your soul does not need to be saved. But, considering that your soul is your essence as well as your connection to God, it is a gift that is worth respecting and caring for. Learn to love unconditionally to make your soul strong and beautiful. We all know how to damage it and make it ugly.

There is no such thing as being "born again", unless you count the moment you earnestly commit to practice unconditional love for the rest of your life.

There is no such thing as reincarnation. Your life and soul are unique. When you die, your soul will join with the Life Force. The concept of karma is practically useless as it is - shackled to the concept of reincarnation. Keep in mind that the game of religion is primarily about getting people to accept inferior lives.

Spirit is the product of the soul. It is holy when it is pure.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Who I Think I Am 

I am a perceptive, creative, imaginative, somewhat articulate, and increasingly loving person. I carefully allow myself to be guided by the evolving vision that is integral to my being. I don't expect you to believe that my vision is anything more than the product of my talents. I believe that I am able to write what I do about Jesus because I recognize the terrain. I have no doubt that he existed. A myth doesn't leave that kind of footprint.

Son of God, Servant of Empire 

It is significantly more impressive and meaningful that it was a human being like you and me that did what Jesus did. The Romans turned him into the "son of God" for a reason: to put him and his enlightened, empowering message into the realm of myth, where they could be denatured, diminished, and controlled.

To be fair and precise, it wasn't the Empire's idea. Over a time period spanning approximately 300 years, the story and wisdom of Jesus was adapted to and blended with a variety of other narratives. The Roman Empire ended up favoring a sect that was established and popular, with a well-defined, superstitious, authoritarian narrative.

As for Jesus having the ability to save your soul by forgiving your sins: it is you, dear reader, who is responsible for saving your soul. The way to do that is to learn to love unconditionally, and that requires learning to forgive the sins of others, (as well as your own).

Friday, February 24, 2012

"The Chosen People" 

One of the most harmful and false assertions ever made. To saddle Jesus' mission of Love with this supremacist burden is the height of deception.

The Politics of Jesus 

Having missed the point of their religion, some Old Testament Christians believe that Jesus was not involved in politics.

The fact is that for Jesus and his fellow Jews, religion was politics. The Torah (Old Testament) is Jewish written law.

Jesus used the power of the Jewish narrative to repurpose, renew and ultimately redeem it by publicly challenging the wicked men in control of it. The challenge was the example he set, through the dedicated practice of unconditional love, empowering people to create a moral world. His critique and vision are important, but ultimately meaningless without the example.

Added to the power of his vision and the natural power of spiritual belief, the power of Jesus' willingness to serve as its living embodiment made for one of the pivotal moments in history. He was killed so that everything could stay the same, not just in Judea, but also in Rome, whose leaders felt threatened as well. He was killed so that some people could continue to live in sin while the rest live in the hell of oppression and discarded lives.

But everything didn't stay the same. The world changed forever in myriad ways. After fighting the spread of Jesus' example for 300 years, the Roman Empire was forced to appropriate its vision instead. And even though they manipulated the narrative as much as possible, to allow some people to continue living in sin while the rest live in the hell of oppression and discarded lives, the bulk of Jesus' wisdom survives in the New Testament of the Christian Bible.

Two thousand years after Jesus, the revolution isn't finished.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Christians 

The Old Testament of the Christian Bible is the old law, the old vision and narrative of the relationship between human beings and God.

The New Testament is the new law, the new vision and narrative of the relationship between human beings and God. The New Testament is not the ADDITIONAL law, it is the NEW law. The NEW Testament is the manifesto of a revolution, (albeit one edited and repurposed for power politics by the Roman Empire).

In Christianity, the Old Testament is intended as a historical document, if not of actual events then at least of ideas. The Old Testament is NOT Christian law.

Evidently, there are many Christians that prefer, as Richard Dawkins describes the God of the Old Testament, "...arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully." Those Christians can accurately be called Old Testament Christians, and they miss the point of their religion.

The man we know of as Jesus devoted himself to demonstrating that the way to an enlightened world is not through compliance with a book of rules but through the dedicated practice of unconditional love. Even though Jesus' commandment can be seen as the Eleventh Commandment, it is actually an alternative approach where the individual is empowered to create a moral world, instead of "commanded" to fearfully follow rules.

Of course, God didn't change personalities and methods in the time between the Old and New Testaments. That should give Christians a glimpse of the limits of the Bible's authority.

For Christianity to survive and thrive, it will have to put the Old Testament in its proper place, and it will have to rescue Jesus and his enlightened, empowering message from the Roman "son of God" myth and its trappings.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Eleventh Commandment 

It is the encapsulation of Jesus' teaching and the reason for a "New Testament".
John 13:34 "A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another."
In my opinion, it is the only lesson in the Bible worth a damn.

Do a search for "eleventh commandment" to see how the Republican Party has appropriated the term. It is additional evidence of the lack of respect they have for Jesus and his sacrifice. For them, Jesus is merely a device for winning elections.

Monday, February 20, 2012

From a Kindred Spirit 

Chris Hedges on love:
"Love, the deepest human commitment, the force that defies empirical examination and yet is the defining and most glorious element in human life, the love between two people, between children and parents, between friends, between partners, reminds us of why we have been created for our brief sojourns on the planet. Those who cannot love—and I have seen these deformed human beings in the wars and conflicts I covered—are spiritually and emotionally dead. They affirm themselves through destruction, first of others and then, finally, of themselves. Those incapable of love never live."
http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/acts_of_love_20120219/

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Love is Light 

The path to an enlightened future is through the human potential to experience a profound affinity for life that transcends the needs and machinations of the self.

Simply said, it is love that delivers light.

This wisdom is the essence of the vision that Jesus embodied, and died for, in order to demonstrate its value.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

How many supremacisms are you made of? 

Is it important to your identity that your nation is superior to all the others?
Is it important to your identity that your religion is superior to all the others?
Is it important to your identity that your race is superior to all the others?
Is it important to your identity that your political ideology is superior to all the others?
Is it important to your identity that yours is the superior gender?
Is it important to your identity that your species is superior to all the others?

The more times you answer yes, the more delusional you are. I mean that sincerely without hyperbole. If these are the things you're made of, you are made of fictions. A person made of fictions cannot fulfill their potential as a human being.

Monday, February 13, 2012

None of the Work and All of the Pretense 

Instead of being a path to spiritual enlightenment, Christianity is, by design, a path to imperial submission and spiritual oblivion. As a deliberate substitute for the real thing, Christianity offers a talisman purporting to bestow spiritual "salvation", and membership in a community ritually dedicated to the supremacy of a Roman myth.

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