A Single Statement that Changed the World

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It is quite popular for those who consider themselves religious to speak of loving their fellowman.  But how many understand what love really is?  Where or to whom do we look for the perfect example of love?  Yes, of course, Jesus.  But I submit that the religions are largely missing the point of the example of Jesus.  They focus on the excruciating death of Jesus while declaring that he did it willingly to pay God’s price for sin thereby portraying God’s love for mankind.  In my opinion, this is not only contradictory but completely misses the point.  There was something else about this event that captured the awe of mankind and marked it as the most profound, awe inspiring and significant event ever recorded or witnessed from the beginning of time.  Something far beyond the shame, humiliation and suffering of dying a horrible public death. Something that no man or woman had before witnessed or even contemplated.  Something so profound as to rock the human psyche to its core like nothing before.  It was this something that made Jesus the focus of attention above any other who ever walked the face of the earth.  It was this something that caused the Western world to divide time by his death.

Furthermore, it was not the teachings of Jesus that caused people to recognize his Divinity and greatness.  Endless teachings had preceded him and crucifixions were commonplace at that time.

It was not the fact that Jesus died an excruciating death that caused the Roman Centurion who was witnessing it to exclaim, “surely this man was the son of God”.  It was not the fact that Jesus was dying for the sins of mankind that caused one of the thieves dying the same way to cry out, “Jesus, remember me when you come in your kingdom”.  It was not the dying of Jesus that caused a member of the Sanhedrin to publicly align himself with Jesus at the foot of the cross.  It was not the death or teachings of Jesus that caused over three thousand people to accept him as Lord a month later.

The event that shook the world and stands out as the one most significant in the history of mankind was his statement,

“Father forgive them for they know not what they do”.

Never before had humanity witnessed such love.  Never before had one sentence so impacted human emotions or evoked such reverence.  The events that Jesus was witnessing as he was suffering on the cross included, the Roman soldiers gambling to see who won his belongings, some who had spit on him and jerked out his beard on the way to Golgotha, an angry crowd mocking and making fun of him, even the two thieves being crucified at the same time until after his statement when one repented.  Even as the religious leaders were deriding him and others were forcing a crown of thorns into his scalp, Jesus was expressing love as it had never before been demonstrated saying, “Father forgive them”.

Why do I say the belief that Jesus died so that forgiveness is possible is a contradiction? Love and forgiveness are the same.  One cannot exist without the other.  Separation, judgment or condemnation is not love.  The opposite of love is sin.  Sin cannot exist in love anymore than darkness can exist in light.  Sin is merely the lack of love. The only cure for sin is love.  Jesus attached no conditions to his prayer from the cross. Conditions were added later by his followers. Theologians try to make it work by saying Jesus was simply expressing the willingness of God to forgive if we meet the conditions, while at the same time declaring that God’s love is unconditional.  God’s love is unconditional but His forgiveness is not?  It makes no sense and distorts love.

Accepting a belief, ritual, or whatever and considering that the cure is being misled. Being a follower of Jesus is something quite different than simply going to church and accepting a belief about what constitutes salvation.  Being a follower of Jesus means loving your fellow man without condition.  Believing that some ritual or belief is necessary for salvation means forgiveness or love is conditional and it is not.
Some will say that I accept only that which agrees with my belief while ignoring the rest but “the rest” is not consistent with the basic teaching of love.  We must remember that the teachings of Jesus were interpreted by Jews heavily ingrained in Old Testament doctrine of an angry, emotional, judgmental God who was going to send a Messiah to save mankind.  So what resulted was a conglomeration of contradictions and impure love.

I believe we will advance spiritually as we progress in love.  I do not believe the world will ever become peaceful as long as its inhabitants are ignorant of love while trying to convert the others to their way of thinking.  Think how different the world would be if people forgot about doctrines, conditions, etc. and simply loved one another.  In my opinion such was the simple message of Jesus.

Yes, Jesus died to save mankind by being the only one to demonstrate what love really is.  Sadly, his message was soon distorted.  He taught that love exceeds all, including the life of the physical body.  Who of us are his followers?

Does a brain create thought?

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In this existence, we experience two phenomena, the physical or matter and the other, the mental or Consciousness. The brain being physical or matter and thoughts or mental activity being consciousness. I do not believe the physical is a creative force but that consciousness is. I do not believe the physical ever creates the non-physical or consciousness but that it is the other way around.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, thoughts flow from beyond.  No one thinks before hand, next I will have the following thought. We have no idea what will be our next, nor can we stop the incessant flow.

The old physics taught that matter was the all important aspect of reality but along came quantum physics that stood those theories on their head. Now, science is coming to realize that matter does not even exist but that everything is a field of electrical energy that forms matter into infinite conglomerations of atomic particles united in various form and constant change. In reality only undivided Consciousness exists.

Freewill?

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There are endless opinions, teachings, beliefs, religions, etc. relating to what this life is all about. However there is no proof of any of it. Proof only pertains to physicality where certain forms can be presented as evidence. However, no such evidence exists in spirituality, it seems to me. So, I have embarked on an attempt to relay just that which is logically evident to our senses.

I have long considered the question of free will or what, if any, control humans may have influencing their lives. We have conscious awareness of our experiences, which is amazing and beyond human understanding, beyond that I’m not sure.

We did not control when or where we were born. We had no control of who were our parents, siblings or status, financial, fame or otherwise. We had no control of our gender, original health, DNA, inherent tendencies, etc. We had no control of our early upbringing, how we were treated, what we were exposed to, nourishment, etc. We had no control of our early education or exposure to outside influences. We had no control whether we were bullied or abused sexually or otherwise. Did not the foregoing pretty well determine the direction, flavor and choices we are experiencing in this lifetime? Should not this realization affect how we view the struggles of others?

The common belief is that each is responsible for his/her choices and that’s very true. However, if one simply opens the eyes, it is quite apparent that one’s conditioning is the primary determinant to one’s choices. Much more so than free will or free choice. For instance, the abused and neglected child, who is responsible for its choices, the parent or the child? Why do we have ghettos and angry mislead humans? Is it not children raised in depraved conditions? Does not the early upbringing essentially determine one’s attitudes toward life and others?

We now do not control our bodily functions, heartbeat, digestion, respiration, etc.
We have little if any control over viruses, infections, immune systems, accidents, etc.

We do not control when, where or how we die.

We do not control all those little or sometimes big unexpected events occurring daily in our lives.

I doubt that there is an individual alive who would not make changes to his/her life if they could.

Yet, we think we are in control.

Of What?

We think we are making decisions between multiple choices but are we really? Perhaps we are, but are not our choices based on our ingrained beliefs, acquired habits, conditioning, etc? We say we could have chosen the other option. But why didn’t we? We weighed the options, consequences, etc and made a decision. In other words it would have required different circumstances for us to have made a different decision. But only what is, IS. So, was a different decision ever in the picture?

We think we are controlling our thoughts but are we really? We have no idea of our next. We cannot even stop the incessant flow. No one thinks before hand, next I’ll have the following thought. They simply flow from beyond. If we are not in control of our thoughts, what then can we possibly be controlling?

“My brain is only a receiver, in the Universe there is a core from which we obtain knowledge, strength and inspiration. I have not penetrated into the secrets of this core, but I know that it exists.” Nikola Tesla

I contend that if we were indeed in control, there would be no sickness, accidents, poverty, etc.

Is free choice actually a delusion? I do not know the answer and do not believe it can be proven one way or the other but only conclude that the evidence suggests we are somehow here to experience that which is beyond our control. Perhaps the One is experiencing infinite form and consciousness through what appears to be limited individuals. Perhaps, after we cross over, we will understand that we are not controlling anything in this life, to which we will reply, I sure thought I was.

A little food for thought.  Please feel free to share yours by comment.

Popular Religions

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According to the most popular religions, good and evil is the result of a continuing war between God and Satan. It seems that Satan is beating the pants off God in winning the souls God created. Yet God created it all, including Satan and knew the whole story beforehand. They teach that in the final analysis, there is great suffering by the majority of God’s creation for all eternity but it’s not God suffering but His created. Yet, they teach that God is love.

Furthermore, the belief is that God is love, fair and that each has equal opportunity for salvation.  But if one simply opens his/her eyes, it is obvious that people the world over, by and large, become followers of the religion of their culture.  So if only one is the correct one, those born in that particular culture would be much more likely to make the right choice which would reflect discrimination.  I could present many other contradictions but enough already.

I contend that there is no greater contradiction than such belief and that such belief does not honor God but quite the contrary, is a great dishonor to both God and love.

I do believe there is a supreme Consciousness or Creator and that IT is love and do not claim to know the Infinite but this explanation is not one that makes a lick of sense to me.

 

Ingrained beliefs distort logic

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I remain amazed how people can believe that a loving God would create humans incapable of perfection or meeting His standard and then condemn them for it or require some ritual for compensation.

Actually, the belief is that God condemns everyone he creates.  No one is saved without seeking forgiveness.  God knows in advance that each created human will be incapable of meeting His standard.  Not only that, but He knows in advance which will fail to ask for forgiveness for the way they were created and will spend an eternity suffering with no possible escape.  He creates them anyway.

The belief is very easily proven wrong.  What loving parent would bring a child into the world knowing in advance that the child would suffer forever?  Yet we believe a loving God commits such terrible cruelty by the billions.  We try to gloss it over by saying, “well God does not wish any to perish and offers a way out”.  How ridiculous, the fact remains that He knew in advance He was creating eternal suffering.  If such were actually true, God would be creating far more suffering than Hitler and all the others despots combined.  Of course, it’s not.

To me, such belief is not merely contradiction but major belittlement of God and desecration of love.  The real Good News is that God really is love and love does not condemn!
Larry Langston,  wefromo@gmail.com.    Comments welcome!

Inside/Outside

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Beliefs, dogmas, religions, opinions, etc. and resulting conflict comes from the outside

Truth, Love and Revelation comes from going deep within

The Dance of the Cosmos

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(From Garth Brooks, The Dance)
“Our lives are better left to chance, I could have missed the pain
but I’d have had to miss the dance.”

Our lives are constant change
unexpected joys, unexpected pain

Today I’m so happy, my children all OK
Tomorrow a phone call leaves me in dismay

Now I’m so comfy, feeling very good
Later a virus displaced bad mood

Once I’m born on a yacht and silver spoon
Again I’m born in poverty, my roof the moon

Sorrow is expecting all to be well and pain without
Contentment is realizing mix is what life is about

We tend to think the life of ease is key to existence
Perhaps the Creator is pleased by poverty’s persistence

We tend to think we’re in control. But of what?
When, where, parents, etc. we’re not

We think we control our thoughts
Yet we have no idea our next, so our control is what?

Is it not obvious that we are creatures of our conditioning?
Our early upbringing, DNA, etc., determining our predisposition

There is the dance of the cosmos and we are the dancers
All are part of the whole as IT expresses through infinite expanses

We are not only the dancers, but Infinite essence
We are soon to transition physicality, and rejoin Infinite Presence

We are infinite experiences of opposites, good, evil, contrasts and separation
Impossible within perfection without the illusion of diversification.

I AM THAT!

What following Jesus means to me

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Following Jesus is not the cakewalk many believe it to be.

Being love is vastly beyond what most imagine.

It is not about church, Bible reading, etc. In fact the Bible has misled many more than it ever saved.

Salvation is not about religion, faith or belief. It is LOVE.

Religions, faith, beliefs, rituals, etc. are not only divisive, but meaningless. Love is uniting.

I have always been a hawk. If they are evil, bomb the bastards. I have changed!

Jesus said, “love your enemies”. Carl Jung voiced the same truth in, “what you resist, persists”.

What if, instead of resistance, we simply said, “I love you”?

What if one raised in ghetto street violence viewed all others as privileged and was determined to get “his” by force, faced you with a gun, demanding your wallet? What if you not only handed it to him lovingly but said and really felt, “I love you” to your attacker? Let’s say he pulled the trigger, the bullet pieced your heart, you fall to the floor, and your last words are, “I….love……you”, and you’re gone. What has been the effect? You have transcended from the physical to the spiritual but what about your attacker? Has not his heart been melted? He has either been drawn toward spiritual awakening or drawn further into physical separation and deeper into hell. We could apply the same scenario to an attack by Isis.

In any case our situation has not changed, we transcended physicality either way as a result of the encounter either through love or some lacking of it, the only question is, has the other evolved or devolved?

This was precisely what Jesus did. He was the first to demonstrate what love is. Among his final words were, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”. Jesus had realized love and at the same time realized that his attackers had a ways to go. He demonstrated for us the power of love and non-resistance and in so doing changed the world. Let’s suppose Jesus had banded an army of followers as is usually the case and had desperately fought to defend his teachings. He would then have simply been among the many who did the same in lack of love instead of the one who changed the world by simply being love.

But how many are so brave or committed or have such faith in love? Love is neither aggression or defense but pure acceptance. We will never defeat our enemies by conflict. There will always be more until we finally learn to be love.

We think we must defend our faith (belief) and of course, so do the others. But let’s suppose one side should wake up to truth, lay down their weapons and say, we love you, overrun and kill us if you wish. What would be the result? Of course, this is not likely on a national scale but will only happen on a one by one basis.

It is my belief that all needs and all acts are for lack of love and committed in a desperate search for it, although ignorant of that underlying motivation. I believe all sin is merely lack of love.

Does condemnation exists? Is it consistent with love? Is capital punishment OK? Is it love? Is abortion OK? Is it love? Does an eternal hell exist? Is it love? Cannot all questions be answered in like manner?

It is my belief that we are here to finally accept love as the key. All will eventually get it. Love would have it no other way. And yes, we are living many physical experiences in our trek to LOVE.

Our love for Jesus is based on the fact that he was the first in recorded history to actually suffer excruciating physical death in order to demonstrate what love is. But who of us are really Jesus followers?

Religious Fanatics

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Some thoughts on the recent Islamic murderers in San Bernardino, CA. We view those acts as pure evil which they surely are. However, considering this from a purely religious standpoint, some interesting observations arise. Were these two intentionally violating God’s will? Were they rejecting God in favor of their own will? Were they choosing hell instead of heaven? Certainly not, quite the opposite. They were totally convinced they were not only serving God but sacrificing their own lives in that service. How then would a loving God judge such? We who believe much differently would conclude that they were acting with great sincerity but ignorance. They had been indoctrinated in one of the beliefs of their culture with unquestioning faith. Who’s fault then is this great injustice? Are not the Muslims as sincere as any in choosing to serve God? Are they intentionally rejecting truth? Are they not as certain of their beliefs as we are ours? How are any to come to know truth without openly observing and serious questioning?

We can be quick to judge and say they should have questioned their undying faith but their devoted acceptance of their indoctrinated belief blocked any such reasoning. Does love condemn ignorance?