Monthly Archives: May 2015

Are you free

Are You Free?

Are you free?

Jesus said:

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.  John 8:32

Free from what? Free from the necessity of mortal incarnation  with all of the attendant pains and opportunities to just plain mess up, acquire karma, and suffer.

Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out:  Revelation 3:12

Jesus said:

Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.  John 3:3

Jesus said that those on the road to liberation would have many houses, brethren, sisters, fathers mothers, wives, children, and lands:

And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.  Matthew 19:29

The Apostle Paul summed it up.

The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. 1 Corinthians 15:26

The New Age

New Age, Old Age

We are all fortunate to be living on the cusp of a New Age where the paradigms of the old world and the Old Age are being replaced with new ideas, new ways of doing things, and new ways of seeing things.

Everything old is not bad though, and everything new is not good.

Someone once characterized the difference between those with conservative and liberal views thusly (and please take those terms “conservative” and “liberal” as being very loose terms, not precisely defined here):

A conservative sees good in the old and wants to preserve it. A conservative has difficulty seeing good in the new.

A liberal sees good in the new and wants it immediately. A liberal has great difficultly seeing much good in the old.

The truth is that we need both energies. We need energies to bring in the new, but at the same time we need an energy to act as a brake on change so we don’t rush foolishly into ill-considered change.

If the conservative is totally in charge then stagnation is likely. If the liberal is completely in control a train wreck is probable.

The middle way between these two energies leads to peaceful, and productive change. Both sides have valuable energies to contribute.

God in the sky

Is God Perfect?

My experience with most religious people is that they will tell you that God is perfect. I have been told this by extreme fundamentalists, and I have been told this in Unity. I have been told this by people who study A Course In Miracles (ACIM).

I have been told that God is perfectly loving, perfectly powerful, and perfectly intelligent, that he (she/it)  knows everything that was, is, and will be. In ACIM I have been told that I am perfect and my real problem is that I don’t yet realize how perfect I am.

With one exception I don’t remember any religious person admitting that God could be less than perfect. If I look around in the world that I see – and which many will tell me is an illusion – I don’t see a lot of perfection in anything.

I searched for the definition of “perfect” on the Net and I got:

perfect

ADJECTIVE

having no mistakes or flaws

completely correct or accurate

You may occasionally find an individual who for the moment seems to have no physical mistakes or flaws in their makeup, but in reality even the most beautiful and perfect specimens will age and become old, weak, and eventually die. If even physical perfection exists in this world it is only fleeting and appears to have the seed of its own destruction.

Sorry, didn’t mean to get all negative and all that!

The point is that if there is any reality in this world, and if God made it, then if that reality is any reflection on its maker, then that maker is not yet perfect. Maybe that is not such a bad idea after all.

Perfect is that which has no where else to go, has nothing to learn or do, because everything would take it from perfection. It is at the end of its road, so to speak. Perfection is an illusion.

If God is not perfect then that is not a flaw. It is just a reflection of the self-apparent fact that God is not done with its creation just yet.


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