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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Gospel of One; Letters of Aul

Hello Everyone; namaste;

We are beginning chapter ten, paragraph 1 in the letter to the Omans from the book "Gospel of One; Letters of Aul."

Let me make it clear, my friends. All I want is for everyone is what is the highest and best, nothing less. I want it with all my heart and soul and pray to God for it all the time. I certainly admit that many religionists are creative in their religiousity, but they can't seem to grasp the realization that God is every one of us. They think we are separate from God and have to be adopted into God's family. They have set up their religions almost as businesses, and now have vested interests in the status quo. If they admitted that each one of us is a sovereign being, where would their power and control be? Instead, they keep us paying for our salvation and do quite a good business. People willingly submit to the authorities of their religions and refuse to see themselves as the God-free beings that they are. But after all these years what do the religions have to show for it? --Buildings, power, money, control. And the people remain as ignorant as ever of their own God-Self.

Commentary: All the main religions have a vested interest in their own survival. Their main focus could be on helping everyone realize their oneness with God, but that goal often gets lost in the business of religion and most people go along with whatever the status quo is.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Gospel of One; Letters of Aul

Hello Everyone; namaste;

We are continuing with chapter 9, paragraphs 7 and 8 in the letter to the Omans from the book "Gospel of One; Letters of Aul."

"Some of your religious scriptures do hit the mark when they talk about the unconditional love of God for everyone. Yet then they turn around and say that God must be just also, and so he sends most people to hell because they deserve it. It's only a lucky few who will make it to heaven according to them. A person has to meet the requirements, usually just a matter of believing the right way.

Let me summarize this briefly. All those religionists who thought they knew God and the way to truth missed the target. How could they miss it? Because in insisting their way was best they set themselves up as superior. And they set up requirements and conditions for believers. They judged and condemned people who did not measure up. They thought that God needed something from them and went to great lengths to make sacrifices to God, whereas is truth God needs nothing from us. We are not slaves or employees of God. God may be pleased to see us create in love and beauty, but he does not require anything of us. We decide what to do and who to be and take responsibility for being and doing. Those people who are so absorbed in their religious projects don't see God right in front of them. They stumble over the plain truth and run to their scriptures to see what it was all about, but they don't look within and listen to God within themselves."

Commentary: I just read a book about Jehovah's Witnesses. They seem to be a good example of people who think they are superior because they believe the right way. Everybody outside their cult is doomed because they don't measure up to the requirements. They are just an obvious example, but many other cults and religions have the same kind of viewpoint that their religion is superior. Everybody else could be saved too if they would just get aboard their gospel train.

If you want to know who you are and your connection to God, you can do it without thinking that your way is the only way or the best way for everyone else. And if your holy scripture says there is only one way for everyone, check to see exactly what that means. Scriptures are not infallible. It's up to each one of us to realize our connection with God.