There was a time when I saw prayer as a Point to Point transaction, by that I mean that I prayed to God in Jesus Name and then God took the prayer under consideration. It was so to speak out of my hands at that point and I could go about my life never certain how the God at the end of the prayer point decided things, if at all. I have come to some conclusions concerning this kind of prayer and the biggest one is, God is not a Point out there to pray too. There is no Point in a Place called heaven where God much like Santa Claus receives the letters we send him. I find this to be a very limited way to understand and view that field of awareness and energy which permeates the Cosmos. Prayer for me relates to a Point of contact that in fact is not an actual point that can be found in time and space. The Point is my love and my awareness of a need in life around me, that is in need of an infusion of life everlasting. (if I may use that term) So that Prayer is directly connected with my awareness and responsibility for the life around me, even that which is beyond my line of sight. So that when I pray I in fact act as an agent of the Source of all life, and the Point to Point contact is between the Source through me and the need. I take responsibility as a potential creator myself and one in possession of the awareness that my divine life matters, and can tip a balance in the life around me.
Therefore I do not pray any longer to point where God is in Heaven through Jesus, as though I need all the distance, middle men and personal abandonment that thinking implies. Simply put I take my divinity seriously and much like the Genesis myth story, I apply my growing spiritual abilities to the life around me, in order to make the world a better place. I do not judge what that goodness has to look like nor do I judge the outcomes, I just commit to Loving with all the spiritual energy I posses that which is within and without.
So I am sitting in my media room waiting for a phone call about a part-time job and it occurred to me just how much time was involved in my previous belief system. It’s one of the reasons in hindsight I think I walked away from it, it was for all intents and purposes a very pushy way time based way to believe. Let me list just a few and I do believe you will get the idea
1. The world is ending SOON! 2. Jesus is returning ANY DAY! 3. Judgment is coming SOON! 4. We need to save the World right NOW! 5. God has expectations that are not being MEET! 6. Did you study, pray and do enough for Jesus TODAY?
Any way I think you get the idea why this kind of belief is so popular among time and performance driven people. It’s bad enough my culture wants to drive me into a time panic, why should I allow my belief to do it as well. So I decided with the help of the quite voice that dwells in the silence within, to focus on Being. To that end I find no need for the artificial drivers of my old religion and its pushy time and fear based motivators. It’s amazing how Being who I really am in love fulfills the inner man without any need to lock myself in the time dominated machine which is modern Evangelical Christianity. The Mystics, Gnostics, Gurus and Jesus were correct, the Kingdom if God is within and all is right in that world. Time for some exploration free of the constraints of time and space because awareness encompasses all of that and so much more.
“You don’t need permission” to know the idea of Hell as it is taught in a great many circles today flies in the face of Love, Mercy and Forgiveness. “You don’t need permission” to abandon the notions of men which diminish God’s love, one need only trust the heart of Love God gave you and all such contrary ideas to love vanish. They Vanish as quickly as you embrace the experience that perfect Love casts out fear.
You “don’t need the permission” of Augustine, Calvin, Mary, Mohamed, Krishna, Chuck or Joesph Smith for that matter. This Love is much bigger then the religious teachings of Pope, Imam, Guru or Prophet unless they set you free from the idea of “needing permission” to be who you already are.
“You don’t need permission” to stake all your being on a God of love and the ever expanding conscious understanding through exploration of the true power of relational love. “You don’t need permission” to believe Love is the power of the Universe which is absolutely permission free and open to ALL.
“You don’t need permission” from the Koran, Bible or any other Holy book to start this journey right now and truly walk with the God like an Rumi, Enoch, Christ or Buddha.
Don’t you see it’s all about exploring relational love and you “don’t need permission” only revelation that you are loved and a love in need of expression. It is the Human attempt to explore love in relationship that is God’s true will and that journey alone reveals your Divinity, like Christ on the mount of transfiguration.
The beauty is it’s absolutely free and the journey you were GOD designed take “you don’t need permission” forgiveness or enlightenment to go exploring, now fly.
Now in Judaism the High Priest made an offering for the people once a year, every year. It was only good for the people of Israel who were the people of the covenant, all outside this offering where not lost in an everlasting sense. They where however outside the National Promises made to a Covenant People, they where to be so blessed in this life that all would be drawn in God’s Kingdom demonstrated and Manifested on Earth.
That Israel was chosen as the vessel of Gods blessing, was not meant to mean God had abandoned all outside of Israel.You see Israel was a chosen people through which God would introduce the Savior of the World.Now Jesus Christ is that savior but not just of those who are in The Church, although being in the Body of Christ comes with blessings just like the Nation Israel.The book of Hebrews tells us Christ as High priest made one offering for all people for all time.Revelation tells us He is this Offering of God which was offered as a demonstration of God’s love for the world, was a reality before the foundations of the world.
So we see that although God entrusts people with the knowledge of Salvation, that knowledge is not in and of itself what Salvation is. It is God who saves period and there is a good reason for this, because people will make the way evermore narrow until no one but a very small group are actually saved according to them.This is why it is appointed for all to stand before God, now blessed are those in the first resurrection for they shall never die. There is a second resurrection however and many people will find the Salvation of the Lord during that great judgement.
Because as Paul teaches in the book of Romans that as we where all under Adam, so are we all under the Savior of the Worlds offering of himself. This as far as I can calculate is all of humanity, and it is not necessary that they be present when the High Priest made the offering. Nor was it required reading with the appropriate verbal responses to the proper questions. With Christ’s loving offering transcending time, space and location, it matters not whether you where a Plains Indian in 4000 BC or an Eskimo in 1400 AD.How wonderful to share this story of the Salvation of the Lord and to free the soul here and now. I fear however we have narrowed the way with our pride of knowing we are his children, and thinking that means no body else can be unless we get to them first. God already has before time, and the sooner we see how Big the Picture of Salvation is the more we will praise HIM.
So what then tips the balance for entrance into the future Kingdoms of God, why living like His dear son in this life silly. You did not think knowing you were forgiven was all there was to this KIngdom stuff did you. Oh and by the way Christ is not just the propitiation of your sins because you are aware of it, but the sins of the whole unaware world. As Jesus taught it matters how you live in this world, not what you know or have read, or even believed with your mind. What God accomplished before time began is way bigger then any system men have designed to contain it. Jesus is Lord and He shall save all of Israel and that’s a way bigger group then we have ever imagined.
As the Hebrew scriptures teach God creates a material world in balance with the Spiritual one (One Kingdom Under God), as He surveys all that flowed through His great Logos (Christ) God gives it all a Value by calling it Good. Then the story continues and God makes Man & Woman in the Image of the Godhead, decrees they are good and will live as ever-growing reflections of His love and Creativity in the cosmos.
Now death enters the scene through a side door from the trickery of a (The Jealous One) and as both the Hebrew and Greek scriptures teach creation is ruled by this great death principle. Instead of Life alone there is Good and Evil, Love and Fear and all the great dualities death brings into the realm of Life. Behind all that death there is a another more powerful principle which is the principal of Life, which always seeks to overcome and overtake death and all its forms & consequences.
One day in God’s Good time, this Principal of Life is revealed in the form of a Man (Jesus Christ) and He begins to speak the mysteries of God. That He is Life & The Resurrection and that all creation shall one day be resurrected by the power of His Life, which flowed through Him into being at the Point of Origins. Death is revealed to be just a temporary interloper, which although greatly feared is a resting place for those who God loved and called to live in simple faith. Death is but a veil that keeps us from seeing clearly our value to God, His Christ and Spirit. At the Cross it is death which is defeated by the resurrection of the Last Adam and His faithful obedience, with the promise that He was the first but not the Last.
Two resurrections sit out on the horizon for all Mankind, the first for those who believed the tellings of God throughout the ages and lived as stewards of life in this world. They are Physical Israel and her descendants who are always first and then the Church which is the Body of Christ reflected in the gentile nations.
Wait though there is more, for these elect are resurrected for a purpose and not for a proud boasting. There is still a work to be accomplished for like the first Adam and Eve, life must be taken out into the world that it be transformed and death finally defeated. This is the second resurrection where those privileged to be the first like their Messiah humble themselves, to bring Light and Life to those of the second Resurrection.
When God has restored all he has a claim on in Love, then that which refuses life whether it be men or angels are destroyed, for there is no life in them anymore. Then the begining of a endless unfolding of new beginnings begins, and Death is no more! Worlds without end amen, and Glory to God in the highest and to His Christ by the Power of His Spirit.
Most conflicts over God whether they be Nations, Churches, or Individuals come down to the god of our UNDERSTANDING. How many disputes come down to a dispute over your Understanding of god, the God mind you who says quite clearly is Beyond Understanding.
un·der·stand·ing Noun: a mental process of a person who comprehends; comprehension; personal interpretation: My understanding of the word does not agree with yours.* *(see Webster)
I understand the desire to learn about God I have a great passion for study, and rare is the day you do not see a new book in my kindle or on my coffee table. What I am talking about is how we take what we have learned, god as we Understand god to be. Then make it something to be defended and debated, or worse the basis for judgment of others who have a different God of their Understanding.
In the time of Christ every city had at least one Temple to The god of Their Understanding. They had much invested in these gods of their Understanding and spared no experience to show their devotion.
What I believe made Jesus Christ and His disciples unique is that they shared The God of Their Experience, and brought that experience with God’s presence and words where ever they went. They literally challenged the gods of people’s Understanding not with a competing a Temple and Priesthood, but rather a movement based in Spirit.* *(see Book of Acts)
A very wise Pastor* *(see Bob) once told me that a man’s spirit always desires that which is higher spiritually, that spirit always takes you higher and deeper. So these people who merely had a god or gods of their Understanding where spiritually starving to death. The One True God looked upon this with understanding and mercy,* *(see Romans 2) also seeing that His Temple and Priests did no better with the god of their Understanding.* *(see Acts 15)
Ok so lets fast forward to the state of this movement of the Spirit of God today, and what do we see? We see a Church divided not by how much we love and care, but rather divisions over the dod of our UNDERSTANDING, UNDERSTANDING has become our god, little g intended.
So in an age where information can’t be controlled and the capacity to understand is available to more and more people.* *(see Google et all) In fact this age has made all mere Understandings of god equal players on the field of the mind, and followers of Jesus just another debate team.
Drive around any town in America and you see Temples again built for the god of their Understanding. I will add though that this is far superior to many places around the world where only one god of Understanding is allowed. * *(see Saudi Arabia et all)
We must move beyond the god of our Understanding if we are going to move beyond the place where Rome was, before it was conquered Spiritually by The God of Jesus , where the experience of Love ruled and God was known Beyond mere Understanding.
We are starving, I am starving, and the god of our UNDERSTANDING will no longer do. The next move of the One True God’s Spirit must and has to be BEYOND Mere UNDERSTANDING!