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There has been a lot of controversy and pain caused by religious movements who have claimed that God does not approve of homosexuality, or that if someone is a practicing homosexual, they are destined for hell. I am very familiar with this issue, because I struggled with it myself several years ago. I’ve come to really believe that, bottom line, God is Love.
The first thing that needs to be addressed is the verses from the New Testament of the Bible. This is where most of the confusion arises. 1 Corinthians and Romans both contain statements that are often viewed as God’s final law and rule on homosexuality. I could get into the whole analytical aspect of these verses, by dissecting what the words mean in their original language, or what the author, Paul, means, but I don’t feel this is necessary. These books, most importantly, are originally letters that were written to the churches ofCorinthandRome. The first thing to realize is: everything in these books are simply Paul’s opinion. The Bible is not a book that was dropped out of heaven by a God who lives up in the clouds. The inspiration and loving message of the Bible is filtered through the beliefs, customs, and viewpoints of the men and women who wrote its pages. The best way to sort out what is to be taken is truth, and what is not, is to go back to what Jesus said,
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, You shall love your neighbor as thyself.”
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Humility is one of the basic teachings of most world religions. It is also one that causes most of the confusion and distress. Some teachings on humility teach that in order to be a humble person before God, you must view yourself in the lowest of terms. This means to constantly remind yourself of all your short comings, because you don’t want to become “haughty.” So, being moral means having a low, unflattering opinion of yourself. This is absolutely not true. Would a loving God want us to have this opinion of ourselves?
Being humble means having the right view of yourself and others. Our egos seem to portray our own inner selves in two different lights. The first is a person who views themselves as superior to everyone else. They tend to be selfish and only do what is right and convenient for them. The best remedy for this would be to elevate others around you and see their Godhood and divinity. Don’t put their happiness before your own, but make the goal of them being happy equal to your own. Continue reading
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I think one of the first things I need to do is explain is what I mean when I say “God.” I am not referring to an old man in the sky with a beard, who judges us for every deed we do, right or wrong. I believe this is a human construct of what God is. This view of God comes from us making It in our image, rather than understanding we are made in Its image.
God is neither male nor female, It is spirit. God is the ultimate stream of consciousness that is within all things. It is love, joy, peace, health, prosperity: everything that is good and positive in our lives. You experience God every time you smile, do good things for others, and receive good things. You are also experiencing God when others do good, positive things for you. God is an invisible energy force that is always present. God is not: judgmental, angry, nor does It care what we do. It isn’t loving, kind, or joyful; God IS Love, Kindness, and Joy. When we connect to these traits and express them, we ARE God. We are the method by which God expresses itself into the world; when we connect to It, all things in our lives work. Because by feeling and expressing the traits of God we are connecting to that which is inside all things and draws all good things out. God is the energy that brings our good to us through what we think and feel. This is how we communicate and experience our Source. Continue reading