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A Letter from God

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Date: Eternity

From: GOD

To: My Children on Earth

re: Idiotic religious rivalries


My Dear Children (and believe me, that's all of you),

I consider myself a pretty patient Guy. I mean, look at the Grand Canyon. It took millions of years to get it right. And how about evolution? Boy, nothing is slower than designing that whole Darwinian thing to take place, cell by cell and gene by gene. I've even been patient through your fashions, civilizations, wars and schemes, and the countless ways you take Me for granted until you get yourselves into big trouble again and again.

But on this occasion of My Son's birthday, I want to let you know about some things that are starting to tick me off.

First of all, your religious rivalries are driving Me up a wall. Enough already! Let's get one thing straight: These are your religions, not Mine. I'm the Whole Enchilada; I'm beyond them all. Every one of your religions claims there's only one of Me (which, by the way, is absolutely true). But in the very next breath, each religion claims it's My favorite one. And each claims its bible was written personally by me, and that all the other bibles are man-made. Oh, Me. How do I even begin to put a stop to such complicated nonsense?

Okay, listen up now: I'm your Father and Mother, and I don't play favorites among My Children. Also, I hate to break it to you, but I don't write. My longhand is awful, and I've always been more of a "doer" anyway. So all your books, including the bibles, were written by men and women. They were inspired, remarkable people, but they also made mistakes here and there. I made sure of that, so that you would never trust a written word more than your own living Heart.

You see, one Human Being to me -- even a Bum on the street -- is worth more than all the holy books in the world. That's just the kind of Guy I Am. My Spirit is not an historical thing, It's alive right here, right now, as fresh as your next breath.

Holy books and religious rites are sacred and powerful, but not more so than the least of You. They were only meant to steer you in the right direction, not to keep you arguing with each other, and certainly not to keep you from trusting your own personal connection with Me.

Which brings Me to My next point about your nonsense: You act like I need you and your religions to stick up for Me or "win souls" for My Sake. Please, don't do Me any favors. I can stand quite well on my own, thank you. I don't need you to defend Me, and I don't need constant credit. I just want you to be good to each other.

And another thing: I don't get all worked up over money or politics, so stop dragging My name into your dramas. For example, I swear to Me that I never threatened Oral Roberts. I never rode in any of Rajneesh's Rolls Royces. I never told Pat Robertson to run for president, and I've never ever had a conversation with Jim Bakker, Jerry Falwell, or Jimmy Swaggart! Of course, come Judgement Day, I certainly intend to...

The thing is, I want you to stop thinking of religion as some sort of loyalty pledge to Me. The true purpose of your religions is so that you can become more aware of Me, not the other way around. Believe Me, I know you already. I know what's in each of your hearts, and I love you with no strings attached. Lighten up and enjoy Me. That's what religion is best for.

What you seem to forget is how mysterious I Am. You look at the petty little differences in your scriptures and say, "Well, if this is the Truth, then that can't be!" But instead of trying to figure out My Paradoxes and Unfathomable Nature -- which, by the way, you never will -- why not open your hearts to the simple common threads in every religion?

You know what I'm talking about: Love and respect everyone. Be kind. Even when life is scary or confusing, take courage and be of good cheer, for I Am always with you. Learn how to be quiet, so you can hear My Still, Small Voice (I don't like to shout). Leave the world a better place by living your life with dignity and gracefulness, for you are My Own Child. Hold back nothing from life, for the parts of you that can die will surely die, and the parts that can't, won't. So don't worry, be happy (I stole that last line from Bobby McFerrin, but he stole it from Meher Baba in the first place.)

Simple stuff. Why do you keep making it so complicated? It's like you're always looking for an excuse to be upset. And I'm very tired of being your main excuse. Do you think I care whether you call me Yahweh, Jehovah, Allah, Wakantonka, Brahma, Father, Mother, or even The Void or Nirvana? Do you think I care which of My Special Children you feel closest to -- Jesus, Mary, Buddha, Krishna, Mohammed or any of the others? You can call Me and My Special Ones any name you choose, if only you would go about My business of loving one another as I love you. How can you keep neglecting something so simple?

I'm not telling you to abandon your religions. Enjoy your religions, honor them, learn from them, just as you should enjoy, honor, and learn from your parents. But do you walk around telling everyone that your parents are better than theirs? Your religion, like your parents, may always have the most special place in your heart; I don't mind that at all. And I don't want you to combine all the Great Traditions into One Big Mess. Each religion is unique for a reason. Each has a unique style so that people can find the best path for themselves.

But My Special Children -- the ones your religions revolve around -- all live in the same place (My Heart) and they get along perfectly, I assure you. The clergy must stop creating a myth of sibling rivalry where there is none.

My Blessed Children of Earth, the world has grown too small for your pervasive religious bigotry and confusion. The whole planet is connected by air travel, satellite dishes, telephones, fax machines, rock concerts, diseases, and mutual needs and concerns. Get with the program! If you really want to help Me celebrate the birthday of My Son Jesus, then commit yourselves to figuring out how to feed your hungry, clothe your naked, protect your abused, and shelter your poor. And just as importantly, make your own everyday life a shining example of kindness and good humor. I've given you all the resources you need, if only you abandon your fear of each other and begin living, loving, and laughing together.

Finally, My Children everywhere, remember whose birth is honored on December 25th, and the fearlessness with which He chose to live and die. As I love Him, so do I love each one of you. I'm not really ticked off, I just wanted to grab your attention because I hate to see you suffer. But I gave you Free Will, so what can I do now other than to try to influence you through reason, persuasion, and a little old-fashioned guilt and manipulation? After all, I Am the original Jewish Mother. I just want you to be happy, and I'll sit in The Dark. I really Am, indeed, I swear, with you always. Always. Trust In Me.

Your One and Only,

GOD



http://www.humankindness.org/godletter.html
 

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Originally posted by Comrade Brian:
I rather like this letter.
So did I. I'll never understand why religions fight with each other. They all believe in one supreme being. Their all talking about the same life force.

Of all the words written in the Bible, it has only one message that it is trying to give us.........LOVE!

What is the opposite of LOVE? What is the opposite of GOD? The opposite of GOD is the devil. And what is the devils favorite tool? FEAR!

The opposite of LOVE is FEAR!
 

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I wonder if anyone has ever heard of Bo Lozoff?
 

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Billo_Really said:
So did I. I'll never understand why religions fight with each other. They all believe in one supreme being. Their all talking about the same life force.
Why do they fight each other? The reason can be seen in your "letter".

It make the assumption that Christianity is the true religion, and all others are false.

Most of the religions that have been have been polytheistic, not monotheistic. So, I guess we can discount your claim that all religions believe in "one supreme being".

Billo_Really said:
Of all the words written in the Bible, it has only one message that it is trying to give us.........LOVE!
Did you read the letter? It dismisses the books that were written, that includes the Bible.

Billo_Really said:
What is the opposite of LOVE? What is the opposite of GOD? The opposite of GOD is the devil. And what is the devils favorite tool? FEAR!

The opposite of LOVE is FEAR!
No, the opposite of love is hate.

Courage is the opposite of fear...
 

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Originally Posted by MrFungus420:
Why do they fight each other? The reason can be seen in your "letter".

It make the assumption that Christianity is the true religion, and all others are false.

Most of the religions that have been have been polytheistic, not monotheistic. So, I guess we can discount your claim that all religions believe in "one supreme being".
It might have been spoken with a Christian tome, but the overall message was not be a Christian.

Originally Posted by MrFungus420:
Did you read the letter? It dismisses the books that were written, that includes the Bible.
Yes, I read the letter. That's why I posted it. My comment was my own impression of the Bible and not a summary of the letter.

Originally Posted by MrFungus420:
No, the opposite of love is hate.

Courage is the opposite of fear...
This is not true. Because you can have courage in a particular situation while being afraid of the consequences. And there are people that love to hate. In contrast, you will never have fear when you love. And you will never love when you are afraid.
 

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Hey, Fungo, what happened? Was this a stop 'n pop? You lose interest? Or did you just lose? Oh well, happy trails. FYI, I didn't post this thread to argue with anyone. I just wanted to give exposure to Bo Lozoff. Someone I happen to admire.
 

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Billo_Really said:
It might have been spoken with a Christian tome, but the overall message was not be a Christian.
The opening and closing both referenced the birth of Christ. That pretty much makes the "God" talking to be the Christian god. And, there is further inference that makes it either the Jewish, Christian or Muslim god. As far as I know, those are the only three monotheistic religions.

Billo_Really said:
Yes, I read the letter. That's why I posted it. My comment was my own impression of the Bible and not a summary of the letter.
Fair enough. I apologize for being a bit snarky...

Billo_Really said:
This is not true. Because you can have courage in a particular situation while being afraid of the consequences. And there are people that love to hate. In contrast, you will never have fear when you love. And you will never love when you are afraid.
I totally disagree here. If someone you love is in mortal danger, you don't think you'll feel fear? And, I would say that the fear of loss of the one you love is one of the most powerful fears that there is.
 

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Hey, Fungo, what happened? Was this a stop 'n pop? You lose interest? Or did you just lose? Oh well, happy trails. FYI, I didn't post this thread to argue with anyone. I just wanted to give exposure to Bo Lozoff. Someone I happen to admire.
Nah. Just juggling 2 jobs, so there are times that I don't have a lot of time for forums.

Tell ya what. Let's change the tone of this. The letter did express a beautiful sentiment. Thank you for sharing it with us.
 

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Originally Posted by MrFungus420:
I totally disagree here. If someone you love is in mortal danger, you don't think you'll feel fear? And, I would say that the fear of loss of the one you love is one of the most powerful fears that there is.
It's nice to see you back. Hope you didn't work too hard. Lets look at this one from the analogy of a women sees here toddler walk out into the street in front of a car bearing down on him. She immediately takes off for her child without any fear of that car might just hit her. She is only concentrating on that baby. Her whole focus, at that moment, is the love she has for her child and preventing anything bad to happen to him, not the fact that the car could kill her.

I hope you can see my point, even though you might not agree to it. That's cool.
 

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I guess you got my point.
 

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Billo_Really said:
Date: Eternity

From: GOD

To: My Children on Earth

re: Idiotic religious rivalries


My Dear Children (and believe me, that's all of you),

I consider myself a pretty patient Guy. I mean, look at the Grand Canyon. It took millions of years to get it right. And how about evolution? Boy, nothing is slower than designing that whole Darwinian thing to take place, cell by cell and gene by gene. I've even been patient through your fashions, civilizations, wars and schemes, and the countless ways you take Me for granted until you get yourselves into big trouble again and again.

But on this occasion of My Son's birthday, I want to let you know about some things that are starting to tick me off.

First of all, your religious rivalries are driving Me up a wall. Enough already! Let's get one thing straight: These are your religions, not Mine. I'm the Whole Enchilada; I'm beyond them all. Every one of your religions claims there's only one of Me (which, by the way, is absolutely true). But in the very next breath, each religion claims it's My favorite one. And each claims its bible was written personally by me, and that all the other bibles are man-made. Oh, Me. How do I even begin to put a stop to such complicated nonsense?

Okay, listen up now: I'm your Father and Mother, and I don't play favorites among My Children. Also, I hate to break it to you, but I don't write. My longhand is awful, and I've always been more of a "doer" anyway. So all your books, including the bibles, were written by men and women. They were inspired, remarkable people, but they also made mistakes here and there. I made sure of that, so that you would never trust a written word more than your own living Heart.

You see, one Human Being to me -- even a Bum on the street -- is worth more than all the holy books in the world. That's just the kind of Guy I Am. My Spirit is not an historical thing, It's alive right here, right now, as fresh as your next breath.

Holy books and religious rites are sacred and powerful, but not more so than the least of You. They were only meant to steer you in the right direction, not to keep you arguing with each other, and certainly not to keep you from trusting your own personal connection with Me.

Which brings Me to My next point about your nonsense: You act like I need you and your religions to stick up for Me or "win souls" for My Sake. Please, don't do Me any favors. I can stand quite well on my own, thank you. I don't need you to defend Me, and I don't need constant credit. I just want you to be good to each other.

And another thing: I don't get all worked up over money or politics, so stop dragging My name into your dramas. For example, I swear to Me that I never threatened Oral Roberts. I never rode in any of Rajneesh's Rolls Royces. I never told Pat Robertson to run for president, and I've never ever had a conversation with Jim Bakker, Jerry Falwell, or Jimmy Swaggart! Of course, come Judgement Day, I certainly intend to...

The thing is, I want you to stop thinking of religion as some sort of loyalty pledge to Me. The true purpose of your religions is so that you can become more aware of Me, not the other way around. Believe Me, I know you already. I know what's in each of your hearts, and I love you with no strings attached. Lighten up and enjoy Me. That's what religion is best for.

What you seem to forget is how mysterious I Am. You look at the petty little differences in your scriptures and say, "Well, if this is the Truth, then that can't be!" But instead of trying to figure out My Paradoxes and Unfathomable Nature -- which, by the way, you never will -- why not open your hearts to the simple common threads in every religion?

You know what I'm talking about: Love and respect everyone. Be kind. Even when life is scary or confusing, take courage and be of good cheer, for I Am always with you. Learn how to be quiet, so you can hear My Still, Small Voice (I don't like to shout). Leave the world a better place by living your life with dignity and gracefulness, for you are My Own Child. Hold back nothing from life, for the parts of you that can die will surely die, and the parts that can't, won't. So don't worry, be happy (I stole that last line from Bobby McFerrin, but he stole it from Meher Baba in the first place.)

Simple stuff. Why do you keep making it so complicated? It's like you're always looking for an excuse to be upset. And I'm very tired of being your main excuse. Do you think I care whether you call me Yahweh, Jehovah, Allah, Wakantonka, Brahma, Father, Mother, or even The Void or Nirvana? Do you think I care which of My Special Children you feel closest to -- Jesus, Mary, Buddha, Krishna, Mohammed or any of the others? You can call Me and My Special Ones any name you choose, if only you would go about My business of loving one another as I love you. How can you keep neglecting something so simple?

I'm not telling you to abandon your religions. Enjoy your religions, honor them, learn from them, just as you should enjoy, honor, and learn from your parents. But do you walk around telling everyone that your parents are better than theirs? Your religion, like your parents, may always have the most special place in your heart; I don't mind that at all. And I don't want you to combine all the Great Traditions into One Big Mess. Each religion is unique for a reason. Each has a unique style so that people can find the best path for themselves.

But My Special Children -- the ones your religions revolve around -- all live in the same place (My Heart) and they get along perfectly, I assure you. The clergy must stop creating a myth of sibling rivalry where there is none.

My Blessed Children of Earth, the world has grown too small for your pervasive religious bigotry and confusion. The whole planet is connected by air travel, satellite dishes, telephones, fax machines, rock concerts, diseases, and mutual needs and concerns. Get with the program! If you really want to help Me celebrate the birthday of My Son Jesus, then commit yourselves to figuring out how to feed your hungry, clothe your naked, protect your abused, and shelter your poor. And just as importantly, make your own everyday life a shining example of kindness and good humor. I've given you all the resources you need, if only you abandon your fear of each other and begin living, loving, and laughing together.

Finally, My Children everywhere, remember whose birth is honored on December 25th, and the fearlessness with which He chose to live and die. As I love Him, so do I love each one of you. I'm not really ticked off, I just wanted to grab your attention because I hate to see you suffer. But I gave you Free Will, so what can I do now other than to try to influence you through reason, persuasion, and a little old-fashioned guilt and manipulation? After all, I Am the original Jewish Mother. I just want you to be happy, and I'll sit in The Dark. I really Am, indeed, I swear, with you always. Always. Trust In Me.

Your One and Only,

GOD



http://www.humankindness.org/godletter.html
PS: And don't make me come down there.

cc to Moses and Peter
 

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Originally Posted by Inuyasha:
PS: And don't make me come down there.

cc to Moses and Peter
That's pretty good.

Next weeks topic:
Electronic Heaven: The protocals of God and email (are we moving too fast?)
 

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God-dammit, if God takes the time to write a letter, the least people could do is read the mother-f_cker!
 

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Billo_Really said:


From: GOD

After all, I Am the original Jewish Mother.

Your One and Only,

GOD



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AAAAAAHH! :shock:
 

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One question: Should I take that to mean that when someone calls themselves a "God-fearing Christian" they don't love him?
 

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Originally posted by independent_thinker2002:
One question: Should I take that to mean that when someone calls themselves a "God-fearing Christian" they don't love him?
Yes. Absolutely. The opposite of Love is Fear.
 

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Yes. Absolutely. The opposite of Love is Fear.
I disagree. Kids love their parents but fear them. The same goes for religion. How about women who stay in abusive relationships? Why do they stay with someone they fear? "But I LOVE him."
 

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Originally posted by independent_thinker2002:
I disagree. Kids love their parents but fear them. The same goes for religion. How about women who stay in abusive relationships? Why do they stay with someone they fear? "But I LOVE him."
You couldn't be farther from the truth. You will never have fear, when you love. You can never have the two at the same time. When you are in fear, you are not in love.

Women who stay in abusive relationships are not in love. They are in fear of leaving what is familiar to them. And that's part of letting go.

Let me give you an example:
A mother sees her child run out into the street in front of an oncoming car. She immediately takes off for that child. She is, at that point, not thinking about what damage the car will do to her, but is concentrating on getting that kid out of harms way. Why? Because she loves the kid more than she fears the car.
 

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Billo_Really said:
You couldn't be farther from the truth. You will never have fear, when you love. You can never have the two at the same time. When you are in fear, you are not in love.

Women who stay in abusive relationships are not in love. They are in fear of leaving what is familiar to them. And that's part of letting go.

Let me give you an example:
A mother sees her child run out into the street in front of an oncoming car. She immediately takes off for that child. She is, at that point, not thinking about what damage the car will do to her, but is concentrating on getting that kid out of harms way. Why? Because she loves the kid more than she fears the car.
It doesn't matter how many times you type that example, it is flawed. You say, "Because she loves the kid more than she fears the car." Well, by the sounds of that it seems that both exist. It just so happens that one is in greater abundance than the other. Evil Kneivel loved what he did, but he would be lying if he said that he had no fear. Another example, explain "stagefright" to me.
 

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Originally posted by independent_thinker2002:
It doesn't matter how many times you type that example, it is flawed. You say, "Because she loves the kid more than she fears the car." Well, by the sounds of that it seems that both exist. It just so happens that one is in greater abundance than the other. Evil Kneivel loved what he did, but he would be lying if he said that he had no fear. Another example, explain "stagefright" to me.
What doesn't matter is how it sounds. At that point in time, she does not fear.
 

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What doesn't matter is how it sounds. At that point in time, she does not fear.
No, her love gives her courage in the face of fear.
 

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Originally posted by independent_thinker2002:
No, her love gives her courage in the face of fear.
Were going to have to agree to disagree on this one. I don't want to argue against someone's beliefs. Your comments are always welcome.
 

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Were going to have to agree to disagree on this one. I don't want to argue against someone's beliefs. Your comments are always welcome.
Agreed, the message in the letter is a good one.
 

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Originally posted by independent_thinker2002:
Agreed, the message in the letter is a good one.
Actually, to be quite honest with you, my whole point on this thread was to bring attention to Bo Lozoff. You should check out his book "Were all doing time".
 
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