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God comes to us disguised as ourselves. Both the fall and the rising from the fall are the mercies of God. Our own personal salvation project has to fail us. It did long ago but when we deny our way is the delaying way by trying to prevent the suffering of death, we create greater suffering later that also lasts longer. Would God have a message that complicated our easily accepting His love now and eternally? I don’t think so. And if God’s message in simply great new news, I wonder why over 95 percent of the world’s self-identified Christian population reports experiencing greater feelings of regular guilt and shame than those who identify as agnostics? People who, unlike professed Christians, honestly and openly admit that they don’t know with 100 percent certitude whether or not God exists or not. Well, there’s presently many more curious and sincere seekers of experiential self-evident truth than there has been since theologians made Christ first a noun, secondly a concept, thirdly a belief system and finally, a very divisional and, historically speaking, the most violent religion ever socio-politically manufactured. Jesus said, “They will know you are enlightened by the love you all have happily with one and all others.” But, we didn’t get it. And there’s a very good reason why we couldn’t get it much less accept it.

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The kingdom of God is within YOU. Jesus said that. You’ll die once you read what Jesus said about the bible in John 5:39-44. Hopefully you won’t die. Large numbers of people are possessed of the strange delusion that reason is somehow intimately connected with the denial of the existence of God. This is probably due to the fact that those who try to prove that there is no God usually profess to take their stand upon reason, while those who try to prove the reverse generally profess to take their stand on faith. Such argumentative combatants, however, are frequently governed more by prejudice than either reason or faith, their object being not to find Truth, but to defend and confirm a preconceived opinion.

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read through Martin Luther’s verbal assaults and excessively disturbed insults against ‘peasants’ and almost anyone who he disagreed with. Luther’s reformation efforts motivated from his terror of death and God to include his hatred of the word righteousness evidences precisely why his decision to translate the New Testament into German led to the Holocaust. He hated Jews and because his cowardly obsession with preserving his life during one night’s thunderstorm caused him to promise God he’d reject his gifts towards the study of law in order to instead become a monk. The irony and obviously conflicted motivations Luther had in declaring all people should be able to read the Bible as strictly God’s very words became most evident after one of his many emotionally egoistic meltdowns whereby he negated his supposedly altruistic desire for all humankind’s bible reading equity when he launched a viscous personal attack regarding his value judgement on those he termed ‘peasants.’ “You live like simple cattle or irrational pigs and, despite the fact that the gospel has returned, have mastered the fine art of misusing all your freedom. I leave you to the guidance of your master, the devil, who is indeed leading you. Why should I write for scoundrels and hogs like you?” -Martin Luther (regarding commoners and the impoverished) Now, it’s easy to see how Westernised Christianity is wholly cast based and a fearfully divisional tribal and verbally violent clustering of 44,000 schisms. This man was insane. Not just insane, but a psychopathic lunatic. And what a shame every generation since the reformation (to include your great grandparents all the way to the present) largely loved God as a noun from a horror story type of obligation because of this lunatic, Martin Luther.

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That’s Why Jesus left us the Holy Spirit. This is absurd. You’re complicating it. System? How is this possibly going to lead to a relationship without rules that leads not into rebellion? Thoughtful

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Code? Rules of engagement? What?

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Needless to say, any book whatsoever that isn’t read and (interpreted) comprehended, might as well have gone unwritten. “But if you have been instructed formally, informally, punitively, enthusiastically, unwittingly or whimsically to read the bible as the essential first order core curricula but refuse to read it or die before you have thoroughly read, interpreted and comprehended it as cooperatively, individually, objectively, subjectively, passive-aggressively, spiritually, secularly, scholastically, simply, theologically and denominationally taught by an ordained pastor, priest, prig, bible study instructor in good standing as certified by Martin Luther or John Calvin — then meritocracy mandates it moralistically unfair and heretically hubristic for you to merit any seriously fervent consideration for mercifully impossible inclusion leading to eternal life. It’s a dog eat dog, eye for an eye type Quid pro quo, tit for tat type of universally accepted conditionally singular Calvinistic clustered capricious conclusion that must be hurdled for entrance into God’s presbytery. Are you willing to accept eternal torment even if we thought you weren’t fully deserving of it for God’s glory and if so, why should we believe you? Understand that while Luther felt at that time that all people except peasants could go to God as a metaphorical part of speech for salvation, we still sort of agree with the whole Roman Catholic middle management routine. Job security, you understand. It’s by grace alone and then something else that we can live with. God requires convincing and cajoling and Christ isn’t Jesus’s last name but we ignore that. Job security, you understand. As a matter of fact, that’s all that really needs to be understood. Jesus said, “Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’”

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