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  1. An interesting note on Christmas, the fact is, Christmas is not a Christian holiday. We forget. In the Babylonian days, the first feast of Saturnalia began at the hands of Nimrod and Ishtar (pronounced "Easter"). It is Nimrod who chooses December 17, (the Gregorian calendar not used then, but they did go by the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the Sun) Saturnalia celebrated the god of sowing and harvest. Nimrod also is the originator of the god Mithra (Mithras), the god of the sun. Guess what that feast day is. You guessed it, December 25 (again going by the Winter Solstice). It was the Babylonian culture, once these two holidays were established, to have a wild party, anything goes, week long party, from December 17-25. Work was set aside for this whole week, and all kinds of lawless revelry took place. The Book of Jeremiah (chapter 13, I think) tells of evergreen trees being nailed up so it wouldn't fall over, since it was decorated with silver and gold ornaments. Those little baby "Oscilla," that we now use as Christmas ornaments are a remnant of the "children who were made to walk through the fire," again ordered my Nimrod. Recent history shows that piles of baby and children's skulls and bones were found at certain sites in the former Babylonian grounds, which confirm this horrible institution attributed to Nimrod. Old World Encyclopedias confirm this horrible account. The horrid practice of "having the children walk through the fire," being burned alive, was for the sole purpose of thinking that the parents would become enlightened. This is also were the ridiculous notion of purgatory comes from. The belief in purgatory is often mistakenly attributed to Catholicism. But that is not true. Purgatory comes from this practice of "purging," as if human sacrifice would appease any God (god). In Solon, Ohio there was a court case when manger scenes were removed from schools and the town, saying that Christmas was a religious holiday, and some did not want religion on town property, the separation of church and state. They lost the case. It was ruled that Christmas is not a religious holiday, because it transcended any religion, and belonged to everyone. I think the sacrilege here is putting the birth of Jesus on a non-Christian, horrific holiday, as if there is such a thing as "Christianizing," child murder. By the way, if the parents did not go along with having their children "walk through the fire," then the parents were murdered outright. Either sway, human blood got spilled. Santa Claus is another fable, based on the Norse god Odin (Woden). The real person of St. Nicholas who served as a bishop, actually was in attendance at the Council of Nice in 325 AD long after the birth of Jesus. The first Christian martyr for Jesus was Stephen. Catholics celebrate his feast day on December 26. Why was Stephen stoned? (Paul was present at the stoning death of Stephen). It was because Stephen preached against the Saturnalia human traditions. But there was so much revelry and partying, that they all stoned him to silence him. Can you imagine the upheaval that would take place today if we started telling people not to celebrate Christmas because they would be honoring the god Mithras, not the birth of Jesus? If Christians really want to celebrate Jesus birthday, then they should celebrate it in either September or October, when it really was. Don't forget, the first census ever held in an organized way was held during the birth of Jesus. The census would not have taken place in the snow and ice in December, nor would the shepherds be out in the fields with the sheep in the winter. The practice was for the shepherds to be out of the fields before the heavy rains came, usually late October, November. Back in the time of Jesus, birthdays were not celebrated. They celebrated people, and all that they did, at their deaths. The only birthdays mentioned in the traditional Bible, is when John the Baptist gets beheaded on Herod's birthday, and in the OT when a baker gets beheaded at pharaoh's birthday. Those are the only recorded birthdays in the Bible. I just spent a year studying all this for my fiction book, Mystery of the Sturbridge Keys, to be published in 6-8 weeks. It also goes into all the Old World Empires, which trace back to Noah's sons, grandsons and great-grandsons. I'll keep you posted.
  2. You too Brother Kaman ~ I do not live in denial of my divinity. I willingly work with Mother/Father God, Jesus and Holy Spirit. We are a very happy family. I am following what Jesus told us to do, in all the scriptures I can find, including the Nag Hammadi scriptures. I feel it is very important I shine a light on all that Jesus said. Have a beautiful day.
  3. I'm chuckling over here. I am much more curious than the need to be "right." I happen to be a Christian. I do not need to be right. I am truly on a search for understanding and truth where ever it leads. I think of it this way: say I am making a cake. I use flour, eggs, other stuff, and to make it rise I use baking soda. In the end I have a cake, not simply baking soda. I am thinking of God, of Holy Spirit more accurately in this example, as the active ingredient, like baking soda, that makes the cake rise. You say your cells do not think they are you. This would be like saying the baking soda does not believe it is part of the cake. The point is you, or me doing the thinking here. It is our awareness that matters here, not the cake or the individual "ingredients" in each of us that are aware. In my body, I have my eyes, which give me vision. I have my legs, with which I travel. In the end I am not eyes, vision, legs, nor travel. I am animated by God in my physical body, but only while I am living, but I am not God. If I were God, I would not have me die. I would stay living physically because God is eternal. I know, the spirit lives. If I really were God, I would not I let my body die. I die physically because I am not God. Above, those are all components of "the cake" or "me." I am not just one of my components. I do believe that by my free will I can raise my heart, mind, voice and actions to invite Mother/Father God, Holy Spirit and Jesus into me, and work through me, together with me. When I connect to and work with my God-given awareness and power, I can move mountains, just like Jesus did. I can see this in the life I've lived. I also see it in the four people I have spoken with who have had near-death experiences. They came from different states in the USA and did not know each other. Yet, all told me the same things after they had been pronounced dead, then were revived. Again, if they were God, this would not have been such a shock to them. They were not communicating with themselves, nor by themselves, but were talking with "others" on the other side. Obviously all four came back to life, and were able to share their experiences with me. I do think it is important to follow what Jesus says, all of it, not just what is in the traditional Bible. That's why I think it is very important to study the Nag Hammadi Scriptures, to find out more about what Jesus said. I think this is extremely important, at least for me it is. Have a beautiful day! RL
  4. Interesting. While I feel Gods is residing within me, and without me, and I feel God's I AM Presence, I do not feel, think or believe that I am God, Creator of the world and everything else. I find this confusing. I want to understand, but it doesn't seem to be happening for me. I can understand that myself,as a creation of God, that God chooses to reside within and with out me, and God does in others, nature and the universe of universes. I do not remember creating the earth, the stars, you or me. Saying you, me or anyone else is God, seems like a misunderstanding. Do you see God residing in murderers and terrorists, because they have red blood cells? Again, is this Gnostic Christianity?
  5. I know Jesus says that the Kingdom of God is inside me and outside me. I also know I am made of the stuff of the stars, a manifestation of the Big bang or God inspired participles, all of God, to my way of thinking. I also know the I AM Presence, this God Presence is inside me. But I trip on the concept that I AM GOD. I did not make you, that I remember (not being flip here - just processing). I think of human creation, that we did not come alive until breath of God - Spirit - (animated life) breathed into us. When we die, our breath - spirit - life, goes back to God, reuniting to the One (God - energy). I think of God as energy. So many people get stuck in semantics. Words are so limiting. I prefer to think of it as I (and everyone and everything else) is made of and including our God particle. Then again, we are the only human vessel that God (pure energy) has to experience dense matter - human life, here on earth.
  6. We might have completely differing beliefs, but all of us are animated by love and life and spirit, like Namaste, "The divine in me recognizes the divine in you," because we are all living human beings. Don't get stuck in semantics. We might use different words for my terminology. Others might say, "The energy in me recognizes the energy in you."
  7. This has been an interesting read, and I am late to the game. What is missing here, it seems to me, is free will. I went to a very metaphysical, multidimensional, holistic health school. I was in the same class with "born agains," Catholics, Jews, agnostics and atheists. I had spent all my life in progressive and fundamental religions, supposedly based on Christian Love. I, by the way, am a Christian. However, I experienced the most love, the most love without conditions I have ever experienced by this group of non-judgmental fellow students. I don't think the problem lies in many different people having many different belief systems. I think the problem lies with projecting, unasked for preaching, one way or another, as if to indoctrinate the listener. If someone feels the need to share their personal belief, they at least should ask the other person or people, if they would like to hear what he/she has to say. People ought to have free will to speak, and free will to listen or consider points. Another problem is, and has always been pride. When we have whatever opinion we come up with as our own, we can be rudely offensive as if we have all the answers, and others don't. Maybe I'm speaking from my own past mistakes. If I had not changed my mind on ideas and concepts I never thought I would, I would not be saying this. But people only know, what they know, when they know it, of course, but that matters. I know, this is all judgment, and that's a judgment too. Peace, RL
  8. Hello ~ I retired from my bodywork business for 12 years. Wonderful work! Nice to meet you here. I joined the ULC in 2004 while I was a therapist. I added another dimension to the work.

    1. Satyam

      Satyam

      Nice to meet you Sister.  Hope You are still here!

      Hope to hear from You!

      Satyam

  9. Thank You DL ~ I will spend some time looking at this. ... not sure how that reposted again ... Peace ~ RL
  10. This post is about the Master of Chaplaincy Lesson #16 on "The Soul-Friend." Life provides us many opportunities to help us help others, sometimes stretching beyond what we sometimes think is possible. The following is a post that I put on my website 2 days ago, but is pertinent for this lesson. Jesus operated without a church. Yes, he taught in the Temple, but he also taught wherever people were. Taking this example, I was asked by my friend, who has since died, if I could give her dying sister energy work and counseling sessions. I went to the sister's house for her sessions, when she could no long come to my office. She knew she was dying of cancer, yet this woman remains one of the most positive, emotionally and spiritually stable people I have ever met. She asked for reflexology. I looked up at her angelic face, which radiated with a beautiful smile. One day my friend called me and told me her sister was calling everyone she wanted to say good-bye to, and asked me if I could come to her sister one last time. I should mention I never went out to house calls in my professional work. But this case was different. On this day, I showed up for the last reflexology session, greeted by her incredible smile of joy. At the end of the reflexology session, she looked so peaceful and was grateful I had come. I didn't want to leave the room, feeling like if I didn't leave the room, she would not die. We talked, but finally I had to leave. She said, "Good bye," smiling and at peace. I edged out of the room, graced by that beautiful smile of hers. What could make her so positive, so joyous, so at peace at a time like this? Her belief in a loving God and the eternal promises of the after life impressed upon my heart. The next thing I knew my friend who had ignored her own health, had cancer. I would drive the two and one-half hours one way to pick her up and bring her to my house for the weekend, after I had retired from work, giving her a break. I treasured these visits. In the end, I got a call from her family, asking me to come down so she could say good-bye to me too. A smile also graced her lips. The common thread between my friend and her sister were the incredible lives they lived, which included much struggle and strife, more than many other lives I have witnessed, even to this day. How they overcame such odds against them, while retaining their serenity and peace, is a tremendous lesson in love, on a life well lived, and an indelible model of integrity when at the end of life. Jesus operated without a church. That is what I am doing. This lesson asked if anyone had reached out to us as a soul-friend. Both of these women I mention sought me not just for human friendship and fun. They were seeking a God connection, a prayer connection and a healing connection. These women had a great love for each other, but they also had a beautiful belief in life after death, in a God who loves them. I felt honored to help these women in this way.
  11. When you refer to "our myth," do you mean Gnosticism? Interesting. Still processing.
  12. I do not preach that there is no god. I preach as Jesus did that you are the only real god you can ever know. I preach that we should all step up to, as Jesus said, pick up our crosses and follow him. Instead, most Christians accept the immoral position of trying to profit from the human sacrifice of Jesus. I often have Christians run from debating the morality of substitutionary atonement. Care to engage? If so, reply to my argument. ----------------------------------- Human sacrifice is evil and God demanding one and accepting one is evil. Those trying to profit from that evil are evil. Do just a bit of thinking and you will agree. Imagine you have two children. One of your children does something wrong – say it curses, or throws a temper tantrum, or something like that. In fact, say it does this on a regular basis, and you continually forgive your child, but it never seems to change. Now suppose one day you’ve had enough, you need to do something different. You still wish to forgive your child, but nothing has worked. Do you go to your second child, your good child, and punish it to atone for the sins of the first? In fact, if you ever saw a parent on the street punish one of their children for the actions of their other child, how would you react? Would you support their decision, or would you be offended? Because God punished Jesus -- his good child -- for the sins of his other children. Interestingly, some historical royal families would beat their slaves when their own children did wrong – you should not, after all, ever beat a prince. The question is: what kind of lesson does that teach the child who actually did the harm? Does it teach them to be a better person, to stop doing harm, or does it teach them both that they won't themselves be punished, and also that punishing other people is normal? I know that's not a lesson I would want to teach my children, and I suspect it's not a lesson most Christians would want to teach theirs. So why does God? For me, that’s at least one significant reason I find Jesus’ atonement of our sin to be morally repugnant – of course, that’s assuming Jesus ever existed; that original sin actually exists; that God actually exists; etc. Having another innocent person suffer for the wrongs you have done, --- so that you might escape responsibility for having done them, --- is immoral. Do you agree? If not, please show how it is morally and legally good to punish the innocent instead of the guilty, bearing in mind that all legal systems think that punishing the guilty is what is justice. Regards DL
  13. I see what you are saying. This also agrees with what I posted a few days ago, about Yaldaboath, a lesser god created by Sophia, as in the Secret Book of John. If this is true, then it is Yaldaboath, created void of love and the Jesus input (because Sophia created Yaldaboath alone - proving that wisdom without love is what promotes what we now have on the earth), who most people now know as Yahweh or Jehovah, the god who demands human sacrifice, is not the same God, Father of Jesus. I agree no God of love would demand the death of their children, or sanction "God Sanctioned wars," as I've heard them called, or any other evil promoted on this earth which you mention. I, too follow the words of Jesus, and have walked away from so many religions claiming to be Christian, but I think are not. They do not understand what Jesus was saying. I believe in the One, Original Creator God completely filled with Love and Light, who is the Father of Jesus. Through Jesus, we get to the Creator Mother/Father/Spirit. And yes, Jesus taught that the Kingdom of God is inside us, and outside us, in everything. This part braided my brain because I thought you were implying that there is no God. If so how could the Kingdom of God be inside of us, if there is no God? There is no justice or truth in any "god" in "this system of things." Your logo has no ordination date. Are you ordained or just a curious life traveler? Thanks for engaging. Guess I'll go by RL (Rev Linda)
  14. Maybe that is a good thing. I like looking closely at things and have even changed my mind here and there. But it sure would be nice to have even a little camaraderie, a little fellowship, instead of only hearing from others who do not share my belief. Are the Christians hiding?
  15. Hello DL ~ I am in the Master of Chaplaincy program. The two classes I am in, and more to follow, ask me to post my lessons as I finish them to the forum, which apparently you choose to challenge and insult everything I have written so far. Are you part of the program, like a baptism by fire, to attack every Christian student? You have a right to your opinion and I have a right to mine. I know there is no way I can sway you to my opinion, just as there is no way you can sway me to your opinion. That is not why I am on the forum, and not why anyone should be on the forum, to try to force your opinions on others, or insult them if they do not change to yours. That is what each of us have, our own opinions. You cannot prove that there is no God, just as I cannot prove that there is a God. That why it is called faith, not fact. I do not believe Jesus lived and died for a myth. I happen to believe what Jesus taught. I do like the scriptures you mention. To me, that does not prove "there is no God." Does every Christian person who posts on this forum go through this? Lin
  16. Hello DL ~ Thank you, first of all, for calling my own words to my attention. You are right when you say that slave owners own people. So, God does not "own" me, nor am I "possessed" by God, since we all have free will. I think you and I might be closer in understanding "God," than you might first realize. Yes, I am a Christian. However, I think it is very important to read ALL the things that Jesus said, not just what men in 381 AD at the Council of Constantinople wanted people to read and believe, in the traditional Bible. I am referring to the Nag Hammadi Scriptures, which are just as expansive and thick as the regular Bible, if not more. When you read the Secret Book of John, for example, it describes how "God," as in the "Mother/Father of Jesus," created more than Jesus. It describes how "Sophia" (Wisdom) was also created when Jesus (Love) was created. All creation was intended to be created through Sophia and Jesus (Wisdom AND Love) together. However, this account says that Sophia creates on her own. She spawns a serpent with the head of a lion, and casts this creature away from her. The Secret Book of John, and other Nag Hammadi Scriptures (considered inspired in 381 AD, then uninspired after that, then burned and hidden) call this creation "Yaldaboath." It says that this "God," is the one who created mankind, not "God," the Father/Mother" who created Jesus. Jesus comes to earth, saying "my Father is not your Father, but my Father will be a Father to you." I think if we live by the Golden Rule and the loving - forgiving words of Jesus, not the murdering "God" of the Old Testament, we will be far better off. In the Nag Hammadi scriptures, "Yaldaboath" looks around, not seeing any other "God," since he has been caste down, creates mankind and says, filled with extreme ego, "I am the Lord they God. Thor shall not have any "God's" before Me. This was very interesting to discover, and might address some of the issues you mention. I think "God," as in the Mother/Father of Jesus, had compassion on humans and sent us his only begotten Son, to free our souls and spirits, knowing that we are made in the image and likeness of the Father of Jesus, since at least, in part, so was "Yaldaboath (Yahweh, Jehovah)," if there is such a thing as divine DNA. I also think that the sin in the Garden of Eden was not Eve eating an apple. I think it is exactly what the Bible says in Genesis 6, that the sons of God mated with the daughters of men. I think the "Tree of Knowledge," is symbolic for the "knowledge" of the angels. The Old Testament words "to know someone," is to have intimate relations, or sex, with them. Makes sense to me. In Revelation, when Michael the archangel wars with Satan and his angels, he casts them down to the vicinity of the earth. From that point on, these fallen angels may not ever enter heaven again. Then they go mix their angel DNA with human DNA. I think this is the sin of the Garden of Eden. No wonder humans could not go to heaven after their deaths. They were part fallen angel! Of course Jesus, the pure, unmolested seed of the Mother/Father, was our only hope. By the way, this makes way more sense, to have the Father, Mother and Son, as opposed to Father, Son and some non-descript Spirit. This is getting complicated, but I truly believe there is more to our Creation than the men of 381 AD wanted us to know. Rome wanted to take over the world power. What better way than to mate Politics and Religion? In a way, it worked. I am making my own study of all these Nag Hammadi Scriptures to see what else Jesus said that got so maligned by human pride and ego. It seems first of all, we may have a different Creator than we thought we did. Second, humans get messed with when the fallen angels come down and further mess with our DNA, and create the Nephilim. I know, I know ... the flood wipes them all out right? Wrong. I believe that Naamah, Noah's wife, is carrying Nephilim DNA in her blood line. She is the sister of Tubal-cain, and six generations away from Cain, who I believe was conceived by Eve and a fallen angel. I think this is how, in Numbers 11 (or is it 13?), when Joshua is sent with 10 spies to check out the Promised Land to see who was there. They come back and say the people were so big that they felt as if they were grasshoppers. If the flood wiped out all people, how else could they be there? After the flood, it is only Noah, his wife Naamah, and his sons and their wives on the ark (if it even happened that way) who populate the earth. I just wrote a fiction book about all this which is at the publishers as we speak. It is supposed to come out in about 4-6 weeks or so. It's at the top of my mind. Anyway, that's what I came up with. Peace, Rev. Linda
  17. Hello ~ I found this an interesting question, having been a devout Catholic for my first 50 years. Then, a closer reading of the Matthew chapters 5-7, I became a ULC minister live more authentically, serving as a chaplain at the hospital. I wear the clergy shirt and collar, and am a woman. Many of the patients are Catholic. Most of the patients say they would like a prayer, however one day one of the Jehovah's Witness patients said no, simply because I was first a woman, and second, the "wrong" religion. I usually greet them with a handshake, since touch is soothing to some patients. I smile and tell them I am trying to bring them some cheer and let them know someone is thinking of them. I usually make up my own prayer, but I like the suggestion of BpCorey, who suggests to say the Our Father. I think I will incorporate this. Not everyone is Catholic, and everyone has free will. Some of the people you meet would want to receive communion after reciting the Our Father, and a short concluding prayer like: "Thank you heavenly Father for sending your Son, Jesus Christ to be our Savior. We receive Jesus in our heart, mind and soul in this communion. You tell us where two or more are present, You are there. We ask you for your gift of the Holy Spirit, so that we can heal, get back to our life, friends and family at home, and praise You in the good health You intend for (patient's Name)________________. We also say a special prayer for the doctors and nurses here. They are the hands you work through to bring (patient's name)_________ back to health. We pray in Jesus name. Amen." If you are not offering communion, you can also offer Catholics and others a blessing, with whatever words resonate, like: "I bless you in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit" ... or "I bless you in the Name of the One" ... I have found most Catholics will allow these prayers. God Bless, Rev. Linda
  18. Yes, it is. I love the image that the church is under the sky, as well as transcends it. In 2 Corinthians 6:16, where it says, "For we are temples of the living God; as God said, "I will live in them, and move among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people." So beautiful.
  19. Thank you Key for your sweet words. But please only give the applause and bowing to God. I work by the loving grace of God, and do not want to take any accolades for myself that, I believe, belong to God. I have been away from the ULC ministry for three years. Your comments are encouraging to me. Thank You, and have a beautiful day!
  20. This post is about the Master of Chaplaincy Lesson #16 on "The Soul-Friend." Life provides us many opportunities to help us help others, sometimes stretching beyond what we sometimes think is possible. The following is a post that I put on my website 2 days ago, but is pertinent for this lesson. Jesus operated without a church. Yes, he taught in the Temple, but he also taught wherever people were. Taking this example, I was asked by my friend, who has since died, if I could give her dying sister energy work and counseling sessions. I went to the sister's house for her sessions, when she could no long come to my office. She knew she was dying of cancer, yet this woman remains one of the most positive, emotionally and spiritually stable people I have ever met. She asked for reflexology. I looked up at her angelic face, which radiated with a beautiful smile. One day my friend called me and told me her sister was calling everyone she wanted to say good-bye to, and asked me if I could come to her sister one last time. I should mention I never went out to house calls in my professional work. But this case was different. On this day, I showed up for the last reflexology session, greeted by her incredible smile of joy. At the end of the reflexology session, she looked so peaceful and was grateful I had come. I didn't want to leave the room, feeling like if I didn't leave the room, she would not die. We talked, but finally I had to leave. She said, "Good bye," smiling and at peace. I edged out of the room, graced by that beautiful smile of hers. What could make her so positive, so joyous, so at peace at a time like this? Her belief in a loving God and the eternal promises of the after life impressed upon my heart. The next thing I knew my friend who had ignored her own health, had cancer. I would drive the two and one-half hours one way to pick her up and bring her to my house for the weekend, after I had retired from work, giving her a break. I treasured these visits. In the end, I got a call from her family, asking me to come down so she could say good-bye to me too. A smile also graced her lips. The common thread between my friend and her sister were the incredible lives they lived, which included much struggle and strife, more than many other lives I have witnessed, even to this day. How they overcame such odds against them, while retaining their serenity and peace, is a tremendous lesson in love, on a life well lived, and an indelible model of integrity when at the end of life. Jesus operated without a church. That is what I am doing. This lesson asked if anyone had reached out to us as a soul-friend. Both of these women I mention sought me not just for human friendship and fun. They were seeking a God connection, a prayer connection and a healing connection. These women had a great love for each other, but they also had a beautiful belief in life after death, in a God who loves them. I felt honored to help these women in this way.
  21. There are times in life when it is important to stop, take a moment, and say THANK YOU with a heart full of gratitude. This is one of those times. I have been away from the ULC for three years, and am very glad to be back. The Universal Life Church was here, as if waiting for me with open arms, to finish classes in the Seminary which I had begun. Everyone has their own lives, their own ministries, all with time constraints. Yet Rev. Amy Long and Brother Kevin, filled with patience and guidance, welcomed me back, right where I left off. I am also grateful for the institution of the ULC in the first place. What a vision and a creation, including and allowing all of us to participate. This does not happen in isolation. During these past three years, I have felt isolated without the ULC in my life. I have missed the fellowship with you, my brother and sister ministers, sharing in the forum, and posting my classes, getting your feedback and sharing as well. It's soul affirming to be among the love, joy and heart of all of you. It's good to be back.