Love Heals

Healing Love

“We need to re-center regularly on the Love as noted in so many NDE accounts. As I read the new books from Lotufo, Pallmeyer, and Ellens it hit me again how the mythology of our religions has damaged human consciousness and so many human spirits over the millennia. These psychological approaches detail the trauma and destructiveness (the deformity and enslavement) that religions can have on the human person and life.

“Many people are not fully aware of how all this has impacted them. It is a major issue for the human family to recover this liberating discovery of Love behind everything. Ultimate reality is powerful liberating love! I think of this in terms of two key features: 1) Ultimate reality IS unconditional love; 2) We are that same love.

“Both of these are critical to human healing and advance. I repeat this a lot, but we are not yet even getting our feet wet on the shores of this reality, nor have we fully experienced its cleansing healing power and I ts enlightening liberating impact.

“Religion as a conditional reality has never communicated this truth clearly. Rather, it has more often distorted and buried it. That explains my impatience with all the reformist efforts now taking place within many religious denominations. They are good in exposing the violent deity at the core of the old mythology and that we need to move to new more humane views. But they are hesitant to really pull the diamond all the way out of the dunghill and clean it off so that it can do its liberating work. But nonetheless, I applaud them as far as they go. It is at least helpful.

“We have established that we can know that ultimate reality is love by seeing the best in humanity and by reasoning out that the Deity is infinitely better than religious mythology depicts it to be. From the Akkadian father on down to the historical Jesus of Nazareth, they got this. But unconditional love is rarely opened up for people to see in all its wonder.

“I see the liberating impact in varied ways. It liberates from all the fear, anxiety, worry, depression, and despair so widespread across the human family by going to the very root of human thought/perception to radically change all that pathological belief in an ultimate threat, anger, violence, punishment and so much more that was lodged in myth and religion about a deity. It changes or humanizes the foundations or core of human understanding completely. Multiple millennia of abusive and traumatizing impact from myth and religion has to be cleaned up.

“Unconditional love liberates ethically. It liberates from all those animal-like drives to small band exclusion, retaliation, and destruction of our opposing enemies. And since we are of the same love it also liberates from the damaging impact of a mythological “fall” and a “sinfulness” myth which claim that we deserve punishment and that we need to be saved by a perfect atoning bloody sacrifice. – (That was Paul’s apocalyptic claim found in his letter to the Romans, a claim that clearly contradicted the unconditional loving message taught by the Galilean about 25 years earlier. -HH)

“The more you survey the damage of the old story the more you see the healing power of the alternative message which the historical Jesus of Nazareth offered. No wonder, at a gut level, he got it and could say to all those damaged people he met, ‘Fear not….don’t worry’. You can heal yourself, your faith or belief in a merciful, compassionate Father will heal you. He did not have all the psychological tools we have today, but he got it at a gut level and used it. Pointing people to goodness everywhere in life – sun and rain and birds and grass/flowers clothed, and on and on. No threat or punishment in the man born blind, no revenge on the woman caught in adultery. Just mercy and compassion everywhere. It’s all good. It’s all going to be all right for everyone. Fear not. Nothing but liberating healing power from all the millennia of that darkening, enslaving, traumatizing myth.

“Anyhow, below is a brief quote from Anita Moorjani that relates to this psychological impact.”
-WKrossa

“I don’t recall ever being encouraged to cherish myself – in fact it would never have occurred to me to do so. It’s commonly thought of as being selfish. But my NDE allowed me to realize that this was the key to my healing: In the tapestry of life, we’re all connected. Each one of us is a gift to those around us, helping us to be who we are, weaving a perfect picture together. When I was in the NDE state, it all became so clear because I understood that to be me is to be love. This is the lesson that saved my life. Many of us still believe that we have to WORKS at being loving. But that means living in duality, because there’s a giver and a receiver. Realizing that we ARE love transcends this. It means understanding that there is no separation between you and me, and if I am aware that I am love, then I know that you are too. If I care for myself, then I automatically feel the same for you.

“In my NDE state, I realized that the entire universe is composed of unconditional love and I too am an expression of this. Every atom, molecule, quark, and tetra-quark is made of love. I can be nothing else because this is my essence and the nature of the entire universe. Even things that seem negative are all part of the infinite, unconditional spectrum of love. In fact, Universal Life-force energy is love, and I am composed of Universal energy! Realizing this helped me to understand that I did not have to try to become someone else in order to be worthy. I already am all that I could attempt to be.”

(We also need to understand that love gives us the freedom to act negatively, like the Prodigal Son, and then learn from our mistakes while love remains nonjudgmental. -HH)

March 8, 2015

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Absolutely No Conditions!

Whatever you believe is your business. In this country it is your right to choose any religious dogma you wish to live by. And it is your right to even express your beliefs publicly if you so desire. But please do not attempt to force your beliefs on me by belittling me for my beliefs or by passing judgement on me for believing as I do. Threatening me and sharing your fears for my future really turn me off! – And physically harming me in the name of some monster deity is not allowed in America.

I understand where many of you are within your belief systems because I used to teach the same things with great conviction. Several of you sat in my classroom and some of you were colleagues of mine.

However, as you probably know by now, my beliefs have completely changed.

I would not trade the comfort, relief, and peace that passes all understanding for discovering the consciousness of an accepting, forgiving, and unconditionally (with no conditions or stipulations) loving presence of an Ultimate Goodness that will NEVER (No exaggeration with this promise!) leave me, not even in death!

I totally depend upon that upside-down discovery which was relentlessly taught by the Galilean peasant, the historical Jesus, (and which was also the cause of his demise), and which still is contrary to any and all religious atonement (blood-offering) dogma vicariously given by a conjured up vision of a “Messiah/Christ,” as-well-as the apocalyptic judgement/eternal hellish punishment-for-unbelief dogma, both of which are meant to appease some imaginary monster sky-deity for humanity’s original disobedience.

I know that this really good news to me may trouble some of you because it may challenge your current belief system just as it did mine at first. That is, it did until it convinced me to “fear not!” This news concerning the eternal kindness and generosity of a loving Creator who knows our individual human imperfections and STILL chooses to accept and live among us is indeed amazing! (It was a scandal to the Prodigal Son’s judgmental brother, remember? – because his kind of justice was the payback kind, not the “no strings attached” forgiving kind of loving justice shown by his father.)

So, please reconsider your current belief system, especially if you believe its dogma only because of fearing the eternal consequences for not believing it.

Henry Hasse ~ January 8, 2015

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Merry Mithras

Warning! The history which follows will be hard to hear for most at this time of year.

Mithraism’s center of worship of an ancient Sumerian/Persian savior-god/messiah religion was at Tarsus, the home of a huge Roman army garrison and also the home of Saul who later had the vision to shut down the fledgling Jesus movement out of Galilee (the one that spoke of a kind, generous and unconditionally forgiving/loving ABBA always present among us), and labeled that peasant movement as “anti-Christ.”

Instead, Saul/Paul turned it into an apocalyptic Christ/Messiah/Savior movement similar to Mithraism which would relate better to the Gentile/Romans and pagans who were already well acquainted with Mithras. – Very clever idea which was destined to finally become the new Christian atonement religion about three centuries later, that is, with the help of NT narratives written a couple generations after Paul, and especially with Emperor Constantine’s decree to unify the Empire under the symbol of the cross. -HH

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Ho, Ho, Ho Merry Mithras to All!
by Stephen Van Eck

One of the most tiresome and predictable aspects of the holiday season is the annual lament that we’re “forgetting whose birthday it is.” Related to that is the exhortation to “keep Christ in Christmas.”

Those who employ these tired slogans simply do not understand Christmas at all. A review of the true historical roots of Christmas might help ease their confusion, and should be diverting to those who’ve never been bothered by the secular aspects of this holiday.

Devout Christians are of the opinion that Christmas has been corrupted, becoming more secular in recent decades than in its authentic form. Nothing can be further from the truth. What they fail to understand is that Christmas is actually the awkward amalgamation of two distinct cultural heritages, Christian and pagan. And the pagans had the holiday first.

Unknown to many, Christmas has its origins in the winter solstice festivals that virtually all ancient civilizations observed. (The Romans called it the Saturnalia.) The sun had ceased its ebbing, and had started to return to the world. Days stopped getting shorter, as if the light were reborn. The occasion was marked with feasting and merrymaking.

The original Christian church spread itself into cultures that had strong pagan traditions. They found these practices difficult to eradicate, and instead settled on a policy of consciously co-opting them. Pagan traditions continued, but in a new Christian context. This is what happened with the winter solstice festivals.

There is no record whatsoever of the specific date of Jesus’ birth, but December 25th is extremely unlikely. (While shepherds watched their flocks by night? Not in the winter they didn’t!)

The Church quite deliberately selected December 25th as a way of co-opting the solstice celebration. Since it was the time of the light coming back into the world, it had a practical symbolic tie-in that served their purposes well.

It could have been December 21st, a typical date for the actual solstice, but December 25th happened to be the birthday of Mithras, a Persian savior-god who was himself considered the light of the world. Mithras had a sizable cult within the Roman Empire during the first two centuries of the Christian Era, and by appropriating his birthday for their Savior, Christians could more easily convert Mithraites with a remarkably similar tale. As Mithras is forgotten today, it’s clear the strategy was a rousing success!

But Christmas continued as a schizophrenic holiday, part pagan festival, part Christian narrative. Along the way it absorbed more pagan elements that had absolutely nothing to do with Christian theology. Such things as decorating fir trees, hanging mistletoe, and sleigh bells in the snow simply do not pertain to ancient Palestine or Christian dogma at all, but they’ve had a strong appeal to our civilization just the same. It’s a true reflection of our forgotten pagan heritage.

Eventually, most Christians were no longer aware of the pagan origin of Christmas, which only created confusion over its persistent pagan aspects. The Puritans, however, did recognize its essential pagan character, and some early American colonies actually prohibited the celebration of Christmas.

One suspects they may have been disturbed not just by the paganism, but by the prospect that some people might actually cut loose and have fun. To them, December 25th was strictly to be just another working day, to be faced as sternly and joylessly as possible. The present-day Jehovah’s Witnesses attitude, when it comes to the legitimacy of Christmas, is pretty much the same.

The increasing secularism of the Christmas season, then, represents not a corruption of its original form, but a re-emphasis on the paganism that lies at its very foundation. Paganism that, since it was the original source of the holiday, has a more legitimate right to define what that holiday is. And let’s face it – all these pagan customs are actually rather enjoyable.

You’ll get no “bah humbug” from me – I’ll leave that to the Christians, who failed to co-opt the holiday completely, and are now upset that to most of us, it means something besides a drab indoctrination.

Merry Mithras to all, and to all a good night!

Henry Hasse ~ December 8, 2014

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Incredible Experience

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Here you are…unconditional love is very real indeed! And what we can mirror here and now is merely a hint of that which is in store for us!

I think that the Galilean Teacher from Nazareth must have had a similar experience and could not shut up about telling stories that taught as much. Home-town folks, even family, thought he was out of his mind for teaching that such a loving Ultimate Goodness (ABBA) really exists among us… especially in spite of the oppression all around them – and in view of what WE see in the news reports from around the world.

I say, never mind the alarmists! They are wrong 100% of the time and always have been throughout history. It is much better to be “out of your mind” like the Galilean and me! Dare to question the “holy inspired” Scriptures. Dare to use your God-given higher intelligence to question “authorities.” Dare to be anti-Christ in your thinking! (Yes, Paul’s theology and the theology of the other NT writers who followed him was mostly wrong too!) Dare to think that humanity’s Fall, the need for atonement with a vengeful “deity,” the need for religious rituals, and the threat of an everlasting punishing hell for unbelief in atonement are nothing but nonsensical myths, all the results of human fears merely appearing real.

We have absolutely nothing to fear from ABBA!

Henry Hasse ~ November 7, 2014

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“Holy” Words Control Psyches

Jihad is in the air, in the news, and on the minds of people living in fear. It means “the struggle against evil.” It is based on the “eye for an eye” metaphor which demands retaliation and maintaining strength to establish peace. Negotiation, statesmanship, and mutual agreement for the benefit of all are off the table. All that matters is controlling another person’s, group’s, nation’s concept of “evil” which is always centered on “holy” words found in their “holy book.”

Only interpretations of their Biblicism differ among the three major religions of the world today (Jewish, Christian, Muslim) as leaders in each attempt to control the psyches of their followers. And the more fundamental their interpretation is, the more anxious they are to satisfy their need to destroy their “evil” enemies to effect peace and to appease their monster deity who requires a punishing justice for disobedience and/or unbelief in its vicious master plan of atonement for their salvation.

What has a chance to overcome all of the above?

Rejection! Rejection of Biblicism, rejection of religion, rejection of the “eye for an eye” metaphor of justice, rejection of a monster deity and its vicious master plan of atonement for humanity’s salvation, rejection of fear.

But especially becoming conscious of the presence of an Ultimate Goodness that patiently yearns to be discovered among humanity and then shared with all as an unconditionally loving and accepting and as an endlessly forgiving and compassionate ABBA-like deity who understands the slow growthp of consciousness in all its prodigal sons and daughters.

Love conquers fear! Love liberates! Love allows for freedom to the benefit of all. Initiative and creativity and productivity are fruits of Love.

See Micah 7:18-20 for a brief on ABBA, my deity of Ultimate Love & Goodness.

– H Hasse
Sept. 30, 2014

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Liberty & Freedom

Just thinking about Liberty and how it allows for the freedom to make mistakes.

There are sensible safety rules that loving adults share with their growing children. You know them.

Unfortunately, some adults are too paranoid, and some are too ready to mistrust, threaten, punish, senselessly remove the child’s freedom, and set horrible examples for children to learn from.

It is not easy to be free. Freedom requires great personal responsibility. Freedom is Liberty’s child. Freedom is many things, such as hanging on to your own acceptance, unconditional loving forgiveness, and then accepting and unconditionally forgiving another’s harmful ways toward you and loving them anyhow.

This is the only way to change yourself and others: no atonement, no guilt, no threats, no payback, no punishment for you or your enemies.

This is and has been ABBA’s loving way from the beginning. This is ABBA’s justice! This was the liberating message that the Galilean, the real historical Jesus of Nazareth, taught and lived among his oppressed neighbors. It set them free to go out and do as he did to others. It set them free to learn to be like ABBA while still learning from their own mistakes and the mistakes of others.

Compare the above Jesus with the “Christ” of Paul and the NT writers.

The Galilean taught that ABBA was always near us and in us, and would never leave us. Not even death can separate ABBA from being a part of us.

But Paul’s “Christ” is completely opposite. You know all the ways. And Paul’s “Christ” was embellished even more ways by the Church during the next four centuries. You know those ways too and you have confessed or sung those ways.

Those ways threaten eternal punishment by having “Christ” come in judgement to send unbelievers to that hellfire punishment. You know all about that too.

Does that sound anything like ABBA’s ways that the real historical Jesus of Nazareth (not Bethlehem) taught and lived in his parables? What about his core teaching still hiding among all the NT weeds: Matt 5:38-48?

Little wonder he was murdered by Church and Roman authorities! ABBA’s ways of a loving justice were a threat to mankind’s justice of payback punishment!

Think about the Liberty that ABBA offers to you. Think about the freedom you have from guilt and oppression. Think about how your forgiving justice, with no strings attached, could change things starting with your family, friends, and neighborhood. Think about how far ABBA’s love could reach among us.

My eternal love to you,

Henry Hasse ~ July 10,2014

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The Illusion of Knowledge

Here’s something to contemplate for a while. “The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance. It is the illusion of knowledge.” – D. Boorstin

We are all born ignorant, but with the potential to learn quickly – and we do. Ignorance is nothing more than an empty personal journal waiting for meaningful entries.

But the illusion of knowledge closes the mind to further thought. A new idea which has potential to carry one beyond where one is stuck in her/his current “truth” is vital for growth and development of the human being.

We were created to question, consider, learn through curiosity, and move on to whatever is better than what we had thought before. Progress is always better than the illusion that we have already arrived with the one and only answer. Illusion inhibits human development.

We fool ourselves by trusting words that come from supposed authorities, that is, people whose education level demands our respect. Red flags should appear immediately! And when they claim that such words are “holy” and that they are the very words of God, well, then you can be certain that their words hide illusion from you. “People of the Book,” as they are sometimes called, are still teaching, living, and trusting an illusion, a myth.

Their bean-counting retaliating god who supposedly rules from somewhere up yonder does not exist and never did. Their illusion has kept them from learning the historical development of ancient humans and their gods.

Not only do they refuse to listen and learn from historical records which clearly explain the origins of religions which controlled the ancients, they also refuse to consider how their own religion developed and changed.

How, where and when did the Hebrew religion develop during their history? When did the ancient Sumerian religion begin to influence Hebrew thinking? Although the seeds of Zoroastrianism were already present throughout the land of Canaan, they contaminated Hebrew thinking during their Babylonian/Persian captivity.

Pre-captivity Prophets spoke of mercy without sacrifice, kindness, and compassion especially for those in need, and an unconditionally loving God who was always present among them.

After the captivity, the Persian apocalyptic, retaliating, and judgmental god became the god of the Torah. The Greeks and Romans brought the Hebrews to their knees wishing for the coming of the apocalypse to save them from tyranny. Several self-appointed Jewish apocalyptic “Messiahs” attempted rebellions but only made matters worse.

A simple alternative message from a lowly Galilean peasant offered a merciful accepting and unconditionally loving and forgiving message during these difficult times instead of a punishing, getting even, retaliation message. His reality was similar to the messages of the pre-captivity Prophets that offered comfort and relief to oppressed people. It was a message from an unconditionally loving, forgiving, and ever-present Fatherly God whose justice for all could be seen in the reality of rainfall and providing for birds. How much more for you? But it was a message which challenged the Hebrew apocalyptic religion and its leadership. And the Galilean was soon murdered as just another upstart rebel.

His close followers scattered for their lives. Although some of his illiterate followers continued to spread his sayings orally together with his generous ways, but his message was soon discarded for the more familiar apocalyptic salvation message of a well-educated lawyer who turned the Galilean into the long-awaited apocalyptic “Messiah” foretold to save all people (not just Jews) from their sins by offering himself as a sacrifice to Zoroaster’s angry god. This was the message that spread during the years of tyranny and persecution that followed – about four centuries of it while Gentile Christians waited for the promised apocalypse to relieve them.

From that time on, Christianity received the backing of the Emperors and/or the Popes, and they soon brought their own horrible apocalypse on the Jews, the Muslims, the pagans, and other unbelievers, all in the name of their god and their confessions.

People of the Book still prefer to have their forgiveness paid for with a vengeful bloody sacrifice just because one of the writers of their Book, Paul, said it was so. And then they top that off with the threat of an everlasting punishment by a hellish fire prepared for those who have questioned their salvation mythology.

May our loving Fatherly God surround them with his patience and unconditional forgiveness such that they begin to see the Light of his accepting Presence among them and therefore have reason to grow and develop and to do unto others as God would do. – Love them. Let it be so. – May your kingdom come among us.

John Shelby Spong writes, “Ultimately, this will cause us to redefine God. – (much like the Galilean peasant did) God will no longer be understood as a supernatural being, who invades the world miraculously from somewhere outside it. God will rather be perceived as the Source of Life calling us to live fully, the Source of Love freeing us to love wastefully, and as the Ground of our Being empowering us to be all that each of us can be.”

Henry Hasse ~ May 31, 2014

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Dare to Challenge Tyranny With Goodness

Complaints of “political correctness” and “religious bias” and “…-baiting” of all types, even labeling and bullying, originate from a mindset that spews tyranny, a mindset that needs to “get even, punish, or retaliate for something fearful grating away in its own gut.

Negative labeling that belittles in some way, is unproductive and only drives a deeper wedge between people. Children bully. Adults label. Really no difference. Both are put downs.

Today, “political correctness” and “religious bias” means that nothing dare be challenged with another point of view. And this in turn discourages discussion and exchange of ideas and growth and development and making things better for everyone. The loudest accuser wins with her/his personal “sacred” tyranny and shuts down what may have become an improvement in thought and action.

But when such put downs are off the table, ears have a better opportunity to be open to alternative possibilities.

Actually, the only sacred thing on earth is humanity itself. All humanity is worthy of receiving and giving unconditional love, no matter what. This is why all humanity needs to be sacred to us as well, no matter their personal beliefs and past mistakes, no matter their “blasphemy” or their “heresy.”

This worthiness is the surprising gift of an accepting love, even toward an enemy, and it has far more power to change someone than a threat of punishment or death. It has the power to begin changing a life into something with eternal value. Think about that for a while.

This is the real Diamond of Goodness – namely, real justice offered to us without any stipulations – unconditionally. It is a gift that surprises. When it imputes righteousness, a whore can become a lady! e.g. Don Quixote.

Out of my mind? I think not! The historical Joshua of Nazareth spoke of the same. He challenged the ancient mindset of both a tyrannical punishing god and an “eye for an eye” justice system. He challenged it with Compassion and Goodness and Loving forgiveness which is the justice of the real God.

Go ahead. Try it out. Your paying forward of real justice can and will make a difference. Seeing someone as they still think they are not, believing in what they can do and in what they can be when they are still unable to believe it, eventually imputes them with righteousness, with “doing the right thing,” – doing what God would do.

Henry Hasse ~ May 21, 2014

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Which Is It?

A Summary of the Choices Given for Your Consideration

The 4th century creeds clearly state the divine incarnation of the Galilean “human one,” whom it is so confessed had acted on behalf of humanity’s salvation, suffered, died, rose, and returned to his sky-father while humans wait for his return in judgment of their “faith” in the sky-god’s plan. According to the creeds he will then send unbelievers to an everlasting hellish punishment.

Refusing to confess the above has excluded and led to massive and gruesome acts of punishment of untold millions of humans, heinous acts performed in the name of the church’s sky-god and his sky-god son. (Review the Church’s constant persecution of the Jews during the Dark Ages and after, the Crusades, the Inquisition, the Holocaust, the treatment of scientists like Galileo, Copernicus, and more, even by Reformation Protestant leaders.) This history alone should jolt us into testing our self-consciousness concerning “doing the right thing” to and for our neighbor.

The source of retaliation thinking was the ancient Summerian messianic apocalyptic plan finally described in detail by Zoroaster. It was formulated into the creeds by the official Christian Church. The entire plan which had been adapted by Judaism during their Babylonian captivity had cleverly been reconstructed into Paul’s salvation theology during the mid-1st century. Fortunately, there is still another choice to consider.

Jewish Prophets before and during their captivity encouraged a different mindset, one which said that humanity should live God’s real justice, offering inclusive compassion and forgiveness to all, no matter what. This was totally opposite to a sky-god seeking revenge for humanity’s disobedience. Religious leaders would hear none of such “blasphemy” against their “eye for an eye” standard of justice and against their sky-god’s “holy” word. They soon murdered the Prophets in the name of their sky-god and his “holy” law.

The following seven+ centuries brought on difficult times for the Jews. Did they “reap what they had planted?” You decide. Jerusalem and their holy Temple were destroyed and they were either killed or carried off as slaves into Babylon. When Persians defeated the Babylonians, the Jews were allowed to return home to rebuild their city and the Temple. But not long after, the Greeks took control and turned the Temple into a home for Greek gods instead. Then the Romans took control. During this time the Jewish Maccabees staged several unsuccessful rebellions which always made things worse for the Jews. To maintain peace, those Jewish “Messiah” rebels and their followers were quickly arrested and publicly crucified.

Do we bring on our own troubles and suffering? Sometimes, yes we do, just like the Prodigal son. Other times they are just part of life’s opportunities to learn something better. Jesus’ early experience may have been exactly that.

Living during such a rebellious time and surrounded by an apocalyptic mindset, the Galilean “human one” made a giant leap in understanding. His transition into “doing the right thing,” the loving thing, instead of using payback as a way of justice, was unusual to say the least.

Perhaps it was his horrible experience of growing up as “Mary’s bastard son.” (The neighbors and his siblings ridiculed him with that.) That was the constant reminder that many think caused him to reject all social behaviors that belittled and excluded others, including the religious payback apocalyptic thinking with its vengeful sky-god, such as the message of cousin John the baptizer.

And it may have been that Joseph’s compassionate and loving acceptance of him, as if Jesus were his own son, that helped Jesus to better understand the comforting words of the OT Prophets read in the Synagogue after reading the Torah. He had noticed the difference between the two forms of justice.

Jesus learned about an ever-present Fatherly God, a generous Abba, One yearning to spread unconditional forgiveness and mercy to all his daughters and sons, no matter what their past may have been. This, then, soon became the message of the Galilean Peasant. His message together with his living were examples of the presence and the justice of this Infinite Goodness (Abba) in the here-and-now. But this form of justice disturbed the religious leaders because it “blasphemed” their “holy” words and the “just” ways of their pay-back sky-god.

Jesus’ public message was short lived. Although it comforted the oppressed, it challenged the more educated elite and their “holy” scrolls. Jesus was soon accused of being just another rebel, and he was quickly murdered by the Romans for upsetting local beliefs and causing riots. His chosen followers scattered for their lives. Some returned to Galilee and some supposedly returned later to the Jerusalem Synagogue to find reasons for Jesus’ demise in the “holy” scrolls.

During 50 – 55 CE, a well-educated Paul saw opportunity to spread his vision of an apocalyptic Christ-Messiah among the Greek-speaking Gentiles. He obviously turned Jesus into someone Jesus never was nor ever intended to be. By 70 CE, during another Jewish messiah rebellion, the Romans destroyed Jerusalem, the Temple, and either killed or disbursed the Jews throughout the Empire.

But Jesus’ sayings still influenced many early followers who spread them orally and tried to live them. And many now think that the spirit of his core message can still be found in several of his parables like the Prodigal Son, the Generous Landowner, and the Good Samaritan. Also, see Matt 5:38-48. These sayings reveal the diamond that Jesus discovered concerning an unconditionally loving (Abba) still found among all the apocalyptic weeds of the NT (written two and three generations after Jesus was murdered and one and two generations after Paul’s letters). It is most interesting, however, that his discovery cannot be found in any of the Christian Creeds. Obviously the official Christian Church elected to subscribe to Paul’s ideas of a vengeance-filled sky-god and a saving “Christ” instead of Jesus’ discovery of an always present and unconditionally loving Abba.

The false unjust accusations against Jesus, and an unjust Roman death penalty, was eventually turned into a sky-god’s salvation plan for disobedient humans. Worse, the Church added to Paul’s threatening vision of the returning sky-god’s son for some vengeance of his own in a final judgment and an everlasting hellish punishment for unbelief in his sky-god father’s salvation plan.

None-the-less, “doing the right thing” because that is what Abba would do is like an echo still ringing in the Christian’s “holy” book and in my ears. As for the Christian creeds and their threats… Well, I no longer fear them! Why? With a loving Abba always present with me, I know that the Christian sky-god and his sky-god son are myths and that their return in judgment and their final apocalypse will never occur!

How about you? Can you hear his nonthreatening whisper?

Henry Hasse ~ May 19, 2014

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My Dream for You

God is the ultimate good, the Unconditional which humanity can image somewhat through offering forgiveness without conditions. Jesus told people about such an Unconditional Love at work through our offering of forgiveness. He spoke of the “kingdom of God,” which is among us here and now. It is in us, not out yonder somewhere. Our struggle to enter God’s unconditional realm in this life is a daily one. But we can begin. Offering God’s unconditional forgiveness to all is a real challenge for humans. It is living by paying forward, not asking for anything in return, no payback, no expectations to have the favor returned.

Unconditional forgiveness and unconditional love come from the same Source. Unconditional forgiveness makes it possible to forgive ourselves and then forgive others right here and right now. But unconditional love is not entirely realized or even entirely possible for humans in this life. It is only practiced. Some are better at it than others. But all improve as they practice.

This is God’s dream for all of humanity. It is like the “kingdom of God” is here, but the “kingdom of God” is also coming. Again, the great “I am…” lives within us as if we are his temple. God has promised to never leave us, not even as we pass through death. There is more love coming, more than we can even imagine right now.

The thoughts above were a present to me from the niece (Julia) of my dear friend (Robert) in Australia. She knows that the great “I am…,” the unconditionally loving, accepting, and forgiving One is near to my heart. There is no other Savior/Father to fill me with joy. The gift of such a Presence within me is the reason for all my celebration and giving these days and every day.

I implore you, please do not permit all the words and songs and images of the season to hide this Love, this Presence, from you. This Source’s dream is to make us the Light of the world!

My Canadian friend, Wendell, added: If you note carefully…. the point made was about the teaching of Jesus in contrast to the teaching of Paul – two very influential people in history and about the central ideas that they promoted.

The good news I shared above concerning the Unconditional love of our Father/God was the Galilean’s passion. He was enlightened by it and it became his hope for humanity. Jesus taught and lived his unconditionally humane love for all.

However, Paul’s news was his dream of a Savior/Christ. It was exactly the the opposite of Jesus’ passionate message, and with the help of the Roman government and church authorities, it finally became the message of Christianity as well. They succeeded in making a savior/god out of the Galilean peasant.

The core themes of these two historical figures (Jesus & Paul) have changed subsequent history. At this moment in time, Paul’s message only appears to have won, especially around the Christmas and Easter holidays. But Jesus’ message will finally prevail because it is God the Father’s dream for all who are oppressed by their own behavior, by their enemies, by their governing authorities, and by the hellish threats of their churches that are laid on the minds of all who refuse to accept Paul’s message of a Christ crucified for their sins.

May we learn to pray with David, “Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Remember, O Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from old. According to your love remember me, for you are good, O Lord.”

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I respect all your thoughts and traditions on Christianity. Like me, they have provided some stability in the past, including the ritual sacraments. But my study of fear chose to recognize a development throughout history, one that the Hebrews, including the Galilean Sage, and then later Christians have participated in. Namely, a development of human civil and religious law! Not least of all an understanding of their sky-god(s).

Unfortunately, the Jews and then the Christians got stuck on the beliefs they had settled on after only a few centuries of haggling. Once decided, those doctrines were declared holy and inspired – like God’s Word is for them. And that was the final blow to further growth.

But the unconditional freedom offered by the Galilean encouraged further development, not stagnation. (I still think that his discovery of the Supreme’s Presence and unconditionality has been the greatest human discovery ever!) It so excited Jesus of Nazareth, a mere man as he repeatedly called himself, that he made it his brief life’s mission to teach and live it.

It was such a simple message. 1) The Fatherly Presence of the One and only Supreme lives in and among us, his sons and daughters whom he will never leave. 2) In the meantime, he is always accepting, unconditionally loving, and patiently forgiving each of us. 3) And finally, the Supreme’s dream is for us to finally love ourselves enough so that we can begin treating others likewise here-and-now.

His threefold simple message was meant to set people free so that they could finally love themselves enough to get about making things better for others; and, of course, to accept each other, respect, tolerate, and forgive each other.

Jesus’ message was a direct challenge to the need for a religion, a messiah, an atonement. a resurrection, and an apocalyptic end-time judgement. Religious leaders called this blasphemous and had him murdered for trying to start another insurrection.

While we are speculating on what we could be doing or becoming when unshackled with tyranny of thought and unjust laws, both civil and religious, we must really get our Fatherly Supreme excited.

Henry Hasse ~ March 2014

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