HARD SAYINGS – AFTER THE PARTY

Some Hard Sayings to Follow a “Happy Birthday”

First, permit me to admit that I owe most of my conclusions to far more scholarly men and women than myself. Many others, whose tedious scholarship has finally come to mind during my late years, have convinced me that serious questions must be asked about daunting contradictions confronting what I was taught as “truth-without-error” during my more gullible days. Although I may question some of their conclusions, still, their major discoveries appear to be flawless and have changed my course as a result. So here are my thoughts:

It is enough to know that the accepting love and presence within us is the Father’s “righteous” for prodigal humanity. This is his “covenant” to humans. This is his “good news” for us all. It has always been so from the beginning. It has never changed and never will change, even when humanity’s freedom of curiosity chooses to try another way that leads to harming self and others instead of helping them along and making things better. It is always present, waiting to love and accept us as we are, with all our chosen prodigal warts. There are no further requirements necessary to receive such an unconditional love. It is simply there, with open arms, waiting to pour out all over us, free and clear of stipulations and demands before we can have it. Welcome home! Take your seat at the party. Celebrate. Period.

Therefore, salvation is totally unnecessary. The need for it is an ancient myth. It also became Christianity’s very first sadistic teaching thanks to Paul. And Christianity added yet another sadistic teaching to their arsenal. It was the threat of eternal torment for not believing the first one. I now believe that these two teachings alone, more than any others, have consistently created the atheists of the world who say that no such god exists, or rather, given such alternatives, among others, proves there is no god. And I am with them in their conclusion. Then I am an atheist as well. Christianity’s god does not exist. Their god is a myth. I feel like the fellow my Australian friend wrote about who used to really enjoy the food at a famous restaurant – until he went into the kitchen and observed the details of its preparation.

My Australian friend also reminded me: “The great contribution of the OT pre-captivity prophets was to proclaim a forgiveness based solely and wholly on God’s “righteousness” or fidelity to his covenant of mercy and compassion. They rejected the whole idea of a forgiveness based on bloody sacrificial offerings.” So did Jesus. And so do I, for exactly the same reasons. (He observed the details of cousin John’s attractive message at the river, but soon rejected it after looking into John’s kitchen.) Therefore, I must also challenge Paul’s “gospel” of atonement through the suffering, death and blood of his “Christ.”

Paul confuses his “gospel” even more by adding his teaching of the resurrection of a newly re-embodied spirit person. And the NT writers embellish on his teaching from one to three generations later to make it even more confusing. Worse, Paul’s admitted spirit-apparition, together with the NT writers’ own embellishments and supposed visionary sightings, were obviously written from and edited from personal theological viewpoints, either to 1) appease the old “resurrected in the flesh” idea (resuscitation of a corpse – Elijah, Elisha, etc.), found in the apocalyptic OT writings, or 2) to appease the local Greco-Roman dualism (body/soul) myths that spoke of a newly re-embodied personality following the soul’s Hades’ waiting experience, a “sleeping.”

My real point here is to remind one that all these accounts tend to effectively hide the Father’s first and original and unconditional righteous covenant with humanity.

Returning to the NT, as James Tabor says, it would be far more helpful to read it historically, in nearly reverse order, to better understand my former remarks. That is, start with the letter of James (the brother of Jesus and Elder of the Jerusalem Church) and then Paul’s letters (50 A.D.). Follow those with Mark’s post-Jerusalem account (following the Roman destruction and Jewish massacre of 70 AD.) written around 80 AD. Paul and the Apostles had already met their demise by then. Note especially that Mark can only follow Paul’s mention of Peter’s account of an empty tomb (the women’s account was glaringly, and tellingly, omitted by Paul), but Mark writes nothing specific of Jesus’ birth or resurrection appearances. Then comes Matthew’s account, nearly 20 years after Mark’s, with important embellishments about Jesus’ birth and resurrection.

(Remember that other than Paul’s personal apparition account some 20 years after the crucifixion, Mark’s account had been the only one available to early Gentile/Jewish Christians for almost 20 years following Jerusalem’s destruction, and the empty tomb was not an issue with them. They realized that Jesus’ body had been hastily placed in a nearby and temporary tomb prior to sunset before the holy day by a member of the Sanhedrin and his unknown assistants. This troubled the women, of course, who wished to clean and anoint the body. But the Sanhedrin fellows had already removed the body immediately following the holy day, before the women could get to it, and placed it in a permanent tomb elsewhere, perhaps one that later became the family tomb. Again, this had not troubled the early Christians at all. It would have been standard procedure under the circumstances – a quick solution, then a permanent one to satisfy the holy day requirements. In other words, the early followers, through nearly 90 A.D., both during and after Jerusalem’s demise and Nero’s persecution, knew nothing else except for the resurrection appearance rumor of Paul’s apparition.)

Matthew uses Mark almost exclusively, almost 90% of it, but adds important embellishments concerning Jesus’ birth, life, death, and resurrection which he found unsatisfactorily missing from Mark’s account.

Luke’s version follows just before the turn of the century. His embellishments to Matthew’s are very obvious. And his Acts of the Apostles gives such credence to his account that it assures its selection into the NT canon later. It is interesting to note, however, that Luke is unable to leave Jesus walking about, eating, drinking, getting old, and dying again, so he has him transcend bodily into heaven from a mountain, but does admit that not all the disciples saw this apparitional sighting either.

Finally, nearly another generation later, already well into the 2nd century A.D., John writes his account. By now, at least to this theologian, Jesus had become no longer just human, but like the Roman hero, Appollonius, son of Zeus, he had become the Son of God and more. And still later, probably another John, while exiled in a lonely island prison has the final apocalyptic vision included in the canon where Jesus returns to destroy his enemies (Satan, the devils, and all who would not accept his atonement package paid for with his own blood) in an everlasting and tormenting hell he has prepared for them, one too horrible to fully describe. Then he gathers up the faithful few, either live witnesses to his powerful destruction or those asleep in Hades, and whose corpses he then resuscitates to go live with him forever in heaven. Sounds just like something the historical Jesus would participate in, huh?

But remember, these were very difficult times for early Christians. And there would be no peace for them for another century, not until Emperor Constantine (325 A.D.). They needed some hope for a better future and took whatever they were given, even the hope of an impending end-time judgment and possibly escaping hell.

Historically, that is how the NT should appear for reading. Not nearly as many suppositions would be drawn concerning its ultimate validity as an expression of infallible truth.

Note some final points. First, the gospel writers’ names were undoubtedly pseudonyms because the Apostles were already gone from the scene when the accounts were written. Second, they certainly were not contemporaries, although Mark and Matthew came close. Third, they all wrote well after Paul’s claim of a visionary appearance experience, one and two generations later in fact. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, whereas Mark and Matthew write of visionary sighting experiences two or more weeks after the crucifixion, ones which take place in Galilee, and definitely favor the tradition of a re-embodied new spirit person not unlike Paul’s vision, Luke and John, however, also write of visionary sighting experiences, but only in Jerusalem, and on the same day or immediately following the empty tomb discovery, and they definitely favor the old flesh and blood resuscitated corpse theory of resurrection that eats and drinks and can be touched. These points speak for themselves and cannot be denied.

As for Paul’s kitchen, most know that he grew up in Tarsus, but they probably do not know that Tarsus was the ancient Persian center of the apocalyptic Mithras religion which one can easily study later. Nor may they know that this was the religion of choice by the majority of the ever-present Roman Infantry in Paul’s day. Then, as Tabor points out, on the edge of town was a more contemporary and fascinating stone inscription for all to see as they came and went. It read: This man, named after Apollo and shining forth Tyana (God), extinguished the fault of men. The tomb received his body, but in truth heaven received him so he might drive out the pains of men. Hmmm, sounds a bit familiar, does it not?

There is more. To add to the confusion, Paul writes in Romans 8 and elsewhere in Corinthians of God’s secret mystery revealed only to him in Arabia (Mt. Horeb), where he must have had a NDE and was taken into heaven to learn that he had been chosen to reveal the announcement of God’s preparation to use Paul and an elite group of his chosen spirit-filled children to be glorified or transformed like Christ in order to take over rulership of this world with Christ after God has deposed all earthly rulers who are led by Satan. This to occur while God reorders the cosmos and while all others are being transformed toward their glorification as well through finally accepting “his gospel.”

In conclusion, I must say again that the confusion these writers sowed became like another enormous weed patch that together with the blood atonement and eternal punishment for unbelief Christian teachings almost totally hides the Father’s unconditional mercy and accepting love for all his beloved children from the beginning of time. My complaint is the same complaint of the OT pre-captivity Prophets as well as the complaint of Jesus himself who spoke only of the presence of a compassionate and merciful Father and who also warned his followers of making something more of him than he was, namely, merely a ” human one.”

The historical Jesus’ view of life and the presence of the Father within us nearly obscured the horrible surroundings and tyranny of Rome that he lived under. Instead, he chose to see very generous surroundings revealed in simple things of nature all around. And he used them to illustrate and substantiate his message of the Father’s loving and generous presence among and within us. It was a broad approach, a “humane ideal to reach for” as my Canadian friend calls it. It still stands today in stark contrast to the half-empty thinking we can see behind most unconvincing religious thought patterns that seem to rule the world around us. We have a very long way to go for humanity to capture it, but that makes it no less of an ideal. It’s like a carrot that the Father of all continues to hold before our noses. Once finally smelled and grasped hold of, great things happen to make better any unbearable conditions around us. But once again, probably in more subtle and quiet ways, without much fanfare, and in much slower fashion than it sounds here. Funny that, but I think that is how the Father operates among us. I speak for myself of course. I never had a crash-bang revelation that I can recall. Usually something seemingly insignificant at first, but life and mind changing eventually. Ahrrgh, what patience and love!

Afterword

Ideas have antecedents. I like to think that my current thinking and words are my very own, but most really are not. Nor have they “dropped out of heaven” as a dear friend says, which really makes me wonder all the more about the whole “meditation” thing.

We listen and process and conclude then act, listen and process and conclude then act, listen and process and conclude then act – as we go in life. Other ideas and concepts finally become our own when we can relate to them through our very private experiences and then pass them on. We also discard what we have learned just does not work in practice. If private reflection or meditation helps to bring this about, so be it. (Unfortunately, this method has also led some to think that their conclusions are SO unique, that they DID drop from heaven as a revelation that the world must now act upon or else risk being lost in their projected oblivion.)

This is a humbling admission to make, I know. But the sooner we all realize it, the better we can appreciate those around us who have become such an integral part of our lives during the brief time we spend here. We are not such rugged individualists as may think we are. Only in our personal experiences, challenges, and obstacles that we have either overcome or finally succumbed to are we real individualists. These are the things that seem to determine what ideas we listen to, think about, and make our own. The final results are that we have the potential to become more of a human corporation, trying to find the best way to market that which we think are our very own recipes. Yes, in some ways, they are our own, but in other ways, they really are not.

Being aware of these very natural hand-offs gives one pause over what both the OT and the NT writers wrote and why they wrote what they did. I can even cut some slack to Paul and all the other authors of the Bible because their ideas had antecedents too.

But I hurry to add that it still does not mean that I swallow most of what they write about, because it simply does not work in practice. Payback justice, which most of the Bible relates to and encourages, leads to nothing but destructive behavior. However, the quiet internal voice of unconditional love, acceptance, and forgiveness relieves tensions and bears good and decent fruit (behavior) within humanity. It’s THAT voice, hidden among all the Bible’s weeds, that is really winning around the world, NOT the typical voice of Christianity which many think is so successful.

I think that the message of the historical Jesus is quietly winning among people after all! Paul’s message, followed by the NT writers’ messages, only appear to be the winners on the “official” surface count of Christianity’s success around the world. But there is more going on with generous and caring attitudes than meets the “official” eye.

Henry Hasse
December 27, 2012

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Happy Birthday, everyone! For you are ALL the children of our Father, the beloved sons and daughters of the Creator of universes. Through his love, you were given life. Because of him, you have the freedom to choose how to live it. It is given to you to wade through any challenges and mistakes and discover his unique gifts to you and his consciousness within you, and then to treat others around you just as he loves and accepts you. No demands. No requirements. Just unconditional acceptance and caring – a willingness to help those in need, and a sideline mission to quietly and discretely inform anyone of this accepting and loving consciousness within them as well, one that waits for their discovery of it too, just as you are discovering it. Doing this through your everyday life, without any fanfare or expectation to be noticed, but just by being yourself at work, at home, and at play. No big deal. Just a quiet example of goodness and love for all. Pass it on. It is eternal and is not meant to be hoarded. It restores peace among humanity. It removes all fear for your future. Everything will turn out just right, on through to the end of your life and beyond. (But let that remain your really big unwrapped gift.) Just enjoy and use the ones you have received for now.

Henry Hasse, December 25, 2012

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Oh, the Patience of Unconditionality!

Preface

There always seems to be a better way
to write what one has learned of “unconditional.”
Of this I know, for I have labored long and hard
to bring this song to you.

Perhaps you can improve it some,
and add to it some thoughts – or take away.
Go to! Make it your own to think about and share.

I make no claim to say these words
should not be touched,
as if they be so sacred.
I hope that I have just begun
to learn such love as this
to pass along at three and seventy.

♥♥♥♥♥

I. The Best of Times

It must have been exciting – that creation time!
The Source of all, at play, with all the thoughts
on what to make at first, and then how far to go
with each existence – hmmm
perhaps to turn it loose to grow and change.

And then the thought that crowned it all:
A human pair to fill with wonder, and not least,
a hint of creativity, enough to play with and enjoy,

but most of all, exciting love to share –
which made them much like Love Itself!

♥♥♥

Accepting one another as but one and same,
just different in form,
and always seeking ways to better things
for self and others coming soon, –
such was the way implanted in them both.
Besides the gift of life itself,
the greatest gift to them was freedom. – Wow!

To choose the ways that made them happy was a gift
that filled with hope and curiosity.
These attributes did make them kindred, near and dear
to One who placed a consciousness
of such great gifts within.

It was a consciousness that sought
to use these attributes with grace and love
for those who followed after yet unborn.

Another word describes such Love:
It’s unconditional – means no conditions placed
on living, loving, doing good;
no, absolutely none.
It was the Source’s greatest attribute as well.

Such is the risk that Love must take!

II. Times that Try Patience and Love

A Love that takes the risk to grant a freedom
then allows for choices not so loving too.
This would be difficult to do,
but human robots would not fit
as images so dear to Source.

Unloving choices try the patience and the love,
not least of all, acceptance of recipients.

To mirror consciousness instead,
and understand the Source within,
(at least some part of it),
to not reciprocate in kind
with payback punishment,
is twice a blessing for the deed.

Forgiveness heals the wound and counsels hearts
of those who dare to hurt their peers.

●●●

The ancient story of the Fall
shows no such thing as love for deeds that hurt.
Instead, it tells a story of what could never be
a just reaction by a Loving Source.

An oxymoron is that story!

Love, and punishment as payback do not fit
as one and same,
and this is proof enough that it is myth!

A myth’s responsibility and punishment
for choices made by those who do not love
besmirch Creator – Love.
As if such treatment gives divine permit
to punish and pay back.

Creation myths abound among religions of the world,
as do the myths of falling from a paradise.
The Hebrew myths are not unique at all.

That humans have indeed made choices
which betray their lack of love, there can be no doubt.
A close account of history will tell as much.

Some greater detail may be helpful too,
but I prefer to leave those details
to some recollections of your own.
Experience will call up evidence
and give you opportunity to practice
unconditional forgiveness and acceptance too.

Better given late than not at all!

♥♥♥

To pay love forward is the answer then,
for it defines the Source’s justice as a better way.
Forgiveness brings relief to harmful situations, all,
including loving self enough to love a neighbor.

Acceptance will restore Creator’s justice to you both.
It brings a peace to you as victim,
and brings great comfort to an erring soul –
perhaps enough to turn their ways around, in time.
This is the hope of love enduring. – To be
a double blessing! Restorative! – Such
is the hope of justice from this Love.

●●●

Religion of the Hebrews was replete
with all its mediators and its rituals.
(Do not forget about its sacrifices and its laws.)
Yet none of these were much unlike
surrounding nation’s written codes.

Each nation thought their sky-god was the
strongest of them all, and that their ways
were most effective to appease an angry god.

Some people, like good Abraham,
who only looked for better land and better ways to live with family,
still followed rituals that he had learned too well.

Oh, the beauty of that place, Chaldean Ur!
But that its ways were not so loving, we can see.

♥♥♥

The worried questions of his son
foresaw a father’s brutal deed
in preparations odd.
And well it was to question such a brutal rite!

Thank goodness for the questions of the young!

The young can make us think, and doubt
some ways of old!

Their consciousness of Source’s way
is still somewhat unspoiled by much experience
with all the ways that do not love.

Bring up a child in Father’s way of love.
Acceptance and forgiveness leave their mark,
remembered well in latter days.

●●●

The choice of brutal sacrifice and punishment
were learned again at other times,
by brother left to die, then sold away.

There were Egyptian kings whose hospitality
made use of skills that called for husbandry.
Their animals did well with care
from those who had escaped a famine
in their land.

(Forgiveness and acceptance from a brother
they had hurt, was not received with grace
and comfort. They chose instead
a payback to receive.)

But there were other kings that came
to spread their tyranny
across the land, in fact, they saw themselves
as gods!

In time, some had enough of it, the fear and slavery
that is, and left the tyranny behind. They
searched again for better places
to call home.

There were the judges and the kings,
some good, at times,
who understood and led with ways of Elohim.
Most others seemed to not know loving ways.

♥♥♥♥♥

III. Glimmers of Hope

From time to time the light burst loose
from inner consciousness.

The prophets, bold, complained of
priestly ways and rituals.

They called for ways of Elohim.
Mercy! Justice! And forget the sacrifice!
Show love and kindness to your neighbors!
The generous forgiveness of our Elohim
brings peace and comfort to us all!

But prophets suffered from the treatment
of the most religious.

A priest from Aaron’s line (the first of Hebrew
priests to lead astray with golden image),
worked long to gather up the ancient
stories left behind by ancient scribes
who wrote with flare
of Hebrew origins and wars.

His name was Ezra. What seemed to be
the most important thing to him was lineage.
It gave authority along with words from Elohim 
at least he claimed they were.

He had enjoyed a life in Babylon, by then
a Persian state,
(all priests were looked upon as leaders, pure).
The Persian rule had made a Zoroastrian faith
their way, and Hebrew faith was not too far removed from it.

The writings of this scribe and priest, High Ezra,
betrayed his own interpretations
and additions to the scrolls.

They fit his thoughts and needs to press
so hard upon the captive Israelites the threats
of punishment when they would disobey
the ancient laws and ways.

The story of the Fall, the punishment of death
– and hell –
had their beginnings here, and smacked
of Persian faith we said.

(I have a hunch he was the one who tampered
with the earliest of books
to make them fit his Eastern desert faith.)

♥♥♥

And yet, appointed governor, the Nehemiah good,
who saw the sadness of his fellow men
and women coming home
to hear such words as Ezra read,
while looking at the walls
whose stones lay scattered far and wide,
found yet another meaning hidden there.

His consciousness explained them
to the gathered folks.
“Find love and mercy in these words,” he said.

“They tell of Elohim’s forgiveness and acceptance,
and give instruction on a better treatment
to your neighbors.”

“This Elohim does love you more than
you could know, and only hopes that you
could share this love with others here.”

The people heard these words of comfort
(yes, and many more), and cried
with tears of joy.

For days they celebrated such good news!

And then they changed their ways
of payback punishment to
then more loving ways.

Good changes come when after hearing
such great gifts –
Forgiveness and acceptance!

Love changes things! It’s true! It is creative.

A threat can only bring out insincerity.
Unloving acts are bound to follow such.

●●●

The Greeks and then the Romans brought on a
treachery and tyranny to all.

A time of war and horrible rebellion left people filled
with fears again for selves and for their homes.

♥♥♥♥♥

IV. Light From the Hills

A Galilean, young, and said to be the son
of nearby carpenter (to cover up a tragedy,
oh, shush!),
learned well by posing thoughtful questions
to his elders.
And it was said that their amazement showed
at his perceptions shared with them.
His depth of understanding did not cherish
ancient ways.
Known as the “sage” from hill country,
his was a simple message, new to those around.

He taught the presence of a loving and
accepting Father who is within us as we treat
a neighbor with respect and dignity.

It was a message not unlike the olden prophets too.

He spread his sayings using stories, clear,
of common things in life,
and gave examples of relationships so generous
that all could see a mirror of the Father’s
presence, here, and now among them.

He gave the people hope for better times,
and love for enemies was key to peace, he said.

He showed them how to party with the poor.
The overlooked, excluded too, came in,
and joy and laughter always filled the room!
He called himself Joshua ben Adam,
(a son of humanity, the human one),
and refused another title higher still.

So, many chose to follow with his ways –
not follow him, as person, note that well,
for so he asked and cautioned them.

His ways were what he taught and lived,
and hoped he could pass on.
It was the message of acceptance from a
Presence that should hold the day!

To see the Father’s presence in our ways is key!

It has been said that people need their heroes too.
But, when will we learn that what our heroes did
is lost among the accolades for them,
and then authority bestowed on them?

Their loving deeds must always cover up
themselves! It is such work that lives
through generations on.

Humanity will come and go,
but loving works live on and on
so surely as the Source, Eternal.

In spite of moving place to place,
the crowds and teachings were offensive
to the leadership.

Religiousness was questioned for their rituals
and words had bound in fear
the people that he loved.
His fearless questions of the words
they claimed had come from Elohim
offended their authority!

He knew beyond a doubt that words which speak
of anger and revenge, of punishment,
destruction too, were not from Love itself,
a Father to us all.

For this, and for the Roman ruler’s fears
of possible rebellion in the wind,
he suffered brutal treatment on a Roman cross.

And yet, with dying breath, he still called out,
and trusted in the Father’s way of justice pure.
“Forgive them, Father, for they just don’t know
yet what they do.”

Amazing love for enemies,
and what a grasp of Father’s justice!

●●●●●

V. Just Another Religion

Now afraid for all their lives, the followers
went into hiding, and worse, became convinced
by written words from new Apostle Paul,
Apocalyptic Law, and PhD, who wrote:
“He was the Christ! His death had deeper mean as payment for our sins.”
I call it worse because,

They left behind the light of Jesus’
words and ways for them –
the ones concerned with presence
of the Father, so filled with love and
patience for his children, dear,
and mirrored by our loving help for all.

Instead, they soon returned to justice known
from old – a sacrificial payment to appease
an angry sky-god.

IF we believed, they said, a bloody offering paid,
perfected by the Son, no less, then we
could see salvation from a death and more
destruction in the end-time judgment
that is sure to come.

(I said before and say again that hell and
end-time judgment were but Zoroastrian
teachings that the priests brought home
from Persia many years before.
Those same apocalyptic words where taught by
cousin, John, along the Jordan banks, but
they were words that brought no comfort
to John’s cousin, Jesus.)

The years that followed saw a narrative,
and then three more,
about the life of Joshua.

Those stories claimed he did and said some things
that do not fit his message
of the “kingdom” here and now.

One spoke of Son-ship at a Jordon river bank.
Another wrote of terrible and fearful times
that soon would come, when he returned to
rule as King and send all enemies to hell.
And one described a birth that was unusual,
with lineage again to give authority.

Another author, late, but sure that he was
not unlike the Roman heroes
so well known. – all gods that walked about
on earth as if to hide themselves,
but not their mighty deeds.

Just use the test that Jesus used
on words that claim to be the Father’s words.
A love for all would never send a curse
to towns across the lake of Galilee!

In centuries to come, a Christian church
was formed, and creeds were written up
about a man that they had turned into a god.
The church claimed power to control the people,
even governments, with words, they said,
came from their god – a claim used once
(or was it twice) before by priests so bold.

Again, they punished some to brutal deaths
for questions of mistrust, and said to
place authority and rituals at risk.

♥♥♥

Thanks to the Father’s consciousness within,
there always was a soul, some here or there,
who understood, at least in part,
the meaning of the light that brought sage Joshua
to live a life of love and pass it on to us.

And what of those who still do miss the point?

Forgive them, Father, Dear! They too will know
and celebrate with us as well,
much like the brother of the Prodigal
who thought you so unfair, and
so unjust at first.

Accept them as they are, and love them still.
We know you will, and so shall we. Amen!

The Father’s love, accepting all,
the freedom and the hope it gives
for happiness pursued,
shall always break away across the world,
in spite of gloomy messages
with all their “ifs” that implant fears,
and all the horrors promised soon
for disobedience of laws that some create
and profit from.

A thousand years are but a day
for Love that does not fail.
To us, that time is long, indeed! – That is,
until we learn of love and patience from
the One who knows that its Reality will

finally come to all
who pass through death – a door ajar!

The promise of the Father always was, and still is,
never to forsake or leave us here in grave
to rot away with meat and blood and bone,
for we are more than those!

We are his children after all!
We are more than we can see, and we shall ever be
within the presence of our Father!

(Forget the meat and blood and bone,
all here for us to be in school,
to learn to make improvements and
to learn to love a neighbor!)

So, fear death not! Again, I say, “a door ajar!”

Enjoy what has been given you for here and now.
And share your happiness with all.
Your face will show relief, and they will ask
what makes it so? –
An opportunity to tell of things discovered
and made known to you!

The ways of Love, and not the man himself,
who taught us well to comfort those
that suffer from their fears,
are what this life of ours is all about!

So, just let Jesus be the man from Galilee,
a son of man. – No more!
Of course, we all are sons and daughters
of the Father, including him,
as he did know full well.

The presence of the Father, found in loving
human ways, just is what it is.

You cannot build religions out of that!

To do the loving human thing, to be the mirror
you were meant to be,
this is unconditionality – the Father’s way!

The Source of all lives in you now
(your consciousness can tell),
and eagerly awaits to show his Love
for everyone – Through you!

This can be done so easily, but not until
you finally see this light and love
are meant for you!

You are the one accepted and so loved!
You are the light!

You are the child of the everlasting Father!

Know that well and it will turn you on to shine on all around!

Henry Hasse – March 21, 2012, (The First of Spring!)
Lakeland, Florida

Afterthoughts

What need is there to waste our time
on wondering about a life to come?
It is enough to know that we have merely
scratched the surface here.
There’s much to do and much to learn!

The wonders of the Father’s endless works
to be uncovered still
by consciousness and mind
set finally free of – well, you know,
are bound to thrill us all.

Like children playing in a sandbox,
at a playground, at the beach –
all safe from harm and tireless,
while Father smiles on,
enjoying each discovery then made
by children, dear….

A waste of time to think of it –
like day-dreaming in school.
There still is so much love to give
right here and now.

The more we hear of brothers, sisters,
children dear, that suffer from a need
and fears of death and punishment,
the more there is to do….

Henry Hasse – Revised 12/14/2012

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Good News that Liberates – Part 2

(The following is a rewrite of a post written last February.)

The Galilean sage taught and lived his insight of the “kingdom” of the Father. It offended the religious folks in his audience, but it was a comforting message to those who were not so religious, including the immoral people among them. Joshua ben Adam invited them to join him at the dinner table of all things! The good religious people called them “sinners” not only because of their immoral lives but especially because they did not participate in the rituals of the temple worship, nor did they practice an exclusive behavior toward outsiders.

What was this message of the “kingdom” of the Father? It was not unlike the message of the OT prophets who spoke of the Father-God’s mercy without sacrifice, accepting and coming to the aid of the fatherless, the widow, and the stranger among them at no cost to them. It was treating others as they would like to be treated. (Not just as you would like it, but as they would like it.) It meant loving them rather than paying them back or getting even with them. It meant forgiving those who caused you harm – over and over again – until they finally stop their behavior! It meant imaging the Father’s justice in this way.

This was not impossible or all that difficult, because the Father had already placed his consciousness into humans when they were called out of muddy clay. It is what set humans apart from other creatures. Humans are free to actually mirror the Father’s greatest attributes of unconditional love, acceptance, and forgiveness for unloving choices made by others. It was an amazing act of love to take this risk without attaching a threat of punishment to it! When humans make the unloving choice, their choices only make the better loving choices shine all that much brighter. Because loving choices are so beneficial to all, and harm no one, humans can learn from their mistakes and choose better ways in the future. Children learn this faster than adults.
This message called religion into question. It even called the authenticity of the scriptures as being the very word of God into question (such as an “eye for an eye” or many other scriptures speaking of an angry sky-god destroying enemies.)

It especially called into question the apocalyptic Babylonian idea of an end-time judgment which had crept into Judaism after their captivity. It called the need for a mediator into question and it called religious rituals into question. It set humans free to be humane toward each other without threatening demands to do so. It put an end to the need of appeasing an angry sky-god conjured up by a payback mindset, and it abolished the Near-Eastern fall and hell mythology. Instead, it taught the presence of the generous Creator-Father among us, revealed in sometimes insignificant but unconditional loving acts between humans. Little wonder that this message was so scandalous to the religious mindset. It was indeed offensive to such thinking, and it still is, especially because it threatens the payback punishment myth and the further existence of an authoritative religious force among mankind. It required some hard rethinking. It meant moving on to something much better than the harmful, exclusive and inhuman behavior while under an old payback justice system. No wonder that the religious leadership called out for the Galilean’s death! Everything they stood for was being questioned by the generous message of an accepting, forgiving presence of a Father-God, a presence which released humanity’s fears and encouraged the best in them to shine on others.

Coming to know the presence of this greater consciousness and practicing it is what life is all about. Freely offering the Father’s generous acceptance to all, without conditions, and enjoying their surprised, thankful, and relieved response can really make your day. It is overwhelming to experience it, especially when they finally understand that they are not in your debt for freely offering it to them! Jesus thrived on this daily activity of his. One could say that he killed bad behavior with kindness. He even offered the Father’s acceptance and forgiveness to those who were still ignorant of it right up to his last breath.

That the good followers of Joshua ben Adam, who were so terribly disappointed by his early demise, quickly returned to the old payback justice and sacrificial ideas in an attempt to explain the horrible injustice that they witnessed is not surprising. They merely redefined them by making the historical Jesus into the Lamb of God and his blood the “perfect” payment that bought and paid for their salvation. They may not have intended to do so, but they actually turned the comforting message of the Father’s presence into a lie. That is, they turned it into a conditional message. For all of Paul’s writing about the Law (religion of the Torah) being a burden too great for humanity to carry, he too overlooked Jesus’ real message and invented a new mystic religion that was built around a “Christ.” They all finally concluded that we must depend upon the bloody payment of this “Christ,” in spite of the fact that the Galilean sage had insisted that he was only the “son of man,” the human one, and no more. The follower’s conditional message of “faith” (“believe in Christ and his bloody payment for us”) instead of trusting the unconditional (no ifs) acceptance and forgiveness of the Father from the beginning of humanity’s existence is what made their message so different and iffy when compared to the message of the historical Jesus.

Unfortunately, comforting message of our generous Father’s “kingdom” turned loose within humanity has also been overlooked for two thousand years by the organized church. The result is that millions of humans still long for a comforting message to relieve their oppressive fears of death and an apocalyptic judgment. And faithful believers harbor similar fears as those while worrying whether their “faith” will meet the high standards of their “Christ” when he returns as their Lord and Judge. Others depress by thinking that all they have is this life and then you die. Nothing more.

The “pearl of great price” is our consciousness of the Father’s accepting presence in us. Knowing that his unconditional love and forgiveness continues to dwell in us makes it possible for us to be unconditionally human toward each other. It releases us from our fears and turns us loose to explore our individual interests as gifts to benefit humanity. We can enjoy making things better than we found them. And we can join in celebrating this freedom with all humanity. We can be accepting and inclusive and merciful and patient while understanding that those who may be offended by this message just do not know yet.

Individual humans are at their own place in their journey. Some are on track with grasping and imaging this unconditional love and others are off track while many others are still all over the place. But all are the Father’s children, his sons and his daughters, and all are worthy of acceptance for that reason alone. Children of the Father are not just the “believers” in some religious system. Always remember that.

The Father has even more surprises waiting for all of us. Yes, his acceptance of all may be scandalous to many who are very religious, but who are we prodigal mud puppies to question his generous unconditional loving ways? Therefore, while we mirror his ways (his image) as best we can, here and now, we can also anticipate and dream of his surprising Reality beyond the death that we all must go through as part of this natural existence. No fear! Death is nothing but a door that opens wide to something better as we approach it – something we cannot begin to describe! Those who have had a near death experience know exactly what I mean. They all seem to relate that there is a loving and accepting Presence that never left them or forsook them through their experience. And after they were sent back, they still felt that loving and accepting Presence.

In the meantime, let us be about the Father’s business of justice as we practice it in this natural existence, that is, being generous with unconditional acceptance and forgiveness for all. It is liberating!

Henry (Hank) Hasse, 12/12/2012

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No Difference

There’s not a dime’s worth of difference between religious tyranny and political tyranny. In fact, the second was spawned from the first.

Ancients were troubled by nature’s “survival of the fittest” rule and concluded that earthquakes, floods, storms, and other natural disasters were the result of an angry god punishing evil mankind. A shaman was chosen as a mediator to approach that god with sacrificial offerings to appease its anger. But the shaman assumed great power over the people, and chose priests to assist him with similar authoritative powers. They demanded and, of course, received offerings from the people, keeping a generous share for themselves.

Soon, societies concluded that they also needed temporal rulers as well, especially to protect them from neighbors with coveting eyes. These political appointees were usually the strongest and most fearful among them. They were blessed by and granted power over the people by the religious cast in the name of their god(s). These rulers, in turn, demanded taxes from the people to pay for a host of governing authorities and to support the armies needed to protect themselves from neighbors interested in more land and riches for themselves.

Both the religious authorities and the political authorities had to justify their existence. They did so with laws that promised to enhance the lives of the people and laws that required severe payback punishment for disobedience. They also constructed myths concerning their many worthy achievements for the people. Before long, so many laws and taxes were adopted that people lost their freedom and lived under tyranny and fear for their lives.

This situation was repeated over and over again among many nations throughout history. Whenever control over the people grew into tyranny, people would finally either escape the country or form a rebellion against the tyrants. Thousands, even millions, of lives have been lost for such causes. But even after winning their freedom, people always seem to be persuaded by myths which eventually lead them into slavery and fear for their lives all over again.

When will people ever learn?

When will people finally see through the myths of an angry god who seeks appeasement for evil ways and payback through a worthy sacrifice? When will they finally learn that their freedom requires personal responsibility and vigilance? When will they finally learn to teach their young about this freedom and what is required to keep it? When will they finally see through the promises of would-be leaders who merely want power over them by saying something that sounds good and doing something totally opposite? When will they learn that their church’s confessions and books are misleading and not so holy after all? When will they learn to respect and follow a good person’s character, actions and caring ways, rather than his/her personhood? Making a hero or god-like person out of him/her only destroys what he/she stood for. When will they learn to question authority rather than blindly follow authority?

John Hawkins, a writer for Townhall (www.townhall.com), recently (Dec. 11, 2012) wrote about five myths that political authoritarians have created about themselves. Notice how many of these myths also describe religious authoritarians.

“(They are) sanctimonious, mean spirited and advocate policies that don’t work…. They can laud themselves for courage because they take a stand everyone they know agrees with, pat themselves on the back for their compassion as they maliciously insult someone that disagrees with them and congratulate themselves for their charitable behavior as they give other people’s money away. (Their) mythology is one thing, but what it actually looks like is a different beast entirely.”

Hawkins then expands on the five myths they pretend to emulate: loving science, caring about education, being tolerant, not moralizing, and loving the poor. It’s worth the read.

Henry Hasse, 12/12/2012

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