Essence of the Transcendent vs. Injustice

The Transcendent Deity chose to reveal a modicum of its essence through its creativity. That revelation in itself is astounding enough to humanity because there seems to be no end to possible discoveries related to a developing creation before our eyes.

But there is something even greater than our awesome biological makeup and our infinite surroundings (each offered to engage our minds) that begs to be discovered. What is it that is so awesome? It is the loving justice of the Deity, namely, its scandalous unconditional love for humanity in spite of humanity’s prodigal choices, especially when we choose to be unjust to each other by demanding a payback justice rather than a forgiving justice given without cost like the Deity does.

We call such love and justice “scandalous” because it is totally unexpected by humans. It is absolutely surprising to hear of it and experience the relief of it! It is free to everyone, and has no conditions or requirements attached to it. It demands no sacrifices or payments by humans in order to be worthy of receiving it. It only implores us to be merciful. And finally, it even allows for making choices, whether good or bad. It was, and still is, willing to take that risk rather than create mindless robots that cannot learn from mistakes.

From the beginning there have always been two very contrasting ways of life for humans to choose from. One was the example of the Deity’s rich goodness gifted to humans for their enjoyment and use, more than enough to share the same with each other. The other way was a total misunderstanding of the Deity and its ways. Instead of seeing all the goodness around them, some chose to see only the natural disasters of their changing environment, including the very natural wearing out and deaths of creatures and humans. And their wrong conclusion was that such disasters were punishments from an angry deity. This faulty thinking led to tyrants such as shamans and priests taking control with their “holy” words and rituals to appease such deities. As one might expect, they soon began to act like their contrived deity by handing out punishments for disobedience to their words.

One way of life is loving and forgiving or accepting; and the other is punishing and extremely religious or tyrannical. One serves its family and neighbors; and the other is self-serving. One proclaims the comforting message of the Galilean Sage from Nazareth; and the other proclaims the assumed saving act of the “Christ” of Paul and the gospel writers. One proclaims that the Deity never even presented a bill of debt; and the other makes a bloody payment to a demanding deity. One is true justice personified; and the other is inhuman and unjust. One reflects the Deity which dwells among humanity to this day; and the other grossly misunderstands and misrepresents the Deity. One is a light to the world; and the other, well, it attempts to snuff out every little gleaming candle lit by love.

One way of life is free to explore the creation and to love even its enemies; and the other is very religious, exclusive, and demanding like many forms of Christianity. One practices real love and lives it; and the other only talks about love as a duty and calls love a law.

Henry Hasse – July 31, 2013

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Way of Life

Antiquity shows us that retaliation has been a general way of life among humans. This fact is contrary to the ordered cosmos which begs for discovery.

Occasionally, some did challenge the ways of tyranny, but they were quickly struck down by it.

Nothing has changed much. Bullies still exist today, at home, in the streets, in the marketplace, and in governments. Punishment, payback, and getting even are their unjust tools. And their legacy is choking out liberty and the freedom to question, imagine, discover, invent and be productive – to seek justice and find a better way of life!

How then to overcome this ancient idea of retaliation – our real enemy?

First, we must learn that it was a misunderstanding of natural disasters and diseases that was behind unjust behavior, and worse, a mistaken view of God. Humans concluded that a deity was punishing them for wrong behavior, so why not follow the deity’s example and treat others likewise.

Their next mistake was thinking that sacrifices could appease the deity’s anger, especially if they were bloody ones.

Who came up with all this nonsense? Their power-hungry shamans and priests of course.

A brief turning point in this retaliation-thinking came from the teaching of an obscure Galilean Sage from Nazareth. He taught that God, our Father, lives in and among us, accepts us as we are, and freely forgives and loves us without demanding any payment or sacrifices.

This generosity indicates an unconditional message that sets humanity free to live their dreams and accomplish great things for themselves and for others, And best of all, they could begin to treat others as they have been treated – with God’s real unconditional justice!

Although this about-face in humanity’s way of life had tremendous potential to change ancient ways forever, and set humans free from their ancient fears, the tyranny of religious ways soon took control again and still remains in control in many ways today.

Christianity, for one, changed the Sage’s teaching into a concentration on his death as a sacrificial payment to God instead of a murder by tyrants. Worse, it promises an eternal hellish punishment from God for not believing in his gruesome bloody salvation plan for humanity.

Fortunately, humans are finally beginning to question these lies of tyranny and retaliation, because they are finding the Sage’s precious gems among all the weeds of religion’s words and practices. And by practicing instead a gentle unconditional love for others, they are learning to operate fair and profitable businesses with their neighbors, something that benefits everyone.

Humanity’s fears are being overcome by compassion. Thank God! Even the Cosmos is turning loose more of its unknown “secrets!”

Henry Hasse – July 29, 2013

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Tough Love?

A friend recently sent me a wonderful picture of Jesus holding a child on his lap. The Father’s “kingdom” here and now is as simple as that – showing children that you love them. It starts there and moves next door. The picture is one of those diamonds hidden among the weeds, sort of like the passages below.

Matt 5:38-48

38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[i] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

BTW, verse 48 just throws a challenge out to us: try being like him. Mirror his loving ways as best you can. Every little bit is better than getting even with a payback/punishment which is not the Father’s way. Prodigal or not, he loves you no matter what!

My friend wrote that he has experienced “tough love” and it confuses him. No wonder. “Tough love” is an oxymoron. It’s foolishness. No such thing. No such love. Never necessary. Only a figment of a payback/punishment mindset, as if God uses “tough love” on us so it must be OK for us to use it on others. Not true. Bad things that happen to us are not God’s doing at all. Rather, they are the result of our own bad choices. Plant weed seeds and expect to harvest wonderful fruit? Ha! Foolishness! Not the Father’s way at all! Not under any circumstances.

That’s why “tough love” used on someone leaves the person confused. It’s a cover-up, an excuse to punish or get even. No, the Father’s way of love is far more scandalous to a punishing/payback mindset because his loving way of forgiveness and acceptance treats the offense like it never even happened. He has already thrown even the worst of our prodigal offenses out of his sight, as far as the east is from the west, and beyond. Nothing left to repent of when we approach him. Only gratitude and thanksgiving to him – celebration with him – and, of course, passing his loving ways on to our neighbor, even to our enemies.

(Now THAT’s the tough part! – treating our bullying enemies like the Father treats us.) I’m still working on that. Try it. It is not as easy as it sounds, not even for a loving person who thinks she/he has overcome an ancient payback/punishment mindset.

Hank Hasse – July 28, 2013

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My Dream

I have a dream –
to end all tyranny.

A new dream? No!

Humans of olden times
have had this dream.

I am sure of it!

Some few lived it well
and died for it.

Some few only hoped for it.

Some few were troubled
by its presence,
and knew not what might come of it.

Many fought against the dream.

Most, it seems, did call it nonsense
that could never work
in life’s reality which needed more control.

(A few with such conspiring thoughts
did lead the way to tyrannies
too terrible to think about –
when humans suffered so
that lives they once had lived
would not be spared.
But, oh, the “good life” of the despot!)

On every level of existence,
most of us have felt injustice
sting us from a bully.

How then can we end such tyranny?

Not by force for certain!
For that would be no better
than the problem.

At best, we might defend
the right to live our dream
against an unjust thief.

But joining forces in rebellion?

(Give that much thought!
There is a difference.)

So what then will succeed?

Look to the presence of the dream!
It holds the answer.

It is this dream that mirrors a divine Presence
within us.
It is this dream that defines humanity.
It is this dream that yearns for freedom.

It is a dream of loving compassion.
It is a dream of acceptance and forgiveness.

It is a dream that knows no bounds.
No! Absolutely none!

It is unconditional, and it is a gift.

It requires no payment, no sacrifice,
no sacred rituals to follow,
no middleman to explain it,
not even a “saving faith”
to secure a sacred reward.

The dream only hopes
to be discovered within
and to be shared without.

The dream only hopes for change –
the world around –
to bring justice through love for all.
And for humanity to be its instrument.

This has become my dream too.
This has become my hope as well.
This is my gift to you.
May we live this dream together!

May we enjoy the liberty and the benefits
of our dream!

May we love ourselves enough to mirror
the love our Dream has for us!
Then it will spill out and over others.

Hank Hasse
July 11, 2013 – 4am

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Be Fearless!

We have good reason not to be afraid of anything. Not even death!

1. Deuteronomy 31:6, Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified, for God goes with you; God will never leave you nor forsake you.

2. Deuteronomy 31:8. God goes before you and will be with you; God will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

3. Joshua 1:5 As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.

4. 1Kings 8:57 May God be with us; may God never leave us nor forsake us.

5. 1Chronicles 28:20 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for God is with you. God will not fail you or forsake you.

6. Isaiah 42:16 I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.

7. Hebrews 13:5 God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

8. Jesus said that God is the God of the living, not the God of the dead. God’s promise is to never forsake or abandon you and me – not in life, not in death, and especially not to the grave – which hints that there is more life beyond.

9. Today is the day to begin celebrating life. I have finally begun to celebrate mine. Celebrate yours with me every day!

10. God bless you and comfort you with this news: You will never be forsaken! You will never be left alone!

11. Go out there filled with compassion, with acceptance, with love, and with forgiveness for all. Go out there knowing that we are all one with God who gave us life and will never leave us.

12. Never stop celebrating your life! It is a precious gift from God. Learn all you can of it. Never stop sharing and enjoying your life.

Give your life a “WooHooo!” every morning,
Hank Hasse

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