Eric's Thursday Sermon; Universalism 2
Mother and child.
Elephant in the room!
We do not do much controversy here but it is important at this stage in this series. So I will try to keep it short and only touch on the one real controversy. Christians have a rift. It is generally considered religiously politically correct to espouse that the only way to "eternal" salvation is through the acceptance of Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. Without that it is eternal Hell or some stage in between in like a limbo.
To be fair there are exceptions to this rule. One I call the "had no clue" exception. If you were born in a village in North Eastern Korea and led a wonderful loving life, how would you ever hear the "good news"? Certainly you would in no way be "condemned". Our mental wheels and hearts are turning wildly now and must ask the question; Does that mean it is accepted that you only get the Holy Spirit and Faith through other men or women? Personally I got issues with that. I am sorry but that would mean that God has to act through somebody. I think we should lead our lives like that is the case and take on that responsibility but that does not translate into a restriction on God. Souls are connected through love and not written or spoken word.
So that exception might work for you. It does not for me.
This music just helps my mind to wonder without thinking of the music.
The day of the memorial service for my mom.
What are you going to do about babies?
Babies have souls. You can say that all who are not saved by knowing Jesus will not go directly to Heaven. So what do you do about babies. You make another exception. Baptisms, Christenings and saying saved through parents are all different sects' ways of handling it. And then you can get into those levels of heaven and hell and limbo. They all work it out to where even the staunchest believers in "original sin" will not send a baby straight to eternal hellish damnation.
I think you can see where I am going with this - it takes a heck of a lot of work of words and legalism to create yet another exception.
Memorial Service for my best friend and sister Lauri's husband Dennis.
What splendid beauty.
There is a man
There is a man I know who believes that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He has issue with the Trinity concept. And he balks at the notion of needing a savior. He has a personal relationship with Christ. He is a good man that does good works. He prays unceasingly. He just does not believe in the concept of needing to be saved by a certain "confession". In some sects this man will go straight to hell in the proverbial hand basket.
Let us just say this about the Pope. He is a cool dude. Oh and one other thing, a simple synopsis of who goes to heaven. God decides.
He makes it clear that we and the church he is head of must do our best to do our best. Churches are not the pathway. They can only hope to guide and give favor to all who ask.
But I can tell you this, if you really follow the faith as put forth by the Holy See what have you to worry about. But if you think it is the only path -- listen to the leader. Man plans God laughs. I personally love the tradition of the Catholic church. But the day some robe wearing monkey tells me it is his way or the highway is the day I punch him in the nose. And then I will tell the Pope on him ;-)
If you believe that there is a heaven and a hell for good people, then
If you are a believer in heaven and hell and that the only salvation is a personal choice of accepting Christ then you have no logical, faith based or theological basis for not carving out exceptions. I suppose that is cool. It could be said that if you believe we all carry on in soul in beauty and splendor after life in our earthly bodies then perhaps you need carve out exceptions also like the concepts of Buddhism.
Either way I think that funny little man says it best at the point we are on this. Probably man follies and God decides.
It is only fair at this point.
Your's truly believes. I think that the idea of the Holy Trinity is nice. I do not accept Christ as my personal savior so to speak. I accept him as a loving God who preached love. And I accept him by praying and conversing with him unceasingly. He does not talk back but He helps me to feel bad when I am not loving and to feel amazing Grace when I am loving. Call that what you will.
Now about knowing and accepting. I call that love. So if I love love then I love Christ, The Father and the Holy Spirit that can reside in all of us in the form of love. I know that sounds all bonkers and like a hippie dippie out of the 60's. But I can back that up real well with scripture that is purportedly right out of God the Son's mouth. And I have no reason to "dis" believe it. 1 John 4:12 just for starters and to end this piece: "No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us."
Rest well and thrive.
If you read this, regardless of opinion or faith, you are spending time with yourself contemplating good stuff. I believe God likes it when we do that. Pat yourself on the back and know that all good things reside within you, you need not look no further than your heart.