Religion

Sunday, 03 January 2016 08:26

What is a Holy Spirit guided life like?

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What is A course in miracles really teaching? It is teaching that each of us on earth lives from the ego separated self (each person with his type of it, his personality). Each person's birth circumstances, his inherited body and its conditions, family, race etc. was designed by him and all of us (for all of us act in tandem as the one son of God, what one of us wishes all of us cooperate with him in realizing it). Each of us sees his self in body and ego, a personality type. That self is a dream self, it…
Friday, 01 January 2016 10:18

Happy New Year to you all

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Happy New Year Greetings To All My Friends The Message Of A Course In Miracles To Us Is My New Year's Greeting To All Of Us A course in miracles* teaches that the empirical universe (my ego and body, other people's egos and bodies and space, time and matter) does not exist, in fact, but seems to exist in a dream. The universe seems to exist because all of us (the sons of God) desire it to exist; we wished for its existence and what we, the sons of God, wish we see. Believing is seeing (not seeing is believing…
Thursday, 31 December 2015 19:55

Bodily issues may lead to salvation

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When Living Itself Is A Disease One Is Near Salvation Ozodi Osuji I eat food and it causes me pain; it makes my stomach bloat. I take coffee or laxative to reduce the stomach discomfort (constipation) and those cause their own issues (dizziness). I am in constant pain in the stomach region. Living in body has become a disease for me. Actually, it has always been that way for even as a child I felt uncomfortable after eating; it merely became exacerbated with time. Because of my bodily issues I saw my body as problematic and rejected it; I subsequently…
COLLECTIVE DREAMS Our day life is characterized by the thinking and behaviors of all of us, the collective minds of all sons of God working in tandem. Each mind, person affects all other minds and they affect him; there is no such thing as individuality, for all minds are joined to each other. All minds are tuned to other minds; each mind attracts to itself those it needs to play a role in the accomplishment of his drama. In their doing so for him, he does so for their own drama accomplishments. One can see our day world as a…
Science posits the idea of chance, randomness and accidents and denies determinism and teleology. To science random concatenation of events determines what takes place in our world. Out of nowhere something came out and exploded, Big Bang, and got the universe going. Accident produced particles and those combined into atoms; accidental combination of different types of atoms, elements, results in molecules and the combinations of molecules eventually gave rise to human beings. To science, human beings are the products of chance combination of matter in the world of space, time. Your mother and father accidentally got together and had sex…
Sunday, 27 December 2015 04:22

Christmas Celebrations - Be Merry!

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Merry Christmas to everyone. It is Christmas time. A time of the year when Christians around the world celebrate the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ who was born as a saviour to redeem all sinners and the needy in the world. Christmas should also mean, do not eat or feast alone, call on others, including the needy to celebrate God. Since the ancient theological history of Christmas, Christmas has remained a big celebration among Christians all over the world to rejoice with the birthday of Jesus Christ. Christmas for all Christians and their friends is indeed a moment to honour…
They say that you can take the child out of the Catholic Church but that you cannot take the Catholic Church out of him. Catholics so program you that even when you tell yourself that you have left the mother church you still behave like a Catholic. I was raised a Catholic and long ago rejected organized religion. Nevertheless, on two occasions, during the year, I go to church services: Easter and Christmas. I do not know why I do so; however, my guess is that I like to go to high masses where the archbishop or cardinal conducts the…
Friday, 25 December 2015 04:07

The meaning of Christmas

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Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Love, Ozodi Osuji, PhD CHRISTMAS IS THE DAY YOU ARE REBORN IN THE AWARENESS OF YOUR REAL SELF, THE CHRIST SELF Tomorrow, December 25, 2015 is Christmas; Christmas means the rebirth of your real self in your awareness; your real self is the son of God, aka the Christ self. God created you as one with him and his other creations. You, like all of us, chose to separate from God and from his other creations. Why in the world did you separate from your creator? You wished to dethrone God and…
Wednesday, 23 December 2015 02:41

Did my mind produce my Jesus vision?

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I have had what folks call spiritual experiences and often wonder whether it is my mind that produced them; are they like the dreams that my mind produce when I am sleeping? Did my mind produce the Jesus vision (dream), my out of body experience, the ghost dreams, my father coming to tell me goodbye when he died? New age religionists say that our world is a dream and that our collective and individual minds produced it. If my mind produced my world then I have no one else to blame for anything, good or bad, in my life; I…
Sunday, 20 December 2015 17:33

What is Truth? (John 18:38)

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The purpose of this essay is to illustrate the meaning of Truth. We are concerned when something or someone bothers us, and we get bothered often. What is happening in our country bothers us a lot. The Nigerian major tribes- Hausa, Igbo, and Yoruba-have failed us. Nigeria is said to be divided 50-50 between Christian and Muslim believers who profess religions based on some other philosophy than truth. The Nigerian tribes and believers –hypocrites- fail us when they look the other way as the land is being raped; and when they let a small sect of violent criminals murder fellow…
The most amazing aspect of us is that the truth is right in front of us yet we claim not to see it. What is the truth of our existence on earth? It is the nothingness of our bodies. The physical universe we see with our physical eyes does not exist. Our bodies being part of the physical universe do not exist. Space, time and matter do not exist. The people you see around you in bodies do not exist (they exist in spirit) animals, trees, all of the universe do not exist; this is literal not figurative. Do you…
God is everywhere; everywhere is God. There is no place where God is not present. We are always in God and he is in us. We cannot separate from God. But we can close our spiritual eyes and pretend that we are separated from God. The physical universe of space, time and matter is an imaginary place where parts of God who are eternally united with him dream that they are separated from him and from each other. In the world we dream that we have gone on a journey apart from God but since God is everywhere we only…
Monday, 16 November 2015 00:12

Are there only two emotions, love and fear?

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A course in miracles says that there are only two emotions, love and fear. It says that love cannot be explained and did not bother explaining it. Instead, it provided a welter of explanations of what it means by fear. Its explanations of fear do not jive with how human beings explain fear. FEAR To us fear is an alerting mechanism. We and other animals perceive threat to our survival and something alerts us to the danger and urges us to run away or stay and fight back; the goal is our survival. For example, you see a lion; you…
Sunday, 15 November 2015 22:43

Body does not exist and does not die

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Hinduism talks about dreams and dreamless sleeps. It says that our day life is a collective dream. At night when we sleep we have individual dreams. Both the day world and our nightly dream life are dreams. Dreams are unreal; thus, in the day and at night while dreaming we are in the world of the unreal. However, occasionally, when we are sleeping we have periods when we are not dreaming (we may even have such periods during the daytime when we have ego self-forgetfulness). Hinduism teaches that during those dreamless periods our minds are awakened in God, Brahman or…
Saturday, 14 November 2015 01:37

Are you living in peace?

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Let me ask you this question: are you in peace? Please answer the question for yourself but not for other people. I will answer it for me by saying that I have at some point in my life experienced peace but am not always in peace and would like to be always in peace. How does it feel like to be in peace? Based on my experience, in peace you experience your mind as empty. You know that there is no thought, as we generally understand thoughts to be, that is, ego separated thinking and ideas, in your head. Your…
Sunday, 25 October 2015 05:10

Is ACIM's idealistic monism true or false?

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There is no doubt as to what A course in miracles is teaching; the question is whether what it is teaching is true and if it is true can I do it; I have not seen other human beings do it and cannot go by their evidence; even if other people did it that means nothing to me for until I have done something it is not true to me. A course in miracles is teaching that there is only one reality, unified reality, God and I (all of us in spirit) as one shared self with one shared mind.…
If you are a Christian you probably heard that you should ask the Holy Spirit and or Christ to guide you in everything you do. I heard this injunction all my life and want to understand what it means in prose rather than poetry. A course in miracles helped me to understand what the injunction means. So, come along with me as I try to explain what it means asking the Holy Spirit to guide all your decisions and behaviors. First of all who are the you that are asking the Holy Spirit to guide you? Clearly, there is somebody…
Yesterday, I wrote a review of a book on near death experience (Piper, Don, Ninety minutes in heaven, 2004). Since then I have been asking whether we can experimentally induce the world that near death experiencers claim to have experienced without having to be in an accident that almost killed us or wait until we physically die to experience it. The below essay is my response to my question. CAN THE WORLD EXPERIENCED AT DEATH BE EXPERIMENTALLY VERIFIED? Ozodi Osuji The triumph of science is that it posits a methodology through which every claim should be verified before it is…
Introduction Religion is a phenomenal experience that gives life and society a spiritual faith and conduct. Though it is transcendental and influential, civil persons must produce resources and enrich lives. Nigerians love churches and think through them. Does it matter? Religious phenomenon emanates to serve ends. Though that it can be experienced by individuals and groups for a reason; it will as a faith based worship come into play in people's lives in different ways. Religion is in itself diverse - shown and practiced in many forms and each pattern occurs to influence its adherents in ways that shape their…
Human beings have consciousness. What is consciousness? There are loads of writing on consciousness; you can read some of those materials and draw your conclusion as to what consciousness means to you. In this essay, I am going to state what consciousness means to me and leave you to decide whether what I said makes sense to you or not. To me, consciousness means the human ability to say me, I, self and see other people as also having selves. Consciousness includes self-consciousness, a feeling that I am me and you are not me, that you are different from me.…
Monday, 05 October 2015 14:30

What is the real self?

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I talk a lot about the real self and living from the real self; the most natural question to ask me is: what is the real self? The real self cannot be defined. This is because it is the son of God (part of life) who is one with God (life). God, life cannot be defined, for to define him is to limit him; you cannot limit God and his son (life and its part). To have a picture that constrains God and his son is not to represent them accurately. Life, God and his son are forever expanding, moving…
Friday, 25 September 2015 19:20

Sins Of Our Fathers

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…am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate… (Exodus 20:4-6) Come to think of it, can my Bible be seriously in error when it says the sins of the fathers shall be visited upon the sons? Does it mean we are going through problems in Nigeria because of the transgressions of our fathers and forefathers? It appears that our tribal fathers in the persons of Nnamdi Azikiwe, Obafemi Awolowo and Ahmadu Bello were wicked men with sins of incommunicable proportions. Great wrongs were done and…
Tuesday, 15 September 2015 03:24

Who am I?

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The Twentieth century God realized Hindu, Ramana Maharshi and the Igbo God realized man, Dr. RO say that we must answer this question, who am I? They say that in answering it we determine our destiny on earth. Let me, then, try to answer the question in my own way. As usual, I borrow from the book that has made the most impact on my life, A course in miracles; a book whose conclusions I came to by myself so I merely use it as a way to give my views religious authority; actually, I do not need to do…
Monday, 07 September 2015 21:53

There is nothing that my holiness cannot do

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Lesson 38, There Is Nothing That My Holiness Cannot Do A course in miracles is in three parts. Part one delineates its philosophy; it is about 669 pages long; part two is 366 lessons, each for a day of the year; part three is a manual for teachers. Then are supplements, such as a section on psychotherapy and its purpose, clarification of terms, songs of God and so on; altogether it is about 1350 pages long. The book is written in Shakespearean verse and thus needs interpretations to understand what it is saying. Consider today's lesson. What it is trying…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 03:55

Why I do not like Muslims

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Because Muslims Kill People I Do Not Like Them Ozodi Osuji I have studied the major religions of the world (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism and African religions). I accept that there is an unseen and unknown force in our lives and therefore see the need for religions but somehow I find it difficult to accept Islam. I have tried to understand why Islam evokes anger in me. I think that it is because it is a violent religion (even though its members call it a religion of peace). Islam justifies killing people on behalf of its God (Allah).…