Religion

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 20:48

Fear, guilt, innocence and salvation

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I am aware that there is always fear in my mind. I tried to understand the origin of that fear. I attributed it to inheriting a fragile body that is prone to pain. I told me that my vulnerable body is acutely sensitive to what could hurt it and makes me take measures to prevent being hurt; that is, I believed that my fear alert system is quick, that I am quick to responding to stimuli that generally arouse fear in people. Like most people, I have fear of death. We are born and will die and fear what lies…
Friday, 31 July 2015 05:07

Transcending body based self

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A human child is born in body. It sees itself as body. Body is vulnerable and fragile and can be hurt, feel pain and die. Something in the child (and animals) wants to live in body. The child believes that it is its body and must live in body or it dies. Thus, the child struggles to live in body. The struggle to live in body may be intense or mild depending on the health of the body. Where the body is relatively healthy the human child’s struggle to live in body is not intense but the struggle is still…
Thursday, 30 July 2015 06:28

An overview of a course in miracles

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In 1965, a 56 year old clinical psychologist, a professor at Columbia University at New York City, Helen Schucman said that she heard a voice urging her to write, and that what she is to write is to be called A course in miracles. Apparently, feeling that it is unusual to hear a voice urging her to write she consulted her colleague and friend, Bill Thetford, the chair of her department and he told her to do as was told. Thus, she began writing what the voice, who claimed to be the voice of the historical Jesus, asked her to…
I am not in the habit of challenging a writer’s view unless there is a serious concern. In his most recent upload, Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba says, “ … Gods have a need for sacrifices and appropriate the need to match the offence or the plea of His people up to and including human sacrifice..” Aduba further posits “God loves human sacrifice. God loves human blood” and that “Gods thirst for human blood”. My childhood experiences of stealing into my father’s church to drink so-called blood of Christ make me want to disagree the more about the importance of human blood…
Tuesday, 14 July 2015 15:21

Judgment is an obstacle to God Realization

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Most of the teachers of God, such as Jesus Christ and Buddha asked their followers not to judge. Upon hearing that statement you wonder what planet those folks came from. In our world judgment seem inevitable. To cross a street I must judge (estimate) the distance and speed of the cars coming on both sides of the street to make sure that they do not reach me when I attempt to cross the street. I have to judge something to be good or bad for me to eat it. If I judge food as nutritious I eat it but if…
I am a very proud man. For example, I do not like any one to do something for me; I like to do things for me; I do not take handouts from people, I like to earn my way; I feel insulted if people treat me as if I am not important. I have been this way all my life. Indeed, when I was at school I always aimed at been first in my class and if I did not have that status I felt like shit and beat myself up as no good. You get the point: I am…
You can think about a subject forever and not make a decision on whether to accept it or not. But you must remember that there is a time to study a subject and there is a time to make a decision on its validity and if it is true, accept it and if it is not true, reject it. If you believe that there is God and that we are all extensions of him; if you believe that whatever happens to you is produced by your mind to experience then you cannot complain about anything that happens to you; if…
The world judges certain accomplishments as signs of success; for example, if you went to school and obtained the highest degree in a discipline, obtained a good job, made your way up the ladder of your work organization until you got to the top, made tons of money, secured recognition in your field, is seen as distinguished or obtained elected political positions especially if you become the leader of your country. When you accomplish these things those around you consider you a successful person and praise you. Then you die and they give you a burial ceremony befitting a successful…
Tuesday, 07 July 2015 19:31

What is healing?

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STILL ON A COURSE IN MIRACLES: Space, time, matter, sickness, special relationships (human society) are defenses for the separated ego self and defenses against God (unified state), the truth. Space gives the ego a sense of apartness between it and other egos; time gives the ego a sense of apartness with other egos; matter is used to house the ego, body and that gives it a sense of apartness from other egos; sickness makes the ego feel separated from God, the truth and makes the body that is sick real in its awareness hence sickness is used to defend against…
Sunday, 05 July 2015 02:11

In The Hand Of God

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This piece started as a poem but then turned into some text when it became impossible to comprehend the protagonist, as we often do when we only find God to be unfathomable, deep, profound, bottomless, unsounded, unplumbed, immeasurable, vast, not shallow, impenetrable, inscrutable, inconceivable, unknowable, indecipherable, arcane, enigmatic, mysterious, inexplicable, or simply not straightforward. Then we wonder: Who's He or She? One cannot escape the concept of God. You look at what's happening around you: all the killing, and butchering and slaughtering, and carnage; and church burnings. You wonder: "What's all these about? You turn your back, seeking to go…
Saturday, 04 July 2015 15:50

What is enlightenment

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Diana, the other day, at our A course in miracles meeting at your house, we talked about the nature of enlightenment; below is my understanding of what enlightenment is. I hope that my understanding is useful in clarifying the subject. WHAT IS ENLIGHTENMENT? ENLIGHTENMENT IS NOT DOING SOMETHING NEW BUT UNDOING WHAT WAS ALREADY DONE Ozodi Osuji For years I wanted to become enlightened. I read books on it. I searched for it everywhere and could not find it. I therefore decided to stop looking for it and use my own understanding to see if I can understand what it…
Saturday, 04 July 2015 00:09

Why we must fast

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I am fasting; I intend to not eat food for a month (I will drink only water). I have done this sort of thing before. I did it not for religious reasons but to simply give my body a break from digesting food. I considered the human body a machine. When a machine is put to work for long it needs a break before it breaks down. If you drive your car for a considerable distance you need to stop to give it a break, time to rest and perhaps you do some repair work on it. I simply felt…
When Ego Speaks Fear Speaks For They Are The Same; When Love Speaks There Is No Fear Ego (that is the separated self) and fear are the same; fear defends the ego separated self and makes for its survival; thus, if you speak from the ego you speak from fear. Love and fearlessness is the same, for love means union of one’s self and the other selves as one self; in love there is no effort to defend the separated self; when one speaks from love one does not speak from fear. When one lives from love one does not…
Sunday, 28 June 2015 22:24

That Little Dangerous Tongue

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We can learn a valuable lesson from our daily walks, even from someone you think has nothing significant to contribute. The words of King Solomon, the second greatest Hebrew monarch after his father David, resonate with thunderous echo. Solomon said: "Death and life are in the power of the tongue..." (Proverbs 18:21). Just what was King Solomon talking about? For years, I had misconstrued the tongue to mean the fleshy mass between the roof of my mouth and the inside of my jaw. Sometimes, I thought the tongue meant the language, speech, dialect, or idiom. The tongue is much, much…
Monday, 22 June 2015 02:22

Still on Dylann Roof

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The Dylan Roof bible studies massacre in Charleston, South Carolina, USA offers us a perfect opportunity to apply the teachings of A course in miracles. This man walked into a church and killed nine persons studying the Bible. My ego says that what he did is wrong; I judge him a monster and want to punish him; I wish that there is death penalty in the state of South Carolina and he is tried and found guilty and condemned to death. In the least, I wish that he is sentenced to life in prison without parole. My position is predicated…
In 1517 Martin Luther fired the first shot in a battle that became the war to reform the Catholic Church. Other people joined Luther in challenging the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. Over time several people broke away from the West European mother church. The Catholic Church, supported by the then superpower of Europe, Spain, went to war trying to reclaim allegiance from her rebelling children. That religious war lasted until 1648 when finally a treaty (of Westphalia, Germany) was signed giving the various nationalities of Western Europe the right to not bear allegiance to the Catholic church, to…
On earth, each human being has two parts to his mind; there is a third part, the part he shares with God, unified mind but those on earth are not aware of that part of our minds. On earth we are aware of the ego part and the Holy Spirit part of our minds. Each person thinks and acts from one of the two parts. Actually, if one is in this world one mostly thinks and acts from ones ego mind not the Holy Spirit part of one's mind. If one did not think and act from the ego mind…
Sunday, 31 May 2015 12:50

How Do We Begin to Know God? (Part 2)

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This continues the original thinking started in earlier essay entitled DO WE NEED GOD? Everyone on earth at one time or another has thought about God. Each one of us sometimes seeks to know God. Because many people want to know God, there would be an ever expanding need for churches, temples, synagogues, mosques, or other types of houses of worship. There is a tremendous hunger to know God, and this hunger is generating trillions of dollars being spent on printing and distributing religious books, religious literature, and study guides including but not limited to the Bibles, films, Quran, and…
Sunday, 31 May 2015 12:45

Do We Need God? (Part 1)

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Written on visits to China and South Korea Isn't it amazing what this world is doing in the name of God? And who is this God in whom most human beings have such a trusting faith and in whose name man had done murderous things under the sky? It is not farfetched to hypothesize that wars had been waged in the name of God. The Crusades were a series of hostilities in which WesternEuropean nations fought using the propaganda of religious expeditionary wars. The first crusade organized by Pope Urban II of the Roman Catholic Church had the stated goal…
The book, A course in miracles says that there is a unified spirit self-called God. That self-extended his self to a son called son of God. The son of God extends his own self to his own sons (all of us). It says that God and his son and sons share one self; it says that God is in his sons and they are in him; where God ends and his sons begin is nowhere. There is no space between God and his sons; they share one self. The one self (God and his sons) have one mind. They do…
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 15:45

Who owns this money, anyway?

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Let's stop deceiving ourselves that we own the money in our bank accounts. In reality, we don't. It is very disconcerting and exasperating that my whole life must be about making money and paying bills. Is that all my God and your God is keeping me here on earth to do, day by day, month by month, year by year and all throughout my life? Nigerian named Ifeanyi thought it was. Are we living on this earth for the sole purpose of acquiring things money can buy and do we live on earth with houses full of junks to attract…
Thursday, 21 May 2015 05:05

The ego is spirit in the human body

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The ego is spirit that wishes separation and specialness and identifies with body; body enables it to seem to be separated from other people and from its real self, son of God. The spirit made body seem to have power to influence it and for all practical purposes body enables the ego (that is spirit now in body) to feel whatever it feels. As long as a person identifies with the ego separated self he must identify with body and his body must seem to determine his behavior. If your body is weak, for example, you must feel weak and…
Sunday, 17 May 2015 23:50

Adam And Eve: Who Messed Up Paradise?

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The creation story of Adam and Eve as recorded in Book of Genesis has provoked persistent questions worth pondering over. The more we ponder the more we get confused and exasperated. Men have long been asking unsettling questions: What specifically was God's purpose in creating the woman? How did Eve's inferior status as Adam's helper turn into this superiority leading to her desire to take control? A Nigerian married man has called with lots of questions. Why is his wife always going against his carefully laid down rules? Why is the wife objecting to their daughters aged 24 and 22…
The real self is the self-folks have in the real world, in the world of light forms, at the gate of heaven, in happy dreams, and holy relationships. They are not in that self in ego and body, on earth (they are in it but currently do not see it, for to see our world they had to ignore the real self and its real world). When we are born on earth, in matter the Holy Spirit remakes another version of us; thus, each of us human beings, animals, trees and everything on earth has an alternate self in light…
Friday, 24 April 2015 02:40

Are there christians in this world?

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I hear folks around me call themselves Christian; I observe their behaviors and they do not jive with what I garnered should be the behaviors of Christians. Given this perceived contradiction, I ask myself: who is a Christian and are there, in fact, true Christians? Is a Christian a person who simply states that he is a Christian even if he does not behave as the New Testament part of the Bible said that Christians should behave? There is no doubt whatsoever that Jesus taught love and forgiveness. In the Sermon on the Mount (Mathew, 5: 43-48) he asked his…