Sunday, September 10, 2006:
It is easy for people to judge and condemn the God of the Old Testament. It is really a condemnation of the spirit, collective consciousness and conscience, of the people at the time.
This is not to say that God is not more than the collective consciousness and conscience of Homo sapien sapiens. It is to say that God must deal with the collective consciousness and conscience of Homo sapien sapiens in ways that human beings do not readily appreciate. It is easy to complain, but given the power of God, which complainer wouldn't run afoul of that complainer's own standards?
We don't mean here to suggest that it is wrong to discern the misdirection of the collective consciousness and conscience of the people at the time. We mean that even the highest angel must be allowed to learn, grow, repent, atone, and to correct that angel's path. The spirit of forgiveness must extend in all directions and infinitely. The pure essence of God smiles on this.
There are those who will fear that such sentiments will allow the essence of evil to trick the forgiving spirit. That's what vigilance is for. That's what not falling into the temptation of selfishness is about. That's what realizing that the essence of evil ultimately cannot have the righteous soul is all about.
So we have the argument over the nature of God: God as one; God as many but as one; God as always good; God as including imperfect souls improving and approaching God's center; and, God as disciplinarian that is instructor in right emotion, thought, word, and deed; etc.
To approach this, we must define our terms to encompass the many roots or stems and the many patterns or connotations. We must be able to speak across the languages, worldviews, of people, to translate from one message to another to turn on the light.
In the debate over the nature of God, the debate rages about who should govern and, consequently, which is the right form of governance, the right order or state of things. What does democracy mean, what is a representative democracy, what is a republic, etc.? Also, are we speaking of a government that will be forced by human beings in the here and now upon those who don't want it.
A pure and direct democracy in the heavenly or divine sense is an uncoerced and open consensus. Those who don't want heaven are free to be enslaved in non-heaven.
That's it. That's the summation. Within it is the inherent discipline that is God's system. Those who don't choose it, suffer. Those who do choose it, still suffer at the hands of others until they are separated to it (heaven).
It doesn't matter one's station in life. All are free to choose it.
Castes and classes don't matter. Bloodlines don't matter. Castes and mundane bloodlines are falsehoods on the spectrum of righteousness. Such bloodlines are not determinative. Choosing is determinative. Where there is faith in the Holy Spirit, there is the blood that is headed in the real, true, and unselfish direction.
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And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. (Matthew 17:24-26)