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Question 120: Is the goal of life salvation or ascension according to the Gospel of Oneness?
The soul’s ascension into the Light of God is the goal for people living on Earth. To ascend into the Light of God means to fully realize our oneness with God, and it means we gain the soul freedom to choose our co-creative work with God, and it also means the freedom from being forced by the impersonal karmic law to keep on embodying in physicality and other dimensions where we live in ignorance of our oneness with God, or we live in a state of consciousness that has not yet evolved into total soul freedom.
This view is in contrast with the mainstream doctrines of Christianity and Islam wherein they say that we have one lifetime to live and then we are judged by our Creator God as to whether we deserve heaven or hell forever. So their goal is to gain salvation to live in paradise or heaven. The Muslims think they have to earn their way into heaven, while Christians think they can gain heaven by accepting Jesus Christ into their hearts. Neither religion accepts the idea of reincarnation as a real possibility.
Buddhists, Hindus, Taoists and some other religions believe in reincarnation and know that the soul identity evolves over many lifetimes until it reaches the point that it qualifies for the ascension into the realm of Oneness.
To reach the ascended state of consciousness is the beginning of living in a fully conscious state of cooperation in co-creating with God. There are many levels, many avenues, many possibilities in the infinite works of God. There is a role for every unique soul, all full of love and joy.
The consciousness of God is everywhere, and our souls are expressions of God everywhere. Planets and stars are conscious beings. A galaxy is a conscious being. Many ascended souls work to help raise up the souls who are still lost in duality. We who are living on Earth are being helped by ascended beings, but they will not make our decisions for us. They honor free will because it is the only way for a soul to develop full responsibility for everything it does.
Salvation is already assured as we are eternally part of God. However, ascension after this lifetime on Earth may or may not happen. Some souls are just not ready or evolved enough to make that step. They are still tied down with desires for experiences in a physical environment, or they have too many loose ends to tie up, or they are holding on to grudges and resentments and cannot forgive others, or their egos are too self important. There are many reasons that hold people back from making their ascensions. In the Bhagavad Gita Krishna says that out of a thousand one seeks me, and out of the thousand that seek me, one finds me. Jesus said that the way is narrow and few can stick to the path.
So, as souls on Earth, we can try to reach a good and happy place after we pass from this life, but unless we qualify for our ascensions, we will be back in embodiment sooner or later.
“If you look for the truth outside yourself, it gets farther and farther away. Today, walking alone, I meet him everywhere I step. He is the same as me, yet I am not him. Only if you understand it in this way will you merge with the way things are. – Tung Shan, Zen Buddhist

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Question 119: How does the Gospel of Oneness benefit young people?

The Gospel of Oneness gives all young people a chance to break away from the old religious customs and doctrines that no longer make sense in our modern world that values free and rational thought and scientific inquiry. The ancient scriptures and religions that have influenced our cultures for hundreds and even thousands of years have many shortcomings when it comes to explaining our world and our universe. And the major religions seem to be in conflict with one another and thus are a source of tension between people of the same Creator God.

The ancient scriptures are not the only or the final words of God (if they ever were the true words of God in the first place). We are at a time in our development where everything is under questioning, even the so called truths of religion. Did Jesus really die for the sins of everyone, past, present and future and for conscious beings on other planets? Was Mohammed the last prophet? What is the truth about the many gods of Hinduism? Does any one religion have the exclusive truth?

Science keeps asking questions and sets up experiments to discover the facts, and even established facts can be questioned as new evidence is discovered. So we are growing in our awareness of how the world works, not only in the physical aspects, but also the mental and spiritual aspects. We are also learning more about consciousness itself.

The Gospel of Oneness frees people from sectarian religious views, idol worship, fear of a punishing God, fear of an everlasting hell, and many other superstitious beliefs. It sets people free to explore our real and eternal connection to our Creator God, who can be approached as a friend, mentor, parental figure, or as Divine Love, Truth, and Bliss, or whatever or however a person chooses to relate to the only Reality, of which, as spiritual identities, we are a part of.

Young people who take up the Gospel of Oneness are not tied down to believing that Jesus is the only way to heaven or that they need to convert others to their belief. And they don’t have to believe that Mohammed was the last prophet or that the Quran has the final say about life on Earth. These young people are not waiting for Jesus or the Madhi or any other external savior to come and make everything right.

The Gospel of Oneness says that we are and always have been one with God. What we need to do is raise our own consciousness through love, wisdom, meditation and service to others. Young people can take responsibility for their own lives and realize that we are all co-creators with God in developing our lives. We are free in our souls. Our religion is divine love and compassion. Justice and mercy and gratitude will follow our loving actions.

The Gospel of Oneness does not insist on any doctrinaire statements of belief. Instead, the Gospel of Oneness offers the invitation to explore life with an attitude of loving kindness balanced with wisdom and joy. Sure it believes in the oneness of all life, but that is something to be realized and it can’t be forced on anyone. Atheists and agnostics can explore the evidence for the interconnections between all life, all matter, just as we know our bodies and our Earth came from stardust.
Life is precious. Every life matters. Why is killing other life, human, animal, or plant so common on our Earth? The Gospel of Oneness asks people to consider the value of all life and to treat all with love and respect.

 

The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.
–Black Elk
The Self is All and the All is Selfless
–Tyler Zabel
We are on a journey of becoming that which we already are. That is the impossible paradox of our lives.
–Leonard Jacobson

Question 118: How does the Gospel of Oneness benefit women who have been so oppressed or cast into a subservient role in all the major religions?
All the major religions have treated women as inferior to men and have discriminated against them in various ways. The founders of the religions may have advocated equal treatment for women, but cultures and religions have combined to relegate women to second class citizenship.

The religions and cultures of the Middle East have been especially notorious in mistreating women. In Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Pakistan, Yemen, Syria, Iran, and just about every Middle Eastern and Northern African country women have been denied equal rights with men and have been subjected to much sexual harassment.

The Jews have a long history of patriarchy, but Jewish woman have fought for their rights over the years and are in better conditions than the surrounding Muslim countries.
Christianity has its roots in Judaism and, despite the efforts of Jesus to raise up the status of women, once the Roman Catholic Church came to dominate Christianity, it became a very male dominated religion which restricted the rights and status of women.

The Buddha’s teachings did not discriminate against women, but the patriarchal cultures of China, Japan, and Thailand relegated women to a subservient role in Buddhism. China’s other religions—Confucianism and Taoism, have also been influenced by China’s patriarchal culture.

So none of the major religions have taken a strong stand on behalf of women as the spiritual equals of men, at least not strong enough to overcome cultural barriers.

The Gospel of Oneness declares that all women and men are equal aspects of our Creator God. We are soul identities within the consciousness of God. And in our soul identities we have female and male energy. We have taken on incarnations in female and male bodies over our vast history of living in physical worlds. We may have been created as twin soul flames in a male/female polarity, but every soul is complete in itself and actually transcends gender roles.

The Gospel of Oneness is great news for women. They do not have to subject themselves to the patriarchal religions and cultures. And they do not have to be militant about it either. They can work on realizing their oneness with the Creator God of unconditional love. Women everywhere can give up the false ideas that have crept into their religions about them being subservient to men, or less than men. They can break the chains of old cultural and religious ideas on the roles of women.

Many men and some women will be against this change because they have internalized the cultural biases against women. Nevertheless, The Gospel of Oneness is the wave of the future. The old religions will fade away unless they are renewed by giving women full and equal rights and respect as souls equal to men in the consciousness of God.

The Gospel of Oneness isn’t a religion; it is a realization.

Here is the concept to realize in brief: Our Creator God is the only reality, existing timelessly beyond any created vibration or energy. God created the energy and vibrations which make up the created worlds. The personal intelligent consciousness of God is within all creation. This intelligence of God is sometimes called the “Christ Consciousness” and the “only begotten son of God” in religious talk. It is this loving intelligence that knows everything about creation. It is guiding and loving all creation in this universe of free will. Anyone, anywhere in this universe can tune into this personal, unconditionally loving expression of our Creator God. It can be called Father, Mother, Holy Spirit, Tao, or whatever as long as the name refers to the universal, intelligent Spirit of unconditional love and ever new joy.

Women and men have realized their oneness with Christ consciousness. Jesus is one powerful example of someone who realized his oneness with God. Many other men and women have realized their oneness with God. You can too. Don’t let cultural and religious ideas keep you in a box of limitations on your consciousness. No one can stop you from realizing your oneness with God, and in that oneness work for the liberation of all women and men from the shackles of religious and cultural biases against women.

The truth is that male religious leaders have had—and still have—an option to interpret holy teachings to exalt or subjugate women. They have, for their own selfish ends, overwhelmingly chosen the latter. Their continuing choice provides the foundation or justification for much of the pervasive persecution and abuse of women throughout the world.—Jimmy Carter

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