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question 119: About the Gospel of Oneness for young people

Posted on: September 15, 2015

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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

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