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Question 139: What or who is the devil according to the Gospel of Oneness?

In the Gospel of Oneness God is the only reality, and God is the vibrationless Supreme Spirit from which everything with a vibration has come. The creation of the material universe is a show of the vibrational energy of God. The material universe is what we experience with our five senses. If we only believe in the material or physical universe, then we are “lost” in the delusion of thinking that the physical universe is the only reality.

We can’t see the atomic particles and the energy waves that combine to make physical forms. It wasn’t until science proved that matter and energy are interchangeable that we began to learn that maybe the physical forms are illusory. Even so, many people are not believing there is a God of oneness in and behind every physical form and energy wave.

This delusion of reality is what, in Vedic teachings, is called “maya.” This is the broad definition of the “Devil” with a capital D because it deludes us in all ways. We are, in a sense, under the delusion of the Devil, or the impersonal “Devil Force” that hides the reality of God from us. This delusion is a liar and murderer from the beginning of time according to Jesus. This delusion has spawned all the small d “devils.” This is the problem of evil that arises in a free will universe where God seems to be hidden from us. When every conscious being can do or think in unlimited ways, then all manner of thoughts and actions can happen, including the harmful ones.

So throughout human history on Earth, all kinds of harmful and cruel actions have happened. There have been plenty of devils with a small “d,” that is, people who have hurt other people, animals, and the environment. Some people who have gained lots of power have been responsible for hurting millions of people, and you know the ones from recent history, but there have been plenty more in the ancient past.

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With all the evil that has been done in the past a “forcefield of evil” has become a devilish influence on people. This forcefield can be personified as a satanic being, although it has no reality in God’s creation. There are also evil influences from the non-physical realms. These come from beings who live in the astral realms but are still under the delusion that they are separate from God and other people. Some of these beings have a powerful influence and people may think of them as “fallen angels,” or the “principalities and powers of the air,” but they have constraints and cannot take away our free will. There is no one supremely evil person known as the Devil, but there are many evil beings who are deeply lost in the delusion of thinking they are separate from God.

People who purposely hurt other people think they are separate from God and can hurt other people and animals without hurting themselves. You can see this behavior throughout the world where people are hurting others. So basically, the devils with a small “d” arise from thinking they are separate from God and the rest of life. Even though they may believe in God, they think there is a separation between God and human beings and that God favors some people over others.

Another word for devil is anti-Christ because it opposes the Christ Spirit who represents oneness with God. The Christ is all about unconditional love, mercy, joy, beauty, purity, compassion and everything that we think comes from pure love. The reality of God is ever-new joy and bliss and infinite creativity and wonder. When people realize their oneness with God then they forsake the devil and all of its works and ways.

For the people who see God everywhere and are in the universal Christ Spirit of oneness and love, the big “D” Devil does not exist because they see that the physical universe, also known as “Nature,” is part of God. Spirit and Nature are one. “Victory to Spirit and victory to Nature” is the chant for those who realize their oneness with God. They have seen beyond the veil of the delusion of duality.

In conclusion we can say that the devil is an influence to do evil in this world, and although the devil may not be real, the pain and sorrow that come from evil are real; people and animals and all life in this physical realm suffer from it.
However, the Christ Spirit of unconditional love is a much bigger, infinitely bigger influence than the devil, and since the unconditional love and joy of God is the only reality, we will all eventually come back to the realization that we are individual identities participating in the oneness of God. The “Christ Spirit” may be called by other names. It is the intelligent Spirit of Love within God’s creation.

We are living in a physical world now, but the higher realms of Spirit have infinite potential to use our God given creativity. We are learning how to be co-creators with the Supreme Spirit. That is the Gospel of Oneness

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Question 131: What is the meaning of “Spiritual warfare” in the Gospel of Oneness?

This can be a tricky concept because it depends on who you think the enemy is and just how you would conduct a spiritual war.

For some Christians and Muslims it can be an outer war against other people who criticize their religions, or don’t believe in their ideas of God or their holy laws, or who they think represents the anti-Christ.

Some Christians think the war is against unseen principalities and powers like the devil and his fallen angels who are always tempting people and leading them astray. They say we need to put on the full armor of God to do battle with the unseen powers who rule this world. By “full armor” they mean living in purity and love and with a strong mind to put the devil in his place.

In the Gospel of Oneness the enemy is the human ego because it sees the world as a place of separation and duality. The Bhagavad Gita is the symbolic story of the struggle we have with our egos. Krishna is the “Christ Intelligence” who guides us in making wise decisions. Arjuna is the soul who is struggling with his ego and all the myriad forces that support the ego in its dualistic sense perceptions and worldly desires. Arjuna has many questions about how to fight the battle of life, and at first he is reluctant to even confront his ego. But Krishna urges him on and says it is his duty to conquer his ego. From that point on they have a conversation for the ages that has inspired Hindus and many other people around the world.

God loves everyone, is the soul of everyone, and so has no enemies. It is a false idea to think that we must fight for God or that God takes sides in human warfare. God is love and is not looking to punish or torture anyone or have anyone conquer or subdue other humans in his name.

The only war, and it doesn’t have to be seen as war which implies violence, is to conquer or counter our egos with the realization that we are one with God and that we are eternal soul identities with the vast Spirit beyond and yet within creation. Such realizations will help us be much better co-creators.

“I am the origin of all. Everything emanates from Me. Understanding this, the wise ones worship Me with love and devotion. –Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita

“The body is mortal, but the person dwelling in the body is immortal and immeasurable” Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita

“I look upon all creatures equally; none are less dear to me and none more dear. But those who worship me with love live in me, and I come to life in them.” – Krishna in the

Bhagavad Gita

Sri Krishna said: The soul is never born nor dies at any time. Soul has not come into being, does not come into being, and will not come into being. Soul is unborn, eternal, ever-existing and primeval. Soul is not slain when the body is slain.”

Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, there is no truth superior to Me. All this Universe, Every living being & Everything rests upon Me, as pearls are strung on a thread.” (Bhagavad Gita: Chapter Seven verse 7)

Question 129: Do apostasy and blasphemy have any place or meaning in the Gospel of Oneness?

These are concepts of duality. They are made up terms by people who have a dualistic world view. They are predicated on the view that what we believe about God is so important that we could be killed or honored for what we believe about God or what we say about God or about people who are considered to be messengers or prophets or avatars of God.

These concepts have no place in the gospel of oneness. God is not, cannot be mocked. God cannot be insulted or hurt or shamed by anything humans can say about him/her, or it. Humans are the ones who get upset if they think someone is insulting their god. God doesn’t need any defenders, especially violent or hateful defenders.  The people who are considered to be messengers, prophets, or avatars of God also do not need violent or hateful defenders.

We are all a part of God, so if a person talks against God or doesn’t believe in a Supreme Consciousness, it is their God-given free right to do so. We can’t force anyone to honor God. It is a free will choice, and it can change over time. So blasphemy is out the window. We don’t care about it and we are not offended by it.

As for apostasy we don’t care about that either. If a person believes in the oneness of all life for awhile, and then changes his mind, that is all right. Maybe he or she never really had an experience of oneness. No one is punished or shunned for changing their mind about what they believe.  All of us are working out what we believe is true about life and about the existence of a Supreme Creator, and whether or not we have eternal souls, and what happens after our bodies die. To insist that we have the full truth about any of this, and that we have the right to punish people who believe differently than we do is just crazy.

Now where we do draw the line, and this has nothing to do with apostasy or blasphemy, is when religious beliefs call for violence unto others. For example, if a moon-god religion called for the sacrifice of a child or a virgin once a month, we could make a civil law forbidding such a practice. If a religion calls for the killing of people they think are apostates, we can and have made civil laws against such practice.

“If you do not have the possibility of abandoning your religion, you do not enjoy the possibility of freely embracing it, either.”
Paul Berman

“Describing the process of making her decision to leave, Patricia said: “It is as if there is a shelf where all your doubts and misgivings are placed while you are in that group. Over the months or years you observe so many things that may conflict with your original beliefs and values, or you see things done by the group or leader that are just not right. Because of the indoctrination and not being allowed to ask questions, you just put it on the shelf. Eventually, the shelf gets heavier and heavier and finally just breaks, and you are ready to leave” (p. 55).”
Madeleine Landau Tobias, Captive Hearts, Captive Minds: Freedom and Recovery from Cults and Other Abusive Relationships

Was there ever a more horrible blasphemy than the statement that all the knowledge of God is confined to this or that book? How dare men call God infinite, and yet try to compress Him within the covers of a little book!

Swami Vivekananda

Blasphemy has always seemed to require taking things very seriously.

Donna J. Haraway

Question 126: Does the Gospel of Oneness advocate the use of the Hawaiian healing technique Ho’oponopono?

Yes it does because it is a universal healing technique that uses the oneness of life to bring healing and health to the practitioners as well as the people in need of healing.  When we heal ourselves we also heal other people. So the idea is to concentrate the healing vibrations on ourselves and also a specific person or group of people.

The technique consists of using the phrases, “I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you, I love you.” You don’t necessarily have to be in the presence of the people you are seeking to help. The idea is to introspect about your own faults and shortcomings that may lead to problems such as the ones experienced by the people or person in need of healing. All the while you keep repeating those phrases with deep feeling. You set aside a block of time to do this healing work.

Since we are all in this together, your healing vibrations will go out to the people in need of healing. We are connected to each other in profound ways.  You say “I’m sorry” because our own impure thoughts and actions have contributed to illness in the world. You ask to be forgiven because that frees the other people as well as yourself from holding grudges or seeking revenge. You say thank you to show happiness and gratitude for being forgiven and forgiving. You say “I love you” because love is the universal healer and the essence of all life.

It is important to love yourself as well. The more you love yourself and become happy with yourself the less you will criticize and judge other people. You will quit projecting your faults onto other people. You will accept that you have shortcomings and work on them without projecting them onto other people. You will be happier and the people around you will be happier

The idea is to take 100 percent responsibility for our part in life and for the ways that we have affected other people. As we are all part of the wholeness of life, we want to be in love with everyone and clear away the distress and disharmony that may lead to illness.

You can use ho’oponopono in any troublesome relationship you might have. If you can get the other party to use it also then you will be able to reconcile your differences fairly easily. If the other party refuses to cooperate then you can use it anyway, and some good effects will happen sooner or later.

You can also use Ho’oponopono to help heal situations around the world, such as the wars in Syria and other areas. If you search within yourself and find any warring tendencies or anger or desires for revenge or to lord it over other people, then you can abolish those tendencies within yourself.  You will be doing your part to bring peace to the world. When enough people have definitely established peace within themselves, the mass consciousness will call for peace everywhere. The oneness of life will be recognized and people will know that what you do unto others you also do to yourself.

*there are different versions of Ho’oponopono

Question 123: Does the “Force” in the Star Wars movies represent a “Oneness” that can be used for either good or evil and how close is that to reality?

There are 4 basic ways that we can describe the ultimate Creator or Force of the universe: An impersonal impersonality, a personal impersonality, an impersonal personality, and a personal personality.

The Force is an impersonal impersonality. It has no feelings for you. It is the creative energy and power of the universe and anyone who learns how to tap into its power can use it for good or evil purposes. However, there are consequences to all actions and the universal power always seeks balance. We can see that Nature always comes back to some kind of balance. It is an impersonal oneness.

Old Hindu and Buddhist stories tell of people who gained power to manipulate the Force to their advantage, but in the end they were undone because they got too far out of balance.

Allah, the God of the Muslims, is like an impersonal personality. He runs the universe in an impersonal way. He will judge you on your merits and may or may not show mercy on you. You cannot get close to him and develop a personal relationship. You cannot draw a picture of him or represent him with anything material. He is to be feared and respected because your life is in his hands. Oneness is only seen in Sufi traditions of Islam.

The Tao of Chinese tradition is like a personal impersonality. It cares for you, nurtures you, even loves you and wants the best for you, but there is no personality to relate to. This is also close to the pantheistic view of God, which sees God everywhere but without a personhood.

The Christians, certain branches of Hinduism, especially the ones that revere Krishna as God, and some other religions see God as a personal personality.  In this view God loves you unconditionally and can be your mother, father, best friend, counselor, mentor, and more. For example, God was the son of Mary and Joseph, the brother of James and others.  Krishna was the son of Devaki and Vasudeva and the dancing partner of the gopis, and the charioteer for Arjuna. This personal God is also the Creator of the universe and invites all of us to realize our oneness with God consciousness.  How can a person on Earth be an incarnation of God?  A person such as Christ or Krishna expands their consciousness until they realize their oneness with God. It is not that they are the vibrationless  Creator who exists beyond time and space and anything material, but they represent the love, joy, wisdom and truth of the eternal being. On this physical plane of creation, there is much imperfection, but as we rise to the higher dimensions of the spiritual realms, we see more of the magnificence of the creation. Since the Creator is unlimited and eternal, She or He or It can be personal, and the oneness of the Creator is the only reality.

If taken in the right way, it is a great story of oneness.  The Spirit of Christ promotes oneness and unconditional love. When Jesus came to Earth to represent Christ his goal was to  open the door to heaven for everyone, even those who opposed him. He gave teachings on oneness such as loving Creator God and everyone else as you love yourself. He said to love your enemies and forgive those who wrong you.  He wanted people to raise their consciousness and realize they were sons and daughters of God. He did criticize those religious leaders who were misleading and taking advantage of the common people, but those people could repent and follow Jesus also if they wanted to.

Over the years the Christian religion starting emphasizing doctrines of exclusiveness and duality. They put Jesus on a pedestal and said he was God and that you had to confess him as your lord and savior to be included in the family of God. They said we were separate from God and had to have an intercessor or a priestly class to interpret scriptures for us.

Christmas puts the emphasis on the birth of Jesus. It is a more innocent time. There is a great feeling of love, peace, goodwill, generosity and hope for the world.  Many people around the world celebrate Christmas as a time when the Christ Spirit came into the world for the redemption of all people. So I would say that Christmas promotes the Spirit of Oneness. You don’t have to be a “Christian” to celebrate the universal love of Christ.

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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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