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Question 136: What does the “grace of God” mean in the Gospel of Oneness?

Perhaps you have heard someone say, “There but for the grace of God, go I.” Such a statement presumes that God doesn’t extend his grace to everyone. This statement is usually made about a person who is having serious problems or perhaps has even been killed. The statement may be made by someone who has survived a disaster while others have been killed or injured. But if he doesn’t survive the next disaster, can we say he lost the grace of God?

So the statement doesn’t make any sense. God doesn’t withhold or give grace willy-nilly. God’s grace if given all the time, it is actually the love of God that cares deeply for everyone. The circumstances and vagaries of life are the result of karmic conditions and a soul’s life plan to have certain experiences. A person suffering in a hard life of poverty still has the grace of God. Lessons are being learned, karmic debts are being paid. No matter what circumstances a person encounters, he or she can always tune into the grace of God.

Some Christians say that we are saved by the grace of God, and that we cannot save ourselves. But some of them will also say that not everyone receives the grace of God, and so they are not saved. This is a short-sighted view which does not take into account the truth of reincarnation. In one lifetime it may seem that a person does not receive the grace of God, but that lifetime is just one link of a very long chain of lives.

The Gospel of Oneness says that the grace of God is like a fountain of love, always flowing and available to everyone.

Millions of hells of sinners cannot come near to exhaust infinite grace.– Samuel Rutherford

 

Now I will say this to every sinner, though he should think himself to be the worst sinner who ever lived: cry to the Lord and seek Him while He may be found. A throne of grace is a place fitted for you. By simple faith, go to your Savior, for He is the throne of grace. –Charles Spurgeon

 

Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.– Martin Luther

Question 135: What would the gospel of oneness policy be on immigration of refugees into the USA?

We have love and compassion for everyone. When people are suffering in their native lands from war, famine, or other kinds of disasters, they often have a desperate need to find a safe haven to reconstruct their lives. There are organizations that carry out this policy of helping refugees resettle.

However, sometimes there are factors that compound the problems. Sometimes the refugees are so many that other countries don’t have the resources to cope with all of them. The refugees have to stay in settlement camps for a long time before they can be admitted into a country.

An additional problem has added to the complexity of the refugee problem. At this time in history (2017) most of the refugees are coming from predominately Muslim countries and many of them are moving into the secular democracies of Europe and North America. With the threat of terrorism hanging over the world, this leads to fears about terrorist minded people coming in with the refugees. Another fear is the culture clash of Muslims moving into secular societies that have a different set of standards about human rights, clothing styles, treatment of women and religious and civic obligations.

So we see the problem is one of smoothing out the clash of cultures so that people can live in harmony in the One Spirit of the Creator. The policy advocated by the Gospel of Oneness would be to see all refugees as part of the oneness of life while at the same time teaching the principles of the gospel of oneness to all people who are moving to another country, especially a country that may have different values from the ones they have left. We need to realize there will be problems in adapting to a new culture and take a proactive stance on teaching the fundamental values such as the freedom of speech and the separation of government and religion and tolerance of non-violent dissent.

The gospel of oneness advocates for a secular society that values basic human rights, most importantly the right of free speech, the right to dissent, the right to assemble in groups, and the right to be free from violence. The gospel of oneness does not want a theocratic state or government even though we believe in an all-wise, all-loving Creator. The trouble with a theocratic state such as Iran is that it is not ruled by God, but rather by some clerics who use violence to sustain their rule, and they are afraid to give people real freedom of choice.

So, in summary, immigration can be very good, humane, and very necessary at times, but everyone needs to be educated about tolerance and basic human rights.

“Recognize yourself in he and she who are not like you and me.”
Carlos Fuentes

“I take issue with many people’s description of people being “Illegal” Immigrants. There aren’t any illegal Human Beings as far as I’m concerned.”
Dennis Kucinich

“There is no envy, jealousy, or hatred between the different colors of the rainbow. And no fear either. Because each one exists to make the others’ love more beautiful.”
Aberjhani, Journey through the Power of the Rainbow: Quotations from a Life Made Out of Poetry

“More than any other nation on Earth, America has constantly drawn strength and spirit from wave after wave of immigrants. In each generation, they have proved to be the most restless, the most adventurous, the most innovative, the most industrious of people. Bearing different memories, honoring different heritages, they have strengthened our economy, enriched our culture, renewed our promise of freedom and opportunity for all….”
Bill Clinton

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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 110: Can you analyze ISIS from the point of view of oneness?

Yes, let’s start with what the Gospel of Oneness stands for, namely unconditional love for everyone, cooperation for the benefit of everyone, sharing of resources for the benefit of everyone, respect for all life, respect for all viewpoints, joy in living, equality of souls, no violence against others, free thinking, free speech and awareness of the dualistic traps of this world.

So let’s see how ISIS measures up. They are trying to force their will on their self-created enemies. They try to eliminate people who have different viewpoints about life. They even try to force the Infinite One into their mental box by saying that Allah supports their violence against other expressions of the One Creator God.

ISIS is acting as a dualistic force fighting for a relative goal of establishing an Islamic state. Their actions carry the seeds of their own destruction because they will reap what they have sown. Other dualistic forces have already and will rise up against them. Nobody really wins but a lot of people suffer needlessly, all for an illusory goal that can never be achieved by violence. The only ones who might temporarily benefit are the merchants of weapons and warfare.

The only way they can even come close to realizing their goals is to work for the benefit of all mankind in a peaceful way with service and love to all, and if they did that they might then adjust their goals to the reality of the oneness of all life.

“Compassion is the signature of Higher Consciousness. Non-violence is the tool to evolve into the Higher Consciousness.”
Amit Ray, Nonviolence: The Transforming Power

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Hi Everyone,

Today I’m writing about the pathless path to God that has never been formalized as a religion.

Realizing our oneness with God is the essence of all true religions.  The purpose of a true religion is to bring us back to God, and in the oneness of all life I feel I am part of God.  I feel I am in the love of God.  I feel I am in the joy of God.

There is no need to follow any doctrine or dogma since it is an inner experience.  However, people can do certain things to help them have the experience of oneness.  Going into a meditative state with an attitude of love for life will usually help.  Keeping that loving attitude during daily life will help.

Being in the consciousness of oneness helps me move past my ego and connect with my conscious God-self.  It helps me to introspect and see my own faults rather than the faults of others. It helps me to purify my own motives, and to forgive and to overcome jealousies.  And it helps me work for the good of all.

Being in oneness helps me see why it is so practical to live by the golden rule because  whatever I do unto others, I really do to my greater Self.  It helps me know for sure that the ends don’t justify the means because God does not need to do anything evil in order to bring about a greater good.

Being in oneness helps me know that the words of God come to us at every now moment of every day.  It helps me feel the unconditional love of God.  It helps me know that I am an eternal identity in God.  It helps me know the abundance of God because God is endlessly creative and I am a co-creator with God because I have free will.

Being in Oneness helps me know I have eternal relationships, and that is a good reason to love everyone and to make peace with them.  It helps me know that I will keep on growing and transcending into higher states of consciousness.  It helps me know that even though this body will someday return to the elements, my soul will move on to another type of expression.
Being in oneness helps me tune in with all of nature and feel connected to the trees, the mountains, the animals, the wind,  the whole earth, the sun and moon, the stars and the vast universe.  I have written a book about the oneness of life.  It is available at http://www.trafford.com/05-1691.  It is called Gospel of One, Letters of Aul.


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