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Question 134: The word of faith and prosperity preachers seem to have a lot of good ideas, where do they go wrong?

The prosperity preachers tap into the fact that we are all God’s children and so it follows that we all have the potential to claim our rightful heritage and share in the wealth of the Creator God. They say we just need to affirm that truth, live it out in our daily actions and keep on believing it until the wealth of God manifests in our lives. They say that as God’s children we don’t have to suffer in poverty, and some say we don’t have to suffer any ill health either.

So far so good. However, they can go wrong in several ways: Some of the preachers can urge their followers to give money in order to receive even more money in return. They say plant the seed money and it will grow even more money. This may be good advice for starting a business, but for giving to a church it is an impure motive that only serves the egos of people. It is like a magic formula to enrich yourself. It certainly does seem to enrich the leaders of the prosperity churches.

Another way it goes wrong is in not understanding the law of cause and effect and of the carryover from past lives. Every soul comes into this life with a plan which includes learning needed lessons in soul development. Some people may need to learn how it feels to be poor and mistreated because in a past life they were rich, and they mistreated poor people. All of us have lived lives of prosperity and poverty, and we can learn valuable lessons in both conditions. Someone who is born into a rich family will have very different experiences from a person born into a poor family. It doesn’t mean God favors one over the other.

A plan for prosperity would include helping everyone to become prosperous and for that to happen certain conditions need to be changed. For example, the central banking systems such as the Federal Reserve of the USA create money as a debt that accrues interest.  Who benefits from the interest? The private parties who control the banks.  The financial systems of the world are set up to benefit the people who are already wealthy. It has already been shown that the top 1 percent of the population control a huge proportion of the wealth.  What are the prosperity churches doing about that?

Prosperity preachers may help people feel good about themselves to keep up a positive attitude and to take the initiative to get more income, but I have rarely heard them talk about the oneness of all life and for the need to overcome the ego and the sense of separation from God.  If you live with a realization of your oneness with the Creator and fill your life with love and joy, then you will have true prosperity and chances are you will be healthy too, though not necessarily all the time as our bodies are subject to physical problems. Our program is to realize our oneness with God and live in love for everyone and to help people become prosperous in all ways, spiritual and material.

“Prosperity cannot be proof of God’s favor, since it is what the devil promises to those who worship him.”—John Piper.

Be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. —Lao Tzu

Expect your every need to be met, expect the answer to every problem, expect abundance on every level, expect to grow spiritually. —Eileen Caddy

It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has. —Henry Ward Beecher

Money is not the root of all evil…ignorance is the root of all evil. People do cruel and foolish things for money because they feel oppressed by a sense of lack. If people knew their power to generate wealth, they would never fight or hurt each other over money. —Alan Cohen

There are many aspects to success; material wealth is only one component. …But success also includes good health, energy and enthusiasm for life, fulfilling relationships, creative freedom, emotional and psychological stability, a sense of well—being, and peace of mind.” —Deepak Chopra

Question 117: What is the gospel of oneness view on the confederate flag and other controversial flags?
Symbols have been very important to people, organizations, countries, and religions. Flags have been one of the most important symbols, especially national and religious flags. A flag can represent a country and all that it stands for. To disrespect a flag or desecrate it is taken for an insult, even as a personal insult because people have died for their countries and their ideals.
So there is a lot of emotional baggage that comes with flags. But where do the emotions come from? Almost all of them come from our sense of separation from the wholeness of creation. The ego is in the forefront of the defense of flags. You can see this in the recent episodes with the confederate flag. People who want to keep flying the flag are defiant. It has a personal meaning for them that they want to hang onto it. Other people are glad to see the flag taken down and retired to museums or wherever because it represents something negative to them. Since the flag is a visible symbol it is a flashpoint of feelings, negative or positive or somewhere in between.
An interesting case of religion and flags dates back to the Viet Nam war. A Buddhist monk set himself on fire to protest the treatment of the South Vietnamese government against Buddhists. Other monks assisted this ritual suicide, and one of the monks who watched him burn said that he died for the Buddhist flag and I guess he meant for religious freedom. Did he die for a reason that promoted feelings of separation or did he die for the cause of unity and love for all creation?
For the Gospel of Oneness, all symbols and flags that serve to enhance or promote our separation from each other and from Nature are harmful in some way. There is actually a flag that promotes oneness. Look up http://www.universalflag.com. It is a symbol of our interconnections and interdependence. It celebrates love and joy and harmony between all nations and people groups. The nice thing about this symbolic flag is that you don’t have to fight for it, even if someone desecrates it. You just live for oneness and love and don’t get attached to symbols such as flags.

“Sure I wave the American flag. Do you know a better flag to wave? Sure I love my country with all her faults. I’m not ashamed of that, never have been, never will be.”—John Wayne
The flag that was the symbol of slavery on the high seas for a long time was not the Confederate battle flag, it was sadly the Stars and Stripes. –Alan Keyes.

Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.—James Bryce

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Gospel of Oneness

Hi Everyone; Namaste;

Here are ten reasons why the gospel of oneness is good for you.

1) Realization of the oneness of all life empowers you to stand for divine love, justice, peace and freedom for everyone.

2) It helps you to know your eternal identity in God.  All life is precious and has a purpose including your own.

3) It helps you understand why whatever you send out comes back to you sooner or later because we are all one.

4) It helps you have compassion for all life. If someone is suffering, you know it affects you.

5) It helps you have humility. You are not better or worse than anyone else.  In fact, there is no need to compare. Different people excel in different ways.  A college graduate may know  a lot more than a third grader, but someday the third grader may surpass that college graduate.  Also, we have more than these current incarnations to account for.  Some people may excel during one lifetime, but not in another. If we see the whole picture of oneness, then it is easier to be humble.

6) It helps you overcome your ego.  The ego is the thing that wants to be counted as better than someone else.  The ego wants the glory.  The ego sees itself as separate.

7) It helps you understand the role of Jesus, Krishna, Confucius, Lao Tse, Gautama Buddha, and other great religious leaders.

8) It helps  you overcome worries of all sorts because you realize that we are all in this together.  People will help you.  Angels will help you.  You are eternal.

9) It helps you understand that the kingdom of God is within you. It helps you build up the inner kingdom of happiness within you.

10) It helps you work out problems with the attitude of what is the best for everyone.

Hello Everyone; Namaste:

I am beginning a new weblog that is open to the public. It will be based on my book: “Gospel of One; Letters of Aul.”  I am going through this book paragraph by paragraph on my other blog site: http://www.gospelofoneness.blogspot.com., but this blog will be more about how to put the gospel of oneness into everyday use and how the sense of the oneness of all life can put a new perspective on what is happening in our lives today. How do we make sense out of the war on terrorism, political campaigns, environmental problems, doing your daily job, being in a family, career goals, life goals, and relationships of all kinds.

First of all, what do I mean by “the oneness of all life?”  I believe that there is only one source of everything that is in our universe.  This source is infinite, eternal, omnipresent and omniscient. We may call this source God, Allah, Parabrahman, Tao, Prime Creator, or whatever other term people have used.  We are all part of the same Creator and thus are related.  We all have distinct identities, we are diverse, we are not the same, but we are connected in the oneness of life.  Whatever we do to others, we do to ourselves. However, most people of the world act as if we are separate beings.  The cruelty that some people inflict on others would never happen if they realized they were actually hurting themselves.  So this blog is dedicated to reminding people that we are all one life and ways we can make that realization practical in our everyday lives.

sincerely, Cliff Mikkelson, the oneness guy


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