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Question 138: In the Gospel of Oneness what is the significance of the betrayal of Jesus by Judas Iscariot?

Judas has been seen as they bad guy for the last two thousand years because he led the authorities to where Jesus was hanging out with his disciples. But it seems like it was a set-up all the way. Jesus knew what Judas was going to do. He did not flee or attempt to hide in a secret place. They could have found Jesus without the help of Judas.

The sin of Judas is minor compared to the many ways in which Jesus has been betrayed in the last two thousand years, beginning with Peter who denied his connection with Jesus and then later distorted his teachings by not emphasizing the oneness of life that Jesus taught and by letting his ego go the “I am separate” way.

And then later the various Christian councils came up with the doctrine that Jesus is the only son of God and belief in him was the only way back to God. They promulgated the story that Jesus died for the sins of all mankind, past, present, and future. They made it seem that no one could really follow the example of Jesus because, after all, he was God and he led a perfect life while all the rest of mankind were abject sinners, destined for hell if it wasn’t for the sacrifice of Jesus who died on the cross to redeem us all, if only we would accept that notion.

Everyone who denies their eternal spiritual connection with God is denying Christ because the consciousness of Christ is the manifestation of God in this universe. The Christ consciousness is the Creator and sustainer of this universe in all of its dimensions, from the physical to the highest spiritual realms. So anyone who thinks he or she is a separate entity, apart from the oneness of God, is actually betraying Christ. That would be a lot of people

Jesus represents the Christ consciousness, as do others who have realized their oneness with our Creator God. You don’t have to be a Christian to realize your oneness with God. “Christ consciousness” is just our Western term. In India this consciousness is called “Kutastha Chaitanya,” or Krishna consciousness. Buddhists and Taoists have other names for it. Christians or other religionists who say they have the only way or the absolute truth are also betraying Christ because everyone is part of God whether they acknowledge it or not.

The message of the Gospel of Oneness is that we don’t have to continue in our thoughts of being separate from God. We are all spiritual souls experiencing life in the physical realms. God does not reject us because we make so many mistakes and even do terrible things to each other. This physical life, often so difficult, is just one manifestation of our eternal story. We are eternally within the love and bliss of God.

The three touchstones that woke Buddha up – sickness, old age, and death – are a pretty good place to start when crafting a tragic tale. And if we need to get more specific: heartbreak, destruction, miscomprehension, natural disasters, betrayal, and the waste of human potential. Paul Di Filippo

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

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 125: What is a cult according to the Gospel of Oneness?

To put it simply, a cult is any religion that is dualistic in its philosophy and practice.  Under this definition the monotheistic religions that were started in the Middle East are cults, even if they are considered major religions. Most of the offshoots of these religions are also cults, such as Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and prosperity gospel preachers.

They are considered cults because they put their trust in an external savior, and they think God is out there somewhere as a separate being who created them, but  remains aloof and mysterious while still being loving, just, all wise and merciful.

Let’s take a look at what some cultists believe and how they act: Cults usually have a charismatic or dominating leader or authority figure. Cult members frown on people who leave the cult. Cults usually have a system of beliefs that are protected as “the Truth” and it is very difficult for members of the cult to question the beliefs. There is usually a threat of some kind of punishment or bad result for anyone who leaves the cult.

Let’s see how Islam measures up to this description of a cult.  Mohammed is the unquestioned authority figure in Islam. It is very difficult for any Muslim to criticize him in any way. It is also very difficult to criticize the Quran because they regard it as the very words of God, and how could God be wrong about anything? Islam is one of the hardest religions to leave. Family members and community members may ostracize anyone who dares leave the faith. So Islam fits the description of a cult. Islam takes a very dualistic view of life as it makes crucial distinctions between believers and non-believers, often in a black or white way with not many options to define one’s beliefs outside the context of its world view.

Let’s see how Christianity measures up: They have a strong leader in Jesus Christ, so strong that they have declared him to actually be God Himself in the form of the only begotten Son.  The belief in the Bible as the word of God, even the inerrant word of God, is strongly believed by many Christians, and it is difficult for Christians to question the authority of the Bible. Leaving Christianity is not as hard as it used to because so many have left already that a person who leaves can easily find others who have abandoned the Church. Jesus Christ does affirm the oneness of life, but his followers have made Christianity into a dualistic religion by making Jesus into an external savior and a role model that cannot possibly be emulated as he is regarded as God. They have made up a story that avers that Jesus died on the cross as a substitutional atonement for the sins of all mankind, past, present, and future.

The Jewish religion has been a dualistic religion from the beginning since they say they were a people chosen by God to live in a way set apart from the rest of humanity, as if all other tribes and nations were just extras in the story of God and His chosen people. In their view the whole history of the Earth and mankind centers around their story in which God blesses them or punishes them according to their faithfulness.

You can put any religious belief system to the test with this description of a cult. So is the Gospel of Oneness a cult?  You can judge it.  We don’t have a central or charismatic leader that we take as the main authority figure. Although we do honor the saints and sages of all religions who proclaim the oneness of all life, and many of them have come from the Christian, Muslim and Jewish traditions. We don’t have a book that we say is the word of God because we don’t think the actual words of God can be put into a human language without the problems of translation and interpretation.  We do honor the inspirational writings from people of various backgrounds. You can believe in the Oneness of all Life or not. It’s up to you, there is no punishment if you don’t believe or quit believing. There is no external savior or doctrine that you need to believe in order to be saved. In fact there is no need to believe in a salvation concept.

The oneness of Life is something to be realized or at least mentally, emotionally and bodily accepted as the truth about life.  People who believe in or who have realized the oneness of all life have love and joy, peace, compassion, kindness, understanding and humility as dominant features in their lives. More and more wisdom is acquired with every day of consciously living in the awareness of the oneness of life. The concepts of God and whether He, She or It really exists can be endlessly debated over using our inadequate human languages.  Experiences that transcend our human languages and concepts are what we are into.

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.


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