|Are Science and Religion compatible?
"Science and religion were not meant to live alone in isolation,
divorced from each other so tear down the barricades that divide them
because faith and reason are meant to live happily together. Reason
does not destroy faith, but fulfills it so we can use our intelligence
as a path to spiritual awareness and when our intellect can say no
more, our instinctive spiritual view of life will take over. This
provides us with a kind of intuitive perception of God as He is
reflected in creation......
Let the scientists and the Christians go on developing methods to
understand the universe because with their discoveries and inventions
we can split apart the physical and spiritual sides of life and gain
knowledge because the more we know of the individual things, the more
we know of the whole. The relationship between our human nature, the
world and the beyond is made understandable, as we perceive that life
is a relative and intricate part of an undivided whole. We just
have to be careful not to get engulfed by the particular things and
lose sight of the total picture." Taken from the book “Evolution of Consciousness" by John Kuykendall
If God Is Unity and Love, What About other Religions?
Unity is love so emphasis on religious
differences, race or intolerance rather than the unity of God is a
strange god indeed and can be a challenge for us to overcome so we need
to invoke the unity of God in all things. Jesus said, "Love thy neighbor as thyself," because it provides an
effective answer to the many problems of modern life. This call for
love tells us that we are united and that no other person is separate
or apart in God's spiritual consciousness. Recognizing that we are all
one in God's consciousness gives us full protection in His unity by
integrating our individual life with the world around us and providing
a basic harmony and equilibrium in our hearts and minds. This is a kind
of insurance from the flood of negativity surrounding us because a
relaxed mind and body is positive, priceless and an indestructible way
to receive successful ideas and results. Christian mysticism is one way to rest in God and His Unity.
Can We Have Unity with Everyone?
Christ taught us that God is love, and we saw a
sample of it in his compassion and suffering for the mediocre sinners
in this world. Through Christ a new concept of God emerged because
prior to him most people feared God. This teaching of love is more
demanding and more important than his other lessons because it is the
main belief of all Christians. I believe that Christ consciousness or the nature of Christ will
come to all those who understand the meaning of love. Love maintains
our sense of unity with a presence and power that is greater than what
we think we are.
Shouldn't We Fear Other Religions?
I believe Jesus is my savior so I am not
afraid of other religions. The first commandment is: “I am the Lord
they God and thou shall not have strange Gods before Me.” This is the
basis for the conviction that there is only one God, a belief that
leads to the knowledge of unity, which once accomplished influences and
helps us in our daily lives. There is only one God appearing before us,
and this one God is for everyone embodying the secrets for successful
living. In the awareness of God’s omnipresence we realize that God is
all pervading and always present so there is no need to fear other
religions, man or his developments because God has full power. It
doesn’t matter how negative or bad life can be because similar to Noah
we can go into the ark of God’s consciousness and find protection from
the flood of cruel experiences that drown us in unbearable agony.
Beginning with the knowledge of our oneness with a God that is
everywhere, we open up and build the consciousness that God is supreme
and the source of all there is. This successful attitude shelters us
from the flood of negative experiences in life that drag us down and
drown us with a tightfisted attitude. Just like Noah followed
directions in the midst of his troubles to build the ark, we can build
a balanced state of mind and see the showers of tribulations as a
shower of blessings to be stronger. When we dwell in the consciousness
of God as the infinite power then no human, devil or evil can do us
harm. God is the one Power, the ALL-powerful and the only Power that we
acknowledge, nothing less than Omnipresence. When we’ve come to
understand this fact and the interconnectedness of all things, we’ll
know love; we’ll know ourselves; and we’ll know peace. Jesus is showing
us the way. May we put down the stones of condemnation, open our minds
and follow Jesus’ example of love, unity and peace.
Is Jesus the Only Way?
Jesus said, love your brother so why do we
condemn others and express love as if it is a competition? There is
nothing to fear, if we walk with the Lord. We don't have to worry so much about
others, just about our relationship with the Lord. One God is
not going to beat up another God.
As Christians we define narrow limits for
our love and understanding instead of expanding our
horrizons together. Many people think Christians are obnoxious ego
dominated people haters and not the loving understanding believers in
Christ that we are. Jesus is our Lord and savior so with love we should stop
throwing stones at other people without reflecting on ourselves. Jesus
died for sinners and people of all types and from all religions. Some Christians want to stone anyone who is different.
Shouldn't We Be Afraid of Satan and Demons?
Jesus died for all people. God is all
powerful so why do we give satan so much power, if we walk with the
Lord no demon can hurt us? Let us put down our spears and open our hands and
heart to recieve the grace of love. If we let go of our fear, we can enjoy the
grace of God and His fellowship with everyone. Satan only has power over the people that let
him in their life and mind. The people who concentrate on Satan rather
than the strongest force God the Father are giving him power in their
Christ consciousness purifies the image of God
in our minds, cures our spiritual blindness and opens our consciousness
to the unity of all things. It takes possession of our wills so we no
longer remain captive
to our desires, passions, compulsions and prejudices.
Christ consciousness makes us capable of acting in the productive
tranquility of love and spiritual freedom. By teaching us love Jesus
perfects our minds in his likeness by conforming
us to Christ consciousness. This is more than the imitation of his
virtues, but a union of consciousness that makes us the individuals,
God intends us to be. To enter into this consciousness we must identify
with Christ, the Father and all of his creation in one pure
consciousness. To break up old patterns of thought and behavior, we
need to open ourselves up to a new consciousness. This consciousness is
a power greater than our minds because it created everything around us.
Christ consciousness helps us to acquire a new understanding of our
unity with God so we deeply sense this unity within ourselves and
become aware of the limitless resources of God consciousness and its
perfect exchange of life, power and charisma. As our concerns fade away
Christ consciousness lifts us out of our problems and minds to
experience peace and a sense of joy that completely convinces us that
all is well. Christ consciousness is love, an inner tool of power that
we carry around, and the more we love the more we will benefit.
Becoming aware of it in the world around us and within our own nature
will bring remarkable results.
The Bible Says to Follow Only Jesus?
We live in the world with many people. Jesus
walked among the sinners and sick and those were the people he served.
He didn't condemn them and he wasn't afraid because he was the only one who would touch lepers. In the beatitudes Jesus
said if you feed a person who is hungry you are feeding me and the same for
shelter and the other physcial needs too. Jesus is a savior and an example how
to live a good life. We are not in a position to judge others and we
can't see behind their eyes. The accusations we throw at others with
one pointed finger has three fingers pointing back at us. The Bible
should be used for inspiration and personal enlightenment not as a
weapon to condemn, threaten and push others away. Enjoy God and His
creation. He will judge so we don't have to throw such heavy stones.
It is all about Jesus and love. We should
be Christian bullies throwing quotes at people putting them down,
condemning them to hell and calling them names just because they don't
belong to our group. This might make our ego big, but it does not make us
better Christians. It goes against what Jesus preached and it only
drives away people who might be interested in Christ. We should debate
issue rationally, not just cut and paste from a Bible. Jesus preached
love which is not condemnation.
The Christian consciousness of
acceptance that there is one God and that He created all things as said
in the Bible is a
conceptual truth that frees the mind to think of God all the time. This
should relax the emotions so we can praise everything as good because
it came from God. If we are not happy or need to go after others
because they don't believe as we do then something is wrong. Enjoying
grace of God and having faith that the Almighty will take care of
things helps us so we don't have to be the Hitlers of the World.
Aren't We Suppose To Preach to the World?
The Bible says preach to the world not condemn everyone in the world. We are not the judge and jury to send people to hell.
Are we living in the old testament or new? Rebellion and death is a
thing of the past. We need to wake up and live and share a happy life with the
people around us and not be such a grouch.
The Bible tells me to spread God's word to
anyone who will listen. God is giving me joy to spread to all good or
bad just like the sun shines on all things equally good or bad. Yes,
some people put up the umbrella of ego to block God's word, but that is
no reason to throw stones at them.
We can be positive, loving and
happy anywhere we hang out. We don't have to let other people bring us
down to a lower level of consciousness. We have a loving God. If
we witness God with love and full of
grace, we won't care to witness anything that will make us fall from that
grace. We all have fallen so we know how hard it is to
get up again.
How Do You Know You Are in His Grace and Not Fallen?
Thinking positive our God is a loving God and when we make an effort to
live a good life, follow the Lord and help
others, He showers us with grace. Surrendering our negativity to God
the Father, opens our mind to the quiet influence of love and
the calm certainty of peace. This permits the mind to love permitting
become filled with the Lord's grace and for it to witness God
enveloping everything and everyone. This consciousness of love that
Jesus exemplified brings a sense of peace, joy and love.
God the Father is like the sun because He
dispels the dark ignorance in the world. Even the moon is full when it
faces the sun, as we are full when we encounter the Lord, but if the
shadow of the earth becomes central to the full moon and the sun, an
eclipse takes place. An eclipse of the mind ocurs, if any feeling of
the self casts a shadow on the experience the mind is having with the
pure consciousness of the Lord. This fall from witnessing, I would call
a fall from grace.
Selfishness is like the force of gravity, it pulls us down;
therefore, to surmount it reveals a state of grace or selflessness that
establishes one in the consciousness of love. This implies a passionate
knowledge of one's unity with all, which Jesus illustrated to us by
laying down his life for our souls. The love Jesus showed is naturally
creative and includes everyone. When we work selflessly for Christ, we
experience his grace and the positive love of his
Can a homosexual be a Christian?
Yes, gay and lesbian Chrisitans do exist. Divorced heterosexuals,
alcholholics and some gluttons are also Christians. The church does not
marry people, they marry each other so why do we deny people comfort in
their time of need. The church use to excommunicate divorcees at a time
when they needed the church more than ever. We need to dismantle the
thoughts and ideas that separate us and make us afraid to love each
other. Christianity is love not the dogmatism, hate and separation that
we have today. Homosexuals do not affect my marriage, but they can
affect my spirituality if I don't show them the love and respect they
deserve as a child of God.
Easier Said than Done?
Yes, we need to remember that things and people have a purpose in being the
way they are. Whatever we don't like in another is usually something
we are afraid of within our own mind. While we are resisting something
inside, we don't like to see it in other people, but this doesn’t make
it wrong and we don't need to make judgments about it to make it true
because that only makes it right for us and wrong for others.
Acceptance is the key because when we accept others, we accept
ourselves and are not disturbed with the things around us; we notice
that these things have a purpose in being the way they are. When you
experience Jesus Christ and his pure consciousness and feel a part of
life, you notice that it does not matter if something is good or bad
because everything makes a difference in life. Therefore, acceptance
must be practiced by observing life without judgment, living in the
present moment, not attached to memories of the past nor attached to
schemes for the future. Acceptance does not punish or reward a man
because it is simply to help one live with happiness, health, success,
sorrow, disease and failure. It helps us live in harmony with Nature's
Laws, observing the law of cause and effect in perfect harmony with
one's individual demands; therefore, the way to change our condition in
life is to change our mind about life. Cheerful, constructive thoughts
set in motion vibrations that bring us good results such as happiness,
kindness and love. They propel us forward and upward, physically,
mentally and spiritually because our thoughts, feelings, and attitudes
provide the cause for the effects that we experience in the outer
Christians should study other religions
great personalities that have reached the higher layers of their mind
don't have to give sermons because their hearts speak volumes to the
listener. The speaker and the listener at this level become one mind
and hold a mutual love and respect for each other because the
realizations that arise from this mutual consciousness are taken into
the bloodstream and become a part of the listener's life and being.
More is learned from this person's disposition and character than from
what is said.
The elevated beings who have reached
the higher layers of the mind are not members of any particular faith
alone, but are spiritual aspirants from all faiths and denominations.
The thing that distinguishes them from other people is their
understanding of the nature of their souls and their knowledge. They
obtain compassion for others and develop communion with everything in
the all-pervading consciousness that surrounds us. Just as bees yearn
for the nectar from various flowers, we should absorb the ideas from
these varied men and women from all the different faiths to enable us
to appreciate our own faith better.