It always amazes me that there are people who wholeheartedly believe in angels, but not in The Christ or the Word of God. I’m not speaking of those who have a belief system other than Christianity, but those who proclaim to be Christians. How can you deny The Christ and the idea we are all from One Great Source (aka…God)? The simplicity of a Father figure and of God in monotheism was to speak to the audience of the time when the books of the Bible were being compiled and from older beliefs that were shared by word of mouth. Believing in God as a Source of our beginnings, that whose image the human souls were created in, does not negate the core of other beliefs. If you look into belief systems that have a pantheon of gods, you will see that there are always battles for control, each god wanting to be head honcho, so if you would follow the line of information and belief that spawned monotheism, you will see that it was a struggle that was won by a God that goes by many names. All of the pantheon melded into one.
Having a focal point to send our inner most thoughts and wishes, our pleas and the trials and tribulations of life to pray to and to go to in times of need and times of joy is a very human desire. Like a father who is loving and caring, we go to God through The Christ, the being who took on the chore of being incarnated in human form to teach, love and guide the human souls to their rightful heritage of being able to return to the Great One Source.
We live not only in the one dimension of the ‘here and now’ of physical reality, but on levels of understanding as our souls progress. Learning from such great Masters as The Christ, we are able to bring our souls into a Greater Development and to achieve all of the things our souls desire.
I speak of God as a Father in my work, and The Christ as my Lord. These are titles of respect and of how we are in awe or reverence of the power of our Divine and wondrous place we all came from. I use Biblical verses from the Christian Bible as the work of The Christ to help in my understanding to try to share what I have learned or what I interpret them to be. While I look back and the Old Testament as a historical means to help understand the New Testament and the mindset of the writers, I do not believe that a God that is as a loving, caring father would ever inflict upon his children what I’ve read in that work. It is counterproductive to the kinder, more gentle work after the second covenant.
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
One of my favorite Christian songs is AMAZING GRACE. While I enjoy and listen to Elvis Presely's version, his is not my favorite, but is moving. The story behind the writing of the song is also moving. I will relate to you what I have learned about this song. It touches the heart and soul with so much empathy for others that it is, to me, incredible. This is from Wikipedia, and is the version I had always heard, so will share their publication on it. ~El
"Amazing Grace" is a Christian hymn with lyrics written by the English poet and clergyman John Newton (1725–1807), published in 1779. With a message that forgiveness and redemption are possible regardless of the sins people commit and that the soul can be delivered from despair through the mercy of God, "Amazing Grace" is one of the most recognizable songs in the English-speaking world.
Newton wrote the words from personal experience. He grew up without any particular religious conviction but his life's path was formed by a variety of twists and coincidences that were often put into motion by his recalcitrant insubordination. He was pressed (forced) into the Royal Navy and became a sailor, eventually participating in the slave trade. One night a terrible storm battered his vessel so severely that he became frightened enough to call out to God for mercy, a moment that marked the beginning of his spiritual conversion. His career in slave trading lasted a few years more until he quit going to sea altogether and began studying theology.
Ordained in the Church of England in 1764, Newton became curate of Olney, Buckinghamshire, where he began to write hymns with poet William Cowper. "Amazing Grace" was written to illustrate a sermon on New Year's Day of 1773. It is unknown if there was any music accompanying the verses, and it may have been chanted by the congregation without music. It debuted in print in 1779 in Newton and Cowper's Oleny Hymns, but settled into relative obscurity in England. In the United States however, "Amazing Grace" was used extensively during Second Great Awakening in the early 19th century. It has been associated with more than 20 melodies, but in 1835 it was joined to a tune named "New Britain" to which it is most frequently sung today.
Author Gilbert Chase writes that "Amazing Grace" is "without a doubt the most famous of all the folk hymns", and Jonathan Aitken, a Newton biographer, estimates that it is performed about 10 million times annually.It has had particular influence in folk music, and become an emblematic African American spiritual. Its universal message has been a significant factor in its crossover into secular music. "Amazing Grace" saw a resurgence in popularity in the U.S. during the 1960s and has been recorded thousands of times during and since the 20th century, sometimes appearing on popular music charts. End of Wiki quote.
This song, this story, the whole of it makes us cry. Not only of sadness, but empathy, sympathy for others. In some way we all do intentional or unintentional harm, actions against others. We may be blind to our faults and not realize what we do is harmful, but none of us are without this sin in some way. Let us be aware of our actions as much as possible, to chose our actions with as much care and thoughtfulness of other people's feelings as we can. Be as full of Grace in our Lord's name, in our own images of self, soul and shared light source. God Bless us all in our daily lives, and we know He has already blessed us for the day as we have been given the Graceful gift of wakening this morning and here we are, all gathered in His name. Jesus, I love you.
"Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now I'm found, was blind, but now I see". Amen my Dear Lord, Amen. If I am sounding like a revivalist minister today, I am in that mood. I feel strong in my Lord this day and I want to lead the way. Bring me your hearts and souls with a willingness to be One in the Lord. Sometimes the power of God just moves me to share, and Lee and I will say, this is rare in public. In fact, this particular type of message is our first without some kind of humorous message because we feel the seriousness of need for the coming together of all who seek His Love.
"T'was Grace that taught my heart to fear. And Grace, my fears relieved. How precious did that Grace appear, The hour I first believed." In that first hour we realize our belief and power of His Love, we are forever changed.
"Through many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come; 'Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far and Grace will lead me home.
The Lord has promised good to me. His word my hope secures. He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures." As long as we take in air, breathe and live, we are in the safety of His arms. As long as we give our hearts and soul to Him, he will forever be.
"Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail, And mortal life shall cease, I shall possess within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.
When we've been here ten thousand years, Bright shining as the sun. We've no less days to sing God's praise, Than when we've first begun. Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now am found, Was blind, but now I see."
I pray to you today, Lord because your guidance and lessons of love and peace that were important during your time that you walked among the human race are just as important today. I talk to you as my Spirit's need to be near to our Great One Source we fondly call Father, Abba, our source of soul's beginning. You taught your flock and you walked the walk. You did not ask of those you tutored to do any more than you did yourself. And in the end, you gave selflessly for all. For the souls that came into the physical to learn to be enlightened so they may return to the Fold and spend an eternity of joy.
I believe in your work and I try to understand its meaning knowing that it is what you expect of me, not any more nor any less. I am the clay and you are the potter. Your love and understanding knows no boundaries and I work to be like you in accepting my fate and hoping that I am serving other souls well.