Fear Death? Stop It! The Church Trained Us for Ulterior Motives…

 

As I said, after my dad had Near Death Experience, he was very different. He shocked me when he said, “death has nothing to do with religion…it’s only about love and none of us has anything to worry about when we die.” He said it was bliss and serenity beyond description.

This statement was light years out of Dad’s cosmos. Understand, this is a radical departure from all religious history. Religion has always taught us to fear god and death via judgment and condemnation. Bishop John Spong concedes, “The church has always been in the guilt producing, control business and dangled us between their imaginary heaven and hell as a control tactic.”

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Young adults see it, and are over being controlled by the church. New to mankind is this belief we’ll enter a blissful light with relatives and friends helping us. Remarkably, the new “Going into the Light” paradigm has abruptly replaced 1700 years of the church’s judgment scenario.

We don’t seem to grasp the earth shattering significance of this societal shift that’s suddenly occurred in our short lifetime. Now most believe they’ll just pass into a loving light when they die. People know the church is dying, but haven’t correlated its decline with the rise of NDE acceptance. According to Barna research, only 3% of young adults now believe in Satan, judgment or Christianity. If they don’t believe in judgment and Satan, the church says they’re not Christians.

The Southern Baptist Convention is keenly aware of the threat… In the wake of churches and Christian universities reveling in the popular surge of NDE heavenly experiences and “Heaven is For Real” best selling books, the SBC abruptly forbade any Baptist participation, declaring it in direct conflict with scripture and Christianity…that it’s “unrelated spirituality.” And rightfully so… they have their reason to forbid the NDE phenomenon. If everyone just passes into bliss and serenity, nobody’s going to need the church to save them from their biblical fear of judgment and Satan.

And yet, for Christians, the NDE blissful death revelation actually agrees with the teaching of Christ.

His two commandments were that, “God is a god of love, and that we should love and help those less fortunate than ourselves.” Accordingly, original Jewish Christianity was only about love and brotherhood. Original Christianity had no fear of judgment, Satan or hell for 300 years. Roman centurions were stunned that Christians were “oddly” calm when executed. If we believe his simple message that God is love, like Jewish Christians, we wouldn’t be afraid of death either. Judgment, Satan and brimstone were actually pagan religion added to the faith by the Romans 300 years after Christ! Judgment and brimstone were Paul’s contribution long after Christ died.

Thomas Jefferson said, “The church perverted the purest religion ever preached by terrifying the masses for the purpose of gaining wealth and control.” The Romans changed the religion with their Hades threat and codified that revision in their Roman published bible as a control tactic.

Joseph Ratzinger (pope) quit his first seminary, because they conceded “there were two separate and opposing Christianities in the second century. The first was the forbidden Jewish Christianity of Jesus and the second was the gentile ‘Roman Christianity’ of Paul. They noted that Paul was indifferent to the teaching of Christ and the opponent of the religion of love Christ came to announce to the world.” (Catholic Encyclopedia) The greatest paradox may be that Christianity is the largest religion due to its brimstone threat, when Christ never uttered a word about it. That’s why Jefferson said, “Paul was the first corrupter of the teaching of Christ.”

Christianity evolved into a religion that taught us to fear God and Judgment Day. “All must come before the judgment seat of Christ.” (Corinthians) They changed Christ to being the pagan god model of wrath and vengeance to keep the citizens controlled with fear. The church knows fear is the greatest motivator and has prospered utilizing this culture of fear… They used it to motivate the masses to buy enough indulgences to build the world’s largest cathedral, St. Peter’s Basilica. Martin Luther was so repulsed, he risked being burnt, protesting that evil practice.

This wasn’t the teaching of Christ… Fear is the opposite of love. Fear was the message of Paul and the Romans. The Jewish Christianity of Christ was the opposite of the Roman Christianity of Paul.

It’s hard to believe that Christ’s message was so simple… It’s sad most won’t understand until they die… God is only love, so death is nothing to worry about. Early Christians couldn’t read or write, but they got it. We’re educated, but we don’t have a clue… so we live our lives worried about dying!

Millions have already experienced this modern revelation since Raymond Moody discovered the Near Death Experience in 1975. Now there’s a tsunami of NDE confirmation from people all around us… swept from the brink of death by defib resuscitation everyday. Ask them…they’ll say it was bliss and serenity… and they’ll never fear dying again.

Google their feed back…it’s endless. You can free yourself by finding and learning from people who’ve had Near Death Experiences. Just do it! Anything you can do to get rid of fear will improve the quality of your life.

Of course, the Southern Baptist Convention condemns this emerging spiritual perspective. This is why Parade Magazine says 24% have left church and are moving toward the new “Spiritualism” in America. (10/4/09)

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Confused on What the “New Spiritualism” Is??? Here It Is!

 

Parade Magazine says 24% have left church for Spiritualism. The Church community criticizes that it’s not real religion. Leading Christian apologists, like Ravi Zacharias, agree saying Spiritualism is “gelatinous ideology lacking necessary theological elements.”

Churches are desperate. The run-off is unprecedented and certainly due to the fact that only 3% of young adults believe in Satan, judgment or Christianity. (Barna Group)

According to Parade, “What Americans are doing today is separating spirituality from religion, with many people disavowing organized practice altogether. In fact, 24% put themselves into a whole new category, ‘spiritual, but not religious.” (10/4/09 Issue)

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Churches don’t need to debunk Spirituality as non-religious, because Spirituality isn’t religion. That criticism doesn’t bother Spiritualists, because Parade said these people no longer want anything to do with organized religion.

So what is the “New Spiritualism” and why is it becoming mainstream?

In America, most Spiritualists are disenchanted Christians. Early American Deists were a close parallel.

Most of the signers were Deists who rejected the church for its cruelty and oppression in Europe. Jefferson and Payne said the church “terrified the masses for the purpose of gaining wealth and control.” Jefferson said, “Revelations had to be written by a mad man.” Lincoln didn’t believe in Satan. He “could not conceive that a god of love could create the circumstances for which he would have to condemn his children to eternal hell, as the Christians would say…”

Bishop John Spong says, “the church has always been in the guilt producing, control business, and dangled us between their imaginary heaven and hell as a control tactic.”

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Spiritualists are over it. Like our forefathers, they want to be free to contemplate their spiritual cosmos’ undirected and unintimidated by the church. Theologians are right that Spiritualism has no structure.  The theology of each Spiritualist is as unique as a snowflake… varied by the uniqueness of his or her life experience.  Spiritualists respect other Spiritualists, but aren’t driven to amass in a community of others with uniform dogma.

Another major reason for the shift from church to Spiritualism is the contemporary revelation of the Near Death Experience. Since it’s discovery by Dr. Raymond Moody in 1975, most Americans have abandoned the church’s heaven/hell judgment scenario. Now most believe they’ll enter a bright light with relatives and friends, being enveloped by bliss and serenity. This universal bliss is a problem for the church. The Southern Baptist Convention formally condemned the NDE as non-Christian Spiritualism since it conflicts with biblical justification. Roman Christianity can’t sustain itself without the fear of judgment and eternal punishment.  This will be an endless crisis for the church.

Being “spiritual” and being “religious” are polar opposites. As the Spiritualist’s life experiences accumulate, his perception of his cosmos evolves. Much like Buddhists seeking enlightenment, Spiritualists are on a trek to find their place in their cosmos. Anything goes, as long as it’s positive and respectful of others’ diverse beliefs. Spiritualists believe that no one is wrong…that we’re all just at different places along the path. They strive to be tolerant of other religions.

Christian Spiritualists tend to base their cosmos simply on Christ’s message, “God is love, and he asks that we love and help one another.” What he taught while He was alive. They then go on to build a personal Christian theology around that base from their own life experience.  The Roman Christian dogma of 325 AD…the Nicene Creed, the Roman bible… Virgin birth, son of god theology, judgment, Satan, salvation, Easter fertility, eggs/bunnies, Dec. 25 birthday of sun-god/solstice/Yuletide, etc. are all optional for Spiritualists to accept or reject as they believe.

Church Christians’ cosmos is based on Roman Christian theology focused on Christ’s death and its implications for salvation. They’re intolerant of all other religions and on an endless crusade to convert all non-Christians to “save” them from their “false” religions. Many have left the church because this attitude has instigated more war, desolation and suffering than any other. The church-goer’s cosmos conforms while the Spiritualist’s cosmos transforms.

Religion is belief in someone else’s experience. Spirituality is having your own experience.” Deepak Chopra

Brad O’Donnell, author “Where to Now Saint Paul?” 
video: Leaving the Catholic Church

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