"Sermon on the Mount"
Reading this book again and wanted to share some of its insights...this book really breaks through the poison of Theology and really tests a lot of which I have been taught or told-verdict still out and will share when grasped.
"But he teaches that we are only punished for - and actually punished by - our own mistakes; and he teaches that every man or woman, no matter how steeped in evil and uncleanness, has always direct access to an all-loving, all-powerful Father-God, who will forgive him, and supply His own strength to him to enable him to find himself again; and unto seventy times seven, if need be"
Concerning the Church....
"...there is no warrant whatever in his teaching for the setting up of any form of Ecclesiasticism, or any hierarchy of officals or system or ritual. He did not authorize any such thing, and in fact, the whole tone of his mentality is defiantly antiecclesiatical. Alll through his public life he was at war with the ecclesiastics and other religious officials of his own country. They first hindered, and then persecuted him, with a perfectly sound instinct of self-preservation - they felt instinctivley that the Truth, as he taught it, was the beginning of the end for them - and they finally had him put to death. Their pretensions to authority as the representatives of God, he ignored completely and for their ritual and their ceremonies evinced only impatience and contempt."
1. Ecclesiastical principles, practices, and activities.
2. Excessive adherence to ecclesiastical principles and forms.
"Those who deny he possibility of miracles on the ground tha the universe is a perfect system of law and order, to the the operation of which there can be no exceptions, are perfectly right. But the explanation is that the world of which we are normally aware, and with those laws alone most people are acquainted, is only a fragment of the whole universe as it really is; and that there is such a thing as appealing from a lower to a higher law - from a lesser to a greater expression. Now the the appeal from the lower to the higher law is not really a breach of law, for the possibility of such an appeal is part of the major constitution of the universe, and therefore, in the sense of a real breach of law, miracles are impossible. Yet, in the sense that all the ordinary rules and limitations of the physical plane can be set aside of overridden by and understanding that has risen above them, miracles, in the colloquial sense of the word, can and do happen."
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