A Spiritual Universalist Mother’s Day
Sunday 10 May 2015
A Mother’s Day special scheduled posting by Jim Lantern
THE TWELVE WOMEN WHO JESUS APPOINTED TO DO THE SAME BASIC JOB AS THE TWELVE MEN WHO BECAME APOSTLES:
First, some excerpts from a history book containing The Life and Teachings of Jesus, partly based on the Gospel of Andrew and the Gospel of Thomas…
ON SUNDAY evening, January 16, A.D. 29, Abner, with the apostles of John, reached Bethsaida and went into joint conference with Andrew and the apostles of Jesus the next day. Abner and his associates made their headquarters at Hebron and were in the habit of coming up to Bethsaida periodically for these conferences.
Among the many matters considered by this joint conference was the practice of anointing the sick with certain forms of oil in connection with prayers for healing. Again did Jesus decline to participate in their discussions or to express himself regarding their conclusions. The apostles of John had always used the anointing oil in their ministry to the sick and afflicted, and they sought to establish this as a uniform practice for both groups, but the apostles of Jesus refused to bind themselves by such a regulation.
On Tuesday, January 18, the twenty-four were joined by the tested evangelists, about seventy-five in number, at the Zebedee house in Bethsaida preparatory to being sent forth on the third preaching tour of Galilee. This third mission continued for a period of seven weeks.
The evangelists were sent out in groups of five, while Jesus and the twelve traveled together most of the time, the apostles going out two and two to baptize believers as occasion required. For a period of almost three weeks Abner and his associates also worked with the evangelistic groups, advising them and baptizing believers. They visited Magdala, Tiberias, Nazareth, and all the principal cities and villages of central and southern Galilee, all the places previously visited and many others. This was their last message to Galilee, except to the northern portions.
Of all the daring things which Jesus did in connection with his earth career, the most amazing was his sudden announcement on the evening of January 16: “On the morrow we will set apart ten women for the ministering work of the kingdom.” At the beginning of the two weeks’ period during which the apostles and the evangelists were to be absent from Bethsaida on their furlough, Jesus requested David to summon his parents back to their home and to dispatch messengers calling to Bethsaida ten devout women who had served in the administration of the former encampment and the tented infirmary. These women had all listened to the instruction given the young evangelists, but it had never occurred to either themselves or their teachers that Jesus would dare to commission women to teach the gospel of the kingdom and minister to the sick. These ten women selected and commissioned by Jesus were: Susanna, the daughter of the former chazan of the Nazareth synagogue; Joanna, the wife of Chuza, the steward of Herod Antipas; Elizabeth, the daughter of a wealthy Jew of Tiberias and Sepphoris; Martha, the elder sister of Andrew and Peter; Rachel, the sister-in-law of Jude, the Master’s brother in the flesh; Nasanta, the daughter of Elman, the Syrian physician; Milcha, a cousin of the Apostle Thomas; Ruth, the eldest daughter of Matthew Levi; Celta, the daughter of a Roman centurion; and Agaman, a widow of Damascus. Subsequently, Jesus added two other women to this group ― Mary Magdalene and Rebecca, the daughter of Joseph of Arimathea.
Jesus authorized these women to effect their own organization and directed Judas to provide funds for their equipment and for pack animals. The ten elected Susanna as their chief and Joanna as their treasurer. From this time on they furnished their own funds; never again did they draw upon Judas for support.
It was most astounding in that day, when women were not even allowed on the main floor of the synagogue (being confined to the women’s gallery), to behold them being recognized as authorized teachers of the new gospel of the kingdom. The charge which Jesus gave these ten women as he set them apart for gospel teaching and ministry was the emancipation proclamation which set free all women and for all time; no more was man to look upon woman as his spiritual inferior. This was a decided shock to even the twelve apostles. Notwithstanding they had many times heard the Master say that “in the kingdom of heaven there is neither rich nor poor, free nor bond, male nor female, all are equally the sons and daughters of God,” they were literally stunned when he proposed formally to commission these ten women as religious teachers and even to permit their traveling about with them. The whole country was stirred up by this proceeding, the enemies of Jesus making great capital out of this move, but everywhere the women believers in the good news stood stanchly behind their chosen sisters and voiced no uncertain approval of this tardy acknowledgment of woman’s place in religious work. And this liberation of women, giving them due recognition, was practiced by the apostles immediately after the Master’s departure, albeit they fell back to the olden customs in subsequent generations. Throughout the early days of the Christian church women teachers and ministers were called deaconesses and were accorded general recognition. But Paul, despite the fact that he conceded all this in theory, never really incorporated it into his own attitude and personally found it difficult to carry out in practice.
As the apostolic party journeyed from Bethsaida, the women traveled in the rear. During the conference time they always sat in a group in front and to the right of the speaker. Increasingly, women had become believers in the gospel of the kingdom, and it had been a source of much difficulty and no end of embarrassment when they had desired to hold personal converse with Jesus or one of the apostles. Now all this was changed. When any of the women believers desired to see the Master or confer with the apostles, they went to Susanna, and in company with one of the twelve women evangelists, they would go at once into the presence of the Master or one of his apostles.
It was at Magdala that the women first demonstrated their usefulness and vindicated the wisdom of their choosing. Andrew had imposed rather strict rules upon his associates about doing personal work with women, especially with those of questionable character. When the party entered Magdala, these ten women evangelists were free to enter the evil resorts and preach the glad tidings directly to all their inmates. And when visiting the sick, these women were able to draw very close in their ministry to their afflicted sisters. As the result of the ministry of these ten women (afterward known as the twelve women) at this place, Mary Magdalene was won for the kingdom. Through a succession of misfortunes and in consequence of the attitude of reputable society toward women who commit such errors of judgment, this woman had found herself in one of the nefarious resorts of Magdala. It was Martha and Rachel who made plain to Mary that the doors of the kingdom were open to even such as she. Mary believed the good news and was baptized by Peter the next day.
Mary Magdalene became the most effective teacher of the gospel among this group of twelve women evangelists. She was set apart for such service, together with Rebecca, at Jotapata about four weeks subsequent to her conversion. Mary and Rebecca, with the others of this group, went on through the remainder of Jesus’ life on earth, laboring faithfully and effectively for the enlightenment and uplifting of their downtrodden sisters; and when the last and tragic episode in the drama of Jesus’ life was being enacted, notwithstanding the apostles all fled but one, these women were all present, and not one either denied or betrayed him.
The Sabbath services of the apostolic party had been put in the hands of the women by Andrew, upon instructions from Jesus. This meant, of course, that they could not be held in the new synagogue. The women selected Joanna to have charge of this occasion, and the meeting was held in the banquet room of Herod’s new palace, Herod being away in residence at Julias in Perea. Joanna read from the Scriptures concerning woman’s work in the religious life of Israel, making reference to Miriam, Deborah, Esther, and others.
The Gospel of Andrew and the Gospel of Thomas were banned from the Holy Bible during The Council of Trent by men who did not agree with all of the teachings of Jesus, especially about the equality of men and women in general, and specifically about their equality in the church. History is written mainly by those who have the power to tell you only what they want you to know after much history revision and editing out what they don’t agree with. The truth is not as easily hidden as some would prefer. Such as the participation of women in the early Christian church, at its beginning. The relating history and scene of the crime, excerpted from Wikipedia…
An Ecumenical Council of the Roman Catholic Church decided what would be allowed in the Bible and what would be banned from the Bible. They considered what Andrew and Thomas wrote to be crazy, so their Gospels were banned. Such as for example women being equal to men. It is considered to be one of the Church’s most important councils. It convened in Trento, Italy, then the capital of the Prince-Bishopric of Trent of the Holy Roman Empire, between December 13, 1545, and December 4, 1563 in twenty-five sessions for three periods. During the pontificate of Pope Paul III, the Council fathers met for the first through eighth sessions in Trento (1545–47), and for the ninth through eleventh sessions in Bologna (1547).Under Pope Julius III, the Council met in Trento (1551–52) for the twelfth through sixteenth sessions, and under Pope Pius IV, the seventeenth through twenty-fifth sessions took place in Trento (1559–63). Though the Early Church used the Old Testament according to the canon of the Septuagint (LXX), perhaps as found in the Bryennios List or Melito’s canon, the Apostles did not otherwise leave a defined set of new scriptures; instead, the New Testament developed over time. Writings attributed to the apostles circulated amongst the earliest Christian communities. The Pauline epistles were circulating in collected forms by the end of the 1st century AD. Justin Martyr, in the early 2nd century, mentions the “memoirs of the Apostles,” which Christians (Greek: Χριστιανός) called “gospels,” and which were considered to be authoritatively equal to the Old Testament.
More excerpts from The Life and Teachings of Jesus partly based on the Gospel of Andrew and the Gospel of Thomas. How the Apostles and some of the women lived and died…
Andrew, chairman of the apostolic corps of the kingdom, was born in Capernaum. He was the oldest child in a family of five ― himself, his brother Simon, and three sisters.
Very soon after Jesus’ ascension on high, Andrew began the writing of a personal record of many of the sayings and doings of his departed Master. After Andrew’s death other copies of this private record were made and circulated freely among the early teachers of the Christian church. These informal notes of Andrew’s were subsequently edited, amended, altered, and added to until they made up a fairly consecutive narrative of the Master’s life on earth. The last of these few altered and amended copies was destroyed by fire at Alexandria about one hundred years after the original was written by the first chosen of the twelve apostles.
When the later persecutions finally scattered the apostles from Jerusalem, Andrew journeyed through Armenia, Asia Minor, and Macedonia and, after bringing many thousands into the kingdom, was finally apprehended and crucified in Patrae in Achaia. It was two full days before this robust man expired on the cross, and throughout these tragic hours he continued effectively to proclaim the glad tidings of the salvation of the kingdom of heaven.
When Simon joined the apostles, he was thirty years of age. He was married, had three children, and lived at Bethsaida, near Capernaum. His brother, Andrew, and his wife’s mother lived with him. Both Peter and Andrew were fisher partners of the sons of Zebedee.
Simon Peter’s wife was a very able woman. For years she labored acceptably as a member of the women’s corps, and when Peter was driven out of Jerusalem, she accompanied him upon all his journeys to the churches as well as on all his missionary excursions. And the day her illustrious husband yielded up his life, she was thrown to the wild beasts in the arena at Rome.
And so this man Simon Peter, an intimate of Jesus, one of the inner circle, went forth from Jerusalem proclaiming the glad tidings of the kingdom with power and glory until the fullness of his ministry had been accomplished; and he regarded himself as the recipient of high honors when his captors informed him that he must die as his Master had died ― on the cross. And thus was Simon Peter crucified in Rome.
James, the older of the two apostle sons of Zebedee, whom Jesus nicknamed “sons of thunder,” was thirty years old when he became an apostle. He was married, had four children, and lived near his parents in the outskirts of Capernaum, Bethsaida. He was a fisherman, plying his calling in company with his younger brother John and in association with Andrew and Simon. James and his brother John enjoyed the advantage of having known Jesus longer than any of the other apostles.
James Zebedee lived his life to the full, and when the end came, he bore himself with such grace and fortitude that even his accuser and informer, who attended his trial and execution, was so touched that he rushed away from the scene of James’s death to join himself to the disciples of Jesus.
When he became an apostle, John was twenty-four years old and was the youngest of the twelve. He was unmarried and lived with his parents at Bethsaida; he was a fisherman and worked with his brother James in partnership with Andrew and Peter.
When in temporary exile on Patmos, John Zebedee wrote the Book of Revelation, which you now have in greatly abridged and distorted form. This Book of Revelation contains the surviving fragments of a great revelation, large portions of which were lost, other portions of which were removed, subsequent to John’s writing. It is preserved in only fragmentary and adulterated form.
John traveled much, labored incessantly, and after becoming bishop of the Asia churches, settled down at Ephesus. He directed his associate, Nathan, in the writing of the so-called “Gospel according to John,” at Ephesus, when he was ninety-nine years old. Of all the twelve apostles, John Zebedee eventually became the outstanding theologian. He died a natural death at Ephesus in A.D. 103 when he was one hundred and one years of age.
Philip was the fifth apostle to be chosen, being called when Jesus and his first four apostles were on their way from John’s rendezvous on the Jordan to Cana of Galilee. Since he lived at Bethsaida, Philip had for some time known of Jesus, but it had not occurred to him that Jesus was a really great man until that day in the Jordan valley when he said, “Follow me.” Philip was also somewhat influenced by the fact that Andrew, Peter, James, and John had accepted Jesus as the Deliverer.
Philip was twenty-seven years of age when he joined the apostles; he had recently been married, but he had no children at that time.
Philip’s wife, who was an efficient member of the women’s corps, became actively associated with her husband in his evangelistic work after their flight from the Jerusalem persecutions. His wife was a fearless woman. She stood at the foot of Philip’s cross encouraging him to proclaim the glad tidings even to his murderers, and when his strength failed, she began the recital of the story of salvation by faith in Jesus and was silenced only when the irate Jews rushed upon her and stoned her to death. Their eldest daughter, Leah, continued their work, later on becoming the renowned prophetess of Hierapolis.
Philip, the onetime steward of the twelve, was a mighty man in the kingdom, winning souls wherever he went; and he was finally crucified for his faith and buried at Hierapolis.
Nathaniel, the sixth and last of the apostles to be chosen by the Master himself, was brought to Jesus by his friend Philip. He had been associated in several business enterprises with Philip and, with him, was on the way down to see John the Baptist when they encountered Jesus.
When Nathaniel joined the apostles, he was twenty-five years old and was the next to the youngest of the group. He was the youngest of a family of seven, was unmarried, and the only support of aged and infirm parents, with whom he lived at Cana; his brothers and sister were either married or deceased, and none lived there. Nathaniel and Judas Iscariot were the two best educated men among the twelve. Nathaniel had thought to become a merchant.
Nathaniel’s father (Bartholomew) died shortly after Pentecost, after which this apostle went into Mesopotamia and India proclaiming the glad tidings of the kingdom and baptizing believers. His brethren never knew what became of their onetime philosopher, poet, and humorist. But he also was a great man in the kingdom and did much to spread his Master’s teachings, even though he did not participate in the organization of the subsequent Christian church. Nathaniel died in India.
Matthew, the seventh apostle, was chosen by Andrew. Matthew belonged to a family of tax gatherers, or publicans, but was himself a customs collector in Capernaum, where he lived. He was thirty-one years old and married and had four children. He was a man of moderate wealth, the only one of any means belonging to the apostolic corps. He was a good business man, a good social mixer, and was gifted with the ability to make friends and to get along smoothly with a great variety of people.
When these persecutions caused the believers to forsake Jerusalem, Matthew Levi journeyed north, preaching the gospel of the kingdom and baptizing believers. He was lost to the knowledge of his former apostolic associates, but on he went, preaching and baptizing, through Syria, Cappadocia, Galatia, Bithynia, and Thrace. And it was in Thrace, at Lysimachia, that certain unbelieving Jews conspired with the Roman soldiers to encompass his death. And this regenerated publican died triumphant in the faith of a salvation he had so surely learned from the teachings of the Master during his recent sojourn on earth.
Thomas was the eighth apostle, and he was chosen by Philip. In later times he has become known as “doubting Thomas,” but his fellow apostles hardly looked upon him as a chronic doubter. True, his was a logical, skeptical type of mind, but he had a form of courageous loyalty which forbade those who knew him intimately to regard him as a trifling skeptic.
When Thomas joined the apostles, he was twenty-nine years old, was married, and had four children. Formerly he had been a carpenter and stone mason, but latterly he had become a fisherman and resided at Tarichea, situated on the west bank of the Jordan where it flows out of the Sea of Galilee, and he was regarded as the leading citizen of this little village. He had little education, but he possessed a keen, reasoning mind and was the son of excellent parents, who lived at Tiberias. Thomas had the one truly analytical mind of the twelve; he was the real scientist of the apostolic group.
Thomas Didymus had a trying time during the days of the trial and crucifixion. He was for a season in the depths of despair, but he rallied his courage, stuck to the apostles, and was present with them to welcome Jesus on the Sea of Galilee. For a while he succumbed to his doubting depression but eventually rallied his faith and courage. He gave wise counsel to the apostles after Pentecost and, when persecution scattered the believers, went to Cyprus, Crete, the North African coast, and Sicily, preaching the glad tidings of the kingdom and baptizing believers. And Thomas continued preaching and baptizing until he was apprehended by the agents of the Roman government and was put to death in Malta. Just a few weeks before his death he had begun the writing of The Life and Teachings of Jesus.
James and Judas the sons of Alpheus, the twin fishermen living near Kheresa, were the ninth and tenth apostles and were chosen by James and John Zebedee. They were twenty-six years old and married, James having three children, Judas two.
The twins served faithfully until the end, until the dark days of trial, crucifixion, and despair. They never lost their heart faith in Jesus, and (save John) they were the first to believe in his resurrection. But they could not comprehend the establishment of the kingdom. Soon after their Master was crucified, they returned to their families and nets; their work was done. They had not the ability to go on in the more complex battles of the kingdom. But they lived and died conscious of having been honored and blessed with four years of close and personal association with a Son of God, the sovereign maker of a universe.
Simon Zelotes, the eleventh apostle, was chosen by Simon Peter.
After the dispersion because of the Jerusalem persecutions, Simon went into temporary retirement. He was literally crushed. As a nationalist patriot he had surrendered in deference to Jesus’ teachings; now all was lost. He was in despair, but in a few years he rallied his hopes and went forth to proclaim the gospel of the kingdom.
He went to Alexandria and, after working up the Nile, penetrated into the heart of Africa, everywhere preaching the gospel of Jesus and baptizing believers. Thus he labored until he was an old man and feeble. And he died and was buried in the heart of Africa.
Judas Iscariot, the twelfth apostle, was chosen by Nathaniel.
When the sordid and sinful business was all over, this renegade mortal, who thought lightly of selling his friend for thirty pieces of silver to satisfy his long-nursed craving for revenge, rushed out and committed the final act in the drama of fleeing from the realities of mortal existence ― suicide.
The eleven apostles were horrified, stunned. Jesus regarded the betrayer only with pity. The worlds have found it difficult to forgive Judas, and his name has become eschewed throughout a far-flung universe.
I concluded, about myself, after doing much research into the history of all religions, I’m basically a Universalist, but not a Unitarian Universalist [those two having merged in the past]. More like a Trinitarian Universalist but with some differences regarding a Holy Trinity. I believe that as there is a Father there must also be a Mother for creation to be possible, and a Holy Spirit of some kind for all genderless life. So I’ve found male-dominated religions to be missing at least half of the true picture. We know of the Father and the Son, and what some refer to as the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost, but what of the Mother, and other Sons as well as Daughters? Keep this in mind, especially during Mother’s Day. It’s a simple fact. Without mom, none of us would be here. Sure, at one time, only one Son, but the Family of God has grown a bit since then, with Daughters as well as Sons. After all, Earth is not the only world they were sent to, not to die for the sins of people but to liberate their souls with knowledge of the truth. Jesus told Thomas about the stars and planets, and that this is not the only inhabited planet where souls need to be liberated with the truth about what we are and the spiritual universe we came from.
~ Jim Lantern
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!
SPIRITUAL UNIVERSALIST – a Way of Life – as a Virtual Reality Faith
A new kind of religion proposed by science fiction author Jim Lantern
“Virtual Reality” defined for use via computers and the Internet: An artificial environment, which is experienced through sensory stimuli – such as sights and sounds – provided by a computer or other similar device, and in which the actions of a person determines what happens in the environment. Also, the technology used to create or access a virtual reality.
“Virtual Reality” redefined for religion: The Physical Universe is the Virtual Reality of spiritual beings living in the Spiritual Universe. Physical bodies here are their avatars. The physical body is like a car, and the spiritual soul is the driver.
We have the ability to use computers to create virtual reality, in which we create characters, avatars, who can be killed, while we live on unharmed in the so-called real world. What if the physical universe is the virtual reality for spiritual beings living in the spiritual universe on spiritual worlds similar to planets? We are their avatars for them to function in physical form while in the physical universe. Here, they can be killed in physical form, while living on unharmed in their spiritual form. We are them in physical form. They are us. The physical body is like a car, and the soul is the driver. So each of us are just using our physical bodies for transportation while visiting this planet. We are soul travelers engaging in soul travel.
“Beam my soul to Earth.”
This is an explanation that could possibly answer all or most questions about physical life, where we came from, the creation of the earth and the physical universe. It is with some humor that we consider maybe God really did create the heavens and earth in only six days, and did so with his personal desktop computer! Then imagine trillions of other spiritual beings each creating trillions of physical realities – trillions of physical universes!
This is a variation of “Intelligent Design” – the theory that life and the universe cannot have come into existence by chance – that it was designed and created by one or more intelligent entities.
ARTICLES of SPIRITUAL UNIVERSALIST – a Way of Life – as a Virtual Reality Faith
Updated 19 January 2015
1. Spiritual Universalist, as a Virtual Reality Faith, is not a church or religious organization. It is a “way of life” to be lived, to be experienced mainly at a spiritual level.
2. Spiritual Universalist has no expenses, and therefore has no need to take up collections or accept donations of money for any purpose. It is free.
3. Spiritual Universalist has no physical locations for meetings, such as churches or temples, or any other buildings. It may have free websites for the convenience of believers to interact with each other – such as forums, Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress.
4. Spiritual Universalist has no pastors or religious leaders. There are only believers participating as equals. There is no need for any person to stand between you and God – our creator or creators – for any purpose.
5. Spiritual Universalist recognizes total equality of men and women, and rejects all male-dominated religions. As there is a Creator Father there may also be a Creator Mother. As there is a Creator Son, there may also be a Creator Daughter. There may be more than one Creator Father, more than one Creator Mother, more than one Creator Son, more than one Creator Daughter.
6. Spiritual Universalist accepts the basic concept of Universalism as Universalists; not Christian Universalists, not Trinitarian Universalists, and not Unitarian Universalists.
7. Spiritual Universalist accepts the basic concept of Intelligent Design, rather than the basic concept of godless evolution or the basic concept of biblical creation.
8. Spiritual Universalist rejects the concept of a hell for eternal punishment for so-called sinners. Spiritual Universalist presents a difference between sin and willful evil; that sin is like a misdemeanor crime calling for limited punishment and forgiveness, while willful evil is like a capital crime calling for a spiritual death penalty being the instant obliteration of the soul or spirit. Spiritual beings may have rules for acceptable behavior while living in physical form in the physical universe, and there may be consequences for breaking those rules. You can’t wrongfully kill someone here, for example, and then live on without any punishment in the hereafter – even if killing them physically does not harm them spiritually – does not cause the death of a soul.
9. Spiritual Universalist rejects any religion that claims physical disabilities and/or illnesses of any kind is evidence that a person is or has been sinful and/or otherwise is not right with God. Spiritual Universalist presents the idea that we are not flawless because our creator or creators have not yet found the means to make us physically flawless, that they themselves have limited knowledge and are experiencing a learning process as we in physical form are gradually upgraded physically with a process similar to the concept of evolution.
10. Spiritual Universalist presents the idea that our physical bodies are like cars, and our souls are the drivers. The energy of the cells of the physical body produce the unconscious mind and therein the id. The energy of the cells of the physical brain produce the conscious mind, subconscious, and therein the ego. The energy of the cells of the superphysical body of the soul produce the superconscious mind and therein the superego.
11. Spiritual Universalist presents the spiritual science that the spiritual universe is made from supermatter, compared to the physical universe made from matter.
12. Spiritual Universalist presents the belief that we in spiritual form were spiritually born into the spiritual universe on spiritual worlds similar to planets and made from supermatter; that after we live out a physical life in the physical universe we will return to our spiritual lives in the spiritual universe. When we physically die, our souls return to the spiritual universe from which they came and had pre-existence. Physical life begins with physical conception, but spiritual life begins before physical conception and then continues after a physical life.
13. Spiritual Universalist accepts the possibility of spiritual reincarnation, that the spiritual beings may repeatedly visit the physical universe to have more than one physical life.
14. Spiritual Universalist does not accept the need for physical rituals, such as for example water baptisms.
15. Spiritual Universalist is a 24/7 spiritual religion, not limited to physical participation one day each week. As the conscious mind and physical body does the physical work of the physical universe, the superconscious mind and superphysical soul does the spiritual work of the spiritual universe, as a kind of multitasking within both levels of existence at the same time. Spiritual participation can be anytime and anywhere, even all the time and everywhere.
16. Spiritual Universalist does not require worship of any kind, for any purpose, of any creator. Our creator or creators are not egotistical gods demanding humans worship them.
17. Spiritual Universalist accepts the possibility that prayers are a method of communication between the physical universe and the spiritual universe, between us in physical form and spiritual beings in spiritual form including those who created us. Prayers can result in spiritual beings, or otherwise our creators, making changes for the better to and within the spiritual universe, effecting events and our physical lives. By “praying all times in the Spirit” we in spiritual form can “pray without ceasing” 24/7. As the mind and body is engaged in the physical world, the soul and spirit is engaged in the spiritual world. Therefore, you may be engaged in any physical activity while praying at a spiritual level.
18. Spiritual Universalist accepts the possibility that Christ Jesus was a Creator Son who lived a physical life in the physical universe, here on earth, for the purpose of liberating our souls with knowledge of the physical and spiritual universes, rather than to die for our sins. Spiritual Universalist refers to that Creator Son as Christ Jesus rather than Jesus Christ, because Christ is a title like King, and we do not for example refer to King James as James King. Spiritual Universalist presents the idea that at one time there was only one Creator Son, but as time has passed within the spiritual universe more Creator Sons have been born, in addition to Creator Daughters.
19. Spiritual Universalist presents the idea that the actual purpose of physical life may be very important to spiritual beings, rather than just perhaps being a kind of entertainment like computer-generated virtual reality is for the humans on this planet. Perhaps wars are fought in the physical universe to save spiritual beings from being killed in a permanent death in wars in the spiritual universe, and then the winning side of a war here may be granted greater control of the spiritual beings in the spiritual universe. The ongoing battle between good and evil here may determine the fate of spiritual beings there, so physical life is important in that way, and other ways. What you do with your physical life here may impact your spiritual life there when you return to it. Do good here and then you will live better there as a kind of reward.
20. Spiritual Universalist accepts the existence of physical life on other physical worlds, other planets within the physical universe. Spiritual Universalist presents the idea that travel across physical space between inhabited planets may be fairly common in spiritual form rather than in physical form. Spiritual Universalist presents the idea of soul travel and soul migration between inhabited planets in the physical universe. Space traveling souls may carry knowledge for trade rather than physical cargo for trade between inhabited planets. A space traveling soul may leave a physical body behind on one planet, travel across space, and then be born into a physical body on another planet. Then, upon completing a mission, may return to the original physical body it left behind on the planet it came from, or be born into a new physical body.
ABOUT SPIRITUAL UNIVERSALISM
Written by Jim Lantern
Updated 19 January 2015
The following includes excerpts from Wikipedia, mixed with my own words and modifications.
First, some history…
The Universalist Church of America was a Christian Universalist religious denomination in the United States (plus affiliated churches in other parts of the world). Known from 1866 as theUniversalist General Convention, the name was changed to the Universalist Church of America in 1942. In 1961, it consolidated with the American Unitarian Association to form the Unitarian Universalist Association. This new version may be described as being a variation of Trinitarian Universalism. It is not Unitarian Universalism – we are not Unitarians and are not Unitarian Universalists. However, they are welcome to participate as members of this new version.
The plan and design…
It is my intention to at least try to partly restore the original Universalist Church – in particular the Universalist Church of America as a kind of basic model. Even so, this does not exclude people of other countries from participating. This is international, not limited to Americans – US citizens. It will only exist and function via the Internet. It will not have any expenses, and so no donations of money needed – it will be free.
Although this new variation accepts Christ Jesus as a Son of God – a Creator Son, being classified as “Christian” is not primary, but rather one of the elements of this religion. There are two major differences between traditional Christian churches and this new version…
- Christ Jesus did not come to this world to die for our sins, but to liberate our souls – so that we may return to heaven – after having been spiritually quarantined here during a great war in heaven, which lasted for thousands of years.
- At one time there was only One Son of God, but now there are many Sons of God – as well as many Daughters of God; our agreement with the ancient belief of God being a Mother Spirit in addition to a Father Spirit – so this revived religion is not a male-dominated religion, but is one that recognizes the equality of men and women.
The defining theology of Universalism is universal salvation; Universalists believe that the God of love would not create a person knowing that that person would be destined for eternal damnation. They concluded that all people must be destined for salvation. Some early Universalists, known as Restorationists and led by Paul Dean, believed that after death there is a period of reprobation in Hell preceding salvation. Other Universalists, notably Hosea Ballou, denied the existence of Hell entirely. This new version is in partial agreement with Ballou – that there is no Hell for eternal punishment. We do believe there is a “Lake of Fire” where condemned souls are instantly obliterated. This ties in with our belief that “sin” is like a misdemeanor crime calling for limited punishment and eventual forgiveness, while “willful evil” is like a capital crime calling for the death penalty – the instant and permanent death of a condemned soul – rather than endless punishment.
In Christian theology, universal reconciliation (also called universal salvation, Christian universalism, or in context simply universalism) is the doctrine that all sinful and alienated human souls – because of divine love and mercy – will ultimately be reconciled to God.The Primitive Baptist Universalists (also called Primite Baptist Universalists) are Christian Universalist congregations located primarily in the central Appalachian region of the United States. They are popularly known as “No-Hellers” due to their belief (unlike most other Christian denominations) that there is no Hell per se, but that Hell is actually experienced in this life. Further, Primitive Baptists, also known as Hard Shell Baptists, Anti-Mission Baptists, or Old School Baptists are conservative Baptists adhering to a degree of Calvinist beliefs that coalesced out of the controversy among Baptists in the early 1800s over the appropriateness of mission boards, Bible tract societies, and temperance societies. The adjective “Primitive” in the name has the sense of “original.”
Spiritual Universalists may be referred to as being “more spiritual than religious.” For this version, we believe spiritual participation is more important than physical participation. This is a difficult concept for some people, especially those who only use their physical senses to perceive the physical world, and have not developed spiritual senses for perceiving the spiritual world .
While having mentioned Baptists, it is important at this point to present an important difference. For this version, we do not believe physical rituals are necessary – such as water baptisms as a good example. Most human rituals are really done to convince and satisfy other humans who need or want or demand to see evidence of physical participation as proof of one’s faith. Some people pray out loud. We believe that is not necessary. Speaking is a physical activity using mouth to produce sound, and using ears to receive the sound. We believe in silent prayer – to be done spiritually with the mind. The energy of the physical cells of the physical body produce the unconscious mind and id. The energy of the physical cells of the physical brain produce the conscious mind, subconscious, and ego. The energy of the spiritual cells of the spiritual soul produce the superconscious mind and the superego. As the physical body does the physical work of the physical universe, the spiritual body does the spiritual work of the spiritual universe, as a kind of multitasking at two different levels of existence of life. Therefore, we can pray and worship at a spiritual level anytime and anywhere, even all of the time and everywhere, while being physically active or sleeping.
An important difference between the old church and the new church is of course the use of the Internet. This new version is not actually a “church” as we know them to be today. This new concept is that the “church” exists spiritually within each of us, not externally as physical buildings where church-goers usually meet, and not officially as a religious organization. I’m eliminating the involvement of government, such as for being a tax-exempt organization. This new version will have no expenses. Therefore, no money will be collected. Membership is free. Donations of money will not be accepted for any purpose. There is no process for joining – no signing up – as membership is automatic for those who decide to refer to themselves as members. Acceptance is automatic, so no one can reject you for any reason. Further, there will be no geographical address, no mailing address, no street address, no email address, and no phone number. There might eventually be a Facebook Page and a Twitter account for members to interact. WordPress is being used as the only website, and it is free to use.
As a Christian denomination, Christian Universalism originated during the late 18th century with theUniversalist Church of America. There is currently [in 2014] no single denomination that is uniting Christian Universalists, but a few denominations teach some of the principles of Christian Universalism or are open to them. In 2007, the Christian Universalist Association was founded to serve as an ecumenical umbrella organization for churches, ministries, and individuals who believe in Christian Universalism.
For this new version, there is no organizational structure. There is no pastor. No human needs to stand between you and our Creator. So we are opposed to religious organizational structures – such as those used by the Catholic Church, Episcopal Churches, and Mormons (The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints), as three examples. Each member has equal means to participate at a spiritual level, and each member is spiritually equal. This includes equality of men and women. We may be comparable to the Knights of the Round Table – a table with no head where all who sit at it are equals. If there were a “head” of our table, so to speak, such as where King Arthur might sit, then it would be a spiritual being as “head” – such as Christ Jesus.
Virtual Reality Faith is the belief that the physical universe is the virtual reality of spiritual beings living in the spiritual universe. Our physical bodies are their avatars while functioning in the physical universe. Spiritually, we are them. The physical body is like a car. The soul is the driver.
Universalism refers to religious, theological, and philosophical concepts with universal application or applicability. Universalism is a term used to identify particular doctrines considering all people in their formation.
In a broad sense, universalism claims that religion is a universal human quality. This can be contrasted with non-universalist religions. Religion in this context is defined as a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.
In Christianity, universal reconciliation is the doctrine that all sinful and alienated human souls—because of divine love and mercy—will ultimately be reconciled to God. Unitarian Universalism believes that religion is a universal human quality, emphasizing the universal principles of most religions and accepting other religions in an inclusive manner, believing in a universal reconciliation between humanity and the divine. Even so, Unitarians exclude Christ Jesus as a Son of God – only accepting him as a great teacher. Unitarian Universalism historically grew out of Christian Universalism but is not an exclusively Christian denomination. It formed from a 1961 merger of two historically Christian denominations, the Universalist Church of America and the American Unitarian Association, both based in the United States. Unitarians do not believe in a Holy Trinity – such as the traditional Father, Son, and Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost. Trinitarian Universalists accept the traditional Holy Trinity. For this new version, the Holy Trinity is the Great Maternal Spirit for all female life, the Great Paternal Spirit for all male life, and the Holy Life Spirit for all genderless life.
Universalism has had a strong influence on modern Hinduism, in turn influencing western modern spirituality.
A community that calls itself universalist may emphasize the universal principles of most religions and accept other religions in an inclusive manner, believing in a universal reconciliation between humanity and the divine. For example, some forms of Abrahamic religions happened to claim the universal value of their doctrine and moral principles, and feel inclusive. A belief in one common truth is also another important tenet. The living truth is seen as more far-reaching than national, cultural, or religious boundaries.
Christian Universalism is a kind of Christian theology which includes the belief in the doctrine of universal reconciliation, the view that all human beings and all fallen creatures will ultimately be restored to right relationship with God in Heaven.
The term “Christian Universalism” was used in the 1820s by Russell Streeter of the Christian Intelligencer of Portland – a descendant of Adams Streeter who had founded one of the first Universalist Churches in September 14, 1785. Christian Universalists believe this was the most common interpretation of Christianity in Early Christianity, prior to the 6th century. Christians from a diversity of denominations and traditions believe in the tenets of this belief system, such as the reality of an afterlife without the possibility of eternal presence in hell.
Membership: Now, you need not take any physical action in order to become a member. No place to sign up. No membership list. You may, however, use the Like button as a means to signal your agreement and intent to now be a member, if you want to. Even so, using the Like button will not automatically make you a member or mean you are a member. To become a member, you need only change your personal beliefs to become basically a Universalist. The change in your faith need not be proved to me or to any other people. Finally, you need not be in total agreement with everything I’ve just presented. I expect the personal beliefs of members to be diverse to some extent.
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