With all this bumping going on, let's give them a dose of their own medicine.
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November 26 2003 at 4:43 PM
Most of the world's religions, especially Manalo's have adopted a particularly warped idea of a "chosen people". In the minds of most theologians and thus most religionists the belief became general that God chose certain people to be saved in heaven while the remainder of the human race goes to eternal damnation.
There IS NOT the slightest foundation in the Bible for such a belief. In all the history of humanity there have been people of all faiths who have attained a spiritual expression of God's love, people who teach only love, and people who heal by their beingness, people who spread beauty and compassion where ever they go. They judge not anyone for they see the Christ or Buddha or Krishna within each soul.
These are the chosen people mentioned in the Bilble. They are the class described by Peter in his first letter: Ye are an elect race. Yet this beauty is distorted and perverted by the fallacies that Manalo and others hold about God and life- and thus most religions exhibit behaviors that no God would want.
The same goes for the "true" church of Christ, I use a common noun here in the word church to demonstrate how it is man who twists and turns scripture to suit his own needs. The original Greek translation is of God. Of course Manalo will not tell you this. The real church of God is not an outer sect , or religious denomination. From a spiritual point of view, it is any faith where man understands God as spirit. The true church is not made of creeds and forms, nor is it contained in walls of wood and stone; the heart of man is in his own temple (within) and the SPIRIT of truth is God.
Manalo and others tell you that your soul never dies, but they also tell you that you can spend an eternity in hell. The English word hell is from the Saxon verb helan, 'to cover and conceal', and contains no idea of a place of torment. Hinnon, another Biblical word for hell, in Hebrew means sorrow or groaning, and it also means purifying fires. Read Malachi 3:1-3, Josh. 15:8, 2 Kings 23:10 2 Chronicles 28:3, 33:6. Hinnon and Gehenna were garbage dumps symbolic of purifying bad behavior.
Manalo and other religionists describe incessantly and in great detail what could cause you to wind up there as well as how to get to heaven- has created a hell on earth. For some religions have taught that killing "others" for the "right reasons" will send you straight to heaven, while others have been taught that believing in God, but doing it the "wrong way" (Manalo's Pharisee religion comes to mind here)will send you straight to hell, no matter how exemplary a life one could lead.
These ideas have been brought to our world not by God, but by human beings. Many scriptures have been edited out including a doctrine of reincarnation by the Second Council of Constantinople in 553 A.D. The so called church elders felt reincarnation afforded man too ample a stage to gain restitution. Leaving such a doctrine in would greatly diminish CONTROL over the people. Stories also of Mary Magdelen were nearly edited completely by a male dominated world, for guess what, CONTROL and POWER.
The great Apostasy came about when man instead of looking within decided to make assumptions that God must be angry, vindictive, revengeful,and retributive because MAN is angry, retibutive, revengeful, vindictive and power hungry. People like Manalo, head Pharisee, imagine that God must be petty, nitpicking, particular, and exclusive because most religionists are petty, nitpicking, particular, and exclusive. See Mark 7:1-13 and Luke 14:1-13 and 7:36-39.
Manalo and other religionists teach that God designed eternal life based on a system of reward and punishment because religionists have designed life based on reward and punishment.
Think about it for a moment. Look at what is going on around the world. There are those who think it pleases God to kill as many infidels as possible, there are those who could care less about the environment because they think the end is near and thus they don't need to care. Yet if our ecological system breaks down we can blame it on God and his wrath.
We don't need to pray for heaven on earth because religionists like manalo create divisions rather than heal them thinking they have exclusive rights to heaven. These illusions of superiority have created the state the world is in now, not God but man and his disfunctional beliefs.
It is man who is creating all disharmonies in the world and it is man with God within him who can heal it. If we all would only listen to our own soul rather than some narrow minded religionists-like the Manalos of the world -we could have heaven on earth. Remember the term hell means to hide and conceal, and our religionists are doing just that- creating a hell through hiding and concealing.
You chosen ones who proclaim to love God don't seem to be reading your Bibles very much. I guess it is easier to have it hand fed to you so you don't have to think too much.