A Homily – John 15:26-27,16:12-15 ©

The Gospel According to John – 2018.05.19

 

Truth and Advocacy

Read the Gospel for today and know this.

There is no deception on God, no falsehood, no fabrication, no prevarication.

The divine does not lie. Those who claim to speak for the divine must not lie or mislead, cover-up or hide.

Know this.

We are all human and we are prone to error, but there is no error in God.

When those who have ascended to positions of leadership in Christian communities lie to you, then you must reject them.

Some will commit errors because they are honestly confused, but many other commit error that are willful. They know they are lying to you and they do it anyway; they do it for wealth, they do it for power, they do it to hide from their shame.

These people have abandoned Jesus, maybe not in the whole of their lives, but in their lying they have, and every time they repeat their lies they do.

Know this, we have all forsaken God at one time or another, but God has never forsaken us. God never will.

This is the truth.

 

The Spirit of truth will lead you to the complete truth

Jesus said to his disciples:

‘When the Advocate comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who issues from the Father, he will be my witness.

And you too will be witnesses, because you have been with me from the outset.

‘I still have many things to say to you but they would be too much for you now.

But when the Spirit of truth comes he will lead you to the complete truth, since he will not be speaking as from himself but will say only what he has learnt; and he will tell you of the things to come.

He will glorify me, since all he tells you will be taken from what is mine.

Everything the Father has is mine; that is why I said:

All he tells you will be taken from what is mine.’in my power to take it up again; and this is the command I have been given by my Father.’

 

Pentecost

Emergence 3.0 – Section Three, Earth; Part Nineteen, Consciousness; Chapter Seven, Other Self

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 140, Sunday
May 20th, 2018

Chapter Seven: Other Self

As we become self-aware we also become “other-aware.” We struggle with the full array of human emotions. We feel the flood of neuro-chemicals, and learn the mechanae to regulate them. The most significant among them being fear.

Fear lodged deep within the limbic system, in the far reaches of the “reptilian” brain, in the spine, and the neural network flowing out from it into our extremities.

We come into the knowledge of self, fearing any and all others, seeing them first as danger, as threat, every other person we encounter, accept the mother who gave birth to us, who is our anchor to our memory of the womb.

Every person has a different learning curve, a unique capacity for the things of their experience they remember, recall and contextualize.

The acquisition of language gives us a taxonomy, the linguistic tools to understand these differentiations: self, mother, father self, brother, sister, self…it is a code that grows and continues to grow.

It is open ended: self, uncle, aunt, self, cousin, self, offspring, self, niece, nephew, self, spouse, self, friend, self…

It is through kinship, by relating to those whom we believe share our deepest interests that we learn to see strangers as other-selves, even an adversary can take on the aspect of another self.

There are language games, there is neuro-linguistic programming in every culture that can force these issues. They combine word and action, feelings and mystery, through rituals of shame, fear, and empowerment, which can break down barriers, and move a person rapidly through every stage of acceptance in regard to another. Religion, and ritual, military service and shared suffering among them.

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