Showing posts with label Henry Hasse. Show all posts
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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Good News that Liberates




Good News that Liberates
Henry Hasse

The Galilean sage taught and lived his insight of the “kingdom” of the Father. It offended the religious folks in his audience, but it was a comforting message to those who were not so religious, including the immoral people among them. Joshua invited them to join him at the dinner table of all things! The good religious people called them “sinners” not only because of their immoral lives but especially because they did not participate in the rituals of the temple worship, nor did they practice an exclusive behavior toward outsiders.

What was this message of the “kingdom” of the Father?  It was not unlike the message of the Old Testament prophets who spoke of the Father-God’s mercy without sacrifice, accepting and coming to the aid of the fatherless, the widow, and the stranger among them at no cost to them. It was treating others as they would like to be treated. (Not just as you would like it, but as they would like it.) It meant loving them rather than paying them back or getting even with them. It meant forgiving those who caused you harm – over and over again – until they finally stop their behavior! It meant imaging the Father's way of justice.

This is not as difficult as it first seems because the Father already placed his consciousness into humans when they were called out of muddy clay. This is what set humans apart from other creatures. Humans are free to actually mirror the Father's greatest attributes of unconditional love, acceptance, and forgiveness for unloving choices made by others.  It was an amazing act of love to take this risk. It turns out that when humans make the unloving choice, such choices only make the better loving choices shine all that much brighter. Because loving choices are so beneficial to all, and harm no one, humans can learn from their mistakes and choose better ways in the future. Children learn this faster than adults.

This message called religion into question. It even called the authenticity of the scriptures as being the very word of God into question (such as an “eye for an eye” or many other scriptures speaking of an angry sky-god destroying enemies, even the Babylonian idea of an end-time judgment and apocalypse which had crept into Judaism after their captivity). It called the need for a mediator into question and it called religious rituals into question. It set humans free to be humane toward each other. It put an end to the need of appeasingan angry sky-god, and it abolished the fall and hell mythology. Instead, it taught the presence of the generous Creator-Father among us, revealed in sometimes insignificant but unconditional loving acts between humans. Little wonder that this message was so scandalous to the religious mindset. It was indeed offensive to such thinking, and it still is, especially because it threatens the payback punishment myth and the further existenceof an authoritative religious force among mankind. It required some hard rethinking. It meant moving on to something much better than the harmful, exclusive and inhumanbehavior while under an old payback justice system. No wonder that the religious leadership called out for the Galilean's death! Everything they stood for was being questioned by the generous message of an accepting, forgiving presence of a Father-God, a presence which released humanity’s fears and encouraged the best in them to shine.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

I Will Love You No Matter What!

Photo by  Geralyn Camarillo


Reblogged from: http://infoguyhank.wordpress.com/

I Will Love You No Matter What!
By Henry Hasse

Thank you, Father, for loving me unconditionally! I discovered this hidden treasure (I will love you no matter what and I will never leave you or forsake you.) among all the weeds in the scriptures almost four years ago and I have been sharing it ever since, always finding a better way to say it, repeating it in many different ways just in case one way will have meaning to you. I call it “my diamond in the rough,” because it is certainly a Divine revelation and now it is finally mine, rough as I still am.

Before we proceed any further, you should know five things from the start:

1) Since this is a blog, I do not feel the need to document references to source material. A little research of your own will uncover them soon enough. 
2) I view the Old Testament and New Testament scriptures as interesting literature only, and certainly not as “holy” and “infallible” words “inspired” by God. You can find explanations for that based on scholarly work and archeology. In other words, I no longer idolize the Christian Bible for the reasons given. 
3) I do not idolize the authority of the Church or its doctrines which have been designed to control people religiously and politically over the centuries. 
4) I am not an Atheist by any stretch. The creation around us, life itself, and the wonders of the human body are proof enough for me that a Higher Existence is responsible for the same. 
5) Finally, my acknowledgement of #4 is evidence that a consciousness of this Higher Existence resides within me as it does in all mankind, patiently waiting to be discovered and put to good use among humans. That it still remains hidden or undiscovered in so much of humanity indicates that it is above all else not a controlling influence and that freedom is its primary value and goal for all of humanity. It can be better defined as unconditional love.
The Father’s love for ALL his children is not really new. It has always been so. How could it be anything else? Mankind was created free, not perfect as if they were little gods.  Like the rest of creation that was adapting to ongoing changes. Humanity was a work in progress as well, but different, because humans were free to explore and learn and reason and choose the benefits of loving as they had been loved, finding better ways to live with others. This they could do because they housed a “piece” of the Creator within them, a consciousness of goodness to be discovered and acted on as well. The gift of life alone was enough to capture their attention and fill them with wonder and amazement! And what about waking up alive and well in the morning? Or having food to eat in the pantry? Perhaps an income source from farming and trading? Family? Friends? Possessions? Probably more than needed?

But this generous gifting and treatment and unconditional acceptance, in spite of possible prodigal behavior or unloving choices, was too unbelievably scandalous for most folks to fully understand. It seemed too unfair to treat others that generously – faulty thinking came to such conclusions.