UNDERSTANDING THE TIMES WE LIVE IN

MY DEEPEST ME IS GOD!!!

The current NEW REFORMATION the Universe is going through is a replay of the Ancient ABRAHAMIC CALLING (Gen. 12). Whether there was a REAL PERSON called ABRAHAM is not important (The Prodigal Son and Good Samaritan parables are great and TRUTHFUL parables, even though their characters never exited in real life). Human beings all over the Universe and across ALL RELIGIONS are being called out of THE GOD WE KNEW (or thought we knew). Our Christian Tradition; IN JESUS; GOD BECAME A HUMAN BEING, IN ORDER FOR HUMAN BEINGS TO BECOME GOD. Dessert Monks and Patrisic Fathers stated this THEOSIS (Divinization), since the day of Jesus:

  • St. IRENAEUS of LYONS: "God became what we are in order to make us what He is himself."
  • St. CLEMENT of ALEXANDRIA: "He who obeys the Lord and follows the prophecy given through him, becomes a god while still moving about in the flesh."
  • St. ATHANASIUS: "God became man so that men might become gods."
  • St. CYRIL of ALEXANDRIA: "We are called 'temples of God' and indeed 'gods', and so we are."
  • St. BASIL the GREAT: "Becoming a god" is the highest goal of all.
  • St. AUGUSTINE: - "God is more intimate to me than I am to myself"
  • St. CATHERINE of GENOA: "My deepest me is God!"
  • St. GREGORY of NAZIANZUS: "Become gods for (God's) sake, since (God) became man for our sake."
  • St. JOHN of the CROSS: "The soul is God; rather than the soul only"  MEISTER ECKHART: "The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me; my eye and God's eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love."
  • THOMAS AQUINAS: "The gift of grace makes us partakes of the Divine Nature"
  • KARL RAHNER: "The process of Divinization is the centre of gravity"
  • JESUS: "The Father and I are one" and "You are gods";
  • BIBLICAL SUPPORT:

  • 2 Peter 1:4: "…You are partakers of the Divine Nature"
  • Romans 8: 14: "The Spirit joins our Spirit to affirm that we are Sons of God"
  • Romans 8: 14: "The Spirit joins our Spirit to affirm that we are Sons of God"
  • Galatians 2:20: "It is no longer I that lives, but Christ lives in ME"
  • 1 Corintians 6:2 – 3: "Someday we believers will judge the world"
  • 2 Corinthians 3:17-18: "We all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the SAME IMAGE from one degree of glory to another.
  • Psalms 82:6 & John 10:34: "You are gods".

GOD IS DOING A NEW THING

(Isaiah 43:19)! – The Divinization of the universe today, was long prophesied by Jeremiah 31:33 – "…I will put instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people … And, they will not need to teach each other "know the Lord" – Everyone from the least to the greatest, will know me already".

OLD ADAM AND NEW ADAM

Adam is the symbol of the whole human race it its present natural state, so Christ is the symbol for what the whole human race can yet become as God becomes enfleshed (incarnated) within it. This is why Paul Tillich spoke of Christ as the symbol of the NEW BEING! Even the Book of Revelation envisaged a time when the divine presence would depart from 'heaven' and dwell among people (Rev. 21-2-3). The Christian twin-doctrines of Incarnation and the Holy Trinity already spoke of the divine becoming enfleshed in the human and human becoming embodied in the divine.

The Christian world has already become adjusted to the symbolic character of the creation myth and the story of Adam. It is commonplace today to say that Adam is not an historical figure but a symbolic embodiment of the human condition. In Adam (which is Hebrew for 'humankind') we are to see EVERYMAN. "For in Adam ALL die, so also in Christ shall ALL be made alive..... The first Adam was a living being; the last Adam became A LIFE GIVING SPIRIT... The first Adam was from the earth, a man of dust, the second Adam is from 'heaven" (1Corinthians 15:22, 45, 48) "God does not exist; God is BEING itself beyond essense and existence. Therefore, to argue that God exists is to deny God" Theologian Paul Tillich

THE EVOLUTION OF GOD IN HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS

During human history, definitions of God have been born, changed and died. The God who was thought to ride across the sky as the sun changed as our knowledge of the sun grew. More than ten thousand years ago, in animism, which is the earliest human religion, God was defined as multiple spirits in a spirit-filled world. When we human beings moved into agricultural communities, God was defined in terms of the process of fertility. When we grew into tribes on our way towards nation states, God evolved into a tribal deity sitting on a throne (Olympus, Jupiter, Zeus etc.). History has taught us that the word God has never been static; it has always been in a flux and evolving. Our perspective on God changes as we evolve as humans. We do not have to apologize for the fact that our knowledge of every single conceivable thing is limited. Our ancestors, who wrote the Bible, wrote from a very limited understanding also. They did their best in their limited understanding of issues. This is reasonably logical. The word God is not about a being, it is a signpost for a sense of transcendence that we encounter within time and space. Our misunderstangings occur when we use the language of time and space to give form to an experience and a reality that is not bound by time and space. Let us allow GOD / ULTIMATE REALITY, CONSCIOUSNESS or whatever understanding of THE HOLY we hold, to evolve. In the Hebrew Scriptures, God is identified with wind and breath, concepts that eventually evolved into the word Spirit. God was identified with love, as the expander of life, and evolved into the understanding of the Christ figure as "love incarnate." God is also identified with the idea of "rock" and evolved into the Ground of Being that we identify with the old patriarchal word, "Father".

In time and space, God can be experienced, but not realistically defined. I do not believe that in the last analysis any human being can actually define or redefine God, whether we call God the Holy, the Universe, the Sense of Transcendence, ALL THAT IS or anything else, but I do believe we can experience this presence and I do believe it is real. When we experience this presence I know of no other way to describe it except as "God." In the final analysis, we can ONLY know the God of our own experience, and not another's experience. We humans have acquired more complex brains which throw up many obstacles and insecurities along the road we travel; hence we developed religion as a coping mechanism. Religion is a method of reminding us of our origin – out there in "the heavens", where the forces of physics never sleep nor slumber. We need to keep on reformulating religion for the sake of the coming generations. The older lens through which most of traditional Christianity still views the Bible has made Christianity incredible and irrelevant to many postmodern people.

I no longer see God as either a heavenly parent or a heavenly judge dispensing rewards and punishments to obedient or disobedient children according to their deserving. This rather juvenile God died centuries ago, the victim of a revolution in thought that produced the modern consciousness. This revolution was ignited by Copernicus, Kepler and Galileo during a 300 year period called The Enlightenment - they together shattered God's dwelling place above the sky and rendered the primitive God of the childhood of our religion to be "homeless."

WE DESPERATELY NEED A NEW CONSCIOUNESS; A NEW AWAKENING; A NEW WAY TO THINK ABOUT GOD!

Christ must be born again; He must be re-incarnated ia a world that has become different from the one in which He lived! ~ ~ ~Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955 - Jesuit Theologian

MY PROPHECY!

WHEN THIS NEW REFORMATION IS OVER WITH – ALL OF US WILL BE "ATHEISTS"! – WE WILL LOOK DEEP WITHIN EACH OTHER TO FIND GOD – WE WILL SEE GOD IN EACH OTHER – WE WILL SEE GOD FACE TO FACE – WE WILL THEN KNOW THAT WE ARE HOME, RIGHT HERE ON EARTH! WE ARE THE ONE WE'VE BEEN WAITING FOR! – The Second Coming of Christ is not happening exactly the way our EVANGELICAL THEOLOGY taught us! – The First Coming didn't happen the way Jews expected it to happen anyway!

  • SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF GOD ARE HERE!
  • THE END OF ALL BELIEF SYSTEMS IS HERE!
  • THE NEW EARTH IS HERE!
  • THE NEW AWAKENING IS HERE! – YOU KNOW IT!!!
  • " …you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times?" – Matthew 16:3 The Sons of Issachar are described in I Chronicles 12:32 as "men who understood the times and knew what Israel should do." If WE are to arise and fulfill her destiny in the heart of God in this hour, the wisdom of the Sons of Issachar must characterize the Church of our generation as well.

    NAMASTE!!!

    UNDERSTANDING THE TIMES WE LIVE IN - Part Two

    HOW DID WE GET HERE & WHERE ARE WE GOING?

    If you wish to strive for peace of soul and happiness, then BELIEVE; If you wish to be a disciple of truth, then ENQUIRE"

    Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzche (1844-1900)

    My take on our evolution over the past 2000 years:

    Before Emperor Constantine legalized Christianity as a Religion of The Roman Empire; Christians were called atheists because they were not part of Judaism and did not worship Roman gods. Ancient Rome saw the spread of Christianity as the spread of unbelief, while Christians saw it as a move away from paganism and superstition. Things changed after Christianity becamea Religion of the Roman Empire in 312 AD.

    FALL OF ROME 476 AD – A barbarian by the name Odoacer (a Germanic leader in the Roman army), deposed the last western Roman Emperor, Romulus Augustulus. This plunged the Western world into 700 years of the 'dark ages' and resulted in monasticism which lasted until the end of the dark ages.

    THE GREAT SCHISM (1054 AD)– Relations between the Greek speaking Eastern of the Byzantine Empire and the Latin speaking Western traditions within the Christian Church reached a terminal crisis. This crisis led to the separation between the Eastern and Western churches and is referred to as the Great Schism of 1054. The Christian Church split along doctrinal, theological, linguistic, political, and geographic lines. The modern Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches were born in 1054. Eastern Orthodox Christians saw themselves as the one's who stood for genuine religion. This opened the way for the Renaissance revolution.

    RENAISSANCE (12-15TH century) – Leaders of the Renaissance included William of Ockham (1300-1349); Marsilius of Padua (1280-1343); Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) & others. They challenged the mighty Catholic Church & prepared the way for Reformation to occur. The Renaissance had its own Prophets in the mystics of Meister Eckhart (1260-1328), Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) and others. Their teachings caused a revolution within the Catholic Church and prepared the way for Reformers.

    REFORMATION (15-17TH century)– Martin Luther (1483-1546), John Calvin (1509-1564), Huldrych Zwingli (1484-1532), and others rebelled against their Church; they judged the Roman Catholic Church as Superstitious and enslaving humanity in unacceptable doctrines. Catholic defenders of the status quo, in turn, judged the Reformation to be the spread of unbelief and rebellion of the human spirit against the divine will. They said that, the Reformation, if not checked, could be the end of Christianity in its orthodox form. Catholics saw themselves as true believers and saw Reformers as apostates and protestors (hence the name Protestants). The freedom to think (by Reformers), opened the way for Enlightenment.

    ENLIGHTENMENT (Age of Reason)The period 1650-1750 is regarded as a watershed that led to the season we are in today. It allowed HUMAN FREEDOM: the freedom to choose your OWN understanding of God or no God, to be theistic, atheistic, non-theistic, to be spiritual but not religious, the freedom to enquire and to question, the right to discover the truth for oneself, to choose one's own religion or no religion, the right to pursue happiness, the toleration of all views, and the equality of all people. They questioned the dogmatic superstructure of both Catholicism and Protestantism. Terms like Theism, Atheism, and Pantheismcame with Enlightenment. They were never used in the Christian vocabulary before. It was John Toland (1670-1722) who discovered the word Pantheism, and became the first person to use it in his Pantheisticonof 1720. The Enlightenment's Age of Reason opened the door for Critical Biblical Scholarship of the next two hundred years. The total rejection of traditional religion has now become a distinctive feature of the post-Enlightenment period all over the world.

    PIONEERS: Corpenicus (1473-1543); Galile (1564-1642); John Kepler (1571-1630); Rene' Descartes (1596-1650) Isaac Newton (1642-1727); Auguste Comte (1798-1857); Ludwig Feuerbach (1804-1872); Emile Durkheim (1858-1917); and many others.

    EVANGELICALISM

    – Between the Enlightenment & the rise of Critical Biblical Scholarship of the 19th century, there arose in Europe a new movement called EVANGELICALS – This led to Evangelical missions into most the Americas and Africa. The concept of "a born again Christian" never appeared in Christian vocabulary before the 18th century. It's surprising that most of the Evangelicals who engage me on Facebook don't even know that Evangelical Theology is a relatively recent concept. Evangelicalism is a "Mafikizolo" Theology in Christianity. The "Rapture Theology", Dispensationalism, and many current Eschatologies came with the likes of John Nelson Darby (1800-1882) and friends. These do not appear in any Christian history vocabulary before 1800.

    ALL the European Countries that birthed Evangelicalism have since rejected Evangelicalism and become agnostic or atheistic - and very wealthy. Africa has become Fundamentalist Evangelical and remains very poor. PIONEERS: John Wesley (1703-17910; Charles Wesley (1707-1788); Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758);George Whitefield (1714-1770); Charles Finney (1784-1872); Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892); Smith Wigglesworth (1859-1947); Billy Sunday (1862-1935), and others like Nicholas Bhengu, Ngidi, Duma, Chiliza, etc.

    DARWINIAN EVOLUTION - Chales R Darwin (1809-1882) hit the final nail and destroyed all of the Bible's anthropological presuppositions. For Darwin, there was never a perfect creation; - Life, rather, evolved over billions of years from a single cell into self-conscious complexity. Without original perfection there could be no human fall into sin. If there was no human fall, there was no need for a divine rescue, as no one needs to be rescued from a fall that never happened or be restored to a status one has never possessed. This made the basis upon which we tell the story of salvation to be inoperative. All of medical science now assumes the truth of evolution. School textbooks from grade one across the whole world have incorporated the principles of Darwinian evolution into their texbooks. This means that we need to re-tell the story of Jesus in the light of the universal human experience, depth psychology, and the overall brokenness of the human condition. Jesus came to make us more human and to show us how to love, as we evolve out of our reptilian brain.

    PENTECOSTALISM– Around 1904, A movement strong on God's immanence within a person's spirit (not strong on doctrines) but very open to the move of The Holy Spirit swept the Western world from the beginning of the 20th century. 80% of ALL Evangelicals are Pentecostals today.

    DEPTH PSYCHOLOGY - The beginning of the 20th century saw a new revolution of the soul. The early pre-Reformation works of Soul scholars became realized. Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) and his disciple Karl Jung (1875-1961) offered the universe natural explanations for experiences which had traditionally been attributed to divine causes. What St. Paul referred to when He said, "... I do not understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don't do what I want to do, but I do the very thing I hate" (Romans 7:15), was now attributed to the power of our preconscious, subconscious, and unconscious mind (objective and subjective mind). The human psyche was found to be under the control of forces beyond the control of our conscious mind. Just like Corpenicus destroyed the illusion of the earth's and of our place in the universe; and Sigmund Freud destroyed the illusion of "our perfect origins" and "the fall Theology", Depth Psychology dealt a blow to our greatest illusion - that of being a master of our thoughts and actions. Humanity is now enetering a higher level of consciousness where through conscious meditation, we can use emotional intelliegence, be aware, be conscious, and observe our thoughts, thus creating new actions. The findings of depth Psychology were a devastating attack on the credibility of traditional religious thinking. Many religious people were stunned to discover that 98% of all of our behaviour is directed from the subconscious mind. God would then have to punish humanity eternally, for behaviour that was far beyond their conscious mind.

    POST SECOND WORLD WAR MOVEMENTS – Many Church based and other Civil / Spiritual movements mushroomed after the 2nd world war. Charismatic Ministries, Word of Faith Movements, Independent Ministries, Feminist, Liberation & Civil Rights Movements, Sexual Revolution of the 60s, and many New Thought/New Age Movements filled the void that was left by the war.

    POSTMODERN SPIRITUALITY – 2000 years after the birth of Jesus, the universe is FINALLY entering the Golden Age that was announced by John the Baptist. However, many still DENY that humanity has entered a new religious era. In our Postmodern Spirituality, we now know that THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN is not something we get after death, but a condition of our hearts. We now play the role we once attributed to an external deity! OUR FUTURE IS TOTALLY POST-THEISTIC!

    NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN!

    • Today, some Evangelicals; - like Early Christians facing Romans; like the Catholics facing the Eastern Orthodox Church; like Reformers facing Catholics; some Evangelicals see themselves standing for the TRUE FAITH! – Their forerunners all said, "WE ARE THE TRUE BELIEVERS" - To be a TRUE BELIEVER automatically assumes others as nominal, fake, or misguided.
    • Christianity came to birth proclaiming the end of the old age and the beginning of A NEW AGE. Two thousand years later, we are witnessing the rapid decline and death of traditional Christianity (which was born out of a belief in A NEW AGE), and we are observing the arrival of A NEW AGE; that is secular and post-Christian. Someone said that Christianity has been its own grave digger! - YET, this is also a paradox of Christianity; - IT IS ONLY OUT OF DEATH THAT NEW LIFE CAN COME!
    • Like it was in the second century; Christians saw themselves leaving the superstitious and pagan beliefs of the Romans behind them; Romans in turn, saw Christians as atheists and Apostates. Catholics, Reformers, and later movements had the same stigma. Post-theistic Christians are today seen as atheists, heretics and apostates; - while we see ourselves leaving behind a traditional Christianity that is trapped in superstition and pagan beliefs. We are discovering God in the secular world. Like in the first century - "ATHEISTS" are leading the way into A NEW EARTH!!!
    • ##### FREEDOM HAS FINALLY ARRIVED FOR HUMANITY!!!

    As we move away from the traditional theology of Divine Transcendence to a Theology of Divine Immanence. Like the ancient Israelites, we are now FREED from the ENSLAVEMENT by the Church, Holy Books, Religion, Politics, Trade Unions, Institutions, and the powers of past traditions. We have reached a turning point! – Jesus came to END RELIGION; it just took another 2000 years of journeying to FINALLY END RELIGION! - JOHN THE BAPTIST ANNOUNCED A COMING NEW AGE FOR HUMANITY! - I WRITE AS A PROPHET OF THIS UNFOLDING AGE!

    A NEW EXODUS IS ON:

    Like the EXODUS narrative of ancient Israael being freed from Egyptian Slavery; A NEW EXODUS from Biblical Literalism, Superstition, Primitive Beliefs, Tribal Theologies, Separation Theologies, Ego Theologies, etc. Like in the first century; twenty first century Christians are leaving Paganism, Jewish Rituals, Primitive Beliefs, Greco-Roman Indoctrination and Superstition behind! -

    JOIN THE EXODUS!

    Christ must be born again; He must be re-incarnated in a world that has become too different from the one in which He lived. ~ ~ ~Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955) - Jesuit Theologian

    Postmodern Theology is liberating humanity from previous Theologies that depicted God as an excessively temperamental deity, with a serious anger management problem. It frees us from from the illusory Theology of a Punitive God, who endlessly punished the children of Israel; who repented that He made humans and resolved to destroy them; who sent snakes to bite His people because they murmured against him; who decimated people because their King took a census of the Empire; who exacted the last drop of blood from "His Son", so that his just anger, evoked by sin, may be appeased. The God of dogma, doctrines, incredible beliefs, Pre-Israelite Judaism rituals, Dualistic thinking, and a God who entertains the very idea of having an enemy. Christianity as A Religion of Power, Fear, and Control is dying. Christianity will resurrect as a peace movement within Universal Spirituality! However good The Evangelical Theology was in it's TIME; we cannot get over The River Jordan with it! It has now become a baggage that has to be left behind!

    GOD IS DOING A NEW THING

    (Isaiah 43:19)! – The Divinization of the universe today, was long prophesied by Jeremiah 31:33 – "…I will put instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people … And, they will not need to teach each other "know the Lord" – Everyone from the least to the greatest, will know me already".

    THE AGE OF IMPOSED DOGMA HAS ENDED!!!

  • SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF GOD ARE HERE!
  • THE END OF ALL BELIEF SYSTEMS IS HERE!
  • THE NEW EARTH IS HERE!- A NEW AWAKENING IS HERE! YOU KNOW IT!!!
  • CAN YOU READ OUR TIME?

    " …you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times?" – Matthew 16:3

    The Sons of Issachar are described in I Chronicles 12:32 as "men who understood the times and knew what Israel should do." If we are to arise and fulfill our destiny in the heart of God in this hour, the wisdom of the Sons of Issachar must characterize the our generation.

    THE HIGHEST AUTHORITY LIES INSIDE OF YOU!!! YOUR BODY IS THE TEMPLE OF THE HOLY - WHICH IS YOU!!!

    NAMASTE!!!

    BELIEVE NOTHING JUST BECAUSE A SO-CALLED WISE PERSON SAID IT BELIEVE NOTHING JUST BECAUSE A BELIEF IS GENERALLY HELD BELIEVE NOTHING JUST BECAUSE IT IS SAID IN ANCIENT BOOKS BELIEVE NOTHING JUST BECAUSE IT IS SAID TO BE OF DIVINE ORIGIN BELIEVE NOTHING JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE BELIEVES IT BELIEVE ONLY WHAT YOU – AND ONLY YOU – TEST AND JUDGE TO BE TRUE -----THE BUDDHA

    THE HIGHEST AUTHORITY LIES INSIDE OF YOU!!!

    The Teacher of Teachers is within YOU! YOU do not have to wander around the world to find a great Teacher, a Prophet, or a Guru. YOU are the one who must ask yourself the most important questions of life. YOU are the one who must answer the most important questions of life. YOUR BODY IS THE TEMPLE OF THE HOLY - WHICH IS YOU!!! -----THE BUDDHA