The Presence of God is very real and can be felt and known. Many do not know the power of faith or even what it means.
Where many people go wrong with knowing God is believing themselves to be hated by Him. Got does not hate in the sense that you may imagine. His holy hatred is like the hatred of fire for water. But remember the Fire of God can always be re lit.
Another situation many find themselves in is they judge God by those who say they follow Him. Is man not imperfect? God has infinite mercy on man because man is finite, man injures himself and those around him, even God Who watches gets injured by man and his words of disobedience, pride, and a false sense of self righteous security.
Man needs to be forgiven, not blamed.
God is Mercy, not scorn.
To get to know God’s Presence and Spirit, you must empty yourself and release hatred, misconceptions, and grudges against those who hurt rather than help.
Do you not know that every time a man kneels to pray, God sees and imputes grace to him? To every repentant heart forgiveness is granted before the task of repentance. Repentance makes God friendly, don’t try to make excuses for why you sin because God already knows.
Every time you sit to meditate, offer it in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, offer it with your soul and desire to go towards God in His purity, denouncing all that hinders us from holiness.
Have faith that His Presence is with you, that Jesus is with you, and that you are being looked at with love.
Now receive God’s Love without expectation, without malice, impatience, or anxiousness.
Receive the Peace God is giving you, and love and thank Him for all the sufferings and love He has given you, because you could be at no holier point in time, than to be humble and loving towards God.
Peace to you all on your journey towards truth, I pray that you make your journey the one of faith in the Love that is God
Peace to you and remember that the seed of Love can only take root in peace, so receive that peace, receive the Peace of Jesus Christ
Good post and good advice.
It works without the Jesus part too. Replace the word God with Love, or even Truth and you will have an amazing experience. Relieve yourself of hate and fear and you are left with a clear and beautiful mind. It’s an incredible thing.
@backcase, Of course I read them after I wrote them :P
Seriously though, I was raised a Catholic, but as I grew older, Jesus and me didn’t really see eye to eye. I believe in a higher power, and I’m mos def gonna be mind blown when I found out just what that power encompasses, but I’m pretty sure it won’t have a whole lot to do with Mr. Christ. I think many Christians are wonderful people, the words of the Lord just don’t agree with me Brother. But more power to you, truly.
But, regardless of my beliefs, I don’t think a belief in a god is necessary to become enlightened enough to fully reap the benefits of love. I think it’s important to include those people when talking about meditation :)
@jakehay, people most often go on an opinion of Christ based on what other people say, on how He is portrayed in media, or how they view the church.
What sadens me is an oppressive religious upbringing. A parent may be fanatical, oppressive, and hypocritical and that will corrupt a person’s view of God because they view their parents very highly.
@jakehay, It does not denigrate them, but it perceives the sins which they may commit, and it shows them the right way to move.
Hate the sin, love the sinner.
In what ways does Christ criticize women? I have read nothing of the kind, but I have seen only words of the utmost respect for them which is not taught, nor followed by a more than degrading society of so called values.
@backcase, Homosexuality is not a sin, I will not argue that further because it isn’t, plain and simple. My belief that Christianity is against women is because of many reasons, to list a few:
– Women are not priests but the subservient role of nun.
– Wives being subservient to husbands.
– Eve was second to Adam and somewhat of a controversial temptress, leading him to eventual destruction through wrong choices that she instigated (Women are wicked! Sounds like whoever wrote Genesis had his poor heart broke once or twice!)
– The entire old testament is sexist: “Once a guy raped my sister but he gave me 50 shekels so we cool!”
I don’t want to bring your religion down, but this is why I can’t follow it.
@backcase, What is your OWN definition of God? Do you even know that? I mean, it is nice that you can repeat some sentences from the Bible and/or preach their content as you do, but do you even know what you are talking about? You talk about God as if it is a person (he, his), hence my question: what is YOUR definition of God?
Fire of God? Explain
God gets hurt? How? It is not a creature.
God imputes grace? How? You personify God, but once again: It is not a creature, only if you believe so, but if you would, that would deny its perfectness and greatness.
Offer my meditation to God? Or to Jesus Christ? Why would I do that? I rather ‘offer’ my meditation to my family and friends (beloved ones), rather than to an historical figure which I have never met.
Jesus is not with me, he has been dead for almost 2000 years now.
Thank you for the peace wishes though, I wish yourself a life full of peace, harmony and happiness.
@jakehay, The law of the old testament is completed in the New Testament’s spirit. Any form of lust is a vice whether straight or gay.
Women are made nuns because of the virtue it causes. It is humility act act as a woman in the way the bible describes otherwise it would be pride. The bible prescribes virtue in all places and it prescribes virtue for women.
Women are not wicked if they are not wicked. It is the spirit of a human which counts.
@filipek, God has no definition. God is infinite in all ways and beyond all human thought, yet if we look with our spirit we can catch a glimpse of the Divine and see the He works in our lives.
I mainly use the word “He” because I do not want to use the word “it”. God has no gender, but is The sublime, powerful, and infinite Spirit.
You may think I am using personification to describe God, but I am actually describing the Spirit of God, Who is so beyond words that I have a limited area of word play.
When Moses came to God’s Presence in the fire and asked “who?”, God said “I Am”.
@danfontaine, I put the words to show a spiritual idea and to introduce a spiritual understanding which does not correspond to normal ways of life.
I do not regret the words I spoke in any case, but for them to be read and understood correctly they must be drawn in through the spirit of man.
God has infinite mercy but hates hindrance to the liberation of the soul.
“Be merciful to those who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.” – St. Jude 1:23-24
@filipek, When I talk about anything of God it is spiritual. For God to impute grace, He gives health to the soul. When I say God is Mercy, I mean He forgives anyone who is sincerely repentant or sorry.
The person who spoke of the case of Moses was Moses himself. He probably wrote it and by God’s will it has endured time to be told this very day and in the future.
Peace to you.