Confession

Confession to Men, Confession to God

“Men mistake in thinking that the only confession is that made with the voice before magistrates; there is another confession made in the life and conversation, by faith and works corresponding to the faith. The first confession may be made by a hypocrite; and it is one not required of all; … the other confession must be made by all. He who has first confessed in his disposition of heart will confess with his voice also when need shall arise and reason require.” ~Heracleon

Confession to Men

To the more materialistic person, or at least the Atheist, “confession” either means something you do in a courtroom, or to your parents, or to your spouse. To many other, you also confess to your priest, minister, guru, or congregation. The first type of confession is for those who have violated the laws of man and, as Heracleon points out, one can easily lie when doing so. One of the strangest things to me is when people will confess to crimes they didn’t actually commit in order to get publicity, but there are many more cases where the guilty will lie and claim innocence. It is often not quite so easy for a child to lie to his parents. They often develop a knack for recognizing when you are lying, or simply hiding something. And then there are the ego-boosting “confessions” that few people fall for: “Yes Jenny and I made out in the park last night,” or “Don’t listen to the experts, I’m worth $10 billion, not three.” The second confession is different. Continue reading “Confession to Men, Confession to God”

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God Isn’t Punishing Us, We Punish Ourselves

“The Yogi teachings related to the law of Karma do not teach us that sin is an offense against the Power which brought us into being, so much as it is an offense against ourselves. We cannot injure the Absolute, nor harm It in any way. But we may harm each others, and in so doing harm ourselves. The Yogis teach that sin is largely a matter of ignorance and misunderstanding of our true nature … The Yogis view the sinning soul as the parent does the child who will persist in playing with forbidden things [until he is injured]. The injury is not a punishment for the disobedience … but comes in obedience to a natural law which is invariable. … The parent sought to save the child the pain of the burn, and yet the child-nature persisted in experimenting, and was taught the lesson.” ~William Walker Atkinson

Many people believe that God Himself is punishing us when we do something wrong or something stupid. As Mr. Atkinson points out, that is neither true, nor necessary. God simply has laws, as does nature, and those who insist those laws can be violated quickly find they can’t. An insane person may believe that he can jump from an airplane without a parachute and drift slowly to the ground like a flying squirrel, but the law of gravity says otherwise and I haven’t heard of a case yet where gravity failed to win that argument. I know, of course, that there are a few well-documented cases of people levitating a few feet off the ground, but that is not quite the same as jumping from a plane 5000 feet above the ground. And the person who is levitating, assuming he is not just a clever magician, is not really defying gravity, but rather working with it. He uses esoteric methods to temporarily reduce the weight of his body until he is lighter than air and starts floating in complete compliance with the law of gravity. When he increases his weight again, he quickly descends. Continue reading “God Isn’t Punishing Us, We Punish Ourselves”

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Rules, Intelligence, and Chaos

“A man lights a fire knowing it will cook his food; it is not sometimes hot and at other times cold. He knows that day will follow night and that the hours of darkness are not one day long and the next day short. … Man looks about him and sees order not confusion, and he knows that where there is organization there must be an organizer.
“The ordinances of God are established for the benefit of man; were they not set in stability, man would be nothing but the plaything of chance and the victim of chaos. … The decrees of God are fulfilled at the appointed times, and the days of labor pass one into the other.” ~The Kolbrin Bible SCL:18:5-8

Can you imagine the chaos the world would be like to live in if fire sometimes heated, and sometimes froze? If cows sometimes gave milk and other times gave rum? If chickens occasionally laid turnips instead of eggs? You can laugh and say such things are impossible, but why are they impossible? They are impossible because the world is not random, it has rules, it has controls. Granted, such rules and controls are not perfect and there are occasional glitches, but we can safely rely on fire to produce heat as it does 99.99999% of the time. That makes it reasonable reliable. But if the world were random, as some continue to claim, fire would not produce heat 99.99999% of the time, or even 95% of the time. If the world were truly and completely random, it would produce heat no more than 1% of the time when you consider all the other possibilities. And in the rare case where something unexpected does happen, it can almost always be traced to an unexpected factor, like a fire turning cold due to a chemical added to it.

The material world is not a perfect world, so there are glitches, and there are some lays that are not good ones, such as we must kill and eat other beings to survive, but it does have rules and rules imply order, order implies intelligence, and intelligence implies an overseer of that intelligence which most people call God. In Cosolargy, as with the old Gnostic groups, we believe that the worlds of matter were not created by the true God, but by a lesser, yet still extremely powerful being called the Demiurge, who sets the rules for this level of existence. Only the spiritual worlds are the direct creation of God and so they are perfect, they do not glitch, they do not mutate. Continue reading “Rules, Intelligence, and Chaos”

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