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Another Look into the Christian Bible

An Excerpt from 

An Interview              
           with  The Devil

Chapter 53

 Another look into
the Christian Bible

This chapter includes numerous Biblical passages that, collectively,  give readers a very different picture of reality than the one we've heard from the fundamentalist Christian leaders.

 

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An Interview 
with

 

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The
 Golden Rule:

He Who
 Owns the
 Gold Rules!

" The Devil " 

    by R.Robin Cote'

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Since you are jumping in here in the middle of the book, let me set the scene for you.   

The Book is an all-too-real-in-content, fantasy-interview with a Divine Being playing the role of non-other than the Devil, himself.   His/her  mission is to expose "The Dark Side"  for what it is.   He/She shines the God-Light of Love, Inclusion, and Oneness into the pit of illusion, separation, darkness, anger, and fear. 

The book's goal is to expose the truth about a multitude of commonly accepted beliefs that simply don't make sense.   The dialogue in this chapter takes readers into the Christian Bible.   It asks and offers alternative answers to irreverent questions about all kinds of things, particularly things relating to religious beliefs.    One of the goals is to get readers to see the teachings of Jesus in a way they've rarely been seen before.   

Are you aware that the teachings of Jesus and the principles of universal spirituality are identical.   Both are saying the same thing in their own words

The section below is part of a conversation between a Divine Being playing the role of "The Devil" (Big D) and an interviewer named "Stoney"  (TLC).

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And in the spirit of learning to see things that are not immediately apparent,  go to the picture of the book-jacket in the heading at the top of this page.   With your cursor, select the area   inside the red box under the two red dots and see what's there.   Remember, deception and hiding the truth are his (Satan's / Big D's) stock in trade.   

Another Look into the Christian Bible

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Big D    Ok.   What if the fundamentalist Christians interpreted some of the other Biblical passages with the same zeal and intensity that they use to interpret their version of the  crucifixion story?

T.L.C.   What Scriptures? 

Big D     Scriptures such as:

John 14:12 

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater [works] than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father."    

Commonly Paraphrased as:   
"Anything I can do, you can do and more
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Luke 17:21 

“Behold, the kingdom of God is within you." 

Matthew 17:20

“. . . If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move.   Nothing will be impossible to you."  

Luke 8:48  

"Your faith has made you whole."  

Matthew 9:29  

“According to your faith, so be it onto you."  

John 1:1 

"In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God.   He was with God in the beginning.   Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that was made."   (Words are physical expressions of thoughts, beliefs, attitudes, and expectations.)

John 10:34, 35   

"Jesus said to them, is it not so written in your law you are gods?   If he called them gods because the word of God was with them and the scripture cannot be broken."

Isaiah 41:23 

"Shew [show] the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that ye [are] gods: yea, do good, or do evil, that we may be dismayed, and behold [it] together."

Psalms 82:6  

"I have said, Ye [are] gods; and all of you [are] children of the most High."

Matthew 25:40

"What you do onto the least of mine, you do onto me."

In this passage, where is God? 

Mark 10:27

"...with God all things are possible."

Luke 11:9

"Ask and I say to you, Ask and it shall be given, seek, and you shall find, knock and the will be opened to you."

Ecclesiastes 3:19  

"For that which befalls the sons of men befalls beasts; even one thing befalls them: as the one does, so does the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all [is] vanity."   

Genesis 1:26-27  (Paraphrased)

And God said let us make man in our image,  after our likeness and let them have dominion over all the Earth and over everything upon the Earth.   God created man in his [own] image. . .

Several biblical passages, such as John 14:12,  (" Anything I can do, you can do and more.")  and The Universal Law of Thought indicate that it's far  more likely that God created man with the capacity to be God-like in behavior and in ability and not (as our distant ancestors believed) to be God-like  in physical form.   

Matthew 18:20

"When two or more are gathered in my name, I am there also."

Matthew 6:5-6   (Paraphrased)

When you pray, go into your closet and pray privately, and God will reward you openly.

Matthew 7:15-16

"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but  inwardly they are ravening wolves.   Ye shall know them by their fruits.”

John8:32 

“Know the truth and the truth will set you free.”

Genesis 11:6

"And the Lord said, 'Behold the people are one,  and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do: and now nothing will be restrained from them which they have determined to do."

Genesis 2:7 

"And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul."

Job 33:4

"The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty has given me life."

John 3:13     

"And no one hath ascended into heaven, but he that [has not first] descended out of heaven, [even] the Son of man, who is [now] in heaven.

Ecclesiastes 11:5

"As you do not know how the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of the woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything.”

Big D    Stoney, what do Genesis 2:7,   Job 33:4Job 33:4  and  Ecclesiastes 11:5  tell you about your relationship to your physical body?

T.L.C.    That there is a difference between what a human being is and his/her physical body --  that I am NOT my physical body.          (Reference:   Physical Versus Spirit) 

Big D    Now please read the Genesis 11:6 passage several times and then say it out loud  in your own words.  (i.e. We are all one people.  By working together we can accomplish absolutely anything.)     Then add the words of Jesus from   John 14:12 " Anything I [God/Jesus] can do, you can do and more."  and from  Luke 17:21 “Behold, the kingdom of God is within you." 

            Next, add the messages in John 10:34, 35  and Isaiah 41:23 to the mix:  "I, and all other human beings, are Gods in a physical form."      And then throw in Genesis 1:26-27   "God created man in his own image."   And top it off with Ecclesiastes 3:19 "Man and Nature are intimately interconnected."  And there you are  holding that delightful and powerful  mix while enfolded  in the arms of none other than God, himself.   Matthew 18:20   "When two or more are gathered in my name, I am there also."

            Sit quietly for a few minutes and think about your intimate relationship to God, to Sacred Mother Earth, and to your fellow travelers on space ship Earth.   Look into a mirror and say.   "I am a God in a physical form.   I know this is true because the Bible tells me so."   Say it again.   Say it with feeling.   Say it as if you meant it.   

            Stay with this idea  for at least three minutes.   Resist the temptation to discount who and what the Christian Bible tells you you are.   When you are finished,  ask yourself:  Who am I?   What Am I?   If I cooperate with others, what can we accomplish?   Now, please take the Biblical scriptures and re-state them in your own words.

T.L.C.    Restating the Biblical scriptures in my own words, I say:  

   I am a God in a physical form. 

   I am a spirit being and not a physical body.

   I can personally contact The Creator of All That Is  at any time.

   I can find both God and Jesus within myself.

   I can do anything Jesus did and more.  

   God, nature, and I are intimately inter-connected.   

   I can recognize the liars and the thieves by what they produce.  

   The truth brings freedom.   Secrecy and lies
     (including lies of omission) bring slavery.   

   All humans  are all one people.  We are all God's Children.  
     We are all Gods is physical form.   We are all one.  
     Being separate from God is an illusion.

   By working together, God, my fellow humans, and
     I can accomplish absolutely anything.  

   As a God-Being in physical form, I can be, do, have, express,
     and experience anything I choose.   I do so by consciously
     and intentionally  giving directions to the universal energy 
     that we call Creator/God.   I give those directions by my thoughts,
     beliefs, attitudes, words, and actions. 

   I know this is true because the Bible tells me so.  

Big D    Thank you, Stoney, I couldn't have said it better, myself.   Now I have three  important questions for you.   

T.L.C.    Then please ask.

Big D    Does any of what you've just paraphrased directly out of the Christian Bible sound, look, or make you feel as if you are:   
      separate-from-God, 
      separate-from-nature, 
    or  a groveling-in-the-mud,  inherently-evil  sinner who's destiny is to burn in hell forever unless you are obedient to an
angry, intolerant,  violent,  vengeful, easily-displeased, mass-murdering, super-human-being sitting on a throne somewhere above the clouds that surround planet Earth

T.L.C.    Definitely not.   

Big D    Did anything you just said indicate that you must belong to a church to find God?

T.L.C.    No.   

Big D    Did anything you just said indicate that you are inherently evil?

T.L.C.    No.   

Big D    As a reporter who writes human interest stories you've talked rather intimately with several hundred of people from all walks of life.   Is that true?

T.L.C.    Yes.  I've conducted over 2,000 interviews.  

Big D    Then, you must know that the inherently evil story just doesn't match common human behavior.   

T.L.C.    You are correct.   It doesn't.   

Big D    Of course, there are ignorant, mentally-dysfunctional  and/or desperate people who do evil things, but what about the average person?  

T.L.C.    They are kind, loving, and generous.   

Big D    How many times have you heard about people risking their lives to save the life of a stranger?   How many times have you heard people say something like,  "I want to make the world a better place."  "How can I help?"  "I want to make a contribution to society."?  

T.L.C.    Too many times to even count. 

Big D    Then why do most fundamentalist Christians perceive themselves as church-dependent, groveling-in-the-mud, inherently-evil sinners who are separate from God, separate from nature and separate from each other?

T.L.C.    Because they have been sold a bill of goods by those who have a vested interest in keeping them in the role of servants and cash cows.    

Big D    And the sheep, with mindless obedience, have accepted the non-Bible-supported illusions that the fundamentalist Christian leaders peddle as if it were the "Absolute, Gospel Truth."   

T.L.C.    So you're telling me that those who refuse to think for themselves are not living according to the Christian Bible, but are instead, being deceived and misled lead by false profits?  

Big D    Yes!   By the wolves in sheep's clothing.    And please remember, I'm not telling you this.   The evidence is!    

T.L.C.    Anything else?   

Big D    Yes, Have you ever seen or heard and evidence anywhere that indicates that the Creator/God (The Source of the universe)  wants, needs, or desires to be worshipped?  

T.L.C.    No.   

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Do You Believe the Christian Bible?

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If you answered yes, then re-read the above passages, then ask yourself  this question:   Who am I going to believe   --  those who have a vested interest in telling me which passages to pay attention to and what those passages mean?   or   The Bible itself?  

That's not to cast aspersions onto any religious leaders, but rather to point out that even the best of us can get fooled and believe things that are not supported by (or even contradictory to) the evidence.  

Sooner or later, a wise and popular leader in one of the Christian churches is going to speak up and say, "It's time to re-read the Bible.   It's time to to look at the dozens of passages our predecessors so conveniently ignored.  (Such as the ones mentioned above.)    It's time to correct the errors of our seventeen-hundred-year-old ancestors who believed many things that the since-found-evidence does not support.    It's time to correct the Biblical mistranslations, such as translating the original adjective describing Mary, the mother of Jesus.  The word "almah" translated and preached about for so many years as "virgin" actually means "young woman."   

What are the profound implications of this one simple correction?   What are the profound implications of seeking the truth?   What if we started looking for the wolves in sheep's clothing?   What if we invited Jesus to come down off the "Pedestal of Personality and Specialty" and again asked him to show us the way.   (The way to Creator/God is not by worshiping Jesus as a God, but rather, to simply follow the truths he taught us.)  

You don't need a revered leader to show you the way or to connect you to Creator/God.   Martin Luther

 

 

You can do this on your own, or with family and friends.   (Re-read the twenty passages listed  above.)    Here they are again, paraphrased.  

   I am God in physical Form  

   I am a spirit being and not a physical body.  

   I can personally  contact   The Creator of All That Is   at any time.  

   I can find both God and Jesus  within myself.  

   I can do anything Jesus did and more.  

   God, nature, and I are intimately inter-connected.   

   I can recognize the liars and the thieves by what they produce.

   The truth brings freedom.   Secrecy and lies (including lies of omission) bring slavery. 

   All humans  are all one people.  We are all God's Children.   We are all Gods is physical form.   Being separate from God is an illusion.

   By working together, God, my fellow humans, and I can accomplish absolutely anything.   

   If I correctly ask God for  (direct the universal energy toward)  what I choose, I can be, do, have, experience, and express anything I choose.

   I know this is true because the Bible tells me so.  

Sit quietly for a few minutes and think about your intimate relationship to God, to Sacred Mother Earth, and to your fellow travelers on space ship earth.   Look into a mirror and say.   "I am a God in a physical form.   I know this is true because the Bible tells me so."   Say it again.   Say it with feeling.   Say it as if you meant it.   

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An Interview with   "The Devil"

 Viewing  Life and Religion from a Perspective You've Never Seen Before.

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The full text of this chapter can be found at:

http://www.Devil-Devil.info/ch-153-alternate-perspectives.html 

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When one becomes focused on the physical world, and when one believes others without question,  it's incredibly easy to lose site of what both the Christian Bible and the scientific evidence tell us about the nature of a  human being.    

What the fundamentalist Christians  refer to as "original sin" is not found in the Bible.   Rather, it is an interpretation of the Genesis story about Eve in the Garden of Eden.   One could look at this story as gaining the knowledge of good and evil  or as getting lost in the illusions of duality -- in  the illusion of good and evil***1 --  and the illusion of being separate from God.***2   Both the Bible and the Scientific evidence point to the conclusion that falling into illusion is the more accurate interpretation.   Readers are invites to an exposé on this topic.     The Cruise Of Fiction

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***1   Romans 14:14

“I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that [there is] nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth [believes] any thing to be unclean, to him [it is] unclean.”

***1  Romans 14:20

“. . All things indeed [are] pure; but [it is] evil for that man who eateth with offence

***2  Are You Inside or Outside of God?  Check the evidence at:
http://www.Truth-Seeker-Truth.info    

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