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What God Wants

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So much weight seems to be put on what God wants … or at least people speculating on what God wants.

Whole wars have been fought, and still are being fought, because one group thinks God wants one thing and the other group thinks God wants something else.

We see it today in American politics, and elsewhere in the world, on issues like sexuality, poverty, marriage and so many more issues. Families get broken apart, for those impacted suicide becomes something to ponder, people close their hearts to God because they feel rejected and judged.

Why?

I will give you my belief on what it is that God wants. Hopefully I will not come across as arrogant or presumptious in doing so. It is generally anathema to me to claim that I know what God wants, but I believe this one statement IS actually what God wants.

God wants to be in relationship with you.

That’s it … all these groups who try and lable people and force them to fit in or else be ostracized. That is not what God wants.

If you are gay, God wants to be in relationship with you.

If you committed adultery and have been divorced, God wants to be in relationship with you.

Whatever it is that is supposedly “your sin” based on what this group or that group tells you … it doesn’t matter, God wants to be in relationship with you.

None of us are ever going to be perfect … just because we aren’t perfect doesn’t mean we are supposed to be out of relationship with God. God gave us FREE WILL … why would God give us free will if the minute we exercised it we are condemned or kicked out???

That literally makes no sense at all … it ceases to be free will. But no one will tell you that.

You don’t even have to go to church in order to be in relationship with God (gasp, sacrilege).

Whoever you are, wherever you are, whatever you’ve done, whatever religion you are a part of … it’s simple, God wants to be connected to you, to be in relationship with you.

That happens when your heart is open … when we get judged, condemned, ostracized, persecuted or beaten down what happens? We close our hearts … and then we are not in relationship with God in that state.

So why would religions want to force people to close their hearts by engaging in those aforementioned behaviors? Is their priority to get you to fit into their “group” … or is their priority that you be in relationship with God?

If it is the former rather than the latter … you might think about looking for a different “group” to be a part of.

Or better yet … just open your heart and connect with God on your own. Then if you want to share that with others, you can find a group that is supportive of you being connected to and loving God.

Because I gaurantee you … I feel confident in saying that the one thing I KNOW God wants … is to be loving you, and having your love in return.

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

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Carnal Cravings

We as human beings crave freedom and, in one way or another, are obsessed with liberating ourselves.  We believe that this freedom comes in many forms: all forms of creativity, politics, sex, drugs, alcohol, relationships … the list goes on and on.  But what is it that we are REALLY seeking freedom from??  It is my belief that all of these things are in the name … of finding freedom from ourselves.

This past weekend I was meditating on the concept of being in the Present … not allowing the Past or the Future to distract us from receiving God’s Love for us in the Present (as detailed in my meditative post, “Communing With God“).  Today I continued that theme with my prior post, “Through the heart“.

I focused on keeping my mind focused completely on the present … and of course found difficulty with the task.  It truly is amazing how quickly our minds jump around … to the Past, and then instantly to the Future to project similar possibilities and ways that we can avoid these potentials.  Truly, one could spend hours meditating and have it ALL be spent either in the Past, or the Future.  This is what our own mind does to us … that Inner Voice.

Still, I went to work at making my mind obey … every time I caught myself going to the Past or the Future, I would focus on something here in the Present; my breathing, the sounds around me, I’d open my eyes and take in every detail of the room, etc.

When I reached a point of clarity it suddenly dawned on me … ALL of these carnal cravings we have really are TOOLS to help us stay in the present.  The problem is that we have gotten to a place where we use them as a way to escape from the merciless and ever-present Inner Voice that makes us feel afraid, or ashamed, or guilty, or heartbroken, or alone.

Think about it … when you take a big bite of whatever your favorite food is?  There’s that blissful moment of being in the present and just moaning, “MMMmmm!”  When you are listening to your favorite song, and dancing around the house while nobody’s looking, you have a euphoric sense of peace where that Inner Voice is silenced.  The same is true with movies, sports and many other things.  Why is sex one of the most powerful of these “crutches” … well, sex not only puts us in the Present and silences that Inner Voice … sex is also spiritual.  We may be shut off to God in every other way, but there is something spiritual in being with the person you are in love with.

The truth is … God GAVE us all of these things!  God WANTS us to enjoy these things … these are the toys of a loving parent who wants to see their child laugh and play.  Any good parent wants to be a part of that experience with their children though … and God is no different!  God wants us here in the Present, and God has given us all of these tools to be able to do so … it is up to us though whether we use them as a way of escape (which leads to what many call “sin”), or as a way to connect with our Creator in a beautiful and loving relationship.

Throughout history there have been spiritual rituals and celebrations utilizing ALL of these activities … that is because when we are in the Present, we have the ability to be truly connected to God.  That is where our POWER is … in God.  When we allow our hearts to be closed and just spend an entire lifetime running away from ourselves?  We cripple ourselves.  We saddle ourselves with senseless addictions as we desperately strive to escape from our relentless Inner Voice.  We are destined to be alone, and unhappy … because we are ultimately running away from the one Being who LOVES us just as we are … right now … and the next moment … and the next … every second, of every day … God Loves you just as you are.

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Painting of Echo and Narcissus by John William Waterhouse.

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

Southern California, Northern California, Mission ViejoIrvineLos AngelesSan FranciscoMarinSan JoseSan Juan CapistranoSanta AnaPalm SpringsLong Beach