M o d e r n E c u m e n i c a l C h u r c h
M o d e r n C h r i s t i a n S p i r i t u a l i t y
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Dear Companions and Guests,
Welcome to the Modern Ecumenical Church - makers of Main Event Church
( m e - church.org ) church-outlaw gatherings : coming to a city near you.
M e ? Church ? NO WAY ! Sounds like you ? Then this church is you.
Some say, we're the most radical church around town. As church out-laws,
we're on a mission to uncover the authentic spirituality, as lived by Jesus the
Messiah and the first Apostles. We're tearing down church walls to reveal an
inspiring way of living, that pleases God, and brings life to the spiritually dead !
Don't expect to find us meeting in lofty Cathedrals with choirs & high altars.
Church out-laws gather in public spaces - where only Jesus would dare meet.
We don't evangelise or preach to the public - we're not God-Sellers, pestering
the public. Our Gatherings are open to all, as we share the word of God and a
sacred bread & wine meal.
"where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst." Matt 18:20
Authorities may declare our group 'an illegal gathering', and ask us to move on.
Thats Ok with us. We have Christ on our side. We don't break laws : we exist
outside of the law. Out-law Christianity once transformed simple fishermen
into supermen, and brought down Empires. So lets get back to real Christianity
and lets rise up and be born again !
By the way : " Ecumenical " simply means : a church for everyone, including you :)
The Ecumenical Church offers a modern Christian spiritual path. We reflect
a growing movement from religion towards spirituality. 'Traditional' religions
don't always connect with modern-minded people. Many people today, are
seeking a spiritual path, but are wary of controlling cults & dogmatic religions.
A vibrant love-filled spirituality, and a more inclusive church, is our goal.
Real spirituality is liberating and inspiring, capable of transforming lives and
communities for the better. Over time, many religions become legalistic and
dogmatic. We're here to re-discover the true essence of religion : spirituality.
The Ecumenical Church is a genuinely open-hearted inclusive community.
We invite all people, from all walks of life, to join us. We are neither Eastern
nor Western Christians. We stand at the centre of true spirituality.
Feel free to contact us anytime at m e church (at) ymail.com Find us on
Facebook or search for Modern Ecumenical church or Christian Spirituality.
M i ł o ś ć
Practitioner of Modern Christian Spirituality
Companion, Founder and First Custodian
M o d e r n E c u m e n i c a l C h u r c h
M a i n E v e n t C h u r c h
M o d e r n E c u m e n i c a l C h u r c h
Modern Christian Spirituality : Christianity for our times.
We invite people to rediscover the essence that lies at the heart of
all spirituality. Christian Spirituality offers a liberating Gospel of
Love : the spiritual path that brings us great healing & happiness :
what we might call - salvation.
E s s e n c e o f E c u m e n i c a l C h r i s t i a n S p i r i t u a l i t y
The wellspring of our Christian Spirituality is love. Love is our nourishment.
" Love one another " is our highest spiritual teaching, for only love is truly
salvational. (for more, see the Central Concepts webpage on this website).
M o d e r n E c u m e n i c a l C h u r c h
1. The Ecumenical Church offers a modern spiritual path : grounded in the wisdom of the ages,
but forging a new vision of what spirituality can be.
Our spiritual path is called Modern Ecumenical Christian Spirituality. We look forward
to a new spiritual era, when " religion rediscovers spirituality ".
We especially look forward to shedding the image of an angry man-god ; a god that has been
used to spread fear and justify prejudice, war and discrimination throughout the ages.
Christian Spirituality believes that the existence of a Creator is possible, even probable.
The natural law of Cause and Effect, suggests that creation demands a creator. We can't
precisely explain the source of all life, however, an intelligent being, should not be
Modern Christian Spirituality sees the Creator as a truly loving spirit. Creation is an act of love.
(what better reason is there for creating something so magnificent as life, in its many forms).
Further proof of the Creator's love for us, is that we are created free : we are not slaves of God,
but free-thinking beings. Freedom of course, places great responsibility on us. Our freedom,
and what we do with it, is thus a central concern for most religions.
That we are created free-thinking beings, suggests that the Creator understands freedom !
It is self evident, that freedom is one of humanity's most highest values. It also goes without
saying, that love is the reason for freedom : when you truly love someone, you let them be free.
What greater proof is there of a Creator's love of creation, than our freedom ? So if a loving
Creator blesses our freedom, why are so many religions filled with laws, regulations, rules
and restrictions !?!
In ancient times, greed and power transformed many kingdoms into warrior nations. As
kings forged their empires, religions fed the warrior culture with myths that confirmed
their god's and king's greatness and righteousness.
Every chief deity, in every warrior nation, was depicted as a triumphant war hero. In early
Pagan times, Thor, Zeus, Horus & Mars were all masculine heroes. In David's & Solomon's
Kingdom of Israel, in Constantine's Imperial Christianity or in Mohammad's tribe of Islam,
a masculine God, was celebrated, who punished and destroyed the enemies of his people !
There was little room for a gentle, loving or forgiving God, in kingdoms that were bent on
war & power. Warrior states celebrated their masculine culture, producing patriarchal and
misogynist societies, which in turn, reflected in their religions (many of these are still with
There was little room for women, children, the weak & elderly or even individuality in warrior nations.
Warrior nations value uniformity & unity. Empires are built on "everyone pulling together". The weak,
or marginalised individuals, who can't (or won't) "play from the same song-sheet", are often ostracised
or even eliminated (e.g. the Nazi Holocaust ).
Most of our world religions, were born in war-torn times (including Judah-ism, Imperial Christianity
and Islam). Today, these religions continue to reflect a masculine culture in their structures, conduct
and belief systems. It's little wonder, that many peace-loving people around the world, find it hard to
relate to religion !
In the first century, it was necessary for a wise teacher, to remind the religious leaders of his day, that
salvation comes through the heart, not through the mind (ie. through love, not through laws or wars).
Within 300 years, the inheritor's of the Messiah's teachings, were again, drifting away from the Gospel
of love. The Dark Ages enveloped Europe & the Middle East, and the warrior God was again, dominant.
Today, fundamentalism and legalism dominates religion, including Christianity. Is it time to again,
to rediscover spirituality, as an effective anti-dote to fundamentalism, clericalism and legalism, in
order to help end the abuse and discrimination that has become a feature of religious institutions ?
A Modern Christian Church
Our church is for those who reject religiosity, including Imperial Christianity (& fundamentalist)
Christianity, as it's practiced today in mainstream churches. We are " apostles to the New Age " -
appealing to those, who have never been engaged by religiosity.
Our new path, liberates us from traditional religious paradigms that have become in-grained in
Christianity, such as patriarchalism and sexism. New possibilities emerge when we free ourselves
from man-made traditions. A new church & a new spirituality can emerge that is deeply humane,
and at the same time, authentically " biblical ".
If you don't feel comfortable in traditional churches, synagogues or temples, or if you've never
found your 'spiritual home', but you see life as spiritual, moral and meaningful : then our
modern spirituality and the Ecumenical Church just may be for you. Our church isn't just for
Christian ex-pats ! You may have practiced Hinduism, Buddhism, Paganism or Human-ism.
Modern Christian Spirituality is neither Eastern nor Western. Instead, we stand at the centre
of true spirituality, and thus invite people, from all walks of life, to experience a transformative
Spirituality, not religiosity, is our focus. We are not concerned with institutions, formality,
patriarchies, gender or dogmatic codes. We see spirituality as liberating and inspiring :
what lies at the heart of all faiths, before religion is layered over. The true meaning of an
Ecumenical Church, is realised in our church. We unite on the centrality of love as the
foundation of true spirituality. We unite on the certainty of a loving Creator. We unite on
the understanding that the Bible is inspired Gospel, pointing us towards wisdom and know-
ledge (truth). Companions are free to interpret aspects of the Bible as either literal truth,
or allegorical truth. What matters, is the efficacy of the message - not the factual accuracy.
We are not a cult. We do not worship the devil. We don't offer pagan or New Age myths,
rituals or superstitions. We believe spirituality should be a positive experience : bringing
healing, hope and happiness. We believe churches should be filled with grace and love -
where no power or privilege is ever abused. We invite all people to be companions : not
"followers" but disciples or friends. We don't force membership on people, nor will you
have to live in remote communes. We'll never ask anyone to abandon their loved ones.
We honour all healthy religions and spiritual movements. We support inter-faith & multi
faith initiatives. We are a member of PeaceNext : the Parliament of World Religions.
We salute other churches who call themselves Aquarian & practice a holistic spirituality.
We are not however, related to Spiritual-ist churches, which practice clairvoyance or
profess belief in mediums.
We don't discriminate : we treat all with equal dignity, and thus stand with the exploited,
the marginalised, the poor and those who suffer. We believe in freedom because we were
created with free will ! We practice our love of freedom, by creating a free church, where
all people, from all walks of life, can gather freely, and choose to journey together, without
threats from dooms-day preachers, guilt-ridden sermons with hate-filled damnations.
Our first duty as a church, is to bring life to those who are dead (spiritually). We do not
judge individuals, believing judgment is for the Creator. Thus all are invited to equally
receive our churches blessings, and all are welcomed at our table.
We are often reminded, when we read the scriptures, that the Messiah, was the least religious
person that ever lived ! Yet his spirituality was so powerful, it unnerved empires, priests & kings.
True religion would not exist without a spiritual heart. Every religion today, is founded on a
spiritual tradition, which is often kept alive at the margins. In Christianity, Gnostics, mystics
and many monastics, offered a deeply spiritual version of Christianity. In Islam, the dancing
Sufi order, presents a unique Islamic spiritual path, and one that very much contrasts with
Islamic fundamentalism. In the Judah-ite religion, the mystic Ka'ab-allah path, steps away
from the legalism of rabbinical Judah-ism. The Hindu religion is filled with deeply spiritual
mediations and exercises, including Yoga. Even Humanists turn to mediation to find solace.
Spirituality lies at the heart of all religions, and is the foundation for a healthy & happy life.
2. We study the Holy Scriptures - the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament : the foundation for
our spiritual discernment. Our principle focus, in on the words and deeds of the Messiah.
What he said and did, constitutes for us, "the way". The reminder of the Bible, including the
Old and New Testament, is a preparation for the Messiah's coming, or commentary for his
Church. In other words, Christ's words and deeds are core ! The rest, is commentary on
the Messiah teachings (non-core !).
The Bible was written by inspired people. It is a story of a people seeking truth. The Bible is a
life-guide for understanding the meaning & purpose of life, the mystery of creation & destiny.
The Scriptures remain today, a powerful source of wisdom. We take the bible seriously, but we
don't need to idolise the Bible. We can examine it critically and carefully - always with an open
mind - aware that there may be interpretative errors (due to the many translations over time from
ancient to modern languages).
The Holy Scriptures have few parallels in any other tradition. We have studied many Eastern &
Western wisdom sources, and found few other texts offer a powerfully liberating and inspiring
message of salvation. The Bible is truly unique.
Our Church accepts the study of extra-cannonical books : including Gnostic scriptures, such as the
Gospel of Thomas, the Didiache (Community rule), Gospel of Mark, Pistis Sophia, or the Apocalypse
of Paul. These extra-connonical books provide for us, a wider perspective on the early church era.
3. Spirituality demands a spirit : a spirit of love !
A Gospel ofLove lies at the heart of Christian Spirituality. Love is the essential ingredient,
for a healthy, happy and meaningful life, and for salvation.
The Bible is a story of a people discovering they are loved by a loving Creator.
The Creator is in many ways, still a sacred mystery. Moses simply told his people, to call the
Creator YaHuWaH * or " I AM " (i.e. " He is " - is an affirmation of God's be-ing, rather than
a description of what God is - i.e. his physical features ). * or IEUE ( trans-literal )
The Messiah : YaH-uW-sHu-wa (or Jesus), tells us we should call the Creator : our parent
(or "father" in patriarchal religions). The Messiah emphasised the Creator's love for us.
Creation is an act of love.
Perhaps the greatest proof that we are created by a loving Creator, is that we are created with
free will. Free will means it's up to us to mature & choose how we live our lives : do we choose
holiness rather than selfishness? We are not puppets or slaves of God. God is not a control
freak ! The Bible's authors, also anticipated the difficulty many people will have with freedom.
Some will make good choices, whilst others will commit evil deeds. Thus, the Bible emphasises
God's grace : the Creator, who loves us, also forgives our sins, now and in the next life. God's
grace, is seen as " proof " of love for us. Of course, we can show our maturity by being contrite
(sorry for our sins), and turning away from our primitive selfish nature, which is the cause of so
much pain in this world.
The Messiah was keenly anticipated by Israel for centuries. Finally, in the first century, a gifted
teacher emerged, who, according to his followers, was the real Messiah. Unfortunately for them,
most of Jerusalem's officials, rejected him and he was executed. This could have been the end of
the story, had it not been for the strength of conviction of his followers, who firmly believed, their
leader was the real Messiah.
After the death of their Messiah, the Apostles, lived in fear. However, in time, they would come
to realise, they could rise above their fears, become leaders and offer a real salvation for those
As they gained confidence, it must have felt like a guiding presence was with them, transforming them
into new men. The Apostles were filled with love - the spirit of love. Their eyes were opened. Now
they could feel the power & energy. They psyched themselves up, much like a sporting team today,
would "come to life" just before an important game.
The Apostles came to describe this Pentecost event, as if a divine presence, had joined them! They
felt like Jesus was with them again, inspiring them to rise above their fears! The Hebrews called
the sacred presence of God , the "Divine Shekhinah". New Testament authors, would refer back to
the Shekhinah, to help describe the Pentecost presence. The Apostle's experience, would eventually
come to be described in the language of the day, as the " Holy Spirit " - the divine presence of God.
In time, the Holy Spirit, became "personified", and formed the third person of the Roman Catholic
Trinity. The personification of the spirit, has in modern times, dominated traditional church
teaching on the Trinity. It's little wonder, that the Trinity is the most difficult and misunderstood
concept in Christianity, and a real barrier to explaining Christian teachings, to the modern world.
A new spirit for our times
Modern Ecumenical Church captures the spirit of the early church. We avoid dogma, or
building patriarchal power structures. The Ecumenical Church is a modern church : an emerging
community of everyday people, living in the modern world, who seek a spiritual path. We have seen
the failure of theocracy, socialism, materialism and other maximalist ideologies. We know human
governments or man-made institutions, are not the solution, and neither is a Christianity managed
Imperial Christianity corrupted the pure & simple faith of the apostles, with a dogmatic and despotic
patriarchal institution. Almost all Christian denominations today, originate from this form of Roman
We seek to return to the Messiah's spirit of liberation and spirit of holiness : a spirituality unbounded
by power and privilege, which has corrupted and weakened the Holy Spirit's church today, just as it
corrupted the Pharisees & the other leaders of the Ju'ish (Jewish) religion, in the Messiah's day.
We invite all people, from all walks of life, to join us. We may not be many. We are not rich or powerful.
But we are sincere. We are, like you : people on a journey, seeking love. We invite you to come with us.
How does one practice true Spirituality ? First study the Central Concepts & the Holy Scriptures.
View our Good Reading Guide for a suggested reading path. Begin to keep a seventh day sabbath, which
gives you time and space, to reflect upon the great mysteries of life and spiritual living.
As you grow in spiritual wisdom, you might like to be a part of an Ecumenical Church group, or even start
your own - there are always people interested in spirituality in every neighbourhood !
Please e-mail us if you have any questions or thoughts.
M o d e r n C h r i s t i a n S p i r i t u a l i t y
" W e a r e n e i t h e r E a s t e r n n o r W e s t e r n.
W e s t a n d a t t h e c e n t r e o f t r u e s p i r i t u a l i t y .
W e a r e E c u m e n i c a l ".
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" All religions, at their highest point, end in mysticism and mystery "
Schopenhauer, The World as will and representation
A new Age of Aquarius, marked by our planet's journey from Pieces to Aquarius, is approaching.
Many hope for a new enlightened age, in which a liberating spirituality triumphs over superstition & dogma.
The major religions of today, were all shaped during the Ages of Aries and Pisces
( also known respectively as the Age of the Fathers and the Age of the Son )
includes Temple Judaism & Imperial Christianity, Islam, Hinduism & Buddhism.
Arian and Pisces Age religions were very different to the pagan nature cults they replaced.
Early pagan nature cults were characterised by informal worship : i.e. worship directed to
local tribal deities or individual 'home gods'. Instead of temples, outdoor worship was common:
significant trees, fields, mountains or streams were considered sacred places.
However, as civilisations developed, the city became THE centre for religious groups.
Worship centred on city temples, and a powerful (mostly male) priesthood emerged.
Kings also found religion's myths, to be helpful in maintaining control over the superstitious masses.
The new Arian Age religions, were quick to reflect the male hierarchies that controlled the temples.
The Priestess went underground and many female deities disappeared.
In the Judeo - Christian world, G-o-d became a 'Father'- a powerful warrior deity.
Female aspects of the divine, were eliminated or relegated to a lesser status.
Many Arian Age religions also viewed the human body, especially the woman's
body, as a source of impurity (and even evil).
M o d e r n C h r i s t i a n S p i r i t u a l i t y
Modern Christian Spirituality teaches :
all life is sacred
( w e c a l l t h i s h o l i s t i c s p i r i t u a l i t y )
Thus, Religion should never be disconnected from any aspects of life
No person should be disconnected - excluded - from a religion either !
after all, the word 'religion', comes from the latin word 'religio', which means 'to connect with' .
Religion should therefore be about open connectivity : connecting people, connecting
people with the world around them, as well as the 'intangible connections' : our transcendent concerns.
M o d e r n C h r i s t i a n S p i r i t u a l i t y
All aspects of life can be considered sacred :
1. the Earth - our home (thus we should respect the environment)
2. our own bodies : co-creators of life & vessels for life (thus we should treat our bodies well)
3. our fellow human beings - our life's companions ( thus we should be inclusive, and love all people )
4. all other life-forms which co-habit the earth & help keep us alive (thus we should be humane)
Modern Christian Spirituality honours the sacredness of all life
S p i r i t u a l i t y re-kindled
" Mysticism is the link that unites all religions "
"A religion that stresses the magnificence of the universe, might be able to draw forth reserves of awe
and reverence, hardly tapped by the conventional faiths. Sooner or later, such a religion will emerge"
Carl Sagan Pale Blue Dot
The Ecumenical Church shares a common heritage
with the many mystic traditions that honour the MYSTERY of life.
such as Sufism, Christian monastics, Jewish Kabbala, Zen or mystics.
S p i r i t u a l i t y a n d a t h e i s m
We believe Christian Spirituality provides a better life-path than atheism.
Atheism has failed to provide a meaningful life-path, beyond a critique of religion.
The 2oth century has shown that atheist systems, such as Communism and Socialism,
have failed humanity horrifically (i.e. Nazi Germany and the USSR).
Today, militant atheism continues to attack religion, spirituality and the sacredness of life
( through "socialist" campaigns, such as 'Right to Abortion' or the eradication of religion from public space ).
Thus, we stand against militant atheism and the organisations which promote it
( whilst always welcoming individual atheists and agnostics to our church in fellowship ).
C h u r c h re-created
Modern Ecumenical Church
A truly ecumenical church welcomes all people, from all walks of life, to partake
in this universal community. Our church strives to be "open-hearted" :
inviting all people who come in peace, to join us and try the Aquarian path.
We prefer to call ourselves a 'church', rather than a community or movement.
A church is a radical challenge to the secular world : a place dedicated to love !
If you are seeking an alternative to traditional religion, consider a modern
spirituality and an inclusive church which speaks to people in today's world.
An earth-friendly church
The Ecumenical Church is dedicated to the salvation of our planet
( n o t j u s t p e o p l e )
The earth is a mystical place. Yet we can loose a sense of it's beauty in cities.
Around forests and rivers, mountains and oceans, is where many feel truly spiritual.
Nature sustains us. Our health and longevity is dependent on our environment.
Thus, we must strive for a pure earth - so that all people
( not just the rich and powerful )
can breathe fresh air, be cleansed in pristine waters, and be nourished by
wholesome foods. For this, we must minimise pollution, live modestly,
and share our resources with those who need sustenance.
One co-dependent world - symbolised by the ancient super-continent : Pangaea.
( we are not implying a one world government which is a political objective of socialism )
Humanity's challenge is to co-operate and learn to respect difference,
rather than form one world culture / society / government.
Love one another : not try to make everyone in my likeness
Modern Spirituality is holistic
( concerned for the whole : people and planet )
Our Spirituality is also salvational : salvation - from the
latin word 'S a l u s' - means : whole ( i.e. wholesome / complete / holy ).
Christian Spirituality is a way of living that completes us (fulfils) as human be-ings,
providing spiritual health, wisdom & genuine happiness, so lacking in today's world.
Modern Ecumenical Church
M o d e r n C h r i s t i a n S p i r i t u a l i t y
Who are we :
The Ecumenical Church is a Modern Spiritual Movement - with a modern, holistic & communitarian approach
to spirituality. The Church is dedicated to offering a biblical-based life-path, known as 'Modern Christian Spirituality'.
Our foundational text is the Gospel of Love ; a modern day life-guide written for all people who seek greater wisdom,
self efficacy, and a better way of living, in this world.
The Ecumenical Church promotes a healing message of compassion and kin-ship, so we can all learn how to live more effective
beneficial and joyful lives, and in turn, help to create peace-filled, thriving & healthy communities everywhere on earth.
1. For the Church to become a strong network of local churches and online communities
2. For a modern holistic and communitarian spirituality to be a valuable life-guide for modern-minded people.
· To be open hearted - welcoming all people, from all walks of life, to our church.
· To be compassionate and loving in everything we do.
· To support personal freedom, growth and inter-dependence, promoting a healthy and thriving communal life
· To be open minded - gently testing all ideas in order to broaden our experience of life
· To be open to scientifically validated knowledge concerning the cosmos & its creation, yet avoid scientific dogmatism
· To be open to wisdom teachings found in all ancient religious, philosophical and wisdom traditions.
The Council of Custodians guides the Ecumenical Church to be:
1) a supportive movement concerned for the needs of all Companions and all local churches, and
2) a grass roots movement of the people, led by an accountable central leadership team.
S e r m o n s o n S p i r i t u a l i t y
Do we still need religion today ?
This first Sermon is about living in today's world. Capitalism and socialism have
shaped our economic and political systems today. But are they good for us ?
Does religion play a vital role, precisely because of the human systems we live in ?
Religion dares to put people and community first.
Corporations value profit. Governments value power. Individuals value themselves.
Yet, a world dominated by greedy profit, power & self interest, can create untold suffering and destruction.
This need not be the way. People can choose to act with honour and decency, and build healthy relationships
and communities, by putting love, compassion, empathy, mercy and respect ahead of power, profit and self interest.
Therefore, religion today, is justified when it strives to protect the unalienable rights & dignities of the people against
the forces of those who seek to exploit, harm or diminish others.
Good religion - provides for the people - an effective anti-dote, which mitigates suffering in our lives no matter where
in the world we live, and under whatever human system seeks to control us.
Ancient Pharaoh's and Kings, keen to preserve their earthly power for all time, were obsessed with the idea of eternity.
For the ancient rulers, religion was all about glorifying themselves, and securing a good after-life.
Thus, myths were created around their needs, a priesthood employed to enact the supporting rituals, and the common people,
were compelled to participate in the state sanctioned religion - all in support of the Pharaoh's bid for immortality.
Sure, the people had their own "home gods" and superstitions, but state religion, was always designed around a ruler's needs.
Over time, the Pharaohs and Kings of this world, were gradually replaced by new systems, dominated by a wealthy elite - "the Kapitalists".
Kapitalists emerged during the 17th and 18th century, gaining almost exclusive control of the " money machines " - banks and industry.
Kapitalists came to dominate commerce, finance and trade. To enhance their monopolies, Kapitalists sought free trade and limited regulation,
exerting pressure on governments, by seducing them with political funding. This allowed Kapitalists to get away with many injustices, such as
low wages, unsafe work conditions & low taxation. In the process, they became very wealthy and free market capitalism became the operative
economic system up until the 20th century.
Kapitalism's key ideological platforms are : 1) individualism and 2) consumerism. Individualism ( or self centred behaviour ), is a handy ideology
for Kapitalists, as individualism undermines communitarian values, such as sharing & caring - neither of which are profit-maximising behaviours.
The individual - removed from family and community, stands alone in their private world.
To ease the existential angst of not knowing what to do with one's leisure time, the unskilled person, turns to consumerism
to help fill the void, to kill time, and overcome the emptiness of existence.
Thus consumerism stems from individualism.
Kapitalists like religion - but only their own version : - The Masonic Order & Temple : which promotes belief in a distant ' G ' ( Great Architect )
- a very handy theology for the Elite, as there is no doctrine of hell or a God of justice : so Kapitalists are free to go about their exploitation,
with little moral conscious. Many believe the Roman Church was infiltrated by Masons in the 1960's. Notice modern Catholic Churches
are very plain. They've become 'secular' - looking just like Masonic Temples. At the 2012 Christmas Mass, the Pope & his senior cardinals,
were cloaked in religious attire devoid of any religious symbols. Flowers and even an Egyptian Pharaoh motive adorned the Pope's vestments.
Pope Benedict has even said that Hell is not a place - but an idea : hardly the stuff of traditional Catholicism - but understandable if the Roman
Church is being quietly transformed into a one-world religion : a true modern global religion, uniting socialist principles, Masonic ideals and
Kapitalists love the free market system, which works best for those with the wealth to provide for all their needs. The free market system
would work better, if the wealthy offered to share more of their wealth : to help run hospitals or charities, so that no person should suffer.
Societies have become split between the top end : the 20% who own just about everything, and the 80% who just get by or fall into poverty.
In the 20th century, wealth disparity became so extreme, that an alternative to Kapitalism was almost inevitable. Thus, from the revolutionary
theories of Karl Marx, Socialism and Communism came to be. Violent revolutions toppled many traditional governments and their monarchs.
Nations around the world, were thus transformed - from market economies, to planned economies. Entrepreneurs and even small businesses,
were declared the new 'enemies' of socialism. State owned enterprises, economic planning and enforced compliance, characterised socialist states.
Socialism appealed to the poor & middle class. The battle lines, after all, were about eradicating poverty. Few would disagree with this goal.
Wealth redistribution sounds like a just and noble goal. However, in reality, Socialist revolutions rarely benefitted the workers. The leadership
discovered how to (secretly) amass great personal wealth, whilst publicly, remaining "loyal" socialists. Meanwhile, the cadrés and comrades,
were given a few minor concessions - just enough to feel like some 'progress' and 'change' (two favourite words of socialists) had occurred.
Socialists had a much bigger agenda than just poverty : a new utopia (new world order), where monarchs & monasteries were eliminated,
and the state would reign supreme, was the goal. The Socialist / Communist agenda, involved destroying all tradition structures, at all levels,
in order for the new elite, to rise to the top and enjoy the privileges of power. Sovereign nations became socialist 'states'. The European Union
was formed with the goal of eradicating nations. Nations are an obstacle to the Socialist goal of a one world government, as national loyalties,
compete with loyalty to regional governments, such as the (now defunct) U.S.S.R., the United Nations or the European Union - all forerunners to
a world government. Socialism seeks to undermine nationalism, by encouraging migration - thus creating highly multi-cultural states. The more
a nation is made up of mixed cultures, the less likely it's leaders are able to summons enough patriotic fever, to support an attack on another nation.
Multi-culturalism, say Socialists, will secure world peace. This theory remains totally unproven. However, in the mean time, nations must endure
internal tensions, as each wave of new migration adds to racial disharmony, religious strife, rising crime and the formation of migrant ghettos : all in the
name of socialism's grand aims at destroying sovereign nations, and empowering regional structures (such as the E.U.).
Nations have existed for thousands of years as unique cultural identities. Commerce and trade brought merchants together, and thus progress was
achieved through a free exchange of ideas.
Yes, greedy kings and governments emerged throughout history, who waged war on neighbouring nations. We must acknowledge & condemn this as well.
However, history is no excuse for wrecking, what is an essential characteristic of our human story - our uniqueness & difference. Socialists are attempting
to eradicate our natural (national) uniqueness' and differences, in order to create a utopian mono-culture. In the process, thousands of years of culture
is being eroded. Some churches are participating in this travesty. The Roman Catholic Church proclaims itself as a universal church, and is thus targeted
by socialists, who see an opportunity in the Catholic Church, to create a mono-cultural world religion. Historically, local churches e.g. Church of England,
or Scotland, or the Orthodox Church of Russia or Greece, or the Coptic Church or Egypt or Ethiopia, were all strong NATIONAL churches : each with its own
local character - respecting other churches - but remaining focused on serving the needs of it's nation's populace. Today, in contrast, the Anglican Episcopal
church is an experiment in socialist multi-culturalism - and no longer retains its British heritage. Accordingly : the pews are empty.
Traditional religions are the enemy of the Socialist utopia. Why ? Religion competes for the loyalty of the people. The Socialist state demands total
loyalty. Loyalty (compliance) is necessary for the Socialist state to achieve its grand visions - a compliant citizenry, supporting the corporate goals of
Socialism. Under Communist regimes, many churches were either destroyed or closed, and priests and pastors were duly imprisoned or killed.
But the killings did not stop with church clerics. Anyone who disagreed with the state (including entrepreneurs & small business owners), could
be sent to the Gulags. Almost every Communist or National Socialist state, conducted purges at all levels of society. No individual was ever safe.
This created the ideal climate for compliance. Fear is the perfect tool for controlling the masses. Almost every Communist state ruled by murdering
it's perceived enemies : Cambodia, U.S.S.R, Soviet controlled Poland, Eastern Germany, Cuba, China, Nazi Germany. The result was almost 100
million citizens were murdered by Socialist / Communist regimes in the 20th century.
Total control over the lives of citizens, is achieved by taking the lives of citizens. A death culture developed in every leftist state. Under extreme
Socialism (USSR / NAZI), Gulags and Concentration camps took care of anyone who stood against the state. In the modern Socialists state, a
culture of death is also evident : abortion and euthanasia policies, have become today's killing fields. Once the populace accepts that the state
can legislate to kill, it's only a matter of time before killing is used to control others in society.
Only when we absolutely stand against any form of killing, can we prevent an ever spreading culture of death in our society. No state, no nation
should have the freedom to kill its citizens. ONLY when defending the defenceless, can we ever justify killing. Thus, the US led defence of Europe
against NaZi Germany, or the liberation of Kuwait and the Kurds, the elimination of the Taliban from Afghanistan, or the defence of the South
Vietnamese people - are all valid examples of justifiable military action. Yet it is these actions, that socialists object to. Yet they have no concerns
with killing unborn babies - the ultimate defenceless beings.
Today, Socialists accept that eradicating religion is hard. Thus, a new strategy is being fought. Infiltration and gradual change is the strategy.
Socialists remain ideologically opposed to religion, but they have come to appreciate, how religion can be used to help achieve their global aims
via a compliant religion & church. The easiest target, is the biggest : the Roman Church, which by the 1950's was struggling with modernism & change.
Infiltration by socialist-minded bishops (and Masons - led by Cardinal Bugnini See our HISTROY webpage), paved the way for the Vatican Council
reforms in the 1960's. From this time forth, the church would move to the left, abandoning it's earlier traditionalist stance against modernism.
Pope John Paul 2 often warned of the difference between socialism and Christianity. In South America, priests promoted socialist doctrines as church
teachings. "Liberation theology" was promoted by Marxist clerics proclaiming socialist doctrines, rather than administering Christ's sacraments. The
current German Pope, Benedict XVIth, is fast-forwarding the church towards socialism - perhaps relieved that his church was chosen to become the
preferred 'state' religion of the new socialist world order - rather than some other church ( just as Christianity was once chosen by Emperor Constantin
ahead of other eastern religions).
However, despite the transformation of the Catholic church into an acceptable 'socialist' religion, many socialists remain fundamentally against religion.
Recently, the European Union (a socialists instrument) sought to remove any reference to Europe's Christian heritage in it's new 'constitution'.
Yet Europe has been largely Christian for around 2,000 years !
Socialists are obsessed with control. Controlling the population, especially children, with prescription drugs, is another form of mind control
using 'chemical weapons'. Today many children are diagnosed with social disorders, and then promptly medicated. Good discipline, setting
boundaries and moral values for children, is now being replaced by chemical management of kids. Yes some children do need medicines as
their condition is real. However, more and more families are substituting good parenting, with drugs.
Fear is the socialists most effective tool. In modern Socialist states, state-sanctioned murder is replaced by state control of personal freedoms,
through restrictive legislation : such as the various Vilification legislations designed to limit free speech. With each new law, the state intrudes
further upon the individual. Terrorism attacks have become an excuse for Socialists states, to control freedom of movement (visa restrictions)
and free speech (e.g. laws enabling government agencies to monitor everyone's internet use without a court order).
Socialist states attack traditional family values, because family loyalty clashes head on with loyalty to the state. The rights of child to a mother and
a father, is being undermined by leftist policies, such as easy divorce, de-facto unions, lesbian "rights" to create children and families, or single mother
welfare incentives (why have a husband, when you have the whole state support you !). All the while, traditional family support is overtly diminished.
The state promotes Mothers day or Fathers day, but never a FAMILY Day. Divide & conquer : it's all done under the banner of personal freedom & choice.
What started simply as a response to the greed of Kapitalists, Socialism has grown to think of itself as new world utopia :
a dream however, that quickly turns into a nightmare in every state that socialism or communism is implemented.
Today, you most likely live under a Socialist regime : some masquerade as Democratic Socialism, others are a military Socialist state (e.g. China).
100 years ago, it was more likely, that you lived in a free market environment, with under-regulated economies, and a few very rich Kapitalists
dominating most industries. Poverty was experienced by many, but the ethos of the day was clear : work hard and save, and you can make ends
meet. Don't waste you money on alcohol (the drug of it's time). Live by your religion's commandments. Support your family and community,
and live within your means. Charities meant that the destitute, would have some support. Today we leave welfare to the government, which actually
destroys personal responsibility and community cohesiveness. People don't feel bad about taking advantage of government welfare departments, because
nobody really cares about a big Federal welfare bureau. Local charities, staffed by sincere locals, not only gave material sustenance, but an offer of
friendship and companionship - which inspired many individuals, to get back on track. State welfare demoralises the person, often instituting
generational poverty and alienating individuals from their communities.
There were many positive aspects of the traditional free market economy and society :
The family and the local community combined to form an effective self-managed society, with a smaller role for government protecting lives, property
and boarders. Whilst no family or community claims to be perfect - governments did not need to intrude in every aspect of life. The people could turn
to their religion for wisdom and a guiding hand on how to live their lives. There was no need for government to provide a grand ideology .
People felt free. Some abused that freedom, or exploited others - but that's when the government was called in. Otherwise, a small government meant
low taxes, and most were happy to work hard and know that their hard earned money wasn't being squandered on some elitist socialist art project that
offered nothing of value to anyone.
Public education has become for the socialists, a means of promoting it's ideology. Public education is radically anti-religion. University Liberal Arts
courses promote secular ideals, such as feminism, multi-culturalism and other leftist agendas. University think-tanks help unions and left leaning
governments to implement socialist policies. Universities provide graduates to leftist media organisations- such as THE AGE and the ABC in Australia.
Socialist minded media dominate the modern media landscape, helping to gently mould the minds of people towards the left's agenda. Evolution Theory,
which undermines the sacredness and mystery of life, is promoted ahead of Creationism - despite having NO firm scientific evidence. U.S. schools have
even been compelled to teach Evolution Theory AS SCIENCE and FACT - despite many leading independent scientists having highlighted the inadequacies
of the theory. Evolutionary theory is passionately promoted by socialists, as it is anti-religion and anti-life : the human being becomes just another
part of nature's (not God's) cruel evolutionary process - thus justifying any state actions that eliminate lives - all under the banner of 'natural selection
or survival of the fittest' (as occurred during the time of National Socialist Germany, and today in state hospitals, where many unborn are killed simply
because they are not selected for life - by an ignorant or selfish mother ). When man plays god, man suffers. The Hebrew Bible warned us of this in many
of its stories - mythical or otherwise. We would do well, to honour life as sacred - the alternative is a growing culture of death.
Socialism triumphed in the 2oth century because of the excesses of Kapitalism. Yes, we can blame the greed and excesses of a few
Kapitalists, for allowing Socialism to take hold. Had Kapitalists shared their wealth more generously : socialism may not have triumphed.
Today, Kapitalists have not gone away. Rather, they have learnt to live with Socialism - and even benefit from it !
Today, Kapitalists don't necessarily oppose Socialism, as long as the states don't over regulate their global markets - allowing Kapitalists to move
money around the world, to low tax or low cost countries. Hence, rather than boycotting China as a totalitarian regime, Kapitalists embrace China
for it's abundant cheap and unprotected workforce. Aside from costs, Kapitalists care little for Socialism's big utopian dreams : as long as they
have their profitable tax havens to create and preserve their wealth, Socialism is left unchallenged to carry on it's utopian experiment.
In the last century, Kapitalist greed resulted in economic turmoil and poverty for many. Under-regulated big business in the 1920s and
1990s, resulted in huge profits for a few, whilst the working class experienced falling incomes, exploitation, and eventually, a lack of jobs.
Profiteers wrecked entire industries as factories closed in the US, and then reopened in China.
In a reaction to the failings of Kapitalism, some nations in the 20th century, experimented with extreme alternatives - and failed.
Today, experiments in extreme Socialism, such as Communism and National Socialism (NAZI) stand discredited. And rightly so.
Neither systems were capable of creating viable and stable systems, nor containing human greed and other toxic behaviours. Over
100 million people were murdered by the various extreme socialist systems in the 20th century. Nothing compares to this evil.
Yet these same toxic systems (Communism and National Socialism) are closely related to today's Socialist systems,
which are equally as toxic, but have learnt to achieve their aims more subtlety. But this makes them no less evil.
In the end, Socialist systems are about a controlled utopia - an unobtainable illusion that requires all citizens
to agree to do what the state desires - we must behave like machines - with no room for free thought or action.
North Korea is an overt example of this, but Socialists in the free world, as just as ambitious. Today, the E.U.
is trying to seize the private bank accounts of people in Cyprus. Who in Europe will be next ? In Australia, the
socialist Labour Party, is planning to seize superannuation funds (private retirement savings), despite earlier
assurances that these funds were secure from government theft.
Today, Democratic Socialism (Europe, some South American and African republics) and military Socialism (China, Cuba etc)
are the inheritors of the Marxist - Communist agenda. Socialism is also the dominant philosophy of the labour union movement.
Socialist states are today huge welfare states - which necessitate high taxes. With high taxes, welfare states discourage innovation
& entrepreneurial behaviours, which create wealth in the first place. Thus Europeans are today, burdened by big government & lack the ability
to compete against the emerging tiger economies of Asia, such as Indonesia, South Korea or Taiwan - for they have become too concerned with
early retirement, short working weeks, long vacations - policies which have resulted in a lazy and selfish populace who spend much of their
energies on trying to avoid the state's taxes !
Underneath all the propaganda on equality and justice : those at the top of the Socialist ladder, are becoming as rich as the original Kapitalists.
The Russian socialist (ex state security agent) President / Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, is reputed to be worth billions. China's top brass are
reputed to be equally well off. It's not very socialist at the top ! In the end, Socialism is just another means for some, to get to the top.
Shame they're prepared to kill millions and usurp the wealth and freedom of billions to get there. Socialism is evil. PERIOD.
"But its better than the evils of free market economies" some like to argue, often referring back to the Depression of the 1920's. In the end,
neither system is ideal. One is greedy. The other is greedy. Neither is perfect or good. They are both, creations of man. Need we say more.
It is little wonder, that Christians realised long ago, that human government is never perfect. The Messiah said his kingdom is not of this world.
The Bible speaks of a 1,000 year period, when the Messiah returns to earth, and a just "government shall be upon his shoulders".
The Messiah overturned the money changers tables at the Temple and never aligned himself with the Pharisees who ruled the Jewish faith.
Christians were often taught to distance themselves from government. Lets hope the Messiah's 1000 rule, will be an improvement on our current
options : socialism or capitalism !
Buddhists too see the fallacy of seeking utopia on man's earth. Instead, they create nirvana in their minds and bodies - a perfect indifference
to the broken ways of the world, knowing that greed and lust will always be a characteristic of human government, so it's better to seek one's
peace through meditation and living a pure life, freed from needless worldly desires.
If our political and economic systems are "as good as it gets", - we the people, need good guidance (wisdom, knowledge and life-skills ) to help us to survive
within the existing system. Religion specialises in teaching essential " life skills ", thus helping people to live better lives and create healthy communities.
Religion is therefore, not a revolution that seeks to overcome the incumbent political or economic structure. Religion's goal is to help us to survive
and thrive, within whatever system we are living under.
The word 'religion', comes to us from the Latin " re-ligio " - which means something like : " to be connected with ".
This suggests, religion is about "connectivity" or "relationships" - i.e. how we relate to each other and the wider world.
Religion thus aims to create effective (beneficial) relationships between people, and thus contribute to healthier communities.
Religion should not be confused with politics. Politics and political organisations do not replace religion.
Politics is about "getting things done" - organizing people and groups in society to undertake certain activities.
However, political parties or politicians, must first identify 'what they stand for'.
Political ideology, must be informed by something - i.e. some set of core values. Religion (as in the case of the Christian Democrats of Europe,
Islam in the Middle East, Judaism in Israel, Buddhism in the East, or even the Catholic religion of U.S. President John F. Kennedy), plays
a vital role in shaping political ideology and determining which actions, are undertaken.
Anti-religious ideology can also influence the nature of politics (i.e anti religious ideologies of Communism, National Socialism or Liberal Capitalism).
Religion, which precedes politics, asks "why should certain things happen in the first place ?" (i.e. why is a certain law beneficial
or harmful to our personal and communal wellbeing ?). Religions thus helps provide a moral and ethical foundation for society -
(i.e. a wisdom-based voice for what is good and right for people, communities and/or the planet).
Therefore, it is very important that religions actively contribute to all levels of political debate - informing the people and its representatives
(the professional politicians), on issues that enhance or diminish personal and collective wellbeing.
Many modern-minded people argue, that traditional religions cannot speak with credibility in today's modern world.
They argue that most traditional religions are based on superstitions designed to support the 'glory' of ancient Kings and Pharaohs.
Thus traditional religion are more concerned with appeasing royals and rulers, than the common folk and the poor.
However, one ancient religion - the religion of the Israelites - might just show us how religion can be 'for the people'.
The ancient Israelites - broke new ground, by organising society, around the principles of social justice, equity and compassion.
All were bound by it's ethical norms, including kings and priests.
The Israelites, believing that their God (YHWH), was the God of justice and compassion, argued that the people too, should be a
people of " justice and compassion". Anything less, would dishonor their God.
Perhaps ancient Israel never managed to create a "perfect society". Nonetheless, Israel's progressive thinking, would inspire influential religious
movements, such as the Essenes (proto Christians), Rabbinical Judaism, Christianity & Islam, to uphold the centrality of social justice and compassion
teachings, in their emerging religions.
Whilst Christianity was all about social justice in it's early days, things changed when Emperor Constantine offered Christian Bishops,
a life of luxury and official sanction. The ruling Bishops soon became more concerned with enhancing their power and prestige, to the detriment of
Roman Christianity as a religion for the people.
Whilst the Jews lost their homeland in the first century, they somehow managed to preserve the essential character of the early Hebrew religion,
as they moved first to the Black Sea region, and then to Europe. So whilst Catholic Europe plunged ever deeper into the "Dark Ages", "an enlightened
way" was quietly preserved by the exiled Rabbis.
This exiled religion of the Rabbis (which we now call Rabbinical Judaism), would eventually help revive Christianity and move Europe out of it's "darkest age".
It seems, that of the three great Western religions, Imperial Christianity, unlike rabbinical Judaism, succumbed most to the temptation of power in
the West, as it aligned itself with the nobility, rather than with the common people. Rome's Imperial religion took a backward step & remained regressive,
right throughout the "dark middle ages". It was not until the "Age of Enlightenment" - first ushered in by N. Copernicus, who studied Middle Eastern
astronomy, that the Christian people of North Western Europe, began to seriously question Rome's theocratic regime.
During the Reformation, Christianity slowly restored it's original (and proper) focus on the common people (including the poor).
Many "Protestant" Christians, seeking a more authentic expression of Christianity, were inspired to rediscover their religion's Jewish origins,
and it's teachings on social justice. The more they studied the ancient Hebrew religion, the more they discovered the deviations that Rome had taken.
For centuries, the Roman Church had downplayed Judaism's contribution to it's own Christian teachings.
Power it seems, always feels fragile, and any perceived threat, is quickly acted upon. Just as Imperial Christianity had once burnt down the great
libraries of Alexandria, to cover up Christianity's Egyptian links, it seems Christianity's Jewish links were also downplayed by Rome's paranoid Popes.
Some Catholic Churches even preached an anti-Jewish sermon during Holy Week, which often led to simple-minded Catholics, attacking their Jewish
neighbours in a sad "act of revenge" for the Jew's "condemning Jesus to death" ! How tragic that European Jews were paying with their lives, for an
ancient Nazarene condemnation of Jerusalem's temple priesthood ! How tragic that European Catholics, so passionately took up the Nazarene's dislike
of "temple Judaism". ( find out more about Christian history - visit our informative HISTORY webpage on this website).
As European monarchs crumbled (or simply lost effective control), Christianity often found itself deprived of it's royal support base.
The kings and Queens of "old Europe" were fading fast, whilst the "new elite" - the Kapitalists - found traditional religion a complete hindrance
to making money. In many ways, the Christian Churches now have no choice, but to go back to the common people for support.
Where once, Kings and Church "justified" each other : now, the Church, is forced to seek support from the common people in the street.
The world has changed, and this change has forced churches to think carefully about who it can turn to for ongoing support !
Thus, today, most Western religions, stand united with the people and against those who exploit them.
Thus, it is proper, that religions again promote community as their unique anti-dote to Kapitalist and Socialist "culture ".
To counter the destructive ideologies, religions offer a communitarian ethos - i.e. where people are considerate of the impact
of their actions upon the greater good.
Religion is not however, an alternative "operating system", in the way Communism was an alternative system to Capitalism.
Theocracies - where religions become the political and economic system - are prone to excesses, just as any grand ideology is
when it becomes totalitarian. Instead, religion, works best as an anti-dote to whatever system is around - ready to soothe the
pain and suffering of all people, and offer a better way of living within any society or system.
( Thus, we don't talk about a "communitarian society" as such, but a "communitarian ethos within society" ).
In short, religion is like medicine. If society makes people ill ; then the people will need medicine !
The rise of anti-religion
By becoming "champions for the poor and marginalized", most religions have become a major nuisance for the elite.
Religion stands firmly against greedy Kapitalism and Socialism. Therefore, not surprisingly - the Elite would rather that religion go away.
But it doesn't. The people suffer, so religion is needed, and it survives. Socialist states have attempted to offer an alternative to
Kapitalism - but, they are overwhelmingly failing, largely due to poor economic principles and a lack of human values. Western religions
generally stand against Socialism ( but sadly, not always, as some, such as the Episcopal Church in the USA, is very pro-socialist ).
Both Kapitalists and Socialists are very anti religion. Religion gets in the way, of either making fat profits (the Kapitalist agenda),
or the utopian dream (New World Order) of the Socialists. Depending on where you live, either Kapitalist or Socialist may constitute
In effect, these two systems, are simply two sides of the same evil, as both systems seek a society that is free of religion and spirituality.
In an attempt to quash religion, Socialist Elite promote a combination of secularism (no religion), and individualism (no community).
The key goal of the Elite Socialists, is to evict religion from all public life and public institutions, including government, law and education.
Kapitalists largely go along with this - as long it doesn't interfere with their profit making.
Militant atheists, such as Richard Dawkins, are enlisted to the Socialist cause. They are promoted within academia and given significant
media air-time, in order to spread their secular gospel. Atheists focus their attack on traditional religion's weakest point - its mythical
foundations. We all know, with modern knowledge, that traditional religion's myths are more and more vulnerable.
"Undermine the myths - and religion will fall" - is the simple but effective strategy employed by atheists.
And it seems to be working in much of the West. Many church pews are empty. That's a concern.
Remember, traditional religions, founded on ancient superstitions and myths, were crafted to serve the interests of ruling Pharaoh's and kings.
Today, these myths and superstitions, are no longer acceptable to many modern-minded people, in light of modern science-based knowledge.
Thus religion has a credibility problem for modern minded people.
Yet many modern-minded people still hunger for justice, fairness, and a "good" society to live in.
Many modern minded people still search for a trustworthy voice to guide them throughout their life.
In short, many people still hunger for salvation.
As many modern-minded people will not go back to traditional religion, a new modern life-path (religion) is needed : -
- which concords with modern senses and sensibilities;
- that offers a soothing anti-dote for today's suffering
This modern voice of salvation for today's world, can be found in the Apostolic Spirituality of the Ecumenical Church.
Our name defines who we are and what we do :
1) We are 'modern' - open minded - in touch with the ways of the modern world
2) We are 'ecumenical' - open hearted - a voice for all people, and
3) We are a 'church' - a " a communitarian sanctuary " for today's people and planet.
Preserving religious freedom
Modern minded people understand, that hopes for an 'after-life', arise from a primal fear of finality.
After all, we will all die in the end. The desire to avoid death, is a powerful instinct for most people.
Just as in ancient times, many people today desire to live a longer life - and even to exist beyond their time here on earth.
Many still dream of heaven, or hope for a good reincarnation.
Today, some people are already looking forward to the time when technology will give them a real chance of living well beyond life's natural limits.
With rapid and profound technological development, there presents for some, the hope of a much healthier and longer life, through ground
breaking technology, such as bio-pharmaceuticals or nano-technology - which could radically alter the aging & disease process.
For the lucky few, this expensive and exclusive knowledge, is already extending their lives or fighting off once terminal diseases.
For the poor, who do not have the ability to afford this 'life saving' or 'life enhancing' technology, it presents, as yet another source of inequality and injustice.
Some argue that many life saving medicines, are already out of reach of most of the poor. With low incomes, how can the poor afford expensive
new therapeutic treatments ? Instead, the poor are seduced with fast food, alcohol and tobacco, which, creates wealth for the supplier, but shortens the life
and quality of life, of the poor. In the new high-tech world, which promises so much, it seems, the poor are yet again, missing out.
As once the ancient Pharaoh's of Egypt prepared for their after-life with elaborate burial tombs, today's super wealthy, are able to
take full advantage of new 'life technologies' designed to extend the quality of their life. Nothing has changed.
Today, the "hope for a heavenly after-life" is, for the rich, being replaced by the reality of a "long and heavenly life ", here on earth.
S i n g u l a r i t y
On 21-02-2011, TIME magazine published a cover story on the idea of 'Singularity'. TIME defines Singularity as :
"the moment in time, when technological change becomes so rapid, and so profound, it represents a rapture in the fabric of human history".
Many futurists predict that we will soon have the ability to create super-human intelligence.
The consequences will be ground breaking. Firstly, super intelligence will enhance the quality of life - for some.
Secondly, super intelligence has the potential to enhance control over the general population. If you think current I.D. cards are a concern,
imagine nano-technology, monitoring every aspect of our lives, providing corporations such as banks, or the Pentagon, the ability to maximize
their influence upon consumers and citizens, whilst easily marginalizing the 'contaminated ones' - those who resist compliance.
Forget some mythical "New Age of Aquarius" - a "spiritual re-creation of humanity" or some global "epoch of peace",
Singularity, will be the most profound change in our time - brought about, by the greatest explosion in artificial intelligence ever seen.
Put simply, with advances in computing power, computers will become super-intelligent, to such an extent, as to overtake human function and
performance in many areas. If you think that's science fiction, consider the exponential explosion in computing power in the last decade and extrapolate it.
Consider what computers can do today, verses 10 or 15 years ago, and image the possibilities if you look forward into the not-so-distant future.
TIME magazine declared that Singularity, will most likely occur by 2045 - thats less than a generation away !
In just a few decades, a few very wealthy people and organisations, will have the means to exert the most profound control over our lives,
that has ever been ( technologically ) possible - technology such as R.F.I.D. chips, which use radio frequency to identify and track objects (including people).
The Food and Drug Administration in the US has recently approved the use of R.F.I.D. chips in humans. Some business establishments give customers the
option of using an RFID-based "tab", to pay for services, such as the Baja Beach nightclub in Barcelona. This has provoked concerns into the privacy of individuals,
as they can potentially be tracked wherever they go by an identifier unique to them. There are concerns this could lead to abuse by an authoritarian
government or lead to removal of freedoms.
With the rise of R.F.I.D. technology, many already fear the loss of rights due to RFID human implantation.
RFID information can be pulled from individuals by using only $250 worth of equipment.
Critics believe that this technology will lead to tracking individuals every movement and will be an invasion of privacy.
Some conceptualize a future where every movement is tracked by the government. In the book SpyChips: How Major Corporations and
where your every purchase is monitored and recorded in a database and your every belonging is numbered, and where someone
many states away or perhaps even in another country, has a record of everything you have done.
Most traditional religions are focused on the past, bound by ancient superstitions, dogma and tradition.
Clearly, it is not easy for old institutions to adapt to change and focus on future trends.
Also, the appeal of traditional religions, is often limited to their traditional followers. Wider influence is thus limited.
Most modern-minded people, will not look to traditional churches, having being seduced away from them for years,
by secularism or consumerism.
Thus, a people's church is needed : one, which all modern minded people are happy to speak on their behalf.
You can be assured, that just as the Pharaohs did not include the common people in their heavenly after-life plans,
the Elite today, and in the future, will exclude many from the privileges of their pleasure-filled, long lives.
The common folk, as always, will miss out. Not only will they not live healthier and longer lives, but we'll be exploited as consumers
and controlled as citizens with ever more ease - thanks to new technology. Hence, we the common people, will face the real danger of
An effective and independent voice for freedom and justice, is needed in anticipation of this coming "rapture".
A true voice, of and for modern minded people, can only come from genuine people movements, such as the Ecumenical Church.
Genuine justice and freedom loving movements, seek :
1) equal and affordable access to life-enhancing & life-saving technology,
2) an end to the exploitation by the elite, and
3) an more equitable redistribution of wealth.
Such movements are in 2011, already rising up in the Middle East and Northern Africa, where the common people are seizing political control from
Kings and dictators (modern day Pharaohs). One dictator in Egypt, is believed to have amassed billions of dollars, whilst citizens struggled in poverty
for 30 long years. When the people had enough of the exploitation and being marginalized, they acted in unison.
In a few short weeks of 2011, the common people became the liberators of their ancient land of Egypt.
In an ironic twist, modern technology (the internet, Facebook etc), played a vital role in this revolution.
To protect our freedoms and rights, society will need many "champions of the people", such as the Ecumenical Church,
capable of reaching out to modern-minded people and uniting them under a common cause.
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The Ecumenical Church gathers wisdom teachings from all traditions, including wisdom found in many myth stories.
The church finds inspiration from myth-based stories but suggests that many mythical stories were not intended to be actual events in history,
but that these stories were once used by their ancient authors to help convey important aspects of a religion's teachings, to their intended audience.
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namely the mystery that surrounds the first cause of life and mystery of life's purpose.
Our personal response to these 'great mysteries of life', is not to deny the possibility that life is mysterious, or that in the future, new knowledge and wisdom
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