There is a chapter that was removed from “I’m God and You’re Not” at God’s personal request. He has subsequently agreed that it could be posted on the web site :
Just to clear up a possible issue in “I’m God and You’re Not” that might be misinterpreted.
At the beginning of Chapter II-Creation, footnote 7 discusses what God actually finds an obscene word to be. In it, some derogatory terms used to describe certain ethnic groups are repeated for illustrative purposes. The author wishes to assure the reader that he purposely used three different groups that make up his own ancestry, as he felt it was wrong to use ethnic slurs used against others. On the whole, he agrees with God’s take on this.
My personal take is that Magdalene was a close confident to Jesus and important in the foundation of early Christianity. And I do not think she was ever a prostitute. In any case, this is an interesting article on the controversy.
The burial site of the father of both remains a flashpoint between Jews and Muslims.
Just in case you had any doubts
This is Lucifer speaking. If you read God’s last post, he’s taking a little break and asked me to keep an eye on you humans while he’s gone. You may also recall that I am to report back to him on your activities upon his return (and boy, do I have a lot to tell him already which is a bit frightening when you consider he’s been gone less than a week!).
In the meantime, I thought you may be interested in reading a short letter I received via Paradise Post this morning from the Big Guy…
Earth Date: July 16, 2018 4:13PM EST
Just hanging around watching a beautiful solar system set over the northern mountains here. You really should see the display of infinite colors reflected in the lake–definitely one of the best things we put together in those early Creation days. Of course, I won’t tell you where I am. I really need these moments of privacy every thirty millennium or so or I think I’d go as batshit as some of the humans are.
Oh, speaking of humans…I thought over what you and I were discussing just before I left and I didn’t want to leave you hanging any further.
I still don’t understand what is going on in some areas of the Earth right now. It’s like some madness has taken over and people are forgetting their basic humanity right now. I know many of them are frightened; they see their insolated patches of culture and tradition changing before them. It’s that old story that every civilization has to deal with sooner or later. You know perfectly well that this irrational fear allows demagogues to manipulate the crowds for their own purposes: it is so easy to deflect people from their real enemy–which is most often the very persons doing the deflecting–to some innocent. You and I have watched this over and over again much too much in human history.
And always religious texts are manipulated and twisted to support the exact opposite of their intent. These charlatans are always selecting tiny isolated part of their scripture to justify breaking the first rule of all great religions. Do I have to repeat it yet again: Love each other.
I’m sickened at how families are being split apart as they seek a better life in a new land, babies, shrieking and wailing, taken from their mother’s breast while rulers justify this by calling these family illegal and brazenly lying about them, saying that they bring nothing but crime and violence.
And there are so-called “good” Christian leaders who justify it by perverting what their founder preached. They take a letter from Paul, who as we know, had a number of serious issues–you know the rumors–and justify these atrocities by what he wrote in Romans 13:
“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves… For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience. ”
Well, you know what a load of crap that is! Certainly, Paul, being subject to the will of the Roman Emperor, that SOB Nero, and tried his best to prevent the persecution of Christians by imploring them to be good citizens of the empire. But, he didn’t imply that such obedience was absolute. Just look at what immediately follows the above in the same epistle:
“ The commandments,.. are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.“
So what takes priority if the authorities asks their subjects to do something that is against the fulfillment of that law? Should the Germans in 1930s blindly have followed Hitler as so many of them did? If the authorities tell you to murder your neighbor, do you do it?
Where do you draw the moral line?
It’s like I always say, “I gave you a brain, humanity. Now, use it!”
Well, it’s getting late here and I really need to catch up on my rest. This sort of idiocy raises my blood pressure much too high. So I’ll call it a night. Talk to you in a while.
Be good. You always are.
God here. Even I’m exhausted by everything that’s been happening on your planet the past couple of years so I’m taking a little breather for a couple of weeks, so try not to get into too much trouble while I’m gone, humanity. Just remember Lucifer is still watching and I will get a full report from him when I’m back–and you know how he is! So watch it, or there will be Hell to pay
Kisses to all!
God is not a being separate from the human. If you do not and cannot see God in the face of the hungry, the thirsty, the homeless, the sick and the imprisoned, then you cannot see God at all. God is not an external being. God is present in the faces of the least of these—our brothers and our sisters.
—John Shelby Spong
And here’s the problem with some of those who claim to be true believers, because they will twist themselves into a religious knot where they will justify anything—if it goes with their politics.
Despite what many current “leaders” and evangelists seem to think, America is a land of religious freedom:
While I received with much satisfaction your address replete with expressions of esteem, I rejoice in the opportunity of assuring you that I shall always retain grateful remembrance of the cordial welcome I experienced on my visit to Newport from all classes of citizens.
The reflection on the days of difficulty and danger which are past is rendered the more sweet from a consciousness that they are succeeded by days of uncommon prosperity and security.
If we have wisdom to make the best use of the advantages with which we are now favored, we cannot fail, under the just administration of a good government, to become a great and happy people.
The citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy—a policy worthy of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship.
It is now no more that toleration is spoken of as if it were the indulgence of one class of people that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights, for, happily, the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.
It would be inconsistent with the frankness of my character not to avow that I am pleased with your favorable opinion of my administration and fervent wishes for my felicity.
May the children of the stock of Abraham who dwell in this land continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other inhabitants—while every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig tree and there shall be none to make him afraid.
May the father of all mercies scatter light, and not darkness, upon our paths, and make us all in our several vocations useful here, and in His own due time and way everlastingly happy.
Letter to the Hebrew Congregations of Newport, RI. August 21, 1790