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Finding an Inclusive Spirituality to
Help Heal Each Other and the World

  • Why does religion so often not meet our spiritual needs?
  • Why is there such a hunger for spirituality in the world?
  • Is the kingdom of God out there somewhere, or within us?
  • Should we seek influence in the world or inner spirituality?
  • Is there everlasting punishment in hell, or reincarnation?
  • Will Jesus come back in a physical body, or in our hearts?
  • How can we come to personally know our loving God?

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    Quote of the Month for Sep. from In Search of the Loving God:

    An illuminated letter While getting to know a neighbor of mine, we came to realize we had an interest in yoga and meditation in common. But when I used the word “God,” as I frequently do, she became quite hostile. “I don’t believe in God,” she said. I asked her what she did believe in, and she responded with a sublime description of a cosmic power of love which she was aware of when she meditated, when she sat on the top of a hill at sunset, taking in the stillness and beauty around her. It was a personal power to her, and it made her joyful and inspired when she took the time to inwardly commune with it. I don’t remember the exact words she used, but I do remember thinking it was an excellent description of God. I told her this, but she wasn’t impressed. She explained that God was someone who made you feel guilty about sex, and who threatened to send you to burn forever in hell if you didn’t do what He wanted. She said she was afraid of God until she realized He didn’t exist. She’d spent years getting over her Christian upbringing, and wasn’t going to get involved with all that again. She was even suspicious of my enthusiasm for God. Although she seemed to like me, she also appeared to be on guard against some hidden “nasty” which might pop up out of the woodwork as a consequence of my belief in God. I tried to explain that the church had given her a very unfortunate view of God, and that in reality the cosmic love she experienced was the essence of God, and was how I experienced Him. I may have sown some seeds, but they were not about to sprout in a hurry. I gained the distinct impression she resented having her very special and important cosmic power of love compared to something she loathed as much as “God.”

    — From In Search of the Loving God, Chapter 15, "Defaming the Name of God — Eternal Hell," p. 236.

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    Endorsements and Reviews:

    In Search of the Loving God is a book written with a purpose - and that purpose is to bring an age old message of truth and love to our tired, confused and desperate world. Mark is out to conquer hearts and win love for God. His book mingles impressive scholarship with both poetic appeal and down to earth empirical experiences. The world is in great need of the healing that this book could bring it.
         (Ian D. Baynes, B.V.Sc., M.A.P.S.)

    In Search of the Loving God reads like a combination mystery, history, and Bible commentary all rolled into one. Read it for its enlightening view on Scripture and revealing stories of the church's history. May the Spirit use this book to reach many people with its hopeful message for the future of Christianity.
         (Joy Wells, Educator)

    Mr Mason's skills as both researcher and writer are such that I was unable to put the book down once I started it. He makes what could be a very dry topic not only readable, but also highly relevant to someone who is attempting to move beyond surface spirituality to a level of deep understanding and growth.
          His book is divided into two parts. The first gives a very comprehensive, and eye-opening, history of the Bible and Christianity as a religion. He shows incredibly clearly how and why the church strayed from the teachings of Jesus and what that means to the church today. The second section shows how the Bible and its teachings are relevant to seekers in today's world. He describes Bible passages that teach us about reincarnation, a simple lifestyle and free will, and he includes wonderful and affirming interpretations about what hell and the book of Revelation really means.
         (Patricia Vallerand, from her review of In Search of the Loving God in the Observer Quarterly)

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    Author's description of In Search of the Loving God:

    In Search of the Loving God proposes that the key to knowing and loving God is meditation, but that before we can love God, and effectively meditate, we need to overcome our fear of Him. The book challenges traditional Christian beliefs by taking a fresh look at the life of Jesus, and at how the church soon became corrupt and power-seeking and largely ignored Jesus' teachings, invented the concept of everlasting punishment in hell in order to control people through fear, and eventually terrorized European society with the Inquisition and the witch craze, in which millions of women were burned at the stake, often for no crime greater than being a midwife. It looks at the disturbing similarities between medieval Christianity and modern religious fundamentalism, which in America manifests as the Christian Coalition, and other organizations of the religious right. It shows how the "us and them" nature of our society is based on, and underpinned by, the medieval Christian belief that some people are valuable to God and are saved, while others are not and are eternally damned. The importance of the separation of church and state in protecting us against fundamentalism, and preserving our freedom to make our own moral choices is highlighted, as is the reality of our free will -- God's greatest gift to us.

    The book has chapters on why there is no honest Biblical basis for believing in everlasting punishment in hell, Biblical evidence for believing in Reincarnation, a metaphysical interpretation of the Book of Revelation, how to meditate, the reality of miracles in our lives, and on how Christianity could be more accepting of other religions such as Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam. It advocates a radical reform of Christianity, which would result in it becoming a religion of love and acceptance, rather than what it traditionally has been: a religion of guilt and fear. Abandoning the belief in eternal hell, and embracing reincarnation and meditation may sound particularly New Age, but the Bible shows Jesus taught these concepts, and that they open the way to knowing and loving God. If you are looking for a loving and inclusive spirituality, a Christianity that embraces God and all people, then this book might be a stepping stone on your path.

    In divine love,

    Mark Mason


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    Aquarius Database is a freeware business database with perpetual inventory stock control and many other nice features, which will meet the needs of many startup and/or small businesses, and which can be extended later to give added functionality as a business grows. To find out more about it, click here: Aquarius Database.

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