From the Teachings Of
Rev. Stephen Fulton, Trance
Forgive is Divine”
Some Thoughts on the Iraqi War
out of the lands that time touched from almost the beginning of time; from
out of the lands that came such rich life and many forms of it; from out of
the lands from which creation brought and spread throughout an entire
planet; and from the lands which have touched the Spirit from the time of
its inception to the present, stirred it, lived it, demanded it, fought for
it, and stood beyond imagination for it -- all trying to understand a
pathway, all forging pathways -- today, with the deepest of sadness those
lands are ravaged, again, by war and by type of war that goes beyond what
we might have imagined.
is a war over lands; it is a war over rivers; it is a war over people; it
is a war over religions; it is a war over belief in God; it is a war over
whose belief shall prevail. And it is a war which hardens so many hearts;
not in one place, but in all of the world.
we come together to remember and to pray, we come together to remember that
God bid us to call upon Him in our times of trouble, that He would should
us. “Call on Me and I will answer you,”
said the Lord unto the prophets.
“Ask me; I will show you many great and
wondrous things which you did not know. I will give you guidance. I will
show you ways in which the impossible may happen. Call on me and I will
called on Abraham, and Abraham felt and came to know God in his mind and,
then, in his heart, and his faith built a Nation -- a Nation which would
survive even beyond that of the lands of Egypt. God spoke to the prophets,
and they called unto Him and they called unto the people. And Moses, who
was slow of speech, was gifted by many spiritual gifts from God, and led a
Nation, and led that Nation out of bondage; not just a bondage of
slave-keepers, but of the mind, of the heart, of the soul.
so, to the time of the prophets moved and Jesus Christ, a prophet, came
also to remind the peoples of what God had brought and done through time
and that we are all Spirit. We understand from Scripture that God is
Spirit, the prophets are Spirit, Jesus Christ is Spirit, Mohammed is
Spirit, Buddha is Spirit, your loved ones are Spirit, you are Spirit. That’s
how we are all connected. That’s how we come
together. That’s why we’re
all in this war together. And that’s why
whatever it reeks, we shall all reap.
are never alone. Healing and wonder is always before us. God is real. God
is God. God may manifest to many people in various ways, but there is still
one God. Because man has fashioned many names does not change that equation.
all the things that God has done and reached to, with Spirit in the body in
the physical world, you are stand faced with them, today. They’re
illuminated by the life and love of many who cherish these very places.
They are illuminated by bombs, and they shake on the earth, and the Spirit
of it all is what’s in the
center. What happens to one happens to all.
have spoken so many times about the most powerful and wonderful gift that
has been given to each and every one of us: the power and the ability to
forgive; to forgive our enemies. Once, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a
tooth meant, in all understanding, that if you put someone’s
eye out, you were going to lose yours. Then, it became a punishment. “Do
unto others as you would have them do unto you”
seems to apply to whoever is holding the biggest gun, the biggest vendetta,
the biggest resentment.
is a day which lives in ancient time as well as modern. Today is a day
where we all reach together, where we can all pray, where we can look at
the words which have been spoken by the prophets, by Jesus Christ, and that
we have related to you here: forgive your enemy. What arguments that
causes. People get goose bumps thinking about it.
could you ever forgive the people who destroyed two buildings with so many
people in them? How could the people that were in them forgive? How could
the families that lost lives and loved ones forgive? How could a Nation
forgive? Keep in mind, I am not talking to you about “Forget
it; it’s OK; don’t do it
again.” We may loathe what has happened. We may be
stunned and shocked and horrified over what has happened. Our spirits may
be stirred to believe and understand that this cannot be a thing which happens
and must never happen again. It’s not the
first time, but there are so many things that we need to look at. But, what
we must look upon is the ability, as spirits – as spirits –
not nationalities, but as spirits; because that’s
what we all are at the base of everything, at the root of it all and all of
forgive means that we have to look inside of ourselves. To forgive means we
have to try to look inside of those who we might consider our enemies. We
have to look at our fears, and our needs, and the things that might scare
us so. We need to look at how we react to things. And, then, we have to
stop and say if we are all Spirit, these are common things, common
reactions. Let us, then, stop, pause: “What is my
enemy feeling? What drove them to do the thing against me or someone else
that they did?”
we begin, like Jesus, to feel the Humanity in each other. And, then, to
feel the spiritual drive. We then pray and we reach to touch and to
understand each other. Not saying, “It’s
OK what you did,” but, “I
know if we don’t work to
heal one another, to forgive one another, then there will be three
buildings, and four, and ten here and twelve here.”
And the whole world will erupt like a volcano over anger and hatred.
said, “Look at what has happened in the past. Look at
what happens in the present. Forgive one another.”
said, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto
so hard that is to remember for, all of those who sit in this land and ask
God to be with them, as they go into war against others who have a less
value of life, but whose people may have no presence in it. What, then,
have we become? Have we become “an eye for an
eye; a tooth for a tooth”? Have we
come only to recognize ourselves as body parts?
must reach to one another. We must have faith. We must find the faith that
God has given to us; it’s inside of
you. It’s a candlelight that burns brightly, or a fire
that burns in the desert. We are the shepherd of
your beliefs. Sit and warm themselves to discuss your presence in the
world. For every soul that is pained, we are all pained.
Nation of love has become a Nation of anger -- looking, with great
distrust, upon anyone that doesn’t look like
them. It has become a Nation which would gladly accept a holocaust, because
they don’t realize that’s what’s
beginning to happen. That’s one of the
reasons we have to reach and forgive one another, not to destroy.
so easy to get angry. It’s so easy to
simply react. It’s so easy to
forget what our Spirit’s light
reflects to us. There are good reasons, and there are not-so-good reasons
for what is happening today. And God is with you. And God is with everyone
who prays and asks for His help. Think of that. God is with everyone who
prays and asks for His help. That’s all of you.
That’s all of the people in this country. That’s
all of the people in the word. That’s the people
dying underneath bombs.
can God reach to answer the prayers of all who call upon Him, even though
the names may be different? How can God hear those prayers and reach to
answer them in the best way possible? If you see someone as an enemy and
you ask God to help you to get rid of them, and they see you as an enemy
and ask God to help get rid of you, what do you have?
boils down to principles. It boils down to fruits. It boils down to whether
are innocents which must be protected, whether we are willing and able to
reach out, in a way we do not want to. At the same time, no matter how it
works, we must work to forgive each other, no matter what takes place, no
matter how it happens. We can never say, because of our beliefs, “It’s
we can truly reach to forgive.
is the paramount point of healing. Forgiveness is the paramount point in
which God lifts from your shoulders the weight of the world. Forgiving is
the point from which you let go of all the things that people have done to
you, that you cannot tolerate, that have hurt you, that have caused you to
feel badly in, oh, so many ways. Forgiveness isn’t
just about the other person; it’s about you
of what you lift off of yourself. Think of what you help your enemy to lift
off of themselves. And, then, can God come forth to speak and hope and pray
with us all? Yes! To forgive is divine. And you have a spark of divine
pray that those who hold materials that are designed to kill and destroy
innocent people; we pray that God will protect us in all aspects of life,
and that those things will be done away with and destroyed. And we pray
that, as those things begin to heal, we will work to forgive one another.
We pray to God that the innocent who have nothing to do with any of this
will not die in the rubble of their homes, or in the rubble of their minds,
or in the rubble of their lives; wherever that may fall, in whatever
country that may come.
world is being stirred to feel again. Some of that will be positive,
healing, and wonderful, and some of it will contain the most horrifying
treachery that could ever be known.
win? Who will understand? Who will reach?
need to step within. We need to reach to each other, and we need to reach
out, even further, to those around
us. Stand upon what you believe; it is not wrong to do so. It is not wrong
to stand upon what you believe. But, let it not be built on a foundation of
anger and hatred; most especially, upon apathy.
all those who hold in their heart the desire of revenge, in these wars
which occur, they hold within their heart the same energy as if they were
to light the bombs of hell.
us reach to God and speak with God, and ask God to show us the way, and to
heal us, and to bring us safety, and to give us calmness of Spirit and
body, and to give us calmness of mind and heart.
when you are afraid, when you are lonely, when the world and all that is
taking place begins to overwhelm you, reach to God. God is your Savior.
Reach to Jesus Christ, who understands the feelings, as Spirit, in the
human-ness of us, that have all experienced that touch; that he may sit
down on that road, in the dust, and talk with you, comfort you, and tell
you about God, our Father.
Jesus sat upon those roads, talking to those who were in fear of Roman
armies, a Caesar. Now, Jesus sits on that road with those who are afraid,
as huge pieces of equipment roll by, as things fly though the air.
world may change, situations may change, God will not. Jesus will not.
Spirit will not. We may have to all work very hard together at is. But,
there it is.
“Forgive one another,”
God says. Please, forgive one another. It will relieve the stress and anger
and that which is killing you, all of you. And you will help to lift it off
of your enemies. And then your differences can be seen and worked out
one another. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Remember,
that’s not just saying, “If
you give me a nice, fresh piece of cake, I’m going to
give you a nice, fresh piece of cake,” until
someone decides that day-old cake is OK. Then, the other feels slighted.
The next thing you know: cake is being made as weapon to throw at each
together, in Spirit and in hope, and pray together, even though your
differences may be – and there
are some who will feel differently about what is happening than others. Do
not become enemies. Forgive.
“Do unto others” means put on
their shoes, walk in them for a while, so that you can see what life that
other person has had to feel and see; so that you might understand.
it’s time for us to stop and to put in to and
take from our spirits the joy and the wonder of healing, and the mystery of
what it does for all of us.
us take pause. Godspeed.
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