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A New Liberation Theology

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  • Strongly Liberal
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    As you may know, Liberation Theology as academics know it began is a political movement among certain Roman Catholic priests and lay parish members, as well as progressive Protestants like the late Martin Luther King, Jr., who interpreted the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as intended to liberate the people, and especially the poor, from unjust economic, political and social conditions.

    In other words, they took seriously the parts of scripture such as the following:

    "Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to remove the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; and when you see the naked, to cover them?" -- Isaiah 58:3-24

    Defend the poor and fatherless. Do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy: take them out of the hands of the wicked.” – Psalm 82:3-4

    He that oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker, but he that honors the Lord has mercy on the poor.” – Proverbs 14:31

    The righteous consider the cause of the poor, but the wicked care not to know it.” – Proverbs 29:7

    Judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.” -- Proverbs 31:9

    If a brother or sister is naked and hungry, and one of you who are warmed and filled says to them, ‘Depart’ and do not give them those things which the body needs; what does it profit you? Therefore, faith without works is dead, being alone. Yes, a man may say, you have faith, and I have works, but show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” -- James 2:14-18

    And all that believed were together, and had all things common. They sold their possessions and goods, and distributed proceeds to everyone as they had need.” -- Acts 2:44-45

    None among them lacked, for those that owned lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds from the things that were sold, and distributed them to everyone according to their need.” -- Acts 4:34-35

    By the way, those two references from Acts are to one group of followers of Jesus’ teachings – a group who identified with a certain group of Essenes, of whom the following speaks:

    "None among them can be found richer than another. It is their law that all who enter the sect must divide their property among the members of the society, with the result that there is never seen among them either abject poverty nor great wealth, for, since every man's possessions are put into the common treasury, they all have, like brothers, one inheritance.” -- Flavius Josephus

    Flavius Josephus was a Jewish historian writing of the Essenes. And according to the author of a new liberation theology, that Essene sect was one to which Mary, Joseph, Jesus and James either identified or associated with, which is why some of the disciples of Jesus did the same thing according to the Christian book of Acts.

    In other words, it wasn’t just a Christian thing to do. It was what good Jews, especially those in certain Essene communities did as well. And it is what any truly moral, compassionate, spiritual community and society does. And of course today that means that a good government should "promote the general welfare," as the Founders intended, and use the common wealth for the common good.

    That is the basis upon which the New Liberation Theology was founded. But it’s not called that. It’s called A Creative Vision of the Future Through the Lens of History, Universal Prophecies, and Reason.
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    Hi Guy: It's so good to see you here again. I truly appreciate all your ideas, & intend to study them further. But some days, I am much slower than a turtle walking on molasses, so please don't expect a really "instant" response : ) You have managed to find several perfect Bible references which will be extremely helpful in future debates. Where the right-wingers will insist that they are doing the best thing in the world, by starving our school children, not giving them lunch or flu shots, and in general, the GOP being their true selfish & greedy selves. But, like "W" they will insist that they are being the Holy Righteous Ones. It's their total unrepentant Hypocrisy that really aggravates me.

    Anyway, all Christians should write down your Bible quotes, to make sure to "give them" to any right-wingers who are twisting the facts to make it seem that selfishness, greed, & cruelty are the "norm" -- & that's the way we all should be..

    Some of those right-wingers actually sit in our houses of Congress, & are capable of making decisions that will affect all of our lives. They may decide whether we go to War or make Peace. They may decide whether we get health care or food stamps for our poorest people, or if we just let them starve. Or even worse, we close the gates to the food stores or the furnace factories. -- Institutional Cruelty.

    Where, except in a distant monastery far away, can we find a group of people, just like you, where we could feel some Peace of spirit, & the true devout heart of Jesus & Buddha & the closest followers of the Universal God Spirit? -- Is there such a place?

    --"Ah, yes --- WeedHopper, --- the day that you can take this stone out of my hand --- You are Free to Go".....
  • Strongly Liberal
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    eternal flame Wrote: Where, except in a distant monastery far away, can we find a group of people, just like you, where we could feel some Peace of spirit, & the true devout heart of Jesus & Buddha & the closest followers of the Universal God Spirit? -- Is there such a place?
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    Thanks my friend.

    There is such a place, within. As one of the wisest said, "The kingdom of heaven comes not with observation in the world, but from within." and "The Spirit of truth is within you."

    Getting to that "place" is easy in that it takes no effort, no study, no discipline, not even prayer -- because it is not something that you can achieve. It is a gift, given to you when you least expect it.

    And yet, precious few have received it. Why? Because it is very difficult in that it requires our thoughts going beyond and transcending the ego, beyond the separate self consciousness, and becoming one with the consciousness of the inner, higher self, which is one with the Spirit of truth, which is one with all.

    Sounds trite, I know. But often the highest truths are ignored because they are so old -- ages old -- and yet are as true now as they were when the first human being became spiritually enlightened by the inner Light of God.

    Today, most religious people are unaware of that because they focus on symbolic terms like "burning bush" or "coming in the clouds," or other such symbolic terminology and concepts. But such terminology was used for lack of better words and better descriptions for that which is beyond description -- that which is eternal, infinite and omnipresent, the Essence of all life and form.

    Don't fret over it, though. Rest easy in the knowledge that it is a very real phenomenon, and that the gift can be bestowed upon you at any time when you unexpectedly realize something that you needed to know about the divine reality within and before you. And it can even come when you see something in a different light and realize that what you thought was bad is good -- when your "eye" becomes single.

    That's what I'm waiting for, because I know what I'm waiting for. No one who has seen the Light and been to the "mountain top" can stay there and still live in this world. When we come back to earth Ego comes back. But it is then aware of the spirit-soul, which becomes like a rosebud, and its petals unfold very slowly and gradually until one day, perhaps when you are old and gray, the rose comes into full bloom.

    I know of what I speak, but that doesn't make me anything but a fellow servant of God.
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  • Strongly Liberal
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    The debate on another thread about the question "Was Jesus the Son of God" makes this thread more relevant, because this thread focuses on the Light side of Christianity and the teachings of Jesus regarding the poor.

    However, as the OP says, caring for the poor wasn’t just a Christian thing to do. It was what good Jews, especially those in certain Essene communities did as well. And it is what any truly moral, compassionate, spiritual community and society does. And of course today that means that a good government should "promote the general welfare," as the Founders intended, and use the common wealth for the common good.

    That's really what we should be talking about and acting upon, because there are a lot of people suffering.