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Franciscan Richard Rohr
"Please do not think me a heretic, but it is
wrote in Daily Meditations (April 7, 2017):
formally and theologically
incorrect to say “Jesus
is God,”as most Christians glibly do and then
need to prove.” Jesus is instead
a third something—the perfect union of “very God” with “very man.”
For the truly orthodox Christian, the Trinity must be “God,” and
Jesus can only be understood inside that Eternal Embrace.
this loving relationship, the Christ came forth to draw us back (through
the enfleshed Jesus) to where we all originally came from (Genesis
1:26, John 14:3).
This is quit a different description of
salvation—and, dare I say, the whole point
! I wonder if
“reincorporation” might not be a better word than salvation."
Read the whole meditation
[Acts 17:28: "'In him we live and
move and have our being.'" Colossians 1:17: "And he is before
all things, and in him all things
hold together." John 14:20: "In that day you will know that I am
in my Father, and you
in me, and I in you."]
The Editor, Michael Cocks, writes:
"Please do not think me a heretic. " I agree with every word (above)
from Richard Rohr.
Please do not think me a heretic: Rohr's words convey the gist of
channelled teaching of Stephen the Martyr. On some topics
Rohr might or might not agree. (My book gives incontravertible
evidence that it was genuinely from Stephen.)
Plato. the great mystics of all ages,
and the many spiritually minded quantum
physicists, depict a reality
consistent with the theology of Rohr and also
Stephen. ( See also the
above quotes from Acts, Colossians, and John.)
It all sounds very complicated and above
But there is something that we can
all understand Jesus' quote from
"You must love the Lord your God with all your heart,
all your soul, (with all your mind) and with all your strength"
"The second commandment is like," Jesus continued,
"you must love
your neighbour as yourself."
All else is commentary. [Below, we introduce Christian Today NZ just starting up.
Simple, helpful, non-judgmental.]
In our February 2017 issue of
The Ground of Faith there is an
extended account of how a group of people came to be talking to the spirit of Stephen the Martyr, and how the book
from Stephen the Martyr
came to be written.
Following this Alex Tsakiris of SKEPTIKO
produced this 55 minute interview.
I found him a great interviewer, making thought-provoking questions and contributions.
In the FORUM after this interview, readers made contributions
quality, that they deserve a wider readership. With regard to Stephen's emphasis on all of us being linked together in a greater
also the phenomenon of synchronicity) : Stephen
views the physical life we live as a kind of illusion, entered
eternal souls, for the growth of love. Here on earth the less
centred we are, the more conscious we are of participating in the
Whole, the deeper the love. Together, he says, we create the
"illusion" of physical reality.
In this regard read this blog:
What is the
role of the Physical,
as opposed to Spiritual?
Re-published from my recent White Crow blog
In those conversations in the 1970’s with
the spirit of Stephen the Martyr, he answered
that question with the
words that follow:
In answer to the question above about
the role of the
physical, we read:
Stephen: It was created in the image of the
Father as an extension
to the Source.
How can one explain and give a concrete example of
like children gazing at
our image in a pool
Re-published from my recent White Crow blog
Further to my previous blog
on Afterlife Teaching From
Stephen the Martyr.
We can often find the teaching of Stephen the Martyr
It’s because the primary fact for him is that we
are all eternally
participants in an indivisible whole. His
teaching is close to the
mysticism of St John’s gospel , where
Jesus compares us to branches
on a vine, and in ch. 17:15 prays,
“that they may all be one, just as you,
Father, are in me and I
in you, that they also may be in us.”
This is not how we usually
But experiences with synchronicity can push us in this direction.Read
In connection with all this, people in the SKEPTIKO forum
What if your consciousness is connected
to the original consciousness that
"We create and perceive our world simultaneously Max Planck: "I regard consciousness as fundamental I regard matter as derivative from consciousness."
Nils Bohr: "Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real"
Einstein: "I must confess that I was unable to find
an explanation for
the atomistic character of nature.
One must find a way to avoid the
continuum altogether, although I haven't the
what kind of elementary concept could be used in such a theory."
"The disjunction of past, present, and future is only an
illusion, hoever tenacious this illusion may be."
One of the contributors to the SKEPTIKO Interview FORUM,
was JIM SMITH.
Smith made a long and thoughtful contribution about the SIMULATION
HYPOTHESIS which I very much endorse. It can be read here.
Intelligent Design in Evolution
KEITH PARSONS has published an
excellent video showing the ways in
whicih Charles Darwin got it wrong about evolution, and the reasons for
accepting Intelligent Design. It is called
I have had a lengthy
correspondence with him, and am fascinated by the wealth of books
and videos that carry the investigation further.
For anyone prepared to
spend an hour or two investigating, I highly
recommend following this link
[Readers may already have viewed his videos on the
Afterlife and on
Reincarnation, links to which can be found near the
top of the left-hand
Some of the books referred to in Keith Parson's video:
Monarch butterflies suggest Intelligent Design:
Richard Rohr on THE COSMIC CHRIST
The Cosmic Christ 2
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of the on-line journal
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Death and the Afterlife: Let us Persevere
As a follow-up to my last
blog post dealing with
The Defamation of Eusapia Palladino
philistinism – our tendency to avoid
death and to seek a life of pleasure without any
for eaning, thereby leading to existential
despair – I am going
to let the world-renowned
French astronomer Camille Flammarion (below)
My good friend Michael Schmicker,
the author of The Witch of Napoli,
a somewhat fictionalized… Read more
Reincarnation: Doing It All Over
There was a time when I
books about reincarnation. I was
the story of Bridey Murphy
from the 1950s and by the research
out by Professor Ian Stevenson,
as reported by in Twenty| Cases
Suggestive of Reincarnation, and by Brian L. Weiss, M.D. in Many Lives,
Many Masters. I was intrigued by Jenny Cockell’s Across Time and Death,
by Dolores Cannon’s They Walked with Jesus, and Marge Rider’s Mission to
My library contains about 40 books dealing with reincarnation,
some point the idea of coming back and doing this all over again did
not appeal to me and I stopped reading about reincarnation.... Read on
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the Carnyx, the Celtic war trumpet
the trumpet does not
sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?"
1 Cor, 14,8
On one occasion, in the kind of Greek spoken
by Celts in Thrace and in Galatia, the Martyr
Stephen called himself a Celtic War Trumpet, i.e. a Celt. He said
he was born across the river from Ancyra (modern Ankara) in
a small village called Seletar. He said
that the name meant the Fourth
Landing Place. (That is a possible translation.)
His words make good
sense, if we accept his statement, that they were spoken to Joseph
parent of Jesus who was a leader of a camp of the Nazarene sect
of Essenes in Galilee. It looks as if Stephen had
years as a novice, and was about to be admitted as a full member through
participation in the Messianic Communion service.
former Bishop of Christchurch N.Z., the Rt. Rev. Dr David Coles
"Michael is a retired
this diocese and has for many years explored alternative religious
experiences. The book is certainly not mainstream but for those who
wish to explore "other- dimensional" spiritual experience through the
eyes of an Anglican priest focusing on the Communion of Saints, it will
be of considerable interest."
The Rt Rev.
Formerly Asst Bishop of
Europe, and then Bishop of Colchester writes:
"– I have been very
affected by it. What comes to mind immediately
is: 1. the sense of life after death being very close, very
normal and not very intimidating; 2. Stephen’s
experience of being at first after his death very tied up with his
identity as Stephen but later leaving that behind and only picking it
up again in order to communicate with Thomas and the
others; 3. the way in which individuality becomes much less
important but that nevertheless the ‘ego’ is not something
to be avoided but something which contributes to this experience of
being part of the whole." . . . . .
"It has to be said that most people do not really believe in God at a
rational level, though probably most do at an emotional
level. This is why almost everyone fumbles over the
resurrection of Jesus. For most it's an impossible What
Stephen confirms for me is that it is an entirely natural event, which
if only they believed should surprise no one. As
Metropolitan Anthony Bloom, the great Russian Orthodox leader in this
country who died a year or so ago said - I paraphrase
him: 'How strange to believe that life can die and not
believe that life can live!' "
Prof. Emerit. Mary
book! St Stephen is a fine spiritual director. I am grateful for
the gaining of new insights into some centrally important Christian
beliefs. My own gift of faith in eternal life has been given wonderful
support in this volume.”
[She was Catholic,
formerly professor of philosophy at Goucher College,
Towson Md., and taught in a seminary for priests. She was
editor of The Journal of
the Academy of Religion and Psychic