“When a violent, judging, punishing God is talked about in the Bible, particularly the Old Testament, the reference is not to the Supreme Deity but to a god created in the image of man and projected into the world as an arrogant, angry, jealous ruler. Contrary to Jesus’ teachings, the early Church accepted this view of God. Clement, Bishop of Rome (circa A.D. 90-100), wrote that “God, the God of Israel, alone rules all things: he is the lord and master whom all must obey; he is the judge who lays down the law, punishing rebels and rewarding the obedient”…His God was obviously created in the image of man and remains as part of the collective consciousness.
It is difficult to understand why the belief in a false god continues when for thousands of years the true God has been revealed by the saints, sages, mystics, and masters in every culture, race, and religion. There is only an infinitely loving God whose Mind could not conceive of anything so humanly created as a pit of fire for lost souls. There are not lost souls because we are a part of God and God cannot be lost. This is a benevolent universe with consciousness as a key to life on every plane of existence. God does not give, take away, reward, or punish. God is love indwelling, forever expressing all that is good, true, and beautiful in life – nurturing, nourishing, caring – never judging, angry, or vindictive.”
John Randolph Price, in “Living a Life of Joy”
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