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This readable, well researched, book examines why Christianity is stagnating when there is such a hunger for the spiritual in our society. It gives the insight into the church needed to overcome the guilt and fear of God Christianity has instilled in us, it shows how to build a personal relationship with the loving God through meditation, and concludes with a simple but effective meditation technique all can use. The first part of the book takes a fresh, incisive, look at the history of Christianity and the development of the Bible -- information you need to know in order to understand the religion which so extensively underpins our society and culture. The second part examines some of the issues which are bringing Christianity into disrepute, and suggests reforms which could, finally, bring the religion centered on Jesus into line with the teachings of Jesus. This book can liberate you from the guilt you grew up with, and the underlying fear that maybe you just might end up in everlasting punishment in hell. And it can show you how to find God's love.
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In Search of the Loving God examines why Christianity is stagnating when there is so much interest in the spiritual in our society. It puts an end to the convenient fiction that church doctrine is based on the Bible. The reality is that for most of its two thousand years the church has borne little resemblance to Jesus. The medieval church revealed in this book is certainly fascinating, but it is also barbaric and power-hungry. It developed doctrines such as the unforgivable sin; in order to frighten people into submission to its authority. And it had millions of people burned at the stake for heresy and witchcraft.
Mark Mason casts authoritative new light onto what the Bible is saying, and in the process shows that nearly all Christian denominations need major reform before they can shake off the humbug of the middle ages, and become relevant to the educated and discriminating people of our times. Hell is at the center of the church's deception. This book's close examination of all the Bible passages relating to hell clearly shows there is no Biblical basis for believing in everlasting punishment. This sadistic concept has, over the centuries, been read and translated into the Bible in order to scare people into submission, but the liberating truth is that it is not really there at all. And how could it be, if God really is all-loving? But if this is the case, what does God do with wicked people when they die? Read this book and find out. Find out, also, how to personally know the loving God, and abide with Him, in the kingdom of heaven within, through meditation; and how to interpret the book of Revelation as a guide to the inner spiritual life, rather than a prophecy of doom for the world.
In this book, fundamentalism finds its nemesis. It heralds in a new reformation which will dwarf the spiritual non-event of Luther's time.
"Powerful! and extremely important that the truth be told. Your work will hopefully be a real catalyst to the healing that must take place." - Kaya Stasch, counselor
"This book is of timely importance as we observe the ever-increasing phenomenon of the Christian Right movement in the United States." - John Lawrence, book reviewer for Journal of Comparative Sociology
This book gives you the power to overcome the guilt Christianity gave you, and the insight to understand the movement which so strongly underpins our society and culture. It reveals truths the church has long concealed. And it shows how you can come to know our loving God.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
From Chapter 9: Near the city of Trier in Germany, in the space of one year (in 1585), the Inquisition left two entire villages with only one female inhabitant alive in each, and in the following eight years twenty-two more villages were decimated. Yet all this was just a part of a continuing carnage. People in Trier have now forgotten that for hundreds of years women there lived in terror, and that six generations of children watched as their mothers burned at the stake. The reason they have forgotten this is that history is written by the winners, and for hundreds of years little has been said about this holocaust. Instead, history has concentrated on the Renaissance, the Reformation and the scientific revolution, which were happening, in a very male-dominated way, at the same time that women were being tortured and burned into submission. However, the effect of these burning times still smolders in the church and in society, in their relationships with women, and in the suppression of the "feminine," feeling, side of men, and will continue to do so until the problem is addressed. One way it can be addressed, and indeed is already beginning to be, is to bring the issue right out into the open, and fully acknowledge the terrible wrongs that were done. The witch craze haunts our society in much the same way as suppressed and un-dealt-with childhood traumas haunt the lives of many adults.
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Book Description Dwapara Pr, 1997. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0965847748