The Voice of God-Part 2
 
--- In contact_um@yahoogroups.com, Ron Zimmerman <churchoftruthandlight@...> wrote:
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> Brother Ron, do they hear Gods voice, or do they hear what is their personal beliefs and preach that and call it Gods message for everyone? Your statement, " Some feel that, if the others are not willing to listen, they should be forced to do so. Most are convinced that theirs is the only true message and anybody who believes otherwise is an enemy of God and should be dealt with accordingly", can it not be applied to all religions today.? There are fanatics, intolerances and extremists in every religion and every sect of those religions.
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Of course there are extremists in every sect of every religion. Their extremism comes from two sources. The first is what you said in the first part of the paragraph. People do not hear everything you say. They then filter what they have heard through their understandings, formed by experiences and personal interpretations. If you and I say the same thing to two different people, they will come away with two different interpretations.

The problem comes from the second source-religious professionals who encourage their followers to be absolutely steadfast in their convictions and to renounce (sometimes violently) anybody who dares to challenge those convistions. After all, the religious professionals are God's mouthpiece here on earth so those who
adhere to their dogma must be doing God's will. And anybody who disagrees must be an agent of Satan to be defeated at all costs. Every organization wants loyal customers.

> My understanding is that Yeshua taught against sectarianism. Mark9:38-40, 38: "Teacher, said John, we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us. Do not stop him, Jesus said. For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, 40 for whoever is not against us is for us.
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> Luke 9:49-50, 49: Now John answered and said, "Master, we saw someone casting out demons in Your
> name, and we forbade him because he does not follow with us. But Jesus said to him, "Do not forbid him, for he who is not against us is on our side."
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> Your writing, "Where is the Lord" is very well put, In my opinion. Brings to mind Matthew 6:6, But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father > which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
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This passage has two important themes. The first is to pray for the benefit of yourself and God. Do not pray so people will admire you for being so holy. And the second is to shut out the outside noise so you and God can clearly hear each other.

Thanks for the kind words.

Best always
Brother Ron