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  • To coerce religion on anyone, no matter how gentle the coercion, produces one that will appear religious but be without conviction.


  • Perhaps our greatest unrecognized blessing is the ability to recognize all of the great blessings that come to us daily by living in America and living here today.


  • For truth to triumph over that which is false, we must first reject absolutely those that claim truth only because of the authority of their positions.


  • A religious life can exist if lived with concern for others and a reverence for the mysteries of our being that can never be understood, even if one never enters a church or utters a prayer.


  • In the long history of mankind, no crime has been so often treated as a capital offence as the crime of having a different opinion.


  • The belief in God should be a unifying force in the world, but theologians have turned religion into innumerable dueling theologies that will divide us forever.


  • We are all aware that freedom means our ability to act without arbitrary restraints; what isnít commonly regarded as freedom is our ability to not act at all on matters of personal significance. One kind of freedom is just as important as the other. When we are free, We are free to not join the religion of those about us even when they urge that we do; we are free to not share the same interests of those about us even when they urge that we do; we are free to not have beliefs that conform to those about us even when they become unsettled by our beliefs; and, we are free not share in the tastes of anyone else, even when our different tastes cause others to doubt their own tastes. Unless we have the freedom to not do, the freedom to do will always cause us to remain just half free.


  • Whether there is a Heaven and Hell after death is theoretical at best. Whether there is a heaven and hell before death is certain at least.


  • More blessings seem to be heaped on those that already feel blessed. Blessings seem to flee from those that fail to recognize the blessings that they already possess.


  • We should wonder whether theologies werenít really developed to make sure that no one ever finds happiness in living so that the promise of happiness after living would become the sole property of the theologians to dispense as they see fit.


  • Censorship should begin and end with oneís own attention span, and we should not be concerned about the attention spans of others regarding any material.


  • Where things are least known there are a maximum of opinions. Where things are most certain there is a minimum of opinions. Thus is explained why there are so many opinions regarding the nature of God and so few opinions regarding the nature of the color red.


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  • DOES GOD NEED AN INTERPRETER?


  • In the earliest reporting of Godís contacts with us, He related directly with us and not through an intermediary. When we pray, we donít pray to a religious intermediary, but directly to God, and we assume that He also doesnít require an intermediary of His own to receive our prayers. It is easy to see why theologians would like to become the intermediary of communications going both ways, but why would God prefer this?


  • Are we to assume that God is so inaccessible to us, and that we are so inaccessible to Him that He is unable to communicate and be communicated with on His own? Because theologians have inserted themselves between us and God, it is easy to understand why so many of us now seem to sense the remoteness of God rather than His closeness. Unless we want to assume that Godís powers are severely limited, we will always be free to receive directly any of Godís messages that He wants us to receive, and that He will receive our prayers directly as He always has.


  • We have permitted theologians to assume the role of being the recipients of Godís messages to us. Because we have permitted this, we have lost the tendency to receive His messages directly. This is an ability that we can reclaim if only we listen from within us instead of our depending on others to relay Godís messages. The messages from theologians may come from Him, but more often they originate within the theologians themselves, regardless of whether they claim otherwise. We need to always be aware that the easiest way to control others is to first make others dependent. After this is done, it is easy to control others for the benefit of the controllers at the material and spiritual detriment of the dependants.


  • Since God made each of us unique, it is likely that His messages will be unique for each of us, and not the same for us all, and therefore should be received directly and individually.


  • WALT HASKINS


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