Selfless Spirit, Selfish Ego
The Way to Everlasting Peace for Judaism, Christianity and Islam: A Biblical Tribute inspired by Oprah Winfrey's Unprecedented, Worldwide, Interactive Spiritual Event Featuring Eckhart Tolle
John Cord reconciles centuries of controversy about Biblical scripture to The Way of the Spirit regarding such central issues as God, Christ, Islam, Israel, the Temple Mount, religious terrorism, abortion, homosexuality, marriage, "666," secular progressives, the "war on Christmas," salvation, damnation, prayer, charity, tithing, baptism, reincarnation, predestination and the puzzling Book of Revelation.
This book is intended to help illuminate your spiritual path. May it serve you well in seeking The Way, Truth and Life of the Spirit that brings Everlasting Peace.
Also by John Cord: The Christian Right ... or Wrong?
"I have never heard the Ten Commandments explained in a way that doesn’t make me cringe. Well done and thank you. I have a whole new vision of the possibilities of the Bible now." ~Y.S.
"I really cannot express how much your moderate, rational and overwhelmingly friendly view on things has changed my attitude towards true spirituality and made me realize that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you!" ~N.S.
"Your interpretation of the Bible is a breath of fresh air. Your non-literal view of the Bible would be considered heresy or satanic by some. Thank you for taking a stand and teaching a message so sound that it does not require a man to be fearful, ignorant or brainwashed to believe." ~M.T.
"I have fought a spiritual battle in my head and heart for years. Finally, your teachings have brought peace to me and I no longer feel that I am doomed for not following a particular religion. My mind is healthier than it has been in years. I cannot begin to tell you the stability I have been feeling." ~K.K.
"I am reminded every time I read your work to be thankful that people like you exist and working to spread the truth to all who will hear. And in this I know I am not alone. Thank you." ~A.W.
"I am in much agreement with your vision and method of eloquence in communicating your thoughts on all that is relevant. You are able to advise others, justify perceptions and provoke thought and contemplation of realness without ever losing your tone of smile." ~D.S.
"This is great, John, I love what you do. The fact that what you’re teaching is SO obvious to so many, I see as a really good sign." ~D.M.
"I praise God for the enlightenment you share. Great work, great mind, and courageous in the Spirit of Love to teach the true meaning of what God is all about." ~H.F.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: A FIRST IN WORLDWIDE EVENTS
Chapter 2: OPRAH'S OLD RELIGION AND TOLLE'S "NEW EARTH"
The Old Religion
The "New Earth"
Chapter 3: OVER HALF THE WORLD...
Chapter 4: HELL AND A RATIONAL MIND
Chapter 5: THE DEAD LETTER AND THE LIVING WORD
Chapter 6: THE SPIRIT OF THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
Chapter 7: WHAT WE MUST KNOW
Evolution of the Mind
Grace and As You Sow, So Shall You Reap
How We All Know "Good" and "Evil"
"Church of Christ" and the Jews and Gentiles
Tithing and the Stone the Builders Rejected
"Faith, Not Works"
Swearing upon the Bible
"Be Fruitful and Multiply"
Predestination and the Fall of Souls
The "Freewoman" and the "Bondwoman"
Speaking in Tongues
The "War on Christmas"
"Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child"
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
Why God Is a "He"
The Club's Prayer
The Lord's Prayer
Chapter 8: HEALING REVELATION
The Temple Mount
The Literal Nation of Israel
The Spiritual Nation of Israel Within Us
The "Left Behind" Series and the Rapture
Politics and False Religion
INDEX OF SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES
INDEX BY SUBJECT
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
OVER HALF THE WORLD...
Roughly 3-1/2 billion people--over half the world's population--follow one of the three Abrahamic religions: Judaism (14 million); Christianity (2.1 billion); and Islam (1.5 billion; per the Pew Forum, 2008, pewforum.org).
All three religions honor the same God of Abraham whom the Bible reveals as the Body, Mind and Soul of Selfless Love.
Where Judaism does not recognize Jesus as the Messiah or Savior or even a prophet (though some Jews consider Jesus a great teacher), Islam's holy book, the Qu'ran, is explicit about Jesus Christ being a prophet of God, instructing Muslims to follow His Message. Christianity teaches that Jesus is the Savior and Son of God.
If there is One God with One Way, then how can there be three great religions of the same God, each proclaiming to be the true religion of God? How can they be true religions of a God of Love and Peace with seemingly endless centuries of division, hostility and war?
Sadly, the Bible can be used as a tool for building religious separatism, fear, superstition and mystery. It all boils down to interpretation, by which the great book has been made into a weapon by some. Selfish minds interpret scripture selfishly, propagating selfish agendas. By understanding the Spirit of its Message, it is changed from a weapon into a loving embrace.
Blue Dolphin Publishing, 2008
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