My Own Faith and Religion

by Stephen T. McClard

"For there can be no Religion more true or just, than to know the things that are; and to acknowledge thanks for all things, to him that made them, which thing I shall not cease continually to do." Hermetica

I am not a Buddhist.  I do, however, realize what the Sanskrit terms defining Buddhism represent.  Parallel to this, I realize what Hebrew represents as the robe worn by the priest.  Between the two robes, many colors of thread reveal what is covered (by the veil of the many robes we can wear over our true identity).  My own identification with God is not founded on religion as a noun, but upon my own journey to accomplish religion as a verb.  Religion is not what you believe, but what you do with your nature.  This is cultivation of the essence we all share (God as our House).  

I am not an 'ism' or member of any divided ("organised") religion. Instead, I practice religion as its meaning implies--service to others as a verb. No church, dogma or creed is necessary to understand our common duty to others (MUNI).  Beyond the illusion of our life, we are the very definition of being and higher mind.  There are many pathways to this realization.  Our primary pathway is the baptism (immersion into life) we all occupy as the Son (image of God) hanging from the cross (body).  

My own view has changed over the years, realizing that division into a named faith is not the same as unity with all suffering beings.  While knowledge leads to death, truth (service to others) leads to life. Knowledge is the outer garment of ego.  Truth is the inner realization of the heart.  Unity comes when we roll the stone of the tomb away, realizing our common identity with God inside ourselves and others.  Faith is simply knowing unity from our common universal nature--Love, which shows itself as our common identity.  From this, identity is realized and not divided into relatives, but one in unity and equality to each other (yoga).  One Son represents the single relative to God's own identity, which is the essence of both Buddhism and Christianity.  Unity is beyond division of either.    

God is not divided by a name, but is instead the identity we all share equally in one common bond of unity.  If faith were based on knowledge, it would not be faith at all.  Faith implies faithfulness to others through a mutually dependent relationship (the gift of salvation / liberation).  While judgment divides, discernment unites. Taken on faith, we understand that God is not known with knowledge, but understood through compassion for others (unity of our central identity).  Love and Hope are never seen, but experienced.  If you realize this much, you realize the entire territory--One Mind, One Heart and One Unity.  My religion is the pursuit of this love in myself (all others).  I fully understand that others are part of this eternal self (All in All / Corinthians 15).  This is what it means to "know thyself."  Who are YOU?

What does it mean to be set free by Truth, no longer bound to the bondage of illusion?  

1) Faith for me is simple: I am the House of God, an image of the Living Word. In Hebrew, Father is the linguistic root Aleph Bet (Strong House). What makes a Word? Links and chains of letters (Aleph Bet). What makes a human? DNA (letters of creation in links and chains). What is God? God is word made flesh. We are all literally made of what God is, which is programming of his own mind into matter. What is this WORD by nature? LOVE!  Your first face before creation is God.  Once you come to realization of this fact, nature must be cultivated so that you become what God is--Love.   

Where does Christ fit into this? Has Christ risen today? Yes. You are wearing his body now. We are all here in his body as Living Word from a Father. This is the key understanding of faith, revealing how Christ has been born again in his Church as groom to bride within mankind. Love is the mark of this faith. As promised, baptism into this world is being born again (literally!). Look at this by the light of what you have missed in this understanding. Immersion into life is literal. Rising to new life is also literal. For more on this idea of literal rebirth, read my book: Enlightenment and Ritual  
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Our first presupposition is from Colossians 1:15-17. Building faith requires practice, which is why we are all here in the illusion of a created reality. Mistakes will be made in this ritual of life, of course, which is why practice is necessary. Mastery comes from failure, which develops wisdom over time.  Who are we in the grand scheme of the illusion?  In Sanskrit, Manu (man) means, "To Think." Find yourself in the image below:
15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
See into the meaning of Manu ("To think").  Consider what you learn and apply through adaptation with the knowledge that kills. Seek, Find and Adapt. We are ALL in and through the Son (Cosmos), as stated in the verse above.  The word 'all' means ALL.  For more on how Sanskrit and Hebrew reveal these hidden truths, see my books linked on this blog.  

2) Religion to me is a verb, which is the practice we accomplish in the world. Practice implies eventual mastery, which is why we practice religion by action and not knowledge. Religion is best defined in James 1:

27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
Aleph is the Hebrew letter meaning Strong. Just as the Hebrew word Father is Aleph Bet, the Son is the Word we know from John 1. The Strength of the Father walked with the Son as a Man (Sanskrit Manu). To be a Human is to walk with God in his House. Bethel is the Hebrew word Bet (House) and El (God). What do orphans and widows lack? They lack a Father, or Strength in the house. To serve the orphan and widow is to give strength to the house. 

In Hebrew, the word Truth is Aleph - Mem - Tav (Emet). Mem Tav is Death. What do we provide by the practice of our religion? Strength to the House for those in need. Adding Aleph back to the word Death makes TRUTH once again. Father is the name we all share equally. There is little need to name our church anything less than our own identity in the Father.  While much of what I have stated so far is based on knowledge, the truth of what is seen can only appear through action.  If you are seeing into my words here, you realize what is said only by reflection of experience, which is why the practice of religion is so important as a mirror to common understanding.   

What is the name of my religion and faith?

3) Where did Jesus point us in John 17? There is only one place you can find his message resolve: straight to the Father. Read John 17 if you need evidence of this.

My only belief is in the Spirit of God's own work--Love and Truth. By seeing myself in his nature, I realize my identity.  By realizing both, I find unity with others.  When division occurs, the same truth applies as a double-edged sword cutting both ways.  I find confirmation from experience, as all of us discover by practice.  Being out of unity brings ill will and anger. Love brings unity. Practice leads to mastery.  There is no escape from this truth.  Religion is a verb, not a noun.

How do we define a Father's love for his Children?

Until all things are revealed, there is no need for me to claim faith in anything other than the truth inside me already. God's love is eternal and undivided. I do not lack the faith of eternal love, since there is no end to the eternal nature of God. God is Love (1 John 4). No name is necessary other than the one name given by a Father to a Son (see John 17).  Lacking Love, I am divided.  Realizing Love, I am restored.  Love is eternal and unchanging.  What must change to realize this?  My actions.  Love is the test of nature.  God's identity is his nature--Love.  Like realizes like.  Love only recognizes itself, which is how we meet God inside.

What is the name?

Father (Aleph Bet) is the key to the hidden name. Find this and become the Truth (Aleph Mem Tav). While we all work toward the goal, we practice. I need more practice, which is what Religion is as a verb defined. No creed or name is necessary other than the truth of what the Aleph (Strength) of the House (Bet) represents. Eternal love only recognizes itself.  We are here to adapt to this nature, not to occupy the name we use to identify this reality.  Setting aside what divides, we come to find unity in one simple realization.  God is Love.  Be what God is.  The example of Christ sets the direction.  Where to?  God the Father only.  Christ is the pointer.  God is the truth of what the Tav marks.

4) The hidden Mother in this is the Spirit of God. From practice comes mastery and the wisdom gained from the experience. All religions point to the same goal of finding our own higher nature from Love for others. She's hidden for a reason.  Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Mother).  
1 John 4

Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction;
pay attention and gain understanding.
2 I give you sound learning,
so do not forsake my teaching.
3 For I too was a son to my father,
still tender, and cherished by my mother.
4 Then he taught me, and he said to me,
“Take hold of my words with all your heart;
keep my commands, and you will live.
5 Get wisdom, get understanding;
do not forget my words or turn away from them.
6 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;
love her, and she will watch over you.
7 The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom.
Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
8 Cherish her, and she will exalt you;
embrace her, and she will honor you.
9 She will give you a garland to grace your head
and present you with a glorious crown.”

God is both the Strong House (Father) and the Holy Spirit (Mother). God is Love. Eternal love cannot be divided or broken. What we are at our essence is what all religions seek to find by service to others (yoga).  If you know the truth, then set yourself free from the bondage of identification with anything less than the truth of Identity with God by cultivation of nature.  In the end, he comes to you as you come to him.  Love only recognizes itself. 

Identity - Nature - Unity

My religion is practice toward mastery, with mastery being the attainment of love for others. My faith is in God's own Nature and Identity as my own. Love is the key to this truth. Until mastery is attained, we all keep practicing our love by our religion (actions). We all find unity when we see through the eyes of the other person, which is truly the eyes of God. Faith, Hope and Love are common to all mankind, even if our names and ideologies are different for now. Realize the house you occupy and you will find your true place in this world.  This is my view. 

God belongs to no religion and Jesus is not a Christian.  God is Love (religion in action).  This is my religion as a goal.  I find no unity in a divided church.  A house divided against itself cannot stand.  Aleph Bet is the Hebrew word Father (Strong House).  ONE!

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