A Chat with Bob Brinsmead
There is something arresting about the key words of unconditional. Jesus extended the boundaries to everybody with his Spirit of generosity. Give to everyone that needs help. Don’t just give the wheels of the car to someone who is stealing, give them the keys too; let them take the car. This spirit of unconditional is an attitude to life, with no meanness of spirit. Unconditional is not just a process but a way of living. Humanity at its best doesn’t forget the child. This spirit is the key to humanity, and to human consciousness. When you forgive, you receive 100 fold more for yourself. The reward of the evil deed is the evil deed. Dare to own a life of infinite value.
To live in this spirit is healthy, enlightened self interest. This is the means of dealing with stress, and preventing heart attacks. It is a way of living here and now and of entering the promised land that has been given to the human race. When that type of living is demonstrated, people will draw the inevitable conclusion. That is what Supreme Good is like.
The idea some people have of God can be destructive. An idea of great punishment, something at the back of all reality that is a supreme punisher. Paul in Romans 12 great chapter on how to live then spoils it all by saying God will repay.
This way of relating and living unconditional becomes an Ah Ah moment of a new idea of God. That is what my supreme good is like to me! This is what it is to be human and to behave humanly. John Hicks said- “There’s no difference in morality within religions. Morality is not defined religiously.”
Supreme good is the pinnacle of human attainment of human excellence. Unconditional is Humanity at its best. Love is not sentimentality; the greatest words in the New Testament are of Love; charity; O.T. Sadat; justice; self attesting truth, and respect for life. This requires believing what you can’t see. You believe in the atom which is a a quantity of energy that you can’t see. Many other discoveries such as that of planets, were believed to be there and were discovered later. If you believe in retribution then you can’t have respect for life and your belief in retribution causes maladjustment. Rebels display destructive behavior because they are disaffected. If punishment doesn’t change disaffection, then a big problem exists. Punishment doesn’t rectify failure. An unexamined life is not worth living.
Humanity is prone to rationalize an immature theory such as the flat earth theory. Humanity takes an activating event, and from that activates a belief. For example, Tasmanian natives believed seafood was poison and the consequence of that belief caused them to die of starvation in their thousands, even though food was plentiful. One belief might be that everyone should like you, but such a belief may lead to social phobia. On the other hand people we might not like, or even regard as enemies, may serve us in numerous ways. The airline industry and the thousands of workers that contribute to the completed aircraft we fly in, consists of pilots, booking agents and flight attendants. They are all involved in ensuring that we arrive where we want to go. How many fellow humans serve us every day and help to make us comfortable. Supernatural human processes provide for us on a daily basis when we use electricity, the internet, and many other services. We need them all; the people we like and people we don’t like; people we agree with and people we disagree with. All this comes to us through the lump of humanity. It is true that we harvest much more than we sow. There is much more incentive to contribute when you are going to get back so much more than you put in.
Grace is unmerited favor. The profit from nature is the universe’s generosity which might be 10-100 fold. Love is generosity. The biggest danger in the world today is not scarcity but glut. This is an age of pessimism Herman declares. We are called to be the salt of the earth, and be hopeful and inventive. Human selfishness creates the war on energy and prevents the war on poverty. The green religion makes for being stingy when we need to be liberating.
Four points of alarmism.
1. The Universe is static V the Universe is fundamentally dynamic,
2. Change is bad V Change is good. When scientists discovered the Big Bang, that discovery put an end to the theory of the steady state of the universe, and many were upset by this.
3. Nature unforgiving V nature is resilient and adjusting. Disturbance gives new scope and encourages the best.
4. Man is fundamentally evil and is the curse of the earth V People are good not evil. Consciousness of itself is reasoning and observant, and can make decisions for a better world.
Sun and Rain falls on the just as well as the unjust. Humanity is loving at its core. Supreme Good is the idea of incarnation not payback. Forgiveness is like a weapon and is something that happens to you when the old payback nature is dethroned. Thomas Jefferson said it is a way of living in this world. Forgiveness is distinctively human and throws the whole conventional wisdom upside down. The way of forgiveness is a self-authenticating truth… This is humanities greatest gift of otherness; the otherness as expressed in our age of modern medicine and other scientific breakthroughs. Gems kill us but they were not seen and were unknown in ages past. The processes of nature had to unfold for humanity to discover. Like the butterfly, humanity has emerged to a new life. We are not dying like flies or living like rabbits. We have to thank humanity for these great breakthroughs and they are all interdependent; even on our enemies.