Interfaith Day of Prayer
Rev. Patrick K. McAndrew
Unity Church of Oklahoma City
5603 NW 41st Street, Oklahoma City 73122
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In the book of Genesis it is written that God created mankind in his image and likeness, in His Image and likeness he created them male and female. (Gen 1:27) Over the centuries as man has read these words he would look down and see his hands and feet and look in the mirror and see flesh and thus deduced that God had human form with hands and feet and face, and that this god must have emotions, wants, and feelings and surely he judged us, just like we judge each us. Thus we created a god in our image and likeness. When mankind looked around he couldn’t locate god anywhere and very wise men using their great minds concluded that this god must be out there beyond the skies in a place called heaven, a perfect place and he began to dream of what it must be like.
But you know my master teacher and Wayshower Jesus; he never shared any such concept. He said “God is Spirit, and those who would worship him must worship him in Spirit and Truth (John 4:24).” When Jesus described God, he created an image of a loving Father, who was eager and happy to welcome us home, whenever we choose and without conditions. Jesus described this loving Father as a presence, a force that dwelt within him, just as it dwells within each of us. The Apostle Paul said, “God in whom we live, move, and have a being (Acts 17:20).” As if God were a force, a field of energy, that surrounds and enfolds and flows through us, just as the Ocean enfolds the fish of the sea. Paul also said, “There is but one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all (Eph 4:6).
This image of God is not that much different than that of the Native American, a Great Spirit that like the air moves and flows through out creation, a Spirit that nurtures all her creatures. Nor does it sound much different than the God of Sidhatha Gutamma, Krishna, Mohammad or the Toltec of Central America; one God who loves all people and all of Creation. One God with many names and ways to worship. We each come into an awareness of this One Presence through the level of our own understanding and our own relationship with this Life Force that breathes and gives life to all – thus the reason for so many different religions.
Jesus said, the time is fulfilled, the Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the Gospels (Mark 1:15). Repent literally means to change – to turn to. So I invite you to turn to the kingdom of Heaven and believe in the good news. The good news is that Heaven is an ever-expanding field of possibilities that is right here, right now wherever we are. Jesus left us a guide on how to find it, in the parables he told. 10, maybe 12 simple instructions – Two of these instructions were in the commandment to love God with all our heart, with all our soul, and all our being and to love our neighbor as we would love ourselves (Luke 10:27). Who is our neighbor? Everyone! We are to Love everyone - that means we are not to judge or try to control them- but to honor, respect and accept them unconditional as children of the most high, despite their beliefs, or our perceived difference - like religion, nationality, skin color or sexuality. Isn’t that what freedom is really all about?
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