God is an invisible Spirit (John 4:24; Colossians 1:15). God is love, and those who dwell in love dwell in God, and God in them (First John 4:16). God is the Source (Selfless Giver) of the Spirit which, like manna, rains down upon the just and unjust alike. His Spirit is there for the taking, but we must take it. God is not a slavemaster and will not make us choose His Spirit of Selfless Love over our own selfishness. The governance of His Righteous Justice is "as you sow, so shall you reap."

God is the Spirit of Selfless Love that lives and grows within ALL who live and grow in His Spirit.

The greatest false teaching of Corporate Christianity is its religious separatism, where only those who "believe in Christ" or confess in Him as their Savior go to Heaven. This conclusion is reached by plucking John 3:16 and Matthew 10:32 out of the context of the Gospels and ignoring the rest of what Christ has to say on the matter. He tells us that He shall not know all those who confess belief in Him, but only those who serve the will of His Father (Matthew 7:21). In the Parable of the Good Samaritan, He tells us He would rather we be heretics (Samaritans were judged as 'heretics' by the Israelites) who pour out Selfless Love upon sufferers than holy priests and religionists who do not (Luke 10:30-37). He even tells us that those who speak against Him (those who deny Him) shall be forgiven if they do not deny His Father's will (Matthew 12:31-33).

How many times does Jesus have to tell us that The Way to His Father's Kingdom does not come by the religious work of confessing belief in Him? We hear the mantra, "Faith, Not Works," yet Christianity insists that Heaven awaits only those who do its religious works (baptism, confession, membership, tithing, etc.).

But the Bible tells us that all who confess in Him shall have Heaven, so if literal confession is not The Way then what? The truth lies in the spiritual substance of the word "confession." Truest confession is not justified by words, but by living (personifying; giving life to) the Spirit.

First John 4:15-16
15. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
16. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

We know that God is love and that God dwells within those who dwell in love. The result of pouring out Selfless Love is that God lives within us. The confession in Jesus as the Son of God produces the same result, meaning that the confession in Jesus is about dwelling in love. It ultimately has nothing to do with saying, "I believe in Jesus as my Savior," but everything to do with personifying the Spirit of Jesus. All who walk The Way of Selfless Love confess Jesus Christ, regardless of religion.

We often hear, "Jesus Saves," but it is the Spirit of Jesus that saves. Without the Spirit in Him, Jesus would not have been resurrected—He would not have been the Christ. If the Spirit that raised Jesus lives within us then we too shall quickened unto God (Romans 8:11). It is the Spirit that saves.

How do we build the Spirit within us?

By pouring it out upon the world.

As we sow, so shall we reap.

Corporate Christianity teaches people to ritually pray publicly, but Jesus tells us not to be like the hypocrites, instructing us to pray in private.

Matthew 6:5-7
5. And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
6. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
7. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

There has been some talk about America's public schools allowing religious children to have their "prayer time," citing the importance of special prayer times for Muslim children. Islam widely teaches the critical importance of rigid prayer schedules that require followers to pray in the direction of Mecca five times a day (praying at dawn, midday, afternoon, sunset and evening). The Qu'ran says differently, holding no critical importance to ritual prayer at all, but instructs followers to pour out Selfless Love.

Qu'ran 2:177
It is not righteousness that ye turn your faces Towards East or West; but it is righteousness—to believe in Allah (God) and the Last Day, and the Angels, and the Book, and the Messengers; to spend of your substance, out of love for Him, for your kin, for orphans, for the needy, for the wayfarer, for those who ask, and for the ransom of slaves; to be steadfast in prayer, and practice regular charity; to fulfil the contracts which ye have made; and to be firm and patient, in pain and adversity, and throughout all periods of panic. Such are the people of truth, the Allah-fearing.

"Prayer" has nothing to do with a ritual. We are to "pray without ceasing" (First Thessalonians 5:17). As it is impossible to ritually pray without ceasing, we turn to the spiritual substance of the word "prayer" and understand that it is about a way of life. We are "in prayer" when we are aligned with the Spirit of God. We are to keep the Selfless Spirit at the forefront of everything we think, say and do, for only then do we pray without ceasing.

Corporate Christianity teaches that "tithing" is about pouring money into its churches, some insisting that the money for tithing is "God's money." What does God need with money? The "currency" of God is not cash, but Spirit. Jesus tells us that it is not what we give, but the Spirit with which we give it (Mark 12:38-44). Money or not, we are tithing before God when we pour out His Spirit upon this world fraught with human selfishness.

We see the ritual of swearing upon the Bible in courts and in marriage ceremonies, yet that very book tells us not to swear (vow) upon anything, but to make our yes "yes" and our no "no." In other words, we are to be truthful (James 5:12).

Do you see how scripture has been misinterpreted, deliberately or not, to serve those in power and control? Next to religious separatism is anti-Semitism, born of Matthew 27:25. "The Jews killed Jesus" is the great lie used to justify the persecution and slaughtering of Jews for the better part of Christianity's 1,682 year history. But what about Romans 2:25-29? It is revealed that a Jew is not a Jew by ancestry or religion but is one who honors the living Spirit (spiritual substance of the word) over the dead letter (literalism; the literal word). A "Gentile," on the other hand, honors the dead letter over the living Spirit. Just as there are Christian Jews, there are Christian Gentiles. Similarly, there are Atheist Jews and Atheist Gentiles.

There are "Jews" and "Gentiles" of all walks of life. The crowd of Jews that wanted Jesus dead were literally Jews by their ancestry and religion, but were spiritually Gentiles. It was not the Jews, the followers of The Way of God's Spirit, that wanted Jesus dead, but the Gentiles, the deniers of The Way.

Nowadays, Corporate Christianity especially loves Israel, widely preaching to the world that the creation of the State of Israel (called the 'restoration of Israel') was the fulfillment of the Biblical prophecy given in the Parable of the Fig Tree (Matthew 24:32-33). Sadly, but not surprisingly, Luke 21:29-30 is ignored, where we learn that this prophecy is not just about the "fig tree" (Israel) that experiences a rebirth, but all the nations of the world ('all the trees'). As that was clearly not the case in 1948, the "fig tree" prophecy was not fulfilled.

Indeed, the "fig tree putting forth leaves" does refer to the rebirth of Israel, but not to its becoming a geopolitical nation. It is about a mass, worldwide Awakening to the Spirit of God within people from all countries ('all the trees'). They are the world's Jews (the followers of The Way). Collectively, they comprise the "nation" of God (the 'restoration of Israel'), a nation not bound by geographic borders, but by the Spirit. The Temple of God is not made of stone (not a worldly system of religion), but of Spirit.

"Israel"—the Promised Land—is not firstly a geographic area, but a way of life that is entered into when we enter into The Way of God. The only reason why it took the Israelites forty years to travel the relatively short distance from Egypt (the Land of Idolatry) to the Promised Land is because it took them that long to grow out of idolatry (selfishness). The Promise of Salvation is upon those who promise themselves in the Spirit that leads to Salvation—they are the Jews in the Promised Land, which is not about living upon that sliver of dirt on the Eastern edge of the Mediterranean.

Corporate Christianity and Zionists teach that the State of Israel belongs to the Jews because God gave that land to the Jews. No. The Israelites earned the Promised Land by finally growing true and faithful to the will of God after wandering in the wilderness for forty years. And just as they earned their entrance, so too did they earn their exit. In 586 BC, due to their greater love of idolatry, the Israelites were captured and enslaved by greater idolaters (the Babylonians). As you sow, so shall you reap. The true restoration of Israel and the fulfillment of the Parable of the Fig Tree has not yet happened.

The Abrahamic religions deny First Corinthians 4:20, where we learn that the Kingdom of God is not in word, but in power, meaning that Salvation is not by the dead letter of the word, like literally confessing belief in God, but by the living Spirit of the word, by personifying His power (Spirit of Selfless Love).

Just some last thoughts, having been raised with so much traditionalist Christianity drummed into my inquiring mind. We are not to make or worship before graven images, so where does scripture instruct us to create billions of images of Jesus to spread around the whole world? Do we have a photo of Jesus or a description of His face that we should know His image? Did he really have European features? When are we instructed to put a cross atop buildings and call them "churches?" If Jesus had not been crucified but beaten with a club, would the club be the global symbol for Club Christian? Would we see a big ol' club atop every church? Would we see mini clubs hanging off gold chains instead of mini crosses? Where are we instructed to create a "holy" day and teach that it is the birthday of the Christ? Where does it reveal He was born on December 25th? Why do so many Christians fundamentally lie to themselves and their children and the world about Biblical scripture if they believe that the Bible holds the key to their Salvation?

Does Jesus tell us that the entirety of the Bible ('all the law and the prophets') boils down to confessing belief in Him? No. He tells us it boils down to following the First Commandment—to love God (Spirit of Selfless Love) before all else. If every Jew, Christian and Muslim followed just the First Commandment, peace would reign among them.

For more about "Selfless Spirit, Selfish Ego" please go to John Cord's website at www.johncord.com.

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Author's Bio: 

Award-wining author John Cord proves how the Bible's Message is not about separatist, fearful, superstitious, idolatrous, mystery-laden religion, but character producing the fruits of the Spirit of Selfless Love. A nonreligious, independent scholar, Cord presents the Spirit that organized religions deny and illuminates The Way to Everlasting Peace for Judaism, Christianity and Islam.