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Submitted by Seamus Dafydd Dives MacNemi (United States), Oct 19, 2009 at 13:20

First of all, Yeshua was not the central focus for any of us. True, he was a teacher but it was what he taught that was important and not the person. The teacher is not the lesson. We must learn the lesson and not worship the teacher. It is obvious that Christians understand little of the power and potentials of the human mind and even less of the arts of self mastery that the tradition endeavours to teach. Instead you would have us squander our lives in endless repetition of empty ritual to no avail for some vague notion of an after life. To us this is a total waste of time.

Ours is a practical way of living in the world. It is as simple as pulling an ox cart out of a ditch. When we look at life we see that there is a right way to do things and a wrong way. The wrong way is the way of failure and the right way is the way of success. We do not entertain any notion of an after life. For us it is enough if we live properly in this life. Let Heaven take care of itself.. G-D wills what HE will. We must accept it and live accordingly. The only power that we have is to determine how we will act in this life. We cannot turn the hand of G-D. We believe in personal responsibility (and by responsibility we mean the ability to respond appropriately to any given situation) and we do not look to others to save us from our own mistakes. If we err, it is up to us to correct our error before it becomes a liability. We have no devil to blame for our laxity nor do we seek one. We will not hold ourselves responsible for the errors of others. Adams sin was his alone and it has no bearing upon us. We will make our own mistakes and for those alone will we be held accountable before G-D. Neither will G-D judge us harshly for in our errors is the proof that we are trying at least. One who does not err is not trying and the effort is often of more importance than the success.

Contrary to what some might have you believe our ancestors were not the superstitious primitives that we are pictured to be. Our thinking at that time was far more advanced practically than any of you can even imagine. Our understandings of human nature and the power and potentials of the human mind were far greater than even your modern science can embrace. Yet you choose to dismiss us as irrelevant. We are not a part of your salvation scheme. Neither do we wish to be a part of your play. We have our own way and we wish to be left alone to live our lives in peace.

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