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  • That's what I've been interpreting, my friends. Love Letters. From the apostles of Jesus Christ to the churches in the world at the time.

    If the Spirit wanted, we could reduce these letters down to a simple, direct message:

    Dear Children,

    I love you.

    God.


    So why are there so many books in the Bible, let alone the Koran and all the other books of faith in the world? (I hope you know by now that, while I am a Christian, I do not judge others for their road to faith. I simply tell you about what I believe and let you go on your own to figure it out.)

    Why? Because we just don't listen.

    Instead, we all think there is something other than God out there that will somehow lead to enlightenment. And we keep tossing new things in the mix. And the more we stir it around, the more it gets confused and twisted and almost impossible to understand. By the way, this is the definition of entropy. Entropy, as we all know, leads to chaos, not harmony.

    You know, if you take all the recognized faiths in the world and boil them down to their essence, there is only one message being preached.

    “Love without condition.”

    Now what is so hard about that? Is that so difficult to understand we need volumes and tomes to explain it? I can't see how.

    I'll even take it a step further. The Declaration of Independence, the Magna Carta, every great piece of legislation, every law, every commentary on the human condition is based on the very same principle. The authors of these documents, the leaders of the great movements of peace and harmony, all of them have been saying the very same thing over and over and over again.

    Love without condition.

    [I love to chuckle at the people in the audience right now who are thinking those are strictly western thinking, when both of the aforementioned documents contain the words “all men”, meaning all mankind.]

    I guess I am just too simple to get the reasons we have to continue to fight over our faiths, our countries, our colors, our cultures, even our names. And no, my friends, I am not in need of a history lesson. I have studied the histories of several nations in particular and the world in general and I have to tell you none of it makes any sense. We fight over everything, despite universal instructions to the human race to the contrary.

    Love without condition.

    Now for those of you who are thinking I left out the second two principles of this Universal Instruction, let me clue you in: They are included in the three words I have repeated several times here.

    If you love without condition, you must forgive without limitation. No matter how deeply you feel hurt, no matter how grievously you have been injured, no matter how heinous the deed. If you love without condition, it follows that you forgive the weakness of others.

    If you love without condition, you cannot judge anyone. You may not approve of their actions, but now you are back to forgiveness, which brings you back to love. If you see someone doing something contrary to love, you do not need to judge. You need to set the example and not participate, you need to pray, and you need to show them you love them. If they do not accept that love, it is on them, not you.

    And that is what it really boils down to, isn't it. What you do.

    You can choose to refute what I say and rail against it. You can choose to tell me I am not living in the “real world” where there is violence and hatred and all sorts of horrible acts happening around us. But you would be wrong, and deep inside, you know it.

    I live in the real world. I know there are many people who simply do not get it. They are filled with fear and doubt and remorse over all the things they have done and they ask themselves: “How could anyone love me?”. And I love every one of them, just like I love every one of you.

    Why do I love you?

    Love without condition.

    ~Fred~
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