Help for Your Spiritual Journey

Literature for SELF-Discovery


prodigal sonby Paul Hourihan, edited by Anna Hourihan

The scriptures are our highest literature. But how could we revere any scripture that propagates the idea that some will be saved, and some will be lost? Christ’s views on this are very clear in the parable of The Prodigal Son and others in the New Testament.

The whole notion of some to be saved, some to be lost, is pure egoism. If each one of us is an idea of the Supreme Reality and partakes of the universal Divine, then surely, no one can be lost. The Supreme has thought us up, and will have to dispose of us in some fashion more appropriate than condemning us for playing the role assigned to us.

If we ourselves can conceive of universal redemption—can’t God? Can’t Christ? To ask the question is to answer it.

Could we worship a God that condemned anyone—giving him or her no hope of ultimate salvation? That would be diabolism, not divinity.

For some, and perhaps for many at the end: There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth—but only temporarily. All sorrow eventually will be turned into joy as slowly each person, however long it takes, turns to the Light that is his/her truest happiness.

As we come to see that it is one energy diffused throughout humanity—driving some to be saints and others to be sinners—and one power, one life, one consciousness, one existence operating through one and all, we shan’t be able to see any excluded from the divine mercy, or from our own.

In the New Testament (Luke 15) for example, Christ gives us the parable of the lost sheep in which the shepherd is anxious and searching for the one lost sheep out of the 100, rejoicing when it is found. And the father of the prodigal son, while loving the virtuous son, loves the other, the wayward son, equally, and celebrates his return with great joy. The father and the shepherd in these parables are intended to be allegories of the Lord, needless to say, and represent Christ’s convictions. Let them be ours, too. If they aren’t, we can cultivate them by ridding our minds of all vestiges of the old idea of exclusivism, rejection and selective salvation. When we do this we make ourselves worthy of our higher natures, letting the pure, compassionate, all-embracing Light flow into our minds from our souls, and from the Beyond.

For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.
For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die,
We die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.
(Romans 14: 7-8)

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