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Channeling Stephen the Martyr: On Love and Faith versus the blasphemy of a wrathful God.

Posted on 01 August 2018, 10:17

As I read once again a transcript of a conversation with the spirit of St Stephen the Martyr in the 1970s, I feel once more on holy ground. I feel the strength of his loving personality. I feel again his love but also my incompleteness.

Stephen: recognise the love of the Father that is being given to you.
Does mystery alone bring faith? Should it not be what you can see, what you feel, even what you breathe and taste. Should not this be the means of the satisfying faith that you desire?

Michael: So frequently faith comes to me when I pray rather than when I reason. [Stephen speaks of the faith engendered by what comes from all directions. My comment narrows the question’]

Stephen: When each of you prays or looks within yourself, when you are at peace with yourself, you are quiet, and you take your mind above the things that are generally accepted that would give you comfort, then indeed you do know comfort.

It is good to pray, for faith is also a gift; it cannot be grown, only accepted.
And for those who would seek faith, then ask often that faith which is a seed among you all, would receive each time the nourishment by which it grows.

No magic or manifestation that even the Lord Jesus gave, gave faith to all those who witnessed.

Your previous self, who witnessed more wondrous things than you will ever witness in this body, did not have the growth of faith that you desired even then.

For when you look from without for what you require within you will be empty within and dissatisfied without.

Michael: Faith is a gift and those amongst whom I move and I keep awaiting it; a great deal of the time I feel now that I have it but I always look to see how I might stand by others as they await that gift.

Stephen: Let me then ask you this, that they may be asked too. What is it that you wish to have faith in?  When you have answered this question yourself you will find your search much easier for it is very close and each of you has felt what you are seeking.

It is like when you asked about the baptism in the spirit and the answer was that to be baptized in the spirit is to recognize the love of the Father that is being given to you.

Faith may not be unlike this.

It is also similar to the question given to you for the children, when you were to ask them what would make them happy. For if the answers are the same perhaps then the questions may be the same also. We are indeed learning much of ourselves.
God bless you all.

67. Against those who teach a wrathful God

When we were inviting Stephen into our midst, we had been talking to some hellfire Christians, and had been disturbed by what they said.  On this occasion it was not Stephen who appeared in our midst. This is what he said:

The Voice of Christ: My son, would a father give to a son who asked for bread, stone to eat? Or to a babe that thirsts, sour wine in the place of milk? Neither would the Father give thus unto them who are his children.

Be at peace; be not disturbed by hypocrites or those who use the word of the Father to separate Him from thee and thee from Him. For they are people whose ears are full of thorns, whose inward self is black with the curtain of darkness and even from their eyes no love can penetrate. From their mouths pour forth vile abominations instead of the seed of love, which the Word has planted. For it is with your heart, not with your eyes, that you will read the love which comes from the Father.

Remember that I have been criticized for the breaking of the law on the Sabbath. Each child that learns on the Sabbath, can be seen as the breaking the law, each act of mercy and display of love can be interpreted as the breaking of the law.

Let not this evil penetrate into your minds, and into your heart. Cast it out.

Feel, know me now.

[He blessed us.]

68. The sacrilege of suggesting that God is not Love.

Stephen: I think perhaps that one time I mentioned that I might be called a devil! You have questions to ask, child?

Olive: We have been helped immensely but would like further knowledge about the Bible - especially Reincarnation. This does not seem to be very clear in the Bible.

Stephen: Sufficient to say that there are many things not mentioned in detail, only in concept. As you, Thomas, so aptly put it, it does it not mention your aircraft either nor does it mention all the birds nor all the animals; but we see, we know of their existence.

The evil would be if we said a being other than the Father created these things that are not mentioned in the Bible. Recognise evil when you see it and when you hear evil teachings. Our adversary is cleverer than even you would conceive.

I give you a better concept.

What better way to separate you two here as individuals from your God than to have you believe that the God of the Bible is evil, harsh and vindictive and one that could bear malice.

If the words taken as they were given to you, were accepted by you as truly being the concept of God [given the previous evening by a visitor] you would answer as you have answered, if this be God then I want not to be part of Him.

Therefore this cannot be God, this abomination that is created from evil, by using the seeds of truth.

For these words destroy love, they destroy pity and they destroy forgiveness.

He demands joy, He demands laughter, and He demands all things that are beautiful.

He abhors what is ugly, what is painful and what is evil.

For by the same law and by the same interpretation I was stoned and the Lord Jesus was crucified.

You will often hear these words.

Know them for what they are.

In the wilderness these words and more and the seeds of vile sacrilege were planted and they will continue to be planted.

It is on the day of judgement that the planters of the seed will know them and understand how they, through their own words, separated themselves from God.

They have asked for the god that is close to their own hearts and minds; therefore, they shall be given what they asked for.

For the Father of Love, the creator of all beautiful things, tells us to accept no other God than He: not because he will punish you, but because you will be given what you ask.

That someone should suggest that the Father would withhold his protection from you because you have not grown enough to be the same as our Lord Jesus, is to mouth foul lies. May the Lord God forgive them.

Read the book yourselves and feel [for yourselves], for indeed the beauty is in the eye of the beholder. God bless you both.

Michael Cocks edits the journal, The Ground of Faith.
Afterlife Teaching From Stephen the Martyr by Michael Cocks is published by White Crow Books and available from Amazon and other bookstores.

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Thank you so much for those thoughts, with which I cannot but agree. A painful thing has happened with our Anglican or Episcopalian church in New Zealand. Our General Synod has just agreed to voluntary blessing of same-sex marriages.  Immediately three large parishes in our diocese announced their intention to break away from the church.  Upset by legalistic and judgmental Christians, I have sometimes joked that I am not a Christian, only an Anglican. But I no longer have that refuge!
These words summarize the teachings of Jesus: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”  We are to be humble and not judge one-another.  On thees two commandments depend the Law and the Prophets. People who do this are on the right path, whether they call themselves Christians, Buddhist, Moslems, or whatever

Michael Cocks, Fri 3 Aug, 23:23

In the US at this time the “hellfire Christians” seem to be in the ascendancy.  I have even read some of them suggesting that not everyone is loved or forgiven, only those who “deserve” it by praying or repenting in a certain way that their sect finds acceptable.

I like the comment that the Bible does not mention airplanes.  I’m working on a post about LGBTQ+ rights and the way some cherry-pick Bible verses to attack us.  Some of those folks say—amazingly—that all the wisdom there is has already been given by God in those few books of the Bible (I wonder if they even know about the apocryphal books!), and no more revelation or enlightenment is to be had.  That is, they see meditation and contemplative prayer as evil and believe that the only proper way to pray is to listen to or read scripture, period.  The nonexistence of airplanes in scripture seems like a great response to this.

And I know for sure that neither Stephen, who lived before those New Testament books were written, nor the Voice of Christ, who most decidedly lived before that! would go along with their strange contentions.

Elene, Thu 2 Aug, 07:22

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