VENGEANCE-Hilary L Hunt M.D.

cropped-img_0360-1-e1509913859388.pngVENGEANCE-Now here is a word (concept) that is near and dear to my heart in a negative way. My basic concept and belief is that  vengeance has absolutely no place in our lives. So why am I so different from the rest of the world? Literally all so-called civilized nations as well as the three Abrahamic religions have vengeance as their common seat of operation. All legal systems are based on a revengeful punishment system for misbehavior. How many times have we witnessed a wronged family express  glee  when a sentence of major proportion is handed down, or express disappointment and disdain if a sentence lighter than expected is rendered? Why do you suppose that is? I think without doubt it stems from the Jewish religion and perpetuated by Christianity and Islam.

The Old Testament is rife with revenge not only being tolerated by God, but rather being both extoled and delivered by him. In Deuteronomy, God tells the Israelites if a hostile city  accepts peace terms, enslave them all. If they won’t accept peace terms, kill all the men and take their fair women as additional wives. God commanded them to kill every person in the pagan cities of the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites.—“you must doom them all”. Do not some sects of Islam believe it is their ‘God-given” command to exterminate every infidel? Do not all Christian religions teach a vengeful God that will condemn you to eternal hell for breech of his commands?

IMG_0082Jesus taught us that our only duty was to love our God with our all and to love our neighbor as ourselves—whatever happened to that teaching? I was raised in the Catholic Church and have attended mass regularly for eighty two years—I have never heard one single solitary sermon preached on that theme of love—not one. I have often wondered why—I think I know. If any religion admitted to and adhered to that teaching of Jesus, there would be absolutely no reason for their existence. They must continue teaching the philosophy of a vengeful God in order to justify their existence—after all, they hold the keys to the Kingdom right in their hands. Not only that, but sometimes  they smirkingly dangle them before your face. Almost everyone knows they have power which we do no have—we are just peons, not much better than the Hittites etc. 

IMG_1065As I listen to homilies Sunday after Sunday, I hear of God’s mercy, never God’s love. Since we are all dreadful sinners, God has two choices—either show mercy and forgive us or send us to hell. Of course that mercy  is ‘dished out’ by the Church—in exchange for our money and time. Never mind that we are sinners because God made us to be that way. Never mind that Jesus died to guarantee everyone’s salvation. Never mind that Jesus told us our only obligation was to love God and neighbor—after all, what Jesus said and did (died for us) really doesn’t count—it was just a ‘down-payment’. We must pay the balance to the Church.

When Constantine gave  (commanded ) the so-called bishops to form a religion of their liking, that was the end to Jesus’ real teaching. Jesus said “Moses gave you the ten commandments (to keep you in line), but I give you two—both love” (paraphrased). Have you noticed that there is never any power, money and control associated with love?—I have. There is plenty of power, money and control associated with vengeance—the God of the Old Testament is ‘alive and well’—Jesus’s God died in the year 325AD.

In my humble opinion, the human race is destined and doomed to a continued life of guilt and misery with absolutely no chance for peace until and if ever our attitude turns to the Jesus God and away from the God of the Old Testament. The Old Testament God Was vengeful and hurtful—he played favorites. Of course that was all in the minds of those who ‘dreamed him up’. The Jesus God is all love—wouldn’t hurt a flea—Jesus accepted all the hurt—Jesus showed us God’s Perfect Love. That vision didn’t satisfy the greedy hierarchy at all—no power, money , control. 

If I sound cynical, you read correctly. Furthermore, if you have noticed what I have and would like a deeper understanding, please read my two little books, Wilderness cry and Peace in Spirituality. Both published by Covenant Books and both available world wide Amazon et al.

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TRUTH-Hilary L Hunt MD

cropped-img_0360-1-e1509913859388.pngTRUTH: just what is truth? We hear that word thrown around like a frisbee, and seldom in the proper context. I think  truth could/should be defined as ‘an irrefutable bit of knowledge—that is absolute fact. We have mathematical truths such as 2+2=4. We have Classical Physics truths  such as Newton’s Laws Of Gravity. Then there are so-called Historical truths which may not be true at all—typically slanted and biased by the perceptions and deceit of the author. Philosophical truths on the other hand are typically based on a system of logical reasoning processes beginning with a set of accepted or presumed facts (truths). For instance, if we agree that ‘all houses are white’, and I say, “look, there’s a house over there”, the absolute only truth you can deduce is ‘that house is white’. So what’s the point of this rambling?—the truth of our existence.

From the days of our earliest memories, each of us has been inculcated in one way or another about a God or the lack thereof. Each of us has been told in no uncertain terms (truths) all about that God—what it does, doesn’t do, what it expects from us, and what we can expect from it. The big, big problem arises when, as we get older and wiser, we come to realize that each of us is being presented with a different set of ‘truths’. Each of us is being presented with a ‘different God’, and always under the pretense of ‘absolute truth’. The obvious question then arises—why?

IMG_0082The ‘why’ is almost always answered with ‘those people are all wrong about God. We are the only ones with the truth’. Likely, most constituents are left with that ‘prejudicial’ understanding—I’m right, you are wrong. So, immediately, we as individuals and societies are ‘set against each other’. We have inbuilt, ingrained conflict and enmity which, historically, has boiled over into external hostility and war—look at the world today. We have some Muslim ideologies professing it to be their God-given mandate to exterminate all infidels—and they are making determined efforts continually to do just that. Then we have other major powers (USA, Russia, China) constantly growling at each other like three big fighting dogs ready for the attack. Also we have the facilitators and agitators—North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela etc. attempting to ‘make hay’ with one or another of the ‘big dogs. So to put it mildly, we have an earth in total turmoil—it always has been. Why?

The ‘why’ is as plain as ‘the nose on your face’—religion. And what is religion? It is a cultist belief/practice aimed at appeasement/gainful influence of a God which in reality is a myth. Why a myth? Because, in actuality, no two peoples’ God is the same. If everyone had an identical God, we at least could say it was ‘real’, and that would be a factual truth for us—it, in fact, may not be true, but it would satisfy each of our ‘truth factor’ requirements. The result would be peace —no more warring and fighting.

IMG_1065The obvious question then is why do we each have a different God? The answer is very simple—no one has ever defined the essence of that God, and certainly without an essential definition, no one has a realistic clue about  who or what that God entails.

So here’s where the ‘truth’ comes into play. I pondered that question for sixty years. The worlds greatest philosophers and theologians pondered it for their entire lifetimes—they all came up ’empty-handed’. It was only after my encounter with Quantum Mechanics (Particle Physics), where I observed the absolute perfection in both form and function of each particle of energy of which every gravid object is made that I was able to formulate a definition of God’s essence. Observing that absolute perfection, whilst realizing that it applies to every gravid object in a universe so huge as to be impossible to visualize, forced me to see clearly an irrefutable philosophical truth. God is a Perfect Rational Being. Six little words say it all—nothing can be added nor deleted. With his Perfect Intellect, God perceived each and every one of the particles of energy of which everything is made—with his Perfect Will he chose, loved, accepted them, branded them with his image and keeps them perfect.

Thus we have a universe which is absolutely perfect in ‘form and function’, while, simultaneously, perfectly evil by virtue of its ‘selfishness’. Those are irrefutable truths both philosophically and scientifically—-just a ‘tiny inkling’ into the nature of the real God we all should be recognizing and adoring. That essential definition of God’s nature would mandate that each of us have the same understanding—-we each would have the same, identical God. We could then be like-minded—we could be at peace.

My definition not only allows for but, rather, mandates Trinity God. My definition not only allows for but, rather , mandates Jesus’ death. My definition mandates that everything in existence is a mirror image of its creator—therefore we truly are ‘children of God’ justifying John’s proclamation in his letter that ‘brothers, what we are now is, we know we are children of God; what we are to become is, we will be like God because we will se him as he truly is’ (paraphrased).

My definition negates an possibility of a Hell—God cannot possibly reject himself. My definition negates any possibility of ‘physical miracles’—God is prefect and cannot possibly change his nature (a requirement for unnatural physical change).

Truth, in fact, is irrefutable. I have written extensively about these subjects in my two books, Wilderness Cry and Peace in Spirituality. Both books published by Covenant Books. Their press releases and short video trailers attached.  I strongly urge you to read my books and remove the ‘blanket of guilt’ thrown over you by religion.

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JESUS-HILARY L Hunt MD

cropped-img_0360-1-e1509913859388.pngJESUS of NAZARETH—Just who was/is Jesus of Nazareth? Does Anyone know? Paul’s sidekick Mark, who wrote the first gospel gives us absolutely no clue except Jesus’ proclamation that he and the Father were one. Years later Matthew and Luke embellished Marks writings on both ends with remarkable contradiction of each other. John’s acolyte(s) some sixty years after Jesus’ death concocted a tale incorporating the notion that God and Jesus coexisted from all eternity, whilst at the same time implying that nothing else coexisted with them. We know from the writings of Professor Garry Wills in his book What Paul Meant, that Luke was a veritable liar and cannot be trusted. So just where does that leave us poor simpletons who are at the mercy of religion to tell us? From my perspective it leaves us in a deep, deep, dark dudgeon of deceit. And you, understandably, would question why I would say such a heretical thing.

When one traces the origins of the ‘one true religion’ of the time, Judaism, it becomes quite obvious that it was developed from multiple preconceived notions of mythology and astrology. The Zodiac developed by the Egyptians some fourteen thousand years ago, had become the foundation for essentially all religious belief. The Egyptians, Greeks and essentially all cultures had gods galore—each with its specific functions. The sun, moon and stars played the biggest role in the imaginative ideas they developed.

When the Jews came with the idea of a singular God who had created the entire universe, they indeed struck a ‘high note’. Not only did they give their God credit for creating everything, they actually developed a time-frame of sorts for its happening. In addition they surmised that in the beginning, all animal life was peaceful and benevolent—-even snakes could talk. They all co-existed in paradise.

IMG_0082However, observing their current plight at the time forced them to explain what happened—where did paradise go? Well, since woman was the ‘scourge’ creation, it became immediately fashionable to put the blame on her. So they conveniently developed the tale of Eve tempting Adam to break God’s rule, that is to sin—the fun was over—how sad.

To the unwary that story may sound like a suitable, appeasing explanation. However there is one little detail that was  overlooked. We seem to forget that snakes could ‘talk’ and guess what—it was the snake who was the first sinner—the snake enticed Eve to sin. Where did the serpent come up with such a dastardly idea as to defy its God?  Now isn’t that a startling turn of events—it wasn’t Eve’s fault after all. Who planted the ‘seed’ of defiance in the snakes brain—wouldn’t you like to know—I would.

The rather obvious answer to those ridiculous proposals and questions is nobody—none of it ever happened. The fictional Eve became the obvious scapegoat because women were then, and always have been considered something only  slightly better than ‘pond scum’. So no one in his ‘right mind’ would question the fact that a woman caused all the trouble. Furthermore, everyone knew that snakes talked perfect Yiddish—didn’t you?

So you may say, what’s that got to do with Jesus of Nazareth? and I would say everything. When Jesus came along, He puzzled, startled, bewildered, and angered people. Everyone who knew him was aware that he was just a poor carpenters son—how could he be making such statements and proclamations. My answer to that very legitimate question stems from my definition of the essence of God. That definition shows clearly that God’s perfection precludes any possibility of physical miracles. Likewise it negates any possibility of Hell. God is Perfect Love and cannot possibly reject any part of his perfect creation. Likewise God’s perfect nature precludes any possibility of change, a necessity for physical miracles.

Jesus was a simple carpenter’s son, However, I am convinced that he was the most brilliant human to ever live. He was born of natural parents but his genius allowed him to see though the folly of the Jewish religion. The Jew’s God was an Overlord with a mighty whip. He sat on his throne and kept a keen eye on his creation which was separate from him—ever-ready to hurl punishment at violators. Jesus saw a completely different God—a God that permeated everything in existence—a God who could not possible be separated from his creation—nothing could ‘be’ without the inner presence of God.

IMG_1065That insight, of course, told Jesus that his own being and the Spirit of the Father were One. Knowing that the universe was universally evil by virtue of its selfishness told Jesus that atonement was mandatory in order for God to be Perfect Love. That realization sent a shock-wave through Jesus—that meant that since he was the only one with that knowledge, he had to be the scape-goat—he was the messiah—he had to pay the price.

The implications from Jesus’ insights were astonishing. Whereas the Jews considered death as the end of everything, Jesus’ realization on the other hand that everything was a mirror image of God  meant that everything had an eternal existence just as its creator. After undoubtedly consulting with his cousin, John, he hastily set about attempting to recruit and educate a group to spread that good news (Gospel) to the entire world. Whether or not he was successful in that endeavor, we will never know—so corrupt is the written word we have.

In any event the Jews killed him by hanging him on a tree—-crucifixion which was reserved for traitors. From there we can only guess at what happened. The written word we have was copied from one remaining copy which was a copy of hundreds, maybe thousands of copies—that single copy was made some two hundred years after the original writing. We do know that from that time on dozens of ‘versions’ have appeared over the years. The noted Professor of Bible at North Carolina University, Dr. Bart Ehrman, shows that only %30 of the bible was written by its supposed author. Also as one example, he shows clearly that Jerome, the hermit, who despised women and sex, in the process of translating the bible from Greek to Latin, changed or eliminated any mention of a woman doing or saying anything ‘good’.

It seems clear that Jesus’ basic message was that God is love—his only command was love God with your all and love your neighbor a yourself. My definition of the essence of God (God is a perfect rational being) supports that ideation completely.

Both Jesus and Paul despised religion—they said that love must prevail. But when Constantine gave the ‘Bishops” a mandate to fashion a religion to their liking, they did just that. They fashioned a religion right out of the Jewish play-book—all about power, money and control. We have been shackled with it and its 33,000 variants since. And what has it gotten us—-perpetual turmoil.

So what’s the point?—it makes no difference—God loves us each equally—Jesus died for our iniquity—anything else is fairy tales.

I have written extensively about this subject in my two books Wilderness Cry and Peace in Spirituality—both books published by Covenant Books and available on line and from me if desired. I have attached press releases and short video trailers for each.

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Press Release for Peace in Spiritiality

Christmas-Hilary L Hunt MD

cropped-img_0360-1-e1509913859388.pngWhat does Christmas mean to you and why? I would vouch to say that for anyone even remotely indoctrinated in ‘Christianity’ of any type, it means a myth. And you, understandably shriek in horror at such blasphemy. And I say, “not so fast”. My intention is not to offend anyone—rather it is to plead to your sense of understanding.

Jesus was a real person just like you and I. The only real difference was that he was a ‘super-genius’. Without benefit of any basic scientific knowledge, Jesus was able to deduce the nature of God and his universe. Jesus was able to understand that he and everything in existence were mirror images of their creator—otherwise they could not be. He could see the universal condition of ‘selfishness’ in all things. He clearly understood that selfishness was an intrinsic necessity for existence and function—without selfishness, there would be no need–if there were no need, there would be no change—with no change, there would be no time—the universe would be functionless and frozen in ‘eternity’.

IMG_0082So ,why did we have a universe in the first place? I’m certain Jesus pondered that question incessantly—when he discovered the answer, he was terrified. God, his father, your father, my father, must show and actually be ‘perfect love’. What greater ‘love object’ could the Father have than an entire universe of ‘evil’ which he, himself created. Why, then, was Jesus terrified? Because he realized that since he was the only likeness of God to know and understand that principle, he was the one who had to ‘pay the price’—and gloriously he did. God, in the likeness of Jesus, accepted all of the evil in the universe, in the grandest display of love possible—he gave his own life in atonement.

Now lets back up to the birth of Jesus. Just last Sunday’s first Old Testament reading, we hear a prophet (I think Isaiah ) predict that ‘a virgin shall conceive’. Where he came up with that ridiculous idea would be interesting to know—I strongly suspect it was added in retrospect to support the superstitious ideas of the astrology mentality. Then three days later, we have the prediction come true.

If you have read my book, Wilderness Cry, you will know that I am the first person ever to define the essence  of God. I did so with six simple words– God is a perfect rational being. That perfection is translated into everything in existence—everything follows that perfect order. Therefore, physical miracles are an absolute impossibility. In order for a physical miracle to occur, God would need to change his nature—since God is perfect, change is an impossibility.

So why do we have the Nativity story as told in Luke’s gospel? I suspect Luke had to paint a ‘spectacular’ picture to satisfy his own superstitious and mythological mind. Professor Garry Wills, in his book, What Paul Meant, shows clearly that Luke is a veritable liar—every important aspect of Acts, which is meant to be a description of what Paul did and said, is at complete odds with what Paul, himself, wrote. Luke seems to have an uncanny penchant for fabricating tales to create a church the way he wants it.

IMG_1065Now, back to the ‘horror story’. From a sound and irrefutable, scientific and philosophical standpoint, physical miracles are an absolute impossibility. Therefore the following pertains: (1) Jesus was/is real: (2)he was born of natural parents: (3) of  necessity, he was a super-genius to see and recognize the nature of God and his creation: (4) once he concluded that he must die so the Father could be/exhibit his perfect love, he wanted desperately to tell the world the good news (gospel). So he set about his public ministry, working on the periphery attempting to educate twelve illiterates—it seems very doubtful to me that he succeeded: (5) in spite of his working and preaching in relative obscurity, his heretical teachings reached the ears of the Jewish authorities—he knew his days were numbered:(6) he went straight to the source—he made an onslaught on the temple—he turned over the moneychangers tables and called the some pretty nasty names while doing it: He then ate his last meal with his apostles, and while eating, he made one final desperate attempt to pierce their thick, prejudiced skulls—he told the that he and the Father are one just as they and the Father are one—he told them that the bread and wine they consumed were one with the Father, as was all of creation—it seems that most if not all of the didn’t understand–we have no certain way of knowing. Much of what was written was written by biased, superstitious people. Furthermore those writings have been altered extensively by other biased and superstitious people. (7) I believe without doubt that the ‘Jesus” story is basically true—its parameters are false.

It is noteworthy that the contemplative religions, Hinduism and Buddhism, basically can be summed up in the concept of trying to understand and define their Supreme Being—for that they are to be commended. The Abrahamic religions, on the other hand, are about appeasement.

For those of you who have not read Wilderness Cry and Peace In Spirituality, I strongly urge you to do so. You will garner a clear understanding of your Perfect God and your relationship with him—all  mystery and innuendo will be removed—you will then be able to have internal peace which will then assist you in being at true peace with your neighbor.

I am including press releases for both books as well a short video trailer for each.

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Press Release for Peace in Spiritiality

Contradiction-Hilary L Hunt MD

cropped-img_0360-1-e1509913859388.pngCONTRADICTION: the word itself mean a saying or statement that seems contrary to the reality or truth of another statement. Contradictions are a ‘dime a dozen’ in our everyday lives—may are readily resolved and many go totally unresolved. I want to address what seems to me do be a direct contradiction between Christian prayer and a direct quote from Luke’s Gospel.

The Christian prayer in question is the Apostles Creed which says, ‘Jesus was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. He arose again on the third day—‘ . Luke, in referring to Jesus’ crucifixion with the two insurgents on either side says that one of them rebuked Jesus for not saving  them and  himself, while the other scolds the first for rebuking Jesus, attesting that Jesus was innocent while they were getting their ‘just due’—he asked Jesus to ‘remember him when he came into his kingdom’. Jesus replied ‘this day thou shalt be with me in paradise’.

This appears to me to be a clear-cut example of ‘direct contradiction’. Some apologists, may attempt to explain it away with some hidden meaning of hell etc. However common folks speaking and hearing common language would definitely have a clear understanding that those two statements are a direct contradiction of one another.

As a matter of factual experience, during my 81 years of regular weekly/daily attendance at Catholic Mass, I have never once heard the issue addressed from the pulpit. I believe I know why—there is no rational explanation.

While I can’t prove either of the statements to be correct/incorrect, my strong suspicion is that neither is correct. In the first instance, no one knows what happened to Jesus’ soul, and in the second instance, we know from History Professor Emiratis, Garry Will, That Luke was a veritable liar. Professor Will, in his book, What Paul Meant, Shows clearly that everything Luke wrote in ‘Acts Of The Apostles’ was a total lie. Paul, you recall was the first writer—he wrote about his activities basically as they occurred. Luke’s writings about Paul’s activities bear no resemblance to Paul’s writings. Luke fashioned a religion the way he wanted it—not according to Jesus’ plan.

So, ‘right off the bat’ we have, contradictions galore and we have unfounded speculations galore all of which set the stage for the birth of more mythology founded religions—33,000 of them to be exact (as of 2014).

Preachers of every ilk have pounded the pages of that ‘holy book’ without the slightest notion of that they are saying—how can they possibly know? They speak incessantly about a god that they don’t know, and they speak incessantly about a Jesus they don’t know. And for what purpose?—money, power control. These same preachers  are building empires of structures, wealth an influence. Is That what Jesus supposedly told his apostles?—I don’t think so.

While shaking the dust off my cerebral cortex, I seem to remember Jesus telling his apostles to ‘go into the world and preach the good news that God loves you and that I have come to die for your salvation. Take no provisions; accept that is offered you; If you are not received, shake the dust off your sandals and move on’ (paraphrased). Of all the hundreds of thousands of preachers in the world, what percentage of them are concerned enough about your soul  to do as Jesus said?—I suspect extremely few. Do you see the hypocrisy as I do?

More importantly, do you see the lament?  While the preachers are amassing wealth, simultaneously they are unwittingly/possibly wittingly spreading hostility among Gods People—‘my preaching(church) is better than your’.

Please read my little books, Wilderness Cry , and Peace in Spirituality. In wilderness Cry I actually define the essence  of God, so now you may know explicitly just who your God is. In Peace in Spirituality, I show the absolute only fool-proof pathway to peace. Press Releases and video trailers for both books attached—all comments and questions welcomed.

Press Release for Peace in Spiritialoty

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Baptism With the Holy Spirit-Hilary L Hunt MD

cropped-img_0360-1-e1509913859388.pngAs suspected, yesterdays post about the history  of baptism, created  quite a   stir about the origin of baptism and its meaning. There are certain groups of Christians who cannot allow themselves that luxury of historical perspective. However, the  pagan origin of Baptism is undeniable. The ‘rub’ came when the Catholic Church declared Baptism a Sacrament, and  an essential for admission into heaven. That instantly created another loophole which had to be closed—that being  state  of limbo for the  un-baptized.

I will expose my ignorance here and declare that I do not know exactly  how the Fundamentalists  Christians came  to recognize  Baptism as a requirement for salvation. They don’t recognize Sacraments—some accept a few–Episcopalians accept them all—just don’t recognize the Pope. Suffice it to say, the pagan ritual of baptism was adopted by the Jews and  was eventually converted to a rite of ‘penitential cleansing’ by making John’s baptism as salvational.

IMG_0082So it is evident, the responsibility for Christian baptism lay clearly at the feet of Jesus. However Jesus said, ‘John gave you baptism with water, but I will Baptize you with the Holy Spirit’. Obviously a paradox exist here. Why did God’s voice speak from the  heavens and say , ‘This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased . Listen to him’. Who was there to listen and hear? Jesus had not yet chosen his apostles. So who heard that it might be recorded later? I suspect no one.  I believe it was absolutely a ‘trumped up’ idea inserted into Bible centuries later to satisfy the figment of someone’s imagination. If the Jews had heard it, they would have been compelled to, obey—direct orders from God?—who would dare ignore?

No, rather I think Jesus spoke truly about the Holy Spirit. He tried desperately for three years to educate his ‘thick- headed apostles and others—we have absolutely no way of knowing whether or not he was successful—so corrupted is the Bible. Jesus saw plainly that the Spirit of God (the life giving principle of all,  God’s love of all, God’s acceptance of all,  God’s Holy Will) resided in all. God did not reside  ‘over there’ and his creation reside ‘over here’—they were one an the same. Jesus told his apostles, ‘The Kingdom Of God is spread out all over the earth around you and you don’t see it’.

IMG_1065If we are ever to have peace on this earth, each of us must come out of our ‘badger like’ cocoons, humbly accept that the Spirit of God is in us all, and indeed in all of creation. Not one of us is worthy of God’s Kingdom—it is by his singular acceptance that he has  made us, and every grain of sand in the universe worthy.  With that understanding, we could finally have peace—not until.

My little book, Peace in Spirituality spells it out precisely. You must first read and understand Wilderness Cry before  you can understand  Peace in Spirituality.

For you locals, I will be signing copies of both books at The Good News Shoppe in Mayfield this coming Friday, Jan. 10, 11:00 AM-2:00 PM. Both books are readily available on line both hard-copy and e-books—of course, always available directly from me. Don’t miss out.

Press Release for Peace in Spiritialoty

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BAPTISM-Hilary L Hunt MD

cropped-img_0360-1-e1509913859388.pngBAPTISM: today I want to address the custom of Baptism and discuss its history. I would venture to guess that most Christians think of Baptism as a Christian rite originating with John the Baptist and Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan. Nothing, however, could be farther from the truth. A simple perusal of historical data will show that ancient Egyptians, Mesopotamians, and cultures of all sorts including Hindus and American Indians had some sort of ritual Baptism.

In the case of Christians, the practice undoubtedly came through the Jews from the Egyptians. The Egyptians believed that baptism in the waters of the Nile river afforded them an immersion into god in the next life. You will recall that the Jews were enslaved by the Egyptians for years. It is very likely that during that period, the Jews adopted some of their captors ways—baptism was one of them.

So when the New Testament says matter of factly that John was baptizing in the Jordan, it was understood by the writer that his readers would know what he was IMG_1065referring to—it was a common practice.

When Jesus came along and was baptized by John, the developing Christian church established the process as a sacrament. Moreover, the church declared it an absolute requirement for admission into heaven—un-baptized people could not enter heaven; they went to a place called limbo—a place of natural happiness but not supernatural, perfect happiness. When I was catechized in Roman Catholicism, baptism was to be done expeditiously—doctors, nurses and all people were instructed in the simple process of pouring on the water and saying the baptismal words in case of emergency or risk of death. In any event, baptism as a formal ceremony, done by a priest seldom went 7-10 days post-partum.

As I attend Sunday Mass, baptism are frequent, and many are done during the Mass ceremony itself—others done after Mass. It seems obvious that most of these babies are several weeks(months) old. I wonder why the change in sense of urgency. The ceremony used to be done in private—now with great hoopla. Anyone have any ideas? Has limbo been swept under the carpet? I haven’t heard the word mentioned from the pulpit in sixty years.

The truth of the matter is this; baptism has absolutely nothing to do with our salvation—that has been guaranteed by the death of Jesus. My two books, Wilderness Cry and Peace in Spirituality elucidate all. By defining the essence  of God, I am able to address every human condition relating to God and salvation. Press Release and video trailers for these books included.

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