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Quote of the week from In Search of the Loving God:
“Alas!” Emperor Vespasian, destroyer of Judaea, jested on his death bed, “I think I am turning into a god.” It had long been supposed that Roman emperors became gods when they died, but later Roman emperors, starting with Aurelian, took the inevitable further step of declaring themselves gods while they were still alive. The emperor Diocletian, for instance, went to considerable lengths to use his “divinity” to impose order on his unruly empire. He split his empire into two halves, each under an emperor, and further subdivided it into administrative dioecese, named after himself, governed by officials called vicarii. Diocletian outlawed Christianity, and ordered its clergy to submit to the imperial cult, its churches to be shut, and its sacred books to be destroyed. He was the god, a personification and emanation of the chief god of the Roman pantheon, Jupiter. His palace included a vast hall designed for his subjects to worship him in. Subsequently, churches and cathedrals were modelled on this hall of worship, with its rows of Roman arches high on Corinthian columns leading to a facade based on a triumphal arch. Diocletian sat on a throne underneath the semi-circular triumphal arch, where the Bible on its altar was later placed; the silks and gold, pearls and precious stones which decked out the emperor, were later used to cover and decorate imperial altar Bibles. Incense was censed around the throne.
Despite the grandeur, Diocletian wasn’t a very convincing god. He abdicated as emperor well before he died, after suffering a kind of nervous breakdown, and went back to his palace in the country to grow vegetables. In a letter to his friend and former co-emperor Maximian, who had tried to draw him into leadership again to help establish his son in the succession to the imperial throne, Diocletian said that if he could only see the splendid cabbages he had planted in the palace gardens with his own hands, he would no longer urge him to give up his enjoyment of happiness for the pursuit of power. At the same time he continued to hold court as a god. But a god growing cabbages as a hobby can’t have been very convincing.
— From In Search of the Loving God, Chapter 7, "The Church Becomes Mistress of the State" pp. 105-106.
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Endorsements and Reviews:
In Search of the Loving God is a book written with a purpose - and that purpose is to bring an age old message of truth and love to our tired, confused and desperate world. Mark is out to conquer hearts and win love for God. His book mingles impressive scholarship with both poetic appeal and down to earth empirical experiences. The world is in great need of the healing that this book could bring it.
(Ian D. Baynes, B.V.Sc., M.A.P.S.)
In Search of the Loving God reads like a combination mystery, history, and Bible commentary all rolled into one. Read it for its enlightening view on Scripture and revealing stories of the church's history. May the Spirit use this book to reach many people with its hopeful
message for the future of Christianity.
(Joy Wells, Educator)
Mr Mason's skills as both researcher and writer are such that I was unable to put the book down once I started it. He makes what could be a very dry topic not only readable, but also highly relevant to someone who is attempting to move beyond surface spirituality to a level of deep understanding and growth.
His book is divided into two parts. The first gives a very comprehensive, and eye-opening, history of the Bible and Christianity as a religion. He shows incredibly clearly how and why the church strayed from the teachings of Jesus and what that means to the church today. The second section shows how the Bible and its teachings are relevant to seekers in today's world. He describes Bible passages that teach us about reincarnation, a simple lifestyle and free will, and he includes wonderful and affirming interpretations about what hell and the book of Revelation really means.
(Patricia Vallerand, from her review of In Search of the Loving God in the Observer Quarterly)
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Author's description of In Search of the Loving God:
In Search of the Loving God proposes that the key to knowing and loving God is meditation, but that before we can love God, and effectively meditate, we need to overcome our fear of Him. The book challenges traditional Christian beliefs by taking a fresh look at the life of Jesus, and at how the church soon became corrupt and power-seeking and largely ignored Jesus' teachings, invented the concept of everlasting punishment in hell in order to control people through fear, and eventually terrorized European society with the Inquisition and the witch craze, in which millions of women were burned at the stake, often for no crime greater than being a midwife. It looks at the disturbing similarities between medieval Christianity and modern religious fundamentalism, which in America manifests as the Christian Coalition, and other organizations of the religious right. It shows how the "us and them" nature of our society is based on, and underpinned by, the medieval Christian belief that some people are valuable to God and are saved, while others are not and are eternally damned. The importance of the separation of church and state in protecting us against fundamentalism, and preserving our freedom to make our own moral choices is highlighted, as is the reality of our free will -- God's greatest gift to us.
The book has chapters on why there is no honest Biblical basis for believing in everlasting punishment in hell, Biblical evidence for believing in Reincarnation, a metaphysical interpretation of the Book of Revelation, how to meditate, the reality of miracles in our lives, and on how Christianity could be more accepting of other religions such as Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam. It advocates a radical reform of Christianity, which would result in it becoming a religion of love and acceptance, rather than what it traditionally has been: a religion of guilt and fear. Abandoning the belief in eternal hell, and embracing reincarnation and meditation may sound particularly New Age, but the Bible shows Jesus taught these concepts, and that they open the way to knowing and loving God. If you are looking for a loving and inclusive spirituality, a Christianity that embraces God and all people, then this book might be a stepping stone on your path.
In divine love,
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