This is a message to all who believe in God and pray
for peace (and also to all who desire peace and do
not believe in God).
If you really want peace, your prayers have been
answered. God has given you a roadmap for
achieving peace, justice, and prosperity but God
will not make you follow that path. It is your
responsibility to open your heart and your mind in order
that you might see and respond appropriately to the gift that has
been given to you.
God is not going to make you do anything, for God loves
you in freedom. Part of the responsibility of having
been given the freedom to think for yourself is the
responsibility to take appropriate action if it is within your
purview to do so, and to move towards the goals you wish
or pray for once you have been given the tools and the
insight you need to proceed.
If you are expecting God to relieve you of the responsibility
and necessity of advancing your goals through your own
purposeful and responsible behavior of which you are
capable, then that is an expectation that probably will not be
fulfilled, at least not in a way that you might hope.
If you are somewhat confused by the options available to
you and question your own ability to separate that which is
real from that which is illusion, then you might rightfully
ask God for help in sorting it all out. If you ask
with an open heart and with sincerity, that help will be
I can tell you this. God is real and not a myth.
Your prayers and desire for peace and justice have been heard,
and a path to their fulfillment and/or appropriate
clues to spark your imagination, have been provided.
The rest is up to you. To follow this path does not
require a belief in God, but it does require a belief in the
power of the truth and a commitment to intellectual
Who am I?
I am a messenger. Over the last seven years I have
been delivering the message. On a number
of occasions I have even repeated myself, thinking
that perhaps repetition might be useful, particularly
since there are always newcomers to the realization that a
better world requires personal responsibility and
participation. Now that I've told you I am a
messenger and have delivered a body of work which I refer
to as the message, "the ball is now in your
I do, in fact, sympathize with you, for the task
before you is not an easy one. A lot of what you
believe or think you know are illusions propagated
by religious and cultural institutions steeped in dogma.
Religions are attempts at explaining what is not very
well understood by its proponents. One common illusion is that having
an exquisite relationship with God requires a religion.
It does not.
It is not always easy to let go of misunderstandings,
particularly when the misunderstandings were presented to you
by people you love and trust. These people did not
betray you... they only shared with you what they were
taught; what they believed to be true.
But human history is a story of discovery. Old
beliefs rightfully die and illusion is replaced with something
closer to the truth, as human beings gain experience
and learn more about their universe.
There will always be greater knowledge and deeper
understanding ahead of you if you allow and keep yourself open
to that possibility.
In any event, these are interesting times and God has
not, will not, betray you. But your happiness, success,
and freedom will require that you actually use the full
measure of your intelligence and abilities.
God loves you and so do I.
Mark A. Goldman