Archbishop Jonathan Blake

The Most Reverend Jonathan Blake, Presiding Archbishop of the Open Episcopal Church B.A. (Hons), Dip. Pastoral Studies. Bishop's Haven, 105 Danson Crescent Welling DA16 2AS U.K. Mobile: 07767 687711 www.bishopjonathanblake.com bishopjonathanblake@ntlworld.com www.openepiscopalchurch.org www.twitter.com/bishopjonathan The Church is a member of The International Council of Community churches and the World Council of Churches. Married and a proud Dad.

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Gassed in Tehran, seized in Kabul, helped Mother Teresa, almost murdered, raised £300,000, ordained 1981, street sleeper, pilgrim to Auschwitz, Kenya + Pakistan 4 peace, began 1st inter-faith NHS chapel, wrote text on Parliament, arrested, relinquished his 12 year Anglican post 2 be independent, baptised 1000's in homes, on Mt Snowdon + in circus ring, did wedding underwater, wrote ‘For God’s Sake Don’t Go To Church’, nailed 95 Theses to Canterbury cathedral, arrested, co-founded the Society for Independent Ministry, was consecrated a bishop, co-founded the Open Episcopal Church, did 1st gay wedding on prime time TV, sued Associated Newspapers 4 defamation, co-consecrated 1st women bishops 4 England. Wales + Scotland, accommodated the homeless, took Mass 2 sex workers + posted it, elected Archbishop, arrested 4 taking kids on roof, not charged, founded ‘When No One’s Watching', became an ICV, did Jade Goody's wedding , invited 2 Downing St, wrote 'That Old Devil Called God Again', arrested 4 times campaigning against child abuse, had harassment conviction quashed on appeal, appealing a conviction for breaches of restraining order 2 stop a paedophile

Monday, February 17, 2014

HAVE WE GOT A COSY PLACE NEAR TO GOD

Do we believe that God loves us and is going to save us because we believe in him and have given our lives to him and that we are assured a place in heaven?

I am sorry to say this, but I have no choice, such a belief would amount to one of the greatest egotistical self deceptions around.

God loves everyone because God created everyone.

God does not love us because we believe. Our belief is irrelevant.

God does not assure us of a place in heaven because we have made a commitment. Our commitment and our response is irrelevant.

As a good mother and a father love their child, so God loves us.

As a good mother and father only want the best for their child, so God only wants the best for us.

As a good mother and a father would never destroy their child, so God will never destroy us.

We have no advantage whatsoever over an atheist, an agnostic, a member of another faith community like a Muslim or a Hindu or a Pagan, not even over those who have done and do extreme wrong.

God loves every person equally and if God is God and if heaven is heaven, then all will be healed, restored and welcomed into this Utopian community of life.

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