Saint James the Greater
Church of God
What We Believe
At the center of the universe is an emanation of Conscious Love containing all the information necessary to manifest all of creation in its numberless forms. This emanation is called by humans, God. Desiring to experience its own creation and achieve Self-reflection this emanation made the pinnacle of Creation, humankind. God continuously sustains the world with this central emission of pure conscious energy-the Supreme Ultimate.
Periodically in human history extraordinary persons have appeared, notably Lao Tzu and Siddhartha Gautama, capable of revealing aspects of God and Creation at the limits of human intuition and intellection, until God united Divine energy with human energy in the man Yeshua who defeated death itself, and revealed a Way to eternal salvation and immortal life in the next world dependent primarily upon belief. Yeshua fully embodied God and was God's presence in human form, and He announced to us a spiritual realm which is within us and all around us which He called the Kingdom of God. Upon His death He was transformed into a new condition and He lives today, Immortal, and through Him we can become reconciled to God. In His absence from this world a Great Spirit remains which unites us with God.
There is also a Way that serves humans while we are in this material world which is consistent and harmonious with all ethical monotheisms. This Way is called the Tao and involves Self-awareness, and the disciplining and organizing of our own internal energies the better to remain attuned to that harmony which God reveals throughout His Creation while we remain in this world, resulting in a life that is harmonious with nature and with all of our fellow creatures. Yeshua said,” I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (KJV ROM 14:6)
Every one of us can make a difference in the world through the smallest of acts, through the medium of prayer, and by never condoning evil with our presence.
Developing empathy for all living beings without prejudice and working for the good, happiness, and peace of all is the purpose of life. Humankind's duty is to glorify God by acquiring those necessary acumen that will lead to the realization of Ultimate Truth.
We also believe that we create the conditions of our mortal lives through our choices and beliefs. Therefore, we teach the transformation of fear into faith, faith into knowledge, apparent illness into health and a sense of failure and fear into success and confidence, all to the Glory of the God who made us.
When we die, our spirits return to the God who gave them. Whether or not our individual personhood makes the same trip depends on our success in supplanting our mortal ego with our eternal Self, which is who we are in Christ, our Buddha nature that is always at one with the Tao. God desires that none be lost, and He has placed the necessary working tools for success within our grasps.
All opposites are relative and interdependent, and the best way to live in this world is in harmony with the natural course of things.
Do not fear Truth, and revere it above all doctrines.
Fear captivity, but do not fear freedom.
Respect is what we owe...Love is what we give.
Stop doing bad things and do only good.
Obey the Lord's all-encompassing commandment