Faith is the complete trust or confidence in someone or something. Doesn’t this imply that someone or something will be there to meet your needs? Does this also mean that that someone or something will be there to “protect” or “provide”? So why have faith in God? Who came up with “have faith in God”? What does it mean to have faith in God?
Originally yin yang was about BALANCE in the physical world. Later it became a philosophy and went beyond physical and into metaphysics. Corporeal and Spiritual. The good and evil.
Then Yin Yang began to represent the good and bad in every soul. That each of us must maintain this balance as in the physical universe or face chaos. This is where the yin yang does not agree with Universal Stewardship.
Universal Stewardship teaches balance but it does not infer that the good and the bad are equally distributed in the character of a man. Balance is about Prudence. It is about how we make our choices, because choices define our lives.
Yes there is good and bad in all of us. The one we feed will always be stronger than the other. In certain individuals, families or communities evil pervades. Still, the fact of the matter is that there is more good than bad in this universe.
Most of the negative things that happen to us and around us can be attributed to disconnection.
Poverty: Disconnection certainly creates and maintains poverty.
Depression: Death of a loved one, family or friend causes disconnection and enhances depression. Disputes and conflicts contributes to disconnection and can lead to depression. Being alone and disconnected from people can cause depression.
Violence: Physical, emotional or sexual abuse will lead to disconnection.
Disrespect: Show disrespect and there is almost an instantaneous disconnection.
Rely: To depend on with full trust or confidence. ↔ Who relies on others for his own welfare?
Depend: Be controlled or determined by. ↔ Who is dependent on others for his own grandeur?
Need: Require (something) because it is essential or very important. Expressing necessity or obligation. ↔Who needs the care and attention of others for his own glory?
Consent: To give permission for something to happen. ↔ Who is in need of approval?
Accept: To believe or come to recognize (an opinion, explanation, etc.) as valid or correct. ↔ Who reaches out for acceptance and avoid condemnation?
Obey: To comply with the command, direction, or request of (a person or a law); submit to the authority of. To behave in accordance with (a general principle, natural law, etc.). ↔ Who mandates obedience from his followers?
Loyalty: A strong feeling of support or allegiance. ↔ Who requires the undying loyalty of anyone?
The answer to the above questions is MAN.
These are all GOOD behaviors and characteristics of humans. Qualities that a man would love others to bestow upon him. These are the inherent quality of a being who does not have unlimited power, who is not fully connected, a being with a VOID that needs to be filled. Surely these are not the qualities of an OMNIPOTENT being.
God did not create the universe because he felt “wanting”. He created the universe because he wanted to SHARE the love. He created the universe and made it our GUIDE. He gave us no commandments. He gave us resources. He gave us hints or guidance (some call this revelation). He wanted to share his Free Will. He lovingly gave us the ability to CHOOSE. He gave it to us kindly, with only one string attached; Accountability.
God does not “test” us. He does not make us go through a gauntlet to attain reward. He did not dictate to us as to how we should live or what lifestyle to follow.
God does not go out of his way to destroy humanity just because he felt jilted, disobeyed, betrayed or cheated. This is the behavior of corporeal beings and not God. For sure, God will hold us accountable for our behavior but not in this human way of “justice or accountability”.
God does not rely on us for his satisfaction and welfare. God does not depend on us for anything. Surely, God does not need or crave our attention. He does not make us sacrifice the life of our loved ones (another human) just to prove our loyalty to him. God does not require a covenant for our loyalty, it is our choice. God does not need acceptance from us or our consent. He is who he is. Most of all he does not mandate our obedience. He gave us Free will.
Not everything is about freewill or choices. However, your prosperity and the glory of your soul definitely rides on the freedom of choice. Unlike your physical being, mental capacity, talent, and genetics which are embedded in you at conception. Do not pretend to be as God and judge the choices or lifestyles that people have. Not all behaviors and characteristics of humans are derived from choices.
Go ahead and judge if you have all the facts but never be judgmental. Do not conveniently say that you do not hate just because you have already condemned them. Your condemnation of others is biased and prejudicial and does not exercise prudence if it’s simply based on the teachings and on what you have learned from books infused with the “behaviors and characteristics” mentioned above. Instead, celebrate humanity and be grateful for who you are.
It is good to be grateful for all that God has given us. GRATITUDE is one of the greatest virtues. Does God hold all that he has given us, as ransom? NO. God does not expect reciprocation. He does not demand. He does not want us to fear him. He shares his love and we should do the same by being GRATEFUL and reciprocate his kindness. We can be Nice, Kind and Loving to others and make this universe a better place to live in.
“God is not about the eternal damnation or punishment in hell, and neither is he about the eternal reward of heaven. He is about accountability in terms of privileges. God is about serenity and love and the ever lasting opportunity to belong and be “more”. God simply wants us to live our eternal life (corporeal and spiritual), to love, to share, to prosper and to be happy.”
Our lives are revolved around people and our environment. We want and actually crave to stay connected. The social media, newspapers, radio, television, entertainment industry, schools, organizations, religions and governments all exist to keep people connected. We crave connectivity. It enhances our lives and most of the time brightens our day.
Being connected allows an individual to properly trade. Trading gives an individual the ability to get funding. Without funding we can’t survive. Connection leads to security and prosperity.
The most important connection that many people take for granted is the connection with family. Most of us need support. We can get support from friends, peers and organizations but there is nothing stronger than the support from family. However, a family can’t support us if we are disconnected. Vanity, greed and the unwillingness to apologize and forgive broke and keep families apart.
Try to be nice. Being nice is like having a magnet towards goodness, great relationships and opportunities to prosperity.
The security and prosperity of every creature on earth is based on the ability to bond and stay connected. Disconnection leads to so many negative results. Poverty and death (suicide and starvation) are the most prominent negative effects. Most people lose hope when they are disconnected. Nations and organizations fall apart when disconnection sets in.
Do not underestimate the power of a handshake, an eye-contact or a casual conversation. These are the building blocks of a powerful relationship. God created us. He did not create you to be alone. He created you to be with us. Anyone can climb out of the pit of poverty if he/she grabs onto the lifeline of relationships.
We talk and preach about how love conquers all and that it can solve all problems. That love will bring peace and goodwill to us all. But before love can work, we have to be NICE.
Love is instinctive. So what is the first positive thing that we should teach our children? Let us teach them to be nice. Instinctively a child craves for the mother’s care and attention. A mother in turn loves and cares for the child. As the child grows and begins to meddle in everything that arouses curiosity, a mother begins the lessons of discipline.
Do not start your discipline with denial as most parents do. The stern No, No, No will indeed develop discipline, but it will also foster negativeness. Instead use a soft tone in your voice and say “be nice”, this will always create better results. A child then learns the positive way towards discipline.
When a child grabs something that he/she is not supposed to, don’t spank the hand. Instead hold it and lead it away and nicely give the reason why. You can say NO in a soft and firm voice so as not to instill fear in the child. You may think that a child can’t understand, but they understand your tone of voice.
It is unfortunate that many children learn the negativity before positivity. This negativity is carried over to adulthood. That is why there are so many bullies out there who would insult, make fun of and deprive others, and we have to deal with them. We can deal with them with prudence. Can’t be prudent if you are not nice. Prudence gives the bully a chance to change his/her mind and be nice.
Do not be confused with “turning the other cheek” for being nice. “Turning the other cheek” is being tolerant. And continued tolerance is cowardice. When ignoring, prudence and being nice fails, then an attitude adjustment is in order.
Try to be nice everyday. Being nice opens the door to respect and kindness. Being nice makes it easier to be polite. Being nice allows you to smile more often. A smile has a tendency to dampen anger and it helps brighten the day.
Every single being has an inherent need to dominate. Survival triggers the need for dominance. The desire for dominance is as strong as the instinct to survive. Although some people have diminished their quest for dominance, most likely due to previous failures at the attempt. But their desire is still there and is only hidden away. Just a little spark will awaken the desire.
Is dominance a bad thin? No. It is not.
When you want to succeed, you want to dominate. When you are in a competition, you want to dominate. When you want to get promoted and improve your earning capacity you want to dominate. Even just to get a piece of the action, you need to dominate. However, dominance must be tempered with the principles and guidelines of Universal Stewardship. Dominance without kindness and respect is the mode of the bully.
What do the religions of the world do to gain more followers? They build on dominance. What do countries do to build their prosperity? They dominate. What do corporations do to corner the market? They negotiate to dominate. Those who can’t dominate on their own, form alliances. Those who realize that dominance is not sustainable learn to cooperate. However, once prosperity is achieved via cooperation or alliance, somehow, greed has its way to bring back dominance to the surface.
The combination of trade, power and influence are the tools in building dominance.
Trading in simply a form of an exchange. Depending on supply and demand, trading will require negotiation and bargaining. Once one side feels that it has the upper hand, then the idea of dominance creeps in. The quest for dominion via trade, power and influence always linger. It never goes away.
Universal Stewardship does not advocate any government or any religion. However, we do insist that government must be kept separate form religions or any ideologies. We ask our followers to do their duty to God and their country and follow the principles and the guidelines of universal stewardship.
The order of things are as follows: God, self, country(tribe),
religion(ideology). Let us not ever forget that. Universal Stewardship
is not about religion or country. It is about God’s creation.
As mentioned by the founder of Universal Stewardship, Franklin H.
Maletsky, “Let there be freedom of religion, but keep religion separate
from government. A country that bows down to the laws of religion will
one day be governed by religion.”