Chapter Three of Sananda New Scripture
God Does Not Punish
Punishment Is Cruel, Unacceptable and Ineffective
It has long been believed that God punishes those who do not believe in him, or that those who do not accept the concept of One God will be condemned to a terrible Afterlife. Along with that belief system is often included the belief that those who do not accept me, Jesus, as their Saviour will suffer a similar fate - burning in Hell or being cast out of the glory of Heaven.
I wish to state emphatically and without conditions that none of these beliefs is true. Let me respond to each part of these familiar and pervasive notions.
God does not punish, and neither do I. We see punishment as cruel, unacceptable and ineffective.
There is no place such as Hell. You create your own life and the conditions of your Afterlife by your own actions and efforts during your lifetimes on Earth and elsewhere.
Creator Mother/Father God and I, along with The Company of Heaven and all Humankind, designed this "Earth Project" to allow the greatest possible opportunity for growth as Souls - those Souls who volunteered to experience the challenging learning environment which is Life on Planet Earth.
God is Love. I am Love. Compassion, Forgiveness, Hope, Harmony and Joy are Love. When you feel and act on these feelings, you are One with Us, and We are One with You.
There is another common misconception I would like to address here. It is that what we expect of you as Human Beings is "obedience to our Word". Your definition of obedience carries with it the idea of subservience to another. This is not what we wish for or desire.
Human Beings on the 3rd Dimensional Earth plane have Free Will.
Human Beings are intelligent and capable of independent thought and action during their incarnation on the Earth plane in its 3rd Dimensional state. This Dimensional condition has offered a special challenge. Without knowledge of what is past or future, or what exists outside your Earthy existence, you are required to find your own way to the highest level of functioning of which you are capable. In the process, you will also discover the innate connection in your Hearts to your Creators, to me and to the other Masters and Angels who are your Family of Light.
We celebrate your independent growth and exploration. We do not wish to suppress or to limit your discoveries or your learning opportunities. With this as the backdrop for your growth, we understand that all explorers will experience mistakes, mishaps, accidents and even deliberate deviations from what would serve the "Greater Good".
We see that you use your mistakes to learn and to evolve to a Higher Consciousness. This Learning Process on Earth has been a many-lifetime process, and we have willingly waited, watched and listened with patience as you have worked your way through trial-and-error experiences until finding your own inner guidance, your connection to God.
We do not interfere in your lives, even when things go badly, or when you indulge in what you might call criminal behaviour or destructive actions. We are bound by our Contract with you to allow you to work through your Lessons throughout your lifetime until you find your answers by experiencing the consequences of those actions. We understand that this may occur either within a single lifetime, or during your Afterlife Review, when you see your own actions through the feelings and the eyes of those you affected.
There is no punishment for transgressions during any life. Even murder may be understood as self-defence and therefore forgiven. Those who have lost a connection to their Hearts and to Divine Will, who have become the "Dark Ones" by choice and by preference, are welcomed back into the fold if they should desire to be in the Light. If not, they may eventually request to be uncreated, their molecules dispersed into the All That Is, but that would only be by their own choice, not ours. Also, in every case, we extend maximum support, encouragement, healing and incentive to aid every Soul to return home to the Light after any harrowing or extended experience in the Lower or Dark Dimensions.
Because we understand and see that your lives here in Human bodies are but a moment in the experience of your life as a Soul, this existence is no more important or precious than any moment in your Soul development. We value Human life as a part of the Great Plan of Soul Ascension, not as an end in itself, because there is no end.
We see you as Souls in Ascension, housed temporarily in the bodies you have accepted to carry you through this lifetime. The gender, environmental conditions and challenges you were to experience here were planned by you, your Higher Self, during your sojourn with us in the Higher Dimensions. In spite of our deep compassion for your difficulties, if we were to intervene to prevent the pain or challenges you experience here, we would be breaking the first Universal Law which is upheld by Creator. The first Universal Law is that of non-intervention by one who has power or influence over others.
We know from our perspective and from own experiences that once this lifetime is over, pain and suffering are gone, serving only as the memory and impetus for greater depth of understanding, empathy and compassion for others. From this Higher Dimensional perspective, shared by all Souls between incarnations, the greater the challenge - which may even include pain, starvation, suffering and violent death - the more powerful the learning experience.
We understand that this Higher Dimensional perspective is opposed to what you feel and think during your lifetime here, and we are sympathetic about the conflict you experience when you see others suffering. We encourage your efforts to alleviate suffering on the Planet, but we have also cautioned you that individual "Life Contracts" made at the Spiritual Plane level must not be interfered with.
Currently, because Gaia, the Soul of Mother Earth, has recently Ascended to the 5th Dimension, and because you are expected to soon move up with Her as a group, all Soul Contracts that called for great challenges and difficulties are hereby suspended, provided your Higher Self is in agreement with this action. Any agreements that remain in effect would have been previously planned with the unique conditions of the approaching Ascension in mind.
This does not mean the end of your Learning Process here. It is the responsibility of each Soul to assess and to understand what this new freedom implies.
We admire and respect the progress a Soul is able to make in the direction of feeling, seeing, thinking and knowing the Love of God during a life in a 3rd Dimensional Reality.
Rather than obedience, which would be imposed from without, we understand that to find our way to balance, clarity and Love by following our inner compass is a triumph of growth. The inner-directed ability to reach a high level of consciousness while still on the lower vibrational Earth plane is Universally seen as a triumph of Soul development.
Because of the myriad of difficulties a Soul may experience in one lifetime on Earth, this Earth Project as the Explorer/Creator Race is seen throughout the Cosmos as a highly-respected endeavour - something like the Olympics of Soul Growth - and a much-desired opportunity. The privilege of being able to spend a lifetime on Earth has long been seen as a highly-prised test of one's mettle, resilience, stamina and Faith. Creator Mother and Father ask only that you respect your opportunity to experience life here as the gift it is, and that you use it accordingly.
We ask that you consider these words carefully. Ponder them well, for in this message we give you the answer to your question: What is the meaning of Life? When you understand fully the meaning behind this testing Earth Project for which you have volunteered was of your own choosing, you will also know that there is no reason for complaint, no oppression of your Self by Us.
There is no reason for self-inflicted guilt for what you regret, what you have done so far, because at any moment, you can turn to the Light, join with Us in Love, and you will at that moment achieve Salvation, of your own accord. Salvation, from our perspective, means relief from delusion, darkness, anguish and pain. The result of such salvation is Ascension to a higher level of consciousness. This is the goal of all Souls in the Cosmos. Join Us in Love, Peace, Compassion and Harmony, and you will know the Joy of One.