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By William Paul Young
Trinity Lutheran of Blanco, Texas
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 • Posted May 19, 2009

Page 122: The book reads, Sarayu: “Mackenzie, we have no concept of final authority among us, only unity. We are in a circle of relationship, not a chain of command or ‘great chain of being’ as your ancestors termed it. What you’re seeing here is relationship without any overlay of power. We don’t need power over the other because we are always looking out for the best. Hierarchy would make no sense among us. Actually, this is your problem, not ours.”

The Bible says that Jesus submitted to the will of the Father. This doesn't mean that one Person is higher or better than the other; just unique. Jesus said, "I came to do the will of Him who sent me. I am here to obey my Father." Jesus also said, "I will send you the Holy Spirit" (John 4:34, 6:44, 14:26, and 15:26).

Page 122: The book says hierarchies are not created by God. Job 25:2 says God is a God of order. 1 Corinthians 12; 14; and 1 Timothy 3 tells us God is a God of order and we are to be accountable to one another.

Page 145: Jesus in the book says, “Submission is not about authority and it is not obedience; it is all about relationships of love and respect. In fact, we are submitted to you in the same way.” Mack: “How can that be? Why would the God of the universe want to be submitted to me?” Jesus: “Because we want you to join us in our circle of relationship…”

In Matthew 7:13-15 Jesus tells us the gate is narrow for the road that leads to eternal life. We are to submit to God inn all things. 2 Peter 1:1-10 shows God’s anger against false prophets and God’s judgment for their destruction.

Page 161-164, 169, and 248: Page 164 reads, “He chose the way of the cross where mercy triumphs over justice because of Love.” Page 169 reads, “Mackenzie, judgment is not about destruction, but about setting things right.” Page 248 reads, “And one day, when all is revealed, everyone of us will bow our knee and confess in the power of Sarayu (Holy Spirit) that Jesus is Lord of all Creation, to the glory of Papa.”

Jesus own description of hell is found in Luke 12:5; 16:23. We all know John 3:16, but John 3:17-18 tells us the world is already condemned. The book’s theology is that everyone will be saved, regardless of whom they might be. Heresy at its worst.

Page 182: The book says, “I have no desire to make them Christian, but I do want to join in their transformation into sons and daughters of my Papa, into brothers and sisters, into my Beloved.” It also says, “Those who love me come from every system that exists. They were Buddhists or Mormons, Baptists or Muslims, Democrats, Republicans and many who don’t vote or are not part of any Sunday morning or religious institutions.”

Two points of theology here are Jesus changing His being and universalism of all religions being the same. John 14:6 reveals Jesus is the only way and that we must come to the Father. Hebrews 11:12 and 13:8 reads that there is no change in Jesus, because he is the same yester

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