It is I, Sananda.
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 Savior will suffer a similar fate - burning in Hell, or cast out of the glory of Heaven.
I wish to state emphatically and without conditions that none of these beliefs are true. Let me respond to each part of these familiar and pervasive beliefs.
God does not punish, and neither do I. We see punishment as cruel, unacceptable and ineffective.
There is no place, 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.
There is One Prime Creator, the One we refer to as The Father of Creation. He does not require that anyone worship him/her. He is the Creator of all Creators, the God’s God, as you might say. He is One, and he is not male or female.
Prime Creator is the beginning and the Source of all. He created me, and he created the one you also refer to as your personal God, the Mother/Father God who are the Creators of the Milky Way Galaxy. They are One, and they are both male and female.
Mother/Father God have been known by many names: Yahway, Jehova, Allah, Shiva, Alcyone, Mother Sekhmet, Zorra and Saraya to name a few. Notice that most of these names are male. This will change, to reflect the truth of their equality.
I do not think of myself as your Savior, and I do not wish to be worshipped. I am the one who is here to guide and oversee the Ascension of all humankind of Planet Earth. It is my great desire to be of service, and to offer Love, comfort, healing and support to all, regardless of what religious practices they have aligned with in the past. I see all as my Brothers and Sisters.
Mother/Father God and I, along with all humankind, designed this Earth Project which was to allow the greatest possible opportunity for growth as souls - those souls who are the children of Mother/Father God as well as others who come from other planets and galaxies 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 idea 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 3-dimensional Earth plane have had free will.
Human beings are intelligent and capable of independent thought and action during their incarnation on the Earth plane in its third dimensional state. This condition 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 way to the highest level of functioning of which you are capable. In the process, most of you also discover the connection in your hearts, which is innate in your make-up, to your Creators and to me.
We celebrate your independent growth and exploration. We do not wish to suppress or 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 higher consciousness. This is a many-lifetime process, and we will wait, watch and listen with patience as you work your way through trial-and-error experiences until you find your own inner guidance, which is your connection to God.
We do not interfere in your lives, even when things may go badly, or when you may indulge in what you might call criminal behavior, 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, either within a single lifetime, or during your afterlife review, when you see your own actions with the feelings and the eyes of those you affected.
There is no punishment for transgressions during this life. Even murder may be understood as self-defense and therefore forgiven. Those who have lost a connection to their hearts, who have become Dark Hats 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 be un-Created, their molecules dispersed into the All That Is, but that would be by their own choice, not ours.
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, as your Higher Self, during your sojourn with us in higher dimensions. In spite of our deep compassion for your difficulties, if we were to intervene to prevent the pain or difficulties you experience here, we would be breaking the first Universal Law which was laid down by Prime Creator - that of non-intervention by one in power over others.
We understand that once this lifetime is over, pain and suffering are gone, serving only as the memory/impetus for greater depth of understanding, empathy and compassion for others. From this higher dimensional perspective, which is shared by all souls between incarnations, the greater the challenge, which may even include great 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 to the conflict you experience when you see others suffering. We encourage you efforts to alleviate suffering on the planet, but we have also cautioned you that individual contracts must not be interfered with.
Now, in August, 2013, because Mother Earth has ascended to the 5th dimension, and because you are expected to move with her as a group, all soul contracts which called for great challenges and difficulties are hereby suspended, provided your Higher Self is in agreement with this. Any continuing agreements would be part of previous planning because of the unique conditions of the approaching Ascension. It is the responsibility of each soul to assess and 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 3rd dimensional reality. Rather than obedience, which would be imposed from without, we see this as a triumph of growth - the inner-directed ability to reach a high level of consciousness while still on the lower vibrational Earth plane. This is Universally seen as a triumph of soul development.
Because of the myriad difficulties a soul may experience in one lifetime on Earth, this Project is seen throughout the Cosmos as a highly-respected endeavor - 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-prized test of one’s mettle, resilience, stamina and Faith. We 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 Project which was of your own making, 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 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, and 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.
I am your Sananda, in loving service to Prime Creator and to all humankind.
Received by Kathryn E. May, on August 8, 2013, 6 . EDT