THE PURE RELIGION – Chapter 1 | The Pure Religion: It is a great misfortune that people have been so discouraged by the state of religion and the history of religion in this world—all of the violence that it has produced, corruption, misunderstanding and confusion. It is a demonstration of what people do with God’s Revelations when they are not guided by the power of Knowledge within themselves. Here religion becomes a tool of the state, a resource for ambitious people, another distinction that one tribe will use to overwhelm or overcome another.
THE GREAT FAITH – Chapter 2 | The Pure Religion: It is necessary now to consider what real faith is in the light of great change in the world. With the coming waves of change that will sweep across the face of the world, with the Greater Darkness that is in the world, your understanding of faith must change. It must take a higher ground, a more secure position, a more authentic understanding and expression.
THE SACRED – Chapter 3 | The Pure Religion: It is time now to speak of the Sacred—what is truly sacred, what must be revered, what must be recognized—and to see how it is very different from the things that are considered sacred and held to be sacred by many people.
For what is sacred cannot be touched. It cannot be named. It cannot be held within your hands. It is not a place. It is not a building. It is not an object. For what is sacred is what is permanent.
GOD’S ANCIENT COVENANT WITH HUMANITY – Chapter 4 | The Pure Religion: Throughout history humanity has made covenants with God, often thinking that it is God’s covenant that they are creating. These have varied according to the Sacred Covenant that God has always made. For human understanding can never encompass the Divine awareness. And human ethics and human law can never mirror perfectly the Divine awareness, for it is far too great and mysterious, extending far beyond the realm and the reach of the intellect.
THE PURPOSE OF RELIGION – Chapter 5 | The Pure Religion: At this time and place, it is important to speak about the purpose of religion. Religion is part of the human experience, and any attempts that have been made to eradicate it or to minimize it have proven to be unsuccessful. For you cannot deny the reality of the human spirit. You cannot deny the fundamental reality that there is a greater spiritual need in people that must be expressed. But like all things in the world, that which is natural and essential can become distorted, misaligned and misused, allied with other purposes, particularly when these natural impulses become connected with governments and powerful forces in society.
GOD’S NEW MESSAGE FOR THE WORLD’S RELIGIONS – Chapter 6 | The Pure Religion: Today We shall speak on God’s New Revelation and the world’s religions.
First you must understand that God has initiated all the great religions of the world and in each case has sent a Messenger from the Angelic Assembly to initiate these traditions at the outset.
RELIGIOUS FUNDAMENTALISM – Chapter 7 | The Pure Religion: People living in Separation try to make everything fit Separation. They try to make their ideas, their activities, their beliefs and their emphasis in life function within the realm of living in isolation, being separated from God and their Source.
RELIGIOUS VIOLENCE – Chapter 8 | The Pure Religion: Religion’s violence has been a plague upon humanity for centuries, exercised around the world, always present, periodically very extreme. It is a problem because religion is being used by those forces, those groups and those nations seeking power and domination, using religion as a justification, as a cause, as a purpose. But this cannot be, you see, for God initiated all the world’s religions because God knows that not everyone can follow one teaching or one teacher.
HEAVEN AND HELL – Chapter 9 | The Pure Religion: It is a common theme in humanity’s understanding of spirituality and religion that there is a higher truth, a greater realm, and that there is a lower realm, a realm of pain and suffering. For to be in physical reality is to experience this pain and suffering and to see its manifestations everywhere around you. Yet the memory of your Ancient Home, the reality of a greater and more complete existence, is still recalled, if only for fleeting moments.
SIN, ERROR AND REDEMPTION – Chapter 10 | The Pure Religion: The chief concern for people who are interested in religion is the problem of sin, the problem of human error, even grievous human error. And with sin is associated suffering and punishment. Even Hell has been created as a kind of ultimate punishment for ultimate sins.