WHAT DO GODISTS BELIEVE?
We desire to know your beliefs for as concerning this church, we know that everywhere it is spoken against” (Acts 28:22). These Jewish elders in first century Rome set a good example. They wanted to hear directly from Paul about True Christianity, rather than from obviously biased outside critics alone.
THE BIBLE, JESUS CHRIST AND GOD
Godists believe that “the Bible is the Voice of God and contains the truth that can set man free” (John 8:32). And although some have called us Anti-Christ, this is simply persecution and propaganda. We believe completely in Jesus Christ and follow him faithfully. (Philippians 2:9; 1 Corinthians 15:27,28). We comply completely with the teachings of Jesus Christ: “If you love me keep my commandments” – John 14:15,21-24.
However, since Jesus said again and again to his disciples that he was not the Almighty God, and that he was lower than God in age, in power and in wisdom, Godists believe that God is greater than Jesus. Jesus himself said, “The Father is greater than I” – John 14:28. Two points are obvious here – firstly, Jesus is not the Father and secondly, the Father is his superior. The truth is that Jesus never claimed to be the Almighty God (see John 8:17,18; 5:19; 6:38; 7:16,17; 17:3; 20:17; Mark 10:18; 15:34; 13:32; Luke 4:18; 22:42; 23:46; Matthew 20:23; Hebrews 5:8; 2 Corinthians 1:3; Revelation 1:1).
Of course, all true children of God believe and receive the Word of God when it speaks loud and clear about the personality of Jesus. No wonder Godists do not believe Jesus is equal with God as the Trinity doctrine teaches. Rather, we believe Jesus was made, or rather begotten by God. The made can not be compared to it’s maker – Colossians 1:15,16; 1 Corinthians 11:3.
In the Hebrew language, God’s name is Yahweh, meaning All powerful. The Bible says: “Thou whose name alone is Yahweh art the most high” (Psalm 83:18). In accordance with this truth, Jesus exalted the name of God, teaching us to pray, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be thy name.” and he himself prayed to God, “I have made your name manifest to the men you gave me” – Matthew 6:9; John 17:6.
Godists are bent on imitating Jesus in declaring the Name and Word of God to the whole world. So, we have taken the name Godists because we imitate Jesus, “the Son of God” (John 10:36).
Consequently, Psalm 82:6 says to God’s regenerated people: “I have said, Ye are gods” is the statement of God, “and all of you are children of God.”
THE KINGDOM OF GOD
Jesus taught his disciples, “My kingdom is not of this world,” and he made that Kingdom the subject matter of his transcendental teachings (Mark 1:14,15). Godists believe that the Kingdom of God is a state of Consciousness in which the spirit of man is in continuous fellowship with the spirit of God. In other words, it is the government of Heaven upon the earth. In John 3:3 Jesus said “Unless a man be born again he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.” To be born again does not imply a return to one’s mother’s womb and rebirth therefrom, but a spiritual rebirth, a transformation from selfhood to Godhood.
Similarly, the Kingdom of God does not imply a physical kingdom as Jesus said aright, but an interior illumination.
Jesus taught his disciples to pray, “Let your Kingdom come.” But how will God’s Kingdom come? By going to church? Praying and fasting? Donating to the church? Reading the Bible? Being a pastor? On the contrary, the teachings of Jesus powerfully shows that the coming of God’s Kingdom into a person’s life will require love of God and brethren: “The first of all the Commandments is, the Lord our God is One, and you shall love Him with all your thoughts, words and actions and the second is, love your neighbour as yourself” – Mark 12:29-32. Thus Godists are strongly convinced that the gates of the Kingdom of God are open to those who love God and brethren and enemies. Love fulfills the commandments.
When will God’s Kingdom come? On the foundation of the Bible Godists believe the Kingdom of God is above time, place and circumstance and will come whenever people become born again, and conquer the works of the flesh with the fruits of spirit. In Luke 17:21 we read: “And when Jesus was demanded of the Pharisees, when the Kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, “The Kingdom of God cometh not with observation: neither shall they say, Lo here! Lo there! For, behold, the Kingdom of God is within you.”
As both a state of Consciousness and an interior condition the Kingdom of God is always close at hand; for it is in fact the fruit of seeds of right and righteous living, both in public and in private. The Kingdom of God includes a state of never dying, ever living joy. Also, at this level of awareness one feels an eternal union with God and can say with knowledge: I and the Father are one (John 10:30).
The Kingdom of heaven is another symbolic term in the Bible for that state of complete Godlikeness or Godism that puts a man in that condition where he thinks, talks and acts like God – Matthew 5:48.
Both the kingdom of heaven and its theological opposite, the so-called hell-fire, are phrases describing states of consciousness. The one is based upon unity with God, and the other upon separation from God. We believe life on earth is hellish and the result of original sin. God made man in His image and likeness to dwell with Him forever in Heaven. The Parable of the Prodigal Son is the true story of the fall of Man. Out of greed man chose the temporal and forsook the eternal. Earth life is temporal and ends because it begins. The Godist is the one who operates above earth life, who knows his origins in Heaven. Consequently, he realizes his true nature as a child and part and spark of God and therefore like the Prodigal Son returns back home, back to Heaven – Luke 15:11-24,32. Because we love God with our whole thoughts, words and actions, and our friends and enemies as ourselves, we are above national, racial, social, political and religious differences (Matthew 5:44). We are known all over the world for our tolerance even in the face of unhealthy opposition and persecution – Luke 23:34.
We struggle to embolden the position of Jesus in relation to God’s Kingdom: “They are not part of this world, just as I am not part of this world” (John 17:16). We believe that being apart from this world means avoiding the vanities and iniquities so common in this world, like false religion, fornication, idolatry, adultery, stealing, war, lying, materialism and other such things that are against the Word of God – Exodus 20:17.
HOPE FOR THE FUTURE
Godists believe that our present life is the result of our past lives and that our future is based on our present. We believe that God in His infinite goodness will grant us the courage to tolerate the hellish agony of birth, disease, old age and death that forms the four pillars of life on earth (Job 14:1; Ecclesiastics 3:1-8). And, will open up everlasting life for us in one of His many mansions in Heaven when our days on earth are over – John 14:2.
Godists have absolute faith in a future life, based on the resurrection of the righteous into Heaven immediately after death – Ecclesiastics 12:7. We believe, as the Bible teaches, that when a person dies his spirit returns to God immediately for judgment, that “there shall be two resurrections; the resurrection of life and the resurrection of damnation” (John 5:29). The resurrection of life is for those who followed the word of life brought by the Lord Jesus (John 6:63). Thus, as true followers of Jesus Christ our hope is a return back home, back to God to dwell for evermore in a spiritual body in Heaven – 1 Corinthians 15:26, 40- 44.
However, Godists are convinced that those who receive the resurrection of damnation shall not languish in a literal Hell forever or be wiped out of existence as some believe. That would be callous of a God whose mercies endures forever. Obviously, they will be reborn again on earth or earth-like worlds where again they will be given another life to work out their salvation – Malachi 4:5; Matthew 11:14.
True, it is impossible to cover all the beliefs of the Godists in this short tract, that is why we encourage you to feel free to obtain additional information by visiting the Headquarters or any Godism Centre nearest to you.