Seminary Program

This is where we post the essays from many of our Universal Life Church Seminary students. When students finish a ULC course, they write a comprehensive essay about their experiences with the course, what they learned, didn't learn, were inspired by, etc. Here are their essays.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Four Gospels Course by Rev. Michael

Four Gospels by Rev. Michael

Final Essay on the Four Gospels                                                                                                                                                      
Rev. Michael
As I meditated and reflected on the four gospels it brings me good news to my soul.  It gave me an understanding of the Father, one in sovereignty; the son, the second person, in incarnation and salvation, delivering from every enemy; the Holy Spirit, the third person, realizing in us and to us Divine things that are seen as God's creative works.
In life itself we all need a teacher.  Jesus is a great teacher who teaches true happiness that result in spiritual growth and blessings.  He teaches about the Law of the Old Testament and how we need to teach others to obey those Laws.  He teaches about anger, adultery, divorce, vows, revenge, love for your enemies, (so that you will stay closer to him), charity, and prayer.  I try very hard to apply these things as the nucleus of my own life.  This is why we all must stay alert and spiritual because no one knows when the day or hour will come; it might be in the evening or at midnight or before dawn or at sunrise.

As Jesus spoke in parables he was giving an earthly message with a heavenly or spiritual meaning.  The parable about the sower reveals the reaping.  If we sow love we get love, if we sow kindness we get kindness, if we sow joy we get joy, if we sow faith we get faith, if we sow hope we get hope.  The parables are spiritual, that is why Jesus said "they may look but not see, and listen but not understand".
The gospels are a blueprint or manual in the way we should live our life.  Jesus blesses the children by placing his hands on them and praying for them.  We know how important the children are for our future.  So we must pray for them and with them, teach them, until we reach them, encourage them, motivate them, and uplift them so that they can build confidence in themselves so they can become righteous and productive adults.

When the final judgment comes we will be divided into two groups, the righteous on the right of the Son of Man and the others on the left,  just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats,  the least of these are on the left, so we must help the least of these by feeding the hungry, give those who are thirsty a drink of water, clothed those who are naked, take care of the sick and visit those in nursing homes  and in prisons and welcome the homeless in for shelter.  We are here to serve and help the least important ones.  If you refuse to help the least of these, then you are being disobedient to the precepts of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus is the eternal Word of God, who became a human being and lived among us.  Before the world was created, the Word already existed.  Jesus was the Word.  He was compassionate, forgiving, loving, caring, comforting, just and righteous.  These are characteristics that I need and that we all need to strengthen our spiritual being.  Also, Jesus never forgot the women that followed him in his teaching and spiritual journey.  There was Mary Magdalene, Martha and her sister Mary and lets not forget the women mention in his ancestors, Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Bathsheba.

As Jesus hung on the cross, he asked God his Father to forgive them for they know not what they are doing.  After going through all the suffering, pain, and misery he still was able to forgive.  Forgiveness is a powerful and spiritual characteristic.  Jesus has earned his PhD. (Promise of Heavenly Deliverance).  The gospels really challenge me to be the best person I can be with the help of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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