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“After all, you are a child of God. Why not have a good, healthy opinion about you? You are worth something. The basic principle of Eckankar is: Soul exists because God loves It. You exist because God loves you, and that is all the reason there needs to be. You are important because you exist.

This is sometimes the starting point. Once you reach that point, you can say, “I’m worth something because God loves me. I am Soul.”

And if you can carry this with you, then you can go out into the world and love your neighbor as yourself. And if you can do this truly from your heart, this will be an entirely different world.

But since it is not an entirely different world, I would have to guess that many of the major religions have failed in their message. Maybe they’re doing the best they can in this theater of the human condition where people are learning to overcome their passions so that they can rise to a higher state of consciousness through their own experiences in life.

The Secret of Love, pp. 145-146
Harold Klemp

What does it mean to be a child of God?

Being called “child of God” levels the playing field. The ego finds it hard to accept that the ‘sinners’ in our midst would deserve to be called as such. The Holy Bible though warns us of judging other people and in the story of the Adulteress; this cannot be farther from the truth. “When they persisted in asking him questions, he straightened up and said, “The person who is sinless should be the first to throw a stone at her.” (John 8:7)

God’s essence is most evident in children. They possess all the perfect and positive attributes when they were born. As they grow older, they are influenced by a lot of factors and the experiences they go through help them expand their awareness. This brings them back to a point of self-reflection and they are faced with the proverbial question “What for do we exist?”

Wherever we are in our journey, everything is perfect the way it is. What we think is important may be worthless, what we most believe to be true may be the biggest lie, that dualities are not opposites but complementaries and we do everything by doing nothing.

Will you take the challenge?