All people are family in the eyes of God.

(Listen to my song “All Are Welcome” by clicking HERE)


Mark 3:33-34

But Jesus said to them in reply, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking around at those seated in the circle he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers.”


It might have appeared that Jesus was disrespecting his mother and family members at the door when he made the above statement.

But we know that Jesus wouldn’t do that. His statement has a deeper meaning.

God’s sense of family is an eternally wide one.

Our dualistic, “eitheror” minds like to look at everything and separate what’s in and what’s outwho’s in and who’s out.

But at a deeper level of consciousness there is wisdom and enlightenment where opposites can remain together as one…as God holds all things without dividing.

Jesus said that God makes the “sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust” (Matthew 5:45).

We are called to look upon all people as brothers and sisters.

The Body of Christ has no divisions.

There is no “other” in the kingdom of God. All are one.

Ask yourself these questions: Who do I see as the “other”? How can I change so that I might accept this “other” as my brother or sister despite our differences?


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Remember…God loves you!


About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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2 Responses to Universal

  1. peggy Korte says:

    Hello Bill,
    I have a short question on the reflection on division. The thoughts on unity are so loving and full of Christ. It is what he wants and desires for us. However I struggle with scripture that teaches the reality of division . And I am speaking of Satan ,Hell as taught by the story of Lazarus in the bosom of God looking across st the great divide of where the rich man cannot cross. Would you say that we should live for unity knowing that God said there is a place for those who divide themselves from God’s Love?

    • billtonnis says:

      I like your last sentence, Peggy. I also think that if a “hell” was such a real threat Jesus would have been talking about it all the time. The fact of the matter…at least by way of scripture…he doesn’t talk about it at all. Only in references to “Gehenna”…which actually was a real place…or in parable…as in the Lazarus story. When Jesus uses parables he is trying to make a point…so he uses exaggeration, metaphor, etc. I think the bottom line is that God expects us to not just believe stuff but to act…to be loving…to reach out to those in need whether they “deserve” help or not. This is what Jesus repeatedly does. Wants you die…you lost your opportunity to help that person in need. I think that’s the stark message of the Lazarus parable…not some threat of eternal punishment. You will eternally know that you missed the opportunity…but since God is eternally loving…I’m banking on that to win out.

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