This week I want to revisit what can be a confusing topic: the fact that God is one. We can all say God is one, but do you really understand the implications? Failure to do so results in suffering for everyone. I already visited the oneness of God topic in another blog post, entitled, The Nature of God, but because of its monumental importance for mankind, I am going to address it again from a different scriptural angle. Anyone can quote a scripture saying God is ONE and still not understand how truly significant this abstract concept really is. And since it’s so hard to undo religious conditioning, we’re going to discuss some famous sayings of Jesus in hopes that more will come to understand this knowledge and the great blessing it brings!
Below are some esoteric sayings from Jesus as he taught his disciples from theMount of Olives.
“Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” (Matt. 25:34-40)
I have put the last part in bold because that’s the statement I want to focus on a minute. Do you realize what Jesus is saying here? Jesus is telling us that everyone is ONE. How? Because Jesus makes it clear that the Christ Nature is in us ALL! The Christ Nature is our true nature, the eternal spirit that allows this temporary form to be. It is the same spirit that allows everyone and everything to be. This is a hard spiritual principle to understand in the physical existence you are having, and as Jesus said, there are few people that learn to walk with this understanding. And for those who are stuck in a religion, it is doubly hard to see this great treasure because their minds are conditioned about their “external God,” which is simply a mental construct, image, or idea.
So are we really all one? Well…yes and no. Let me explain. The individual experience you are having right now on this earth is unique to you. However, it is just an “experience.” The same spirit that allows the experience you are having now is the same spirit that allows someone else to have their unique experience now. But the true self behind the experience of both of you (and the rest of individuality) is actually one and the same spirit. This is the eternal nature of everyone. The life-experience you are having now will come and go. It is just one instant in eternity, and the same spirit that is within you will also produce millions upon millions of other experiences through people yet to come. All these experiences are limited aspects of God’s infinite nature. Remember, God is all that there ever was, is, and will be.
After letting all that sink in, then take the whole gambit a step further and realize that since we are all ONE, whatever you do to your neighbor you also do to YOURSELF!
And so we must ask ourselves: if we are all truly one beyond our limited egos, what would be the most important thing for us to do in this life we have been given? Wouldn’t it be to allow the expression of the unique creativity of the ONE spirit through ourselves? This is the beauty of BEING: the creator that is ONE on the ultimate level of reality expresses itself through the experiential limitations of our lives. That means our greatest responsibility is to allow both ourselves and others the ability to express unique experiences. Therefore, the greatest expression then is summed up in Jesus’ words from Luke 6:31:
“Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
When we fail to do as Jesus commands above, we are in danger of hindering another individual’s expression of life on this earth. We are also in danger of hindering God. And finally, we are also hindering ourselves.
Knowing that God is one is part of the key to eliminating suffering. Not understanding this concept is what’s responsible—either directly or indirectly— for the misery encompassing our globe. This also includes thinking that God is an individual “out there” to worship. How could that cause suffering you might be asking.
For starters, here are just a few reasons:
- It can contribute to a nonchalant attitude on very important matters because these individuals believe God is going to come down and fix all the world’s problems anyway. Just the other day a mainstream Christian, who is also a personal friend, told me that the Bible says “God protects his own from all the harmful things in this world.” In other words, we don’t have to take responsibility for other’s wrongs or worry about any consequences. Since God is not an individual, the responsibility lies with us all.
- It causes people to support wars and violence. Think about how many people have died in the name of an individual God. The real numbers would floor you.
- It gets too many involved in “salvation” programs or religious events—which are really nothing more than attempts to bring others around to the party’s religious point of view and their individual God. Pure ego!
- It can be a huge waste of money. Has all the tithe money given to churches or other religious institutions really helped make this a better world? Some of it has, but most of it just goes to support the same religious ideas and doctrine that commands the money be given in the first place. You can read more about why tithing is a man-made idea here.
- Precious time is wasted in heated scriptural arguments, which the Apostle Paul says is useless because the exercise is nothing more than ego vs. ego. However, I will admit that heated debates can be beneficial when the debater realizes how useless all the debating is!
- It can lead to false hope. Throughout history millions upon millions of people have waited for the second coming or the rapture event when both references in scripture are symbolic for something that happens “within.” Remember that Jesus said theKingdomofGoddoes not come by observation. It is “within” you.
- It can waste a lot of time in general. I can’t tell you how many programs I have been involved with to bring the “lost” in before I realized it was a waste of time and energy. And most of them didn’t bring in a single soul. And for those that did join the church, or “give their life to Jesus,” how many are really changed? I have seen marriages break apart because one spouse is so busy with the church. I have also seen children neglected because both parents are so wrapped up in the church thinking they are serving Jesus that their children slip through the cracks.
And the list goes on and on. Feel free to list some more in the comments section if you so desire.
It is important that we understand that the things in the list above, and others like them, are built around the ego. Jesus taught us in a way that eliminates the ego so that the spirit can function.
I want you to understand that scriptural references referring to God as an outside source are only written in such a way by the authors to give you something concrete to think about so you can eventually understand the abstract, spiritual truth underneath the literal interpretation. God could never be limited to “individual” status; what a very truly limited concept of God indeed, and yet, most religious people still think of God in this manner. We need to step out of the Dark Ages. We need to understand that God can be experienced simply because he is NOT an individual. If God were an individual, then he certainly couldn’t be omnipresent or omniscient.
Next week I address a few more important scriptures which bring even more light on this subject. It will even clear up some controversy between the “law” keepers and “grace” believers, showing that both have missed the entire point by not knowing that God is not a source “outside” themselves.
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