Poverty is just not for the unfortunate and it’s not a disease. It is a condition and we need to ignore what caused it for the person and try to help them in it. I can preach doctrine and quote the Bible but that is not what this is about either. We know we need to help, this is human to human. Every day we are all very close to those in need and we see it all around us, but the choice is do we help or do we just walk on by that” Beggar’s cup”? We take for granted all we have in this nation. What I am asking is to help just one person and their fight to survive right now.
As I continue to think of who God is, vs. what I have been told he is, I have come to now think God is wholly and stands in purity but not in the sense we know it. We are taught to believe God is Holy and unapproachable by man’s condition of being dirty sinful creatures and God can’t look at us and we are far from purity in the meaning of acting righteously. If you look at the meaning of Holy, Merriam-Webster defines it as 1″Connected to a God or a religion” and 2″religious and morally good”. But as I begin to think about these words and understanding, over the years the translations the true meaning gets lost. God cannot connect to a religion or God. I would state God is not moral or immoral. Ephesians 4:6 One God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.
I recently came across the best definition of God in as God is “the unlimited existence” as to the “Great I Am”. God is the source of all things. He has created good and evil, light and darkness, sunshine and rain and so on. But each play their part in their duality. What happens is that we create our lives as to say in, ”The Law of Attraction”. So when God calls us to live in purity, and be wholly as being one with him, it is so we can create a better life we live in. Purity is clearness and we are to keep a clear mind. We are beings of power and when we start activating, we start activating God the source power. What we begin thinking about, we begin to create and then we begin to manifest those things in the physical and it is all part of how this system works. So I am going to bring in the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. The story is that God destroyed them because of their immoral wickedness. Now their actions brought the wrath of God. The wrath is God’s way of cleansing. The energies we create calls forth the results in our lives. So in this case could it be that the actions of the people produced their own outcome? God was looking for a couple of righteous men from the city so he can save it. This is all it would have taken, as for as input to the system, to change to outcome. So in ourselves all it takes is a single thought out of the hundreds we have each day to change the outcome. Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things
So in a pratical look at the words wholly instead of holy and purity I looked up the definitions and here are the results; Merriam-Webster on the word WHOLLY 1: to the full or entire extent : completely <a wholly owned subsidiary> 2: to the exclusion of other things : solely <a book dealing wholly with herbs>
So as God states be Holy as I am Holy I would like to think that based off of this definition… “I am complete in oneness with everything around me”. Conscious of the fact that I am part of everything. To take it one step more, In oneness with all I must achieve to best outcome for all.
2. Right Thoughts – to turn away from the evils of this world and to direct our minds towards righteousness.
3. Right Speech – to refrain from pointless and harmful talk to speak kindly and courteously to all.
4. Right Conduct – to see that our deeds are peaceful, benevolent, compassionate and pure; to live the Teaching of the Buddha daily.
5. Right Livelihood – to earn our living in such a way as to entail no evil consequences.
6. Right Effort – to direct our efforts incessantly to the overcoming of ignorance and selfish desires.
7. Right Mindfulness – to cherish good and pure thoughts for all that we say and do arise from our thoughts.
8. Right Meditation – to concentrate our will on the Buddha, His Life and His Teaching.
The Greatest Commandment
Deuteronomy6;…4″Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one! 5″You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6″These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart.…
The purity of God is also part of being one
Purity is defined
1.freedom from Adulteration or Contamination.
Adulteration defined as To make impure by adding extraneous, improper, or inferior ingredients.
Adultery is always a word associated with unfaithfulness relating to marriage, but as I see more of the defined words, I can see a new meaning to God calling the Israelites an adulteress people. The Jewish people began to set for themselves laws to govern themselves outside of what God wanted by adding to the laws given by God thus adulterating the pureness of the law of GOD. In the relationship to the Torah and the Talmud, the Torah is referred to as the first 5 books of the old testament which is believed to be written buy Moses, however the Talmud is a record of rabbinic discussions of Jewish law, ethics, customs, and stories, which are given authority in Jewish tradition an laws relating to how the Rabbi’s govern their people. The Talmud took precedence over the Torah. I wonder if the so-called laws Jesus broke where in relationship to the Torah or the Talmud?
Jesus even confronted the leaders in condemning their system which oppressed the people in Mathew 23.
In 1977 the album Grand illusion was released by a band named STYX. The focus that I am bring forth is the song ”The Grand illusion” the lyrics in the song sums up what we are striving for and it is the illusion.
As I read these lyric’s from almost 35 plus years ago the story has not changed. It is all about image. It’s all about wanting. We are trying to find who we are. Trying to find ourselves in external things. To find a worth and in that thinking that if I can make it then I would be looked upon by others as somebody. So many of us try to achieve a status of worth and in doing so we feed the EGO and the desires of the flesh. Don’t get me wrong here about possessions we do need them to live. But do we need all these thing to be someone? It is said that true beauty comes from within. I will say this is so true. We have hid inside so no one can see us as we really are. We try and adorn ourselves with jewelry, beautiful clothes and fancy cars to make ourselves somebody. It’s like trying to Gild a Butterfly. The butterfly already has beauty in and of itself, why try to cover over it.
So we go around thinking we need things in our lives to make us happy and somebody special. We are told these things from birth and are programmed to believe them and they become part of who we are as our character. That is interesting that a character is who is in the play or drama. Even the word character has the word “Actor” and a play or movie is nothing more than illusion that is set on a stage and it is said the whole world is a stage. As Alan watts put it about an actor his job is to trick you into thinking they are the character they are playing and it is to fool you and draw you in through deception and deception is a half truth.
In this time and age we call now we are bombarded by images, apps and the internet whether it be at a personal PC or hand-held device. But we can identify something quickly by an Icon or a Logo. It’s all about an image, Logo or an idol. In john it states in the beginning was “The logos” translation is “word” and man is in this society has formed for himself everything as a symbol, logo or an Icon to identify things. Even on the internet to disguise yourself you make an Avatar which represents you. Adam was given the responsibility to name all the animals so if I say Elephant an image pops into your head of and Elephant. Even you and I are given a name by which we are identified. The government has issued a number for you in form of a social security number.
Could it be that God created for himself a body to dwell in as light? What I want to bring forth is the Idea of Light as a form of energy God is wrapped in. We have read Genisis 1 1:19 in the beginning God created… But one of the first things God created was light. God created light and darkness and in scripture we read God wraps himself in both. Then he created the luminaries. The theory is that the universe was created from a big bang or big explosion of energy that created all matter. From Wiki, “The core ideas of the Big Bang—the expansion, the early hot state, the formation of light elements, and the formation of galaxies—are derived from these and other observations.” As scientist has discovered all energy is a wave form as we know it. What I want to speculate is this light energy and the light energy spectrum is God… Intelligent light. So can I add that we as humans can hear and see within this spectrum of energy. It is my understanding that the brain is a transmitter and receiver. Our high-speed means of todays telecommunications are possible through fiber optics and microwaves that transmit information through light and the speed of light. So could it be possible we receive our thoughts through the same process through photons and waves of energy entering in us and hitting the receptors of the brain? Bill Donohue of Hidden meanings stated, “If they were to do an autopsy of your brain they would find no memory, no idea, no thought”. So where are they? They would not find you… but you know you are there inside your head. So could it be this is who we are as light operating in flesh? Just as a car needs a driver this body needs a life force…a light being. God as light energy and we operate within light so in that we are call the children of light.
The theory of light is that it is both a particle and a wave is interesting. As light passes through a prism we can see the light color spectrum as broken wave reflecting but the photon is a particle that enters the prism. What I want to think about is that in the bible it proclaims God is light; This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him is no darkness at all. (1 John 1:5 RSV) Moses saw God as light as a great burst of energy and when Moses saw god in his glory his face shone brightly (Exodus chapter 33 and 34).
Numbers 23:1 says God is not human. God is Love, Spirit and Light as stated in verse. Man is made in his image so are we light? Are Angels light? Satan is said to masquerade and an Angel of light. Angels appeared in bright and shining appearance. We are told there is a light inside us all. We are the light of the world and Christ said we can do better than him. So is this the image of God that is talked about when we are created in his likeness? We are said to be made of clay (earth) related to vessels. Vessels are something that stores or carries items. Ships are called vessels as well as your veins that carry life-giving blood through your bodies. So is this body a place of dwelling for a light being which is you? It is my conclusion… YES
I will add the conversion of Saul in Acts 9:1-9 Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest 2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. 3 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” 5 “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. 6 “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” 7 The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. 8 Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. 9 For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.
Psalms 104:2 The LORD wraps himself in light as with a garment; he stretches out the heavens like a tent. So if light is the body of God and the voice of god can be heard in it and things through his mind can be made manifest through it just think what effect the universe has on us if we just open to it. In Job 38-31-33 we see 31 Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?32 Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?33 Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?
These stars we see as constellations do have an effect on us here. We got to remember here that we are earth and the dust that covers the earth is layers upon layers of particle that enter our atmosphere from out there. We are star-dust.
Taking it one step more God became flesh and wrapped his light in flesh in the hearts of man. So there is his light in us and we are light beings in flesh made a little lower than the angels.
The conclusion that I have come to is a lot of stories from the Bible are allegories that one can look at as mysticism. Now this word scares a lot of people but even Joseph and his coat of many colors was a mystic and a diviner.
Genesis 44;1-5, And he commanded the steward of his house, saying, Fill the men’s sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put every man’s money in his sack’s mouth. And put my cup, the silver cup, in the sack’s mouth of the youngest, and his corn money. And he did according to the word that Joseph had spoken As soon as the morning was light, the men were sent away, they and their asses. And when they were gone out of the city, and not yet far off, Joseph said unto his steward, Up, follow after the men; and when thou dost overtake them, say unto them, Wherefore have ye rewarded evil for good? Is not this it in which my lord drinketh, and whereby indeed he divineth? ye have done evil in so doing.
Galatians 4:24 Which things are an allegory
What I want to point out here in this post is that the idea of Adam and Eve are our flesh and emotions working together as husband and wife. In reading in 1 peter 3 one can see this. Most people read it as literal that the wife should be submissive to the husband. To this we can see where abuse does come from for many woman. Men and women are equal partners in this life.
I want you to look at it as the woman meaning emotions and the husband being the flesh/mind that must work together to create proper actions of one self. God said and the two shall become one flesh. The fact that people take the words as literal meaning without truly looking into them are fooling themselves and live in an illusion.
Now I have inserted in parentheses’ my view of meaning and hope it comes across as intended. 1 Peter 3:1-7, Wives (emotions), in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands (The mind/thought) so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, (emotions under control) 2 when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. 3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4 Rather, it should be that of your “inner self”, the unfading beauty of a “gentle and quiet spirit”, (emotions under control) which is of great worth in God’s sight. 5 For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves. They submitted themselves to their own husbands(The Mind), 6 like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her lord. You are her daughters ( I have said in other posts, the daughters of man are his emotions and the sons of man are his thoughts) if you do what is right and do not give way to fear. 7 Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives (emotions), and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.
In reading this with the emotions being our wives/daughters and the feminine side of us, we need to keep our emotions in tact and not run wild. For if we react to our emotions we create for ourselves problems and irrational choices that affect our lives. Operating mainly from emotions is like opening Pandora’s box. Listen to your emotions and keep them dear but don’t base decisions from them without meditating on them.
I do not blindly follow The Buddha, but take his teachings and apply them to my life to enhance my walk (path). I believe in the forgiveness of Christ as the firm foundation and believe his message and that message is to help all. The commands Christ gives is to love your neighbor as yourself and to love God with all. The Dharma or The Way helps me use principles to guide my life acting as a lamp onto my path.
But when we get down to it, It’s all about you and me on an individual basis. It ‘s all about my actions and whom they serve. Do they serve my own ego and wants or do they serve others? We are constantly working on self and that everything we do is for self. So if we are constantly to be mindful of self then that would make ourselves first in all and in being first we are God. God not in the sense of the God we know Biblically, but God in the sense we have the power to choose and to use this body as a tool to extend what we choose to others and in that choice we effect all around us. So the struggle is to get away from flesh and the ego of self want and to be mindful of the evil that is created from getting what the flesh desires for self gain. Galatians 5;19-22 states; The works of the flesh are evident, which are; Adultery Fornication, Uncleanness, lewdness, Idolatry, Sorcery, Hatred, Contentions. Jealousy, Outburst of wrath, Selfish ambitions, Dissensions, Heresies, Envy, Murders, Drunkenness, Revelries and like things. These things or actions are what the lower mind uses to harm or take advantage of your brother to provide self gain. In this idea it is all about you and selfishness.
So as you can see the flesh is in basic terms is animalistic and a matter of self preservation. 2 Peter 10 This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the flesh[c] and despise authority. Bold and arrogant, they are not afraid to heap abuse on celestial beings;11 yet even angels, although they are stronger and more powerful, do not heap abuse on such beings when bringing judgment on them from[d] the Lord. 12 But these people blaspheme in matters they do not understand. They are like unreasoning animals, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like animals they too will perish. 1
To inherit the kingdom of God , you need to be led by the holy spirit. (The Mother or mind of compassion, the higher mind). When you walk in the Spirit, you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
When Jesus rebuke Peter and calls him Satan he explain why Peter is Satan. Matt 16;23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”
Once one realizes the ego and its wants then one can press on to push ourselves to the higher mind or the things of God and remove the lower mind which is the things of Satan. Peter writes that Satan is like a roaming lion that is looking for someone to devoir. Our flesh is that lion and it’s natural cravings causes us to roam and look for new things that entice us and bring us fleshly pleasure which usually leads to our own destruction. Drugs and alcohol are to easiest to get. Reading Peter he strongly urges us to stay away from the fleshly cravings that destroy us and look to the higher self of creating a new self that leads to health for this flesh. I know that once you start on this path your choices will become better for you.
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 1 John 4:4
We are taught this fundamental doctrine is the holy spirit or God vs the devil. From my perspective, if you have been following this blog, you are an image of God or made by God to be him in flesh. Christ was the example of who we are to be, The WAY, the one who is in you is God. The one who is in the world is the flesh or body. The world is made for the flesh and the 5 senses we have. These senses allow us to enjoy the physical experience in what we create. This is why we are told our bodies are an instrument of God or a tool. It’s able to take from the mind and create into physical. It is my understanding that the woman at the well and her 5 husbands pointed out by Jesus are the 5 sense and she gave herself over to vs the spirit inside. This is why Jesus said if your eye causes you to sin pluck it out, if your hand causes you to sin cut it off. He didn’t mean it literally, but take note. This is where man gets lost and takes it for face value instead of looking at it in a spiritual sense. This spiritual sense is mystical. We get so lost in the lower mind or flesh that we allow the world to dictate our actions through our senses and in that we get carried away and we fall into addictions and pleasures of all sorts and fornicate our spirit (higher mind) with these things of the flesh, thus the one who is in the world. Research who the God Pan was half man half Goat. I would go as far as to say the flesh and it desires being The Great Babylon” and its captivity. The Hebrew children in Egypt is all symbolism of the fleshly way of life. Even Sodom and Gomorra dealt with the destruction of the flesh. So the God in you is overcoming those places that keep you captive.
The one in you connected to the image of God is more powerful than the flesh…The Higher Mind…and with this you are the creative force making you like or God. Now don’t get me wrong there is only one God almighty and I am not saying this is who you (we) are but we are his children and offspring therefore having his likeness. If you have children your children have there own personality but they are you as well. They pick up your mannerisms, they are you, they are a reflection of you.
You are an image of God. Take a look at the dollar bill and ask yourself who is on the dollar bill? You would say that is George Washington and you associated that to the image. But is that really George? No, it is merely an image of him, but it is how we identify who is whom. The world is all about image and images and everything we know has some type of logo we identify with. Revelations says the mark of the beast for those who worship the beast. A symbol of a name or packaging. We know the Apple computer by its logo of and Apple with one look we know. The emblems on the cars we drive represent who the manufacture is. The products we purchase such Cereal boxes have their icons like The “Trix Rabbit”, Frosted flakes have “Tony the Tiger”. Lucky Charms have “Lucky the Leprechaun” and we use these to quickly identify them as we stroll through the grocery isles. These are all part to identify with our psych.
If we begin to see who we are from the inside we begin to see God a creative power. The Church wants you to believe and identify that you are unworthy of such greatness and you are a sinner and there is no hope for you and you are going to hell to suffer and unless you join their belief you will be lost forever. To believe their version of who you are through and organized group to gain and keep power over you thus allowing you to deny the one in you. During the inquisitions the Church establishing their rule by torture and death to the people of all. Remember Peter who Christ said he will build his church on? Remember Peter denied Christ three times to save his own skin. We have all been there.
So we are taught to workout our own salvation meaning it is an individual walk. The Buddhist have always claimed no one can walk the path but you. Christians have given it hope by the story of the footprints in the sand that in a dream one saw two sets of footprints in the sand but during hard times they saw only one set. They asked Jesus where were you during these hard times and Jesus said I was carrying you. Either belief still says we are in the mist of it all. We go into that place of the wilderness in times of trouble. That wilderness is our thoughts and we have to battle them. Those who know scriptures use them to keep the mind focused and that is what they are there for. Our thoughts are like sheep if one thought begins to stray the rest of ourselves (thoughts) begin to follow. Our thoughts begin to gather like storm clouds and hang gloomy over us. We become physically sick. But when we can control the thoughts and emotions we are like Christ going after the lost sheep to bring it back under control of the shepherd being centered. Paul writes to renew your mind. Work out your salvation leave behind the teachings of the basic Christ and move forward. Accept the forgiveness that you are in the flesh and move on to the place where Moses met God. The higher ground or Mount.
The Bible has said there is a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth. Personally as I try and press forward in my path and working through the duality of being half flesh and half spirit I fight the flesh of being the beast within. I find that when I give into the flesh I feel guilt and shame and weep due to the failure of giving in and from that failure I become angry with myself and curse the flesh which is gnashing of teeth. Matthew 8:12 But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Where is the kingdom? IN YOU. The subjects are your thoughts.
But why does God allow sin to happen? I can see If one is on the path to a higher self, then sin can be used as a catapult to reach a new height or create a new direction. We have to understand as a individual how we are made, we are all the cosmos into one. Let me take the word “individual” and spin it into something that just came to me. Individual would be “In- Divine- Dualism”, We are God made flesh. So Greater is he in you than he that is in the world (flesh).
I will add one more thing Jesus said in John 14:10-20 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. 15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.
The scriptures are ideas and stories of who you are inside and how the mind works and this power we have in us all who is God. The world powers have taken the scriptures and have used them as a script to follow to get you to believe in the flesh and that you need them, but in reality all you need is you and who is in you.