A couple of nights ago, I happened upon an interview on T.V where an official of a major Christian University was being interviewed. It appeared to me, as though the Church official was concerned that, thanks to the Internet, there was less need for people to become involved with religion. It sounded to me as though he was telling the host, that the Christian Church was striving to find a solid motive by which they could inspire a greater number of people to get more deeply involved with the Church, and that this might also include other faiths. To me, the Church has missed seeing the greatest motivating factor there could ever be re attracting people to attend Church! WE ARE EVERLASTING LIFE EMBODIED, if we only knew it! Man is an Eternal being, an Eternal reality made possible only through becoming aware of the fact that 'man' and God are One and the same, and by functioning in that consciousness! A couple of nights prior to this, I found myself pondering upon the book of Jonah, rethinking what Jesus told those who were searching for a 'sign'. Might this have been a precursor to this Church official's dilemma?
I think there are several lessons that can be learned from reading the book of Jonah, but the one I think is the most significant, is the fact that even if we be raised from the dead, if we have not been 'born again', we will not be a different person from what we were prior to our death! Prior to Jesus telling Nicodemus that we 'must be born again', all that men were required to do in order to please God, was to sincerely repent. There was no mention of being 'born again' in the Old Testament! It is a must that we experience the Spiritual Rebirth! It is a must that we come to realize that God is the I am within us, for by no other means is it possible for us to attain the Christ Mind, the transfiguration or the ascension! Even though Jonah had been raised from the dead (and being three days in the belly of a whale, is certainly the equivalent of being dead for three days), Jonah was still the same 'person' he was prior to his resurrection from the 'belly of the whale' (from the grave). Jonah, was still the same Jonah! He had not been 'born again'! He could not partake of Gods Eternal reality, so long as he functioned AS Jonah! He was disappointed when God spared those whom 'he' (Jonah) thought should have been destroyed. Until we choose to function AS the Father, in our I am that I am identity in 'this' life, it is better even for us, as well as for the well being of the World, that we be 'removed' from this plane of action. So God in His wisdom saw fit, that should we choose to live as 'men' we must die as men. (Gen.22-24)
And how did 'man.' get into this predicament in the first place? Because all 'human beings', think they have 'being' of themselves, when in fact, 'no one' has being other than God (the Father)! The only 'One' (or 'thing'), that has being, is the Source! (That which I call God, that which 'Jesus' called the Father). Only God IS, and the 'person' we believe ourselves to be, is but the illusion in which we live. So instead of functioning AS the Source (the real you and the real me) we function as the person our parents created when they named us, bringing about our own demise. And until we realize, acknowledge and choose to function As God (as the Father) we are destined to die! Only as we function AS the Eternal I AM, can we partake of Gods Eternal reality! So long as we choose to function as 'men', we shall die as 'men'! So long as we refuse to acknowledge God as our reality, and choose to die as the person our parents created when they named us, we are as guilty of crucifying the Father, as were they who called for His crucifixion some 2000 years ago. It was not 'Jesus' whom they crucified; it was the Father whom they crucified! " For God so loved the World, that He gave His only begotten son (Himself), that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but would have everlasting Life!"(That whosoever believeth AS Him, would not perish but would have everlasting life. (My interpretation!) How can I possibly say that? Because I believe for a certainty that He is the "I" within us! If God is the Vine, who else but God could be the 'branch'? Every child that has ever been (or ever will be) born on Planet Earth, is God (the Father), in the process of 'becoming' God in the World of form! "Have I not said, Ye are God's, and all of you are children of the most High?" (Psalm 82)
He, the Father, is the "I AM" within each of us, the reality of every child that has ever been born on Planet Earth! It was He (the Father) who was born as Mary's child some 2000years ago (and they named 'Him' Jesus) And. should we walk AS the Father, AS 'Jesus' did, we need NEVER die! There IS NOT Him AND us, HE (the Father) IS US! He is the reality of the whole of humanity! To function AS the Father, is to function AS the Christ. For the Christ, is but the 'person' of God personified, and we cannot 'personify' the 'person' of God until we realize that He (the Father) is the "I" within us!
Herein lies the problem. The concept of the Spiritual Rebirth as promoted by the Evangelical religions of the World, is erroneous! We were not meant to 'worship' the Christ! We embody the capacity to function AS the Christ! (But only when we realize that the "I" within us, IS THE FATHER) Through their concept, 'Jonah' will still see himself as being 'Jonah'; John will still see himself as being John; Jane will still see herself as being Jane, etc)!) God did indeed make 'man', (every man/woman on Earth) in His image and likeness, but He did not create the 'person' we believe ourselves to be! Our parents created this 'person' we believe ourselves to be when they named us at our birth! God (The Father) is the reality of every human child that has ever been born on Planet Earth. Thus, the necessity of the Spiritual Rebirth. God (the Father) is the "I" within us! Only when we see that this is indeed the case, and only as we choose to function in this consciousness (the Christ Mind), can we actually walk AS the Father, as did Mary's boy child! (Him whom she named Jesus!) As we function through faith in being God (the FATHER), we need never die! Herein lies the incentive that will draw people to the Church en masse! This is what humanity has failed to realize. Man and God are ONE! It was their failure to see this that caused their fall! They ceased to function As God, and functioned as the person their parents created when they named them. We will always be known to our fellowman as the person that our parents named us. Our names are a necessity, but we must realize that our names are just our names! They do not constitute what manner of 'beings' we are! We are not mere 'human' beings, we are Divine beings, whether we realize this or not. We embody the capacity to function as our Source, as the Father, when we see that the Father is the "I" within us. Through faith in this Truth, all things are possible, and we need never die! A 'man', is nothing less than the Eternal Divine Mind embodied!
Because 'man' is God embodied, can 'God' be any different from us? No! Every 'man' since 'Adam', has been no different from you or I. Those who walked this path before us, i.e., Enoch, Noah, Elijah, Isaiah, Jesus, etc, were no different from us. They no doubt did their best to get their followers to see that man and God were One and the same. But the fact is, that in the past 2000 years no one has attained the ascension! At least not that I am aware of! This should be proof enough that no one since the 'Father' walked the Earth as 'Jesus', got this message. No one since 'Jesus; realized that man and God are One and the same!
So long as Enoch walked the Earth, there was peace. But as men love darkness rather than light, they once again chose to function as 'men'. Once again the Father told the fallen that God was the I AM WITHIN THEM. This time, He was known as Moses. Elijah must have taught this as well. So too did Isaiah. "I am the first and I am the last, and beside me there is none other". And not even one of His disciples got the message that man and God were One, when He told them (as Jesus) what manner of beings they were. "Whom do men say that "I" the son of man am", He asked. And 'Peter' said 'thou art the Christ, the son of the living God'. But Peter thought 'Jesus' was referring to 'Jesus' (to Himself). 'Peter' failed to realize that the Father, was the reality of every 'man' (and every 'woman') on Earth. He failed to realize that so too was He! Had Peter realized this, every Pope since 'Peter' would have had to qualify as the 'Christ' in order to become the Pope! And thanks to the erroneous concept of the Spiritual Rebirth, the entire World has also failed to realize it. In spite of our 'obvious' differences, (our color and our features), our language, religion, culture or perceived Nationality, we are ALL ONE, AND THAT ONE, IS GOD, the Father, (the "I" within us!)