I listened to a well known Evangelical Minister yesterday, and would have to agree that if I believed as he believes, I would have to reach pretty much the same conclusions pertaining to mans relationship to God as he did. To function as a 'man', we cannot possibly see things as God sees them. Nor will we be able to, until we have been 'born again'! To be 'born again', is to KNOW that man and God, are One and the same! To be 'born again', is to KNOW that the "I" within us is God, the Father! Until we have been 'born again', we will continue to function as the person our parents created when they named us at our birth.
The Virgin birth, did not take place with the birth of Mary's son. The Virgin birth took place in Mary's consciousness, when she realized that 'man' and God, were one and the same! A 'birth' initiated by the truth (when the 'Holy Spirit' came upon her) Every child that has ever been born on Planet Earth, has been (and always will be) God the Father in the infant stage of development! God gives being to 'us', by 'becoming' us, as a Vine gives being to its branches. A branch is but a manifestation, an extension of the Vine. In like manner, a 'man' is but a manifestation of God, an 'extension' of God. (As our children are an 'extension' of 'our' thinking) God is the "I" within every child that has ever been born on Planet Earth! But, at our birth, our parents being unaware of this amazing fact, name us! Then they train us to function as 'their" offspring. Jesus said 'call no man your father upon the Earth, for one is your father which is in heaven'. (As the "I" within everyone, is t he Father, it is only logical to conclude that God is not only our 'heavenly' father, but is also our Earthly Father, as well as our Earthly Mother) Thus, Children of 'men' are in reality, children of God! Only no one realizes this! Thus the necessity of the Spiritual Rebirth! We can only say we have been 'born again', when we realize that we are actually sons and daughters of God! And we cannot realize that until we see that God is the "I" within us! The Spiritual Rebirth is synonymous with the Virgin Birth. The womb in which this 'birth' takes place is in our consciousness, when we come to realize that the "I" within us is God, the Father! It is a 'birth' set in motion by hearing and realizing this Truth... by the Holy Spirit!
Suppose your parents had named you Peter instead of George, or Henry instead of Paul. Who would you say you were then? Or suppose they had adopted you out to the Jones's and no one ever made you aware of that. Who would you say you were then? No matter what name they had given you, you would still say "I" am known as...The "I" within us is who we all are, and that "I" is the Father. There is no one other than the Father! It was the Father (in the infant stage of development) who Mary gave birth to in Bethlehem. We can only be 'born again', when we realize that God is the "I" within us! And 'except we be born again, we cannot "enter" the Kingdom of God (we cannot function AS THE FATHER, (we cannot function AS God) AS JESUS DID!) And until we see this, our ministry will bear little fruit! It was this that 'Jesus', (who knew that he was God the Father embodied) tried to get humanity to see, but no one got the message! All they could see was an 'egotistical carpenter's son'. They had no idea that they too were God individualized! It was the denseness of their consciousness that caused Jesus to weep not His love for Lazarus. He could not get them to see that they too were God, "the Father" embodied!
Through the concept of the Spiritual Rebirth that is being promoted by the Evangelical Religions of the World, it is IMPOSSIBLE to function AS the Christ. (AS JESUS DID) He did not suffer the agony of the cross that 'we' might live; He suffered the cross that we might realize that God is the reality of ALL humanity! It is 'we' (this 'person' our parents created when they named us) who must die, that 'Christ' might live! For the 'Christ', is but the 'person' of God personified, and only as we function AS THE FATHER, (as Jesus did) can we 'enter' the Kingdom of God, (can we attain the 'Christ' Mind!)
Let me rephrase that. When we realize that the Father is the "I" within us, we can, (through the law of 'as a man thinketh, so is he',) begin to function As the Father. And to function AS THE FATHER, is to function AS the Christ! The Christ is simply the person of God personified, and we CANNOT take upon ourselves the 'person' of God, until we realize that God the Father, is the "I" within us. Only through faith in this belief, can we experience the Spiritual Rebirth, can we come to KNOW that "I and my heavenly Father, are One." Until this is seen, "Jesus" will have suffered the agony of the cross in vain! Until we see this, we cannot attain the transfiguration nor the ascension, for only as we choose to die to self in order to function AS the Father, can we 'enter' into Gods Eternal Kingdom as living sons and daughters of God (as did Enoch, Elijah and Jesus)
They walked 'with' God (they functioned AS God). And we cannot function AS God, until we realize that God (the Father) is the "I" within us.
He asked a question of his audience. "What is your purpose in Life"?
Here is how I would answer that question. My purpose is to do all I can possibly do to get the World to see that 'man' and God are One, that every man/woman on Earth, is God embodied! (We are all One, and God. is that One!)
That we might realize this was what moved the 'Father' (Him who was known as 'Jesus'.) (The Father and 'Jesus', were one and the same) to suffer the agony of the cross on our behalf.
For God so loved the World, that He suffered the agony of the cross Himself (But Christianity has never realized this, they thought it was "Jesus"(the carpenters son) who was crucified!) That whosoever believeth AS Him, would not perish, but would have everlasting life!
It was not "Jesus" who was crucified. It was the Father that they crucified! "Jesus", was just His name.
"Thou shalt call His name Jesus (Our names have hidden our true identity) It also hid 'His' true identity. His true identity was the Father. Thus did He say, "I and my Father are One."
We can only see this, when we realize that God was the "I" within Him who was known as 'Jesus', and is also the "I" within each of us. There is no one other than God, the Father! He is the "I" within every One! To realize this and to walk in this consciousness, is to be 'born again"! (Then, can you do the things you see me do. Mat.21: 27)
One does not have to be a genius to see it. We read in the Bible, that God made us in His image and likeness. (He is the "I" within each of us). The only difference between us and Him who was known as Jesus, is that through faith in the belief that God was the "I" within Him, He functioned AS God! Whereas we were taught to function as the person our parents created when they named us. It is really quite simple.