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Living in the light OF Jesus

Jesus taught certain values

Jesus taught values to live by that he personified in his own life. Love they neighbor as thyself. Turn the other cheek. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. The love, forgiveness, and humility of Jesus are clearly qualities that he intended for us to value and adopt into our own lives. He gave us these keys to spiritual understanding so that we too could strive to know God as he did.

Jesus was very specific about how to know God

Our task is to understand Jesus' words in the way Jesus meant them. Jesus said "No one comes to the Father except through me", and it seems very unlikely that he would make such a statement unless it was first of all POSSIBLE for us to 'come to the Father' in some manner. It's fair to assume that Jesus doesn't have a door on his belly that we're supposed to crawl through, or that Jesus doesn't take tickets and stamp hands to permit access to the Father. it's not physical but spiritual access he spoke of. These words are often conventionally interpreted to mean that we have to BELIEVE in Jesus and then once we're dead our belief in Jesus is rewarded by our souls getting to commune with the Father, but unfortunately that isn't what Jesus actually said, is it? No it isn't, and it is a fair assumption that Jesus did 'come to the Father' himself in his prayers and perhaps even in his everyday life, and that he intended to teach us how to do the same. So the important question breaks down to "what exactly did Jesus mean about going through him to know God?".

Jesus wanted others to know God like he did

Jesus must have recognized that other people did not have the same kind of relationship with God that he had. In fact Jesus' relationship with God was so personal that he considered himself "son" of God, explaining that we were all "sons" of God too even if we weren't so aware of it like he was (of course we understand that the inadequate language expressing the primitive customs of our times does not exclude women in this context, spirituality not being limited by gender). Jesus had direct experience of God in his life, not just the surrogate of "faith" that most of us have to be content with, so it must have been very easy for him to recognize God's presence in his life and even his thoughts just as a routine way his own consciousness worked. And that, I think, is the key to Jesus' meaning to "No one comes to the Father except through me", because it was his CONSCIOUSNESS that enabled him to 'come to the Father' and for us to do the same must mean we have to develop our own consciousness until it is capable of doing the same, in other words we have to seek and find Christ's level of consciousness within ourselves ("Christ consciousness") if we are to hope to 'come to the Father' during our own lives too. Jesus indicated this was possible (and he didn't say we had to wait until we die), plus he gave us many examples of how we should live our lives in order to know God the way he did. Jesus was a very practical man in many ways and he wasn't talking abstract philosophy when he said "The Kingdom (of Heaven) is inside you and it is outside you. Split a piece of wood, and I am there. Lift up the stone and there you will find me." Jesus clearly knew that God is everywhere, recognized that he himself was one with God, and tried to teach us to know the same.

God is everywhere and in all things

Well OF COURSE if you walked around with the presence of God obvious to you like Jesus did, knowing God is everywhere within and without you just as Jesus perceived, you too would see God everwhere in the world, even in wood and under stones et cetera. Jesus knew that the whole world was infused with God's presence everywhere, not by "faith" but by shining through in his everyday knowledge and experience, and since God is oneness, encompassing all, Jesus would have realized and felt that he was but a part of God like everything else, identifying with God very closely in the direct knowledge that there is no real separateness between God and anything else, we and everything else are immersed in God all the time whether we realize it or not. The big difference between most of us and Jesus however is that he KNEW and EXPERIENCED oneness with God, and since knowing and experiencing are attributes of consciousness that has to be the gateway to the Father that Jesus spoke to us of. He was able to be one with God, and he tried to teach us how to be like him and consequently how to be one with God too (to "come to the Father"). We have to develop our consciousness into "Christ consciousness" to be able to routinely perceive God in ourselves and in the world about us as Jesus did, and that is what Jesus had to have meant, that his consciousness (developed through the ways of thinking he spoke of and taught) was the example provided for us to learn to "come through" to the Father ourselves. Identifying with the Father, knowing that God is in everything and everyone including yourself, and actually perceiving your world that way (as opposed to intellectual knowledge or mere "belief") was the most basic essence of Jesus Christ underlying the messages he put forth into the world. He would have felt himself indistinguishable from God, merged within God, a part of God, any way you want to put it, that awareness is the higher Christ consciousness that he tried to explain we could experience too and know the Kingdom of God that is in reality all around us and within us too. We are not truly separate from God, or Jesus, or even separate from lumber and rocks, but there is a very strong illusion of separateness that keeps us thinking and feeling separate until we understand as Jesus did that we are not.

We are all One in God

There is a secret, I call it the Great Secret, that Jesus knew but few realize. It is that each of us is a tiny fragment of the whole of God but suffering an illusion of separateness expressed as ego. There is only one God and what we think of as our individual consciousness is a tiny bit of God-consciousness inhabiting a suitable vessel, the brain. Like a hologram can be cut into many pieces, each piece retaining a full but lower resolution copy of the original, a tiny bit of God-consciousness is split off into what seems to be an individual conscousness in you. And me. And Jesus, and everyone else. We are all drops from the same ocean, all fundamentally derived from the same unitary source of Godhood. We are born out of that soup of universal consciousness, we live our lives, and then we return whence we came. Our sense of separation is only temporary, in the infinity God lives in we are integral with that Oneness, we are literally one with God always as is everyone else of course, even if we are unaware of that Oneness. We are all the same beneath the illusion of separateness, because there is only one God-consciousness having transient offshoots of perceived individuality. Most of us so want to know God, but we normally fail to realize that what Jesus said is literally true: the Kingdom of God is within us. The Great Secret is that we are all fragments of the exact same consciousness, living lives of apparent individuality in a grand illusion of separateness. Christ-consciousness is gained by overcoming that illusion like the way we might understand a magician's trick after it's been revealed to us, in this case to know God is in us and everywhere and that we are all equally and intimately integral to that source of consciousness, making us all closer than even brothers and sisters. No wonder Jesus said we should love our neighbor as ourselves, for indeed we are all drops from the same ocean, originating and ending as one and the same, merged. As you do to the least of us, you do to me. Knowing we are all literally reflections of the one Image that is God, everything Jesus said finally makes sense, and there is no need for apologetics ending in unfathomable mysteries that have to be accepted on faith alone.

Living in the light OF Jesus

Christ-consciousness is knowing in your daily life that we are all literally derived from and connected to a unitary God-consciousness, that we are all one and the same behind the illusion of separateness. This is what Jesus knew, and all his teachings make sense from this perspective. When you know this too, really know it down to your bones, you can recognize how Jesus is within you along with all the rest of the Kingdom of Heaven, and your life falls into place almost effortlessly according to the principles Jesus taught. Without that recognition we struggle to live lives of separateness, in competition with others who are really ourselves living other illusions of separateness, because that sense of separateness causes great conflicts with the values Jesus espoused. Sadly, separateness is the norm in today's culture and even in the culture's religions. What is put forth instead are various dogmatic religions ABOUT Jesus, which treat Jesus and the Kingdom of Heaven as things separate from our own selves and unattainable except after death, and then only upon having observed some rather strict rules with Draconian punishments involving everlasting damnation imagined for those who fail to follow them. These are dogmatic falsehoods that can be easily seen as false in the light of Jesus' teachings, but somehow they persist in the blur of illogic that accompanies theologies ABOUT Jesus. The purpose of this website is to clearly distinguish the differences between following a religion OF Jesus versus religions ABOUT Jesus. The first will enlighten you and bring you closer to the Godness within you, the second will only confuse and muddy Jesus' teachings in a tangled web of separateness and leave you feeling impossibly distant from your innately divine source of consciousness. It should be an easy choice, yes?

 

 

 

I like your Christ
I don't like your Christians
Your Christians are so unlike your Christ
Gandhi

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