Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Bible is Not the Word of God - Part Two

I want to thank all of you who took the time to read and consider my words. As I have said in previous posts, I am not asking you to take me at my word. I would like for you to do as I did. Think on these things. Research for yourself. Pray for clarity. Ask questions. Let the truth be revealed to you as you are ready to receive it. As the Fifth Agreement states:

“Be skeptical and learn to listen - Don't believe yourself or anybody else. Use the power of doubt to question everything you hear. Is it really the truth? Listen to the intent behind words, and you will understand the real message.”

In this entry, I’d like to respond to some of the comments and questions I received from my last post. If you didn’t get a chance to check it out, you can read it here.

So let’s get into it!

1. The Bible says that in the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God. Therefore, the Bible is only a tool, pointing us to God. The Bible also says that a man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeded out of the mouth of God. Here, it clearly states that there should be a direct connection between our spirit and God to live. My question is this... Are we His or is He ours?

Let's reason together here. In the beginning was the Word. It doesn’t say that in the beginning was the Bible. There was the Word. There was Divine Intent and Desire. There was the movement of Spirit. There was inspiration. There was spiritual oneness and unity. There was not the Bible. And then that Word became flesh. Perhaps it’s better to say that the Divine intent and life that is God-desired expression and is manifested in all of physicality. And we see that life in the plant, animal and human life. We see that life expressed as all things we see, hear, taste, and touch all day, every day. We see that desire for expression alive in each invention and in our personal desire to find our purpose and live with passion. This Word isn’t the Bible; it is the living energy that animates and sustains us and our universe.  As Paul says in Acts 17:24-18,

“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands as if he needed anything. Rather, he gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man,  he made all the nations that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. For in him we live and move and have our being.’b As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’”

It is even alluded to in this passage that we are the offspring or expression of God. Not necessarily as our physical selves, but our Spirit is an offspring from God. And in Spirit, all is one. Think of a river flowing into the ocean. Where the two meet, is the ocean flowing into the river or the river into the ocean. There is just as much river flowing into the ocean as there is ocean flowing into the river. So is the river of the ocean or the ocean of the river? Or physical being is where life/Spirit of God flows into us. And at the same time, we flow into God. I think it can be said that we are God's, and God is ours at this place (our bodies) where the two meet. We are one with Life. And our power comes from realizing this as Jesus did when he said “I and The Father are one.”

2. Who has given us the chance of free will, hope and passion. Is it we ?

The desire of the Divine/God is to expand and express. We have discussed our oneness with God, and yet even being one with all that is we are also unique. If it is God’s desire to express and expand, we also have that desire since we are created in God’s image. Yet our uniqueness, our individuality means that the how and the way we express and expand is specific to us; no one else can or will give to the world or inspire in the world what we were created to do. I know other gay ministers and yet none of us bring our gifts and messages into the world in the same way, using the same words, or touching the same chord in people. Our hope and passion is to express whatever our uniqueness is in the world to inspire the world to grow and expand in new ways.

The caveat of the ability to choose is that we can choose to be aligned with Spirit, or we can choose to be trapped by our physical nature. This is always what our choice is: whether to experience the expansiveness of Spirit as your source or the limited nature of the manifested world. And whether we inspire growth, expansion, new thought and understandings or inspire greed, insecurity, selfishness, and unkindness depends on this choice. And we are free to make this choice. Most of us don’t embrace and live our passion because we - consciously or because of what we have been taught - have chosen a limited life and by default also have chosen to place those limits on how we show up in the world.

3. Were we born (unknowingly) to live life to the fullest and just die? How can we selfishly own ourselves if we aren't the creators of ourselves?

If God is Life and Spirit is eternal, there is no death. And by that I mean that there is no end to Spirit. Spirit continues to exist even when no longer expressing in physical form. This is why we talk of the “after-life” or perhaps better stated the passing from life to Life. Physically there is a “birth” and a “death,” but in Spirit there is coming into form and leaving form or again passing from Life (pure Spirit) to life (physical manifestation) to Life (pure Spirit). And I think our intent upon manifesting in physical form is to live life to our fullest, to live authentically and all out and by doing so inspiring the expansion of thought and ideas and the expression of life to new levels. I also believe that as pure Spirit,  we know and choose the most ideal circumstances for this newness to be inspired from and are born into that. And when we have done that, we move back into Spirit to play the game again.

Now when we are in human form, we have to selfishly own ourselves. This is the only way to bring our minds and perceptions back into alignment with Spirit. We must own our emotions, perceptions and thoughts in order to direct them and utilize them in living life to the fullest. You don’t turn a car on, press the gas and let it go without taking the steering wheel. You have to direct it, you have to take control over and establish dominion over the car in order to get where you want to go. The same in life. You must take ownership of your expression of life in order to get the best out of it. Every decision must be made in full consciousness of where you are in life right now, which will open you up to a new understanding from which you will make future decisions.

4. If one can question the validity of the Bible being the Word of God then one can question the validity of the Bible as a whole. It, then, becomes quite easy to dispense with its teachings altogether as being "old school thinking" and therefore, unworthy of modern usage and having no place in a "highly evolved" mankind.

What if it no longer had a place? Would that nullify its lessons? Would that take away from the reality of a Grand Organizing Designer (GOD), creator of all things?

Nursery rhymes are great ways to teach children about the world. As you grow in age, you no longer need nursery rhymes. You are able to take the principles and apply them, and as you apply them you learn new things and develop better ways of handling situations. Perhaps as you grow in Spirit, the Bible, in its literal sense, becomes obsolete and what is necessary at this particular stage of development is something more. Spiritual evolution may require releasing the Bible for direct communication with God/Spirit/The Divine. Now it’s time to put what you learned into practice so that you can be inspired to new, deeper revelations. This could open up a higher understanding of what is expressed in the Bible that will expand your life in untold ways.

You know that Jesus didn’t have access to the Bible. He did have access to scripture as they knew it then. And he added to it. Neither did the disciples or the apostles, they added to it. Why aren’t we still adding to it? As we take in those things that may be considered foundation, aren’t we still inspired to higher understandings of it? Maybe some of the things that are expressed in this blog should cause a new Book of M3.

At one time, I looked at the Creation Story in Genesis as a literal exposition and explanation of how this world came into existence. Now I see so much more in this story. There are other lessons here that I couldn’t see when I accepted it at face value. Now the story inspires me to ask deeper questions and have more revealed to me than I was able to see before.

That is the word of God, the NOW revelation of a deeper understanding of Truth and allows me to understand myself, life, and God more than I could before.

5. God is real, and so is the word he gives us daily. Even the word he has given the prophets to write the Bible.

God is real, I am not denying that. Nor am I denying that the authors of the Bible were inspired to write what they did. All I am saying is that the true Word of God is in the inspiration and revelation. And these two activities are still active today. As stated, the word God gives us daily is real. Which means God is still speaking and that what has been encapsulated in the Bible is just the beginning; it’s just part of the story. We are still living out the rest. And we are still “hearing” from God, and we are still applying what we hear to our lives and growing in our understanding of all things.

The Bible has a lot to teach us. Every book of scripture has a lot to teach us. Just as every book of history can teach us much. The question is will we come into a direct connection with God/Spirit within us and allow the Word of God to be written with how we live our lives, or will we keep looking for something outside of us to be our way, our truth and our life?

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