All suffering is the result of this belief. The history of the coming of the Children of Israel out of their long bondage in Egypt is descriptive of the human mind, or consciousness, growing up out of the animal or sense part of man and into the spiritual part. It conveys the universal story of spiritual transformation, that overcoming is possible and that God has triumphed. It is a message that has given hope to millions and brought many of them into the Unity movement. It is our gift to western spiritual seekers and it is an open pathway into their heart.
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The Era of Metaphysical Christianity Is Here Hi Friends - I am convinced that the religion we know as Christianity is entering into a entirely new era, which can be called metaphysical Christianity. The catholic era grew out of the Roman Empire and eventually overran the 1, year Roman rule of power and oppression with a Christian rule of oneness and order.
The second era, the era of evangelical Christianity, began to form with the expansion of trade, the revival of classical philosophy and, especially, the wide-spread use the controlled experiment to discover new knowledge.
The third era, that of metaphysical Christianity, is emerging from the limitations of modernity. It is emerging to provide solutions to problems that modernity has not been able to overcome: deeply rooted racism and hatred, uncontrolled destruction of nature and the environment, persistent alienation and meaninglessness. Metaphysical Christianity is based on a new sense of the reign of God, not on the order of the catholic era, nor the discovery and intellectualism of the evangelical era, but rather on the sense of pervasive divinity of this new metaphysical era in which we are rapidly moving.
Man exists. What God is—life, love, wisdom and power—becomes what each of us is destined to be. Father God, expressing such divine qualities, is pressed out in us as Mother God. God as transcendent spirit becomes Christ in us as immanent substance, the very foundation of our spiritual Reality. How we exist, how "we stand forth out of God" as expressions of the pervasive divinity of God, enables us to take on racism and hatred, loss of compassion, the destruction of our environment and our alienation from life.
The era of Metaphysical Christianity is here. Sunday, July 7, Lesson 1 — Statement of Being [In entering upon this course of instruction let each one as far as possible, lay aside for the time being all previous theories and beliefs. After the course is completed if you wish to return to your old beliefs and ways of living, you are at perfect liberty to do so.
The article a, italicized as it is in our bibles, has been interpolated by translators. Jesus in his statement did not do this. It is vital essence, force, energy as distinct from matter. God, then, is not, as many of us have been taught to believe, a big personage or man residing somewhere in a beautiful region in the sky, called heaven, where good people go when they die and see Him clothed with ineffable glory.
Nor is He a stern angry judge only waiting an opportunity somewhere to punish bad people who have failed to live a perfect life here. God is Spirit, or the Creative Energy which is the cause of all visible things. There could be no body or visible part to anything unless there was first Spirit as Creative Cause.
Clip 16 from Statement of Being. God is not a being or person having life, intelligence, love, power. God is that invisible, intangible but very real something we call Life.
God is perfect Love and infinite Power. God is the sum total of these combined, the sum total of all Good whether manifested or expressed. There is but one God in the universe; but one Source of all the different forms of life or intelligence we see, whether they be man, animal, tree or rock. God is Spirit. We cannot see spirit with these fleshly eyes; but when it clothes itself with a body, when Spirit makes itself visible or manifest through a material form, then we recognize it.
You only see the form through which I am made manifest. Clip 17 from Statement of Being. God is Love. We cannot see love nor grasp any comprehension of what love is, except as love is clothed with a body. All the love there is in the universe is God. The love between husband and wife, between parents and children, is just the least little bit of God as pushed forth through visible form into manifestation.
Clip 18 from Statement of Being. God is Wisdom or Intelligence. All the wisdom or intelligence we see in the universe is God, is Wisdom projected through a visible form. To educate— from educere, to lead forth never means to force into from the outside; but always means to draw out from within something already existing there.
God as Infinite Wisdom or Intelligence lives within every human being, only waiting to be led forth or drawn out into manifestation. This is true education. Heretofore we have sought knowledge and help from outside sources, not knowing that the Source of all knowledge, the very Spirit of Truth, was lying latent within ourselves, each and everyone, only waiting to be called on to teach us the truth about all things.
Most marvelous of Teachers, and everywhere present, without money or price! Clip 19 from Statement of Being. God is Power. Not simply God has power, but God is Power. In other words, all the power there is to do anything is God. God, the Source of our existence every moment, is not simply omnipotent, all powerful. He is Omnipotence,—All Power. He is not alone omniscient,—all knowing.
He is Omniscience,—All Knowledge. He is not only omnipresent, but more,—Omnipresence. God is not a being having qualities but He is the Good itself. Everything you can think of that is good, when in its absolute Perfection, goes to make up that invisible Being we call God.
Clip 20 from Statement of Being. God, then, is the Substance from sub, under, and stare, to stand or the Real thing standing under every visible form of life, love, intelligence or power. Each rock, tree, animal, everything visible is a manifestation of the One Spirit, God, differing only in degree of manifestation; and each of the numberless modes of manifestation, or individualities, however insignificant, contains the whole.
Clip 21 from Statement of Being. One drop of water taken from the ocean is just as perfect ocean water as the whole great body. The constituent elements of the water are exactly the same, and are combined in precisely the same ratio or perfect relation to each other, whether we consider one drop, a pailful, a barrelful, or the entire ocean out of which the lesser quantities are taken. Each is complete in itself.
They only differ in quantity or degree. Each contains the whole. And yet no one would make the mistake of supposing from this statement that each drop was the entire ocean. So we say that each individual manifestation of God contains the whole. Not for a moment meaning that each individual is God in His entirety—so to speak; but that each is God come forth—shall I say?
Man is the last and highest manifestation of this Divine Energy; the fullest and most complete expression or pressing out of God. To him, therefore, is given the dominion over all other manifestations. God is not only the Creative Cause of every visible form of intelligence and life at its commencement: but each moment throughout its existence He lives within every created thing as the Life, the ever-renewing, re-creating, upbuilding cause of it.
He never is and never can be for a moment separated from His creations. Then, how can even a sparrow fall to the ground without His knowledge? God IS. Man exists, from ex, out of, and sistare, to stand forth. Man stands forth out of God. Man is a three-fold being made up of spirit, soul and body. Spirit, our innermost, real being, the deathless part of us, the I of us, which you and I know has never changed, though our thoughts and circumstances may have changed hundreds of times, this part of us is a standing forth of God into visibility.
It is the Father in us. Of this we will speak more fully in a future lesson. Who are my brethren? Behold, these are my mother and my brethren. Childlike, untrained minds say God is a personal Being. Broader and more learned minds are always cramped by the thought of God as a Person: for personality limits to place and time. God is both Principle and Person. As the creative underlying Cause of all things He is Principle, impersonal.
As expressed in each individual He becomes personal to that one,—a personal, loving, all-giving Father-Mother. All that any human soul can ever need or desire is in the infinite Father-principle, the great Reservoir of unexpressed Good.
There is no limit to the Source of our being, nor to His willingness to manifest more of Himself through us. The only limit is in our knowledge of how to draw from the Fountain.
Clip 23 from Statement of Being. Hitherto we have turned our hearts and efforts toward the external for fulfillment of our desires and for satisfaction; and all have been grievously disappointed For the hunger of everyone for satisfaction is only the cry of the homesick child for its Father-Mother, God.
Man never has been and never can be satisfied with anything less. There is but one Source of Being. That Source is the living Fountain of all-good, be it life, love, wisdom, power or whatever,—the Giver of all good gifts. That Source and you are connected every moment of your existence.
You have power to draw upon this Source for all of good you are, or ever will be, capable of desiring. Are you interested in further study of this book? If the book is inspirational to you, why not consider further study? Unity Correspondence School.
Emilie Cady: 真理的功课 (Lessons In Truth)
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