‘So We Can Be!’
by F.A. Hutchison
(dedicated to Eric Kaldor, who reads my BLOG ‘religiously!’)
During the Christmas and Easter holidays, the ‘Jesus Story,’ is reiterated over and over and in many different contexts. But, what does it really mean; what is it all about?
Christmas, of course, is supposed to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, and Easter , in remembrance of his death and resurrection (victory of ‘life’ over ‘death’).
But, to me, the ‘Jesus Story’ is misinterpreted by most Christians as taken literally, rather than figuratively. If taken figuratively, however, it has the power of salvation (in your life time)!
They say Christ died for our ‘sins!’ But, what are these? What is sin anyway? According the ‘Catholic Encyclopedia,’ sin is explained in such a convoluted way, we can barely understand: ‘Since sin is a moral evil, it is necessary in the first place to determine what is meant by evil, and in particular by moral evil. Mortal sin is defined by St. Augustine (Contra Faustum, XXII, xxvii) as "Dictum vel factum vel concupitum contra legem æternam", i.e. something said, done or desired contrary to the eternal law, or a thought, word, or deed contrary to the eternal law.’ Somewhat easier understood are the seven ‘deadly sins:’ Pride, Envy, Gluttony, Lust, Anger, Greed, and Sloth (maybe laziness?)!
Evangelical Christians would probably say ‘sin,’ is any violation of ‘The Ten Commandments:’ ‘Thou shall not steal, etc..’ They also interpret the original meaning of ‘sin,’ from the Christian Bible as: ‘missing the mark!’ ‘The mark,’ in this case is the standard of perfection established by God and evinced by Jesus.
Where and how did this idea of ‘sin’ begin? It all started with the ‘original sin,’ the ‘first sin:’ Adam and Eve, in ‘a Garden of Eden,’ eating ‘the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge.’ And here’s how contemporary Christians explain that first ‘sin:’
“’The sin of Adam injured the human race at least in the sense that it introduced death -- "Wherefore as by one man’s sin, so death passed upon all men .’ Second, there is an allusion in this verse to a passage in the Book of Wisdom. Wisdom 2:24: "But by the envy of the devil death came into the world". Cf. Genesis 2:17; 3:3, 19; and another parallel passage in St. Paul himself, 1 Corinthians 15:21: "For by a man came death and by a man the resurrection of the dead.”
“Original Sin is the ‘genetic defect ’ we all inherited from Adam and Eve. Through this ‘genetic defect’ we all inherited ‘death’ -- both physical and spiritual – and were separated from God . Through Jesus Christ (the story of), we all have the ability to conquer this ‘genetic defect’ – sin and death (Duality) – and be ‘reconnected to God eternally.’ ‘Paradise’ (unconsciousness) was the original state of Adam’s garden on God’s “very good” earth .
“The whole justification of Jesus' life and death is predicated on the existence of Adam and the forbidden fruit he and Eve ate. Without ‘original sin,’ who needs to be redeemed?” All of us do, but in a way (by story) that contemporary Christians totally misunderstand. That the ‘Jesus Story’ must be lived in a figurative way! The ‘Jesus Story,’ is not to be taken literally, but figuratively (as metaphor, as poetical). Therein lies the secret!
So, what was the ‘forbidden fruit,’ that Adam and Eve ‘ate’ from the ‘tree of knowledge?’ It wasn’t literally ‘fruit’ and a ‘tree,’ but words (from a myth: story in human terms) that symbolize something very important, and something that has been misinterpreted and misunderstood for centuries.
Adam and Eve in the ‘Garden of Eden,’ symbolized the ‘perfection’ of non-ego consciousness (animals have no ego consciousness). ‘Adam an Eve,’ prior to eating ‘the forbidden fruit,’ didn’t know that they existed, nor knew of ‘God.’ They lived, in fact, in what I call ‘Singularity.’ No Duality, no ‘other,’ no ‘I,’ and ‘you’ – in fact, no separation (from ‘God’)!
It is ‘I’ and ‘you,’ Duality, that ‘separates’ and causes all the trouble! With ego consciousness, symbolized by the ‘eating the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge,’ came ‘the other!’ With that: I/you (naming) man/woman, love/hate, good/evil, peace/war, life/death, heaven/hell, God/man, etc. We can’t have ‘the One,’ with ‘the Other!’ Thus, the ‘Original Sin,’ was birth of ‘I!’
But, this was necessary in the course of ‘evolution,’ and ‘God’s Plan.’ Without separation (‘I’ and ‘you’), how would man know of ‘God’ (‘It’)? Animals don’t, because they haven’t evolved to ego consciousness (knowing they exist).
Does this mean we ‘created,’ ‘God?’ No. It was just a part of ‘God’s, Plan’ wanting us to know of ‘Him’ (‘It ’ really, as the ‘Creator’ knows no sexual distinction!).
Why? The goal is ‘God consciousness!’ Perfection, Singularity, a ‘returning’ to an ‘enlightened Garden,’ the ‘true garden’ – overcoming the Ego ‘I!’
No ‘I,’ (in the Garden) was non-ego consciousness (not knowing) or ‘perfection! ’ With Duality, lack of consciousness (not knowing enough) becomes the only ‘sin! ’ Irony!
Thus, how is it possible to ‘perfect’ oneself in Duality (our existence)? One must ‘live’ the ‘Jesus Story’ metaphorically! It’s an example of ‘death over the ego I, and being reborn of the spirit!’ I’m afraid this includes some ‘bad news’ for Christians, as well as, some good news (the ‘gospel’).
But, first the good news… It’s possible! Redemption, salvation, is possible in this lifetime! The ‘bad news,’ you have to do this by yourself! You can’t do it just by going to Church every Sunday, praying, singing, worshiping and putting money into the collection plate! You have to seek salvation, by ‘dying on the cross and being reborn of the spirit’ (‘metaphorically’). Not ‘losing’ the body literally, but losing’ (overcoming) the ego ‘I’! This to be reborn of the spirit (consciousness)—ultimately ‘God consciousness!’ Once you overcome the ego ‘I,’ the ‘I’ becomes ‘we!’ And with such comes love , the unconditional kind: sacrificing for others!
Now, how to accomplish this in one lifetime? It’s not easy, I agree! We can only attempt to perfect ourselves. I’m still trying at the age of sixty-eight! But, it’s in the ‘trying’ that we are redeemed!
Suffering and pain are the greatest teachers of all! Jesus (the people who wrote the Story) knew this… That it’s not possible to be ‘reborn of the spirit’ (‘resurrection’—victory of ‘life over death’) in this lifetime without suffering (‘death on the Cross’). With such, however, comes learning, awareness (of the pain of others), and consciousness ! And with consciousness comes ‘rebirth’ (living more in the Spirit than the corporeal body)! This is ‘eternal life,’ as metaphor.
Christianity is what I call a ‘feel good,’ religion. Just worship and donate, and you will get to ‘heaven!’ That’s why it’s so popular! You don’t really have to do anything ‘painful,’ because ‘Jesus’ did it for you! Just worship ‘Him!’ Read the words of evangelical Christianity: “The good news is that once we recognize ourselves as sinners, we need only repent and embrace Jesus to be forgiven. Jesus can forgive us because he died and rose again three days later in victory over sin and death.”
Yes, Jesus did that (‘died and was reborn’) in the Story (myth), but for us to overcome ourselves (our greatest ‘enemy’). He ‘died and rose again,’ but only as an example of what is possible for us to accomplish in our lifetime. We must do more than ‘repent and embrace ‘him.’’ We must, ourselves, ‘die of the ego I,’ (‘body’) to be reborn of the ‘spirit’ (consciousness)—identifying with the spirit rather than the body. God consciousness!
This, so we can be!
One wonders about “God’s Plan?’ What is the goal? I don’t know! I can’t know, as I’m human (form) and ‘God’ is non-human (formless). ‘Eternal life? Immortality?’ Lao Tzu, the credited author of the ‘Tao Te Ching,’ says the only immortality is metamorphosis! But, all words are penultimate! Words only sustain Duality, they don’t answer the great questions! ‘In the beginning was the word!’ But, in the ‘end’ is the ‘non-word!’
I remember a BBC interview with one of my intellectual mentors, Dr. C.G. Jung. This interview, a televised program, something I saw in a theater in Portland, Oregon many years ago (early 1980’s). The three-hour TV program devoted itself to asking Jung many questions about his life and work. But, they saved the following question to the very last. The interviewer asked, ‘Dr. Jung do you believe in God?’ Jung, who was never very quick to answer, sucked on his Sherlock Homes pipe, and then said something that changed my life, ‘No, I don’t have to believe, I know!’
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