Principle 84

This entry is part 81 of 98 in the series Principles

Principle 84

The Principle of Rebirth

When Nicodemus, the Jewish leader, sought out Jesus by night to seek his wisdom he gave him an unusual teaching. Jesus told him, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3

This was confusing to Nicodemus, even after Jesus explained that we can be born again on different levels, the spiritual as well as the physical.

Since we are dealing with principles here the question we must ask is what is the underlying meaning behind this thought?

It is basically this. All things in the universe go through a recycling process as they journey to perfection.

Consider water of the streams, lakes and oceans of the world. The component molecules of hydrogen and oxygen evaporate into the air until a saturation point is reached. Then clouds form and it rains pure distilled water back to the earth. Then as time passes the various water molecules repeat the process.

Now consider the things we manufacture from books to cars. After they are worn out we recycle them and from the old parts we create new cars and books.

This even applies to the earth, the sun and the universe itself. When stars die out they either explode or burn out, but either way their elements still exist and will be components of new stars and planets in some distant time.

How about us humans? Are we born again, or recycled? How about other life forms?

Consider something like grass. If left alone the blades of grass live and die and then their elements are drawn into the earth and recycled into new blades of grass. We know for sure the elements of the grass are recycled, but how about the life itself? It only makes sense that if the elements that house the life are recycled that the life itself is also.

If, you a life form, tear apart your old house and build a new one and then occupy that house you are a life that is recycled into a new house.

To be born again has several meanings. The most popular one is the idea that we can switch from being a carnal person to a spiritual one. This is indeed one of the meanings, but Nicodemus asked Jesus this question: “How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?”

Jesus never told Nicodemus he was wrong, but spoke of two levels of being born again. He said: “ Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”

One level of being born again is by being born into spiritual consciousness, but he spoke of another, the same idea that astounded Nicodemus. He said we must also be born again “of water.”

When the baby is in the womb it is completely submerged in water. A physical birth is literally being born from water. If the person enters again into a mother’s womb and is born again he is born from water.

This means we as individuals are recycled in two different ways. We are recycled into the world of spirit after death. There we live in a spiritual sphere, one of the “many mansions” for a period of time between lives. Then, after a period of contemplation and preparation we enter again as a baby into a mother’s womb and are born again of water.

At death we are born again to spirit and at physical birth we are born again of water into physical reality.

With each recycling of our life through water and spirit we learn our lessons until we comprehend the higher way and enter into the kingdom of God.

Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:     

The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star,

Hath had elsewhere its setting,      

And cometh from afar:     

Not in entire forgetfulness,      

And not in utter nakedness,     

But trailing clouds of glory do we come

From God, who is our home.

Walt Whitman

Copyright 2016 by J J Dewey
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