The Gods of the Bible, Part 8
MISCELLANEOUS COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS
We have clearly illustrated point by point the fact that all mankind have an opportunity to qualify to manifest God just as much as Jesus did. This does not mean that we are as great as Jesus is, or that our mission in life is equal to his, but that we have an equal opportunity with him to share the powers of God, and perhaps to even manifest “greater things” than he did as he promised. We do not have any intention of subtracting from the glory that was demonstrated in the life of the Christ for the real truth only glorifies.
Just because Moses, Abraham, and the judges in Israel were called gods – that does not mean they were equal to Jesus in their works and in bringing salvation to man. Jesus indeed did a work and service for man that has no equal in history.
Columbus showed the way to the New World, but after him millions crossed the ocean just as well as he did. Edison made the first light bulb, but after this millions of others were made. Nevertheless, the glory of being the pioneer and discoverer went only to Columbus and Edison. Jesus was the greatest pioneer in the fact that he was the first to completely overcome death. To him went the honor of making the greatest discovery in history. On the other hand, all of mankind will sooner or later overcome death through the power of the Father in the same way as did the Christ. Because Jesus was the first to show us the possibilities of man he has obtained a place of spiritual distinction without equal. He has paved the way for men and women to be joint heirs with him even “heirs of God.” Rom 8:17
Jesus was the first to fully enter the kingdom of God and show forth the powers of God. We will soon join him. The human kingdom is occupied by humans, the animal kingdom by animals, but the Kingdom of God is occupied by those who manifest God and are one with him.
We have covered the ten major points that establish Christ as God in the minds of humanity and have shown that man is equal with Jesus in the claim of Godhood in each of these areas. Some will bring up a number of minor points. We will now cover several of these.
QUESTION: Jesus had the power to forgive sins. Isn’t that something Jesus had as God that man will never have?
ANSWER: Not at all. The Bible tells us that men besides Jesus can have the power to forgive sins just as he did: “Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: AS MY FATHER HATH SENT ME, EVEN SO SEND I YOU. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.” John 20:21-23
Notice the wording of this scripture. In the same way that Jesus was sent by his Father the apostles were also sent to forgive sins through the power of the Holy Ghost. The disciples had this power of God just as Jesus did.
QUESTION: Didn’t Jesus die for the sins of the world and become our redeemer? Doesn’t that make him a God far and above anything that we can ever be?
ANSWER: Jesus said: “The Son can do NOTHING of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.” John 5:19
If we read this literally it can only mean that the works that Jesus did were a copy of the things he had seen the Father do in some remote past. An entity who occupied the office of the Father to Jesus must have given himself for the sins of another world in another place and time.
Jesus tells us that we will follow him just as he has done with the Father: “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.” Rev 3:21
The orthodox Christian thinks that we will overcome (or achieve salvation) merely by letting Jesus in our hearts (whatever that is). This is not the way Jesus overcame and thus it will not be the way we will overcome. Jesus “learned obedience by the things which he suffered” and we must do the same and manifest the works of God just as he did.
We have pointed out that many men have been called saviors, but each savior has had a different mission. Jesus’ mission was to redeem us from the guilt we always incur when we try and obey numerous black and white laws to perfection. He saved us from the guilt of sin by putting emphasis on baptism for “the remission of sins”; thus releasing us from guilt. He did this by being baptized himself “to fulfill all righteousness” and then commanding his disciples to baptize believers in all nations.
The teaching that Jesus suffered for our sins has been greatly distorted. Many Christians seem to like to entertain the idea that Jesus endured the pain of every sin that every Christian has repented of all lumped together in one big pain at the cross.
This is nonsense and also impossible.
The pain that comes from sin is guilt. To feel guilty one has to believe he has gone contrary to the will of God. Jesus was always in harmony with the will of God so how could he feel any guilt, or pain in this connection???
Therefore, Jesus could not have suffered for our sins in the way the fundamentalist believes, or he would have had to have felt guilty. Furthermore, who in their right mind would want to heap on the head of a good man like Jesus the combined pain of millions, perhaps billions, of persons? I would just as soon suffer for my own mistakes as to let an innocent man pay for them. It is cruel to think otherwise. Those who nailed the Christ to the cross probably liked the thought of him suffering in place of others, but anyone with any sensitivity would abhor it.
How then did Jesus suffer for our sins? The answer is quite simple. In order to institute the ordinance of baptism and the church he had to teach his gospel of peace to those who resisted him and eventually killed him. His death and suffering was the price he had to pay in order to get his teachings of the forgiveness of sins established on the earth. In this way he suffered for our sins, but he did not feel the pain of our individual sins and guilt for he knew no guilt.
Other saviors will arise in the future that will deliver us from other things besides the guilt of sin. Jesus was called “a saviour” (Luke 2:11) by the angel instead of “the savior” because he was one of numerous world saviors that are foreordained to come to the earth. We do not overlook the fact that his mission was the greatest of any in history and that he is the Master of all true disciples. Nevertheless, he wants us to be like him and to manifest God as much or more than he did.
Because the mission of Jesus was different from you or I does not mean that he is to be God any more than you or I can be. Each person, or member of the kingdom of God has a different mission and will manifest the Spirit of God within him in different ways and in different degrees.
QUESTION: Wasn’t Jesus called the “Only Begotten of God?” Doesn’t that make him a God or Son of God in a way that we can never be?
At first glance it would seem that way for “only begotten” comes from the Greek MONOGENES and literally means “only born” or “only begotten.” We tend to easily forget that the scriptures call Christ not one man, but a body, with not one member, but many (ICor 12:11-14). Thus we also become the only begotten Son of God when we partake of the One Spirit and join the body of Christ.
On the other hand, in the days of Jesus the Greek MONOGENES was not always used literally just as many modern English words are not. The word “square” is an example. It ordinarily means a shape, but can also be interpreted as an honest transaction or a weird person.
Among the Greeks in the New Testament days an only begotten son (or MONOGENES) was one that occupied a special place in the father’s heart, or a son with unique characteristics and talents. Thus, a father may have twelve sons and may call a son who is neither his only son nor his firstborn his only begotten. By this Greek usage then Joseph who was sold into Egypt could have been Jacob’s “only begotten,” even though he was only one of twelve sons.
We have already shown that there are numerous sons of God so there is no way that Jesus could have been the only begotten Son of God, unless his physical conception was unique to himself alone and we do not have enough information from the scriptures to make a judgement.
We thus conclude this section having proven step by step that man qualifies with Jesus to be an “heir of God.” Let what has been written stand as a challenge to the faith of all men. Not to destroy, but to fulfill and build and lead the way toward the kingdom of the God which is within.
WHAT IS GOD?
Orthodox Christianity seems to be unwilling to even attempt to understand the metaphysical concept of God. The Gurus, prophets, and masters past and present who have taught that man is becoming God, man is God, man is manifesting God, God is in man, Christ is in man, or even that man is to be in control of his destiny have been greatly criticized by black and white Fundamentalist believers.
They seem to think that any such teaching strikes at the heart of the authority of God, that we somehow take the Father of Lights off his throne and make him one of the guys. They seem to get the impression that anyone who believes the God-Man concept wants to make himself a God over the universe and have all others bow down and worship him.
Such distorted conclusions is responsible for much of the fear and separateness the religious people have toward the pioneers of the New Age. They seem to want to believe that we are out to become authoritative Gods and rulers over them so they will have a visible devil to fight.
Such is not the case at all. For one thing the New Age concept of God does not present him as an authority figure, but follows the Biblical view that he is an omnipresent life that permeates all things and his breath is the very life that sustains us.
Remember the wave idea we presented earlier? We are like drops of water participating in the wave of life that is God and when we unite with all life we become the wave which is God. All Christian thought teaches the omnipresence of God, that He is everywhere, even in us. Therefore when we look within ourselves we find God. The Bible actually commands us to be one with this life within. Therefore why does Orthodox Christian thought condemn the peaceable people of the New Age for looking within, finding God, uniting or being One with him as commanded.
The scriptures command us to have the mind of Christ and Christ “thought it not robbery to be equal with God.” Therefore, why are we condemned for following the Bible in seeking to be “one” or “equal” with God?
The People of the New Age are the one’s obeying all the injunctions thundered from the pulpits of the world. Orthodox Christians are afraid to abide by the precepts of their own teachings. If they were not they would recognize that God is in man and that the Bible recognizes men as Gods, not once, but over and over.
It will be impossible for Orthodox thought to refute any of the concepts taught here, even from the scriptures they adore for they are verified by them as well as common sense, and the Spirit of God that is within.
The word “God” is generally translated from the Hebrew word ELOHIYM which is the plural form of ELOWAHH. In fact the plural form for ELOWAHH (ELOHIYM) is used consistently through the first half of the Old Testament. The singular ELOWAHH is not used until II Chronicles 32:15. Therefore, throughout the first half of the Old Testament this word (if literally translated) is more correctly rendered in the plural: Gods.
ELOHIYM is thought to be derived from the Hebrew EL or AL which literally means “strong, powerful, or mighty.” EL is sometimes translated as God (when the text seems to be referring to Deity) and other times rendered literally as ‘strong, powerful, or mighty”, or other similar words. Other scholars think that ELOHIYM is derived from the same source as the Moslem God ALLAH which means “to covenant.” Either derivation is a fitting possibility. God is certainly mighty and strong and he is also a God of covenants.
The first verse in the Bible reads: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Gen 1:1
The word “God” here as in most cases comes from the plural ELOHIYM. Paradoxically it is used with a singular verb so the first verse more literally reads: “In the beginning the Gods creates the heaven and the earth.”
The translators here were faced with a dilemma because the literal translation produces incorrect grammar. If we translate ELOHIYM as “Gods” then it should read” “Gods create…” instead of “Gods creates…” Translators, on the other hand, felt that they couldn’t render the word “God” in the plural so they changed “Gods” to “God.” The verbs in the Hebrew are written in the present tense. Translators usually change the verb to the tense that seems to fit the text. Therefore “creates” was changed to “created.”
The one all important question that translators and Bible scholars have not asked and seem unwilling to investigate is: What is the reason for this apparently bad grammar? Is it possible that Moses knew what he was doing when he wrote the first sentence?
If we examine a key word RESHIYTH which has been translated as “In the beginning” we can come up with a translation which is grammatically correct. RESHIYTH comes from ROSH (as we mentioned earlier) which means “the head.” RESHIYTH itself was translated as “chief” in Amos 6:1&6 If we use this meaning for RESHIYTH we can translate the first verse literally yet still have correct grammar: “The head of the Gods creates the heaven and the earth.”
Here “head” becomes the singular subject so it would keep a singular verb. Normally a plural word will take a plural verb. Nevertheless, there are words in the English that imply more than one, but take a singular verb. Among these are: council, government, body, administration, and others. These words imply that there are numerous entities working together as one. God could be a word like this as we shall see.
The scriptures plainly manifest that it was a mistake to imply that ELOHIYM is a God who is a single entity instead of Gods many for the ELOHIYM said: “Let US make man in OUR image, after OUR likeness…” Gen 1:26
“And the Lord God said, behold, the man is to become as one of US, to know good and evil.” Gen 3:22
Isaiah said: “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for US…” Isa 6:8
In Ecclesiates 12:1 in the King James and most other Bibles the word “creator” is singular. This shows a definite bias for in the Hebrew it reads: “Remember now thy CREATORS in the days of thy youth.”
How can one deny that there are many entities that share the name of God and yet still claim to believe the Bible? One wonders.
We have shown that the English word “God” is not a very accurate word to use for a translation of the ELOHIYM. Even “Gods” does not portray the precise meaning. The most correct description was given by Paul when talking about Christ. If Christ and the ELOHIYM are one as the Christian world believes then a description of Christ is a description of God.
Paul said: “Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is THE SAME GOD which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to EVERY MAN to profit withal… (Then Paul names the gifts of the Spirit)…But all these worketh that ONE and selfsame Spirit, DIVIDING to EVERY man severally as he will. FOR AS THE BODY IS ONE, AND HATH MANY MEMBERS, and all the members of that one body (ELOHIYM), BEING MANY, ARE ONE BODY; SO ALSO IS CHRIST (ELOHIYM). For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, bond or free; and have been all made to drink into ONE SPIRIT. For the body (God or Christ) is not one member, but MANY…And if they were all one member, where were (is) the body?…Now ye are the body of Christ (Gods or ELOHIYM), and members in particular.” I Cor 12:4-7, 11-14, 19, & 27.
Jesus was not all the Christ there is for the Christ “is not one member, but MANY.” He was, however, called “the head of the body.” Col 1:18 There are many others of us who are Christed (or annointed) to do the works of God as his arms, legs, hands, and other parts of the body of God for there is only “that ONE and selfsame Spirit DIVIDING to every man…”
If we piece together this information with other Biblical statements about God we get an interesting picture. Jesus clearly said: “God is a Spirit.” John 4:24 God is quoted as saying: “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” Jer 23:24 We are even told that he is in hell. (Psalms 139:8). On the other hand, when Moses was speaking with Jehovah it is written: “And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend.” Ex 33:11 Abraham ate dinner with God, Jacob wrestled with him and defeated him, and Jesus, Moses, Abraham, and the judges in Israel were called Gods.
What does it all men?
The answer is quite simple. God is one universal Spirit that fills all things and this One Spirit has divided (or multiplied depending on perspective) itself to “every man.” When men and women are sensitive to this One Spirit and manifest it they then enter into the Kingdom of God and are called “Gods” or members of the ELOHIYM. In other words, they are members of the body of Christ as Jesus was: “And without controversy great is the mystery of Godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit.” I Tim 3:16
If Jesus “manifested” the God that was in him why can’t we? After all, the “word” or Christ which is called an “it” in the Greek “was the true Light, which lighteth EVERY MAN that cometh into the world.” John 1:9 If we manifest that true light of God then we join the body of Christ or the ELOHIYM and technically can be called Gods in the same reference as people in the Bible have been.
When man becomes a God he is not God in the sense that Orthodox Christianity defines the term for they have gone astray of the Biblical presentation. They see New Age people wanting to be Gods according to an orthodox religious definition of him and such is not the case. No wonder they are somewhat alarmed at this idea for their God is a strong authority that is eager to zap everyone who opposes him.
Jesus set the correct example of the use of the powers of God. A certain city refused entrance to Jesus and his disciples, especially James and John were somewhat irritated and said to their Master: “Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of Spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.” Luke 9:54-56
Many Christians do not realize what manner of Spirit they are for in their prayers many of them are praying for the day of fire when (as they think) the peace loving people who seek the God within will be destroyed. If they really want to follow Jesus they should seek to save rather than destroy those with differing beliefs.
On the other hand, everyone with a New Age consciousness is not perfect and a lot of them would like to see fundamentalists believers destroyed by earth changes or whatever means necessary. We must all remember: The Christ comes not to destroy, but to save.
Viewing God as one universal Spirit that has divided (or multiplied) itself into a body of “many members” throughout the universe explains many of the contradictory scriptures on God. The word “God” is used in a dual manner. By the first way of looking at it there is only one universal God that is omnipresent. In definition two, any being in the universe who is one with God and manifests the will of the One Universal Spirit is also God because we are seeing the One Great Life in action.
As we go through the Bible we can see that either God One or God Two will always be applicable. When God says he fills heaven and earth we are hearing God One. When he says that he is a Spirit which no man has ever seen we again have God One. On the other hand, when Abraham ate with God, Jacob wrestled with him and Moses spoke to him face to face we are seeing a reference to God Two. God Two is a very advanced man who has manifested God. Moses, Jesus and the judges in Israel also represented God Two. God One is God the unseen. God Two is God the seen.
Viewing God as a body with many members harmonizes the apparently contradictory scriptures and synthesizes God One and God Two into One God. His Spirit is one life that fills the universe and thus as a body he is one and there is no other beside him, but his body of manifestation has many members and these members are definitely more than one. As members of the body of God they do not fill heaven and earth, and have not created everything there is. Nevertheless, “He that is joined unto the Lord IS ONE SPIRIT.” I Cor 6:17 So in a sense then we can fill heaven and earth because all those who join with God (all the millions of them) “is ONE Spirit” and this One Spirit fills heaven and earth.
Joseph Smith said it very well: “The elements are the tabernacle of God; yea, man is the tabernacle of God, even temples.” D&C 93:35
This concept is really quite simple to explain by looking at the functioning of our own bodies. The hand does not fill the whole body, but occupies a small volume of it, yet it partakes of the life force and blood supply which does fill the body. There is a constant circulation of this Spirit through the hand and the partaking of nourishment from the blood by the hand causes action that affects the well-being of the entire body.
The mouth is another member and may speak and use the personal pronoun “I,” but it is not referring to itself alone, but the body as a whole which includes not only the mouth, but also the head and extends even to the hands and feet.
In the same way men, both mortal and immortal, have referred to themselves as God but they have occupied only a small part of the body of God. Nonetheless, they have partaken of and manifested that “ONE SPIRIT” that circulates through the entire body of God and fills all things. Thus they have access to all knowledge and all power and can say with Jesus: “All power is given unto me in heaven and on earth.” Matt 28:18
The arm is a small portion of the body, but if the body decides it needs to lift a heavy object then all the power and force of the body cooperates with it. If we say with Jesus: “Not my will but Thine be done” we then join in the body of God and all the power of God in heaven and earth is behind us in carrying out the will of God, or the body of which we are a member.
We can thus sum up the concept of God as follows: The Spirit in man is one Spirit, but divides itself into many members and billions of cells and none of them could have life without the One Spirit in man. God is also One Spirit whose body is the universe and has divided itself into billions of members who share his consciousness.
The drop of water in the wave idea, as mentioned earlier, is another good way of looking at the whole concept of God.
In the Hebrew God uses four basic titles in referring to himself. The most popular is ELOHIYM. This is simply translated as God in most Bibles, but, as we have said, it actually refers to one great universal Spirit whose body is the universe, or to any member of that body who is manifesting that One Spirit. A member of the ELOHIYM many use the pronoun “we” or “us” in referring to himself and other members. For example: “The man is become as one of US…” Gen 3:22 When referring to the ELOHIYM as a whole and speaking on its behalf the speaker may say: “I
The second title for God is EL or AL. This Hebrew word sometimes refers to a member of the ELOHIYM, sometimes to a strong mortal man and sometimes used as an adjective translated as “mighty” or “strong.” It is fitting to call a member of the ELOHIYM “EL” because all of them are mighty and strong in fulfilling the will of God. When a pronoun is used with EL it is always the singular “I” for it is referring to an individual member of the ELOHIYM.
The word ELOHIYM is thought to be derived from the two words. The first is EL which means “mighty” or “strong.” Some scholars believe the second half comes from ALLAH which is not a Hebrew word which means “to covenant.” Thus a possible meaning for this word could be “strong covenant.” This is a good possibility since the God of the Old Testament was a God of covenants.
A third common title for God is SHADDAY ELOHIYM which is usually translated as “Almighty God” or “God Almighty.” In the mentioning of this name God indicates that he is indeed a “becoming” or evolving God, as we mentioned earlier, for as the consciousness of men evolves so does the name of God: “And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob by the name of God Almighty, but by my name Jehovah was I not known to them.” Ex 6:3
The translation of SHADDAY into Almighty is not that accurate. Translators have rendered it such because it is the most complementary translation that scholarship could allow and most believers are prone to complement God whenever possible. The word more literally means “Devastator” or “Destroyer.” The meaning “Almighty” is only implied in the fact that SHADDAY tells us that the ELOHIYM has complete power to destroy all that stands in their way. After all God did destroy the world with a flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, the Pharaoh and his armies, and the Canaanites. The destruction that comes from God always paves the way for the spiritual progress of mankind.
The fourth and last common Hebrew title for God is YeHOVAH. This is often used alone, but frequently used with ELOHIYM. YeHOVAH is translated either as Jehovah or as Lord. When it is translated as Lord in the Old Testament capital letters are always used. When Lower case letter are used as in Lord then the translation was derived from another Hebrew word. When Jehovah is used with ELOHIYM then it is translated as Lord God.
When Moses asked the name of God he was told: “I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, the Lord God (YeHAVAH ELOHIYM) of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever (Hebrew: ‘as far as you can see ahead’), and this is my memorial unto all generations.” Ex 3:14-15
Before this age God revealed himself as SHADDAY ELOHIYM, but now he said he wanted to be called YeHOVAH ELOHIYM. In declaring this name change he used the root meaning of Jehovah for Jehovah is derived from HAYAH which was here translated as “I AM.” In other words, he revealed to Moses the essence of his being which is “I AM THAT I AM” which is (as previously mentioned) more correctly rendered “I AM BECOMING THAT WHICH I DECIDE TO BECOME.”
We could add a fifth name here which was presented in the New Testament which we have also proven to be the name of God the Father and that is Christ. This name means “anointed.” Jesus was the chief representative of the Christ and the name of Jesus Christ means “anointed to deliver.”
We can see that the true nature of God is HAVAH which is “becoming” or “evolving.” We can thus trace the evolution of God in the consciousness of man by his names.
The oldest form of God is probably EL which means “mighty” or “strong.” Then we have ELOHIYM which means “strong covenant.” Next we have SHADDAY ELOHIYM which could mean “Mighty Destroyer.” Then God tells us he is Jehovah which is “eternal” or “self existent.” He often calls himself Jehovah Elohiym which implies the meaning: “a member of the body of God who is becoming what he wants to become.” Finally we have Jesus Christ who is “anointed to deliver.”
They key thought behind all of this is that the name of God is always connected with that which is the highest reality in the mind of man. Because of this, God is not through giving us new names for in the New Age he will be known by yet another name (See Rev 3:12) and his disciples will also have a new name (See Isa 62:2)
The religions of the world are very mistaken in thinking that God is perfect and when God makes a creation that it will and must remain in its original state of perfection (at least in the worlds of form). God is “I AM BECOMING” or evolving and even his name changes periodically. The only name he can give us that will always be true is that “I am becoming that which I decide to become.” Our best choice is to move along with that decision for he must evolve through his creations, entities such as you and I.
We are told that God “fills heaven and earth” and that “in him we live and move and have our being,” but have we ever stopped to consider that all things that are filled with the Spirit of God are in a state of “becoming”, evolution, or change? The whole universe is in a state of becoming what it is becoming, as well as man, and even the tiny atoms. Everything, even God is in a state of flux for without change and new experience life would not be worth living, even for God.
Has anyone ever stopped to consider why God created all there is? If he has no need for change and is perfect the way the religions teach then why did he create a universe for himself to embody which changes daily???
Men say that God has no needs because he is perfect. Where do they get that idea? Certainly not from the Bible. Why did God create us if he does not need us? If he does need us then why does he need us?
“God created us to worship him,” says the believer. But common sense tells us the answer has to be much deeper than that. The believer thinks that God is higher than man as man is higher than the slugs. What man is there among us who would like to spend all eternity being surrounded and praised by millions of slugs? Similarly, God has to be more intelligent than the man who wants to be praised by slugs. Surely he wants more out of man and other creatures than a praise to sooth his ego.
If God fills the universe then we are like cells in his body. What do we want from the cells in our body? Do we want them to praise us fearfully because we create, feed, and nourish them? No! We want our cells to become healthy and happy and cooperate with us in the vitality of the whole body so we can become who and what we want to become. Without the cooperation of the cells we have no power of “becoming.” The power of becoming is the power of God and the One Universal Spirit, the God that fills all things needs us to achieve salvation so we can add to the quality of his life just as healthy cells add to the quality of a human being’s life. Thus the purpose of God, man, and all life forms are one: To follow the process of becoming so the God who fills all things can become and experience all there is. Thus he knows all things there is to know and there is nothing new for him to know unless he “becomes” and creates “all things new” (Rev 21:5). Then God and his creations have new circumstances, new forms, and new worlds to conquer.
God said: “Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the days of old. Behold, I will do a NEW thing; now it shall spring forth…” Isa 43:18-19
God continually makes “new covenants” and says: “I create NEW heavens and a NEW earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come to mind.” Isa 65:17 He creates the city of the New Jerusalem and commands us to sing a “new song.”
Men say that God knows everything there is and has no new challenges facing him, that he has everything all figured out. They think that all he wants us for is to teach us a lesson so we will always praise him and he probably doesn’t even need that. But put yourself in the position of the God that man has created. If you were in a situation where there was nothing new to learn or experience what would there be left for you to live for? Nothing. If a life form were to ever reach that state it would undoubtedly self destruct. In fact the main motive for suicide is that the person has nothing new to look forward to and a suicide can often be prevented by giving the person even a small thing to look forward to.
Alas. The Religious world worships a God who has no reason to live.
On the contrary, God tells us that he continually makes “ALL THINGS NEW!” When new things are made that creates new experiences to enjoy and both men and God are that they might have joy. When there are new experiences on the horizon then there is new knowledge to be gained and life is in a state of becoming, or evolving, and is then worth living. This state of rejuvenation through newness is necessary for all life, even God.
Each man and woman live through a life experience that is unique to themselves. Because man is “the temple of God” (I Cor 3:16) and his Spirit dwells in us, then God shares our life experience. It is our duty then to experience our full potential of livingness for this only enhances the “becoming” of God. He is indeed the beginning and the end of all things. Keep in mind that the end is always different, or changed, from the beginning. Thus when God calls himself the beginning and the end he is restating his affirmation to Moses that he is “becoming” or that he is in a constant state of change. We could say that God is change. Without change there would be no God and no life. There would indeed be nothing.
The scriptures that speak of the unchangeableness of God deal with God’s covenants and promises toward man. It is merely a way of stating that we can depend on God to deal with man by creating “becoming” or change the way he said he would. God can be depended upon to fulfill his will, but that will ALWAYS involves change. The underlying purpose of God is to “make all things NEW.” Rev 21:5
Let us go with the flow and discover the kingdom of God within wherein we feel the Spirit of the One Great Life gently speak to us: “Go forth and explore, experience, teach, and then serve by pulling your brethren up to where you are. And when you are done do it again, but this time in a new time and place and circumstance, and in so doing let your soul feel a greater joy than it has ever felt before.”
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