A Bible Study in God Consciousness
I don't do many Bible Studies, at least according to the usual meaning of the
term. And even deeply Biblical discussions (like Jesus' death &
resurrection) I spare the chapter & verse quotes. Why?
- I know it frankly bores most people.
- Almost inevitably you get involved in what I call the Conjugation
Argument...With "regular" ideas, even if they are religious and
Biblical, you can present your material and get on with it...But quoting the
Bible seems to bring out the worst in people(!), and rather than focusing on
the meaning a purpose of what's written the discussion devolves into the
proper translation and conjugation of ancient verb forms...Uck!
- Then there's the whole point of view thing. For many today in the
Bible world, if you are not willing to swear to all that is holy that you
know in the pit of your soul that each and every single word and verb form
is completely, totally, 100% literally and scientifically true, then they
call you a Satanist and ignore the points you are presenting. Such is
the state of Bible discussion in America today. And, again, I quite
elegantly say, "Uck!"
But I have decided to violate "company policy" here...perhaps more
in the future. Why?
- This is a really, REALLY important topic. I have never been more
earnest when I say we are charting a course toward a word-wide
transformation of human consciousness. I will use every tool at my
disposal to do that.
- Many have written telling me they are getting into Bible study now, at
least in part through the ministry offered here.
- The Bible is SOOO COOOL! Yes, it has gotten a lot of bad press, and
has been abused, and contains things trapped inside of its own cultural
history that makes it really hard for today's modern person to deal
with...But SO DOES SHAKESPEARE! And in the last couple of years alone
Hollywood has made several modern movies based on Shakespearean plays.
- The Bible, properly understood, really is a delightful, precious,
beautiful, glorious Picture of God, and the transformation of the human
I realize there are several topics that really should be
covered, and if I live long enough I will do so. They include:
The history of the Bible, where it came from...what got
voted in, what was left out, and why. This was not written as a
textbook or mathematical treatise.
The source of its documents...Folks, when the authors wrote
this stuff they had no idea they were penning "Scripture."
The historical contexts the different documents were
written in....that does have a lot to do with properly understanding it
all....I mean, unless you have a basic understanding of the theater of his
day, Shakespeare's stage directions are totally useless(!)
An overview of primary themes and how they all relate.
In short, The Church of Yahweh presents "A Guide to
the Bible for the Modern Mind". OK...some day...Maybe.
So, we will have to skip all that for now...There's
important work to be done.
The Briefest Overview of The Bible's "Plot"
I Can Give
The Self-Existent God, Named Ahyh Asr
Ahyh, I Will Be What
I Will Be, aka YHWH, creates out of Himself the entire universe, and
everything is perfectly good, including mankind. (The Eternal Ocean
evaporates into little raindrops.)
Man eats from the Fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of
Good and Evil, separating his consciousness from all that is good, and
begins to live as a small, self-willed, ego-filled self-made-man. (The
little raindrops forget there's an Ocean.)
YHWH does a lot of work, setting up covenants, talking to
people about the pain they are causing themselves, giving commandments
(raindrop owner's manual), that type of thing.
He comes to the earth in bodily form, to talk to people
one-on-one...about how lost they are...about getting their lives
together...That they can change, be born to a new life, and discover Christ
living inside of them. (We really are, after all, all made-up of the
same Ocean water.)
That's the best I can do.
Now, to the point at hand.
what specifically we are talking about:
The whole thing (your life, the Bible, the history of
humanity, everything) can be seen as a journey from the
small, limited, ego-filled, hateful, sin-state of human
(aka raindrop) consciousness
large, limitless, egoless, loving, bliss-state of God (aka
(I presented this in #48, States
These are the Bible passages that directly address this
All quotations are from The Holy Bible, New International
I pray that:
eyes of your heart may be enlightened,
order that you may know
to which he has called you,
riches of his glorious inheritance
in the saints,
his incomparably great
for us who believe.
whole religion thing is real. It's not just about believing and arguing
and going to the pot-lucks on Wednesday night. It is about enlightenment,
knowledge, hope, inheritance, and great
that is my prayer, that through this you, and indeed the entire planet, can
begin to comprehend your inheritance and destiny.
Repentance as Transformed Consciousness
that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent,
for the kingdom of heaven is near.”
So, we start right-off with a
problem...Like I said, proper translations and all...The fact is that the word
"Repent" nowadays has all of these religious overtones...In Jesus'
day, the word that he spoke meant to the people hearing it, "Change your
thinking!" It is not just a matter of changing your actions, but all
of your being, renewed from the inside-out, starting with your thinking.
That's what we see in the next passage...
not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed
by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and
approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Christ And God Are In You
who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within
him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of
God. 12We have not received the
spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand
what God has freely given us. 13This is what we speak, not in words
taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing
spiritual truths in spiritual words. 14The
man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of
God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because
they are spiritually discerned. 15The spiritual man makes judgments
about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment: 16
“For who has known the mind of the Lord that
he may instruct him?” But we have the
mind of Christ.
mind of Christ, which is equated with the mind of God, lives in you!!!!
that one verse, that one idea, if true, means quite simply that we are not what
we think we are, and we do not live in the world we think we do!!! The
Mind Of Christ lives in us!!!
what is that? Read this...This explains just what this Mind Of Christ is:
he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the
kingdom of the Son he loves, 14in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of
is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
16For by him all
things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible,
whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by
him and for him. 17He
is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
18And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the
beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he
might have the supremacy. 19For
God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him.
are talking about the source and origin of the entire universe. The
fullness of God Himself is in Christ, That is the Entire Universe, and that mind
is INSIDE OF YOU!
you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s
Spirit lives in you?
yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not
realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless,
of course, you fail the test?
the next passage Paul goes so far as to say that his small "I", the
limited, ego-self is gone entirely. As raindrop, he recognizes he is
nothing more than a channel for the Ocean to pour through...And after all, isn't
that the whole point? We praise the radio program, not the radio!
have been crucified with Christ
and I no longer live, but Christ lives in
me. The life I live in the body, I
live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
the important phrase "crucified with
Christ." That's the entire
point of Christian theology...It is NOT enough to "believe" that
Jesus died or did anything...The Christian message consists in being United with
Him, that His life, death & Resurrection become ours, and with it,
everything that He Is!
all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed
yourselves with Christ.
we learn that Christ in you is the mystery of all ages, now revealed!
have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the
word of God in its fullness— 26the mystery that has been kept hidden for
ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. 27To them God has
chosen to make known among the Gentiles the
glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
to me, to live is Christ
and to die is gain.
it is God who works in you
to will and to act according to his good purpose.
is in you, dear friend. This is not New Age, but the Ancient Proclamation.
life is not about being you.
will eventually know as much about God as God knows about you...That's what it
means to have God Consciousness:
we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.
Now I know in part; then I shall know
fully, even as I am fully known.
this Mind of Christ that lives in embryo will grow to fill us entirely, and
Christ is formed fully in us:
dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until
Christ is formed in you...
frankly, is just about my favorite verse in the entire Bible...It shows that our
destiny, our true calling, where we are going, the REAL purpose of our life, is
to have that same infinite glory that is in God Himself through Christ:
the God of all grace, who called you to his
eternal glory in Christ, after you
have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong,
firm and steadfast.
How We Get From Here
this reason I kneel before the Father, 15from
whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16I
out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his
Spirit in your inner being,
17so that Christ
may dwell in your hearts through faith.
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18may
together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is
the love of Christ, 19and
to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled
to the measure of all the fullness of God.
pathway to God Consciousness and the fullness of Christ is clear...Leave the
old, small-self behind and, born-again, live as the True, Real, New You:
I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as
the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 18They
are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because
of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. 19Having
lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to
indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.
You, however, did not come to know Christ that way. 21Surely
you heard of him and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is
in Jesus. 22You were taught, with
regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being
corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23to be made new
in the attitude of your minds; 24and
to put on the new self,
created to be like God
in true righteousness and holiness.
imitators of God, therefore, as
dearly loved children
not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its
have put on the new self,
which is being renewed in knowledge in the
image of its Creator.
small, limited local / national views are gone, replaced with a Universal View:
there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian,
slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in
faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
That's the final word, Faith. NOT (Please, DEAR
GOD!!!) as needing to believe whatever the silly idea-of-the-month is, but as
the living, breathing, tangible pathway from
small to large,
illusion to real,
sinner to saint,
raindrop to Ocean.
Oops....sorry....gotta go....the George Bush / Al Gore Supreme Court ruling has come in....