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A Bible Study in God Consciousness

Introduction

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 soul.

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

  1. 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.)

  2. 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.)

  3. 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.

  4. 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.


Remember 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

to the

    large, limitless, egoless, loving, bliss-state of God (aka Ocean) consciousness.

(I presented this in #48, States of Consciousness.)

These are the Bible passages that directly address this issue.

All quotations are from The Holy Bible, New International Version.

Opening Prayer

Ephesians 1:18-19

I pray that:

  • the eyes of your heart may be enlightened,

  • in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you,

  • the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,

  • and his incomparably great power for us who believe.

This 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 power!

And 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

Matthew 4:7

From 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...

Romans 12:2

Do 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

1 Corinthians 2:11-16

For 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.

The mind of Christ, which is equated with the mind of God, lives in you!!!!

Folks, 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!!!

And what is that?  Read this...This explains just what this Mind Of Christ is:

Colossians 1:13-19

For 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 sins.  15He 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.

We 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!  

1 Corinthians 3:16

Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?

2 Corinthians 13:5

Examine 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?

In 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!

Galatians 2:20

I 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.

Note 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! 

Galatians 3:27

for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

Here we learn that Christ in you is the mystery of all ages, now revealed!

Colossians 1:25-27

I 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.

Philippians 1:21

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

Philippians 2:13

For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.

God is in you, dear friend.  This is not New Age, but the Ancient Proclamation.

Your life is not about being you.

Your Destiny

You will eventually know as much about God as God knows about you...That's what it means to have God Consciousness:

1 Corinthians 13:12

Now 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.

Eventually, this Mind of Christ that lives in embryo will grow to fill us entirely, and Christ is formed fully in us:

Galatians 4:19

My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you...

This, 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:

1 Peter 5:10

And 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 To There

Ephesians 3:14

For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16I pray that 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 have power, 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.

The 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:

Ephesians 4:17-24

So 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.

Ephesians 5:1

Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children

Colossians 3:9

Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.

Our small, limited local / national views are gone, replaced with a Universal View:

Colossians 3:11

Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

Hebrews 11:1

Now 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....

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