Originally Posted by jce
There are only three points that I would need to "expand upon" for that passage to accurately reflect my perception.
1) The masculine pronouns are inaccurate. They do not describe the true nature of the Living Reality which gave birth to us. They are used only because of the limitations of human language caused by the fact that all humans are classed as either male or female.
2) The sense of "separateness" between God and the Living Reality that is an expression of the Divine Source. We remedy this by remembering that God is "all in all" and "through all and in all." There can be no "separation" between "all things" and the Source of Being though we may losed sight of the Unity of All when our eyes become transfixed by the "ten thousand things."
3) The seeing of God as an "agent" that chose to create "things" rather than as the Source from which those things inevitabley unfold like leaves on a tree.
I have had a transformative experience over the last week. I am now looking at the Bible with new eyes that are like the eyes I had when I came to a living faith in Christ and wrote the Bible Wheel book, only now on an entirely new level that sees both the good and the evil in it. I was once blinded by the light, and could not see the darkness in the Bible that is so obviously not a revelation of the Love and Light that is God.
In my previous incomplete and unbalanced faith, I never noticed the clue at the beginning of the story. Most people focus on the fact that we all "died in Adam" and must therefore be "saved" by the Messiah. But they have failed to grasp the key - if we inherit the death effect of "eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil" it means we also inherit the other effect, namely, we have had our eyes opened and we too "have become like God, knowing good and evil."
Every person is an unspeakably glorious Divine Being made in the "image of God." This is our true inheritence. The glory is hidden under the veil of flesh. All we need to do is part that veil and the limitless Light and Love of God will pour forth from your belly to give drink to a thirsty world.
Matthew 10:42 And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.To "give drink" is to pour out the abundant Spirit of Life that we receive from God as the Source of Reality. It is an outpouring of sustaining love and grace. It is the opposite of "judgment" which constricts. Of course both are needed in life, but anyone who sees a person dying of thirst and chooses rather to constrict them more with judgment has failed to perceive and receive the grace of God.
Did Christ withhold this water from the "sinning" Samaritan woman? Did he even say a word about sin to her? No. On the contrary, he mentioned her hard life - IMAGINE what it would have been like to be a woman having gone through five men in that patriarchal society! - to let her know that he fully accepted her regardless of her struggles, and that the water of life was free to all who ask without conditions.
John 4:7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. 8 (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.) 9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. 10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. 11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? 12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? 13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. 15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. 16*¶ Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. 17 The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: 18 For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly. 19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. 21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. 25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. 26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am heThis is the Royal Law of Universal Love. Go and do likewise.