“Behold, God is mighty, but despises no one; He is mighty in strength of understanding. He does not preserve the life of the wicked, But gives justice to the oppressed. He does not withdraw His eyes from the righteous; But they are on the throne with kings, For He has seated them forever, And they are exalted. And if they are bound in fetters, Held in the cords of affliction, Then He tells them their work and their transgressions—That they have acted defiantly. He also opens their ear to instruction, And commands that they turn from iniquity. If they obey and serve Him, They shall spend their days in prosperity, And their years in pleasures.” (Job 36: 5-11; New King James Bible Version (NKJV).
“Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why are thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.” (Psalm 42:11; King James Bible (KJV).
“The Lord hath appeared of old unto me saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” (Jeremiah 31:3; (KJV).
Because this human life experience consists of both good and bad material forms and situations, we often thank God for the harmonious times we experience in our daily lives, but then we turn right around and also credit divine Spirit, (God) for all the destructive situations that we’ve brought forth into our own human experience. When troubles ensue, whatever ‘good’ we’ve enjoyed from God’s harmonious realm are often forgotten. When our own wrongful behavior turns us down destructive paths, we often blame God, instead of ourselves, for the negative consequences of our own poor judgement and wrongful behavior. We are often very quick to put the blame on God, instead of ourselves, when, in fact, we’ve find ourselves in a punishing predicament.
The reason this occurs is because when we follow any path, good or bad, there are natural consequences to consider. The universe of divine Spirit, God, is set up that way. God’s spiritual universe is built on perfect ‘laws’ that allow no destruction to take place from anyone, anywhere. If divine Spirit allowed destruction of any kind to exist in Its eternal existence, the kingdom of God (Heaven) would self-destruct from within.
And this is why, when the time was right for humanity to perceive a few rules set down in the human (finite, material sense of being) experience, the Ten Commandments were handed down from the Mount to Moses. These ten directives were to be lived by (in our earthly experience) for all time thereafter. These rules were to establish harmonious behavior among all the generations to come. These commandments still show the way (like a road map) of harmony for all of us still living in the finite dream of materiality who have not yet awakened to our eternal, spiritual reality of being.
So, this is where our individual beliefs come into play; for what we really, deep-down believe about what life IS shall be what we manifest (or act out) in this human experience. We each have individual, private rules that we’ve decided to live by. Many of our individual beliefs come from our parents and/or family background. Many are rules we’ve made up ourselves about life and what it’s all about. But, no matter what an individual has decided about our temporary life-spans here in this material realm of cause and effect in matter, these individual decisions are active every day, while here in this material sense of reality. In other words, what we believe to be true about this human experience is what we will act out, for good or for bad.
In this human experience, we seem to be finite, material beings, living under the so-called ‘laws’ of material cause and effect. But as we begin to awaken toward the universal Christ identity, we begin to walk more in a spiritual sense of things, which includes the reality of everlastingness and the governing, spiritual laws of the Creator.
Spiritual awakening isn’t something that can be done in a day. Realize that spiritual awakening is a gradual thing, affecting the entire collective consciousness of world thought. Oh, we can read things about it, and search for spiritual enlightenment; but the sense of it really doesn’t come from anyone, or anything, out in the material world. The real sense, or perception of spiritual, rather than material being, comes from within ourselves. It is unfolding in our thoughts whenever we’re ready to move forward into the true, spiritual sense and understanding of it.
Paramount to our spiritual awakening is the realization that the Ten Commandments (given so long ago to Moses) were more than just human rules to live by. When we examine each ‘commandment’ we find that all forms of negativity of human behavior is being washed away when one lives by them. The results of obedience to these ten directives cover just about every wrongful behavior that the human race is capable of creating. Human, rather than divine behavior, is created by the erroneous sense that we are finite, material creatures, when, in truth, we are immortal spiritual creatures. And in order to remember who we really are, these ten rules were given mankind to snap out of the erroneous, material concepts of ourselves, and awaken to our everlasting, spiritual identities that we really are.
Because we don’t study these ten commandments, which show us the safe way to live in this material sense of this world, we leave ourselves vulnerable to every bad situation that comes into our daily experiences. Leaving out our perception of God’s invisible presence and ultimate power over all creation, we try to stand, alone, in our human frailness and endless, material miseries. But each one of the ten commandments have a unique mission to serve humanity.
Take, for instance, the First Commandment: “Thou shalt have no other God’s before me.” This commandment doesn’t exist just to keep God happy. This commandment exists because it speaks to the ultimate power of the Creator. It reminds us that we should not fear any power outside of God, the only Creator. There are no other ‘gods’. There is no real power anywhere, in heaven or earth, except the divine, infinite, all-inclusive Spirit, we call God.
Because reality is spiritual, rather than material, only spiritual rules exist. There is no such thing as material power. Material so-called life and bodies return to dust when our temporary use for them are through. Until then, for use in this material dimension, they let us navigate our false sense of finite physical body-forms. But death is a myth, for God’s eternal children and all creation are ever-lasting. Spiritual reality overturns physical death, just as the physical death of Christ Jesus demonstrated to all humanity. There is no death in the spiritual kingdom of the Almighty. In the spiritual kingdom of God, we are always living within Spirit’s realm. One doesn’t die to become immortal. An immortal cannot die. It isn’t logical.
When we begin to mentally get the sense of this, our material fears begin to disappear. Once our fears are under control, and we trust God’s ultimate power over all creation, the things we fear disappear from our human experience, even while we’re still ‘sleeping’ in the false, material sense of being. When we trust absolutely, we allow the divine Mind to adjust our bad circumstances and bring human normalcy back to our experience. Evil situations disappear from the human experience because they never really had any power over God’s off-spring, to begin with. And we are God’s off-springs, even when we don’t realize that.
The first Commandment is, by far, the first one to understand. For, once our lives turn God-ward, fear is replaced with a sense of peace. We must try to stay free of fear every day. Now, although God’s children never have anything to fear, it isn’t something we can just wish away. Fear is something we must mentally handle; but it becomes easier to overcome when we comprehend that in the kingdom of God, there is never, really, anything to fear. Trusting in God’s ultimate power and protection silences fearful, forboding thoughts. A sense of God’s protection over our lives, forever, changes our human experience back to safelty.
It’s true that all forms of material evil can produce the reaction of fear, if we don’t have a sense of God’s protection over our lives, forever. But whatever goes by the name of ‘evil’ (be it hatred, sickness, poverty, theft, death) are temporary, material-seeming states of being. Our true, spiritual identities are symbolized as our Christ identities…our spiritual identities.
To our Christly-selves, there is no evil, for evil cannot exist in God’s spiritual creation. Knowing this, Christ Jesus showed that physical death has no place in the ever-present Kingdom of God. His death and resurrection occurred to demonstrate for the human race that God’s children (you and me) do not die…ever. We don’t die because we were never material, finite beings in the first place. Sleeping in the collective dream of materiality, we only believed that we are fleshly creatures.
Like Dorothy in the land of Oz, we’ve been home, sleeping, all the time, dreaming of a sometimes scary, sometimes beautiful, place called Earth. And like Dorothy’s so-journ in the land of Oz, our finite, human experience lasts for only a short time…until we find out that we’ve always been Home…we just didn’t recognize the place, until we awakened.