“Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.” (James 3:11 & 12; New King James Bible Version (NKJV).
“Many are the afflictions of the righteous; but the Lord delivers him out of them all.” (Psalm 34:19; (NKJV)
Throughout our world’s ancient biblical texts, stories abound in the attempt to convince earth’s inhabitants of God’s good will toward humanity. Yet, from many Old Testament writings, various descriptions of God’s will toward earthlings doesn’t always sound very good. Sometimes God is depicted as a loving God, while other times God is portrayed as an angry deity who often punishes mankind. So, the Old Testament writings often give the reader mixed-messages concerning God’s nature.
Over time, ancient beliefs began to fade away in the world. Old superstitions fell away, bringing new ideas to replace them. New thoughts of God’s nature and goodness began to bring a broader sense of God’s nature and creation. As the primitive paths of humanity fell away, a more reaIistic sense of God grew into a more spiritual sense of God as a powerful, loving Parent, or Source of all good.
Thus, the New Testament Bible was born, not to erase the old testament, but to simply add newer concepts to it. These concepts brought in more spiritual understanding of who we are as God’s own spiritual, rather than material, children. Jesus was the messenger who brought the newer spiritual insights to humanity. He and his disciples spread the word of a more loving God, whose nature was one of infinite Love for humanity.
Thus, the teachings of ‘Jesus, the Christ’ became the focus of the new path, meaning that the teachings of Jesus taught more metaphysical explanations of the universal Christ symbol that belongs to everyone. The universal Christ identity signifies our true, spiritual, everlasting, identities. This universal Christ-Self never dies. Our material body forms pass away, but we don’t go with them.
Material body forms never were our ever-lasting identities. Our everlasting, spiritual identities leave this material realm, never to return. Our earthly life experiences were always temporary. The material body forms leave us at the moment of death; but our true bodies, which are spiritual, never leave us; nor do we ever really lose our ever-lasting consciousness in material death. Our spiritual Selves don’t ever lose each other, because we don’t die. We meet our loved ones on the other side, when we can join them again..
During his short time in this material experience, Christ Jesus and his disciples spoke to the crowds that followed them, but the beliefs of the ancients were often misunderstood. Even so, the Master spoke on and even healed from a spiritual, rather than material standpoint. Many of his spiritual healings seemed miraculous to the crowds around him, but Jesus knew the spiritual laws that brought wholeness and normalcy back to even those who didn’t understand how it worked.
The master knew that it took the mental beliefs of a person to create the change of sickness back to their own health, so he often asked someone who came to him for healing, if they believed he could do it, or believed they could be healed. No doubt, Jesus knew that, if they did trust in spiritual healing, their own belief would heal them. But if they didn’t believe in spiritual healing, no one can be healed against their will or deep-seeded beliefs.
For example: if someone said they didn’t believe in spiritual healing, they were unlikely to be healed. That’s because we are masters of our own selves, and each individual child of God is the ruler of its own body experience. But one can’t be double-minded. If an individual wants to be spiritually healed, but doesn’t believe in his heart that spiritual healing can work, for that one, it won’t work. Why? because we are the masters of our own fate, and body; and no one can really take over anyone else’s body, unless that person yields all control to someone else.
So, Jesus spoke of spiritual ways and tried to help people advance back to the kingdom of God by waking up to spiritual truth. He told his followers: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6; KJV).
Now, with these words, the Master is telling humanity three, important things:
1. His spiritual way is the only way we are all meant to follow.
2. His spiritual truth is the only truth of every one of us.
3. His spiritual life is the only real life we can ever have.
We are all made out of ‘spiritual stuff’ rather than material stuff, and that’s a good thing; for material flesh has a short life cycle. Yet, we mentally cling to our material forms, instead of learning of our ever-lasting spiritual bodies that never wear out. We earthlings haven’t pursued all that exists in our spiritual realm of thought. We don’t pursue spiritual knowledge while the finite, physical forms of everything still call to us, even as they decay around us.
We are slow to learn our way Home, although Home has never left us for a moment. But we don’t See it with these eyes, nor Touch it with material fingers, nor Smell it with our nose, nor Hear it with ears, nor Taste it with our tongue. Home is with us, wherever we go, and wherever we are. Home is within our memory banks that we have pushed way back into a corner of our mind’s closet, until we’re ready to find it again.So, our real Home has never been a place of both ‘sweet and bitter water.’ For the Kingdom of God has no bitterness of any kind. Good and evil are not partners in the Kingdom of God’s Harmony. Fear, and anger, wars and sickness, hate and envy, cannot be found in the real Home of divine Love’s Kingdom. And divine Love’s kingdom can only be found, not out there in any material world, but inside our own Christly Selves.