“And God looked over everything he had made;
It was so good, so very good!”
Genesis 1:31 MSG
When I first started blogging in May of this year, I had no idea where I would land at the end of 2015. I started with a deep desire to express the divine life I had discovered emanating from within my heart. At the time I could only expressed it in the words of Paul to the Colossians: “The mystery that was hidden from generations past has now been unveiled to god’s people…and that mystery is: Christ lives IN you, the hope of glory” (1:26-27).
But those words I found inadequate to convey the practicality of my revelation. The closest I was able to rationalize them was illustrating a house in which more than one person could make their abode. Somehow the divine spirit could live within my heart along with my own human spirit, thus providing a deep influence from within my heart.
But deep within I knew this illustration fell short to convey the truth of inseparability portrayed by Paul to the Ephesians when he compared our union with Jesus with the physical union of a man and a woman: one-in-flesh Versus one-in-spirit (Ch. 5). I started asking myself questions such as: If the original creation showed that my human spirit was an extension of god’s own spirit-life, why then Am I being taught l was spiritually short of god’s glory? If the law of Genesis is true and everything produces after its own kind, why was I being taught god’s glory and mine were diametrically opposed? Why is he good and I am bad? I later understood that my religious indoctrination fell short of answering these and other deep questions.
Nevertheless, the truth of this human-divinity challenged my traditional religious worldview. These questions were posed as something I needed to understand. This led me to dive deep within my spirit. If this divine life emanating from within is real, I was going to find its origin. If this life was truly sent forth by the divine nature, likeness and resemblance of my creator; if it was spawned by the father of lights, my spiritual begetter, I had to find a connection.
Consequently, I decided that if the Christian gospel were good news indeed, it somehow would convey this truth. When I did find a connection, as any good scientist, I knew my hypothesis had to be replicated. If Jesus’ statement that, though the spirit could not be seen but its effects could, was true, it must be possible, at least in principle, to make an observation that would show this proposition to fall short of being replicated. In other words, somewhere, some how, other people must have had arrived to similar conclusions using the same principles, otherwise my theory/discovery had no validity.
Because the spiritual laws that govern our physical/spiritual worlds say that everything produces after its own kind (Gen. 1:24, 8:22), we have to realize that we’ve been begotten by a spiritual source. As such, we have to live, move and have our true existence from the paradoxical stance that being human is also being divine. If we were indeed made after the image and resemblance of the father of lights, then we must be lights as well. If the essential character of our progenitor is love, then we must be the reflection of that love. The same goes with all other traits we have ever known as the nature of our spiritual father.
To my surprise, my research produced more evidence than I anticipated, although none of it came from the mainstream Christian religion. I discovered a host of authors speaking of this divine humanity available and accessible to all true seekers. One of these was Jim Palmer. His first two books, Divine Nobodies and Wide Open Spaces: Beyond Paint-By-Number Christianity, provided me with appropriate language to verbalize truths already present within my heart. But Being Jesus in Nashville nailed the coffin shut. Here he introduced his audience to his own discovery (parallel to my own) that being Jesus is not somehow carrying him inside our bodies, hearts or spirits as a guest or transient resident of our humanity, but that Jesus life essence is also the core essence of our very own beings. This resonated within my heart and clearly replicated my conclusions of a divine humanity.
Although most Christians (my former self included), read this truth conveyed by Jesus, Paul, John and Peter repeatedly throughout New Testament, the religious classical conditioning trained me to focus on my physical humanity with all its flaws and imperfections (as compared with non-existent models of human perfection), rather that my divinity with all my god-like traits and resemblances.
Consequently, religion focused me eyes in a rather diminished version of my true identities created in the image and likeness of my god-father that could only be attained at death or rapture. (Convenience theology I call it).
Therefore, I focused on a limited view of my physical humanity that become a self-fulfilling prophecy. This self-fulfilling prophecy has perennially set the course of people’s lives in pursuit of a cure for a disease we don’t have. The sin disease the religious world so adamantly diagnose us with, is nothing more than an illusion that originated within the Jewish religion and has now been perpetuated by the Christian. It is a deceptive mindset, narrative and ideology that sends us in a downward spiritual journey to seek for a savior outside ourselves. But this narrative, mindset and ideology, as portrayed by the Christian religion, has shown failure to produce the life Jesus spoke about in oneness with the divine. Or have we erred to the truth of Jesus’ message?
I believe the core message and mission of Jesus was to show us the path back to the original goodness we were created with. Goodness we stopped believing in the moment we didn’t have sound narratives that could explain the mystery of human phenomenon. That’s when the religious mindset gave birth to our sinful narratives. We diagnosed humanity as an evil virus beyond repair, and the only cure had to be found somewhere, but within ourselves.
Jesus’ message, I propose, was rather a revelation to returning to the Garden-like living in which we are the personification of the divine creator. And that’s exactly what we are if we accept the truth of being like Jesus. Just as Jesus was the epitome of the divine life, we are the quintessence of our spiritual father.
In essence, while religion taught me that my crime was being human, the divine life within shows forth my compatibility with the divine, and further reveales my possessing of the creator’s divine nature, image, and resemblance.
So, Where Have I Landed at the End of 2015?
I face the challenge of overcoming my religious thought and indoctrination. I am being challenged to look within myself every time external sources of trouble, lack or pressure challenge my day-to-day living. This means overcoming the temptation to look to the sky, a human institution, a spiritual guru, or a divinely inspired book, and instead, to look inward, within myself, where I am the epitome, likeness, and resemblance of the divine. That place within my deep sense of being where I know right from wrong, and where my oneness with the divine makes me partaker of the divine wisdom good for everything in life, as well as godliness.
Consequently, living without religion in a world where religion is everything, continues to prove an unmatched challenge. Living without my former Christian faith in a world where faith is the only definition that attempts to explain the unexplainable and give “sense” to the mysterious phenomenon of the human existence, is like being a fish out of the water.
Furthermore, I have landed over the dispute of my divine-self once overtaken by religious mindsets, narratives and ideologies. Those mindsets, narrative and ideologies that once convinced me I was inherently bad, sinful and in need of an external savior, while denying the truth of my likeness and resemblance with my spiritual father; who I AM in my most inner being.
In conclusion, as long as I limit the divine nature to the physical personhood of Jesus and away from the essence of his god-like attributes inherently present in me as well as in every human being, I have not understood Jesus’s core mission and message: We are one with god as Jesus ever was.