#0101 This life was infused into humans in the creation process

Scripture relevant to today’s posting…

31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.

32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.

Matt. 12: 31-32 (KJV)

Today’s posting is part 3 of the new series: “Words of the Bible vs. the WORD”. This series is based upon material to be included in my new book. As I am inspired to write this, I am posting these ideas on-the-fly, so they will be fleshed out and edited more before they get incorporated into the book. The thrust of this chapter is to identify the WORD of God and to differentiate it from the words of the Bible. What we’ve been talking about so far is blasphemy: what it means and how it has been incorporated by unwitting ministers and other well-intentioned religious persons who mistake the words of the Bible for the WORD. In the scripture reference, when Jesus is saying “whoever speaks a word against the Holy Ghost” He means whoever speaks over the top of or against the true message of the Holy Ghost. With this in mind, when Jesus continues by saying that this person will not be forgiven, He means that the person can’t be forgiven: Why? Because forgiveness is given by the Holy Ghost; so when the Holy Ghost is pushed out of the way, He is no longer accessible to provide forgiveness to that person. The first paragraph is a rewrite of the closing paragraph from the last posting.   

Another reminder that I have decided to change the number and frequency of future postings… the next one will appear in two weeks on Saturday, July 09. From then on I will continue posting on Saturdays, 2-4 times per month. Thanks. 

Words of the Bible vs. the WORD

In the gospel of John he says….

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2 The same was in the beginning with God.

3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

John 1:1-5 (KJV)

Continued from 6-15-16…

4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

We could contemplate this verse for hours, days, years or a lifetime and still be caught up in the wonder of its message. For me, it’s saying two things: 1) that life was resident within the Holy Ghost and 2) there’s a strong inference that this life was transferred to or infused into men (humans) in the creation process; in fact this infusion of God’s own divine essence is at the heart of His creation process. What does infusion mean exactly? Therein lies the fertile soil for contemplation.  As a scripture standing all by itself this infusion concept is inferred in the phrase: “and the life WAS the light of men.” This idea might well be refuted by Bible scholars; however to do so, they must use other (pre-established) Bible doctrines as the basis of their reasoning. But if you approach this entire chapter in John with an open (unbiased) mind, it seems that what’s being said is this same life (he describes as light)—that IS the Holy Ghost—was used as an ingredient in the making of human beings. So summing up verses 1-4 we are given some backstory on the Word and as some very important backstory on humanity as well. From this reasoning position; we see a major collision with doctrine on the horizon.

The collision I’m referring to arises from the doctrine of salvation which espouses that the gift of divinity can only be accessed through the proper religious (if not denominational) channels. Because of this, the very idea of human beings being infused with the light of divinity is unsettling to traditional religious beliefs. But what if this IS, indeed what John is putting forth in this scripture?! In such a pivotal question, who holds the upper hand: the Apostle John; the traditional doctrines; or the contemplative access to the Holy Ghost? And if John IS correct in his assertions about the light of mankind coming as standard equipment for us humans; wouldn’t it mean that the ability to understand divine truth might be available to any and all humans?! Maybe the next verses will give us some additional information that will be helpful…    

5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

(KJV)

5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

(NIV)

 

We’ve been using the King James Version of the Bible; but I added the same verse from the New International Version because one word in particular might be of interest to us: “overcome”. The traditional interpretation of this verse is usually limited to God and the creation of the universe and as well and good that may be; I think it offers a perspective of a much deeper sort. Follow this logic then. If the light shines in the darkness and the darkness is unable to overcome it, then this light is stronger than the darkness. In this perspective let’s say that light symbolizes righteousness: creativity, love, kindness, forgiveness and all of the attributes which are rolled up into God’s nature (the Holy Ghost). Following through with this view, darkness would then symbolize all that which is the opposite of God’s nature (the Holy Ghost)—or EVIL. Back to the collision—the basic tenant of the salvation doctrine puts forth the idea that man (humanity) exists in a fallen state; that is to say his nature is devoid of righteousness. The only way for humans to be saved from this state of unrighteousness is through the saving grace of Jesus Christ. My question is: how can we humans be devoid of righteousness if we were created by the Holy Ghost and have the very light of the Holy Ghost infused within our spiritual DNA? Secondly, with this light in our spiritual DNA, how was it that the darkness (or EVIL) was able to overcome it—leaving us in this fallen state?! Herein lies the collision between John 1: 1-5.       

We’ll pick it up from there…next time.

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TBC: Saturday, July 09, 2016

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