Spiritual Interpretation of Scripture
Chapter - Oneness
Spiritual Interpretation of Scripture reveals that there is but one God, one Power, one Presence -- and that one good; that evil, therefore, can exist only as illusion or mirage. It further reveals that that God, Presence, Power, is not something separate or apart from me, but rather is the reality and substance of my very being." "I am He."
Viewing Niagara Falls from the front, we wonder that it does not run dry. Seeing it from another direction, we see behind Niagara Falls the great Lake Erie. Now we realize that Niagara is but a name given to Lake Erie where the great lake tumbles over the Falls. What appears as Niagara is really Lake Erie at the place of the Falls; thus Niagara Falls and Lake Erie are really one and not two.
"I and my Father are one." I am that place where God becomes individualized and evident as me. Emerson shows forth his recognition of this Truth in the first paragraph of his Essay, "History":
"There is one mind common to all individual men. Every man is an inlet to the same and to all of the same. He that is once admitted to the right of reason is made a free man of the whole estate. What Plato has thought, he may think; what a Saint has felt, he may feel; what at any time has befallen any man, he can understand. Who hath access to this universal mind is a part to all that is or can be done, for this is the only and sovereign agent."
And in his poem Emerson writes:
"I am the owner of the sphere,
Of the seven stars and the solar year,
Of Caesar's hand and Plato's brain,
Of Lord Christ's heart and
Deep within your inner being there is an invisible Presence which has been felt by the prophets and seers of all ages. Moses felt it in his bosom when shepherding on the hills. Elijah and Elisha communed with it within themselves and performed miracles. It gave power and vision to Isaiah and Jeremiah, Joel, Jacob and all the line of Hebrew leaders. Every man has this divine Presence deep within himself. The Jews call it Immanuel or God with us. The Christians call it the Christ. This Immanuel, or presence of God, is the spark that makes you a man. Without it you would be a piece of dead flesh; with it you are a living reasoning, loving being.
Open your Bible and turn to some of the stirring stories of David, Solomon, Joseph, Samuel and other prophets, and think of the spirit within them; the spirit of Love that moved them to perform great deeds for their people; the spirit of Truth which urged them on to serve the weak, the poor and the suffering. This same Spirit, Immanuel, is within you. It forms your desire to live, to serve, to succeed.
Another great one felt this power of the Spirit within himself. He was known as Jesus of Nazareth, and this fire of Love in him flared forth to make his teaching the hope of mankind. This inner Light, this Immanuel, we now call the Christ, the Spirit of God, and yet it is the same Immanuel in a different language. And remember, it dwells in you, awaiting only your recognition and acceptance. It is a giant power house within you just requiring a touch to make it break forth with dynamic energy to build your life and body anew.
Believe me, there is more to you than flesh and blood: "There is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding."
We do not "Live by bread alone," but by the Word of God which comes to us from within our own being.
Our daily joy is in turning in silence to that center with us and learning to hear "The still, small voice."
Nor need we live on yesterday's manna. There is no time in the world when the sustaining Word is not awaiting us. There is no day when we cannot turn and attune ourselves to the Kingdom within and receive the guidance, encouragement, wisdom and supply needed at that moment. We do not have to live on yesterday's manna. Even yesterday's money, fame or friends are not necessary because the Presence within us feeds us daily with fresh manna as we learn to receive it.
Neither gloat nor mourn over yesterday's manna. Today is your day to receive it afresh.
SPIRITUAL INTERPRETATION OF BIBLE LAWS:
Law of Tithing: Tithing, giving a percentage of one's income to charitable or spiritual purposes, must be understood as an act of gratitude, not as a law of expectation for some good in the future. When tithing is indulged in with any sense of a future tense, it is no longer tithing, but bribery. When tithing is an expression of gratitude, then it is a law of good.
Law of Praying for One's Enemies: You must first of all rise to the spiritual sense of life and thereby realize that harmony, success, peace and freedom are not achieved at the expense of another. As you understand that "The place whereon I stand is holy ground." -- that you "Are hid with Christ in God" -- so must you realize for the entire spiritual universe that the entire universe is spiritual, perfect and free. To hold any person, race, religion, group or nationality as inferior, as enemies, is to deny Christ, Truth, and no prayer is then of any avail. You must study the passages in scripture which symbolize this teaching of praying for one's enemies and live it thoroughly.
Law of Supply: This law is exemplified in Luke 12: 22 to 32. The essence of the law of supply, as further revealed in my book The Infinite Way, is that I am that law. Divine Consciousness, which is the Mind of the Individual, is that law which meets every need abundantly.
One Power: This is the essence of the New Testament. It reveals first that there is but one Power and that this one is good; secondly, it reveals that I am that Power -- I am the law unto my universe, body, business and health.
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