I have a brother-in-law who is a Baptist minister. To him this book is somewhat of an enigma. He agrees with the beginning and the end, but cannot reconcile how we can all be One, and is constantly looking for reasons why it can't be so. To him, I have neglected to mention what is to him and the whole Evangelical Christian world, the most necessary of all requirements for salvation, and that has to do with the 'shedding of the blood of Christ', for it is written in the Bible that without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins.
The Scriptures that make reference to this are in the books of Mathew, Mark, Luke and John ... and I quote John 6:53 - 56, Then Jesus said unto them. 'Verily I say unto you, except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, ye have no life in you, who so eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood dwelleth in me and I in him.' In John 6:58 we read, 'He that eateth of this bread shall live forever.'
In Mathew 26:26 it is written ... 'And, as they were eating, Jesus took bread and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples and said, Take eat ... this is my body. And He took the cup and gave thanks and gave it to them saying. Drink ye all of it ... for this is my blood of the New Testament which is shed for many for the remission of sins.'
Obviously, in both cases, He was talking symbolically about the acceptance and acknowledgment of a truth. These sacraments (the bread and the wine) are symbolic of God's Word and of God's Life. They are the substitute for the old dispensation ... for the shedding of blood. Now... man's salvation lies not in the shedding of blood... but in the Life.
Not ‘through the Life of Christ', BUT THROUGH LIVING THE CHRIST LIFE. Therein lies our salvation ... the salvation of all humanity. Thus ... as often as we partake of these sacraments we are reminded to acknowledge the significance of this most sacred of acts.
At the 'Last Supper', when Jesus broke bread and said, 'Take eat, this is my body', ... He meant ... remember ... this body (your body) ... is my body (God's body) and your blood is my blood (God's blood). He knew that He and God were One and the same, and that God was the reality of every man on Earth, and that included his disciples. He spoke AS God. The disciples, on the other hand, believed they were listening to a mere man ... a man called Jesus. They were totally unaware of the fact that they were listening to God himself, instructing them as to what a man really is, and 'who' a man really is. Nor have those the world over, who have read these Scriptures, been aware of the fact ... that 'He', was God speaking ... that 'He' and God were One and the same, as you and God are One and the same (whether you know it or not). There is no one besides God! Whether you believe this or not is of no consequence. Knowing this, casts an altogether different light on the significance of that majestic ceremony known as The Last Supper.
Should we think of the crucifiction of 'Jesus' as the death of the Son of God, we think in error. The Son of God (the Christ) can never be destroyed. THE CHRIST IS THE DIVINE MIND PERSONIFIED. 'Man' can destroy the body, but not the soul. In ignorance of our relationship to God, our source ... we crucify the Christ daily through our rejection of Him (God) as the source of our being ... as the reality of our being.
The shedding of blood was the way of salvation of the Old Testament. An awareness of the fact that the Eternal Creator Himself, is the reality of every man on the planet is the way of salvation of the New Testament ... the New Dispensation, and the Spiritual Rebirth is the only means whereby that can become a reality. It no longer involves the shedding of blood . 'Our' blood ... is God's Life made manifest and 'our' flesh (our body) is God's Word made manifest. Salvation now lies in man's own hands. He has but to become aware of the fact that he (man) is truly the image and likeness of God ... that man is indeed the Vine embodied! Man's salvation lies in realizing that man and God are One; one and the same, and by living in that consciousness ... by walking AS God ... we need never die. Therin lies man's salvation. So long as we choose to live as men (in our outer identity) we shall surely die. That is a guarantee. It is He (God) whose Life it is, that we destroy as we live as 'men'. 'He' is who we are ... 'He' is what we are. How long before we realize this?
Why would God's blood need to be shed before sins can be forgiven? In John 1:9 we read, 'If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness'. (there is no mention of the shedding of blood) In the dictionary a definition of remission is ... the act of remitting, and the word remitting means to pay ... to make payment. He did not die 'for' our sins... to save us from our sins. He died because of our sins. He gave his life in payment for our sins. It is absurd to think that God had to shed His blood in order to forgive us for our sins. Sins ... is defined as 'any fault or error ... or any disregard of divine law'. (Thou shalt have no other Gods before me) So long as man continues to live as man he will continue to destroy God's temple ... he will continue to cause the destruction of the temple ... the death of the temple.
God... is our reality, our true identity, in exactly the same manner as the Ocean is the reality of the wave ... as the Vine is the reality of the branch. Each of us is an individual manifestation of God ... of everything necessary to be the Christ.
When we recognize and realize and determine to live in that consciousness ... in that awareness, we begin to become as He who is our reality ... we begin to become the likeness of our Source, and as I have said throughout this book, that likeness is the Christ, for the Christ is not a 'specific' person. The Christ is the Divine Mind personified ... the Divine Personality personified. To function in that consciousness is to function in the 'Christ Mind'.
Father ... I recognize and realize that Your body ... is my body. I also recognize and realize that Your Life ... is my life, and that You ... Father ... are who I am ... that You are what I am. My acceptance of this and my acknowledgment of this is my 'passport' into the 'Kingdom of God'... for only AS God, can we enter the “Kingdom of God.”