After posting this message I realized it was my final exit from formal religion. This message however, burns strongly in my heart and it is my passion to convey it to all my friends, colleagues and subscribers. It will certainly challenge people’s core religious beliefs. At first, it may sound too esoteric or New Age to some, but everything that I’m sharing here, is actually backed up by the Word of God. One criterion I always use while preparing a teaching or a sermon is asking myself if it is really good news. Well, for some folks, the message being of too good to be true, sounds foreign to them. Religion accuses us of portraying God as a much “nicer” Person than He appears to be!
One of our numerous challenging mental hitches is dual thinking. Thanks to philosophers like Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas, who had a major influence on the Theology of the Dark Ages, Greek mythology (Zeus and the Titans, etc.) is still well-alive among most Christians in our modern-day. As it sounds obvious to the ego mind, neo-dualism is therefore a widespread, but subtly deceiving preaching passé topic, which keeps on paralyzing uninformed minds of the masses.
Let me provide you some contemporary examples that exist among Christians:
- “There is a constant battle between the flesh and the spirit as well as law and grace; isn’t that what the Bible is actually saying?”
- “Good and evil is always opposing each other in our lives…a constant battle”
- “Light and darkness are two opposing forces”
- “The devil and Antichrist are currently involved in a spiritual skirmish with God and this clash will finally peak at the Battle of Armageddon
This popular heaven versus a hell mind-set, or alternatively stated, sheep-goat attitude, then ultimately chases people into two opposing camps, such as sinners and saints, believers and unbelievers and finally; church-goers and non-church-goers, thus exposing their twisted belief of the meaning of “church.” Both Catholicism and Protestantism are deeply rooted in dualistic thinking. This so-called us-and-them thinking is the evil source of deep-seated religious and political conflict. It all transpires when we define our identities according to our ego states and mortal origins, such as nationality, political and religious affiliations.
Now some may think that I’m dejecting the authority of Scripture when providing the common examples of dualism. Certainly not! You see, it’s all a matter of how we interpret Scripture…whether or not you are confined to a delay or futuristic mode of thinking… Should we insist regarding ourselves, others and everything else around us from a mere legalistic and Old Testament point of view, we will surely plummet into the snare of dualism. When interpreting Jesus’ statements before the cross, without viewing it in the light of fulfillment, we will remain in gross error. He was still addressing an audience that lived under the Old Covenant.
No wonder Paul ever mentioned the historical Jesus. He understood the impact of the resurrected Christ that co-included every human being that lived and will live on this planet. If your mind-set is still fixated on a futuristic apocalypse of catastrophic events that is waiting for humanity to unfold, you are, and I say it in love, still trapped in the mental torment of duality.
But isn’t duality a reality and part of our daily struggle? Am I perhaps not delusional by ignoring the hard-core facts of a cruel world and the on-going conflicts of the flesh? Here is a counter question: Do we still perceive Rom 7 as a constant struggle between the flesh and spirit,because it comfortably suite us? Or what about Paul’s version of the passing Old Covenant that we have divorced and that the life of the spirit is now our true reality?
If we keep on feeding from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, yes, our concentration, just like Adam and Eve’s, will be surely reduced to the illusionary Ying-Yang world as perceived by the ego. Gen. 3:6: “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise.” Once again 1 Jn 2:16 clarifies these three distinctive areas to us that makes the ego mind wants to believe it is real, “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”
Dualistic thinking emphasizes the battle with demonic forces. It grips the unreal imagination. Just read one of Tim la Hayes hell-raising novels as a bed-time story to get a glimpse of what I’m talking about! As the carnal mind is a mere illusion, because only Christ is Truth, it wants to superstitiously believe in the existence of a real “Devil” or a Lucifer outside of us. The devil-concept is nothing else than a reflection of a person’s lower ego state.
These so-called demonic attacks appear in the form of judgment, condemnation and guilt. To perceive one-self as being judged is only a projection of the carnal mind. Nobody judges you; it’s only the ego mind who perceives it so, because the other person has just consciously or unconsciously hit a sensitive nerve in your perceived “reality.” Yes, it is all a mirage… a deceitful lie fabricated by the cunning ego, but unaware of one’s true identity and divine origin. Remember the saying, “We don’t see things as they are; we see it as we are.” The tempting acknowledgement of the devil’s existence in our lives is therefore a self-created and self-defeating confession that we are still lustfully eating from the wrong tree. “Demons” are nothing but low vibrational mental strongholds reduced to the ego state. The moment has finally come to rise above these thoughts that operate on a pathetic low conscious level, which prevents us from experiencing the abundant life as promised by Jesus.
1 Jn. 2:17 says, “And the world passes away, and the lust thereof…” This cosmos, as our limited five senses perceive it, is only an illusion; a mere projection of the mind in its ego state. How can it be true if only God is the Truth? The mind of Christ, however, perceives and proclaims the eternal truth about us. We are citizens of heaven, which is our point of departure and not our destiny. Our origin is God. In Jh 17 Jesus prayed that we might become one with God. This prayer was confirmed when we were all co-resurrected with Christ into the new zoe-kind of life. That’s why Paul states that in Christ there exists no distinction anymore. (Col.3:11). God sees humanity as one with Himself. As He is, so are we. We carry His DNA. The existence of the fallen Adamic race finally came to an end when humanity was co-resurrected with Christ. Now all is one.
Although the ego state of the mind wants to confess otherwise, humanity actually never left heaven. The Garden of Eden story unfolds the damaging consequences of ego-consciousness where humanity became enemies with God in their minds. (Col.1:21) Our loving Father God, however, never perceived mankind as His enemy or adversary. Being an enemy of God was a delusional thought, as illustrated by Adam and Eve desperately trying to hide from Him. The fading memory of mankind’s divine origin was rudely suppressed, overshadowed by the ego state, convincing humanity of a so-called separation from God and thus making him acutely aware of his sinful condition. Hence, it became the birth of duality.
The cross and the resurrection remind us of our eternal origin. It marks the final end of duality! Now we can awake by becoming acutely aware of our oneness with God and that we are actually gods, as Jesus once said. When realizing this truth, we become enlightened beings. Nothing can separate us anymore from the love of Christ. Jesus is the Head and we are the Body.
We need to finally bring an end to this illusionary nightmare perception of a desecrated body, being fragmented into various parts. This body is not decapitated; it is one. We all are Christ. Jesus is the Head and we all belong to His body. Nobody is incorporated into this body after believing in Jesus! It’s a deception of the ego mind; a severe underestimation of God’s grace. Our incorporation was secured by the sovereign inclusion of mankind in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. And in this perfect oneness, no dualities exist. This is our real life…in the words of Paul; our real lives are hidden in Christ. Hidden, but also revealed!