ABOUT GOD AND THE SPIRIT WORLD
An personal essay by Tony Bisson
Literalists often overlook the fact that the Bible cannot provide the
actual experience of being in the Spiritual World (free from the casket of
flesh), nor is it necessary to have read the Bible to have an experience
the Spiritual World.
It is a fact that some people naming themselves Christians have acquired
such a blinkered literalism, that their conditioning inhibits
of the fact that, in this life, the Bible cannot provide the actual
experience of being in spiritual realms where there are "untaught and
unpublished words which it is not within ones power to utter" (intended
meaning of 2 Corinthians 12:4). 1
People who have not stifled the spirit of the word by drugging their minds
with the letter of the word, know that when Christ told His closest
followers: "I have yet many things to say to you but you cannot bear them
now" (John 16:12) prior to betrayal, He meant that they could only "bear"
those "many things" when in the next world (the Spiritual World) where He
would "no more speak to (them) in proverbs". Once prepared in those bright
conditions, He could then show them "plainly of the Father". Jesus showed
the Way into that life, the Spirit guiding.
The extreme Literalists claim that it is failing to believe their belief
that it is not dependent upon how a life is lived and conducted, which
condemns one to "everlasting punishment". Considerate people, however, who
are able to think free from the mind of another, find such a concept
pitiless and callous. Expounders of the doctrine of everlasting punishment
can (and very often do), offend others, preventing unity between humanity.
This is also true of the equally thoughtless "doctrine of spiritual
annihilation", which ironically and erroneously states that a God Who
is Love and All-Power can create life out of pure love, and then quite
coldly torture that life personally and then destroy it totally and
completely - all this for failure to accept a hideously gross doctrine
which is based on such a twisted and contrary principle, i.e. that an
all-powerful and all-loving Being is not only capable of vindictiveness
and torture of His own creations, but also does not have the foresight or
power to save and protect that life.
Sometimes, it would appear to thoughtful people perhaps, that the
of the doctrines of "everlasting punishment" and "spiritual annihilation"
are working for the powers of darkness themselves because of the division
and ill-feelings they cause. It would appear perhaps that they have been
tricked into thinking they are working for God.
Many less pedantic Christians have a larger hope in a more loving and
merciful God capable of saving more than a limited exclusive few of His
creations (John 12:32); 2 in a patient Father who waits
eons of time for the return of a prodigal child; and in a redeeming Christ
who would really search after a lost sheep "until he finds it"
(Luke 15:4 remedial redemption in the darker regions of the spiritual
world after a selfish finite life on earth). 3
Literalism aside, true Christianity easily accepts other beliefs
engendering peace and harmony. Certain Christians should stop being
Pharisaical lawyers and magistrates, and develop a real Christian spirit
with charitable understanding. Each individual's next state of being will
be shared with others according to the similarity of the spiritual health
of their souls, regardless of what they believe; the inner person remains
unchanged at death and the spiritual health of the soul has been fashioned
according to the thoughts, motives, ethicality and works of the individual
before the transition (Rev.22:11,12). 4
2 Corinthians 12:4, in the King James Version of the Bible is: "How
that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which
it is not lawful for a man to utter."
John 12:32: "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth (on the
Cross), will (eventually) draw all men unto me (by Divine love)."
Note: Christ Jesus was the human personification of Divinity,
manifesting with the purpose of revealing Divine Love to humanity, both
on Earth and in the darker planes.
Luke 15:4: "What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose
one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and
go after that which is lost, until he find it?"
Rev.22:11-12: "He that is unjust, let him be unjust still:
and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is
righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be
holy still. And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to
give every man according as his work shall be."
Copyright © 2001 by Tony Bisson
Originally submitted: 2001-AUG-8
Latest update: 2001-AUG-14
Author: Tony Bisson