THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT
I’m reading a very intriguing fantasy novel. Its called “The Only Begotten Daughter” by James Morrow It is about this woman that is born by a “miracle” when her father, a hermit, donates sperm to help pay expenses. He’s called in one day and told that there is something wrong with his sperm.
It seems that within that sperm sample was also an ovum, and it was fertilized by his sperm. It’s placed in an artificial womb and the man for some reason steals it. It is finally the it is “born” It’s a girl he names Julie.
As Julie grows, she discovers that she has “powers.” After discussing it with her father, she concludes that she’s the daughter of her Mother God. Her father admonishes her not to let the world know of her powers.
Skip many years forward, and she is enticed to come to Hell by the devil. While there, she discovers that Jesus is there, dwelling in this cave where heâ€™s ladling water over the heads of the damned, and giving them a kind of morphine that induces a state of euphoria in them and then then throw themselves into the fiery pit where their suffering is ended.
She had daily discussions with Jesus about their mutual mother, and he is astonished at the mess the churches has made of his teachings. He describes his teachings much like those of New Thought and Unity. That discussion, however, reminded me of Matthew Fox’s “Sermon on the Mount.”
That book is about what the Sermon on the Mount really means metaphysically, specifically the Gospel of Matthew.. Especially the Beatitudes.
â€œBlessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the “kingdom of heaven.”
In Unity, we understand that the Kingdom of Heaven is within us. We create it with our thoughts, just as we create our own hell. Ok, the inheriting the Kingdom fits, but what about the “poor in spirit,” Aren’t we supposed to be strong in spirit? Fox conjectures that being poor in spirit means that we are not puffed up by piety. We are humble in spirit. Our spirits need the food of Truth. Thus, by being “poor in spirit” we in fact open ourselves to the Truth of who we are, and thus obtain the Kingdom of Heaven within ourselves, and become the best Christ we can be.
“Blessed are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted.” Normally we think of mourning of being bad, but Fox tells us that it’s good in that out of our despair we seek Truth, comfort, and help. So, it is our natural state to be cognizant of our Christ and our true heritage. When we reach out, then we are often ready to be comforted by the Truth of who we are, and that we can change any situation by changing our thoughts.
:Blessed are the meek; for they shall inherit the earth. Aren’t we supposed to be strong in our faith? What is Jesus trying to tell us here? By being meek, we again are not puffed up with ideas of grandeur. We accept where we are, and understand that we do control the world by our thoughts. Fillmore in the “Revealing Word” tells us that earth represents our consciousness of our physical body. Meek means we are highly trained to react to the physical exterior of chaos with love. So, if we are meek, we are aware of our physical body and treat it with love. It is the Temple of our Christ.
“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled.” To we in Unity, this is straight forward. When we hunger and thirst for righteousness we yearn to know Truth, and diligently seek it out. When we seek our connection to our Oneness in the silence, we are filled with joy and Truth.
“Blessed are the Merciful; for they shall obtain mercly.” This is a perfect example of the “Law of Cause and Effect.” Simply put, we get what we give. If we are merciful, we love all, help others without expectation of any return, and accept people for who and what they are, not rejecting them because they are different in ANY way.
“Blessed are the Pure in Heart; for they shall see God.” Fox tells us this one is gnomic which sums up in a few words, the whole philosophy of religion.
“Blessed are the peace makers: for they shall be called the children of God.How wonderful. What a concept. Again, this is the essence of true religion. Making peace! Not war, not slamming another religion or denomination because it/they don’t believe as you do.
“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake: for this is the kingdom of heaven.” Once you understand the power of positive prayer, and the Truth, we can invoke our twelve powers to turn this persecution into love and positive relations. This is part of the Kingdom of Heaven. Peace! Silent thought of the All-Power of Love and Wisdom will cause any trouble to melt away almost imperceptibly. Then what ever arrangement will be best for all parties in the long run will come about under the influence of the Word thus spoken silently.” (Matthew Fox. The Sermon on the mount.)
“Blessed are ye when men shall revile you and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad; for great is your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets which went before you.” We know that the will of God is for harmony, peace, and joy, and that these things are to be attained by cultivating right thoughts, or “righteousness,” this is a very startling statement. Jesus tells us again and again that is our Father’s good pleasure to give us the “Kingdom of Heaven” and that the way in which we are to receive it is by cultivating serenity or peace of soul. We need to understand the source of the persecution is none other than our own selves. Not OUTSIDE persecutors, but INSIDE persecution of our own making.
So, now we have a decision. To pay lip service to Jesus, is to say that Christianity is the divinely inspired Truth, to boast of being Christian, and then quietly to evade in practice all the definite implications of his teachings, is hypocrisy and weakness of the most utterly fatal kind.
The trouble and sorrow that we as a human race suffer is realy due to the very fact that our way of living is so opposed to the Truth, that the things Jesus taught and the things Jesus said seem to us at first sight to be foolish and wild.
However, when we understand them correctly, the teachings of Jesus are found to not only be true but exceedingly practicable of all doctrines.
The various churches have so complicated the simple teachings of the “Way Shower, Jesus” that we an hardly recognize his teachings. Nowhere in the teachings of Jesus did he institute any ritual other than the Last Supper. Either Jesus is correct in his simple teachings, and we are on the right tract in our search for their true meanings and how they apply to our life, or Jesus is a farcical being made up by a group of people who came together to make up stories about a migrant Rabbi who wandered around the Holy Land, and had a lot of groupies following him.
Which is your Jesus? What is the Truth of who you are? In Unity, we donâ€™t say that we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. We say that he is the only human that was able to attain his full divinity and Oneness with all. He taught us in simple terms how to do the same thing he did, He told us that we could do the same things he did, if we but believe and have faith.
I plan to continue next week talking about “The Sermon on the Mount” by Matthew Fox covering his discussion of “As A man Thinketh.”
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