MATTHEW FOX’S SERMON ON THE MOUNT PART II
Fox’s third chapter is entitled, “As A Man Thinketh”. He begins with a quote from Matthew 5 that says “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.” (KJV). Fox tells us this is addressing those who have “ awakened to the understanding of material bondage, and have acquired some spiritual understanding of the nature of Being.” (37).
What Fox is telling us is that when we understand our Oneness, we also recognize that evil is powerless in the face of Truth. We realize that we have been in bondage to material things. Whatever may appear to be evil has no basis in the reality of who and what we are.
Jesus goes on to speak of those who know their true being ” are the salt of the earth and a light to the world.” The light Jesus speaks of is the way we live our lives. The closer we come to following the true teachings of Jesus in our daily lives, the more we shine our light to the world. They know we have a secret.
Fox continues telling us that if we make every effort to practice the teachings of Jesus in our daily lives and seek systematically to destroy everything in our daily lives and in us that shouldn’t be there, such as selfishness, pride, self-righteousness, jealousy, self pity, resentments, and condemnation, and so forty and starve these error thoughts out by not giving them
expression and extend “right-thought, loyalty to everything within your ken [your range of knowledge or sigh] especially to the people or things you dislike; then you are worthy to be called the salt of the earth.” (p.48).
This is an area where many of us, including myself fall short. I am very passionate about my feelings, and my political stance. I often criticize the administration soundly, in judgement, rather than with understanding and love. It’s an area that most of us need to work on. We take the things “out there” and erroneously speak ill of them. Its an area that we all need to work on.
If we live the way Jesus teaches, whatever our present circumstances may be, whatever difficulties we struggle with or whatever illness or medical condition we will be triumphant over them. Fox tells us, we will make our demonstration (an answer to our positive prayers) in the fastest possible time, and will experience a “healing,â€ and be an illuminating influence on all around you.” (p. 48).
I must also pass on his admonition to not try to force other people to accept Spiritual Truth. But let them see how we live, and they will become curious and “come running to you,begging you ti give them the wonderful things you have .
True Christianity is a positive influence when it adheres to the teachings of Jesus. A problem, as Charles Fillmore points out, is that the “Christian” ddenominations have lost sight of those teachings in favor of dogma. They have moved God to somewhere “out there.” They have forgotten that Jesus told us that the Kingdom of heaven is within, not some far off, future place. As Eric Butterworth is noted for saying, “God is not out there, he’s in us.”
I have previously written about Jesus and the Christ. Just as a reminder, Jesus was a man who lived in Israel. Christ is our touchstone to the God-mind and our connection to that Oneness of which we are but an extension.
We were made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1). Thus, we are cocreators of the world in which we live. The appearances of the outer world are but whatever meaning we attach to them. If we give them any power over us, then we languish in fret and anxiety.
BUT, when we realize that they are but what we believe them to be, and change our thoughts about them, they lose their power over us.
I often told my clients that when we give life to our fears, we place the locus of control “outside us.” But when we see fear as the an acronym of “False evidence appearing real,” then it no longer threatens us.
When we take control of our own lives, and live according to the teachings of Jesus living in his Christ, we have enormous power. The title of Fox’s third chapter, “As a Man Thinketh” so he is. That is from Proverbs 23:7.
Our thoughts are things. What kinds of things they are is up to us. Will you give them the meaning and power of Truth, or will you live in fear and languish in pain.
As for me, I choose Truth. I’m not perfect, but I strive daily to live be the best Christ I can be. Every day I strive, the closer I come. Will you join me on this quest?
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