I hope everyone enjoyed last nights group. I hope by referring back to Tolle was helpful. I love Borg, but because he is an academic I find some of the material is abstract and by referring back to our discussions on The New Earth I was hoping to make the process of being “Born Again” less abstract and more specific to the work that we need to do on a daily basis.
Next week Borg discusses the social political transformation that Christianity asks of us. Similar to Born Again he feels that the old paradigm misinterpreted the meaning of God’s justice in the Bible. “There is a common misunderstanding of “God’s justice”. Theologically, we have often seen it’s opposite as “God’s Mercy”. “God’s Justice” is understood as God’s deserved punishment of us for our sins, “God’s Mercy” as God’s loving forgiveness of us in spite of our guilt. Seeing the opposite of justice as mercy distorts what the bible means by justice. Most often in the bible, the opposite of God’s justice is not God’s mercy, but human injustice.” That is just a tease to encourage you to read further.
I just wanted to include a couple of ACIM quotes that relate to the Born Again talk we had last night. Just another source that refers to our separation from God at birth and the need for inner transformation.
ACIM is very harsh. I think this is because it is trying to get an ego reaction from the reader. I now know that if I react to something defensively then my ego is involved and it is something I need to look closely at. ACIM is written in a way that my ego is often acting defensively, then I know I need to look at what ACIM is saying more deeply. It is written to force us to think and not just skim the surface.
“The mind can make the belief in separation very real and very fearful, and this belief is the ‘devil’. It is powerful, active, destructive and clearly in opposition to God, because it literally denies His Fatherhood. Look at your life and see what the devil has made. But realize that this making will surely dissolve in the light of truth, because its foundation is a lie. Your creation by God is the only Foundation that cannot be shaken, because the light is in it. Your starting point is truth, and you must return to your Beginning. Much has been seen since then, but nothing has really happened. Your Self is still in peace, even though your mind is in conflict. You have not yet gone back far enough, and that is why you become so fearful. As you approach the Beginning, you feel the fear of the destruction of your thought system upon you as if it were the fear of death. There is no death, but there is a belief in death.”
“The journey to the cross should be the last ‘useless journey’. Do not dwell upon it, but dismiss it as accomplished. If you can accept it as your own last useless journey, you are also free to join my resurrection. Until you do so your life is indeed wasted. It merely re-enacts the separation, the loss of power, the futile attempts of the ego at reparation, and finally the crucifixion of the body. Such repetitions are endless until they are voluntarily given up. Do not make the pathetic error of ‘clinging to the old rugged cross’. The only message of the crucifixion is that you can overcome the cross. Until then you are free to crucify yourself as often as you choose.”