We might wonder why some remain captured in ‘knowledge of good and evil’ primitivisms when we have close at hand the largesse and finesse of union with God.
It depends on what our lens is. Is our lens the letter or is our lens of Jesus The Living Word. Seeing the world of life through the person of God is different to seeing the life of God through abstractions and lists. Our God of a belief system is different to a personal Jesus and far less than the interwoveness that is ours in union with God. This is not something we must earn. It’s what we have.
‘On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14,20. Realize and declare it to yourself now!
When we know what the new birth really is we will understand what the new covenant is – the installation of the self from where we came from to where we belong. We came from the separation wrought by Adam. We have been placed in fellowship with God. We belong in the company of God. When we can see that life is defined as the person of God and living in that person ,we can be done with written transcripts of God’s character and the imbroglio of the letter that is death. We are done with them because we and Father have become one. Now we can stop straining at gnats and living as camels and beasts of burden. We have become the expression of God. We are sons in spirit and in truth.
If you have been schooled, socialised and just plain indoctrinated into a culture of the knowledge of good and evil, you may not make sense of what you find in these posts. Then again they may appear to you as what they are – light and truth – because you have chosen to walk in the light rather than in what you have absorbed in the first part of your life – a Christianised version of the knowledge of good and evil.
LEVELS OF BEING
Richard Rohr observes, “Lawrence Kohlberg, who wrote some excellent material on levels of moral development, charted what each level of moral development was like, describing six distinct levels. He was clear about the difficulty of seeing reality, especially moral or spiritual reality. He concluded that we are incapable of understanding a stage more than one beyond our own. A third level person can't make sense of what someone on the fifth level is saying. It is meaningless.
That's what we're up against when we preach the Gospel. Jesus, in Kohlberg's schema, is a sixth-level person. Many people have not done their first, second and third level work of conscience. They're really not bad-willed; they just can't understand a higher, more complex moral understanding … They just have no idea where the Gospel is coming from. They have some growing to do yet.”
ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE
All who desire to grow can grow. We just have to be willing to move beyond the fences we and others have made for ourselves. Cages of the mind are at once the most stubborn and the easiest to remove. This is why Jesus said, ‘ONLY BELIEVE.’ There’s liberating power in right belief. When Jesus spoke of life to the full he meant this kind of life – the life that is a replication of His life as ours in our very being. There’s no compilation of good acts and a shunning of bad acts here. We are talking sheer, unadulterated life in the person of Jesus manifesting through our person. The son of God begins manifesting as the sons and daughters of God. A son of God always has it over a Pharisee.