Thursday, November 15, 2007

Love, hate; light, dark; life, death

Another recommendation from last Saturday's talk was to re-read I John in its entirety. Always a worthy study.

This time when reading all five chapters I was struck by the juxtapositions of opposites. Light, dark; love, hate; life, death. This would bother me, I suppose, if I didn't also have Mary Baker Eddy's take on real, unreal. If something is genuinely real, its opposite (I mean a true opposite, not just a pairing) must be unreal. One cannot exist where the other is. These are true opposites.

When I John says in chapter one, "God is light, and in him is no darkness at all," we have a statement implying the unreality of darkness, not just its absence, since God is all.

So then when we get to the section about Love, there we have Love equated with God, meaning it is all, it is the only real, it fills all space, and we are in it. We are Loved. We're not just loved in an abstract distant way—Love actually created us, we are the emanation of Love, Love is the essence that launched us forth.

Likewise, we exist in Light, since God is Light. We exist in Life, since God is Life. "He that hath the Son hath life," says the fifth chapter, "and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life." Does this mean there are some who are excluded? Not to me. No one "hath not the Son." Not one. Every being that has life, that manifests existence, has a connection to the Christ, the divine sense of Sonship. The opposite condition, i.e., no connection to Christ, also has no connection to Life, so therefore it must be unreal, because Life fills all space and its opposite does not exist.

You are in love, light, life. No opposite state exists. Embrace it!


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1 Comments:

At 11/17/2007 09:18:00 PM, Anonymous Veronika Wilcox said...

St John Gospel:
I have often read it through with a group of people, singing hymns after each chapter. It was always such a healing experience!

 

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