don't call anyone on earth 'Father,' because you have only one Father,
the one in heaven." -
Gospel of Matthew 23:9
we are celebrating "Father's Day" today, I thought of this
statement from the Master Mind Jesus and wondered just why he would
give this instruction to his followers. We can read in the
Gospel of John 4:24 that he told us that "G-d
is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and
in truth" ...
and I am certain this statement in itself was confusing and mostly
misunderstood by those he was speaking to. But, Jesus, being a
Master Mind, knew that his words were something that we must
"experience" ... not something to accept in our intellect
only. I believe that he was attempting to teach us to look
beyond anything that we can see in the world or can even mentally
conceive of as being G-d. And, I believe that he desired that we
all accept G-d as Father; provider of life, intelligence, power and
spirit ... infinite beyond human conception.
The only religion to my knowledge
that uses the word "Father" to address someone is the
Catholic Church. And this too as always been puzzling to me
since it is an obvious contradiction to Jesus' instruction. I
don't think Jesus was referring to our physical fathers, instead he
was using this instruction as a "caution" to not place man
in the position of being an intercessor for G-d. Or worst yet,
to elevate man to the level of G-d. His instruction, it appears
is that we are not to put our faith, our trust, nor our reliance on
man, but to look to G-d with faith, trust and absolute reliance, and
G-d alone. This is similar to the statement in Deuteronomy 6:15
of the ancient wisdom: "for
the LORD your God in the midst of you is a jealous God"
... and we have all seen often enough the chaos that happens when we
put our faith in a person rather than rely on the guiding wisdom of
G-d. In G-d we are all equal ... G-d doesn't see saints or
sinners or popes or dopes ... just a Living Spirit, a part of Itself,
having a human experience.
Dr. Joseph Murphy gives us insight into
what I believe Jesus was implying: "Your
faith is in your mind, and in your deeper mind dwells the omnipotence
of God, which responds to your thought and feeling. This is why
you can overcome all circumstances and conditions. ... If you believe
something it will manifest - whether or not you are consciously
thinking of it. Believe only in that which heals, blesses, and
inspires you. You are spiritually blind when you don't know that
thoughts are things, that what you feel you attract, and that what you
imagine, you become. Your real belief about God determines your
whole fate. Your believe about God is your real belief about
yourself. Man(kind) is belief expressed."
And in these words we can see why the Master Mind
Jesus taught that we must not call anyone on earth "Father"
... for the Father, Spirit, is within everyone, no exceptions.
And the role of our father on earth is to teach us to align our nature
with the nature of G-d to the level that we have the awareness to do
so. "I and my Father are One" means that we are of the
nature of G-d and as we understand this to a greater degree, we shall
find ourselves indentifying more and more with the power and the
intelligence of G-d. And all the fathers who teach this to their
children shall find not only are their children blessed, but they are
blessed as well for doing so.
And how are fathers to go about
teaching their children that the Spirit of G-d is within them?
They can begin by teaching their children that the words G-d and Good
are synonymous. In the Aramaic language of Jesus the word
"Good" was used in referring to G-d. Fathers can teach
their children that when they mentally and emotionally strive to
always act and think with honesty, integrity, generosity, good will
towards others and understanding, they are loving G-d because they are
focused on that which is good. And as we love G-d, all good things
come to us with grace and ease. That is, truly love G-d
recognizing that each one's life is some part of G-d's Life.
SO IT IS!
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