“I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”   …Jesus

The above quote is taken from the book of Hebrews in the King James Version of the Christian Bible. Its authorship is traditionally attributed to Paul the Apostle, and here he is quoting Jesus. He is reminding the recipients of his epistle of a promise made by Jesus that he would never leave them, nor forsake them. I believe the promise was universal in its outreach, and included any and all who would ever read it, hear it, or be told about it.

I have to accept that it would be impossible for Jesus to break a promise, but yet in the book of Acts (KJV) Luke sets a scene where he is envisioned as doing just that – leaving them: “And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.” Wow! How could that be; did he break his promise?

Luke also wrote in the Book of Hebrews that Jesus would never change: “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” Which implies that if he was a promise-breaker then he is one now; the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. It’s not possible that Jesus broke, or could break, a promise at anytime, whether then, or now. So how do we reconcile these two passages of Scripture?

“You look from separation’s stance rather than from the grace-filled place of union.”   …ACOL

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The short answer is, we can’t reconcile them, for truth and illusions cannot be reconciled. I’m not a Bible teacher, nor do I pretend to be one. This post is not meant to teach anyone anything, especially about the Bible. The one and only person my posts are directed toward is myself. Their only purpose is to help me understand this experience we so erroneously refer to as “life.” It may seem like an odd way to reach understanding, but I find that as I write, an understanding that satisfies me seems to reveal Itself.

The above paragraph is an attempt to allow myself to reach an understanding as to the “why” of my writing these posts. This one is titled, Leaving, for a very specific reason. For I’m of the conviction and belief that no one leaves, or goes anywhere, through the dreaded experience we refer to as “death.” In order to enlighten myself a bit on this subject I’m going to stay in the Christian Bible for awhile. In A Course in Miracles, Jesus references the Bible thirty-two times. Therefore, I feel as if I’m in good company if I do so a few times. All Bible quotes are from the King James Version.

“…Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”   …The Bible

I really don’t think there’s any dispute concerning the word “temple” in the above quote. Most readers, or even Scholars, of the Bible would agree that Jesus was referring to his physical body. The Apostle John plainly clarified this: “But he spake of the temple of his body.” Jesus didn’t say anything about any other entity, such as God, raising it up, nor did he imply he would be going anywhere. He simply said, I will raise it up.

And now I’m faced with a choice. I can choose to not believe what he said. In other words, ignore it and go on searching for that which I’ll never find, or I can accept it as truth. And when I do it makes perfect sense and enlarges my sense of understanding. It seems he was trying to tell any who would listen that there is no such thing as death. He wasn’t going to die nor was he going anywhere. For how could he keep his word to raise it up if he were dead or gone somewhere else?

“…She turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.”   …The Bible

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During his physical experience Jesus and Mary Magdalene were very close. Some even go so far as to suggest they were husband and wife. Whether they were, or not, I have no clue, but I do have my thoughts on it. Whatever relationship they enjoyed I have no doubt that it was a close and intimate one. The point here is, even though they enjoyed a very close relationship during his physical experience, she didn’t recognize him until he spoke and called her by name.

When Jesus said he would raise it up in reference to his body, he meant much more than simply bringing a body back to experience the physical again. In A Course of Love Jesus says, “To exist as creatures whose only thoughts are of survival of the body is to exist in a lower order.” He had just had a human experience, but in no way had he ever existed in a lower order nor was he ever concerned about the survival of his physical body.

In his Gospel, Mark tells us that after his appearance to Mary Magdalene in an image she didn’t recognize Jesus appeared in another form to others: “After that he appeared in another form unto two of them.”

“Even though the resurrection returned not life to the form I once occupied…”   …ACOL

Those who physically saw Jesus after the resurrection did not see the same physical body they saw during his sojourn into this physical world. What they saw was a different form extended at different times into their dimension of sight in an attempt to change their belief about the experience we refer to as death; to prove to them that there is no such thing. He was also reminding them that, as promised, he had not left them, nor would he ever do so.

The above ACOL quote is pretty plain in its implication that “resurrection” does not mean the raising of a physical body back to life. Throughout both A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love it’s pretty obvious that resurrection describes the process of returning the separated ego-mind back to unity with the heart. In other words, to be raised from a state of separation and fear to a state of wholeness and love.

“The fact that God is love does not require belief, but it does require acceptance.”   …ACIM

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The good news that God is love was being revealed to the world at least two thousand years ago. In his first epistle, the Apostle John wrote: God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” When John wrote the above quote he was describing that which he had learned and experienced under the teaching of Jesus.

Jesus’ mission into this world was to present God in a different light. To show the world that God is a God of LOVE and not of a god of vengeance, hate and fear. To herald the truth that God is a God of Life and death does not exist

I’m going to close this post with a quote from A Course in Miracles: “Death is a human affirmation of a belief in ‘hate,’ or level confusion. That is why the Bible says, ‘There is no death’ and why I demonstrated that death does not exist.







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