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Truth When You Need It

Jesus prayed, prior to his arrest and crucifixion: "O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt." If "this cup" had passed from him, I think it is safe to say that we would know nothing about Jesus today. There would be no Christianity! The world would be a far darker place. 

Jesus's prayer is interpreted in our textbook: "Let not the flesh, but the Spirit, be represented in me." (S&H) Our desire to make good things happen, or perhaps to escape from some difficult ordeal, must be handed over to Him with "but Thy will be done." It takes a mighty struggle to relinquish our desire to be loved by the world, to be recognized for our achievement (aka pandering to the flesh), but really. Should we not prefer to align ourselves with Spirit, the Principle of the universe, with Love itself? 

What differentiated Jesus from his detractors was his absolute certainty that God exists!!! According to his own admission, He spoke and acted as he was led by his Father, contrary to the political correctness of his time, and this led to his crucifixion. Ironically, this has led many to believe that Jesus was God and in so doing have completely missed his message that applies to each of us - "I can of myself do nothing; the Father that dwelleth in me, He doeth the works." and "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father."

The desire to do the will of God does not come with professing to believe in God, nor with a benign faith. Its requirement is beautifully expressed as follows: "When we come to have more faith in the truth of being than we have in error, more faith in Spirit than in matter, more faith in living than in dying, more faith in God than in man, then no material suppositions can prevent us from healing the sick and destroying error." (S&H)

 

 

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