WHY ARE WE Right here? “And You are Asking Me Bec

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 WHY ARE WE Right here? Matt Lacker, Jim Gleeson’s Ex CIA Director attempting to make sense of his life and the packet of notes provided to him by a dying, but smiling man, in Azerbaijan two years prior to, meets a Pastor quoted in the old man’s notes. The pastor had left the Christian mega-church he founded when his beliefs grew beyond religion:  

 

     “And you are asking me because…?” 

      “Because, I think, a thing brought on you to turn away from what you had spent your life constructing. You voluntarily walked away from the church you pastored…didn’t you?”

     “Well, yes. Like you, I suppose, I became conscious that my beliefs had been incompatible with the organization I led. As opposed to you, I did not comprehend I had been portion of a thing corrupt—I just realized I was getting drawn beyond the teachings of the church—the religion.” I couldn’t in fantastic faith continue to accept Jesus as a type of material god who was only readily available to these who prayed to him. There’s much more to his teaching than that. Does that make any sense to you, Mr. Lacker?”

      “Maybe. Maintain going.”

      “Well, what I imply is…Jesus represented and came to demonstrate the truth of who we are and what God is—the universal truth. He didn’t come to establish a religion for some. I think what He demonstrated is the truth and it is readily available to any person who believes what He taught. It is exclusive only in the sense that Jesus taught the only truth that exists—it’s not a religion—it’s the truth. Are you a Christian, Mr. Lacker?”

       Lacker had been listening intently when searching down the river. He turned back to the man standing subsequent to him. “Pastor Mason—“ “Kevin.” “Kevin, I’m not positive what I am. But from the small I know of Christianity this does sound like heresy. I imply that I have an understanding of why quite a few Christians would take into consideration it heresy. From what I have discovered more than the final 3 years I know this: I am starting to see that there is truth in this globe and it desires to be found…and it does look to be readily available to any person who seeks it.” Pastor Mason responded. “John eight:32—Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you totally free.” “Kevin, what did you obtain out that changed issues for you?”

      “Mr. Lacker—“

      “Matt—“

      “Matt, my faith in Christ grew and nonetheless grows, deeper, but it left behind the restricted religious belief that the man, Jesus—the worldly manifestation of the Christ—somehow came to establish the Christian religion. Christ presented himself to the physical globe as the man, Jesus, to demonstrate the reality that we are in truth, spirit. Sin is the mistaken belief that we are separate from God. The church has grown more than the millennia to view the man Jesus as God to be worshiped from a material point of view. I do not think that is what Jesus and scripture initially taught. Genesis chapter one particular says that we had been designed in God’s image. What does that truly imply? It implies we are not material beings at all. John four:24—God is spirit. These that worship Him will have to worship Him in spirit and in truth. Matthew 10:28—Fear not them which kill the physique, but are not capable to kill the soul…”

      “Exactly! Hokob stated practically the exact same factor. He was not afraid of dying and he didn’t blame these that beat him to death.”

      “John six:35—It is spirit that quickeneth the flesh profiteth practically nothing. See? We have to ask as we study the Bible, ‘what does that truly imply?’ We cannot just gloss more than it and accept it only as religious jargon. It is the truth. The spirit is the truth the flesh is not. This alterations almost everything. My congregation started to regard me as some type of heretic, ‘assigning meanings which are not there.’ I had to leave, but I am at total peace with what I now have an understanding of.”

      “But, Kevin, what does it mean…the flesh is not the truth? Our eyes, our ears, our memories—do they lie?”

      “It’s tough for us to think or have an understanding of. There is a accurate, documented occasion that took location at Oxford more than a hundred years ago. A group of researchers was provided permission to carry out an experiment on a felon who had been sentenced to death. They told him they had been his executioners. They bound him, blindfolded him and convinced him they had inserted a big needle in a vein in his arm. They hadn’t but they attached a tube with a continuous dripping liquid into a pan at his feet. Forty-5 minutes later he died.”

      “I do not have an understanding of– from what?” “The man died of the belief that he was dying. He hadn’t been physically hurt in any way. Matt, we each know the globe runs on lies. I know you know it—I study your book. From a Christian point of view, it implies that sin is not ‘being naughty’—sin is any attachment to the material globe. Accepting the material globe as even genuine is sin. The word ‘sin’ from the original Greek meant ‘to miss the mark.’ The church has changed what it initially meant– ‘to drop track of our spiritual reality’ into just ‘behaving badly.’ This ‘church’ –- the institutional church—not Christ’s ‘church of believers’— also changed the which means of what the Christ and the disciples named ‘repentance.’ They changed the original word in the Greek—‘metanoia,’ which implies to ‘change the mind’ to a word from which we get repentance or to ‘feel sorry for our sins,’ completely altering the fantastic news of the gospel into…bad news.”

      “But, Kevin, what are we supposed to do with that? How is it going to transform our behavior and our knowledge in life? In your words—‘what does it truly imply?’”

      “It implies Christ’s message was truly that God’s Kingdom is nonetheless all about us—we just have to shift our minds away from our false material senses to the awareness of the truth of our spiritual getting. A lot of contact it ‘slaying the old man.’ “Matt, you know why they burnt folks at the stake for getting witches? They did it due to the fact they had been afraid of folks who seemed to have an understanding of a thing they couldn’t. If you or I went back in time to the sixteen hundreds or earlier and began attempting to inform them about the future we know, they would burn us at the stake, proper? Jesus told folks that they couldn’t think what their eyes and ears had been telling them they didn’t have to be sick they didn’t have to die. If we are spirit, we are eternal. What we are experiencing is short-term amnesia. If we know that, then we cannot die. We just drop the body—the consciousness of the physique. This is salvation.

      Christ demonstrated spiritual truth thousands of occasions healing the sick, bringing the dead back to life, creating infinite provide– every single day for 3 years. They crucified him for it just as he stated they would— he rose from the dead, proving the ultimate truth. You cannot inform folks about it. You can only reside it. The Bible says: ‘You shall be hated of all males for my name’s sake. But he that endureth till the finish shall be saved,’ You can reside in the Spirit, and when you do, ‘all issues are possible’ ‘take no believed for your (physical) life, what you shall consume, what you shall drink, nor but for your physique.’ Do you see? The truth is proper there in the Bible, but our religion keeps us tied to a physical separation from who we truly are. We have to find out to rise above that belief.

      “The modern day Christian church has restricted itself and its teachings to a materialistic faith. In my opinion the religiosity, the history of hypocrisy of the church and the lack of spiritual demonstration, are all maintaining millions from even taking into consideration belief in God.”                             

      Lacker picked up the recorder and pressed quit. “Thank you, Kevin. You have been a wonderful support. I am attempting to have an understanding of a thing that never ever entered my thoughts for the very first forty-3 years of my existence.”

      “I’d like a copy of your recording, if you do not thoughts.”

      “Surely, I’ll e mail you the file when I can.”

      “It is an intriguing time to be alive, is not it,” provided the pastor. “There are folks all more than the globe starting to do what you and I have done—walk away from our deeply ingrained lives due to the fact the truth was pulling at us. Thank you for calling me. Excellent luck in your search, Matt. Oh, and let me know if you obtain the origin of that quote.”

      “Hang in there, Kevin. It was a brave factor to stick to the truth away from the life you had constructed. Maybe the truth will set us free—both of us—all of us.”

       Lacker stood and took yet another lengthy appear to the south, down the valley under Fort Ticonderoga. “I consider I’ll stroll about the ramparts on the way back to the auto. Care to join me?”

    

        Edited from pages 146-153, THE MATTER of LIFE — Second in Jim Gleeson Matt Lacker trilogy   

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