I Will Not Be Afraid Of My Will

The Sermon on the Mount by Jan Brueghel the Elder, 1598. I will not be afraid of my own will.In the final portion of what is now known as the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 7:21-27), Jesus says something that I didn’t expect him to say. I have read and heard this passage many times, but I’ve never heard a preacher or a commentator fully address my disquietude on the subject.

I will not be afraid of my will

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’” (Matthew 7:21-23, New International Version)

The last sentence is the one that gets me. I expected Jesus to say “Then I will tell them plainly, ‘You didn’t do the will of my Father. Away from me, you evildoers!'” But instead he says “I never knew you,” as if that was the most terrible indictment he could bring against a human being.

Perhaps when the audience heard the phrase “does the will of my Father,” they imagined the miraculous demonstrations Jesus mentioned in the following sentence. Perhaps Jesus felt a need to disabuse his audience of those imaginings. I don’t claim to be a Bible scholar. I don’t believe you need to be a Bible scholar to see that one of the points of this passage is that Jesus teaches it is the will of his Father to be known by Jesus.

I am sharing this because something in Step 43 “My will is to know God” of Steps to Knowledge said something along these lines, even more succinctly:

“Your will is to know God. Do not be afraid of your will. You are created by God. God’s will is to know you. Your will is to know God. There is no other will. All motivations other than this are born merely of confusion and fear. To know God gives God power and gives you power as well.”

I cry out with the psalmist David, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.” (Psalm 139:23, New International Version). I cry out with Jesus “Not what I will, but what you will.” (Mark 14:36, New International Version). I cry out “I will to will your will, O God.” I will not be afraid of my will.

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Постичь непостижимое

постичь непостижимое

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Для меня изучение «Шагов к Знанию» часто представляет себя неуловимую задачу, вроде как постичь непостижимое.

Шаг 43. “Моя воля – познать Бога” как раз из тех задач – постичь непостижимое.

Я нашла помощь в других учениях «Нового Послания от Бога», где описывается, чем Бог не является и чем Бог является на самом деле.

Откровение, которое называется «Великая Любовь», гласит:

«Настоящая любовь исходит из Знания. По сути, она является выражением Знания. Когда Знание побуждает вас совершить какой-то поступок—может быть то, что вы никогда не собирались совершить, то, что вы не понимаете, и что действует вопреки вашим планам, целям, амбициям, то это выражает любовь, ибо вы выражаете волю Божью, которая и есть любовь Богa. Ибо Божественная любовь неразлучна с Божественной волей. Бог не думает такими категориями, как думает ваш интеллект—сегодня счастлив, завтра печален, рад этому, огорчен тому, жесток и карающий над тем, кто совершает ошибки или живет в грехах. Это не Бог! Это человеческий ум, проецирующий человеческие мысли на Бога, проецирующий человеческие чувства и жалобы. Это всё проекция человеческого ума. Но Бог вне всего этого. И любовь и воля Бога вне всего этого.

Но когда вы думаете о том, каков Бог на самом деле, то Бог Великого Сообщества, Бог всей интеллектуальной жизни во Вселенной, разумеется Бог Вселенной, Великого Сообщества, не может быть обусловлен человеческими верованиями, человеческими отношениями, человеческими эмоциями, человеческими социальными соглашениями и всеми мелкими вещами, которые держат человечество в примитивном и неразвитом состоянии.

Если Бог – Бог Великого Сообщества, то Бог – автор бесчисленных форм интеллектуальной жизни бесчисленных миров, где интеллектуальная жизнь развивалась. Бог – автор эволюции. Бог – автор и источник расширения Вселенной. Бог – автор всей научной правды. Бог – создатель бесчисленных рас, которые не похожи на вас, не думают как вы и не имеют вашу систему ценностей. Бог – автор природы, которая функционирует внутри мира и вне мира и внутри всех миров в этой Вселенной и вне её — на всех уровнях проявления. Этот Бог столь великий, что Он превышает все теологические идеи, религиозные системы веры, религиозные организации. Лучше отложить ваши идеи о Боге и следовать за тем, что Бог поместил внутри вас, чтобы видеть, услышать то, что Бог разместил в вас».

Постичь непостижимое

Другое откровение «Новый Бог» гласит:

“Есть новое Откровение о Боге, вытесняющее Бога из контекста древней истории человечества, конфликтов, фантазий и неправильного понимания человека. Это Откровение помещает Бога в бóльшую панораму жизни во Вселенной – называемой Великим Сообществом.

Вы сейчас нуждаетесь в этом новом понимании о Боге, потому что Бог древних людей был маленьким Богом – Богом вашего мира, вашего времени и ваших культур, Богом ваших народов в древние времена. Но человечество выросло из такого понимания Бога, человеческого Бога, сердитого Бога, мстительного Бога, этого Бога кажущегося проекцией вашей личности и ваших собственных тенденций.”

Моя воля – познать Бога и тем самым, пытаюсь постичь непостижимое.

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Fathoming The Unfathomable

fathoming the unfathomable

I often liken taking Steps to Knowledge to an exercise in fathoming the unfathomable. This also goes right along with exploring the mystery that I am so partial to.

Step 43. My Will Is To Know God is a very bold statement, and since I have a very nebulous idea of what God might be, I certainly consider this an exercise in fathoming the unfathomable.

Yes, it is my will to know God. I wish I could be handed a clear-cut and concise explanation on a plate, one I could always carry with me and pull out for reference and show others whenever necessary.

I reached Step 43 on December 21, 2012 – a portentous day for many on the planet with conflicting interpretations – and wrote:

“I am not afraid and will not let fear and doubt cloud my mind. My will is to know God. On this day December 21, 2012,  as we enter a new era of soul consciousness and step across a new threshold in the evolution of the Universe, enter a new gateway of possibilities, I  too want to step through the doorway into a greater universe and greater life.”

Fathoming the unfathomable

But what is God and what am I to know? God comes in many different garbs and guises, depending on who is doing the dressing and fashioning. Much is invested in God, much is expected of God, much is idolized about God, and much is misconstrued about God, in my humble opinion.

Now I can tell you what I think God is not. God is not “something” or “someone” who watches over me, who has my best interests at heart, who is going to make wrong things right and bad things good, who is going to come at my beck and call and fix things for me. God will not even send a team of helpers to deal with some problem on the planet or some problem in my personal life. I do not believe that is how God works. I think of God more in terms of an energy, an all-pervading energy that permeates everything and is manifested according to some intricate universal law, something I have great difficulty in fathoming.

As another student of Steps to Knowledge put it: “If there is a disturbance, there is an energy that responds to that disturbance. Whatever that disturbance is, the required balancing energy is activated and makes its way to where it is needed to re-establish balance.”

Now this really resonates with me. This makes fathoming the unfathomable more fathomable. Are you still with me?

It is my will to know God, and it is my will to find more fathomable terms for expressing the unfathomable.

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Can I Learn To Live Successfully Within My Limitations?

This is the final post in a series of seven posts regarding Step 49 of Steps to Knowledge. In this step, I am reviewing my practice and experience of the first 48 steps.  I am sharing what I wrote when I actually did this step, with additional commentary as needed.

Step 43 – My will is to know God – “My will is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.  My will is to represent God.  My will is to realize God.  My will is to will the will of God.  Even when I’m distracted my will comes back.”  I was improvising on the first question and answer of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, ‘the chief end of man is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.”

Step 44 – I wish to know my own strength – “Find my strength to find my strength.  Bring forth my strength.  Create my strength.”  A student of Steps to Knowledge in Qinghai Province, China, commented, “It’s like the bird learning to fly. The information, the instinct, is in the genetic blueprint, but the bird still has to learn to fly. The bird doesn’t just jump out of the nest and soar into majestic flight at the first go. It might flop, stagger, waver, or fall, but the learning will take place as the bird exercises this ability which it technically doesn’t have yet, but will have.”  The bird has to find flying.  I have to find my strength.

Step 45 – Alone I can do nothing – “I have been very unkind to my little, limited self.”  I have expected it to create its purpose, meaning and directions, which are all jobs above its pay grade.

Step 46 – I must be small to be great – “I will work successfully within my limited context”  I’m recalling that after Swedish poet and avid pianist Tomas Transtromer suffered a stroke disrupting his right side, Ulf Grahn composed a series of left-hand piano pieces for Transtromer to play.  That’s an instance of working successfully within a limited context.

Step 47 – Why do I need Teachers? – “After Steps 46 and 47, wallowing in my limitations, it was no big stretch to think I need a Teacher.”

Step 48 – True instruction is available to me – “Love myself to approach Knowledge, and I will love myself more.  I recalled Step 44 here, bootstrap loader.”  As my colleague said, “The information, the instinct, is in the genetic blueprint [unalterable read-only memory], but the bird still has to learn to fly.”  Knowledge contains certain qualities, but I still have to bring them forth to access them.

How do I attain Knowledge?  How do I get to Carnegie Hall?  “Practice, practice, practice”

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Knowing God And The Details Thereof

Can God be known by a human being?  The God of the Bible seems to not only say “Yes!” but to describe it as a thing to be pursued.  The Old Testament prophet Jeremiah declared

This is what the Lord says:

“Let not the wise boast of their wisdom
or the strong boast of their strength
or the rich boast of their riches,
but let the one who boasts boast about this:
that they have the understanding to know me,
that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness,
justice and righteousness on earth,
for in these I delight,”
declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 9:23-24, New International Version)

Jesus, in what some call his “high priestly prayer,” declared

Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. (John 17:3)

Albert Einstein declared “I am not interested in this phenomenon or that phenomenon, I want to know God’s thoughts – the rest are mere details.”

In my undergraduate days, the book Knowing God by J. I. Packer generated a great deal of reading, study and reflection.

Step 43 of Steps to Knowledge confirms all of the above, and adds a new idea, that not only is it possible to know God, not only is it desirable to know God, it is my will as well.

“Your will is to know God. That is your true will. Any other desire or motivation is to escape this, which represents your will. It is your will that has become fearful to you.You are afraid of what you know and most deeply feel.This leads you to find refuge in other things that do not represent you, and in this you lose your identity and attempt to construct an identity that is related to those things which you have sought for escape. In isolation you are miserable, but in relationship happiness is regained.”

For me, this step feels similar to Step 41, particularly the part about how we malign what we love to fortify separation.

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