A long time
ago, probably in the late 60s, I stood in front of a grocery store in the central
area of Washington D.C. holding several large bags of groceries in my arms,
wondering how I was going to carry those bags for all those long blocks to my
lodging. As I stood there, a large car drove by, stooped, and backed up
slightly. "Young man," said the driver, "do you need a
ride?" "Hop in," he said kindly and drove me home.
I have been
several times in Washington. I have visited the Museums, the Hirshhorn, the
National Art Gallery, the National Air and Space Museum, etc, and the monuments,
and attended concerts at the Kennedy Center, but the one thing that still stands
out in my mind above them all, is the kindness of that man who stopped and gave
me a ride home, and seemed proud and pleased to do so.
why this one brief incidence was so special that I remembered it for all those
years above everything else. It appears that the answer is located in one of the
parables that Christ Jesus had taught.
at the altar of God
In one of
his teaching sessions Christ Jesus suggested that if a man came before the altar
of God to offer a gift, while he owed the gift of love to another person, he
should go away and first fulfill his debt to Love, and then come back and offer
his gift on the altar (Matt. 5:23).
the gift wouldn't be fake then, but be a gift built on love in deed. If the
above would have happened in a real case, the man would have been healed by the
challenge put before him, and by his living up to the challenge.
This type of
healing is sadly needed in the world today. The pulpits are far too many where
preachers praise the Lord, deliver sermons on God's greatness, and lectures to
the public, even ceremonies in giant cathedrals or whatever, while turning their
empty hands to the poor and needy without a penny to fulfill their needs. Christ
Jesus' injunction is that in the shadow of their unfulfilled debt to Love all
the sermons, lectures, ceremonies, or whatever, lack the substance to be worth
anything. And so they will avail nothing, or less than nothing.
It is not a
small task that Christ Jesus suggested should be fulfilled, to extinguish the
debt to Love. America's spiritual scientific pioneer of the 19th Century, Mary
Baker Eddy, presented a model of a debt-free environment in which God, immortal
Mind, is translated from the absolute into its divine image in man, and its
objectified reflection or manifestation (see: The
Lateral Lattice of Love). Here, in the lateral environment where all is
Love, universally expressed in a love that combines all into one, no debts to
Love are possible or imaginable.
Since it is
challenging to live up to this model, as Christ Jesus suggested, since it
demands great honesty, it is tempting to simply step away from it. For those
living apart from the divine model, Mary Baker Eddy presented her scientific
translation of mortal mind. It defines the environment outside the divine model
and the footsteps of getting back to touching the hem of reality. She defines
the scientific process in which erring mortal mind, which is an error in concept
really, becomes translated to a higher state, to the boundary of the divine
reality where the term no longer applies. She defines a three-stage
transformation from physical depravity, along the transitional stage of moral
progression, to the stage of spiritual understanding where the concept of an
erring mind no longer is valid as it has been translated into what it really is,
task that Christ Jesus puts onto the plate of all those who would offer gifts to
God. If the task is fulfilled, no debt to Love remains, as in the process all
human needs are extinguished and the divine requirement is met.
Eddy calls the process of extinguishing the debt to Love, "Scientific Translation of
Mortal Mind", which is itself a process of extinguishing ones debt to God.
When the process is complete the false will have been forgotten.
SCIENTIFIC TRANSLATION OF MORTAL MIND (S&H
First Degree: Depravity (unreality).
PHYSICAL. Evil beliefs, passions and appetites, fear, depraved will, self-justification, pride, envy, deceit, hatred, revenge, sin, sickness, disease, death.
Second Degree: Evil beliefs disappearing (transitional qualities).
MORAL. Humanity, honesty, affection, compassion, hope, faith, meekness, temperance.
Third Degree: Understanding (reality).
SPIRITUAL. Wisdom, purity, spiritual understanding, spiritual power, love, health, holiness.
degrees are like successively higher university degrees. Mary Baker Eddy seems to suggest that human loving, and everything that
goes with it in real terms, depends on the completion of the translation process succeeding by
which the mortal, isolated sense of existence, ceases to exist, and the mind
beholds reality, which is then no longer 'fake' in
Stepping away from physical depravity and recognizing its
total lack of value, is a good start; the first step. The joy to
see the disappearance of what has no real value, is a good second step. The
scientific understanding that all reality - all that is of value - is spiritual,
is the third and final step of getting a grip on what is actually real in the
Christ Jesus suggested that if one
completes the third degree, one is actually
capable of discerning the value of God. Then one's gift of gratitude would be an
honest gift, built on a healing gained along the way, whereby the gift of praise
would be acceptable.
suggests that the world in general is far from completing the first degree, or
even working at it. As a consequence civilization is collapsing on all fronts:
on the physical/economic front; on the moral/cultural front; and even on the
Americas most advanced religion, Christian Science, has collapsed to less than
7% as a movement from what it had been in 1971 in the USA. A whopping 93% is
gone with the wind, together with a thousand churches.
massive collapse has been experienced economically in a similar timeframe from
the President Kennedy assassination onward. The US economy experienced a huge collapse in just the last five years from October 2007 on (here
is a brief example).
When unemployment doubles from 6.7 million to 13.2
million in only five years, a huge collapse is in progress. When the
accumulated national debt of all the years before 2007, which stood at 38% of GDP
at this time, suddenly jumps to 74% in only 5 years, an enormous economic
collapse in progress. When the number of people living on food stamps
increases in the same timeframe from 27 million to 48 million, we are looking at
a human tragedy that is far bigger than a mere collapse. The food stamp program,
also known as the Supplementary Nutritional Assistance Program, or SNAP, is the
affected people's final line of defence to avoid starvation. And even then, for
many people, the allotment is too sparse to last for more than 2/3rd of the
month And this meagre
assistance is about to be cut.
A study of the city of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, the sixth largest city (pop. 41,000) in the state,
revealed that a full one-third of the population in the city get SNAP
assistance, despite the fact that the average income for the families living there is between $30,000 and 38,000 a
year, most of which goes for rent payments.
huge number of people who are kept barely alive by the SNAP program, suddenly
nearly doubles to 48 million nationwide, the nation is facing a catastrophe in
is far bigger than 1000 churches closing their doors. When
landlords jack up their rent demands to levels that exceed many people's total
income, which happens more and more, who by being unable to pay the rent end up on the street, the resulting
collapse of civilization adds up to a crime against
humanity of huge proportions, and thereby a crime against God.
The very suggestion that humanity is of
so little value that mass-depopulation is put on the agenda, with almost no protests being
raised against it, speaks of a cultural degeneration in society that puts even
the first-degree achievement far out of sight.
collapse is also evident in the strategic arena. In the early stages of the Cold
War the long distant flight times of nuclear missiles in the order of 30-40
minutes left enough time for a credible assurance that a counter-strike can be
launched. This assurance prevented the trigger-happy from launching a nuclear
war. Now, with technological advances achieved and implemented the response time
from detection to impact has been reduced to timeframes counted in seconds, with
the life-saving assurance that would deter a war now reduced to zero. The USA is
now boldly boasting of its technological power to 'win' a nuclear war. Insanity
is triumphant (See LPAC
In a world
in which universal love is written in such small letters that it is almost
invisible, and is even deemed a nuisance, civilization is necessarily dying. Its
light has faded to almost nothing. Nevertheless the potential remains for
society to climb out of its increasingly deadly hell. However, the path remains
the same it has always been, a path for earning three consecutive degrees. The
degrees can also be seen as degrees of value we place on God, and thereby on
one-another. If this value is lost, civilization is lost and life becomes
collapse into the insanity that destroyed the USA, Europe, and much of the
world, was probably by intention and is likely celebrated for its success, is
evident in the nature of the banner of the late 1960s "The Earth has
Cancer, and the Cancer is Man" that has been gradually reshaped over half a
century into a policy monster to eliminate 6 billion people on the depopulation
train to a world population of only one billion.
crime against humanity that unfolds here reeks of a cesspool of such horrendous
stale decadence that the worst depravity that the term includes smells like
roses in comparison.
Too much has
been lost along this path to hell, almost too much for any hope for a recovery
to remain within reach. Still hope remains. It remains lodged within the heart
of Love expressed in universal loving. The kindness of the man who gave me a
ride home in Washington, who had seen me struggling with my grocery bags, is
still alive, because its root is divine, though rarely seen as such. The root of
this kindness is still in the heart. It still finds expression now and then in
drips and drabs, but what should hinder us to allow the drips and drabs to
become a torrent?
recognition of value where value is real, takes hold, which is really the
essence of the three degrees then a torrent is possible that can change the
entire landscape of the world.
As a type of
measure, with which you can measure yourself where you stand in the landscape of
the divine where all value is located and is measured in the flow of universal
love, I have created a fund to help a person to get her life back after twenty
years of abuse and torment, to help with her rent and food. When the need is met
the fund will be closed.
fund society is also invited to measure itself as to how closely it meets Christ
Jesus' requirements at the altar of God for the demonstrated value of God to be
the Value of God Fund
with: The Lateral Lattice of Love
God's Money, not My Money
Value of God
Is Prayer Effective on the World
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