Friday, August 31, 2012

The "Righteous" and Sin

The bible is filled with the concept of "righteousness" and sin.  But what is the purpose of these two concepts?  The religious dogmas uses these terms to indicate where a person's eventual resting place upon death is, depending on their formation of righteousness and avoidance of sin.  However, I believe this is a gross misinterpretation of their purpose and I'll try to explain my perspective.

If you believe you are ultimately spirit and not flesh, then you believe that life does not end when the body dies.  The obvious question is "what is after death"?  What is life like in the afterlife?  What will become of me?  If you do not believe in life after death, then nothing really matters and any actions done in the body will have only the minimal of consequences (relative to the religious belief) and such consequences are only endured during life.  So from the point of view of a physicalist (those who only believe in physical reality), then righteousness and sin are personal choices rather than a source of judgement.  For the spiritualists, however, some see righteousness and sin as the judge of our final resting place and to a certain degree, this is true, but not in the way religion interprets this.

Western religion (Christianity) says that man is incapable of righteousness without God's power.  And yet, it is up to man to live a righteous and sinless life, lest they be condemned.  So why would God require righteousness and sinlessness, when it is said that without God, they cannot attain these?  That's like saying you have to climb this rope or I'll kill you, but you can't use this rope.  Even if Jesus died for men's sins so that men could become righteous through acceptance/baptism into Christ, it is a widely held belief that salvation can be lost through willful rejection.  In that case, Jesus does not cover all sins since rebellion, even after the fact of "salvation" through accepting Christ, is a sin that technically should have been "covered over", knowing that God knows all without the boundaries of time.  In other words, the blood of Christ should have covered over both the sins of men before and after.  I believe this is the consequence of the gross misinterpretation of the concepts of righteousness and sin.

As I wrote in my other posts, we are not flesh.  We are spirit in the form of flesh.  Men is the product of consciousness creating form, evolving through many different levels of experience.  All matter is made of energy, and that energy is itself a form of consciousness.  So all things have consciousness to some degree. When the simple consciousness come together, it forms more complex consciousness.  Atoms, molecules, minerals, cells, organs, tissue, etc. all have varying degrees of self-awareness and independent consciousness.  The collection of this consciousness into form creates their own identity.  So a cell knows it is a cell.  A plant knows it is a plant.  A heart knows it is a heart.  And all other symbols of concepts in physical reality is aware of itself.  Because of  this, they have behavior (they act in a specific way), even non-organic matter such as rocks (they remain in a fixed molecular structure through the bonds).  It could be said that the laws of physics are the result of the consciousness in this energy stuff, which forms the matter and their behavior, which to me makes sense since laws are mental concepts.  Behavior is not ingrained only within the DNA, because even DNA knows it is DNA and how it should function.  So then how are humans different from these basic forms of consciousness?

Humans differ because we have multiple consciousness.  When a baby is born, it is a body consciousness, only knowing how to function as a physical body.  It is the "Adam" of consciousness, going by instinct as any animal would.  It can also be seen as the individual identity that is represented by the Ego.  Sometime during the new baby's development, a portion of our "soul" I call Personality (see my previous post here on the hierarchy) enters into the body as a higher consciousness (the bible calls it Spirit), one that is aware of its own beginning, meaning consciousness that has evolved beyond simple behavior.  This consciousness is the "Eve" that joined Adam.  It is the intuitional aspect of man and can also be represented as the Unity of the whole, that aspect which seeks the benefit of all.  The symbolism of coming from the rib is the fact that Adam and Eve are of the same identity, Adam being the outer Ego (outer voice/senses) and Eve the inner Ego (inner voice/senses).  Together, a higher consciousness was created, one that is developing into the same as God/Source.  In order to grow into God, it must experience, so in order to do that, Eve ate the fruit of right and wrong, which gave the new consciousness a will.  Although I'm describing the consciousness separate from the body, the body itself is simply consciousness (all matter is energy).

Now that this new consciousness is born (baby), what will it do?  It will act upon its will, but because the will is enclosed within two perceived consciousness (there is no real division), the body (Adam) and the spirit (Eve), which will dominate?  As you can predict, the body influences the will more strongly than the spirit because it is of the same reality as the world around it, and this creates the "veil of ignorance" since the intuitional aspect rides along as a passenger rather than the driver.  But the purpose of the splitting of one consciousness into two (the human experience since all consciousness comes from the One Source) was to develop both the drive and the wisdom.  The drive comes from the aggressive (energy/drive/motivation) nature of instinct while the wisdom comes from the intuition of knowledge and experience.  The term Aggressive should not be misinterpreted as meaning violent.  They are not the same thing.  Aggression is the force that drives action powerfully.  The combination of Will with aggression (energy/drive) and wisdom is the image of Source.  So if we are a new creation that is to become co-creators with Source, we are learning to meld all three aspects together into a balanced harmony.

So where does righteousness and sin come into play?  It has to do with controlling the Will.  If the body is dominant, then the spirit does not grow and an imbalance remains.  And if the spirit dominates, then the will to merge with the body diminishes, and thus lose the aggressiveness.  So through learning to control our Will, we help the two consciousness to merge into one (lose the perception of division).  This is the dissolution of the dichotomies (male/femaleness, body/spirit, God/Man,  etc.)  This perceived separation of our identity with God/Source is also caused by the dominance of one aspect of consciousness (the body) over the other (the spirit).  This is why men believe they are men and God is God, but once the division starts to dissolve, this feeling of separation with God and all creation will start to disappear as well.  That is what it means to become Source, "return to God", to be One.  When one strives to be "righteous", they are working at using their will to control one aspect, the spirit, towards a unity of self and with all others.  To avoid sin means to control the body so that it is not self-absorbed with the physical identity.  That is why Jesus spoke of these things, not as a form of judgment, but as exercises in our own spiritual development.  It was never meant to be an institutionalized dogma.

Righteousness simply means you are seeking to be "right" in what you do.  That means your inner aspect is learning what is best and helpful and beneficial.  This leads to control over the body through awareness for the whole (what is best for all).  So in all experience, you learn what is best, regardless of whether the action was "good" or "bad".  The learning is what is "right" since it develops understanding and wisdom.

Sin is the control of the instincts of the body.  It is the misdirection of aggression towards a disunity from the spirit's desire of being "right".  So when sin exists, the spirit is "extinguished" because the body controls the Will and prevents the integration of both the body and spirit.  The harmony is lost and the spirit cannot influence the body.  But just as experience is about learning, so too is sin about learning.  It is learning through sin that develops the right way to use aggression.

None of this is meant to imply that one should commit sinful or unrighteous acts for the sake of learning.  In fact, willfully doing such things simply means the spirit is underdeveloped (emotionally and intellectually).  But neither does it mean you must obtain righteousness or be sinless.  Each person's life is tailored to a specific lesson by their own choice, and that lesson will lead them into whatever situations and circumstances necessary to experience what is best.  Those lessons can come through the body or the spirit, depending on what lesson they are trying to learn.  Whether they learn the lesson or not is up to the individual, but just as nothing is set in stone, neither is making all the right choices the only means to wisdom.

Many religions and philosophies detail ways to salvation/enlightenment.  Regardless of the terms used for the end goal, there is a goal, and that is to become one with Source and it is the drive that is behind our incarnation into this life, whether you recognize it or not.  Even the rejection of God or anything else beyond the physical is a part of learning.  When one is overly focused on the body, the spirit learns to be subservient so that one's lack of aggression can be rectified in this lifetime.  In the same way, one who is overly focused on spiritual matters are developing that aspect which may not have gained enough true understanding, removing the limiting beliefs of tradition, dogmas, and other ideas that restrict the growth of consciousness into the infinite possibilities.

So how does righteousness and sin determine our final resting place?  The cultivation of both body and spirit through will forms our ideas and beliefs about reality.  This determines our level of growth towards the goal of becoming One with Source, and thus it creates our reality in the afterlife.  So if a person is stuck with ideas of religious righteousness and sin, then their reality will put them in such a place.  Likewise, a person who believes the same, but acts differently, may end up in a "hell" of their own making through their belief.  Those who believe in non-afterlife existence, will create for themselves a state of "nothingness".  But all of these situations will not last.  Because consciousness always seeks experience, they will eventually awaken to their self-created illusions and continue in their development through whatever means is best.

Think about what is written and debate it in your mind to see if it makes sense.

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