The Concordance
 
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At this point the sceptic asks: "if this God of yours is infinitely powerful, sensitive and intelligent, why has He made such a mess of the world?"64
It is at this point of the self-precipitation of Lucifer into his Satanic condition that Time began. Here is the point at which the book of Genesis opens with the words: "In the beginning..." The fall of Lucifer introduced into Eternity the condition of Time, that is the appearance of separated sequences of events, where before, in Eternity, all beings had been presented by God in absolute simultaneity, in completely harmonious interplay of forms of delight.96
We have to remember that we, as descendents of the first man, have been involved in his fall, a fall which repeated the error of Lucifer. Lucifer strove to become greater than God had created him. The first man also tried to become as great as his Creator. God had warned Adam, which is a Hebrew word signifying a certain aspect or condition ,of man, not to try to gain "knowledge of good and evil". "... of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it, for in the days that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die". But man, Adam, acting under the suggestion from his wife, Eve, disobeyed God's command as a result of this dis-obedience, was expelled from the Garden of Eden, a place of paradisical harmony.110
By their choosing to know "Good " and "evil" Adam and Eve have introduced into themselves a conflict which will later kill them. By this knowledge they have placed themselves under the idea of separativity. The intellect works by separating one thing from another. It pursues clarity of form, and clear forms are separated from each other. The final stage of this separative action is the separation of man from God. Man, in pursuing formal clarity, defines himself as distinct from God. Man sees man as an existent visible being. The opposite of "visible" is "invisible". Man then concentrates on what is "visible" to him, his own body, and the body of the thing around him. His consciousness is thus shifted from the realm of the invisible Spirit of God, into the world of the visible things of matter. By his act of choosing knowledge rather than obedience to God, man had alienated himself from God, his very source of being. This alienation was a spiritual death. The free spontaneous creativity of Spirit had been abandoned for the slavish, calculated subordination to the dictatorship of external materiality. God-worship was given up for Mammon worship.256
On this view nothing is "meaningful" in the sense we have so far believed. The very word "meaningful" is itself but another example of the activities of our materially conditioned brain. The question "what is the meaning of meaning?" is here nonsense. Life on this view has no meaning. Words are but noises arising unavoidably from the working of the material brain.338
Now we can examine the idea that expulsion from the Garden of Eden, the departure of man from his innermost spiritual centre, implies death. "In the day that thou eatest (of the tree of knowledge of good and evil) thou shalt surely die," said God.346
But "the sins of the fathers have their effects in the children". The city's inhabitants bore some of the characteristics of its founder. Soon one of them, Lamech, would prove himself as headstrong and violent as Cain. Lamech would tell his wives, "I have slain a young man to my hurt!" His position would be worse than that of Cain, further degeneration was to come.498
Every human has in some degree capacities usually thought of as male and female. In the Book of Genesis we read that Adam, the first human being was created in the image of God, male and female. Only later in the story do we read that the female principle was taken out of him and given separate bodily form. Here was the first "division of labour". Adam would dig, and Eve would spin. We all know the riddle "When Adam delved and Eve span, who was then the gentleman?" On this question was built the whole political hope of the Left.944
When Cain became angry with his situation and killed his brother, Cain had lost control of himself. He had been triggered into violent reaction to an event of the outer world. This fall into subjection to an outer event spelt further errors. To God's question "where is Abel thy brother?" Cain replied "I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?"994
When Cain became angry with his situation and killed his brother, Cain had lost control of himself. He had been triggered into violent reaction to an event of the outer world. This fall into subjection to an outer event spelt further errors. To God's question "where is Abel thy brother?" Cain replied "I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?"994
When Cain murdered Abel, Cain's first thought was "Now everyman's hand will be against me". He did not say to God, "Lord, I have lost my temper, and through jealousy have killed my brother, and am very sorry, and ask you, Lord, for help so that I may never do such an act again". No. He said "Am I my brother's keeper?" He fell into foolish self-defence, and in doing so laid the seed of this evasion of self-responsibility in his children. We, today, are still suffering the consequences of Cain's avoidance tactics, for "the sins of the fathers are upon the children". All today's vandalisms and violences spring from the same root.1196
After this the Lord appeared in a vision to Abram and said, "Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward". And Abram said "Lord God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless?"1348
Prophets of the past have often cried out, "The time is at hand. Now is the time for repentance!" But their cries have gone largely unheeded. But today's prophets are in a better position than were their predecessors. Never has the real danger been so great, and with the increase of danger it becomes progressively harder to turn a 'deaf ear", to the prophet's words. The "time for repentance" really is Now. It always was, and always will be in the present Now that repentance is possible and imperative.1874
Eternal intelligent power is spirit. The final goal of spiritual evolution is the bringing into being of perfectly free, creative, intelligent beings. "His worship is perfect freedom." No higher or more perfect being can be conceived than this; a being of intelligence and power able to determine absolutely its own course of activity, a being able effectively to create for itself a world according to its own design, a world fit for itself to dwell in, a world in which itself can incarnate, and, embodied therein, can joy in its own wonderful creativity.1902
To think a thought that is truly our own, we have to learn to discriminate between our own inner voice, and those innumerable voices of all the people we have ever known. This sounds like very hard work, and is so. But it is not impossible work. It is work within our capacity. After we have taught ourselves to listen well to the voices that conduct the thought processes in us, we begin to recognise the voices of parents, friends, etc. expressing their opinions of things, and we become able as we listen to say to ourself, "That voice is not mine! It is the voice of mother or father, or aunt Matilda, or uncle Ronald, or my friend, or my old teacher, etc."2674
We begin to be able to recognise our own voice among all the others, and to separate it from them, and to know whether it is truly expressing what we really mean. We begin to find our own true inner self, the self whose view of reality is our very own. When we do this, we are "born again."2676
Just as in the outer "Bad Fight" there are rules that the great military leaders observe, so there are rules for the inner "Good Fight". Why do we call the outer fight a "bad" one? Because it does not produce the effects it aims at. The 1914/18 War was fought to make "a world fit for heroes to live in". The 1939/45 War was fought so that "Germany should not rise again." Neither aim was attained. There is no way that an external war can give final peace. "To every action there is a reaction". No human being likes to have suffered defeat at the hands of another. Resentment for injuries received tends to devise means of retaliation, and sooner or later these means are put into practice. Evidence for this is found throughout all history.2734
Whatever capacities we have are ours only because we are of this infinite power. We participate in its will, its intelligence, its sensitivity, and by this participation we can successfully "Fight the Good Fight". "if God is for us, who can prevail against us?" No one.2810
To answer the question "Who and what are we human beings?" We have no alternative but to say that we are personalised expressions of the originating power which is the primary cause of all things whatever in the universe. We are zones within this originating power, participants in its universal operations, localised expressions of its infinite capacities, having qualities conferred upon us by this power. We are also persons, through-put points by means of which the infinite intelligent power expresses its evolutionary intentions. We are specialised eyes and ears of God, perceiving for Him and putting into operation. His universal plan to bring all things into His great cosmic harmony, finally to resolve all the terrible conflicts and disagreements which today tear asunder the world.2814
"What must I do to be saved?" asks the young man rich in self-opinions. "Give up all your self-opinions, and follow the True Logic of reality", says Jesus, for He is the very incarnation of this Logic.2892
The greater the man, the more ready is he to bend his knee in the presence of the Most High. There is an ineffable Being before whom every other being shall bow. Let us not be ashamed to confess this to ourselves in the-most secret and innermost centre of our being. There is a power infinitely greater than the totality of all the powers of all created beings. This Infinite Power is that which Jesus called "Abba", Father, and prayed that we would have the courage and intelligence to do the same. "Have I not said, you are the children of the Most High?" "is it not written in the scriptures, you are gods?".3124
The greater the man, the more ready is he to bend his knee in the presence of the Most High. There is an ineffable Being before whom every other being shall bow. Let us not be ashamed to confess this to ourselves in the-most secret and innermost centre of our being. There is a power infinitely greater than the totality of all the powers of all created beings. This Infinite Power is that which Jesus called "Abba", Father, and prayed that we would have the courage and intelligence to do the same. "Have I not said, you are the children of the Most High?" "is it not written in the scriptures, you are gods?".3124
The authority justifying our claim to the Divine Origin in none other than God Himself, Emanuel, the God who dwells within the deepest centre of our being, the God who says to us, "Do not look outside for what is inside". "Why go far away for what is near at hand?" "The Kingdom of Heaven is within". It is found by the one who realises the true nature of his own innermost self. He it is who speaks to us in the "Still, small voice" within.3126
However marvellous may become the phenomena produced by ever advancing science, whatever distant galaxies of stars may be penetrated by spaceships, whatever wondrous inventions may be brought into existence to fill previously void spaces in cosmos, the elect will always confront the inventors with the supreme question, "What is your will in all this display?" Beyond all the brilliant displays, the fireworks and razzmatazz of scientifically produced phenomena the elect will always ask, "What is the intention behind all this?"3194
However marvellous may become the phenomena produced by ever advancing science, whatever distant galaxies of stars may be penetrated by spaceships, whatever wondrous inventions may be brought into existence to fill previously void spaces in cosmos, the elect will always confront the inventors with the supreme question, "What is your will in all this display?" Beyond all the brilliant displays, the fireworks and razzmatazz of scientifically produced phenomena the elect will always ask, "What is the intention behind all this?"3194
The elect will say, "Very marvellous, very accomplished, very interesting indeed, but why have you produced such phenomena? What do you hope to accomplish by them? What is your intention? What finally is your Will?"3196
If the inventors say, "To make them dependent on us; to make the masses worship and adore us; to make them subservient to our Will; then the elect will say, "Wrong motive!"3198
To what power do we owe what of Being we possess? To the Supreme Being Itself. This Supreme Being is Power, Power that is Intelligent. "Hast thou an arm like Mine?" says God to Job. "Where were you when I laid the foundation of the world?" Job as a creature is a product of the Creator's Will-power and intention to create. Before its creation a creature's being has the status only of an idea in the Creator's Mind. The creature as idea only has no substantiality of its own self. Whatever it has it owes absolutely to its Creator, and in all eternity there is no way of escaping this debt. So it is for all creatures.3388
To what power do we owe what of Being we possess? To the Supreme Being Itself. This Supreme Being is Power, Power that is Intelligent. "Hast thou an arm like Mine?" says God to Job. "Where were you when I laid the foundation of the world?" Job as a creature is a product of the Creator's Will-power and intention to create. Before its creation a creature's being has the status only of an idea in the Creator's Mind. The creature as idea only has no substantiality of its own self. Whatever it has it owes absolutely to its Creator, and in all eternity there is no way of escaping this debt. So it is for all creatures.3388
At any given moment there is a tendency for our energies to scatter. If this tendency is not opposed by an opposite movement of gathering, then the scattering will continue and increase. We say to a man who is panicking in a stress situation, "gather yourself together!". If he does not gather himself together his panic will increase. In times of emergency or danger, the man who gathers himself together efficiently finds that he has become a centre around which the scattering many will orbit. For them he has become like the sun to the planets. He produces order where otherwise would be chaos. When the panicking many rush to the life-boats, it is the unified one who commands, "Women and children first!" Why? Because he has a long view of life. He sees children as the developed adults of the future, and women as the nourishers of the children. He sees the glory of the humanity of the future, and is prepared to sacrifice the static present for that dynamic future.3698
At any given moment there is a tendency for our energies to scatter. If this tendency is not opposed by an opposite movement of gathering, then the scattering will continue and increase. We say to a man who is panicking in a stress situation, "gather yourself together!". If he does not gather himself together his panic will increase. In times of emergency or danger, the man who gathers himself together efficiently finds that he has become a centre around which the scattering many will orbit. For them he has become like the sun to the planets. He produces order where otherwise would be chaos. When the panicking many rush to the life-boats, it is the unified one who commands, "Women and children first!" Why? Because he has a long view of life. He sees children as the developed adults of the future, and women as the nourishers of the children. He sees the glory of the humanity of the future, and is prepared to sacrifice the static present for that dynamic future.3698
 
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Not only do we partake of the one original human blood, we partake also of the one original protoplasm, the very substance of our physical being. "'This substance has a marvellous capacity for recording its experiences. Not alone does it record the form of these experiences, but also the feelings and emotions and tendencies to react to them. Our protoplasmic memory is filled with-such experience-records, with .ideas, feelings, action-tendencies, etc., and these, although largely stored in the unconscious levels of our mind, are so inactive at their own level. Thus there are processes going on inside the unconscious depths of our mind, that are not without effect upon our conscious behaviour. We see here where the "good fight" is to be fought in the "no-man's land" between the conscious and the unconscious minds.1796