Sunday, June 29, 2014

I and the FATHER are ONE: SCS No. 8

John 10:30
English Standard Version (ESV)
30 I and the Father are one.”

For most people this simple statement is confounding. Does Jesus mean that He is the same as God the Creator or does He mean He is one with God?  Did He really mean only that He was one with God in purpose, spirit, and motive while being united with Him in intention?  After all, how could the Creator be confined to a human body?

Some argue strongly for the second explanation. However, if that were the case then why did His hearers consider that simple sentence to be blasphemous?  The people present at the time He spoke that sentence and others living when Jesus did and heard Him say and do other things thought He had on more than one occasion claimed some sort of divinity. I don’t think He meant He just had a relationship with God.

The three in one or the Trinity has been a problem for folks down through the ages.  In fact this saying of Jesus has been troubling thinking people for over 2000 years.  I guess I don’t have the trouble with it that some of you “chronically normal” people do because I have had more than one person in my body for over 60 years.  [I gave people without a psychiatric label the label “chronically normal” because we were for years called the chronically mentally ill.] {When I speak of people I am speaking of have a diagnosis of Dissociative Identity Disorder}

If you never understand the relationship between Jesus and God, try putting these four great spiritual principals from Alcoholics Anonymous into practice.

1) The humility to admit you need help and being willing to accept it.
2) Recognizing a Power greater than you.
3) Being willing to change your personality with God’s help.
4) Being willing to share your victory with others so they might win also.

These four spiritual principals are in my words, but I think they are true to the spirit of AA.  I know they are true to finding a way to build a life of recovery no matter what the problem.  I know they are soul forming principals and a pathway to your dreams and to a real relationship with the Creator.

© Ed Cooper, June 29, 2014, Stoney Creek, Tennessee  

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