March 26, 1999
The Word of Truth
Faith: “I’m new to the list, so greetings to everyone! This post made me think of Jesus’ Biblical injunction to “let your nays be nay and your yeas be yea,” in other words, do not promise. All of the trouble that has been experienced by those who have shared on the list what happened when they *tried* to keep a promise (and by untold others) may be the reason for his warning.”
First let me quote the scripture dealing with this.
“Again, you have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, You shall not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you have made to the Lord.
“But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. Let your word be Yes, Yes or No, No; anything more than this comes from the evil one.” Matt 5:33-37 New Revised Standard
Jesus does not say here to not make promises for he made promises himself and the scriptures speak repeatedly of the promises of God. They even speak of a sealing called the Holy Spirit of promise: “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise.” Eph 1:13
So if Jesus was not trying to discourage us from making promises, then what was he saying? Simple. He was telling us how we should make a promise so the light of the soul is not diminished. When we give our word we should just plainly state “Yes, I will do it,” or “No, I will not.”
The idea of swearing on the throne of God, your grandmother’s grave, the Bible, cross your heart or any the embellishments should add nothing to your word. If you say “yes, I give my word, or my promise,” that should be as binding for the person of truth as is possible to get.
Concerning God giving a promise it is written: “For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself.” Heb 6:13 This is also the highest embellishment any of us can give to our promises. We can promise by the power of our own selves, our own power of truth and our own integrity. Swearing by something outside of ourselves creates a power outside of us that interferes with the Spirit of truth within ourselves.
Faith continues to quote me and comments: “Promises such as many marriage vows that are written by someone else are often not as serious as the ones you put in your own words.
“I disagree. Even though you did not write them yourself, you knew what they said, and so have agreed to abide by them *as if* you’d written them yourself.”
I maintain here that when we take an oath that is created by someone else, especially an authority ﬁgure of the church or state that many just take it because that is the thing to do. Few really think about what they are committing to.
Those who write their own wedding vows will consider very thoughtfully about what they are promising whereas how many think of the implications of “til death do us part” as fostered on us by the church and state? How many consider when they are making this vow the following possibilities:
My spouse was an ax murderer? My spouse had to be committed because of being a danger to himself and others. My spouse threatened my life. My spouse abused children. My spouse joined a cult. He or she got a terrible disease. I found out I just would never be happy with this person.
Very few people think of things like this concerning oaths that are forced upon us. Instead they just gleefully take the oath believing that love will conquer all. I made the mistake of taking an oath written by someone else for my ﬁrst marriage, but after my marriage fell apart I vowed to never make that mistake again
I agree with Faith’s further comments that we should not end a relationship lightly, but should try every possible means to make it work. Only after we are sure that separation is the only solution should we end the relationship. If we create pain for a faithful spouse who is loving and doing their best, then we are in danger of creating some negative karma. On the other hand, when the message comes from the inner self to separate do what you have to do and don’t look back. Don’t keep the relationship in limbo.
“JJ wrote: “Just remember this. When you learn to be true to your word, the Word within you will be known and it will be found to be made ﬂesh in you. God will then be known as 100% trustworthy.”
“I feel like a dummy asking this, but the above makes no sense to me, almost as if it is the spiritual version of psycho-babble. Please take no offense, JJ, but I could just use some clariﬁcation of what this means.”
Actually, several others made some expanding comments in this direction:
Rick says: “By imitating God’s behavior, by being trustworthy, we become one with God in a very real (ﬂesh) way. Flesh, in this case, is just another way of saying “Truly One with” and this is achieved through Knowing.”
Now for my two bits worth. Let me quote the statement again: “When you learn to be true to your word, the Word within you will be known and it will be found to be made ﬂesh in you. God will then be known as 100% trustworthy.”
In the Gospel of John is written, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1
In other words, In the beginning was the One God who set himself in motion or vibration which became the Word. This vibration, or Word, projected itself and created the Word or the Son who was with God. The two then reﬂected from each other to inﬁnity and created innumeral points of potential life. The beginning of all things as we know it was The Word which is God.
This Word is an exact reﬂection of all that is in and from God and it is a pure light of truth that is within each of us. There is no darkness, deceit or illusion there. The only way to harmonize with the Word which is pure Truth is to become the truth ourselves. When all the words we speak are words of truth and promises which come true then the barrier between man and God evaporates and soul contact is established followed by the Oneness that the Master talked about.
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