|THE BREAD OF LIFE|
When Jesus had finished speaking, the ruler of the synagogue dismissed the congregation, but they would not depart. They crowded up around Jesus to ask more questions while others murmured and disputed among themselves. Many were the questions asked Jesus during this after meeting. Some were asked by his perplexed disciples, but more were asked by caviling unbelievers who sought only to embarrass and entrap him.
One of the visiting Pharisees, mounting a lampstand, shouted out this question: "You tell us that you are the bread of life. How can you give us your flesh to eat or your blood to drink? What avail is your teaching if it cannot be carried out?" And Jesus answered this question, saying: "I did not teach you that my flesh is the bread of life nor that my blood is the water thereof. But I did say that my life in the flesh is a bestowal of the bread of heaven. The fact of the Word of God bestowed in the flesh and the phenomenon of the Son of Man subject to the will of God, constitute a reality of experience which is equivalent to the divine sustenance. You cannot eat my flesh nor can you drink my blood, but you can become one in spirit with me even as I am one in spirit with the Father. You can be nourished by the eternal word of God, which is indeed the bread of life, and which has been bestowed in the likeness of mortal flesh; and you can be watered in soul by the divine spirit, which is truly the water of life. The Father has sent me into the world to show how he desires to indwell and direct all men; and I have so lived this life in the flesh as to inspire all men likewise ever to seek to know and do the will of the indwelling heavenly Father."
Here some slices of the bread of life:
1- The flight from duty is the sacrifice of truth.
2- To do the will of God is the progressive experience of becoming more and more like God, and God is the source and destiny of all that is good, beautiful, and true.
3- The pride of unspiritualized learning is a treacherous thing in human experience. The true teacher maintains his intellectual integrity by ever remaining a learner.
4- The meaning of life is its adaptability; the value of life is its progressability, even to the heights of God-consciousness.
5- The eye of the material mind perceives a world of factual knowledge; the eye of the spiritualized intellect discerns a world of true values.
6- Goodness is living, relative, always progressing, invariably a personal experience, and everlastingly correlated with the discernment of truth and beauty.
7- The possibility of evil is necessary to moral choosing, but not the actuality thereof. Evil becomes a reality of personal experience only when a moral mind makes evil its choice.
8- Truth cannot be defined with words, only by living.
9- The spiritually blind individual who logically follows scientific dictation, social usage, and religious dogma stands in grave danger of sacrificing his moral freedom and losing his spiritual liberty. Such a soul is destined to become an intellectual parrot, a social automaton, and a slave to religious authority.
10- Knowledge originates in science, wisdom in true philosophy, and truth in the religious experience of spiritual living. Knowledge deals with facts, wisdom with relationships, and truth with reality values.
11- Man tends to crystallize science, formulate philosophy, and dogmatize truth because he is mentally lazy in adjusting to the progressive struggles of living, while he is also terribly afraid of the unknown.
12- Revealed truth, personally discovered truth, is the supreme delight of the human soul; it is the joint creation of the material mind and the indwelling spirit.
13- Truth can never become man's possession without the exercise of faith. This is true because man's thoughts, wisdom, ethics, and ideals will never rise higher than his faith, his sublime hope.
14- When both science and religion become less dogmatic and more tolerant of criticism, philosophy will then begin to achieve unity in the intelligent comprehension of the universe.
15- Always must the desire to do the Father's will be supreme in the soul and dominant over the mind of an ascending son of God.
16- The soul that survives time and emerges into eternity must make a living and personal choice between good and evil as they are determined by the true values of the spiritual standards established by the divine spirit which the Father in heaven has sent to dwell within the heart of man. This indwelling spirit is the standard of personality survival.
17-An experience is good when it heightens the appreciation of beauty, augments the moral will, enhances the discernment of truth, enlarges the capacity to love and serve one's fellows, exalts the spiritual ideals, and unifies the supreme human motives of time with the eternal plans of the indwelling Father's spirit.
18- The soul is the self-reflective, truth-discerning, and spirit-perceiving part of man which forever elevates the human being above the level of the animal world.
19- Fear is man's chief enslaver and pride his great weakness; will we betray ourself into bondage to both of these destroyers of joy and liberty?
20- He who rules his own self is greater than he who captures a city. Self-mastery is the measure of man's moral nature and the indicator of his spiritual development.
21- The ultimate goal of human progress is the reverent recognition of the fatherhood of God and the loving materialization of the brotherhood of man.
22- The supremely happy and efficiently unified mind is the one wholly dedicated to the doing of the will of the Father in heaven.
23- Moral choice and spiritual attainment, the ability to know God and the urge to be like him, are the characteristics of the soul. The soul of man cannot exist apart from moral thinking and spiritual activity. A stagnant soul is a dying soul.
24- Self-consciousness, in and of itself, is not the soul. Moral self-consciousness is true human self-realization and constitutes the foundation of the human soul, and the soul is that part of man which represents the potential survival value of human experience.
25- The survival character of a soul is not fostered by attempting to secure peace of mind at any price, by the surrender of noble aspirations, and by the compromise of spiritual ideals; rather is such peace attained by the stalwart assertion of the triumph of that which is true, and this victory is achieved in the overcoming of evil with the potent force of good.
26- It is easy to die in the line of physical battle when our courage is strengthened by the presence of our fighting comrades, but it requires a higher and more profound form of human courage and devotion calmly and all alone to lay down our life for the love of a truth enshrined in our mortal heart.
27- God dwells within us, that he has become what we are that he may make us what he is.
28- No man is at any time disturbed by his neighbor's attitude when he has perfect confidence in the truth of that which he wholeheartedly believes. Courage is the confidence of thoroughgoing honesty about those things which one professes to believe. Sincere men and women are unafraid of the critical examination of their true convictions and noble ideals.
29- Hate is the shadow of fear; revenge the mask of cowardice.
30- Intolerance is the mask covering up the entertainment of secret doubts as to the trueness of one's belief.
31- Our persistence to pray is not to win favor with God but to change our earth attitude and to enlarge our soul's capacity for spirit receptivity.
32- Seek not, for false peace and transient joy but rather for the assurance of faith and the sureties of divine sonship which yield composure, contentment, and supreme joy in the spirit.
33- True religion is man's heartfelt loyalty to his highest and truest convictions.
34- When religion is wholly spiritual in motive, it makes all life more worth while. True religion is designed to lessen the strain of existence; it releases faith and courage for daily living and unselfish serving. Faith promotes spiritual vitality and righteous fruitfulness.
35- Never forget there is only one adventure which is more satisfying and thrilling than the attempt to discover the will of the living God, and that is the supreme experience of honestly trying to do that divine will.
36- While the mind is not the seat of the spiritual nature, it is indeed the gateway thereto.
37- We are destined to live a narrow and mean life if we learn to love only those who love us. The less of love in any creature's nature, the greater the love need, and the more does divine love seek to satisfy such need. Love is never self-seeking, and it cannot be self-bestowed.
38- We who know God are the sons of God if we truly yearn to be like him.
39- Personality is that cosmic endowment, that phase of universal reality, which can coexist with unlimited change and at the same time retain its identity in the very presence of all such changes, and forever afterward.