Author: cheok hong chuan
Date: 02-23-12 13:23
I am writing as a Buddhist, Taoist, Confucianist and Catholic. Yes, I am all of these for the Way of the Tao is a mystery and the universal spirit of love and compassion is empty of 'self'! We have words or marks or labelling but these worldly words or marks or labelling are all 'empty' and have no meaning, outside 'self'; and that is why we have words or marks or labelling in the worldly mind and in this world.
When we see God as a religion or as a means of something called salvation through worldly eyes and most particularly through the ego of self we are caught in the quagmire of worldly conflict.
The correct way is to see the Christian God, if you need to have a God to represent the perceived eternity of a soul, if there is such a thing as a soul, is to see him and yourself as a 'spirit'. But there is one proviso; God has no 'ego' and so your 'spirit' must also not have an 'ego'. For God is not 'proud' and nor should you be 'proud'. Pride is the greatest sin in Christianity.
There is a poem by Rumi that relates to the soul of a good God-loving man knocking at Heaven's door when he died. God asks - "Who is there?" the answer - "It is me, Lord God, your humble faithful obeisant servant." The door slammed shut! After aeons of waiting, he knocked on God's door again. God asked - "Who is there?" The reply this time - "It is you Lord!" The door opened. That is what total submission to God is! You shall have no idol before him! The Fall of Adam, the Original Sin was that he developed an ego after tasting the Tree of Knowledge. God is all-knowing and omniscient. He did not have to ask - "Adam, Adam, where are you?” He was only testing Adam as to whether he had tasted the forbidden fruit. Adam showed he was guilty when he covered his genitals with leaves! He felt shame because he now has an 'ego'. Repentance and salvation is all about reconciling with God; returning back home as the eternal spirit of the Adam before the Original Sin.
Recently I wrote the following to my sisters when they commented that they are already perfect because they are Pentecostal Christians and therefore guaranteed of salvation; and have no need to practice filial piety and pray to our parents or ancestors; to explain that they misunderstand the meaning of Christian salvation.
“Nothing is perfect in the human body or mind or this world. Worldly death and mortality is the main imperfection. God is Spirit. Only the eternal spirit son-of-God created by God is perfect. But the eternal perfect spirit-of-God that chose to be separated from God is in sin. Spiritual sin is 'separation from God'. Sin remains when we are still separated, in our eternal spirit. This spiritual sin is redeemed when we return home to God in the eternal spirit. For the eternal Father will always love his eternal son. What this Prodigal Son-of-God of an eternal spirit does in his free-will chosen separate idol alter ego guise of a vagrant wayward human form will get their just harvest in human form. We reap what we sow. For that is what happens in this separate different illusory world of the web of deceit of Satan. In the bliss of Heaven there is no reaping or sowing. We are in the bliss of perpetual rest in the spirit! You can be reposed in the spirit but the monkey mind of a mortal cannot rest, for that is the devil at play; the devil is always mischievously in your mind, tempting, teasing and tormenting you.
Caught in the web of deceit of Satan in this worldly existence, in the monkey devil in your mind, we go up and down Jacob's Ladder [John 1:51]; because we are pulled up and down by two countervailing forces. Our eternal spirit wants to go home to our Father in Heaven but our worldly ego alter ego of son-of-man [aided by the 7 evil spirits ‘impersona’ of the monkey devil (Luke 11:24-26)] pulls us back to further worldly existence. This is all because of Adam’s Original Sin, of the faulty attempt at creation by Adam playing God. That is what is meant by Adam tasting the Tree of Knowledge.
So in eternal spirit we are God's creation. But in worldly form we are the result of Adam's tasting of the Apple. The son of Adam will live and die in this imperfect creation. But the eternal spirit of the Prodigal son-of-God cannot die. It [i.e. our perfect eternal spirit son-of-God] is only living in the darkness that is in the world and the body of the son-of-Adam. Read John 3:6 - "That which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." Read John 3;19 - "And this is the condemnation, that the light [of the eternal spirit] has come into the world and men [sons-of Adam] loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds [of the son-of-Adam as a man, the sons-of-man] are evil." That is why Jesus said to let your 'light' [of your eternal spirit] shine through; and have no fear [in your eternal spirit] when you walk through the valley [worldly] death [Psalm 23] and in John 8:12 - "I am the light of the world. He [calling to our eternal spirit Prodigal son-of-God] who follows Me shall not walk in darkness but have the [eternal] light of life.” Refer Matthew 10:28 - "Do not fear those who kill your body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell [of worldly existence]”. That is why obeying the Twin Commandments -  Love God with all your mind body and soul takes your spirit home to the parental home of the Father [for you have no separate ego of self of having an idol before God] and  Love your neighbour as you love yourself gets you off the clutches of Satan [for you have no separate ego of self as against other humans] and the monkey devil in your worldly mind.”
cheok hong chuan