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Question 120: Is the goal salvation or ascension?

Posted on: September 30, 2015

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Question 120: Is the goal of life salvation or ascension according to the Gospel of Oneness?
The soul’s ascension into the Light of God is the goal for people living on Earth. To ascend into the Light of God means to fully realize our oneness with God, and it means we gain the soul freedom to choose our co-creative work with God, and it also means the freedom from being forced by the impersonal karmic law to keep on embodying in physicality and other dimensions where we live in ignorance of our oneness with God, or we live in a state of consciousness that has not yet evolved into total soul freedom.
This view is in contrast with the mainstream doctrines of Christianity and Islam wherein they say that we have one lifetime to live and then we are judged by our Creator God as to whether we deserve heaven or hell forever. So their goal is to gain salvation to live in paradise or heaven. The Muslims think they have to earn their way into heaven, while Christians think they can gain heaven by accepting Jesus Christ into their hearts. Neither religion accepts the idea of reincarnation as a real possibility.
Buddhists, Hindus, Taoists and some other religions believe in reincarnation and know that the soul identity evolves over many lifetimes until it reaches the point that it qualifies for the ascension into the realm of Oneness.
To reach the ascended state of consciousness is the beginning of living in a fully conscious state of cooperation in co-creating with God. There are many levels, many avenues, many possibilities in the infinite works of God. There is a role for every unique soul, all full of love and joy.
The consciousness of God is everywhere, and our souls are expressions of God everywhere. Planets and stars are conscious beings. A galaxy is a conscious being. Many ascended souls work to help raise up the souls who are still lost in duality. We who are living on Earth are being helped by ascended beings, but they will not make our decisions for us. They honor free will because it is the only way for a soul to develop full responsibility for everything it does.
Salvation is already assured as we are eternally part of God. However, ascension after this lifetime on Earth may or may not happen. Some souls are just not ready or evolved enough to make that step. They are still tied down with desires for experiences in a physical environment, or they have too many loose ends to tie up, or they are holding on to grudges and resentments and cannot forgive others, or their egos are too self important. There are many reasons that hold people back from making their ascensions. In the Bhagavad Gita Krishna says that out of a thousand one seeks me, and out of the thousand that seek me, one finds me. Jesus said that the way is narrow and few can stick to the path.
So, as souls on Earth, we can try to reach a good and happy place after we pass from this life, but unless we qualify for our ascensions, we will be back in embodiment sooner or later.
“If you look for the truth outside yourself, it gets farther and farther away. Today, walking alone, I meet him everywhere I step. He is the same as me, yet I am not him. Only if you understand it in this way will you merge with the way things are. – Tung Shan, Zen Buddhist

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