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Question 138: In the Gospel of Oneness what is the significance of the betrayal of Jesus by Judas Iscariot?

Judas has been seen as they bad guy for the last two thousand years because he led the authorities to where Jesus was hanging out with his disciples. But it seems like it was a set-up all the way. Jesus knew what Judas was going to do. He did not flee or attempt to hide in a secret place. They could have found Jesus without the help of Judas.

The sin of Judas is minor compared to the many ways in which Jesus has been betrayed in the last two thousand years, beginning with Peter who denied his connection with Jesus and then later distorted his teachings by not emphasizing the oneness of life that Jesus taught and by letting his ego go the “I am separate” way.

And then later the various Christian councils came up with the doctrine that Jesus is the only son of God and belief in him was the only way back to God. They promulgated the story that Jesus died for the sins of all mankind, past, present, and future. They made it seem that no one could really follow the example of Jesus because, after all, he was God and he led a perfect life while all the rest of mankind were abject sinners, destined for hell if it wasn’t for the sacrifice of Jesus who died on the cross to redeem us all, if only we would accept that notion.

Everyone who denies their eternal spiritual connection with God is denying Christ because the consciousness of Christ is the manifestation of God in this universe. The Christ consciousness is the Creator and sustainer of this universe in all of its dimensions, from the physical to the highest spiritual realms. So anyone who thinks he or she is a separate entity, apart from the oneness of God, is actually betraying Christ. That would be a lot of people

Jesus represents the Christ consciousness, as do others who have realized their oneness with our Creator God. You don’t have to be a Christian to realize your oneness with God. “Christ consciousness” is just our Western term. In India this consciousness is called “Kutastha Chaitanya,” or Krishna consciousness. Buddhists and Taoists have other names for it. Christians or other religionists who say they have the only way or the absolute truth are also betraying Christ because everyone is part of God whether they acknowledge it or not.

The message of the Gospel of Oneness is that we don’t have to continue in our thoughts of being separate from God. We are all spiritual souls experiencing life in the physical realms. God does not reject us because we make so many mistakes and even do terrible things to each other. This physical life, often so difficult, is just one manifestation of our eternal story. We are eternally within the love and bliss of God.

The three touchstones that woke Buddha up – sickness, old age, and death – are a pretty good place to start when crafting a tragic tale. And if we need to get more specific: heartbreak, destruction, miscomprehension, natural disasters, betrayal, and the waste of human potential. Paul Di Filippo

Question 137: Does the Gospel of Oneness have anything to do with the occult?

“Occult” means hidden.  The Gospel of Oneness is very open about everything. There is no clique of people behind it.  There is no esoteric doctrine or symbolism. There is no hidden agenda. There are no rich people or corporations that are backing it for their own purposes. There is no storehouse of funds. There is no tithing system or a priestly class to oversee it. It has no worldly power at all. It doesn’t employ anyone to run the show.

There is no secret handshake, no magic, no miracles because everything is already manifesting so wondrously and the possibilities and potential for more manifestations are infinite.

There is no need for rigid doctrines or external saviors who die for your sins. There is no need to pray in a set direction or so many times per day. There is no final prophet or second coming of an external beneficent ruler. There are no idols to appease or bow down to. Your own will power is your savior, and when it is in harmony with the Divine will of the Creator you will be in bliss.

The Gospel of oneness is taken up one by one as individuals come to realize that they are connected with all life, all of creation within the One Spirit. The Gospel of Oneness is about love for all creation including ourselves. People within the Gospel of Oneness live lives of compassion, kindness, and love for all. In this question and answer format I have tried to show the many facets and approaches and ramifications of what it means to live in oneness with all life.

There is no membership roll, no organization chart, no dues to pay, no head count as to how many people are in the Gospel of Oneness, but it is open to everyone. All you need to do is realize your oneness with the One Spirit from whom Creation flows and then to live in the love and bliss of your own divinity.

My first book of 108 questions and answers about the Gospel of Oneness is available on Amazon Kindle. It will answer many of your questions about living in Oneness with all Life.

Truth is one. Sages call it by different names.
— Rig Veda (c. 4000 BC)

True religion is real living; living with all one’s soul, with all one’s goodness and righteousness.
— Albert Einstein

The little space within the heart is as great as the vast universe.   The heavens and the earth are there, and the sun and the moon and the stars.  Fire and lightning and winds are there, and all that now is and all that is not.
— The Upanishads

Though the eye is small, the soul which sees through it is greater and vaster than all the things which it perceives. In fact, it is so great that it includes all objects, however large or numerous, within itself. For it is not so much that you are within the cosmos as that the cosmos is within you.
— Meher Baba

Love is the reflection of God’s unity in the world of duality.  It constitutes the entire significance of creation.
— Meher Baba

The human being is part of the whole, called by us the ‘universe’, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of consciousness.  This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires.  Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
— Albert Einstein


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