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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

Question 112: What is the Gospel of Oneness response to this famous quote by CS Lewis:
I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.
C.S. Lewis – Mere Christianity

This quote by C.S. Lewis has been used by many Christian apologetics teachers. It seems to make an either or case for the divinity of Jesus. However, let’s take a closer look at it. First of all we can agree that Jesus was not a madman or a raving lunatic out of touch with reality. All the stories about him show that he was firmly in control of his mind and was very lucid in all this teachings and parables. We could definitely not regard him as a demon or the Devil himself. The religious authorities at the time did not accept him as God, but rather as someone who was a threat to their own power and influence over the common people.

Jesus came to raise the consciousness of all people, but he did not come to establish himself as an idol to be worshiped as God. The Biblical quotes that people use to show that Jesus was God incarnate are offset by other quotes that show he was a man, albeit a highly advanced man. There are no direct quotes where Jesus said I am indeed the very God who created the universe, no doubt about it.

Christian doctrine hinges on the belief that Jesus died for the sins of all mankind who accept him as the savior and that he rose again, ascended to heaven, and sits at the right hand of God, co-equal to God, and will come again to judge the quick and the dead and rule over an everlasting kingdom of believers. All who love God and Jesus can be there. Those who don’t choose this will go to the other place of darkness. This makes salvation a matter of belief in the correct doctrine according to human understanding.

This is a very limited understanding of God and the nature of creation. This universe contains so many stars and planets and possibilities for intelligent life that it staggers the imagination. The consciousness of God that created and sustains this universe is called the Christ Consciousness. The Creator God Himself or Itself is beyond any vibratory manifestation. It is God as the Christ consciousness in creation who is our spiritual Father and Mother. We are one with the Christ consciousness, but we may not have realized that yet. Jesus did realize it. Other saints have realized it.

Jesus did come to play a special role in the history of this particular planet. There is no doubt about the influence of his life on this planet. He was not just another moral teacher or saintly person. He has a huge role to play in uplifting the consciousness of the people who incarnate on this planet Earth. He is with us today and is available for personal counseling and training. He loves everyone with the unconditional love of God. He wants to raise people up to his level and beyond. He does not want us to set him up on a pedestal and say we could never be like him because after all he is God and we are not. He wants us to affirm and realize our own divinity. If Jesus is God then so are we, but it is actually the other way around. God is us because God is the only reality. We are one in the consciousness of God.

As for the proofs that Jesus was God such as his miracles, his resurrection, and his ascension, there are other people who have done the same things. There have been plenty of miracle workers, there have been resurrections (such as Swami Sri Yukteswars’s as mentioned in “The Autobiography of a Yogi” by Paramahansa Yogananda, and there have been ascensions into the higher realms. And all the teachings of Jesus were not recorded. He gave private teachings to his disciples, and he also said that he could not give all his teachings yet because people could not receive it.

Here is where our real self-hood is rooted, in the divine spark or seed, in the Image of God imprinted on the human soul. The True Self is not our creation, but God’s. It is the self we are in our depths. It is our capacity for divinity and transcendence. –Sue Monk Kidd
Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow. You are here to realize your inner divinity and manifest your innate enlightenment. –Morehei Ueshiba.

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