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Question 132: What is the meaning of Easter in the Gospel of Oneness?

Easter is about resurrection. It is about raising our consciousness to higher levels. It is about coming back to life again. It is about rising out of the consciousness of duality and separation and into the realization of Oneness.

Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and have some evidence to prove that he was resurrected from the dead. And they use his resurrection to show that he must be God himself as he conquered death. However, Jesus is not the only person to show himself again after a bodily death. Many people have seen certain saints appear again in human bodies.

Here are some examples: Krishna, Buddha, St. Germain, El Morya, Lahiri Mahasaya, and Swami Sri Yukteswar. In his “Autobiography of a Yogi” Parmahansa Yogananda devotes a whole chapter to the resurrection of his guru Sri Yukteswar who came to him in bodily form in a hotel room in India a short time after he passed away. They had a fascinating conversation in which Sri Yukteswar explained some things about the after life and what his new life was about on a higher planet.

We are resurrecting ourselves whenever we rise above duality and live in the consciousness of oneness with our Creator God. It is something that all of us can do. So Easter can be celebrated all the time or any time we raise our consciousness above duality.

O Death, where is your sting? O Hell, where is your victory? Christ is risen, and you are overthrown. Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen. Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice. Christ is risen, and life reigns. Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in the grave. For Christ, being risen from the dead, is become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. To Him be glory and dominion unto ages of ages.” (St. John Chrysostom, Easter Homily)

Jesus’s resurrection is the beginning of God’s new project not to snatch people away from earth to heaven but to colonize earth with the life of heaven. That, after all, is what the Lord’s Prayer is about.”
N.T. Wright, Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church

You were born a child of light’s wonderful secret— you return to the beauty you have always been.”
Aberjhani, Visions of a Skylark Dressed in Black

“It is not more surprising to be born twice than once; everything in nature is resurrection.”

“It always amazes me to look at the little, wrinkled brown seeds and think of the rainbows in ’em,” said Captain Jim. “When I ponder on them seeds I don’t find it nowise hard to believe that we’ve got souls that’ll live in other worlds. You couldn’t hardly believe there was life in them tiny things, some no bigger than grains of dust, let alone colour and scent, if you hadn’t seen the miracle, could you?”   LM Montgomery  in Anne’s House of Dreams


Question 124: What is the Gospel of Oneness view on the Second Coming of Christ?

The mainstream Christian view is that Jesus Christ will personally come back at some time in the future and rule the world with a benevolent hand after he disposes of the evil doers. Christians view this coming scenario as the end of the world as we know it.  All of the righteous people will live in peace and harmony in a new world and even a new universe. The devil will be defeated for a final time and so there will be no more temptations for us.  Everything will be wonderful and we will praise God and Jesus forevermore as we live our happy lives on a beautifully restored Earth. Every generation of Christians has believed that Christ could come at any time and most likely will come in their generation.

This is a dualistic view of the coming of Christ.  It presents Jesus as an external savior who will do all the necessary work to defeat evil and establish his heavenly kingdom on Earth. All we have to do is be faithful to affirm our belief in God and in Jesus as our savior.  It is a dualistic view because it paints Jesus Christ and God as beings outside of ourselves. It is a view of separation. It is actually a view of anti-Christ that so many Christians have accepted, and thus the elect are deceived. The delusion of separation from God is an anti-Christ view. The Oneness of Life is the reality of Christ.

Christ is the intelligent Spirit of love and oneness.  We are not separate from God or Christ. How can Christ come again when he has always been here and has never left? If there is anything that can be called the Second Coming of Christ it would be when millions of people have the realization that they are one with God and Christ and always have been. They would be like millions of Christ-like people walking the Earth and thus transforming it into a peaceful and harmonious place and make it a wonderful place to take physical embodiment for maybe hundreds or thousands of years.

However, as you know, (in your Soul-Self), our true home is in the universal consciousness of Creator God. The Earth is only one livable planet in this universe. The consciousness of God is Life itself, (in all dimensions of existence), and the consciousness of God is everywhere and every where springs from the consciousness of God. So the Second Coming happens one by one as we individually come to the realization that we are one with God and that God is the only reality.

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