Form: Here we have a case of fairly radical surgery, though in a very straightforward fashion. The accretions which Pursah's scalpel cuts away have a distinct Gnostic smell to them, and what is left is clean and straightforward.
Content: "There is no life outside of Heaven." (ACIM:T-23.II.19:1)
The Jesus quote we are left with reminds me of this Course quote above. Straightforward and forceful, one of the typical "level One" statements which are designed to confront us with the reality that IS, as opposed to the pseudo-life which is the dreaming of the world. The ego's dream is death.
Post by Rogier van Vlissingen on Oct 29, 2006 20:14:02 GMT -5
Originally posted as 9953 Jan 04, 2006 11. Jesus said, "This heaven will pass away, and the one above it will pass away.
The dead are not alive, and the living will not die. During the days when you ate what is dead, you made it come alive. When you are in the light, what will you do? On the day when you were one, you became two. But when you become two, what will you do?"
Hmmm - note that DU only quotes "The dead are not alive, and the living will not die."
1) "Heaven" in the Course sense will obviously not pass away, so that can't be meant here. So either it is a corruption and we dismiss it or we take a stab at it... I would suspect it means that this world will pass away, and the one above it will pass away. Therefore it would point out the transient nature of the world...
2) "The dead are not alive, and the living will not die." The "dead" clearly are we who chose the ego, crucifixion, the belief system of death, and as long as we adhere to it, we are not alive indeed. Next, in the same vein as "there is no life outside of heaven," if we chose the resurrection, and we are alive, we live eternally as spirit.
3) "During the days when you ate what is dead, you made it come alive." Again, perhaps a corruption or... who knows?
4) "When you are in the light, what will you do?" At the very least this seems to point out that the thought system of the Holy Spirit is a bit different from our ego system, and this statement seems to point in that direction.
5) "On the day when you were one, you became two." This statement seems to be a cute summarization of the tiny mad idea, making it very clear that it's something we chose. Very Course-alike indeed.
6) "But when you become two, what will you do?" Back to the earlier allusion to the Holy Spirit's thought system, implying strongly that while we find ourselves here in the world, we do have another option, it's up to us to take it...