I AM – THE ANSWER

I AM – THE ANSWER

(This essay has something truly amazing to offer toward the end of it. I hope you enjoy it and take it all in with an open heart. Also, please forgive any spelling or grammatical mistakes as I wrote this quickly to get it out today. Enjoy Jacob)

There is a very old and very famous Indian proverb about six blind men who approached an elephant to gain wisdom of what an elephant was. The first blind man approached the Elephant and came to its huge side and believed the Elephant was very much like a wall. The second blind man came to the elephant and found the tusk and said the Elephant was very much like a spear. The third found the elephants squirming trunk and stated the elephant was as a snake. And the others came upon different parts of the elephant and each came away with a different idea of what the elephant was. Then all six came together and they disputed long and hard over who was right and who was wrong. The irony was, in part they were all right, and in part they were all wrong.

1 Corinthians 13:8-10
9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect (Whole/Mature/Complete) is come (revealed), then that which is in part shall be done away.

Like this verse from Corinthians, there isn’t anyone who has all the answers. As it states we all know in “part”, that is of course until “that which is perfect” is come (revealed within us). And what that means in a nutshell is, we don’t all have the whole story until the whole story is understood.

It’s important to point out what that word “perfect” means in the above verse. As misunderstanding the meaning can cause confusion for people.

The word “perfect” doesn’t mean without spot or blemish as some believe. It doesn’t mean a man named Jesus Christ will return and give us all the answers, as many state. In addition, it most surely doesn’t mean the compilation of the 66 books found in our bible as others have said. Here we see how one simple verse can be interpreted to mean many different things. This of course can mean trouble.

Now in some cases all one needs to do to find the truth is ask, seek, and find.

Matthew 7:8
For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

If more people did this, more people, I believe, would find and understand. If more people were willing to be wrong in what they believe things to be, many would find what it means to be right.

Instead of raising your voice, threatening, tearing down, and mocking those who have different views to protect your own view, if people would study to be silent and quietly meditate on what was offered they might find the scales of prides fall away from the eyes of their understanding as Paul found.

Today it is easier than ever to find the answers we seek, the internet offers a wealth of information only a mouse click away. But first there must be a desire in a person’s heart to find the answers. No one will search for something if they believe they already have everything they need to have and know. It is spiritual maturity that paves the way for great understanding and insight. Ironically, one of the definitions for the word “perfect” from the verse discussed earlier is “brought to maturity”.

The word “Perfect” that “comes” and does away with our partial understanding literally translates into “complete, whole, mature, brought to its end.” Which makes the most sense if you think about it… (We all know in part, until the WHOLE truth is revealed.)

You see there are many things in the scriptures that divide us. The words that are written aren’t the reason people turn on each other, the words that are written aren’t the reason people condemn each other, it is the interpretation of those written words that get us into trouble.

For example: In the scripture below, there are two very different ways of looking at it. One interpretation will bring life, and the other, if heeded, will most surely mean literal death.

Matthew 5:29
If your right eye offends you, pluck it out, and cast it from you: for it is more profitable for you that one of your members should perish, than your whole body cast into hell.

For those who take the scriptures literally this would be a gruesome bit of instruction by someone who claimed to be a teacher. A wise teacher wouldn’t ask you to maul yourself for not knowing any better, a wise teacher would instruct you on how to take a better path.

Sadly many, many people take scriptures like the aforementioned literally. Today we still hear of those in other countries who chop off the hands of thieves, stone adulterous wives to death, and worse.

This BLIND VIEW will cause nothing but pain. However, if one were to look at this verse with different “eyes” (understanding) they would learn a great deal.

The EYE is always symbolic of a what a person understands or believes to be true. The EYES of a person are an allegory of what that person knows or thinks to be true.

Proverbs 3:21
20 By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew. My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion

This is why the parable of the blind men and the elephant is so fitting. These BLIND MEN literally could NOT SEE the truth. This represents the many ignorant religious teachers who claim they can see… BUT CAN NOT.

This is another reason for Jesus healing the Blind.

Jesus = The Way, The Truth, The Light and Life.

The TRUTH gives SIGHT (UNDERSTANDING) to the BLIND (those who can’t see the truth).

And so the above scripture has nothing to do with tearing out a literal eye, but ridding yourself of something you believe which isn’t true.

If you believe lies, and hold these lies to be true, you will most surely suffer because of it. This suffering is pictured by the word Hell (which means The Grave, Hidden Place, IGNORANCE).

Let me give you an example of how this works in a simple story.

An insecure Husband worries his wife is cheating, it consumes him. He thinks every time she goes to work that his wife is making a fool of him. But this isn’t true. His wife adores him, loves him, and would never do such a thing. However, the husband believes this lie, it consumes him. Soon his relationship begins to suffer, the husband condemns the faithful wife for being something she is not. Now his once happy marriage is torn apart because his “EYE” had offended him. Now if he lets this false belief go, his marriage will recover, but if he doesn’t things will only get worse. You see, it would profit him greatly to get rid of this false belief. His marriage would bring him joy and life. However, if he continues in his error, if he doesn’t tear out this “way of seeing his wife and relationship” it will only make things worse and his suffering will not only be great he may lose his whole relationship because of it.

Now look at that scripture with different eyes.

Matthew 5:29
If your right eye offends you, pluck it out, and cast it from you: for it is more profitable for you that one of your members should perish, than your whole body cast into hell.

What you believe affects your entire life. This is why it is so important to think of the whole picture, instead of just focusing on part of a problem.

I wanted to write this essay today to challenge people to try to see the whole picture. To pray for the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. To be willing to let go of what everyone has told them was true and to start seeking the truth for themselves.

In many cases, the interpretations of scripture and religious beliefs of individuals have been handed down from generation to generation and the results today are no better than when people were burning witches at the stake.

Mankind’s ego knows no bounds and if you think people are no longer killing in the name of their “blind view” of what God is, you would be wrong. The truth is, it is our ignorance that keeps us fighting, debating, condemning, and believing “our blind view” is better than another’s.

Now I know many progressive thinkers, pastors, philosophers, and others who boldly proclaim the nature of God is love. They have come to know that God will not send anyone to a place of infinite suffering, and will not condemn people for how they were born, who they love, or what they believe. Sadly, these progressive thinkers still see in part, because just as I read their many wonderful words about the nature of God’s love, I also read angry and resentful words pointed at those who do not believe the same.

Nevertheless, if truth be told, it doesn’t matter who starts the fight, if both fight, both are guilty of the fight.

This is something I have been guilty of in the past, as well. There was a time that I would get angry when I saw people condemning in the name of God, or tearing down others for their lifestyle. I would speak up and speak out, and what a blind fool I had been. I thank God my eyes are opened to that all important verse spoken by the man Jesus on the cross.

Luke 23:34
Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do

When you understand that people only do hurtful things because they know no better it is hard for you to hate them, condemn them, shout or raise your voice to them.

We learn in many places that God is Love. Yet, many forget the weight love carries.

Love does not hate, condemn, cast out, tear down, debate, strive, it forgives, is gentle, patient, meek, kind, it is charitable, long suffering, LOVE never fails.

This is a powerful thing to remember the next time you feel the need to correct someone, or feel threatened and attacked by another. LOVE is a choice. LOVE is a sacrifice. LOVE is salvation.

And when Jesus forgave and prayed for those who persecuted him, he revealed that spirit of love in us all. He chose to forgive. He chose to love. He chose not to hold their actions against them because he knew THEY knew no better.

Jesus knew they did not see the whole picture. They were set in their ignorant ways. And he knew this ignorance would one day be wiped away. Destroyed forever by the bright truth that would one day be revealed to them, as it will be revealed to all.

2 Thessalonians 2:8
And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming.

Now you would think the word WICKED would speak of a demon possessed monster named the anti-christ. But let me offer a different view of this verse as well. The word “anti-christ” is the same as saying “the opposite of truth”. The word wicked seems to be such a horrible word, but all it really means is foolish thinking, ignorance.

Ecclesiastes 7:25
I applied mine heart to know, and to search, and to seek out wisdom, and the reason of things, and to know the wickedness of folly, even of foolishness and madness

Folly is wicked, being wicked is simply being a fool because you know no better. The good news is the TRUTH gives light to those in darkness. The error that people believed and were trapped by will be destroyed when the BRIGHT TRUTH COMES, which means the truth will be revealed and all wickedness (ignorance) will be destroyed.

Like the Indian parable of the six blind men and the elephant, knowing in part can be the source of great debate and even cruelty and hate. The six blind men all had part of the story, they all had different parts of understanding what an elephant was like physically. They debated and argued with each other, because they knew no better. They became wicked because they knew no better. But when the TRUTH of what an elephant really is, is revealed to them, their fighting will stop. The same is true for us all.

The Indian Blind Men and Elephant proverb is an obvious moral about the dangers and ignorance of religious wars. Every “Blind” man fighting for what he claims to be true.

A wise man knows the one who questions learns. The fool never questions and never becomes wise.

It is questioning and seeking with an open heart that brings us to enlightenment. We must question, we must seek, we must fight against egotistical beliefs and traditions and dare to pray, ” teach me the truth no matter what the cost.”

We must go to the MOUNTAIN as Moses did, as Jesus did. Which is a symbol of going to a higher place in search for the truth. When we return, our faces will also shine, as Jesus’ face shined, and Moses’ face shined. Which is also an allegory of KNOWING THE TRUTH.

Ecclesiastes 8:1
Who is as the wise man? and who knoweth the interpretation of a thing? a man’s wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed.

It is my great hope that people begin to search out the truth. This journey is one of the most rewarding. The mysteries of the Kingdom of God are as great as they are wonderful.

The answer is not in the mouth of others. The answer will not be found by going to a particular preacher, wise man, guru, or sage, but the answers are found within.

The TRUTH cannot be taught, only the WAY to the truth can be taught. The TRUTH is only revealed within. I cannot teach anyone the truth, I can only share what I am learning along the way to the TRUTH.

The Buddha realized this as well. As did Christ. The Buddha knew no one could teach the truth, this is why Buddhism is called “the Way”, because all the Buddha taught was the WAY to the truth, he did not teach the truth.

Jesus said the same thing, he said NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER BUT BY ME. No one can come to know the truth, until they become like Jesus himself.

This is something an old saying in Buddhism makes clear, “if you see the Buddha on the side of the road KILL HIM”. This allegory is meant to teach us, that we ALL ARE THE BUDDHA, we aren’t to look at another for the answers, but we must realize we all are the ANSWER WITHIN. This is also why Jesus said, MANY WILL COME IN MY NAME BUT GO NOT AFTER THEM. The TRUTH is not ANOTHER PERSON, the TRUTH is found in your BE-ing. It is within you. The TRUTH is Spirit of God within us all, and no one can know the Truth unless it is revealed to them.

In closing, I want to share alternative view to some scriptures that I hope lead you to an awareness that you have not “seen” before.

PLEASE READ THIS WITH NEWS EYES, meaning instead of picturing someone as the “I AM” in the below verses, see yourself as the “I AM” in these verses. (I really pray you SEE this)

What is the WAY to the TRUTH?

John 14:6
I AM the way, the truth, and the life: no one comes to the Father, but by me.

How does one find entrance into the Kingdom of God?

John 10:9
I AM the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

What is the way to enlightenment?

John 9:5
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

How does one find resurrection and life?

John 11:25
I am the resurrection, and the life:

I AM is the answer. The TRUTH is within you. It is not found stumbling around in darkness and arguing with others over what part is the truth. The answer is within us all. No one can teach the Truth, people can only teach the way they learned the truth. No one can tell you what the Kingdom of God is, people can only tell you how they found it themselves.

“the kingdom does not come with observation. You cannot say, look here or look there to find the kingdom. For behold the kingdom of God is within you!”

No one taught me what I know to be true. The truth was within me, and day by day the brightness of the truth is destroying every lie I have ever believed and because of this my life is truly blessed. SEEK AND FIND FRIENDS and if anyone asks you who you are and why you believe the way you do… tell them…

John 6:35
I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me (comes to know what I know) shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

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