What is remarkable in Jesus’ case is that he was able to maintain his spiritual identity, even in the face of the most intense betrayal.
Love is all there is to you
By Anthony Whitehouse
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– The Arrest of Christ in the gardens, circa 1628-30 by Sir Anthony Van Dyck
From the February 2011 issue of The Christian Science Journal
Transforming the model of what we think we are
It is not sufficient to be the most dedicated of worshipers, readers of the Bible, and workers of goodly works. If we still hold ourselves to be after all, “only human,” things will proceed from a purely human sense of goodness. In such circumstances, the truly transforming nature of a purely spiritual sense of identity cannot operate to the accomplishment of healing, because identity is still confined within the limits of a human personality, however “good” that may be.
I spent many decades trying to think my way out of the human dilemma—and not succeeding. But after my encounter with Christian Science, it became clear that wishing to experience the mind “which was also in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 2:5) involves more than just an intellectual exercise. Otherwise every dedicated Christian on earth would have achieved what Jesus Christ did. I realized it isn’t just a matter of attempting to alter or improve the way we think. We have to transform the model of what we think we are.
So how do we step outside the confines of this human identity, to the spiritual identity that mirrors the divine? I find the answer to be surprisingly simple—yet devastatingly transforming in its impact. It lies entirely in our ability to accept and understand that all there is to us is Love. No more and no less. Love constitutes every aspect of our being. It is our identity. Our experience. Our very Soul. Love is the substance of what we are.
When Jesus said “greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father” (John 14:12), I feel he meant that when a human sense of identity is abandoned in favor of a spiritual sense, then the “I” or “Ego” has “gone to the Father”—i.e., has become Love, which is another name for God—and the “greater works” that the Master accomplished no longer seem an impossible feat today. Why? Because, when Love is the substance of our identity, of being itself, we find evidence of Love everywhere, because it is no longer our personal activity but the very activity of God. Love loves everything it sees with tenderness, because that is what Love does.
For this mental migration to occur, we have to totally discard the human view of identity and take up Love as our Ego, because it is the “new wine” that cannot be stored in the “old bottles” of personal sense (see Matt. 9:17). God, Love, is real and eternal—whereas a human, personal sense of life is phantasmal and illusory. As hard as it may be to accept, this personal sense we hold on to so dearly is an illusion, and can never be real.
What is “the Christ” other than perfect Love present in our experience as our own sense of identity? According to Christian Science, Jesus could say “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30), because he held himself to be Love’s Son, or full expression. He felt that Love was all there was to his selfhood. It represented every fiber of his being. With this sense of identity, it is hardly surprising that Jesus did not feel separated from God. With divine Love as his source of identity, it is hardly surprising that his life expressed this love. Jesus did not “try” to be loving. Love gave expression to itself in Christ. What is remarkable in Jesus’ case is that he was able to maintain his spiritual identity, even in the face of the most intense betrayal. I feel it was because he understood that God was defining what he was. He was not defining his own personal nature—and made no attempt to define it—any more than the Romeo of Shakespeare’s pen formulated Shakespeare’s character.
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