真の信仰を見つける方法

私はウィスコンシン州北部の小さな町でルーテル信仰で育ちました。 この地域には、ノルウェー、スウェーデン、ドイツなどのさまざまな地域からの入植者が住んでいたため、金髪の人々の公平なシェア以上のものがありました。 私が1960年代初頭に現場に到着したとき、私たちは基本的に、休暇中に食べる面白い食べ物を持った白人の集まりにすぎませんでした。

XNUMX歳のとき、私はアトランタに引っ越し、そこで次のXNUMX年間落ち着きました。 アトランタに到着して間もなく、両親が訪ねてきて、エベニーザーバプテスト教会の教会の礼拝に出席しました。 母はライスレイクにあるルーテル教会のオルガニストであり、父はウィスコンシン大学バロン郡のXNUMX年制学校で声楽を教えていました。 それで、彼らは両方とも音楽を体験することに特に熱心でした、そして私たちは失望しませんでした。

As I recall, we were the only white people attending the service that day, and the congregation couldn’t have been more warm and welcoming to us. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s daughter was giving the sermon, and afterwards, we waited a short while for recordings of the service to become available on a CD. My dad would go on to use it in one of his music classes at the college.

The congregation couldn’t have been more welcoming.

私は最近、彼女の毎日の祈りの本からマーティンルーサーキングジュニア博士についての切り抜きを送った私の母によってこれらすべてを思い出しました。 それはいつも私を混乱させていた何かを明らかにしました:なぜマーティンルーサーキングジュニア博士とルーテル宗教の創設者であるマーティンルーサーがそのような似たような名前を持っていたのですか?

この情報源によると、説明は次のとおりです。 アトランタの著名な説教者であるマイケルキングシニアは、彼の教会であるエベニーザーバプテストが後援し、1934年に聖地とベルリンをツアーしました。 ドイツでは、ヒトラーが権力を握っており、キング博士の教会は彼に反対していました。

キング博士は、マルティン・ルターの地への訪問と、聖書のみへの信仰のみによる恵みのみによる改革者の救いの宣言に深く感動しました。 彼が家に帰ったとき、キングは彼の名前をマイケルからマーティン・ルーサーに変えました。

彼の長男マイケルはXNUMX歳でした。 彼の父親は息子の名前もマーティンルーサーキングジュニアに変更しました。」

仕事をすることのこちら側にある信仰のために、私はイチジクを与えませんが、仕事をすることの反対側にある信仰のために、私は私の人生を与えます。

First We Believe

I am also struck by the reference to the Lutheran tenet that our faith alone will save us. Most likely, both Dr. King and Dr. Luther understood the deep, unshakable truth about this. But I am guessing that for some people today, the real understanding has gotten lost.

This reminds me of a quote from Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes: “For the simplicity that lies this side of complexity, I would not give a fig, but for the simplicity that lies on the other side of complexity, I would give my life.”

この場合、単純さは信仰であり、複雑さは癒しの仕事をすることにあります。 言い換えれば、「仕事をすることのこちら側にある信仰のために、私はイチジクを与えませんが、仕事をすることの反対側にある信仰のために、私は私の人生を与えます。」 その遠い信仰は真の信​​仰であり、それを発見することが人生のすべてです。

天国は内にあります。

Before we begin on a healing journey in which we remove the obstacles that are blocking our inner light—remembering what Christ taught, which is that heaven is within—we can only believe with our ego mind. And belief as a mental concept has no spiritual value. It’s hardly worth a fig. For the ego is not a deep resource. It does not have the ability to comprehend the whole truth.

The ego, in fact, always lives in duality, not unlike the fragments of ourselves caught in child consciousness. The ego, then, can only hold one half of a whole truth. But in the center of our souls, where we can live in unity, we are able to hold opposites.

For many people, including many who are deeply religious, having faith and doing the work are opposites they can’t reconcile. Left to choose, the ego opts for faith and rejects the notion we must do any work to heal ourselves.

Then We Will Know

「今日、私たちは教会の創設者であるマルティン・ルター博士(18年1546月XNUMX日)、福音への信仰、そして救いの無料の贈り物の宣言を覚えています。私たちにふさわしくない罪人、恵みによって、神から。」

として パスワーク ガイドが教える、 キリストは確かに地球に来ました in the form of a man named Jesus. His mission was to open the door for us to get back to heaven. That was essentially a free gift. But salvation we must work for. For as the Guide clearly said, “If you do not meet that in you which freezes and paralyzes the living spirit, it is impossible to be moved and lived by the living spirit.”

We simply cannot transcend duality while living from our ego. To transcend duality we must discover the living spirit at our core. Then our ego must surrender and learn to live from there. Only then can we have a deep inner knowing of the truth, including the truth about how worthy we each are.

That’s how we save ourselves. We save ourselves by finding our deeper true selves, for that is where we find heaven.

Half-Truths Get Us Nowhere

If we look around, we see that Christianity is in a state of decline. Lutherans are no longer filling the pews. But we can say the same about Pathwork. The organization is now nearly defunct in the United States.

To understand this, we can turn to the Pathwork Guide’s teaching about the three principles of evil, one of which is confusion. For few things confuse us more than half-truths. More than that, when something is not fully in truth—when we embrace only half of a truth and reject the opposite half—it can’t keep growing. For all untruth equates to negativity, and all negativity eventually grinds things to a halt.

Our work is to use our free will to find and free up that light.

So many Christians embrace the need to have faith, welcoming the light of Christ in their hearts. But then they fall short in clearing away whatever is blocking that light. There is recognition that we have sinned—none of us are perfect—and that we feel unworthy. These things are true. But that is not the truth of who are. In truth, we are each worthy, because at our core, we are all light.

Our work is to use our free will to find and free up that light. We had the right idea when we sang in Sunday school: This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. But the follow-through wasn’t there during the rest of the week. People started to see the hypocrisy that resulted. Worse, many were affected by various kinds of abuse that festered in the unhealed darkness.

As such, many people turned away from church and gravitated to spiritual paths that face what’s not aligned with the light. This became the growing Spiritual But Not Religious group. For a time then, Pathwork communities were thriving in many regions across this country. Significant healing work was done as people worked to transform their Lower Self.

But many who were drawn to Pathwork had strong negative feelings about church. In an effort to avoid offending anyone—in an effort to keep people from leaving Pathwork—the topic of Christ was rarely mentioned. Seldom in my own decades of Pathwork experience was it acknowledged that the whole point of doing all this inner cleaning work is to live in a clean house—a house that Christ built.

Letting the Light of Christ Shine

The Guide teaches that transforming our Lower Self is always an act of our Higher Self. It is our inner light that inspires us to become better. It is our own faith that there could be more to life that compels us to search for deeper meaning. In the end, it will be our willingness to take self-responsibility for what disconnects us from our own core that will bring us home to God.

Christ is going to come again, but not as a person. The next time Christ comes, it will be through each one of us as we do the necessary work of clearing away our negativity and calling forth our inner light. When we do that, we will learn how to live together in harmony and in true faith.

—ジル・ローリー

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