There is no reality or power in disease!
Reverend Gloria during a moving service.
In the world of Traditional Christendom, we find certain teachings that are not based principles and doctrine. Because of some of these teachings, we find fractures within the Christian world. This is nothing new. We find sectarianism early among the Hebrews as a people, and among the early Christian Church. There was always a battle of words which to define us, those in the good standing in crowd, and them, those that are apart from us. There is no reality or power in lack! Let us look at the notion of good and evil – If we use for an example the idea of growing a garden and if nothing comes to upset the applecart and all the plants are well and undisturbed by animal critters – we say this is good and beautiful. Now if a gopher enters the garden and begins to eat the roots and kill the plants, we say this is bad. But according to whose perspective is this bad? The gopher is just doing what a gopher does. There is no bad or good thing! There is only GOD!
As we look closely at the early writings of the Old Testament, we find that there was not a being we called the devil. Satan and the devil were terms that were not in the vocabulary of the Hebrews until they returned from their exiles, notably Babylon Persia . . .
Notice that in the Old Testament there are four references only to Satan as a supernatural being, and these are found in postexilic books (written later than 597 b.c.).
Scriptures that Support
“Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to harm (accuse) him. 2 And the angel of the Lord said to Satan, the Lord rebuke (reprimand) you, O Satan . . .” Zechariah 3:1-2a
I Chronicles 21:1 and 2 Samuel 24 – It is said that David is influenced by Satan to take a census of the people contrary to God’s instruction not to number the people.
In Psalms 109:6 we find reference to Satan as the accuser – and the book of Job where Satan is represented as a son of God and as an acceptable part of the heavenly family.
Note that the Hebrews remained faithful to the Shema– Hear O Israel the Lord thy God is One. “In the Old Testament, it was Yahweh who was responsible for evil, so the figure of a devil was not necessary.” Yahweh was considered the originator of Good and evil.(John A. Sanford)
“I am the Lord, and there is none else . . . I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace and create evil; I the Lord do all these things.” Isaiah 45: 5-7
Also remember the story of King Saul and his periods of depressions – it was said that “an evil spirit from the Lord came upon Saul.” 1 Samuel 19:
So, we see that Satan’s role had to evolve during the writings of the books of the Apocrypha, and through the development of the early Christian Church.
Satan took on a life as an autonomous being with power of his own, standing in opposition to God.
There is only one Presence and one Power in the universe and in my life, God the Good.
One of Israel’s difficulties was to stay pure in their teachings. I believe this is why it was emphasized to keep the people pure rather than mingling with those of foreign blood. It was important that they did not pollute the teaching, and it is just as important today that the student of Truth take a stand. “We cannot serve God and mammon.” Belief in duality, God and Satan, is lying in bed with FEAR, False Evidence Appearing Real. We build through what is held in our minds.
In looking at polarities, we have made the mistake of viewing the term negative as bad, and this is not true. There are many polarities in God, therefore the negative pole is just as important as the positive for balancing and making a complete circuit. Can we see the mistake we have made in confusing all that we call negative as an unnecessary evil? Examine closely the definitions of Satan, evil, and the devil. This study will provide the basis for our next lesson.