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Thursday, May 19, 2005

Living Under Grace

"For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind." (Isaiah 65: 17)
"Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it." (Zechariah 4: 6-7)
"For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ." (John 1: 17)
This morning's news headline in my mother's newspaper was about a policeman who was cleared of speeding 159 mph, (see Daily Mail). My mother was outraged that the man was allowed to get away with it. She said it wasn't fair on others who have been convicted of speeding. I say, what has fairness got to do with human laws? Besides, there are no such laws to break. It's all made up.

Humans have created laws in mathematics that 2 x 2 = 4. Thus, this law is supposed to be consistent. If moral laws were like mathematics, then the same laws would always be applied in every case. Not so. Each case is handled on its own merits. There are various factors that influence the final verdict including one's defence team and, most importantly, one's belief. If the Law can be changed at the drop of a hat, then there are no Laws; for Laws suggest continuity, consistency and stability.

This raises the issue of Grace. I told my mother that I believe everyone should be forgiven under Grace. If you're not in your "right mind" and break the "law" why should you be punished for it when you realise what you've done? Even if the person has committed a crime, as society defines it, if someone realises that he didn't mean to do it and realises his true nature as Divine Love, why should he have to pay for his "crime?"

Under Grace, no one has committed nor can indeed commit a crime. "There is no fear in Love." Under Grace we are all innocent. Reminds me of a Christian Science talk I went to a few months ago. The speaker, Marta Greenwood, gave a testimony about when her elderly parents were involved in a car accident. They were living in America and Marta was in the UK. Her parents didn't speak any English. Marta is a Christian Science practitioner which means she heals by realising truth principles. Marta used the analogy of someone who is accused of committing a crime. If the accused can provide an alibi that proves he was not at the scene of the crime when the crime was being committed, he is innocent. In the same way, Marta "raised" her parents in thought to Divine Love. Since her parents had never left the Presence of Love, the accident could never have happened. The accident was simply a dream. (When I was involved in an accident as a child, a voice told me the accident wasn't happening, I was dreaming I was in an accident).

Marta said that though her parents couldn't speak English, Divine Love appeared as a stranger who stayed with them until another sister in America arrived at the hospital. Her mother had been in intensive care but was released the next day. She only had a tiny scar on her forehead. Her father was also released early from hospital. The hospital had not realised her father had some broken ribs. Marta went to America to care for her father using Christian Science principles and his ribs were healed.

Living under Grace is the equivalent of having a permanent alibi that you've always been with Love, therefore, you can't be at two places at the same time. If you have never left Love or stopped being Divine Love, you cannot experience human pain and suffering. It doesn't matter how awful your past or memory, if you can consistently remember that you are always in the Presence of Love, then Grace will overturn whatever "crime" you had committed in the human realm and it will be no more.

No matter how deep one is in sleep dreaming that one is mortal going through pain and suffering, one is actually always in the Presence of Love. It is a matter of "waking up" to this truth.

In truth, there is only one life: a life of Grace.

I am Grace,

Related articles: Love Conquers All; Accident or Omnipresence at Work; Law and Grace