This is in contradiction to all the sense testimony of that day.
The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble, and they that know thy name will put their trust in thee, for thou Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
He didn’t say that the people weren’t forsaken of the world. Only those that seek thee, who find thee, who rest in thee, who acknowledge thee, who maintain that conscious union, which is given in the 15th Chapter of John, or the 1st chapter of the 91st Psalm. Those who dwell in the secret place of the most High, those who live and move and have their being in acknowledgment of God as the source of all experience, to them God has never deserted them.
Ah, but to the man who knows how wise he is, and how great, and how strong, and what muscles he’s got? Ah ha. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee. What is that name? Is there such a thing as a name? No, not a name, but those that know thy nature, that know the nature of God; those that know the nature of God as the love that paints all of these colors in Hawaii; those who know the nature of God as the source of the gentleness and the goodness, and of the righteousness; those who know the nature of God as omnipresence, as that which is, and has been, and forever will be—Not to be attained; here and now to be realized.
Those who know the nature of God, they also know the nature of prayer, because this man is praying. David is praying hard, and he isn’t asking God for any favors. He is acknowledging God in all His ways, even as the creative principle of the mountains and the skies and the seas, and that which stocks the air with birds and the seas with fish. That is the nature of prayer. Sing praises to the Lord, which dwelleth in Zion. Declare among the people his doing…The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made. Do you see the cosmic law there? The evil we do is our punishment. It isn’t a God of punishment.
The heathen sink down in a pit that they themselves have made. God does not visit iniquity upon anyone. God is too pure to behold iniquity, but every trap that we build for somebody, we end up in. The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made. In the net which they hid is their own foot taken. Do you see where cosmic law comes in as we have revealed it here in the message of The Infinite Way? Every snare and every trap that we have set, every device that we have used for the undoing of another, we fall into. By virtue of God? No, by virtue of our having done it.
And that takes us back to the first part of this lesson today, that on the other hand, every bit of God realization lifts us up above and sets us free from the thoughts and things of the world. Listen. The Lord is known by the judgment, which He executeth. The wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Why you remember I have been trying ever since a year ago at the Alexander Young Hotel, to reveal the secret of cosmic consciousness, that there is no God of punishment. There is no such thing. The wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. And remember this isn’t speaking to evil. There are none of us here that are consciously evil, but it means that we are paying the penalty of that which we accept within ourselves as truth or error.
In other words, the moment I say you are a human being, oh you are a good one and you are not so good, I have set the trap for my own self, because I have borne false witness against my neighbor. You are not a human being, not even a good one, because there is none good but God, and there is none evil; evil is not a reality. Only then in the degree that I can bear witness to the fact that God made heavens and earth and certainly then God made man a little lower than the angels; only as I am bearing witness to the spiritual nature of individual you and me, only then have I destroyed the snare, the traps, the delusions, the nets, and have I become free? For the needy shall not always be forgotten. The expectation of the poor shall not perish forever. Arise O Lord. Let not man prevail. Let the heathen be judged in thy sight. Put them in fear, O Lord, that the nations may know themselves to be but men.
Ah, when we know that the nations are but men, that is when we take from them their power. That is the function that we can play in world history today. You see, there is a mistaken belief that men and women are spiritual beings, divine ideas. There is a mistaken belief that every animal and every insect is of the life of God. That is a trap. It is a misunderstanding that comes through not correctly understanding the writings of those who do know, and of course through accepting the writings of those who are emotionally unstable, and do not know.
For instance, when you read Allen Boone’s books, whether it’s Letters To Strongheart, or Kinship With All Life, and incidentally I may say, Allen is one of those who do know, who does know, you first get the impression that a fly or an ant is a child of God, or that the dog, Strongheart, was a spiritual idea. If you get that idea, you’re wrong. Just the same, if you have gathered the idea from The Infinite Way that men and women are spiritual children of God, you’re all wrong.
Only God is God, and only God is man, and only God is life, and only God is the life of individual being, but you have never seen, heard, tasted, touched, or smelled that life![Audio Stops at 1:02:08, transcript continues]
If you can see it, hear it, taste it, touch it and smell it—it is not of God. It is an object of material sense, that which the Psalmist called the nations of men, or man whose breath is in his nostril… what, wherein should he be taken account of. Do you see that? On this point comes the Christ consciousness.
The Christ never did say that the money changers in the temple were spiritual ideas. Never! Never did the Christ say that a mortal man…Why, if he had believed that, he would have carried his message to the Romans, and the Greeks, and the Scribes, and the Pharisees, and the Sadducees, and all the rest of this world that he refused to carry it to. He said “I am come to those only of my own household.”
Who were those of “my own household?” You, you who have opened your consciousness to spiritual vision. And that spiritual vision is given you by grace, and that grace is the Son of God in you.
If all men and women on earth were spiritual beings, it would be a sin for us to sit in this room and have such lesson as we have here. These should all be done down in the radio station, so that everybody in the world could hear them.
Ah, but you can’t give this message to man whose breath is in his nostril, because he isn’t a spiritual idea, he isn’t a child of God, he isn’t an immortal being—he’s of the “nation of men” doomed to destruction.
You are only a spiritual being, when the Spirit of God comes alive in you: “if so the Spirit of God dwell in you, then are ye the children of God.” That’s the secret. You are mortals, born in sin, doomed to hell, limitation, sin, fear, death—until such time as the Son of God is raised up in you. To them gave He power to become the Sons of God. Who? To them that believe, who understand.