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KEY TO HEAVEN
Holland Class 1956
by Joel Goldsmith
Now, as you realize this, you let that, what Paul called “this law of sin in me”; let it die. Don’t attach the word “I” to it, and it’ll die. It may have been, then, that Moses set up a selfhood apart from God. I wouldn’t know. But, I will tell you one thing that I do know. Moses, for the most part, was not teaching God to the Hebrews. He was teaching the law of cause and effect; what we call Karma. He called it “God”, but it wasn’t God. Because, you see, in God there is no such thing as cause and effect. There is no such thing as karma. There is no such thing as; “As ye sow, so shall ye reap.” Not in God. That is only in our karmic, or Mosaic, experience. And, that is why Scripture later says; “The law came by Moses, but Grace and Truth came by Christ Jesus.” Now, Moses was teaching, that if you obey, if you obey commandments, you’ll be rewarded, but if you disobey commandments you’ll be punished. And he’s right. But that has no relationship to God, or Heaven. That has relationship to you and to me. If you hook up this machine incorrectly, it will not play. But, that has nothing to do with God, that has to do with your error. If you hate, if you bear animosity, if you insist on indulging lust, animality and greed, there will be a penalty in your life. But, God has nothing to do with it. It is your indulgence that has to do with it. And, the only way I can make it clear to you, is through the traffic law. If you obey the traffic law, the traffic officer doesn’t arrest you. And the judge doesn’t fine you. But, if you disobey the law, you get a summons and you get a fine. Well, first place, God had nothing to do with it. That you know. It was your disobedience, that has to do with it. But, neither did the judge do it to you. It was your disobedience. Neither was it the traffic officer. They were only instruments. It was your disobedience that did the punishing. Do you see that? You can forgive all the traffic officers. You can forgive all the judges who fine you. Do you see that? Because, they didn’t do it at all. You did it. Your disobedience brought you under the law. If you hadn’t been disobedient, you’d have been under Grace. Do you see that?
Now, under Moses, you were either being under a law of good, or a law of bad. You were either under reward or punishment. But, under Grace, you’re neither under punishment nor reward. You’re just under the law of divine, spiritual, harmonious being. So that, I would say myself, that Moses could not have entered the promised land with the ten commandments. And, you’ll find in my writings, that I have said, that all of the good people of the world do not get into Heaven. In fact, I suspect that very few do. Because, goodness and obedience to the law, is not the key to Heaven. The key to Heaven, is knowing that God is the only being. That is the only being. That is the meaning of that little illustration that I just gave you. That was a holy man that went and tried to get into Heaven. But he didn’t get in, because he entertained a sense of two, instead of One. And all his holiness couldn’t get him into Heaven. Not all the good men and all the good women in the world, that ever lived, could ever get into Heaven. Unless they knew. Unless they knew; God is the only Being. And they had given up this sense of a selfhood apart from God, that can either do good or do good evil. Don’t you see, that Jesus couldn’t do evil? Do you know that? Do you believe that Jesus could do evil? Do you? No. Do you believe he could do good? No! He said he couldn’t. He said he couldn’t. That’s the point I’m trying to make in this “One”. He couldn’t do good anymore than he could do evil. Only God can do. Huh? [Comment from the audience] Yes. Only God can do. You can not do good, and you can not do evil. Even Jesus couldn’t do good. And if he’d ever said he could do good, he couldn’t have gotten into Heaven. But, over and over and over, he said; “I can, of my own self, do nothing. It is the Father that’s doing these works.” Oh, and the poor Hebrews just kept looking at him, and worshiping him, saying; “Isn’t he modest?” He wasn’t being modest. He was telling the truth. You can’t be good. You’ve got to give up the belief that you can be good. “Why callest thou me good? There is but one good; the Father in Heaven”. So, if there is ever any virtue finding expression through you, don’t take credit for it. Give God the credit. And if, in any moment, you find evil finding expression, don’t start condemning yourself. Say; “Aha, that’s that fellah that Paul was meeting up with all the time. It isn’t me. It’s that spirit of evil. “Get out of here. Get thee behind me, Satan.” Do you see that? Never claim evil for yourself. But never claim good. Because you won’t have One then, you’ll have two. There’ll be God, and there’ll be you. You won’t get into Heaven.
[Reads a question] “Would you kindly tell me if the following is correct; when we are meditating, our sole purpose is the communion with God; with your true Being.” Yes, that’s true. “If you do not receive that flash, that the true sign of communion, will you still get some effect?” Yes. The mere fact of opening consciousness, will admit the realization. The mere emptying of self, to the extent of; “I can of my own self do nothing, I’m letting the Father in,” that will bring something, even if we do not get what we think of as a “click”, or “flash”, or “inner feeling”. So, don’t be concerned about that.
Now, many people believe that when you are on this path, that you can not lose the way. And they get over-confident. And, I must caution you about that. It is possible to be very advanced on the way, and then lose the way. There are many reasons for that. But, I’m going to read this to you. This is from 2nd Timothy. “For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica.” That was Paul, writing. Last year, we were in Thessalonica. The name of Demas, associated with that city, has long intrigued me. Three times, his name appears in Paul’s letters. In Galatians, Demas sends greetings, along with Luke, to the brethren. In Philemon, Demas is again mentioned, with Luke and Mark. Just see how far advanced he was. He was up there with the disciples, traveling. Along with the disciples, doing these great Christian works. And then comes the tragedy; “Demas hath forsaken me. Having loved this present world.” You wouldn’t think, after you got up into discipleship, that a love for this present world could enter in, and that you could miss the mark. But that’s what happens.
Here, in three short sentences, we have the biography of a companion of Paul. A co-worker with two of the writers of the Gospel. What happens to Demas? Was the cost of discipleship too great? It must be clear that at one time, that Demas would have grieved, even become indignant, had anyone dared suggest that he would forsake Paul and his fellow Christians. Many are the lures, seeking to entice us from discipleship, in our own present world. In Christ, we have a source of strength, that makes discipleship glorious, even though costly. Now, do you see, it is this that I caution our students about. In their first flush of enthusiasm, this Infinite Way is a glorious path, and it very quickly bears fruitage in better health, or less fear, or more supply, or greater inner peace. And, we think; “I have found the way.” And, we do not realize that there are dangers ahead. And the day may come, when we may lose what we have gained. And so, I caution our students. The thing that causes us to lose the way, if we lose it, is the word “I”. We begin to believe, somehow, that we are set apart from other people, and that we are blessed in some special way, by our special knowledge of God. And, that is a form of egotism. And, we have to watch it. The disciples fell into that trap, when they came rushing to the Master, and said; “Even the devils are subject unto us, through thy name.” And, you see, that was ego. Why here; “Oh, we’re special. Oh, those Hebrews, out there, they’ve got nothing. But, we’ve got your name, so we’re special.” And, then he warned them, don’t ever do that. That isn’t true. Just rejoice that your names are writ in Heaven. In other words, rejoice that you know of your heirship with God. That’s all. Don’t claim any special powers. Don’t claim any special powers over the devil. Just claim that you realize God to be your true identity. Well, you see, sometimes a prosperity comes with this work, and then people get so fascinated with the prosperity, that they forget the source of the prosperity. Sometimes, health comes, and they get so fascinated with their new health, that they forget the source. And so it is, that it is necessary to warn our students. Whenever good begins to flow into your experience, through your studies, through your meditations, do not get fascinated with the effect, but always go back and remember the cause.
And, you see, that brings me now to a very very important point. We never demonstrate health. We never demonstrate supply. We never demonstrate peace on earth. We demonstrate God. That’s all we can ever demonstrate. And, these other things are the effects of demonstrating God. Do you see that? And, that is why you can never take pride in the health that comes, or the supply that comes, or the happiness that comes. You can only take pride in the degree of God that enters your communion. Do you see that? Otherwise, it would be like taking pride in this. No. No. Because this comes, and this goes. Do you see? But God goes on forever. There may be a good reason for this coming into our experience today, but there may be an equally good reason for it to go tomorrow. When we’re thinking of this as our demonstration, and we lose this, we’ll think we lost our demonstration. But, this was never our demonstration. God was our demonstration. And, so it is, as you watch health come and go, or supply come and go, or happiness come and go; don’t try and cling to them. Try to cling to the idea of realizing God. And then, you’ll find new forms of health appear, new forms of wealth, new forms of harmony, new forms of peace. Do you see that? Always center consciousness on demonstrating God, not the forms in which God appears. When the forms come, rejoice in them, but rejoice in their going and in their coming. Because, no form lasts forever. Even the baby form becomes the big form. Do you see that? And that form will translate one day into still other forms. Glorious forms.
Take no pride in the power to heal. Because, it isn’t really a power to heal at all. It’s really a power to commune with God. That’s all. Nobody has the power to heal. Not even Jesus. You have only a power to commune with God. And, in that communion, the appearance called “disease” goes, and the appearance called “health” comes. Do you see that? Watch it. Otherwise, you’ll have two powers. If you have two powers, you can’t get into Heaven any more than if you have two beings.