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Monday, June 20, 2022

What if the universe is one giant animal?

 Welcome to Daily Miracles, a running commentary on the 365 lessons of A Course in Miracles, an influential spiritual text from the 1970s. I am James Leroy Wilson and I invite you to join me as I go through this material for the first time. 

LESSON 127

There is no love but God’s. (ACIM, W-127)

Love's "meaning lies in oneness." (ACIM, W-127.3:3)

I'm beginning to view the universe, or the "multi-verse," the all-there-is, as one organism. Energy and consciousness are one, and it is God, and it is Source, and it is Love. Love creates, love is life, and so the universe is a living thing.

We move in love as fish swim in the water, and love is in every atom within us and outside of us. We know what enhances life; love does. What we do to best serve ourselves will serve others. What best serves others, will in turn serve us. 

That I may exist within the innards of one giant animal called the Universe just means that what's best for me is best for others. My health contributes to the health of others and to the whole. So does my peace, my joy, etc. When I grow, love grows, and the universe grows.

God grows.

James Leroy Wilson writes Daily MiraclesThe Daily Bible ChapterJL Cells, and The MVP Chase. Thanks for your subscriptions and support!

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Why God condemns idolatry in the Bible

 Welcome to the Daily Bible Chapter. My name is James Leroy Wilson and I invite you to join me as I attempt to read the Bible with fresh eyes, as if I don't know anything about it, and without consulting experts on what it "really" means.. Let's see where this takes us! 

I'm reading Young's Literal Translation (YLT) and the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV).

Deuteronomy 4

Deuteronomy 4 confirms that the first 17 verses of Exodus 20 are The Ten Commandments. I don't think they were specifically mentioned with that phrase before.

Verses 15-20 stand out. The faith of the Israelites is based on hearing, not seeing. The "LORD your God" can't be seen, only understood. To represent the LORD as the sun or a star or a snake or any animal, "things that the Lord your God has allotted to all the peoples everywhere"  is to mis-understand. An animal, even an animal represented in a constellation, isn't God.

An image or symbol of such an animal definitely isn't God.

If you give away your power to such idols, believing they have mystical properties or whatever, you're relying on the external world to bring you blessings that only you and the God within you can provide. 

This is why the LORD is a "jealous" God. Earth-bound spirits may exist in the forms of mysterious energies and beings (such as goat-demons, or jinn), but they cannot provide what God does. You can, however, enslave yourself to them and let them consume you. Idolatry means placing one's faith in the temporal instead of the eternal. Any pleasures or successes that may come are based on a misplaced faith that brings temporary results.

God speaks to you.

James Leroy Wilson writes Daily MiraclesThe Daily Bible ChapterJL Cells, and The MVP Chase. Thanks for your subscriptions and support!

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Saturday, June 18, 2022

Assurance of Success

 Welcome to the Daily Bible Chapter. My name is James Leroy Wilson and I invite you to join me as I attempt to read the Bible with fresh eyes, as if I don't know anything about it, and without consulting experts on what it "really" means.. Let's see where this takes us! 

I'm reading Young's Literal Translation (YLT) and the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV).

Deuteronomy 3

Two or three times in the last few chapters Moses says something like "the LORD was angry with me on your account" to explain why the LORD would not Moses enter the Promised Land. It's actually because Moses lost his temper

Because Moses kept blaming the Israelites for his own actions, that might be why the LORD didn't change his mind.

Perhaps the most important message in Deuteronomy 3, however, is this:

21 … I charged Joshua as well at that time, saying: ‘Your own eyes have seen everything that the Lord your God has done to these two kings [Sihon and Og]; so the Lord will do to all the kingdoms into which you are about to cross. 22 Do not fear them, for it is the Lord your God who fights for you.’

The Israelites spent forty years in the wilderness for this very thing: fear and lack of faith that "the Lord your God will fight for you."

I wonder if Moses mentioned these adventures to encourage, that is, en-courage, the Israelites before crossing the Jordan. 

There are times in your life when you may have a Jordan River to cross and a lot of adversaries to conquer, or obstacles to overcome. Isn't receiving assurance of success beforehand a strong motivator to take action?

Especially after a record of success already?

Moses is saying, "Belief in your success will make it inevitable."

James Leroy Wilson writes Daily MiraclesThe Daily Bible ChapterJL Cells, and The MVP Chase. Thanks for your subscriptions and support!

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The Returns on Your Investment

 Welcome to Daily Miracles, a running commentary on the 365 lessons of A Course in Miracles, an influential spiritual text from the 1970s. I am James Leroy Wilson and I invite you to join me as I go through this material for the first time. 

LESSON 126

All that I give is given to myself. (ACIM, W-126)

The line reminds me of the song lyrics "You Only Get What You Give" by The New Radicals and "And in the end, The love you take, Is equal to the love you make" by The Beatles.

But I think this lesson says something more. What we ever truly give is our energy, and the nature of that energy depends on how we feel. 

If we do something out of a sense of obligation, we will feel like we're owed something in return. 

If I am judgemental, I'll feel like I'm being judged, even if nobody's actually thinking about me at all. If you think "I wish I had a million dollars," you will feel like you don't have a million dollars. If you think, "Why does this always happen to me," you will feel like it always happens to you even if it rarely does.

Wishing ill on others makes one feel bad. 

On the other hand, wishing others well makes one feel blessed.

James Leroy Wilson writes Daily MiraclesThe Daily Bible ChapterJL Cells, and The MVP Chase. Thanks for your subscriptions and support!

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