the value of God?
We have been
given an anecdote to ponder. A long time ago a revered holy man came into a
town. Many were astonished by what he said and more so by what he did. So it was
that one of the people asked him; "tell us plainly, what God is - tell us
about God in terms we can understand." The holy man answered that he
couldn't do this, but that he could tell them a story about themselves in which
they could find their answer.
The holy man
told the people the story of a great king who had invited the people of the
realm to a celebration in his court. As the people arrived the king walked among
them, looked each person in the face, and in doing so directed them one by one
to the right side of the court or the left side of it.
At the end
of the process he stood before both groups. He addressed those on the right
side. "Rejoice with me," he said to them, "because we have a
great thing to celebrate. You have honoured me greatly. I was in prison, and you
came to visit me. I remember your faces. I was in hunger and you brought me
food. I was in rags and naked, and you brought me raiment fit for a King. You
took me in. You gave me shelter from the rain. And when I was sick, your loving
care caused me to heal."
must be mistaken," said the people on the right side as the king addressed
them. "We never did any of these things. We never saw you in prison, or
hungry, naked, or sick."
you did," said the king. "I remember your faces as you did these
things. I was there, standing in the background as you did these things to the
smallest and least of your fellows in the kingdom. As you did these acts of honouring
towards them, you did them towards me, for in my kingdom we are one."
said the king addressed the left group. "You didn't do any of these things,
did you? This means that you didn't honour me, regardless of the fine speeches
you make every day in the temples and churches and synagogues, professing to do
The people cringed.
worry, I'm not going to punish you," said the King. "You punished
yourself more than you may ever know. You stripped yourself of your rank as
human beings by doing nothing. You deprived yourself of the joy of the act of
being human in all the critical aspects that count, and the joy of being alive.
What greater punishment than that could anyone inflict on you? By doing nothing,
none of your names were written in the book of life as though you had never
existed and were never born. Of course the path is fairly clear of what you must
do to get out of this tragedy, isn't it?"
then turned to those on the right side. "My friends you have my gratitude.
However, I cannot reward you for the great things you have done. You took upon
yourselves greater honours than anyone could ever bestow, and have experienced
the joys in human living that no one can give to you, which you can only award
to yourself. You have claimed the greatest price, my friends, that the kingdom
has to offer. So let us celebrate this fact."
The king in
the story, of course, is God. Evidently the holy man didn't have to point this
likewise, evidently, the holy man was Christ Jesus. The story appears in the
gospels of the Bible. Since the gospels were written nearly two centuries after
Jesus' death, and no reliable historic records exist for anything that was
written about Jesus, one may assume that the stories that that Christ Jesus had
told the people had such a powerful impact on them that some of the stories were
eventually written down.
We have no
way of knowing how grand the original stories might have been, and if, or by how
much, the great spiritual messages that were conveyed with the stories, did
change the world at the time. It is far easier to judge what the stories' impact
is in our time. The evidence that one sees suggests that the left side of the
court of God is a crowded place, and the right side is almost empty. Very few
people in the world today see the face of God reflected in the face of humanity,
and find value in what they see. Who in the world go out their way to help those
in need? The evidence suggests that those are very few. They may have been few
in Christ Jesus' time, too, so that the holy man of old had to tell the great
story in different versions.
One of the
different versions is the story of a man who was robbed, injured, and left by
the wayside to die. This takes the story to the extreme. When a priest comes
that way, he notes the man in need, and responds by walking by on the opposite
side of the road as if the tragedy didn't exist or didn't concern him. Next
comes a rich man the same way and acts in the same manner. To both, the face of
God reflected in the face of humanity has no value. For them, the value of God
is zero. In modern times it tends to be negative. In modern times both would
likely bow down to the injured man to see if the previous thieves left something
of value behind that's still worth stealing. The modern financial priests and
business tycoons match this extended description quite well. And then there are
those who go still further, who spit in the face of God and terrorize the
injured and kill them as a liability to the planet. The masters of empire want 6
billion people eliminated, of today's
7 billion world population. And they do have plans to reach this goal.
who is the third person to arrive on the scene cleanses the injured man's wounds
with oil and wine, binds them up to heal him. He takes the man to an inn, cares
for him there, and provides for his full recovery. It is rare that one sees such
great value placed in the face of God reflected in the face of humanity. Their
actions stand as a testament to God that depopulation is not a good idea, and
thus they move heaven and earth in an effort to stop it.
majority of society today wouldn't even take note of the injured man, even if
they would trip over his body. They too would be placed on the king's left side,
the side of those whose names are not written in the book of life as if they had
never lived. They are the ones who drive up to the gasoline pump and fill their
cars up with E15 grade gasoline, a type of gasoline that has been diluted
with ethanol brewed from corn, a high value food that is a crime to burn in a
world that has a billion people living in chronic starvation, of which 100
million are forced to die of the consequences.
The king in
the story, representing the face of God, cautions thus the modern society of the
rich who see no value in the face of God, saying that their emptiness at heart
is a terrible burden on them, which is bound to kill them, not as a punishment,
but as a consequence. Those who place no value in God, place no value in life,
and thus are likely to lose it. In 2006 the annual death-rate from smog in Los
Angeles was estimated to be 9,000 per year. The the dramatic increase in ethanol
use, the death rate has likely doubled, or tripled.
close to 1.6 billion gallons of ethanol was burned in the USA. This figure
increased nearly 10-fold to 14 billion gallons in 2012. Ethanol is not a clean
burning fuel. The combustion of ethanol releases large quantities of ozone, a
critical air pollutant, and also formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, peroxyacyl
nitrates, benzene and butadiene, which are all carcinogens. When 14 billion
gallons of this seriously polluting fuel is combusted into the air, especially
in high concentrations in the cities, large numbers of people die, many of them
from illnesses that fall outside the standard parameters for smog-related
deaths, which thereby hides the vastly larger deadly impact. While society is
beginning to protest against aerial spraying for weather modification, typically
known as the chemtrails operations, society remains silent against the vastly
more-potent killers that are embraced for political objectives and in the name
resulting larger numbers of deaths can be avoided, including the 100 million
deaths per year by starvation resulting from the burning of food under the
biofuels swindle. The bottom line is that no one has to die. The tragedy that
has resulted from the biofuels swindle could have been blocked by placing a
higher value on the face of God reflected in humanity. If this higher
self-valuation of society, which is the perceived value of God, had been
achieved, humanity wouldn't have the potential of nuclear war looming at our
door step, and policies for depopulation being put high on the political agenda,
together with the thereby ever-more increasing possibility that society might meet the
onset of the next Ice Age totally unprepared for it, with the consequence being that it will then
perish of hunger, or will murder one-another in the ensuing food wars.
king in the story sais to the group on the left, "I know you not," he
answers so, because they knew him not. If the divine face of humanity is lost
sight of and is valued as zero or less, humanity loses itself and its ability to
have a civilization and to exist as a people.
scientific connection between the value placed on God reflected in humanity, and
the strength of civilization, was evidently already recognized two millennia ago
when the above two stories were put onto the plate of humanity. The message
evidently wasn't heard. In the resulting shadow deep dark ages resulted in which
civilization was nearly lost. In terms of the judgement of the story of the
king, modern society has trapped itself so deeply into the poverty of money,
with closed hearts and minds, that the entire value system - which has no place
for human value - is teetering at the brink of complete collapse. Hyperinflation
has already begun to take off towards its typical exponential flight where the
real value of zero becomes painfully evident, which hyperinflation of monetary
value is the equivalent of. The result of this trend is not less deadly in
nature than nuclear war.
human value has been reduced to zero is evident in society's response to meeting
a critical human need. In order to help a person with a small fixed income to be
able to live and eat in a world of skyrocketing price inflation, I established a
fund to receive donations towards meeting the person's critical, and hopefully
temporary, need. The result reflects the value that society sees in itself, both
as the reflected image of God and as the greatest asset that humanity has on
this planet, which is ultimately itself, by which everything else receives its
value on the path of meeting the human need. The response to the fund had been a flat
zero for far too long. The value of the human face is far too often deemed zero. The value of the
divine face reflected in humanity is near universally deemed zero, but there is
a break unfolding in the clouds. The value of the greatest
asset that society has, its humanity, its acknowledged value needs to be raised
far above zero. This movement has begun.
As one would
expect, the response of God towards the zero-society would have to be, "I know
you not." I haven't seen your face in the arena of real values.
response has been to rename the fund that is designed to help support a person
in need. I have renamed it, to: Raising
the Value of God Fund.
It is a joy
to announce that a donation to the fund has been received which the person in
need will greatly appreciate. I had long hoped to pass on such a donation as a
prove to the person in need that she is valued as a human being and a child of
God in the wider field of our universal humanity. I am certain that this has the
potential to go a long way.
The need for
raising the value of God was evidently understood by America's scientific
spiritual pioneer of the 19th Century, Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian
Science. She made it an order of discipline for every person who steps through
the door of a Christian Science church, that the prayers therein shall be
offered for the congregation collectively and exclusively, whereby the
temptation for the false prayer, as only focused on oneself, would be ruled out,
since God would answer, "Who are you? I know you not. I haven't seen your
face in the halls of real values." A person who responded to this article
commented, "It's a case of MY God, versus OUR God."
society, near-universally, seeks its value in that which has intrinsically no
value. On this platform society is loosing itself. Its greatest need, thus, is
to begin finding value in that which does have real value. Getting to know God
is a project of discovering the divine in human experience, and to cherish it.
The people in God's court on the right side, who have their names written in the
book of life, cover the wide range of humanity from the smallest to the greatest,
who each in individual ways raise the value of humanity and thereby raise the
value of God, who have discovered the principle that is bringing light into the
world. They beckon those on the left side to let go of their devotion to the
underworld of less than zero value.
One of the
many variations of the king's story, is the story of the shepherd of a hundred
sheep, who is missing one of the flock. He leaves the 99 and looks for the one
that hadn't been able to keep up and brings it along. He rejoices over the
recovery of that which had been lost. In theory there should be no one standing
on the left side in the king's court. Under the umbrella of universal prayer
where society leads one-another by example as Christ Jesus has done, sets up a richer
stage in the world on which the left-side count drops to zero, and the light on the right
side becomes a sun.
the movement from left to right is a dynamic process that is also open to
regression when the universal focus in prayer is lost and good is sought on a
platform where it doesn't exist, where prayer becomes an empty prayer, and where
the king would caution those tempted to seek this path, that their names would
fade out of the book of life, so that he would have to say to them, I know you
terms no king walks among us who looks us into the face and prompts us to stand
at the right side or left in his court. In real terms we carry the task
ourselves to look into the face of one-another and see in this face the
reflected image of God. We decide what value we attribute to what we see, which
is the value we attribute to God.
The story of
the king is focused on the fate of prisoners, impoverished, naked, hungry, and
sick. In real terms this is the fate of society that has reduced the
acknowledged value of God to zero. It has imprisoned itself with monetarist
values that have no intrinsic value. It has impoverished one another with such
intense inflationary greed that evermore people are expelled by this greed to
live on the streets without shelter from the cold, or without food, or both. In
the USA, the once richest country on the planet, the inflation of greed has cut
so deeply that 12 million people had their homes taken away by foreclosure
actions, 45 million live on food stamps, those who are 'lucky' enough to
qualify. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Half the population is now
officially classified as poor. In Europe the conditions are said to be even
worse. The story of the king is focused on the poor because the poor are the
product of a society that has racked up an immense deficit in spiritual values.
The king says to those who are driving the process, I know you not no matter
what your speeches proclaim, because it is impossible for me to imagine how such
an immensely rich people as humanity is by design and potential, to allow itself
to drop into the sewer where the most precious is deemed of no value at all. How
else could the king respond in the face of such poverty that has ripped the
heart out of society, than shake his head and say, I know you not, because your
system of values lies far distant from mine.
for universal good is built on an exclusive principle, the principle of good,
the principle of OUR Father.
If one aims
to harvest apples one needs to look for them on apple trees, exclusively. This
may be the reason why Mary Baker Eddy made it an item of discipline that prayers
in Christian Science churches shall be offered for the congregation collectively
and exclusively, as if to say that no other form of prayer is ultimately
possible. This critical item of discipline to focus on universal good
exclusively, - the only form of good that is possible - needs to be announced to
all those entering the church, every time, lest the purpose of church is lost
and the church too dissolves in the sewer of poverty, which has happened and continues to
happen. Close to a thousand Christian Science churches have closed their door in
the USA since 1971, and the number of practitioners and teachers working in the
field has dropped from nearly 5000 to a mere 333 in 2009. *1
involved in universal prayer brings to light the essence of Christianity
expressed in the saying, "Blessed is the man who seeks his own in another's
good." Indeed, he will be blessed, because he is correctly focused onto
where good is found. He builds on the value of God. This is true collectively
for society as a whole, including its institutions. Civilization prospers and flourishes on the platform of
building on the universal good that reflects the recognized value of God.
Inversely civilization dissolves into chaos, poverty, and war when the platform
of universal good is lost to the point that it is actively denied as this happens more
and more and in such a gigantic forms that the very existence of humanity now
hangs precariously in the balance, hanging by a fine thread that is stressed to
near the breaking point. It only takes 90 minutes of the highly automated system
of thermonuclear war that has been set up at great cost since the late 1960s,
and is maintained at great cost in the shadow of ever-increasing horrors of war,
to cause large-scale meteorological effects that no one can survive. *2
present day, society has not found enough value in God, reflected in itself, to
step away from this precipice.
the restaging of the world by society shifting itself from the left side of the court to the right side, is
still possible, and is immanently possible. All it takes is a mental shift, a
shift in the recognition of value. What would hinder this shift? No physical inertia
needs to be overcome. I wrote a science fiction novel many years ago about a
space flight 'technology' that had overcome the barriers of inertia, distance,
and time - Flight without Limits. While we may
never have this capability physically, nor would ever have a need for it, we
should be able to achieve the capability mentally to bridge all barriers that
stand in our way to attribute great value to God reflected in one-another face
to face. An error once recognized has no inherent history as it never was true.
At the point of recognition its inertia is gone.
would not have presented the story of the King if there was no solution possible
for society by pulling itself out of the grave of the poverty of its own
erroneous creating. A world falling into tragedy by failing itself in nothing
more than in a few critical counts of discipline stands never beyond the reach of love for the collective humanity that
all human beings share that reflects the image of God, which invariably unfolds as healing.
Eddy had dedicated her life and all her efforts towards fulfilling the mandate
that Christ Jesus put onto the plate of the world to raise the value of God
towards infinity by meeting the human needs in all their varied forms that
should not exist, but which choke society as the consequence of the divine
mandate not yet fulfilled.
Eddy accepted the criterion that the King had uttered for his judgment in the
story that is a parable of Christ Jesus. She placed it boldly on her seal,
divided into four parts that together cover the entire dimension of human needs.
"Heal the sick, Raise the dead, Cleanse the lepers, Cast out demons."
society is sick. It has imprisoned itself into an inflation of values that add
up to zero, while ignoring that which has real value. Society is also dead in
many respects as its civilization increasingly fails to meet the most basic
human needs, but resorts to stealing, war, terror, and destruction. Today's leprosy
is hatred, indifference, and so on. And today's demons are too many to list -
the countless forms of small-minded thinking that should have been left behind
in the pages of false history and been forgotten.
Eddy placed her four-fold mandate in a circle around the symbol of her seal.
While she changed the symbol of her seal in around 1902, her mandate remained
the same and still stands today, even while the later seal itself has been
reduced to the status of a commercial trademark. See: Early
Seal -- Later Seal
increasing recognition of these vitally critical factors that Christ Jesus has
put on the plate of humanity with the parable of the king, and our active desire to move with
the demands that these factors bring to light to raise the perceived value of
God, is a part of today's God Project, and of tomorrow's, and for all times.
[*1] From 1971 to 2013, the number of practitioners and teachers listed in the Christian Science Journal has fallen from 4,965 to 333.
The number of churches has fallen from 1,829 to 867. (from a study by Stephen Barrett,
[*2] See: Restoring
the Glass Steagall law.
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