Great song title – but it is also a valid question?
Christianity tells you that you need only accept Jesus into your heart and be saved — This is absolutely true BUT to do so you must also BELEIVE and FOLLOW what he says. for instance:
- “My Kingdom is NOT of this world.”
- “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.”
- “And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.”
- “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, give to God what is God’s.”
- “If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”
- “When you make the two into one, you will become sons of man. And when you say ‘Mountain, move away,’ it will move away.”
- “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”
And again as Jesus’s prayed for us:
“I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.
And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.
While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.”
Illusions CANNOT be brought to TRUTH. Illusions CANNOT be changed into TRUTH, for even though they can change, they still remains illusions. The best, the illusion of separation can be changed, is into a HAPPY dream. The idea of separation can merely be lessen by bringing it closer to being ONE. The world has given names or symbols to everything here. ACIM Lesson 184 explains:
“What are these names by which the world becomes a series of discrete events, of things ununified, of bodies kept apart and holding bits of mind as separate awarenesses? You gave these names to them, establishing perception as you wished to have perception be. The nameless things were given names, and thus reality was given them as well. For what is named is given meaning and will then be seen as meaningful; a cause of true effect, with consequence inherent in itself.”
And later in the lesson :
“It would indeed be strange if you were asked to go beyond all symbols of the world, forgetting them forever; yet were asked to take a teaching function. You have need to use the symbols of the world a while. But be you not deceived by them as well. They do not stand for anything at all, and in your practicing it is this thought that will release you from them. They become but means by which you can communicate in ways the world can understand, but which you recognize is not the unity where true communication can be found.
Thus what you need are intervals each day in which the learning of the world becomes a transitory phase; a prison house from which you go into the sunlight and forget the darkness. Here you understand the Word, the Name which God has given you; the one Identity which all things share; the one acknowledgment of what is true. And then step back to darkness, not because you think it real, but only to proclaim its unreality in terms which still have meaning in the world that darkness rules.
Use all the little names and symbols which delineate the world of darkness. Yet accept them not as your reality. The Holy Spirit uses all of them, but He does not forget creation has one Name, one meaning, and a single Source which unifies all things within Itself. Use all the names the world bestows on them but for convenience, yet do not forget they share the Name of God along with you.”
Is the Dreamer and the Characters of the Dream – separate, with different names ????
God Bless Christ Bless We Bless