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« Ozodi Osuji Weekly Series on Psychology 2006, #29 of 52: The Meaning of Love | Main | Ozodi Osuji Weekly Series on Psychology 2006, #31 of 52: The Ego and Its Defense Mechanism »

April 03, 2006

Ozodi Osuji Weekly Series on Psychology 2006, #30 of 52: Christ as the Innocent Lamb?

by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- You probably have heard it said that (Jesus Christ) is the innocent lamb that washes away the sins of the world. If you were like me, you probably thought that that statement is a whole lot of nonsense. But upon reflection, it really means something very profound and at the same time simple.

God created us as his children. God is innocent and is holy (holy is contraction of whole, meaning that God is whole, holy, complete, perfect).

God’s children are like God, whole, holy. God’s children are unified with him. They were created when God extended himself into each of them. God is inside his children, as they are inside him and inside each other.

God is immaculate, that is, pure love; God is pure light, not physical, not hot light, but light without heat, peaceful light. God is literally a light that has no beginning and no end.

Each of us is part of that unified light. In physical categories, each of us is a unit of that light, a particle of that light; except that God’s light is not physical hence has no units, no parts. God is one light that is simultaneously itself and infinite parts of it.

God created his children through immaculate-conception, that is, he gave them his pure self; he created them in spirit, by extending his spirit self into each of them and made them spirits. (As it were, we are dirtied when we are born in body, in separated state, but since such birth has not taken place, except as in a dream, we are still immaculate in our conception.)

We were created innocent, guiltless and sinless. We remain as God created us, innocent, guiltless and sinless.

But when we wished to separate from God and from each other, we seem to have committed the original sin (of Christianity) and are now guilty and live in guilt.

To separate from God is to sin. To live apart from God is to be guilty. On earth, we live in separation, space, time and matter and must necessarily feel sinful, guilty and unholy (enjoined one another).

To be a human being is to feel like one committed a sin, from separation.

This sense of sinfulness actually play a role in maintaining our separated world, for it presupposes that, in fact, we could sin, that is, that we could separate from God, that our wishes could over ride God’s will for there only to be union.

God’s will is love, is union. Nobody can oppose the will of God. No one can separate from eternal union. No creation has the power to oppose God’s power.

We merely dream that we are separated from love, from union but, in fact, we always are unified and live in love. We live in love but mask love/union with the veil of separation; we are always in the presence of love but cloud it with the darkness of separated ego.

We have not separated from God; we merely think that we did. Because we have not separated from God, and if to separate is to sin, we have not sinned. Because we have not sinned, we remain as God created us: innocent, joined to each other and to God, guiltless. We are eternally sinless and innocent.

The Son of God is always as God created him: joined with God and all creation; Christ is forever sinless, guiltless and innocent.

It is the sleeping and dreaming Son of God that thinks that he has done some awful thing, separate from God and his brothers that feel guilty.

Guilt demands punishment, so we think that God is out to punish us. Fearing punishment we run from God. The sense of guilt keeps us away from God.

Feeling guilty, and that feeling is painful, we want to reduce that guilt. We see other people do bad things and we punish them. In punishing them, we feel like we have ameliorated our own guilt and now God would take mercy on us and not punish us too much.

But God knows that we did not sin, for we have not separated from him. God knows that all the things we do on earth are done in a sleep-dream state and have not been done, so are not worthy of punishment. They are mere mistakes, errors that must be accepted as such and given up.

Mistakes must be corrected. God created the Holy Spirit to help his children correct their mistakes.

The Holy Spirit corrects our errors by teaching us to love one another. He teaches us that to love is to forgive what we see others do to us that we do not like. He teaches us not to bear grievances and not to seek to punishment for our detractors, for punishment makes errors real. To punish others imply that they, in fact, separated from God and from us, that their egos and what they do in ego states are really done. Punishment implies that the world, the dream is real.

When the prodigal son accepts his mistakes he goes home and knows that his father missed him and does not want to punish him. He had thought that his father was angry at him and wants to punish him. That fear of punishment kept him away from his father. But when he overcomes that fear and goes him, he finds that his father had already forgiven him, indeed, that his father did not even know that he did something wrong. His father only knew that his son slept and dreamed that he did something wrong. God welcomes us cheerfully when we return to him, via forgiveness and love for all creation.

In the meantime, those on earth feel like their mistakes are real and punishable by God. They fear God’s punishment and run from him. Since they also attack each other, they fear punishment from each other and expect punishment from each other and run from each other.

Guilt leads to separating from other people hence maintains the world of separation. Guilt feeling maintains the world of separation. Guilt feeling keeps this world going.

If we did not feel guilty we would not be in this world. We would just go home to God, to oneness, give up our sense of separation, ego, and embrace our natural unified state and its innocence.

It is difficult to tell human beings not to feel guilty. They want to feel guilty. The ego wants to feel guilty, for feeling guilty makes it feel like it did something wrong, which makes it feel powerful. The ego wants to feel wrong for that means that it is powerful enough to have defied the will of God and created a different world, a separated world that opposes God’s world, the unified state.

The ego sees others doing bad things to it and feels that they should be punished. The ego bears grudges, feels revengeful and seeks vengeance. The ego bears grievance. The ego must believe in guilt to exist and seem real.

The moment the individual recognizes that he is not guilty, sinful and that he is innocent he is freed from the ego’s hold on him.

But to feel innocent he must let go of his ego; he must relinquish his desire for separation and not defend it and its world.

Not defending the ego and its world leads to experiencing oneness with God and all creation, union, and sense of peace and joy and guiltlessness.

Jesus recognized that he had not separated from God and from his brothers. This means that he accepted his egolessness and unified state. In that state, he felt innocent, guiltless and innocent.

He saw himself as the innocent lamb that does not have the sins of the egos world.

Acceptance of the unified holy self, the unified self, the Christ self is liberation from sin. This is what Jesus the Christ teaches humanity; he teaches us that we have not separated from God and from each other hence that we are always innocent.

The children of God are innocent despite what they seem to do in their dreams of separation.

What is done in dreams has not been done in spiritual reality; the murders, rapes etc done on earth, in the dream, have not been done, in fact, so all people are always innocent.

An awareness that all people are innocent hence loveable despite what they seem to do in their dreams of separation, is what all prophets, all teachers of God teach humanity.

All teachers of God teach the gospel given to us by the Holy Spirit; they teach that we are eternally joined to each other and to our creator; they teach that we have not separated from each other and from God hence are always innocent.

But in as much as we believed in separation, we made a mistake and must forgive that mistake and now accept the truth of union to regain the sense of oneness, hence innocence.

You cannot keep desiring a mistake, separated self, and feel innocent. As long as you desire separation you must feel guilty.

It is the teaching that we are eternally unified hence innocent that saves us. When we accept our unified nature hence innocence, and mean it, we let go of our egos and experience unified Christ self. In experiencing it, we are resurrected from ego death and now live in Christ, our true self.

Ozodi@africainstituteseattle.org

Posted by Administrator at April 3, 2006 11:52 PM

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