The Golden Rule / We Are One / Pandora
|Posted by GFNSProductions on May 14, 2023 at 8:50 PM|
Have you ever heard the term “the golden rule?” Do you really know where it came from? I’m sure most would be surprised to learn that this principle actually originated from Jesus’ own words.
In his famous Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said: “All things . . . that you want men to do to you, you also must do to them.” (Matthew 7:12; Luke 6:31) The Golden Rule has also been expressed this way: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” This saying is often quoted by many, but most seldom give credit to the originator. Even worst, do we truly grasp the lesson that Jesus was trying to teach here? Allow me to propose a possible explanation/hypothesis for your consideration.
Basically, when Jesus said treat others the way we would like to be treated, might he have been trying to share a deep truth with us, namely: we as humans actually all share a common human consciousness/experience. Consequently, what we do to others is actually what we do to ourselves. It’s like shooting ourselves in the foot (1 Corinthians 12:14-26).
Just as we all share the same spirit, breath, oxygen and are all attached to the earth by means of gravity, could it be that we are in fact that same organism? In a sense, it is like mankind is a tree with each human attached to each other by a root system which is the earth itself.
In one Bible account, we read:
“Jesus took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village. Then, spitting on the man’s eyes, he laid his hands on him and asked, “Can you see anything now?” The man looked around. “Yes,” he said, “I see people, but I can’t see them very clearly. They look like trees walking around.” Then Jesus placed his hands on the man’s eyes again, and his eyes were opened. His sight was completely restored, and he could see everything clearly.” (Mark 8:23-25)
Many people view this Bible passage as if Jesus failed in His first attempt to heal the blind man, so He had to give it a second try. But I would beg to differ. Personally, I think God does everything perfectly; thus, Jesus, God’s son, may have in this case healed this man’s eyes so well that he was able to see the true picture of reality, namely: mankind are just walking trees.
If you’ve ever went to an eye doctor for prescription glasses, then you will understand what happened in this passage a little better. When the optometrist checks your eye sight, he often times tries different prescription strengths to find the one that is most comfortable for your daily wear. Sometimes, the lenses that you test are too powerful resulting in your eye sight being even better than 20/20; nevertheless, that is not the lense that you would be prescribed. This is due to the fact that wearing glasses that are too strong for you can have a long term damaging effect on your eye muscles due to the additional unnecessary strain*. That’s why people often say, “don’t wear other people’s glasses or you will end up needing your own soon enough.” Thus, your prescription is often tailored to the strength that gives you the most optimum and clearest level of sight with the least amount of additional strength. In the same sense, this man saw too much initially and Jesus had to dial back the strength of his healing power a bit.
*I personally think that’s why prophets and even Jesus were often ridiculed as mad man. They just saw too much. (Check out these Bible passages for more info: 1 Kings 22:8; 2 Kings 9:11; Jeremiah 20:7-9;29:26; Hoshea 9:7; Matthew 5:11-12; Mark 3:20-30; Luke 7:33-35, John 8:48-51; 10:19-20; Acts 26:24-25; 1 Corinthians 1:17-31;12:23-24; 2 Corinthians 5:18).
Going back to our original discussion, what if this initially blind man’s words were actually true and we are just walking trees? That would mean that all of us are just interacting with a different version of ourselves looking at us back from a different vantage point due to differences in race, cultural/ religious upbringing, and just an overall slightly different human experience. That should be even more reason for us loving our enemies and show empathy/grace to one another. For our enemies are really just us with a different life path. I am hoping that this attitude should help us show more empathy and mercy towards one another.
For a little historical context, all of us here alive were at one time living inside Adam as his reproductive seed for we are all his descendants. Thus, we were all in Adam when he made that choice to disobey God in the Garden of Eden. It is as if we collectively chose to disobey God with him. All except Jesus of course as He has always within His Father Yahweh God as His one and only begotten son (John 1:18). As Jesus said:
“You are from beneath. I am from above. You are of this world. I am not of this world.”
Or as John The Baptist said of Jesus in comparison to the common man:
“He who comes from above is above all. He who is from the earth belongs to the earth and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all.” (John 3:31)
In this case, Jesus was the only man born from above (i.e. Yahweh God’s very own regenerative organs aka His Holy Spirit); yet, Jesus still had a common link to us by means of his mother Mary who shared the same ancestry as us being a descendant of Adam herself. Thus, Jesus was able to speak and see from both vantage points (i.e. Earth and Heaven). As a result, “Jesus, our high priest, is able to understand our weaknesses. When Jesus lived on earth, he was tempted in every way. He was tempted in the same ways we are tempted, but he never sinned.” (Hebrews 4:15)
If you saw the movie Pandora, there was a common belief that the Navi people shared about to the ecology of their planet Pandora. On Pandora, everything in nature is connected. The Na’vi worshipped this connection as a personified deity called Eywa, but it was more than just a matter of religious faith. Eywa represented a real neural network connecting all the plant and animal life of Pandora. The network formed a collective consciousness the Na’vi and Pandora's wildlife could tap into via “Tsaheylu,” a process involving specialized appendages called neural queues, which all Pandora's lifeforms possessed. Likewise, God’s Holy Spirit can be likened to “Tsaheylu process” allowing us to peer even into God’s very own thoughts and nature. (John 16:13-15; Romans 8:26-27, 1 John 2:27)
That being said, please note that God prohibits the tapping into such collective / spiritual consciences by other means such as communing with the dead and/or other world spirits as this was and still is considered divination, witchcraft, sorcery and fortune telling which are all sins punishable by the second death in the lake of fire. See Deuteronomy 18:9-14, Acts 19:19, Galatians 5:19-22, and Revelations 21:8, 22:14-15 for more information.
I often view such movies as parables. As such, I always try to extract Bible truth from them in hopes of attempting to explain spiritual things to the common man (John 3:11–12). As such, the movie Pandora is a perfect example of what I believe the Bible tries to convey as far as common experiences/global and spiritual consciousness. I personally picture the Earth as a celestial organ in much the same way as a animal organ. We could be likened to the electrical signals in the brain that travel through the neurons or the better yet the eggs (organic vessels)/ semen (reproductive fluids) produced by the ovary and testicles respectively . As such, we are all one organism and part of the earth. Consequently, we are all doomed to share in the same destruction as this Heavenly body. As Peter stated:
“But the heavens that exist now and the earth, by the same word have been stored up for fire, being reserved against the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fervent heat; and the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be destroyed like this, what kind of people ought you to be in holy living and godliness, looking for and earnestly desiring the coming of the day of God, which will cause the burning heavens to be dissolved, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? But, according to his promise, we look for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.” (2 Peter 3:7, 10-13)
Or better yet, the apostle John who stated:
“Don’t love the world or the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, the Father’s love isn’t in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—isn’t the Father’s, but is the world’s. The world is passing away with its lusts, but he who does God’s will remains forever.” (1 John 2:15-17)
Yet, by Jesus’s random sacrifice, the possibility of a second/heavenly birth was available to us. By such, we are able to join/have communion with the God’s divine nature through the indwelling of His holy spirit within us. As Jesus said:
“The glory which you [Yahweh aka Father God] have given me, I have given to them, that they may be one, even as we are one, I in them, and you in me, that they may be perfected into one, that the world may know that you sent me and loved them, even as you loved me.” (John 17:22-23)
Or the following:
““I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.” (John 15:1-
That is why the apostle John described the church as one body, saying:
“For as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, being many, are one body; so also is Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free; and were all given to drink into one Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 12:12-13 )
Knowing this, let us really take heed of Jesus counsel often referred to as the golden rule. Again, Jesus said: “All things . . . that you want men to do to you, you also must do to them.” For in reality, whatever we do to others, whether judging, hurting, cheating, or loving, we are actually doing this to ourselves. For we are all truly one person in Adam with the possibility of being a better person in the second Adam Jesus Christ. As it is written:
“For since death came by man, the resurrection of the dead also came by man. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. So also it is written, “The first man Adam became a living soul.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. However, that which is spiritual isn’t first, but that which is natural, then that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, made of dust. The second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the one made of dust, such are those who are also made of dust; and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. As we have borne the image of those made of dust, let’s also bear the image of the heavenly.” (1 Corinthians 15:21-22, 45-49 )
That is if indeed God’s holy spiritual truly dwells within us. If so, how much more so should we show love to one another. For this is truly the main identifying mark of God’s children. As Jesus said:
“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.””
With that, I leave you with the following counsel from an unknown writer:
“See that you don’t refuse him who speaks. For if they didn’t escape when they refused him who warned on the earth, how much more will we not escape who turn away from him who warns from heaven, whose voice shook the earth then, but now he has promised, saying, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth, but also the heavens.” This phrase, “Yet once more” signifies the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that have been made, that those things which are not shaken may remain. Therefore, receiving a Kingdom that can’t be shaken, let’s have grace, through which we serve God acceptably, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:25-29)
In all, we are all lumps of the same clay and God as the potter makes us into different vessels. Some vessels he will keep while others will be destroyed in the lake of fire (Romans 9:14-26). So I pray that you may be amongst those God keeps in Jesus’s name.
Categories: Parables, Exegetical Studies, Movie Reviews
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