Since the Bible is really about unlocking the mind from a bondage to sin, it might help to understand the word “SIN” that enslaves you. But to know what sin is it might also help to know its opposite called “RIGHTEOUSNESS”.
Religion tends to magnify common words to a higher standard and the original meaning gets lost to the new status of the word. But looking at the basic meaning will help clarify its purpose for unlocking the prison of the mind. So let’s take away all the pretense that religion has heaped up upon these words and look at them with new eyes.
|Righteousness: Tsĕdaqah: צְדָקָה: justice, righteousness (prosperity): To be correct
Firstly the word RIGHTEOUSNESS simply means to be CORRECT. That’s it. It now means something more along the lines of being morally ethical, but it originally started out meaning to be correct.
|Sin: chata’: חָטָא: to err, to miss the mark: To make a mistake
Today the word means an offense against religious or moral law (God’s law), but that’s not what the word originally meant. It simply means that you didn’t get it right! It means you somehow made a mistake. But just because you missed the mark it doesn’t mean that this is the end. In fact it is often the best starting point to understand what is correct.
Remember this is about your mind, and your mind is always trying to get things right. So falling short of perfection isn’t the end of the world. Its simply how we learn to navigate life’s more complicated mysteries. Chances are that you will make a lot of wrong turns before you make the right one. Sometimes you just keep trying till you get it right.
Most people don’t go out of their way to try to “Sin”. Most people aren’t innately evil either. They just make a lot of mistakes that unfortunately often come with consequences and guilt. So why then do we sin? Well, imagine if you were a rat placed into a maze and you had to find your way out or you would starve. In this case you would most likely make a lot of wrong turns before you found the way out of the difficult situation. No one gets it right the first time, especially if they can’t smell the proverbial cheese of what you seek. But once you have navigated a course that hasn’t changed you would most likely get it correct every time afterwards and thus you would then “walk the path of righteousness”. This then becomes the path of experience because experience is the key to understanding. But until you find the right path you will constantly fall into the path of sin. In other wards, you simply turned the wrong way because you didn’t know any better.
So why then do some people seem to make the same mistakes over and over? Perhaps it’s because they treat each new maze of problems in the exact same way as an old problem and don’t realize that each new situation (no matter how familiar it may seem) doesn’t have the same solution as other puzzles they have been in before. It’s often laziness that gets us into the most trouble because it takes effort to learn or pay attention to new things, so we often resort to what we know, even if we know they’re wrong. It’s often a case of it’s “close enough” and if “close enough” doesn’t get us there then we find ourselves, once again, missing the mark and find ourselves lost and blinded in the path of sin.
The Money Machine
Most people seem to miss a simple fact that the human brain is an organic calculating machine. We are literally living computers of a sort. Think about it, we are programmable, we run on a power supply, need to reboot to clear random access memories and we think only in percentages. To some this may sound a little insane but there is nothing you won’t do without first figuring out how much time and energy you will need to accomplish a task. You then consider the task against which outcome will bring you the best return for your investment. It’s all about the numbers.
Your mind works in a code of numbers. Everything thought is factored in a kind of currency. You use percentages of time, effort and energy and spend them to gain something in return. This is why the entire Bible follows a system of currency. Currency is truth by Biblical standards. The more riches you have the more information you possess. The less riches you have the more you desire to have some.
And king Solomon passed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom.
And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.
O the depth of the riches
both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
In the world of the mind food and money are now about to have a crossover, because to the mind it doesn’t know how to separate its metaphors. You see food is a means of acquiring what the system needs. “Consumerism” is a staple in modern times as well as a sign of wealth. We all love to acquire new things, but why? When we get something new we gain an intimate knowledge of the thing and then we are richer for all of our possessions. This is a case of life emulating art in that the metaphor for consuming stuff is the same as consuming information as riches. The more things you know the richer you are in mental currency.
Lazarus and the Rich Man
Let’s take a look at the examples of Lazarus and the Rich man to understand this crossover better. The poor man has nothing to eat and has no possessions, and the rich man has everything, but who is really most blessed?
|19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
|20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
|21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
|22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
|23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
|24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
|25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
|26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that [would come] from thence.
|27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:
|28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
|29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
|30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
|31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
In this case the RICH man here is really your own belief system that is bloated with the pride of knowledge. It’s not that knowledge is bad, it that you think that you have everything all figured out and feel you are doing great. “I got this. I don’t need nuthin’“. But the beggar in the story is the ignorant part of yourself that is, in reality, the student that seeks to understand the truth, thus his name is illustrated as Lazarus.
|Lazarus: ‘El`azar: אֶלְעָזָר: the support or help of God: Seeking help to gain higher understanding
Lazarus means the help of God, but the God of the inner world is our ideology of the perfect understanding. So then it is your higher understanding that seeks to know the truth in all things. So the gate in which the poor man lays is a means of transitioning from one state of understanding unto another understanding. But he is lame and can make no proper choices since your legs are the means of taking steps towards enlightenment. Without legs to stand on you cannot make an effort to understand and thus the student within is not faring well and is starving to know what is true, and thus you are vexed by the dilemma of impure thoughts that are symbolized as the dogs that lap at his wounds.
|Dog: Kyōn: κύων: metaph. a man of impure mind, an impudent man
Now notice that the rich man is buried when he dies but the poor man is lifted up. This is the balancing of ideals as being a higher or lower concept. In this case pride is the rich man who is too full of self to find the elevation of understanding. It’s a case of the glass being too full to accept any new ideas. The rich man is then tormented by a thirst for truth that is symbolized as water. The rich man is also tormented by the flames of truth that test the mind to see if an ideal is pure or false. All men in the Bible are concepts that face a cycle of conception, testing and resolution that is symbolized as their death, where an idea is then “laid to rest” and entombed in the minds catacombs where it becomes as a memory.
So now we see that the rich man had once had a life of comfort but the poor man suffered. This is because our pride makes us feel special and we revel in our own greatness of understanding, and so the student within suffers to learn (Consume truth) but it can’t because all the mind’s resources are dedicated to feeding its own inflated ego and so it dies from a lack of intellectual nourishment.
The rich man then asks for Lazarus to help him but an expanse is set between them. This is because the two ideals of being prideful and ignorant cannot reside together in a balanced mind. You are either eager to learn or you are stagnant in an inflated self-pride. How then can the rich man find salvation for the self-imposed prison that this ideal has created for itself?
The rich man then asks Abraham to have the “Help of God” (Lazarus) go to his father’s house and teach his 5 brothers. As every man is an ideal, a father is then a progenitor of said ideals. In other words, each idea comes from somewhere, and so it comes from a foundation of truth that was previously laid out. So in this case the man is a concept that is related to other similar ideals (Brothers) that sprang forth from a similar foundational concept (Father). But the rich man is denied by Abraham. Why is Abraham the judge here and not God Himself? This is because we are still dealing with people being conceptions of the minds inner world. In this case then Abraham is the leading concept that decides the fate of another ideal. Abraham roughly means “Father of a multitude” but the truth of his name is a little more complicated than that. He was originally Abram which means “Exalted father” though this is not the full translation either. The name really means “Elevated father” (In other words it’s lifted up) and as you just learned that a father is a foundational idea, and so Abram is an elevated truth that has brought forth a nation of many solid truths, and thus he is the father of many as a Foundational Higher Principal that is now judging over a failed concept. It’s a dead concept and not a living truth.
|Abraham: ‘Abram: אַבְרָם: exalted father: elevated father: The Foundation of Higher Principals
The failed concept is now dealing with its own faults and wishes to save any other related faulty beliefs from being scrutinized the same as it is. “Not everything I believe is wrong, is it?” you ask yourself. To which Moses is referred to as a means of guidance.
|Moses: Mōÿsēs: Μωϋσῆς: drawing out: Seeking truth
The name of Moses means to “Draw out”. You may also know this as a “calling” to “draw out” or to discover the truth, since he was drawn from the water. Water is always symbolic of truth. You can consider water as being a flow of consciousness, and thus truth is drawn (Moses) from a river or a channeling of consciousness.
So then the rich man is really a faulty ideal that you have of “I know it already”, and this ideal caused your progress to suffer and it made you ignorant and sickly in spirit (In other words, it made you mentally deficient). But the truth in the end is that to endeavor to know is tried and found innocent of being faulty and is lifted up to a higher state of understanding. These truths are not buried in tombs and forgotten like failed ideals but are lifted up to a higher state of understanding and become living truths in which elevate other ideals that come along. These ideals become guides like Abraham and Moses, or the poor man named Lazarus that teaches us to seek truth rather than to rely on our own understanding. In other words, always be hungry to gain understanding and don’t become too full of yourself for believing that you already knowing the answer. Everything new is always new even if it seems like something you knew from before. You must hunger to understand or you too will find you have reached a “dead” end.
So the story of Lazarus and the Rich Man ends with a warning that comes to mean something like this.
“Bad ideals do not recognize they are bad even in comparison to ideals that were once thought to be bad but in reality were later discovered to be true.”
Basically the Rich man and his brother are all faulty concepts that can’t see the truth in what they are so they can not recognize the truth even if it rose from the darkness of the grave of ignorance into the light of reason as an enlightened truth. (I guess you could say “Stupid don’t know it’s stupid no matter how it’s pointed out”)
Not everything in the Bible is as it seems. It’s all really about creating and residing in state of higher understanding. We will revisit many of these concepts again later. We will also look into the metaphor of riches as a measure of understanding and food as a means of gaining experience through consuming truth. The main point of this post however was to teach that just as not everything is as it seems, so too is the image of sin and righteousness. They are not opposing beliefs but rather they are the challenge of finding the truth. We do however try to avoid the failings of sin because they can become a trap that is hard to escape from once you fall into it. It trips you up more often than not and ensnares you to a series of bad concepts that lead you astray from the correctness of thought. In other words, you are lead from the light of reason to follow bad ideals that keep you a slave to them. Once you stay rich in your beliefs you fail to see the truth and grow blind to the suffering you create to others and to yourself. A part of you starves each time you get puffed up in your pride of belief, and you will eventually suffer from this mistake by creating a chasm between where you are and the truth that eludes you. And believe me it is only truth that can save you from a hell of your own making.
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Do not suffer trapped in a place of faulty beliefs by thinking you have it all figured out. It is only when you realize that you are not perfect that you can begin to seek the answers you need and then it will be your sins that made way for you to discover righteousness as the truth in everything.
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