Reconstructing Mormonism’s and Christianity’s Jesus/Christ

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  1. Bryce, I am deeply grateful for this series of posts, particularly this one. All I can do is sit here thinking “Wow!” It resonates so deeply yet so simply. The ego makes “salvation” and “eternal life” so divisive, ridiculously complicated, and impossible save for the super achievers. Your explanations were so full of depth, simplicity, and pure love. It just fills me with light. Thank you….truly, thank you.

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    1. Amy, thank you for your very kind words. I’m happy to know this means so much to you. It makes it all worth it for me. It *is* so simple, and it is that simplicity that veils it. Of course, don’t take my word for it. Be sure to find out for yourself if what I’m saying is good and right. Realize it in yourself. That is the greatest blessing in Life, to know your Life, to know “Christ” in you.

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      1. For over 4 years I have been waiting for and expecting my own “First Vision” mystical experience, but it has not come. Everything you say makes sense to my soul, I eat it up! It’s like a quenching of my thirst, and yet I am aware I lack the actual experience of knowing for myself. I realize that can’t be manipulated in any way. I do try to meditate and remain open and forgive often. Could it be that someone like me, who sincerely desires the experience outside of ego may just have to be content to wait for it to happen at death?

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      2. Keep feasting on good words and it will come. One day it will open up as a simple and beautiful and peaceful Grace, a Peace which surpasses all understanding. You will simply know, and you won’t know how you know what you know. You won’t even know exactly “what” you know, just that you know, and this will be a Comfort to your soul. As I learn and experience more, I tend to think that radical mystical experiences may not happen to everyone, although that might change as we understand this consciousness better. Personally, I have never “seen a Light” visually, although I have had tremendous Illuminations of mind and heart. I think these “Illuminations” of consciousness can happen in a variety of ways, some more gradual than others, some more visual than others. Waiting and hoping and trusting and continually praying/meditating, doing good works in love, emptying yourself in Love, these are what make up faith. It will happen, if not during life, then as death comes near. You will know.

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  2. We are not a drop in an ocean of being. Oneness with God entails experiencing the full embrace of the sacred Other. Maximum joy and divinity is found in the total union (of heart and mind) of disparate entities with God. When they are unified they may be categorized as “one.” But that doesn’t mean that they lose their basic individual identities. Without the sacred Other there is no object of love. And without love there is no joy. And without joy there is no purpose. And without purpose there is no meaning. And without meaning there is no life–there is only death.
    Jesus came to both provide and show the way to unification with the Father. They, the Father and the Son, are real and distinct individual beings who love both each other and us. And their greatest desire is for all, who will, to be unified with them and share in that love that arises from a total embrace of each other and all who will come to them.


    1. Hi Jack. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and perspective, and adding your voice to this discussion.

      It seems to me that a total union with God would mean that you are not essentially disparate anymore. That would be a contradiction of terms. Disparate means essentially different, not united or one.

      In my view, there is a paradox in this mystical union with God. Even though we continue to live our lives in individual bodies, we identify our spirits/souls as absolutely One in God, without any separation whatsoever. We recognize that God contains a multiplicity within itself, at least at the everyday level of consciousness and perception. But at the level of God, it is all seen as One unified Being, One Body, and all people, all life, all of creation is One in God.


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