(This is the continuation of a series exploring the nature of the human ego in the world’s religions and science, beginning with this post.)
In this post I’ll explore the sacrifice of ego or “self” in the traditions of Judaism and Christianity, and how the transcendence of this “self” led one back to God.
Judaism has a lengthy tradition of sacrifice, of sacrificial offerings made to God, called korban. This traces back to the Israelites and Moses, particularly as outlined in the Book of Leviticus. The most common forms of sacrifice were of animals. It is said that God commanded the Israelites to make sacrifices or “offerings,” on altars designated for that purpose, usually in a sacred place such as the Tabernacle, or Temple. Continue reading “Sacrificing Ego-Self in Judaism and Christianity”
I had a conversation on Facebook the other day about original sin and its relationship to nonduality. I thought it was an excellent free-form discussion, a dialogue to dive into deeper understanding about these topics and their relationship. I thought I’d record the thread here to share it again more broadly. Continue reading “Original Sin and Nonduality”
For many people, however, today is not a happy day, but rather the most disliked day of the entire year. This is when people seem to celebrate death, the macabre, evil, darkness, the shadows, wickedness, perhaps even Satan himself. Those things are a big turn off for many people, particularly many religious and devout people who like to think about God only as Life and Light and Truth. Continue reading “We WILL Surely Die”
I perceive that when Jesus introduced the “communion” of the bread and wine, it wasn’t so that we would remember only the person Jesus, per se, but the whole of God’s creation, the Universe, that Jesus realized he was One with, and as we can realize we are One with. It is all his “body,” including us. Continue reading “What is the Sacrament, Communion, or Eucharist?”
I don’t think there is any evidence in nature that bodily resurrection can happen as we traditionally think of it. I think this is a misunderstanding of the resurrection. Continue reading “What is the Resurrection?”
When the false self dies—the ego, the old creature, the constructed personality, the illusory self, the separate independent idea of one’s self, the man of sin, the son of perdition, the natural man, the carnal mind—when this is seen for what it really is, when it is revealed in truth, when it is put off, taken out of the way, when it is crucified and passes away, then the true Self is revealed in glory. Continue reading “Non-Self Reveals the True Self”