Jesus came to reveal our oneness our unity with the divine. He said “I and the Father are one.” This is our anthem. When we wake up to that truth we can’t reject one another. To reject another is to reject ourselves. We are living just the one life, the eternal life. Our innermost voice is the voice of the Christ that reminds us of our union. The “Spirit of Christ” is the center of us all telling us we are love manifest. We are what love looks like when there are no strings attached. We can live in unity. We are unity. To accuse another is to oppose the divine reality, the divine truth, our true nature as one.
The Bible says Jesus never sinned. The “fall of man” was when we embraced a lie of separation. We created an illusion of separation in our minds and thought we were independent creatures. Jesus never sinned because he never entertained that lie. Sin is the lie of separation. From that place we can be so divisive and exclusive. When we believe the illusion we point fingers and accuse one another. In the nightmare of separation, we can become so ego-centric we will do whatever it takes to make ourselves superior to another. We scapegoat. We partner with victims at the expense of our brothers and sisters. This “voice of accusation” is “the Satan.”
There is a story about Jesus being tempted in the wilderness. Let’s assume for a moment that the accuser wasn’t Dante’s Devil with horns and a pitchfork. Instead, what if we assumed “the Satan” in the story is that voice of accusation that can be in all of us. What if Jesus was trying to show us how divisive and manipulative we can be when we believe in the lie of separation, when we partner with “Sin.” If we look at the story from that perspective…wow! It is like the lights come on and we see something we have always known to be true.
Here is a passage from that story:
And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Notice the voice of accusation begins with challenging our identity. It says to us we are not the divine manifestation in this reality. It says we are not an extension of divine love in this temporal world. So what if this is what Jesus really meant by this exchange:
The voice of accusation says eat and please your ego self with your own power to control and manipulate (rocks to bread). Jesus says we need more than food, we need to cherish every word spoken from the heart of another (proceeds out of the mouth of God).
Here is another section from that passage:
“If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, “‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and “‘on their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
What if Jesus was trying to show us this truth?
The voice says to use your power to manipulate and control by twisting a situation and calling on the sympathy of others (throw yourself off the temple). Jesus says don’t play the sympathy card to control others or to get a response. Manipulating this way is not ok (you shall not tempt God, and yes that means threatening to hurt yourself to control another is the Satan.)
OK, one more from this passage:
“All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “‘you shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’”
Maybe Jesus was telling us this:
The accusing voice says we should worship that voice, make it our God, go ahead and bow down to accusation and finger pointing and blaming (worship Satan). Jesus says to worship the authority of our union, the power of our oneness, the majesty of our divine sameness (worship the Lord your God)
Is that too much of a stretch? I don’t think so. I bet when you saw it this way it was like you always knew it to be true.
It is said of Jesus that he came to defeat the works of “the devil.” In this new light can you see how amazing that is? Jesus reveals our union. He reveals our oneness. In this truth, the voice of accusation has no power. How can we accuse ourselves? How can we accuse our divine nature? How can a hand reject a finger?
Yes we all make mistakes. Making mistakes is part of growing up and waking up. But the voice of accusation is powerless against the Son of God and we are that Son as one, in union. It is easy to love one another when we see we are all one appearing in different forms. There is no place for the voice of accusation in union.