A spiritual teaching is a finger pointing toward Reality – not Reality itself – Adyashanti
This is a real challenge for those brought up in the Christian faith. If the words of the Bible are taken literally rather than metaphorically and mythically then the whole message is missed.
They read their Bible Day and night. Where they read black, I read white. – William Blake – Mystic poet and painter
The Bible is a map of the journey of consciousness. If it is read literally then it is equivalent to following signposts in a foreign language.
Taken literally Jonah got swallowed by a whale. Taken literally two people were tempted in a garden by a talking snake. Taken literally Jesus returns on a flying horse. Taken literally the end of the world will end in judgement.
The end of the world will happen simply because within the dimension of time the Sun will die. This is an event far into the future.
The Biblical end of the world is YOUR experience of the end of time.
It doesn’t relate to the destruction of the Earth as preached by so many Christian fundamentalists when we are assured that the chosen few will be raptured and everyone else can go to hell in a handbasket.
When time ends you are living in the Timeless. This is the experience of eternal life. It’s not a belief. It’s your direct experience.
Eternity is not a long time. Eternity is outside of time. It never began and it never ends.
This is what Jesus meant when he said, “My Kingdom is not of this world.” He meant that the Kingdom was not within the world of time.
This is the truth of who you are.
It is not a truth that you believe in. It is a truth you are. When you KNOW this then this is the end of the world for you.
There is no God sitting in judgement at the end of time because judgement is duality and God is ONE.
When your world ends It doesn’t mean you die. It means that the idea that you are separate from the Divine is seen to be unreal. You KNOW the TRUTH and it sets you free.
The world of the separate sense of your personal self that you think you are ends. You are the revelation Divine Intention created you to KNOW and to KNOW through.
Everything is the same and nothing is the same. You live within the world of time but have your BEING within Eternity.
You have died to the personal sense of self (given up your life for the sake of Divine Intention) and found that there is no death (Eternal Life).