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Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “All that Glitters is Not Gold” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/24/08)
TITLE: I see Your light come shining
By Eugene Levitzky
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It was not until later that I realized that the light showing forth from the bishop’s face was “uncreated light,” the light that comes directly from God, directly from the Holy Spirit. It is the light that appears in icons and paintings as a “halo” surrounding a saint’s face. It is gold from the coin of God, not the coin of Caesar or man.
As I pondered these things I also sought for other gold – the gold of Scripture. Here I agonizingly went through the King James Bible, not understanding or comprehending this Bible’s power and majesty. I snuck a peak at the NIV and read that Bible through with a feeling of “Aha! So that’s what that verse means, that’s what that story means.”
Struggling, struggling, struggling between the gold of Orthodoxy and the gold of Sola Scriptura I came to the final conclusion that the gold of Scripture was enough to feed me forever, feed the spirit of untold billions to the end of time. So, the Bible, supernaturally, became my new “church.”
I understood that just reading the Bible would not be enough, as God does tell us to gather at least two or three together lest we become cuckoo and ride off like the Lone Ranger, into the sunset and off a cliff. I found some more gold, the gold of a true Christian to talk to about the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit…and the Bible.
Having gone through various doctrines, teachings, howlings and mewlings from various churches, I came to this conclusion – let no man teach but let the Holy Spirit be your guide. True gold! I laughed out loud, like Howard Roark, like the fighting man in “Under Ben Bulben” and then I opened my Spirit eyes and laughed the laughter that comes only from the peace that passes understanding.
No longer “I” but the Holy Spirit would be my sole guide through life. It was a great relief to understand the truth that the Self must be truly defeated, truly killed in order for the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit to live within us. This is the only way and the only reason to be a Christian and this is what one must sell all one’s gold for.
Further, in more recent times, through reading George MacDonald, I realized that the Self can be defeated by God working in us and that God has given us two “royalties” or “warriors” to defeat the Self: He has given us Free Will and the Conscience. Both free will (if allied solely with God’s will) and conscience (if it be the conscience of Christ within us) are outside and independent of the Self and can, with God's help and through time, defeat and kill the Self.
All that shines and glitters in the world is worthless. Only that which is of God has any value. And I can tell you, there are Christians out there from every denomination and sect that glitter. Their faces shine with uncreated light, the light of God in Heaven.
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