Introduction: The Bible Teaches The Evolution of Spiritual Consciousness

U sing the word evolution in connection with the Bible can bring up some concerns for people who desire to believe that God's creation was not an evolvement. We do not share those concerns.

Nevertheless, the consideration of evolution in this article is not about the physical evolution versus creationism. Rather, it has to do with the fact that the thoughts of Jesus and the later writings of the Bible were generally greatly evolved from the earlier writings. There are exceptions: some of the earliest writings were amazingly evolved from the thinking of other people of those times. They definitely disclosed the revelation of Truth. Also, the very greatest of the early teachings were produced through certain biblical characters knowing greatly the Presence of God.

Y et generally, greater revelations of Truth occurred through time giving way to people as groups having lived longer with the faith and sense of God's Presence. Ultimately Jesus reversed some of the teachings about vengeance, judgment, and the thinking that God made favorites of certain tribes or ethnic groups of people. Jesus believed that all people should be forgiven for anything! He also believed that all people are equal!

A ll this shows that an evolution of spiritual consciousness from very high Truths to increasingly higher applications of it was occurring. People like the writers of the opening of Genesis, Abraham, Joseph, and Moses had great spiritual consciousness, yet Deutero-Isaiah, Micah, and Jesus showed us that further growth and applicability of Truth increased over time.

C onsider then, the teachings of the Bible are enhanced and our lives are empowered by conceiving the spiritual message of the Bible as being great for all of us.

As we recognize its greatness being in both the authenticity of its beginning and its increasing unfoldment of the Truth known as time went by, something that places us more on tract with Truth occurs. That is, when the earliest teachings are seen with increasing discernment of what they meant, spiritual enrichment of people follows. When deep awarenesses are more fully embraced, more is known. As the people faithfully lived by their increased understandings of it, more has been revealed. The man Jesus came along in a time that was ripe for this deepening of spiritual consciousness. As we see the Bible in this light, our spiritual consciousness becomes greatly manifested.

S tudying the Bible with an awareness of God's consciousness reveals much to us today. The consciousness of God is that of Omnipresence (being everywhere), Omnipotence (being all the power there is), and Omniscience (knowing everything), which is all-inclusive. Examining the Bible with these three divine empowerments in mind provides the awareness of deeply knowing Its Truth.


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