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Jesus recognized cities invading cities. Blood from dead human and animal corpses filled lifeless landscapes, all in name of God! War existed, but when fought in name of God, motives were too tainted. Righteous indignation filled Jesus! As he scanned from countryside to continents he recognized deception within numerous leaders. From dishonesty and lies came bloodshed of innocent people. The molestation, rape and murder of children enraged Jesus to such a degree that he wanted to wipe out every evil person. The heat of this anger became so powerful that it forced Jesus to gaze upon God. Did God not destroy all inhabitants except those on Noahís Ark? Retribution was not for Jesus to ordain. Within this humble consolation ó like a child to his father, Jesus was lifted to bosom of God.
Inside Jesus glowed. As Jesus reflected upon burning radiance within, he rested securely with his Father. Gazing through eye of God, he witnessed a tear. Becoming so close, Jesus and God were as one. Here, Jesus felt compelled to look and connect with all of love God gave to everyone who had lived on earth. Jesus felt like he could touch each person ever born or those who would be born. More than recognizing people going about daily chores, dimensions of earth unfolded before him. Within these realms existed aspects of afterlife. In one fiery pit people experienced pure torture. Much of this suffering stemmed from pain caused to others that came back to haunt. These self-inflicted realities were too destructive to watch.
What attracted Jesusí attention were manifold dimensions encompassing generations after generations that were already dead. Jesus could almost perceive prior prophets inside minds of so many people. Chosen prophets would be empowered at uncertain times and lead masses of people to God. It was here that choice truths were developed to connect and strengthen individuals within family bonds. The more people could feel Godís love shared amongst each other, more Godís glory imbued each of them. With this Jesus sensed Moses and Elijah within his direct presence. The glory of these prophets stemmed directly from God. The glory of known prophets was within Jesus as he merged with power of God.
When Jesus reached towards unknown lands throughout earth, his heart blossomed. He felt a oneness with unrecognized prophets. Within them Godís love grew within realms that Jesus could not describe. The expansion of love and compassion extended from unique individuals. It was as if they came from unknown cultures throughout earth. Jesus considered all of different families radiating from Adam and Eve. At once a profound sweetness filled every sense, only to be suddenly overtaken by an almost unbearable bitterness.
In a momentís notice Jesus opened his eyes. Instead of feeling hunger and thirst, an emptiness filled his belly. The first thought was how someone like Adamís son Cain could be so deceived to think heíd profit by murdering his own brother Abel. Immediately millions of thoughts filled his mind. A predominant voice was heard, trying to coax Jesus into feeling better after such an intense experience. Like unwanted noise, voice pried between thoughts. A prideful tone told Jesus that he had seen and experienced it all. Jesus was God! Immediately, Jesus saw and felt millions of people worshipping him. They each praised him as God. Like thorns in skull turning into thrones, voice continued to coax, reminding Jesus that he had done it.
Jesus had all suffering he needed. Now was time to celebrate! Because of this experience, every day for rest of his life should be a feast of pleasure. This was his time to enjoy, everything. He had power. With this power he could heal anyone. He could amaze and dazzle everyone.
How Jesus wanted to believe that God was speaking to him, yet somehow this voice wasnít right. The voice was telling him that everything would be easy from now on out. And, how Jesus had already done all that was needed in this life. Beautiful women from his vision drifted into his mind, along with riches and luxury to satisfy any craving. Jesus experienced an uneasy feeling when realizing that each seductive image corresponded to voice he was hearing. With this, a recognizable burst of laughter shot up through his spine, then quickly faded.
The Devil had no power over Jesus. All thoughts were immediately turned towards God. Constant praise filled Jesusí thoughts for spiritual experience God provided. When truly in God's presence, Jesus felt his worthlessness. He was like dust, yet God gave him breath of life. This assurance from God overwhelmed Jesus with happiness and joy. God had given him so much. Right then and there -- as if done long ago -- Jesus promised God that he would do anything to serve. As God had given him life, he would gladly give his life for God. Complete comfort and security burned within. Jesus knew that his life was in Godís hands.
Feeling strong again and a little hungry, Jesus stood up. It was time to get back to his friends and share what happened. As he thoughtfully took step by step, he considered devilís temptation. He also realized Godís presence, as if God watched everything, waiting for Jesusí reactions. Here, in subtleties between thoughts and feelings, clarity of truth was revealed. When back to himself, having awareness of his body and surroundings, he recognized a completely different realm. The prince of darkness, even Satan, filled air with greed and lust. For a prolonged flash Satan seemed to take control, or at least tried to.
Satan was aware of anyone who left mundane dimensions and connected to purity of truth. The surface of earth became Satanís realm where he tried to bend Godís will and inflict his own rules. Satan waited to corrupt and thereby trap power from every authentic spiritual experience. He was there every time to trick, deceive, and turn truth on its edge. This way, captured light could be smothered, buried deep within his dungeons. From every individual's communion or attempted communion with God, Satan arrived to try and wrench away spiritual power.
Jesus peeled through each ploy of Satan. People required undisturbed, untainted clarity. He would apply simple truths, containing eternal wisdom. As long as Jesus always put God first, God would guide every action. Now all that he had to do was to teach proper principles. The power of God would fill law until it appeared new, as if etched in heart. Love God and if true to self and God, Godís love would connect all neighbors.
Scot Aaron has a University degree in Religious Studies. He also created Independent Travel-Study Programs and spent years "backpacking" through many countries to learn about religion, history and culture. "Love Your Neighbors? Discover the Real World Religions" (ISBN 1-58916-777-5) is his most current book. Please visit his web pages at http://PsalmPublishing.bei.t-online.de