Atomic Jesus Supernaturalist
Profit and Loss
"For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own Soul?" That's a rhetorical question Jesus of Nazareth brought to light approximately 2000 years ago. Now it's an old question that raises even more questions about the actual worth and power of wealth.
Notions of "gaining the whole world" have been around since the beginning of time. Within the last 50 years, dreams of global dominance have become commonplace. Global-markets and global communication offer tantalizing opportunities for accumulating great wealth and power. "Gaining the whole world" used to be associated mainly with dreams of military conquest. These days, more than a few people believe that military power is wasteful. Nowadays, the new conquering heroes are the marketeers.
The Christ-man also told the "parable of the talents." It's an instructive little story and it goes like this:
A rich man takes a long journey. Before he departs the rich man divides 8 talents of gold between three of his employees. In those days, a "talent" of gold weighed approximately one-hundred pounds. One employee gets 5 talents. The second employee gets 2 talents. And the third employee, 1 talent. The rich man instructs them to invest wisely for an accounting upon his return. The rich man departs and is absent for a long time. But eventually he makes his way back and calls for the accounting. The first two employees had doubled their money. The one-talent employee had buried his talent in a safe place. The lord of the manor rewarded the first two employees and cursed the third as slothful and wicked.
It's another paradox of Scripture for a Soul-in-flesh to ponder. In one place the Christ suggests riches of this world are of no value in comparison to the value of a Soul. And then, as if to contradict Himself, Jesus tells a parable about investing talents of gold. His parable on wise investment ends with the person who was afraid to invest their talent cursed as slothful and wicked and condemned to "outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth."
Before His body of human flesh was finally transformed into the eternal stuff it became after His Resurrection, the Christ-man was taken by Satan to a "high mountain" and shown all the kingdoms of this world "as in a moment of time." After making this demonstration of power and command-control, Satan said these words: "I will give you the glory of these kingdoms and authority over them--for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will, I give it. If you, then, will worship me, it shall all be yours." The Christ-man's reply to this attractive offer: "Get behind Me, Satan."
Every Soul born of woman into this world of pleasure and pain is tempted and tried by the processes of existence in these bodies of flesh. Opportunities are abundant for blasphemy and rebellion against the living God. A creature-Soul's denial of God, as God has declared Himself to be in His Christ-manifestation, amounts in fact to that Soul-creature's denial of its own existence.
There are Souls on Earth today who choose to live in constant denial of their own spiritual character. The living Soul-in-flesh is an essentially spiritual being. The flesh inhabited by the Soul-on-Earth is, in origin, no less spiritual than the Soul. In their origin--God created both the Soul and the flesh. But now, the flesh has been cursed with the supernatural Curse of Death. Death terminates the flesh-phase of the Soul-species in this present cosmos.
The mystery of Death is as mysterious as Life Itself. Jesus of Nazareth is the only Soul in human history who ever said, "I am the way. I am the truth. I am the LIFE. No man comes to the Father except through me." Coming into the Father's Presence is life. Departure from the Father's Presence is death. It takes sincere courage and humility not to be offended by the sheer audacity of that statement.
When He began doing new works in this old world, Christ-man Jesus announced the purpose of His coming to Earth in a prophecy that He had given to prophet Isaiah many generations prior to His Incarnation:
"The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is upon me, because the LORD has appointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to announce that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed."
If a Soul is in denial of its own being as a spiritual life-form, then it's a short step into denying the existence of God Himself in His Christ and in His Spirit. Of course such denial is ludicrous but that doesn't stop more than a few people from maintaining their ludicrous position with vehement protestations.
A living Soul's denial of the essentially spiritual character of existence in the Earth-universe creates a spiritual vacuum. Nature tolerates no vacuum. So if a Soul chooses to build some kind of world-view other than that view which God Alone takes pleasure in revealing now to each Soul, one Soul at a time------then a spiritual vacuum is created in the being of that Soul. The whole world and all the kingdoms of the whole world aren't big enough to fill that vacuum.
This page was created on July 9th 2003