punish us, to teach us a lesson, or for some other reason. There are those who even believe what is often preached at somefuneral services, ”God has called this dear one home.” The ”calling home” has often come about by way of cancer, Consumption,or an automobile accident. It is blasphemous to believe that God operates in such a fashion. Nevertheless, the universal belief isthat God is responsible for our troubles, .and you and I are suffering from our Ignorant and unconsciousacceptance of that belief. We may not be aware of this, but it is so ingrained in consciousness that we suffer from it.To begin to set ourselves free from the penalties of universal beliefs, we must release God from all responsibility for the sins,diseases, deaths, droughts, lacks, and limitations of this world. We must honor our Father which is in heaven. We must love theLord our God with all our heart and with all our soul in the realization that He is too pure to behold iniquity or to cause it. He is thevery light of the world, and in Him is no darkness at all.
ONENESS OF GOD AND MAN
When that conviction becomes bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh and when we have a God wholly good, we ourselves thenare wholly good, for”I and my Father are one. John I0:30 ...Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.” Luke I5:3I Allthe qualities we now attribute to God-all the purity, goodness, justice, love, and forgiveness-are in reality qualities of man, for Godand man are one, just as the glass and the tumbler are one. What is the nature of the tumbler? Is there a tumbler or is there justglass? Is the tumbler merely a name for the form as which the glass is appearing? Glass is the essence of the tumbler; glass is itsquality. How strong is the tumbler? As strong as the glass of which it is made. How beautiful is the tumbler? As beautiful as theglass of which it is made. And what of man and his relationship to God? Is not man but the form or the temple, and God theessence of his being? Is it any more possible to separate God from man than glass from the tumbler? Is not God the substance ofman's life, of his mind, of his Soul, and of his Spirit? Is not even his body the temple of God?Once we perceive that oneness is the true relationship of God and man and, at the same time, perceive the pure nature of God inwhom there is no propensity for evil, man is also recognized as pure and upright in whom there likewise is no propensity orcapacity for evil. Before we can wipe sin, disease, death, accident, poverty, or injustice off this earth, we must first remove it fromGod. Then we shall have a universe showing forth God's glory, and God's glory can be only perfection itself.“He that hath seen me hath seen the Father John I4:9 ...[for] I and my Father are one.” John I0:30 The Father is greater than weare because the Father is the substance and essence of being, and we are but the form which appears in infinite variety .Just asthe glass is greater than the form it takes and can be molded into a tumbler, a sauce-dish, or a pepper shaker, with the glassalways retaining the quality, essence, character, and nature of whatever form it takes, so is God the nature, essence, activity, andthe law unto every form, including man, animal, plant, and mineral.The nature of man, then, is the nature of God expressed individually, and this man, therefore, must be the image and likeness ofGod, the showing forth of God. For man to be holy, God must be holy; for man to love his enemies, God must have no otherfeeling than love; for man to be forgiving, God must express no condemnation, no judgment, no punishment.Is it not clear, then, that the beginning of freedom for you and for me is to have God wholly good, God from whom can come forthnothing but Spirit, eternality, and justice? God looked on what He had made, and behold, He found it very good. The goodnessthat is in God is innate in the goodness of His creation.But if we claim that God is wholly good, that still has no effect on our life as long as we are separate and apart from God. God maybe wholly good, but we do not share in that goodness until we can perceive our oneness with God as heir of God and joint-heir toall the heavenly riches, and accept the promise, ”Son. ..all that I have is thine” Unless we can see that oneness, it will be likebelieving that Jesus was wholly good, that he was the son of God, but that we are not. What good is Jesus' perfection if it is notalso our perfection? What good would come from God's being perfect, if you and I were something separate and apart from God,subject to other influences?But we are not something separate and apart from God.”I and my Father are one,” and in that relationship of oneness theperfection of God is our perfection, and God's freedom from the capacity to sin or to suffer disease, lack, or limitation is also ourfreedom. Whatever goodness is being made manifest through us is God's goodness; whatever immortality is the immortality of