Is there a superhuman life or is this a closed universe limited to what we can see and touch? Right from our beginnings as a human race we and our forefathers have always felt there has to be some power beyond this earth who is ultimately responsible for our existing at all. In other words, there has to be a first cause, however many intermediate or evolutionary causes lie in between. Is there any empirical evidence of a life above and beyond ours? Is there any touch-and-see evidence of life from outer space?
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We’ve all experienced a life-power that surprises us by its unexpected strength or its unexpected consequences. There isn’t one of us who has not been elated by physical energy that has surged within us at times of extreme exhaustion or traumatic crisis. All of us are able to look back on certain moments when we achieved things that we did not think we could ever have achieved. Though some of these can be explained by the summoning of all our own physical resources as at the end of a marathon or in a moment of extreme physical danger, yet there are other times when we have sensed a power of life that seems to come from beyond. This kind of “https://truthmatters.worldinvisible.com/?talk=superhuman” life has been expressed on our planet by certain individuals throughout history in more continuous ways than most of us have ever experienced, but undoubtedly the outstanding example is the life lived in the first century of our era by the man known as Jesus of Nazareth.
The Superhuman Phenomenon
He not only expressed powers that made dead bodies live and withered limbs active but he had an ability to manipulate and change the form of matter so that stones became bread and wind-torn waters became calm. The plainest manifestation of all is the reason for our splitting our history into B.C. and A.D. — that is his own death and destruction of death three days later. He then explained to his followers that this superhuman life was the original plan of the Creator of the world for all of us. Followers of his like Paul of Tarsus have elaborated this explanation so that many of us have begun to realize that life on earth apart from this superhuman life is very much a second-best. We simply were not meant to live with only the powers of physical, mental, and emotional life that most of us depend on for our existence.
The Source of Superhuman Life
Instead, we were intended to acknowledge our Creator and treat him as our Father. He knows why he made us and put us in the particular town in which we were born. He planned that we should treat him as real and as a result he would manifest through us powers that were greater than those of our mental and emotional faculties. In fact, these faculties have no power to create anything — they only manipulate and play around with things and people and circumstances, but they do not possess power to create. This supernatural life is the actual essence of God himself and is uncreated life. It isn’t observable or measurable by the senses but throughout history has been the cause of all kinds of inexplicable military victories and personal achievements that have amazed mankind. This supernatural life seems to surge under our physical and mental capacities and extend them. But at times it seems to work utterly apart from them and bring about results that bear no relationship to their capacities at all. Jesus explained that this superhuman life was the gift of his Father to all of us IF we would believe him.
Don’t Believe It!
We, of course, from the beginning of the world rejected this whole idea. We liked what we could see — and we could see an earth with food and water and wonderful animals, magnificent scenery and other attractive human beings, so we resolved we would use what we could see and feel. This is what is described in the early chapters of Genesis in the Old Testament. There it is presented as the choice between two trees — a tree of life and a tree of knowledge of good and evil. We preferred to build upon our own knowledge of good and evil by the precedents of our predecessors rather than by any inner attitude of dependence on some invisible God, so we proceeded to develop the world by experimentation and the old system of trial and error. As we know now, so many errors occur with the ozone layer, strange viruses, and economic greed and imbalance that we now have a world that is out of control. Far from “subduing” it or “filling” it, we human beings are wondering how to avoid blowing it apart and ourselves with it.
Alienation From Our Roots
But the worst result of our rejection of this superhuman life comes from the absence of a relationship which is essential for our sanity. Most of us know that there just has to be somebody somewhere holding the earth up. We know fine well that sea. sons, orbiting planets, and DNA molecules do not occur by chance. We know there’s someone out there. We know too that that someone must know we’re here and he must have some reason for putting us on this earth. That’s the only thing that makes any sense! When we evade this issue or pretend that person isn’t there we’re left hanging in the air –literally as well as metaphorically. And we know it. We feel the insecurity of spinning around space on a revolving sphere. We feel the insignificance of being one of four billion who all think they’re more unique than all the other four billion. But above all we feel the frustration and meaninglessness of being shot up into existence for seventy years and then ceasing to exist forever. The whole thing lacks sense or point.
The Daily Consequences of our Lack of Superhuman Life
Faced with this seeming fiasco we all have set about trying to meet the needs that are created by our lack of this superhuman life. Perhaps our most obvious one is that of security. Not only have we the cosmic need for some kind of reassurance that we won’t fall off the earth (especially if we live in Australia) but most of us know from kindergarten days that “no one will look after you if you don’t look after yourself.” So we develop a very strong preoccupation with our own survival. This forms the basic motive for our educational plans — get a good schooling so that you can get a good job so that you can buy good clothes, a comfortable house, and eat good food. Our idea is always to meet these basic needs and then get on to other more important things. But most of us don’t! Most — even among the clever and sophisticated –fail to get much beyond the newest BMW or the latest microwave. Indeed, we not only spend most of our lives trying to keep alive, but we usually lose ourselves in the process.
Let’s talk in the next article about some of the ways this lack of superhuman life has stolen our very identity.
Many of us today feel there is a hollow emptiness in our lives. We watch television, go to movies, attend concerts, and go out with friends, but still feel an emptiness in life that we cannot quite explain. On the other hand, many of us have experienced moments when we seemed to transcend our own limited personalities by bravery, endurance or kindliness that seem to come from outside ourselves. The explanation of both of these opposite extremes is that there is available to us a superhuman life or energy that we are intended to experience in our normal everyday lives. Though it has been observed in the lives of various people throughout history, it was expressed most consistently in the integrity and wisdom and power over death that is found in the life of Jesus of Nazareth around 28 a.d..
This life is an energy that is different from our mental, emotional, and physical life: it is the actual life-power of the Creator Himself and is manifested by Him in the lives of those who acknowledge Him. The created life that we have when we’re born was also given us by our Maker but it was intended only to maintain our existence on the earth long enough to enable us to consciously choose to recognize Him. As we began to live in conscious friendship and obedience to His plans we would “shift into overdrive” as His creative life lifted and extended our mental and physical powers. The Creator still expresses this “creative” life unconditionally in outstanding human beings irrespective of their own attitude to Him — FOR JUST ONE BIG REASON! So that you and I will see how we ourselves can live!
Our Created Life
But so dominated have we become with “knowledge” (Gen. 2:17) that we look at these “outstanding” people as simply having more ability than ourselves. If this were real ability in the sense of “being able to change situations in the world” we might be more justified in our own resignation. But usually these “outstanding” people do not effect permanent change in the course of history; they simply express a life that is more vibrant and alive than natural created life. The real changes in the world usually come not from such outstanding individuals but from inexplicable and often untraceable, gradual movements by lots of ‘little” people. In this way, the Creator demonstrates down through the years both the visible expression and the effectual power of His uncreated life.
However, He does this so that we will see that our present “flat” and “relatively ineffective” created life is nothing more than a temporary “battery” until we “plug into the main power supply.” While we fail to do that, we find an emptiness in our lives. This feeling of futility comes from the fact that we are not living the life we were meant to live and are not living off the life we were meant to live off. No wonder we wonder who we are or what we’re doing here!!
Who Am I?
That’s the question that increasingly eats at us inside as the years go by. We fill up our time with little jobs and temporary purposes that our underpowered capacities and our human relationships present to us, but always we are wondering “why am I doing this?” “What am I here for anyway?” Even when we are presented with the gold watch after 30 years of service, we still wonder who we are or what we’re meant to do here.
But the real agony of this identity crisis is not in the external question of what we’re doing with our lives. Our identity crisis is most intense inside us — in our “losing touch with our selves”.
Loss of Identity
Because we are out of touch with the Creator and His creative life we are unable to fulfil our part in completing the creation. Instead, we look at the creation as a source for maintaining our temporary created life. The result is that we become utterly dependent on the world of people for our own self esteem. If someone praises us we feel we’re worth something. If someone criticizes us, we face a crisis of self worth. In order to keep the praises coming and evade the criticisms, we become little performing monkeys who will do anything to get the boss, our peers, or our mates to praise us. So deeply ingrained do these reflex responses become that we quickly develop into “social machines” that respond the way we’re expected to respond. In place of the creative, spontaneous, original individuals we were created to become, we turn into robots that can no longer find their own souls
So, without the uncreated life expressed pre-eminently in Jesus of Nazareth, we knock at the door of our hearts in vain — because we cannot find anyone in. As Wordsworth wrote:
“Heaven lies about us in our infancy;
Shades of the prison-house begin to close
around the growing boy.
At length the man perceives it die away
and fade into the light of common day.”
If we miss the purpose and life-power we were made for, we are bound to have a problem with our identity.
Let’s look in the next article at the impact this lack of superhuman life has on our happiness.
Until you get the fastest car, boat, or motorcycle. Until you marry the mostbeautiful girl or buy your dreamhouse. Until you get to the top of yourprofession. Until you have money to burn. Until you fulfil your early promise.Until you get a certain level of security. Until you do these things, you liveto pursue happiness.
That is-you live with the thought in the back of your mind that the onlyreason you aren’t happy is that you haven’t got what you think would make youhappy. But “when you get it” you will be happy!! Just a few get thesethings–people like Howard Hughes or Boy George–and then? Well, then they areso happy they want to die!!
But that’s the people who seem to get to the end of their rainbow. Whatabout you and me-and most of us? Why are we so unhappy? And why do we conourselves into thinking that we would be happy if we had those things that justa few people have attained-especially when we see them so unhappy too? Actually,when we at last get past these temporary hopes and ambitions, we reach a pointin life where we are able to see that happiness or unhappiness isn’t so much thereal problem. The real problem is just a lack of satisfaction with life – afeeling that we haven’t quite lived it as it was meant. We feel we’ve missedsomething somewhere, but don’t quite know what it is. Why do we feel like this?
The real reason is that most of us have passed all our years here on earthbreathing sub-standard air, and as a result living a sub-standard life, andfalling far below the person we were intended to be. We were given createdlife-physical, mental, emotional-but within us, deep inside, was the seed ofanother uncreated life. It is spirit-life-the kind that enabled Jesus ofNazareth to maintain serenity despite nails in his hands and the kind thatsurged from his body and healed a woman who had been bleeding for 12 years. Thisspirit-life transforms our physical and mental life so that it lasts forever.
But more importantly, this uncreated, superhuman life enables you to be anddo what you were created to be and do. Without it, you live ahalf-life-attempting only what you can achieve with the minimal powers you wereborn with. Your expectations grow smaller as the years pass, and you fall intothe old debilitating attitudes and habits of thinking that accompany the declineof temporary life.
Because that’s what created life is-temporary! That’s all it was ever meantto be. The creator gave you enough physical and mental life to get you on yourfeet in his world. Then he expected you to turn to him and ask him to begin toinfuse his uncreated life into you. This is the meaning of the tree of life inGenesis 2:9. Most of us, of course, have never taken this step. So we live asub-standard life with substandard resources! The result is we are almostcontinually dissatisfied with life, with ourselves, with the world. We arevaguely unhappy most of the time.
Why do we Refuse Superhuman Life?
Why do we live like this? Why do we settle for this half-hearted, vaguelyunhappy life? Mostly because we don’t think there’s any alternative. We’ve heardso much religious talk that is either infantile or nonsensical. We’ve seen somuch so-called religion that is more ruthless and underhanded than good oldatheism. But there’s another reason that underlies these. It has to do with theway one is supposed to receive this supernatural life. God seemed to place this”tree of life” in the garden of Eden and Adam simply had to eat thefruit of it. He was obligated simply to eat it. Now we can’t see any tree(because that was the way God provided it to mankind in his childhood). Todaywe’re supposed to receive a “spirit” that we can’t see or taste orsmell. We’re not supposed to manipulate our thoughts in a certain way orstimulate our emotions because this superhuman life-spirit is a gift. We’vesimply to receive it and live as if we have received it! It’s all so ephemeraland unreal that most of us reject the whole idea as being too unlike life whereyou get only what you earn and work for. It’s so unlike ordinary existence whereyou can see and taste and touch things that are really real.
Faith and Superhuman Life
Yet all our objections are ill-founded. In fact, our most valuablepossessions were indeed given to us we did not earn them-our eyesight, ourbrains, our arms, spring mornings, our breath. And we do operate byfaith-believing that we can walk even before we take our first steps–believingthat the plane will hold us up even before we take our first flight. We put ourlife into the hands of a stranger when we have general anaesthetic before anoperation. And we often try a new diet or vitamin pill for months with fullfaith before we abandon it. The Creator who has given us eyes that see the worldoffers us a superhuman life that we can depend on. When we do, our real lifebegins!
We’ve just completed a study of the results that follow from our lack of superhuman life. That’s the spirit-life that our Creator intended us to experience in a close relationship with him. He made us to live in association with him as our Father.
As we saw, this would result in a great sense of security for us, real reassurance of our self-worth, and great satisfaction from knowing and doing the work he put us on earth for. But beyond these benefits for our personal sense of purpose and identity, this inner “connection” with him in our thought-life would result in psychological benefits of an unimpaired mind and balanced emotions which would produce a strong healthy body. When these factors are combined with a deep spirit-life that imparts the Creator’s own directions through intuition, it’s obvious that we were meant to live a life that is far above the dissipating, diseased, unbalanced and besieged lonely lives most of us live today.
Our Poor Substitute
Once we (or rather our forefathers) chose to live “without” God’s directions or help, we had no alternative but to use the human life he had given us to get from the world what we needed through the centuries–with, as we know, disastrous results.
We’ve operated on the basis of what is mentioned in Genesis 2:17 as “knowledge of good and evil”. This has meant building up a list of precedents from man’s “trial and error” experiences throughout history. Not only does it result in domination and manipulation of mankind by the power of knowledge, but it has proven a very inadequate and crude method of dealing with circumstances and problems that have so many variables that “solution by study of past precedents” has become simplistic.
So dangerous is this “building on the past” for beings who were meant to develop the universe that the Creator simply eliminated access to His own spirit-life lest we try to use its infinite powers to bring about our own short-sighted and selfish purposes. This is part of the meaning of the statement in Genesis 3:22 which resulted in our present “lame-duck” human life.
However, the powers and spirits that had already been given responsibility by Him for the supervision of this planet–known by the name Satan or popularly as devil–have concentrated on blinding us human beings to our “deprived” state. The great lie has been urged throughout history as it was expressed in Genesis 3:4. Even though our common-sense tells us it is illogical to believe that we are spinning through infinite space on a spherical spaceship by sheer chance, we have come to believe that ridiculous lie. Though we see millions die of heroin addiction or cholesterol imbalance, yet we continue to say “we won’t die”. Indeed, we humans have made our “self-made” existence such a complete system that our sheer blindness to our predicament has become the greatest obstacle to our deliverance.
Our Maker’s Attitude
This is because our Creator’s love was prepared for our calamitous declaration of independence” because His purpose was to create beings who would have free wills and could therefore live with him in a mature family relationship. He knew therefore that a declaration of independence was possible and was prepared to reconcile once we realized our rebellion and turned back to trust him. But we had first to become aware of our second-rate life.
So began a long “process of education” which began thousands of years ago when “natural law” dictated that Cain, the first murderer, would feel a loneliness and persecution because of his “sin” (Genesis 4:14). But not only did God arrange that our conscience would still trouble us when we lived without His spirit-life; He also imparted his spirit-life unconditionally to certain individuals down through the years so that He could “reveal” to them the way we should be living. One of the earliest summaries of these laws” is known as the Ten Commandments and is recorded in Exodus 20.
So blind and self-assured have we humans become that we have missed the whole point of these laws. They exist to drive us by frustration see that we are missing something– we lack some superhuman life we were meant to possess. We have accepted them as a challenge or standard that we have to try to live up to. So, most of us live with a constant sense of frustration and defeat that is aggravated by vague feelings of guilt that we don’t live the way we should. However, we keep on trying even though the Creator has a far, far better way. Let’s begin to talk about that in the next article.
Have you ever had to live for a month in a room that lacks the conveniences or orderliness that you are used to? Isn’t it uncanny how you adapt so well to your situation that the end of the month finds you much less irritated by the things you missed than the beginning? This is because we human beings have been given a remarkable ability to adapt to inferior surroundings when we have to.
This is what we have done in regard to the present life we now live here on earth. The Maker of the universe intended us to live in a close personal relationship with him that would impart to us His insight into the functioning of our own personalities and the world itself. We rejected that gift in order to do what we wanted with ourselves and the world. He thereupon withdrew access to this superhuman life and we steadily deteriorated until we ended up with the impaired minds, unbalanced emotions, and weakened wills that hamper our lives today. However, we used the gift of adaptability that we had to make this “deteriorated” life bearable. We have created such a complete, “alternative” life-support system that billions of us today fail to realize that our present life is a huge “second-best”. This then was the first great need after the human “fall” thousands of years ago–our Maker had to make us aware that “there was something rotten in the state of Denmark”–that something was not as it was meant to be.
Origin of Law
This was why the first murderer in human history was given a visible mark and became a fear?ridden fugitive in Genesis 4:8-16. Our maker wanted us to realize that a better life was possible than the one we were adapting to. We were not made to kill each other or be angry with each other or be jealous of each other. So, our maker began to outline the way normal “https://truthmatters.worldinvisible.com/?talk=superhuman” life would operate–through the early centuries He set out the “laws” of this life. Just as the ‘law of gravity’ describes the normal behaviour of heavier-than-air objects, so these “laws of God” describe the behaviour of humans who live off superhuman life. These were first expressed in a written form about 1400 B.C. One copy of them is found in Exodus 20. People who live in a close personal relationship of trust to the maker of the universe will not steal (because they trust the Creator’s plan for provision of their needs). They will not kill (because they depend on their Creator and not on their own ability for their safety). They will not worship stone idols (because they know the real God who made them and the earth).
Origin of Moralism
But we all know what we human beings have done with these “laws”. We have made it our goal to live up to these laws of superhuman life–using only the “human” life that they are meant to expose! Then when we have failed to do that, we have used our failure as proof that there is no God and that all such idealism is unrealistic. So, our Maker is faced with a world-full of humans who not only accustom themselves to an inferior life-power but try to use that life-power to measure up to the descriptions He has given of the real, superhuman life He has available for them.
Real Purpose of the Law
Most religions, including that of non-christian Christendom, have adopted this moralistic purpose as their raison d’etre. The aim is to prove to the Maker that they have superhuman life because they can imitate some of its characteristics through their purely human life. They never can, of course, so they end up in constant frustration and guilt. The “laws” of superhuman life were revealed to mankind by the Creator to convince them that they were missing a super-life that He could make available to them again. The law therefore is a diagnostic tool to convince us that we lack what we were originally intended to possess: it is a list of “symptoms” of health with which we are meant to diagnose our sickness. Instead, we behave like cancer patients who try to rouge their cheeks and pad their bodies to disguise the symptoms of their disease.
The Human Response to the Law
Nevertheless, for fifteen hundred years the Creator used the nation of Israel as a living, practical illustration of the fact that we humans could not reproduce the advanced characteristics of His original, superhuman life with the deteriorated human life we possess. Those fifteen hundred years tell a story of repeated human “trying hard” when what is needed is superhuman power. It’s a story of people trying to be like the Creator without the Creator’s life–and this independence and misuse of the laws of God is known as sin. Paradoxically, sin itself is not immorality but morality attempted without superhuman life. Thus, we have taken the Maker’s diagnostic tool and turned it into a sledge-hammer with which to batter ourselves senseless. The law, which was intended as a way to show us what we were missing, has been perverted into something else we try to do without God. The marks of superhuman life have been rationalized into a way of improving ordinary, human life.
Acceptance of a true diagnosis is the first big step towards health. Let’s look together in the next article at some of the marks of superhuman life that may help you to take your first step.
Imagine a math teacher placing calculators on her desk and telling the classshe wanted them to begin using them. After a few days she finds half the classuse them but half do not. So the next day, she gives them thirty square roots towork out in 15 minutes, reckoning that this will force them to use thecalculators. Lo and behold, after 15 minutes she finds 10 students still tryingto work out the answers without using the calculators. When she points out tothem the time is up, they begin complaining that the standard she sets is toohigh and they cannot possibly live up to it. She then reminds them that thewhole point of giving them a challenge that could be met only by using acalculator was to force them to use a calculator. She knew they wouldn’t be ableto do the square roots without one!
Purpose of God’s Laws
This is why the Creator of the universe communicated “laws of behaviour”to one of us on Mount Sinai about 3400 years ago. They were laws of “https://truthmatters.worldinvisible.com/?talk=superhumanlife” i.e. they describe the behaviour of people who live off superhumanlife. They are “calculations” that can be done only if you usecalculators! Their whole purpose is to force you to use calculators. Their wholepurpose is to force you to use superhuman life or to show you that you haven’tgot it. We human beings have done exactly what the students in the math classdid–we have committed ourselves to trying to reproduce the standards describedin the laws of superhuman life–without the superhuman life! This is moralismand results in people who complain that the standards are too high and cannot bereached. Yet this moralism is what most of our religions, includingpseudo-Christianity, are involved in.
Talking About Others
Are you living off superhuman life or just ordinary human life? It’s vitalto know because one is a poor second-best and results in a kind of lame-doglife. And it is possible for you to know. For instance, do you find yourselfblaming another person for something you really are responsible for? Or do youfind yourself carried by the conversational flow into overstating anotherperson’s shortcomings? Would you be embarrassed to save face-to-face what youhave said behind the person’s back? Do you criticize in another a flaw in yourown character? Do you gossip about another in such a way that they seem now lesscompetent or admirable? All of these behaviour patterns involve “bearingfalse witness against your neighbour” BUT it is the very absence of thishabit that is a symptom of eternal supernatural life. Why?
Because supernatural life creates a real sense of peace about your ownstatus and worth. The Spirit of the Creator and His own peace flow into you sothat you melt into Him: the result is you have no doubt about your ownacceptance by Him. But you know this is simply because of His gracious love ofyou, so you sense that same loving acceptance towards others. You find yourselfwanting to protect and build them up in others’ eyes. But, if you don’t trustyour Creator’s loving attitude towards you, then you are concerned about whatothers think of you. You want to impress them with your own value or, if youcan’t do that, get them to side with you against someone else. Thus you fallinto mildly tearing others down in order to build yourself up. So, you can tellwhether you are living off human or superhuman life by the way you talk aboutother people!
Be Moral or Believe?
But don’t fall into moralism. Don’t be like the students in the math class.Don’t determine now that you will avoid gossip and critical talk. Theythemselves are not the problem–the problem is your lack of superhumanlife–this is sin. It means, whatever your mental beliefs may be, you are notreally trusting God for your acceptance and worth. You’re trusting other people.His superhuman life begins to flow through you when you begin to treat Him asthe one whose opinion alone matters and when you start to look up to Him to seewhat He thinks of you. Trusting God is an inner attitude of your heart thataffects the way you live.
It’s the same with coveting. It’s mentioned too in Exodus 20 as one of thelaws of superhuman life–one of the ways superhuman life expresses itself inlife here on earth. If you believe that the Creator really does know when asparrow dies and that He has counted every hair on your head–and if you alsobelieve that He does love you and want the best for you–then you will beutterly content with the possessions you have at this moment. You’ll feel thatyour present state is absolutely right for you–if it weren’t, He would changeit. So it won’t stir anything in you if you see someone else better of than you.You won’t care if you never have a car or a stereo or a new coat: what yourFather-Creator has given you contents you.
But, if you live with only human life, then you depend on this world of jobsand money to get what you need. Moreover, your opinion of what you need isalways being formed by what other people have. The result is you find yourselfwishing at times that you had something you haven’t. Occasionally, you findyourself dwelling on a husband or a wife or a job or a life-style and then yourealize you are coveting these things. You are preoccupied with getting them andfeel some resentment at not having them. Don’t fall into moralism. Don’t resolvenot to covet. Look honestly at whom you trust for the things you need in thislife. Is it your Creator or is it yourself or your abilities? Do you reallythink your Maker loves you or cares about you? Does HE really want the best foryour life? And are you prepared to accept as best what He judges to be best?
So it’s possible–if you’re honest–to gradually begin to deal with thecentral issue in life–do you believe in God or in yourself?
Human life consists of the exercise of our physical, mental, emotional andspiritual powers. We were all born with these abilities and our lives arelimited by them. However, our Maker never intended that–He always meant us toshare His own superhuman life. We were made for that. That’s why we want tofly–physically, emotionally, mentally–we feel we were made to live forever. Wefeel we were made to be far more than we seem to be in our present, narrow,frustrating little lives. One old writer put it like this: God “has madeeverything beautiful in its time; also He has put eternity into man’s mind.”(Ecclesiastes 3:11) What is this superhuman life?
We’ve said in past weeks that it’s an energizing spirit that heightens ourmental and physical powers so that we are able to live the kind of serene,joyful, powerful life that Jesus of Nazareth lived–seeing things the way Godsees them, responding to them with His power over sickness and evil. It’s likewater–no smell, no taste, almost invisible–but it utterly delivers you fromyour own cramping small-mindedness and lifts you over the walls of your ownpersonality. The history of the world that we have in the Bible recounts thatthe Creator offered our forefathers this life at the beginning of the world. Tamankind in his childhood He presented it as a “tree of life” andstated that we could survive here on earth through receiving that life by faithfrom him or we could survive through our own independent knowledge of good andevil.
The Fallen Life
We chose the latter–to live by trial and error–building gradually our ownhuman list of precedents based or our experience of the earth year by year. Whatwe didn’t realize was that our mental and physical powers did not need justknowledge to operate properly; they needed the superhuman life that we lost whenwe began to live as if there was no God. The result is that we not only haveimperfect knowledge of the way life works (theories of relativity, that have tobe constantly modified and updated), but we have human personalities that seemperverted or twisted in the way they operate. However, we have endeavoured tomake ourselves at home on the earth and to persuade everyone else that this isthe best of all possible worlds. So, we have devised systems of family, work,peer-recognition, drugs, education, travel, recreation and consumer-goods tocover up our anxieties, frustrations and unhappiness.
The Need for Exposure
The result is that we have not simply fallen short of the Creator’s plan forus but we have made “falling short” the norm so that it’s verydifficult for us to tell what superhuman life would be like. We ourselvestherefore have great difficulty saying whether we have it or not. This is whyour Maker described it to a human being called Moses about 3400 years ago. Helisted its symptoms so that we could tell if we had it or not. We, of course,have taken those symptoms and made them part of our own “knowledge of goodand evil” to try to persuade ourselves that we possess this “https://truthmatters.worldinvisible.com/?talk=superhumanlife”. We call them laws of God and we call people who “obey”them moral people. Most religions and churches spend great amounts of timetrying to get people to be moral. They encourage everyone to think that if theymanage to be moral–or to reproduce these symptoms of superhuman life–then theypossess it and will live forever. This does not follow at all–anyone can rougeup his cheeks and make them look like healthy cheeks, but he may still be dyingof cancer! The external imitation of the symptoms of superhuman life proves onlythat you don’t have it. However, most religious people continue to believe thatthe laws of God were given to teach us how to become like God. They were givenfor the very opposite reason.
Purpose of the ‘Law’
Paul put it like this in the Bible: “if it had not been for the law, Ishould not have known sin…since through the law comes knowledge of sin…inorder that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment mightbecome sinful beyond measure.” (Romans 7:7,13; 3:20) God described to usthe ways or the laws of superhuman life to expose the fact that we didn’t haveit! That’s the whole purpose of the laws, but we have turned the tables onGod–and on ourselves–by reducing them to external actions that we then try toreproduce. YOU DON’T HAVE TO TRY TO BREATHE; IF YOU’RE ALIVE, THEN BREATHING ISONE OF THE SYMPTOMS–YOU CAN’T AVOID IT! Have you superhuman life? Just checkyourself against the symptoms!
Your Maker said that if you have superhuman life you will be free fromtrying to please people in order to get what you want. You’ll want to pleaseonly one person, knowing that His pleasure will always be best for yourrelatives and friends as well. That’s what the first law means– “you’llhave no other gods besides me”. Your god is the person you want to pleaseall the time, so if you want to please your wife some of the time–or yourboss–or your peers–or your children, then they are your gods at thosetimes–and you lack this symptom of superhuman life. Don’t blur the real truthabout yourself by playing around with the word “god”. God is the beingyou regard as having absolute power over your life; He’s the being on whom youdepend for life itself; He is regarded by you as absolutely wise and as knowingyou better than you know yourself. If you see Him as the father of Jesus Christ,then you know He really, loves you and cares about your life. So, He’s the onlyone to please–because He will want what’s best for all the others and for you.
If, however, you please yourself some of the time, then you are your godduring that time, so once more you lack this symptom of superhuman life. Youshould just face that fact–if you do, this can be the beginning of the solutionto your whole life. It is a great step towards truth if you can admit the youdon’t have superhuman life–reality begins to break in upon you when you dealhonestly with this issue of having other gods besides the real one.
Have you ever imagined that you were somebody famous or rich? Have you ever dreamed that you could do things far beyond your natural powers? Have you had moments when you thought, “I can be different–I can escape from this narrow, little life I live?” When we do this, the whole world usually implies we are just day-dreaming: compensating for our feelings of inadequacy or mediocrity. But the only man who overcame death and gave verifiable historic proof that he was directly related to the Creator of the world–Jesus of Nazareth–disagrees!
Significance of our Daydreams
He says that you were made to love above the limitations you were born with. Your powers of speech, thought, and feeling are neutral, passive abilities that differ only in quantity from those of the animal. They exert power to change and effect things in the world only when they are energized by a superhuman life that is activated through personal trust in the Maker of the universe. Your dreams of a higher kind of superlife exist because that is reality. Certainly our egotism perverts it in many ignoble and childish ways, but the existence of such dreams reflects the reality that we were made to experience a superlife that is meant to power our purely human abilities.
Jesus of Nazareth indicated that the early account in the Bible of man’s creation was historically reliable on this point that God made man with human powers–and then made available to him a “tree of life” that would give effectual force to those human powers. Without this superhuman life (actually his own personal life) our human abilities would deteriorate over 70 years and could produce no increase in the world’s resources. The history of mankind expresses the truth of these first and second laws of thermodynamics–the energy in the world remains constant but the world-system itself is running down.
In mankind’s early days we refused to believe this and determined to make do with what we thought were our considerable human powers. We separated ourselves from the Creator and His own life and were therefore left by Him to discover the limitations of ordinary human life. However, left without our Maker, we abandoned developing the world for him and concentrated on using it for ourselves. Without the self-esteem and security of a relationship to Him, we accustomed ourselves to extorting these things from each other. Soon after creation we had normalized this state of Godlessness so that we were blind to any life other than one of covetousness, greed and hatred. It was at this point (about 1400 B.C.) that the Creator prompted a man called Moses to describe the superhuman life we were intended to experience.
The Ten Commandments
These were called the laws of life. Just as the laws of science describe the way matter behaves, so these laws describe the way superhuman life behaves. Newton’s apple didn’t have to try to fall to the ground in order to obey the law of gravity: it naturally obeyed it because it was a “heavier-than-air” object. If it had been lighter than air, it could not have behaved that way–however much it tried. The only way, for a balloon filled with hydrogen to behave the same way as the apple is for the balloon to become a heavier-than-air object by getting rid of the hydrogen.
We human beings have been so determined to live independent of our Creator that we have tried to do the impossible. We have regarded the so-called “Ten Laws” as behaviour we ought to emulate. Rather than face the fact that we lacked the life they described, we have committed ourselves to imitating the behaviour patterns of that life even though we possess only human life! The result is the frustrating, self-righteous philosophy of moralism which occupies most religions and churches today.
Old Testament History
The purpose of the Ten Commandments was exactly the opposite–they were not commandments that we should try to obey–they were symptoms of divine life to show us our true condition. Over a period of 1400 years (documented in the Old Testament human history details man’s repeated efforts to “obey” these laws without possessing the superhuman life they describe. The result is the gradual deterioration of that society until it became the most moralistic nation in the world. Though the broad principles exhibited by these laws have become the foundation of our legal system which restrains anarchy in the world, we human beings have continued to miss their essential purpose by trying to reproduce them rather than be exposed by them.
Using the Ten Laws
Have you superhuman life? How do you know? Simply ask yourself–do I depend on people or money rather then God for my self-esteem and security? Do I wish I had what someone else has (covetous)? Do I say things behind people’s backs (bear false witness)? Do I commit adultery? Steal? Swear? Do I have to “try” to avoid these things? Stand out in the open–be honest–have you superhuman life? Or are you limping along with ordinary human powers that will run out after 70 years? Let’s talk in the next article about what you can do.
“I can’t be a goody-goody. I just have to be myself!” We like that kind of comment because we identify “goody-goodies” with hypocrites who pretend not to feel what the rest of us feel. They study to please the “authorities” by meticulous adherence to moral norms. They irritate us to death!
On the other hand we aren’t happy with the idea of trying to be out-and-out evil ourselves. Something inside us makes us want to be “normal”, and normal involves being kind, generous, caring, honest, and loyal. But we find there is also something in us that is repulsed by “goody-goodness” and yet stops us being as good as we feel we ought to be. What’s the explanation of this paradox in people like ourselves? And is there any way to escape it?
Why Are We Not as Good as We Want to Be?
The explanation is that we’re made to be better than we are–naturally! We’re like cars that are made to run on Super gasoline but they’re trying to make do with Regular. We’re made to be powered by an intimate trusting relationship to the Maker of the world. Treating him as our faithful Father creates in us great peace and forbearance to other people–we don’t covet or steal. But when we live as if we have no great Father who cares for us, we thresh around full of envy and anxiety. Our Creator wants us to realize we’re missing a relationship with Him that makes us naturally like Him, so he has built into us a memory of what life is like with him as our friend. That memory is our conscience and it makes us want to “live up” to his laws.
But the laws of God are just descriptions of the way we automatically live if we trust Him. They’re like Technical Manuals for a car that runs on Super gasoline or petrol. If you run the car on Regular, the laws or performance “specs” for Super gas will frustrate you to death. However much you try, you’ll never match the specification standards for Super gas UNLESS you use Super gas! That’s the purpose of the so-called “laws of God”–they exist to “frustrate you to death”. So the paradox that we talked about at the beginning is really God’s plan. We want to be better than we are but we dislike people who try to be good themselves because–deep down–we know goodness is the result of a relationship, not the condition for a relationship.
Why Are the Ten Commandments So Frustrating?
The purpose of the laws of God is to drive us to despair. Paul wrote this in Romans 7:13–“Did that which is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, working death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure.”
In other words, you try to obey the laws of God. You fail, fail, fail. You try, try, try. And fail, fail, fail. Until you see that your very trying is the problem. It’s not your badness that is the problem–it’s your goodness–YOUR goodness! You think you’re still able to be good on your own without God–that’s sin! It’s the way you live in inner dependence on the world of people, things, and circumstances instead of on God.
Our attempts to reproduce the symptoms of a God-trusting life without trusting God are the ultimate declaration of independence. This is why we hate “goody-goodies” and why religious people and churches who emphasize morality rather than trust in God seem so obnoxious.
How Do We Escape From Our Condition?
First-by seeing the real problem. The problem is not changing our behaviour, but changing US. However much we improve on our morals, we’ll never be like God until we begin to depend on him for everything. That’s why God allowed the Jews to live in frustration for 2,000 years–for our benefit. They became utterly preoccupied with his laws. They are known as people of the law. They still discuss it, dissect it, honour it, elevate it. Yet they find it is still not natural to reproduce it in their lives. It seems more natural to disobey it than obey it. They have tried to change their behaviour for 2,000 years just as many of us have for 20 or 30 years. But we cannot! Regular gasoline cannot perform like Super gasoline, however much it tries. Its very essence has to be changed. This is why God did not destroy us all but allowed us to have 70 years here on earth. Moses recorded in Genesis 8:21–“the Lord said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth.”
It’s our nature that needs to be changed–not our behaviour or our morals. They will change when our nature is changed. This is why God “winked” at us; Acts 17:30 records Paul’s statement in Athens: “The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all men everywhere to repent.” Our Creator expects us to be changed now–because he has provided a way to change us–inside and out. The first step towards that is to see it’s not our behaviour that has to change it’s us. But we human beings have got used to what we are. Moreover, our nature is fixed deeply in our life-style. But, more than that, it has been bred into our race for centuries–there’s a reason why we can’t do what we aspire to do in our best moments. We now are burdened with a psychological and physical nature that has developed its own ways and modes of operation. So, changing our natures is not just a case of keeping better company or reading some self-improvement books. Changing our nature means dealing with the very inner essence of humanity. Let’s look in the next article at the extent of that change and see why it cannot be handled by one little human being’s will.