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?