Humble Confidence — Critical Distinctions

Angel lifting clouds to let sunlight in.
Humble confidence of an angel, parting the clouds. Image by by Kellepics (CC0) Pixabay.

Some time ago, I wrote an article on humble confidence that created its share of confusion and disagreements. This revealed several things:

  • The inadequacy of the human language to discuss spiritual things,
  • The lack of skill of the writer, and
  • The lack of sufficient creative intelligence of the reader to bridge the communication gap.

Even here, some may take this last item as an insult. That’s not the intent. Every physical thing is inherently imperfect from a certain viewpoint.

Communication is the challenge and the above three elements are key barriers. We can let those barriers confound our intent to communicate spiritual concepts, or we can rise to the challenge and see past the barriers to the truer, hidden intent. By “hidden,” I mean concealed to physical eyes, ears, brains and literal reasoning.

Spirit is not like our physical realm; spirit is perfect in one very sublime way: Spirit is timeless, just like God.

Not Yet Complete

None of us have achieved God’s level of knowledge. That should seem obvious. None of us are omniscient—all knowing. But some people don’t act as though they realize this truth; people don’t act as though they realize this truth; they betray this by their certainty in their own beliefs. I’ve done this many times, myself.

The fact is, we all have far more to learn! Again, this should seem obvious, but too many are not ready to learn more. They are too comfortable in their position on the road to Truth. They have sat down, blocking the road and attracting others to their attractive and shaded place. But they have not yet arrived. They don’t have omniscience or omnipotence.

Jesus promised us everlasting life and the power to do the miracles he did and even greater. Most of us haven’t gotten there.

Yet, they have confidence in their current knowledge. They remain humble to the logic and interpretations of others.

I am not here to tell others what to think, but to provoke them into questioning their current beliefs—all of them! Even the most sacred beliefs can be tainted with lies. Even our most cherished of relative truths can be distorted by human or egoistic distinctions.

Humility must not be aimed at our own beliefs or the interpretations of others, but toward the Mind, Will and Word of God. And we are not there, yet.

Just as much, we must not be confident in our beliefs. Confidence must be aimed at the Mind, Will and Word of God, for He is the source of all Truth. Certain ideas seem true and can be used until we find a better relative truth. But just as science should hold “truth” as a direction instead of a destination, the spiritual folk of the world must do the same, holding “Truth” as a destination only as the last step toward being fully at-one with God.

Baby Gods?

One friend balked at the idea that we are each inherently “baby gods,” an idea mentioned in the previous “Humble Confidence” article. I don’t blame him. That’s a very scary notion, especially with so much evil in the world.

But evil can never hold onto the power of spirit, because evil is anti-spirit. It is based on ego—the false, “physical” self. I say “physical,” because it is made of time and energy. It is also made of the dichotomies of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. And its physical nature is why Adam and Eve could no longer remain in the Garden of Heaven—a spiritual place where nothing physical can exist. Physical things simply won’t fit in a place with no physical space. Trying to shove the “dirty rags” of egoism into Heaven would be like attempting to drive a camel through the eye of a needle.

But Baby gods? Let’s look at this idea more closely. Certainly, we’re not talking about ego; it is physical, and God is non-physical spirit.

The true self is non-physical spirit—the part of man created in God’s image:

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” (Genesis 1:26).

And that image is certainly not “dust” or “human.”

Homo sapiens was created in the physical realm (Genesis 2:7)—from the dust of the ground (chemicals).

Just as the human children of Adam (of the eponymous Adam tribe) looked like him, in his human image, the spiritual children of God look like Him—neither human nor dichotomous ego—non-physical, immortal spirit with the ability to create, just like the Heavenly Father.

Holy Spirit

Guardian angel protecting the city
Fierce confidence and utter humility of a guardian angel protecting the city. Image by Kellepics (CC0) Pixabay.

Some in Christianity equate the Holy Spirit as a part of God through the trinity—a concept which is never named in the Bible. In fact, one of the strongest verses in support of this “trinity” idea was a scribal note which was later elevated into scripture. Sacrilege! But the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost has many far more legitimate references, some of which point to this spiritual element—not as some nebulous, outside force, but as the parishioner himself.

“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” (1 Corinthians 6:19).

The Holy Ghost is the true self—the child of God, created in His image. It is not the false, ego self.

An immense gulf had been placed between humans on the one hand, and God and Jesus on the other—placed there by early church leaders, in general, and two Roman emperors, in particular. Perhaps the strongest indictment against the “trinity” concept, and against the false gulf between Heaven and humans, involves the one unforgivable sin.

“And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come” (Matthew 12:32).

Why? We can blaspheme against God and Jesus, but not the Holy Ghost. Why!? The answer lies in the identity of the Holy Ghost—not as a separate part of God, doled out to the believers, but as an integral part of the individual, him or herself. How can a spiritual child of God be forgiven, if the child declares that the spirit does not exist? This shows the pope’s invitation to atheists into Heaven to be a horrible lie. Good works will not get physical ego into Heaven—ever! Only spirit can get through that gate.

So, “Baby gods?” Were we not created in God’s image? Did not Jesus promise us everlasting life—the one thing prohibited us when Adam and Even were kicked out of the Garden, lest they become like God? Did not Jesus promise that we could do the things he did and even greater? Did not Jesus intend that we follow him into spiritual action? Are we not inherently the Holy Spirit created in the image of God? The answer to each of these is unequivocally, “Yes!”

So, it seems obvious that we are indeed Baby gods, made in His image, with the mandate to mature—to cease being babies—to stop being egoistic, human bodies—to stop being “of the world” and to start being of spirit:

  • Unconditionally loving,
  • Fully responsible for everything (never a victim),
  • Utterly humble, and
  • Fearlessly confident.

For these are the four obvious elements of God, and only by being like Him can we ever return to Him. Only by being like Jesus Christ can we find our way back to the Heavenly Father.

“And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life” (Genesis 3:22–24).

So, we have known egoism—the fruit of the dichotomous, physical self. And Jesus promised us the forbidden “everlasting life”—so that we can become like God—humble and loving spirit.

Our Spiritual Graduation

Angel with sword, amidst storms and clock striking 12.
Humble confidence of an angel standing in judgement at the final hour. Image by TheDigitalArtist, Comfreak (CC0) Pixabay.

God said that he would not always strive with man for he is also flesh (Genesis 6:3). This means that as soon as God’s spiritual children have abandoned their “childish” (egoistic, selfish) ways, God will no longer have any use for Homo sapiens or its physical civilization.

What does that matured spirit look like? It will look like one entity—all the broken pieces of Adam in the Garden, joined once more—each part melding into the whole, unconditionally loving to one another, utterly humble to each other’s needs, perfectly responsible for each other’s actions and fearlessly confident—just like God.

The Heavenly Father will finally have a companion—a fully conscious (with continuity of consciousness as spirit, which equals “everlasting life”) and fully active spirit.

What will happen to the physical universe at that point? I do not know. Will it serve another purpose? Or will God’s fully-matured spiritual companion have other duties in Heaven? Only God knows these things.

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