Every individual has a unique soul which is distinct and separate from anyone else’s soul. Each person’s soul is what its internal qualities make it – which in turn depends on the person’s desires and pursuits. Unless the soul qualities are such as to eliminate the elements of sin and disharmony with God’s Law, that soul will remain separated from the Divine Nature of the Father.
To make a person a new creature in his soul qualities so that they become like God the Father cannot be accomplished by the vicarious sacrifice of Jesus, as is commonly taught. Accepting in faith that Jesus’ sacrifice paid the penalty of our sins, appeased an “angry God” and reconciled us to the Father cannot by itself eradicate sins and depravity from the soul. Neither can this belief change the condition of the soul, cleansing it from sin.
Soul transformation is only accomplished by the Divine Love which the Father is anxious to bestow on the person seeking it. This is a progression over time and occurs only with the person’s involvement and cooperation. There is no way another person or being can do the work of soul transformation and purification for us. No sacrifice can make the impure pure or take away the penalties brought about by the violation of God’s Laws.
God is love and relationship with God will be formed only when the human soul condition corresponds to that of the Divine Soul. Human soul transformation needs to take place and the soul become filled or permeated with love. This happens when the Divine Love is received. Then and only then, the person is reconciled with God and begins to partake of the Divine Essence.
This reconciliation can occur through the New Birth, which is not achieved through human effort but by the working of the Holy Spirit. Yet the person’s cooperation and effort are required in this soul transformation or spiritual renewal. Firstly, there needs to be a desire to receive the Divine Love – the soul needs to be open to the Love’s inflowing which happens through the Holy Spirit. The person needs to continue praying for the Holy Spirit and believe that the Father is eager to bestow the Divine Love to them.
By perfecting the natural love, a relatively high level of happiness can be achieved in the spirit world. A vast majority will reach this level, remaining spirits and subject to the changes and conditions that belong to that realm and that may change during the working of God’s Plans. However, a few will undergo the New Birth or soul transformation through the Divine Love, become reconciled with God, and enjoy the superior happiness of such state. They will become divine angels and be like the Father in their nature and substance possessing His Divine Essence and partaking of His Immortality.
Even though the Bible does teach that Jesus died for our sins and implies that he is God, it has to be remembered that the biblical canon was not finalized till almost four centuries after Jesus and his disciples. In that time, much copying, recopying, omissions and additions were made, as well as new strands of thought and dogmas being interpolated. The original writings are no longer available. However, some writings from the first century survive. They were not incorporated into the biblical canon, but show that the early disciples taught many things differently than what was later established through church councils under the Roman Emperor Constantine as orthodox doctrine.
Reference: New Testament Revelations of Jesus of Nazareth.
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