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Biblical Literalism

“Unfortunately, biblical literalism and the misuse of the Bible apply biblical words of Spirit to the egoic perceptions of the world of Form.”
~ Donald L. O’Dell


I now know, indeed, that I have a lower and a higher mind. My lower egoic mind – which I have named Felix – is totally absorbed by the apparent reality of the world of Form. In other spiritual writings, this is often referred to as the three dimensional (3-D) world or the world of duality and scarcity.

There is a world of Spirit. Qualities of love, acceptance, trust, generosity, kindness, compassion, forgiveness and empathy all belong in this “world of content.""

ACIM has taught me that the world of Spirit is the real world and what Felix believes as real is totally imaginary – it’s only my perceived world; it only exists in that universe that resides between my ears.

Let us allow ou perceptions to experience deeper trust in ourselves and in those around us, that we may all live in a peaceful world.

Two helpful points of understanding Trust in spiritual Christianity from ACIM:

  1. ²Perception is the result of learning. In fact, perception is learning, because cause and effect are never separated. The teachers of God have trust in the world because they have learned it is not governed by the laws the world made up. It is governed by a power that is in them but not of them. It is this power that keeps all things safe. It is through this power that the teachers of God look on a forgiven world.

  2. When this power has once been experienced, it is impossible to trust one’s own petty strength again. Who would attempt to fly with the tiny wings of a sparrow when the mighty power of an eagle has been given him? And who would place his faith in the shabby offerings of the ego when the gifts of God are laid before him? What is it that induces them to make the shift?

ACIM M-4.I.1:1–2:4

Donald L. O'Dell
November 30, 2023

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