“Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3)
The Bible is written in a such a way that humans can understand unfamiliar concepts and even gain insight into completely unknowable hyper dimensions. Using concrete expressions to convey abstract ideas is a common teaching, and even just general speech, strategy.
Take the new birth. If we’re going to understand what Jesus is saying, we have to scrap the ethereal experience presented in most churches.
The reality of birth, as anyone who knows can tell you, is that it takes blood, sweat and tears – labor – on the part of the birther, and is traumatic on the newborn. It is not easy changing from one world to another.
Both earthly and spiritual births undergo the same process of
- an agent accepting seed by a donor.
- sperm by egg in physical birth
- God’s power to create via his word by heart in spiritual birth,
- the gestation of the tentative new being into a fully formed individual,
- and finally entry into the environment where independent action is required (breathing, reproduction, spiritual warfare).
Jesus himself makes it absolutely clear that simply mouthing a profession of faith does not a convert make. In the process of gestation there are many miscarriages, the loss of a potentially viable birth.
“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free…Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin…If God were your Father, ye would love [identify with, join] me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me…He that is of God heareth [agrees with, as when a crowd shouts to a speaker “Hear hear!] God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.” (John 8:31-47)
- Any one that hears the word of the kingdom, and understands it not, loses it.
- Anyone that hears the word and joyfully receives it; but when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, he is offended, loses it.
- Anyone that hears the word but is so caught up with this world’s lifestyle and making money loses it.
- But he that hears the word, and understands all that is involved – significance of eternity vs short life on this earth, and quality of spiritual vs material, and applies that understanding to his endeavors has much to show for it – beareth fruit, and reproduces more sons of God, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” (Matt 13:18-23)
People so often imagine they can call out to God in an emergency then ignore him at will.
Just like human laws restrict citizenship privileges to citizens, so spiritual laws restrict spiritual benefits to spiritual beings. So much for calling on a “higher power” in AA. Beware that unnamed higher power doesn’t control organized crime in your area. We only get God’s resources when we belong to his spiritual kingdom.
The Jews’ plight in Nazi Germany provides one of the best examples when hundreds of thousands of German and Austrian Jews tried to escape the persecution of the racist Nazi government. The Nazi government was happy to get rid of them. This was their first solution. Eventually they had to resort to a more costly and complicated final solution because no other country wanted them either. Only 345,000 Jews managed to find refuge, most in neighboring countries, which was only a brief reprieve as Germany quickly conquered those countries. Only about 85,000 beleaguered Jews, out of far greater numbers of immigration applicants, reached their haven of choice, the United States.
In one well-publicized case, the United States refused to admit 908 Jewish refugees who had sailed from Hamburg, Germany in1939. The ship had already been turned away from Cuba, so circled back to Europe, where England, France, Belgium and the Netherlands each accepted some of the refugees. As we know, only England remained free, the others were soon occupied by the Nazis. Of the ship’s 908 passengers, 254, or a quarter of the total, are known to have died in the Holocaust.
Even after Nazi policy towards Jews became known, America tightened the restrictions on European Jewish immigration still further, giving as a reason the threat of enemy subversion during the war. Appalling? There was a reason in the politically tense years between the first and second world wars.
Jews have a rich history of involvement in anarchism, socialism, Marxism, and… many Jews worldwide welcomed the Russian revolution of 1917, celebrating the fall of a regime that had presided over antisemitic pogroms, and believing that the new order in what was to become the Soviet Union would bring improvements in the situation of Jews in those lands. Many Jews became involved in Communist parties, constituting large proportions of their membership in many countries, including Great Britain and the U.S…With the advent of fascism in parts of Europe in the 1920s and 1930s, many Jews responded by becoming actively involved in the left, and particularly the Communist parties,
America, England and other democratic countries greatly – and realistically – feared a Communist revolution toppling their governments as had just happened in Russia and China. A world-wide overthrow of the existing forms of government is the explicit objective of Communism and many under-cover agents were actively pursuing that goal.
Just like there are legal processes one must undertake in order to gain entrance into an earthly nation, there is a legal process required before being granted access to God’s spiritual kingdom. The document detailing that process states unequivocally that spirit birth is a requirement for entrance into its spirit sphere of political power, resources and opportunities.
And many individuals seeking a place in the kingdom of God will be rejected, when, in a court of law, they will be proven to be the enemy of God’s people.
“Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God…Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” (Joh 3:3-6)
This spiritual birth occurs when God’s seed, the same mysterious life-bestowing essence that called the universe into being, AKA his word, germinates in a receptive human heart.
Hard to comprehend? It shouldn’t be if you believe in a Creator who controls e=mc2 so can transform energy into material substance and vice versa – material substance into energy / life.
- The incarnation of the first human son of God Adam happened when the Word
- The incarnation of the “last” / i.e. ultimate human Son of God Adam happened when Creator God
- created DNA transcribing his image, and
- placed it into the woman’s egg whose mitochondria carried the life-force down all the generations from the original donation by God.
- Notice, the human woman agreed and cooperated with this plan.
- The incarnation of any human son of God happens in much the same way.
- Any sinful human who willingly receives God’s seed / word – like Mary did – first gestates, i.e. develops over time as a fetal immature son of God / composite human in the flesh capable of sinning but with God’s spirit capable of not sinning.
- But unlike Mary who physically birthed a separate human being, the same individual who was born once into the four dimensional physical realm is born again into the hyper dimensional / spirit domain.
The statement that the new birth in one individual leads to producing seed for more births takes the concept of natality up a notch. In Born Again: Arendt’s “Natality” as Figure and Concept by Jeffrey Champlin, “Hannah Arendt introduces “natality” as a conceptual moment when one is born into the political as the sphere where acting together can create the truly unexpected…this new conception of freedom in [her book] The Human Condition draws its strength from…theology…”
There is a reason why we describe the beginning of a new nation as a “birth” and call the individual who formed the new nation, like the Turkish leader Mustafa Kemal, its father / Ata – Turk / Father of the Turk. We can apply the spiritual concepts above to social situations.
We understand that the “birth of a nation” more often than not occurs with bloodshed. No doubt one reason God refers to the transition into spiritual life as “birth” is that it is bloody and entails a risk of death to the one undergoing the birthing process. How many martyrs died, in addition to the Chosen One / Christ, to bring new life into being?