edited: Tuesday, April 03, 2007
By Cheril L Goodrich
Posted: Tuesday, August 19, 2003
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True Justice is not understood from a physical standpoint. When the Justice of Heaven is understood, everything in the world takes on a new meaning.
Rev. Cheril Goodrich ©
August 19, 2003
The title of this article, apple justice, is deceiving. You may wonder how there can be justice given to an apple. An apple is just an apple, and why in the world would an apple need justice? As I lay in bed this morning, it dawned on me that indeed an apple is in need of justice. Not because of what it has done wrong, but because of what the apple has been accused of.
At the beginning of mankind, the apple was given the dubious distinction of being the fruit in the Garden of Eden that became the downfall of Adam and Eve. In truth, the eating of the apple was symbolic. It was a metaphor, or told a story of how the first couple decided to try something that God knew would hurt them. The fruit was not literal, but instead stood for a new thought that was introduced into the mind of Adam and Eve after they had ingested the symbolic fruit. To eat something in the physical realm is to take it into the body and it becomes a part of our being. Hence the saying; you are what you eat.
The symbolism of eating the apple was quite profound. What Adam and Eve believed they had lost at the time of the eating of the apple was their innocence. At the beginning, God looked on all of what He created and saw that it was good. Because Adam and Eve had tried on a new thought system that they felt deprived them of their innocence, no longer did they feel that God could look at them and declare them as being “good”, so they had to go to a place where it was not so good. A place that God had not created, and because there is nothing and nowhere that God did not create, a new place had to be formulated in the couple’s mind that in reality did not exist.
Are you getting it yet? Are you beginning to see that we are living in a world of unreality? It is thus because we can see things that God does not.
God knew that He could not help the couple. To recognize a place of unreality would be to make it real, so He had to formulate a Plan. This Plan would not make unreality a part of His creation, but instead it would make this unreal state a part of His reality. This sounds a little confusing. To explain this a little bit, God could not recognize this new place that was outside of the Garden. To do so would contaminate the rest of creation. This could be likened to what we do when someone breaks the law. We put them in jail to isolate them from the rest of society so that society is protected. This, of course, is on a much smaller scale then the mistake that Adam and Eve made.
In order to recognize the place that Adam and Eve went, along with their off spring, the place would have to be cleaned up a bit. Now God got busy with a new kind of creation. Something that He could recognize, and would recognize Him, but it would also see the mistakes going on in this new realm of non-existence. In truth, Adam and Eve did not leave the Garden, but instead fell asleep and began to dream that they could see something that was not there.
Because it is fundamentally impossible to break the Laws of God, a new way of interpreting the Laws of God emerged in this new place. For instance, it is impossible for us to create outside of ourselves. This means that all creative ability lies within the mind. Everyone who enters time and space is endowed with the creative ability. As the “lessons” of time and space are learned, or the “reality of the world” is learned we believe it is possible to create outside of our own mind. This leads us into deception by the belief that we can “get” something by pursuing it. The belief that we have to “get” is in opposition to the fact that we are “it”. Obviously this is a huge mistake that needs correction and a part of the dream that God’s Laws can be violated.
Now, to get back to the new creation that God had to create in order to straighten out this mess. Because God does not break His Own Laws, He would have to create a Being that would, above all else, have understanding. This Being would have to know the truth, but also understand the deception that the off spring of Adam and Eve believed. This Being would also not be tempted to see the deception, or dream, as real. Because the mind (not the brain) is fundamental, the realization of the mistake would have to occur here, within the mind. So God placed this Being within the mind of man. Jesus referred to this Being as the Holy Spirit, or the Great Helper. The use and understanding of the Holy Spirit is greatly misunderstood. It is only by the proper use of Him that we are able to make corrections in our mind. As we learn to depend on this kind of Guidance more and more, we begin to unburden ourselves of mistakes made in the past. By realizing our past mistakes, another phenomenon occurs. This is not only the physical healing that takes place within, but also within the world. How is this possible?
In our true state, it is known that only the mind can create. When we learn new beliefs in the physical realm, we learn something that is alien to our true nature. This places us in a position of trying to do something that we do not know how to do. This causes depression (there is a lot of depression going on these days). When we are in a depressed state, and look for a solution that excludes God’s Plan, we run the risk of learning a solution that has no value. Does this mean that we do not seek help from the physical sources available? The answer is no. Sometimes we are not ready to deal with the real solution, so until we are, it is perfectly acceptable to use whatever means are available. As long as we are continuing on in the learning of the truth, we will be supported in our direction.
Now, to get back to apple justice. At the time that God created everything, He said that it was “good”. As we look around in the world today, we can see that everything is not good. The Bible tells us that the Words of God do not go out from His Mouth and return to Him without results. In other words, what was true at the time of creation is still in effect. So the world must be brought into line with the Words that God spoke at the time of creation. In order to bring the world into line with the Laws of God, a new way of thinking had to be introduced. The only way to introduce thinking is to re-interpret thoughts that are held within the mind of man. In other words, reality would have to be introduced into the unreal in order to stabilize the conditions that are prevalent in the world. It is this Plan that uses the thoughts of a higher nature that heals the world. When we believe we know how to do this, we are sadly mistaken. Many have believed that the plan rests on them and they have to “do” something to change the world. When we try to “do” something that is not sanctioned by the Helper, we are going against the Laws of God and are virtually on our own. This actually places us in a position of being in opposition to His Laws. We are not allowed to work for God’s Kingdom until what we perceive as being a problem is re-interpreted. It is this re-interpretation that now reflects the Laws of God. It is this that will change the world, and nothing else. What reflects the Laws of God is harmless.
In the Garden of Eden, when Adam and Eve ate from the symbolic apple, the apple began to carry a symbol of injustice. In other words, the apple did not carry the justice of Heaven and it was not “good” because a different interpretation was given it. In order for the apple to be given a new symbolic meaning, a new interpretation would have to emerge from Heaven. This new interpretation would make the apple “good” in God’s Eyes and He would recognize the symbolic meaning of the apple or what is happening in truth is that it is our mind that is recognizing the significance that God has placed on an apple. Just as we ask the Holy Spirit to re-interpret the meanings we have given to this world, the meaning of the world changes and becomes holy in the Mind of God. This places the world in a position of accepting the justice of Heaven. From this justice emerges a New Heavens and a New Earth because the former things have passed away.
The new interpretation of the apple is this. When Adam and Eve ate from the symbolic apple, they were concerned with the fruit. How it tasted, the color, texture, etc. In order for the apple to take on a spiritual interpretation, it would have to be understood in the mind of man exactly the significance of the apple. In other words what would have to be seen in the apple was not the fruit as being the most important thing, but instead the creative process held within the fruit. As within the apple, so within the mind of man. The creative process lies within the core. Within the core are the seeds of creation. When we plant the seeds within the apple, we do not just get the fruit, we get the whole tree and it is this tree that continues on and on and on. The lesson lies in the ability to create, not in the eating of the fruit. The eating of the fruit is temporary and only provides nourishment to a temporary form, which is the body. It is a temporary solution for the temporary problem of hunger. What man throws away, God gives His Justice to and makes holy. The question now becomes this; what have we thrown away that God has made holy? Without this realization it is difficult, at best, to understand the Justice of Heaven. Without understanding what has true significance we continue to seek for what has no value in the Mind of God.
What would happen to the world if we only gave significance to the things that God gives significance to? Would the world change? It is not up to us to decide what has value to God and what does not. If He cares enough that an apple should be re-interpreted in our mind, how much more does He care for you and how you interpret yourself? We cannot find our own value because we do not know where to look for it. Only by looking at the same thing the Helper is looking at that God gave us will we be able to see what has real value.
We can be a part of the Plan by finding our own value. Each one of us has entered into the physical realm with a gift to give. We are here to give the gift, not get it. We do this by finding our own value. This is not achieved by anything we can do in this world; it is given to us by an act of grace. Grace is how we are to learn to live our lives.
We are at the crossroads. We can choose to look for a new interpretation of the world, or we can keep trying to change what has no value in the Mind of God. Trying to make something have value that has no value, does not change God’s Mind. In order to heal the world, the Justice of Heaven must prevail. This can only be done when we can “see” the same value that God does.
The Holy Spirit does not interfere with our choices, but He will help us if we choose to look at the real meaning of something. For instance, when we see starving children, we believe this has significance. The Justice of God sees no significance in starving children. This is an impossible condition that holds no reality. His vision only sees conditions where everyone is provided for. This is a perception that must change internally in our way of viewing situations. As long as we perceive that children can starve, starvation will occur. Once the value has shifted, we can stop trying to change the unreal condition of starvation. Instead we will support the idea of an abundance of food where everyone is provided for. We cannot see this on our own. This is why we need the Holy Spirit, to re-interpret this unreal condition in our mind to a condition of reality and it is this that will end starvation. Without His Vision, we will continue to see what is not there. His work is not complete until God can look out over all of creation and say; “and He saw all that He created, and it was good.”
We are all seeking justice, but not justice as it is known in time. God is kind and fair to everyone. It is time we learned of this Justice and accept it as our own. Without the Justice of God, everything will perish, because what we are seeing with our physical eyes has no value and without value it will perish. Re-interpretation will save our world. Only a holy interpretation learned through a new process of learning can give a new meaning to the old. It is up to us to change the world. No one else is coming.