On Material Abundance - 3.
February 24th, 2010
Santa Cruz, California
Received by FAB
I am here, Jesus.
Let me say more about material abundance and address what you perceive as a contradiction in my previous message.
I said, “if we felt that material wealth would actually enhance the soul (and it often can), then we encourage that manifestation.” Later, I said, “so I think you can understand our position, which is that the accumulation of material wealth is irrelevant to our purpose, that is, it has nothing to do with our efforts to harbor and protect our charges’ souls so that they be right with God.”
Your question is, how can the bestowal of material abundance be irrelevant to our purpose, when I previously asserted that it can actually enhance the soul?
I was referring to those cases where wealth would have a ripple effect and affect others as well. For example, young parents raising a family need material funds to provide their children with a safe and comfortable childhood. Another example is a person who yearns for wealth so that he can do his dream, whether it be a career in music or a charitable contribution that has moved his heart. And these examples have actually occurred.
You are aware that there also have been people whose whole existence has revolved around one thing and one thing only - making money. THIS IS SOUL DEATH.
When I said that material abundance is irrelevant to our purpose, what I meant is that our purpose is spiritual and not material. At the same time, it is a fact that mortals require the material things. That’s why I presented my program and my method about this in the Sermon on the Mount. I was saying that in the wider picture, the material things are not important when seen through the eyes of faith. Yes, and you yourself know this is true, as you have experienced this truth.
To a person blind to spiritual truth, this sounds like folly. These people will say, “it’s not important to eat or pay the rent! That’s nonsense!” But of course, what they are really saying is that they see no truth or value to the spiritual approach. Indeed, for them, it simply does not exist. It is a fairy tale, they think.
So, to go back to what confused you, I was referring to the process of accumulating wealth, which has nothing to do with the spiritual path, even though, for a mortal, this path requires funds to live off. I was not referring to a legitimate pursuit of a job or a profession, which is exactly in harmony with God’s Will. I meant the singlehanded pursuit of wealth for its own sake. Perhaps “irrelevant” may not convey all I mean, since it is clear that this behavior can damage the soul severely. I am coming up once again against the limitations of mortal language.
So let me rephrase it differently for clarity’s sake. Our purpose with mortals is to strengthen this spiritual nature, and in this process, if they follow it sincerely, they will find, just as I taught in the Sermon on the Mount, that these material necessities will come to them. I think I have made my point more clearly.