The cross of One Capital Letter

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What marks me out as any different to you?

Apart from being “God” and “Creator” and “All of That” you mean … ?  You just said all of that was imagery.  My creation of you.  Our creation of you.  So now I am confused … What marks you out as any different to me (if all that stuff about the bible you just said is true) is … … … Sorry … 

I Am.

Yeah yeah yeah – the “I Am” translation debate … the Chosen people not even daring to write your name in letters … all of that superstitious stuff …  What’s that got to do with any of this?

I Am is the difference.  The only difference.  I Am is the only “truth” in all of this.

Okay.  TotallyConfused.com here.

Paul, you are on the way to I Am, but you’re still I Have.  Don’t you see that?

No.  I am always me.  But I Am is you not me – that one capital letter is the difference.

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That “one capital letter” is your invention – your creation – your imagery – not mine.  So let’s just pause on this for a moment … because if you don’t “get this” you get nothing …

“I am” is not about a “capital letter” …

“I am” is all of this …

I am “I am” – and you are “I have” …

Do you not see … ?

No – but let me try anyway …

You are “I am” … all this selfless and sacred … all this love and “agape” love … all this the first is last and last first … all this I come to fulfil the law … all of this is summed in “I am” (without a capital letter) … and … … … … no … sorry … 

And … “I have” is all about …  What possessions “I have”, what skills “I have”, what fear “I have”, what expectations – what rights – what space – what quality of life – what career progression – what size house – what size car – what size seat at church – what size place at table – what size church – what size congregation – what tithing – what volunteers  – what missions … AND …

What “I don’t have”, what “I should have”,  what “I could have”, what “I ought to have” …  AND …

“What he has”, “what she has”, and “what they have AND “what I don’t” …  

You are “I have” – and I am “I am”. 

That is the difference.  The only difference.

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So … … … …

So … what does this mean to the bible and all “that”?  It means the bible is just another “I have”: 

I have the bible … I have biblical accuracy … I have scriptural correctness … I have “truth” … I have “God” … I have “been saved” … I have been “chosen” … All “that” is just more “I have” – and “I have” is far from “I am”.

So … … … …

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So …what’s the point of the bible?   Show me an alternative.

Nature … ?  Always the call of the stars, the seasons, things that go bump in the night …  Always an evolution to “I have” … I have the answers, I have questions, I have doubts, I have needs … And the fighting over the bible … ?  More of the same.  And science … ? More of the same.  And that “infamous tree” imagery … ? That is just insightful imagery of “I am” becoming … “I have”.

So … … … …

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So … what is “I am” and how do “I have” I am … ?  You are close young Paul. 

Love IS always the answer to EVERY question including this one.  Especially this one – if you allow …   

Before “I have” … love was just “love”.   Then with “I have” … love became “conditional” AND “unconditional” … and then a capital letter was added and … here we all are (again). 

So – take away “I have” … take away this “capital letter” … and  then …

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And then … all that is left is I am.  

All the “I have”goes.  All the … I have rules.  I have membership conditions.  I have needs for you to be saved just as I am saved.  I have needs for you to believe what I believe.  I have needs for you to live as I live (publicly).  I have sin so I cannot be I Am.  I Am is who I go to after I die.

“I have” and “I am” starting to make any sense?

Perfect sense, thank you!  And see this …

Today’s verses are: “But who do you say that I am?”  And I have just seen something I never saw before  …

The answer is in the question: “I am” …

AND without the “capital letter”.

Tell you what Paul, let’s leave me hopping back on the cross a while longer.  I think we might be on to something here …

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to be continued …

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