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The Easter story is part of our evolution – yup

The Easter story is part of our evolution – yup


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Disclaimer in advance; Yes, another text about Jesus in my research on evolution and man's place in it. If this bothers you excessively, skip this article. After this, I promise to leave this topic for at least a while. If you're curious, feel free to read on.

I had this idea today; The Easter story is like the seed in each of us. It depends on a large number of factors whether that seed will come back to life and grow into a beautiful plant. The metaphorical plant that we as humans fundamentally are, but have often lost touch with.

Jesus is actually a kind of Darwin, while this comparison is of course completely wrong. Darwin is about the physical part of our evolution, but Jesus is about the spiritual part. Both aspects complement the reality of our evolution and the importance of man in it.

I was at the Art Museum last fall. There was the following Darwinian text; All life has only one goal; Reproduction. Species conservation. From my ideal vision it immediately occurred to me that I should say; From science based on material principles and based on external senses, we can conclude that life has only one purpose, which is to reproduce and preserve the species. It's not a lie, but from my idealistic vision that assumes a physical and spiritual part of reality, it's not complete.

It's one of my favorite stories from the Bible, found at the beginning of the third chapter of the Gospel of John. He was a man of the Pharisees. His name was Nicodemus, one of the Jewish leaders. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Master, we know that you have come from God as a teacher, for no one can do these miracles that you are doing unless God is with him.” Jesus answered and said to him: Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a person is born from above, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus said to him: How can a person be born when he is old? Can't he enter his mother's womb again and be born? Jesus answered: Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a person is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh. What is born of the spirit is spirit. Do not be surprised that I said to you, You must be born again.

In the Easter story, in Jesus' suffering and resurrection from his tomb, the ego and the patterns of survival and power attached to us die and we are born into our essence. This transformation, which Jesus experienced so profoundly, is an essential part of our evolution and human beings’ place in it. As a possibility, as a possibility. Each seed also contains the potential and possibility of becoming a plant and its first shoots will be visible this spring. Not every seed becomes a plant, just as not every person has to be “reborn” to reach a collective turning point.

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There are a number of problems with this story. Firstly, it is as hidden as a baby during pregnancy. They also call that esoteric. I find that annoying, because it smacks of exclusivity to a certain group of select people who understand something and others don't. This in turn can lead to following the teacher, which I am sensitive to.

Second, this story and the meaning I give to it, as if it were an essential part of our evolution, cannot be proven with scientific and quantitative data. It cannot be measured. It cannot be understood rationally, as it touches the essence or the heart, and this falls outside our scientific framework. Reason enough for many to dismiss this story as complete nonsense. Which I understand very well. I do not connect this story of Jesus to faith or the call to follow Jesus. Because then you are saved, as the poster at the bus stop says. Which touches on our fear of loss. Collective faith and fear often form an inseparable pair. I strongly oppose that.

From my research into the answers to the question: What is evolution and our place as humans in this, I connect the Easter story with our evolution. The assumption is that man is capable of transformation, of fundamental structural change from the basis of separation to the basis of unity and connection. This seems to be part of our evolution. This is my intuition, this is my hypothesis. Based on my own experience, based on people I've talked to and books I've read. Among them is perhaps the best book ever written about Jesus; The act of love By Maria Helen. They can still be found second hand.

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Nature comes back to life after a long, dark and wet winter. Magnolia buds touched me a few weeks ago and made me realize that the earth is pregnant. Pregnant with a new awareness of unity and connectedness instead of our current narrative of separation and power thinking. The latter is not wrong or objectionable, but it is a necessary part of the birth of a new awareness.

The chaos, the storm that is now taking place in the outside world, and which seems to overthrow all the holy houses in our novel, is like the hard shell of an egg, from which something new is born. The harder the peel, the easier it is to break. This image provides me with comfort in a world that seems to be collapsing and can no longer be saved from the same power structure that is causing the crisis. Everything seems to lead to a transformation not only material in nature, but spiritual as well.