This weekend I picked up the Bible for the first time in a while. I usually avoid it as it is difficult to rightly interpret and I fear that I will come across a passage that will leave me feeling judged. However I know Jesus is viewed by Eckhart Tolle and Marianne Williamson as spiritually enlightened and they often quote his teachings in the bible in their writing. Given that, whenever I read the bible I try to see a passage through my spiritual eye. In the one below Jesus talks about thoughts. Verse 26 raised questions for me. See my comments in italics.
From Matthew 6
25 “Therefore I say unto you, take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
26 Behold the fowls of the air, for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
– In spirituality isn’t all life equal? Nothing better than another? Isn’t all life an expression of God, or love?
27 “Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They toil not, neither do they spin,
– Really like this one. Meaning to just be and not worry.
29 and yet I say unto you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Therefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall He not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘Wherewith shall we be clothed?’
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek.) For your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.
– Since God is Love, to me this means to first find love in all things and you will have everything you need.
34 “Take therefore no thought for the morrow, for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.