Story 2a - In the Brilliance of a Night
"This is enormously demanding," I interjected quietly.
"You bet it is demanding, Pete. It is no easy matter for one to give up all of ones long cherished notions,
even if they cannot be scientifically supported. One's tendency is, that one would rather not venture into the unknown like Shakespeare's pathetic Hamlet has done. Wisdom, however, demands that one face the reality of the fundamental principles that one can never avoid without dire consequences. This is what we are trying to face up to in this house. This is what it is all about, my friend, scary as it may be."
Steve went back to the book shelf and exchanged the German Bible for another old English one. He handed it to me. "Read Matthew 22:36," he said.
The text that I read describes Christ Jesus' reply to a lawyer's question, as to which is the greatest commandment in the law. Christ Jesus' answer was that one should love God with all of ones heart, and soul, and mind, and ones neighbor as oneself.
"The point is," said Steve, "that one has no choice except to value the human being, and that includes oneself, as the tallest expression of life on the planet, the very image of God so to speak. Anything less is dishonest, hypocritical, and dangerous. This requirement has really nothing to do with religion. It is reflected in all the other laws that elevate society, and is fundamental to all prophesy, even to the forecasting of our future in terms of human development or disintegration. Right now, we are drifting towards economic disintegration and nuclear war, because there is no willingness to deal with one another as human beings according to the principles of civilization."
Steve, took the old Bible and put it back in its place on the book shelf. He returned with another, very old, leather bound book. "This one is only a hundred years old," he said. "It was written near the end of the America's renaissance." He handed the book to me. The title was printed in golden letters: Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, President of the Massachusetts Metaphysical College and Pastor Emeritus of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston, Massachusetts. "The title of the book isn't important," said Steve.
Steve began to grin. "I have a surprise for you. Turn to page number two and read the last of the marginal headings."
Wow! There it was in print, what Erica had talked about. "God's standard. God is Love." I couldn't believe my eyes.
"Read what it says half way down the paragraph," Steve suggested.
I read, "Do we expect to change perfection? Shall we plead for more at the open fount, which is pouring forth more than we accept?"
"That open fount is Love," said Steve, "but not that shallow kind of love. All the difficult commandments, when they are understood scientifically, support that
Steve took the book back without further comments and retuned it to its place on the shelf while I pondered over what I had just read in connection with Steve's invitation for me to spend the night in their home, in his own bed, together with Ushi, his wife - enveloped in love which is pouring forth more than we accept! Was he saying that we are not looking high enough, far enough, dream tall enough?
"Are you saying that the distorted, politicized Decalogue will not keep humanity forever tied to its distorted notion?" I asked. "Are you saying that it is possible for one to step beyond it at the moment that one recognizes its fraud and begins to understand the real principles involved? Are you saying that a breakout is possible, and is inevitable universally? Are you also saying that this breakout can be intelligently advanced?"