THE HISTORIC CHRIST AND THE CHILD
Bill, are you saying that the early church substituted the historic Jesus for the Child?
No. Churchdom has limited the Christ to the historic Jesus and all of that has been done for a divine purpose the church seems to know little or nothing about. Everything that has happened is by God's grace. The historic Christ-in-linear-time came, as all luminaries, to confirm our own subjective Self-discovery. The historic Christ is the first begotten of the Father in world time, and the original believers had that straight The discovery of the Child within is confirmed by the Bible and its accounts of the historic Child and his role on earth. The Child I Am and you are "comes" to us as the second coming, as Messiah re-discovered within, for whom the Bible and Jesus are the first or external confirmation.
"Are you saying that the Child is the Christ also?
Yes! Yes! Exactly that. "Closer than breathing. Exactly as the historic Christ said. He would never leave us nor forsake us. He has been here as the Child of us from the beginning. Our very Child-Selfhood--which seems to go away from us and return to us, rediscovered
"William, tell me if this is what I've heard you saying these past few days: the Child within is the same historic Christ?"
Yes, history, like all other things is subjective. To rediscover the Child is to find what Jesus foundl lived and confirmed before he began his ministry. When the historic Christ said he would be back again, he meant that each one who understood what he was saying would find the Child within and recognize THAT SELF HIMSELF as the Messiah written in the heart, the "second coming" in actual fact.
"Are you also saying that when I was a child on earth, I was the Christ-Child?"
Yes, spiritually. And I'm saying that everyone can prove the truth of this for himself by finding that all the acute feelings of the Original Nature which were present in us as children are capable of returning to us again.
"You know theology isn't going to agree with that, William?"
Perhaps neither theology nor the subjective groups, but all who feel the Child within themselves will agree because they will KNOW it is the Truth, having proven it for them- selves. And when the theologians begin to perceive that this is indeed what is meant by the New Covenant "written in the heart," they will slowly, grudgingly give way, even those powerful conservatives so intent on going back to Biblical liberalism. Not without argument. Not without doubt. Not without questioning those who have found the Child of themselves, and not without persecuting them mightily. Not everyone will be taken up in this Light. Jesus foresaw it accurately. "Two are in the bed and one is taken, two are in the field...five are in the household, two against three and three against two; father against son. Those without consciousness of the Child will not know which of the senses to believe, nor who in the world is telling the truth. Those who have found the Child within won't care what the theologians or philosophers think. We leap through Spirit's door and leave the flaming house behind.