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From believing to knowing – 
our unique opportunity
by Rev. Howard Ray Carey

Long ago the Christ, speaking through His disciple Jesus, said: ''If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.'' (John 8:31-2)

Do we realize what a great promise this is? Too often we have equated knowing with mere belief. But in reality there is a vast difference between the two. Belief is of the lower mind, and often is swept away by a torrent of opposing 'logic'. But real knowing is a bringing through of truth from the high level of the intuition. Thus what we know in this true sense ''no man takes from us,'' as was promised long ago. Truly, the realization we bring through from the higher Self is unshakable knowing. What a contrast to mere believing, which is like the proverbial house built on the shifting sands.

What has this to do with the reappearance of the Christ, we may ask. I would say that it has much to do with the security of our grasp of this truth, and our holding to it. Of course, even the belief in His imminent declaration is an important start. And I confess that a couple of years ago when I first heard this teaching through Benjamin Creme, I felt somewhat skeptical but somewhat believing. And the more I tuned in on it through reading, pondering and meditation, the more fully it became, not merely an article of faith, but of deep intuitive realization. And all of us who are disciples of the Christ, through whatever form of faith, can have this greater certainty ---- far greater than whatever belief we may have started with.

The above quotation from the gospel of John is a promise that if we are willing to pay the price of discipline ---- the cost of discipleship ---- we will really know this liberating truth which sets us free.

In this liberating truth let us rejoice in the unique opportunity which is ours: the opportunity to know ahead of time that the Christ is about to make His very presence known to us and to all the world. How our hearts leap with joy as we contemplate this fulfillment of the promise made in the first century: ''I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.'' (John 16:22)

As He pointed out in His Message No. 65, we have the thrilling opportunity to be co-workers with him in building the shining Temple of Truth in this world in which we live. ''My coming will transform this world, but the major work of restoration must be done by you. I am the Architect, only, of the Plan. You, My friends and brothers, are the willing builders of the shining Temple of Truth.''

Have we perhaps thought that such an opportunity ---- such a privilege ---- would be open only to Masters of Wisdom and high initiates? Let us rejoice that this opportunity is open to all of us who are ready to be ''willing builders'' of this shining temple of humanity.

This challenge is further reinforced in other Messages. For example, in Message No. 94 He asks again for our willing help: ''Without your willing help naught may be done. I come to lead and teach, not to enforce.  Take, then, to your hearts this, My Appeal, and work with Me, for your brothers, and so save the world.''

Dare we believe that He is calling us to be with him co-saviors of the world? Can we go farther than mere belief, and know ---- realize in ourselves ---- that this is our calling, our opportunity? Let us ponder the great work we have to do under His leadership. But, lest we be overwhelmed by this challenge, let us ponder too all the empowering help He is offering us. For He says: "Take within you that which I am, and prepare to see a new Light. Hold within you that which I give, and know the meaning of Truth. Release within you that which you eternally are, and become gods.''  (Message No. 80)

If it takes our breath away to have him calling us gods, it is good to recall that this is but echoing what He said through Jesus long ago: ''Is it not written in your law, 'I said, you are gods'? If he called them gods to whom the word of God you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, 'You are blaspheming' because I said 'I am the Son of God'? If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; but if I do them, then even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.'' (John 10:34-38)

Isn't this exactly what He is saying today: that He is first giving His message of sharing, justice, brotherhood, and love, so that He may be known by His ''works'' rather than on some emotional basis of an outmoded devotion?

This emphasis on sharing, justice, brotherhood, and love is like a powerful refrain, running through His appeal to us, and pointing up another facet of our unique opportunity, another facet of the diamond of our joy, as we begin now to share, and to make known His requirements of sharing, justice, brotherhood and love. Let us share our joy; let us gladly share our resources ---- physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. Let us do our part to make known among all nations and the United Nations the beauty of this, Maitreya's great solution to the problems of mankind.  

This article is a chapter from The Joy of Christ's Coming This book by the late Rev. Howard Ray Carey was published by Share International Foundation in 1988. It is not currently available in hard copy form. Copyright © Share International Foundation.  Biblical quotations are taken from the Revised Standard version unless otherwise indicated. 

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First published April 1999, Last modified: 15-Oct-2005