There is a truth that will set us free. Is it a belief system? or Is it inner wisdom?
John 8:31-38 31 Jesus said to the Jews who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teaching. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33 They responded, “We are Abraham’s children; we’ve never been anyone’s slaves. How can you say that we will be set free?” 34 Jesus answered, “I assure you that everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35 A slave isn’t a permanent member of the household, but a son is. 36 Therefore, if the Son makes you free, you really will be free. 37 I know that you are Abraham’s children, yet you want to kill me because you don’t welcome my teaching. 38 I’m telling you what I’ve seen when I am with the Father, but you are doing what you’ve heard from your father.” (CEB)
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John 8:31-38 on ‘Participative Knowing’
Yeshua* says to us who follow, “If you continue to connect with my inner self, my true being, you will become the only truth that can set you free.” We answer, “We have never been enslaved; we are already free.” Yeshua* answers us, “If you haven’t integrated the inner God-process into the very fiber of your being, if you aren’t on intimate speaking terms with the divine insistence that you can only apprehend as an unheard inner voice, then you have been enslaved and don’t have communion with the Divine, Spirit, Mystery, in the name of God. Perhaps. If you have learned and lived what I have lived and learned, then you will be free. Anything less undoes me (and you). Just as I have closely followed the voice of God within me; so should you follow what you hear God calling you to be and do.
Richard Rohr wrote, “Once you move to the level of participative knowing, you experience the union between us all, and you know that union is more real than the differences. This really is the heart of the matter.” ‘Participative knowing’ sums up the meaning and intent of John 8:31-38.