It’s always a pleasure to discuss, debate, and appreciate
the unique spiritual energy of the Bible. The focus of this
column, however, is not so much on the Bible as theology
or as history, but on the Bible as our own personal travel
guide. By telling the story of our collective journey, this
sacred text casts a valuable light on our own individual
and communal Hero’s Journeys as we dissolve illusions and
error thought and move forward to achieve our spiritual
purpose. That purpose is simply—and profoundly—to
infuse this mortal illusion with the creative power and
grace of God, through the beliefs we hold about God and
about ourselves as expressions of God.
For us, the Bible is not the word of God, dictated from a
power on high and carved in stone to be blindly accepted
and rigorously obeyed by we mortals here on earth. That
only creates the kind of false god—an idol—that the First
Commandment warns us about.
No, we see the Bible instead as more the word of the
Christ—a collection of stories, sayings, and reminders that
can reach us in the midst of our human experience and
help us remember the true spiritual perspective that calls
This week we stand on the brink of the greatest story,
the most important history of the New Testament—the
climactic final days of the human ministry of Jesus Christ.
This is true without question for traditional Christians,
of course. For those of us approaching from a different
perspective, this “greatest story ever told” is also the
most challenging story ever told—one we may have great
difficulty embracing from the perspective of universal
spiritual Truth that Unity affirms.
It becomes harder to find meaning in the story once
we have released the “traditional” meaning we learned
as kids—Jesus as the great victim of Romans and Jews
and, by extension, of us as well. It’s the story of a painful,
None of that works for us today. It is our own
relationship with the power of love we call God that
allows our lives to express that power and love in this
human world. Evil is not a force opposed to God, but
the result of our own ignorance of the omnipresence,
omnipotence, and omniscience of God—the only power
there is. Looking at it that way, the strong duality of the
traditional story doesn’t work.
Yet there’s a power to the story that can’t be denied. Even
the intensity of our resistance to the story is a measure
of its power. There’s also a wealth of critically important
information being shared through the events of the story—
and by calling it a “story” I don’t intend to suggest that it
never historically happened. History is all a story, isn’t it?
We need the story. We need to claim it and to embrace it
just as we embrace all that led up to it. Like the rest of the
Bible, the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection is our story,
reflecting all the challenges and renewals we experience
in human form. We return to this story each year because,
deep within, we know it to be Truth.
Embracing the Story
Metaphysical meanings behind the Bible and other scriptures
REV. ED TOWNLEY IS A UNITY MINISTER AND
THE FOUNDER OF SPIRIT EXPRESSING, A CENTER
COMMITTED TO EXPLORING THE CREATIVE POWER
OF SPIRITUAL PRINCIPLES, IN MANCHESTER,
CONNECTICUT. TOWNLEY RESPONDS TO REQUESTS
FOR BIBLE INTERPRETATION ON UNITY.ORG.
THE SPIRIT OF SCRIPTURE
THE STORY OF JESUS’
DEATH AND RESURRECTION
IS OUR STORY, REFLECTING
ALL THE CHALLENGES AND
RENEWALS WE EXPERIENCE
IN HUMAN FORM.