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Twin Sisters: the eye of Unity and the eye of Justice

Posted on November 17, 2017 at 4:10 PM

Day 16 #bahaiblogging 

Part One (morning)

I get one Bible quote a day from a lady right here in South Carolina. She has a daughter with my name. :D A week ago - on Wednesday/Justice - she texted this quote, from Matthew 6:22

"The light of the body is the eye, if therefore thy eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light."

This brought to mind an image I hold in my mind of the 'body of Christ' from a sculpture by Jamaican artist Laura Facey. In that sculpture the head of the body is missing. I wrote a poem about that (it is somewhere in my timeline) saying that the body of Christ will miraculously become one, when Christ, the Head of that body, returns.

Note that the words in Matthew 6:22 are Jesus' words. This is the same chapter of Matthew where Jesus teaches His disciples to pray (the Lord's prayer), and gives them other guidance about how to live a humble and generous life. One concordance I looked into says the Greek word translated as "single" (and sometimes as "healthy") in this verse has a connotation of generosity.

If we think of the 'body' Jesus is talking about here as the body of Christ (meaning the believers in God/Jesus), then what does the 'eye' mean in the spiritual sense?


Part Two (evening)

I'm back. And by the way the Gospel of Luke also contains this verse/thought, in Chapter 11, verse 34. So if the body is the body of believers, what is the eye? Another word for eye is vision The Berean study bible translates this verse as: "The eye is the lamp of the body. If your vision is clear, your whole body will be full of light."

What is the lamp of the body of believers? Could it be the Word itself? The Holy Teachings that guide the way for all who believe? These Teachings, in all the Holy Books. tell us to be generous, to live by the Golden Rule (treat others the way we would want to be treated). The rationale behind that behavior is simple: we are all like children of one God - our Father in Heaven.

In previous posts (Days 4 and 5) I referred to the Messengers of God as pure mirrors, reflecting the light of God, in word and in deed. God's Messengers can also be thought of as Lamps. I believe that if we all, as individual members of the body of Christ, follow the light of God as it shines through the Lamps of His Messengers, the whole body of believers will be filled with light.

If you hang around Baha'is long enough you will probably hear them talk about the three "onenesses": One God, One Mankind, and One Religion. Another aspect of this teaching about Unity is that the Manifestations or Messengers of God are also 'One'. This is a mystery, and I don't pretend to understand it very well, but we are told by Baha'u'llah that: "Inasmuch as these Birds of the celestial Throne are all sent down from the heaven of the Will of God, and as they all arise to proclaim His irresistible Faith, they, therefore, are regarded as one soul and the same person. For they all drink from the one Cup of the love of God, and all partake of the fruit of the same Tree of Oneness."

With deep respect for all of the divine mirrors who have brought the light of Truth into the world: Peace and Love, Niki

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