Metaphysical / Spiritual Meaning of Adultery: John 8:2-11

The Metaphysics of Adultery
by Rev. Bil Holton, PhD

The metaphysics of adultery will hopefully shock fundamentalist Christians out of their narrow-mindedness and judgmentalness. A metaphysical viewpoint certainly levels the dogmatic playing field – and humanizes it – if the religious dogmatism isn’t too encrusted.

The following Biblical story is a perfect example of how a metaphysical perspective elevates a story of adulterous behavior above religious sexism. It comes from the 8th Chapter of John’s Gospel, verses 2-11:

2. Early in the morning he came again to the temple: (When we are centered in our Christ Consciousness, we begin each day centered in the awareness that our Christ potential is our unfolding pattern of perfection.). All the people came to him and he sat down and began to teach them: (The more we intentionally seek the Presence of god within us, the more guidance we will receive).

3. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery and made her stand before all of them: (Our judgmentalness and hypocrisy in spiritual matters are represented by the Pharisees. Our narrow-mindedness keeps us stuck in the letter of the law which encourages the use of dogma and creates doctrines of inclusiveness. Our close-minded ego tries to discredit our intuitive receptivity to truth principles, represented by the woman, by pointing out our failures).

4. They said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery: (Spurred on by its self-righteousness hypocrisy, our ego is especially capable of manufacturing ways to make us feel less spiritual, while at the same time hypocritically hiding behind its own shortcomings).

5. In the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. ‘Now what do you say?” 6.They said this to test Him, so that they might have some charge to bring against Him: (Moses in his later life represents that within us that identifies more with the letter of the law instead of the spirit of the law. Our religious egotism tests our spiritual growth because it is unwaveringly comfortable with the status quo).

6. Jesus bent down and wrote with His finger on the sand. (This much talked about tactic on Jesus’ part signifies our Christ Self lowering itself into our base chakra to purify it. The intent is to re-awaken us to the truth that we are spiritual beings having a human experience).

7.When they kept on questioning Him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to cast a stone at her.” (When we are centered in our Christ Consciousness we are able to remind ourselves that our old tapes and stale belief systems have no power over us).

8.And once again He bent down and wrote on the ground: ( Our I Am-ness, our Christ Consciousness lowers Itself a second time to rectify any sense of lingering duality and to strengthen us so we can remain in a right relationship with our Christ Nature).

9. When they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the elders: (The powerful nature of our I Am-ness dissolves even the oldest, most encrusted beliefs, assumptions, and prejudices causing them to lose their relevance and fade away). And Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before Him: (Once we put the noise of our sense nature aside we stand firm in our awareness of our true nature).

10. Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?: ” (When we allow that still, small voice to guide us we  remember that we have dominion over any and all sense appetites).

11. She said, “No one, Sir.”: (We can state emphatically, through affirmations and denials, that nothing can separate us from our good). And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again: (Our I Am Presence sees only the good in us. Once we become consciously one with our God- Self, we will hear no evil, see no evil, and speak no evil. We can say ‘no’ to any sense appetite that we have previously allowed to cause us to miss the mark).

This story reminds us to remember who we really are, so we can honor and express our innate divinity. It affirms our goodness and Godness as individualized expressions of God at the point of us.


About Cher & Bil Holton

Since 1984, Cher & Bil Holton have been co-owners of The Holton Consulting Group, Inc., helping corporate and association clients enhance bottom-line results using cutting edge employee engagement. Their keynote speeches, turbo-training, and coaching sessions are practical, grounded in research, and lots of fun to boot! They are prolific authors, and take "Indiana Jones" vacations to continually stretch their limits!
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