This is a scripture that is used quite often to justify only having relationships with others of the same religious persuasion, particularly marriage. It has created quite a bit of hurt and woundedness. However, when read from a spiritual, metaphysical perspective, it not only makes more sense … it is inspiring and healing!
First, let’s read it from a traditional version: The New American Standard Bible:
14Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?
15Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said,
16Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, “I will dwell in them and walk among them; and I will be their god, and they shall be my people.
17“Therefore, Come out from their midst and be separate,” says the Lord. “And do not touch what is unclean; And I will welcome you.
18“And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to Me,”
Says the Lord Almighty.
Now for the Spiritual Perspective! Wait till you experience the difference!
Here is the metaphysical interpretation:
14 We must decide whether or not we want to be serious about our spiritual growth. If we want to take our Truth walks seriously we must refrain from filling our consciousness with error thoughts (unbelievers). It is easy to see that right thinking (righteousness) and wayward inclinations (lawlessness) are irreconcilable. The same thing goes for embracing our divinity (the light) and denying or neglecting it (darkness).
15 What possible connection is there between our innate Divinity (the Christ) and an anthropomorphic deifying of the abject denial of our divinity [the illusionary figure called Belial or the Adversary (Satan)]? What do polarities like spiritual aspirations (believers) and material ambitions (unbelievers) have in common?
16 Where is the compatibility between a Christed consciousness (temple of god) and one prone to self-aggrandizement (idols)? The truth is we are God expressing through the Christ as us! When the Christ [God in physicality] incarnated as us (dwelled in them) becoming enfleshed as us (be their god, our thoughts and inclinations will be absolutely positively divine (they shall be my people).
17 Therefore, we must keep our thoughts, emotions, and actions Christed instead of worldly (come out from their midst). We must refrain from (do not touch) baser materialistic instincts (what is unclean).
18 When we elevate our thinking we have conscious access to Divine Mind (I will be a father to you), and our thoughts (sons) and emotions (daughters) will be in alignment with our divine nature.
1 Even though we may have a powerful, compelling thought (man), it is best if we do not stay fixated on it (marry). We must keep an open mind if we expect to grow spiritually.Revs. Drs. Bil and Cher Holton are co-ministers of a growing church in Durham, NC. They are prolific authors, dynamic speakers, and master facilitators. Learn more by visiting them at www.TheMetaphysicalWebsite.com