Alright, here is where I’m going to be putting a lot of the information that I come across in my daily readings and studies of life in general.
Mainly this is going to be for the stuff that I find that seems to agree with and perhaps even further explain the Biblical principles laid down by Christ in the New Testament.
It’s beginning to appear, to me at least, that Jesus was not merely updating the law for the new covenant. He wasn’t just giving us a new set of rules to live by. I think he was doing more than that. I believe he was actually explaining and revealing many of the governing principles of the universe itself.
One such principle appears to be the law of giving. Jesus said that we should be “cheerful givers,” and I have found at least one other source that suggests that this is something everyone should do, not just Christians.
It even seems to tie into the Karmic principle of cause and effect, reaping and sowing. The source that bears out the idea of “cheerful giving” is a book called The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra. Chapter 2 of the book is entitled “The Law of Giving.”
A couple of quotes from the book follow: “The more you give, the more you will recieve, because you will keep the abundance of the universe circulating in your life. In fact, anything that is of value in life only multiplies when it is given.”
“If, through the act of giving, you feel you have lost something, then the gift is not truly given and will not cause increase. If you give grudgingly, then there is no energy behind that giving.”
“Practicing the Law of Giving is actually very simple: if you want joy, give joy to others; if you want love, learn to give love; if you want attention and appreciation, learn to give attention and appreciation; if you want material affluence, help others to become materially affluent.”
This seems to all fall directly in line with several ideas: the karmic idea of cause and effect, the Biblical law of sowing and reaping, and the idea that if you give to God and his children, you open yourself more fully to recieve his blessings.
The main verses that seem to apply here are from Malachi chapter 3, beginning with verse 8:
“Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask ‘How do we rob you?’ In tithes, and in offerings. You are under a curse–the whole nation of you–because you are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this, says the Lord Almighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”
That’s all I have for now. If I find more on the subject, I will update this post at a later time. This is but one of many things that I have been seeing come up from multiple secular sources as well as the Bible. Bearing out my theory that Jesus explained many universal laws that underly the conscious, sense-driven world.