My doctrine is that of an all-pervading unity.
Analects 4:15. (Confucianism)
In doing the research for some of my books, I came across an interesting discovery that the Aramaic name for God – Alaha – means unity or oneness. Let me remind you that it’s commonly believed that Jesus spoke Aramaic.
It would make a lot more sense and give greater meaning to holy books that mention the name of God if we would simply substitute the word unity in place of “God.” Let me show you what I mean. (I’ll capitalize it to pay respect to the One it honors.)
And he that blasphemes the name of LORD (Unity), he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him: as well the stranger, as he that is born in the land, when he blasphemes the name (Unity), shall be put to death. Lev 24:16 (Judaism)
I don’t believe putting someone to death is a true path to unity or harmony for all concerned. Death is a permanent solution to a wound that still needs to be healed. The severity of the law is designed to cause someone to think twice about disrupting harmony for others. The overall goal is that all will live together as one. I chose this verse to try to offer a positive meaning to understanding that it’s a serious offense to disrupt unity in the created world.
“Seek first the reign of Unity and purity of life, and all these things will be added to you.” Matt. 6:33 (Jesus)
Unity needs to happen at many levels: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, relational. When everyone is affirmed as important and valuable to the world in which they live, having the opportunity to meet their needs for food, clothing, and shelter, and encouraged to offer their unique creative talents for the good of all, the reign of Unity will come. But not until then.
Affirmation: Today I will recognize what I have in common with everyone I meet, for we are all made in the image of Unity.