Spirit Does Not Bargain
Jesus Did Not Bargain,
And Neither Do We

In the novel, I Claudius, by Robert Graves, the Roman Emperor, Caligula, falls ill. When he recovers and returns to the Senate Chamber, an ingratiating Senator greets him by saying, "Oh, Caligula, I prayed to the gods that they take me if it would spare you!" Caligula replies, "That was very kind of you, Senator. So why are you still here?" The Senator is befuddled, so the Emperor clarifies his meaning by saying, "If you bargained with the gods for my life in exchange for yours, and I, clearly, have been spared, then you had best fulfill your end of the bargain quickly, lest the gods become angry."

Are you as glad as I am that we of the Unity persuasion do not have to appease an angry god? You know that there is no bargaining with Spirit, just as much as Jesus knew it and Myrtle Fillmore knew it.

When facing inevitable execution, Jesus stated his prayer request like anyone into at-one-ment (that is, Unity) would, by saying, "Remove this cup from me," but in Mark 14:36, he immediately followed it with "yet, not what I will but what thou wilt."

It matters not that Bible scholars are in unanimous agreement that Jesus never said any of that. The point is still well taken anyway that Jesus did not bother to bargain. He, of all people, knew that Spirit's will is always for the highest and the best. Why would anyone request a change in that?

Unity's co-founder, Myrtle Fillmore, knew that she was dying of consumption (our modern day tuberculosis) at age 41. She knew the doctors said she would not live to see age 42. She knew her parents had said that everyone in their family died of that seemingly inherited disease. What did Myrtle do? Did she beg the gods of Caligula to quit being so mean to her and her family, or did she bargain that if the gods favored her enough to keep her young sons from becoming motherless, then she would start a healing ministry? No. She knew at-one-ment, not atonement (same word, different worlds). She knew there was no begging, bargaining, pleading, or compromising. Instead, Myrtle affirmed that she was a child of God and therefore did not inherit illness. She faithfully praised every cell of her body daily for two years, knowing that the will of God for her was always and only the highest and the best.

As a result, the highest and best in her case was to be spared from the executioner called tuberculosis. The highest and best in Jesus' case was resurrection and ascension. Different results, yes, but the same divine order; namely, the highest and the best.

Myrtle was completely healed by age 43, and lived another 43 years in perfect health along the way. Along that way, the Unity movement happened, not in fulfillment of a bargain, but in a playing out of divine will.

What is Spirit's will for you? Logically, Creator's intention can only be perfection.

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