Ego-generated emotions are derived from the mind’s identification with external factors which are, of course, all unstable and liable to change at any moment. The deeper emotions are not really emotions at all but states of Being. Emotions exist within the realm of opposites. States of Being can be obscured, but they have no opposite. They emanate from within you as the love, joy, and peace that are aspects of your true nature.
There are two utterly different forms of religion: one believes that God will love me if I change; the other believes that God loves me so that I can change!
It is the things that you cannot do anything about and the things that you cannot do anything with that do something with you.
Being informed is different from being formed, and the first is a common substitute for the second.
Much of what is called Christianity has more to do with disguising the ego behind the screen of religion and culture than any real movement toward a God beyond the small self, and a new self in God.
Paul writes: “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being changed into his likeness from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit” (2 Cor. 3: 17–18).
If there was no Pentecost, would Saul have become Paul? If Saul has not become Paul, would there be Christianity?