They say the Bible has seven levels. If the level at which one understands the bible determines one's status in the next world, or heaven, one's understanding is very important. So, at what level do you understand the Bible? This understanding would manifest as the first idea that comes to mind when you read a biblical passage. I will give you an example of this with the First Commandment.

The first Commandment is the most important Commandment; "I am the Lord thy God, thou shalt have no other Gods before me, thou shalt not make for thyself an Idol." But what does this actually mean? At the first level of the Bible, we can assume that the first Commandment means that we shouldn't worship an idol or a false God, such as little green men from mars, or Hindu Gods, or any God other than our concept of a Christian God - and that's relatively easy for a Christian to do.

At the second level, however, things can get dicey. Now our false Gods aren't idols that we can see, but idols lying hidden in our minds. These would be anything that we deem more important than God. So, what would they be? What could be more important than God? What is more important than God is what we think about constantly. Is it our money? Our 401K? Our family? Our Career or our passion in life? Wherever our bank account lies, there lies our heart, and there lies our God.

At the third level, thought itself, or any thought that appears in the mind is a false God. Thought, any thought, takes us away from God, because God is beyond thought. This is a tough one to understand, as are all of the following levels if we don't meditate. Until they are understood, however, the Bible will remain little more than a confusing collection of myths, and a constant object of bickering, as little pieces of it here and there are pounced upon and misinterpreted by level-one minds.

At the fourth level, the false entity that thought builds becomes our God, which is our ego. This is our "self", the part of us that not only becomes selfish, but the part that seems like the little man or little woman in our heads that watches everything we do. That little person is not God, that little person is merely a projection of our own self, or ego, constructed form memory and discursive thought.

The fifth level is the spiritual ego. This now becomes our God, as we believe that we have somehow transcended common mind and are now some kind of saint! This is really a false God, as we worship ourselves again, but from a loftier level. Now we walk around in a cloud with a constant smile on our face as if we are above the fray, and everything that falls from our lips is the truth!

The sixth level is the level of understanding that we are actually not the saint we thought we were, separate from everyone else. Now we see that we are no different from everyone else. We see that everyone is everything, and is everywhere, and that we are, on the one hand, nothing, and on the other hand, everything. We are, in a way, God. Or perhaps a better way to express this is that God is all of us. At this level, we can accept all of humanity, and really express unconditional love regardless of differences of religion or values. This is the level of a sage or prophet. This is the level of direct communication with God.

The seventh level of understanding is that there can be no understanding. When all is surrendered, when all understanding and knowledge is forsaken, then we see. We see that no one is there to see, there is only the seeing, and that is God, that is pure awareness.

"My God, my God, hast thou forsaken me?" is an utterance just before man is lost... and all is gained.

Author's Bio: 

E. Raymond Rock of Fort Myers, Florida is cofounder and principal teacher at the Southwest Florida Insight Center, http://www.SouthwestFloridaInsightCenter.com His twenty-eight years of meditation experience has taken him across four continents, including two stopovers in Thailand where he practiced in the remote northeast forests as an ordained Theravada Buddhist monk. His book, A Year to Enlightenment (Career Press/New Page Books) is now available at major bookstores and online retailers. Visit http://www.AYearToEnlightenment.com