Series 2 - Lesson 5 - Annotation 10
What is "the world"?
10. The lesson material has already stated that "the world" — when referred to in connection with the temptation of Jesus — is the state of consciousness in us that has a wrong concept of God's creation. This state of mind builds up many beliefs and habits of thought that bind us to outer forms and customs so that we cannot claim our true freedom. Jesus knew how to meet this temptation because of His consciousness of God as the source of His life.
Each man actually forms his own "world." If it is based upon the truth of God as the creator of all, then he finds fulfillment in life. Every moment becomes to him an adventure in living. He sees his world peopled with others having the same goal he has: seeking to unfold the divine nature within. On the other hand, if a person does not have the right concept of life, then his "world" will be one of limitation, hardship, unfulfillment. Such a belief gives attention to poverty, — unhappiness, war, sickness, old age, and death rather than to realities such as abundance, happiness, peace, health. It is the temptation of this latter "world" that we are to overcome, and this can be done only by understanding God and our relation to Him.
Preceding Entry: Explain the Scripture, "If any man would come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me" (Matt. 16:24).
Following Entry: What is "the flesh"?