Equality, a Via Christa Degree

Equality means "the state or quality of being equal." The world defines equal as having the same quantity, measure, or value as another.

Equality is a virtue of character and a Via Christa Degree. "Heaven is a place of degrees; each is on his proper degree … no lasting equality exists, but all have an equal right to ascend." – Edna Lister.

Equality, with Honor and Morality, forms the first lesser trinity of Via Christa Degrees, whose keynote is Responsibility.

Edna Lister on Equality

Liberty, equality and fraternity compose freedom. – Edna Lister, March 16, 1935.

The whole of anything is equal to the sum of all its parts, therefore, the nature of the whole is in some measure present in all its parts. – Edna Lister, The Theory of Knowing, October 21, 1935.

Each soul has equality in God, yet our souls' life-expression is unequal because we choose as we will. – Edna Lister, Gentle Firmness, January 9, 1938.

You are free to choose your own path; allow all others equal choice in their own direction. – Edna Lister, August 15, 1938.

Everyone has the equal right to advance, to progress, to grow, to achieve. – Edna Lister, Victory at What Price? July 5, 1942.

The graciousness and loveliness of the Lord Jesus Christ is adequate and equal to anything when it possesses the soul. – Edna Lister, July 2, 1945.

God is everywhere evenly present and available, so all are equal in His eyes. Inequality rests in the present degree of development of each individual. – Edna Lister, February 10, 1947.

We all advance with equal rights. – Edna Lister, May 26, 1947.

We will never have complete equality but all have the equal right to advance. – Edna Lister, July 1, 1948.

We all have equality in our birthright. What we do with our twenty-four hours a day, how we color it, is our choice; we are equal in no other way. All have equal rights in use of faith, the Love and Light of God. We all have the equal right to advance. – Edna Lister, September 3, 1949.

God gives us eyes with which to see and we stand as equals under eternal law. We will ascend just as far as we want to make ourselves responsible, want to release Power, live in the high place and use our equipment to see and hear spiritually. – Edna Lister, To Seek the Light, June 10, 1951.

God created all equal in His sight to advance and have 24-hour access to the stream of life. – Edna Lister, July 27, 1951.

Inequalities exist because no two beings are the same; each occupies a different step of initiation. No two souls release the same quality or quantity of Light. Plato told the story of a soul to be born to the body. The soul descended to a room filled with tapers to use to light the way to earth. Many were in such a hurry that they dashed to earth without taking a light; some took a single taper. A few took time to weave a torch and were called light bearers. Some choose to invoke their Light, but others do not. – Edna Lister, Ye Are Gods, November 30, 1952.

The reason for life's inequalities, depends on how you spend your hours. Once you find the how, the why becomes easy to see. How you spend time will predict your future, and even your end. The outline you use for each day's hours totals the results of the day. Each hour is a brick you use to build your own future. If you fill them with all kinds of emotional strains and vain imaginings, with worry, doubt, fear and self-pity — or just let them pass by unnoticed, unfilled with anything worthwhile — then the past absorbs all their golden, shining light and you send them into eternity as blotches on the face of time. Doing nothing leaves the hours grayed-out. Doing the wrong thing leaves them blackened and floating around somewhere waiting for you to fill them with Light. Each hour you spend must return to you under the law of hours, a great law of life. All misspent hours will haunt you at some future date, when you fully understand this law. – Edna Lister, Time, the Adjuster of Life, 1954.

Souls who have slid from their foundation in principle want to make everyone conform to one level; they have avoided the responsibility of Ascension before and are avoiding it now. Our only equality is in breathing, nothing more. – Edna Lister, Your Life's Goal,30, 1954.

We are all equal in our ability to serve, to surrender, to be obedient to divine law. – Edna Lister, Salvation Through Faith, July 10, 1955.

If we declare equal rights with God, we must become perfect as He is perfect. When we use Power, we are not equal with God, but merely display our squinched-up self. – Edna Lister, Aspiration, June 17, 1956.

Heaven is a place of degrees; each is on his proper degree and vibration. No lasting equality exists, but all have an equal right to ascend. – Edna Lister, November 5, 1956.

The amount of Power you release must equal the size of your idea. – Edna Lister, October 3, 1957.

We all stand equal in having twenty-four hours a day and the right to breathe. We are equal in our freedom to choose, but all occupy different degrees. – Edna Lister, The Point of No Return, December 15, 1957.

In one sense, all are equal: All are of the one God and all have equal rights to advance. However, the degree and kind of equality are dependent upon the individual choice. – Edna Lister, December 12, 1958.

Anyone can advance, yet you have no equal rights in anything until you earn the right to advance. – Edna Lister, May 28, 1959.

Equality is the equal right of all to become, conquer and return to God. – Edna Lister, What is Symbolism? October 6, 1959.

True equality comes with your Oneness with God. Liberty and equality are based on fraternity, or the unqualified Brotherhood of Man under God the Father. Equality is the equal right to become and advance. Earthly equality ends with air to breathe twenty-four hours a day, then equality depends on what you do. On the Via Christa, equality is accepting your responsibility. – Edna Lister, The 33 Degrees of Soul Conquering, October 20, 1959.

Repeatedly we are told that God made everyone equal. This is not so. All have an equal right to become, equality in a chance to choose a goal and climb to it, but no equality exists in experience or growth. The only true equality is in the divine spark God has given to each. We have equal opportunity. There is no other equality under God, just divine difference. – Edna Lister, How Did I Get Here? May 15, 1962.

Your work must equal the Power flowing through you. – Edna Lister, April 27, 1963.

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The Value-Added Soul

This essay by Linda Mihalic is dated December 13, 2007, Cleveland, Ohio, in response to the statement, "God values us all equally."

The term "value" is defined as both a noun and as a transitive verb: As a noun, value is defined as
1. An amount, as of goods, services, or money, considered to be a fair and suitable equivalent for something else.
2. Monetary or material worth.
3. Worth in usefulness or importance to the possessor; utility or merit.
4. A principle, standard, or quality considered worthwhile or desirable.
5. Precise meaning or import, as of a word.
6. Mathematics. An assigned or calculated numerical quantity.
7. Music. The relative duration of a tone or rest.
8. Color. The relative darkness or lightness of a color.
9. Linguistics. The sound quality of a letter or diphthong.

In the following definition, I value souls in the short term (this life) according to definitions 1 and 3, not exclusively by definition 2.

As a transitive verb, "to value" means
1. To determine or estimate the worth or value of; to appraise.
2. To regard highly; to esteem.
3. To rate according to relative estimate of worth or desirability; to evaluate. [From Latin valere, meaning "to be strong, to be well, to be worth; strong; power, strength."]

The insight and facts upon which I base the logical judgment of value include the following:

Within the time-space continuum (of which we are embodied parts), consciousness needs substance as its carrier (e.g., as a wave or packet, as in light). Light-as-substance, of which all souls are composed and consist, is not necessarily fully conscious, but has the potential for well-nigh cosmic consciousness. You acquire consciousness through your experiences and by making choices as a result of them.

Soul substance, in absolute terms, is good, and it has a set value to God, its Source. Light-as-substance is precious, and of enduring value. All substance, no matter what form it takes in manifestation, must return to God eventually, for it is part of Him.

Human consciousness, by its very nature (being acquired) is relative, but is even more precious than its container (the soul substance), for its acquisition ultimately (as in "the final stage of ascension") requires the perfect union of desire and will to become like God. Thus, the absolute ultimately and inevitably must subsume the relative.

Therefore, the greater the degree of consciousness of the soul, embodied in substance (which is good and of great intrinsic value to its Creator), the greater its relative value to its Creator: For example, a soul in human form is more precious than the substance in a rock, in terms of consciousness.

"Beliar" is the Hebrew root of the name Beliol, the Father of Lies; it translates as "utterly worthless," which means having no value. (Note, beliar also contains the word "liar.") Actions can lie as loudly or quietly as words. Consider the Parable of the Talents in this context of truth or falsehood, as a metaphor for the acquisition of consciousness:

"The kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.

"After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

"Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.

"Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." – Matthew 25:14-30.

This leads us finally to the ultimate value judgment:

"When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left." – Matthew 25:31-33.

Thus, in the end, cosmic consciousness, which we gain through complete ascension to become one with God, becomes the absolute value of our individual consciousness, as an embodied soul. We, the embodied souls, as extensions of God-consciousness and God's consciousness, are how God expands as consciousness through the greater experience that we provide.

A Great Day of Manifestation is many billions of years in duration; within it are many lesser Days and Nights. God is always learning, and yet learns through us. Our value, as "learning tools" is relative, according to the degree of our will and desire to learn for God.

Does learning change God the unchangeable? No, for God is the One Absolute Eternal and Infinite Reality, encompassing all things relative within its Being. No creation can match or exceed its creator. Therefore the potential for what the lesser creation may choose to do is already inherent within the Absolute.

Our soul substance is absolute, and has a primary, fundamental set value. Consciousness is infinite value added. Therefore, logic insists that the statement that "God values us all equally," is false unless one adds these preceding qualifiers.

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New Testament on Equality

For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. And herein I give my advice: for this is expedient for you, who have begun before, not only to do, but also to be forward a year ago. Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have. For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not. For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened: but by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality: as it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack. – 2 Corinthians 8:9-15.

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Edna Miriam Lister
1884 –1971
The original Pioneering Mystic
minister, teacher, and author

Edna Lister

Etymology of equality: Latin equalitas, from equalis, "equal"; from aequus, "even, level."

Equality is a soul virtue.

Equality is a Via Christa Degree.


The Compact Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary: 2 volumes. E.S.C. Weiner, editor. Oxford University Press, 1971.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).

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