From KEY OF KNOWLEDGE WEB RING
Be aware of Hindu fundamentalists who worship a god that had 16,108 gopi girlfriends yet preach sexual abstention or marriage only for procreation. Sorry, Krishna had lots and lots of sex with lots and lots of different partners. If you want to follow Krishna then do as Krishna and DO NOT LISTEN to the cult followers who abstain sending all of their prana into the hierarchal power structure they've been duped into serving.
Religions are spells. My definition of a spell: A spell is a thoughtform that holds a human mind in bondage, a spell is cast by thought, word, or action for the purpose of controlling another. Typically a spell is cast by saying the words out loud. That is why it is called a spell, it is s p e l l e d out, often articulated with will. A spell is a willful intention cast into the energy field.
The Gita is the word is being read, the spell is being cast when the words are read aloud and repeated by the Krishna. They repeat the words in prayers (mantras, magic of repetition) programming their subconscious minds into a trance state of obedience, not to Krishna but to the cult. The same holds true of jesus and Christianity in general. It's nit the jesus that's at fault, it's those that follow him ignorantly and blindly, nit even doing what he said.
The Hare Krishna are a cult, just like any other religious cult that binds the member by intellectual control freaks is the word of god.
Scriptures are man made documents used for the purpose of mass mind control. What kind of god wants to control free peoples? Not a good god, and anyone insisting that you must read and memorize any text is trying to trap you! Beware.
The Gita is not the word of god anymore than the Holy Bible, it is a mental trap, a place where your free soul gets trapped by the memes. All religions are cults of power and dominance. A Jew or Christian or Muslim or Krishna/Hindu are all the same thing, people trapped in a religious memeplex. The words differ but the trap is the same. Those trapped suffer the deepest despair, a life long hell often only escaped by death.
Insanity is chanting Hare Krishna a trillion times thinking that you will get to heaven faster or out of re-incarnation sooner. This is the greatest illusion, thinking the entrance to heaven comes at a price. You automatically go to heaven upon death, nothing is required of you to get there, you are only having an experience here. A chanting Krishna is a wasted life opportunity.
The purpose of life is to engage, not run from it. Chanting Hare Krishna is running from life, hiding from god, that meaning you have the god within, to find god you only need to self actualize. Pay no attention to those trapped by the memes you use the GLP message board as a recruiting tool. What they really are doing is asking for help, they need help escaping the cult trap.
KEY OF KNOWLEDGE WEB RING
Unlocking The Scriptures
Christ, the Key of Knowledge
“Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge; you yourselves did not enter, and you hindered those who were entering.”
Keys Of Knowledge Thrown Away!
The Roman Church Threw Away The Keys Of Knowledge
The Church Threw Away The Keys Of Knowledge - Blinded Their Eyes - Hardened Their Hearts - And Made Themselves Latter Day Pharisees. Christians are in denial - they see not, hear not, their hearts have been hardened, and they fail to perceive the Living Word. For exactly the same reasons as the Pharisees, God has hardened the hearts of modern Christians who reject the real Jesus and have made themselves apostates to The Way.
No Jew Has Ever Read The Torah
The Torah is Spiritual, and cannot be seen by the believers of a natural (carnal) mind. The wisest of Jewish Sages have all stated that a person who is defined as a Jew of the flesh, is incapable of seeing the True Torah of The Most High. It is time for Messiah to come, and the teachings of the Baal Shem Tov to become a reality, and all men to know G-d.
The result is that the modern world knows virtually nothing about the Spiritual Beliefs, the Spiritual Objectives, and the Spiritual Teachings of the original Gospel Authors beliefs, objectives and teachings that have nothing in common with what is taught in the Churches today. Resulting in the fact that the modern Christian congregation of believers embrace the dogma of pagan Rome, while remaining totally ignorant of what the bible really means.
In their thinking and lifestyle, the Church daily crucifies Christ, as Paul warned in the words that they "commit apostasy, since they crucify the Son of God on their own account and hold him up to contempt.. For if we sin deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful prospect of judgment, and a fury of fire which will consume the adversaries." (Heb 6:4-6;10:26-27 RSV).
In their idolatry of the worship of Jesus as a pagan sacrifice for the perpetual redemption of sin even after coming to the knowledge of the Truth and The Way, the Church "holds him up to contempt".
The Jewish mystic who spends his life seeking the inner meaning of the written word that the natural mind of man is incapable of seeing, has warned: "Thus the tales related in the Torah are simply her outer garments, and woe to the man who regards that outer garb as the Torah itself, for such a man will be deprived of portion in the next world..." (the Zohar quoted in No Jew Has Read The Torah). The Church Father Origen proclaimed those who are so gullible to believe the literal written word of the Old Testament idiots! Peter said what appears to be historical never happened. Paul called the literal text an allegory.
The objective of Judaism is to become transformed into Spiritual Israel. In the exact same manner as the enlightened Jewish Rabbi's, the early Christian Church Father Origen writes: “It is sufficient however, to represent in the style of a historic narrative what is intended to convey a secret meaning in the garb of history, that those who have the capacity may work out for themselves all that relates to the subject.”
And with regard to what would otherwise be historical symbols and events that would appear to us as the knowledge of superficial episodes of the past, Origen writes: “I believe that every man must hold these things for images, under which the hidden sense lies concealed” (Origen - Huet., Prigeniana, 167 Franck, p. 142).
Students of Hebrew Mysticism will perceive that what the third-century Christian Church Father Origen wrote was no different than what is contained in the Zohar, where it states: “The narratives of the doctrine are its cloak. The simple look only on the garment, that is upon the narrative of the doctrine; more they know not. The instructed, however, see not merely the cloak, but what the cloak covers”.
"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Therefore, my people have gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge" (Hosea 4:6; Isa 5:13). To the detriment and suffering of mankind, these words are even more true today, than when they were written. What should be realized after reading the foregoing, is that nothing that man sees with his physical senses or contemplates with his organic physical mind is as it truly is from the higher reality of our soul-self.
And while it is true that organic man is fundamentally and profoundly ignorant of his true nature and form in the higher reality of his soul, ignorance is not bliss and the great suffering of mankind is seen in the fact that for the most part, he is a victim of his own ignorance.
In many respects, what is known as The Two Ways is presented in the Gospels i.e., the proverbial conflict between the Sons/Children of the Light, and the sons of darkness who are ruled over by what Paul called the god of this world. Jesus said that the god of the Jews was the Devil i.e., "Why do you not understand My speech?
Because you are not able to listen to My word. You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it" (John 8:43-44 NKJ). What, then, is the lie? That's the physical.
The god that is portrayed in the allegory of the written word of the scriptures the outward (literal) ritual observances of the written word the whole concept of animal sacrifice that is required in the written word of the scriptures. And what is truly an abomination is the fact that the Christian world worships the god of the Jews i.e., which Jesus portrayed as the Devil.
Spiritual Israel, on the other hand, are those who have fulfilled the Law within themselves, and have undergone the necessary spiritual transformation that has fulfilled the building of the Final Temple within themselves.
The Jew represents one twelfth of the Tree of Life which is why they observe the Law in outward ritual and tradition. Wholeness requires that all twelve spheres of mind be evolved, and manifest in harmony within the mind and being of the individual.
Paul called the reading of the literal written word of the Old Testament in the manner that Fundamentalists do today, the "letter that killeth" meaning that it is the path to spiritual death. But once understood for what it truly is, so too are those who are of the delusion that the outer world which is portrayed as the illusions of Plato's Cave, is real.
In the writings of his disciple Clement, Peter called the Old Testament written word the "books with the power to deceive". Why would Peter portray the scriptures as the "books with the power to deceive"? Not to be able to answer this question, is to be slain by what Paul portrayed as the "letter that killeth". Which is why Jesus portrayed the organic people as the dead and validated Ecc 9:5 when it states that "the dead know nothing".
"Then another of His disciples said to Him, Lord, let me first go and bury my father. But Jesus said to him, Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead" (Matt 8:21-22 NKJ). The dead animal personalities, how can dead people bury dead people, you see it's NOT literal death, but the living dead, you know the ones that go to church., and crucify christ afresh every day.
Within the experiences of each person's higher soul-self, lies a living record of everything that soul has ever been. From the perspective of what is portrayed in Gospel of Thomas saying 84, it is because all the unmanifest soul-images of the past continue to dwell within the higher reality of the soul and the fact that the Great House of the soul is as a matrix wherein, these soul-images remain overlaid across dimensions of mind and being that the words of physicist Carlo Rovelli as “just quanta kind of living on top of one another without being immersed in a space” portrays an almost incomprehensible reality that few people can even begin to envision in their untransformed organic state of earth-bound consciousness.
Yet those who succeed in drawing nearer to their higher soul-self who is their true source of being, are able to tap into and explore this inner source of wisdom and knowledge that not only transcends time, but far eclipses any knowledge that exists in the earth. When the Gospel of Thomas states: "Whoever finds himself is superior to the world" this is because, from a higher soul-self level of being, all realities, kingdoms, dimensions and realms are seen for what they truly are.
In the Gospel of Thomas it is written: (113) "His disciples said to him, When will the kingdom come? Jesus said, It will not come by waiting for it. It will not be a matter of saying 'here it is' or 'there it is.' Rather, the kingdom of the father is spread out upon the earth, and men do not see it." In reality, there is absolutely nothing hidden or concealed and all things including the Kingdom, lie visibly before every man. And man does not see it, because of his own inherent organic blindness which is why Jesus taught to first remove the beam from one's own eye, before you attempt to remove the splinter from the eyes of your brother.
"Wherefore seek Him first of all; and if you do not find Him, expect not that you shall learn anything from any other."
"But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty Whoever finds himself is superior to the world".
The Hebrews who spoke in the esoteric meaning of numbers, for good reason made this the Seventh Commandment. And in the same way that when Enoch who was the seventh from Adam, is portrayed as having a son wherein, after having a son, Enoch is portrayed as walking with God in the allegory of the path into Life it is portrayed in the fact that Enoch is said to have never died, because God took him. It is impossible to understand what is being portrayed, without first understanding why having a son caused Enoch to walk with God and comprehending the spiritual meaning of the number seven, and what it means to overcome the Laws and organic duality of being.
The Great House or Castle of the soul that encompasses all that we have ever been from the Alpha to the present point of the soul's journey, to the ultimate Destiny of the Omega of Creation, cannot be reduced into the lesser limits of organic human consciousness being contained within the three lower kingdoms of the earth.
Therefore, while our true self exists exclusively in the higher reality of the soul that does not incarnate into the body at conception, modern Christians are unable to fulfill the words of John 5:24, and receive the Living Words that permit the disciple to "cross over from death to life”, because they dwell in the poverty of their carnal mindset and manmade doctrines which inhibit their ability to Know Thyself.
Thus, the Gospel of Thomas warns that "But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty. Whoever finds himself is superior to the world". Why? As it states in the Book of Jewish Mysticism known as the Zohar: According to these teachings, all human souls have a common origin in the spiritual unity of the primordial man, sparks of which form the individual souls.
The sin of Adam brought higher and lower souls into confusion; as a result, every soul has to pass through a series of incarnations. The soul itself has no sex, which is determined by the body and may vary from incarnation to incarnation”.
If it is true, that our soul has no sex and our gender varies from life to life in accord with the body-vessel we are inhabiting in any given life then what are we? Certainly not the physical reflection that we see in the mirror. And one of the primary realities that Paul made reference to that could not be revealed to the people of a natural organic mindset (see Mystery), was the reality that their true self is a Being of Light that is pure energy and intellect and this Being of Light is our soul-self that was created and came into existence in the beginning in the Alpha of Creation itself.
Therefore, our soul-self is the Offspring of God and is that part of ourselves that is eternal and is the true being that we are. We, as a man or woman born into the present time frame of human existence, began our journey as an embryonic image of our higher soul-self a being of the fourth kingdom which is the balance between the three earthly kingdoms which comprise of our lower animal carnal natures -- and the three heavenly kingdoms which comprise our higher heavenly natures -- with the objective being, to become the Final Temple that manifests Heaven on Earth within us.
While in this world you are dwelling in duality dwelling in either a male, or a female body while your higher soul-self that is the true being that you are, does not dwell in duality. Thus, to even begin to get to the reality of your true self who is a stranger and enigma to the person you are in this world i.e., your soul which is your true self you must overcome the duality in which you presently dwell.
And while those of a monastic mindset may feel spiritually intoxicated by tapping into the energy flow of the sixth center in the head this feeling of endorphin driven intoxication cannot replace the objective of evolving through the next stages of birth that Jesus taught was necessary for the prodigal son to return to the Life in the Kingdom. Moreover, because of the condition of imbalance, what the monk imagines to be God, is merely the Light that is from their own higher soul-self, that they know little about.
“Let us expect, therefore, hour by hour, the kingdom of God in love and righteousness, since we know not the day of the appearing of God. For the Lord Himself, being asked by one when His kingdom would come, replied, 'When two shall be one, that which is without as that which is within, and the male with the female, neither male nor female’”
Man's Ultimate Reality that most are incapable of coming to terms with, is the higher factual reality that there is nothing but Mind and this and all other dimensions of Reality is a Great Thought that man is experientially evolving within.
And what this confirms is the fact that the objects in the outer world that we observe with our physical senses, are in reality allegorical symbols of mind impressed into the forms of matter by the forces in the underlying Etheric Field and the forms that we observe, represents a psychic/mental impression of the thought form of mind that it denotes to our own, and the Universal Consciousness.
And once this higher reality is properly understood, is the very reason why it would appear to the unenlightened mind of the Atheist and critic, that one religion borrows the mythological symbolism from another when in fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Moreover, this is why, while Eastern mysticism portrays the forms of concrete matter that we observe in the outer world as an illusion, Western Gnosticism understands that the illusion is more factually, an allusion because each and every aspect of what we observe, possess a meaning that is being pictorially and allegorically presented to our mind.
Thus, in the Gospel of Thomas Jesus declares: Jesus said, "Recognize what is in your sight, and that which is hidden from you will become plain to you". While all things are plain to the few who possess the eyes to see, those who continue to dwell under the limitations and illusions of their beliefs, are those who dwell under the power of what the Spiritual (Gnostic) Christians portrayed as a Demiurge of their own making.
Because the carnal Jews had thrown away what Jesus called the Key of Knowledge and they saw only the literal text of the scriptures which Paul portrayed as the "letter that killeth" which were little more than "Jewish fables" (see The Books With The Power to Deceive) it was said that they dwelt under the power of a Demiurge one of their own making that totally controlled their vision of the world.
What is the difference between an illusion and an allusion? When properly understood, they are in fact worlds apart. While an illusion could be virtually anything i.e., like a hallucination that a dying man sees in the form of a mirage in the middle of the desert an allusion is a symbolic representation of a reality that we may or may not recognize what is being portrayed.
That the organic mind of man only sees the outward form that has been embedded in nature as a symbol of what that form indicates, is the illusions of what Jesus portrayed as the "outer darkness", and what Plato portrayed as the Cave of illusions. Only as your higher aspects of mind develop, do you begin to see the meaning of the allegorical symbols of this world i.e., "Recognize what is in your sight, and that which is hidden from you will become plain to you".
"But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty... Whoever finds himself is superior to the world". And thus, because they have been fooled by God's Divine Strategy which is in fact employed for the benefit of the lost prodigal sons and daughters, few seekers come to understand that those who think they know, are those who "dwell in poverty and it is [they] who are that poverty"
Jesus said that we were the prodigal sons and daughters of the Most High i.e., the offspring of God.
And what is this Destiny of all of mankind? When God, in the words of St. Nazianzen, no longer is an “object of wonder”, but rather an “object of desire” and we, desiring to be purified from the defilements of this world, make ourselves fit vessels for the Lord to indwell, the Spirit, according to St. Nazianzen, reveals to us our true nature, and the revelation of this manifest Sacred Knowledge makes “us like God; so that when we have thus become like Himself, God may, to use a bold expression, hold converse with us as Gods, being united to us, and that perhaps to the same extent as He already knows those who are known to Him”. St. Nazianzen then writes that “the Divine Nature then is boundless and hard to understand” by those who are yet carnal and think as natural beings of this world.
The Truth Is Not Of This World
Until you come to the wide-eyed stark realization that those who say they can doctrinally know God, don't and those who say there is no God, are only fooling themselves and those who believe they can teach you, can't and those who think that they can find the answers to life in the wisdom of this world, are self-deluded then you can never even begin to learn about either yourself, the truth, or God.
While Christians are in denial, and attempt to ignore the many biblical warnings, it is openly stated that the untransformed organic mind of man, is incapable of comprehending the higher reality of the soul and the Mysteries of the Kingdom (see Organic Consciousness) with the long ignored warning that Christians themselves will openly condemn the higher realities of the soul and spirit as utter "foolishness" labeling important teachings as heresy. And this warning by the biblical authors has been proven true as demonstrated in the fact that the Churches reject and condemn even the teachings of jesus.
What on the surface appears to man as being simple and self-evident, can be portrayed in the words: "There is a way that seems right to man, but its end is the way of death" (Prov 14:12). That means believing scriptures literally, from the standpoint of the lower mind. This is the way of death, because there's is no life in Literal reading of any Spiritual book, that's why the bible says, the Spirit giveth life, the spiritual reading of the scriptures, not the literal.
"The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened" (Matt 13:33 NKJ).
Regardless of the uncountable number of times that Holy Men, Mystics and Prophets attempt to convey to man that his own higher reality is beyond his ability to even imagine, carnal man (religious people and reborn christians), refuses to believe this Universal Wisdom of those who have themselves entered the Kingdom of God, and witnessed what "eyes cannot see", and "ears cannot hear", and what is impossible for the natural mind of man, functioning under the limitations of organic consciousness, to perceive, comprehend and understand (see The Incomprehensible).
The man known as the Apostle Paul warned that men of a "natural" mind would look upon the Mysteries of God that he was not permitted to reveal to the Christian Congregation, as "foolishness" (see The Letter That Killeth).
And it was for this reason why the first century Elder Ignatius wrote in warning to the Christians of the simple-faith: “Might I not write to you things more full of mystery?
But I fear to do so, lest I should inflict injury on you who are babes. Pardon me in this respect, lest, as not being able to receive their weighty import, ye should be strangled by them” and why Paul stated that it was unlawful to convey to others what he witnessed while in the Kingdom:
This means that a literal reading of the Bible will strangle you, because your carnal lower mind cannot comprehend the things of the spirit, it will inflict mental injury to you, because you are a babe, still drinking milk, concerning the scriptures.
"...Fourteen years above christ, I was taken up to heaven for a visit. Don't ask me whether my body was there or just my spirit, for I don't know; only God can answer that. But anyway, there I was in paradise, and heard things so astounding that they are beyond a man's power to describe or put in words (and anyway I am not allowed to tell them to others)” (2 Cor 12:1-4 TLB).
And why Peter is quoted by his disciple Clement as commanding: “We remember that our Lord and teacher, as commanding, said to us, guard the mysteries for me, and the sons of my house. Wherefore also he explained to his disciples, privately, the mysteries of the kingdoms of the heavens.”
They are mysteries, not straightforward things,
(Clementine Homilies) and why Jesus concealed the Mysteries of the Kingdom in parables that could only be understood by those who were of a spiritual understanding, as seen in the words: “Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand” (Mark 4:11-12 KJV).
Do you see that word mystery, it is ALWAYS a MYSTERY if you read it LITERALLY, it is not a MYSTERY if you read it SPIRITUALLY.
God Desires You To Build The Final Temple
Within Your Own Body-Mind
But The Religions Of Judaism, Christianity and Islam
All Obstruct It's Creation
Even Worse, is the Pseudo-Intellectualism of The Modern Secular-Progressives Who Promote Marxism and Socialism
By Throwing Away The Key Of Knowledge
Christians Are Blind Guides
"For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men;
for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in."
(Matt 23:13 NKJ)
The scriptures are a Living Entity- and as such, they are threefold in nature and form. What does that mean? The literal text of the scriptures is for the most part allegorical, and is the body the mind/soul of the scriptures is for the instruction of true seekers, and its esoteric meaning is not readily apparent to those who have not embraced the process of acquiring true spiritual knowledge and an understanding of the Laws within which each of us are immersed and the spiritual nature of the scriptures can only be seen by those who have undergone the process of spiritual transformation of the lower earthly kingdoms, and are pursuing the crucifixion of the body in the pattern that Jesus ordained for those who follow in The Way.
The Church Threw Away The Key Of Knowledge Blinded Their Eyes - Hardened Their Hearts
And Made Themselves Latter Day Pharisees
Among The Earliest Of Church Fathers Origen, Who Was Condemned By The Emperor Justinian
Possessed The Key of Knowledge
Origen writes: “But lest this difficulty perhaps should be supposed to exist only in the language of the prophets, seeing the prophetic style is allowed by all to abound in figures and enigmas, what do we find when we come to the Gospels?
Is there not hidden there also an inner, namely a divine sense, which is revealed by that grace alone which he had received who said, ‘But we have the mind of Christ, that we might know the things freely given to us by God.
Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Spirit teacheth?’ And if one now were to read the revelations which were made to John, how amazed would he not be that there should be contained within them so great an amount of hidden, ineffable mysteries, in which it is clearly understood, even by those who cannot comprehend what is concealed, that something certainly is concealed.
And yet are not the Epistles of the Apostles, which seem to some to be plainer, filled with meanings so profound, that by means of them, as by some small receptacle, the clearness of incalculable light appears to be poured into those who are capable of understanding the meaning of divine wisdom?
And therefore, because this is the case, and because there are many who go wrong in this life, I do not consider that it is easy to pronounce, without danger, that any one knows or understands those things, which, in order to be opened up, need the key of knowledge; which key, the Savior declared, lay with those who were skilled in the law (word)”.
Paul called the written words of the scriptures the "letter that killeth" (2 Cor 3:6). He warned the baptized believers at Corinth that until they undergo the necessary process of spiritual transformation, that their natural organic mind will be incapable of understanding the true meaning of the Gospel (see Mystery),
and they will look upon the Mysteries of God as "foolishness" i.e., “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Cor 2:14 NKJ).
These are the reborn christians, they look upon the spiritual reading as foolishness, because they themselves are the only fools in this drama.
And he warned these baptized and confirmed Christians who had received all the gifts and testimony of the Gospel, that their untransformed mind was yet too carnal to comprehend and begin to grasp the necessary higher realities of soul and spirit i.e., “And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to babes in Christ” (1 Cor 3:1 NAS).
Further explaining that what is known as the testimony of Jesus Christ and him crucified is the "milk" of the Gospel meant for entry-level believers who have only begun their journey in TheWay i.e., Paul warns: “I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able” (1 Cor 3:2 NAS).
Paul warned the Gentile converts: "Do not be arrogant, but be afraid. For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either" (Rom 11:20-21 NIV) yet, the Gentile converts who portrayed themselves as Orthodox were so arrogant, that they condemned the original followers and disciples of Jesus as heretics eventually hunting them down and murdering them, because they refused to accept the religion of the Emperor of Rome. And because they rejected and spilt the blood of those who possessed the Key of Knowledge, the Church has thrown away the Key of Knowledge and because they are no longer able to unlock the soul and spirit of the scriptures, they remain hopelessly lost in a Spiritual Diaspora.
To this very day, what the believers of a natural organic mindset have trouble in comprehending a reality that continues to plague all people who attempt to read the scriptures is the reality that the religion preached by Paul was one of Spiritual Transformation, NOT a literal history of any kind.
Paul warned those he preached to about the written words of the scriptures which he portrayed as the "letter that killeth", that their religious ideas and doctrines were merely elementary.
Like a child entering kindergarten, what Paul called the "testimony" of Christ and the physical crucifixion was an entry-level beginning and Paul attempted to convey this higher reality of soul, spirit and the Kingdom to believers who were unable to comprehend the Mysteries of God, because he was a man who was not only enlightened about the Kingdom within (see Gate Of Eden), but had himself been permitted entrance into the Kingdom.
cannot tell others
This entrance into the Kingdom is seen in his words that every Christian who beseeches the Lord today to enlighten their understanding, is in fact asking to see and hear "things so astounding that they are beyond a man's power to describe or put in words” and the few who possess the Key of Knowledge and are able to open the inner door to the Heavenly Kingdom, after these select few gaze upon these mysteries, what they have witnessed will be of such a profound nature that they will “…not [be] allowed to tell them to others” (2 Cor 12:4 TLB).
Why? The fact that the modern congregation of Christians can't explain why those who overcome and are able to enter the Inner Kingdom cannot even share with other believers what they witnessed, should cause every person who claims to be a believer to re-examine with they think they know and believe.
The King James version goes as far as to state with respect to the esoteric knowledge that those who use the Key of Knowledge to open the Inner "narrow strait gate" to the Kingdom and acquire this sacred knowledge "which it is not lawful for a man to utter" (2 Cor 12:4 NKJV) to the believers of the simple faith that Paul portrays as receiving only the entry-level "milk" of the Gospel and yet, because the Gentiles who portrayed themselves as Orthodox had entered into a covenant with Pagan Rome embracing the dogma of the emperor whose armies murdered all who he deemed heretics i.e., ”Constantine easily believed that the heretics, who presumed to dispute his opinions or to oppose his commands, were guilty of the most absurd and criminal obstinancy.
Not a moment was lost in excluding the ministers and teachers of the separated congregations from any share of the rewards and immunities which the emperor had so liberally bestowed on the orthodox clergy. But as the sectaries might still exist under the cloud of royal disgrace, the conquest of the East was immediately followed by an edict which announced their total destruction”.
Thus, in the same way that whoever did not embrace the religion of the emperor met with the sentence of death, whatever scriptures did not conform to the approved version, was immediately destroyed (see http://biblecorruption.com/ ).
In throwing away the Key of Knowledge, it is now impossible for the modern Christian who dwells in a Spiritual Diaspora to open the Inner "narrow strait gate" to the Kingdom and acquire this sacred knowledge that could only be revealed to the inner core of disciples.
The fact that those who personify themselves as Christians today, are in fact clueless as to the nature and reality of this important Spiritual Knowledge that can only be unlocked with the proper use of the Key of Knowledge that the Pagan Church of Rome threw away, renders them totally incapable of even answering the question: Why will those who gain entrance to the Kingdom not be able to even attempt to convey to the believers in the Church what they have seen and witnessed?
To the degree that this esoteric Truth which is portrayed as “things so astounding that they are beyond a man's power to describe or put in words which it is not lawful for a man to utter" to those who have not themselves been permitted to enter the inner Kingdom?
Because in not having evolved through the process of spiritual transformation, these entry-level believers who Paul portrays as "babes in Christ", are still of a carnal mind a mindset that Paul warns:
The “carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.
So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God... For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God” (Rom 8:7-8;13 NKJ).
When Paul warned that he could only speak to the believers at Corinth as "men of flesh, as to babes in Christ” (1 Cor 3:1 NAS), what he was warning was that “Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil” (Heb 5:13-14 NIV). And because they are yet carnal not having undergone the process of spiritual transformation,
Paul warned that “And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know” (1 Cor 8:2 NKJ).
For if man could simply open the scriptures and be able to discern the Truth and the spiritual meaning of the written words of the text, Jesus would not have said of his disciples:
“For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it” (Matt 13:17 NIV).
Why did Jesus say these words? Because the majority of believers who attempted to read the scriptures literally, and observe the oracles of the Word in a ritualized outward manner, were the counterfeit believers whose carnal mindset had spiritually
disenfranchised them from the Kingdom within.
While the modern congregations of Christians attempt to ignore the above facts that they are incapable of understanding because of the prevailing spiritual ignorance imposed upon them in their present exile in a Spiritual Diaspora, they continue to reject many key teachings of the Gospel that could free them from their present shackles of ignorance.
Instead of understanding the spiritual meaning of talking donkeys and talking snakes, dashing babies against rocks etc... they actually believe that these things literally happened, completely ignoring pauls admonition, NOT to read the scriptures according to the letter (literally)
They do not listen, because they are of the lower carnally minded masses, brainwashed by the lower carnal religious teaching.
Christians maintain that they are saved by faith totally apart from their actions and works and their salvation is guaranteed from the moment they accept Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior.
Thus, the Flawed Doctrine Of Perpetual Redemption totally ignores the many statements by Paul where he warns: "For it is impossible to restore again to repentance those who then commit apostasy, since they crucify the Son of God on their own account and hold him up to contempt For if we sin deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful prospect of judgment, and a fury of fire which will consume the adversaries." (Heb 6:4-6;10:26-27 RSV).
What this means is that the religion of Jesus in its original form was one of spiritual transformation and those who willfully sin after coming to the knowledge of the Gospel message, crucify the Son of God afresh and, in total opposition to what the Churches preach, "there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful prospect of judgment, and a fury of fire which will consume the adversaries."
These, and other such spiritual concepts, were totally unacceptable to the fourth century heathen Church of Rome and while these few passages continue to exist, the scriptures were corrupted (see http://biblecorruption.com/ ) in order to make the Gospels support the doctrines of a series of Roman Emperors who ruled over the Church from the fourth century onward.
That the Church has abandoned the original teachings of Jesus to the degree that when it is proven that the fourth century Church even edited and corrupted the very Words Of God spoken to man (see http://thetenwords.com/ ) means that until the Church itself repents of this great sin against the Holy Spirit, they will remain under a cloud of ignorance in an exile state in a Spiritual Diaspora. What does the Apostle of faith say?
To the Romans he warns: "Do not be arrogant, but be afraid. For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either. Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off" (Rom 11:20-22 NIV).
Because the Christians entered into a covenant with Pagan Rome installing the emperor as the head of the Church and in a state of absolute arrogance, hunted down and murdered all who did not accept the religious doctrines of the emperor even editing and corrupting the very words of God spoken to mankind the Church has not only been "cut off" but the Christians themselves dwell in a Spiritual Diaspora under the cloud of spiritual ignorance.
While the Churches preach that if you call upon the name of the Lord that Jesus will never leave you regardless of your actions and lifestyle in this life Paul warns that if you turn back to the ways of this world, that you should not only "be afraid" but that as a Christian you will be "cut off" and the blood of the Lamb will be a "fury of fire which will consume [you as an] adversary" to the core Gospel teachings.
And what this means is that if you call upon the name of the Lord in the manner that the Churches preach today and you then knowingly sin, you not only "commit apostasy" and yourself "crucify the Son of God on their own account and hold him up to contempt" but, as an apostate to the New Covenant, Paul warns that "there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins".
If we ask the question: Did Paul really mean that the sacrifice on the cross is canceled for those who knowingly sin after calling upon the name of the Lord? This is confirmed in the words of Paul when he wrote: "What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.
Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.
For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one's slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?” (Rom 6:1-16 NKJ).
How can this be
Peter Warns That Christians Are Worse Off Than The Unbelievers: How can Peter warn that the fate of complacent Christians is in fact worse off than those who had never come into contact with the Gospel Message? The words of Peter are so contrary to modern-day belief, that these words should literally haunt every person who calls themselves a Christian believer:
"If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. Of them the proverbs are true: A dog returns to its vomit, and, A sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud" (2 Pet 2:20-22 NIV).
Where the modern Church promotes the doctrine that they are saved by Grace regardless of the manner in which they live their lives, Peter not only states that this doctrine is in grave error, but correctly states that: "It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them." Every Christian should ask themselves: How Can This Be???
Christians promote the doctrine that only those who believe can be saved and here Peter is stating the opposite is true and that those people who claim to believe, will in fact be worse off after they have come to believe, than before they began to believe. The shepherds and blind guides that Peter is making reference to, are those who preach the modern doctrine of perpetual sin that is promoted in churches today i.e.,
"This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the sinful nature." (2 Peter 2:10 NIV). Because these false shepherds fail to understand the reality of what Jesus meant when he used the terms Whole, and Complete, they preach the "promise [of] freedom [in their doctrine of salvation by faith and grace alone], while they themselves are slaves of depravity"
In what can only be in total opposition to what Christians today believe, Peter states that it would have been better for the entry-level believers to have never heard of the Gospel, than to have heard, and then fall prey to the false shepherds who promise freedom but blindly lead the believers into the proverbial ditch. And there is simply no means for the modern Christian who believes the doctrines of the Church, to even begin to understand what Peter is making reference to.
Cause Of Christian Ignorance - The Reality Of The Soul & The Mysteries Of The Kingdom: Perhaps even more important to the sincere Christian seeker who is attempting to escape the shackles of Roman Church doctrine, is the version of this verse that has been preserved in what has come to be known as The Gospel Of The Nazirenes, where it reads: "Though you be gathered together in my bosom, if you keep not my commandments I will cast you forth. For if you keep not the lesser mysteries, who shall give you the greater."
Why is this version of this saying so important? Because the Christian world itself is proof of its validity. The inner spiritual meaning of the scriptures the knowledge of the soul and what Paul portrayed as the knowledge of the Mysteries of the Kingdom of God (see Mystery) and even the reality and meaning of the life that each person is presently living can only be revealed and understood, by those who have prepared themselves to be a Final Temple which is a foundational Gospel Objective of Jesus' teachings.
By using Jesus as a pagan mojo i.e., as a license to sin in the manner that the Churches preach openly crucifying the Son of God afresh by virtue of a cultural mindset and worldly lifestyle the Christian world is proof positive of the reality of this important teaching. In fact, once understood, the fact that most Christians do not know the previous lifetimes that their soul has lived, is proof that they have been cast from the bosom of Messiah/Christ and because they presently dwell in a Spiritual Diaspora, they remain in what Jesus portrayed as the Prison (see Prison), and/or what Jesus portrayed as the "outer darkness" of mind and being (see Outer Darkness).
Judgment Of Those Who Drink From The Cup Of The Lord Unworthily: The counterfeit leaders and shepherds who presently guide the Congregations, will attempt to tell you that sinners have been saved by the blood of the Lord by the Cup of Salvation -- and yet, Paul warns that those who eat the body and drink from the cup of the Lord and continue to sin, eat and drink judgment and damnation unto themselves i.e., Paul warns:
"Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep" (1 Cor 11:27-30 NKJ).
What Paul is warning is that an unworthy or complacent Christian who attempts to eat the bread and drink the cup of the Gospel New Covenant, invoke the Laws which render them "weak and sick among you, and many sleep"!!! This sleep is the Spiritual hardening of their hearts and minds that imprisons the congregation of believers in a Spiritual Diaspora and is demonstrated in the blindness of the Christian world to the true meaning of the very scriptures which they champion.
Blindness Of Those Who Lay Under The Sway Of Satan: The above is confirmed in one of the existing alternate endings of the Gospel of Mark which is portrayed as the authentic ending by early Church authorities. And what this means is that the religion of Jesus in its original form was one of spiritual transformation and those who willfully sin, crucify the Son of God afresh, and in the warning of Paul, "there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful prospect of judgment, and a fury of fire which will consume the adversaries."
This is why Paul stated with respect to those who call themselves Christian, and continue to live a sinful life: "But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid. For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor" (Gal 2:17-18 KJV).
Which confirms the alternate ending of the Gospel of Mark which reads: "This Age of lawlessness and unbelieving lies under the sway of Satan, who will not allow what lies under the unclean spirits to understand the truth and power of God; therefore, they said to Christ, reveal your righteousness now. Christ answered them, The term of years for Satan's power has now expired, but other terrors are at hand.
I was delivered to death on behalf of sinners, that they might return to the truth and sin no more, that they might inherit that glory of righteousness which is spiritual and imperishable in heaven" (Moffatt, quoting Gospel Of Mark in Codex W - Also quoted by St. Jerome as being the authentic ending of the Gospel of Mark).
Thus, Jesus warned those who would call upon the Lord and expect to have earned salvation: “But why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46 NKJ).
And, “Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” (Matt 7:21 NIV).
That the very people who with their lips proclaim themselves to believe, continue to lie "under the sway of Satan" or, in the words of John: "Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning" (1 John 3:7-8
All Who Call Upon The Name Of The Lord: From a modern perspective, the whole of Christians doctrine is based upon the statements of Paul that the Gentile believers are saved by faith regardless of the above warnings by the same Paul that if they continue to sin after coming to Messiah/Christ, that they are apostates to the Son of God who will receive the fiery judgments which will consume them and to the exclusion of these many Gospel warnings, they base the whole of their dogma on the statement in the Epistle to the Romans that:
"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Rom 10:13 KJV). Yet, to their own demise, the meaning of the statement to "call upon the name of the Lord", in no manner cancels out the above warnings and statements by the same author. And to call, must be within the context of the parable of The Call to the Wedding Feast (see The Call).
In the parable those who were invited to the wedding feast, were those who had called upon the name of the Lord. In the parable, the called ones continued to embrace the ways, the thinking and lifestyle of this world, and did not live their lives from the perspective of the requirement to pick up their own cross and follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Thus, Jesus commanded and said: "And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" (Luke 6:46 KJV).
And this is why Jesus warned those who would call themselves his followers and believers: “And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it” (Matt 10:38-39 NKJ). The requirement that has been set forth is that “ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy” (Lev 11:45 KJV).
In the words of Gregory, Bishop of Nyssa: "it is imperative on all those who have an equally earnest desire for the Good as He has, to be followers by the path of an exact imitation of Him Who leads the way to salvation, and to carry into action what He has shown them. It is, in fact impossible for persons to reach the same goal unless they travel by the same ways”. And this is why the requirement was set forth by Jesus with respect to his disciples and followers: “You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matt 5:48 RSV). Only those who become the "good ground" in the parable of the Sower and the Seed, are able to fulfill the requirement set forth in the parable of The Call or the wedding feast (see The Call).
While those who were called, but remained living in The Way of this world, inherited the fate that Paul portrays above i.e., "there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful prospect of judgment, and a fury of fire which will consume the adversaries." and this is confirmed in the parable where the chosen ones met with the above promised fate of destruction (Matt 22:7) even those who did come and failed to have put on the required "wedding garment" of purity, were cast out into the "outer darkness" of mind and being i.e., "'Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' For many are called, but few are chosen" (Matt 22:12-14 NKJV).
And it is in this "outer darkness" of mind and being that Jesus warned about, which is the Spiritual Diaspora of ignorance in which the modern Church presently dwells, that inhibits them from acquiring the knowledge of the true spiritual meaning of the scriptures, as well as the knowledge of the soul and what Paul portrayed as the higher Mysteries of the Kingdom (see Mystery) that could only be known by those who fulfilled the requirement of the "good ground" in the parable of the Sower and the Seed, and therefore put on the required "wedding garment" in the parable of The Call.
That the modern Christian world which is founded upon the dogma of Pagan Rome, bases their whole concept of the Gospel on calling upon the Lord with their lips while ignoring all of the above teachings and warnings makes applicable the words of Jesus: "Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men'" (Mark 7:6-7 NKJV).
Fate Of Most Christians Worse Than That Of The Unbelievers: What we see portrayed in these important words is the original meaning of the doctrine that Jesus made himself a sacrifice for sinners i.e., "that they might return to the truth and sin no more"!!! On the other hand, the great truth that is clearly presented in the reality that those who continue to sin after coming to the knowledge of the Gospel, "commit apostasy" [and] "crucify the Son of God on their own account and hold him up to contempt"!!!
And contrary to the pagan doctrines adopted by the Church, Paul warns that "there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful prospect of judgment, and a fury of fire which will consume the adversaries." And while Peter warns in the above that the fate of complacent believers who continue to sin after coming to the knowledge of the Gospel is worse off than before they learned of the Good News, the modern Christian world has become so spiritually disenfranchised, that they are incapable of understanding these original foundational Gospel teachings and concepts. Why?
Because what is preached in the Churches today, has relatively little in common with what Jesus actually taught. And in truth, modern Christian doctrine is founded upon the religious principles of Pagan Rome (see The Christian Judas), than what Yeshua actually taught. How can this be? A person will ask? Quite contrary to modern Christian doctrine where all believers are saved, it is very clearly demonstrated in the scriptures that believers who do not live in accordance with the Commandments of the Lord will be punished more severely than the non-believer.
This truth is demonstrated in the words: “That servant who knows his master's will and does not get ready or does not do what his master wants will be beaten with many blows. But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked” (Luke 12:47-48 NIV). What Jesus is stating to the reader is that believer’s who do not fulfill the Commandments, will be punished more than those who do not know the will of God.
The evidence has proven that when the scriptures were given to the Gentiles, they immediately began to corrupt them (see Bible Corruption ) and misinterpret the meaning because they did not possess the necessary Key of Knowledge. And this prompted James to write in the Epistle of Peter and James: "Hear me, brethren and fellow-servants.
If we should give the books to all indiscriminately, and they should be corrupted by any daring men, or be perverted by interpretations, as you have heard that some have already done, it will remain even for those who really seek the truth, always to wander in error. Wherefore it is better that they should be with us, and that we should communicate them with all the fore-mentioned care to those who wish to live piously, and to save others."
The fact is attested to that the Ebionite/Nazirene Disciples of Jesus did not give the Gentiles the most spiritual scriptures i.e., in the words of St. Jerome: "A difficult work is enjoined, since this translation has been commanded me by your Felicities, which St. Matthew himself, the Apostle and Evangelist, did not wish to be openly written.
For if it had not been Secret, he would have added to the evangel that which he gave forth was his; but he made up this book sealed up in the Hebrew characters, which he put forth even in such a way that the book, written in Hebrew letters and by the hand of himself, might be possessed by the men most religious, who also, in the course of time, received it from those who preceded them.
But this very book they never gave to any one to be transcribed, and its text they related some one way and some another". This Secret more Spiritual version of the Book of Matthew was referred to by Gibbon where he wrote: "But the secret and authentic history has been recorded in several copies of the Gospel according to St. Matthew, which these sectaries long preserved in the original Hebrew, as the sole evidence of their faith."
Why would it be written by James and Peter that if this essential knowledge was lost, that "it will remain even for those who really seek the truth, always to wander in error."? Why couldn't believers merely read the scriptures, and know the truth? For many of the very same reasons why Paul warned that the believers of a natural organic mind will look upon the Mysteries of God as "foolishness"!
Why Paul warned that those who knew the Truth by virtue of their inner spiritual experiences, were not permitted to tell others what they witnessed in the Kingdom i.e., “things so astounding that they are beyond a man's power to describe or put in words” and after they gaze upon these mysteries, what they have witnessed will be of such a profound nature that they will “not [be] allowed to tell them to others” (2 Cor 12:4 TLB).
Why The Jews Were Condemned
The Jews who saw only the written literal words of the scriptures, threw away the Key of Knowledge that unlocks the inner "narrow gate" to the Kingdom within ( Gate Of Eden ). In the words of the New Living Translation: "How terrible it will be for you experts in religious law! For you hide the key to knowledge from the people. You don't enter the Kingdom yourselves, and you prevent others from entering" (Luke 11:52). Which conveys to us that if the experts in religious law had properly used and applied the Key of Knowledge, that they not only would have been able to enter the Kingdom but that they would have become a true guide to others.
The fact that the carnal Jews predicted and looked for the Kingdom to come upon the earth in the manner that the modern Christians do today even though Jesus stated that the Kingdom would never come upon the earth in the manner that carnal men predict ( Gate Of Eden ) is representative of the primary reason why Jesus portrayed them as blind guides who brought great suffering upon the people. And, because the vast majority of Gentiles did not themselves possess the Key of Knowledge, they failed to understand that this was the very reason why Jesus condemned the Pharisees and Sadducees as counterfeit and blind guides.
That the Key of Knowledge must be properly applied so it will open the inner door to the Kingdom, is further demonstrated in the words: "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it." (Matt 7:13-14 NKJ).
And when Jesus was asked directly when the Kingdom of God would come upon the earth as Jews and Christians believe, Jesus said it would never come upon the earth, because it is within us all: "Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, 'See here!' or 'See there!' For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you." (Luke 17:20-21 NKJ).
And Christians today fail to comprehend this fact, because they have thrown away the Key of Knowledge that unlocks the inner "narrow gate". And modern Christians can't even begin to understand the Mysteries of God (see Mystery), or the spiritual meaning of the scriptures, because they ignore and reject the warning in the parable of the Sower and the Seed where it states: “Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?” (Mark 4:13 KJV) or, in the wording of a the modern language New Living Translation: “But if you can’t understand this story, how will you understand all the others I am going to tell?” (see Sower And The Seed)
Know ye not that ye are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?" (1 Cor 3:16 ASV). And only by "mortifying the deeds of the body", and becoming the Final Temple, can the believer gain entrance to the Inner Kingdom, and learn directly from the One Teacher.
The next stage of soul-birth that Jesus states to Nicodemus is necessary to enter into the Kingdom, and the journey in TheWay which is the return of the prodigal son or daughter to their Heavenly Father, can only be accomplished through the transformation of self.
Thus, it is written: "We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God" (Acts 14:22 NKJ). And this is why Paul Commanded to "Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature" (Col 3:5 NIV).
To the degree that Paul warned: “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live” (Rom 8:13 KJV). It is important to recognize that Paul does not say that a person inherits salvation by the mere proclamation of faith in Jesus, as Christian dogma does today.
That the necessary next stage of birth can only be brought about by those who "mortify the deeds of the body" to the degree that the believer puts "to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature" is simply a spiritual reality that has no place in the modern Christian world. Further, it was to these same baptized and confirmed Christians that Paul warned:
“For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live” and that the reality of these words remain totally alien to the modern Church and congregation of believers, is the reason why Christians have alienated themselves from the knowledge and reality of the Inner Kingdom, and preach a doctrine which very much parallels that of the carnal Jews who Jesus condemned as apostates to the Word of God.
Why did Paul state that salvation is by faith in contradistinction to the works of the Law expressed outwardly in the rituals and traditions of the Jews? From Paul's perspective, an outward ritual observance of the Law in the manner of the carnal Jews, was incapable of bringing about this necessary spiritual transformation and soul-birth.
To mortify the deeds of the body takes work a great amount of work and this work cannot be accomplished through the static faith which our present-day Churches promote. The problem is that these biblical commandments have absolutely nothing in common with the doctrine of faith that was developed by Martin Luther in the Middle-ages.
As a priest of the Church of Rome, there was much that was not understood by Martin Luther and the Middle-Age Reformers. They did not know that the scriptures must have what Jesus called the Key of Knowledge applied to them and that if you learn to turn the scriptures within yourself, you draw ever nearer to the Kingdom within (Lk 17:20-21)
G.R.S. Mead, a foremost authority on the Spiritual Christians who the Roman Church condemned as Gnostics because they sought the Divine Manna of the Inner Kingdom, in his book entitled Fragments of a Faith Forgotten, this explanation of the true nature of the scriptures is put forth: "what the Gnostics projected onto the screen [in the form of a ] picture of the universe was in reality a picture of their own minds. Its mythology is a symbolic portrayal, almost a deliberate one, of the forces which operate in the structuring and evolution of the human personality”. It was for this reason that Carl Jung called the Gnostic Christians the worlds first and foremost psychologists who understood the very fabric of human consciousness.
That there is an Inner Source of Knowledge that is beyond even the most enlightened wisdom of this world, is in fact the very reason why the Apostle Paul wrote: “For the truth about God is known to them instinctively; God has put this knowledge in their hearts” (Rom 1:19 TLB). And what Martin Luther and the Middle Age Reformers could never have known, is that Paul's doctrine of faith was based upon the fact that if you embrace the mindset taught by Jesus, and live a consecrated life, the the inner "narrow gate" to the Kingdom (see Gate Of Eden) will begin to open, and you will be able to access this inner Source of Knowledge.
Speaking of those who are blinded by the doctrines of men, or attempt to decipher and understand the scriptures without living the life ordained by Jesus as being Consecrated and worthy of a disciple, in the Clementine Homilies the Apostle Peter states of Simon Magus with respect to his inability to comprehend the true meaning of the scriptures:
“And with us, indeed, who have had handed down from our forefathers the worship of the God who made all things, and also the mystery of the books which are able to deceive, he will not prevail; but with those from amongst the Gentiles who have the polytheistic fancy bred in them, and who know not the falsehoods of the Scriptures, he will prevail much.
And not only he; but if any other shall recount to those from among the Gentiles any vain, dreamlike, richly set out story against God, he will be believed, because from their childhood their minds are accustomed to take in things spoken against God. And few there shall be of them, as a few out of a multitude, who through ingenuousness shall not be willing so much as to hear an evil word against the God who made all things.
And to these alone from amongst the Gentiles it shall be vouchsafed to be saved. Let not any one of you, therefore, altogether complain of Simon, or of any one else; for nothing happens unjustly, since even the falsehoods of Scripture are with good reason presented for a test.”
What Peter is stating is that the written words of the scriptures contain many falsehoods and this is confirmed in the writing of the Church Father Origen in De Principiis, where he wrote concerning the historical and literal factualness of the written narrative of the scriptures: “Where the word found that things done according to the history could be adapted to these mystical senses, he made use of them concealing from the multitude the deeper meaning; but where in the narrative of the development of super-sensual things, there did not follow the performance of those certain events which were already indicated by the mystical meaning, the scripture interwove in the history the account of some event that did not take place, sometimes what could not have happened; sometimes what could but did not.”
What is Origen saying to us? Where the Word found that using events from history could fulfill the purpose of the scriptures, the Word used these historical events, “concealing from the multitude the deeper meaning”. In this respect, Jesus lived and taught the people the Royal Law of God and the means to gain entrance into the Kingdom. These things are true. But scripture is designed for a greater purpose than to inform us with respect to the past scripture is the handbook of those who desire to enter into Life.
What is the purpose of the scriptures? Surely not to teach us about history how can history open the door to the Kingdom within us? And it is this seemingly historical account of the literal written word that Paul referred to as the Testimony of Christ which was the "milk for babes". And while the people of the simple faith were incapable of perceiving and understanding the higher reality of the soul and the Mysteries of God, by placing spiritual truths in what appears to he an historical document, accomplishes the necessary task of putting the sacred truths of God in the hands of the people in a language they can understand and relate to even during that time when they are yet carnal, and unable to comprehend the higher realities of the soul and the Mysteries of God.
By writing the scriptures in this fashion, the carnal believer could relate to the scriptures because the writings appeared on the surface to communicate and manifest a history of the people who were using them. Yet, Origen warns that, even when the scriptures are historically accurate, there is concealed within the narrative a deeper meaning than what is grasped by the carnal reader.
To his disciple Clement, Peter warns with respect to the ability of Simon Magus to seduce the Gentiles: "but with those from amongst the Gentiles who have the polytheistic fancy bred in them, and who know not the falsehoods of the Scriptures, he will prevail much. And not only he; but if any other shall recount to those from among the Gentiles any vain, dreamlike, richly set out story against God, he will be believed, because from their childhood their minds are accustomed to take in things spoken against God.
What he is stating is that the Gentiles will readily hold unworthy beliefs about God and they therefore will be readily deceived with respect to the true spiritual meaning of the scriptures. And the lesson that modern Christians have still to learn, is that many of these falsehoods of the written word are there for a test i.e., Peter warns: "Let not any one of you, therefore, altogether complain of Simon, or of any one else; for nothing happens unjustly, since even the falsehoods of Scripture are with good reason presented for a test.” The test is that those who hold unworthy ideas pertaining to God, and fail to live in accord with the Royal Law, are themselves banished from the Kingdom and the Knowledge of the Truth.
The True Interpretation Of The Scriptures: The scriptures are an allegorical portrayal of your own mind and being and the names that are used, the numbers, and the picture of what appears to be historical accounts or cosmic occurrences or conditions, can also be understood as events of the body, mind/soul and spirit in the life of the disciple. In the same way that Paul called the written word of the scriptures the "letter that killeth" (2 Cor 3:6), the same exact formula with respect to the scriptures is presented in the words: “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live” (Rom 8:13 KJV). If you attempt to interpret the scriptures after the letter of the flesh, then you have thrown away the Key of Knowledge that you failed to understand in the spiritual sense, and turn the scriptures within yourself:
"How terrible it will be for you experts in religious law! For you hide the key to knowledge from the people. You don't enter the Kingdom yourselves, and you prevent others from entering" (Luke 11:52 NLT). Christians today who read the scriptures to find the historical Jesus, are no different than the Pharisees who looked only to the letter of the written word failing to use the Key of Knowledge to open the inner door to the Kingdom within them. And of those who "live after the flesh [of the written word], ye shall die."
While the scriptures center around the teachings of Jesus, the objective is to become a disciple and enter "in the House" within you and learn the Mysteries of God from the Living Christ. If you believe in Jesus, then you will live in the manner that he taught, and seek the Inner Kingdom.
Thus, the scriptures are written in such a way that they can be turned within and what appears as historical accounts in the written word of the "letter that killeth" (2 Cor 3:6), becomes events of the body, mind/soul and spirit in the life of the Disciple of Jesus and TheWay. The twelve signs of the zodiac, the twelve tribes of Israel, the twelve disciples of Jesus, become the twelve spheres of mind of the Tree of Life.
And when you are able to do as Paul states and put to death your attachments to the things of this world, and evolve and balance the twelve spheres of the mind doing and living the Commandments of the Lord in all things then you will find the reality coming to pass that is stated in the Revelation: "Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie" (Rev 22:14-15 NKJ).
Notice that the dogs, sorcerers, sexually immoral, murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves the (lying) doctrines and philosophies of men over the Truth, are spoken of as remaining "outside" the gates of the City? This is the realm of outer consciousness where man cannot know self, the Inner Kingdom, or God.
While the people of this world are the prodigal sons and daughters who are lost and under the control of the "citizen" of this world, only those who hear TheCall and seek to walk in TheWay and enter the Inner Kingdom can find the Promise of Life. Thus, the person who claims to be a genuine believer and seeker, and yet fails to put on the “wedding garment” (Mt 22:12) which is the robe of spiritual union and perfection will be “cast into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matt 22:13 NKJ). And where is this outer darkness?
Outside the gates to the city which from the perspective of the Bible, is the place in which organic man presently dwells. What is conveyed to us here regarding the Kingdom, is that when we open and read the scriptures, what we have before us is the mystical writings of a spiritual people writings that are written for the edification of a the prodigal sons and daughters who desire to return to the Kingdom of the Father and we can never understand the Mysteries of God through a superficial reading of the literal word of the Bible which Paul called the "letter that killeth".
This spiritual Knowledge that can only be received by the True Disciple, is called the Divine Manna or the Gnosis of the Kingdom. Why do we use the word Gnostic? Because it is the Greek word that differentiates between what we call abstract philosophical knowledge pertaining to this world which is learned in our educational manner of teaching, in contradistinction to knowledge that is learned directly through our inner spiritual experiences and interaction with the Divine. Where the knowledge of this world is philosophical and temporal, the type of Knowledge that is called Gnosis, denotes the Sacred Manna that is given to true holy men and women who live in the Light, and seek the Kingdom of God.
As G.R.S. Mead concludes on page 176: “The claim of the Gnostics was that a man might so perfect himself that he became a conscious worker with the Logos; all those who did so, became 'Christs,' and as such were Saviors, but not in the sense of being the Logos Himself”.
Where the people of the simple faith looked upon the word “Christ”, as Jesus' last name, the Spiritual Christians understood that what this term meant was the Anointing of the mind of the disciple that permits the seeker to learn from the inner Logos i.e., the Mind of God. In the revelation of his spiritual Gospel, it was this receiving of the Anointing that Paul speaks about throughout his Epistles. When the disciple receives the Anointing this Anointing of the mind of the disciple in the Greek, denotes one who is Anointed, or the Christ.
It is for this reason that the believers of the simple faith are not yet Christians, because they have not yet received the Anointing which is impossible to receive without embracing the proper mindset and consecrated lifestyle. Moreover, the Anointing is not philosophical or rhetorical as becoming a believer but is an actual illumination of higher consciousness that permits the disciple to use more of their mind that the natural man is capable of using in his organic condition.
A person cannot be a genuine Christian i.e., an Anointed one without possessing the knowledge of their pre-existent soul. A person cannot possess the knowledge of the soul, without knowing the previous lives that the soul has lived. In Pistis Sophia, one of the sacred books used by the Spiritual (Gnostic) Christians, which name in English means the Book of Faith-Wisdom, Jesus states:
“But if he shall have sinned once, twice, or thrice, they shall reject that soul, sending it back again into the world according to the form of the sins that it may have committed; the form whereof I will declare unto you hereafter. But verily, verily I say unto you, that even the righteous man that hath committed no sin at all cannot be brought into the Kingdom of Light, forasmuch the seal of the mysteries of that kingdom is not found upon him. Once for all, I say unto you, a soul cannot be brought into the kingdom, if it be without the mysteries of the Kingdom of the Light”.
In this quotation we not only see that the Spiritual Christians understood that Jesus taught the reincarnation of the soul “sending [the soul] back again into the world according to the form of the sins that it may have committed” but what we have here is the genuine foundation of Paul's doctrine that man can do nothing on his own, and can only be saved through faith in Christ.
The problem arises when we do not understand the difference between Jesus the historical man and Christ the Anointing of the mind or the Logos, or Mind of God. It is this reason also that believers fail to understand the declaration in the beginning of the Epistle to the Romans where Paul writes that: When the Gentiles do the things of the Law, without the Law, they become a Law unto themselves, and can be saved. It is further this reason that we do not understand when Paul says not to seek the Jesus after the flesh, but rather the Christ of the Spirit.
In the article on Christian Mysticism, the Encyclopedia Britannica writes regarding Valentinus, who was considered orthodox in the beginning of the second century, and states: “He believed that human beings are alienated from God because of their spiritual ignorance; Christ brings them into the gnosis (esoteric revelatory knowledge) that is union with God.
Valentinus held that all human beings come from God and that all will in the end return to God. Other Gnostic groups held that there were three types of people 'spiritual,' 'psychic,' and 'material' and that only the first two can be saved. The Pistis Sophia… is preoccupied with the question of who finally will be saved. Those who are saved must renounce the world completely and follow the pure ethic of love and compassion.
They will then be identified with Jesus and become rays of the divine Light”. While this reality may sound foreign and strange to the modern Christian, it is in fact parallel to the parable of the prodigal son. But since the modern Christian rejects the important teaching on the pre-existent soul that evolves to perfection over the course of many lifetimes, because they adhere to the doctrines of a Circus Prostitute (see The Ten Reasons Why Christians Reject The Pre-Existent Soul), they remain hopelessly lost in the quagmire of this world of the "outer darkness" (see Divine Strategery)
Once properly understood, what Valentinus was in fact stating was no different than what was also clearly stated by the early church authorities, Paul, Jesus, and the present-day Canon of Scriptures itself: That there are three types of Christians i.e., the spiritual which are in union with God, and are saved; the psychic, or disciple in search of the Truth, which are still walking in The Way; and the material or physical, who are the people of the simple faith.
The mysteries made reference to in Pistis Sohpia that, according to the Jesus presented in this gospel, states that a person must possess the sacred Knowledge of the Kingdom in order to be saved -- and this is the knowledge of the laws that both preserve the natural barriers of this realm, as well as restrict carnal man's access into the spiritual realms and the Kingdom (see Divine Strategy). When the disciple knows the workings of these natural laws of Creation, they are then able to safely transcend the barriers between this and the inner Kingdom, and come into the presence of the Spiritual Christ.
Once we understand this important element in Paul's Epistles, we then begin to comprehend why Paul considered it one of the greatest of sins to promote a doctrine of belief -- as seen in the words: “Reject a factious man after a first and second warning, knowing that such a man is perverted and is sinning, being self-condemned” (Titus 3:10-11 NAS).
The essence of what Paul taught was that believers were to rid themselves of all worldly thoughts and desires in order to embrace the indwelling Logos thereby becoming an Anointed One, or genuine Christian. From Paul's perspective, beliefs and doctrines pertaining to mysteries that are beyond the comprehension of the natural man, were thorns and entanglements that the god of this world used to imprison the believer.
In order to preserve the Sacred Knowledge of TheWay from generation to generation so that all seekers are able to find TheWay the scriptures are encoded with the necessary knowledge that enables the prodigal sons and daughters of the Most High to return to the Inner Edenic Kingdom of Origination with their Heavenly Father (see Gate Of Eden).
And those who learn to turn the scriptures within self, and perceive what appears to be historical and cosmic accounts as events of the body, mind and spirit, will find the Inner Gates to the Holy City opening unto them.
The book of The Revelation proclaims: “The Revelation… which must shortly come to pass... Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is at hand”.
It does not say that in two thousand years these things will come to pass; but rather, “…the time is at hand”. The nations that rise against nations, the famines, pestilences and earthquakes, are all the signs of the “pangs of birth” (Mt 24) that the disciple experiences as they move near to the Kingdom within.
“Varily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled” (Mt 24:34); “Varily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation” (Mt 23:36); “There are some standing here, who shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom” (Mt 16:28).
Thus, the words of the Lord, “Repent [change the mind], for the Kingdom is at hand” is the key to witnessing the Son of Man coming in His Kingdom. In order to overcome, we must understand that the kingdom will never come so as to be seen outwardly, for the kingdom is within us (Lk 17:20-21). Prior to the time of Constantine, this fundamental spiritual truth was well understood: Under Alexandrian Theology, the Church Father Origen is quoted in the Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics as writing: “God never speaks to us from outside” (In Psalm 27). Thus, if we are to see the Lord coming in His glory, we must cleanse and purify our body-mind, break down our own inner walls of division, and look within ourselves to God’s Holy Temple.
A very important insight into the very essence of the genuine teachings of Jesus and TheWay is contained in an article in the Encyclopedia Britannica under the heading, The History of Christian Mysticism, where it reads: “Although the essence of mysticism is the sense of contact with the transcendent, mysticism in the history of Christianity should not be understood merely in terms of special ecstatic experiences but as part of a religious process lived out within the context of the Christian community. From this perspective mysticism played a vital part in the early church. Early Christianity was a religion of the spirit that expressed itself in the heightening and enlargement of human consciousness”.
These words must be a profound revelation to a body of believers who have been barred from the use of reason. When Jesus commanded his disciples: “But you, do not be called ‘Rabbi’; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren” (Matt 23:8 NKJ) what he was saying is that the genuine follower of the Christ is the one who opens the inner door of the mind to the Master, and develops their “sense of contact with the transcendent”.
What is being said here is that Christianity in its original form as a spiritual religion, and the natural environment of the genuine Church is mysticism which is defined as one's personal communion with God and it is this direct contact with the Divine Within, that the Disciple receives the Spiritual Gnosis or Mysteries of the Kingdom.
In this we can see the great dividing line between both the Jewish sects of the Sadducees and Pharisees, and the Essene Mystics who worshiped the Father in a Spiritual Temple that was beyond the comprehension of the carnally minded Jew. Paramount, then, to understanding one of the primary differences between Genuine Christianity and pseudo-Christianity, is the understanding that genuine Christianity is a spiritual religion, and it “expressed itself in the heightening and enlargement of human consciousness”.
Thus, the religious ideas expressed by Luther and Calvin where man rejects reason, and closes the mind in order to cling to the dogma of a man made church concepts which remain to this day as the foundation of modern doctrine not only had no place among the first Christians, but were in fact alien to the very core teachings of Jesus. What this means is that the church which came into being in the fourth century, was the anti-church i.e., a shadow church that was ruled by the god of this world.
It is the chirst of this realm that lives and moves in a world of darkness. It is the chirst of this world that condemns the use of reason and the development of the mind. It is the christ of this world that attempts to alienate us from our very gift bestowed from God our Creator which is an illumined mind and an Anointed understanding.
When the Encyclopedia Britannica states with regard to the church prior to the fourth century: "From this perspective mysticism played a vital part in the early church. Early Christianity was a religion of the spirit that expressed itself in the heightening and enlargement of human consciousness” it is this spiritual element that died when the church was made a secular institution by the Emperor Constantine. Sadly, it is this same spiritual element that continues to remain dormant even in the world of Christendom to this very day.
In those many places where the Bible speaks of the Mysteries of God as seen in the words: “we speak of God's secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began” (1 Cor 2:7 NIV) the Apostle is quite clear that this “secret wisdom” cannot be comprehended by men who perceive life and the scriptures with a carnal mindset but rather, with a spiritual mindset that is established upon the mystical senses founded in the higher powers of mind.
And if we ask the question as to why carnal man is incapable of perceiving the Mysteries of God that are spoken of by the Apostle? Because these elements of mind that are necessary to perceive the higher reality of man, are centered in parts of the ninety percent of the mind which the natural person is unable to access and it is these sections of the mind that are said to lie dormant within all people.
Thus, only the mystic Gnostic or spiritual Christian has the ability to perceive the Mysteries of God, and know the True Christ, and enter the Genuine Temple of the Lord, because they endeavor to expand their consciousness by going beyond the ten percent barrier of mind that limits man in his natural organic state of being.
For nineteen hundred years many Christians have condemned the Jews for “killing Christ”. Yet Peter states to the leaders of the Jews regarding Jesus that: “this Man delivered up by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death” (Acts 2:23 NAS).
The word “predetermined” as used in this instance, should invoke a great many questions in the minds of modern Jews and Christians alike. Did the Jews and Romans crucify Christ? Commenting on this verse, Barnes' Notes states: “The fact, moreover, that this was predicted, shows that it was fixed or resolved on. No event can be foretold, evidently, unless it be certain that it will take place. The event, therefore, must in some way be fixed or resolved on beforehand”.
Speaking about the Hand of God upon the hearts and minds of the people, Peter and John said: “Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed. They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen” (Acts 4:27-28 NIV).
What the two disciples are conveying to the reader is that every event that took place at the crucifixion was directly brought about by the Hand of God acting upon the hearts and minds of the people. Regardless of whether we understand it, in order to begin the journey of walking in The Way, it is imperative for us to acknowledge the validity of this biblical statement. Moreover, if this is true, we must ask ourselves the question: How can man resist the “power and will” of what God “decided beforehand should happen”? Christians must therefore ask the question: How could the Jews resist the Will of God?
What is clearly conveyed to the reader is that the biblical teaching regarding the crucifixion was a pre-planned drama that God brought about by imposing His supernatural and All-Pervasive Will upon a group of people who were little more than puppets on God's stage of life. Unless Christians are ready to adopt the doctrine that man is more powerful than the Will of God, then they must be ready to acknowledge the fact that those who brought about the events which culminated in the crucifixion, had little to no choice in what transpired.
This biblical fact is seen quite clearly documented in the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia under the heading of Foreknow, where it writes: “Thus, in Peter's speeches in Acts the predestination which finds expression in (Acts 4:28) is practically identified with the term prognosis in (2:23). Everything which happened to Jesus took place in accordance with ‘the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God,’ so that nothing happened except that which God had foreordained”.
Who killed Christ? “God had willed the death of Jesus (John 3:16) and the death of Judas (Acts 1:16)”, writes Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament, and then adds: “but that fact did not absolve Judas from his responsibility and guilt (Luke 22:22)”.
Christians Ignore The Warning Of Paul
The fact that Christians ignore the warnings of Paul that the scriptures possess a meaning that is beyond the perception of the "natural mind", is the reason why modern Christians are under the grave misconception that the "Bible is so simple to understand".
Why do they perceive the written word to be simple to understand? Actually, in ignoring the very warnings written to them, Christians have destroyed their covenant that Paul speaks of when they entered into a Covenant with Constantine and Pagan Rome i.e., their own hearts have been hardened even worse than the Sadducees and Pharisees at the time of Yeshua, and they know not to be afraid:
"If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, do not boast over those branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you. You will say then, 'Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.' Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but be afraid. For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either" (Rom 11:17-21 NIV).
Be afraid, Paul warns! Yet, in complete denial of Yeshua's teachings, the vast majority of Christians today live in the manner of the heathen and unbelievers and because their own hearts are hardened from belief in the doctrines of the 4th century Roman Church which they continue to cling to, they are too out of touch with the warnings in the Bible that conveys to them that the should "be afraid".
In the writings of his disciple Clement, Peter acknowledges that God did not want a sizeable portion of the Jews to believe in Yeshua and hardened their hearts from embracing him: “Neither, therefore, are the Hebrews condemned on account of their ignorance of Jesus, by reason of Him who has concealed Him, if, doing the things commanded by Moses, they do not hate Him whom they do not know. Neither are those from among the Gentiles condemned, who know not Moses on account of Him who hath concealed him, provided that these also, doing the things spoken by Jesus, do not hate Him whom they do not know."
The Christians, of course, not only hated the Jews, but they literally murdered them! (see The Death Of The Religion Of Jesus) And under the influence of Constantine the teachings of Yeshua were nailed to the cross and under the Middle Age Reformers of Luther and Calvin, there was a total denial of these teachings and the error of the Christians is portrayed in the words of Peter to his disciple Clement:
“For even the Hebrews who believe Moses, and do not observe the things spoken by him, are not saved, unless they observe the things that were spoken to them. For their believing Moses was not of their own will, but of God, who said to Moses, Behold, I come to thee in a pillar of cloud, that the people may hear me speaking to thee, and may believe thee for ever.
Since, therefore, both to the Hebrews and to those who are called from the Gentiles, believing in the teachers of truth is of God, while excellent actions are left to every one to do by his own judgment, the reward is righteously bestowed upon those who do well. For there would have been no need of Moses, or of the coming of Jesus, if of themselves they would have understood what is reasonable. Neither is there salvation in believing in teachers and calling them lords”.
Why did God harden the hearts of many of the Jews. While there are a number of reasons, one is that God foreknew that the Christian Church would reject the teachings of Yeshua and their Covenant with God, and enter into a covenant with Pagan Rome where they would worship the antichrist (see Things Christians Don't Tell Jews About The New Testament). Quoting this article:
Did you know that the New Testament predicts that because of the violation of the Covenant, that G-d would give the Gentile Christians into the hands of the Romans in the same way that He did the Jews to the Babylonians and that because of their turning away from the Covenant, that G-d would permit Satan to rule over the Church which is called Christian today?
It has been said that the greatest deception of all time is seen in the success of Satan in his ability to convince man that he does not exist. If this is so, then Satan's second deception is perhaps even greater than the first in that, he has fooled the very elect i.e., the very religious authorities of the church who have been warned and taught of his existence.
In total disregard of the admonition of the scriptures themselves, the greater majority of Christians believe that the church is beyond the reach of Satan that God somehow drew a line that Satan cannot cross over and because of this force of Divine protection, Satan has not immersed himself in every aspect of their lives!
Yet, to their own detriment, the leaders of the modern church ignore the warning of the Apostle: “let no man beguile you in any wise: for (it will not be,) except the falling away come first, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition, he that opposeth and exalteth himself against all that is called God or that is worshipped; so that he sitteth in the temple of God, setting himself forth as God” (2 Thes 2:3-4 ASV).
What the Apostle is herein very clearly predicting is that there would come a time when the god of the Christian Church will be a false god i.e., the Antichrist! Historically speaking, it has been almost universally recognized that the period in time which the Apostle was referring to was in the fourth century when the church made a covenant with the Roman Emperor Constantine.
With regard to this falling away, the Adam Clark Commentary writes of this passage of Paul's Epistle: “[Except there come a falling away first] We have the original word apostasia in our word apostasy; and by this term we understand a dereliction of the essential principles of religious truth, either a total abandonment of Christianity itself, or such a corruption of its doctrines as renders the whole system completely inefficient to salvation. But what this apostasy means is a question which has not yet, and perhaps never will be, answered to general satisfaction” (from the Adam Clarke Commentary).
Not to depreciate or make less the significance of any one of the individual statements presented in the above words, what the modern believer must recognized is the far-reaching totality of the statement: “But what this apostasy means is a question which has not yet, and perhaps never will be, answered to general satisfaction”.
Did you know that the doctrines instituted by the ministers of Satan continue as the foundation of the Christian Church to this very day? Thus, because the Gentiles rejected the teachings of Yeshua, and violated their Covenant, they exist to this very day in a similar state as when the Jews were carried away into Babylon i.e., they exist in spiritual exile!
Because Christians rejected the teachings of Yeshua and embraced those of Pagan Rome and the worship of the Jesus-god and they were too arrogant and spiritually disenfranchised to "be afraid" the Christians are presently in the same predicament that the Jews were 2000 years ago.
In the same way that the Jews looked for their conquering Messiah and were blind to the one who was sent from the Lord to show them TheWay because of unbelief and the corruption of the teachings of Yeshua the Christians whose hearts are hardened look for the Kingdom and their Christ in vain (see The Messiah Can't Come In The Way Jews And Christians Predict ). The article demonstrates that the Messiah/Christ will never come in the manner that carnal Jews and Christians predict, because it is within them (see http://gateofeden.com/ ).
Quoting the article on why the Messiah/Christ will never come in the manner that carnal Jews and Christians predict: The Bible continually warns us that the path or the second birth and entrance into the Kingdom is not easy. The strife of the inner war within ourselves as embodied in the symbols of Armageddon is seen in the words: “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22 NKJ).
Thus, in the same way that a woman travails in labor to bring a child into this world, we must ourselves endure the "many tribulations” of spiritual labor to be born into the Kingdom of God. Since the Kingdom is within us, and Armageddon is therefore not an historical event but more factually, a spiritual event in the life of the disciple in search of Truth true disciples of Yeshua must then totally re-evaluate everything they think they know about both the Gospel Message, and the life they are presently living.
In fully comprehending these biblical statements in relation to the whole purpose of the teachings of The Way, let us again examine the definitive statement which conveys to us the very essence of the Gospel and especially the Revelation of John: “Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie” (Rev 22:14-15 NKJ).
If the text of the Revelation represented the end of the world, as is commonly believed by the majority of Christians today, then why are those who remain outside the city portrayed as “dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie”?
Yeshua warned that that the Kingdom would never come upon the earth in the manner that carnal Jews and Christians perpetually predict (Luke 17:20-21 and The Gate Of Eden), but Christians reject the teachings of Yeshua and embrace the doctrines of men resulting in the hardening of the hearts by the Hand of the Lord working upon them and blinding them to the Living Word.
Armageddon, then, indicates the disciples personal tribulation described as the ”pangs of birth”, as he endeavors to overcome his own lower carnal nature through the crucifixion of what is symbolized by the flesh, in order that he can possess the Knowledge of the fruit of the Tree of Life, transcend the natural barriers of this world, and “enter through the gates into the city”.
And it is this entering into the gates of the Eternal City of Jerusalem from above that Yeshua accused the Pharisees of throwing away the Key of Knowledge in their man made doctrines when he said: “Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge; you did not enter in yourselves, and those who were entering in you hindered” (Luke 11:52 NAS). In where? It is the Key of Knowledge that must open the inner Gate to the City!
The modern believer will of course oppose such a reality, saying that Yeshua came to save those who are lost. Yet, it was the Lord himself who warned: “But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living” (Matt 22:31-32 KJV).
Thus, those who are worthy of the resurrection are those who follow in the footsteps of the Lord along TheWay making themselves the good ground within which the Living Word has been implanted (see The Sower And The Seed).
What this means is that we can be likened to a fetus and in the same way that a fetus has the potential to be born into this physical world, we have the potential to be born into what Yeshua called the Kingdom (see Rebirth vs Church Doctrine). But we permit ourselves to become miscarried, because we defile ourselves with the doctrines and culture of this world.
In two important recent Christian archeological discoveries known as the Oxyrhynchus Papyri and the Gospel of Thomas, we can see an essential teaching that Constantine removed from the Bible which Yeshua conveyed to those who asked him about the coming of the Kingdom: “When the Lord was asked by a certain man, when should his kingdom come, he said unto him, when two shall be one and the without as the within, and the male with the female, neither male nor female”.
That this is an authentic saying of the Lord which was at one time in our scriptures is affirmed by St. Clement, the disciple of Peter, in his The Second Epistle of Clement where he writes: “Let us expect, therefore, hour by hour, the kingdom of God in love and righteousness, since we know not the day of the appearing of God. For the Lord Himself, being asked by one when His kingdom would come, replied, 'When two shall be one, that which is without as that which is within, and the male with the female, neither male nor female’”. What these important teachings convey is the reality of an inner Armageddon, and the spiritual birth of the disciple in the Kingdom within.
Christians often portray the Revelation as "so easy to understand", because their hearts have been hardened to the spiritual meaning. The Jews whose eyes were blinded and whose hearts were hardened were of the same belief with respect to the Kingdom coming upon the earth, and Yeshua warned them that they know not the true spiritual meaning of the scriptures, or the power of the Most High.
In order to continue to embrace the doctrines of Pagan Rome and live off the collection plate in the manner of the Sadducees and Pharisees before them Christians had to reject what was given to them in the Dead Sea Scrolls and other scriptures remain in denial with respect to the corruption of their scriptures and reject those who the Lord has sent back into the world to gather up the flock of the faithful, and guide them in TheWay. And while the few whose eyes have been opened and whose hearts are not hardened have come to the more pure teachings of TheWay, and these few are condemned by the Christians in the same exact manner that the carnal Jews condemned the disciples of Yeshua.
Thus, quoting the Gate Of Eden web site: The Church is at present being led by blind guides who, like the Sadducees and Pharisees in New Testament biblical times, have obstructed the people's path into the Kingdom because they preach manmade doctrines and the traditions of the Church of Rome. Because they have themselves failed to put on the "wedding garment", and have not themselves entered the Kingdom to learn directly from my brother Yeshua, they lead the people in the wrong direction!
And while they attempt to make sense of the written word of the scriptures from a carnal perspective, these words are as relevant to them as to the carnal Jews in biblical times: "How terrible it will be for you experts in religious law! For you hide the key to knowledge from the people. You don't enter the Kingdom yourselves, and you prevent others from entering." (Luke 11:52 NLT).
The Key of Knowledge is the spiritual meaning of the scriptures i.e., not the "letter that killeth" but rather, the spiritual meaning that can only be discerned by spiritual men and women who live a consecrated life. And what is the flaw that the experts in the written word are accused of?
"You don't enter the Kingdom yourselves, and you prevent others from entering." You must therefore use the Key of Knowledge by turning it within yourself, and opening the inner "narrow gate" to the Kingdom within! You do this by putting on the "wedding garment" of spiritual purity, so the knowledge of the Mysteries of God can be taught to you directly from your indwelling spiritual nature.
When quasi-religious or philosophical authorities attempt to answer the all-important question as to: Why Is There Evil In The World? It is man's absolute ignorance of the Laws that inhibit him from answering this question of profound importance that shackles mankind to lives of extreme hardship and suffering.
When Jesus states that not even a single sparrow can fall to the earth apart from the Will of God, to ignore this statement and create carnal doctrines of belief in an attempt to explain this statement away so it makes sense to man's very limited perception and understanding, is truly a desperate act of man's philosophical folly. And to reject the wisdom of the scriptures merely because in our condition of profound spiritual blindness, we lack the insight to understand what Jesus stated, represents the absolute epitome of man's ignorance. Quoting from the subheading The Chickens Come Home To Roost on Divine Strategery:
“Even as I have seen, those who plow iniquity and sow trouble reap the same” (Job 4:8 NKJ); “Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way, and be filled to the full with their own fancies” (Prov 1:31 NKJ); “But you have planted wickedness, you have reaped evil, you have eaten the fruit of deception” (Hosea 10:13 NIV); “God will give to each person according to what he has done” (Rom 2:6 NIV); “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life” (Gal 6:7-8 NIV);
“If anyone has an ear, let him hear. He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints” (Rev 13:9-10 NKJ); “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made man” (Gen 9:6 NIV); “His disciples asked him [Jesus], Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” (Jn 9:2 NIV).
Yet, because certain New Testament teachings were removed by the Pagan Church of Rome, modern Christians are at a total loss when they attempt to explain how the Laws work in the life of man and even the very reason why evil things seemingly happen to good people or why a benevolent God ordains the good and evil that man is incapable of understanding.
The God of the Old Testament proclaims with respect to the source of what man calls evil: "I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity; I, the LORD, do all these things.'" (Isa 45:7 NKJ). And in his ignorance of the Laws, man condemns what he does not understand, and fails to understand the true source of what to his own demise he proclaims to be evil i.e., "Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?" (Amos 3:6 KJV).
Thus, there is nothing that exists in this world, that has not been orchestrated by the Laws of God i.e., "The LORD of hosts has sworn, saying, "Surely, as I have thought, so it shall come to pass, and as I have purposed, so it shall stand" (Isa 14:24 NKJ). And until a man begins to understand the true source and purpose of what he calls evil, he cannot know anything of any true substance.
If, as Jesus confirms, that not even a single sparrow can fall to the earth apart from the Will of God, then the source and calamities of evil that befall mankind, are the result of the Laws that return to each person the fruit of their own previous actions. Thus, Jesus warns the man who he previously healed by making him whole: "Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee" (John 5:14 KJV). We must therefore ask: If our own actions can and do cause "a worse thing [to] come unto [us]", how is this tribulation brought about? The answer is that there were Laws put into action at the very beginning of Creation which returns to each person the fruit of their own actions “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows” (Gal 6:7 NIV).
Without an enlightened understanding of the Laws that orchestrate and bring all events about in this world, man continues to dwell in the abyss of profound ignorance. Further, it is because the people follow their religious, political and philosophical leaders into Hell (see Why Is There Evil In The World? ), that they continue to invoke the very Laws that bring great suffering upon them. But if we ask: What is the solution? Quoting Divine Strategery: And if the Rev. Wright had anything in common with the teachings of Jesus who taught to pray for those who persecute you never returning evil for evil forgiving those who would be indebted to you they would be preaching forgiveness instead of the doctrine of racial hatred.
Once properly understood in light of the genuine teachings of Jesus, what the Sermon on the Mount basically is, is a means for those imprisoned, to get out of their self-imposed jail that is maintained by the Laws "till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing” (Mat 5:26). But to release yourself from the Laws that imprison you, you must once again re-enter the vibration of mind and reality that caused your imprisonment.
If you are a thief, then you must see the error of your ways when you are either a thief, or the victim of a thief when you pray for the soul of a thief. If you are a whore, a homosexual, a rapist, a murderer, or what ever in life is your cause of imprisonment i.e., (see below) “Thou shalt by no means come out from there, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing” (Mat 5:26) then you can only free yourself when you are in one of the positive or negative cycles that hold you in the loop of Action/Reaction, Cause and Effect. Instead of preaching the hatred of homosexuals, the Rev. Phelps (see http://www.godhatesfags.com/ ) should be praying for their redemption from the shackles that has caused these people to be born a homosexual.
Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell should have examined the flaws in the man made doctrines they were preaching. Bill Clinton should have examined the folly of the Marxist Secular Progressive agenda that he and his wife Hillary have been trying to unleash upon the American people. And in the same way that the Rev. Wright was in all likelihood a white slave owner in the past, the Rev. Phelps was a homosexual. And because they have both rejected the Wisdom of the teachings of Jesus which they claim to represent, each will again become what they persecute.
Using a rapist as an example: A rapist, will continue to loop in the positive and negative cycles of rapist and victim from life to life until which time the rapist sees the error of his ways as a rapist, or prays and forgives a rapist as a victim of rape. Modern medical science has only now come to understand that behavior even criminal behavior is programmed into the DNA and genes of a person and this programming is the Laws which have brought the chickens home to roost in the life of every individual. And this is true of all the conditions of life that most people despise.
In the above case of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, his failure to repent from his own past as a white slave owner and the fact in the present, he blames the white race for his own evil that he perpetrated in his more distant past his rejection of the teachings of the Sermon on the Mount will continue to hold him in the karmic loop maintained by the Laws.
Further, many of the congregation of believers who are praising his gospel of hatred that the Rev. Wright and others presently preach, were the very Confederate soldiers who opposed and fought the Union armies. What this means is that what today is known as Black Liberation Theology, will continue to enslave these souls in the future, until they begin to embrace the spiritual concepts of the Sermon on the Mount, and free themselves from the shackles of ignorance.
The Parable Of The Talents: Even in what remains in the corrupted scriptures, it can still be seen that Jesus taught that each person is born into this life in accord with their own past accomplishments. "And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey" (Matt 25:15 NKJ).
The key concept here is that each person in this world is not only entrusted with a different amount, but that each person is entrusted with an amount "...each according to his own ability." What this means is that each and every person was born into this life, exactly as ordained for them in accord with their own past accomplishments, and those who find fault with their lot in life, are in reality judging themselves (see a more in-depth presentation on the parable of the talents at Christian Blindness To The Scriptures).
It is interesting to note that the most popular and used scripture of the earliest Gentile Christians was the Shepherd of Hermas (see Shepherd Intro), which was later suppressed by the Church of Rome because it was unacceptable from a pagan mindset and lifestyle. And in addition to revealing the threefold nature of the scriptures (see Threefold), the understanding of caring for the poor, the widows and orphans, that is not at all understood today, is presented in this important writing (see Widows).
The proper mindset with respect to the Laws, is expressed throughout the scriptures. The Ten Commandments thus state: "You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's" (Exod 20:17 NKJ). Why?
Because each man's life is the direct result of their own previous actions and accomplishments and that they fail to remember these pre-existent actions, is because they dwell in the "outer darkness". And this is further confirmed in the Shepherd of Hermas which commands: "The expenditure of the heathen then practice not ye; for it is not convenient for you the servants of God. But practice your own expenditure, in which ye can rejoice; and do not corrupt, neither touch that which is another man's, nor lust after it; for it is wicked to lust after other men's possessions."
Why? Why are we commanded to "neither touch that which is another man's, nor lust after it; for it is wicked to lust after other men's possessions"??? By virtue of the Laws that orchestrated and dictated every part of the life that every man, woman and child is presently living, every person is at their present station in life, by virtue of the road they personally traveled to get there. The conditions of your birth, as well as the life you are living, has been brought about, orchestrated, and maintained, by the Laws of God Laws that insure that each and every ".man reaps what he sows” (Gal 6:7 NIV).
And everything that exists, not only exists for a higher reason but has been brought about and is the direct result of pre-existing causal reasons, which have become manifest in order to bring about a preordained result. When you desire or lust after what the Laws of God has provided for your neighbor, or any other group of people, then you not only reject the Hand of God that provided in accord with your own needs, but you have sinned against God because you reject His Wisdom in what was provided for others.
The conditions of each person's birth, is in direct accord with their own past actions i.e., each person is born "either a vessel unto honor or one unto dishonor Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows” (Gal 6:7 NIV). When a person proclaims that they were born a homosexual, this is true and their homosexuality has been caused by their own more distant past. Moreover, they will continue to either be a homosexual, or persecute homosexuals, until they come to terms with the reasons why they were born into impotent lives of homosexuality.
And the fact that they do not at present possess any knowledge of their past, is because they presently dwell in The Prison or the "outer darkness" that Jesus warned about. There are men and women who, because of the debts that remain as connections in their Etheric Field/Mind, are incapable of marriage in accord with the teachings of Jesus with respect to the need to become "one flesh" i.e., "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh" (Matt 19:5 NKJ).
Yet, because of the negative attachments that remain with each person from the debts accumulated in their more distant past, it is impossible for these people to even begin to enter into a True Spiritual Marriage that is Ordained by God. And thus, the woman at the well was incapable of having a husband and incapable of receiving the Living Waters of Healing (see Woman At The Well). And this is true of every aspect of the life that every person is living.
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows” (Gal 6:7 NIV). And this same exact message is being presented to every person today, in our own time.
"Do not cease seeking day or night, and do not let yourselves relax until you have found all the Mysteries of the Kingdom of Light, which will purify you and make you into Pure Light and lead you into the Kingdom of Light."
Revelation: Book of Cosmic Symbols
Revelation's symbols are often juxtaposed one against another. This use of comparison and contrast is seen throughout the book. In the middle chapters of Revelation, Satan's forces — the beast and false prophet — are pitted against God's earthly representative, the church. The book describes two ages of human existence, each contrary to the other. Satan, the dragon, is the remorseless adversary of God, and dominates this present world. Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, rules a world of peace, popularly known as the millennium.
Even the promise to share in salvation is represented by this - worldly symbols. This use of symbolism occurs in the seven letters to Christian congregations in the province of Asia. For example, the church in Ephesus is promised salvation by being told it will have "the right to eat from the tree of life" (2:7). That is a metaphor for salvation and eternal life.
Norman Perrin clearly outlined this dualistic and symbolic structure of Revelation in which the spiritual realm, the church, and the world system are given their parts to play. He wrote:
At the pinnacle of power on one side is God, the Pantocrator, ruler of all (1:8). On the other is Satan, the Dragon, who has power, a throne, and great authority (13:2). Allied with God is the Lamb who was slain (5:6). Allied with Satan is the beast from the sea (13:1-2). . . .All the people on the earth are divided into two groups; those who have the seal of God on their foreheads and whose names are in the book of life (3:5, 12; 7:3; 20:4; 21:27; 22:4) and those who bear the mark of the beast and worship it (9:4; 13:8; 17:14:9-11; 16:2; 20:15).
There is also a sharp contrast between the luxurious and voluptuous harlot, who represents Babylon, the earthly city of abominations (ch.17) and the pure bride of the Lamb, who symbolizes Jerusalem, the heavenly city of salvation (19:7-8; 21: 2, 9-11). This literary tension reflects the political tension between the adherents of the kingdom of God and those of the kingdom of Caesar (11:15; 12:10; 16:10; 17:18) (Jesus and the Language of the Kingdom, p. 142).
To the modern western world, Revelation's symbols seem weird and alien. They include a multi-headed dragon; two strange beasts; a city shaped like a cube 1,500 miles high, wide and long; marks on heads and right hands; a figure's mouth with a sword emerging from it, and so on.
These symbols were not strange to John's original audience for whom the book was written. Revelation drew on commonly known pagan myths, Old Testament and Jewish typologies, as well as New Testament Christian traditions and beliefs. These symbols were generally understood to refer to spiritual truths and historical realities. For example, in the Roman world of John's time there were various stories about a god of heaven slaying the sea monster.
Some of Revelation's symbols played off of such myths circulating in the pagan world. However, the book's symbols are heavily based on Old Testament themes, which in turn had been reinterpreted by Jewish apocalyptic literature.
In Revelation, the meanings of symbols existing in the Jewish and pagan world were again reinterpreted in the light of the Christian's experience in Christ. The point is that the symbols were not strange codes that one had to have special knowledge to understand. It's safe to say John's readers knew what he meant. In the words of G. B. Caird:
The first readers were almost certainly well versed in the sort of symbolic language and imagery in which the book is written. Whether they had formerly been Jews or pagans, they would read the language of myth as fluently as any modern reader of the daily papers reads the conventional symbols of a political cartoon. Much of this language we can reconstruct for ourselves from the Old Testament and Jewish apocalyptic writings on the one hand and from Greek and Roman literature, inscriptions, and coinage on the other (Black's New Testament Commentaries, "A Commentary on the Revelation of St. John the Divine," 2nd edition, p. 6).
"This makes sense if we consider a type of modern graphic genre, the political cartoon. G. R. Beasley-Murray calls the political cartoon "the closest modern parallel" to Revelation's symbols (The New Century Bible Commentary, "Revelation," p. 17).
Political cartoons use stereotyped images. Beasley-Murray gives some examples of modern cartoon symbols. Two examples are John Bull, who represents the temper of Britain, and Uncle Sam, the spirit of the United States. The lion also represents Britain and the eagle the United States. Two other symbols are the bear for Russia and the dragon for China.
Often these and other political figures are drawn as caricatures. Says Beasley-Murray, "Frequently the situations depicted are deliberately exaggerated, and even made grotesque, in order that the message may be made plain" (The New Century Bible Commentary, "Revelation," p. 17). The operative word here is plain. That's what the symbols of Revelation were to John's congregations. They were plain, simple and quickly understood. Beasley-Murray explains the point further:
The symbols by which the contemporary political forces and the spiritual powers of heaven and hell are portrayed [in Revelation] were as traditional as Britannia and the British lion, the Russian bear, and the Chinese dragon. What to the uninitiated modern reader appears grotesque imagery, spoke with power to John's fellow Christians (The New Century Bible Commentary, p. 17).
Most people are familiar with George Orwell's Animal Farm, in which animals speak. The book itself is a political-social statement about the excesses of political leadership and the subjugation of the weak. We do not think the book bizarre because animals talk in it. We know it is symbolic. We also readily understand the meaning of Orwell's symbols — and enjoy them. In fact, it was precisely because of the form in which Animal Farm was written that has made it a timeless piece of literature.
There are several lessons in this for us. First, we should not consider Revelation strange or bizarre. The book was probably easy to understand, extremely interesting and thoroughly meaningful to the original readers. If we can put ourselves in their place, this biblical writing can be all these things to us as well.
Second, we should not force Revelation's symbols into a literal mode. If the book is a kind of painting of God's purpose, it is much more expressionistic or impressionistic than realistic. In the words of George Eldon Ladd: "Apocalyptic language does not convey its message in precise photographic style, but more in the style of modern surrealistic art with great fluidity and imagination" (A Commentary on the Revelation of John, p. 111). Ladd explains that Revelation's symbols are "not meant to be photographs of objective facts; they are often symbolic representations of almost unimaginable spiritual realities," p. 102.
M. Eugene Boring explains it this way:
Many of the scenes John describes simply cannot be imaged. Not only can they not be placed on a canvas or movie screen, they cannot be placed on the screen of the mind. The vision of the exalted Christ in 1:12-16, for example, simply becomes grotesque if one attempts to understand it as a reporter's account of what John actually saw in the objective world (Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching, "Revelation," p. 54).
Here Christ is pictured as speaking through a mouth out of which a sharp double-edged sword protrudes. If an attempt is made to understand the anthropomorphic picture of Christ in Revelation 1 as a literal representation of what he looks like, this part of the portrait admittedly is bizarre. The portrait becomes meaningful only if we understand John's portrayal of the sword as a symbol of the sharpness and power of God's word (Hebrews 4:12; Ephesians 6:17).
Of course, we need to be careful about overly allegorizing Revelation, as much as we need to avoid a strict literalism. As mentioned, this was probably not a difficulty John's original readers faced. The knew the situation in which they lived and the meaning of the symbols. But we are divorced from both. In the words of G. B. Caird:
Our difficulties begin when we try to decide how far to take this picture language literally and how far to take it figuratively. When John echoes the Roman legend that the dead Nero was about to return, how literally does he mean it? Does he believe that Nero was not in fact dead, or that he would be resurrected, or that another paranoiac would come to fill his empty shoes? (Black's New Testament Commentaries, "A Commentary on the Revelation of St. John the Divine," 2nd edition. p. 7).
In one sense, these issues are only of historical importance, vital only to John's original readers. But if that was all that Revelation's symbols pictured that is, events, situations and people in John's day they would have little meaning for us.
However, since Revelation uses symbols to represent spiritual realities, the book has universal meaning for all times and generations. Having said this, another caution is in order. We should not dismiss the historical context and meaning of the symbols, nor their possible application to specific situations and individuals. These, however, are not the primary meanings.
The point is, symbols can have different kinds of meaning. The symbol "bear" can have a simple meaning when referring to Russia. That is, bear = Russia. On another level, the bear says something about the kind of political power the nation embodies. On a third level, "bear," already known to be symbolic of a lumbering political giant, can stand for all such empires—including perhaps the massive ancient Persian empire.
The American flag can be described as composed of 13 stripes and 50 stars. That is what the flag is, literally. It also is a symbol representing 13 original colonies and 50 states. The American flag also represents the nation. That is, when we see the flag, we think "United States." But the American flag waving in the breeze during a patriotic parade represents something much more. It symbolizes a concept a big idea the pride of being an American.
In the same way, Revelation's symbols can have various kinds and levels of meanings. Its symbols are not what are called "steno-symbols," that is those that have only a single reference point. For example, if the symbol "bear" were such a symbol it could only be a nickname for the nation. But as we saw, the "bear" symbol has diverse meanings on several levels.
Revelation's symbols are often what are called "tensive" symbols. They are open-ended to some degree in that they can represent several conceptions or ideas. For example, if the first beast of Revelation 13 can be identified with the city of Rome in John’s day, this does not exhaust its meaning. The tensive symbol "beast" may also represent the Roman Empire, or refer to a specific individual such as the emperor Nero or Domitian. "Beast" may also stand for all human empires that oppress Christians.
G. B. Caird is correct when he says that it is, "Misleading to say that in Revelation the monster is Rome, and still more misleading to say that it is ruler worship. The monster is both an older and a newer phenomenon than Caesar, and the great city is more ancient and more modern than Rome" (Black's New Testament Commentaries, "A Commentary on the Revelation of St. John the Divine," 2nd edition, p. xii).
It's important to understand that Revelation speaks of concepts that deal with an ultimate reality about which we have no direct experience or knowledge. That's why it uses symbols and why the book can indicate earthly and heavenly realities only in extremely rough outline.
To cite an example, God is pictured as sitting on a heavenly throne in Revelation. The throne represents, in symbol, to us who are limited to this physical world, the glory, the lordship and universal authority of God. Admittedly, the throne symbol is a rather poor reflection of God's universal supremacy. But those are the limitations of human language and our experiential knowledge of God.
Some commentators suggest that the symbols Revelation used were not readily understood by those of John's time. This idea claims John used coded language so that the criticism it contained of the Roman government would be kept secret from outsiders.
However, the average reader would have quite easily picked out the possible references to Rome. For example, Jews typically equated Rome with Babylon in apocalyptic writings. It was also common knowledge that Rome was the city built on seven hills. Both images are used in Revelation.
Assuming the Roman police were of at least average intelligence and could read, it hardly seems they would have missed this. M. Eugene Boring points out that the mere reference to God or Christ as king (11:15) would have clearly appeared subversive to Roman authorities.
On the other hand, only a small portion of Revelation's material could be construed as applying to Rome. Then, if John's use of symbolic material was meant to confound the Roman secret police, why is virtually all of the book written in symbolic, apocalyptic form?
Whatever the answer, John's purpose is clearly stated: it is to reveal, not conceal. M. Eugene Boring points out: "With reference to the Roman government, John does not veil whom he means; he writes to reveal the essential nature of Roman power, which was not at all obvious to many members of John's churches" (Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching, "Revelation," p. 55).
We must again remind ourselves that Revelation is not written as an attack against the outside world. It is written to be read in the church — the worshipful community of the saints. The book would not be that concerned with outsiders' reactions.
But the book is not simply a straightforward letter such as a Colossians or 1 Peter. Revelation seeks to create a symbolic world for its readers and to put them into it. The book attempts to create for them the same wonder and awe that John experienced. In modern language, we might call Revelation a "virtual reality" experience. In the words of G. B. Caird:
John uses his allusions not as a code in which each symbol requires separate and exact translation, but rather for their evocative and emotive power. This is not photographic art. His aim is to set the echoes of memory and association ringing (Black's New Testament Commentaries, "A Commentary on the Revelation of St. John the Divine," 2nd edition, p. 26).
In conclusion, Revelation does not have as its primary purpose the aim of providing the curiosity seeker with information to bolster speculations about an apocalyptic "end-time." The symbols in the book are meant to bring forth a response on the part of God's people of continued faith in Jesus Christ as Lord of creation, the world and the church.
The truth is no one is a literalist. They all cherry pick to support their own brand of belief. There are so many interpretations thus if the bible is the inerrant word of god, there should only be one interpretation.
Thus the evangelicals have no problem talking f the hell as the lake of fire in Revelation (which it is not) but are quick to state the beast that comes from the sea is allegory thus shooting themselves in the foot time and again.
Basically it all comes down to what you want to or have been taught to believe. Inquiring minds and textual critics usually come to different conclusions and thus the common deflection if one does not hold to the same conclusion, the other party is deceived by the mythical devil. Very convenient.
The Bible's Inner Meaning
Some people take most of what the Bible says very literally. Others see the Bible as being largely symbolic with a deeper meaning. Sometimes a conflict arises between the two different points of view. One side insists that any search for a deeper meaning comes from a failure to believe what God plainly says. The other side claims that it is only by means of the symbolic interpretation that the Bible becomes meaningful and relevant for today.
The question of how to interpret the Bible is not just a matter of personal opinion. Regardless of whether we prefer a literal or symbolic interpretation, we should look at how the Bible interprets itself. How does God tell us to interpret His revelation? Does He indicate that we should look for a deeper meaning?
Jesus said that all the Law and the Prophets hang upon the Two Great Commandments, to love the Lord and to love the neighbor. But some parts of the Bible don't seem to say anything about loving God and others. Do these parts of the Bible actually have hidden meanings that teach us how to love?
Jesus explained that the commandment about murder shouldn't be taken just on a literal level. On a deeper level, it prohibits hatred and contempt. "You have heard that it was said to those of old, `You shall not murder,' But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment." (Matthew 5:21, 22) Likewise, the deeper meaning of the commandment against adultery prohibits lust. "You have heard that it was said to those of old, `You shall not commit adultery,' But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart." (Matthew 5:27, 28)
Jesus frequently showed that the Old Testament contained deeper meanings than were first apparent. For example, He told His disciples that the Old Testament contained many prophecies about His own life that they had not understood. "Beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself." (Luke 24:27) "He opened their understanding that they might comprehend the Scriptures." (Luke 24:45)
Jesus showed that stories in the Old Testament were symbolic of His own life, even when the symbolism was not apparent in the literal meaning. For example, the story of the manna is symbolic of Jesus as the bread of life: "Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven." (John 6:32) Another story with an inner meaning referring to Jesus is the brass serpent:
"As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up." (John 3:14) It is similar with the story of Jonah and the whale: "As Jonah was three days in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth." (Matt 12:40) The temple in Jerusalem, which was the scene of many stories in the Old Testament, was also a symbol of Jesus. (John 2:19-22)
Paul also encourages us to go beyond the literal meaning of the Old Testament. He asks us to obey the spirit of the law, not just the letter. "He is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, and not in the letter." (Romans 2:29) "We should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter." (Romans 7:6) "The letter kills, but the spirit gives life." (2 Corinthians 3:6)
Paul often pointed to deeper meanings in the Old Testament. For example, he took Adam as a symbol of Christ, (Romans 5:14) and his marriage with Eve as a symbol of Christ's marriage with the Church. (Ephesians 5:31, 32) He saw the story of Noah and the Flood as an anti type of baptism and regeneration. (
1 Peter 3:20, 21) The Tabernacle of Israel with its furnishings and all the rituals and sacrifices performed in it pictured Jesus' work of salvation. These earthly things were the "copy and shadow of heavenly things...symbolic for the present time." (Hebrews 8:5, 9:9, Colossians 2:16, 17) The story of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar and their sons is also an allegory, in which Hagar's son represented the Lord's covenant with the Jews and Sarah's son symbolized the New Covenant in Christ. (Galations 4:22-31)
The Exodus story tells how the children of Israel escaped from Egypt, trekked through the wilderness for forty years, and finally made their home in the promised land. Many have seen this as symbolic of our spiritual journey out of slavery to sin, through trials and temptations and into heaven.
But does the Bible itself suggest that this is a parable, or a story with an inner meaning? In fact, it does. Psalm 78 opens with the words, "I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old." The "parable" that follows is the story of the plagues on Egypt, crossing the Red Sea, bringing water from the rock, receiving manna from heaven, and other stories of the Exodus. Thus the whole story of Exodus is a parable.
The prophet Hosea wrote, "When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called My son." (Hosea 11:1) Clearly, the "child" here is Israel as a young nation, and being called out of Egypt refers to the Exodus. But on a deeper level, it refers to Christ Himself—it is prophetic of what would happen in Jesus' life. (Matthew 2:15)
We can see from this that many of the stories of the Old Testament are symbolic of Christ and His work of salvation. But what about the stories that are not directly explained in the New Testament? Do they also have inner meanings? Many people have seen a parallel between Joseph, the son of Israel, and Jesus. The table illustrates how Joseph was a symbol of Christ, even though this symbolism could not have been seen before Christ's coming.
Joseph and Jesus Compared
Joseph was a shepherd
Jesus was our Shepherd
Joseph was a beloved son
Jesus was a beloved Son
Joseph was stripped of his tunic
Jesus was stripped of His tunic
Joseph was sold for twenty pieces of silver by Judah
Jesus was betrayed for thirty pieces of silver by Judas
Joseph was abandoned by his brothers
Jesus was abandoned by His disciples
Joseph was falsely accused of crime
Jesus was falsely accused of crime
Joseph was imprisoned with two criminals, one of whom would be released
Jesus was crucified with two criminals, one of whom would be saved
Joseph was became ruler of all the land
Jesus was became King of heaven
Joseph provided food to hungry people
Jesus provided food to hungry people
Joseph was reunited with his brothers, who bowed down to him
Jesus was reunited with His disciples, who worshipped Him
Joseph was reunited with his father
Jesus was reunited with the Father in Him
The Bible itself never says specifically that the story of Joseph has an inner meaning relating to Christ. May we look for a deeper meaning even in places which the Bible does not specifically explain?
We have already seen that Christ fulfilled many prophecies that were symbolically hidden in Old Testament stories. Does every part of the Law and Prophets contain prophecies of Jesus life? Jesus said, "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled." If Jesus fulfilled every jot and tittle of the Law and Prophets, then every jot and tittle must contain prophecies of His life, either symbolically hidden or clearly stated.
So far we have focused on the Old Testament. What about the New Testament? Does it also contain inner meanings? Jesus constantly spoke in parables: "Without a parable He did not speak to them." (Matthew 13:34) He told us that He would eventually reveal to us the inner meaning of His words. "I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; but the time is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language but I will tell you plainly about the Father." (John 16:12,25)
What about the Book of Revelation? Many things in this book seem obviously to be symbolic. For example, this book speaks of Four Horsemen, one on a white horse, one on a red one, one on a black one, and one called Death on a pale horse. Most people can see that these are not literal horses, but symbols of something else, such as war, famine and plague. (Revelation 6:1-8) Most people realize that the holy city New Jerusalem is a symbol of heaven or of a new era on earth, and not a literal city a thousand miles high coming out of the clouds.
If the Book of Revelation is at all like the prophecies of the Old Testament, it must contain many prophecies hidden in symbolism that become clear only after the prophesied events have taken place.
The Bible is God's revelation of Himself. As a Divine Revelation, the Bible contains infinite truth. In order to see that truth more fully, we must look for the deeper meanings to which the Bible itself points us. If we do this, the Lord will "open our eyes to see wonderful things from His law" so that we can more and more clearly see the Lord Himself revealed in "every jot and tittle."
Such elements of the Gospel as the Virgin Birth, the crucifixion and resurrection, are of the utmost importance to sincere Christians in this life. But to even begin to understand this higher spiritual reality, you must first recognize that what Paul stated was true, and the higher reality of the soul and the Kingdom are incomprehensible for the "natural" mind of man to understand .
Proverbs 23:2 "put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony."
Really? Put a knife to your throat LITERALLY! No, SPIRITUALLY.
6. GLUTTONY: Almost the same as lust (see below), except with food. Hunger that stems from the mental obsession with eating more and more despite the stomach NOT being in need of nourishment
It’s a feeling of "empty stomach" that comes from the mind, not from the stomach.
When we try and become more than we can, when we want to skilled at all trades, but master of none, we can't focus on one thing, and bring that goal to fruition. we want to be like this person or that person, and do what he or she did. This is mental Gluttony.
[b]Philippians 3:19[/b] " their God is in their stomach their mind is on earthly things."they are not of God
You are NOT your name, your career, your possessions, your money, your attachments, your
failures or your fears!
You are NOT stuck in a world full of hatred, death and doom!
You, and everyone around you, are energetic expressions of a whole, of the divine, of God,
of the universe. It doesn't matter what you label it, you KNOW you are more than flesh and
bone and bruises...right?
You are pure spirit!
But our power, our souls, have been hijacked and are being used AGAINST US! This has been
happening for a very long time.
How do you think TPTB were able to construct such a matrix of evil, hatred and fear?
Because they took YOUR power of conscious creation and manifested what THEY desired.
END IT NOW!
The more time you spend in a place of fear, lack, powerlessness, hatred, greed and all the
other negativity of this matrix, the more energy you're giving them.
Ever wonder why as soon as "doom" hits, it seems to fade away? Because it's ALL AN ILLUSION! We help to create the doom, we make it appear real, by feeding into the death
culture they've built for us. But it's all only the power of suggestion. When we are in our
OWN creative power, we can create and build ANY kind of reality we want, full of love,
happiness and freedom!
STOP FEEDING THEIR AGENDA!
TAKE BACK YOUR SOUL AND POWER!!
You are so much more than you know. Remember...remember...remember!
Please...for yourself, for us all.
Let's finally create the reality we all truly want and need! Let's make existence what it always should have been!!!
Some of us have been abused, beaten and spat on for not being who we are suppose to be and carry that with them everyday in the depth of our body killing out very spirit and soul, many have come to enjoy it.
You have created a false identity of your self based on possessions, social hierarchy, hearsay of others and education level. We are not what people say we are and we are not words to be tossed to the sewer pit same as we are not greater than the least among us, not one of us.
Religions are all bogies. Especially Christianity. it's one of the most advertised bogus brands. God is within. You are free to communicate with your higher self any time you like. the only rewards and punishments are in our head. There is no hell or haven. We are here to have fun and joy and to experience, not to be slaves and obey priests and the like. No! No! No!
Please stop giving your valuable time to these lice infected 1/2 brains of nincompoops. They are worth 2 cents on the hoof, and 1 cent from the neck up.
Thank you ex-bishop for speaking out. You bless you:
Religion is not evil.
The messages of all of the top religions (Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Taoism, Jainism...etc..) are all the same, and it is all about compassion, and living life a more peaceful way.
However - I will say that man has stretched religion to suit his ego - this is the inherent danger of it all. All Religions are labels one attaches oneself to.
The same goes for any label, like patriotism, politics, etc. They make you feel proud, and you attach yourself to them.
screw religion the only devil out there is created by religious people and I do not worship the devil...religious people do.
"To doubt everything or to believe everything are two equally convenient solutions. Both eliminate the need for thinking. If you think you know about 'Christ', religion, or the Church, think again."
"Dangerous ideas? This is not about mere ideas. It's about something real that has been going on all around you by people you know, ruling and controlling your daily life without your knowledge."
We have hundreds of Biblical pages, all left to us by a so-called "primitive" civilization whose minds, intelligence, knowledge, and language were all completely alien to us, this language is called MYTHOLOGY, and those that wrote it were far more advanced than we are. We’re told that they were “saints", that they had the "Son of God" in their presence, that they had “miracles” and “divine inspiration”, and yet they would write volumes of impossible puzzles?
Even the dimmest among us are compelled to ask surprisingly insightful questions: Did "God" tell them to confuse us? Why is the Bible so mysterious and impossible to understand? A: Because the key is missing. The KEY is that the book is not Literal, but symbolic of things that go on in the mind, these are the gods of mythology.
Why would the Church, with their direct and infallible contact with "God" want to keep such an important ancient key so secret for so long? They never expected it to be found, but this deliberately "lost" key reveals something that totally disrupts the status quo of wealth, power, and control.
"The most literally unbelievable secret... After 2000 years, what if you found out? Neither nuclear nor natural disaster will end the world as you know it. This WILL. Or is it the beginning of something else?"
Am I dreaming? How is it possible that anyone could have discovered and proven this incredible conspiracy?
In my entire life I could not have imagined that anyone could finally explain all the mysteries created by the Catholic Church and other religions with something so simple, yet with the power to change the world!
Probably (In my opinion), one of the greatest writers on things of consciousness and spirit, was Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh.
If you pick up one of his books, you simply cannot put it down.
His understanding of the esoteric was without equal.
However, he had a cult in Oregon and rode around in Rolls Royce's. All that stuff.
They finally deported him out of the US and back to India.
When they asked him about people who do make money on such knowledge and build cults, and why he associated with such people, he made a brilliant statement.
He said, I am like a star. You must enjoy me from a distance as you would enjoy a brilliant star in the sky, because when you get too close, you find, that the star is nothing but mud and gas.
I think that about sums it up. You can take the information but stay away from the person.
IF A BOOK HAS THINGS WRITTEN IN IT THAT ARE OBVIOUSLY SYMBOLIC, THEN THAT BOOK CAN NEVER BE TAKEN LITERALLY.
THE BIBLE IS NOT A HISTORY BOOK, IT IS A SPIRITUAL BOOK, BUT THE PEOPLE OF THE WEST HAVE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO UNDERSTAND THE NEED TO APPROACH IT AS SUCH.
IT WAS WRITTEN BY THE ANCIENT GREEKS, WHO WROTE IN MYTHICAL STYLE. TO TAKE THAT MATERIAL AS LITERAL HISTORY IS TRULY BIZARRE.
THE GREATEST JEWISH BIBLE AUTHORITY WAS MOSES MAIMONEDES. THIS IS WHAT HE SAID ABOUT READING SCRIPTURE.
"Every time you find in our books a tale, the reality of which seems impossible. A story which is repugnant to both reason and common sense, then be sure that the tale contains a profound allegory, veiling a deeply mysterious truth, and the greater the absurdity of the letter, the deeper the wisdom of the spirit.
Moses Maimonedes, Jewish historian and theologian, Talmudist, philosopher, and physician.
THE VERY HISTORY OF LIFE ON THIS PLANET IS AMPLE EVIDENCE THAT THE ANCIENT WRITINGS HAVE BEEN TOTALLY MISINTERPRETED. IF THEY HAD BEEN UNDERSTOOD CORRECTLY, WE WOULD NOT HAVE WITNESSED THOUSANDS OF YEARS OF WAR, KILLING, DISEASE, POVERTY, STARVATION ETC ETC.
WE HAVE LET OUR BELIEFS GET IN THE WAY OF THE TRUTH THAT WAS CONVEYED BY A LIGHT FORCE EONS AGO.
There is no such thing as Christianity. Nope. All this hubbub about whether God exists is futile, so be it if you don't believe in God, its not important...but to believe in Christians, now that is silly and retarded.
I've never met a Christian in my life. No really. Not a single one. There are millions who claim to follow the teachings of Jesus, and worship God, but what they all really worship is THE BIBLE. A book.
The Book is their God, and none of them follow the teachings of Christ for a single second of their lives. None. I don't know what you call me, but I absolutely do NOT believe Christianity exists, not anywhere.
Talk talk talk. Another so-called non-existent 'christian' I see. You can't fool me, you'll burn a Koran, burn me at the stake, and throw me in Guantanamo as soon as you get the chance.
There are no Christians. I don't care what 'they' claim, none of them follow Christ, even this one who blabs on again about 'The Bible.'
A "Christian" believes he is a "Christian" and he's adopted a label that cannot apply to him. But it isn't true. They will not feed the poor, heal the sick, nor forgive their brothers. They point fingers, accuse everyone of everything under the sun, and persecute anyone who does not ALSO adopt the label of 'Christian.'
So its a loyalty game is all. Pledge your allegiance to 'Christianity' and you get a free pass, well that don't fly with me. "Born Again" my ass, just as soon as these people claim this, wow, magically they're like gods, perfect and ready to accuse everyone of 'sin.'
THERE ARE NO CHRISTIANS. DO NOT BE DECEIVED. THEY DO NOT EXIST.
...but even the Bible sez...
...the Bible sez...
...the Bible sez...
The Bible cannot say anything, it is an inanimate object, not an omnipotent God.
You ever notice that people who claim to be Christians always retort with this kind of nonsense?
None of them actually address any issue, without referring to their Book-God.
The Bible doesn't say anything, it is an object which one can read, and once they read it, if they believe what's in it, should just go out and do it, instead of going out and saying "the Bible sez...the Bible sez."
You see. There are no Christians. Jesus didn't want parrots, he wanted to be an example, and them to be an example, and this is how its done.
You're liars and fools to believe you are actually Christians. They don't exist.