IT IS IN THE CRUCIFIXION OF THE FLESH

THAT MERGES THE PARADOXES OF CREATION INTO ONE

THE WATCHER : PART IV 

 

 

 

This brings us to an even greater obstacle that has been placed in the path of the modern Christian who is seeking Truth and Light -- i.e., that because of the alteration of the very essence of Jesus' original teachings, we have unknowingly embraced a flawed vision of both ourselves, Life, the scriptures and Creation -- resulting in the fact that we perceive the world from a quasi-Darwinist perspective.   If the teachings of Jesus are correct with respect to the existence of an inner Kingdom, then we must pose a number of really important questions: (1) While we can be reasonably certain that we came into being at our conception and birth, we have absolutely nothing in our lives to prepare us to answer the question as to the manner in which we are inwardly connected to the Kingdom that Jesus states we must use the Key of Knowledge to gain access to; (2) and in like manner, we have absolutely nothing in our lives to prepare us to answer the question as to how much of this inner link is part of us, and at what point we end and the Kingdom with our indwelling Heavenly Father begins?   Most important is for us to pose the question: When did this inner link between us and the Kingdom come into existence?   The modern Christian can't answer this question, because they are forced to speculate.   Why?   Because while the Church of Constantine left the (Constitution) Bible in tact with respect of the outline of the Gospel where it could be used in an historical sense, by removing the equivalent of what I previously portrayed as the Bill of Rights -- i.e., the teachings on man's individual link to the inner Kingdom -- modern Church doctrine actually alienates us from the knowledge of our inner self.   

One of the primary truths which the very first followers of Christ professed, was that each of us is the Child of God -- not philosophically, as we believe today -- but rather, in the very genuine sense -- and this was founded upon the realization that our soul, which is the inner being that we truly are, is as much the direct offspring of God, as in the case of our bodies that are drawn from the genetics and vital substances of our physical parents.   What this means is that, from the perspective of modern science, if we performed a DNA test on our soul and spiritual natures, what we would find is that it is not born of earthly matter -- but rather, it is the direct emanation from God -- our soul and spirit's true Parent/Source of Being.  

Great emphasis was placed on the two natures of man by the first Christians.   At Genesis 2:7, the Wycliffe Commentary writes: “Man's body was fashioned from the dust of the ground, while his spirit came from the very ‘breath’ of God. He is literally a creature of two worlds; both earth and heaven can claim him”.  More importantly, though, is for us to clarify our understanding of when the soul came into existence.   Thus, the Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary notes the belief of both the Jews and early Church: “The... views of Origen and other Fathers, and the... Talmudists, that all souls had been created ‘in the beginning,’ and were lodged by God in a certain place, whence each one was taken out to inhabit the respective bodies of individuals”.   What we have demonstrated here is that the first followers of Christ firmly believed the soul pre-existed the body, and that our present physical forms are mere vessels which we inhabit during our sojourn in this life.    

In view of the fact that with the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls we now comprehend the connection between the Essenes and the original people of the New Covenant, we are now in a position where we are able to look beyond the corruption of the fourth century church, and can now answer the question as to the beliefs and perception of life that was native to the original Gospel message.   The philosophy of Darwin which is the predominant viewpoint and perception of life among even Christians today, conveys to us that man had his genesis in the slime of the earth.   While it is true that man’s physical body is comprised of the elements of the earth, it is also truth that his soul and spirit is not of the substance of this world.   Knowing this fact, the Essenes and earliest of Christians viewed the physical body as a prison from which the soul and spirit of man must overcome the limitations -- which permits us to begin to perceive a totally new depth in many of Jesus' teachings that the majority of believers are forced to merely skim over in the study of the scriptures today.   This perception of the physical body as a vessel our soul inhabits, is especially taken note of by the first century Jewish historian Josephus, who was a first century contemporary of Jesus, who writes of the beliefs of the Essenes: “For their doctrine is this, that bodies are corruptible, and that the matter they are made of is not permanent; but that the souls are immortal, and continue for ever: and that they come out of the most subtle air, and are united to their bodies as to prisons, into which they are drawn by a certain natural enticement; but when they are set free from the bonds of flesh, they then, as released from a long bondage, rejoice and mount upward…”.

From the perspective of our present-day understanding of the Word, if just this one belief about our true nature -- i.e., that our soul pre-existed the body, rather than coming into being at birth, is true -- then our whole perception of both Jesus, religion and the Word of God would have to be radically altered in order to embrace the truth and higher knowledge that Jesus revealed to his disciples.    In fact, the differences in perception are so profound and crucial to a correct understanding of the Word, that it could easily be demonstrated that by clinging to the doctrines of the emperors and secular-priests of the Roman Church as we do today, we have not only placed a great obstacle in our path along The Way, but we can make no real progress until this doctrinal barrier is removed.   Further, if the soul pre-existed the body, then this one difference alone would in fact cause us to worship and call upon the name of the Lord in vain.  

Something that should greatly alarm the modern-day believer is that not only did the disciples and first followers of Christ believe in the pre-existence of the soul, but that a large segment of the church continued to believe this doctrine -- i.e., that their soul pre-existed the body -- until the belief was condemned by the Emperor Justinian in the year 553, and then literally forced upon the church with the power of the sword.   What this means is that if this more genuine Christian perception of the soul portrays to us our true relationship to God, and this understanding that is demonstrated in the parable of the prodigal son represents an integral concept taught by Jesus as a foundational truth of the New Covenant and The Way, then everything we have built upon this misconception -- all our doctrines of belief -- are manmade, and have led us in the wrong direction.   The result is that we have Jesus, but our Jesus is not the same as the biblical Jesus of the first century of our Common Era.   Why?   Because the Jesus of the first century is our elder brother, rather than the god of the Pagan Roman Empire.

An interesting observation is made by Nemesius, the fourth century Bishop of Emesa, who writes: “Moses does not say that the soul was created at that moment at which it was put into the body, nor would it be reasonable to suppose it... that the soul is not thus mortal and that man's destiny is not bounded by his present life...”.    While these concepts may appear alien to us initially, we must pose the question: How can we, a people who the Bible warns are too carnal to understand the Mysteries of God, say with any degree of certainty when the soul of man was created?   We can't!   There is nothing in the scriptures which states the soul was created at either the time of conception or birth -- and yet there is overwhelming biblical evidence that conveys to us that the soul pre-existed the body.   And when we seek to know which doctrine is true, we are left with the reality that this is one of the many mysteries of life that we must learn directly from the Lord, rather than adhere to the doctrines of such men as the Roman Emperor Justinian.

An interesting article on the soul is found in the Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary where it reads: "This idea is also present in the Old Testament. For example, the soul of a dying person departed at death (Gen. 35:18). The prophet Elijah brought a child back to life by stretching himself upon the child three times and praying that God would let the child's soul come back into him (1 Kin. 17:19-23)".   This concept is similar to that expressed in the Wisdom of Solomon 8:19-20, where it reads: “Now I was a child good by nature, and… being good, I came into a body undefiled.”  

What this means is that, from a biblical perspective we can see that while the soul is separate from the physical body, there is absolutely nothing in the scriptures that teaches us when the soul was created.   On what basis the Roman Emperor Justinian deemed that the soul did not exist prior to the body -- and upon what authority other then for purely political reasons, Justinian condemned Origen and the many Church Fathers who wrote extensively on the pre-existence of the soul -- and upon what basis the church continues to claim that Justinian was correct, while the most prominent of Jewish and early Christian religious authorities were all in error -- remains an obstacle that must be dealt with by every sincere believer today!   Why?   What we fail to realize is the fact that we can never move beyond the "milk" of the gospel and the simple faith, and draw nearer to God, until we learn and comprehend the relationship of ourselves to our pre-existent soul and spiritual natures.   Moreover, while we can listen and cling to the speculation of other man until the day we die, we can only learn the Truth by moving beyond the limitations of this world, and coming into the Presence of the Son of God.

The problem is that it is impossible for us to understand the true depth of the scriptures, until we first become aware of our own depth with respect to our pre-existent soul and spiritual natures.   That there exists a great void in our perception of the Gospel today, can be attributed to another very important historical element that is missing from the understanding of the modern believer -- which element is the knowledge of the events that transpired in the year 553 A.D. when the Emperor Justinian condemned the Church Father Origen -- a man who lived in the second to third century, and was truly a saint and enlightened soul.    

Justinian’s wife, Theodora, who was a Monophysite -- or one who does not believe that Jesus possessed a human nature -- viewed the teaching of the church that man has a pre-existent soul as heresy.   Fundamentally she opposed the doctrines of the original Messianic followers of Jesus who claimed that he was a man who had evolved to a state of perfection, and thus became the Son of God by virtue of his Holiness.   Moreover, Theodora rejected the Gentile Christian belief which is prevalent today -- i.e., that Jesus was the pre-existent Son of God who was born into a human body to redeem the sins of mankind.   As a Monophysite, Theodora believed that Jesus was God, and he never possessed a human form or nature whatsoever.

Justinian and Theodora were said to be the first co-rulers of the empire.   Some were of the opinion that Theodora possessed even greater political power than her husband Justinian.   To theologically oppose her, meant death!   As just one example: In the sixth century when Pope Sylverius had been removed from office by Theodora, the Emperor's wife who had previously been a prostitute and circus performer, and who disagreed with the pope on many theological positions -- one of which was the pre-existence of the soul -- Gibbon writes: “At the emperor's command, the clergy of Rome proceeded to the choice of a new bishop; and after a solemn invocation of the Holy Ghost, elected the deacon Vigilius, who had purchased the papal throne by a bribe of two hundred pounds of gold. The profit, and consequently the guilt, of this simony, was imputed to Belisarius, but the hero obeyed the orders of his wife; Antonina served the passions of the empress; and Theodora lavished her treasures, in the vain hope of obtaining a pontiff hostile or indifferent to the council of Chalcedon” (Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire).   

What were the historical events surrounding the removal of the teachings of the pre-existence of the soul from doctrines of the church -- doctrines which remain with us today and foundational to the modern Christianity?   Quoting Edward Gibbon: ""But while Justinian strove to maintain the uniformity of faith and worship, his wife Theodora, whose vices were not incompatible with devotion, had listened to the Monophysite teachers; and the open or clandestine enemies of the church revived and multiplied at the smile of their gracious patroness. The capital, the palace, the nuptial bed, were torn by spiritual discord; yet so doubtful was the sincerity of the royal consorts, that their seeming disagreement was imputed by many to a secret and mischievous confederacy against the religion and happiness of their people. The famous dispute of the Three Chapters, which has filled more volumes than it deserves lines, is deeply marked with this subtile and disingenuous spirit. It was now three hundred years since the body of Origen had been eaten by the worms: his soul, of which he held the preexistence, was in the hands of its Creator; but his writings were eagerly perused by the monks of Palestine. In these writings, the piercing eye of Justinian descried more than ten metaphysical errors; and the primitive doctor… was devoted by the clergy to the eternity of hell-fire, which he had presumed to deny. Under the cover of this precedent, a treacherous blow was aimed at the council of Chalcedon. The fathers had listened without impatience to the praise of Theodore of Mopsuestia; and their justice or indulgence had restored both Theodore of Cyrrhus, and Ibas of Edessa, to the communion of the church. But the characters of these Oriental bishops were tainted with the reproach of heresy… If, they enjoyed the rewards of piety, they must have smiled at the idle fury of the theological insects who still crawled on the surface of the earth. The foremost of these insects, the emperor of the Romans, darted his sting, and distilled his venom, perhaps without discerning the true motives of Theodora and her ecclesiastical faction. The victims were no longer subject to his power, and the vehement style of his edicts could only proclaim their damnation, and invite the clergy of the East to join in a full chorus of curses and anathemas. The East, with some hesitation, consented to the voice of her sovereign: the fifth general council, of three patriarchs and one hundred and sixty-five bishops, was held at Constantinople; and the authors, as well as the defenders, of the three chapters were separated from the communion of the saints, and solemnly delivered to the prince of darkness. But the Latin churches were more jealous of the honor of Leo and the synod of Chalcedon: and if they had fought as they usually did under the standard of Rome, they might have prevailed in the cause of reason and humanity. But their chief was a prisoner in the hands of the enemy; the throne of St. Peter, which had been disgraced by the simony, was betrayed by the cowardice of Vigilius, who yielded, after a long and inconsistent struggle, to the despotism of Justinian… "

While Christians today to their own spiritual demise readily accept the theological and doctrinal decrees of the early Roman Church without question, this was not the case when these political edicts were imposed upon the believers at the time.   To what degree the church had fallen under the control of blind carnal men can perhaps best be envisioned in the words of Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers, when he wrote: “It is a thing equally deplorable and dangerous, that there are as many creeds as opinions among men, as many doctrines as inclinations, and as many sources of blasphemy as there are faults among us; because we make creeds arbitrarily, and explain them as arbitrarily.  The Homoousion is rejected, and received, and explained away by successive synods. The partial or total resemblance of the Father and of the Son is a subject of dispute for these unhappy times.  Every year, nay, every moon, we make new creeds to describe invisible mysteries.  We repent of what we have done, we defend those who repent, we anathematize those who we defended.  We condemn either the doctrine of others in ourselves, or our own in that of others; and, reciprocally tearing one another to pieces, we have been the cause of each other's ruin” (Quoted by E.Gibbon; The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire).  

In the case of the condemnation of Origen and the belief expressed by the early Church Fathers that the soul existed prior to our entrance into this life, all who supported the belief in the pre-existence of the soul were officially anathematized by the emperor.   Because the far-reaching impact of this (secular/political) condemnation of the man who has been called the greatest of all the Christian theologians in the history of the church is basically unknown to the believer today -- and few church authorities even want to discuss it’s implications on modern-day Christian dogma and doctrine -- a great obstacle has been placed in the path of the believer that severely inhibits their ability to comprehend the full essence of the Gospel teachings in their present-day lives.   In fact, until this obstacle is removed, the believers of the common faith will never be able to perceive the Mysteries of God that they earnestly pray to be revealed to them.

The question is profound: Is man a new creation at conception?   Or is he an image of his pre-existent soul that is projected into this realm in order to continue his journey on the road to spiritual perfection?   What we fail to recognize today is the fact that these two fundamental beliefs about the nature of the soul act as the very source that require us to embrace a whole host of other downstream beliefs pertaining to every faucet of life.   The differences are so profound, that if we cling to the wrong core belief, every other belief that we hold will remain incomplete! 

 In our analysis as Christians in search of the truth, we must pose the question: Who understood the essence of the Gospel message -- i.e., Justinian and Theodora; or Origen and the Messianic followers of Jesus?   What the modern Christian fails to comprehend is that this foundational perception of the true nature of man is so crucial to a proper understanding of the Bible, that it can be said today that it is impossible to get a proper sense of the Gospel message until the error of Justinian is reversed.   Further, all the doctrinal conflicts that divide the Christian Church today into an uncountable number of sects and opposing opinions, is the direct result of the believers acceptance of the Justinian/Theodora vision of man, Jesus, and Creation.   The problem is that we can never truly come to Christ, and we can never perceive the Mysteries of God, so long as we anchor ourselves to this world by our allegiance to the political decrees of Justinian and the doctrines of men.

In the recognition that the modern church no longer understands the teaching that the soul pre-exists the body because of the direct intervention of a Roman Emperor into church affairs, we must ask the question: Does this revelation mean that the religious authorities of our day will contemplate what we now know about Christian origins -- recognize this truth, and re-evaluate modern Christian doctrine so as to make it compatible with the thinking and mindset of the people who Jesus personally taught the Mysteries of God?   In view of the fact that the Dead Sea Scrolls were placed in the hands of the church over fifty years ago, and these sacred writings convey the same exact message that has been portrayed here, the answer is that nothing can change the thinking of the majority of the clergy of the church today -- that is, until the people themselves begin to demand the truth.

In the same way that when Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt, the people were forced to walk through the wilderness until all of the adults died because they were unable to change from their old manner of worldly thinking -- and it was this worldly manner of thinking that inhibited them from entering into the promised land -- it is likewise easy to predict that in our present-day understanding of the Word, the majority of our modern religious leaders will reject the idea that the soul pre-existed the body.   But when it is realized that our whole perception and understanding of life has been reared and molded on the idea that life begins at either conception or birth  -- not only religiously, but from a non-religious philosophical perspective also -- it is not difficult to conclude that we would be unable to initially embrace an idea that would radically revise every concept and doctrine that we presently hold to be true.  

Fundamentalist Christians today are in great opposition to Darwinism and the teaching of evolution in our public schools.   From a biblical perspective we must ask: Why has the Hand of God permitted this philosophical opinion to undermine the teachings of the scriptures?   Fundamentally, because Christians cling to very similar beliefs and doctrines that were championed by Justinian and Theodora -- beliefs which continue to mold our thinking to this very day.  While many modern Christians vehemently oppose the Theory of Evolution, what they fail to realize is that Darwinism is an outgrowth of the Justinian anti-pre-existence doctrine.   

What Darwin and the Evolutionists have done, is attempt to explain the gaping holes in the carnal reasoning and understanding of man's limited logic -- holes that would not exist in the Christian world today, except for man's ignorance of himself and his Divine Nature.   The problem is that Darwin merely composed the thinking of Pagan Rome into a formal theory -- which meant that the foundation of these gaping holes were in fact truly conceived right in the bedrock of the Roman Church.   Darwinism is in fact a natural outgrowth and extension of the doctrinal course that had been previously set by the Emperor Justinian and his wife Theodora.   Once this is truly comprehended, we are then able to see that the gaping holes that Fundamentalists oppose today, actually originated in the religious doctrines of the church -- doctrines that are used in an attempt to explain away sacred truths that we are unable to even contemplate because we begin our understanding of life and God on the wrong premise.

Fundamentally, the decree of the Emperor Justinian which outlawed the belief in the pre-existence of the soul, was literally forced upon the Christian religion in the sixth century.   What this means is that our modern-day religious beliefs and doctrines, are in fact secularly based.   Quoting the Britannica: “Under Justinian all essential features were already formed: Imperial power extended equally over state and Church… Since the emperor ruled the Church there was no longer any independence for the bishops, least of all for the patriarch in Constantinople; they were in every respect subordinate to the emperor”.  

In the year 553 Justinian convened the 5th Ecumenical Council where, quoting the Catholic Encyclopedia, “…the council opened on 5 May, 553, in spite of the protestations of Pope Vigilius, who though at Constantinople, refused to attend it… before the opening of the council, which had been delayed by the resistance of the pope, the bishops already assembled at Constantinople had to consider, by order of the emperor, a form of Origenism that had practically nothing in common with Origen…”.   Quoting the Britannica: “After the council, Justinian banished the pope to Egypt, and afterwards to an island, until he accepted the Council, which he ultimately did.”    Thus, the condemnation of the Church Father Origen, as well as the removal of the teaching of the pre-existence of the soul, was literally forced upon the Christian Church by the hostile abduction of the pope by the Emperor Justinian.

From a theological perspective, this control of Christian doctrine by the Roman Government has all but slammed the door to higher understanding within the body of the church -- and the detrimental effect continues to plague Christians even in our present day.   As we read the Bible, we no longer have it within our ability to understand the biblical doctrine of predestination -- the reason for life itself -- how we can truly be the Children and Offspring of God -- and what is our eventual Destiny.   Like Darwin, we relate everything to the physical body, rather than to the Spirit.  

In being severed from the knowledge of our soul's beginning, and having no clear perception of our eventual destiny, neither are we able to contemplate the means by which we can be raised up to the stature of a true disciple of Jesus -- whom the Apostle states is “a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life” (1 Tim 1:16 NKJ).   With respect to the Apostle’s words, we must ask what is a pattern is?   It is not something that we philosophically believe in -- but rather, a pattern is something that we mold our lives after.    Because the decrees of the Emperors of Rome remain foundational to our thinking today, the problem is seen in the fact that because we fail to comprehend the true Divine Nature of our very own soul, it is impossible for us to grasp the far reaching spiritual implications of what Jesus taught to his faithful disciples -- which disciples did indeed hold totally opposite and conflicting views on many important points of the Word than we do today.

In the manner of life itself, it is not that we are wrong in what we see in the scriptures with respect to interpreting the word from an historical perspective -- but in our vision of what we see, the limitation of our carnal mindset is prevalent -- which mindset is the very essence of thinking that has given birth to Darwinism and the doctrine of evolution.   The whole concept of parallel realms -- spiritual realms -- of which this realm in which we presently dwell is a pattern of its spiritual opposite -- simply does not exist in the thinking of Darwin.     

The Apostle Paul states that the things of the spirit are foolishness to the carnal mind of man, as seen in the words: “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).   This inability to perceive the higher realities of the spirit is not only an obstacle to the non-believer, but also the believers.   Without realizing it, both the church, as well as the Darwinist theories of life that a great number of Christians oppose, all possess the same congenital flaw -- i.e., they see man as a three-dimensional being who does not possess a pre-existent soul.   The problem is that in our modern-day vision of life, both the church and Darwin sees man as nothing more than what is observed with the physical senses.   Thus, Darwin's perception of creation is merely a secularized version of the doctrine of the church which was orchestrated under the rule of the Emperor Justinian -- whereby the physical is the source of all life and existence -- which is totally opposite to the truth.   

That Theodora -- a Monophysite -- opposed the teachings of the church with respect to the pre-existence of the soul, was merely because once we recognize the truth to this higher reality, all of life begins to be painted with an entirely different picture.   Once it is realized that our soul pre-existed our birth in this life, all the great many questions that have plagued the church immediately begins to fade away into oblivion.   Suddenly, we begin to comprehend the parable of the prodigal son as it was taught by Jesus -- the enigma of the biblical doctrine of predestination fades away -- we suddenly understand how Jesus became the pattern for all of mankind to emulate -- how Jesus can be called our elder brother -- why God permits evil -- we begin to understand the purpose, reason and destiny of life itself from a totally new perspective that is alien to us today.

The natural environment for the Revelation of the Christ, is that of a spiritual mindset which, for the lack of any other word, we call mysticism.   Like the Bible itself, the root concept of mysticism embraces the idea that man has a nature that is not of this physical realm -- and he has within himself a source of knowledge that exceeds anything manifest in the outside world.   In fact, the whole concept of first century New Covenant teachings is an acclamation that man possesses an intimate and direct connection with God, and he is not dependent upon a priest, church or religious organization for his salvation.   The very idea that a force from God -- the Holy Spirit and Anointing of the Light -- can come upon a man, and open his mind to perceive and understand great truths that are not apparent to the normal person, is the very essence of Jesus' teachings -- which teachings are synonymous with mysticism and gnosticism.  

When the Roman Government removed the sacred truths revealed by Jesus from their natural mystical/spiritual environment, the result was that Christianity was severed from the very source of truth and reality that Jesus revealed.   To replace the essence of what was lost, artificial doctrines of belief were created which were then used to explain away spiritual concepts that the carnal mind of man does not possess the ability to understand.   The idea that if we change (open and unloose) the mind, we can enter the Kingdom of Heaven, was altered to embrace a totally redemptive perception of the Bible where one had to repent so they would go to heaven when they physically died.   Thus, we must recognize that Darwinism is nothing more than an attempt to explain Creation within the mindset of the Emperor Justinian's doctrine that was imposed upon the church -- a mindset that must be rejected today, if the church is to be born again into the vital spiritual force that it has the potential to be.

Once these facts of history are acknowledged as valid, then all sincere Christians must question whether this fault that was imposed upon Christian thinking by the Roman Emperors of the past can be corrected today?   This is a difficult question because of the obstacle seen in man's natural affinity to oppose change.   Thus, the words of Jesus: “And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for he says, The old is better” (Luke 5:39 NIV).   The new wine is the timeless revelations received from spiritual realms; the old is the ideas of man that has been established by the philosophers and rulers of this world -- ideas which are based upon a very carnal perception of Creation.  

What Jesus' words ultimately proclaim is the great truth that, in the same exact manner as the carnal Jews, a large number of modern Christians would immediately condemn the idea that the soul pre-existed the body.   Why could such a prediction be made?   Fundamentally, because everything that is preached today is based upon a quasi-Darwinist theology that the soul and spirit of man comes into existence at birth.   From a doctrinal standpoint, change is near impossible because they would literally have to re-evaluate every element and concept of their thinking -- as well as its far-reaching implications -- on what they have come to believe since the time of their birth right up until the present.   The concepts of Darwinism -- i.e., that we are the body, and we are nothing more than what we see -- has been culturally ingrained in the people's thinking from the time they spoke their first words.   Their mental conditioning and cultural speculation has been so completely programmed into a Darwinist model of Creation, that without a superhuman effort, they simply could not delve that deeply into the essence of their present-day reasoning and vision of life with which they have been imbued with.   Human nature, then, would not permit them to even entertain a true spiritual mindset -- a mindset that would require them to re-evaluate everything they ever believed to be the truth.  

What should truly frighten modern believers, though, is the indisputable fact that the disciples and first followers of Jesus not only wholeheartedly embraced a very mystical mindset where they openly espoused the doctrine that the soul pre-existed the body, but it was their claim that their vision and understanding of the Word was taught to them directly by Jesus.   Thus, the disciples and followers of Christ claimed that it was Jesus himself who revealed to them the truth that their soul existed prior to their being born into their life in this realm.

Regardless of the fact that the Bible is totally silent with respect to when the soul was created, the problem is that once we accept the idea of the pre-existence of the soul -- and that the soul existed prior to our birth into this life -- we are immediately confronted with the reality that our soul could have lived previous lives prior to our birth into this present life.   This of course embraces the teaching of the transmigration of the soul -- which is more popularly called today the doctrine of reincarnation.  Thus, the problem is seen in the fact that Christians have been traditionally taught that reincarnation is a New Age belief that is founded in Hinduism, and is thus in error.   It, of course, never dawns on the Christian whose mind has been programmed since birth of the fallacy of this belief, that many of the ideas promoted by the New Age community as well as the Hindu's are in error, and that neither group comprehends this reality from the perspective to the teachings of Jesus and the New Covenant.   What this means is that because of the paradoxical nature of man's higher reality, the concept of reincarnation which is espoused by the New Age community is not exactly true, and the Christian idea that we only live one life would be more appropriate in the life of the majority of people alive in our present time.   That these spiritual truths are confusing to the carnal mindset, has been well established in the Epistles of Paul who openly warned us of this fact.

In one of the few remaining instances that the teaching of the pre-existence of the soul was not removed from the Bible, we can observe where the disciples asked Jesus whether the man himself had sinned prior to being born into this life (John 9:2), we must understand that this question was asked in clarification of Jesus' own teachings.   Our modern religious authorities do not see this very clearly because their perception is fragmentary, and they are unable to connect the dots that would reveal the larger picture that Jesus painted to those who possessed the eyes to see the Mysteries of God.   Admittedly, when the scriptures were in their original form prior to being re-written by the Church of Rome, there existed a whole host of other readings that supported the teaching of the pre-existence of the soul.   

The disciples of Jesus asked this question, because they understood that their soul is the mind that pre-existed, transcended, and survives the body.  In fact, Prof. John Allegro made direct reference to this mystical/gnostic nature of the Gospel of John when he wrote: “It is a fact that the Qumran Library has profoundly affected the study of the Johannine writings and many longheld conceptions have had to be radically revised.  No longer can John be regarded as the most Hellenistic of the Evangelists; his gnosticism, and the whole framework of his thought is seen now to spring directly from a Jewish sectarianism rooted in palestinian soil, and his material recognized as founded in the earliest layers of Gospel traditions” (The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Origins of Christianity) .   

What this means is that if we are to even begin to perceive the depth of the Gospel of John which is so important to the theology of the modern Church, is is essential for us to be of a likeminded perception of life.   Unfortunately, our present-day anti-gnostic ideas of both life and the gospel, simply do not support a proper understanding of the depth that John conveys to the reader.   We are therefore forced to fabricate numerous doctrines of belief in order to support our alien perception that does not support a more pure spiritual mindset and manner of thinking.   

Essential to a correct and more enlightened comprehension of John, is to possess the same framework of thought as was seen in the perception of the Essenes with respect to the pre-existent nature of the soul: "For their doctrine is this, that bodies are corruptible, and that the matter they are made of is not permanent; but that the souls are immortal, and continue for ever: and that they come out of the most subtile air, and are united to their bodies as to prisons, into which they are drawn by a certain natural enticement; but when they are set free from the bonds of flesh, they then, as released from a long bondage, rejoice and mount upward…” (Josephus).  

The disciples of Jesus perceived that their station in life -- i.e., the person they were -- was not an accident of nature as we believe today -- but rather, the result of what their own soul had achieved in their more distant past prior to being born into that life.   While this may sound alien to the modern-day believer, once we begin to comprehend the connection between the pre-existence of the soul and the biblical doctrine of predestination and preordination, almost every verse in the Bible begins to take on a previously cloaked spiritual perspective that is intimately intertwined with every aspect of our present-day lives.

In their realization by the disciples of Jesus that they were not the physical body/vessel, their vision of the Gospel was entirely different than modern Christians today.   Because they viewed Creation from an opposite perspective than what has today come to be associated with a Christian quasi-Darwinist vision of life, they were able to comprehend the great reality that we cannot -- i.e., paramount among these was the answer to how the Apostle Paul could so openly teach that mankind was truly the children and offspring of God.  This knowledge that is alien to us today, was in fact taught to them by Jesus himself, and represents one of the core reasons they were condemned by the later Gentile church which was anti-gnostic and anti-spiritual, and for political reasons attempted to suppress any direct contact with the spiritual nature of man.  

In their far-reaching vision of reality that is beyond our comprehension today, they understood that within their own mind and being they retained an intimate and direct connection with God -- the Source of all Knowledge, Wisdom and Understanding.   Religion, then, was not belief in a man, or a god -- but rather, true religion was the imitation of the Divine Pattern of the Son of God, and the immersion of their consciousness in the Anointing of the Light.   Because Jesus enlightened their understanding, and had opened the door to their own indwelling soul and spiritual natures, they were not burdened by quasi-Darwinist ideas of Creation, and their whole perception of the Word was entirely different than the doctrines which modern Christians embrace today -- doctrines that we now call Christian, that were founded upon the decrees of a series of Roman Emperors in an attempt to explain sacred truths from a carnal perspective in support of an institutionalized church -- a church that these Pagan politicians used to rule the empire.  

In the Adam Clarke's Biblical Commentary for Second Chronicles, chapter thirty two, verse thirty one, it is written: “To know ourselves... is of the utmost importance to our religious growth and perfection...  He who does not know ...becomes an easy prey to their enemies. Know thyself is a lesson which no man can learn but from the Spirit of God”.   This is perhaps one of the most profound and important biblical concepts for the modern Christian to embrace -- i.e., one of the primary teachings of Jesus was to teach man about himself, and reveal to man his true relationship to God his Father.   The problem is that we no longer understand the very essence of New Covenant thought today, because we view ourselves in accordance with the ideas of Darwin.   Again, we fail to perceive the reality of the words of Jesus when he commanded: “And do not call anyone on earth 'father,' for you have one Father, and he is in heaven” (Matt 23:9 NIV).  

When we ask why?   It is because we must perceive the reality that our essence of mind is an embryonic image of our pre-existent soul that has its origin in the Kingdom with our Heavenly Father and Source of Being.   From this perspective, we were a gift that was given to our parents who provided the vessel that is our physical body -- and we were placed in their care both for our own growth and development, as well as the growth and development of our parents.   In fact, taking this gift from God that is given in the form of an infant, and rearing this child in The Way of the Light, is a far greater expression of the practice of religion, and can do more for the advancement of the soul in its journey toward the Kingdom, than all the prayer, and all the singing of songs in all the churches the world over.  

The relationship of father, mother and child is both so important to the individual, as well as being the embodiment of a paramount key in the pursuit of Truth in the life of the disciple, that the perfection of Enoch was portrayed in the birth of his son: “And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah… And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him” (Gen 5:22-24 KJV).   We would understand what was being portrayed in the forms and symbols if we were able to comprehend the working of the numeric values in conjunction with the meaning of the names presented in the original Hebrew language -- i.e., we would learn the relationship of Enoch and Methuselah in our own lives.   That we cannot, causes us to perceive only a very surface understanding of the soul and spiritual message that is being portrayed in the scriptures.

If, then, we are to begin to understand our genuine relationship to God -- our true Source of Being -- then we must become aware of our true reality as spiritual beings who are presently inhabiting physical vessels during our sojourn in this life.   To accomplish this, each one of us must come to learn the meaning of the symbols in the scriptures -- the meaning of Enoch, the seventh from Adam, and understand why it is written that when Enoch had a son named Methuselah, that he walked with God, and God took him.   We must embrace this knowledge in the experiences of our own lives, and the revelation must be taught to us from the indwelling Light that is the only valid Teacher for all those who call themselves Christian.   The problem is that we have continued to embrace the philosophy of carnal men to learn about ourselves, instead of learning from the indwelling Word that is sent from our Heavenly Father.

In this respect, the disciples of Jesus were very different than any other people the world has ever known.   It was easy for them to fulfill the biblical mandate for them to be alien residents who were in the world but not of it.   By following in The Way, and seeking the Light, they were able to use the other ninety percent of their mind that natural, or normal carnal men cannot use.   They understood through their own experiences of life that ninety percent of their being did not belong to this world.   When one understands the far-reaching reality of these words, then we also comprehend the biblical mandate of tithing whereby we are to give ten percent of everything we have to God -- especially when it is realized that in giving the ten percent that corresponds to this world, we gain access to the whole, and inherit life.

Because their elevated vision of life eclipsed and exceeded the limitations of this physical realm, the disciples of Jesus could easily succeed where modern Christians have continually failed.  Their minds and thinking which transcended this world could detach itself from the carnal passions of the body, which the soul uses as a vehicle.   In this detachment, they learned to control the body in much the same way that we control the domesticated animals that we have as pets.  The result was that the animal did not rule over the soul, as is the case with carnal man -- but rather, the soul ruled over the animal nature of the body.   Thus, in overcoming their own lower nature, they were then free from the enslavement to the forces that control this world -- and being free, they could then use their minds in pursuit of God's higher Truths.

It is the Lord of The Way who said: “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10 KJV).   From the perspective of the first Christians, in order to inherit this vision of Jesus, and enter the Kingdom, you must know the Secrets of Life that he imparted to his faithful disciples.   If you do not, then you will not know your enemy, and will be easily seduced by the Devil -- as portrayed in the example of Eve in the Garden.   The result is that without this knowledge, we easily become entangled in the Natural Laws that control and limit the thinking of carnal man -- and thus, inhibit our ability to see and understand God.

Unlike the disciples of Jesus, the modern Christian places great limitations on himself.   His vision of man is that of a congenital sinner -- yet he does not comprehend even the force that causes him to sin.   Regardless of the fact that Paul often writes of the need to move on to perfection, and Jesus himself commands us to be as perfect as our Heavenly Father (Mt 5:48), we are forced to reject the very purpose of the teachings of The Way, because our doctrines of belief are totally incompatible with the essence of biblical thought.

All religions the world over possess fragments of truth to varying degrees -- but once we recognize that what set the religion of the Essene-Ebionites, as well as the original Christianity that was practiced by the disciples of the Apostle Paul, apart from all other religions, was its manifestation of a complete spiritual environment and reality.   Literally, the teachings of The Way represent a piece of heaven brought to earth for the development and sustenance of mankind -- and that the revelation of Life that was brought to mankind was as a gift that would enable man to not only utilize more of his potential, but to empower him to become the divine being that he truly is -- we must recognize how great a loss it has been for all of mankind when the apostate Church of Rome destroyed the very spiritual essence of the New Covenant.   From the perspective of what once was, and what is left today, such celebrations as Christmas -- i.e., the birth of the sun god Mithra -- should rightfully be observed as a day of mourning for the great loss that all of mankind has suffered by the Paganizing of the church.   All the world should grieve the day when the Sacred Mysteries of Life were thrown away by the politicians, priests of the antichrist, and pseudo-men of god who embodied the Word with a physical form in their attempt to institutionalize the Church of Christ under the authority of the Roman Imperial Government.   The result was that all the Mysteries and Sacred Secrets were lost -- and because our thinking has been anchored to this world by the many manmade doctrines we embrace, all reference to them in the Bible is presently not understood by the flock of modern believers who do not comprehend the necessity of living a true and complete spiritual Christian lifestyle -- a lifestyle that is the foundation of manifesting the Light in our lives.    

In comparison, the sin that can be attributed to Adam and Eve pales in relation to the sin of the Christians when they made a covenant with Rome.   In the revelation of the Word, we had the religion of all religions -- the truth of all truths -- and a means for all of mankind to truly know God and the reality of realities for themselves.   Thus, every man, woman and child over the past two thousand years has been robbed of their greatest gift -- second only to life itself.

With regard to the loss of this Great Revelation of Truth, it is not the fault of the modern believer that the Christian religion has drifted away from the purity of the Word and the Light.   Having never seen or heard the Word of God in its pure form, people today have lost their spiritual compass, and do not comprehend the completeness of the revelation that they are only capable of perceiving the surface of.   They fail to grasp the intimate connection between the manner in which one lives their lives, and the ability to perceive and understand the Mysteries of God spoken of in the scriptures.  

What we must understand is this: If comprehending the Mysteries of God was easy, then Jesus never would have said: “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).   When we join this statement to that of the Apostle Paul when he wrote: “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), we begin to entertain a very clear understanding of why carnal man cannot know the Spiritual Gospel of Christ.   It is not something that can be taught in the manner that we educate or philosophize and expound our ideas -- but rather, the obstacle to our development is as much physical, as it is mental and spiritual.

What the above two biblical statements declare is this:  It is impossible for man in his natural, carnal, state, to even begin to perceive what the Bible calls the Mysteries of God.   Moreover, it is important that we are cognizant of the fact that the Apostle was speaking to converted, baptized believers who, according to Paul: “I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way -- in all your speaking and in all your knowledge -- because our testimony about Christ was confirmed in you. Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed” (1 Cor 1:4-7 NIV).

Only when we begin to recognize that man's true spiritual reality, as revealed in the essence of New Covenant thought, is so far beyond the comprehension of man in his natural state -- even to the degree that baptized believers who had received all testimony, all knowledge, and were not lacking in any spiritual gift, were yet too carnal to receive and comprehend the Mysteries of God -- can we begin to truly understand the process of first the conversion, and then the transformational experience that the genuine Christian must endure in their quest of the next stage of birth.   Being saved, or going to Glory in our modern-day perception of the gospel, is not a matter of going to church or believing in the historical Jesus -- but rather, it is a process where we become metamorphosed by the indwelling Word -- metamorphosed in the manner that a caterpillar is transmuted from an insect that crawls upon the earth, into a butterfly of great beauty that soars in the heavens upon the currents of spiritual reality.   And who, among us, is worthy of receiving the blessing of this process of metamorphose that transforms us through the next stage of birth from a physical being into a spiritual being?   Once we permit ourselves to become fully cognizant of the words of the Apostle when he warned the people of the simple faith, that man's higher reality so greatly eclipses even his imagination, that even those who were baptized and committed believers would look upon the Spiritual Gospel of Christ as foolishness (1 Cor 2:14), only then are we able to even begin to perceive the modern Christian dilemma -- i.e., the congenital and very physical reason why the faithful flock today possesses only a very partial and fragmentary understanding of the revelation of the Word.   Moreover, when Paul writes: “as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed”; he is making reference to the Spiritual Gospel of Christ vs the gospel of the flesh which he calls the “milk” intended for the instruction of “babes in Christ”.    The Day of Christ is the Anointing of our own Mind by the Light which reveals the Sacred Secrets the the Enlightened perception of the disciple, as he/she experiences the next stage of birth that Jesus taught is absolutely necessary to enter the Kingdom of God.

The implications of these words are so profound, that every modern believer and non-believer alike should be frightened and horrified at how little of the genuine gospel of the simple faith actually possesses today.   No amount of explaining away will diminish the meaning of these far reaching biblical statements.   No person who calls themselves a genuine follower of the Christ can ignore the implications of what is being plainly stated to everyone who opens the pages of the Bible.   Moreover, this is the exact same message that is the very foundational precept of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the mystical Jewish sect of Jews who called themselves the people of the New Covenant.

In the case of the believers at Corinth: If those confirmed and baptized believers who the Apostle Paul personally taught -- remaining with them and answering their many questions regarding the message of the gospel -- and of whom Paul confirmed they had received all testimony and all knowledge that could be imparted through traditional means of instruction -- and it is acknowledged that Paul states of these committed Christians who were not lacking in any spiritual gift, that they were yet too carnal to receive and understand the Mysteries of God -- Mysteries that they would perceive as being "foolishness" -- we must then pose the great looming question as to where that leaves us today?   The Apostle Paul has not sat in our congregation -- teaching us -- answering our many questions -- laying his hands upon us and giving us the gifts of the spirit -- and if Paul states that these faithful believers at Corinth were yet too carnal to perceive the Spiritual Gospel of Christ, and would look upon the Mysteries of God as foolishness, where does that leave us today?    Where it would, on the surface appear that we are lost, this is not entirely true, because of our indwelling soul and spiritual natures -- which reality is actually the foundation of Paul's doctrine of faith -- i.e., all that we have to do is become the good ground within which the Word is planted, and begin to perceive ourselves as the prodigal sons of our Heavenly Father.

What we must come to terms with is the obstacle that confronts us: Do we truly believe that the Pagan Emperors and heathen priests who created the institutionalized church could do what the Apostle Paul said was impossible, and explain the Sacred Secrets in the creation of their doctrines -- doctrines that were authored by Plato and the Greek Poets?   Moreover, if recent discoveries such as the Dead Sea Scrolls demonstrate that by virtue of our modern-day culture and traditional church dogma, we are in fact alien to the very fundamental mindset of the first century followers of Christ, then how can we continue to remain comfortable and complacent in the faith that we profess in our present-day doctrines and beliefs?  

The only possible answer to our spiritual complacency -- i.e., the fact that we can remain comfortable even after reading the Apostle’s words in the first three chapters of his First Epistle to the Corinthians -- is that we have become accustomed to dwelling in the bosom of the Prince of Darkness -- i.e., the god of this world has made us spiritually complacent, and has sedated us with his material and sensual comforts that possess and control us.   If we were to truly read what Paul is writing to the believers at Corinth, and then acknowledge the meaning and implications with respect to our own lives regarding what the Apostle wrote, and then apply these words to our churches today, we would be genuinely afraid -- fearful to continue to embrace the Gospel message in the complacent manner that we are doing at present.   Again, in our spiritual stupor, we are not terrified by the Apostle’s words, because the Prince of Darkness has given us piece of mind in the idea that we will go to Glory.  

In reality we are falling victim to one of the primary temptations of Christ when the Devil commanded: "Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. All this I will give you," he said, "if you will bow down and worship me. Jesus said to him, Away from me, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only" (Matt 4:8-10 NIV).   By embracing the materialism and sensual/elemental gods of this world, and refusing to pick up our crosses and walk in The Way, we are in effect worshiping the Devil!   By clinging to the doctrines and teachings of Pagan Rome, while rejecting the very essence of New Covenant thought, we are turning away from the Church of Christ, and worshiping in the church of the antichrist!

Are these declarations outrageous?   Again I pose the question to the Christian world: Do you desire the genuine Jesus of Nazareth, or are you satisfied to believe in the Jesus of Constantine and the Roman Empire?   From a biblical perspective, if the modern believer is to call upon the name of the genuine Jesus -- and not the Jesus of Roman -- then they must begin by ridding themselves of all preconceived misconceptions and beliefs that have been handed down to them from the Church of Constantine -- throw off the shackles of men such as Justinian -- and learn directly from the Lord who promised: “Whoever has my commands and obeys them”, says the Lord, “he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him” (John 14:21 NIV).   The true test of faith and belief is when we “obey” the commandments of the Lord, rid ourselves of all carnal perceptions of the Word, and await the manifestation of the promise -- as seen in the words that he will “show myself to him”.   This is the exact same message attested to by the Apostle when he wrote to the baptized believers at Corinth: “…as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed” (1 Cor 1:4-7 NIV).

All people who desire to be Christian must ask themselves these questions that are presented to us in the Bible: Why would we knowingly choose to listen to manmade doctrines of belief, when it is the promise of the Bible that the Son of God himself will gladly come and teach us all things?   Why would we embrace the Pagan philosophy of Constantine, Justinian, and a whole host of unenlightened men of a heathen and very carnal mindset, while rejecting the sublime revelations of the Lord of The Way?  

From the perspective of the New Testament, the modern believer is not required to even reject anything they presently believe.   This is the beauty of what the Apostle calls the “milk” of the gospel (1 Cor 3:2).   The religion of the simple faith that is commonly believed by Christians today was designed as a set of sacred symbols that is true on a multidimensional plane.   What this means is that the gospel can be understood not only in the physical written manner that it is presently believed, but also can be realized as events of both mind and spirit in the life of the disciple.   If modern Christians can embrace the great truth that, though they are not wrong in many of the things they believe, but that there is something missing that can only be received through the process of themselves becoming the genuine spiritual disciples of Christ, all is not lost.  

When the people of the simple faith open their Bibles they see the Son of God teaching and healing the multitude of people, and condemning the adherence to the teachings of false religious authority.   Once the scriptures are envisioned as events of mind in the life of the disciple, he begins to comprehend that the indwelling Word will instruct and heal him, so long as he can release himself from the anchor of the traditions and teachings of both the secular and false religious doctrines of this world.   Once the reality of the true depth of the Bible is presented to us, and we truly begin to believe and have faith in its message, then we have no other choice than to live our lives in the manner that the indwelling Word would have us live, in order that the indwelling Word can fully manifest throughout every aspect of our lives.

What this means is that the most important element of New Covenant teachings is generally rejected by the modern believer who attempts to sever the manner they live from the biblical message: “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15 KJV).   One of the continual commands of Jesus towards those he healed was to sin not more, as seen in the words: “Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee” (John 5:14 KJV).   This is the same exact message of the Apostle Paul where he writes:

“What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin--because anyone who has died has been freed from sin… Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey-- whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves. Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom 6:1-23 NIV)

 

Because the institutionalized church was incapable of perceiving man’s indwelling soul and spiritual nature, those who created our traditional doctrines of belief were incapable of comprehending that each of us is exactly what the Bible proclaims: “‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring’” (Acts 17:28 NIV).  

Again, the answer to our questions is contained in one of the very books of the Bible that Martin Luther rejected as being spurious: “In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: ‘My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.’    Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness” (Heb 12:4-10 NIV).

It is truly important that we recognize the wisdom of the Apostle where he conveys to us that we have a human father who is the source of our physical body, and we have a Heavenly Father who is “…the Father of our spirits”!   When we sin, we empower our physical nature that is of this world.   When we embrace the commandments of the Lord and “…sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee” (John 5:14 KJV), we begin to manifest our spiritual nature.   The result is that in channeling our vital life-force within us, we become whole, and we begin to perceive reality from the perception of the ninety percent of mind that is beyond the ability of natural man to utilize.   Regardless of whether we claim to believe, have faith, or call ourselves a Christian, when we continue to sin, we are limited to the ten percent of mind that corresponds to our physical nature -- and in the words of the Apostle: “…the wages of sin is death” (Rom 6:23 NIV).   Why?   Because in failing to develop from our embryonic state, we make ourselves a miscarriage in relation to the next stage of birth we must endure in order to be born into the Kingdom.   If we truly believed and had faith, then we would live in such a manner that the indwelling Word can totally consume the whole of our being.

The promise of the Lord is fulfilled any time that the believer genuinely desires to know the Truth of all Truths, and they are faithful to the Master.   Thus, the Lord has provided grace in the form of shortcuts that can be invoked by his faithful flock -- shortcuts that will enable the disciple to walk in The Way -- in order that he will be able to sit at the feet of the Master, and learn all Truths directly from the very Source of all Truth in this and all other worlds of Creation.   We cannot, though, begin the process of true spiritual growth, without first planting the seed of the Word within the same foundational mindset that Jesus affirmed is necessary for its growth and sustenance.

The whole of the Gospel message is built upon the foundation that we each possess a spiritual nature that is genetically linked to the Supreme Creator God -- i.e., “…the Father of our spirits”!   From this spiritual nature there arose the active principle of mind that we refer to as our soul.   Only when it is comprehended that we are an image of our pre-existent soul, and we dwell in an opposite polarity from our innate spiritual nature, can we begin to apply the very Gnostic-Mystical principles that are presented in the Bible -- and very plainly in the New Testament.

Once the pre-existence of the soul is realized, and man is seen as a spiritually evolving child of God, we begin to understand that the present-day carnal vision of the second appearance of Christ can never come to pass in the manner that we predict.   The Lord will never reappear on earth and make war with the powers of darkness that control the hearts and minds of the people.   Why?   Because everything in this world exists for a reason -- a very good and necessary reason -- and the experiences of this life can only be comprehended when we begin to perceive this world as the spiritual tutor of mankind, the offspring of God -- a tutor which in every way, serves the higher purpose of God.   If, therefore, God was to destroy this world, then He will have destroyed the schoolhouse where true spirituality flourishes, and He would destroy the very realm that will eventually bring each of His Children to perfection.   The problem is that we cannot even begin to comprehend this and many other spiritual concepts today, because we fail to behold reality from the perception of the soul.  

If it is true that our soul pre-existed our birth into this realm, and our mind associated with our physical form is temporal unless we apply the Keys of Knowledge and gain access into the indwelling Kingdom within us, then we must begin to embrace the great looming reality that the true being we are is manifest in our pre-existent soul, and the more we embrace the culture of this world, the more we alienate ourselves from the true being that we are.   

If we are to triumph over the obstacles which severely inhibited the leaders of the Reformation when the attempted to restore the Gospel from the Pagan and Roman influences, and succeed in overcoming our own carnal limitations, then our search for Truth must begin with a very thorough examination of our own selves. In the Book of Jeremiah we are presented with the age-old problem as it has always existed in the experiences of mankind: "This is what the LORD says: Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, We will not walk in it" (Jer 6:16 NIV). Why? Why when the very people who claim to be the chosen of God are provided with the necessary ingredients to convert their carnal mindset and religious practices into spiritual truths, they will almost always reject what has been given to them -- even when they pray for this knowledge each and every day of their lives? Because "…no one after drinking old wine wants the new".

The Middle-Age Reformers reasoned that the Word of God must be accessible and made available to everyone who desired salvation. They therefore concluded that the scriptures must be interpreted in the simplest sense so that everyone would be able to comprehend it's message.   Because Martin Luther was a priest of the Roman Church, and was himself unable to perceive the larger picture of what the Bible revealed, he rejected most of the New Testament except for the Gospel of John and some of the Epistles of Paul.   

While the reformers of the church were not wrong in their fundamental reasoning, what they failed to comprehend was the very essence and higher nature of all of mankind. Their very limited vision of man was that of a created plaything of God, which had become corrupted in the fall of man in the Garden of Eden -- and was thus the product of sin that needed redemption from his inherent evil ways. Because they embraced the Augustinian Doctrine of Original Sin in an attempt to explain away the biblical assertion that all things are predestined by God -- and because of the fall of man, everyone needed redemption.   The result was that the Protestant Church merely gave new form to the Pagan Doctrines of Rome.    In not understanding man’s pre-existent soul and spiritual natures, the Reformers in the Middle-Ages did not even possess the ability to comprehend that all of mankind was the prodigal sons of the One Heavenly Father -- and that the trials of this world was in fact the very schoolhouse which would eventually guide man along the road of perfection.

The truth of the matter is that it is not easy to grow to maturity when one’s ultimate reality is that we are the "offspring" of God -- the Creator of all that exists. One only has to take a very superficial look at the history of the church -- as well as all self-proclaimed men of God -- to realize that more often than not, the greater majority have all been steeped in corruption. In the name of God men have continually enslaved, raped, tortured, murdered and thoroughly destroyed the lives of those who have appeared to be innocent victims. Thus, it is reasonable to conclude that man not only possesses a dark side to his nature -- but that his inherent evil side cannot be transformed and changed through his philosophical conversion and proclamation that he is a believer in the gospel message and a follower of Christ -- at least not the Christ of Constantine.

What Luther and the Middle-Age Reformers were incapable of understanding was the fact that the claim of Jesus that the teachings of The Way was the Ultimate Truth which was Universal to all of mankind the world over, was based upon the core reality that these sacred teachings embraced a process of transformation that literally guaranteed results. An important element to the process was based upon the knowledge that when one of the Laws and Tenets of God’s Royal Law was violated by any man or woman, that their action would invoke an appropriate response in the opposite direction that would eventually correct the flaw which caused the violation of Law. Men of wisdom had long pointed out that when those who were invited to the Marriage celebration had not put on the robe of perfection, they were cast into the "outer darkness" (Mt 8:12;22:13;25:13) -- not so much as punishment, but as a means to bring about the perfection of the individual.

In like manner, the biblical concept of prison is once again a necessary element in the eventual development and perfection of the soul of man: "Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still with him on the way, or he may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. I tell you the truth, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny" (Matt 5:25-26 NIV). The idea that throughout our lives we incur debts which must be rectified and paid back either in the present or at some future time -- and that the circumstances of our self-initiated trials will be exactly proportionate to the nature of the debt we ourselves incurred -- and will most likely involve the very soul or souls with whom the debt is owed -- was simply beyond the understanding of the Middle-Age Reformers of the Church. I intentionally use the words "most likely", because if our debt is against a genuine Christian who truly observes the Commandments of his Master, and turns the other cheek, then the genuine Christian is freed from the trials of the debt, and we must pay back twice what would normally be owed.

Calvin, Luther, as well as the majority of churches which emerged at the time of the Reformation, all acknowledged the biblical doctrine of predestination and Divine Providence in the life of man -- and yet, the all-important element they failed to comprehend was the fact that God does not indiscriminately predestine one person to a life of almost insurmountable hardships and destruction, while bestowing grace and blessing upon another. The Creator of the universe is not irrational -- but rather, every event has a preceding source of origin, regardless of whether we comprehend the cause and effect relationship in our lives. In not understanding the impact of God’s Royal Law that brought about what the Church Father Origen described as the reality predicated by Law whereby: "Every soul… comes into this world strengthened by the victories or weakened by the defeats of its previous life" (Origen, De Principiis), the founders of the church which arose out of the Reformation had absolutely no idea whatsoever how the process of perfection actually worked in the lives of all men and women -- whether believers or non-believers in the Gospel Message.

When our forefathers who created our American Constitutional form of Government were brought together by the Hand of God on July 4th, 1776, and were confronted with the task of laying the foundations of what would become a total departure from all the other governments of the world, it was because many of them possessed an elevated perception of man’s threefold nature -- recognizing the absolute need for the individual to possess the God-given gift of personal freedom -- that what is known as the Bill of Rights was inaugurated in order to enable man to live in harmony with his Creator God. What Americans today fail to realize is this great fact: That many of our Constitutional forefathers were themselves the same souls who physically walked the shores of Galilee with the Master Jesus -- and these souls re-entered this world as a group in order to create a form of government where the people would possess the freedom and means to pursue their spiritual destiny without undue hardships place upon them by the traditional church/government state -- which ultimately means that, contrary to the anti-religious Secular-Humanist and Social-Democratic forces that has attempted to free man from what they view as religious servitude and extremism, the very essence of the American Way of Life is often of a more elevated religious plane than many of the churches, synagogues and quasi-religious institutions which have come to enjoy the environment of freedom which our Constitution has provided.

Prior to 1776, all religious expression was controlled by government and government controlled churches. The problem is always the same -- i.e., church/government rule has the effect of greatly stifling the growth and expression of Genuine Religion. Whenever a true visionary arose who possessed the gift of genuine spiritual insight, conflict soon arose. Church/government always requires adherence, and it was always this elevated perception of the very nature of man’s higher reality that in almost every instance placed him in direct opposition with government. The paramount problem is seen in the fact that the church/government always attempts to place themselves in the position of the inherently ordained religious authority, and anyone who even suggests that the true purpose of the Gospel Message is to literally bring every believer into the Presence of God -- without the intercession of a church or priestly clergy -- is always deemed a heretic and the threat is quickly eliminated.

When Sacred Writings such as those found in our present-day Bibles were composed, the more they revealed man’s higher reality, the more quickly they became corrupted by the governments of the earth. Because the masses of people who held an allegiance to the governments and cultures of this world were not even prepared to utilize or understand the higher sacred potential of mankind as children who were created in the image and likeness of their Eternal Creator God, the more spiritually pure copies of scriptures had to be protected, and were not even placed in the hands of the multitudes. What this means is that where modern Christians hold their present-day Bibles in the absolute highest esteem as the pure word of God, these gospels which were given over into the hands of the Gentiles were merely entry-level scriptures intended to prepare the people whose thinking had been molded by the heathen Pagan world to begin to embrace the higher concepts of man’s indwelling soul and spiritual realities. This fact with respect to the Gentile Christian Church, is easily demonstrated in the writings of historian Edward Gibbon where he made reference to what has been called the Genuine version of the Gospel of Matthew, 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" (The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire).

Of this Hebrew original of Matthew, St. Jerome wrote to the Bishops Chromatius and Heliodorus: "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".

Where the greater majority of Gentile converts were entry-level converts of the simple faith who had to first overcome their heathen and Pagan ways before they could even begin to embrace the Mysteries of God  -- Mysteries which the Apostle Paul wrote about in the first three chapters of First Corinthians -- this was not the case with those faithful disciples who were a part of Spiritual Israel (Essenes, Nazirenes and Ebionites). It was therefore necessary to create scriptures of a lesser quality that would be used by the Gentile converts in order to better assist them through the trials of carnal to semi-spiritual conversion.

Even within the Gentile Church, which never received the more sacred writings, there were three separate levels of Christians who existed on distinctly different spiritual planes. When the Pagan Philosopher Celsus published the writing known as The True Word in the second century, Celsus accused Christianity of teaching the masses the spurious doctrine of heaven and hell, while teaching the elect the doctrine of the transmigration of the soul (reincarnation). The Church Father Origen, who was commissioned to rebut the allegations, did not in any way refute Celsus, but rather explains that: "But on these subjects much and that of a mystical kind, might be said; in keeping with which is the following: It is good to keep close the secret of a king, (Tobit xii, 7), in order that the doctrine of the entrance of souls into bodies, not, however, that of the transmigration from one body into another, may not be thrown before the common understanding, nor what is holy given to the dogs, nor pearls be cast before swine. For such a procedure would be impious, being equivalent to a betrayal of the mysterious declaration of God's Wisdom".

In the fourth century when the Church became institutionalized under the coverture of Imperial Rome, whoever and whatever did not agree with the religion of the emperor was quickly silenced. For the modern Christian Church to ignore this fact, and maintain that God protected the Bible from corruption, is not only detrimental to the flock of believers who are in their care, but is further an example of their drunkenness on the old wine of tradition -- i.e., "And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for he says, ‘The old is better’" (Luke 5:39 NIV). Which is also the very reason why Jeremiah wrote concerning the refusal of the people to walk in the teachings of The Way: "This is what the LORD says: Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, We will not walk in it" (Jer 6:16 NIV).

 

 

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