Why are these things of the utmost importance for us to know today? Because the path of Ultimate Truth lies in the Universal Teachings of TheWay -- which teachings having been obstructed by manmade doctrines of belief, and are no longer understood by either Christians or Jews in our present time. And herein lies the ultimate paradoxical dilemma! The true problem is not whether the Romans or the Jews were right or wrong -- but rather, both were right, and the masses and quasi-secular leaders and priests of both religions lacked the spiritual depth to comprehend the essence of their own respective religions which were equally of a Divine Expression. The problem is that the higher spiritual truth became obscured as Yeshua was renamed Jesus, and was abducted by the Romans in an attempt to renew the political control of the Emperor over the people of the empire. Sadly, this has obscured the true accomplishments of Yeshua/Jesus which were so great among mankind, that he became the pattern for all of man as the first of the prodigal sons who so fulfilled the Royal Law of God within himself, that he arose to an Absolute state of Perfection on all three levels of Being -- literally, he was a true holy man who so walked with God, that he manifest God among us. But as our elder brother, he would condemn those who call themselves Christian today who worship rather than imitate him -- and the original New Covenant scriptures were correct in the assertion that Yeshua/Jesus became the Anointed (Messiah/Christ) at his baptism, and the Son of God at the crucifixion. Thus, the heresy of the modern Jews and Christians is seen in the fact that as the pattern, each of us must so embrace Messiah/Christ in our lives, that we follow in TheWay and fulfill the Royal Law in the same way as Yeshua/Jesus. The problem is that we cannot even begin to walk the path to our eventual destiny, so long as we consider Yeshua/Jesus to be either just a man in the manner of the modern Jew and unbeliever, or a god in accordance with the Christian tradition. To rectify this paradoxical quagmire that obstructs our own return to the Edenic Kingdom of Origination, what will be presented herein will not only be an answer to the dilemma, but also a means for each and every person to prove the truth for themselves. And while I realize that neither my own humble efforts -- or the words of the Lord Himself -- will have any effect upon the hardened hearts of most Fundamentalist Christians today, there are many others who deserve to know the Truth, so they can contemplate the ramifications, and begin the process of seeking the Light and TheWay for themselves.
Jesus' Baptism when he becomes the Messiah
The Flaw in Our Thinking
The Christian Legacy of Spiritual Self-Destruction
Constantine Viewed Jesus and Hebrew Prophets as Anti-Jewish Prophets of the Nations
Plato, the Source of the Christian Doctrine of the Trinity
Adoption of Jesus as the Son of God
Enlightened Pagans were called Christians Prior to Jesus
Followers of Jesus Rejected the Name Christian
Essene Gnosticism is Foundation of New Testament Teachings
Mysteries of God can only be Learned from Indwelling Christ
The Answer to the Enigma
As an example of the facts: In the early Christian writing known as THE INSTRUCTOR, a second century work by Clement of Alexandria, it is written: "For at the moment of the Lord's baptism there sounded a voice from heaven, as a testimony to the Beloved, 'Thou art My beloved Son, to-day have I begotten Thee’". In the words of Methodtus (A.D. 260-312), in his works THE BANQUET OF THE TEN VIRGINS; OR, CONCERNING CHASTITY, he writes: "Now, in perfect agreement and correspondence with what has been said, seems to be this which was spoken by the Father from above to Christ when He came to be baptized in the water of the Jordan, 'Thou art my son: this day have I begotten thee’". In the words of Lactantius (A.D. 260-330.), in his THE DIVINE INSTITUTES, he writes: "Then a voice from heaven was heard: 'Thou art my Son, today have I begotten Thee'. Which voice is found to have been foretold by David. And the Spirit of God descended upon Him, formed after the appearance of a white dove. From that time He began to perform the greatest miracles, not by magical tricks, which display nothing true and substantial, but by heavenly strength and power, which were foretold even long ago by the prophets who announced Him; which works are so many, that a single book is not sufficient to comprise them all".
The Old Testament prediction made reference to in the above quotation by Lactantius is found at Ps 2:7 which reads: "I will declare the decree: the Lord has said to me, 'You are My Son, today I have begotten You'" (NKJ). And what few Christians today realize is that most ancient copies of the New Testament scriptures does in fact confirm the prophesy that these words were indeed spoken at his baptism when the Father said of Jesus: "Thou art My beloved Son, to-day have I begotten Thee". Moreover, these words which were spoken to Jesus are actually confirmed at two other places in the New Testament. At the very beginning of Paul's Epistle to the Hebrews (1:5) we find the statement with respect to what was spoken to Jesus: “For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son”. Contrary to the Apostle's conclusions upon which the Epistle to the Hebrews is founded, because this statement which was reportedly spoken from heaven was altered by the later church, nowhere in our present day translations are these words said to Jesus. Yet, there is a parallel account in Acts that speaks of the disciples of Jesus being adopted by God in the same manner as Jesus himself was adopted as the very first of the prodigal sons to return to the Edenic Kingdom of Origination: “God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee” (Acts 13:33 KJV).
Were these the actual words which were spoken to Jesus? If they were, what are the religious and spiritual implications for the modern Christian in search of a more intimate relationship with the Lord. This very serious doctrinal problem is raised in the Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary where it is written: “[Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.] Augustine, with some moderns, apply this to Christ's external generations from the Father. `The expression (says Alexander) 'I have begotten thee' means, I am thy Father: 'Today' refers to the date of the decree itself: but this, as a divine act, was eternal, and so must be the Sonship it affirms. This, however, is a forced way of interpreting the words, and not at all consistent with the context, which clearly connects the Sonship with the resurrection of Christ. Does the apostle, then; mean to say that Christ became God's Son -- for the first time and in the only sense in which He was the Son of God -- by His resurrection from the dead? That cannot be; for, besides that it would contradict the whole, strain of the New Testament regarding Christ's relation to the Father” (Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary).
The problem is seen in the fact that the Bible means exactly what is says: Jesus became the Son of God
-- initially, by the Anointing (Messiah/Christ) of the Holy Spirit at his
baptism -- and permanently, with his resurrection.
In fact, because they believed what Jesus himself taught them -- i.e., that
Jesus was a man who had so fulfilled the Law of God within himself, and had so
purified and consecrated himself that he became One with God -- the original
(Jewish) followers of Jesus were condemned as heretics by the later Gentile
Church. Thus, the second century writer Irenaeus states that they: “represented
Jesus as having not been born of a virgin, but as being the son of Joseph and
Mary according to the ordinary course of human generation, while he nevertheless
was more righteous, prudent, and wise than other men. Moreover, after his
baptism, Christ descended upon him in the form of a dove from the Supreme Ruler,
and that then he proclaimed the unknown Father, and performed miracles”
(Irenaeus, Bk 1, Ch 26, doctrines of Cerinthus).
In fact, because they believed what Jesus himself taught them -- i.e., that Jesus was a man who had so fulfilled the Law of God within himself, and had so purified and consecrated himself that he became One with God -- the original (Jewish) followers of Jesus were condemned as heretics by the later Gentile Church. Thus, the second century writer Irenaeus states that they: “represented Jesus as having not been born of a virgin, but as being the son of Joseph and Mary according to the ordinary course of human generation, while he nevertheless was more righteous, prudent, and wise than other men. Moreover, after his baptism, Christ descended upon him in the form of a dove from the Supreme Ruler, and that then he proclaimed the unknown Father, and performed miracles” (Irenaeus, Bk 1, Ch 26, doctrines of Cerinthus).
a biblical perspective, there is nothing in the Old Testament that even remotely
implies or predicts that the Eternal God will come in the form of man.
The prediction was that God would raise up a prophet from among the Jews,
like Moses, as seen where it is written: “The LORD your God will raise
up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to
him” (Deut 18:15 NIV). When
Peter spoke before the Jews, he stated that this prediction applied to Jesus --
and in so doing, himself called Jesus a prophet: “Moses said, ‘The
Lord God will raise up for you a prophet from your brethren as he raised me up.
You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you... This is the Moses who said
to the Israelites, ‘God will raise up for you a prophet from your brethren as
he raised me up’” (Acts 3:22;7:37 RSV).
more importantly is the fact that Jesus referred to himself as a prophet, as
seen in the words: “But Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is not without
honor except in his own country and in his own house’” (Matt 13:57
RSV). When conversing about
his crucifixion, Jesus again spoke of himself as a prophet, as seen where it is
written: “Yes, today, tomorrow, and the next day I must proceed on my
way. For it wouldn’t do for a prophet of God to be killed except in
Jerusalem!” (Luke 13:33 NLT).
Thus, Jesus told his disciples and followers that he was a prophet.
Jesus’ prayer to the Father prior to his crucifixion it is written: “And
he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father,
if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as
thou wilt” (Matt 26:39 KJV).
If Jesus was God, and the Father and the Son were not separate and
distinct individuals, such a prayer would have been meaningless.
In these many such instances where Jesus prays to God -- or the Father --
if they were one and the same, Jesus would have been praying to himself -- and
his will, would of necessity have been the Father’s will. Moreover, neither could God call his disciples his
brothers, and make the statement: “Go instead to my brothers and tell
them, ‘I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your
God’” (John 20:17 NIV).
Jesus taught his disciples was that he and the Father were One -- but this same
Oneness was also applied to his disciples, as seen in the words: “That
they may all be one; even as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they
also may be in Us; that the world may believe that Thou didst send Me. And the
glory which Thou hast given Me I have given to them; that they may be one, just
as We are one; I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be perfected in unity,
that the world may know that Thou didst send Me, and didst love them, even as
Thou didst love Me” (John 17:21-23 NAS).
The problem is that we cannot even begin to understand the essence and
meaning of this spiritual concept, until we are first able to comprehend our own
divided nature -- the reality of our pre-existent soul -- and our vision has
been opened to where we are able to see beyond the natural barriers of this
world. What Jesus is saying,
though, is that in the same way that he and the Father are One, they too are
Jesus was God -- or even coequal with God as in the foundation of the doctrine
of the Trinity -- Jesus could never have said to his disciples: “You
heard me say, I am going away and I am coming back to you. If you loved me, you
would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. I
have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will
believe. I will not speak with you much longer, for the prince of this world is
coming. He has no hold on me, but the world must learn that I love the Father
and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me” (John 14:28-31
NIV). How could a coequal God
say that God was greater than he was?
Moreover, if they were one and the same personage, how could Jesus say
that he must do “exactly what my Father has commanded me”.
The Flaw in our Thinking: It is a widely accepted doctrine among Christians today that the disciples and Messianic followers did not comprehend the true nature of Jesus, because they did not proclaim that he was God -- as did the later Gentile converts. Even today the problem remains with respect to our inability to understand why Jesus was different than we are. What enabled him to perform miracles? What enabled him to be able to communicate with the Father. Surely, we conclude, he could not have been a normal man. Therefore, we arrive at the only possible answer from our very limited perspective and conclude that the Jewish disciples and earliest followers of Jesus must have been wrong, and he had to have been God to know all that he knew, and be able to do all that he did. Thus, the flaw in our thinking is in our inability to envision and comprehend the manner in which mankind grows and evolves to a state of spiritual maturity -- how man who was created in the image and likeness of God, begins to take on all the attributes of his Creator and Parent. In not understanding the process by which each of us embraces our eventual destiny, we worship instead of imitating the pattern the Jesus provided for us.
What Jesus taught his disciples with regard to who he was, is exactly
what was stated by Peter after he was totally enlightened by the Holy Spirit: “Men
of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you
by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you
yourselves know” (Acts 2:22 NIV).
Where did Peter get the notion that Jesus was a man -- a man "accredited
by God" -- a man that God performed miracles, wonders and signs
through? Didn’t Jesus
himself say that “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of
Himself...” (John 5:19 NAS);
“The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own
authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works” (John 14:10
NKJ); “I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment
is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who
sent Me” (John 5:30 NKJ); “...I do nothing on my own but speak
just what the Father has taught me. The one who sent me is with me; he has not
left me alone, for I always do what pleases him” (John 8:28-29 NIV); “for
the works which the Father has given Me to finish -- the very works that I do --
bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me” (John 5:36 NKJ); “I
have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world.
They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they
have known that all things which You have given Me are from You” (John
could God give God works to finish? How could God know nothing except what God taught him?
Moreover, why would God -- a Being that cannot be defiled -- consecrate
himself as seen in the words: “They are not of the world, even as I am
not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; thy word is truth. As thou didst
send me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I
consecrate myself, that they also may be consecrated in truth” (John
Are these just words -- or did Jesus truly mean that his disciples were not of this world? When Jesus states that he is At-One with God, does that mean that he is God? And when Jesus states that his disciples are at-one with both him and God, does that make them God? These are questions which the Apostle warns that the mind of man in his natural state is incapable of answering – incapable, until they have themselves attained this same level of oneness which is portrayed as the ultimate goal of the disciple who walks in TheWay.
view of what Jesus taught his disciples and followers, again let us review the
direct witness of the Apostle Peter as found in the Clementine Holily number
sixteen, Chapter fifteen, where he opposed Simon Magus and states: “Our
Lord neither asserted that there were gods except the Creator of all, nor did He
proclaim Himself to be God, but He with reason pronounced blessed him who called
Him the Son of that God who has arranged the universe”.
is a well recorded fact of history that the disciples of Jesus, his brother
James, and the Messianic Jewish believers who were his friends, brothers and
followers, did not believe that Jesus was God.
Those people who spoke to him -- ate with him -- traveled with him -- and
were taught by him -- and was even his brother -- believed exactly as it is
written in the scriptures: “But when the multitudes saw it, they
marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men”
(Matt 9:8 KJV).
every person who was taught directly by Jesus held a common belief which was
documented by Edward Gibbon of a “supernatural union of a man and a God;
and this mystic doctrine was adopted with many fanciful improvements by
Carpocrates, Basilides, and Valentine... In their eyes, Jesus of Nazareth was a
mere mortal, the legitimate son of Joseph and Mary: but he was the best and
wisest of the human race, selected as the worthy instrument to restore upon
earth the worship of the true and supreme Deity. When he was baptized in the
Jordan, the Christ, the first of the aeons, the Son of God himself, descended on
Jesus in the form of a dove, to inhabit his mind, and direct his actions during
the allotted period of his ministry” (Gibbon; The Decline & Fall
of the Roman Empire, V.4, P.366).
This belief -- that “the Christ, the first of the aeons, the Son of God himself, descended on Jesus in the form of a dove, to inhabit his mind, and direct his actions during the allotted period of his ministry”, is simply not understood by the carnal mind of natural man -- as is very clearly stated in the Bible itself. We can only start to comprehend this belief that was held commonly by ALL the faithful believers who were taught directly by Jesus himself, as well as those who were closest to him in the first century, when we begin to apply what the Apostle Paul put forth in the first chapter of Romans, and explore the belief in relation to our own entrance into this world.
THE CHRISTIAN LEGACY OF SELF-DESTRUCTION: In many of the ancient texts we find the Sadducees and Pharisees becoming outraged when Jesus called them a scorpion! Why? According to first century tradition it was believed that at conception the female scorpion killed and ate the male -- and was herself killed by the young scorpions who literally ate their way out of her. Thus, a scorpion was said to not only be an orphan in this world because its very birth caused the death of its parents, but a scorpion is one of the few creatures that -- like man -- has the power to kill itself. If you take a scorpion and deposit it in a circle of burning gasoline, it is said that the scorpion will literally sting itself in the head rather than face a fiery death. In many ways the modern Christian is as the proverbial scorpion which has not only brought about the death of its parents -- and thereby exists as a spiritual orphan in this world -- but by its adherence to ancient doctrines that the believer has little understanding of, the church has become as the scorpion that brings about its own demise.
How can this possibly be, the modern Christian will respond? Actually, it is very simple once properly understood. The modern Christian has two (historical) parental roots from which it has emerged -- and yet the Church rejects the doctrinal heritage of both! The Doctrine of the Trinity is a belief which was accepted by all the non-Jewish Mystery religions of the ancient world prior to the birth of Jesus -- and yet, modern Christianity condemns these people as heathen and pagan. In like manner, the Church believes that Jesus was the Messiah of Israel -- and yet, modern Christians reject the biblical portrayal of the Messiah, as well as the very teachings and beliefs which were attested to by Jesus' original disciples and followers. The result is that while Christians today adhere to the Doctrine of the Trinity which was the foundational thinking of a people they condemn as pagan, they in like manner condemn as heretics the very people who believed in the manner that Jesus himself taught on the grounds that they were too Jewish! Thus, like the proverbial scorpion, the modern Christian has made itself a spiritual orphan of this world -- rejecting its very own parental roots -- and in the creation of a series of bastardized doctrines that have little in common with the people from which the religion is supposedly derived, the modern believer actually brings about his own spiritual death.
Was Jesus God? What is the meaning of the term the Son of God? Few Christians today realize that the Jewish disciples and followers of Jesus were condemned as heretics by the later Gentile Church because they did not believe that Jesus was God. Martin Luther rejected the Synoptic Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, as well as Paul's Epistle to the Hebrews and the Epistle of James (the brother of Jesus and first leader of the New Covenant Church), because he found it very difficult to read the Trinitarian doctrine and concept of God into these writings.
While modern Christians readily embrace the doctrine of the Trinity -- i.e., that God exits in three divine personifications as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit -- and that these three are One -- few Christians are able to comprehend how or why the doctrine of the Trinity was embraced by the Greek philosophers and poets -- written about by Plato and and openly embraced by the ancient Mystery religions -- and yet this doctrine which is championed by the Christian world today, is fundamentally absent from the Bible and rejected by the Jews. Did Plato meet with Jesus prior to his birth as the Son of God? Did Jesus teach the ancient Greek philosophers and poets that they knew of his existence prior to his birth in Bethlehem? Or did the Doctrine of the Trinity mean something entirely different than what is commonly understood by the modern Christian today?
the heading of A Trinity Statute, The Encyclopedia Britannica says: “Neither
the word Trinity, nor the explicit doctrine as such, appears in the New
Testament, nor did Jesus and his followers intend to contradict the Shema in the
Old Testament: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord’ (Deut. 6:4). .
. . The doctrine developed gradually over several centuries and through many
controversies. . . . By the end of the 4th century . . . the doctrine
of the Trinity took substantially the form it has maintained ever since”
(1976, Micropedia, Vol. X, p. 126).
New Catholic Encyclopedia states: “The formulation ‘one God in three
Persons’ was not solidly established, certainly not fully assimilated into
Christian life and its profession of faith, prior to the end of the 4th
century. But it is precisely this formulation that has first claim to the title
the Trinitarian dogma. Among the Apostolic Fathers, there had been nothing even
remotely approaching such a mentality or perspective” (1967, Vol. XIV,
The Encyclopedia Americana we read: “Christianity derived from Judaism
and Judaism was strictly Unitarian [believing that God is one person]. The road
which led from Jerusalem to Nicea was scarcely a straight one. Fourth century
Trinitarianism did not reflect accurately early Christian teaching regarding the
nature of God; it was, on the contrary, a deviation from this teaching”
(1956, Vol. XXVII, p. 294L).
to the Nouveau Dictionnaire Universel, “The Platonic trinity, itself
merely a rearrangement of older trinities dating back to earlier peoples,
appears to be the rational philosophic trinity of attributes that gave birth to
the three hypostases or divine persons taught by the Christian churches. . . .
This Greek philosopher’s [Plato, fourth century B.C.E.] conception of the
divine trinity . . . can be found in all the ancient [pagan] religions”
(Paris, 1865-1870, edited by M. Lachâtre, Vol. 2, p. 1467).
In his Dictionary of the Bible, John L. McKenzie, S.J., writes that: “The trinity of persons within the unity of nature is defined in terms of ‘person’ and ‘nature’ which are Greek philosophical terms; actually the terms do not appear in the Bible. The trinitarian definitions arose as the result of long controversies in which these terms and others such as ‘essence’ and ‘substance’ were erroneously applied to God by some theologians” (New York, 1965, p. 899).
is it that these respected reference authorities -- one the Roman Catholic
Church itself -- is saying to the modern believer? Fundamentally,
in the fourth century the church entered into a covenant with Rome under the
leadership of the Emperor Constantine -- a sun worshiper who ascribed to the
Doctrine of the Trinity. Under
the heading of Constantine, in the eleventh edition of the Britannica, we find
that: “Constantine showed a determination to assert his Supremacy in
ecclesiastical affairs, holding no doubt that, as the office of pontifex maximus
gave him the supreme control of religious matters throughout the empire, the
regulation of Christianity fell within his province... and it is significant
that from hence forth we meet with the undisguised assertion that the will of
the emperor, in whatever form expressed, is the sole foundation of the law.
Constantine, in fact, embodies the spirit of absolute authority which,
both in church and state, was to prevail for many centuries”. In other words, the religion that was associated with
the name of Jesus of Nazareth, was now under the total control of the Roman
should strike fear in the hearts of the modern believer is the fact that it is
clear from his own writings that Constantine truly believed he was a prophet.
As an initiate into the Pagan mysteries, he believed that he was ordained
by God to inaugurate the true religion of Christ in the empire.
Like most Pagans of his day, he adhered to the general belief that the
original Messianic Jews who were the followers of Jesus -- who were at that time
known as Ebionites and Nazarenes -- were blinded by their Jewish heritage, and
were a blight to the religion of Jesus.
As an initiate in the Pagan Mystery religions, Constantine understood
that the writings of the philosophers and poets had an inner message that
revealed Christ to those who had the capacity to comprehend the true meaning of
is clear is that Constantine believed that the coming of Christ had been
predicted in the writings of the poets -- and especially those known as the
oracles of the prophetess Sibyl. Of
the poet Cicero, Constantine writes: “We perceive that these words are
spoken plainly and at the same time darkly, by way of allegory. Those who search
deeply for the import of the words, are able to discern the Divinity of Christ.
But lest any of the powerful in the imperial city might be able to accuse the
poet of writing anything contrary to the laws of the country, and subverting the
religious sentiments which had prevailed from ancient times, he intentionally
obscures the truth. For he was acquainted, as I believe, with that blessed
mystery which gave to our Lord the name of Savior: but, that he might avoid the
severity of cruel men, he drew the thoughts of his hearers to objects with which
they were familiar, saying that altars must be erected, temples raised, and
sacrifices offered to the new-born child. His concluding words also are adapted
to the sentiments of those who were accustomed to such a creed” (The
Oration of Constantine).
the same writing Constantine confirms that the historical coming of Christ was
further written about by the poet Virgilius Maro, and writes of him: “Cautiously,
therefore, and securely, as far as possible, he presents the truth to those who
have faculties to understand it; and while he denounces the munitions and
conflicts of war (which indeed are still to be found in the course of human
life), he describes our Savior as proceeding to the war against Troy,
understanding by Troy the world itself” (The Oration of Constantine).
the writings of the poet Maro, Constantine writes: “Again, the Assyrian
race is gone, which first led the way to faith in God. But when he speaks of the
growth of amomum every where, he alludes to the multitude of the true worshipers
of God. For it is as though a multitude of branches, crowned with fragrant
flowers, and fitly watered, sprung from the self-same root. Most justly said,
Maro, thou wisest of poets! and with this all that follows is consistent”
(The Oration of Constantine).
is clear in his own writings that Constantine believed that he perceived the
true teachings, and could harmonize the writings of the philosophers and poets
with the coming of Christ. What is important to comprehend from the perspective of
the modern Christian, is to understand that Constantine brought forth his very
Pagan beliefs -- beliefs which in his mind revealed God and Christ -- and
incorporated them into his new religion -- i.e., Constantine’s Church from
which our present churches have evolved from.
order to grasp the big picture of what transpired, the modern believer must
understand that what Constantine professed was not unique, and was a common
belief among the Pagans of his day. Constantine, though he believed himself to be a prophet
of Christ, was not the source of the doctrine with regard to the opinion that
the Greek poets predicted the coming of Christ.
The Gentile converts had held this belief for hundreds of years.
The second century Church Father Clement of Alexandria writes that: “And
further, that the same God that furnished both the Covenants was the giver of
Greek philosophy to the Greeks, by which the Almighty is glorified among the
Greeks, he shows. And it is clear from this. Accordingly, then, from the
Hellenic training, and also from that of the law are gathered into the one race
of the saved people those who accept faith: not that the three peoples are
separated by time, so that one might suppose three natures, but trained in
different Covenants of the one Lord, by the word of the one Lord. For that, as
God wished to save the Jews by giving to them prophets, so also by raising up
prophets of their own in their own tongue, as they were able to receive God’s
beneficence, He distinguished the most excellent of the Greeks from the common
herd, in addition to ‘Peter’s Preaching,’ the Apostle Paul will show,
saying: ‘Take also the Hellenic books, read the Sibyl, how it is shown that
God is one, and how the future is indicated. And taking Hystaspes, read, and you
will find much more luminously and distinctly the Son of God described, and how
many kings shall draw up their forces against Christ, hating Him and those that
bear His name, and His faithful ones, and His patience, and His coming.’ Then
in one word he asks us, ‘Whose is the world, and all that is in the world? Are
they not God’s? ‘ Wherefore Peter says, that the Lord said to the apostles:
‘If any one of Israel then, wishes to repent, and by my name to believe in
God, his sins shall be forgiven him, after twelve years. Go forth into the
world, that no one may say, We have not heard’”.
that Clement refers to both the Hebrews and the initiates of the Greek Mystery
religions as begin “…gathered into the one race of the saved people those
who accept faith… trained in different Covenants of the one Lord, by the word
of one Lord”.
these people who were the initiates in the Greek Mystery religions, and were
refered to as Christian, viewed themselves as the saved people of the God of
the writings of the second and third century Church Fathers there are scriptural
quotations that either no longer exist in our Bibles today, or have been altered
from their more ancient context. Every
modern Christian should look seriously at the words of Clement when he wrote: “the
Apostle Paul will show, saying: ‘Take also the Hellenic books, read the Sibyl,
how it is shown that God is one, and how the future is indicated. And taking
Hystaspes, read, and you will find much more luminously and distinctly the Son
of God described, and how many kings shall draw up their forces against Christ,
hating Him and those that bear His name, and His faithful ones, and His
patience, and His coming’”.
modern Christian should be in awe with respect to what is being stated by this
second-third century authority. What Clement writes is that in the original writings of
the Apostle Paul that existed in the first and second centuries, Paul made
reference to the writings of the Sibyl -- but this and perhaps other references
were edited out of our Bibles that we have today. Further, when Clement writes about the prediction
pertaining to the Son of God by Hystaspes, we must ask who he is referring to?
Hystaspes was a Persian ruler in the 6th to 7th
Viewed Jesus and Hebrew Prophets as Anti-Jewish: One
of the grave misunderstandings of the modern believer is seen in their failure
to understand the thinking of the early church with respect to the religions of
the Nations. A core belief
that is not realized today is that, from a Pagan perspective, Constantine viewed
Moses, Jesus and the Hebrew Prophets in the same exact manner as did Muhammad --
the Islamic Prophet -- who regarded them as Muslims, rather than Jews.
Moreover, it is because of this doctrine that the Koran views both
Christians and Jews as heretics who must be either converted to the true
religion of Islam, or slain.
fact is of the utmost importance because we can never have a correct perception
of the events of history that have molded our beliefs today, until we fully
understand that Constantine and the early church viewed Moses, Jesus and the
prophets as Christians -- not as of a Hebrew heritage -- but rather, from the
perspective of the religion of the philosophers and poets.
What we call the heathen religions, Constantine viewed as the true
religion of Christ.
is important that we understand this concept of belief that was embraced by both
the Christians and Muslims alike. When Muhammad speaks of the biblical prophets, he
considers them to be Muslim holy men who were sent to condemn the Jews, and tell
them that they were not the people of God.
In much the same way, Muhammad viewed Jesus’ birth among the Jews as
the means by which God would condemn the Hebrews as heretics, because he
believed that Jesus was truly a Muslim holy man.
What we fail to grasp today is that the Gentile Christians embraced this
same exact belief before it was later adopted by Muhammad. The Christians -- or more appropriately the enlightened
Pagans -- believed that all their scriptures revealed Christ in their inner
concealed meaning. The Old
Testament prophets where therefore not Hebrews, but Christian.
Jesus came to the Jews first, in order to condemn them -- and then came
to the people of the Nations, who were from the beginning of time the true
people of God.
the eyes of the new religion, the Jews were heretics, and were to be hated and
scorned. Constantine, like
most of the Gentile world, falsely believed that the Jews killed Christ, and
that God looked revengefully upon them, and sought their demise.
This same position was later adopted by Adolph Hitler, and was used as an
excuse in his holocaust of the Jews.
Constantine, like Hitler, believed he was doing God a great service by
ridding the world of heretics.
Constantine’s perspective, chief among the heretics were the Messianic
(Jewish) believers who he condemned as Judiazers, and considered them to be a
blight to the (his) church. Why?
Because they steadfastly held to the religious principles of the
scriptures, they were viewed as heretics who could not understand the true
teachings of Christ. This
anti-Jewish climate flourished a distain for the Old Testament -- and even to
some degree, the New Testament scriptures.
This mindset was of course nourished by many of the seemingly
misinterpreted anti-Jewish statements found in the Epistles of the Apostle Paul.
written word of the scriptures came to be associated with the Jews, and whatever
did not reveal Christ, was to be rejected.
It was no longer God’s Sabbath or God's New Year, but rather the Jewish
Sabbath, New Year or Passover. This mentality was born out of the doctrine that the
Pagan religions of the Gentiles were superior to the religion of the Jews -- and
remains with us as a very dangerous religious foundation to this very day.
the mindset of a very large body of the Gentile Christians, the Jews were never
the people of God. The
Gentile Christians, on the other hand, were revealed as the true people of God,
and the Christ came so they could inherit their own spiritual destiny.
The Gentile Christians believed that Jesus had come to the Jews first --
not to save them, but rather to reprove and chastise them.
After this first mission of condemnation was accomplished, the gospel was
then taken to the Gentiles -- who in their vision of the gospel, always were the
true people of God.
saw himself as a true prophet and anointed one of the Lord.
In him the teachings of the Christ were to have their fulfillment with
the conversion of the world to the true religion.
In him was the final triumph of light over darkness, and he
wholeheartedly embraced his destiny.
The true religion of mankind that was prophetically spoken of from
antiquity, was his to inaugurate. It
was Constantine who would write the final chapter of Christian history, and
bring about the Lord’s kingdom upon the earth.
most Gentile believers, Constantine saw the continuity of Christianity from the
earliest of times to the present. In
the second century writing of Theophilus to the philosopher Autolycus, we again
see the doctrine of Christian antiquity that pre-dated the birth of the
historical Jesus: “But I wish now to give you a more accurate
demonstration, God helping me, of the historical periods, that you may see that
our doctrine is not modern nor fabulous, but more ancient and true than all
poets and authors who have written in uncertainty”.
the Source of the Christian Doctrine of the Trinity: This
most ancient of religions -- the theology of the philosophers -- was now openly
called Christian. As one who
was an initiate in the Pagan Mystery religions, Constantine believed in
Plato’s doctrine of the Trinity -- which is the doctrine that states the
Father, Son and Holy Spirit are three personages in one.
The true source of this doctrine is not the Bible -- but rather, the
theology and doctrines of the philosophers.
This is readily demonstrated in the article by the Encyclopedia
Britannica (1998 electronic edition) under the heading of Trinity, Introduction
of Neoplatonic themes, where it states: “In the Johannine literature in
the Bible there appeared the first traces of the concept of Christ as the Logos,
the ‘word’ or ‘principle’ that issues from eternity. Under the influence
of subsequent Neoplatonic philosophy, this tradition became central in
speculative theology. There was interest in the relationship of the
‘oneness’ of God to the ‘triplicity’ of divine manifestations. This
question was answered through the Neoplatonic metaphysics of being. The
transcendent God, who is beyond all being, all rationality, and all
conceptuality, is divested of divine transcendence. In a first act of becoming
self-conscious the Logos recognizes itself as the divine mind (Greek: nous), or
divine world reason, which was characterized by the Neoplatonic philosopher
Plotinus as the ‘Son’ who goes forth from the Father. The next step by which
the transcendent God becomes self-conscious consists in the appearance in the
divine nous of the divine world, the idea of the world in its individual forms
as the content of the divine consciousness. In Neoplatonic philosophy both the
nous and the idea of the world are designated the hypostases of the transcendent
God. Christian theology took the Neoplatonic metaphysics of substance as well as
its doctrine of hypostases as the departure point for interpreting the
relationship of the ‘Father’ to the ‘Son’ in terms of the Neoplatonic
hypostases doctrine. This process stands in direct relationship with a
speculative interpretation of Christology in connection with Neoplatonic Logos
Britannica then concludes: “The assumption of the Neoplatonic hypostases
doctrine meant from the beginning a certain evaluation of the relationships of
the three divine figures to one another, because for Neoplatonism the process of
hypostatization is at the same time a process that includes a diminishing of
being. Thus, in flowing forth from the transcendent source, the divine being is
progressively weakened with the distance from the transcendent origin.
Diminution of being, on these terms, is brought about through approach to
matter, which for its part is understood in Neoplatonism as nonbeing. In
transferring the Neoplatonic hypostases doctrine to the Christian interpretation
of the Trinity there existed the danger that the different manifestations of
God--as known by the Christian experience of faith: Father, Son, Holy
Spirit--would be transformed into a hierarchy of gods graduated among themselves
and thus into a polytheism. Though this danger was consciously avoided and,
proceeding from a Logos Christology, the complete sameness of essence of the
three manifestations of God was emphasized, there arose the danger of a relapse
into a triplicity of equally ranked gods, which would displace the idea of the
oneness of God”.
can readily be seen by the modern believer why the doctrine of the Trinity is
totally absent from Jewish and Messianic Jewish theology.
Speaking of the connection between the Logos of the Gospel of John, and
that of the Pagan world, Gibbon writes of the Platonic source of the doctrine of
the Trinity: “The divine sanction which the Apostle had bestowed on the
fundamental principle of the theology of Plato encouraged the learned proselytes
of the second and third centuries to admire and study the writings of the
Athenian sage, who has thus marvelously anticipated one of the most surprising
discoveries of the Christian revelation. The respectable name of Plato was used
by the orthodox, and abused by the heretics, as the common support of truth and
error; the authority of his skilful commentators and the science of dialectics
were employed to justify the remote consequences of his opinions, and to supply
the discreet silence of the inspired writers. The same subtle and profound
questions concerning the nature, the generation, the distinction, and the
equality of the three divine persons of the mysterious Triad, or Trinity, were
agitated in the philosophical and in the Christian schools of Alexandria”
(The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire).
of Jesus as the Son of God: When
Gibbon writes of the “silence of the inspired writers”, he is
making reference to the fact that the Trinity is not found in the Bible -- but
rather, as was demonstrated by the Encyclopedia Britannica, the theology of
Plato. From a biblical
standpoint, there is no way to justify the very Gnostic Gospel of John with the
Gospel of Mark, which declares Jesus to be a man who became the Son of God by
perfecting fulfilling the Word in his life.
Of this doctrinal conflict the Britannica writes: “The Gospel
According to Mark, however, did not proceed from a theology of incarnation but
instead understood the baptism of Jesus Christ as the adoption of the man Jesus
Christ into the Sonship of God, accomplished through the descent of the Holy
Spirit. The situation became further aggravated by the conceptions of the
special personal character of the manifestation of God developed by way of the
historical figure of Jesus Christ; the Holy Spirit was viewed not as a personal
figure but rather as a power and appeared graphically only in the form of the
dove and thus receded, to a large extent, in the Trinitarian speculation”.
it is remembered that the original of Matthew did not contain the first two
chapters, and there is good historical reason to believe that neither did the
original Luke, we must understand that from the perspective of Matthew, Mark and
Luke, Jesus was the adopted Son of God.
With regard to Luke, this is especially seen in the admission of the
footnote in the Revised Standard Version which confirms that many of the more
ancient manuscripts read: “Today I have begotten thee”,
instead of “In thee I am well pleased” at Luke 3:22.
let us remember that in Origen’s Commentary on the Gospel of John, Origen
writes that: “None of these testimonies, however, sets forth distinctly
the Savior’s exalted birth; but when the words are addressed to Him, ‘Thou
art My Son, this day have I begotten Thee’, this is spoken to Him by God”.
When it is realized that Origen inherited many of his copies of scripture
from his teacher, Clement of Alexandria, what we can determine is that
Origen’s second century scriptures contained this same verse that was
completely removed from third and fourth century copies of John, from which our
versions are derived.
view of these facts, we also have the direct witness of the Apostle Peter as
found in the Clementine Holily number sixteen, Chapter fifteen, where he opposed
Simon Magus and states: “Our Lord neither asserted that there were gods
except the Creator of all, nor did He proclaim Himself to be God, but He with
reason pronounced blessed him who called Him the Son of that God who has
arranged the universe”.
the concepts of the Trinity as embraced by the Pagan Christians, Peter goes on
to explain the difference between the Father and the Son: “In addition
to this, it is the peculiarity of the Father not to have been begotten, but of
the Son to have been begotten; but what is begotten cannot be compared with that
which is unbegotten or self-begotten... He who is not the same in all respects
as some one, cannot have all the same appellations applied to him as that
person.... if the one happens to be self-begotten or unbegotten, they cannot be
called the same; nor can it be asserted of him who has been begotten that he is
of the same substance as he is who has begotten him? Learn this also: The
booties of men have immortal souls, which have been clothed with the breath of
God; and having come forth from Cool, they are of the same substance, but they
are not gods. But if they are gods, then in this way the souls of all men, both
those who have died, and those who are alive, and those who shall come into
being, are gods. But if in a spirit of controversy you maintain that these also
are gods, what great matter is it, then, for Christ to be called God? for He has
only what all have”.
then, provides a discourse on the nature of God and states: “We call Him
God whose peculiar attributes cannot belong to the nature of any other; for, as
He is called the Unbounded because He is boundless on every side, it must of
necessity be the case that it is no other one’s peculiar attribute to be
called unbounded, as another cannot in like manner be boundless. But if any one
says that it is possible, he is wrong; for two things boundless on every side
cannot co-exist, for the one is bounded by the other. Thus it is in the nature
of things that the unbegotten is one. But if he possesses a figure, even in this
case the figure is one and incomparable. Wherefore He is called the Most High,
because, being higher than all, He has the universe subject to Him”.
Enlightened Pagans were called Christians Prior to Jesus: In order to recreate Jesus as the pre-existent Logos and apply the ancient doctrine of the Trinity to Judaism and the New Testament, one of the most important elements of the teachings of Jesus had to be altered from it's original context. This necessary change to the message of the scriptures not only permitted traditional Roman and Greek Trinitarian thinking to be applied to Jesus where he was perceived as the present incarnation of Osiris, Attis, Indra, Prometheus, Mithra, Dionysius, Hesus and all the gods of the ancient world, but it also opened the door to the modern New Age and Theosophical concept that the soul of Jesus had previously lived as Krishna, Buddha, Melchezidek, and even the original Adam. While this may appear to be heresy to the modern Christian who often thinks of the word Christ as Jesus' last name -- and is quite ignorant of the historical usage of the words Messiah and Christ which mean the Anointed in English -- to the non-Jewish people of the Roman Empire this universal concept made perfect sense. And while the application of the Doctrine of the Trinity to Jesus initially enabled the non-Jew at the beginning of our Common Era to unify all the many religions of the empire under the name of Christianity and proclaim the great diversity of God, as the Church slowly evolved over the course of time and re-emerged out of the period known as the Dark Ages, this application of the Trinitarian concept has had the completely opposite effect on the mind of the modern believer who views Jesus as God -- period! Their reasoning is that God's Name is Jesus -- and if God had previously lived as Mithra, Krishna, Buddha and others, that he would have proclaimed a universal message to all mankind, and required all people to believe in the God of the Jews.
It is a well established fact that the disciples and early followers of Jesus did not believe that he was God. Moreover, it is well documented that prior to being altered, the original New Testament scriptures clearly proclaimed that Jesus became the Messiah/Christ at the time of his baptism. This fact could neither be reconciled in the mind of the non-Jewish converts who viewed Jesus as the perpetually recurring birth of the sun-god in greatly varying forms, or the modern Christian who views Jesus as the one and only incarnation of God in this world. Thus, regardless of the fact that it is well established by numerous authorities that at his baptism in the Jordan the voice from heaven said: "Thou art My Son: this day have I begotten Thee" (see http://nazirene.org/corruption.htm#begotten_demonstrate ) -- this fact is universally rejected by Christians today because they are unable to reconcile how Jesus became the Messiah/Christ for the first time at his baptism, if he had always existed as the pre-existent God who was the Creator of the Universe and all that exists.
The greater majority of Christians today do not even understand the meaning of the word Christ. In fact, most people are under the grave misconception that Christ was Jesus’ last name. They fail to realize that the word Christ is a Greek word synonymous with the Hebrew word Messiah, and both words in English mean the Anointing of the Lord, or the Lord’s Anointed. Because our translators fail to render the word the same throughout the scriptures, present day bible readers are generally unaware that twenty-three other men in the Old Testament are referred to as the Lord’s Anointed or Christ. When the scriptures state that "Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden..." (Isa 45:1 KJV), it is the same as stating "Thus saith the LORD to his Christ, to Cyrus".
Quoting Nelson’s Bible Dictionary: "In the Old Testament, Messiah is used more than 30 times to describe kings (2 Sam. 1:14,16), priests (Lev. 4:3,5, 16), the patriarchs (Ps. 105:15), and even the Persian King Cyrus (Is. 45:1)." In the case of the New Testament, Christians simply do not translate the Greek word Christ into its English equivalent Anointed. Why? The answer to that is simple. Joshua, the Anointed one of the Lord, does not have the same mystique to the uninformed believer as Jesus Christ -- and does not present the picture that conforms to the design of their beliefs. The word Anointed is a universal religious term used the world over -- and so, our Bible translators choose not to render the word into its proper English form. In the case of the Old Testament, they translate the word into English so as not to draw attention to all the many people who are called the Christ or Messiah throughout the scriptures. What truly disturbs the modern believer is when they are informed of the fact that there were people who were called Christians prior to the birth of the historical Jesus!
In the tradition of the Hebrews, the source of all knowledge is the Messiah. The word Messiah was not carried over into the Greek, because the word Christ has a parallel meaning that was in use by the Greeks long before the advent of the historical man Jesus. Going one-step further, the word Messiah/Christ has its equivalent within all the major religions of the world.
In the same way that the followers of Jesus were Messianic believers -- a Christian, in accordance with Greek understanding, was in the true sense of the word, an enlightened initiate into the underlying secrets of what we call the Greek and Ancient Mystery religions. In the same way that there was a dividing line between an Essene or Messianic believer that separated the Spiritual Hebrew from a Jew, this same dividing line existed in the religions of the Nations. A Christian, therefore, was a Spiritual believer who was an initiate into the doctrine of the indwelling Logos/Christ written about by Plato and the Poets, and were those whose minds were enlightened to the degree where they were able to understand the inner meaning of the Greek mystery religions.
The problem is that we fail to understand these spiritual terms because we view life and the scriptures with a quasi-Darwinist mindset -- i.e., three-dimensionally. Christians, therefore, fail to comprehend the very essence of the word they use to describe themselves, because they are unaware of the realms beyond the three dimensions of this world. They are for the most part unaware of their pre-existent soul and spirit, and they therefore relate the word Christ to an historical person -- i.e., Jesus. Further, because Christians have such a limited understanding of the meaning of the word Christ, it is therefore impossible for modern believers to perceive the manner in which God reveals Himself to people the world over. In failing to understand that the religion which Jesus proclaimed was/is not only Universal, but is in fact indigenous to man himself, they attempt to narrow down the teachings of the New Covenant. That Jesus became the First Son of God -- and that his followers should themselves be the Anointed Ones, and be the very embodiment of the manifested Light in the world -- is the fulfillment of the Word that each and every person who calls themselves Christian should strive to be. That Christians at present are imprisoned by spiritual shackles, and cannot live up to their spiritual potential and Name because of the reinterpretation of the gospel by the Roman Church, is in fact the reason why the world today dwells in darkness.
With regard to the historical people who were called the people of Christ before the time of Jesus, it did not mean anything to an enlightened Christian that the masses of people worshiped the sun, moon, stars or idols. Because the people of the Nations were carnal, they were unable to perceive the inner meaning of the writings of the poets. In the far-reaching vision of the greater reality, they viewed these things as the worship of the Logos, or Christ, by the ignorant masses of people.
That the initiates of the ancient mystery religions were called Christians prior to the time of Jesus is demonstrated in a letter from the Emperor Adrian to Servianus, written in 134 A.D., wherein it is stated: "Egypt, which you commended to me, my dearest Servianus, I have found to be wholly fickle and inconsistent, and continually wafted about by every breath of fame. The worshipers of Serapis are called Christians, and those who are devoted to the god Serapis, call themselves Bishops of Christ". What is confirmed is that, with the advent of Jesus, the Christ or Christos was not a new term, and there were people throughout the empire who were called Christians prior to the time when the name came to be associated with the followers of Jesus. More important, though, is the fact that they brought their ideas and beliefs pertaining to Christ into the religion of Jesus -- which teachings in their original form possessed an essence and spiritual reality that few of these Pagan Christians could perceive.
Archaeologists have demonstrated that the word Christos, which we render Christ, has been found not only on Pagan temples, and used in relation to those who were said to be the sons of the Pagan gods, but the term was also engraved on tombstones and other Pagan artifacts prior to the time of Jesus. In the Greek and Roman mystery religions of the time, the Christos was the Anointing of the Logos, and the Christian was the follower of the Anointed. In the writings of Clement of Alexandria we find it explained that: "Those who lived according to the Logos were really Christians, though they have been thought to be atheists; as Socrates and Heraclitus were among the Greeks, and such as resembled them" (Strom. bk. i, ch xix).
Eusebius, the great historian of the early Church, admits that the religion that is called Christianity was known to the ancients (Eccl. Hist., 1, ch iv) and writes that the religion of Jesus had "...been known among all nations, nevertheless our life and our conduct, with our doctrines of religion, have not been lately invented by us, but from the first creation of man, so to speak, have been established by the natural understanding of divinely favored men of old... What then should prevent the confession that we who are of Christ practice one and the same mode of life and have one and the same religion as those divinely favored men of old? Whence it is evident that the perfect religion committed to us by the teaching of Christ is not new and strange, but, if the truth must be spoken, it is the first and the true religion".
Modern Christians who erroneously believe that Christianity started with Jesus, will be unable to relate to the words that "our doctrines of religion... have been established by the natural understanding... and [is] the same religion as those divinely favored men of old". The early Gentile Christians knew this fact, and it was for this reason that a copy of Plato’s Republic and other such writings was contained among the writings preserved in the recently discovered Nag Hammadi Library of early Christian writings.
St. Augustine wrote: "That, in our times, is the Christian religion, which to know and follow is the most sure and certain health, called according to that name, but not according to the thing itself, of which it is the name; for the thing itself which is now called the Christian religion, really was known to the ancients, nor was wanting at any time from the beginning of the human race, until the time when Christ came in the flesh, from whence the true religion, which had previously existed, began to be called Christian; and this in our days is the Christian religion, not as having been wanting in former times, but as having in later times received this name" (Opera Augustini, vol. i, p.12).
When we begin to understand the common root of all religion, only then are we able to comprehend with clarity that it wasn’t so much that the Greek and Roman world was converted to the teachings of Jesus, but more appropriately, the teachings of Jesus came to be a part of the existing religious world which came to be outwardly known as Christian. After Constantine silenced the true followers of Jesus with the power of the sword in the fourth century because they refused to accept the religion of the emperor, all that was left was the Gentile church which was very Pagan in nature, that had come to be known as Christian.
In a letter from Faustus to St. Augustine this Pagan-Christian connection is embellished upon: "You have substituted your agape for the sacrifices of the Pagans; for their idols your martyrs, whom you serve with the very same honors. You appease the shades of the dead with wine and feasts; you celebrate the solemn festivities of the Gentiles, their calends, and their solstices; and, as to their manners, those you have retained without any alteration. Nothing distinguishes you from the Pagans, except that you hold your assemblies apart from them" (Quoted in Draper: Science and Religion, p.48).
How could "nothing" distinguish Christians from the Pagans, with the exception of where they hold their assemblies? How could Christians "retain" the manners of the Pagans, "without any alteration"? If their lifestyle, celebrations, festivities and manner of worship are the same, then how could they be called the followers of Jesus?
In many instances, conversion was the result of Jesus being installed as the replacement for the former Pagan gods. In his book, Jesus, The Evidence, Ian Wilson writes: "A third-century mosaic from the Mausoleum of the Julii underneath present-day St. Peter’s in Rome actually portrays Jesus as Sol Invictus, driving the horses of the sun’s chariot. That Constantine himself mixed Christianity and the Sol Invictus cult is clear from a second commemorative medallion issued by him within two years of the first, on which he represented himself with a Chi-Rho monogram on his helmet, and with a leaping Los chariot below".
Speaking of Constantine, Ian Wilson writes: "It was only when he was approaching death that he asked for, or was accepted for, Christian baptism. As was still the custom, he received this naked, thereafter renouncing forever the purple of his imperial rank" (Ian Wilson, Jesus, The Evidence). This means that the leader and head of the Gentile Church, as well as many of the present day doctrines which remain with us today, were inaugurated into the church by a man of a very Pagan mindset who was not even baptized.
Present day Christians are under the erroneous and grave belief that the tenets and beliefs of their religion are unique. In reality, nothing could be farther from the truth. What is unknown to the believer today is that the world has known countless other crucified Saviors who were: Born from a virgin mother in a cave or underground chamber on or near Christmas Day -- each led a life of sacrifice for mankind, and were called by the names of Light-bringer, Healer, Mediator, Savior and Deliverer -- they were vanquished by the powers of darkness, and descended into hell or the underworld -- they each rose again from the dead and became the means for mankind to enter into the heavenly world -- they founded communities of saints, and churches into which disciples were received by baptism -- and they were commemorated by Eucharistic meals. Thus, every element of modern-day Christianity was present in the Pagan world prior to the advent of Jesus.
In his book, The Christian Conspiracy: The Orthodox Suppression of Original Christianity, Joseph P. Macchio writes: "We find no less than twelve mythical-historical personages before the advent of Christ, who are said to have suffered crucifixion/death and to have risen from the dead. Among them are: Krishna, Wittoba, Osiris, Attis, Indra, Prometheus, Mithra, Dionysius, Hesus, Aesculapius, Adonis, Apollonius of Tyana. Several of these figures are said to have been crucified at the spring equinox and to have risen on the third day".
Many attempts have been made to explain the Pagan-Christian connection. In his book Aryan Mythology, by the Rev Geo. W. Cox, it is explained that: "The wailing of the Hebrew women at the death of Tammuz, the crucifixion and resurrection of Osiris, the adoration of the Babylonian Mylitta, the Sacti ministers of Hindu temples, the cross and the crescent of Isis, the rites of the Jewish altar of Baal-Peor, wholly preclude all doubt of the real nature of the great festivals and mysteries of Phoenicians, Jews, Assyrians, Egyptians, and Hindus" (Aryan Mythology, vol. ii.p.125).
The same concept that the Christ of all Pagan religions was manifest in anticipation of Jesus, was used to bring the Pagan world together under the one banner of Christianity. Thus, it has been concluded that: "The Church, at an early date, selected the heathen festivals of Sun worship for its own, ordering the birth at Christmas, a fixed time, and the resurrection at Easter, a varying time, as in all Pagan religions; since, though the Sun rose directly after the vernal equinox, the festival, to be correct in a heathen point of view, had to be associated with the new moon" (Egyptian Belief, p.182). Thus, we begin to understand why the enlightened Pagans -- who were known as Christians -- adopted the Jewish Messiah Jesus as the personification of their sun-god, renamed him the Christ, and altered the scriptures in the endeavor to sever Jesus from the foundation of Jewish thought -- thereby bringing completion and unity to the Pagan Christian world.
In further explanation of the Pagan Christian connection, the Rev. J.P. Lundy writes in his work, Monumental Christianity, that: "Is there no bright Sun of Righteousness - no personal and loving Son of God, of whom the material Sun has been the type of symbol, in all ages and among all nations?" Thus, we see here that the physical sun is a type, or symbol, among the Pagans, for Jesus, the Son of God. Rev. Lundy then goes on to further explain: "What power is it that comes from the Sun to give light and heat to all created things. If the symbolical Sun leads such a great earthly and heavenly flock, what must be said to the true and only begotten Son of God? If Apollo was adopted by early Christian art as a type of the Good Shepherd of the New Testament, then this interpretation of the Sun-god among all nations must be the solution of the universal mythos, or what other solution can it have? To what other historical personage but Christ can it apply? If this mythos has no spiritual meaning, then all religion becomes mere idolatry, or the worship of material things" (Monumental Christianity, p.117).
Under the heading of Mystery Religions in the Encyclopedia Britannica (1998 electronic edition), the intimate connection between the religion of the poets and that of what evolved into what came to be called Christianity is readily seen in the words: "Christianity originated during the time of the Roman Empire, which was also the time at which the mysteries reached their height of popularity. This was by no means an accident. The Christian theologian Origen wrote in the 3rd century that it was part of the divine plan that Christ was born under the emperor Augustus: the whole Mediterranean world was united by the Romans, and the conditions for missionary work were more favorable than ever before. The simultaneousness of the propagation of the mystery religions and of Christianity and the striking similarities between them, however, demand some explanation of their relationship. The hypothesis of a mutual dependence has been proposed by scholars --especially a dependence of Christianity upon the mysteries... The parallel development was fostered by the new conditions prevailing in the Roman Empire, in which the old political units were dissolved, and the whole civilized world was ruled by one monarch . People were free to move from one country to another and became cosmopolitan. The ideas of Greek philosophy penetrated everywhere in this society. Thus, under identical conditions, new forms of religious communities sprang from similar roots. The mystery religions and Christianity had many similar features--e.g., a time of preparation before initiation and periods of fasting; baptism and banquets; vigils and early-morning ceremonies; pilgrimages and new names for the initiates. The purity demanded in the worship of Sol and in the Chaldean fire rites was similar to Christian standards. The first Christian communities resembled the mystery communities in big cities and seaports by providing social security and the feeling of brotherhood. In the Christian congregations of the first two centuries, the variety of rites and creeds was almost as great as in the mystery communities; few of the early Christian congregations could have been called orthodox according to later standards. The date of Christmas was purposely fixed on December 25 to push into the background the great festival of the sun god, and Epiphany on January 6 to supplant an Egyptian festival of the same day. The Easter ceremonies rivaled the pagan spring festivals. The religious art of the Christians continued the pagan art of the preceding generations. The Christian representations of the Madonna and child are clearly the continuation of the representations of Isis and her son suckling her breast. The statue of the Good Shepherd carrying his lost sheep and the pastoral themes on Christian sarcophagi were also taken over from pagan craftsmanship".
The Britannica then goes on to demonstrate that the intimate connection is just as close in doctrine, as it was in outward observance: "In theology the differences between early Christians, Gnostics (members--often Christian--of dualistic sects of the 2nd century AD), and pagan Hermetists were slight. In the large Gnostic library discovered at Nag Hammadi, in upper Egypt, in 1945, Hermetic writings were found side by-side with Christian Gnostic texts. The doctrine of the soul taught in Gnostic communities was almost identical to that taught in the mysteries: the soul emanated from the Father, fell into the body, and had to return to its former home. The Greeks interpreted the national religions of the Greek Orient chiefly in terms of Plato’s philosophical and religious concepts. Interpretation in Platonic concepts was also the means by which the Judeo-Christian set of creeds was thoroughly assimilated to Greek ideas by the early Christian thinkers Clement of Alexandria and Origen. Thus, the religions had a common conceptual framework. The doctrinal similarity is exemplified in the case of the pagan writer and philosopher Synesius. The people of Cyrene selected him as the most able man of the city to be their bishop, and he was able to accept the election without sacrificing his intellectual honesty. In his pagan period he wrote hymns that closely follow the fire theology of the Chaldean Oracles; later he wrote hymns to Christ. The doctrine is almost identical".
What the Britannica is stating is that the doctrine between what is known as the religion of the philosophers, the Gnostics, and the Gentile Christians, was so close, that the Pagan philosopher Synesius was selected as a Christian Bishop. Further, the "hymns to Christ" that this philosopher wrote, was so compatible with Gentile Christianity, that the Britannica states "the doctrine is almost identical". These facts should be paramount in the minds of modern Christians seeking the true teachings of Jesus.
The intimate connection is further explored by the Britannica when it writes: "The similarity of the religious vocabulary is also great. Greek life was characterized by such things as democratic institutions, seafaring, gymnasium and athletic games, theatre, and philosophy. The mystery religions adopted many expressions from these domains: they spoke of the assembly (ekklesia) of the mystai; the voyage of life; the ship, the anchor, and the port of religion; and the wreath of the initiate; life was a stage and man the actor. The Christians took over the entire terminology; but many pagan words were strangely twisted in order to fit into the Christian world: the service of the state (leitourgia) became the ritual, or liturgy, of the church; the decree of the assembly and the opinions of the philosophers (dogma) became the fixed doctrine of Christianity; the correct opinion (orthe doxa) about things became orthodoxy".
What modern Christians fail to understand is that within the worship of the sun, is the worship of the one god -- which was brought together in the worship of Jesus the Christ -- and ultimately the enlistment of the Pagans under the one banner. All other pagan deities were, in reality, aspects of the sun -- which was seen as their physical source of life. The Pagan initiates who understood the mysteries of their religion, also knew that the sun was a type of pattern of profound spiritual truths that exist in the heavenly realms. This same religious concept is found in the Bible where it states that the Jews "serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things, just as Moses was warned by God when he was about to erect the tabernacle; for, ‘See,’ He says, ‘that you make all things according to the pattern which was shown you on the mountain’" (Heb 8:5 NAS).
The initiate into what we view as the Pagan Mystery religions, understood that whatever exists in the physical realm in which we presently dwell, is a "copy and shadow of heavenly things". What this means is that, whatever exists in this physical realm is both an illusion, and an allusion to deeper truths that exist in the spiritual reality of Creation. The secret to the spiritual development of the masses of the people who do not understand heavenly things, is that when they invoke these allusionary "patterns" in their daily lives, they begin to crack open the door of communication between the physical and heavenly realms.
Because we do not comprehend the symbols and their allusion to heavenly truths, and we do not understand the inner meaning of the sacred writings of the nations, we erroneously believe that these writings promote the worship of many gods. On the surface this would appear to be true -- but this is not the case with the real inner meaning of these scriptures. This fact is brought together in the words of Sir William Jones who wrote: "We must not be surprised at finding, on close examination, that the characters of all the Pagan deities, male and female, melt into each other, and at last into one or two; for it seems as well founded opinion, that the whole crowd of gods and goddesses of ancient Rome, and modern Varanes, mean only the powers of nature, and principally those of the SUN, expressed in a variety of ways, and by a multitude of fanciful names" (Asiatic Researches, vol.1.p.267).
Men and women who have developed themselves, and possess a true spiritual vision, understand the connectedness of all of Creation -- and perceive that from the One Source of Being, all has emanated. Creation means that God, from within Himself, brought forth all there ever was, is, and will be. Each level of creation is the result of the higher level giving birth from within itself to a more divided level of reality. The more we move out into the lower levels of Creation, the more the Divine Powers of God are divided into lesser powers and states of being. The gods and goddesses that we associate with Greek and Roman Mythology, present to the reader the manner in which these divided powers manifest themselves throughout all of Creation, and especially within our own body-mind. That when the division is overcome, and everything is brought into oneness, we begin to move within the essence of our True Source of Being, and the prodigal son returns home to the Kingdom, is the main focus of all genuine religious philosophies the world over. The true religious dilemma is this: How this is accomplished, is a matter of conjecture, and is what differentiates one religion from the next.
That we fail to understand the true meaning of the sacred writings of the philosophers, and we then condemn what we do not understand, is founded upon the fact that we are not truly Christian -- i.e., the Anointed and Illumed disciples of the Light. If we were indeed Christian, in the genuine sense of the word, then we would be able to see Christ in the writings of the Nations, as easily as we think we see Christ in the Old Testament. The fact that we judge what we do not understand, means that we have violated the first principles of the one great commandment of Jesus -- which commandment was not to judge others -- with the result of our failure to abide by the Lord’s Commandments being turned upon us as unfaithful servants. The consequence is that, the same judgment we invoke upon others, is turned back upon ourselves, with the result being that we inhibit our own spiritual maturity.
One of the greatest of profound truths to understand is that all sacred writings are ultimately a blueprint of the initiates own mind. In what appears to be heavenly dramas about the gods and their interaction with carnal man, what is being portrayed is the interaction of higher mind, powers and laws, with our own physical body and mind. Behind the scenes exists not only the triune powers of Creation, but also that Great Supreme Power that is beyond the Trinity, and is the source of all Life and Being. In the same way that all of life appears to be made up of an abundance of variations in physical attributes and characteristics, yet at their essence they emanate from the One Source, the same thing can be said of the gods and goddesses in mythology -- wherein the powers that harness the diversity of Creation appear separate and distinct in this physical realm of existence, but at a deeper level they meld into twelve, six, three, and ultimately the One Source of Being.
If we were truly Christian, we would be sufficiently Illumined to perceive that all scripture reveals mind and its interaction between higher and lower planes of existence -- the symbols are universal to mankind throughout all of Creation. Where it is said that Jesus was born of a virgin, so too was most of man’s savior-gods. In this respect, even the virgin is represented in the zodiac, and is always the mother of the sun-god: "We have in the first decade the Sign of the Virgin, following the most ancient tradition of the Persians, the Chaldeans, the Egyptians, Hermes and Esculapius, a young woman called in the Persian language, Seclinidos de Darzama; in the Arabic, Aderenedesa -- that is to say, a chaste, pure, immaculate virgin, suckling an infant, which some nations call Jesus (i.e., Savior), but which we in Greek call Christ" (Kircher, Edipus Egypticus). Thus we not only see the virgin birth, but also the relationship of the Jewish Messiah Jesus to the Christ of the Pagan religions of Greece.
Knowing these things, Ammonius Saccus, a Greek philosopher and founder of a Neo-platonic school taught that: "Christianity and Paganism, when rightly understood, differ in no essential points, but had a common origin, and are really one and the same thing" (see Taylor’s Diegesis, p.329). The problem is that modern believers do not "rightly understand" either Christianity, or the religious writings of the philosophers. Why? Because the sacred writings of each are derived from a different culture, the uniform underlying message is not perceived by the uninitiated believers.
Followers of Jesus Rejected the Name Christian: Celsus, the Epicurean philosopher, wrote that: "The Christian religion contains nothing but what Christians hold in common with heathens; nothing new, or truly great" (see Origen, Contra Celsus). Though such opinions on the surface appear to be radical by today’s standards, they are basically correct from the perspective of the Pagan Christianity that evolved out of the Greek and Roman cultures. Yet this was not true of the religion Jesus himself taught when he walked the earth.
Today we call ourselves by the Greek word Christian -- but have we ever questioned where the term originated? And what does it mean? The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge confirms that the name "originated outside of Christian and Jewish circles". The Mercer Dictionary of the Bible states that: "By the late first and early second centuries the name ‘Christian,’ which early believers avoided using of themselves, was beginning to be accepted".
If modern believers were truly sincere in their desire for a more intimate relationship with the Lord, they would immediately want to know and question why "early believers avoided" using the name Christian? When it is realized that even the very name Christian was in use prior to the time of Jesus, we truly begin to grasp the Pagan connection. The name Christian was a term employed to describe one who was an initiate, and understood the inner meaning of the Greek and Roman mystery religions. Thus, the early followers of Jesus refused to be called Christian, and call Jesus the Christ, because the word was used in reference to enlightened Pagans and their gods.
In order to understand the origin of the name Christian, one must begin to perceive the manner in which the sacred writings of all people are written. The fact that the scriptures have more than one meaning is well documented in the Bible itself. As has been fully revealed in the preceding chapters, the inner, spiritual meaning of the Bible, can only be observed by those disciples who the Lord opens the mind -- which opening enables the disciple to perceive the veiled meaning: "Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures" (Luke 24:45 KJV). Without this opening of the mind, the person reading the Bible will not understand the true message -- which is seen in Jesus’ statement to the Pharisees: "You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is these that bear witness of Me" (John 5:39 NAS). The Pharisees did not see this inner meaning because their minds were not opened. Regarding Christ and the scriptures, Jesus taught his disciples: "And beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures" (Luke 24:27 NAS).
In the same way that the Anointing of the mind (Christ) was the main theme in the Old Testament scriptures, and those whose mind had not been enlightened by the Light could not perceive the inner spiritual meaning, so also was the scriptures of the people we today call the Pagans. Under the heading of Approach to the Study of Myth and Mythology in the Encyclopedia Britannica it reads: "Thus, the gods Apollo, Helios, and Hephaestus represent fire, and the god Poseidon and the river Scamander represent water. Similarly, the goddess Athena is interpreted as wisdom/sense, the god Ares as the absence of that quality, the goddess Aphrodite as desire, and the god Hermes as reason. An allegorical interpretation of a myth could be said to posit a one-to-one correspondence between mythical ‘clothing’ and the ideas being so clothed. This approach tends to limit the meaning of a myth, whereas that meaning may in reality be multiple, operating on several levels".
In the first century writings known as the Clementine Homilies which is a discourse between the Apostle Peter and his disciple Clement, it is written of the religious writings of the Greeks: "The wisest of the ancients, men who had by hard labor learned all truth, kept the path of knowledge hid from those who were unworthy and had no taste for lessons in divine things. For it is not really true that from Ouranos and his mother Ge were born twelve children, as the myth counts them: six sons, Okeanos, Koios, Krios, Hyperion, Japetos, Kronos; and six daughters, Thea, Themis, Mnemosyne, Demeter, Tethys, and Rhea. Nor that Kronos, with the knife of adamant, mutilated his father Ouranos, as you say, and threw the part into the sea; nor that Aphrodite sprang from the drops of blood which flowed from it; nor that Kronos associated with Rhea, and devoured his first-begotten son Pluto, because a certain saying of Prometheus led him to fear that a child born from him would wax stronger than himself, and spoil him of his kingdom... But, my son, as I said, such stories have a peculiar and philosophical meaning, which can be allegorically set forth in such a way that you yourself would listen with wonder."
What is being revealed here is that what is written literally in the sacred writings of the people we call Pagans, is not the true and genuine message that is being conveyed to the enlightened members of the Pagan religions -- who by reason of their enlightenment, were called Christians. All these many stories and myths pertaining to gods and goddesses were in reality pertaining to the manifestation of the laws and divine powers throughout all of Creation. Thus, if we are truly perceptive, we must begin to admit that we haven’t the slightest idea what the true Pagan initiate believed. Moreover, what we should really take to heart and be concerned about from our own religious perspective is the fact that these initiates were referred to as Christians prior to the time of Jesus -- and their gods where spoken of as the Christos, or Christ.
That the true meaning of the sacred writings of the Greeks was concealed from the multitude of people is further established in the writings of the early Church Father Clement of Alexandria who writes: "It was not only the Pythagoreans and Plato then, that concealed many things; but the Epicureans too say that they have things that may not be uttered, and do not allow all to peruse those writings. The Stoics also say that by the first Zeno things were written which they do not readily allow disciples to read, without their first giving proof whether or not they are genuine philosophers. And the disciples of Aristotle say that some of their treatises are esoteric, and others common and exoteric. Further, those who instituted the mysteries, being philosophers, buried their doctrines in myths, so as not to be obvious to all. Did they then, by veiling human opinions, prevent the ignorant from handling them; and was it not more beneficial for the holy and blessed contemplation of realities to be concealed? But it was not only the tenets of the Barbarian philosophy, or the Pythagorean myths. But even those myths in Plato (in the Republic, that of Hero the Armenian; and in the Gorgias, that of Aeacus and Rhadamanthus; and in the Phoedo, that of Tartarus; and in the Protagoras, that of Prometheus and Epimetheus; and besides these, that of the war between the Atlantini and the Athenians in the Atlanticum) are to be expounded allegorically, not absolutely in all their expressions, but in those which ex-press the general sense. And these we shall find indicated by symbols under the veil of allegory. Also the association of Pythagoras, and the twofold intercourse with the associates which designates the majority, hearers), and the others that have a genuine attachment to philosophy, disciples, yet signified that something was spoken to the multitude, and something concealed from them. Perchance, too, the twofold species of the Peripatetic teaching - that called probable, and that called knowable - came very near the distinction between opinion on the one hand, and glory and truth on the other. To win the flowers of fair renown from men, Be not induced to speak aught more than right."
In explanation of why the inner meaning of the mysteries are concealed from the masses, Clement writes: "The Ionic muses accordingly expressly say, ‘That the majority of people, wise in their own estimation, follow minstrels and make use of laws, knowing that many are bad, few good; but that the best pursue glory: for the best make choice of the everlasting glory of men above all. But the multitude cram themselves like brutes, measuring happiness by the belly and the pudenda, and the basest things in us.’ And the great Parmenides of Elea is introduced describing thus the teaching of the two ways: ‘The one is the dauntless heart of convincing truth; The other is in the opinions of men, in whom is no true faith’".
Because we fail to understand the reason and essence of life itself, it is near impossible for the modern Christian to understand the nature of the ancient religions and their relationship to the teachings of the New Covenant. Moreover, because of our inability to comprehend the very elementary significance of religion itself, neither can we perceive the reason why the adoption of Pagan religious symbols were so readily embraced by the more mature Christians over the first four centuries. The problem is that we have slammed the door to higher knowledge by virtue of our own arrogance, which manifests itself in the Christian dogma that we are right and everyone else is ignorant. What we fail to realize is that all the religions of the world possess a degree of truth -- and it was the people of the New Covenant who were holy enough to embrace Truth in its Ultimate Reality.
What is expressed in these words with regard to the inner meaning of what we call the Pagan religious symbols, is a sure demonstration of Universal Truth. In all religions the world over there is "the teaching of the two ways". To the disciple with the "dauntless heart" who, with his whole life, seeks out the truth, the inner spiritual meaning is revealed. All the rest, who are the majority -- whose lives are driven by sensual desires and brute carnal appetites -- the wise men of all time have provided religious symbols that entice the masses, and yet conceal the true spiritual meaning from the eyes of the profane.
The reality of mankind is portrayed in the words of Clement when he wrote in the above quotation: "But the multitude cram themselves like brutes, measuring happiness by the belly and the pudenda, and the basest things in us". This is true -- true when these words were written, and true of the people in our own time. The multitude of people do not care about Truth! They have no desire to embrace the Pure Word! Being carnal, they relate everything to the fulfillment of their sensual desires and appetites. Knowing this fact, the holy men the world over have embedded the teachings of the Two Way into whatever form the multitude of people would accept. This very important knowledge is beyond our comprehension today, because we ignore the words of the Apostle Paul when we worship the historical Jesus, while giving very little attention to the Marriage with the indwelling Christ.
Clement explains that the ancient sources of philosophy were spiritual and true, and the great confusion among the Greeks is a result of false philosophers who are of a later time when he writes: "But the most ancient of the philosophers were not carried away to disputing and doubting, much less are we, who are attached to the really true philosophy, on whom the Scripture enjoins examination and investigation. For it is the more recent of the Hellenic philosophers who, by empty and futile love of fame, are led into useless babbling in refuting and wrangling. But, on the contrary, the Barbarian philosophy, expelling all contention, said, ‘Seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you; ask, and it shall be given you.’ Accordingly, by investigation, the point proposed for inquiry and answer knocks at the door of truth, according to what appears. And on an opening being made through the obstacle in the process of investigation, there results scientific contemplation. To those who thus knock, according to my view, the subject under investigation is opened. And to those who thus ask questions, in the Scriptures, there is given from God (that at which they aim) the gift of the God-given knowledge, by way of comprehension, through the true illumination of logical investigation. For it is impossible to find, without having sought; or to have sought, without having examined; or to have examined, without having unfolded and opened up the question by interrogation, to produce distinctness; or again, to have gone through the whole investigation, without thereafter receiving as the prize the knowledge of the point in question. But it belongs to him who has sought, to find; and to him to seek, who thinks previously that he does not know. Hence drawn by desire to the discovery of what is good, he seeks thoughtfully, without love of strife or glory, asking, answering, and besides considering the statements made. For it is incumbent, in applying ourselves not only to the divine Scriptures, but also to common notions, to institute investigations, the discovery ceasing at some useful end. For another place and crowd await turbulent people, and forensic sophistries. But it is suitable for him, who is at once a lover and disciple of the truth, to be pacific even in investigations, advancing by scientific demonstration, without love of self, but with love of truth, to comprehensive knowledge".
Modern Christians today pray for a greater understanding of the Word, and yet the term "scientific investigations" is totally alien to our perception of the Word. Perhaps the key phrase is presented to us in the words: "Knowledge... belongs to him who has sought, to find; and to him to seek, who thinks previously that he does not know". Is this any different than the words of the Apostle when he wrote: "if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know" (1 Cor 8:2 NKJ). So long as we think we know the meaning of the Pagan religious writings -- the Bible -- and even the meaning of purpose of life itself, the words of the Apostle will continue to plague us when he said of us that we know: "nothing yet as we ought to know".
The blindness is our own! If we had so formed our life that we were able to fulfill the Word and become the bride of Christ, and were truly the people of an Anointed and Illumined mind, we would see that concealed within the body of the narrative, the philosophers spoke of Christ in the form of the Logos -- in the manner of the Gospel of John -- and this is seen when Clement writes: "Thus in the Philebus, Plato, who had been the disciple of the barbarian philosophy, mystically called those Atheists who destroy and pollute, as far as in them lies, the Deity dwelling in them - that is, the Logos - by association with their vices".
Thus, the message of Clement is threefold: Clement writes that the true source and inner revelation of the writings of Plato, is the same Logos attested to in the Gospel of John. Moreover, we observe the continual statement that the Logos represents the Deity that is indwelling within all of mankind. Clement then describes our own present-day condition when he refers to multitude of people as "Atheists who destroy and pollute, as far as in them lies, the Deity dwelling in them - that is, the Logos -- by association with their vices". This is true of natural man throughout all time -- i.e., people who have failed to make themselves an acceptable vessel for them to enter into the Divine Marriage with the indwelling Logos.
What we are presented with are two major themes that need our careful attention. First it is demonstrated that Plato knew, and wrote about the Logos. From our modern-day doctrinal perspective that can only mean that Plato wrote about Jesus prior to the time of Jesus’ incarnation. Moreover, this is the same Logos that is written about in the Gospel of John where it reads: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" (John 1:1 KJV). Contrary, then, to our present-day doctrines, we must conclude that Christ was written about by the philosophers prior to the time of Jesus. Further, unless be begin to comprehend the difference between the name Jesus and the term Christ, the only conclusion that can be arrived at is that Jesus wrote through Plato in the same manner that he wrote through the Hebrew prophets.
The Encyclopedia Britannica (1998 edition) writes of the word Logos: "In Greek philosophy and theology, the divine reason implicit in the cosmos, ordering it and giving it form and meaning. Though the concept defined by the term logos is found in Greek, Indian, Egyptian, and Persian philosophical and theological systems... The idea of the logos in Greek thought harks back at least to the 6th-century-BC philosopher Heracleitus, who discerned in the cosmic process a logos analogous to the reasoning power in man. Later, the Stoics, philosophers who followed the teachings of the thinker Zeno of Citium (4th-3rd century BC), defined the logos as an active rational and spiritual principle that permeated all reality... Philo of Alexandria, a 1st-century-AD Jewish philosopher, taught that the logos was the intermediary between God and the cosmos, being both the agent of creation and the agent through which the human mind can apprehend and comprehend God. According to Philo and the Middle Platonists, philosophers who interpreted in religious terms the teachings of the 4th-century-BC Greek master philosopher Plato, the logos was both immanent in the world and at the same time the transcendent divine mind... The identification of Jesus with the logos, which is implied in various places in the New Testament but stated specifically in the Fourth Gospel, was further developed in the early church but more on the basis of Greek philosophical ideas... the early Christian Fathers stated that Christ as the preexistent logos (1) reveals the Father to mankind and is the subject of the Old Testament manifestations of God; (2) is the divine reason in which the whole human race shares, so that the 6th-century-BC philosopher and others who lived with reason were Christians before Christ; and (3) is the divine will and word by which the worlds were framed".
The concept of the Logos is so deeply imbedded in Greek thought, that the Eleventh, or Scholars Edition of the Britannica which was published prior to the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls writes that: "Among the influences that shaped the Fourth Gospel that of the Alexandrian philosophy must be assigned a distinct... importance". Because of this very distinct Hellenic influence, many Bible experts believed that the Gospel of John had been written by a Greek convert. This is especially seen in the statement by the Britannica where it writes: "What John thus does is to take the Logos idea of Philo and use it for a practical purpose -- to make more intelligible to himself and his readers the divine nature of Jesus Christ. That this endeavor to work into the historical tradition of the life and teaching of Jesus -- a hypothesis which had a distinctly foreign origin -- led him into serious difficulties...".
The idea that John borrowed the concept of the Logos from the Greeks, or even that the Gospel was written by a Greek convert, was widely accepted by biblical scholars, and this opinion was only proved faulty with the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. From the perspective of better understanding what we believe, this whole concept that is being presented is important for modern Christians to comprehend. What the scholars are stating is that John borrowed Greek Hellenistic ideas about the Christ of Plato and the Greek philosophers, and then incorporated these foreign ideas into his gospel. This includes the idea of the pre-existent Word that is the creator of the universe -- which, when understood in this light, is as much a concealed doctrine of the Pagans, as is the biblical teaching that one must be born again. Because these ideas are absent from the other three gospels -- was more appropriately used in the Greek mystery religions than in Judaism -- and were then incorporated in the gospel, biblical scholars and theologians have long thought that John’s Gospel was founded upon the same Hellenistic theology responsible for Platonic thought and the writings of the poets.
What we are presented here is one of the core reasons why most biblical scholars did not believe the religion of the simple faith, or in the traditional manner of the very churches they served. Evangelical and Born again Christians often use the first chapter of John to prove that Jesus was the pre-existent God who came into the world. What the Evangelical Christians failed to understand was the fact that the more informed biblical scholar understood the connection between the Logos of John and the Logos of Plato and the Pagan world. Moreover, the scholar also understood the universal doctrine of the Logos throughout all the religions of the world, as seen in the above words: "the concept defined by the term logos is found in Greek, Indian, Egyptian, and Persian philosophical and theological systems..."
Essene Gnosticism is Foundation of New Testament Teachings: Unlike the people of the simple faith, the biblical scholars knew that many Pagan concepts were added into the text of the New Testament in order to better bring the text into harmony with traditional Greek and Roman religious ideas. With good reason it has even been speculated that the verse most used by modern Evangelical Christians to prove that Jesus was God, was added to the beginning of John at a later date by the Roman Church in the endeavor to Paganize the gospel. What this means is that Christians today could in every way be calling upon the god of Plato, and the Christ of the Pagan philosophers.
The great change that literally pulled the proverbial rug out from under the Christian world was brought about with the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Everything that biblical scholars and theologians thought they knew, had to be re-evaluated when the scrolls gave them the ability to transcend time itself -- and for the first time in almost two thousand years, they were able to perceive the true foundation of New Covenant thought. The ramifications were literally astounding -- i.e., what this meant was that all their theories, as well as everything that was ever written about the Gospel of John prior to that time, was in error. It did not matter that Luther, Calvin and the common believers quoted and used John, often to the exclusion of the other gospels. The problem was that the anti-Gnostic church which evolved out of the Roman Empire was incapable of understanding even the elementary aspects of the gospel, because they did not comprehend the tradition in which it was founded. The scholar understood this fact – whereas, even today the preacher of the simple faith does not.
With the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls biblical scholars and theologians realized for the first time that the true foundation of the teachings of Jesus was Jewish Essene Gnosticism. From a religious perspective, this was not good news. With this revelation was born a whole host of issues that our experts were simply not prepared to cope with. The problem was that the people we rely upon for answers -- i.e., the biblical scholar, the theologian, the clergy and priest, as well as all the books and reference material written on Christianity -- was suddenly rendered useless and ineffectual.
No doubt many will be immediately offended by this statement. They will reason: How can I say that all the books, commentaries, and reference material that the church uses daily is useless and ineffectual? The answer is simple once it is realized that the books which we rely upon to guide us, are in fact written from an opposite perspective -- and actually in conflict, with the essence of genuine biblical thought.
The problem all stems from the teaching of the two ways and the manner in which the sacred writings are written. I am literally amazed every time I pick up a book that deals with gnosticism, written by many of our experts and theologians, where they begin by stating: "Gnostics have a system of writing where they do not reveal their doctrines literally, but rather conceal their tenets within a language of symbols". No sooner do they write this great truth, when they ignore their own warning, and commence to explain to their readers the beliefs of the Gnostics based upon the written literal word. Every time they do this, there is no finer example of gross ignorance. If the Gnostics do not write their doctrines literally, and what they do write is an allegorical representation that is composed in a coded set of symbols that is unknown outside of their inner circle of initiates, then how can we begin by ascertaining what they believe based upon what is literally written?
Rational people would have to conclude that, unless you understand the code or tradition which the writings are written in, there is no way that you will be able to decipher the true message. In fact, what the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls confirms to us is this reality: Modern believers would stand a greater chance of understanding Gnostic writings by going to the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency), rather than the majority of religious authorities and sources to which they turn. But even in this the solution is not so simple -- i.e., the problem is made even more complex because even the CIA would fail because they do not comprehend man’s spiritual nature and reality.
Mysteries of God can only be Learned from Indwelling Christ: This great truth is verified in the first century Clementine Recognitions, where it is written: "Hence, O beloved Clement, if you would know the things pertaining to God, you have to learn them from Him alone, because He alone knows the truth. For if any one else knows anything, he has received it from Him or from His disciples." Why? Why can’t we just read what it says? Fundamentally, we are unable to decipher the writings because we are of a natural organic state of mind -- and we naturally apply everything in our life in a quasi-Darwinist manner.
If we begin to open our minds to the greater reality -- i.e., that both the Old and New Testament Scriptures, as well as the writings of the Greek poets have a common Gnostic theme in Christ -- or more accurately, "Christ in you" (Col 1:27 KJV), we must totally embrace the words of the Apostle Peter to his disciple Clement: "if you would know the things pertaining to God, you have to learn them from Him alone".
This is the pure essence of Gnostic thought: That man can only learn about the things pertaining to God, from God alone. It is for this reason that those who search for God, and succeed in their endeavor to know God, cannot write -- and do not write the things of God for carnal man to read. Such a thing is impossible because the Apostle is correct in his assertion that the "…natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned" (1 Cor 2:14 KJV).
This inability of carnal man to comprehend the Mysteries of God is true with respect to what is reveled within the body of the text of the Greek philosophical mystery religions, as well as the very scriptures that modern Christians base their doctrines of belief upon. Moreover, the second part of the Apostle Peter’s message conveys another great truth in the words: "For if any one else knows anything, he has received it from Him or from His disciples". What Peter is stating is a truth that believers today do not understand -- i.e., either the person in search of God’s Truth has learned directly from God, or has been guided into The Way by one of His Genuine Disciples. Without direction, the natural mind of man will always interpret spiritual truths in a carnal sense -- a quasi-Darwinist perception -- and always fail to perceive the full impact of what is being revealed. If, then, we are serious in our search for the answers to life, we must ask the question: What is it that the Genuine Disciples can teach you? The answer is very simple: What you must learn from the disciple is the code and tradition that must first be understood, in order to begin to decipher the true inner meaning of the sacred writings.
In our quest for a greater understanding of the Word we must ask the question: Did Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformers in the Middle-Ages know this code and spiritual language? How could they? They were priests of the Roman Church who protested against the corruption that was rampant in their time. Their doctrine was reactionary -- i.e., reject the apostate church and cling only to the Bible. That these well-meaning men did not have the slightest clue as to the nature of the spiritual language which the scriptures were written in, is well proven in the many flaws in the many Protestant sects that emerged.
Like Luther and the Middle-age reformers, one of the problems that confronts the modern believer is the fact that, neither is this original code and tradition known by our religious authorities and clergy today. Why? Because they have neither received it from God, or His disciples of the Light. How can they? In the fourth century Christianity was recreated as an institutionalized, anti-Gnostic religion! In the same way that Jesus said you cannot have "two masters" (Mt 6:24), neither can you comprehend the Spiritual Kingdom, when your beliefs are founded upon the doctrines of men. It is for this reason that the author of the Imitation of Christ wrote to those who seek the Truth of God: "Blessed indeed are the ears that listen, not to the voice which sounds without, but to the truth which teaches within. Blessed are the eyes which are closed to exterior things and are fixed upon those which are interior. Blessed are they who penetrate inwardly, who try daily to prepare themselves more and more to understand mysteries. Blessed are they who long to give their time to God, and who cut themselves off from the hindrances of the world. Consider these things, my soul, and close the door of your senses, so that you can hear what the Lord your God speaks within you."
This message, written in a widely acclaimed and accepted Christian book, is perhaps one of the finest examples of Gnosticism known to the modern-day religious world. What the author is stating -- based upon his own experiences -- is that only when you shut off your mind to the error of the outer world, are you able to perceive the inner world where man must come to find truth. With regard to this inner world, spiritual men and women have long witnessed to the fact that the Bible uses symbols to convey the language of the soul to the reader. The problem is that our present-day experts, theologians and clergy, do not understand the code and tradition of the scriptures. How can they? This code cannot be taught in theology or seminary training. And herein lies the issue: We have disconnected ourselves from the One True Source of Knowledge, and no longer can learn from God, because we worship the god of Constantine and the christ of Plato. Neither can we, being anti-Gnostic, embrace the writings of His disciples -- the authors of our Bible -- because they wrote their sacred truths in a spiritual language that is alien to our carnal minds.
The reason that the modern church cannot comprehend the true inner meaning of the scriptures is closely related to the second important point in the statement of Clement regarding the assertion that Plato considered anyone an "Atheists who destroy and pollute... the Deity dwelling in them... the Logos - by association with their vices". This not only pertains to the common sinners who do not attempt to live God-centered lives, but also those who cling to the doctrines of men instead of seeking the Pure Word from the Lord. The reality that is being portrayed will be viewed as very unkind to the modern believer -- i.e., all those who either live a carnal lifestyle, or look to other men in their search for God, are Atheists from a Gospel and Spiritual perspective.
Lets put reality into its proper perspective: The Sadducees and Pharisees who Jesus condemned were Atheists masquerading as God’s people. The Pagans who worshiped the things of this world, instead of seeking out the true meaning of the writings of the poets, were Atheists. The Church of Constantine that killed the spirit of Christianity in the endeavor to institutionalize the Church and bring it under secular control, were Atheists. The very religious authorities of the past who formed our modern-day doctrines of belief, were in fact Atheists. In many respects, it is because we have embraced Christian Atheism, that we cling to the doctrines of men who think in the manner of Darwin. In the true definition of the word: Whoever is not a disciple of the Lord, and is not ardently following in his footsteps in total imitation of the Master, are Atheists -- regardless of the allegiance or philosophy they profess with their lips. Ultimately, what this means is that many people today who think they are saved because they have called upon the name of the Lord, are in fact Atheists in the genuine definition of the word. The true believers and disciples are not the people of the simple faith -- but rather, the ones who so live their life that they have become At-One -- or in biblical terminology, the Spouse of Christ.
Answer to the Enigma:
Where does this leave us? The answer is preserved in many places and by
many authorities, but few are accustomed to thinking in the necessary spiritual
manner that is necessary to comprehend the full picture and pattern that is
presented. We can see it in the words of Edward Gibbon
who documented the beliefs of those who were taught directly by Jesus himself
when he wrote that they believed in a “supernatural union of a man and
God... In their eyes, Jesus of Nazareth was a
mere mortal, the legitimate son of Joseph and Mary: but he was the best and
wisest of the human race, selected as the worthy instrument to restore upon
earth the worship of the true and supreme Deity. When he was baptized in the
Jordan, the Christ, the first of the aeons, the Son of God himself, descended on
Jesus in the form of a dove, to inhabit his mind, and direct his actions during
the allotted period of his ministry” (Gibbon; The Decline & Fall
of the Roman Empire, V.4, P.366).
If we were to present this truth in a slightly different way, we would have to acknowledge and recognize the importance of those spiritual foundational concepts that were actively suppressed by the Roman Church in our endeavor to comprehend how these well documented words at Jesus' baptism not only demonstrate that he became the Messiah when the Son of God manifest through him in the Jordan, but more importantly how this same process of Anointing (Messiah/Christ) applies to us in the life we are presently living. The answer to the dilemma is found in the following quotation taken from The Universal Jewish Encyclopedia, under the heading of Souls, Transmigration of: “The doctrine of transmigration of souls, which was especially accepted by the Karaites… is generally attacked by Jewish philosophers, but is defended by Isaac Abravanel and Manasseh ben Israel. It appears often in Cabala; it is found in organized form in the Zohar, it is further developed in the teachings of Isaac Luria (1534-1572), and in Hasidism it becomes a universal belief. 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”.
From a biblical perspective, when it is written that God rested on the seventh day -- and that all of Creation had been completed, it is also understood that all souls were created in the beginning, and the fall of Adam and Eve has more to do with our own wanderings as the prodigal sons of our Heavenly Father, than any portrayal of historical truth with respect to the physical formation of the visible material world. Once the soul and scriptures are perceived in this manner, then the world that "...all human souls have a common origin in the spiritual unity of the primordial man, sparks of which form the individual souls..." begins to take on a truly enlightened meaning when realized in conjunction with the words spoken at Jesus' baptism when it was said by the voice from the Heavens: "Thou art My beloved Son, to-day have I begotten Thee".
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 believed today --
but rather, in the very genuine sense and 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. From
the perspective of modern science, if we performed a DNA test on our soul, what
we would find is that it is not born of earthly matter -- but rather, it is the
direct emanation from God -- our true Father.
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”.
In this respect, it can easily be demonstrated the first followers of
Christ firmly believed that the soul pre-existed the body, and that our present
physical forms are mere vessels that we inhabit during our sojourn in this life.
the perspective of our 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 and the
Word 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 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
modern Christianity has done, we have not only placed a great obstacle in our
path along TheWay, 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.
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.
What this means is that if this very 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 TheWay, 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
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...”. How can we, a people who the Bible warns that in
our natural organic state 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 things that we must learn directly from the
Lord, rather than adhere to the doctrines of such men as the Roman Emperor
Constantine who suppressed the teaching, and the Emperor Justinian who later
respect to the recognition that the modern church no longer understands the
teaching that the soul pre-exists the body because of the direct intervention of
Roman Emperors into church affairs, we must ask the question: Does this
revelation mean that the religious authorities of our day will 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, until the flock of believers as
a congregation begin to demand the truth.
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
which would radically revise every concept and doctrine that we hold to be true.
Christians today are in great opposition to Darwinism and the teaching of
evolution in our public schools. But
what modern Christians 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, and the foundation of these gaping holes were in fact
truly conceived right in the bedrock of the Roman Church.
Once this is truly comprehended, we are then able to see that the gaping
holes that Fundamentalists oppose 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.
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. 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 how Jesus
could for the first time become the Messiah/Christ at his baptism, and how we
can truly be the Children and Offspring of God. Like Darwin, we relate everything to the physical body,
rather than to the Spirit.
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 as 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 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.
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 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.
In fact, both the church and today’s form of science that we teach to
school children totally ignore and censor the many instances where it has been
documented and proven that there are children who are born with distant memory
-- which is the ability to remember the past lives of their soul -- because both
the church and Darwinism embrace the same flawed vision of man.
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 things 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 both the church and Darwin sees man as nothing more than what is
observed with the physical senses. Thus,
what we fail to recognize is the fact that the Darwinist 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.
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 what has
throughout history been called gnosticism.
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.
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
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 -- and is based upon a very carnal perception of Creation.
Jesus' words ultimately proclaim is 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, present-day clergy and the body of believers
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.
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.
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 (Jn
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.
they were of a totally different and opposite mindset, the disciples of Jesus
asked a question that would never be asked by a modern believer -- i.e., because
unlike the modern believer who is of a Darwinist mindset, they understood that
their soul is the mind that pre-existed, transcended, and survives the body.
They 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. In their
realization that they were not the physical body/vessel, their vision of the
Gospel was not only very different, but actually opposite from what modern
Christians believe today. What,
then, are the ramifications? 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., how mankind can truly be the children and
offspring of God. This knowledge
that was taught to them by Jesus himself, represents one of the core reasons
they were condemned by the later Gentile church which attempted to suppress any
direct contact with the spiritual nature of man.
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 -- portrayed in scripture as an inner door or
gate where they could embrace the Source of all Knowledge, Wisdom and
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 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
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 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).
taught us to call no man on earth father, because each of us is equally the
prodigal son of our Heavenly Father who has ventured into this, the "far
country", and each of us must equally walk in TheWay on our return
to the Edenic Kingdom of Origination. Thus, we begin to realize this great
truth and destiny of man as we read the spiritual wisdom expressed in the Zohar,
a doctrine of Jewish Mysticism, where it is written that: “All souls are
subject to the trials of transmigration; and men do not know the designs of the
Most High with regard to them… The souls must re-enter the absolute substance
whence they have emerged. But to
accomplish this end they must develop all the perfections, the germ of which is
planted in them; and if they have not fulfilled this condition during one life,
they must commence another, a third, and so forth, until they have acquired the
condition which fits them for reunion with God”. This reunion with God is the rebirth that was spoken of
by Jesus to the Pharisee Nicodemus, “a ruler of the Jews”.
the reading of the scriptures, it is often important for us to grasp the essence
of totality of thought that is expressed.
One of the things that we should see is that Jesus expected a “ruler
of the Jews” (Jn 3:1) to understand the objective and the purpose of
the sacred writings. When
Jesus said that “Verily I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he
cannot see the kingdom of God… Except a man be born of water and of the
Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the
Spirit is spirit”; he was speaking of a sacred truth that a ruler of
the Jews should know.
Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be
born again”! Why?
Because the rebirth is well documented throughout the writings of the
Spiritual Jews that “All souls… must re-enter the absolute substance
whence they have emerged. But to accomplish this end they must develop all the
perfections, the germ of which is planted in them... until they have acquired
the condition which fits them for reunion with God.”
does it mean where the Zohar states that “All souls… must re-enter the
absolute substance whence they have emerged”? Isn't the primary essence of what is being said in this
writing of Jewish Mysticism the same exact vision of man's plight that is
portrayed in the parable of the prodigal son?
The “absolute substance” would be another way of saying
the son went forth from his place of origination with his Father, and entered
into this world -- wherein, the sons of the Father “must re-enter the
absolute substance whence they have emerged”.
then, do we develop the necessary perfection to return to God?
Again the Zohar gives us the same exact requirement as did Jesus when he
commanded us at Matthew 5:48 to be as perfect as our Heavenly Father: “All
souls are subject to the trials of transmigration; and men do not know the
designs of the Most High with regard to them… to accomplish this end they must
develop all the perfections… if they have not fulfilled this condition during
one life, they must commence another, a third, and so forth, until they have
acquired the condition which fits them for reunion with God” -- which
is seen in the return of the prodigal son to his Father's Kingdom.
is important is that we begin to see the connection and uniformity of thought
between the mindset of the Spiritual Jew and the Spiritual Christian.
Moreover, it is important that we understand that what we perceive as two
religions, are truly only separated by cultural and political differences.
The essence of both are one and the same.
his book Nishmath Hayem, Rabbi Manasseh ben Israel (1604-1657) wrote: “The
belief or the doctrine of the transmigration of souls is a firm and infallible
teaching accepted by the whole assemblage of our people with one accord, so that
there is none to be found who would dare to deny it… Indeed, there are a great
number of sages in Israel who hold firm to this doctrine so that they made it a
teaching, a fundamental point of our religion.
We are therefore in duty bound to obey and to accept this teaching with
acclamation… as the truth of it has been incontestably demonstrated by the
Zohar, and all books of the Kabalists.”
enough, in Hasidism, in which the pre-existence of the soul “becomes a
universal belief” (The Universal Jewish Encyclopedia), there is no
salvation apart from the belief in and advent of the Messiah in the life of the
individual. In view of the
fact that our present-day ideas pertaining to the Messiah have been form and
strongly influenced by the Church of the Roman Empire, what if the Hasidic Jew
has a more pure perception of the Son of God than does the majority of
the Zohar states that “men do not know the designs of the Most High with
regard to them…”, we must recognize that this is the same exact
message that is prevalent throughout the New Testament scriptures?
In fact, isn't it because (carnal) men do not know what God requires, and
(carnal) man can do nothing on his own, that prompts the Apostle Paul to write
that (carnal) man is saved by faith alone.
What Jesus taught was that the Kingdom is within us as seen in the words: “The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:20-21 NIV). What this means is that there is a natural barrier of mind that consciously separates us not only from our pre-existent indwelling soul and spiritual natures, but also from that essence which is the very spark of divinity which is referred to in scripture as the Son of God. Jesus taught that if we purify and consecrate ourselves, turn the scriptures within us where seemingly historical accounts become events of mind and spirit, and we embrace the Royal Law of the Most High in word, thought and deed as we pick up our own cross and walk in TheWay in imitation of the Pattern the Jesus set for us to follow, that we will ourselves receive the Anointing (Messiah/Christ) of the Holy Spirit, and that principle known as the Son of God will Indwell in us in the same manner that it Indwelled in our elder brother Jesus. That Jesus himself taught that this is accomplished over the course of many lives in the manner that we are presently living, can be readily demonstrated by going on to part II of the Unanswerable Question.
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