Why Does God Speak
In Allegory And Enigma?
If believers could simply open the Bible and other scriptures and be able to ascertain with understanding the true soul and spiritual meaning of the Word, then this warning would not have been written: "Then opened He their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures." Luke 24:45 And while the vast majority of people -- both believers and non-believers alike -- routinely take the position that they can see, perceive and comprehend what others are blind to, it is to their own demise that they fail to take heed to this and an uncountable number of other warnings.
warned the Galatians who attempted to read the Bible literally that the text was
an "allegory" (Gal
4:24) -- speaking of the literal text of the scriptures as the "letter
that killeth" (2 Cor 3:6). Paul went so far as to
warn the believers at Corinth that they were to no longer look to the historical
Jesus as their savior -- i.e., “Therefore from now on
we recognize no man according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ
according o the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer” (2 Cor
5:16 NAS) -- prompting biblical
scholar Rudolf Bultmann to conclude with respect to the historical Jesus versus
the spiritual Christ that the “…Christian faith is,
and should be, comparatively uninterested in the historical Jesus and centered
instead on the transcendent Christ” (Encyclopedia Britannica, 1998
in becoming carnal and entering into a covenant relationship with Pagan Rome,
the Christian Church itself had become severed from the Transcendental/Spiritual
Christ that Paul taught was the essence of spiritual revelation and
salvation. This fact is readily seen in a
letter to Pope Leo X on September 6th, 1520, when Martin Luther wrote of the
Christianity of his day, that the Church, “…once
the holiest of all, has become the most licentious den of thieves, the most
shameless of all brothels, the kingdom of sin, death, and hell. It is so bad
that even Antichrist himself, if he should come, could think of nothing to add
to its wickedness” (Quoted in: The Great Thoughts; compiled by
George Seldes). And while Martin
Luther and the Middle Age reformers who severed the various Protestant sects
from the Paganism of Rome where sincere in their endeavor to embrace only
biblical teachings, they retained most of the traditional Christian doctrines --
including an historical versus spiritual perception of the biblical texts that
they received directly from the hands of the Roman Church. Martin
Luther who was himself a priest in the Roman Church, knew absolutely nothing
about the spiritual meaning of the scriptures that Jesus taught only to his most
faithful of disciples who were said to be in the house. He therefore
failed to comprehend why Jesus taught the multitude of people in parables, while
reserving the teachings about the Mysteries of God only for the ears of the
Jesus was questioned as to why he taught in this manner, he very clearly said: “The
secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside
everything is said in parables so that, they may be ever seeing but never
perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding” (Mark 4:11-12
NIV). In view of the fact
that what Jesus called the “secrets of the Kingdom of
God” was not taught to the multitude of people who listened to him
speak, the question that every believer today must ask is: Why would Jesus not
speak plainly to everyone who would listened?
begin, we must ask ourselves what a parable is? Based upon church dogma, some people today erroneously
believe that a parable makes a teaching more plain and easier to understand.
In demonstration of this misconception, in some modern Bible translations
the word parable is rendered illustration.
Why? Because this is
what we want to believe -- it affirms to us the validity of our quasi-Darwinist
manner of thinking -- and it is beyond our comprehension to understand why Jesus
would reveal to one group of people a different revelation than another group of
people. Yet, our prayers for
a greater understanding of the Word can never be answered until we begin to
confront this biblical reality that we attempt to hide from today!
Bible itself declares this modern-day common assumption with respect to the
parables to be false, and clearly states that just the opposite is true.
In explanation of the above words of Jesus, the Wycliffe Commentary
writes that: “…the initiate was instructed in the
esoteric teaching of the cult, which was not revealed to outsiders… The
mystery of the kingdom in its ultimate development is the full-orbed message of
the Gospel (Rom 16:25-26). The purpose of parables was to instruct the initiates
without revealing the items of instruction to the ones who were without. This is
in keeping with the Biblical principle that spiritual understanding is
restricted to those who have become spiritual...”
our present-day preaching of the gospel, there is no room for the concept of an “initiate”!
Yet, we continue to alienate ourselves from a higher perception of the
Word, so long as we fail to acknowledge that Jesus was not all-inclusive, and it
was his disciples who were the initiates into what the Bible states are the
Secrets of the Kingdom of God. The
key to understanding what is actually being portrayed in the scriptures, is when
we open our eyes to what the Bible actually states, and we permit ourselves to
become cognizant of the great truth that “spiritual
understanding is restricted to those who have become spiritual”. What does this rather astute observation in the
Wycliffe Commentary mean to us today?
In Jesus’ own words what he plainly said was a truth that has its
parallels in every aspect of our lives: The Sacred Knowledge of the Kingdom did
not belong to everyone -- but rather, it belonged only to those who were found
worthy to hear the higher revelations of truth.
The problem that inhibits our ability to fully understand this
well-defined biblical Truth, is seen in the continual assertion that the
worthiness of each person to hear these mysteries taught only to the initiates,
was predetermined prior to their even being born -- which is a revelation that
is simply beyond our doctrinal comprehension in our present time.
idea that only a small group of people would be taught the Mysteries of God --
and that they were chosen to hear these Mysteries at a time before they were
even born -- is so troubling to the people of the simple faith, that the
majority of modern-day Christians simply choose to ignore this paramount
biblical doctrine. They
therefore not only close their eyes and hearts to the message of the Bible they
claim to champion, but they sever themselves from the revelation of the
indwelling Word they continually petition with their lips to bestow upon them.
clearly, the concept simply makes no reasonable sense to their manner of
thinking. In our desire to
see Jesus as the savior of all people, we are unable to accept what the Bible
openly proclaims -- i.e., that Jesus came to call the few, and the calling of
these few was predetermined before they were even born into that life.
In view of what the Bible actually states, our present-day belief that
Jesus preached an all-inclusive doctrine is from a biblical perspective, a
defective and flawed doctrine. Moreover,
those who read the Bible and continue to tell people otherwise, are simply lying
to the flock of believers in order further the cause of traditional church
doctrines, and ultimately maintain control over the congregations.
even a very casual reading of the Bible we can readily observe the existence of
numerous instances where the Mysteries and Secrets of God are made reference to,
but not one place where even a hint is given regarding the nature of these
Mysteries that are not in any manner revealed to the reader of the scriptures.
Thus, we are clearly warned that those Sacred Truths which the Apostle
refers to as the “meat”, or “solid
food” of the Gospel message, is missing -- but in religious
practice and the structure of our modern churches, there exists a great void in
the message we preach -- a message that all but ignores the most important
element of what Jesus taught. Is
this message important to us? Once
it is recognized that what the New Testament clearly proclaims is that believers
today haven't got the slightest clue as to the nature of what Jesus said was the
very life-giving teachings of the Word -- which teachings were concealed in the
Mysteries that Jesus taught did not belong to the common hearer and believer of
the Gospel message, and were reserved only for his faithful disciples in
private. Once this well
defined biblical reality is acknowledged, it can then be said that the modern
believer can rightfully be compared to an elementary school student who has quit
school, and yet dwells under the delusion that they are educated.
problem is seen in the fact that in the process of reinterpreting the gospel in
a very carnal and Pagan manner of thinking, the fourth-century Church of Rome
severed the believer from advancing beyond the elementary level of spiritual
education. In fact, they
killed anyone who even mentioned the Spiritual Gospel of Christ that the Apostle
Paul wrote can only be perceived by men who have overcome their carnal nature,
and have themselves become spiritual.
In order to explain away the many biblical references to the Mysteries of
God that the political priests of the fourth-century Roman Church could not
comprehend, they created dogma and doctrines that were based upon purely human
perceptions of the Word. Literally,
they re-invented God, Jesus, and the gospel message, in order to make it
compatible to the Pagan mindset and understanding.
In doing this, they threw away the Keys of Knowledge that opens the
door to the inner Kingdom that exists within the mind of man, and set the church
on a course that severed all Christians for the ages to follow from the very
essence of the Word itself. They did this
for the exact same reasons as did the Sadducees and Pharisees before them --
i.e., in order to insert themselves between the believer and God, in order to
maintain political control of the masses of people.
1.Again the twelve were gathered together in the circle of palm trees, and one of them even Thomas asked the others, "What is Truth? For the same things appear different to different minds, and even to the same mind at different times. What, then, is Truth?"
2.And as they were speaking Yeshua appeared in their midst and said, "Truth, one and absolute, is in God alone, for no man, neither any body of men, knows that which God alone knows, who is the All in All. To men is truth revealed, according to their capacity to understand and receive."
3."The One truth has many sides, and one sees one side only, another, and some see more than others, according as it is given to them."
4.Behold this crystal; how the one light is manifest in twelve faces, yea four times twelve, and each face reflects one ray of light, and one regards one face, and another, another, but it is the one crystal, and the one light that shines in all."
5."Behold again, When one climbs a mountain and attaining one height, he says, this is the top of the mountain, let us reach it, and when they have reached that height, lo, they see another beyond it until they come to that height from which no other height is to be seen, if so be they can attain it."
6."So it is with truth. I am the truth and the way and the life, and have given to you the truth which I have received from above. And that which is seen and received by one, is not seen and received by another. That which appears true to some, seems not true to others. They who are in the valley don't see what they who are on the hill top see."
7."But to each, it is the truth as the one mind seeth it, and for that time, till a higher truth shall be revealed to the same; and to the soul which receives higher light, shall be given more light. Wherefore don't condemn others, that you not be condemned."
8."As you keep the holy law of love, which I have given to you, so will the truth be revealed more and more to you, and the spirit of truth which comes from above will guide you, albeit through many wanderings, into all truth, even as the fiery cloud guided the children of Israel through the wilderness."
9."Be faithful to the light you have, till a higher light is given to you. Seek more light, and you will have abundantly; rest not, until you find."
10."God gives you all truth, as a ladder with many steps, for the salvation and perfection of the soul, and the truth which seems today, you will abandon for the higher truth tomorrow. Press toward perfection."
11."Who so keeps the holy law which I have given, the same will save their souls, however differently they may see the truths which I have given."
12."Many will say to me, "Lord, Lord, we have been zealous for your truth. But I will say to you, NO! but, that others may see as you see, and none other truth beside. Faith without charity is dead. Love is the fulfilling of the law."
13."How will faith in what they receive profit them that hold it in unrighteousness? They who have love have all things, and without love there is nothing worth. Let each hold what they see to be the truth in love, knowing that where love is not, truth is a dead letter and profits nothing."
14."There abide goodness, and truth, and beauty, but the greatest of these is goodness. If any have hatred to their fellows, and harden their hearts to the creatures of God's hands, how can they see truth to salvation, seeing their eyes are blinded and their hearts are hardened to God's creation."
15."As I have received the truth, so have I given it to you. Let each receive it according to their light and ability to understand, and don't persecute those who receive it after a different interpretation."
16."For truth is the might of God, and it shall prevail in the end over all errors. But the holy law which I have given is plain for all, and just and good, Let all observe it for the salvation of their souls."
In the words of the Church Father Origen: “It is sufficient however, to represent in the style of a historic narrative what is intended to convey a secret meaning in the garb of history, that those who have the capacity may work out for themselves all that relates to the subject.” And with regard to what would otherwise be historical symbols and events that would appear to us as the knowledge of superficial episodes of the past, Origen writes: “I believe that every man must hold these things for images, under which the hidden sense lies concealed” (Origen - Huet., Prigeniana, 167 Franck, p. 142). And this is necessary because most men exist in a fallen condition where their thinking has been severed from their own higher soul and spiritual reality, and are therefore unwilling to seek the Truth and the Light, because they are immersed in the lower realities of this world. And because the vast majority of mankind will immediately destroy more spiritual texts -- i.e., the example of the Church which suppressed and destroyed all gospels that were different than those that had been altered to make sense to their carnal reasoning -- as well as murder those who know the truth -- and crucify the Messiah/Christ within them by virtue of the lifestyle and manner of thinking -- the teachings of TheWay must by necessity be concealed within the body of the text so that those "...who have the capacity may work out for themselves all that relates to the" journey of opening the inner door to the Kingdom.
his celebrated work, De Principiis, Origen wrote concerning the factualness of
the literal narrative of the scriptures: “Where the
word found that things done according to the history could be adapted to these
mystical senses, he made use of them concealing from the multitude the deeper
meaning; but where in the narrative of the development of super-sensual things,
there did not follow the performance of those certain events which were already
indicated by the mystical meaning, the scripture interwove in the history the
account of some event that did not take place, sometimes what could not have
happened; sometimes what could but did not.”
is Origen saying to us? Where
the Word found that using events from history could fulfill the purpose of the
scriptures, the Word used these historical events, “concealing
from the multitude the deeper meaning”.
In this respect, Jesus lived and taught the people the Royal Law of God
and the means to gain entrance into the Kingdom. These things are true.
But scripture is designed for a greater purpose than to inform us with
respect to the past -- scripture is the handbook of those who desire to enter
is the purpose of the scriptures? Surely not to teach us about history -- how can history
open the door to the Kingdom within us.
By placing spiritual truths in what appears to be an historical document,
accomplishes the necessary task of putting the sacred truths of God in the hands
of the people -- in a language they can understand and relate to -- even during
that time when they are yet carnal, and unable to comprehend the Mysteries of
God. By writing the
scriptures in this fashion, the carnal Jew and Christian could relate to the
scriptures because the writings appeared -- on the surface -- to communicate and
manifest a history of the people who were using them.
Yet, Origen warns that, even when the scriptures are historically
accurate, there is concealed within the narrative a deeper meaning than what is
grasped by the carnal reader.
two gospels? Why would Jesus have
incorporate in his teachings what has been referred to as a secret doctrine?
The modern believer who only possesses a very limited perception of
higher reality will reject the idea of an inner meaning to the scriptures, and
will reason that Jesus would have spoken all truths very clearly.
To the carnal believer, if it is true that Jesus concealed the mysteries,
this would be viewed as being dishonest.
Moreover, they would ask why, even when the scriptures are historically
accurate, would the true meaning of the message be concealed from the reader?
The believer asks the question: Why not just write the truth.
The answer is found in the words of Ignatius: “Might
I not write to you things more full of mystery?
But I fear to do so, lest I should inflict injury on you who are babes.
Pardon me in this respect, lest, as not being able to receive their
weighty import, ye should be strangled by them”.
the words of St. Nazianzen: “The Divine Nature then
is boundless and hard to understand”.
And in the words of St. Gregory: “The man who
in calculating the transcendent powers of the Deity limits them by his own is a
fool”. In order
to perceive God and reality, man must go beyond the physical, and activate his
own spiritual nature that is lying dormant within his carnal nature.
Until this spiritual nature is manifested, man's true reality makes no
sense, and man is unable to understand things of any real value.
man places great confidence and reliance on the events of history -- so the Holy
Spirit uses what appears to be historical narratives to convey great spiritual
truths in the form of allegories. Origen
writes that some parts of these historical narratives are based upon a correct
perception of historical facts. This
causes us to adopt them, and cling to them as a source of spiritual truth.
But, Origen warns, even when the narratives of the scriptures are
historically accurate, they are still written in such a way that a higher level
of spiritual truth is contained within the veil of what is written.
Jesus heal a man who was born blind? Yes he did.
But how does this knowledge of an historical event draw you closer to
God? Even if it makes you
believe and have faith in Jesus, this knowledge means nothing if it does not
provoke you to strive to walk in The Way.
On the other hand, when you begin to recognize the fact that all men born
of woman are congenitally blind from a spiritual perspective -- and will remain
blind until healed by the Son of God -- then this knowledge has the capacity to
provoke you to change, and cause you to desire to see and behold man's true
our modern text books which are different for each level of instruction, the
scriptures are written for believers and disciples of all levels of spiritual
maturity. This is seen in the
words of Origen when he wrote: “Since, then, it was
the intention of the Holy Spirit to enlighten with respect to these and similar
subjects, those holy souls who had devoted themselves to the service of the
truth, this object was kept in view, in the second place, for the sake of those
who either could not or would not give themselves to this labor and toil by
which they might deserve to be instructed in or to recognize things of such
value and importance, to wrap up and conceal, as we said before, in ordinary
language, under the covering of some history and narrative of visible things,
hidden mysteries. There is therefore introduced into the narrative of the
visible creation, and the creation and formation of the first man; then the
offspring which followed from him in succession, and some of the actions which
were done by the good among his posterity, are related, and occasionally certain
crimes also, which are stated to have been committed by them as being human; and
afterwards certain unchaste or wicked deeds also are narrated as being the acts
of the wicked. The description of battles, moreover, is given in a wonderful
manner, and the alternations of victors and vanquished, by which certain
ineffable mysteries are made known to those who know how to investigate
statements of that kind. By an admirable discipline of wisdom, too, the law of
truth, even of the prophets, is implanted in the Scriptures of the law, each of
which is woven by a divine art of wisdom, as a kind of covering and veil of
spiritual truths; and this is what we have called the 'body' of Scripture, so
that also, in this way, what we have called the covering of the letter, woven by
the art of wisdom, might be capable of edifying and profiting many, when others
would derive no benefit”.
the body of the scriptures which are not necessarily historically accurate, are “capable
of edifying and profiting many” by the reading of the literal word.
Yet, as the believer matures, he begins to realize that the endless
expose of wars, genealogies, and stories of carnal strife against Divine
Providence, are absolutely meaningless in the life of the disciple. As he begins to spiritually develop, and starts to
experience a shift in perception, he begins to realize that these wars,
genealogies and strife in the flesh have great meaning within his own being, as
he travails to overcome his carnal nature in his quest to enter the Spiritual
Kingdom of his soul. What,
therefore, the carnal believer sees as history, the disciple sees as great
spiritual truths that are imparted to him in his pursuit of spiritual perfection
writes that the scriptures contain many places where what is written literally
could not have happened. In
examination of this statement we ask why? Why not create a written word that was totally factual?
The answer that Origen provides to this question is once again very
as if, in all the instances of this covering (i.e., of this history), the
logical connection and order of the law had been preserved, we would not
certainly believe, when thus possessing the meaning of Scripture in a continuous
series, that anything else was contained in it save what was indicated on the
surface; so for that reason divine wisdom took care that certain
stumbling-blocks, or interruptions, to the historical meaning should take place,
by the introduction into the midst (of the narrative) of certain impossibilities
and incongruities; that in this way the very interruption of the narrative
might, as by the interposition of a bolt, present an obstacle to the reader,
whereby he might refuse to acknowledge the way which conducts to the ordinary
meaning; and being thus excluded and debarred from it, we might be recalled to
the beginning of another way, in order that, by entering upon a narrow path, and
passing to a loftier and more sublime road, he might lay open the immense
breadth of divine wisdom”.
Origen states is not only true, but is of the utmost importance for us to
comprehend in our present day: If the scriptures were historically accurate,
then we would believe, and never move beyond the written word.
In never moving beyond the written word, we would fail to develop those
parts of our mind that relate to our soul and spiritual natures and reality --
and in our failure to mature, we would remain lost in this carnal world, and
never open the door to the Kingdom within our being.
From a scriptural perspective, the prodigal son would never return home
to his Father.
and many of the other early Church Fathers comprehended this design and higher
purpose of the Gospel. They
understood that the scriptures are written in such a way that our reading them
would be interrupted by the many instances where what we read literally is not
true -- and in coming to this scriptural roadblock, the intension was for us to
seek to understand the deeper meaning -- a meaning that can only be perceived by
drawing closer to our own spiritual nature.
of the more outrageous and blatant untruths in the literal word would be the
classic case of the sun and moon standing still: “Then
Joshua spoke to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites
before the sons of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, 'O sun, stand
still at Gibeon, and O moon in the valley of Aijalon.' So the sun stood still,
and the moon stopped, until the nation avenged themselves of their enemies. Is
it not written in the book of Jashar? And the sun stopped in the middle of the
sky, and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day” (Josh
10:12-13 NAS). In the first
instance, the sun does not revolve around the earth.
Secondly, there exists sufficient records of the time in question to
confirm that such an event never took place.
was it only with regard to those Scriptures which were composed down to the
advent of Christ that the Holy Spirit thus dealt”
writes Origen, “but as being one and the same Spirit,
and proceeding from one God, He dealt in the same way with the evangelists and
apostles. For even those narratives which He inspired them to write were not
composed without the aid of that wisdom of His, the nature of which we have
above explained. Whence also in, them were intermingled not a few things by
which, the historical order of the narrative being interrupted and broken up,
the attention of the reader might be recalled, by the impossibility of the case,
to an examination of the inner meaning”.
one of these examples are provided at the time of the crucifixion where it
reads: “And it was about the sixth hour, and there
was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. And the sun was
darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst” (Luke
23:44-45 KJV). There exists
sufficient historical records of that time to demonstrate conclusively that the
earth was never plunged into darkness for a period of three hours.
In view of the fact that this event took place at the time of the
Passover, when the moon is full, it could not have been an eclipse.
Moreover, neither can an eclipse bring darkness over all the earth for a
period of three hours.
this event could not have taken place in the historical sense, why is it
reported? Origen explains
this when he writes that, in the development of “super-sensual
things… the scripture interwove in the history the account of some event that
did not take place” -- which denotes episodes such as these in the
scriptures that a reasonable mind must conclude is not historically accurate.
In the words of Origen, “sometimes what could
not have happened” -- events reported as history that could not
have taken place -- and “sometimes what could but did
the inconsistencies in scripture are blatant.
This is done intentionally, so the believer is unable to read the text of
the body of scripture in its literal sense.
Speaking of the conversion of Paul along the road to Damascus, Acts 9:7
reads: “And the men which journeyed with him stood
speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man”.
Yet, in Acts 22:9 the narrative reads: “And
they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard not
the voice of him that spake to me”.
Which account was true? In
the first instance they heard the voice but saw nothing, in the second they saw
the light but heard nothing.
design the reader is supposed to question and reason to themselves that, if the
same person wrote both accounts, then why were they written in direct opposition
to each other? If you
look in the many Bible commentaries you will observe numerous creative attempts
to explain away this apparent contradiction.
Yet, none of them perceives that Saul/Paul is spoken of as being in The
Way -- that Saul in this New Testament rendition is synonymous with the Saul who
proceeded David as king of Israel -- that only Saul/Paul was struck down with
blindness, while those who were with him were not -- and that they were on their
way to Damascus -- that Saul/Paul was blind for a period of three days -- that a
disciple named Ananias was told in a vision to go to Saul/Paul, who would be at
the house of Judas, on a street named “straight”,
and heal and baptize him.
account is so rich with important symbolism and meaning to the disciple, that it
is almost inconceivable that it could be read as an historical, rather than a
spiritual event. The idea
that Saul (the forerunner of David) was in The Way, and was blinded by the Light
for a period of three days (a period of time used throughout the scriptures to
denotes a certain spiritual transformation), and was at the house of Judas (the
betrayer of the Christ), on a street named straight, where he was to be
baptized. Thus, we see the
common references to the command to “Enter ye in at
the strait gate” (Matt 7:13 KJV); “Prepare
ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight” (Matt 3:3 KJV); as
well as the connection between the concept of the straight path and baptism: “Every
valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and
the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth; And
all flesh shall see the salvation of God. Then said he to the multitude that
came forth to be baptized of him…” (Luke 3:5-7 KJV).
is important here is that the reader understand the things conveyed not as the
conversion of an historical man, but rather the evolution of consciousness from
Stephen who was stoned by Saul and the Jews -- to Saul who began to walk in The
Way -- was transformed from a Jew, who was blind when he resided at the house of
Judas, the betrayer of Christ -- and after his baptism became Paul, who was the
little one who was chosen to serve the Lord by bringing the teachings of The Way
to the Gentiles -- Gentiles being that part of us that worships the gods (powers
and things) of this world. Where
these things mean very little to us from an historical perspective, they are of
the highest importance to us from the perspective of spiritual events that are
to take place in the life of the disciple.
Paul an historical man? Yes.
But what is conveyed in the scriptures is not historical -- and cannot
even be read in a literal sense. What
is important is that we see that the death of Stephen -- a man who is constantly
referred to as a person of great faith, and whose name is defined in the
Thayer’s Lexicon as one who is “crowned”.
As we investigate we must also recognize that Stephen was one of seven
deacons in the Jerusalem Church, and the first martyr.
Just as important is the fact that after Stephen is introduced into the
narrative of the scriptures, we see the recital of an historical account of the
Jewish people -- and in this recital, the names, places, events and numbers are
conveyed in such a manner, so as to instruct the disciple into the necessary
stages with respect to the evolution in consciousness and God awareness.
in the scriptures has nothing to do with physical death -- but rather, the
transitioning from one level of consciousness to another.
Thus, when Stephen is stoned by the angry Jews, we see the immergence of
Saul -- which Thayer’s Lexicon defines as having to do with desire.
Again in the transformation of this desire into Paul, which is defined as
the “little one”, we are presented with
the pattern that one must “turn about”,
and become a “little one”, in order to
enter the Kingdom.
order to force the reader to stop, and contemplate the inner spiritual message,
a conflicting account is purposely entered into the scriptures: Acts 9:7 reads: “And
the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing
no man”. Yet, in Acts 22:9 the narrative reads: “And
they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard not
the voice of him that spake to me”.
It means absolutely nothing for the modern reader to believe that Saul
was converted on the road to Damascus -- there is no spiritual edification or
uplifting when we relate this knowledge to an historical event at the beginning
of our Common Era. But what
is conveyed spiritually is of great value to the disciple in search of the Light
-- and must bring about a change of mind in his quest to open the door to the
Kingdom. Thus the disciple
begins to see his own transformation from the death of Stephen as spirit became
clothed with flesh, to Saul -- from a Jew to Paul -- from Paul the little one,
whose blindness was healed by Ananias -- the gift from God.
many points at which the scriptures conflict in order to force the reader to
look for the inner meaning is so numerous, that an entire book could be written
in their compilation. Acts
7:14 has 75 persons coming with Jacob into Egypt -- Gen 46:27; Ex 1:5; Deut
10:22 state there were 70. Acts
7:16-17 has Jacob buried in Shechem -- Gen 49:28-30; 50:13 buried in Mamre which
is Hebron according to Gen 23:19. If the Holy Spirit wrote both sets of scriptures, there
should have been uniformity between them.
Moreover, if the New Testament authors were attempting to convince others
that they knew what they were speaking about from a literal sense, they would
have been very careful to get the facts correct.
one of the finest examples of the carnal mind's attempt to explain away what it
should be investigating is demonstrated in the genealogies of Jesus.
The fact that the genealogy presented in Luke is not the same as that in
Matthew has been the source of many dogmatic theories.
But the fact that the genealogy in Matthew contains four women, and three
foreigners, should immediately send up a red flag warning that these genealogies
cannot be read literally.
of the women were strangers to the commonwealth of Israel, Rachab a Canaanitess,
and a harlot besides, and Ruth the Moabitess.
In the pedigree of the kings of Judah, between Joram and Ozias (v. 8),
there are three left out, namely, Ahaziah, Joash, and Amaziah -- and therefore
Joram could not have begat Ozias. When
it is said (v. 12) that Jechonias begat Salathiel, that Jechonias was the son of
that Jehoiakim who was carried into Babylon, the scriptures tell us that
Jechonias was childless (Jer. 22:30), and in direct contradiction to what is
written in Matthew, it is written that “No man of his
seed shall prosper”.
order to insure that the genealogies cannot be read literally, it is further
stated in Matthew: “Thus there were fourteen
generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to
Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Christ” (Matt 1:17 NIV).
With regard to the many problems presented in the genealogies, the Adam
Clark Commentary writes:
begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to
Babylon:] There are three considerable difficulties in this verse.
Josias was not the father of Jechonias; he was only the grandfather of
that prince: (1 Chr. 3:14-16)
Jechonias had no brethren; at least, none are on record.
Josias died 20 years before the Babylonian captivity took place, and
therefore Jechonias and his brethren could not have been begotten about the time
they were carried away to Babylon.
this may be added a fourth difficulty, namely, there are only thirteen in this
2nd class of generations; or forty-one, instead of forty-two, in the whole
we closely examine the literal word of the Bible, all of the scriptures could be
deciphered in this same manner to demonstrate the inconsistencies from an
historical perspective. Moreover, the problem would be even more serious than
it is at present if the Bible had been left in its original condition.
In many instances, where these many places that appear to be
contradictions were detected, they were fixed by later scribes who copied the
scriptures. In their
ignorance of the very manner that scripture is composed, every time they fixed a
contradiction or offending verse, they defiled and obstructed the very purpose
of the Word of God. In the
case of the difference between the genealogies of Matthew and Luke, there are
Greek texts that exist where the genealogy of Luke was replaced by the one in
Matthew in the endeavor to conceal this easily detected flaw in the written
the carnal believer sees a genealogy that would be impossible to be read
literally, it never dawns on the readers that what we have is the pedigree of
the three minds of man -- physical, mental, and spiritual -- and that in the
formation of the series of numbers in the pattern of fourteen, fourteen and
fourteen, what is being indicated has great spiritual significance.
Moreover, the fact that there is forty-one, instead of forty-two, is also
important in our quest to understanding the spiritual meaning of what is being
conveyed with regard to what Jesus had yet to accomplish in his endeavor to
become the first Son re-born into the Kingdom.
all these things mean that the scriptures are untrue?
In the words of Paul: God forbid!
It is us who is not real and untrue; not the scriptures. In understanding why the Bible is written in this
manner, we must not allow ourselves to be burdened by carnal thinking, and lose
sight of what sets scriptures apart from any other writings known to man.
“The chief object of the Holy Spirit”,
writes Origen, “is to preserve the coherence of the
spiritual meaning, either in those things which ought to be done or which have
been already performed, if He anywhere finds that those events which, according
to the history, took place, can be adapted to a spiritual meaning, He composed a
texture of both kinds in one style of narration, always concealing the hidden
meaning more deeply; but where the historical narrative could not be made
appropriate to the spiritual coherence of the occurrences, He inserted sometimes
certain things which either did not take place or could not take place;
sometimes also what might happen, but what did not: and He does this at one time
in a few words, which, taken in their 'bodily' meaning, seem incapable of
containing truth, and at another by the insertion of many. And this we find
frequently to be the case in the legislative portions, where there are many
things manifestly useful among the 'bodily' precepts, but a very great number
also in which no principle of utility is at all discernible, and sometimes even
things which are judged to be impossibilities. Now all this, as we have
remarked, was done by the Holy Spirit in order that, seeing those events which
lie on the surface can be neither true nor useful, we may be led to the
investigation of that truth which is more deeply concealed, and to the
ascertaining of a meaning worthy of God in those Scriptures which we believe to
be inspired by Him”.
writes that we must come to the realization that “those
events which lie on the surface can be neither true nor useful”.
In opposition to this statement we ask: Isn't the belief in the
historical Jesus useful? The answer is yes, but only to the degree that the
historical narrative assists the disciple in manifesting the Living Christ in
their life at the present time. What
does the name Jesus mean? What
must we do in order to bring about that state of mind which is portrayed in the
scriptures in the life of the historical Jesus, into our present life?
is important is that we “be led to the investigation
of that truth which is more deeply concealed”. Since we know that everything we can learn from others
in this world is of a preparatory nature, and the one true doctrine that will
nourish us, can only be revealed to those who are in “the house”, and
are deserving to be taught privately the Mysteries of the Kingdom, we must
therefore seek to enter into the house with our Lord and Savior.
It is important that we perceive that whatever is written literally in
the historical narrative is the exoteric doctrine -- or good news -- that serves
as merely the invitation to the masses to enter the mystical house of the Lord
where the Secrets of Creation can be revealed to us.
fully comprehending these statements in relation to the whole purpose of the
teachings of The Way, let us again examine the definitive statement which
conveys to us the very essence of the Gospel -- and especially the Revelation of
John: “Blessed are those who do His commandments,
that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the
gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and
murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie”
(Rev 22:14-15 NKJ).
the Revelation represented the end of the world, as is commonly believed by the
majority of Christians today, then why are those who remain outside the city
portrayed as “dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral
and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie”?
Armageddon, then, indicates the disciples personal conflict as he
endeavors to overcome his own lower nature through the crucifixion of what is
symbolized by the flesh, in order that he can possess the Knowledge of the fruit
of the Tree of Life, transcend the natural barriers of this world, and “enter
through the gates into the city”.
With regard to those who call themselves Christian, and continue to
remain in this world, these are the ones who, like the Sadducees and Pharisees, “loves
and practices a lie” in their refusal to follow in the footsteps of
let us revisit the statement by the Wycliffe Commentary on Genesis 2:7 where it
writes about the nature of man: “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”. What
the fundamental teachings of the New Covenant convey is that if man “turns
about”, and re-focuses his direction in life through the process of
“opening and unloosing the mind” --
freeing it from the attachments and constraints of this realm -- man will
discover that God has given him the power to gaze upon that which is Eternal.
with all things Created by God, the scriptures are multidimensional.
Even in what appears to be historical, we see the same form being
followed. Our scholars know
that Herod could not have been king during that time frame that Jesus was born. They also know that the plight into Egypt to evade
being killed is also not true: “Then Herod, when he
saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and
slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof,
from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently
inquired of the wise men” (Matt 2:16 KJV).
Such an act would have been well documented in the numerous writings of
the many historians of the time.
answer is found in the meaning of the names Herod and Egypt -- and why it was
important to make the connection between the same episode that is portrayed in
the saving of Moses when the slaughter of the infants was ordered.
Thus, what is a meaningless and worthless historical account to the
modern believer, is used to convey great truths to the disciple of the Light --
in that they, themselves, must undergo these same transformations in order for
the Christ to be born within them.
an attempt to clarify his position, and place these things in their proper
perspective, Origen writes: “No one, I think, can
doubt that the statement that God walked in the afternoon in paradise, and that
Adam lay hid under a tree, is related figuratively in Scripture, that some
mystical meaning may be indicated by it. The departure of Cain from the presence
of the Lord will manifestly cause a careful reader to inquire what is the
presence of God, and how any one can go out from it. But not to extend the task
which we have before us beyond its due limits, it is very easy for any one who
pleases to gather out of holy Scripture what is recorded indeed as having been
done, but what nevertheless cannot be believed as having reasonably and
appropriately occurred according to the historical account. The same style of
Scriptural narrative occurs abundantly in the Gospels, as when the devil is said
to have placed Jesus on a lofty mountain, that he might show Him from thence all
the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them. How could it literally come to
pass, either that Jesus should be led up by the devil into a high mountain, or
that the latter should show him all the kingdoms of the world (as if they were
lying beneath his bodily eyes, and adjacent to one mountain), i.e., the kingdoms
of the Persians, and Scythians, and Indians? or how could he show in what manner
the kings of these kingdoms are glorified by men? And many other instances
similar to this will be found in the Gospels by any one who will read them with
attention, and will observe that in those narratives which appear to be
literally recorded, there are inserted and interwoven things which cannot be
admitted historically, but which may be accepted in a spiritual signification”.
the carnal mind looks upon the world and attempts to see continuity, it is the
disciple who knows full well that we dwell in a world of incompleteness and
illusion. Where the carnal
believer attempts to read the scriptures as a witness to historical events, the
disciple probes to the depths of the scriptures and understands them as the
means by which we begin to awaken to the inner Truth and the Light of the
believer will rightly ask, if God wants us to know what to believe, why would
the scriptures contain events that did not, and even what could not have
happened? Again, the purpose
of the scriptures is not to induce people to believe what happened in the past,
and then dwell in the comfort of their beliefs -- but rather, to focus their
attention to what is taking place at the present time in their own lives.
That the scriptures were written to coincide with a particular time or
event in history, only makes them that much more acceptable to the common
people. This acceptance is important -- because even though the
scriptures are not historically accurate, they contain within the body of the
narrative the essential truths that each of us must embrace in order to find the
ultimate Truth which is our destiny.
In their original form -- prior to their being defiled by the Roman
Church -- what was written in the scriptures was one hundred percent accurate
with respect to man's quest to enter the Kingdom.
regard to reading the narrative as actual events in history, Origen wrote: “What
man of sense will agree with the statement that the first, second and third days
in which the evening is named and the morning, were without sun, moon and stars,
and the first day without a heaven. What
man is found such an idiot as to suppose that God planted trees in paradise in
Eden, like a husbandman, and planted therein the tree of life, perceptible to
the eyes and senses, which gave life to the eater thereof; and another tree
which gave to the eater thereof a knowledge of good and evil?
I believe that every man must hold these things for images, under which
the hidden sense lies concealed” (Origen - Huet., Prigeniana, 167
Franck, p. 142).
man of reason will ask: If there was no sun, moon and stars, how could there
have been a day, night and dawn of a new day?
“What man of sense”, Origen asks,
will blindly believe such statements?
This fundamental question is very similar to that asked by Jesus with
regard to the blindness of the Sadducees and Pharisees, who also attempted to
read the scriptures literally. Who
could believe that God planted trees in the Garden of Eden which gave to the
eater the knowledge of good and evil, while the fruit of another tree gave
eternal life? These things
are not history, writes Origen, but rather “images,
under which the hidden sense lies concealed”.
Origen explains that the scriptures are an allegory that conceal the
deeper truths of the spirit, and writes: “It is
sufficient however, to represent in the style of a historic narrative what is
intended to convey a secret meaning in the garb of history, that those who have
the capacity may work out for themselves all that relates to the subject.”
Clement (Clementine Homilies) asked of Peter concerning the many things in
scripture that are not true, he said: “Truly I
rejoice, and I give thanks to God, who in all things doeth well. However, he
knows that I shall be able to think nothing other than that all things are for
God. Wherefore do not suppose that I ask questions, as doubting the words
concerning God, or those that are to be spoken, but rather that I may learn, and
so be able myself to instruct another who is ingenuously willing to learn.
Wherefore tell me what are the falsehoods added to the Scriptures, and how it
comes that they are really false. Then Peter answered: Even although you had not
asked me, I should have gone on in order, and afforded you the exposition of
these matters, as I promised. Learn, then, how the Scriptures misrepresent Him
in many respects, that you may know when you happen upon them”.
his Ecclestical History Eusebius writes that: “Many
were led astray by reading the allegorical contents of the scriptures literally
in the method of the Pharisees and Sadducees”. In these words we are
provided great insight into the true heresy of the Pharisees and Sadducees, and
why Jesus condemned them as being blind guides.
When it is realized that Jesus was born among the Essenes, who were
Gnostic, and a people who comprehended the inner meaning of the Law, we begin to
understand that the true focus of the conflict in scripture was the spiritual
Israelites vs the carnal Jews. On
the side of the spiritual Israelites was Jesus and the Essenes -- who perceived
the true meaning of the scriptures as the guide that assists the disciple in
opening the doors to the true Temple of God.
The Pharisees and Sadducees, on the other hand, read the scriptures
literally -- and were under the erroneous belief that God dwells in temples made
with man's hands -- and employed a body of priests -- and approved a series of
sacrifices, rituals and observances.
was it that the Lord accused the Pharisees of doing? “Woe
to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge; you did not enter
in yourselves, and those who were entering in you hindered” (Luke
11:52 NAS). Yet, modern
Christians today do not believe this statement.
We do not believe that the lawyers possessed the keys of knowledge prior
to the advent of Christ. We
thus fail to understand that the keys of knowledge is the understanding of the
true threefold nature of the scriptures, and man's inherent ability to learn
directly from the Christ within.
we read the scriptures in the manner of the Pharisees, we have ourselves become
the modern day Jews in opposition to the Lord.
Thus, the scriptural confrontation continues right down to this present
day -- the spiritual vs. the carnal believers.
In the words of Origen: “Many, not
understanding the Scriptures in a spiritual sense, but incorrectly, have fallen
into heresies”. Anyone
who attempts to read the scriptures, seeing the body only, while ignoring the
mind and spirit, are doomed to fall into these heresies.
a scriptural perspective, even the name Jew contains a very real message to the
disciple of the Light. Jesus
warned of the pitfalls of division -- i.e., “But he,
knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is
brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth”
(Luke 11:17 KJV). The Jews,
being the decedents of Judah, represented one twelfth of the children of Israel.
The disciple understands that, throughout both the Old and New Testament
scriptures, the Bible is not speaking about a people who called themselves Jews,
but rather the spiritual condition of mind -- a mind that by virtue of its
carnal perception of the Word, is limited to only one twelfth of its potential
-- which potential can only begin to be realized when we contemplate and embrace
the difference between the partiality of the Jew, and the completeness of
this respect, from a biblical perspective, the majority of believers today are
represented in the scriptures as Jews, others as Samaritans, and still many
others as the people of the Nations.
Moreover, we are not just Jews, or Samaritans, or of the Nations -- in
that, each one of us possesses aspects of our person that are as the multitudes
of separate personalities -- separate personalities wherein each must be
converted, brought into oneness, and raised up as the children of Israel.
In all things what we perceive as the one, is comprised of the many, and
the disciple understands that the all needs to be brought into total harmony if
the prodigal son is to return to the Father.
Thus, it is the realization of these great spiritual truths that enables
us to understand the words of Origen where he wrote:
“Scripture contains an unhistorical element
in-woven with the history, in order that the worthlessness of the latter may
drive us to seek the spiritual meaning” (Origen quoted under Origen
Adamntius; The Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics).
one of the most classic verses that remains an enigma to believers today is
where Jesus states: “They that be whole need not a
physician, but they that are sick… for I am not come to call the righteous,
but sinners to repentance” (Matt 9:12-13 KJV). By present day religious doctrine, Jesus made a
mistake, and it is apparent that he did not know what he was speaking about.
From our perception of mankind, no one is whole, and there are no
righteous people. Contrary to
what is clearly written in the scriptures, we believe that Jesus came to call
everyone. In Matthew
Henry's Commentary we read that: “Jesus Christ is
the great Physician of souls… Sin-sick souls have need of this Physician, for
their disease is dangerous; nature will not help itself; no man can help us;
such need have we of Christ, that we are undone, eternally undone, without him.
Sensible sinners see their need, and apply themselves to him accordingly”.
Thus, the Matthew Henry Commentary does not agree with the words that
Jesus spoke, that only those who are sick need a physician, and he did not come
to call the righteous.
Adam Clarke Commentary clarifies this doctrine when it states that: “Jesus
Christ represents himself here as the sovereign Physician of souls. That all
stand in need of his healing power. That men must acknowledge their spiritual
maladies, and the need they have of his mercy, in order to be healed by him.
That it is the most inveterate and dangerous disease the soul can be afflicted
with to imagine itself whole, when the sting of death, which is sin, has pierced
it through in every part, infusing its poison everywhere”.
Again we see that the Adam Clark Commentary also does not believe the
words of Jesus.
our present day understanding of the scriptures we cannot even comprehend the
meaning of “They that be whole need not a
Because we have lost sight of the very Kingdom that Jesus came to declare
-- a Kingdom that exists within each of us (Lk 17:21 KJV).
Like Cain, each of us has gone forth from the presence of God, and it is
the destiny of all the prodigal sons of the Father to return to the Kingdom.
In order to accomplish this, we must first understand what the Bible
means when it states that we must be whole?
Gnostic Essenes and early Christians understood the term whole as indicating one
who converts the Jew, Samaritan, and the Nations within himself, and brings the
twelve spheres of mind together into abiding harmony -- reigning over his three
natures, body, mind and spirit -- and consciously dwells in the Kingdom within
himself. The disciple also
understands that when the twelve spheres of mind which are represented in the
Revelation as the Tree of Life, are divided, what we have is the Tree of the
Knowledge of Good and Evil. Thus the words of Origen: “What
man is found such an idiot as to suppose that God planted trees in paradise in
Eden, like a husbandman, and planted therein the tree of life, perceptible to
the eyes and senses, which gave life to the eater thereof; and another tree
which gave to the eater thereof a knowledge of good and evil?
I believe that every man must hold these things for images, under which
the hidden sense lies concealed”.
fail to understand these elementary truths of the scriptures, because what is
today called the Christian religion has been cast out of The Way by Constantine
and the Church of the Roman Empire. Having
been imbued with a carnal mindset, we simply cannot come to terms with the
words: “Whoever walks blamelessly will be saved”
(Prov 28:18 NKJ). Why?
Because in the adoption of Augustine's doctrine of Original Sin that attempts to
explain away sacred spiritual symbols that are impossible to understand from a
carnal perspective, we don't believe that any man can walk blamelessly without
the historical Jesus. In our
doctrines, we do not believe Jesus. We do not believe that the Kingdom is within us -- and
when we manifest the laws of the inner Kingdom in our outer life, we will walk
blamelessly. We view the
Christ as an historical personage, and not the Light that calls to us from
within the door of our soul.
our scriptures at Luke 10:25-28 (NIV) we find “an
expert in the law” asking Jesus, “what
must I do to inherit eternal life? What
is written in the Law?” replies Jesus.
Yet, in accordance with our present day doctrines of belief, Jesus never
would have answered in this manner. Again
we see another scriptural sighting where it is clear that Jesus is in need of
instruction with regard to what we must do to be saved.
light of modern Christian dogma, there is nothing in the Law that could save the
man, and this passage of scriptures represents just one more enigma -- in that
we are unable to even comprehend why Jesus would ask him the question: What is
written in the Law. In the
narrative, the man answers and says: “Love the Lord
your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength
and with all your mind; and, Love your neighbor as yourself”.
In our Bibles today Jesus replies: “Do this
and you will live”; but in the Bible used in the second century by
Clement of Alexandria, Jesus replied: “This do, and
thou shalt be saved” (The Instructor, Book 3).
modern Christians do not believe these words of Jesus!
Why? Because we don't believe the Law can either save us, or
bestow upon us life. If what
is written here is true, and one can be saved by fulfilling the Law, then where
does belief in the historical Jesus come into the picture?
Moreover, if this is true, that would mean that modern day Jews who fully
embrace the Law could be saved, even though they never converted to
the version of this scriptural encounter contained in Mark 12:34, the reply of
Jesus takes on a whole new dimension.
In reply, Jesus said to the scribe when he answered correctly: “Thou
art not far from the kingdom of God”.
But we don't believe that either.
Why? Because in
accordance with our doctrines, one cannot be saved apart from the historical
is written in the gospel is no different than what was conveyed by Paul when he
wrote: “For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do
instinctively the things of the Law, these, not having the Law, are a law to
themselves” (Rom 2:14 NAS).
How could the Gentiles who did not have the Law, keep the precepts of the
the truth about God is known to them instinctively; God has put this knowledge
in their hearts” (Rom 1:19 TLB).
Thus, because we view the scriptures from the same vision as the
Sadducees and Pharisees, we are incapable of comprehending the reality of what
the Bible is conveying to us -- i.e., by doing good, and seeking to know God --
our True Source of Being -- the Christ that dwells in the heart of man will
reveal himself to the faithful, and make known to them the means by which they
may enter the Kingdom.
to modern day Christian doctrine: If a man lives on a remote island -- having
never heard the Law of God spoken -- having never heard a word about the Jesus
of the New Testament -- and this man searches within his own heart and manifests
the truth (instinctively), he will be saved because, in the words of Paul: “For
when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law,
these, not having the Law, are a law to themselves” (Rom 2:14 NAS)
-- and in spirit, the Lord will come to the man who instinctively does the
things of God in their life, and make them whole.
Thus, by fulfilling the Law of God that is written in their hearts, we
can begin to comprehend the truth in the statement that: “Whoever
walks blamelessly will be saved” (Prov 28:18 NKJ); and, “They
that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick… for I am not come
to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Matt 9:12-13 KJV).
don't we believe these many passages of scriptures?
Because, like the Pharisees and Sadducees, we look only to the letter,
and read the scriptures as history, rather than keys to open the door to the
Spirit and the Kingdom of God within our own mind and being.
An example of this same error of reading the scriptures literally in the
manner of the Sadducees and Pharisees is brought to light by Eusebius, who
writes of the doctrines conceived by the early Christians Papias and Irenaeus,
and still held throughout the modern Christian world today: “Papias
reproduces other stories communicated to him by word of mouth, together with
some otherwise unknown parables and teachings of the Saviour, and other things
of a more allegorical character. He
says that 'after the resurrection of the dead there will be a period of a
thousand years when Christ's kingdom will be set up on this earth in material
form'. I suppose he got these
notions by misinterpreting the apostolic accounts and failing to grasp what they
said in mystic and symbolic language. For
he seems to have been a man of very small intelligence, to judge from his books.
But it is partly due to him that the great majority of churchmen after
him took the same view, relying on his early date; e.g. Irenaeus and several
others, who clearly held the same opinion” (Eusebius, Hist Eccl.,
Book III, 39.11).
Spiritual Christian understands all these teachings in the scriptures as not
signifying historical events -- even if there is an historical basis -- but
rather, spiritual truths pertaining to the plight of the disciple as they seek
to open the gates to the Kingdom within their mind and being.
When Eusebius writes of Papias' doctrine that “after
the resurrection of the dead there will be a period of a thousand years when
Christ's kingdom will be set up on this earth in material form”, he
makes reference to the error of Papias when he interprets the “allegorical
character” of the scriptures in a literal fashion in the manner of the
Sadducees and Pharisees and writes: “I suppose he got
these notions by misinterpreting the apostolic accounts and failing to grasp
what they said in mystic and symbolic language. For he seems to have been a man of very small intelligence,
to judge from his books”.
In these words it is again important for us to grasp what Eusebius states
-- i.e., that the apostolic accounts are written in the “mystic and
symbolic language” of the Essene Gnostics.
With regard to the thousand years when the kingdom will be set up on the
earth -- Armageddon and the second coming of Christ is understood to signify the
true war that wages within the disciple in his spiritual quest to reign in the
Eusebius could meet with modern Christians today, he would convey that we are a
people who have been greatly deceived.
He would ask: Why have we taken upon ourselves the error of the Sadducees
and Pharisees, and that of Papias, Irenaeus and the others who “got
these notions by misinterpreting the apostolic accounts and failing to grasp
what they said in mystic and symbolic language”?
When Eusebius writes of Papias that he must “have
been a man of very small intelligence, to judge from his books”, he
said this because any man who is “outside”
of the house, even if they are one of carnal man's greatest scholars, is of “very
small intelligence” -- using at best only one twelfth of their
mental resources -- in comparison to the Gnostic or Spiritual Christians who are
the children of Israel, and who -- in their completion of mind and spirit --
have found entrance into the Kingdom.
questions how carnal Christians can believe the doctrine that: “after
the resurrection of the dead there will be a period of a thousand years when
Christ's kingdom will be set up on this earth in material form”,
when Jesus clearly explained to the Pharisees that the kingdom of God will never
come upon the earth in material form: “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). It is
because the Kingdom is a Spiritual Kingdom within you that Thomas can say in his
gospel: “Whoever finds the explanation of these words
will not taste death” -- and: “When the
Lord was asked by a certain man, when should his kingdom come, he said unto him,
when two shall be one and the without as the within, and the male with the
female, neither male nor female”.
Thus, the disciple understands that the “apostolic
accounts” are written in a “mystic and
symbolic language” that only the Lord can open their mind to see
the words of St. Augustine: “What the apostle says
pertains to this problem: 'For the letter killeth, but the spirit quickeneth',
that is, when that which is said figuratively is taken as though it were
literal, it is understood carnally. Nor
can anything more appropriately be called the death of the soul than that
condition in which the thing which distinguishes us from beasts, which is the
understanding, is subjected to the flesh in the pursuit of the letter. He who follows the letter takes figurative expressions as
though they were literal and does not refer the things signified to anything
else” (De Doctrina Christiana).
St. Augustine quotes Paul with regard to the saying “the
letter killeth, but the spirit” makes alive, he is making reference
to those who read the scriptures literally as historic narratives vs those who
perceive the inner meaning of what is written. “Tell me, ye that desire to
be under the law, do ye not hear the law?”
Writes the Apostle Paul to those who want to read the written word
literally. “For it is written, that
Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.
But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the
freewoman was by promise. Which things are an
allegory” (Gal 4:21-24 KJV).
these words, what is Paul conveying to us?
The Apostle is stating nothing different than that expressed by either of
the two Clement's, Origen, or Eusebius when they warn that those who observe
these things by the letter of the written word cannot know the truth, because
the letter or body of the scriptures cannot save us.
The Apostle states that to observe these things by the letter is
meaningless, because the things written literally in the scripture are an
allegory -- which allegory is a story that conceals a deeper spiritual truth.
an historical perspective, maybe there was a person named Abraham -- maybe there
wasn't. Maybe he had two sons
-- maybe more, maybe one, maybe none. From the perspective of man entering into the Kingdom,
it makes no difference whether the historical personage of Abraham lived or not,
or how many sons he had. What
matters is that we understand that we cannot be free until we rid ourselves of
the covenant of the flesh, which is the letter of the Law, and cleave to the
spiritual, which is the Life that lies within the letter.
In the same way that the body of man without the mind and spirit is dead,
so too is the written word of the scriptures dead without the mind and spirit,
and belief in the letter and the historical context cannot save us.
carnal believers such as the Sadducees and Pharisees, it is very important that
Abraham was an historical person -- that he had two sons -- and that they are of
the lineage of Sarah, his wife. Without these things being historically true, they
would not be able to call themselves the chosen people blest by God.
When John the Baptist saw the Sadducees and Pharisees he said to them: “And
do not think you can say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' I tell
you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham”
(Matt 3:9 NIV). The Sadducees
and Pharisees viewed the scriptures as literal historical narratives.
John the Baptist, who through the Dead Sea Scrolls it has been
demonstrated was an Essene, and understood the scriptures in their spiritual
language, warned them that God is not the God of carnal believers who twist the
meaning of the scriptures -- but rather, the God of the spiritual believer who
surrenders his life to the Lord, and lives the Word of God in word, thought and
you believe in the historical Jesus? Do you believe that the historical Jesus can save you?
If you believe, that is good, but be sure to heed his words when he
warned: “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not
the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46 KJV). The New Testament scriptures were written for the very
purpose of your salvation -- but those who do not do what the Lord has commanded
are unbelievers, regardless of what they profess with their lips.
regard to the body of the scriptures: “Which things
are an allegory”, writes the Apostle, “for
these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to
bondage, which is Agar. For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to
Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which
is above is free, which is the mother of us all. For it is written, Rejoice,
thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for
the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband. Now we,
brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. But as then he that was
born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it
is now. Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her
son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the
freewoman. So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the
free” (Gal 4:24-31 KJV).
Apostle Paul writes that the story of Abraham is not historically true, and is
an allegory. If this is so,
how can the Jews be the children of Abraham?
Origen would probably say: What man of sense would believe that Sarah
conceived a child at the age of ninety nine.
Does not the very concept of two nines -- nine divided -- convey to us a
state of division. Is not
this same state of division presented to us in the New Testament scriptures
where it states: “What do you think? If any man has a
hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the
ninety-nine on the mountains and go and search for the one that is straying?”
(Matt 18:12 NAS).
Hebrew Holy Men wrote and conveyed messages in numbers, and the number nine has
a profound meaning in relation to the Kingdom.
Therefore, the number ninety-nine demonstrates a division that can be
overcome when we begin to comprehend what it means to go and search in the
mountains in our quest for the one hundredth sheep -- which is a number that
conveys wholeness and completion.
view of the fact that the Apostle Paul writes that the story of Abraham, Sarah,
and the two sons are not historically true, how does this impact the genealogy
of Jesus? Was his lineage
born from an allegory -- or does the lineage itself convey a series of profound
sacred truths to the disciple -- truths that are concealed from the carnal
regard to the two covenants, we are the children of the free woman so long as we
pursue the spirit of the Word, rather than the flesh.
In the words of St. Augustine: “He is a slave
to a sign who uses or worships a significant thing without knowing what it
signifies. But he who uses or
venerates a useful sign divinely instituted whose signifying force he
understands does not venerate what he sees and what passes away but rather that
to which all such things are to be referred.
Such a man is spiritual and free, even during that time of servitude in
which it is not yet opportune to reveal to carnal minds those signs under whose
yoke they are to be tamed” (De Doctrina Christiana).
literal word of the scriptures are signs that signify spiritual truths.
The literal word may be based upon historical facts, or the text of the
narrative may be a complete fabrication.
Whether they are historically accurate or not, they appear in scripture
as signs that signify profound spiritual truths that assist the disciple in his
quest to enter the Kingdom. Augustine
writes that: “He is a slave to a sign who uses or
worships a significant thing without knowing what it signifies”.
These stories that resemble historical narratives are allegories, not
history. These allegories are
written “when it is not yet opportune to reveal to
carnal minds those signs under whose yoke they are to be tamed”.
Yet, those who perceive the deeper meaning of the word, “are
spiritual and free”.
believers will view these things as confusing and not in accord with their
understanding of the scriptures. They will rightly say: How can I believe the scriptures
when you state that they are not historically accurate. With regard to this position Origen wrote: “Let
no one, however, entertain the suspicion that we do not believe any history in
Scripture to be real, because we suspect certain events related in it not to
have taken place; or that no precepts of the law are to be taken literally,
because we consider certain of them, in which either the nature or possibility
of the case so requires, incapable of being observed; or that we do not believe
those predictions which were written of the Savior to have been fulfilled in a
manner palpable to the senses; or that His commandments are not to be literally
obeyed. We have therefore to state in answer, since we are manifestly so of
opinion, that the truth of the history may and ought to be preserved in the
majority of instances. For who can deny that Abraham was buried in the double
cave at Hebron, as well as Isaac and Jacob, and each of their wives? Or who
doubts that Shechem was given as a portion to Joseph? or that Jerusalem is the
metropolis of Judea, on which the temple of God was built by Solomon? - and
countless other statements. For the passages which hold good in their historical
acceptation are much more numerous than those which contain a purely spiritual
meaning. Then, again, who would not maintain that the command to 'honor thy
father and thy mother, that it may be well with thee,' is sufficient of itself
without any spiritual meaning, and necessary for those who observe it?
Especially when Paul also has confirmed the command by repeating it in the same
words. And what need is there to speak of the prohibitions, 'Thou shalt not
commit adultery,' 'Thou shalt not steal,' 'Thou shalt not bear false witness,'
and others of the same kind? And with respect to the precepts enjoined in the
Gospels, no doubt can be entertained that very many of these are to be literally
observed, as e.g., when our Lord says, 'But I say unto you, Swear not at all;'
and when He says, 'Whosoever looketh upon a woman to lust after her, hath
committed adultery with her already in his heart;' the admonitions also which
are found in the writings of the Apostle Paul, 'Warn them that are unruly,
comfort the feeble-minded, support the weak, be patient towards all men,' and
very many others. And yet I have no doubt that an attentive reader will, in
numerous instances, hesitate whether this or that history can be considered to
be literally true or not; or whether this or that precept ought to be observed
according to the letter or not. And therefore great pains and labor are to be
employed, until every reader reverentially understand that he is dealing with
divine and not human words inserted in the sacred books”.
we must not loose sight of is that the bible is a spiritual book that does not
deal with man's history -- but rather, man's relationship to the Kingdom of God.
Yes, the Son of Man walked the earth at the beginning of our Common Era,
and he came to save those who were lost -- this is an historical fact that with
my own eyes I have been permitted to witness.
But we must remain ever mindful that the Son of God is calling us into
his Kingdom this very day, and those who will hear him calling and enter therein
will be saved. Therefore,
even when the scriptures are historically accurate, their accuracy means very
little unless you can understand what is being conveyed in the context of your
quest to enter the Kingdom during our present time.
carnally minded believer who simply skims over the body of the scriptures and
sees historical events -- rather than intimate spiritual truths -- believes
horrific absurdities about God that are not worthy to even entertain, as well as
beliefs that are often contradicted in other places within the scriptures.
Anyone who believes that the Bible is literally true where it is written:
“And the LORD our God delivered him over to us; so we
defeated him, his sons, and all his people. We took all his cities at that time,
and we utterly destroyed the men, women, and little ones of every city; we left
none remaining” (Deut 2:33-34 NKJ); is simply unable to perceive
the Divine Essence of God.
can we believe that God would look favorably upon the senseless destruction of
innocent men, women, and children? How
can we believe that God would Himself orchestrate such a heinous act of
irrational and pointless violence? Only
those people who are themselves of a gross, barbaric, and unrefined nature,
would even entertain the belief that a Supreme Being would orchestrate and
affirm such horrendous behavior.
those places in scripture that contain the greatest absurdities, are the very
places where important truths are placed for man to discern and behold.
Thus, an example of this fact is seen in the Ten Commandments where it is
written: “You shall not bow down to them or worship
them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the
sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me”
(Deut 5:9 NIV). Is this the loving God revealed by Jesus who holds the
children of unbelievers accountable to the third and fourth generation?
a spiritual perspective, what we have here is the embodiment of a very important
and profound spiritual concept -- a concept conveying a truth of such magnitude,
that if we understood its spiritual meaning, we would begin to comprehend the
reason why carnal man cannot gaze into the heavenly realms with his physical
eyes. Going one step further,
if we knew what is being conveyed in this statement, and we could perceive the
workings of the natural laws of this realm and their impact upon our minds and
thinking, we would immediately understand why we are limited to less then ten
percent of our potential of mind. Instead of seeking out the spiritual significance of
this absurdity, we believe that God punishes the children of sinners to the
third and fourth generation.
the literal meaning of the written word is not worthy of our belief is even
demonstrated in the Bible's own refutation of such a doctrine that the children
of sinners will be held accountable to the third and fourth generation: “The
soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the
father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness
of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be
upon him” (Ezek 18:20 KJV).
reader who pays close attention to the scriptures will immediately question why
God would hold innocent children accountable for the sins of their forefathers
to the third and fourth generation? Is
this the righteousness of God? Or,
are we supposed to seek the inner meaning of the scriptures, and learn what
great spiritual truth the Bible is attempting to convey to us with regard to the
third and fourth sequential generation? (see The
Law Of Octaves)
view of the fact that such an absurdity was written so that men of a reasonable
mind could not believe such statement literally, we would do well to learn from
the first Christians, and investigate their mindset regarding the nature of
scripture? In the
introduction of the early Christian writing known as the Shepard of Hermas (see Shepherd
Of Hermas), it is written: “The Pastor of Hermas
was one of the most popular books, if not the most popular book, in the
Christian Church during the second, third, and fourth centuries... In ancient
times two opinions prevailed in regard to the authorship. The most widely spread
was, that the Pastor of Hermas was the production of the Hermas mentioned in the
Epistle to the Romans. Origen states this opinion distinctly, and it is repeated
by Eusebius and Jerome”.
If it is true that the Pastor of Hermas was one of the most important scriptural authorities over the first four centuries, then we can use it in our endeavor to better understand the essence of early Christian thought. What the Shepherd of Hermas has to say is very important to us today, because it represents the scriptural tradition that was taught directly to the faithful flock by the Apostles of Christ. Thus, on the nature of scripture, in the Shepherd we find: “I am senseless, sir, say I, and do not understand these parables. For how she can crush out, and on the other hand save, I do not perceive. Listen, says he. Those who have never searched for the truth, nor investigated the nature of the Divinity, but have simply believed, when they devote themselves to and become mixed up with business, and wealth, and heathen friendships, and many other actions of this world, do not perceive the parables of Divinity; for their minds are darkened by these actions, and they are corrupted and become dried up. Even as beautiful vines, when they are neglected, are withered up by thorns and divers plants, so men who have believed, and have afterwards fallen away into many of those actions above mentioned, go astray in their minds, and lose all understanding in regard to righteousness; for if they hear of righteousness, their minds are occupied with their business, and they give no heed at all. Those, on the other hand, who have the fear of God, and search after Godhead and truth, and have their hearts turned to the Lord, quickly perceive and understand what is said to them, because they have the fear of the Lord in them. For where the Lord dwells, there is much understanding. Cleave, then, to the Lord, and you will understand and perceive all things”
message that is very clear from this early Christian writing is that it is
impossible to mature spiritually, while attempting to divide oneself between the
two worlds. In our present
day culture we are living proof as to the validity of the wisdom that is
portrayed in this writing -- i.e., one cannot perceive the true meaning of the
parables and the inner significance of the historical narrative of the
scriptures, while one devotes their lives to their “business,
and wealth, and heathen friendships, and many other actions of this world”
-- which would include an addiction to television, computer games, internet
pornography, and all the many leisure’s and entertainments that captivate and
control our every-day lives. Fundamentally,
what this universally accepted first century writing conveys is that, contrary
to what is being preached in our pulpits, the Sunday go to church people who
live culturized lives over the course of the rest of the week, are incapable of
fulfilling the requirements of the Word of God.
the Shepherd of Hermas a reference is made to a tower, of which it is written: “And
the tower, I asked, what does it mean? This tower, he replied, is the Church.
And these virgins, who are they? They are Holy Spirits, and men cannot otherwise
be found in the kingdom of God unless these have put their clothing upon them:
for if you receive the name only, and do not receive from them the clothing,
they are of no advantage to you. For these virgins are the powers of the Son of
God. If you bear His name but possess not His power, it will be in vain that you
bear His name”.
understanding what is written, it is most important for us to be aware of the
continual message found in the words: “If you bear
His name but possess not His power, it will be in vain that you bear His name”.
Thus, if you call yourselves Christian, but fail to purify and develop
your mind and body from the defilements of this world -- and do not possess the
true Knowledge of the Spiritual Christ -- and have not yourselves inherited the
same higher powers of mind that the Son of God promised all his followers would
possess -- then “it will be in vain that you bear His
throughout the scriptures, including the New Testament, has three meanings, as
proclaimed in the Proverbs: “And do thou describe
these things to thyself in a threefold manner, in counsel and knowledge, and
that thou mayest answer the words of truth to those who have proposed them to
explaining this great truth, Origen writes of the miracles of Jesus: “…so
also there were many dead in the days of Jesus, but those only rose from the
grave whom the Logos knew to be fitted for a resurrection, in order that the
works done by the Lord might not be merely symbols of certain things, but that
by the very acts themselves He might gain over many to the marvelous doctrine of
the Gospel. I would say, moreover, that, agreeably to the promise of Jesus, His
disciples performed even greater works than these miracles of Jesus, which were
perceptible only to the senses. For the eyes of those who are blind in soul are
ever opened; and the ears of those who were deaf to virtuous words, listen
readily to the doctrine of God, and of the blessed life with Him; and many, too,
who were lame in the feet of the 'inner man,' as Scripture calls it, having now
been healed by the word, do not simply leap, but leap as the hart, which is an
animal hostile to serpents, and stronger than all the poison of vipers. And
these lame who have been healed, receive from Jesus power to trample, with those
feet in which they were formerly lame, upon the serpents and scorpions of
wickedness, and generally upon all the power of the enemy; and though they tread
upon it, they sustain no injury, for they also have become stronger than the
poison of all evil and of demons” (Symbols of miracles; Origen,
these words demonstrate to us is the great truth that both life, and the
scriptures, is a great deal more than what we perceive it to be.
The secret to understanding the Bible, which is the key to the knowledge
of life itself, was possessed by the early church, and can still be embraced in
the words of Origen when he responded to Celsus that the Christ still visits the
Godly, as seen in the words: “I maintain that even
after His incarnation, He is always found by those who possess the acutest
spiritual vision to be most God-like”.
Thus, the secret, then, is not in what one believes -- for all
philosophical belief is at best a mere shadow of reality -- but rather, all the
great Truths of Creation belong to those who are willing to live their life in
accordance with the teachings of The Way, in order to make themselves a fit
vessel for the Son of God to come and make his abode within them, and personally
reveal the Mysteries of God and the Sacred Secrets of Creation.
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The below web sites are written in the name of Allan Cronshaw, which is my birth name in this present life. The manner in which these other web sites are composed is very different than on this one -- wherein, on these other web sites there is an attempt to document and demonstrate every proof and concept of TheWay using a multitude of resources and biblical verses -- while on this web site there is no other authority than Jacob writing to you as the Brother Of Yeshua who was the leader of the Hebrew/Christian movement of TheWay. In the recently discovered Gospel of Thomas it is written: (12) The disciples said to Jesus, "We know that you will depart from us. Who is to be our leader?" Jesus said to them, "Wherever you are, you are to go to James the righteous, for whose sake heaven and earth came into being." So to once again restore the teachings of TheWay which is today known as Christianity, the Lord has sent Jacob/James, the Brother of Yeshua/Jesus, back into the world in order to guide the faithful flock into the Truth, the Light, and the Kingdom within (Luke 17:20-21). It is there that my brother Yeshua/Jesus awaits you.
The above warning with respect to the predicted corruption of Yeshua's teachings is further stated in the first century writings known today as the Clementine Recognitions where it is written: "Our Lord and Prophet, who hath sent us, declared to us that the wicked one, having disputed with Him forty days, and having prevailed nothing against Him, promised that he would send apostles from amongst his subjects, to deceive. Wherefore, above all, remember to shun apostle or teacher or prophet who does not first accurately compare his preaching with that of James, who was called the brother of my Lord, and to whom was entrusted to administer the church of the Hebrews in Jerusalem, — and that even though he come to you with witnesses: lest the wickedness which disputed forty days with the Lord, and prevailed nothing, should afterwards, like lightning falling from heaven upon the earth, send a preacher to your injury, as now he has sent Simon upon us, preaching, under pretense of the truth, in the name of the Lord, and sowing error. Wherefore He who hath sent us, said, ‘Many shall come to me in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. By their fruits ye shall know them.’"
Again it is warned by Clement: "Wherefore observe the greatest caution, that you believe no teacher, unless he bring from Jerusalem the testimonial of James the Lord’s brother, or of whosoever may come after him. For no one, unless he has gone up thither, and there has been approved as a fit and faithful teacher for preaching the word of Christ, — unless, I say, he brings a testimonial thence, is by any means to be received. But let neither prophet nor apostle be looked for by you at this time, besides us. For there is one true Prophet, whose words we twelve apostles preach"
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|Gospel of the Nazirenes -- Gospel Of Light: What did the Gospels look like before being edited and re-written by the Church of Rome? What were the original beliefs of the first followers of Yeshua? You will be astonished when you read a surviving text of The Gospel of the Nazirenes which was hidden away from the corrupters of the Roman Church. Are you ready for a truly enlightening experience?|
|The Gate Of Eden: Why were the Nazirene/Ebionites vegetarian? Why did they live in accordance with the precepts of the Torah/Law? Why did they live separate and apart from both Jews and Christians? The answer is very simple: The Gate of Eden is within us, and if we fail to enter therein while we are still physically alive in the body, we will have failed in our opportunity to enter into Life. And while it can be countered that we are saved by our belief in Messiah/Christ, faith, or the blood of the lamb, the truth is that if we were truly faithful disciples of TheWay, that we would experience the opening of the inner door and the Kingdom coming within us. The GateOfEden article explores all aspects of the need to pick up one's own cross and follow the narrow path that leads to the inner gate to the Edenic Kingdom of Origination.|
|Epistle Of Light - Epistle Of James To Pope John Paul II: 2000 years ago I lived as Jacob the brother of Jesus known as James. I was sent back to bring about the restoration of the Church, and the within letter to Pope John Paul is important for you to read and forward. The pope has the power to bring peace on earth if he releases certain early Christian documents that are in his possession. Jesus is calling out to you to help make the truth known! Will you hear the call?|
|Letter To President Bush: George Bush is a man of faith -- and the Lord has called him to deliver a message to another man who has the power to begin the process of restoring World Peace. Will Pres. Bush arise to the occasion? The conflict between Jew, Christian and Muslim cannot be resolved with guns and bombs. The only solution is spiritual -- and there is only one man who can at present begin the process of world-healing. Will you write to Pres. Bush and encourage him to perform the task that God has called him to do?|
|Institutionalized Ignorance Of Man Jesus was a Mystic, and he taught us how to walk the spiritual path of TheWay. Paul warned that it is impossible for natural man without spiritual transformation to know the Truth -- and he will look upon the Mysteries of God as "foolishness"! In vain believers read the Bible -- attend colleges and universities -- or read philosophical theories. There is only ONE Source of Knowledge that nourishes us with the Enlightening Manna from Heaven. The True Church is Spiritual, is within us, and can only be entered by the few who dedicate and surrender their lives to TheWay of Light. Everyone else embraces error - institutionalized error - in church, school and every other aspect of life.|