Religion today has been redefined by both the secular
politicians of the fourth century and the Protestant Reformers in the Middle
Ages to be an expression of faith in the unknown -- but this was not the
original intent of the New Covenant and teachings known as The Way. If we are to begin the process of restoring the Gospel,
and drawing closer to God, then it is imperative that be start to perceive the
true depth and purpose of the religious experience. It is therefore important for us to understand the
claim of religion at the beginning of our Common Era that man not only has the
ability to overcome this ten percent limitation that plagues him, but that the
holy men and women of the past possessed the keys to opening the door to higher
understanding. This claim
that man can possess the secret to open the full potential of his mind, was made
by both the Spiritual Jews known as the Essene-Ebionites, as well as the
Spiritual disciples and followers of Christ.
Genuine religion, then, was not only a life based upon
faith, but also the transformation of man from a carnal being of very limited
perception and understanding, to a spiritually mature Child of God who has been
set free from the shackles of the Prince of Darkness.
A genuine disciple of the Christ is the one who seeks the all-illumining
Power of the Light in his life -- a Power that permits the disciple to overcome
the congenital ten percent limitation of mind, and opens the spiritual senses of
the disciple to enable them to perceive Life and Reality from an enlightened and
illumined vision that is beyond the understanding of those who the Apostle
refers to as a “natural man” (1 Cor 2:14 NKJ).
What the Bible states is this: If man is to understand
and embrace existence from the perception of the Source of his Being, then he
must move beyond the superficial, and seek the Source and Essence of all things
in his life. What the Bible
teaches us is that this can only be accomplished when man ceases to adhere to
the doctrines of men who are limited by their natural carnal reasoning, and
learn directly from God -- the Source of all Truth.
Every day our school children are instructed and educated
into all the theories of science and philosophy of man -- and yet, the most
important aspect of man's learning experience is rarely ever discussed.
It is as if want to maintain an air of politically correctness -- i.e.,
we don’t what to convey to them that they are congenitally retarded.
This is especially demonstrated in the fact that the root
cause of all ignorance and conflict in the world is never presented to them in a
manner that would enable them to alleviate the problem, and strive to overcome
the obstacle. Fundamentally,
we at times do admit to our school children that the mind of man uses only a
fraction of its potential -- and there are instances in our educational
curriculums where we do acknowledge that our perception of life is of a
suppressed and limited vision -- but what does this mean?
Rarely do we ever discuss the implications of these facts -- i.e., it
means that every scientific truth and philosophical precept that we teach to our
children in all probability is incomplete and defective -- and yet we rarely
ever discuss the problem from the perspective that we do not know how to
overcome the congenital limitation and enable the child to use more of their
latent potential of mind.
In the same way, children and adults alike are constantly
being showered with claims of the superiority of one religious doctrine over
that of another -- and yet, they are never told about what the Bible states is
the cause for all theological conflict in the world. Non-religious people are critical of religious people
and vise versa, liberal religious people are critical of fundamentalists and
vise versa, and yet few ever acknowledge the true cause of the dissension
between the opposing points of view.
In the ultimate quest to perceive truth from error, these
questions regarding the very nature of mind, its inherent organic limitations,
and the true reason for all conflict of thought in the world, represent the root
cause of the problem that each one of us struggles with over the course of our
lives. Yet, this root cause
is rarely ever discussed by either the religious or non-religious authorities we
look to as teachers who are charged with the responsibility of enlightening our
understanding. By continually
dwelling on the effect, while ignoring the true cause, it is as if they suggest
that we resolve the problem of a car running out of gas by getting rid of the
Do we tell a blind man to see?
Or a deaf man to hear? Or
a crippled man to walk? Or a
retarded man to think and reason? If
we did, we would be looked upon as fools.
Yet, from the true perspective of man’s inherent limitation of mind,
this is exactly what we are attempting to do.
Every day we teach our blind, deaf, spiritually crippled and mentally
deficient children to ponder the Mysteries of God that are beyond even their
ability to imagine -- and this we call education.
Moreover, in removing any accountability to a Higher Power or the need to
live in accordance with moral standards, we have in many instances turned our
children into beasts.
If there is an organic and congenital reason why it is
impossible for man to perceive and comprehend the higher truths that would
enlighten his understanding, then it is this root problem that should be the
paramount issue for both the believer and non-believer to seriously ponder and
find a means to overcome. It
is reasonable to recognize that if man’s vision is inhibited -- if his hearing
is inhibited -- if his thinking is inhibited -- then to intelligently resolve
the problem, we must endeavor to remove the obstacle that inhibits him.
Yet, the reality of man’s plight is seen in the fact that both our
secular and religious authorities today are ignoring the problem, and telling
the blind man to see -- the deaf man to hear -- and the man who is incapable of
comprehending to understand.
In past ages we institutionalized children with the
congenital defect known as Down Syndrome.
We diagnosed them as hopelessly retarded, and incapable of living any
kind of normal life. At birth
our medical doctors strongly encouraged the parents of these children to sign
them over to an institution, and not even bring them home.
Our medical experts told the parents of a Down Syndrome child that they
will never mature beyond the mental age of five years old.
Today we have Down Syndrome children who even attend
college. What changed? One of the most profound changes that impacted the
plight of the Down Syndrome child was the Supreme Court ruling of Roe vs Wade.
With the reduction of adoptable children, suddenly these throwaway
children took on new value in the eyes of perspective parents, and there became
a waiting list to adopt a child with Down Syndrome.
Since these children were no longer simply cast into an institution where
they were ignored and neglected, we began to research the cause of the problem,
and we discovered that the level of retardation was directly linked to certain
physical and mental conditions that could be worked with.
The result is that today there are people with Down Syndrome who attend
public school, have gone on to college, are employed, have learned to drive a
car, and because we have addressed the problem on a wholistic level, are able to
function very well within our society.
This has been accomplished because insightful researchers confronted the
problem directly, and found ways to overcome the inherent limitation.
The religious holy men and women at the beginning of our
Common Era were those who endeavored to conquer the cause of the problem.
They wrote about their own experiences with regard to overcoming the
congenital limitation of mind that is a natural condition of birth in this
world. Like the person with
Down Syndrome, they did not attempt to dogmatize the thinking of the child --
but rather, they incorporated disciplines and a lifestyle into the life of the
person that would enable them to overcome their congenital limitations.
The result was that they could profoundly alter the life and thinking of
their student/disciples. By
removing the obstacle, sight was restored to the blind man -- hearing to the
deaf man -- and comprehension to the man who was previously limited by the
congenital natural level of understanding of carnal man.
The issue is this: We can spend our lives in the vain
endeavor of stuffing one hundred pounds of knowledge in the form of substance
into a ten pound bag -- uselessly attempting to instruct and educate a
genetically suppressed and congenitally limited mind -- or we can use our
intelligence to see the futility of such a course of action, go to the root
cause, fix the problem, and in overcoming the natural barrier, symbolically make
the bag bigger.
If we recognize the fact that man is congenitally blind
to the higher realities of Creation, what is the proper cause of action?
Should we continue to do as our secular educational institutions -- i.e.,
ignore the problem; accept our inherent condition; live our life in denial; and
adjust our lifestyle so we can continue to exist under the constraints and
limitations of our handicap? Should
we continue to face the problem in the manner of our churches -- i.e., ignoring
the warning of the Apostle by teaching and embracing incomplete religious
doctrines that divide the Word of God by the creation of still more sects and
factions, while doing nothing to resolve the cause of the problem?
What these things mean to us is this: So long as we
continue to ignore the source of the problem, we could argue forever about
theories and doctrines that we can never, ever, resolve.
In fact, from the perspective of ascertaining the truth, we are a people
who can be likened to one who attempts to eliminate the sea of confusion by
standing on the beach throwing one shovel of sand at a time into the ocean.
It is a useless endeavor that is simply not worth our effort -- much less
our life. What this means is that, unless we are willing to focus
on the source of the problem, rather than the downstream effects, we will die
without ever attempting to resolve the true dilemma.
Regardless of whether we become educated from a secular perspective, or
whether we become religious from a church perspective, we will die on the
battlefield of life without ever having begun to wage war on the true cause and
adversary that confronts us. Moreover,
from the perspective of our soul, we will have wasted and squandered our very
opportunity of life itself.
In view of the facts, it is not only reasonable, but
necessary to conclude that mankind in his natural -- carnal -- state, has an
inherently great limitation and burden placed upon him with regard to his
ability to comprehend the Mysteries of Creation.
Moreover, this inherent limitation is so all-pervading and encompassing,
that it overshadows every aspect of our lives in our quest to understand and
perceive our place in the Divine Order of things. Further, we will continue to dwell under the great
cloud of unknowing that has continually plagued man since the very dawn of time
-- endlessly groping in the darkness of this realm of illusion -- until we begin
to confront the source of the problem, rather than arguing and quarrelling over
its downstream effects that we can do nothing about. What this means is that we do not escape the dilemma of
this world by physically dieing -- but by dieing to this world while we are
still alive in this physical body!
What I am saying is nothing more than what we are warned
about in the scriptures: “For those who guide this people are leading them
astray; and those who are guided by them are brought to confusion” (Isa
9:16 NAS). For the most part
we ignore these many statements in the Bible because we fail to perceive that
they speak directly to us. Because
we fail to understand the cause of the problem, we are unable to recognize that,
like the child born with Down Syndrome, each of us enters into this life with a
congenital defect that uniformly causes us to focus our lives and thinking in
the wrong direction -- and it is this congenital defect that limits us to using
only a fraction of our true potential of mind. The great truth which the Bible acknowledges in the
above quotation is that those who lead us will always attempt to resolve the
dilemma of life by resorting to the use of the natural intellect -- an intellect
that is congenitally limited.
In the world of both science and religion the wisdom of
the biblical prediction is once again seen as true and applying to us, as we are
able to observe that those who we look to as authorities, and attempt to teach
us, very rarely ever discuss or even acknowledge the root cause of either our
congenital learning disability, or the reason for all the doctrinal and
political conflicts in the world. Why?
Because the majority of our leaders are virtually living off the
conflict! In fact, they are
in essence the very people that the Bible warns us to stay away from -- calling
them false prophets and the servants of the antichrist -- and cautions us not to
follow in their way. In their
many doctrines and understandings that they create in order to explain mysteries
that they possess no comprehension of, they have not even begun to confront the
beast of ignorance that plagues all of mankind -- a beast that they, themselves,
do not possess the means to overcome and slay.
Yet, like blind guides, they are all too willing to instruct and
indoctrinate you into their religion and/or philosophy about life.
Once you understand and come to terms with the heart of
the problem, you will cease to become immersed in its ever-unfolding outward
effects. You will no longer
engage others in meaningless arguments over the mysteries of life that they are
incapable of comprehending. Once
you have truly come to recognize the root cause of the problem of all conflict
and dissension, you will understand the reason why the Apostle Paul condemned
the formation of sects and opinions based upon conflicting contentions over
religious doctrine. And you
will truly begin to see that there is One Truth -- and when mankind fails to
perceive this One Truth, and argues among himself, there is truly One Error; and
this one error takes on as many forms as there have been men who have lived upon
the face of the earth. Therefore,
not wanting to be a child of darkness and error, you will alter your course, and
come to the Light by embracing the Source of this One Great Truth.
There is no point in arguing with an Atheist -- they are
utilizing a part of their mind that is incapable of seeing beyond their current
perception of life. In like
manner, there is no point in arguing with a Fundamentalist, a liberal or
conservative, a feminist, or any other school of thought that exists.
These people do not have free will, and they perceive the world through a
predetermined filter that forces their vision and understanding into a
previously defined role which they play on the stage of life.
These people are not free -- i.e., their thinking is controlled by the
both the laws that cause each person to perceive life from a certain
perspective, the previous experiences of their soul, and the organic patterns
that have been ingrained in their physical body and associated organs and
glands. Before a person
can even begin to open their minds, they must perceive their limitations of
mind, and they must then embrace the problem from a wholistic perspective.
Few people are willing to do this, and they therefore spend the majority
of their lives believing everyone else to be in error.
It is only when be begin to understand the cause of the
problem that we will then be able to comprehend the New Covenant prohibition
against judging and finding fault with our fellow brothers and sisters.
In most instances, the majority of people are doing the best they can
under the circumstances of life they are presently living.
Change does not come with preaching or condemnation -- but rather, change
can only come when the Children of the Light demonstrate the manner in which the
people must walk in The Way.
In understating these facts, we are then presented with a
choice. We can either
continue to swim in the never ending sea of contention -- pointing to the error
in our brothers and sisters, while we, ourselves, continue to exist in our own
brand of falsehood because we are only capable of a very partial understanding
of the mysteries of life -- or, we can focus our effort on the heart and essence
of the problem. When Jesus
promised his disciples they would know the Truth, what he stated is that his
followers would be able to perceive Reality and Creation through the eyes of our
Eternal Father-God. In the
restoral of the first century teachings of The Way, I will not ask you to
believe or have faith -- but rather, what I will present to you will be the
means that will enable you to look beyond the inherent error of this realm, and
perceive the true cause of all strife and conflict throughout this and all other
worlds of Creation.
If we were to go to the very essence and core of what
Jesus taught -- a core teaching that is ignored by what the Bible refers to as
the children of darkness -- perhaps one of the most important concepts that
Christ conveyed to his faithful disciples is embodied in the words of the
Apostle Paul when he wrote that the “carnal mind is enmity against God; for
it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are
in the flesh cannot please God... For if you live according to the flesh you
will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will
live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God”
(Rom 8:7-8;13 NKJ).
People from all over the world open their Bibles written
in almost every language known to man, and only a very few ever see one of the
most ignored and misunderstood verses in the New Testament -- which message is
the profound warning of the Apostle that “the natural man does not receive
the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he
know them, because they are spiritually discerned" (1 Cor 2:14 NKJ).
These words that possess a profound and all-pervading meaning to every
person who has ever lived, represent the very first principles of New Covenant
thought that is ignored by our churches today!
What this means is that man, in his natural state -- born
of the union of man and woman -- is utterly incapable of understanding God, the
Divine Mysteries alluded to in the scriptures, and man's true spiritual reality
as manifest in Creation. The
profound message that the Apostle is warning the reader about is this:
Regardless of how often you pick up your Bible to read the written word of God,
so long as you are of a natural mind, it is impossible for you to ever perceive
what Paul calls the Mysteries of the Gospel.
Moreover, it is not a matter of more study -- or more prayer -- or more
worship -- or calling upon the name of the Lord -- so long as we continue to
ignore the congenital problem of mind that inhibits us.
What the Bible proclaims to the reader is that only when we begin to
embrace the Word of God in the totality of the Truth, and we become fully
consecrated to the Word throughout every aspect of our being, will the Lord be
able to move in our lives to break down the wall which limits our natural
consciousness, and we will see and know all things as they truly are from the
same vision as our Creator-God.
One of the most ignored truths which the Bible conveys to
those in search of the Light is this: “If any one imagines that he knows
something, he does not yet know as he ought to know” (1 Cor 8:2 RSV).
Why? Why, we ask,
would Paul make a statement such as this?
How can the Apostle warn those who were baptized and committed Christians
-- a body of believers who had themselves received the gifts of the spirit, and
of whom the Apostle writes: “that in every way you were enriched in him
with all speech and all knowledge--even as the testimony to Christ was confirmed
among you--so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift” (1 Cor 1:5-7
RSV) -- and yet, the Apostle said of these confirmed and committed Christian
believers that they do not yet know as they ought to know?
If these confirmed and baptized Christians were enriched in “all
knowledge” and were “not lacking in any spiritual gift”, and
yet they did “…not yet know as they ought to know”, then what is
the nature of the Mysteries of God that they cannot even be revealed to the
minds of carnal man who would view man’s spiritual reality as “foolishness”.
In these words of the Apostle lies the dilemma that has plagued mankind
since the very dawn of time itself -- and it is the followers of Jesus who
should take the Apostle’s message to heart, and should be leading men into the
Mankind, and especially those who profess to believe of
the Gospel, dwell in a world of great confusion because they chose to
continually ignore one of the most profoundly important warnings of the Bible.
In fact, all contention in the world -- all factions -- all confusion --
all division -- all dissension among mankind -- all evil -- all racial and
ethnic conflict -- all domestic violence -- all error -- all has its root in the
core message of the scriptures that all but a very few possess the wisdom to see
-- i.e., that what the Apostle says is the great truth that continually plagues
mankind as he searches for truth and understanding is this: If you read the
scriptures and perceive the Word of God in accordance with human understanding,
then you are seeing only a very limited and carnal sense of the Gospel.
Moreover, in view of the fact that this world in which we presently dwell
is in and of itself a living scripture which was created for our instruction,
the same blindness that plagues the religious man, is exactly the same as the
philosopher and scientist who attempts to understand the higher reality of the
world in which we are presently confined to.
They may appear smart because they have learned to manipulate matter with
either craftsmanship or technology, but unless they comprehend the essence and
purpose of life itself, they know very little of any real value.
Wise men, then, understand that it is not that man has to
be educated, instructed, or learn more than he knows at present through the
process of rote programming in or systems of education -- but rather, he must
strive to overcome the carnal limitation that plunges him into a world of
darkness. From this
perspective, the religious man, the philosopher, and the scientist are all in
search of the same exact Power of Enlightenment -- and in our quest to come into
the Presence of the Anointing (Christ), and be taught directly from the Word of
God, it is imperative that we embrace truth over culture and doctrine, and start
to open our eyes and mind in the endeavor to possess a greater understanding and
depth of what we presently see and believe.
In the same way that man is a great deal more than what
he appears to be physically, spiritual men of wisdom have always heeded the
warning at Proverbs 22:20 where the scriptures reveal to us: “Have not I
written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge” (KJV).
One only has to check the meaning of the Hebrew text where it is here
translated “excellent things” to understand that the word means a
triangle, three, or threefold revelation of counsel and knowledge.
Thus, the Word of God is then a threefold revelation that can only be
perceived by those who, in Jesus' own words, possess the eyes to see and ears to
hear and understand the inner meaning of the Word that is beyond the natural
comprehension of man.
is of the utmost importance for us to recognize that this threefold nature of
the scriptures merely follows the pattern of all things in life, and is so
paramount in our search for truth and understanding that the Church Father
Origen wrote that it is in fact the very Key of Knowledge that Jesus accused the
Jewish sects of the Sadducees and Pharisees of throwing away.
A most profound statement of Origen is found in his famed writing De
Principiis where he writes: “But all the narrative portion, relating either
to the marriages, or to the begetting of the children, or to battles of
different kinds, or to any other histories whatever, what else can they be
supposed to be, save the forms and figures of hidden and sacred
things? As men, however, make little effort to exercise their intellect, or
imagine that they possess knowledge before they really learn, the consequence is
that they never begin to have knowledge; or if there be no want of a desire, at
least, nor of an instructor, and if divine knowledge be sought after, as it
ought to be, in a religious and Holy Spirit, and in the hope that many points
will be opened up by the revelation of God -- since to human sense they are
exceedingly difficult and obscure -- then, perhaps, he who seeks in such a
manner will find what it is lawful to discover”.
If it is our desire to possess what we can call genuine
knowledge -- to begin to perceive the Mysteries of God which the Apostle said
was beyond the natural perception of man -- and we want to know anything of any
real value -- i.e., who we are, and what is our true relationship to both Jesus
and our Creator God that Jesus taught was our Father -- then it is of the
highest importance that we contemplate what we see in the above words by the
Church Father Origen. Of a
paramount importance is for us to closely analyze the statement by Origen that
is in absolute conflict with the quasi-Darwinist mindset with which we have been
imbued with since childhood from our modern-day culture.
This is seen in the words that few men even “…imagine
that they possess knowledge before they really learn”.
Ask the question and ponder the ramifications: How is it that we could
possess knowledge before we even begin to learn?
Moreover, how can it be said that because we fail to recognize this fact,
that “…the consequence is that they never begin to have knowledge”?
While the average reader may simply skim over these
words, the ramifications of their wisdom is profound!
More importantly is the fact that it should be clear to the reader is
that Origen saw life from a totally different perception than we do today.
What we must decide as we analyze his words is if the Church Father
Origen is representative of a more pure biblical vision of the meaning and
purpose of life -- and if it is, then we can easily begin to perceive why both
our churches and our culture has failed to manifest the higher reality that we
have sought. What Origen
conveys is that because we are looking at the picture of life in reverse of
man’s actual reality, that the words of the Apostle are completely relative to
us when he warned: “If any one imagines that he knows something, he does
not yet know as he ought to know” (1 Cor 8:2 RSV).
With respect to these statements we must ask why Origen
would state that: “…men, however, make little effort
to exercise their intellect”?
And stating with respect to the scriptures that: “…But all the narrative portion,
relating either to the marriages, or to the begetting of the children, or to
battles of different kinds, or to any other histories whatever, what else can
they be supposed to be, save the forms and figures of
hidden and sacred things”.
What Origen writes is that all those references to marriages, the
begetting of children, and the depiction of the many battles, has absolutely
nothing to do with historical events -- but rather, are “…the forms and
figures of hidden and sacred things”.
The problem is that in order to begin to understand the true meaning of
these sacred symbols and forms, we must begin to utilize those parts of our mind
that is beyond the less than ten percent level which nature permits us to use.
Moreover, the key is found in the words: “…As men, however, make
little effort to exercise their intellect, or imagine that they possess
knowledge before they really learn, the consequence is that they never begin to
have knowledge; or if there be no want of a desire, at least, nor of an
What I will
demonstrate throughout this book is that if we are to begin to truly “…exercise
our intellect”, and desire to learn in the presence of the only genuine “instructor”,
then we must reverse the quasi-Darwinist mindset with which we have been imbued,
and recognize the great truth that we do indeed “…possess knowledge
before we really [begin to] learn”.
Without our very astute recognition of the implications of these
all-important words as representing the very essence of New Covenant thought, we
will remain hopelessly carnal, and make little progress in our quest to
understand anything of any real value!
It is therefore of the greatest importance for us to recognize that what
Origen is very clearly stating, is that we already possess a source of knowledge
within us that was manifest at a time before we endeavored to begin the process
of learning in this life. This
in turn confirms the great truth and biblical assertion that, when we embrace
the doctrines of the teachers of this world who attempt to teach us in the
traditional manner of instruction, that we become disenfranchised from this
inner source of knowledge that each of us already possesses.
respect to the hidden meaning of the scriptures, Origen then writes: “But
lest this difficulty perhaps should be supposed to exist only in the language of
the prophets, seeing the prophetic style is allowed by all to abound in figures
and enigmas, what do we find when we come to the Gospels? Is there not hidden
there also an inner, namely a divine sense, which is revealed by that grace
alone which he had received who said, ‘But we have the mind of Christ, that we
might know the things freely given to us by God. Which things also we speak, not
in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Spirit teacheth?’ And
if one now were to read the revelations which were made to John, how amazed
would he not be that there should be contained within them so great an amount of
hidden, ineffable mysteries, in which it is clearly understood, even by those
who cannot comprehend what is concealed, that something certainly is concealed.
And yet are not the Epistles of the Apostles, which seem to some to be plainer,
filled with meanings so profound, that by means of them, as by some small
receptacle, the clearness of incalculable light appears to be poured into those
who are capable of understanding the meaning of divine wisdom? And therefore,
because this is the case, and because there are many who go wrong in this life,
I do not consider that it is easy to pronounce, without danger, that any one
knows or understands those things, which, in order to be opened up, need the key
of knowledge; which key, the Savior declared, lay with those who were skilled in
great truth that Origen conveys to us is that the scriptures are written in
symbols, figures and enigmas that can only be revealed to the reader by man’s
spiritual nature and the indwelling mind of Christ. And if we ask why the scriptures would be written in such a
manner? The answer is because
they are composed in accord with the universal genetic blueprint of Creation --
in order for the soul in search of Truth will observe the same pattern in the
scriptures that exist throughout all of life.
we were of an enlightened mind, and we could perceive the totality of everything
we see and experience, we would perceive that all of life in this realm is a
series of symbols, figures and enigmas that can only be perceived when we see
through the eyes of our soul and spiritual natures.
The universe is a great mind -- and everything we see is a symbol that
conveys a deeper thought to those who possess the eyes to see man’s spiritual
reality. Moreover, it is equally important for us to
recognize that, according to Origen, these Mysteries of the Gospel that we seek
today to understand can only be contemplated by those who possess the Key of
Knowledge. Origen then goes
on to say: “And here, although it is a digression, I think we
should inquire of those who assert that before the advent of the Savior there
was no truth among those who were engaged in the study of the law, how it could
be said by our Lord Jesus Christ that the keys of knowledge were with them, who
had the books of the prophets and of the law in their hands. For thus did He
speak: “Woe unto you, ye teachers of the law, who have taken away the key of
knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them who wished to enter in ye
hindered” (Origen quoting Luke 11:52).
These words of Origen should open up a whole new avenue
of reality that few of us whose thinking and mindset has been cultured by our
modern society has ever contemplated!
If both the scriptures and the life we are living is a series of symbols,
figures and enigmas that we must possess the Key of Knowledge to understand,
then our present limitation of mind has in fact been caused by our inability to
use the same Key of Knowledge that unlocks the meaning of the scriptures, to
unlock the three-dimensional prison in which we presently dwell. Moreover, it is this same Key of Knowledge that when
properly applied in our lives, permits our minds to evolve out of the embryonic
state of natural man, into an Anointed (Christ) and Illumined Son of our
Heavenly Father -- who has, in the manner of the Prodigal Son, overcome this
world and returned Home to the Kingdom from which we originally emanated.
What Origen makes reference to is the very essence to the enigma of mind
that has confused and confounded all men in search of knowledge -- whether
philosophical, secular or religious -- throughout all the ages.
What this also means is that both the Roman Church, as
well as the modern-day intellectually elite, have all underestimated the true
depth of mind of the Hebrew holy men and women.
In view of the fact that many modern-day Jews are Atheist -- and even
Carl Marx himself was a Jewish Atheist -- it can be demonstrated that these
great thinkers and philosophical icons of our modern culture threw away the very
key to the essence of knowledge that they sought after.
From a Christian perspective, the great truth that Origen
conveys to us is the understanding that the Jews already possessed the Key of
Knowledge prior to the time of Jesus -- but because the Sadducees and Pharisees
failed to use this Key within themselves, and hindered the people of the common
(Jewish) faith who attempted to use the scriptures in the manner that was
intended, that for this reason Jesus condemned them as counterfeit leaders and
false instructors whose study of the law would remain unfruitful.
Why are these words so important to us today?
Because the doctrines of the fourth-century Roman Church has in effect
imbued us with the same exact error as those “teachers of the law”
that Jesus condemned. Moreover,
once properly understood, it is seen that the very people who call themselves
Christian today, continue to embrace the same exact error as did the Sadducees,
Pharisees, the Church of Rome, Carl Marx, Darwin, and the majority of our
societies cultural philosophers who the Apostle Paul condemns as promoting the
false wisdom of this world.
respect to the Key of Knowledge, Origen then goes on to explain: “But, as we had begun to observe, the way which
seems to us the correct one for the understanding of the Scriptures, and for the
investigation of their meaning, we consider to be of the following kind: for we
are instructed by Scripture itself in regard to the ideas which we ought to form
of it. In the Proverbs of Solomon we find some such rule as the following laid
down, respecting the consideration of holy Scripture: ‘And do thou,’ he
says, ‘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 thee’.”
Only when we begin to understand these biblical concepts are we able to perceive the wisdom behind the commandment to be in the world and not of it! Moreover, so long as we attempt to cling to the thinking and natural human understanding of this world, we can never be anything more than cultural Christians who are being nourished by what the Apostle calls the “milk” of the gospel -- never perceiving or understanding the Mysteries of God or the Spiritual and Genuine Gospel of Christ.
It is the Genuine Christian who has become enlightened
by the indwelling Anointing of the Light, who will perceive that this same Key
of Knowledge with respect to the threefold nature of the written word not only
applies to the scriptures, but to every facet of our lives. Evidence that this threefold
nature is not limited to the Bible, and is present throughout every aspect of
creation is seen in Seiss' Apocalypse for Revelation 1:17-20, where it is
written with regard to the number three: “As such, it has also been done in
all God's works. Man is body, soul, and spirit -- three-one. The family is man,
and wife, and offspring -- three-one. Religion is knowledge, action, and
experience -- three-one”. What
Seiss is saying is that if we desire to escape the error of the Sadducees and
Pharisees, we must recognize that this genetic threefold imprint of God is seen
throughout every aspect of Creation.
Ultimately, Seiss conveys to us the wisdom of the ancients with the
acknowledgment of “man, and wife, and offspring”, and especially when
perceived universally as the positive, negative and balance -- or offspring of
the two primary forces of Creation -- wherein when properly understood, lies the
Key of Knowledge.
this means is that in every aspect of our lives we are living out the Divine
Genetic Pattern with which all of Creation has been imbued, and we only need to
become conscious of the forces at work in our lives, and then apply the formula
in accordance with the teachings of the New Covenant. The more we apply the formula, the more we develop from
our embryonic state of mind. As
we become mature, the First Force of Creation -- i.e., the Word -- can instruct
us into all the Mysteries of God.
At Psalms 119:18 where it is written: “Open my eyes,
that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law” (RSV), these wondrous
truths that the eyes must be opened to are not easily perceived. On this word that we interpret “wondrous”,
Brown-Driver-Briggs' Definition tells us that what is contained is “beyond
one's power, to be difficult to do... to be difficult to understand...
extraordinary or hard or difficult thing...”
A very important biblical concept is revealed by the
Prophet Isaiah in the words: “For the LORD hath poured out upon you the
spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers,
the seers hath he covered. And the vision of all is become unto you as the words
of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read
this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed: And the book is
delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he
saith, I am not learned. Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw
near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed
their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of
men” (Isa 29:10-13 KJV).
With regard to the statement that the inner and true
meaning of the scriptures are hidden from the mind of man by the Hand of God,
the Commentary Barnes' Notes writes: “The vision of all the prophets; that
is, all the revelations which God has made to you. The prophet refers not only
to his own communications, but to those of his contemporaries, and of all who
had gone before him. The sense is, that although they had the communications
which God had made to them, yet they did not understand them. They were as
ignorant of their true nature as a man who can read is of the contents of a
letter that is sealed up, or as a man who cannot read is of the contents of a
book that is handed to him”.
If we say that we desire to be disciples of the Truth,
and commence our journey into the Light, then it is absolutely necessary that we
begin with the recognition of the barrier that obstructs our path.
It is no different than if we started a business -- or any other endeavor
where there are obstacles that must be overcome.
Truth belongs only to those who are willing to seek it.
In order for us to commence our journey as a disciple of
the Light, and open our minds to the higher truths of the spirit, we must start
the process by asking the question: Why was the genuine spiritual revelation of
the scriptures closed to the people, their religious leaders, and their
prophets? If we are to find
success in our journey, then we must understand the reason why the Bible states
that God intentionally concealed the true meaning of the written word?
The key to the great dilemma is found in the words that they permitted
themselves to be “taught by the precept of men” (Isa 29:13).
Thus, one of the most profound questions that affects
every person today: Why is teaching others philosophical truths as we routinely
do today considered such a sin from a biblical perspective? How else are we to instruct and educate our children
but to send them to school? How
else are we to learn and improve ourselves but to study the wisdom of the great
minds of our society? How
else are we to learn the word of God but to attend study groups and learn the
meaning of the scriptures?
In view of the fact that study and instruction can be
very important, the answer to these questions are not easy for us to understand
and embrace. True learning
and knowledge can never be embraced through instruction alone -- but rather,
through instruction that conveys knowledge in its true threefold form, along
with the means to manifest this instruction and knowledge in our daily lives.
If it is the purpose of instruction to grow our level of consciousness,
then we must learn to apply the Key of Knowledge to our thoughts, as well as
every aspect of our lives. As we read the scriptures the most important
interpretation is the one that we see with our own mind.
When we take the thoughts of another person and memorize their thoughts,
and attempt to make them our own, we totally negate the power of the written
word, as well as the soul and the spirit to instruct us.
Thus the words of Jesus towards those who teach a doctrinal
interpretation of the scriptures: “Woe to you, teachers of the law and
Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert,
and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as you are”
(Matt 23:15 NIV).
To contact the author: Allan_Cronshaw@nazirene.org