the course of the first three centuries there were Christians who believed that
Jesus did not even have a physical nature.
Because his body was in fact a perfected physical nature, it could be
said that if Jesus was to appear physically before us, what we would see would
be a projection that originates in the realm of higher spiritual reality.
When the Bible states of Jesus that: “But passing through their
midst, He went His way” (Luke 4:30 NAS) -- what is being conveyed is that
he simply became invisible by retracting his physical form that was projected
into this realm, and departed from the crowd that was intent on killing him.
A soul of his stature who has conquered and perfected the Laws of God
within him, has this type of power that is beyond the comprehension of natural
organic man in his carnal state of being.
we possessed scriptures that were more pure, we would quickly understand that if
we desire to come face to face with reality, then we must seek to see beyond the
reflection, and into the world that is real. It is this desire to come face to face with reality
that prompted the Apostle to write: “even though we have known Christ
according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer” (2 Cor 5:16
NAS). This spiritual Christ,
over the historical Christ in the flesh, was what biblical scholar Rudolf
Bultmann was speaking of when he concluded that the “…Christian faith is,
and should be, comparatively uninterested in the historical Jesus and centered
instead on the transcendent Christ” (Encyclopedia Britannica, 1998
electronic edition) -- transcendent, meaning, the source of the projection from
the other side of the great divide.
in Jesus, then, means that we possess sufficient faith to follow him into the
Kingdom that he declared. That
we cannot presently accomplish this feat, does not mean that we cannot develop
these abilities that are already indigenous to our soul and spiritual natures.
It is for this reason that such great importance was placed upon picking
up one's cross, and following in the Master's footsteps.
Belief alone cannot open the door to the Kingdom -- but rather, belief
and faith in the Lord in conjunction with divinely imparted knowledge and
Kingdom is not something to be believed in -- but rather, to be entered into
while one is still physically alive in this world. One cannot be taught about the Kingdom -- we can only
be taught how to enter into the Kingdom.
Therefore, those of us who the Bible speaks of as being “without”,
are taught in parables -- which are images that contain within themselves great
spiritual truths. On the
other hand, those who are willing to go “in the house” with the Lord,
are taught all things -- which things are spoken of as the Mysteries of God to
those who are “without” -- Mysteries, because they are beyond the
comprehension of the carnal mind of man which only uses less than ten percent of
the first century disciple of Peter writes of these mysteries:
Righteous, John and Peter were entrusted by the Lord after his resurrection with
the higher knowledge. They imparted
it to the other apostles, to the seventy…” (Outlines Book VIII).
This higher knowledge that was entrusted only to the soul portrayed as his brother and the
direct disciples of Jesus, is what Christians today are in search of, and what was
thrown away by the Church of the Roman Empire.
regard to the Secret Doctrine of Jesus, Origen writes that Jesus
with His disciples in private, and especially in their sacred retreats,
concerning the Gospel of God; but the words which He uttered have not been
preserved, because it appeared to the evangelists that they could not be
adequately conveyed to the multitude in writing or in speech… and they saw…
what things were to be committed to writing, and how this was to be done, and
what was by no means to be written to the multitude, and what was to be
expressed in words, and what was not to be so conveyed”.
these words Origen is here revealing an important concept -- a phrase that
differentiates the gospel of Christ -- or what is commonly called the Good News
that was preached to the masses of people -- and that doctrine that was too
sacred to be written, and is herein called the “Gospel of God”.
Origen says of this Gospel that it “could not be adequately conveyed
to the multitude in writing or in speech”.
What Origen is confirming is that the Gospel of God has never been
written in a document of any kind that you could read, as you do other religious
writings. It is this great
truth that is expressed in the words of the Church Father when he writes that
the Sacred Mysteries of God's Gospel could never be “committed to
writing… and expressed in words”.
Origen is very clearly stating in these words have great meaning to the modern
believer in search of the Mysteries of God today. If we are to spiritually mature, we must recognize the
fact that what we read literally -- i.e., with our physical eyes and natural
perception and understanding -- in our Bibles today, is not the Gospel of God,
but rather, the doctrine intended for the masses of people who dwell outside the
house or Kingdom. Open your
Bibles and see for yourself. Nowhere
in the New Testament scriptures does it suggest that what is written is
representative of what the Bible states is the Mysteries that was revealed to
those who were with the Lord “in the house”!
we are to embrace the higher knowledge that we pray for, it is important that we
comprehend that in a Spiritual Church, there would not be any reason to attempt
to teach Sacred Truths that carnal words and understanding cannot describe or
fathom. In a Spiritual
Church, the only thing necessary to teach is how to enter and open the front
door. Once in, God Himself
will teach the disciple all things. This
great truth is expressed in the Gospel of John in the words:
“It is written
in the Prophets: 'They will all be taught by God.' Everyone who listens to the
Father and learns from him comes to me” (John 6:45 NIV). Thus, the Gospel of God is never taught or written in
words that men can perceive with carnal eyes or understanding -- but rather,
only the instruction on how -- or The Way -- to embrace the Higher Spiritual
then uses the writings of John as an example and writes:
“And once more,
John, in teaching us the difference between what ought to be committed to
writing and what not, declares that he heard seven thunders instructing him on
certain matters, and forbidding him to commit their words to writing”.
The passage of scripture that Origen is referring to is: “And I saw
another strong angel coming down out of heaven, clothed with a cloud; and the
rainbow was upon his head, and his face was like the sun, and his feet like
pillars of fire; and he had in his hand a little book which was open. And he
placed his right foot on the sea and his left on the land; and he cried out with
a loud voice, as when a lion roars; and when he had cried out, the seven peals
of thunder uttered their voices. And when the seven peals of thunder had spoken,
I was about to write; and I heard a voice from heaven saying, 'Seal up the
things which the seven peals of thunder have spoken, and do not write them’”
(Rev 10:1-4 NAS).
is it that John is conveying to us? Very
clearly he is warning the reader that his writings are sealed -- sealed because
the Sacred Truths are not written literally, but with the garb of Gnostic
symbolism -- and that only the disciples of the Light can grasp their true
meaning. That we do not have
the slightest idea as to the true spiritual meaning of the Book of Revelations
is demonstrated in the fact that every generation of church prophets has used
this writing to prove they were living in the “end times”, and all
have been proved to be in error.
does this term sealed mean? In
the words of the prophet Isaiah: “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 honor me, but have
removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the
precept of men” (Isa 29:11-13 KJV).
The one who is learned cannot read it because he cannot betray the
Mysteries of God to those who are “outside” the house.
While the one who is not learned cannot read it because he lacks the
spiritual eyes to see beyond the facade of the exoteric doctrine that is
contained in the literal understanding of the narrative.
is impostor Jews such as the scribes and Pharisees who attempt to read the
scriptures in accordance with what Isaiah calls “the precept of men”,
that Jesus condemned. Thus,
it is these people whom the Lord spoke of when he said that they
me with their mouth, and with their lips do honor me, but have removed their
heart far from me”. Why?
It is only through the consecrated physical body, the purified heart, and
the enlightened (Anointed) mind that the disciple enters into the Spiritual
self-examination, this same condition that Jesus condemned is prevalent in the
modern Church today. The
people who have very little knowledge of the Bible depend upon others to teach
them. This is both good and
bad. It is good that the
people gain a greater understanding of the scriptures -- it is not good that
they learn the doctrine of the sect, and then they study the scriptures to
confirm “the precepts of men” which they have been taught.
When they do this, they unknowingly remove their heart farther from the
Lord, and cut themselves off from the Source of True Knowledge. Moreover, because they possess a carnal perception of
God, when they pray, they do not pray to the Lord, but rather they prey to the
god of their precepts and dogma. And
in the same way, when they call upon the name of the Lord, they often call upon
the lord of their own creation.
scriptures are spiritual writings that are sealed -- which means that only those
who have matured spiritually, and have been given the spiritual eyes to see the
true meaning of the scriptures -- those who are able to look within and beyond
the seal -- will grasp the essence of the Word.
Why? Because the
objective of New Covenant teachings is not to instruct men about the Kingdom --
but rather, to teach them the means to enter the Kingdom.
In view of the fact that our pre-existent soul already consciously dwells
in a heavenly realm that is parallel to this physical world in which we live,
the initial knowledge that we need is already manifest within us.
the Bible states is that the Mysteries of the Kingdom and the Gospel of God do
not belong to the carnal and profane, and this is seen in the command of the
Lord: “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs.
If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to
pieces” (Matt 7:6 NIV).
the heading of Dog, the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia for
this verse it reads: “Other passages express by inference the low esteem in
which dogs are held. Nothing worse could happen to a person than that his body
should be devoured by dogs (1 Kin 14:11; 16:4; 21:19,23, etc.). Job 30:1 says of
the youth who deride him that he disdained to set their fathers with the dogs of
his flock. In Phil 3:2 and Rev 22:15, dogs are coupled with evil-workers,
regard to this verse the Adam Clark Commentary writes that the members of
this sentence should be transposed thus:
Give not that which is holy unto the dogs,
Lest they turn again and rend you:
Neither cast ye your pearls before swine,
Lest they trample them under their feet.
commentary then goes on to explain the meaning: “As a general meaning of
this passage, we may just say: The sacrament of the Lord's supper, and other
holy ordinances which are only instituted for the genuine followers of Christ,
are not to be dispensed to those who are continually returning like the snarling
ill-natured dog to their easily predominant sins of rash judgment, barking at
and tearing the characters of others by evil speaking, back biting and
slandering; nor to him who, like the swine, is frequently returning to wallow in
the mud of sensual gratifications and impurities?”
of those Christians who again turn to the things of this world after beginning
to embrace the gospel of Christ, the Apostle Peter makes reference to the
scriptures and states: “But it is happened unto them according to the true
proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed
to her wallowing in the mire” (2 Pet 2:22 KJV).
must come to terms with the reality today that Jesus was not all-inclusive.
It is clearly seen in the Bible that Jesus commanded his disciples not to
reveal even the elementary precepts of the Gospel of God to those people who can
be likened to dogs and swine -- even when they profess with their mouths their
allegiance to the Lord. If
they were true believers, then they would know the Mysteries first hand.
For this reason the Sacred Secrets that bring the believer to maturity,
are simply not written where the carnal and unworthy can view them.
This is confirmed in the words of Clement, the 1st century disciple of
Peter, who wrote: “We remember that our Lord and teacher, as commanding,
said to us, guard the mysteries for me, and the sons of my house.
Wherefore also he explained to his disciples, privately, the mysteries of
the kingdoms of the heavens.” (Clementine Homilies).
is important is for us to realize that Jesus taught two gospels -- the good news
or gospel of Jesus that was proclaimed to the masses, and the Gospel of God,
which were the Mysteries of the Kingdom that was taught only to his disciples.
This is seen expressly in the words of Clement when said regarding the
commandment of the Lord that the disciples must “guard the mysteries for
me, and the sons of my house”.
Those who are in the house, are the disciples who have gained entrance
into the Spiritual Kingdom that he declared.
While those who were said to be “outside”, or sense bound in
this world, received only the good news announcing the existence of the
Spiritual Kingdom that they must seek with a purified body and mind.
a New Covenant perspective, knowledge that is conveyed in the manner of
instruction must be understood to be the elementary teachings which assist us in
our endeavor to prepare ourselves -- road markers that we will perceive as we
travel -- changes in consciousness that we will observe -- and the route that we
must follow in our journey into the Kingdom. The whole concept of the coming of the Kingdom is not
from the perspective that a physical kingdom will be inaugurated in this world
-- but rather, that the divide between the inner Kingdom (Lk 17:21) will be
bridged, and we will then exist in both realms simultaneously. Thus, herein lies the problem once it is understood
that we already consciously exist in both worlds, and it is this division that
divides us that Jesus said we must strive and work to overcome.
When the Bible states that we must pick up our own cross and walk in The
Way, what it is conveying is the need to purify the body and expand the mind in
preparation for the Kingdom to come within the consciousness that we are using
in this realm.
regard to the spiritual term “house”, Origen wrote:
“I have not
yet spoken of the observances of all that is written in the gospel, each one of
which contains much doctrine difficult to be understood, not merely by the
multitude, but even by certain of the more intelligent, including a very
profound explanation of the parables, which Jesus delivered to ‘those without'
while reserving the exhibition of their full meaning for those who have passed
beyond the stage of exoteric teachings, and who came to him privately in the
house. And when he comes to
understand it, he will admire the reason why some are said to be without, and
others in the house”.
same understanding is explained in the scriptures when it states that one should
“Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy
words” (Prov 23:9 KJV). In
the words of Origen, the true meaning of the parables and the scriptures belongs
only to “those who have passed beyond the stage of exoteric teachings, and
who came to him privately in the house”.
then, is exoteric teachings? Paul
calls it the “milk of the Gospel”
designed for the nourishment of
immature believers who he calls “babes in Christ” (1 Cor 3:1-2).
These entry-level teachings have to do with the cleansing and
purification of the mind and body from the defilements of this realm because
impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or
deceitful” (Rev 21:27 NIV). In
our assessment of these statements, we must understand that spiritual wisdom and
understanding is not derived from the memorization of manmade concepts -- but
rather, it is the result of our endeavor to utilize a greater potential of our
second century Church Father Clement of Alexandria expressed this same message
when he wrote that: “For the prophet saith: Who shall understand a parable
of the Lord save he that is wise and knowledgeable and loveth his Lord?
For it is given to few to contain all things: For it is not as grudging
that the Lord commanded in a certain Gospel: ‘My secret mystery for me and for
the sons of mine house’” (Clement of Alexandria, Strom. V.10.63).
and swine are symbols -- symbols of those who claim to be believers, and yet
they attempt to alternate their lives between the gospel and the things of this
world. Regardless of what
these people profess with their lips, they do not love the Lord.
Therefore, only the disciple, the one who has put the doctrines of men
and the slavery to materialism and the culture of this world behind him, and has
entered within the house, can receive the true Gospel and Mysteries of God.
his famed work De Principiis, Origin explains who can be a recipient of the
Mysteries of the Kingdom and the Gospel of God: “Whoever has clean hands,
and therefore lifts up holy hands to God… let him come to us… Whoever is
pure, not only from all defilement, but from what are regarded as lesser
transgressions, let him be boldly initiated into the mysteries of Jesus, which
properly are made known only to the holy and the pure… To those who have been
purified in heart, he whose soul has for a long time, been conscious of no evil,
especially since he yielded himself to the healing of the Word, let such a one
hear the doctrines which were spoken in private by Jesus to his genuine
dogs and swine who attempt to live an alternating lifestyle -- clinging to this
world while attempting to half-heartedly embrace the gospel of Jesus, cannot
up holy hands to God”. Having
never become cognizant of the spiritual essence within them -- an essence that
lies beyond the great divide of heaven and earth -- they remain sense bound, and
cannot refrain from sin. They
therefore never become “pure… from all defilement”, even from what
are “regarded as lesser transgressions”.
Because they do not possess the spiritual power and strength that
cleanses them from the defilements of the carnal world, they make excuses for
their unholy condition, and create dogma explaining why man cannot be perfect
and sinless. Because the
believers who know only the exoteric doctrine of the Christ continue to cling to
this world, and have never been purified by the healing of the Word, they
continue to dwell in what we call sin.
Having never been purified, they do not possess the knowledge of those
who were “…initiated into the mysteries of Jesus, which properly are made
known only to the holy and the pure”.
Therefore, they never come to “hear the doctrines which were spoken
in private by Jesus to his genuine disciples”.
makes no difference what they call themselves; i.e., Christian or Jew, minister
or rabbi, priest, bishop, prophet, etc., they cannot be called Jesus'
disciples” until they have been “purified in heart… for a long
time, been conscious of no evil, especially since he yielded himself to the
healing of the Word”. Because
they remain “outside”, they do not even know or understand the
essence of what Jesus truly taught. They
may preach the good news, and appear to live a religious lifestyle, but they are
not very much different than the scribes and Pharisees that Jesus condemned for
exactly the same reason. Thus,
the doctrine of perpetual redemption, and the sanctification of a carnal
lifestyle as seen in our churches today, simply had no place among the genuine
Christians of the first three centuries.
The Minor Mysteries: In
the Martyrdom of Ignatius (first Century Overseer of Antioch), Ignatius
speaks of himself as a disciple of John. In
his Epistle to the Ephesians he writes that he has been
“initiated into the
mysteries of the Gospel with Paul, the holy, the martyred”. In his Epistle to the Trallaus he speaks of the mysteries and
writes: “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”.
Ignatius also writes that though he is aware of the mysteries, he is not
yet “by any means perfect, nor am I such a disciple as Paul or Peter”.
preacher of the gospel today warns his congregation that if he was to reveal the
true teachings of the New Covenant -- the Gospel of God -- he would
injury on you who are babes” in Christ?
What teaching of the Lord could a present-day preacher of the gospel
reveal that the congregation of believers are not “able to receive their
Ignatius, either of the two Clements, or Origen was with us today, what profound
mystery could they speak regarding the true teachings of Jesus that believers
today would be “strangled by them”?
must be immediately recognized is that when we speak about the Christianity of
the first three centuries, we are not talking about the same religion that
exists today. That's right!
Because of the political agenda and doctrines that were forced upon the
church in the fourth century, it is easily demonstrated that the Christianity we
know today is a mere shadow of what Jesus taught and was believed over the first
three centuries of our Common Era. Moreover, we can never even begin to move beyond the entry
level milk, and partake of the solid spiritual food that enables us to embrace
the Gospel of God, until we come to terms with the fact that the Christianity of
the first three centuries was so profoundly different than what remains today,
that what is practiced today must be recognized as a new religion that came into
being in the fourth century, and was revised into still an almost totally new
form at the time of the Reformation.
cannot today even relate to sacred teachings that would
the common believer, because we no longer possess the Gospel of God -- and have
only the good news that was preached to the multitudes. Because the Church became carnal and of the flesh, we
have only preserved the doctrine that Origen spoke of as
“preached in the
Churches… for the simpleminded and for the ears of the common crowd who are
led on to live better lives by their belief”.
I understand that these words of Origen will be viewed as being
objectionable by many believers today!
Is the words of Origen any different that the Word of God where it is
"Wisdom calls aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the public
squares; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out, in the gateways of the
city she makes her speech: "How long will you simple ones love your simple
ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge? If you
had responded to my rebuke, I would have poured out my heart to you and made my
thoughts known to you. But since you rejected me when I called and no one gave
heed when I stretched out my hand, since you ignored all my advice and would
not accept my rebuke, I in turn will laugh at your disaster; I will mock when
calamity overtakes you--when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster
sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you.
"Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me
but will not find me. Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the
LORD, since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, they will
eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes. For
the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will
destroy them; but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease,
without fear of harm" (Prov 1:20-33 NIV).
those of you who judge men such as Origen for being blunt, and not politically
correct, wait until you meet the Judge of all mankind!
is no way that the people of the simple faith are able to perceive and
understand the Mysteries of God. If
the modern Christian rejects what is called the minor mysteries -- i.e., such
things as the doctrine of transmigration (reincarnation) -- how are they able to
embrace the more profound Mysteries?
When Celsus attacked the Church for teaching the masses one doctrine,
while teaching the spiritual elect of the Church a secret doctrine, we cannot
even relate to Origen's answer when we wrote: “It is good to keep secret
the entrance of souls into bodies”, but “not… the transmigration
from one body into another”. If
we, in our present day, continue to cling to the religious concepts of the
Emperor Justinian, and view the doctrine of transmigration (reincarnation) as
heresy -- a teaching that was considered only a minor mystery -- how could we
ever come to understand what Origen refers to as the “secret [of] the
entrance of souls into bodies”?
We cannot! And neither
can we progress any further as Christians in our desire to draw nearer to
is important for us to understanding the far-reaching reality that is being
presented to us: From the perspective of the more profound mysteries, if we
cannot come to understand the reason for “the entrance of souls into
bodies”, then neither can we ever get a right sense of the eventual
destiny of mankind. Without
knowing why we came into this realm, or what we must accomplish in order to
complete our journey into this life, we become a people without direction --
perpetually lost in what is known as the “wheel of rebirth” -- ever
remaining a slave to the ruler of this world.
we are to begin to comprehend the depth of the great truths that Jesus taught,
the modern believer must realize that Ignatius could very well have been
speaking about Christians today when he wrote: “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”.
Today -- because we are imbued with an anti-Gnostic Darwinist mindset --
we have become so alienated from the reality of our indwelling pre-existent soul
that we have a real serious problem in attempting to comprehend how a Christian
could even believe in reincarnation.
Yet, we can plainly see that Origen did not even consider the belief in
reincarnation to be any big deal, and was much more concerned with keeping
the entrance of souls into bodies”.
the early Church Fathers wrote about the Mysteries of God, they did not even
consider reincarnation to be included in the teachings that should not be
discussed or revealed openly. Moreover,
neither was the belief in reincarnation even considered in the same league with
those spiritual concepts that would “inflict injury on you who are babes”.
The Christian concept of reincarnation was never at any time considered
to be anything more than one of the “minor mysteries” that must be
embraced as a gateway doctrine that brings the disciple to a proper
understanding of life, in order to open their mind to the spiritual mysteries
that could not be spoken about openly to believers who were not prepared to
comprehend man's true spiritual nature.
In truth, the doctrine of reincarnation, or the transmigration of the
soul, belonged more to the Mosaic Law that controlled the carnally minded people
of this world, than to the spiritually minded Christian who embraced the higher
reality of the Word.
the words of Clement of Alexandria in his Stromata: “The Lord… allowed us
to communicate those Divine Mysteries, and of that holy light, to those who are
able to receive them. He did
not certainly disclose to the many what did not belong to the many; but to the
few to whom He knew that they belonged, who were capable of receiving and being
molded according to them. But
Secret things are entrusted to speech, not to writing as in the case with God.
And if one says that it is written, 'there is nothing secret which shall
not be revealed, nor hidden which shall not be disclosed', let him also hear
from us, that to him who hears secretly, even what is secret shall be
manifested. This is what is
predicted by this oracle. And to him who is able secretly to observe what is delivered
to him, that which is veiled shall be disclosed as truth; and what is hidden to
the many shall appear manifest to the few”.
great truth that Clement writes is almost totally devoid from the understanding
of the modern Christian. In
fact, the modern believer does not even possess any comprehension with respect
to the basis of what is called the oral teachings.
When Clement states that the Mysteries of God are never written -- but
rather, only spoken between teacher and disciple -- the ultimate meaning of this
great truth is only comprehended when one arrives at the level where they
realize that the true oral teaching is that which is whispered in the ear when a
consecrated disciple is able to come into the presence of the True Prophet --
i.e., the indwelling Son of God. The
problem is that it is impossible for carnal man who possesses no perception of
anything beyond his very limited sensual and material reality, to even envision
the spiritual realms that lie just beyond this three-dimensional world.
Thus, the result is that man in his natural organic state of mind always
perceives the essence of the spiritual teachings of Jesus in the exact
misunderstanding as was observed and predicted by the Apostle Paul when he
wrote: “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God:
for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are
spiritually discerned” (1 Cor 2:14 KJV).
it is impossible for the man of a natural mind to even begin to comprehend the
Mysteries of Life, God and Creation, those who are entrusted with this sacred
knowledge must of necessity, not reveal to carnal man more than he is able to
understand. This is why
Ignatius wrote: “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”.
To what extent was the secret doctrine, or spiritual teachings of Jesus
concealed from the masses who were said to be “outside” the house,
can be seen where Clement of
Alexandria openly writes that many times the true, or Gnostic Christian, must
lie, in order to protect the babes in Christ who would be stumbled by the
revelation of more solid spiritual food.
In his Stromata, he writes: “Whatever, therefore, he has in his
mind, he bears on his tongue, to those who are worthy to hear, speaking as well
as living from assent and inclination. For he both thinks and speaks the truth;
unless at any time, medicinally, as a physician for the safety of the sick, he
may deceive or tell an untruth…” (Book 7, Chap 9).
Clement is stating is that if you believe wholeheartedly in the good news, and
have not gone beyond the “milk” or exoteric doctrine of the Christ,
then you are believing forms and symbols that could be considered
Why? Because like the
Law of the Jews, these literal doctrines are forms and types that conceal deeper
mysteries of the spirit. Why is a baby is not given solid food? Because he is not mature enough to consume it.
In like manner, neither is an infant and young child shown explicit sex
For the same reason that Origen wrote that the exoteric doctrine which
the Apostle Paul refers to as the “milk”, is “…preached in the
Churches… for the simpleminded and for the ears of the common crowd who are
led on to live better lives by their belief”.
Carnal man who uses less than ten percent of his potential of mind, and
whose perception of life is totally focused in this very limited physical
reality, is only capable of embracing forms and symbols that convey to him
deeper spiritual truths that he is not yet able to comprehend the true depth of. Why? Because
carnal man does not yet possess the necessary maturity to perceive or comprehend
anything beyond his very limited physical reality.
Why isn't a college level curriculum given to elementary school students?
The problem goes far beyond the intellectual: Not only is there a great
number of concepts that a child is simply not prepared to understand, but
because they lack the necessary level of development of mind, neither do they
possess the attention span and intellectual focus to even begin to learn at a
college level. Their level of
physical development simply does not support the aptitude necessary to
comprehend the more advanced concepts that require a much higher state of
genuine religious experience can very much be likened to the physical and
intellectual nourishment of a child.
In view of these early Christian writings, what does the Bible say:
shall he teach knowledge?” and “whom shall he make to understand
doctrine?” Is the question
that is being posed?
that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be
upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a
little, and there a little” (Isa 28:9-10KJV).
is it that the scriptures are conveying to us?
Spiritual precepts are revealed to the believer “line upon line,
here a little, and there a little”, until the babes in Christ are prepared
to move on to maturity. The
reason we fail in our present day to comprehend this great spiritual truth, is
because we no longer even understand the process of spiritual development.
And what is this process? Where
today, in modern Christian doctrine, is the teaching that:
“The soul has
neither beginning nor end… Every soul… comes into this world strengthened by
the victories or weakened by the defeats of its previous life” (Origen, De
Principiis). In our very limited view of reality, we embrace the
concepts of a Darwinist theology -- and because we are unable to observe the
process of the perfection of the soul, we fail to grasp the means by which we
will one day arrive at the cross of our own resurrection.
Because we read our scriptures as a history book, in the same manner as
the Sadducees and Pharisees, we never move beyond what the Apostle calls the
milk of the gospel.
the writings of the early church, sinners are spoken of as being sick -- and as
people who are afflicted with a disease, they must be given the appropriate
medicine in order to be restored to a spiritually healthful state of perfection.
It is clearly written in both the scriptures, as well as the writings of
the early Church Fathers, that this purification must be accomplished before the
sinner can comprehend the true teachings of Jesus, enter into the Kingdom, and
receive the Mysteries of God and Creation.
The medicine for the carnal believer whose mind is controlled and
attached to the material and sensual things of this world, is the
the Gospel” -- and as this medicine begins to mold the life of the
believer, the appropriate medicine that is then dispensed is called the “lesser
mysteries” -- which mysteries have been veiled within the parables and the
historical narrative of the scriptures.
The Spiritual Embryo: The
problem is not that the authors of our scriptures wished to hide sacred truths
from the reader. Neither
Jesus, his follower, nor the early church desired to conceal anything from
anyone. The problem is
congenital -- our mind is embryonic -- and this embryonic state only permits us
to use a very small part of our potential of mind.
If we are to comprehend the realms of Creation beyond the three
dimensional limits of this physical world, then we must begin use those parts of
our mind that correspond to these other realms.
In our natural state we are unable to perceive and comprehend the
Mysteries of God because the part of the mind that we are presently using
corresponds to this world. If
we desire to see and understand more of reality, then we must learn to activate
those parts of the mind that relates to those extended dimensions of being.
The problem is that because our physical bodies are made up and comprised
of earthly matter, in its natural organic state it does not readily support the
perception and comprehension of man’s reality beyond his present existence.
our modern-day study of the differences between the sexes, one of the paramount
things we have learned is that men and women use different parts of the brain to
evaluate and respond to the same stimulation. In understanding this scientifically proven fact, it
should then be reasonable for us to comprehend that because we have never made
any attempt to gaze beyond the three dimensions of this world, that part of the
mind which we would have to use, is lying dormant and inactive. That we attempt to explain the Mysteries of God from
the perception of the part of the mind that relates to this world, instead of
utilizing that part of our mind that corresponds to our indwelling soul and
spiritual natures, is the fundamental reason why carnal man is unable to
comprehend the Spiritual Gospel of God.
the same way that an elementary school student embraces each concept in its
proper order until his thinking begins to mature and develop the power of higher
reasoning, as the believer evolves -- line upon line, precept upon precept --
toward perfection and spiritual regeneration, these “lesser mysteries”
become revealed to them as the veil of the scriptures becomes slowly removed
with the development of spiritual eyes and spiritual ears in their quest for the
deeper Knowledge. Why are
they able to see and comprehend more than the natural man? Because they have begun to activate the dormant parts
of their mind that lies beyond the ten percent barrier used by carnal man.
the early church authorities write about the absolute need for the purification
from sin, what are they saying? Where
the carnal mind envisions God, an angel, or some supernatural being, looking
down upon men deciding who will receive the gifts of the spirit, and who is not
worthy, this is simply not the case.
Ultimately, sin is the squandering away and loss of our vital life force
as it is consumed by the sensual and material things of this world -- which
condition in the parable of the prodigal son is portrayed of as the squandering
away of the son’s inheritance on riotous living.
order to use our full potential of mind, we must be able to channel the vital
life-force through our carnal nature, and into those parts of our mind that
correspond to the other dimensions of Creation. If, like a gambler, an addict, or any other person who
is a slave to the things of this world, we squander away our earnings on things
of a temporal nature, and we fail to conserve and direct our energies into the
higher purposes and realities of life, we will continue to remain spiritually
destitute. The true purpose
of religion, then, is to imbue the people with a higher sense of reality, and
then teach them how to channel their Divine Inheritance in a positive direction
-- a direction that will make them complete, and permit them to take their place
in the vision of man's ultimate destiny with their Eternal Father God.
the biblical story of Onan, the Lord brought destruction upon him (Gen 38:8-10)
because he spilled his seed upon the ground, rather than raise up offspring with
his brother’s widow. The
underlying message is seen in the fact that when we fail to use our energies for
the higher purpose of mankind, we will suffer loss, and become spiritually dead.
This is true of our sexual energy, as well as the six other spiritual
sources of energy that are moving within and without the body-mind.
a Living Religion, there is very little emphasis placed upon historical events.
Historical events mean absolutely nothing to the disciple, except to
comprehend what disciples have successfully employed in previous ages in their
search for higher truth. In a Living Religion, the focus is on gaining entrance
into the Kingdom -- Repent, i.e., “open and unloose the mind”, for
the kingdom of heaven is at hand (Matt 3:2).
The objective of a Living Religion is the return of the prodigal son to
his Father in the Kingdom. Faith
or belief without action, cannot transport a believer beyond the natural barrier
of this realm into the Kingdom. Historical
events, therefore, are only valid inasmuch as they are used as examples in the
life of the present-day disciple -- examples that must be incorporated into the
life of the disciple in their quest to open the gate to the Kingdom.
In this respect, in the same manner that Jesus interacted with the world,
we must learn to do the same.
the perception of the milk of the Gospel, to understand these great truths we
must pose the question: Who are the Sadducees and Pharisees today?
What is their present day doctrine?
How are the present day Sadducees and Pharisees blocking the entrance of
the modern day believer into the kingdom?
What lessons can be learned from the past that will assist the disciple
today in his quest to receive the Secret Doctrine of Jesus, and enter the
Kingdom? What is the meaning of the virgin birth, as it pertains
to the birth of the disciple into the kingdom?
What is the meaning of the Anointing of the Holy Spirit in the form of a
dove in the river Jordan? The
twelve disciples? The
temptation? The Passover,
crucifixion, and resurrection? Regardless
of what we choose to believe, each of us must one day come to terms with these
great spiritual symbols that have been conveyed in the writings of the New
we fail to understand is that even if these symbols are based upon actual
historical events, they profit us very little if we are unable to use them in
our present life. The
commandment of Jesus was for his disciples to follow in his footsteps, and not
to merely believe that historical events took place.
Christians today proclaim that they are saved by the blood of the cross
-- and yet, they ignore the fact that Jesus himself refutes them, as seen in the
words: “and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy
of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my
sake will find it” (Matt 10:38-39 NIV). Thus, what Jesus warns the believer is that to be saved
by the blood of the cross, one must shed their own blood on the cross!
is because we no longer understand the symbol of the cross in relation to the
purification of the body-mind, that we can no longer transcend this world and
enter the Kingdom. Yes, we
are saved by the blood of Jesus -- but when we ignore the very clear statement
of the scriptures that it is absolutely necessary for our own blood to be
intermingled with his in our own crucifixion, then there is no life in us!
Jesus never said that he came to save those who refuse to follow.
There is nothing in the scriptures that conveys we can remain very much
attached to the things of this world, and still be saved.
Where we view the symbols of the New Covenant as being philosophical, the
true worship of God can only be realized when go beyond the symbolism of the
milk, and we begin to imitate the example and pattern of Jesus in our daily
the words of Gregory, Bishop of Nyssa: “…it is imperative on all those
who have an equally earnest desire for the Good as He has, to be followers by
the path of an exact imitation of Him Who leads the way to salvation, and to
carry into action what He has shown them. It is, in fact impossible for persons
to reach the same goal unless they travel by the same ways”.
the carnal Christian sees these narratives of scriptures as articles of faith
and belief in historical events, the spiritual Christian applies them to their
own lives in their quest to be re-born into the Kingdom. The spiritual Christian is he who perceives the great
truth in the words of Gregory, and knows that he must walk the
“path of an
exact imitation of Him who leads the way to salvation, and to carry into action
what He has shown them”. Isn’t
these words written by Gregory the exact same message contained in the words of
Jesus when he warned: “and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me
is not worthy of me…”?
our path into the Kingdom has been obstructed because we no longer comprehend
the manner in which the seemingly historical symbols pertain to our present
life. The believer seeking to
walk in The Way comes to understand that what appears in scripture to be
historical, is actually physical, mental and spiritual events that take place in
the life of the disciple -- and he comes to know that he must become born of the
virgin, baptized by the Holy Spirit in the river Jordan, raise up the twelve,
travail through the seven great cities, experience the crucifixion of the carnal
mind in Jerusalem, and become the Son of God who reigns forever in the Kingdom.
order to walk in The Way, the disciple knows that they must be nourished by the
knowledge of what lies beyond this three-dimensional world.
In order to transcend the physical, and truly become a heavenly being,
man must activate those portions of his mind that are dormant in the life of
natural man, and be able to rise to his full potential.
In his endeavor to become complete, the disciple understands that this
sacred knowledge -- i.e., the secret teachings of Jesus -- could only be
revealed to those deemed worthy to walk upon consecrated ground, and enter into
the house of the Lord in the endeavor to hear His Words of Life.
Thus, the disciple endeavors to make his physical the consecrated ground
upon which the Master is able to enter in and teach the Sacred Knowledge of the
Kingdom and Creation.
the Divine Mysteries can only be received directly from God through man's
spiritual nature, these Sacred Secrets were never “disclosed to the many
what did not belong to the many”.
The Gospel of God can only be embraced by those who are spiritually
of receiving and being molded according to them”. Believers today should rightly ask that if these things
are so, then why isn't the scriptures more clear on this crucial matter?
They were, but the later Roman Church edited out the many warnings when
they purged the scriptures of what they deemed to be Gnostic interpolations.
Gnostic -- or Spiritual Christians -- did not acknowledge the authority
of the institutionalized church -- and so, they were deemed to be heretics.
As heretics, they were then silenced by the sword of Constantine -- a
ruthless despot who was declared a saint by a very carnal church that was born
in his image.
the Spiritual Christian, the focus of his religious experience was on the
process of making his body a fit vessel for his soul and spiritual natures to
indwell and manifest in. The
more fit and pure he made his physical body, the easier was the acquisition of
spiritual knowledge in his endeavor to know himself -- and ultimately, come to
know God through the total unity of his being with the Divine Presence within
him. As an example: The newly
discovered Gospel of Thomas in the Nag Hammadi Library begins this way:
are the secret words which the Living Jesus spoke and Didymos Judas Thomas
wrote. And He said: Whoever finds the explanation of these words will not taste
respect to this declaration in The Gospel of Thomas, at first glance it would
seem to be anti-Christian for someone to be saved merely because they find the
explanation of certain words. It
would be correct for the modern Christian to ask where faith and belief in
Christ enters into such a pattern of religious thought? Yet, the modern believer comes to this false assumption
because they fail to recognize the true foundation of the Spiritual Living
Gospel that Jesus taught. In
a Living Gospel, there is only one means to find the explanation of the words in
Thomas's Gospel, and that is to hear them at the feet of the Master.
To those people who are sense bound, and have no perception of the
Spiritual Kingdom, such a concept of religious thought is impossible.
is written in the opening of the Gospel of Thomas is no different than the words
of Clement when he warns the believer that “Secret things are entrusted to
speech, not to writing… and if one says that it is written”, then the
true spiritual message is concealed from the eyes of the reader.
are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are
spiritually discerned” (1 Cor 2:14 NIV).
carnal mind, which thinks and perceives Creation from a very limited
three-dimensional Darwinist perspective, in the manner of an infant, simply does
not possess the mental and spiritual tools to comprehend man's true reality.
The problem can be likened to the very constitution of the body itself.
When we look only at the flesh, which is the realm of physical
appearances, we cannot perceive the internal organs that function within the
outer form of what we see. In
the same way that we can never get a right sense of the workings of the body by
looking only upon the form, neither can we even begin to comprehend the workings
of Creation without looking beyond the world of appearances, and perceiving the
vital energies and heavenly powers that are to this world as the inner organs
are to the body in which we dwell.
the same way that a true healer must possess a working knowledge of all the
bodily systems and how they impact the functioning of the body, a spiritual
healer must possess the knowledge of the realms beyond the physical and how they
interact with the three-dimensional form of Creation that we observe with our
bodily senses. Like the
medical student, the disciple who has begun to be “molded according to”
the Word, is “able secretly to observe what is delivered to him, that which
is veiled shall be disclosed as truth; and what is hidden to the many shall
appear manifest to the few”.
Clement is stating is that in the same way a medical student must apply himself
in the endeavor to understand the inner workings of the body, the disciple must
in like manner apply himself to comprehend the inner workings of the mind and
spirit of man -- and especially how the laws of Creation impact the lives of the
individual. When reading the
scriptures, the masses who are “outside” of the house, and perceive
only the physical form, will see only the gospel of Jesus -- which is an
invitation -- the good news, intended to call the lost sheep into the Kingdom.
Clement says that the true meaning of the scriptures are
and cannot be seen by the carnal mind.
It does not matter that those on the outside proclaim that they are
baptized, committed, and claim to be reborn believers -- so long as they abide
outside of the house, they remain strangers therein.
What the Apostle and all early Christian authorities proclaim, is that
the babe in Christ can no more comprehend the Living Gospel, than the child in
elementary school could comprehend modern physics.
order for us to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, we must desire to learn, grow,
and embrace new dimensions of thinking.
When Edmund Wilson, an expert who worked on the Dead Sea Scrolls asked
the question as to what difference it makes if “Jesus… had been trained
in the discipline and imbued with the thought of a certain Jewish sect, and that
he had learned from it the role that he afterwards lived…” (The Scrolls
From The Dead Sea), in view of the fact that the Jewish sect was very Gnostic,
it makes all the difference in the world.
When Clement admits that the true gospel is “veiled”, he is
confirming not only the existence of a higher knowledge that Jesus taught only
to those who were willing to learn and be molded by that sacred knowledge, but
also the Gnostic element and nature of our scriptures was also confirmed.
In this respect, only a Gnostic -- or Spiritual Christian who has
received the knowledge of the Kingdom directly from God -- can understand the
true meaning of the scriptures, which are written in a spiritual language.
regard to the masses, or the people who are “outside” the house --
the people whose hearts are blinded to the true meaning of the Word -- Origen
writes that: “But if some continue indolent, and do not train themselves so
as to attend to the reading of the word, and 'to search the Scriptures,' and,
agreeably to the command of Jesus, to investigate the meaning of the sacred
writings, and to ask of God concerning them, and to keep 'knocking' at what may
be closed within them, the Scriptures is not on that account to be regarded as
devoid of wisdom”.
our present-day Bibles there are numerous passages which warn the reader that
the spiritual meaning and sense of the message is veiled beneath the allegorical
nature of the writings. For
the most part, Christians today simply ignore these many warnings.
Origen states that the believer of the simple faith does not begin the
process of unveiling the spiritual meaning of the Bible, because he chooses to
ignore these many warnings. In
recognition of this fact, Origen defends the Bible by stating that this indolent
effort by the people of the simple faith is not the fault of the scriptures.
In the first instance, we must understand why they are indolent.
In order to understand this, we must ask what their religious objective
is? Fundamentally they remain spiritually indolent because they cling to the
doctrines of men and the things of this world, and close their hearts and minds
to the inner voice of the Spirit.
the Church Father speaks of those who “continue indolent”, which
basically means to remain as they were when they were introduced to the gospel,
he was speaking of those believers who have not become disciples, and know only
the exoteric milk of the doctrine of Christ.
With regard to the spiritual meaning of the scriptures -- the meaning
that is revealed only to the disciple who seeks the gnosis -- Origen says that
they must “investigate the meaning of the sacred writings, and to ask of
God concerning them”. Again
we see the thought that spiritual knowledge can only be learned directly from
regard to the inner mystical door to the Kingdom that must be opened, Origen
states that they should “keep 'knocking' at what may be closed within
them”. It is of great
importance for us to understand that true religion is a process that must be
embraced daily as it begins to mold and encompass every aspect of our lives.
God can only speak to us in accordance with our own spiritual needs and
condition. In the manner of
an elementary school student, each level of instruction takes the concepts of
life that we already possess to new heights.
Which means that everything we know must remain in a state of flux --
whereby, everything we think we know is continually being grown and evolved to
even higher levels of understanding.
majority of church authorities today will automatically reject everything that
is being presented here. Why?
Because they do not desire change -- but rather, they want everything in
life to remain status-quo. They
are successful in their shepherding of the flock of believers.
Thus, because they are full of the old wine (Lk 5:39), they desire
nothing more than superficial philosophical changes in order to continue their
attachments to the traditions and temporal things of this world.
They therefore adopt religious doctrines that permit them the license to
live their life in pursuit of carnal fulfillment. How many times have we heard a televangelist preach
that Christians should have it all -- i.e., wealth, luxury, affluence -- and
what is especially needed is sufficient wealth that enables the listeners to
make rather large contributions to the ministry of the televangelist.
these people are children. In
the same way that our modern educational systems are age appropriate, so too is
God's system of spiritual development -- the difference being that age from a
spiritual perspective is in relationship to the soul’s individual achievement.
In the case of the simple believer, they are not yet ready to move beyond
the temporal things of this world. They
therefore live out their lives under the dominion of a limited curriculum, and
perceive only a very small revelation of the Word as contained in the Bible.
that is easily observed throughout all of humanity is the fact that it is
natural for people to move in groups -- all groups of people have their leaders
-- and leaders retain their position of authority either by force, or because
they say what the group wants to hear.
Successful leaders learn to speak to the people’s imagination.
In the case of religion, these leaders convince the people that they are
the chosen people -- and they will inherit the good, while those who oppose the
doctrines of the leader or group will meet with destruction.
From a spiritual perspective, this causes stagnation -- as was the case
with the Jewish sects of the Sadducees and Pharisees that Jesus condemned. The result is that these groups squander their
opportunity of life, so limiting themselves with their doctrines of belief, that
they never perceive either their own spiritual nature, or the inner mind and
spirit of the scriptures.
his Stromata, Clement of Alexandria writes: “now that the Savior has taught
the Apostles, the unwritten rendering of the written, this has been handed down
also to us”. What
Clement is stating is that it was Jesus who revealed to his disciples the inner
soul and spirit of the scriptures. Moreover,
once we begin to understand that the Bible is not an account of historical
events -- but rather, spiritual events -- then the Son of God will be able to
open our own minds to the soul and spirit of the written word of the scriptures.
This, in acknowledgement of this fact, Clement then explains that:
mysteries are delivered mystically, that what is spoken may be in the mouth of
the speaker; rather not in the voice, but in his understanding”.
his search for Truth and Meaning, the path that leads to a higher understanding
of the mysteries of life that Clement makes reference to -- but because man does
not endeavor to properly prepare the physical body and mind to embrace spiritual
reality, he continually rejects the higher path of knowledge perpetually
confronts man. To overcome
this stagnation, the scriptures are themselves designed to impede the literal
perception of the written word -- and the more one reads and studies the Bible,
the more difficult it is to believe the written word.
On this very issue, Origen is quoted pertaining to this biblical fact in
the Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics: “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”.
does this mean?
contains an unhistorical element in-woven with the history” -- or, there
exists events reported in what, on the surface appears to be history, that never
actually happened. Why?
Why would the scriptures contain events that never physically happened?
In answer to this question Origen writes: “in order that the
worthlessness of the latter may drive us to seek the spiritual meaning”.
What Origen is stating is that to read the scriptures as history is an
almost worthless endeavor! Why?
Because what happened during historical events of the past cannot save
you -- you can only be saved by entering within the Kingdom and becoming a
disciple of the Living Christ. Yet
Christians today not only read their scriptures solely as history, but
unceasingly argue over their many interpretations of what Origen labels as being
this respect, Christians today are falling prey to the very trap that has been
set by the literal word of the scriptures.
In the Clementine Homilies the Apostle Peter is found explaining the
nature of scripture to his disciple Clement: “…consider with me that if
any one, as he pleases, form a dogma agreeable to himself, and then carefully
search the Scriptures, he will be able to produce many testimonies from them in
favor of the dogma that he has formed”.
In considering this, Clement then asks Peter:
“How, then, can
confidence be placed in them against God, when what every man wishes is found in
Peter is stating is this great truth: All the many conflicting opinions that all
the sects of Christianity have argued about throughout all of Christian history,
are the product of the design of the scriptures themselves.
As Peter warns, “if anyone form a dogma, …and then carefully
search the Scriptures, he will be able to produce many testimonies from them in
favor of the dogma”. In other words,
no matter what you choose to believe, you will find in the scriptures
conformation of your beliefs. Why,
we ask, would the Bible be written in such a convoluted manner?
It would appear rational to us to reasonably assert: Why not compose the
scriptures so they make perfect sense to the reader? The answer can only be realized when we begin to
comprehend the true problem. If
the scriptures were composed in such a manner so they made perfect sense, then
it would be to the carnal mind that the body of the text would make sense to.
The purpose of the scriptures is to awaken the dormant part of the mind
that corresponds to man's soul and spiritual nature -- thereby enabling the
disciple to use a greater part of his potential of mind.
we fail to understand is that the scriptures themselves are written from a
universal perspective. Therefore,
the exoteric doctrine -- or milk of the scriptures -- is designed to prepare all
of mankind to walk in The Way. If
each person did not see their own personal mindset present in the writings, then
the scriptures would be useless in their purpose of being the means to lead all
men into the Kingdom. Clement
of Alexandria puts the whole problem into perspective when he quotes a passage
of scripture that is no longer in our bibles today: “For by doing the will
of God we know the will of God” (Stromata, Bk 1, Ch 8).
we must begin to grasp is that the scriptures are created in a Divine Pattern
that is beyond our very limited comprehension.
If all men see their own mindset and predetermined beliefs in the
scriptures, they will then find affinity in the writings, and claim the
scriptures as their source of spiritual truth. Having adopted the sacred writings, they will then
begin to incorporate the Commandments of God into their lives, permitting the
scriptures to begin the process of molding them, resulting in the necessary
preparation required to receive the higher knowledge of the spirit.
It is by design that the man who is a Jehovah's Witness sees his doctrine
in the scriptures -- God wants it that way. It is by design that the Baptist sees his -- that the
Pentecostal or Seventh Day Adventist sees theirs -- and it is by design that
even the Atheist sees his doctrine.
of how many pamphlets the born again Christian publishes in an attempt to prove
the doctrine of the Trinity, the Jehovah's Witness will continue to see their
favorite passages of scripture that affirm their position that Jesus was not
God. In like manner, the
sects that are considered more mainstream, will continue to use the Bible in the
endeavor to prove that the other two groups are self-imposed fundamentalist
extremists. Why? Because
these mainstream groups are not ready to embrace the scriptures in a more
intimate manner -- having become so attached to the philosophy and thinking of
this world, they would be incapable of a fundamentalist perception of life and
result is that each group uses the same book to prove the other group in error.
Why was the scriptures written in such a way?
Because the Bible is universal -- and though each of them embraces the
Bible from a different doctrinal perspective, when they begin to do the will of
God, they will then begin to know the Will of God -- and in the process of
knowing and doing, the disciple begins the journey of spiritual transformation. How successful each one will be in their religious
quest, will be in direct relation to how quickly each can shed their carnal
mindset and limitations, and begin to truly come to the Lord in word, thought
Scriptures Written In
Acceptable Customs Of The People: In
the words of the Church Father Origen who confirms the statement found in the
Clementine Homilies, we find his assertion that the Word takes on a form which
is appropriate to a certain group of people, that it might bring those people to
a spiritual level of maturity:
“If a Greek wished by wholesome instruction
to benefit people who understood only Egyptian or Syriac, the first thing that
he would do would be to learn their language; and he would rather pass for a
Barbarian among the Greeks, by speaking as the Egyptians or Syrians, in order to
be useful to them, than always remain Greek, and be without the means of helping
them. In the same way the divine nature, having the purpose of instructing not
only those who are reputed to be learned in the literature of Greece, but also
the rest of mankind, accommodated itself to the capacities of the simple
multitudes whom it addressed. It seeks to win the attention of the more ignorant
by the use of language which is familiar to them, so that they may easily be
induced, after their first introduction, to strive after an acquaintance with
the deeper truths which lie hidden in Scripture. For even the ordinary reader of
Scripture may see that it contains many things which are too deep to be
apprehended at first; but these are understood by such as devote themselves to a
careful study of the divine word, and they become plain to them in proportion to
the pains and zeal which they expend upon its investigation” (Origen
statement by Origen is of the utmost importance if we are to begin to comprehend
the manner in which God reveals Himself to all peoples of the world.
The scriptures are written in the language and the culture of the people.
In order to benefit the Jews, the Divine Nature was revealed in the Old
Testament scriptures in a manner that would be acceptable to the Jewish carnal
mindset of the people in the time-frame they were composed.
The New Testament, on the other hand, was written for the people of the
New Covenant who were known as the Essenes, Ebionites and Nazarenes.
And as the Gospel message found its way into the hands of the Gentiles,
there were then literally hundreds of scriptures composed from the perspective
of the Greek converts known as Christians.
When Mohammed observed that the Roman Christian and Jewish religious
worlds had degenerated into the abyss of secular institutional rule, he brought
the Koran into being which again revealed the Divine Nature in a manner that the
Arab people could receive the higher teachings.
many instances, these scriptures that were published by the Gentile Christians
did not even retain a connection with the Jewish heritage of the Gospel.
Is God Jewish? In the Old Testament the Divine Nature that Origen
makes reference to, incorporates the language of the people in order to develop
the people. The authors of
the scriptures were the historical Essenes who, in the words of Origen, “would
rather pass for a Barbarian… in order to be useful to them”. Unlike the Sadducees and Pharisees, the Essenes did not
slaughter animals for the redemption of sin in the temple -- neither did they
eat only certain kinds of animals, because they were vegetarians and embraced a
spiritual lifestyle that was free from the defilements of this world.
the question is asked: Why did they write the scriptures in the manner that we
observe in the Old Testament? Because
the carnal Jews had for a long time sacrificed animals to the gods -- and by
sacrificing only to the One God, in the One Temple, and only sacrificing certain
animals that represented higher symbols in the consciousness of man, they were
able to begin the process of preparing barbarians to embrace the teachings of
The Way. Moreover, they were
successful -- i.e., the Old Testament moral law and symbolism incorporates
concealed mysteries that pertain to man's spiritual nature and his relationship
to God which the average person whose mindset is imbued with our modern culture
would be unable to even conceive of.
much the same manner, the Gentile converts created scriptures that basically
performed the same function -- i.e., they made the Divine Nature acceptable and
perceptible to the people of the Nations.
I the Gentile scriptures Jesus was severed from his original Hebrew
foundation, and became more universal in his appeal to the mind of the Greeks
and Romans. Though these
scriptures were successful in their purpose to transform the Greek convert into
a Spiritual Christian, they presented another problem.
Regardless of the level of their spiritual revelation, because they could
not be used in an historical sense, they were later condemned by the Roman
Church. In view of the fact
that the Gentile Christians had no relationship to Judaism, the leaders of these
movements wrote their scriptures in the language and culture of the Gentiles,
which meant that there was little or no connection to either the Old or New
Testament writings that we have today.
each case the scriptures were written in the endeavor to reveal the Divine
Nature in a way that the people could accept.
A common thread to all the sacred writings, though, was the fact that the
body of the scriptures contained many points which were not historically
accurate or true. Why? Because the Divine Nature is not Jewish, Greek, Roman,
or of any other worldly culture -- and, like the scriptures, the body of man is
just the tip of the iceberg in relation to the totality of his being.
Therefore, both the body of the scriptures, as well as the body of man,
always points to -- and is dependent upon -- a soul (realm of mind) and
spiritual nature that is not perceived with the physical senses.
The Threefold Patten Of The
Divine Providence, everything in this world -- which is the body or physical
embodiment -- is always incomplete without the higher spheres of mind and
spirit. In the same way that
the concept of male and female can only be defined by their relationship to each
other, nothing in the body can be explained without its interconnected mental
and spiritual natures. Throughout
all of life there is a Divine Pattern: In the same way that the organic life
chain of this world begins with the sun (spirit), the atmosphere (mind), and the
physical manifestation of life (body), this same pattern exists within each of
us and throughout all of Creation.
“correct… understanding of the Scriptures, and the investigation of their
meaning, we consider to be of the following kind” writes Origen,
we are instructed by Scripture itself in regard to the ideas which we ought to
form of it”. Origen
then goes on to explain that: “In the Proverbs of Solomon we find… 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.’”
Scripture, then, is patterned after all of Creation, and exists in a
threefold manner -- i.e., body, mind and spirit.
then goes on to state: “Each one, then, ought to describe in his own mind,
in a threefold manner, the understanding of the divine letters -- that is, in
order that all the more simple individuals may be edified, so to speak; by the
very body of Scripture; for such we term that common and historical sense:
while, if some have commenced to make considerable progress, and are able to see
something more (than that), they may be edified by the very soul of Scripture.
Those, again, who are perfect, and who resemble those of whom the apostle says,
'We speak wisdom among them that are perfect, but not the wisdom of this world,
nor of the princes of this world, who will be brought to naught; but we speak
the wisdom of God, hidden in a mystery, which God hath decreed before the ages
unto our glory’”.
Origen is conveying is that carnal man sees only the (physical) body of the
scriptures -- which body instructs him in the proper lifestyle to embrace in
order to make spiritual progress. In
our analysis we must ask the question: Does the carnal Christian believe that he
knows the Word of God? From
his perception, everything that he believes can be demonstrated by reading the
Bible in its literal sense. If he
did not believe it, then it could have no lasting and beneficial effect upon
him. Therefore, it is the
Will of God that he believes -- and it is the Hand of God upon his heart and
mind that causes him to proclaim the truth of the Gospel that he perceives.
What he fails to comprehend, though, is that the scriptures were designed
so that he would easily see his beliefs in the written word.
From a spiritual perspective, what he believes about the Mysteries of
Creation that is beyond his understanding is not important at that point in his
life. What is important, is
that he begin the process of cleansing and moving into harmony with the Light of
view of the fact that all carnal perceptions of the scriptures are equally very
partial and incomplete, does it really matter from the Divine Perspective which
flavor of incompleteness he embraces?
From one perspective the answer is no -- and from another perspective,
there is a necessary and good reason why each man views both the Bible and life
itself from a different point of view.
person who progresses beyond the milk of the Gospel and becomes a disciple in
the beginning of his walk with the Lord, seeks the soul or mind of the scripture
that he might learn “The Way” by which he can enter the Kingdom.
And further along the path, those who have ceased to be of this world --
i.e., those who no longer live in bondage to sin and carnal desire -- having
themselves entered the Kingdom and are walking in “The Way” of the
Lord, are those who perceive the spirit of the scriptures.
this foundation laid, Origen then explains that: “…all such as these may
be edified by the spiritual law itself (which has a shadow of good things to
come), as if by the Spirit. For as man is said to consist of body, and soul, and
spirit, so also does sacred Scripture, which has been granted by the divine
bounty for the salvation of man”.
The scriptures are universal -- and are made for the salvation of all
men. The carnal man sees only
the historical narrative which appears to contain the physical laws of God --
the disciple sees The Way -- the perfected soul sees God and the Divine Nature
that manifests throughout all of Creation.
then observes this same great truth being conveyed in an early Christian
scripture known as the Shepherd of Hermas, and he writes:
commanded to write two little books, and afterwards to announce to the
presbyters of the Church what he learned from the Spirit. For these are the
words that are written: 'And you will write,' he says, 'two books; and you will
give the one to Clement, and the other to Grapte. And let Grapte admonish the
widows and orphans, and let Clement send through all the cities which are
abroad, while you will announce to the presbyters of the Church.' Grapte,
accordingly, who is commanded to admonish the orphans and widows, is the pure
understanding of the letter itself; by which those youthful minds are
admonished, who have not yet deserved to have God as their Father, and are on
that account styled orphans. They, again, are the widows, who have withdrawn
themselves from the unjust man, to whom they had been united contrary to law;
but who have remained widows, because they have not yet advanced to the stage of
being joined to a heavenly Bridegroom. Clement, moreover, is ordered to send
into those cities which are abroad what is written to those individuals who
already are withdrawing from the letter -- as if the meaning were to those souls
who, being built up by this means, have begun to rise above the cares of the
body and the desires of the flesh; while he himself, who had learned from the
Holy Spirit, is commanded to announce, not by letter nor by book, but by the
living voice, to the presbyters of the Church of Christ, i.e., to those who
possess a mature faculty of wisdom, capable of receiving spiritual teaching”.
James, the brother of Jesus writes that: “Religion that God our Father
accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their
distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world” (James 1:27
NIV), he is not saying that pure religion is to look after the wives and
children of those whose father has died.
Widows and orphans are a symbol employed in order to portray those
believers who are still carnal in nature.
It is these believers who see only the letter -- or body -- of the
scriptures, of which Origen writes whose “youthful minds are admonished,
who have not yet deserved to have God as their Father, and are on that account
styled orphans”. With
regard to widows Origen writes: “They, again, are the widows, who have
withdrawn themselves from the unjust man, to whom they had been united contrary
to law; but who have remained widows, because they have not yet advanced to the
stage of being joined to a heavenly Bridegroom”.
The unjust man is the citizen of the far country in the parable of the
prodigal son -- i.e., the god of this world.
widows and orphans do not represent widows and orphans in accordance with our
understanding of these terms -- but rather, they represent stages of spiritual
growth. Moreover, because of
our modern politically correct mindset where the Bible is at time viewed as
sexist, in these words we must perceive that the term widows is used with
respect to both men and women. We
can never get a right sense of either the scriptures, or life, until we begin to
realize that all of us are reflective with respect to our soul, and therefore we
are often rightfully portrayed in the feminine gender.
the words of James: Pure religion consecrated by the Father is for the disciple
to be of the spirit, minister to the orphans and widows, while keeping oneself
from the world” (KJV). Unspotted
denotes that condition where one has absolutely no part of the world, with the
exception of ones manifestation as a spiritual presence.
It is these unspotted individuals who are those who have been reborn into
the spirit, and have totally manifested the Light of Christ in their lives.
and orphans see only the body of the scriptures, and are yet carnal believers
who the Apostle Paul describes as the Christians of the simple faith.
We can see the next stage of development in Origen's words as he
describes those who are more mature: “Clement, moreover, is ordered to send
into those cities which are abroad what is written to those individuals who
already are withdrawing from the letter -- as if the meaning were to those souls
who, being built up by this means, have begun to rise above the cares of the
body and the desires of the flesh”.
Those who are abroad are the people who have traversed the sea of
spiritual cleansing, and have risen above the “cares of the body and the
desires of the flesh”. It is these men and women who have consecrated their
lives in the pursuit of Truth, that will see the mind of the scriptures in their
quest to walk in The Way.
regard to the more mature in Christ, Origen writes of Hermas:
himself, who had learned from the Holy Spirit, is commanded to announce, not by
letter nor by book, but by the living voice, to the presbyters of the Church of
Christ, i.e., to those who possess a mature faculty of wisdom, capable of
receiving spiritual teaching”.
The name Hermas means the “messenger” -- thus it is only the
spiritual Christians who are able to hear the Shepherd -- or in the symbolism of
the Shepherd of Hermas, the Living voice of Christ. Clement means merciful -- and it is only those who are
themselves walking in The Way who receive the mercy of the Lord.
The widows and orphans -- or those believers who remain of the flesh and
see only the letter of the scriptures and the exoteric doctrine or good news of
the Christ -- must spiritually mature in order to have their hearts and minds
open enough to begin to perceive the Gospel of God, and possess the knowledge to
enter the Kingdom.
People Only See Their Own
Doctrines Of Belief In The Scriptures: Returning
once again to the writings of Clement we can now see that Peter's explanation
should make perfect sense in the confrontation that is to take place with the
proverbial Simon Magus:
“Therefore Simon, who is going to discuss in public
with us tomorrow, is bold against the monarchy of God, wishing to produce many
statements from these Scriptures, to the effect that there are many gods, and a
certain one who is not He who made this world, but who is superior to Him; and,
at the same time, he is going to offer many scriptural proofs. But we also can
easily show many passages from them that He who made the world alone is God, and
that there is none other besides Him”.
Thus, it is foretold that each side will be able to prove their dogma
with many scriptural passages. Simon
will be able to prove that the world was created by a false god -- and Peter
will be able to prove that the world was created by the One God.
Both will be able to use the same scriptures to prove their assertions.
This inherent design of scripture is by Divine Providence that each
person sees in the body of the writings which confirm their own beliefs.
then goes on to state that: “But if any one shall wish to speak otherwise,
he also shall be able to produce proofs from them at his pleasure. For the
Scriptures say all manner of things, that no one of those who inquire
ungratefully may find the truth, but simply what he wishes to find, the truth
being reserved…” for the disciple who can only learn the correct meaning
of the scriptures from the Shepherd and True Prophet.
their discussion that was to ensue, Simon became hostile when Peter refused to
engage in his interpretation of the scriptures and said:
“Then said Simon:
'You are manifestly avoiding the hearing of the charge from the Scriptures
against your God.' Then Peter: 'You yourself appear to me to be doing this; for
he who avoids the order of inquiry, does not wish a true investigation to be
made. Hence I, who proceed in an orderly manner, and wish that the writer should
first be considered, am manifestly desirous to walk in a straight path’”.
these words are noted the most profound error of Bible readers today who only
perceive what is literally written in the narrative of the written word.
Believers see and read the scriptures in the manner of their doctrines,
while ignoring the very warning of the scriptures that it is their own
perception of the Word that is in error.
Simon wants to engage Peter and use the scriptures to prove that the
world was created by a lesser god. Peter
states that anyone can prove almost any doctrine by using the scriptures -- and
therefore, before the scriptures can be understood, the “writer should
first be considered” -- meaning that the reader must look past their own
opinions and beliefs, and perceive the inner meaning conveyed by the writer.
Peter's warning is correct, is overwhelmingly proven by the modern church.
Many very intelligent minds and astute biblical students have studied the
scriptures and continue to hold conflicting opinions that oppose what the next
person sees very clearly represented in the Bible.
Jehovah's Witnesses do not believe that Jesus is God -- and they can
demonstrate their doctrine in the bible.
Baptists, Pentecostals, and most other Evangelical Christians believe
that Jesus is God, and they have a whole host of biblical citations to prove
their doctrines. The Mormons
believe in the pre-existence of the soul.
The Quakers have no formal doctrine, and believe only in the revelation
of the inner Light. Presbyterians,
Methodists, Lutherans, this Orthodox, that Orthodox, this Church of God, the
Universalists, the Reformers, the all inclusive Liberals, the Conservatives,
etc., all faithfully read the scriptures, and all find important points of
disagreement. What we must
begin to understand is that many of these people are very intelligent and
sincere believers -- and yet they all see something different when they read the
scriptures. Their flaw is not
in what they see -- but like Simon, they all failed to heed Peter's words when
he warned that the “writer should first be considered” -- and if the
writer is the Holy Spirit, then it is the interpretation that this writer
teaches that is the only true meaning.
what the early church authorities say is true, and any number of doctrines and
dogma can be proven using the same scriptures, then the reader must learn to
relinquish personal interpretation. What,
then, is the answer? The
genuine revelation of the scriptures can only be learned from the True Prophet
as to the correct meaning of the narrative.
“Hence, O beloved Clement”, proclaims Peter,
would know the things pertaining to God, you have to learn them from Him alone,
because He alone knows the truth. For if any one else knows anything, he has
received it from Him or from His disciples”. These words -- that you can only learn the things of
God from Him alone -- are as true today as when Peter spoke them to his disciple
Clement in the first century.
To contact the author: Allan_Cronshaw@nazirene.org