The spiritual 

  meaning of marriage 

part 4

MARRIAGE TO CHRIST

NECESSARY TO BE A CHRISTIAN

   

The great truth that the Bible continually conveys is that in the same way that man and woman are to become "one flesh", we must in like manner become the faithful spouse of our inner self -- and eventually the Light of our Heavenly Father God.

The Return Home: Once the dynamics of male, female, and the mental/spiritual dimensions of a True and Genuine Marriage is envisioned, we must then begin to apply this concept to every aspect of our lives.  There is a DNA to Creation -- and the Divine Pattern of Marriage is the means by which we walk in The Way, enter the Kingdom of God, and become One with our Heavenly Father in the same manner that Jesus did.   Under the heading of MARRIAGE in the International Standard Bible Encylopaedia, it is written: "Jesus' Use of the Institution: The most characteristic use of marriage and the family by Our Lord is that in which He describes the kingdom of God as a social order in which the relationship of men to God is like that of sons to a father, and their relation to each other like that between brothers. This social ideal, which presents itself vividly and continuously to His mind, is summed up in this phrase, 'Kingdom of God', which occurs more than a hundred times in the Synoptic Gospels. The passages in which it occurs form the interior climax of His message to men. It is no new and noble Judaism, taking the form of a political restoration, that He proclaims, and no 'far-off Divine event' to be realized only in some glorious apocalyptic consummation; but a kingdom of God 'within you', the chief element of it communion with God, the loving relation of 'children' to a 'Father', a present possession. Future in a sense it may be, as a result to be fully realized, and yet present; invisible, and yet becoming more and more visible as a new social order, a conscious brotherhood with one common, heavenly Father, proclaimed in every stage of His teaching in spite of opposition and varying fortunes with unwavering certainty of its completion-- this is the 'kingdom' that Jesus has made the inalienable possession of the Christian consciousness. His entire theology may be described as a transfiguration of the family (see Peabody, Jesus Christ, and the Social Question, 149 ff; Holtzmann, New Testament Theology, I, 200; Harnack, History of Dogma, I, 62; B. Weiss, Biblical Theol. of the New Testament, I, 72, English translation, 1882). Beyond this Jesus frequently used figures drawn from marriage to illustrate His teaching concerning the coming of the kingdom, as Paul did concerning Christ and the church... Everywhere He accepts and deals with it as sacred and of Divine origin (Mt 19:9, etc.)..."

In these words we can observe the very essence of Jesus' teachings that have been clouded and obscured by manmade doctrines and the many churches of this world -- churches that in the adoption of manmade doctrines and creeds, are in reality pseudo-churches.   Very clearly the above states that Jesus taught that the Kingdom of God is within us -- and it is this inner Kingdom that we must find and enter.  Moreover, the Kingdom will never come "...in some glorious apocalyptic consummation; but a kingdom of God 'within you'" (Luke 17:20-21).  Thus, the invitation has been presented to us, but we can only return to the Kingdom of Origination -- the Paradise of Eden, and the Home of the prodigal son -- when we learn how to apply the essentials of the Divine Marriage in our daily lives. 

When Jesus taught the people the parable of the sower and the seed (Mt 13:1-23; Mk 4:1-34; Lk 8:4-15), what he conveyed was that only when man embraces the Word in purity and truth, and manifests the Gospel in their life in word, thought and deed, can he expect to reap the rewards of the Good News that Jesus revealed.   It is not merely a matter of faith and belief -- but rather, one of our experiencing the next stages of birth.   This means that a Jew who embraced the tenets of the Sadducees and Pharisees who preached dead works -- or a Gentile who had the mindset of the Nations and embraced a religion of redemption -- or a Samaritan whose walk with the Lord was stagnated because they did not possess a pure understanding of the Word of God -- or a person who is as the majority of people, and live a sense bound life -- or any one else that did not themselves totally surrender to the essence of Gospel thought -- could not walk in The Way.   They could believe -- and their belief brought them grace so long as they at least tried to live in accordance with the written word -- but, as the Apostle himself warned, their belief or faith alone could not bring about perfection or completion.   

Mark 4:1-9 (NKJ)

1 And again He began to teach by the sea. And a great multitude was gathered to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat in it on the sea; and the whole multitude was on the land facing the sea.

2 Then He taught them many things by parables, and said to them in His teaching:

3 "Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow.

4 "And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds of the air came and devoured it.

5 "Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth.

6 "But when the sun was up it was scorched, and because it had no root it withered away.

7 "And some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no crop.

8 "But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred."

9 And He said to them, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear!"

From a New Covenant perspective with respect to the teachings of Jesus, in order to bring forth fruit that is one hundred-fold, we must be able to use one hundred percent of our potential of mind. If we are to confront the problem of our human limitations directly, then we must also realize that culturized Christians who attempt to make sense of the scriptures, only utilize less than one percent of their potential of mind in the pursuit of walking in The Way. Unlike the ancient Hebrew -- and especially the Essenes and first followers of Jesus -- who created a culture in which every aspect of their lives was lived in pursuit of the higher knowledge of God, we embrace the characteristics of those people who can be likened to the Word sown among thorns? We cling to the things of this world -- i.e., its culture, doctrines and materialism -- and the majority of our daily life is engaged in activities and pursuits that draw the consciousness of the believer away from the inner Kingdom, and fixates their attentiveness and focus of being in the outer world -- as seen in the words: "And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful" (Mark 4:19 KJV).

@What we would therefore view as extremism in the judgment of our modern culture, the Bible represents as a viable spiritual marriage. If it is truth that this three-dimensional world in which we presently dwell is in fact female in relation to what Jesus portrayed as the Kingdom, then the biblical symbol of the unfaithful wife is merely presenting to us that condition when our vital life-force is dissipated and squandered in the world, rather than being merged with the husband of our soul, and being raised up in the birth of the child of higher reality. From a female perspective, in adopting our present lifestyle which is grounded in the cultural thinking of this three-dimensional realm, we have been shopping in the five and dime of the world, and not using our resources in the Bloomingdaleís of our soul.

The result is that, because we expend so great an amount of our vital life-force on the things of no consequence of this world, and we squander away our resources on things of a trivial nature, we end up limiting ourselves to less than one percent of our potential of mind. This is in fact one of the foundational principles of the parable of the talents as seen in the words: "Then the man who had received the one talent came. Master, he said, I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you. His master replied, You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest. Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth" (Matt 25:24-30 NIV).

When properly understood, we can begin to apply what is presented here in the endeavor to comprehend the true works of the New Covenant. Where the Apostle writes that man is not saved by the ritual observances of the Old Testament, this is correct. Each of these rituals possesses a deeper meaning that must be comprehended in the pursuit of the spiritual meaning of the written word. The rituals, then, can be likened to the carnal interpretation of the seduction of Eve as the cause of all sin in the world. It is not until these symbols are turned within the body-mind of the disciple, that the spiritual significance is comprehended. The problem is that when we take our vital life-force and squander it away by burying it in the things of the earth, then we end up using less than one percent of our potential of mind in our quest to embrace our spiritual nature.

From the perspective of the Apostle Paul, the great truth that modern Christians fail to understand is that man is saved by faith because everything that he needs already exists in potential, and all he has to do is learn to become a faithful wife to the husband of his soul. This is the faith of the saints. Manís one hundred percent potential of mind is manifest when he is willing to truly enter into the marriage relationship with his own inner self, and permit his physical self to be merged with it opposite polarity that exists in the parallel realms that already exist within him. It is for this reason that the Book of the Revelation has the Lord knocking, and it is us who must open the door to let him dwell within us. In like manner, it is for this reason that the Apostle states that we can do nothing on our own -- other than exhibit the faith of the true virgin of Christ -- knowing that if we begin to do the things that attract our potential husband, he will come.

What we have here is the reality of the Kevin Kostner film called The Field of Dreams. Faith, then, is seen from the perspective that, if we build it, he will come. The message is that if we cultivate the ground of our body/mind and make it an acceptable dwelling place for our indwelling soul and spiritual natures, that the Word will grow and bear fruit one hundred-fold within us.

In the first chapter of the Epistle to the Romans the Apostle writes that we can perceive God if we search and comprehend the movement and pattern of Creation. Because man limits his philosophy to a less than one percent potential, God has polarized that limited philosophy to a different sphere of mind so that the disciple in search of Truth can more easily perceive the higher understanding. It is for this reason that every person can look into the pages of the scriptures and see a different doctrine. What this means is that only when we begin to understand the fundamentals of marriage, are we able to merge the fragments into a higher vision of the Truth. What we have here is the essence of the account of the story of the Tower of Babel -- when man is of One Mind, "...nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them". In this statement is one of the paramount keys to manís search for his destiny and vision of true utopia.

From the Eternal One, where neither male or female, nor any form of division exists -- springs forth the dynamics of the Triune Creative Force of God which then becomes manifest in the Seven -- and as it moves out into Creation becomes the Twelve -- which is the fundamental basis of the Hebrew Tree of Life which forms the foundation of all biblical knowledge. The objective being to first bring the twelve into oneness -- i.e., convert the twelve tribes into twelve disciples of the Light -- and then bring the twelve into harmony with the seven spiritual centers, the three forces of Creation, and finally the One Eternal God. This is the path of the disciple who reaches out to the Lord and Master of The Way to guide him to completion.

When the Apostle Paul states that man is saved by faith because everything has already been accomplished for us, what he is saying is that all these other realms already exist, and are awaiting our arrival. All that we are required to do is become the consecrated spouse of Christ by cultivating within ourselves the fertile ground that will permit the Tree of Life to grow and bloom. This Tree of Life is comprised of the twelve fruits spoken of in the Book of the Revelation, and represents the spheres of mind that must be brought into harmony by the disciple of the Light. Fundamentally, we accomplish this through the process of marriage -- i.e., the bringing together of the paradoxes of opposites into One greater expression than when they existed in their divided natures.

The problem is that man possess all the lower kingdoms of creation within himself -- i.e., mineral, vegetable and animal -- and as the twelve are brought forth into this world, they can be further fragmented below that of human as portrayed in the one hundred and forty four thousand points of consciousness that is noted in the Book of the Revelation. What this means is that if man permits himself to become immersed in the things of this world, there is the possibility that he will function at a level of one hundred and forty four thousandth of his total potential of mind. Because such a man would be fragmentary, the Divine Laws of Creation which mandate that the universe must maintain balance, spreads the consciousness of One across the many, which means that mankind could potentially have as many as one hundred and forty four thousand different perceptions of the same fact or truth. Why? Because each are polarized to a different combination of the spheres of mind which are represented in the Tree of Life.

Fortunately for us, the majority of civilized men do not usually reduce their potential of mind to its lower possible equation, and the majority of people are in fact functioning at a higher level. The problem is, though, that the twelve spheres of mind which function in separate dimensions within the reality of mind, cannot possibly be envisioned in this three-dimensional realm in which we presently dwell.

Once understood, the disciple becomes cognizant of the fact that this world of separation and division, like all paradoxes, has its positive and negative sides. When the prodigal sons permit themselves to be seduced by the citizen of this, the far country, they in effect make themselves less, because all their vital spirit life-force and power of mind is bled off into this world of sensuality and materialistic illusion. That they then dwell in darkness -- victimized, and in servitude to the base, gross and beastly elements of manís lower animal nature, is the hell and the outer darkness that Jesus said would hold them in the manner of a prison until they have paid their last debt -- the knowledge of which, is contained in the symbolism of the Law as portrayed in the Old Testament.

In some respects, the Law can be understood in the manner of a midterm and final exam that is administered at each grade level, and can be envisioned as it is supposed to function in our modern educational systems. I use the word supposed, because our present-day liberal agenda has undermined and dumbed down the system. In Godís university of Life, there is no social promotion from one level of spiritual maturity to the next.

Each one of us in our daily lives that we live are constantly interacting with Godís Laws which control and maintain each and every event in this realm. We have problems envisioning our reality as being immersed in Law, because we do not understand the mechanicalness of the world in which we dwell. Neither God, nor an angel, or a higher being is sitting over us in order to test us. Neither is Jesus permitting us to circumvent and pass the tests of life merely because we profess with our lips to believe. From a biblical perspective, if we truly believed, then we would do the things that Jesus has commanded us to do.

Both the Old and New Testaments warn us that there are two paths -- the narrow path that leads to Life, and the broad road that is walked by the multitudes of people into destruction. We are either of the earth, and walk in the broad-way -- which signifies that condition when our energy flows outwardly -- or we are able to direct our vital life-force of energy inwardly. When our life-force is directed outwardly, we are said to be carnal, and we belong to this world. When we are able to direct our energy inwardly along the center column of the Tree of Life, then we are moving in a spiritual direction, and our consciousness is actually expanding.

What we must understand is that the opinion expressed by Paul was totally opposite to the Hebrew holy men who authored our scriptures when he wrote: "An unmarried man is concerned about the Lordís affairs -- how he can please the Lord. But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world -- how he can please his wife -- and his interests are divided." The key is found in the biblical commandment to make the two one flesh.

Unlike the Greeks who were known for their culture of men having sex with young boys -- the Romans who were known for their orgies and sexual excess -- the eastern cultures that considered women to be second-class citizens -- the Hebrews understood that men and women were equal, though not the same. This vision was also manifest in other areas of their religious expression that provided them an edge over the other cultures. In their comprehension that this realm is feminine -- or reflective -- in relation to its parallel spiritual opposite, they were able to succeed where these other religions only provided marginal results.

While it is the perception of middle-level religious disciples that manís spiritual nature is real, and we presently dwell in a world of illusion, modern Christians would do well not to judge or condemn such a vision, in that it is a very real and valid position. Yes, we dwell in a world that is reflective -- incorporating psychological symbols in order to force us to interact with higher reality. Once this is recognized by the middle-level disciple, they assume that the answer to life is found when they live a life of denial and freedom from these temporal illusions. In theory, this not only sounds good, but it makes logical sense not to become immersed in the counterfeit world, so they do not become enslaved by the hypnotic illusion that controls the hearts and minds of the rest of mankind.

Middle-level disciples also perceive that the majority of people living in this world do not have a choice as to their role in life, because they are bound by the Law of Rebirth. Because these Divine Laws work in a cyclic manner, the reality that is created by the interaction of these Laws has often been referred to as the Wheel of Rebirth, as demonstrated in the words: "If anyone has an ear, let him hear. He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints" (Rev 13:9-10 NKJ). What is being stated here is the same as what was said by the Apostle when he wrote: "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows" (Gal 6:7 NIV).

In viewing the lives of the majority of men and women, middle-level disciples would see that the soul of man is controlled by the debts that are incurred in this life. Moreover, they understood the dynamics of the wheel of rebirth to be almost sexual in nature. Because the middle-level disciples could see beyond the three-dimensions of this world, and perceive the causal realms that controlled and moved the hearts of man, they recognized that man was not free -- but rather, he was enslaved by his own past. Further, they also comprehended the relationship to manís sexual reality. In the same way that when a man has sex with a woman, a path of psychic/spiritual vital energy continues to connect the man with the woman -- and this path can be viewed as a perennial dependency that not only drains the manís vital energy, but in the manner of a mental anchor, limits the manís own level of thinking to that of his external female dependents -- and in the reverse scenario where the thinking of the woman is not only limited by that of her previous male partners who continue to remain intimately connected to her -- thereby, causing the energies of both the male and female to be both limited and divided -- they recognized that the majority of people lived in subjection to their own past actions -- both sexually, as well as to the debts incurred under the Laws of action and reaction.

Eastern religions and Greek philosophy sought ways to sever the man from these many anchors that chained his soul to the elemental things of this world. Many religious philosophies have therefore embraced the same teachings as that ordained by Paul -- i.e., "It is good for a man not to touch a woman" (1 Cor 7:1 NKJ). They reasoned that in order to become spiritual, they must break the bonds that hold them to a life of enslavement to this world. This thinking resulted in their almost universal conclusion that sex was an obstacle that must be overcome.

The Greeks, on the other hand, who thought they were wise beyond the thinking of the other religions, reasoned that they could have sex with young boys without incurring the same dependency. In the same way that same gender sex cannot produce offspring, they recognized that homosexual sex did not bring about the same results as heterosexual sex. Even though a connection between the men and boys was established, they recognized that the male-male physical bodies could not readily establish the same far-reaching dynamics as the male-female relationship.

Throughout the Greek and Roman empires the prevalent religious focus was the worship of the sun and its manifestation in many forms. Saturnalia, which was renamed Christmas, was the rebirth of the sun. Easter, which celebration did not even have a change in name, represents the impregnation of the mother goddess by the resurrected sun god. The worship of phallic symbols and the sexuality of men, was the worship of the power of the sun as contained in the seed of man, which was then used for procreation. The Roman and Greek orgies were viewed as religious observances in the worship of god. The copulation in the fields during Easter was a form of worship where the diva, or elemental gods that controlled the underlying forces of organic nature, were enlisted to assist the sun god in bringing forth a bountiful crop -- which were then viewed as a gift to the people by their sun god.

Those who were more spiritually advanced among the people of the Nations recognized that these same forces of nature were at work within their own body-mind. They perceived that the common people were very much bound to the earth in both their sexual practices and their interaction with one another. In advancing themselves to the level where they could observe the workings of this world from a causal perspective, they recognized their powers of mind and reasoning could be expanded by freeing themselves from subjugation to this world, and harnessing their energies inwardly. It is important that we understand the fact that they were not wrong -- and their religious lifestyle was founded upon valid observances and experiences that imbued them with an elevated perception of life and Creation.

Faith in Jesus equates to still another dimension to the controversy, as seen in the words: "You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews" (John 4:22 NIV). One of the realities that Jesus was stating to the person who, as a Samaritan, had attempted to embrace both Gentile and Jewish culture simultaneously, was that the Jews possessed a Truth and Wisdom that the Greeks and Romans did not.

The Hebrews achieved greater success because they recognized a number of truths that was beyond the spiritual understanding of the religions of the Nations. When you merge the knowledge of the Genesis account of Creation that the man is incomplete without the woman, with the perception of this world being a female polarity in relation to its parallel realm which we call spirit, the Hebrews realized that to grow the soul -- which was the third-force or balance between the physical and spiritual natures of man and Creation -- the disciple must bring the physical into a higher reality, where it will have attained a level of completion, and the Child of the Light could truly be conceived, born, and matured into the totality of its fullness.

The very core of biblical theology is manifest in the teachings of the Tree of Life. What the Hebrews developed could best be portrayed as the science of mind. Not only did they recognize the fact that this world is a reflective polarity to its spiritual counterpart -- they also realized the importance of the reflective, feminine power -- and they perceived the totality of Creation working dynamically and multidimensional within their own consciousness at every level of their being.

Because few of us understand the deeper meaning of the symbols that were used in the Genesis account of creation, we often overlook many important points. It is true that man was banished from the Garden of Eden when he ate the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, but his banishment was because he permitted both himself and his vision of Creation to become divided. That once fallen he remains incomplete -- wandering the endless fields of this world in the manner of the prodigal son who left his Fatherís Kingdom -- is merely a necessary journey into The Way of Completion and Perfection. Symbolically, we eat the fruit of the Tree of Life when we can again merge our divided natures into one harmonious reality, as seen in the words: "And the LORD God said, The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever. So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life" (Gen 3:22-24 NIV).

Unlike the philosophers of the Nations and the Eastern religions who attempted to escape this reflective realm, the Hebrew holy men embraced the higher vision of reality and recognized the need to re-merge the two into ONE. The author of the Book of Proverbs understood that wisdom was not only based upon experience, but that what we call wisdom is reflective, and is knowledge gained from a female perspective. Thus, we can observe that this knowledge which opens the door to the secrets of the Tree of Life is provided to us as feminine in nature: "Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed" (Prov 3:13-18 NIV).

It is not an accident that in the Book of the Revelation after speaking to the first church -- which from a spiritual perspective represents the foundational and generative power working within man -- it is written: "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God" (Rev 2:7 NIV). One of the truths that are being conveyed here is that, in order to eat from the Tree of Life, the disciple must harness his own generative power in the proper direction. This great truth is further revealed in the words: "These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again" (Rev 2:8 NIV) -- which, among other things, conveys to us that those who eat the fruit of division from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil are (spiritually) dead, and can only again become alive by overcoming this division and eating the fruit of the Tree of Life.

The second mention of the Tree of Life in the Revelation is equally important because it conveys the manner in which the vital life-force flows through our body and mind -- in the manner of a river -- and is manifest in the twelve spheres of mind that is spoken of as the fruit of the Tree of Life: "Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations" (Rev 22:1-2 NAS).

The healing of the Nations is the bringing forth of the Divine river of the water of life through the seven centers of the spiritual mind, into the balanced harmonious mental-mind of the soul and its twelve spheres, and out into the elemental and sensual expressions of the body-mind as represented in the Nations. This great vision of Spiritual Completion can only be realized when the twelve tribes (the many) of Israel are manifest as twelve disciples (the singular) -- and Judas is converted to Matthias (which means the gift of God), and the lower nature of the body is crucified and totally transformed into the foundation of the Spiritually Perfected Soul -- as represented in the return of the prodigal son to the Fatherís Kingdom.

The crucial knowledge of the Tree of Life must be perceived via Wisdom -- which is represented as the perfection of feminine reality -- and must be merged with Understanding -- which is represented as the perfection of masculine reality. The Tree itself is composed of four triune levels which are often represented as the elements of earth, water, fire and air. The great emphasis on the rule of David -- the linage of David -- the Messiahship of David -- is all manifest in the number four, as seen in the merging of the outer spheres of the feminine and masculine spheres which represent the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, as being brought into their center spheres -- which four spheres are the offspring or balance of the two.

The Hebrew holy men placed such great emphasis on works, because their higher vision of manís reality revealed to them the great truth that man does not become complete by escaping and running away from this world in the manner of the poets and the Eastern religions -- but by perfecting the reflective feminine reality of this world to where it is a consecrated wife of its parallel dimension, and is again manifest in Oneness. This is demonstrated in the third mention of the Tree of Life in the Revelation where it is written: "And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie" (Rev 22:12-15 NKJ).

The importance is not placed upon belief and faith, but upon carrying out the Commandments of the Lord -- whereby, each will receive in "accordance with his work". And what works is being made reference to? Surely not the works of the carnal Jews that Jesus condemned -- but rather, the works of the very Gnostic Essene-Ebionites, which works are demonstrated in the parable of the sower and the seed wherein the disciple must make themselves the good ground that permits the Tree of Life to manifest and grow to bring forth fruit one hundred-fold from what was initially received -- which represents the state of spiritual perfection and completion as demonstrated in the words: "You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect" (Matt 5:48 RSV).

When the person who wrote the words attributed to Paul stated that "It is good for a man not to touch a woman... But those who marry will face many troubles in this life, and I want to spare you this.... An unmarried man is concerned about the Lordís affairs -- how he can please the Lord. But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world -- how he can please his wife -- and his interests are divided. An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lordís affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world -- how she can please her husband" (1 Cor 7:1; 26-35 NIV) -- without a greater knowledge, the reader was being misled into the same transitory doctrines which were a paramount theme of the religions of the Nations.

From the perspective of the wisdom of the embodied truths of the Tree of Life as set forth in the symbolism of both Genesis and the Revelation, it is the reflective feminine power that transitions and raises up the creative power of man into the higher reality of the Kingdom. Man does not overcome the division of the two great powers of Creation by ignoring the one, and philosophically attempting to cling to the other that is beyond his reach. The disciple must embrace the feminine reflective power in order to draw the masculine polarity into it, in the endeavor to permit the child of Light to be born.

Man does not gain practical knowledge and experience about the feminine power remotely -- from a distance -- in a philosophical endeavor. By learning to please his wife, and understand the root of their opposite perceptions and differences, a husband learns the lessons that can then be used to gain the knowledge of the workings of all of the Divine Pattern of all of Creation. The problem is that most men and women are not prepared to enter into a genuine marriage -- their perceptions and interactions of each other are superficial -- and they are merely playing the cultural roles of husband and wife in a very shallow and limited way.

In this respect, the Apostle is again correct at a certain level that would be applicable to the Gentile converts. His observation that it would be better for carnal man not to touch a woman is based on a number of factors. In not understanding the sacredness and depth of the relationships potential, the majority of carnal men are merely squandering away the vital energy that could instead be channeled in a better way than to be lost in nature.

From the Hebrew perspective, it was the manner in which they approached the obstacles which confronts all of mankind with regard to manís spiritual enlightenment that made them far more successful than the Greek and Eastern religions. Instead of denial, the Hebrews not only fully engaged this life, but endeavored to spiritualize every aspect of its manifestation. They therefore worked to complete the pattern of Creation by bringing together the opposite polarities as seen in the words attributed to Jesus in the Second Epistle of Clement, which when rightly understood in its far reaching dimensions, is the very essence of New Covenant thought: "Let us expect, therefore, hour by hour, the kingdom of God in love and righteousness, since we know not the day of the appearing of God. For the Lord Himself, being asked by one when His kingdom would come, replied, ĎWhen two shall be one, that which is without as that which is within, and the male with the female, neither male nor femaleí".

We cannot negate the polarities of male and female through separation. We cannot bridge heaven and earth by attempting to escape this world. We cannot grow and mature by withdrawing from life. Even Paul speaks of the war that is raging in his flesh when he attempts to live in accordance with higher spiritual reality. Did not Jesus reach out to us and say: "Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light" (Matt 11:29-30 NIV). It is easy when one heeds the words of Jesus when he said "learn from me" -- because men of very limited understanding will always attempt to burden the seeker with doctrines and carnal opinions that obscure the Truth and The Way.

Again it must be understood that the religious lifestyle that Paul promoted was common to the Greek mystery religions, as well as Buddhism and the religions of the east, and was also embraced by many of the entry-level Essenes -- which was a lifestyle that attempted to deny all physical engagement with the sensual and materialistic things of this world. What we must understand is that this lifestyle is absolutely necessary for a great number of people who are attempting to embrace manís higher spiritual reality. In the same way that an alcoholic or drug addict cannot wean himself gradually from the substance of his addiction, this same severing must also me be employed by the person who is addicted to the sensual and materialistic things of this world.

The plight of a sensually-materialistically addicted person is again contained in the words of Paul when he spoke of his own trials: "...For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind, and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members" (Rom 7:18-23 NAS). Why? Because Paul himself was a convert -- a Pharisee who, like the majority of carnally minded Jews, was spiritually ignorant -- so ignorant, that he was a murderous destroyer and persecutor of the followers of Jesus. That he was forcefully converted by visions and paranormal experiences, did not negate the life-long inclinations and addictions that had been built up in his flesh -- as he, himself confesses. As I have already demonstrated, when Paul was sent to preach to the heathen, he was himself in a state of spiritual transition. He was converted and chosen for the task he was ordained to fulfill -- and this task was given to him instead of the direct disciples of Jesus for the same reason that a learned and scholarly professor does not teach kindergarten children.

What the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls have demonstrated to us beyond any shadow of a doubt, is that there was a society of Spiritual Hebrews who lived for a very long time separate and apart from both the carnal Jews and the Greek-Roman cultures of their time. This society of Hebrews who were sometimes called Essenes, as well as a number of other names, were not converts to The Way. They had not lived lives of sensual and materialistic addiction in the manner of the carnal Jews. They had never worshiped and been possessed by the powers of this world in the manner of the Gentiles. In acknowledging this fact, we must understand that there was never a need for them to embrace the transitory lifestyle and the milk of the Gospel that is prevalent in the Epistles of Paul.

Even before the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls there existed ample evidence with regard to the true nature of Christian foundings. Under the heading of Philo, the Encyclopedia Britannica writes: "PHILO OF ALEXANDRIA (b. 15-10 BC, Alexandria--d. AD 45-50, Alexandria), Greek-speaking Jewish philosopher, the most important representative of Hellenistic Judaism. His writings provide the clearest view of this development of Judaism in the Diaspora. As the first to attempt to synthesize revealed faith and philosophic reason, he occupies a unique position in the history of philosophy. He is also regarded by Christians as a forerunner of Christian theology".

Like his counterpart Josephus, Philo lived during the same time-frame as did Jesus. In the writings of Philo we can observe the need for a balanced approach to the scriptures -- which balance was lacking in the Sadducee and Pharisee literal understanding of the scriptures, as well as the opposite antinomianist philosophy of the Apostle Paul. His position was biblically sound, as expressed in the words that "one should not omit the observance of any of the Jewish customs that have been divinely ordained" (Britannica; Philo). If you believe that God said it, and God is the same -- i.e., "For I am the LORD, I change not" (Mal 3:6 KJV); "The Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows" (James 1:17 NIV) -- then you must also be ready to admit that God does not require something at one time, only to change His mind, and not require people to fulfill His Word at another time -- neither does God change His requirements -- i.e., "I am the Alpha and the Omega, says the Lord God, who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty" (Rev 1:8 NIV).

The secret is found in the passage of scripture still found in some of the ancient New Testament manuscripts such as Codex Baeza at Luke 6:4, which is also contained in such writings as the Gospel of Thomas where the text reads: "On the same day, He (Jesus) beholding a man laboring on the Sabbath, said to him: Man if thou knowest what thou doest, blessed art thou; if however thou dost not know, cursed art thou and a transgressor of the law". From a modern Christian perspective, we no longer know how to fulfill the Divinely Ordained requirements of the scriptures. The Spiritual Hebrews, such as the Essenes, did not sacrifice animals in the Temple -- they did not need Jesus to tell them that the sacrificing of animals could not alleviate their sins -- and yet, within their own body-temple, they sacrificed their own animal nature, and fulfilled the Law in the true manner that God requires. Thus, God did not change his mind with regard to what is written in the Old Testament -- and to comprehend these universal truths, we must be able to perceive what is written from a spiritual perspective. The problem is that we cannot do this today, because the Church of Constantine threw away the keys of knowledge, institutionalized the teachings of The Way, altered the written word of the gospel to make it support a carnal lifestyle, and plunged the western world into the dark ages and abyss of servitude to the god of this realm.

The crux of the problem is demonstrated in the Britannicaís article on Philo where it writes: "Philo is critical both of those who took the Bible too literally and thus encountered theological difficulties, particularly anthropomorphisms (i.e., describing God in terms of human characteristics), and those who went to excesses in their allegorical interpretation of the laws, with the resulting conclusion, anticipating Paulís antinomianism, that because the ceremonial laws were only a parable, they need no longer be obeyed". When we embrace the literal interpretation in the manner of many fundamentalists today, we take upon ourselves the yoke of the Sadducees and Pharisees. When we attempt to allegorize the scriptures in accordance with our own understanding, or disregard them in the manner of Paul, we obstruct our path into the Kingdom that we must find in order to be truly saved.

Where is the balance between the two -- i.e., the legalism of the secular Jews, and the antinomianism of Paul? The answer is found in the Britannicaís article on the Therapeutes, which is a Greek word for healer, is synonymous with the meaning of the Hebrew word Essene: "Jewish sect of ascetics closely resembling the Essenes, believed to have settled on the shores of Lake Mareotis in the vicinity of Alexandria, Egypt, during the 1st century AD. The only original account of this community is given in De vita contemplativa (On the Contemplative Life), attributed to Philo of Alexandria. Their origin and fate are both unknown. The sect was unusually severe in discipline and mode of life. According to Philo, the members, both men and women, devoted their time to prayer and study. They prayed twice every day, at dawn and at evening, the interval between being spent entirely on spiritual exercise. They read the Holy Scriptures, from which they sought wisdom by treating them as allegorical, believing that the words of the literal text were symbols of something hidden".

In understanding these truths expressed about the spiritual Jews, we can then begin to comprehend why Christians were not required to literally fulfill the Law -- i.e., because neither did the Spiritual Jews literally fulfill the Law. When Paul told the Gentile converts not to live in accordance with the letter of the Law -- because no one could be saved by a literal observance of the Law -- he was merely repeating the same doctrine that had been the very foundation of the lifestyle of the Spiritual Jew since the dawn of time. The difference is the application of the Law in oneís life -- i.e., the Spiritual Jew did not disregard the requirements of God as Christians do today, and they used the Sacred Knowledge to observe the requirements of the Law within their own mind and being -- thereby overcoming the barriers that limit us in this world.

More importantly, the Spiritual Jew perceived that within the dynamics of the husband-wife relationship lies the keys to understanding the whole pattern of Creation. Unlike Paul who promoted the transitory doctrine that "It is good for a man not to touch a woman", the Spiritual Jew understood that in the same way that the Divine Polarities of the positive and negative forces of Creation in conjunction with the product of the Two bring about all there ever was, is, and every will be, that the more that the disciple can himself abide within these same forces of Creation in his everyday life, the more he will embrace the pattern that will open his mind to manís greater reality.

The objective, then, is not to refrain from the sensual and materialistic things of this world, but to raise these gifts from God to man up to their highest level of expression. What the scripture is commanding us at Matthew 5:48 -- i.e., "You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect" (RSV) -- is fulfilled when man is ready and willing to live in accordance with the Vision of God. In this respect, the Apostle Paul has a great many valid and important things to say to those who are themselves in transition -- as was the Greek converts who were attempting to free themselves from the yoke of heathenism. But in the same way that God Created man and woman for a higher purpose than for them to abstain from touching each other, God in like manner Ordained the precepts of the Law for a higher purpose than what was perceived by carnal man.

In the first chapter of the Epistle to the Romans we are told to open our eyes to the patterns of the created world that we see, and we will be able to perceive the reality of its Creator God. If this world is indeed a feminine polarity in relation to the parallel spiritual dimension, then we must endeavor to do as the scriptures command and overcome the divided nature, and make the two One. What this means is that we came into being when the Spiritual Seed was implanted into the womb of the Divine Mother, in order to bring about our greater development as the offspring of God. Like an embryo, we are being developed in accordance with the Laws of Creation that will bring about our true Genetic manifestation and heritage.

Our initial religious conversion can be likened to our first birth where we must be nourished by the milk of our Mother. Heed the very words of the Apostle to the Gentiles when he tells us that the "milk" (1 Cor 3:2) of the word, or the exoteric doctrine of Jesus Christ and him crucified (1 Cor 2:2) is for the carnal, and those who are unstable in the Word -- or, in the words of the Apostle: "For every one that partaketh of milk is without experience of the word of righteousness; for he is a babe. But solid food is for fullgrown men, (even) those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern good and evil" (Heb 5:13-14 ASV). What Paul clearly writes was in fact no different than what was already very clearly stated in the Old Testament scriptures: "Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine?" With the answer being: "Them 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 28:9-10 KJV).

In the same way that an infant is nourished by the milk of its mother, so too is the babe in Christ nourished by the milk of the gospel -- i.e., "I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready" (1 Cor 3:2 NIV). Unlike the Eastern religions and the Greeks, and even the Greek Christian Gnostics who attempted to negate this world by refraining from interacting with it, the Spiritual Essene-Ebionites understood that it is the feminine polarity that takes the seed of Life, develops us, rears us, instructs us, brings us forth, and enables us to become the full image of our Father.

This wisdom was expressed by Solomon in the words: "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck" (Prov 1:7-9 KJV). He is not speaking about a law attributed to your physical birth mother in this life -- but rather, the Law of your Mother-God who molds you into a mature spiritual soul who is ready to emerge from the womb of this world and experience the second birth that Jesus spoke of.

We can again see the interaction of the Commandments of the Father and the Law of the Mother in the words: "My son, keep thy fatherís commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck. When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee. For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life" (Prov 6:20-23 KJV).

In order to grow to maturity, we must negate the polarities within us through the Divine balance that manifests the higher reality -- rather than attempt to cling to the one, and reject the other in the manner of the transitory doctrine of Paul, the Greeks, and the Eastern religions. In the same way the perfected relationship between men and women cannot be attained by separation -- but rather, by their harmonization and Oneness where each of the two poles completes the opposite -- so too must the soul of man be completed by the total harmony of the person you are in this world, with the reality of the spiritual person you are within you at the core of your being.

In order to begin the process of integration with our pre-existent soul, we must start to cast off our Darwinist manner of thinking, and realize that we are spiritual beings -- and the true being we are can only be realized from the perspective of our soul. In order to perceive this higher vision of our true nature, we must begin to open our eyes to the very difficult realization that our physical attributes -- our gender, race, genetics and cultural origins -- are only fragmentary expressions of our true state of being. The true being that we are is neither a man nor a woman! There is no such thing as a black soul -- a white, red, brown or yellow! The true being that we are cannot be an African-American, Asian-American, European-American, or any other worldly classification which we presently use to define ourselves. In fact, when we look at our reflected image in a mirror, what we are seeing is a very partial allegorical representation of the true being which we are. It is for this reason that the Christian Gnostics and the Eastern religions referred to this realm as one of illusion -- with the problem being that it is a good deal more than what this term portrays.

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Unlike the Greek and Eastern religions who view this world as an illusion that one must escape, if you are going to follow in The Way the Master ordained in the New Covenant scriptures, you must instead see every aspect of this world as an allusion -- which means that every experience has a deeper meaning and significance than what the carnal mind perceives. If, in your present life you are a man or woman, then you are a man or woman because your soul chose that gender, or the laws forced you into such a life. You are what you are, because you have something to learn and accomplish. The same is true of your race, nationality, genetics and cultural origins. Each of these aspects of life are as a filter that causes the mind to experience life differently, and must be viewed from a very specific perception and vantage point. The objective, then, is to not only learn about oneself from the vision of where we individually look out at the world, but to capture more of ourselves by perceiving our own reflection in the lives of others.

Regardless of our present gender, we are all an active force in a reflective world. What that means is that while we are either male or female in relation to each other, that does not negate the fact that it is our own mind that is the active principle in relation to the world that is reflected back to us. From a spiritual perspective, it is as if we are looking into a great mirror that is teaching us about ourselves.

It is paramount for the disciple to recognize the limitations that is indigenous to his body-vessel that he presently inhabits. The road to higher consciousness and enlightenment begins with the process of the disciple being able to see and observe himself in his perception of all the other people he comes into contact with. From the perspective of the Bible and the teachings of the New Covenant, whether we will even be permitted to begin the spiritual journey of walking in The Way, will be dependent not on our profession of faith or acknowledgement of Jesus as our personal Lord and savoir, but our desire to embrace the first principles of Jesusí commandments and teachings when he said: "Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you" (Luke 6:37-38 NIV).

In order for us to even begin to comprehend the absolute importance and urgency in these words, we must first come to terms with the reality of our own fragmentary and limited nature. All knowledge -- all success and failure in this life -- will be dependent upon our perception of these words. We are greatly disillusioned and deceived if we believe that we can be educated, informed, or even of a rational mind, without first understanding the workings of the laws that are revealed in these words of Jesus.

Unlike the Hebrews, the Greek poets and wise men did not speak the spiritual truths they knew to the multitude of people -- but rather, they taught their disciples in small groups and schools. Historically, these religious groups were known as the Greek Mystery religions because only the initiated disciples were permitted to know the truths that the master teacher revealed to his student-disciples.

What were these truths that were only passed from teacher to student? As I have already demonstrated in the writings of Clement of Alexandria, Origen, Clement the disciple of the Apostle of Peter, and others, the writings of the poets revealed the workings of the mind in the form of astrological symbols and powers. It did not matter that the masses of people worshiped these myths -- sacred myths that were used to convey a deeper spiritual truth to the disciples of the Greek masters.

The Hebrews, on the other hand, understood that a higher level of spiritual truth could be achieved when the society of people are organized into the pattern of mind -- a pattern which they called the Tree of Life -- which fruit spoken of in the Revelation of John is the knowledge of the secrets of Mind and Creation. The manifestation of the pattern in the life of the people began with the portrayal of the roles of the masculine and feminine powers within the family unit. It then moved out to the extended family -- which was segmented into the twelve spheres of mind that make up the Tree of Life. Thus, the Children of Israel were partitioned into twelve tribes which were separated into four triune gates of the mind, constantly interacting within the seven spiritual centers -- the three, and the ONE GOD who communicated only through the Anointed -- which due to the manner in which we translate our scriptures is not clear to us because in the Old Testament the prophet is called the Anointed, while in the New Testament we fail to render this same word into the English language.

Again the great paradoxical reality of Creation is that within the ONE is the many -- and if man is to grow in spiritual maturity, he must first come to terms with this fact. Unlike secular societies which attempt to govern politically correct reasoning, and homogenize the thinking of the people into one accord, the Hebrew holy men conveyed the need for the natural diversity of mind to become manifest and be maintained through segregation, in order to thrive -- i.e., which equated to segregated groups which envisioned life from a different perspective, and performed separate but vital functions that served the whole.

Something that will be very difficult for the majority of politically correct people to grasp is the great truth that equal is not the same -- and differences must be nurtured to their highest level in order for mankind to benefit. From a universal perspective, it could be said that an ameba, or what is called a one cell being, could be recognized as being equal to a man, because each is a singular manifest life-form. From the perspective of a single unit, a man is a unit -- as is an ameba. Moreover, from a Darwinist perspective where man is seen to have emerged from the slime of some dark pool in his more distant past, the ameba has the potential to one day be a human.

In this respect, an ameba could be viewed as the alpha, or primal beginning of mankind -- with the omega-man yet to be defined. From the perspective of the Hebrew holy man and the scriptures, Jesus would have represented this omega -- i.e., completed man. The problem is that we fail to realize Jesus as manís true potential today, because of the Gentile mindset that removed Jesus from his natural Hebrew roots as the Anointed offspring of the ONE God, and re-established him as the god of the Pagan world.

From a purely Darwinist perspective, if we eliminate the element of time, the ameba does not possess the intelligence of humans because the ameba does not have the highly developed brain, nervous and glandular system, and highly refined organs that man does. Ultimately, what we are in fact saying then, is that the body of an ameba, being one cell, cannot support the higher intelligence of humans. This vision of manifest intelligence is important to comprehend if we are to begin to understand what made Jesus as different from us, as we are in turn different from a lower life-form. Moreover, only when we recognize these differences, can we begin to realize the self-destructive course that our present-day society has embraced.

In our politically correct culture, segregation has been deemed a dirty word -- and yet we fail to recognize that our own higher intelligence that we manifest is the result of harmonized segregation at work in our own physical bodies. If an ameba is a single life-form, and we are also a single life-form, then the primary reason the ameba cannot manifest our intelligence is seen in the fact that the ameba is the prime example of integration and homogenization, while we are an example of complex segregation working in harmony.

Our secular humanistic philosophers have long envisioned a society where man dwells in peace because all people accept each otherís physical differences -- which differences are negated by the speculation that all people are fundamentally the same. From this perspective, any opinion that supports the acceptance of others is to be affirmed, while all opinions which recognize the intrinsic differences between people, is to be suppressed. Moreover, at its extreme, what this politically correct philosophy states is that, except for their biological reproductive differences, men and women are the same -- that there is no difference between the races, and that except for purely physical attributes, black, white, yellow, red and brown are the same. Going even one step further our politically correct philosophers had decreed that sex is sex, whether it is between men and women, men and men, or women and women -- that there is no reason why children need to be raised by a mother and father -- that institutionalized child rearing would in fact be superior to the traditional family conditions, because the child could be more easily exposed to a diverse environment which would better support the politically correct culture.

The problem is that what sounds reasonable and logical to the mind of natural man, simply does not work. In his endeavor to manifest a society that attempts to bring about this humanistic utopian view through the process of enforcing the philosophy of political correctness upon the individual, the result is always the same -- i.e., the whole structure of the society becomes undermined, and the society itself fails. Why, we ask? Why canít a society embrace a culture of peace and goodwill? From the perspective of the history of mankind, only the Hebrews were able to overcome the obstacle that has continually plagued the mind of man with regard to manifesting this utopian vision upon the earth. The problem is the divisions of man can never be brought together into an abiding harmony, until the factions in man are themselves perfected.

Many of the Greek and Eastern holy men blamed sex and the thirst for materialism and political power as the paramount problem. In their elevated perception of human nature, they realized that it is these desires and appetites of man that causes both internal and external strife. They reasoned that if man did not consume animals for food -- lived a simple life -- and refrained from sex and all other desires of the flesh -- then he would be able to realize God in his life. They created their scriptures with the twelve spheres of mind represented in the zodiac -- and the laws that caused man to interact with these spheres as gods and goddesses. While the society itself remained largely Pagan, their system of spiritual enlightenment was then dependent upon teacher-philosophers who would reveal to their students the true meaning of the sacred writings.

The Hebrew holy men understood that in order for paradise to again be realized, that man himself had to be organized into groups that manifested the Pattern of Divine Knowledge of Mind and Spirit into a culture. When the author of the Epistle to the Galatians wrote that the two sons of Abraham were an allegory (Gal 4:22-24), we must also understand that everything in the Old Testament that followed could not have been literal and historical fact -- but rather, allegory that conveyed the Secret Knowledge of Creation to the mind of the disciple.

Now since we know there existed an historical people who called themselves the children of Israel, we must then begin to understand that enlightened Hebrew holy men went one giant step further than the Greeks, and organized the masses of the people into groups which physically represented the spheres of mind that is the core teachings of all genuine religions the world over. Instead of gods and goddesses interacting in some philosophical drama that was separate and apart from the people, the Hebrew holy men created a society where the people themselves became the very objects of religious philosophy.

In the same way that the light of day moves in harmony with the darkness of night, and both are seen as one force at the dawn, the power of sex and the interaction between the dynamic male and female forces of Creation became intertwined in a positive and consciously beneficial manner. Unlike their Greek counterparts who engaged in every sort of sexual excess imaginable, the interaction of the Hebrew husband and wife took on a Divine Element that manifested the powers of higher mind in the life of the people. Like every aspect of Creation, sex was taught to be beneficial when used in a proper and enlightened manner.

The three minds of man -- physical, soul-mental, and spiritual -- the twelve spheres of mind -- the seven spiritual centers -- the Triune Force of Creation -- and all things existing as an expression of the One God -- all require a comprehension of the natural divisions of Mind and Creation in order to both understand and overcome the obstacles of Life. When man attempts to overcome through a politically correct homogenization of these divisions, the result is insanity and disease. When the Divine Patterns of Mind are manifest in a society in order to bring about the reality of higher spiritual development, man draws himself closer to his Eternal Creator God.

The Hebrews were taught not to plant two types of seeds in the same field -- not to mix types of food -- not to use two different types of cloth in the same garment -- to marry only within their extended family. When marriages did take place between tribes, the wife was assimilated into the extended family of the husband. The result was the government of the people was molded in accordance with the Divine patterns of Creation.

Instead of living in accordance with manmade laws that have no significance beyond the political and sensual cravings of men, the Hebrew holy men fashioned a legal code in accordance with the Divine Precepts that move the seen and unseen forces of this and all other worlds. The people learned there is a universal (male) power that expresses itself in a linear dynamic fashion, and a cyclic recurrent (reflective-female) magnetic power that manifests itself in a periodic manner that brings about variations of movement within the linear pattern. The people learned that when they live in accordance with these Higher Laws of God, they are raised up above the consciousness and stature of this world. On the other hand, when they live in accordance with sensual appetites and materialistic cravings, their consciousness is reduced to that of the beasts.

They learned that the Law of God requires man to bring his whole self into abiding harmony with the Eternal Power of Creation. Great emphasis was placed upon their faithfulness to their father, mother, spouse, and the family unit. They were taught that there is One Supreme Power of the Universe that demands faithfulness, purity, and integrity in all dealings with oneís fellow man. There was no doctrine of Original Sin where mankind was viewed as a flawed creation -- they were expected to fulfill the Royal Law: "He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God" (Micah 6:8 NIV).

In the study of their scriptures they were continually taught that whatever action man takes, there is always an appropriate response -- and this response is brought about as a matter of Law. When man does good, seeks truth, and is merciful to his brothers and sisters, these same things are returned again to him by the Laws which control every aspect of Creation. On the other hand, whenever man violates the Laws of God, there is always a resulting negative reaction. Every element of their life revealed that man was expected to hold firmly to Godís vision of behavior and purpose. Man had a destiny -- and they were the chosen, because they lived their lives in accordance with the Will of God.

In their quest to know and understand God and the meaning of Life, they came to realize another great truth. Living a good life was not enough. The fact that a person observes the Commandments of God, does not do wrong to his brothers and sisters, and dwells in peace, is not enough to sanctify their lives. In this respect, the words of the Apostle were known to the Hebrew holy men at the very time that the Old Testament was written: "Öknow that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified" (Gal 2:16 NIV).

Again, in the symbology of the scriptures what Paul wrote was well established within Judaism. Is it not written and perceived that Moses -- or the Law -- could only bring the children of Israel to a certain point, and it was Joshua (Jesus-Yehshua) that had to take them across the Jordan and into the promised land. Thus, it was common knowledge among the enlightened Jew that the words of Paul were again correct when he wrote: "Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith" (Gal 3:24 KJV).

The symbolism of the Old Testament also confirms to us the warning of Jesus that philosophical believers will be rejected. Even though the children of Israel were rescued from the Egyptians -- the bondage of this world -- because of their desire for the things of this world, they walked for a period of forty years until only the children were left before they were permitted into the Promised Land. Thus, the words: "And he said: I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven" (Matt 18:3 NIV)

These great truths with respect to our turning from the world, becoming as a child, and living in strict accord with the Royal Law of God, while having faith in Yeshua (Joshua-Jesus), who is the only one who can lead us into the Kingdom, is a truth that is expressed in both the Old and New Testament scriptures. Moreover, this timeless Truth which was valid since the dawn of Creation, remains valid in our own time as seen in the words: "For when we were controlled by the sinful nature, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in our bodies, so that we bore fruit for death. But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code. What shall we say, then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! Indeed I would not have known what sin was except through the law" (Rom 7:5-7 NIV).

The Law was created as the schoolmaster that would convert the heathen to an elementary level of spiritual maturity. That the Law could not save a person is synonymous with the fact that neither will a person be saved merely by living a good life. The people who represent the seed sown on good ground in the parable of the sower and the seed, must themselves multiply what was given one hundred times: "Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop -- thirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was sown" (Mark 4:20 NIV).

This great truth that was symbolically demonstrated throughout the Old Testament and preached by Jesus, is seen further expounded upon in the words of Paul: "Finally then, brethren, we request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that, as you received from us instruction as to how you ought to walk and please God (just as you actually do walk), that you may excel still more. For you know what commandments we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God; and that no man transgress and defraud his brother in the matter because the Lord is the avenger in all these things, just as we also told you before and solemnly warned you. For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification. Consequently, he who rejects this is not rejecting man but the God who gives His Holy Spirit to you" (1 Thes 4:1-8 NAS).

What the Apostle states is that faith and a good life is not enough, and that we must "excel still more". Why? Because "God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification". Once properly understood, what we are being presented with in these words is a system of education and instruction that leads us on to spiritual maturity. For the heathen, there is the Law that teaches them about sin. As the disciple progresses in his walk with the Lord, he is no longer under the Law of this world, because he has begun to comprehend the Higher Law of the Spirit. Thus, in the allegorical portrayal of this reality in the scriptures, Moses dies and the children are then led by Jesus-Joshua-Yehshua into the Promised Land. The important requirement the Apostle conveys is that neither the works of the Law, or faith can save you, unless you reject impurity and seek to be sanctified.

The great error of the carnal mind is seen when natural man attempts to diminish the requirements, or promote the idea that he will be able to enter the Kingdom after he dies. The authorís of both the Old and New Testament scriptures knew there is no obstacle but ourselves that prevent our entrance into the Kingdom, as seen in the words: "Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful" (Rev 21:27 NIV). This same truth was expressed by Isaiah where it is written: "And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness. The unclean will not journey on it; it will be for those who walk in that Way; wicked fools will not go about on it" (Isa 35:8 NIV).

@@The requirement for each of us to mature beyond the Law, and having taken hold of the hand of the Son of God begin to open the door to the Kingdom, was set forth by the Apostle when he wrote: "Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for Godís holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person-- such a man is an idolater-- has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things Godís wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: ĎWake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.í Be very careful, then, how you live-- not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lordís will is" (Eph 5:1-17 NIV).

As people in search of truth we must ask the question: How can man fulfill the requirements of the Apostle and imitate God, unless he has this innate potential? Moreover, in these words the Apostle is defining the term idolater from a scriptural perspective -- i.e., to worship the idols of this world is to engage in sexual immorality, any sort of impurity in the manner in which one lives their lives, greed, foolish talk or even course joking. The problem is that these words made no sense to either the Jew who falsely believed that he was saved by observance to the works of the Law, or to the Christian who falsely believes that mere faith in the historical Christ is all that is required.

The whole present-day concept of static faith that is being promoted by the modern Christian Church simply has no place in the requirements of the Apostle that was set forth in the words: "But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for Godís holy people." Yet, we attend apostate churches today which continually preach the doctrine of carnal men -- i.e., "Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things Godís wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them."

The universal doctrine of The Way that is open to all of mankind -- which doctrine is declared in both the Old and New Covenant scriptures -- is openly expounded upon by the Apostle Peter in the writings of his disciple Clement. It means nothing to be born a Jew or Christian, or to be called -- because the opportunity you were given by either birth, or your religious affiliation, is the result of the Hand of God upon your life: "Then Peter, wondering at the eagerness of the multitudes, answered, You see, brethren, how the words of our Lord are manifestly fulfilled. For I remember His saying, Many shall come from the east and from the west, the north and the south, and shall recline on the bosoms of Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob. But many, said He also, are called, but few chosen. The coming, therefore, of these called ones is fulfilled. But inasmuch as it is not of themselves, but of God who has called them and caused them to come, on this account alone they have no reward, since it is not of themselves but of Him who has wrought in them. But if, after being called, they do things that are excellent, for this is of themselves, then for this they shall have a reward".

This same truth can be related to the parable of the sower and the seed as seen in the fact the Word has been given to all, but only those who make themselves the good ground and multiply what was given to them, receive the reward. This truth is further spoken of when Peter explained: "For even the Hebrews who believe Moses, and do not observe the things spoken by him, are not saved, unless they observe the things that were spoken to them. For their believing Moses was not of their own will, but of God, who said to Moses, Behold, I come to thee in a pillar of cloud, that the people may hear me speaking to thee, and may believe thee for ever. Since, therefore, both to the Hebrews and to those who are called from the Gentiles, believing in the teachers of truth is of God, while excellent actions are left to every one to do by his own judgment, the reward is righteously bestowed upon those who do well. For there would have been no need of Moses, or of the coming of Jesus, if of themselves they would have understood what is reasonable. Neither is there salvation in believing in teachers and calling them lords".

The measure of belief and faith is never found in what a man says with his lips, but only in the way that he lives his life. In the same way that the Law brought the Jew to Joshua (Jesus-Yehshua), the manner in which the Christian lives his life will determine whether he will be deemed worthy to go beyond the three-dimensional barrier of this world, enter into the True Spiritual Church, and sit at the feet of the Master and hear the Mysteries of God from the only Teacher who can reveal them.

That the Gentile Christian believer is blind to the true spiritual revelation of the Law of Moses, and the Jew is blind to Jesus, is further stated by Peter: "For on this account Jesus is concealed from the Jews, who have taken Moses as their teacher, and Moses is hidden from those who have believed Jesus. For, there being one teaching by both, God accepts him who has believed either of these. But believing a teacher is for the sake of doing the things spoken by God. And that this is so our Lord Himself says, ĎI thank thee, Father of heaven and earth, because Thou hast concealed these things from the wise and elder, and hast revealed them to sucking babes.í Thus God Himself has concealed a teacher from some, as foreknowing what they ought to do, and has revealed him to others, who are ignorant what they ought to do." Thus, there is One Doctrine and Requirement that has been set forth by God to all of mankind. That God uses different symbols to reach out to different groups of people is well documented in the writings of the disciples of Christ.

That the two are the same, is further elaborated upon by Peter when he said: "Neither, therefore, are the Hebrews condemned on account of their ignorance of Jesus, by reason of Him who has concealed Him, if, doing the things commanded by Moses, they do not hate Him whom they do not know. Neither are those from among the Gentiles condemned, who know not Moses on account of Him who hath concealed him, provided that these also, doing the things spoken by Jesus, do not hate Him whom they do not know. And some will not be profited by calling the teachers lords, but not doing the works of servants. For on this account our Jesus Himself said to one who often called Him Lord, but did none of the things which He prescribed, ĎWhy call ye me Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?í For it is not saying that will profit any one, but doing. By all means, therefore, is there need of good works. Moreover, if any one has been thought worthy to recognize both as preaching one doctrine, that man has been counted rich in God, understanding both the old things as new in time, and the new things as old."

In the same way that a child is conceived by the merging of the two into ONE, so too is the Child of Light conceived within and without us. What this means is that the road to completion is never realized by either those who cling to a ritual observance of the Law -- those who have static faith and belief -- or those who invoke religious disciplines and/or meditation in an attempt to escape this realm. Completion is found when the two paradoxical dimensions of heaven and earth are brought into abiding harmony -- which is accomplished when every carnal desire is merged with its spiritual counterpart, and something totally new is created within and without the body, mind and spirit of the disciple.

This spiritual realization cannot be accomplished when we die -- because when we pass from this life we are no longer in possession of the physical body. The result is that without the body, we can no longer interact with our lower nature, which is the foundation of the Spiritual Man that must emerge as the Perfected Son of God. The Greek and Eastern holy men were correct in their observation that we dwell in a world of illusion -- so what are we doing here? The problem is that this illusion corresponds to a part of the mind that we must merge with its opposite spiritual half in order to become complete. In the same way that male and female is a polarity that when merged together makes the whole, so to is that part of the mind that we associate with the physical half of its spiritual mate -- and completion can only be accomplished when the divided halves are again made One.

What this means is that what we perceive as sin and impurity, is in reality the result of a state of separation and incompletion. The sensual and materialistic drives of the lower nature that plague the religious man in his quest to overcome the cravings of the physical body, are as rivers of incomplete spiritual energy that he must endeavor to find its corresponding higher polarity. In this respect, the scriptures portray them as beasts, rivers, men and women -- diversity of earthly and heavenly powers -- which represent sensual and spiritual elements of body, mind and spirit that must be brought to completion. It is in this enlightened vision of the scriptures that Origen wrote: "It is sufficient however, to represent in the style of a historic narrative what is intended to convey a secret meaning in the garb of history, that those who have the capacity may work out for themselves all that relates to the subject."

Those who are able to gaze beyond the garb of the historical biblical text, perceive that scripture is embellished with the same exact pattern as life itself -- comprehend that both represent spiritual reality manifest in form and symbols that we can perceive with our physical senses. It is this vision of the symbology of life that moved Paul to write in the first chapter of the Epistle to the Romans that each and every one of us is responsible for knowing about God, because it is within our ability to perceive God by understanding the pattern of Creation that we see. We therefore perceive the unity of thought among the Apostles Peter and Paul, who are in agreement with the Church Father Origen in stating that we literally dwell in the scripture of life -- where every aspect of what we see and feel is intended to convey a deeper spiritual meaning than what the unenlightened perceive as the conveyance of every day (meaningless) life.

One of the great awakenings of the disciple is the realization that God is not only the author of every aspect of life, but that every element contains both the blueprint and DNA of its Author. What this would mean is the majority of church-religious leaders throughout history have been in error -- in that, our physical bodies were not created to torment us -- but rather, every inclination was manifest within us for a higher reason and purpose that we must embrace and raise to its highest expression. We do this through the Marriage of paradoxical opposites.

It is not until we understand that the attractions and urges of men and women to come together goes far beyond a biological need, that we can begin to perceive both the laws working within and without us, as well as the forces that will bring about our eventual destiny. The coming together of the sexes is initiated by a need that is manifest in the soul of man -- and once properly understood from a higher perspective, can be used to perceive the movement of every aspect of Creation itself. The soul of man, which is neither male nor female, dwells in a realm where these forces of mind exist in harmony. Once this is understood, we can then look beyond the realm of physical attraction, and understand that the deeper foundation of manís sexual appetite is his absolute need to be complete and know himself.

The secret is to comprehend the primal Oneness of God as perceived through the eyes of the Hebrew mystic who understood that Adam originally existed in an undivided state in the form of Adam-Eve prior to their separation. Because at a deeper -- a Source level of being -- all of Creation remains in an undivided state, the absolute need and desire to return to a state of completion can only be envisioned when we perceive the inner (spiritual) desire for sex that literally possesses the mind of man. What this ultimately means is that through our respective husband or wife, we are in reality attempting to give birth and re-create our true self, and restore our own state of oneness in this world of divided reality. At a deeper sense, in a marriage, we are all striving to find and unveil the person who we truly are at the level of our soul. The fact that we often come to dislike the person we choose to enter a relationship with, is founded more in the ultimate vision that in our alienation of our true self, we are unhappy with the person we have become because of the denial, sacrifice and betrayal of self on the alter of the philosophy of this world.

The majority of divorces today are initiated by women who feel that something is lacking in their relationship. They are not wrong! The problem is there will always be something lacking in their relationships, until they begin to perceive that the void exists within themselves. What this means is that they are merely blaming their spouse for their own emptiness. Moreover, it is the women who are conscious of the void in much greater numbers than their male counterparts, because women are much more intuitive, and this enables them to retain a more elevated connection with their inner self. Where the majority of men are driven by sex and a linear perception of life that enables them to fulfill their dynamic role, women are polarized positively in a higher sphere of mind, and it is natural for them to desire more depth in their relationship.

The power to create by the (male) active principle, and its transmutation into a desire for depth and higher meaning by its (female) reflective principle, is motivated by the absolute need for completion -- a need and desire that motivates every aspect of our being -- which means that those forces and appetites we perceive as carnal and sensual, can never be satisfied until we have returned to a state of Oneness with our Creator and Source of Being. Unlike the religions of the east, the philosophy of the poets, the entry-level philosophy preached by the Apostle Paul, and the perception that this world is evil which was embraced by Paulís Gnostic disciples, the whole focus of the Hebrew holy men and women was the absolute need to channel these sensual energies into their proper spiritual expression, thereby manifesting the unity (through marriage) of manís physical and spiritual divided natures. The problem is that we fail to search out the depth of our relationships and movement in this world -- embracing life on a superficial level -- and we squander our vital life-force on "riotous living" (Luke 15:13 KJV), as portrayed by Jesus in the parable of the prodigal son.

What this ultimately means is that the Secrets and Mysteries of God are at their essence so simple in their fundamental element, that the very meaning of life and all of Creation can be embraced by every person who has ever lived. All we have to do is strive to negate the polarities of life wherever and whenever we encounter them. That life appears very complex in its many levels of fluff that has been layered upon the inner fabric of life, only appears to complicate the problem -- in that, once the pattern is truly understood, all the obstacles can be overcome in whatever form they present themselves to us.

What we are presented with here is the wisdom of the ancients in their search for the Source of Life, as seen in the various religions that man has created since the very dawn of time. Regardless of the fact that these religions appear to take on greatly varying forms and expressions, each revealed the Powers and Forces of Creation in the language of the people they were designed to serve and enlighten. To comprehend this fact, we must realize that man has the power to Know his Creator -- because he is himself the offspring of his Father-Mother God.

What the Hebrew people represent to us is the ultimate witness with regard to the reality of life itself -- in that, the greater manís Consecration to Truth and Light in his search for God, the greater the amount of Truth is bestowed upon him. Moreover, once we begin to comprehend the dynamics of life and Creation in its polar realities, we are then able to perceive that manís enlightenment is not a matter of faith, but more appropriately a guarantee -- as portrayed in the form of a Covenant between man and God.

When Paul wrote that man is saved by faith, what we must understand is that if we walk in The Way, we are guaranteed to inherit the promise. It is not a matter of faith that sex between men and women brings forth new life -- neither does man have it within his power to create life through any other means than the merging of these opposites. As is the case on a physical level, the birth of the Light in the Life of the disciple is not a matter of philosophy and faith, but is guaranteed -- if he is willing to be a truly faithful spouse to the principle of Mind that we call the Word, Logos, or Son of God. The Essenes knew this, and they manifested the Spiritual Nation of Israel -- a society of anointed souls who walked in the Light of God. As one of the Hebrew Masters from ancient times, Jesus perfected the spiritual essence of the Law as revealed by the biblical prophets, and attained the Highest Expression of Perfected Man that has ever walked the face of the earth. This Perfected God-Man then took this Knowledge, formulated it into a series of teachings, and Ordained these revelations as The Way.

It is from the perception of this ultimate vision of the very forces and manifestation of Creation itself, that prompted the Apostle to write in the first chapter of the Epistle to the Romans that each of us is responsible for knowing God. Why? Because they are Universal -- so Universal, that we literally dwell in the Laws of God in the manner of a fish in the sea. Paul, being of an enlightened mind, was ordained to bring these Sacred Truths to the Gentiles -- not in the endeavor to bind them to the false works and rituals of the carnal Jews, but to free them from servitude to the darkness of this world through the Wisdom of the Spiritual Jew, and an invitation to the Marriage through living of a Consecrated Life to the service of the Lord.

Nowhere in the Bible is it suggested that God would ordain a covenant with an unfaithful people, as is suggested by our religious leaders today. What does the Apostle of faith command us: "Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: íI will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people. Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.í Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God" (2 Cor 6:14-7:1 NIV).

As a faithful wife who has no association with any other man but her husband, and nothing in common with those outside of her extended family, the Anointing can only come to us when we enter into a Genuine Marriage with the Lord, and fulfill the promise by "...purifying ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God".

 

 

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