GENUINE RELIGION IS MARRIAGE
UNDERSTANDING THE DNA OF GOD
THE SPIRITUAL SACRAMENT OF SEX
What both Origen and the Apostle Paul attempt to convey to us is the great truth that all we need to do is begin to perceive and comprehend the patterns and natural laws of this world, and we will begin to develop our minds sufficiently in order to interpret the allegorical forms of the life we are living. If we believe in the Trinity -- i.e., that God moves in a triune Creative Force, and that it is the Logos or Son of God that has brought all things into being -- then we must recognize the full spectrum of this truth that we are stating, and begin to observe the genetic DNA of the Son throughout all of Creation. Like a great painter, every brush stroke reveals the identity of the Master who painted the picture -- which is in fact a self-portrait of its Author. Once we understand this reality, we are then able to perceive the designs of God from the smallest particle, to the universe, to all of Creation itself. Only then will we begin to behold why Jesus placed such great emphasis on the need to overcome all division and dissidence in our life.
Again, relying upon Paulís vision that God is revealed in our perception of Creation itself (Romans chap 1), we must learn to discern not only the male and female forces in the world, but we must become ultra cognizant of the Son -- or third force of Creation which is said to be the Mind of God -- i.e., the Moving Creative Force that brought everything into being. From this perspective we will then begin to detect the triune forces at work in everything in our life. When we can begin to comprehend these great truths, we will then be in a position to realize why the Hebrews did not worship a Triune God as declared in the writings of Plato and the Poets -- but rather, were able to gaze beyond the vision of the Gentiles, and perceive God in His Ultimate Reality where all things are ONE -- i.e., the dwelling place of the Unbegotten, the Ancient of Days.
If every aspect of Creation is imbued with the DNA of God, then we can begin to formulate every element of our life to see these forces at work. If the past is female in relation to the future, which is male, then we manifest the third force when we make ourselves conscious -- very conscious -- of the moment -- every moment -- in which we are dwelling. If this outer world is female in relation to the Heavens, which is male, then we have an example of the proverbial four points -- north, south, east and west -- that is used throughout the scriptures. We also begin to understand the need to turn our focus eastward toward the rising of the sun. Once we understand the symbolism, we then perceive the meaning of the words: "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 3:24 NIV). This cherubim with the flaming sword represents the laws -- or barriers -- that we must overcome in order to re-enter the Kingdom.
Again, it is important that we comprehend law as both a limitation, as well as a gate that permits only the one who has the key to enter beyond its barrier. When an embryo is fertilized in the womb, it is not immediately expelled into the outer world. Thus, there are natural laws at work which restrict the fetus until it has reached the necessary level of maturity in order to permit its entrance into the next stage of development. This force that retains the fetus in the womb until it has developed and matured can be very much likened to the laws that confine us to this realm -- which realm is said to be female -- until we have attained a certain degree of maturity and perfection that enables us to move beyond the three-dimensional limits of this world.
The way of the poets, philosophers, and the Asian religions of the east, and even the Christian Gnostics who were the disciples of Paul, was to abandon all desire and presence in this world. This doctrine was in fact the basis of the common belief among Christian Gnostics that the creator of this world and the God of the Jews was an evil demiurge, which can be defined as a subordinate god who fashions this material world in accordance with a carnal-rational state of being. From their perception of reality, Jesus came to condemn the god of the Jews, and reveal to mankind that they can only find the true God when they reject the false god-creator of this world. From their vision of religion and Creation, everything physical was evil, and was to be rejected.
Regardless of the fact that modern theologians and biblical experts are reluctant to to admit the truth, this doctrine is very much founded in the Epistles of Paul and his constant allusion to the necessity of putting to death the desires of the flesh, and the rejection of the god of the world. The problem is the Apostle was not necessarily wrong, and there is a great amount of truth to these Pauline and Gnostic Christian concepts that must be understood as valid entry-level doctrines that can in fact be categorized as "milk" for Gnostic babes -- or immature Spiritual Christians.
Perhaps what set the Hebrew holy man and the Essene/Ebionites apart from the religions of the Gentiles was a different perception and understanding of the very definition of evil itself. Where the Pagan and Pauline Gentile-Gnostic Christians viewed spirit as good, and whatever is of the physical as evil, the Hebrew visionary was able to see beyond this entry level doctrine, and perceive that the root cause of evil was the separation of the sexes -- or Divine Polarities of Creation. Instead of seeking to align themselves to the one polarity, and reject the other, the Hebrew was able to rise above the rest of the religions and philosophies of the world by merging the two into a higher reality than either of the sum total of the parts. Moreover, once properly understood, it was for this very reason the doctrine of the Trinity is not found explicitly declared in the Hebrew Scriptures.
What makes these seemingly conflicting doctrines difficult for the carnal mind to comprehend, is the fact that we have truth opposing truth. What Paul taught respecting the god of this world was the truth -- but there was a higher truth that was beyond the understanding of Paulís Gentile world. Remember, unlike the Essene-Ebionites who authored our scriptures and were the genuine people of the New Covenant, Paul was a Pharisee who was converted through a series of visions. By his own admission he was the Apostle to the Gentiles -- those who were not the natural offspring of the spiritually cultured ground that Jesus called the children of the Kingdom -- but were the ones who Jesus referred to as the heathen.
This commonly held Gnostic and philosophical vision of Creation where everything in this world is evil, is presented to us in Peterís discourse contained in the writings of his disciple Clement where he says of Paul in the personage of Simon Magus: "Therefore Simon, who is going to discuss in public with us tomorrow, is bold against the monarchy of God, wishing to produce many statements from these Scriptures, to the effect that there are many gods, and a certain one who is not He who made this world, but who is superior to Him; and, at the same time, he is going to offer many scriptural proofs. But we also can easily show many passages from them that He who made the world alone is God, and that there is none other besides Him".
The higher vision of Creation that is founded in the Hebrew scriptures is not the rejection of one polarity over the other -- but rather, the merger -- or marriage -- of the two (heaven and earth), in oneís quest to enter the Kingdom. Again this is declared in the Second Epistle of Clement which can be found in the Ante-Nicene Library: "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".
From a biblical perspective, a state of perfection cannot be found when we bar the female from the alter of completion -- after all, it is the female that nurtures and brings forth all new life. In understanding the polarities, the Hebrew Scriptures perceived the necessity of marriage to a virgin -- a woman of purity -- in order for the Child of Light to be born from the union. In the same way that when one has a wife that is consecrated to the Light, the Divine Marriage becomes a possibility, when one raises up those desires and appetites that the scripture calls carnal to their highest state, and they begin to move in the very fabric of holiness and spiritual maturity, only then can the Divine Union with God take place in the life of the soul.
In our quest to enter the Divine Marriage which embodies the very essence of all religious expression, the past must be merged with the future -- this physical world must be merged with the parallel dimension we call spirit -- and all the many paradoxes that we encounter must be negated -- not by rejection, but by the harmonization of the opposites. Since all that comes into existence is the result of the intermingling and the manifestation of the male and female forces of Creation, the child of Light -- or the Son of God -- must be embraced throughout every aspect of the life we live. From this higher perception of reality, there is no Trinity -- but rather, the total unity of the One God.
Unlike the Pauline and Gentile doctrine of self-denial and total denial and rejection of this realm, the Hebrew holy men realized that this world served as a springboard into the Kingdom. If this realm was indeed female, and a reflection of the spiritual male, then it not only could be used to entice its opposite polarity, but could in fact be the means to bring about the perfection of the soul.
Where the Pauline Gentile Gnostics, the Greek poets, mystery religions of the Nations, the Buddhists, and other Eastern religions attempted to escape this world, the Hebrew holy men questioned to where they were attempting to escape. Like the Greeks and Asian religious men, they realized that the pre-existent soul dwelled in a spiritual realm beyond the three-dimensional barrier of this world, but they also reasoned that if the objective was to escape this world, then they questioned why the soul even entered this realm in the first place? Moreover, to attempt to escape through self-denial, is simply not to deal with this realm at all.
In Hebrew Mysticism there have always existed two visions of the Genesis Creation account. Where the commonly held vision is very carnal in its application -- perceiving the creation of Eve as a means to populate the world -- the mystic and wise man saw something totally contrary to the ideas of the people of the simple faith. When God created Eve as a helpmate, what he did was manifest Adamís own pre-existent feminine polarity in a separate form in order for woman to reflect Adamís energies back into himself, thereby bringing about the potential design of Oneness in an external manner. In order to begin to comprehend the Divine Pattern, the disciple must understand the true dynamics of the sexes. Though man is polarized positive in relation to woman, man is neither entirely positive, and woman is not entirely negative. In fact, Hebrew Mysticism teaches that woman was created on a higher plane than was man, and this can only be understood with respect to the individual points of polarity in relation to their respective bodies.
If man is polarized positive at the genitals in relation to woman, then woman is polarized positive at the breasts in relation to man being polarized negative. The result is that a Divine Circle of energy has the POTENTIAL of being created -- and I capitalize the word POTENTIAL in order to convey the possibilities that few men and women ever realize -- and this circle of energy not only keeps the Divine Creative Force from being lost in the world (far country), but has the capacity to be channeled into the Kingdom (the upper nature of man), and can be the very force that opens the door between parallel dimensions.
Examine for the moment the psychology of the sexes. It is easily observed that carnal man is often obsessed with female breasts. Have we ever stopped and asked why? This obsession has little to do with the childhood desire to nurse from its motherís breasts, as has been speculated by many of our leading psychologists -- but rather, has much more to do with the need and nourishment of the spiritual energy that man is devoid of, because of his divided state as a male. He therefore craves this energy that he receives from woman. In much the same way it is said that a man does not have to be good looking to attract a woman -- with the spiritual significance being that she craves his power in the lower centers that she does not possess because of her negative polarity in that region of her body, mind and psyche. Thus, each needs the other to fill the voids created by their own separation.
The religion that was designed by the Hebrew Mystics teaches that woman is equal to man, but equal is not the same. Because woman, being an opposite polarity to man, has the power to take from him his spiritual essence, and transmute this vital energy onto a higher plane, in one sense woman becomes manís savoir. Now I understand that modern Christians who are imbued with the Gentile concept of reality will immediately reject this idea, but that is because they see the Son of God as a man, and not as the Universal Logos, which is the Mind of God. They quickly forget that their own doctrine proclaims that the Son of God is the creator of all things -- which means that He is also found wherever the two Great Powers of Creation are merged into Oneness.
If the son of God is the Power of the Light that is born from the harmony of the Feminine and Masculine powers of God, then we can also begin to understand that Satan is the power of the left hand, which means that he is the child that is born out of the disharmony of these two forces of Creation.
The enlightened mind that can perceive the true depth of the scriptures will see the two powers at work even in the initial creation of man: "Then God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness" (Gen 1:26 RSV). The image being a form that must be filled with the likeness of God through the process of growth, perfection and completion.
This great truth is again portrayed in the writings of Clement where Peter is quoted as saying: "Therefore approach with confidence to God, you who at first were made to be rulers and lords of all things: ye who have His image in your bodies, have in like manner the likeness of His judgment in your minds. Since, then, by acting like irrational animals, you have lost the soul of man from your soul, becoming like swine, you are the prey of demons. If, therefore, you receive the law of God, you become men. For it cannot be said to irrational animals, ĎThou shalt not kill, thou shalt not commit adultery, thou shalt not steal,í and so forth. Therefore do not refuse, when invited, to return to your first nobility; for it is possible, if ye be conformed to God by good works. And being accounted to be sons by reason of your likeness to Him, you shall be reinstated as lords of all".
What Peter is stating is that while it is true that you were created in the image of God -- your created form is a blueprint of Godís design which possesses the potential to be filled with Godliness. This is especially seen in the words "ye who have His image in your bodies, have in like manner the likeness of His judgment in your minds". Thus, it is through the development and discernment of our own minds that we have the power to fill the body-vessel with Godliness -- thereby bringing Creation to completion within ourselves through the Divine Union of image and likeness.
It is important to recognize Peterís statement that the Law of God cannot be given to irrational animals -- i.e. the beasts and swine spoken of in the scriptures. These animals were said to be unclean because they represent the unbridled passions of the body-mind that takes the gift of life and manifests it in a disharmonious manner. The clean animals, on the other hand, represent the purified animal nature of the body-mind. In the same way the Law speaks of the unclean beasts, this same Law could not be given to Gentiles because they were ruled by their animal natures and controlled by the passions of the physical body that squanders the gift of life on the sensual things of this world. Because the majority of the Gentiles were lawless and undisciplined, and in the manner of the beast lived without restraint, they quickly adopted the doctrine that so long as they believed in Jesus, they were not required to live in accordance with moral standards -- especially the standards of the Spiritual Christians and the Essene/Ebionites.
The importance of adding to your faith good works is demonstrated in the words: "Therefore do not refuse, when invited, to return to your first nobility; for it is possible, if ye be conformed to God by good works. And being accounted to be sons by reason of your likeness to Him, you shall be reinstated as lords of all". It is these manifest deeds and a discerning manner of living that begins the process of filling the image which is reflective and feminine, with the likeness which is active and masculine, and when the Child of Light is born and matured, we merge the two together in the Union of our Creator God.
To have faith, call ourselves the Lordís people, and continue to dwell in the manner of the beasts, cannot save us -- because our image remains dark and empty. In the wisdom and knowledge of the Tree of Life as it pertains to oneís own mind, faith is a feminine power that is absolutely necessary to possess in order to be saved Ė it nourishes and brings forth life from the very void and darkness of Creation. But as demonstrated in the essence of the patterns of genetics, a woman is of an "XX" chromosome configuration, and does not possess the seed that is necessary to bring forth life. Moreover, that works alone cannot save is demonstrated in the reality of the male, who is "XY" chromosome, and yet is unable to bring forth life from within himself. Therefore, unlike the doctrine that is represented in the writings of Paul, the Gnostic-Christians, the speculation of the Poets, Buddhism and the eastern religions, the Hebrew holy men and women perceived that man can only be complete when he merges heaven and earth and the dualistic feminine/masculine powers of Creation within his own mind and being.
In the writings of Clement, Peter speaks of the need of works in the form of the Golden Rule: "Ye are the image of the invisible God. Whence let not those who would be pious say that idols are images of God, and therefore that it is right to worship them. For the image of God is man. He who wishes to be pious towards God does good to man, because the body of man bears the image of God. But all do not as yet bear His likeness, but the pure mind of the good soul does. However, as we know that man was made after the image and after the likeness of God, we tell you to be pious towards him, that the favor may be accounted as done to God, whose image he is. Therefore it behoves you to give honor to the image of God, which is man -- in this wise: food to the hungry, drink to the thirsty, clothing to the naked, care to the sick, shelter to the stranger, and visiting him who is in prison, to help him as you can. And not to speak at length, whatever good things any one wishes for himself, so let him afford to another in need, and then a good reward can be reckoned to him as being pious towards the image of God. And by like reason, if he will not undertake to do these things, he shall be punished as neglecting the image."
In Christ we are taught the harmony of all things -- while in Satan we are taught the disharmony. What this equates to is an acknowledgement of our divided nature. Whatever harmonizes and connects this world with its spiritual counterpart is good, because is embraces the pattern of the marriage of heaven and earth. Whatever is seen to only connect the things of this world, or exclude the things of this world in the manner of denial, is of a satanic nature. If our life is consumed with the endeavor of accumulating material wealth, then it is of this world. If we strive to acquire the needs of the body in the endeavor to maintain life in our search for completion, then our employment has become part of our spiritual life. In like manner, if we have sex as a recreational encounter, or for gain in this world, then the sex is of this world. If we engage in sex with a spouse who is actively working with us to overcome our divided nature and enter the Kingdom, then this sex act becomes elevated to a higher level.
From this New Covenant perception, sin takes on a whole new meaning. Whatever we do that engenders separation and division is sin, and is of Satan. In like manner, when we can manifest the harmony of Creation in our lives, we permit the power of the Christ to enter therein. Once this is understood, we can then begin to bring the Light into every aspect of our existence, which eventually enables us to become a vessel of the Light. This great truth is again seen in the Clementine writings where Peter states: "And as Peter entered Sidon, they brought many in couches, and laid them before him. And he said to them: Think not, I pray you, that I can do anything to heal you, who am a mortal man, myself subject to many evils. But I shall not refuse to show you the way in which you must be saved. For I have learned from the Prophet of truth the conditions fore-ordained of God before the foundation of the world; that is to say, the evil deeds which if men do He has ordained that they shall be injured by the prince of evil, and in like manner the good deeds for which He has decreed that they who have believed in Him as their Physician shall have their bodies made whole, and their souls established in safety."
Notice that Peter does not attempt to take credit for anything -- i.e., it is the "Prophet of Truth" that has revealed the knowledge and power of Creation to him. What is embodied here is the very essence of New Covenant thought -- i.e., that if you live and dwell in The Way, the Prophet of Truth can come to you, and reveal to you all the Mysteries of God.
There are two active principles in the world that controls every aspect of life -- and from these two emerge the third force, which is that of mind. Limitation, separation, and disharmony are moved by the power of darkness and Satan. When we work to overcome the carnal limitations, and merge what is separated, and bring about harmony in our lives, then we permit the Light to enter therein.
Again, the easiest way to demonstrate these sacred truths is through the relationship of men and women -- who, being created in the image of God, represent the very embodiment of the Divine Pattern of Creation. Even when husband and wife has been joined together by the ceremony or custom of men, if the two remain dualistic, their inherent spheres of power remain divided, and the marriage is ordained by Satan, and the child of darkness is born. When the two become One by the total integration of body, mind and soul, then the marriage is ordained by the Light, and the Child of Truth is born.
The Hebrew sages understood that these masculine and feminine powers which are manifest throughout all of Creation, bringing about either disharmony through division, or harmony through Oneness. When husband and wife are both equally disciples of the Light, and they have created within themselves this circle of vital life-force that is being directed inwardly, this higher and more complete state of mind can then be used to bridge the divide between this world and the Kingdom of the Most High. Thus, in overcoming the division of the male and female in conjunction with the eating of the fruit of the Tree of Life, the great division is overcome, and man is again able to re-enter the Paradise of God -- i.e., which is symbolically presented to us in scripture as the Garden of Eden.
Another important element to this equation that was not readily perceived by either the Pauline Gentile Christians, or the religions of the poets and those of the east, was the true dynamics of this husband and wife team as seen over the course of time. In the same way that each of us brings from our distant past the strengths and weaknesses of our previous lives, this must also be understood from the perspective of the dynamics of husband and wife. Because the polarities of male and female are in fact half of the whole, and the spiritual centers and spheres of mind of the individual man and woman has the potential to connect together and work in conjunction to raise the man to a higher level of being a man, as well as the woman to a higher level of being a woman, this manifestation of greater individual potential has still another effect that is not understood by carnal man today.
By virtue of their individual polarities, men and women possess and use different spheres of mind than does the opposite sex. When they therefore come together as unified disciples of the Light, they are able to reach into deeper levels of mind with respect to their own individual polarities. A man and woman can only begin to discover, recognize, and explore the potential of their own sex and sexuality, through the spiritual development of their marriage with their husband or wife. Carnal women, then, do not even know what it truly is to be a woman -- and in like manner, carnal men do not know what it is to truly be a man -- in that, neither has developed themselves to their ultimate spiritual potential.
With respect to this ultimate potential, the greatest strength that each are then able to bring to the marriage relationship can only truly be understood from the presence of what some people would view as a limitation and weakness. The modern Feminist agenda that attempts to portray the concept that the sexes are the same, and should be viewed from a unisex perspective. The problem is that this politically correct agenda not only denies women the means to develop and discover their ultimate potential, but is also detrimental to the spiritual well-being of the culture and society. Women think and perceive the world different than men -- and this difference should be celebrated, enhanced and developed along separate lines, rather than being homogenized in accordance with our present-day cultural agenda. Woman, who is physically weaker than her male counterpart, is equal in the strengths and potential of mind that she brings to the relationship -- which strengths are found in a weakened and suppressed state in the majority of men. From the overall perspective, then, womanís physical weaknesses are necessary in order to manifest her strengths in areas of mind that are superior to those of men.
From a biblical perspective, the very first commandment to man from his Creator God was to be fruitful and multiply (Gen 1:28). I will not dispute the fact that it is good to bring forth and mold children to provide vessels for other souls, but even the infidel and the most ungodly beasts among mankind also have children. What we must understand, then, is that in addition to presenting to the mind of carnal man a moral lifestyle lived in accordance with Divine Ordinances, the Bible is a spiritual book that conveys spiritual concepts of a higher reality to the mind of the disciple in search of spiritual truths. More important than the natural process of bearing children in this physical world, is the conception and birth of the child of Light within the mind of man. It is of this child that Jesus spoke with regard to those who call themselves his followers and disciples: "Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven" (Matt 18:3 RSV).
In accordance with the Divine Pattern -- a Pattern which every aspect of our lives is submersed within, men and women are manifestations of the Divine Paradox that all of Creation is immersed in. Because they are conflicting opposites that are constantly interacting, and yet maintaining their individuality, the whole biblical concept of the two becoming one flesh would on the surface appear defective, were it not for the birth of offspring that is the product of the two. Therefore, even the very biblical concept of marriage and the union of man and woman should provoke questions as to the higher significance of the symbols that are being presented to us in the pages of the scriptures.
All growth is in accordance with the Divine Pattern of the paradoxical opposites being nullified through the birth of higher reality. In the same way that man would be stagnant if it were not for the coming together of the sexes, so too would he be spiritually impotent if it were not for the interaction of the Paradoxical Opposites of Creation -- which men and women possess within themselves. What the Hebrew prophets and holy men perceived, more than any of the other religions of the world, was that man could do both -- i.e., bring forth children in the world, as well as bear children in the spiritual world within himself. Moreover, the two begin the process of truly becoming one flesh, when the opposite polarity is manifest within each of the partners to the marriage, and the Divine Child is born within what once was a divided nature.
Because men and women are polar-paradoxical opposites, it can be said that each are equally flawed because of their incompleteness -- which means that by virtue of these inherent imitational flaws, each possesses strengths that the other polarity lacks -- and with these strengths, each brings to the union what the other needs. In a genuine marriage, a man cherishes the mind of his wife and her unique perception in relation to his own, far above any attributes that might be present in her physical form. From the perspective of higher reality, woman can only be liberated when she is a partner in a genuine marriage -- because in the marriage she will find her true self which is neither male nor female. True companionship can only be realized in the merging of the higher centers of mind and spirit, while companionship in the physical is of a secondary nature. Men can find companionship with other men -- women with other women -- but only in the merging of the Divine Polar Opposites can the product of the two into ONE be born.
Show me a child who is born of the union of two men, or two women. In the same way that these polarized opposite forces exist within each of the realms -- each are individually incomplete -- and there is something lacking in the heavenly realms that can only be found in this earthly realm.
Because we presently reside in a three-dimensional world, and our bodies in which we dwell are composed of earthly matter, our perception and vision of Creation tends to be from a single perspective. Because woman sees, thinks, and perceives life in reverse of man, she brings to the union a necessary ingredient that, like her body, must be made part of the whole without compromising its individuality in order for the child of higher mind to be born. It is therefore absolutely necessary for each of the partners of the union to perceive, understand, and even celebrate the fact that the two are equal, but not the same, for the birth of the marriage to be conceived, born, and manifest in a mature form.
When we begin to comprehend the full depth of the symbols in which we are immersed, great significance will be paid to the minor details that assist the disciple in perceiving the higher truths of Creation. Unlike a man, a woman can conceive out of disharmony, rape, while drugged and unconscious, and even in a coma. A woman is physically weaker, and can be easily overpowered by most men. To take this fact to its ultimate reality, there have even be stories of men having sex with women who are dead. The biblical doctrine of predestination, and the higher will of the spirit being imposed upon the destiny of this world is born out of this great truth.
Out of disharmony the child of darkness is conceived and is brought to life. Out of harmony, the child of Light is manifest. The choice is ours -- i.e., in our life when we embrace disharmony the child of darkness is born, and when we move into harmony with our inner Source of Life, the Child of Light is born. Conception is by Divine Decree, and we do not have the power to stop it -- only the power to embrace the one or the other -- the doctrine of the two ways as proclaimed by Moses, or the broad-way versus the path that leads to the narrow gate that was declared by Jesus.
In our modern life, our whole perception of reality has been undermined by our attempt to re-create the Divine Plan of our Creator-God. Unlike our present-day educational agenda that attempts to blend and harmonize the thinking of men and women, this modern cultural attempt to alter the manner in which men and women think, would be totally unacceptable from a higher more enlightened spiritual view of the world. It is a high-minded declaration that all men are created equal -- but when we attempt to add to this great truth that they are the same, it is at this point where we begin to loose perspective on reality.
Again, it is our Darwinist manner of thinking that leads us into the grave error -- a grave that promotes the counterfeit doctrine that all we have to do is immerse young children in a common philosophy of manís uniformity -- teach them to just be accepting of all people -- and all differences will be embraced and negated. Our present-day society is proof as to the great flaw in this philosophy. Moreover, from a higher perspective, to ignore the great differences and divisions that exist in our world, is to ignore reality. These differences will not go away merely because we refuse to acknowledge their presence. Therefore, instead of ignoring these differences by creating pseudo-philosophy in an attempt to give them a false appearance, we must understand that the differences can only be overcome when we comprehend the reasons these differences exist -- and we must begin to recognize that it is intellectually dishonest to ignore what demands our recognition.
In order to begin to walk the road to a more enlightened reality, we must acknowledge and celebrate that the sexes are opposite in every manner of thinking and being -- that each of the races are imbued with a unique perspective and manner of thinking -- that different cultures even among the same race arise because of additional filters that are brought about by geographical and genetic sources -- and that interracial and inter-cultural marrying creates extended blends of these differences which in some cases can be good, while in others are not.
More important than the differences that the gender, genetic, race and cultural filters work to color our perception and manner of thinking, is the individual strengths and weaknesses that each soul brings into any given life resulting from the direct influences of their previous lives -- the laws that they were born under -- as well as the laws they will interact with in order to bring about their own predetermined personal and group agenda. These elements that strongly influence the person we are at present, is totally beyond the concepts of life embraced by our present Darwinist manner of thinking -- a manner of thinking which addresses none of these major influences and issues. Our present politically correct culture is therefore devoid of a foundation that is necessary to even begin to comprehend either the purpose, design or destiny of life itself. In view of this fact, it is not surprising that our modern understanding of life, in conjunction with our politically correct manner of thinking, has little in common with reality.
In the same way that we cannot even begin to understand ourselves until we first begin to look beyond what we perceive to be our birth, death, gender, race, and the three dimensions of this world, our attempt to understand either the Bible, or the religious cultures from which it has emerged, is an equally hopeless endeavor. When I was a young boy growing up in a mainstream Protestant Church our pastor expressed his opinion that the Bible was written by a group of sexist men. What he of course expressed was a predominant opinion that became prevalent throughout the sixties -- and yet, this opinion was so far from the truth, that it totally alienated a very large group of Christians from a deeper understanding of both themselves and the Word of God. The true sin that was prevalent throughout the church was that those who were in positions of authority, didnít have the slightest clue as to the spiritual meaning with regard to the spiritual symbolism that is contained in the body of the biblical text -- and it is a sin that continues into our present day.
It is interesting that during the Middle Ages it is said that the Gnostic element almost overthrew the secular power of the church at Rome. In fact, the Pope had to enlist the force of his army to maintain control. It is also a fact that this Gnostic element was fueled by a link between Jewish and Christian mystics that was responsible for elevating the spiritually-minded within each of the religions to new heights. In this respect, the Jewish element brought one important perception of the picture to the table, while their Christian counterpart brought another, and in the merger of the two was born great wisdom and understanding.
King Solomon -- a man who was said to have possessed the Wisdom of God -- never physically had seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines in accordance with our understanding of the literal word -- and yet, he never could have possessed the great wisdom if these numbers were not true from a spiritual perspective. Again, these symbols could not be comprehended by the Gentile-Carnal mind -- as stated in the Clementine Homilies by the Apostle Peter when he said of the power of Simon Magus to manipulate and deceive the minds of the Gentile believers: "And with us, indeed, who have had handed down from our forefathers the worship of the God who made all things, and also the mystery of the books which are able to deceive, he will not prevail; but with those from amongst the Gentiles who have the polytheistic fancy bred in them, and who know not the falsehoods of the Scriptures, he will prevail much. And not only he; but if any other shall recount to those from among the Gentiles any vain, dreamlike, richly set out story against God, he will be believed, because from their childhood their minds are accustomed to take in things spoken against God. And few there shall be of them, as a few out of a multitude, who through ingenuousness shall not be willing so much as to hear an evil word against the God who made all things. And to these alone from amongst the Gentiles it shall be vouchsafed to be saved. Let not any one of you, therefore, altogether complain of Simon, or of any one else; for nothing happens unjustly, since even the falsehoods of Scripture are with good reason presented for a test."
With regard to many f the outright absurdities that have been believed by the Gentile mind with respect to the symbols in the scriptures, Peter again states in the writings of his disciple known as the Clementine Homilies: "Then Peter answered: Assuredly, with good reason, I neither believe anything against God, nor against the just men recorded in the law, taking for granted that they are impious imaginations. For, as I am persuaded, neither was Adam a transgressor, who was fashioned by the hands of God; nor was Noah drunken, who was found righteous above all the world; nor did Abraham live with three wives at once, who, on account of his sobriety, was thought worthy of a numerous posterity; nor did Jacob associate with four women - of whom two were sisters - who was the father of the twelve tribes, and who intimated the coining of the presence of our Master; nor was Moses a murderer, nor did he learn to judge from an idolatrous priest - he who set forth the law of God to all the world, and for his right judgment has been testified to as a faithful steward".
It was of these symbols that Origen said: "I believe that every man must hold these things for images, under which the hidden sense lies concealed". And if we ask the question as to why the ancient wise men wrote the scriptures in this allegorical manner? The problem is that these symbols cannot be neglected -- they are very real in the life of the disciple in search of truth -- and they are in fact even more real than we are, who read these words today. In the biblical portrayal of the Tree of Life we find four triune spheres of mind -- which means that four are feminine, four are masculine, and four are the offspring or the manifestation of the balance between the feminine and masculine spheres. With respect to the four triune spheres, even these can be further related as being masculine or feminine with respect to each other. In view of the fact that within each of the individual spheres there exist the manifestation of the three forces, the combination of conflict, struggles, harmonization and balance of mind can be easily portrayed in the symbolism of a singular person, a family, a community, tribe, nation and even multiple nations. And if we ask why the scriptures were written in this manner? Because the same division that exists in the world, also exists within the body/mind of the individual -- and since carnal man is accustomed to looking outwardly, spiritual knowledge and truths are more effectively portrayed in this manner.
We are a people who have been alienated from our true selves as manifest from the perspective of our pre-existent souls. Fundamentally, we do not even know who or what we are. We are lost in a world that the Bible refers to as Hell and the outer darkness, and yet we attempt to judge reality from this very limited perception of Creation. Only fools who dwell in the darkest of realities, will attempt to define what they cannot see or perceive, without first turning on the Light.
The problem is that these scriptural symbols are so real, that you cannot enter into the Kingdom without them being manifest in you life -- and yet, from a biblical perspective, you must find the meaning of these great truths within the physical dimension of one wife and one husband. Thus, in order to become Jacob, and then Israel, we must have the presence of Jacobís two wives and their respective handmaidens. In order to receive the Wisdom of God, we too must have seven thousand wives and three hundred concubines. And if we are to follow Joshua (Yehshua-Jesus) into the Promised Land, we must possess these great symbols in the totality of Oneness. Moreover, from the perspective of the Joshua who led the children of Israel into the Promised Land, and the Joshua (Jesus) of the New Testament who led them into the Kingdom, there is no mention of a wife, because the division of the inner masculine and feminine natures had been overcome -- i.e., the re-formation of the original Adam in the form of Adam-Eve.
In our quest to re-establish the essence of the New Covenant, what should truly perplex the mind of the modern believer is the fact that a great number of the spiritual Jews (Essene-Ebionites) did not marry at all. When it is recognized how great an emphasis the Old Testament scriptures placed upon marriage, perhaps we should pose the question as to why a large number of the most spiritual of Jews rejected marriage? In like manner, why did the most spiritual of Jews fail to observe the biblical requirement of animal sacrifice? Why did they reject the authority of the Temple Priest? Why did they not even engage in Temple worship? It is as if these Jews who were known as the children of the New Covenant practiced an entirely different form of Judaism than we understand today, and it is therefore of the greatest importance for us to know how they could have embraced all the fundamental teachings of Jesus, prior to even his birth and advent of his ministry?
From a spiritual perspective, it was never intended for people to kill and sacrifice animals -- it is the lower nature of what these animals represent within us that must be sacrificed. In the same way, they did not engage in Temple worship, because they understood that their bodies within which they dwelled were the Temple of God not "Ömade with hands" (Acts 7:48). They also understood that the scriptures were not sexist, as in our erroneous perception today, and it was the male and female natures within them that must be harmonized and brought into total accord and Oneness. This same understanding was stated by Paul when he wrote: "Now concerning the things of which you wrote to me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman" (1 Cor 7:1 NKJ).
The position of many of the Spiritual Jews and Essene-Ebionites was very much as that which was stated by the Apostle Paul and his Gentile Gnostic followers -- i.e., that to engage in sex was to enflame the physical desires and passions of the body that must be overcome, as seen in the words attributed to Jesus: "His disciples said to Him, If such is the case of the man with his wife, it is better not to marry. But He said to them, All cannot accept this saying, but only those to whom it has been given: For there are eunuchs who were born thus from their motherís womb, and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heavenís sake. He who is able to accept it, let him accept it" (Matt 19:10-12 NKJ).
From a modern-day perspective, the idea and concept that there are some people who do not engage in sex in order to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, simply has no place in our present-day religious understanding. If all that is necessary is to believe, have faith, and accept Jesus as oneís personal Lord and Savior, then why would Jesus himself say that there were some men who remained chaste from their motherís womb, for the Kingdom of Heavenís sake.
From a spiritual perspective the answer to the dilemma is found in the Gospel of John where Jesus states we must be born again (from above) in order to enter the Kingdom -- i.e., "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God" (John 3:3 NKJ). In order to experience the rebirth of our spiritual nature, we must overcome our divided selves, and as a child emerging from the (physical) womb, break through the three-dimensional barrier of this world. Thus, from an inner perspective, our inherent male and female natures must have developed through all the stages of union and marriage, and be At-One in order to bring about this second birth.
The idea that one must live a chaste life, free from the desires of the flesh, is not unique to the religion of the Hebrews -- and can in fact be recognized as a foundational doctrine in all the major religions of the world. Exactly what a chaste life means, though, is very different from the Hebrew perspective where male and female were equal -- just not the same. With respect to the question of the spiritual significance of marriage, there is still another dimension to the equation that is not fully understood by even those who sometimes consider themselves to be spiritually enlightened. As physical beings inhabiting bodies of flesh in this world, we are inhibited from using the higher centers of our mind because we are limited by nature to the three dimensions that correspond to this realm. From this perspective, there were many levels and dimensions of truth that were expressed by Adam when he said of Eve: "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh" (Gen 2:24 NIV). One of the elements of truth that is being expressed in these words is the reality that a genuine marriage between husband and wife is a means for man to reach beyond the three dimensions of this realm.
To even begin to understand why the Hebrews placed such great emphasis on marriage and children, we must first be cognizant of the fact that the mind of our pre-existent soul is twelve-dimensional, while our physical minds associated with the body are limited by the three-dimensional world in which we presently dwell. Thus, all the great mysteries that are spoken of in the scriptures can only be perceived when we have moved beyond our physical limitations, and achieved the level of enlightenment where the twelve spheres of mind that are made reference to as the twelve disciples, and the twelve fruits of the Tree of Life, are all working in conscious accord.
In the Divine Pattern of Creation there is an important element in the male/female sexual relationship that is generally beyond even the speculation of those who are considered experts in the field today. Where we look upon sex from either a procreation or emotional/psychological perspective, we are generally oblivious to the most important element of the purpose of the sexual relationship between men and women -- and especially in an evolved relationship between husband and wife. In this respect, the Hebrew holy men recognized that when a man and woman engage in a sexual relationship, the higher purpose of the relationship is to overcome their own divided natures, and connect at a deeper spiritual level.
The result is twofold in that while the sexual relationship in a truly spiritual union can be the very means to manifest higher consciousness, because the two remain connected even after they no longer have a sexual relationship, it is the very sexual act that our modern culture embraces in a casual and even recreational manner, that can bring about their demise. This is demonstrated very clearly in the words of Paul when he wrote: "Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not! Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For Ďthe two,í He says, Ďshall become one flesh.í But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are Godís" (1 Cor 6:15-20 NKJ).
What the Apostle writes is that the very act of sexual intercourse makes the bodies of the two one. This same thought is expressed by Jesus in the account of the woman at the well when he told her to "Go, call your husband and come back." To which the woman said: "I have no husband, she replied. Jesus said to her, You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true. Sir, the woman said, I can see that you are a prophet" (John 4:16-19 NIV).
Societies which are built upon spiritual principles such as the truly orthodox Jew, Christian and Muslim, are not old fashioned when they rear girls and boys separate -- limiting the exchange between the sexes when they are unmarried -- and even suppressing what we would call dating. Though many of these orthodox societies do not comprehend the reasons why these traditions were originally instituted, and many carnally minded members of the society feel imprisoned by these traditions that we call archaic, many others within the society unconsciously reap the rewards of such a manner of life.
From a physical perspective, the woman had had sex with five different men, and Jesus knew this because he was able to see beyond the three dimensions of this realm to observe the presence of five etheric (non-physical) connecting flows of energy/consciousness to the men who had been in her life. Moreover, the relationship of the man who was presently in her life was only a surface sexual relationship -- the two were not at-one from a spiritual perspective, and was therefore not her husband in the deeper spiritual meaning of one flesh.
Moreover, the spiritual significance of husband and wife is further explored when Jesus said of the water in Jacobís well: "Jesus answered, Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life. The woman said to him, Sir, give me this water so that I wonít get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water. He told her, Go, call your husband and come back" (John 4:13-16 NIV). What is being conveyed here is the fact that a person who has not overcome their divided natures, cannot receive the living water that the Christ will give only to his faithful disciples. When the woman asks him for the water, he therefore cannot give it to her, and says instead: "Go, call your husband and come back".
In these words are demonstrated the problem with scripture that is encountered by men of a carnal mindset -- in that the Bible it is a spiritual writing that is multidimensional, and written in a threefold manner. From one perspective, the story of the woman at the well can be perceived as the plight of a woman who has been defiled through sexual relations with five separate men -- and this is true. From the perspective of the soul, the five do not represent men, but rather, division and fragmentation between the intimate connections of soul to carnal mind. The very presence of the number five demonstrates the division of the triune force of God in the body-mind of the person. Moreover, there are still other interpretations that can be used in the understanding of what is being presented in this very important narrative.
From the purely physical perspective of the spiritual Jew and the Essene-Ebionite, the man or woman in search of spiritual truth chooses a spouse with great care. Paramount is the fact that whoever he or she has sex with, will impact him/her not only for the rest of this life, but in lives to come. The problem is that carnal man does not understand this, because he is not able to observe the connection beyond these three dimensions -- a connection that is put into place through the exchange of bodily fluids during sex. This connection acts as roadways through which the thoughts of the man enter the body-mind of the woman, and are then either returned to the man in the case of a more genuine marriage, or are expelled and squandered into nature by the woman.
A spiritual man is discerning, and he will desire a union only with a spiritual woman. He will neither want her mind influenced by the thoughts entering her body-mind through past sexual relationships with other men, nor will he desire his own vital energy to be both limited by the thinking of, and squandered away, by the women of the past who he has had sexual relationships with. A spiritual man understands that the sexual energy of man and woman is sacred, and received directly from God. When man uses this energy in a Divinely Covenanted relationship, the raising up of this vital energy will assist him in opening the door to higher consciousness.
The Spiritual Christian or Jew who is of an enlightened understanding, perceives all of life through the patterns of the biblical portrayal of the Tree of Life. One of the facts that we fail to grasp today is that the body-mind of man has twelve major and separate spheres that exist as individual manifestations of consciousness. Additionally, each of these spheres are again divided into twelve separate and distinct functions and influences upon the individual person. What we call the reproductive system is one of those spheres of mind -- and the reproductive system itself possesses twelve separate and distinct functions within the body and mind of the person. Fundamentally, what this means is that the reproduction of the species represents only one twelfth of the total functioning of what we call the human reproduction system.
What is not understood by the people of the simple faith is the reason why the Apostle places such great importance of the need to refrain from sexual immorality. All the spiritual centers and spheres of mind that maintain life in our body-mind, all exist and interact in triune form within us. Great emphasis is placed upon sex, because it is a Creative Power that is manifest directly from God in our lives, and it has an opposite polarity in those realms of our body-mind that would be associated with the heavenly concept of being. What this ultimately means is that oneís search for God and the higher meaning of life can never be any more enlightened, than oneís view and philosophy of sex and the union of man and woman. Why? Because while it is manís sexual energy that creates new life in this world, this same sexual energy also creates new life within us -- and it is this polarity of mind that not only divided, but is half of the Spiritual Creative Force necessary for our minds to become enlightened by the Anointing of the Holy Spirit.
In the same way that a child is conceived when two seemingly separate individuals come together in a sexual act, the more enlightened person understands the extended reality that the essence of all of life is a cosmic sexual act that functions and moves within the Divine Polarities of the Pattern of Creation. Moreover, it is only when we begin to understand that our sexual energy which is divided between the sexes are themselves as a single divided polarity, and together are feminine in relation to its corresponding spiritual center in our heads, that we can even begin to embrace the concept of absolute sexual purity and subjection required of women throughout the Old Testament scriptures.
From a spiritual perspective, the Apostle Paul is correct in his warning that one of the true horrors of this world ultimately means that manís quest to grow and mature both mentally and spiritually, is limited by the manner in which he uses his sexual energy. I use the term horror because it is a true depiction of the plight of modern man who is under the grave assumption that sex, marriage, religion, spirituality, and the working of the mind and psyche are not only all separate and distinct, but do not reflect the reality of each other.
In the stark reality of this great profound truth is found the essence of the saying: "You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself?" (Rom 2:21 NKJ) -- as seen in the fact that while our secular educators often strive to enlighten young impressionable children into their philosophy of sex education, those who teach possess so little understanding of the subject, and inflict so much harm on their wards, that it can be said of them: "Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly" (James 3:1 NIV). Because our Darwinist culture has severed us from the knowledge of our own souls, even the far-reaching dimensions of the potential of sex alone, are beyond the comprehension of carnally-thinking man to even begin to envision. Moreover, what we have here is the demonstration of another great paradox in the lives of modern man. While it is true when the more liberal minded people proclaim that children are in need of sex education, it is equally true that those who would be our teachers are totally incompetent to teach.
In the same way that we could not even begin to define woman apart from man, we cannot even begin to understand the spiritual meaning and potential of sex apart from the spiritual center which is opposite the reproductive center in the head of man -- and again apart from the purpose of these centers in the Design and Pattern of God. Thus, the dilemma: To remain ignorant of the deeper meaning and potential of sex within the vision of God is sin, and to teach it in the manner that we permit our secular school authorities to present sex to our children is equally a sin.
What we fail to comprehend is the Presence of the Two Great Powers of Creation -- the balance or offspring of the Two that is the basis of the ancient Doctrine of the Trinity -- as well as the Destiny of Creation where all that is divided will be brought into a state of Oneness and Harmony. Moreover, that each divided polarity becomes itself divided, and divided again until the farthest reaches of Creation, is also true because of all that exists retains the DNA of itís Creator as manifest in the very Divine Pattern of Creation. What this means is that while men and women are opposite polarities one to the other, even within themselves they are again divided in the manifestation of a left and right testis/ovarium, cerebral hemispheres of the brain, side of the heart, lungs, kidneys and other organs of the body. Thus, even within the polarity, is the polarity itself again divided male and female in accordance with the Divine Pattern of Creation.
In view of the fact that the soul is neither male nor female, and the sexual organs of man in relation to woman are in fact One divided across the two sexes, the sex organs themselves are a divided polarity in relation to the brain and higher centers of mind. What this ultimately means is that, when used properly, physical sex between husband and wife in a spiritually sanctified marriage can be used as the catalyst that merges all the other spiritual centers and spheres of mind together -- while a misuse of sex has the capacity to plunge mankind into the very abyss of ignorance, darkness and depravity. How can this be, you will ask? Because by design, sex and the exchange of bodily fluids becomes the roads upon which the mind (thoughts) and vital life-force (spiritual flow of energy) of the polar opposites (male/female-positive/negative) travel across the spectrum of physical division.
While in past generations this may have been extremely difficult to envision, this is no longer the case at present. Bellís theorem, which was proposed in 1964 by J.S. Bell, a physicist working in Switzerland, was first confirmed experimentally in 1972. Physicist Henry Stapp, in a 1975 federal report called it the most "profound discovery of science". Bellís theorem succeeds in exhibiting the bizarre nature of the subatomic world. Experiments show that if paired particles which are identical twins in their polarity fly apart, and the polarity of one is changed by an experimenter, the polarity of the other particle changes instantaneously. Even though they appear to us as separate, the particles remain mysteriously connected regardless of the fact that there is no physical connection.
In accordance with the Divine Pattern of Creation the sex centers of a man and a woman are as twin particles that have been paired when the soul, which is asexual, entered a physical body as one polarity (half) or the other. What this means is that via the exchange of seamen and bodily fluids by husband and wife, a conduit is opened through which the thoughts of each are able to mingle. As the two become physically and mentally of One Mind, the Seven Spiritual Centers within each begin to move in harmony and balance, and the biblical division of One Flesh becomes manifest in the lives of the husband and wife.
When used properly within the form of a Divinely Ordained Marriage, sex is the Temple Sacrament that bridges the physical divide, in the endeavor to make and grow the two into a state of Oneness. Therefore, it is only when we begin to perceive the higher spiritual reality of sex, that we can understand the grave warning of the Apostle when he wrote: "Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For Ďthe two,í He says, Ďshall become one fleshí ...Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body" (1 Cor 6:15-20 NKJ).
From the perspective of the Hebrew holy man, a spouse who is connected to some other person outside of the union of husband and wife -- whose mind and thinking is being influenced and affected by other men and women -- is simply not a desirable spouse to attempt a sacred union with. From a spiritual perspective, such a union would be built upon polluted and defiled ground. From the position of the Hebrew scriptures, in a true marriage that transcends the three-dimensional limitations of this world, it is important that the two reflect only each other. The problem is that this merger of mind and spirit cannot be achieved when the thinking of either party is being influenced and colored by others who are outside the union. The fact that Jesus healed Mary Magdalene conveys to us that it is not impossible, but the historical Mary was not a mere philosophical believer, and there are a whole host of other elements that must be brought into the relationship in order to overcome the obstacles. In this respect, the Hebrew holy men advocated a rather strict lifestyle by modern standards, because they knew that the majority of people are simply not capable of working at this elevated level of being where they would be able to overcome the pollution of the sexual immorality that is rampant today.
What is the saying: When you have sex with someone, you are by proxy having sex with everyone who has had sex with that person. Taking this to its next logical step, in an intimate union the people your partner had sex with will continue to be a secondary presence throughout the relationship. Once we begin to understand that man is a good deal more than the physical body we observe with our physical senses, and that people remain connected on a mental level through the exchange of bodily fluids during sex, we can then begin to understand the desire for a spouse who is pure from outside influences in a spiritual religion.
In the revelation of this knowledge we can once again begin to observe the paradoxical nature of truth. It is the same power -- that of sex -- which can assist man in his quest to enter into the Kingdom, or can cement his consciousness to the culture of this world. When a man and woman who are disciples of the Light -- i.e., they have dedicated their lives to the search for Truth, living in accordance with the Royal Law of the Most Highe, and move together in The Way -- and are able to harness their sexual energy in a Consecrated Union and Marriage -- the door to higher reality can more easily be opened to them. When men and women use this same sexual energy for sensual pleasure in the world, their sexual centers not only become connected to others who are deeply imbedded in the culture of this world, but this use of the Divine Gift of Sexuality actually limits their level of thinking and perception of life itself to that of a very carnal sense-bound understanding.
There is a saying that we must begin to see the presence of the Divine in all people if we are to move closer to God. From this elevated perspective, what we must begin to accept is that everything in this life has a higher purpose -- a purpose that was designed to assist us in the enfoldment of our true spiritual nature -- a nature that reveals to us our true reality as the offspring of God. When we use our life and energies in the manner in which God intended, we grow and mature. When we choose instead to ignore the Design and Pattern of Life, we squander away our opportunity of life, and make ourselves slaves to the citizen of the far country. In the example of the prodigal son, as the children of God, we can create our own world in any manner that we choose. We can embrace any philosophy and lifestyle that suites our adopted manner of thinking. We can limit ourselves to the doctrines of Constantine, Justininan, Darwin, modern science, our political and philosophical leaders, or our local preacher -- we can even do as most people do and blend certain elements of religion, philosophy, science and what we deem valid from our politically correct culture, into a personal philosophy -- and we can continue to choose these very limited perceptions of Creation until we truly desire in our hearts to walk the high road of life into The Way. The choice is ours.
Unlike the other religions of the world, the vision of the Hebrew holy men brought results that were beyond the perception of other groups of people. Where the philosophies of other world religions failed to fully manifest the Logos in their lives, this failure was because the Hebrews were able to perceive Creation from a much wider perception of reality. Instead of condemning sex -- i.e., "Now concerning the things of which you wrote to me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman" (1 Cor 7:1 NKJ) -- they saw that everything in Creation is sexual in nature -- that God had a vision for sex that few men are able to comprehend in their natural state -- and the higher road is walked when we manifest Godís vision of sex in our lives. Though I use sex as an example, the same can be said with regard to every other aspect of manís sensual desires and natures. God gave us these desires as motivating forces to be used to conquer the darkness of this world. This is not accomplished by abstaining from what is sensual, but by driving them to their highest spiritual expression. If all things are from God, then so too is our sensual desires which motivate us. The key is not to extinguish the forces of the body, but to motivate these sensual desires and powers in the proper direction.
The critic will of course counter with the idea that since it is good to love, then why not love everyone -- thus, the philosophy of the nations with respect to their orgies and unrestrained open relationships. The problem is that sex creates an attachment upon which the thoughts of the other person rides upon. The sexual relationship between men and women were designed in this manner, because as a male or female, they are each half a polarity with respect to their souls. The exchange of bodily fluids is the means by which the physical bodies become bonded -- which is the beginning of the process of One Flesh -- and this bonding enables the thoughts of the other to connect within each of the marriage partners. In a genuine marriage, this assists the two to become One, and the polarities of male and female to be negated in the manifestation of higher reality. If, though, the parties have had sex with others who are outside the marriage, then these thoughts of these extra-marriage people are beyond the reach of the respective partners to the marriage -- and thus, can limit and even obstruct the birth of the higher reality from even being formed. The idea is to use the body and the forces of nature to your own greater good.
God is not the Supreme jokester of the universe. He did not give you a physical body that was moved and controlled by what we call sensual desires, and expect you to build mental dams that cut of the very force of life that flows through you. Neither did God place you in this three-dimensional world and limit your perception of your true spiritual reality, to see if you will abstain from interacting with life on a physical level. The world is full of self-proclaimed religious men and women who preach similar doctrines as that found in Paulís Epistles -- i.e., do not touch or engage -- and yet, in many instances, their followers say one thing with their lips, while doing the opposite in their hearts, their desires, and often beyond the immediate vision of the masses of people they lead.
One of the most truthful statements made by Paul was when he said: "I say this as a concession, not as a command... To the rest I say this (I, not the Lord)... Now about virgins: I have no command from the Lord, but I give a judgment as one who by the Lordís mercy is trustworthy" (1 Cor 7:6; 7:12; 7:25 NIV). What Paul is stating is that his letters contain his opinion -- how much of his opinion the believer does not know -- but we do know that Paul was a Pharisee convert, and at many points his opinion was in direct conflict with the Hebrew holy men who were the authors of our Gospels.
On the surface, what Paul is writing sounds reasonable: "Because of the present crisis, I think that it is good for you to remain as you are. Are you married? Do not seek a divorce. Are you unmarried? Do not look for a wife. But if you do marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. But those who marry will face many troubles in this life, and I want to spare you this. What I mean, brothers, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they had none; those who mourn, as if they did not; those who are happy, as if they were not; those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep; those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away. I would like you to be free from concern. 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. I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord" (1 Cor 7:26-35 NIV).
What we are presented here is the typical thinking of the Gentile philosophers and poets, quasi-Buddhism, Hinduism, as well as the Christian Gnostics who rejected the wisdom of the Essene-Ebionites. Yet, there is another dimension to the controversy. The Hebrew holy men and women were able to see beyond the limitations of the other religions, and perceive that in the same way that man is incomplete without woman, the pre-existent soul is incomplete without the being that we are when we enter into this realm. Moreover, going one step further, because of the manner in which the minds of men and women are polarized -- the male positive at the genitals, and the female positive at the heart-breast -- the Hebrew holy man realized that in nature, it could be said that woman existed at a higher level than did her male counterpart, and thus was in her life often closer to God.
That does not mean that women are better, or more spiritual -- but in the same way that women are weaker physically, the polarity of their mind enables them to take what is base, and express it in a more elevated manner than their male counterparts. What this equates to is the reality that weakness in one area always manifests as strength in another.
In returning to the different doctrinal perceptions that are expressed by in the gospels from that found in the epistles, it is only when we begin to comprehend the dynamics of Creation from a higher perspective, that we begin to understand Paul -- the Pharisee convert who had the blood of the original people of the New Covenant on his hands -- was the Apostle to the Gentiles because he only possessed a very limited perception of the essence of the Gospel, and was a man ordained and inspired to preach an entry-level gospel to the Heathen and Greek converts.
Paul was a man ordained for the purpose he fulfilled -- i.e., he possessed an excellent perception of doctrinal first-principles -- he even possessed a genuine vision of manís spiritual reality beyond these three dimensions as seen in his confession: "Fourteen years ago I was taken up to heaven for a visit. Donít ask me whether my body was there or just my spirit, for I donít know; only God can answer that. But anyway, there I was in paradise, and heard things so astounding that they are beyond a manís power to describe or put in words (and anyway I am not allowed to tell them to others)" (2 Cor 12:2-4 TLB). By his own confessional statement, Paul was not permitted to dwell in both realms simultaneously -- as were the direct disciples of Jesus -- and he was moved by an initial vision and inspiration that, in accordance with his own words, had taken place fourteen years prior to the writing of his second Epistle to the Corinthians.
In the first place it is not intended for the modern believer to decide who is correct -- i.e., Paul or the Messianic Hebrews. We cannot find truth by choosing one or the other, as did the later Gentile Church. We find truth by living in accordance with our highest understanding of the Word, and walking in The Way. This will enable us to inherit the promise of the New Covenant, and learn directly from the Lord Himself. Then, and only then, will we know the Truth!
Something that we fail to comprehend today is the fact that men and women the world over have all received authentic visions of manís spiritual reality by immersing themselves in religious disciplines that channel their consciousness and vital life-force inwardly. God does not abandon his children who are in this world -- and He gives to each of us in accordance with the Light we manifest in our lives. What this means is that at any time a man or woman cleanses themselves from the defilements and pollutions of this world, and seeks to know their Creator with a pure heart, God will reveal Himself in direct proportion to the Truth and Light they are able to embrace.
Unlike the Hebrew holy men, the other religions of the world saw manís spiritual nature as good, and manís carnal nature as evil -- as typically expressed in the words of Paul: "For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the wishing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. For the good that I wish, I do not do; but I practice the very evil that I do not wish. But if I am doing the very thing I do not wish, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wishes to do good. 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).
The fact that these troubled words of Paul are true, does not negate the fact that there is a Divine Solution to the dilemma. Fundamentally, these same words could, and have been many times repeated by the Buddha, the Hindu holy men, the inspired Greek poets, as well as men and women the world over who have received a vision of manís spiritual reality, and then attempted to live in accordance with the Higher Spiritual Law they perceived. This same exact statement is contained in the words: that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God"(Acts 14:22 KJV). The great truth that escapes the perception of the majority of holy men and women the world over, is that we do not grow and mature by attempting to abandon this world and the body we dwell within -- but rather, when we instead build both within and without ourselves a Divine Temple that the Lord is able to enter into.
Again, from the Hebrew perspective this is better accomplished when we begin to harmoniously embrace the forces of Creation, rather then abstaining, or attempting to limit and reorganize Creation in accordance with our own perspective of reality. When Paul advised his followers not to touch a woman -- that when a man or woman concerns themselves with the natural affairs of a married life they are somehow neglecting God -- and that we should attempt to subdue the sensual desires of the body by halting its natural expressions -- we must seriously ask ourselves what kind of lifestyle he was promoting? The answer is Hinduism, Buddhism, and the philosophy of the Greek poets -- i.e., a religion of denial. Admittedly, there were many Hebrews (Essenes) who embraced this same doctrine -- but it can only be comprehended when it is perceived for what it is -- i.e., a natural transitional doctrine that is generally accepted by every soul who searches for God and manís Higher Reality.
When carnal man begins to embrace his spiritual nature, his initial perception is that everything in this world is error and illusion. When he receives a vision of "... paradise, and hears things so astounding that they are beyond a manís power to describe or put in words (and anyway I am not allowed to tell them to others)" (2 Cor 12:2-4 TLB) -- he attempts to embrace this other extra-reality through the process of denying this world which he views as deceptive, false, and an illusion that is used by the powers of darkness to control the thinking of carnal man. That from a three-dimensional perspective this world is deceptive, false and an illusion that is under the control of the powers of darkness, does not negate the fact that it is a polarity of mind that must be merged with its spiritual opposite if man is to find Completion. That semi-spiritual men are correct in their perception of his elevated vision of this world, does not negate the fact that the Vision of God is beyond the transitory perception of carnal manís discovery of his latent spiritual nature.
That a student has graduated from kindergarten to first grade, and first grade to second grade, does not negate the fact that his achievement is still within the spectrum of an elementary-primary school education. In comparison, the student has learned a great many things that would not be known by a child who has never attended school -- but in the same way that his superior knowledge is still elementary, so too is the knowledge of semi-spiritual men and women who are themselves in the process of being transitioned from the milk of the gospel, to the full vision of one who is immersed in the Light that illumines the entire mind and consciousness of man.
Paul did not lie to the Gentile converts he preached to! He never said that he was superior to the disciples of Jesus. In his own words he confessed that "fourteen years ago" he was permitted to visit and gaze into the Heavenly Kingdom, and was sent forth to preach the Good News to the Heathen. Paul admitted that he was himself still in transition: "No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize" (1 Cor 9:27 NIV) -- thus, if Paul was still in a position where he could be disqualified, that means we must perceive the foundation of his words when he admitted that he had not yet achieved the prize.
In his Epistle to the Philippians Paul writes that he is still in the process that will enable him "that I may gain Christ" (Phil 3:8 NIV). That Paul was himself in a state of transition is confirmed in his own words when he wrote: "Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus" (Phil 3:12-14 NIV).
Because we declare ourselves saved or born again from a philosophical perspective, we fail to heed these words of Paul, and we are unable to embrace the mindset he conveyed when he further wrote: "All of us who are mature should take such a view of things" (Phil 3:15 NIV) -- and what is that view of things? That in our journey, we have only begun our walk in The Way. That we are an elementary level disciple of the Christ. That it is the power of Satan at work -- testing us -- when we embrace the milk of the gospel, and believe we have eaten the solid food.
The secret to moving beyond the milk is found in the words of the Apostle when he wrote: "And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. Only let us live up to what we have already attained" (Phil 3:15-16 NIV). In these words are found one of the missing keys that the Messianic followers of Jesus possessed that was thrown away by the Gentile Church. In todayís Christian world which is divided by a never-ending ocean of sects, conflicting doctrine and opinion, the Apostle tells us that "if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you". And how will God accomplish this? There is only one way -- as seen in the words of Paul when he wrote: "Only let us live up to what we have already attained". Thus, the great law: We can never possess any greater level of truth than we are willing to live and manifest in our lives. What Paul is stating in these words is the same exact form where this important concept is taught by Jesus in the parable of the sower and the seed. We must make ourselves the "good ground", and multiply the simple faith one hundred-fold from what we initially received, by living the truth that we have received, in order to fulfill the ultimate requirements of the Gospel, and take our place as the prodigal son who returned to our Fatherís Kingdom.
From this perspective it can be stated: As you gaze into the pages of this book, you havenít the slightest clue as to whether what I am saying is true, or how well you actually comprehend what I am attempting to convey. The men and women you look to as religious authorities have most likely placed great emphasis on faith and belief -- but what is belief? By its very nature it is faith in what is unknown. From the genuine Christian perspective, faith and belief must be viewed as transitory -- in that, there will come a time when what is partial will be done away with: "For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known" (1 Cor 13:9-12 NIV).
What the Bible teaches us is that at every stage in our transition from carnal to spiritual, the god of this world will test us, and attempt to drive us off the path. His most effective tool in bringing about our demise is to cause us to falsely believe that we have reached our human potential and limit -- that we are saved -- that we are educated -- that we have achieved the requirements of the Gospel -- even though our knowledge is only in part, and we have yet a great distance to go.
The Apostle writes of people who call themselves Christian, and yet have been defeated by the god of this world because they have only walked a certain measure of distance: "Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you. For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body" (Phil 3:15-21 NIV). It must be understood that Paul is not speaking about those outside the church -- but rather, those who call themselves Christian, and continue to live in accordance with the sensual desires of the flesh and the culture of this world.
In our quest to enter into the Ultimate state of Completion, it is imperative that we understand the reason for the events in life. More importantly, we must not see fault in our view of the world -- but rather, we must understand the transitory nature of what we see. Paul states that his own knowledge and understanding is in part, and that he was himself in the process of seeking that which is complete. What makes the problem more difficult is the fact that our biblical scholars have long been aware of the fact that the epistles attributed to Paul were written by a number of different authors -- and it is for this reason why we can observe conflict of thought at many points in the text. Again, a review of this position as found in the Encyclopedia Britannica (1998 electronic edition), where it is written: "Some indeed assume that Paul ceased really to progress beyond the point represented by Romans, and that certain of his later writings, if they be his at all, show a certain enfeeblement of grasp upon principle".
One of the most important points at which Paul deviated from Hebrew thought was in his statement: "But those who marry will face many troubles in this life, and I want to spare you this. What I mean, brothers, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they had none; those who mourn, as if they did not; those who are happy, as if they were not; those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep; those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away. I would like you to be free from concern. 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. I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord" (1 Cor 7:26-35 NIV).
From a literal perspective which is embraced by the majority of believers today, the modern Christian has no other choice than to conclude that Paulís vision presented here was in error -- i.e., the time was not short, and this world was not on the verge of passing away. The problem is that because we do not comprehend the essence of the religion of Paul, which is fundamentally Buddhist -- his means of finding Truth and what he calls the Mysteries of God (1 Cor 2&3) through the denial and rejection of all carnal/physical desires associated with the flesh -- that because Paulís vision life and walking in The Way was very different than what was taught by Jesus and his Messianic Hebrew followers, Paulís doctrine of faith can only be comprehended and understood from a Buddhist perspective of religion.
The modern Christian who does not possess the same vision of this world and Creation as did Paul, is greatly misled when they attempt to comprehend the Apostleís doctrine of faith. If Paul suggests that it is better for people not to marry or to become entangled in the raising of a family and what he refers to as "Öthe affairs of this world" -- and that a man or woman who marries will find it difficult to serve the Lord because in caring for the needs of their spouse, their devotion to the Lord will be divided -- then it is important for us to ask the question: What is the religious lifestyle that Paul ordains as being valid from a Christian perspective? There is only one answer -- i.e., one of constant prayer and meditation, total simplicity and un-entanglement, minimum employment and involvement with respect to ones constant pursuit of opening the inner spiritual centers of the mind. The religion of Paul is typical of that practiced by monks who live secluded and solitary lives in monasteries where one dwells in a constant state of devotion, prayer and meditation to the indwelling Light.
The religious philosophy of Paul is of course faith based because it is founded upon the principle that all carnal desire is sinful because it serves the needs of the body rather than God -- and if you deny the desires of the flesh, that oneís inner spiritual nature be begin to manifest. This is especially demonstrated in the words of Paul where he writes: "God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live" (Rom 8:3-13 KJV).
What the modern Christian fails to comprehend because of their Darwinist perspective of life, is that the religion of Paul, Buddhism and the monk who lives in total "Öundivided devotion to the Lord" (1 Cor 7:26-35 NIV) works, and enlightens the individual, because of manís threefold nature. That this lifestyle manifests true spiritual results is further attested to in the witness of the monk that is found in the words of the Imitation of Christ where it proclaims: "ĎThe Kingdom of God is within you', saith the Lord. Turn thee with thy whole heart unto the Lord, and forsake this wretched world, and thy soul shall find rest. Learn to despise outward things, and to give thyself to things inward, and thou shalt perceive the Kingdom of God to come in thee. 'For the Kingdom of God is peace and joy in the Holy Spirit', which is not given to the unholy. Christ will come unto thee, and show thee His consolations, if thou prepare for Him a worthy mansion within thee. All His glory and beauty is from within, and there He delighteth Himself. The inward man He often visiteth; and has with him sweet discourses, pleasant solace, much peace, familiarity exceeding wonderful. O faithful soul, make ready thy heart for this Bridegroom, that He may vouchsafe to come unto thee, and dwell within thee. For thus saith He, 'If any love Me, he will keep My words, and We will come unto him, and will make our abode with him. Give therefore, admittance unto Christ, and deny entrance to all others".
Faith, then, means that if you unquestioningly believe the witness of Paul that if you totally deny the natural desires of the physical body, that you will move into harmony with the indwelling transcendental Christ and in true Buddhist fashion, become enlightened. In view of the fact that the theology of Paul represents that of the Greeks and Eastern religions, rather than the Hebrews, we must seriously question its source. From a spiritual perspective, one of the major shifts in perception that made the Hebrews successful over the philosophy of the Greeks and the Eastern religions, is found in their manner of interacting with Creation itself. If Paul is correct, and it is better for men and women not to marry, and the husband and wife to even live separate and apart, and the believer is to refrain from engaging in any sensual desires -- beating the body to make it a slave (1 Cor 9:27 NIV) -- how, then, should the believer live their life? This is an important question because what is being suggested here is in total opposition to the essence of Hebrew thought.
Unlike the Greeks and Eastern religions, one of the fundamental precepts of the Hebrews is that man is incomplete without woman -- and this same understanding must also be applied to the relationship between heaven and earth, as well as the pre-existent soul and the carnal image of the soul that we are. Where the Greeks and Eastern religious philosophy attempted to escape this realm through a life of perpetual meditation and prayer, the Hebrews recognized that both the spiritual realms of Creation, as well as the soul, is incomplete without the reflected polarity that is manifest in this world. While it is true that both religious philosophies recognized that what we see with our physical eyes as we look out into life is an illusion -- it was the Hebrews who understood that this illusion was also an allusion which not only manifested and brought into harmony the lower elements of mind, but also assisted man in his quest to become Complete.
In the first place we must understand that though Buddhist philosophy works and brings about results in the life of the adherent, its tenets and practices is unnatural to the physical reality of mankind. In the total denial of the desires of the flesh, the body itself rebels. Buddhist philosophy teaches that if you kill all desire and physical wants in this world, that the inner door of enlightenment will be opened. Fundamentally, the Buddhist is correct in their assertion -- with the problem being that because you have beaten and subdued manís lower animal nature into a state of total submission, that does not mean it has been conquered.
When Paul wrote about the forces of evil that were present in his physical body -- i.e., "...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) -- this war that was raging was brought about because the author of these words was himself in a state of transition. If the historical man known as the Apostle Paul wrote these words, then what we have here is the confession of a man who was in turmoil -- a man who was attempting to live in accordance with a lifestyle that his body rebelled against.
When an animal is wild, it will either attack man, or evade him. In the case of Paul, what is clearly portrayed is that because of his life of Buddhist denial, the Apostleís lower animal nature was clearly attacking him. When the same animal is made a part of the life of man, it will be his companion. What the author of this epistle describes is a lower nature that is as a wild cat, dog, bear or any other creature that is not a companion to man. This same reality exists within the body, as it does without.
One of the great truths that we fail to comprehend today is the fact that, contrary to the religious philosophy of Paul, the Hebrew understood that if one can tame and domesticate their lower animal nature, that this lower nature of mind will not only begin to serve the person who walks in The Way, but will actually provide him the power to overcome all the obstacles in this world. Moreover, while faith is the paramount moving force in the Buddhist philosophy of denial, the taming and domesticating of oneís lower nature can only be brought about by a combination of faith, knowledge and action/works, as seen in the condemnation of Paulís theology by James, the brother of Jesus in the words: "Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, You have faith, and I have works. Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works" (James 2:17-18 NKJ).
While Buddhism and the religious philosophy of Paul is able to provide enlightening visions and perceptions of manís higher reality, what the Hebrews comprehended was that without the transmutation of manís lower nature, man can never become complete in the totality of his inherent threefold nature. What this means is that if a man attempts to ignore his animal nature, it will remain wild. In order to train and domesticate oneís animal nature, a man must work with it -- develop a proper relationship -- and mold its life to where it serves its master.
That man can only become complete and reign in the Kingdom when he interacts with all his natures -- indulging these natures and developing them in the proper way -- is seen in the very first words reportedly spoken to man by his Creator: "Then God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, ĎBe fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.í And God said, ĎSee, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for foodí; and it was so. Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day" (Gen 1:26-31 NKJ).
In the same way that these words constituted the final work of Creation, when we begin to embrace the totality of their message, we will ourselves embrace the finality of Creation within ourselves. To man/woman God said to "be fruitful and multiply". Thus, the Pauline/Buddhist philosophy of denial cannot bring this about. In like manner man was told to "Ösubdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth". Once again the Pauline/Buddhist philosophy of denial cannot subdue manís lower animal nature -- which can only be accomplished with a great amount of work.
An absolutely key element to success is provided in the commandment to man where it is written: "Then God said, ĎI give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food" (Gen 1:29 NIV). The Hebrew who desired to return to the Paradise of Eden understood that one must not only eat only the vegetation and seed-bearing plants, but one must also convert the beast of their lower nature to a (vegetarian) domesticated animal, as seen in the words: "Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for foodí; and it was so".
That man must convert and totally subdue himself, in order to enter into the Sabbath Day of rest with the Lord is seen in the words: "The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play by the cobra's hole, and the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper's den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea" (Isa 11:6-9 NKJ). In order to accomplish the Commandment of the Lord, the man who walks in The Way must bring all his natures into a state of elevated harmony and completion.
The problem is that this cannot be accomplished through denial. While it is true that from a biblical perspective the commandment to ""be fruitful and multiplyÖ subdue it; have dominion overÖ every living thing that moves on the earth" does not apply to the outside world -- but rather, the world of our physical body -- what the quasi-Buddhist religious philosophy of Paul fails to realize is that because of the complexities and trials of the transmutation of the flesh into a truly spiritual being, it is far easier to change ourselves through the mirror of our reflected reality that we perceive and interact with in this world.
What this means is that because a man or a woman is half a polarity of the whole, it is far easier to interact with and perfect oneís own missing half, through a spiritual interaction with oneís own spouse. Moreover, because of the dynamics of the sexual relationship where part of oneself becomes physically intermingled in the physical body of oneís spouse -- and the fact that this exchange of sexual/spiritual essence opens the door to the mind of the opposite polarity as the two become One Flesh -- all the elements to true spiritual development and manifestation are present within the construct of a Genuine Spiritual Marriage between a husband and wife who consecrate their lives to the Lord and living in the Commandments of the Royal Law of the Most High.
Once one begins to realize that all that exists is the manifestation of the Three Forces of Creation interacting within each other -- i.e., Male, Female and the Offspring of the Divine Mind -- and that these Three are manifest throughout all realms and worlds from the least to the greatest -- then one also must recognize that sex is a spiritual sacrament that can only be a sin when misused. In fact, once one begins to realize that because we are Created in the image of God, and we are imbued with the Divine Pattern of Creation, sex in the life of the individual become an absolute necessity.
That different men exist at greatly varying stages of spiritual evolution, and their minds are polarized to different combinations of spheres of mind within the pattern of the Tree of Life, causes them to live, perceive and comprehend every aspect of life in a different manner. In trying to overcome this obstacle, it is important that we understand the reason why people see things differently. In the biblical account of the Tower of Babel, it is written: "And the LORD said, Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do; and nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them" (Gen 11:6 RSV). What is presented in these words are in and of themselves of a multidimensional nature.
In the symbolism of the account, the people were attempting to build a tower that would reach into the heavens by exclusively using the elements of this world. This is synonymous with those who attempt to find the answers to life by limiting their vision to this three-dimensional realm of existence. People who build a church in this world made with hands, and founded upon carnal thinking -- people like Darwin who attempt to perceive the design of creation by investigating life through the narrow perspective of only this realm -- those who strive to build a utopia on earth with social programs designed to shield man from the harsh realities of life -- those who attempt to find a worldly answer to lifeís problems. Fundamentally, what we are talking about here are solutions that are incomplete because they exclude manís spiritual nature, and in their limited vision of reality, deny man his ultimate destiny. On the other side of the coin is the quasi-Buddhist philosophy of Paul which strives to totally deny the physical in an attempt to escape this world.
Perhaps women -- whose powers of mind are more polarized to manís intuitive nature, and are therefore better able to perceive reality beyond the physical, can best sense the fault in this very literal vision of creation. Where males tend to be grounded in what they see -- their perception being linear, and their understanding being founded upon logic instead of intuitive -- the vision and understanding of women is often moved by inner cycles and rhythms that are not as three-dimensional as their male counterpart. The problem is that while many women instinctively know that they possess a greater dimension of vision and perception than is generally perceived by the males they interact with, they are generally unable to do anything with these inherent abilities. Because they canít express this instinctive knowledge in a linear, three-dimensional form, it is as if they exist as a separate species from the males in their society -- who, many times to their own undoing, possess the physical power and logical reasoning to totally dominate the male-female relationship.
One of the main differences between the religion of the Hebrews and that of the Nations was demonstrated in the fact that the Hebrews understood the need for balance and Oneness -- whereas, the religion of the Nations, as with most of the other religions of the world, were based upon the male source of being. Because modern-day Christian symbols are founded upon Pagan ideas, concepts, and ritual observances, they are largely male sexual and phallic centered. In the cosmic scheme of things, the sun is male and the moon is female. The Christmas/Saturnalia celebration -- the worship on the first day of the week, the day of the sun -- the Easter celebration that represents the resurrected sun-god -- are all Pagan forms of the worship of male sexuality.
The ideas expressed in the Epistles of the Apostle Paul where all the desires of the flesh are to be negated and done away with -- women are to be dominated, even not being permitted to speak in the congregation -- i.e.: "Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says. If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church" (1 Cor 14:34-35 NIV) -- "A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. But women will be saved through childbearing -- if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety" (1 Tim 2:11-15 NIV). What these things represent is the thinking of the Nations and the predominant view of the Eastern religions where a woman is even required to walk behind her husband.
Perhaps one of the foremost examples of the fact that much of the content of the Epistles of Paul were authored by a Gentile writing under the name of Paul, and not a person of Jewish heritage, is seen in the statement: "Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head. And every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head -- it is just as though her head were shaved. If a woman does not cover her head, she should have her hair cut off; and if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut or shaved off, she should cover her head. A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man. For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; neither was man created for woman, but woman for man" (1 Cor 11:4-9 NIV).
In the first place, any man who did not cover his head would be viewed as a heathen from the perspective of the Messianic Hebrews. Further, it was the Roman and the Greek men who cut their hair short, and did not cover their head. No person of Jewish heritage -- which the original Paul was -- could have written the words: "Judge for yourselves: Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? Does not the very nature of things teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace to him, but that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For long hair is given to her as a covering" (1 Cor 11:13-15 NIV).
Where does nature teach you that if a man has long hair it is a disgrace? When Eusebius quoted Hegesippus and wrote of James, the brother of Jesus, and the head of the Jerusalem Congregation: "He drank no wine or strong drink, nor did he eat meat. No razor came near his head", what was being made reference to was the way of the Messianic Jew -- i.e., the Essene, Ebionite, Nazirene. Jesus and his followers both covered their heads, and did not cut their hair in accordance with the Nazarite tradition. Why? With regard to the cutting of the hair, in the same way that the atmosphere surrounds the earth and provides life-giving oxygen to all organic life, the soul-mind of man surrounds the physical body. The hair, then, acts as nerves, or an antenna, that connect the physical body with the higher soul-mind.
The historical man known as the Apostle Paul could never have written the words that it is a disgrace for a man have long hair. Whoever authored this section of these epistles could never have had any familiarity with the historical man Jesus who both had long hair, and covered his head in reverence to God. Neither could the author of these words have had any contact with the Messianic Jews who were often referred to as Nazirenes, or James the leader of the Jerusalem Congregation. Moreover, such a statement is founded upon the religious concepts of the Nations -- one that worships the sexual nature of the male -- and demonstrates a total lack of understanding for the very purpose of hair itself.
When Peter said to his disciple Clement: "For, since the present world is female, as a mother bringing forth the souls of her childrenÖ", the Hebrew holy man understood that conception and the stages of initial growth towards completion can only be achieved from a female perspective. Unlike the religions of the Nations and the Eastern religions which attempted to polarize their search for the Kingdom from the perception of the male, and therefore embrace a form of Christian Buddhism as found in the epistles of Paul, the Hebrew holy man understood that in the same way that the male comes to the female, and the offspring of the Two is conceived and nourished within the female, it is the spirit that must come to the flesh and manifest the Child of Light while in this realm.
What is truly amazing is the fact that the people of the simple faith never question the blatant conflicts of ideas that are present in the Epistles of Paul -- conflicts that are caused by the fact that they are authored by different people who wrote under the name of Paul. When it is written in one place: "For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. But women will be saved through childbearing -- if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety" (1 Tim 2:11-15 NIV), what we are presented is a very literal and unenlightened interpretation of the scriptures.
In this respect, the fallacy of what appears to be authored by Paul can easily be turned upon him by using his own words to demonstrated the great void in his thinking. This is seen where Paul berates those who attempt to read the scriptures in a carnal manner and writes: "Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law?" Writes the Apostle Paul to those who want to read the written word literally. "For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. Which things are an allegory" (Gal 4:21-24 KJV).
What we can see demonstrated here is that the Greek author of Galatians possessed far greater knowledge than the person who authored the Epistle to Timothy and these anti-female statements inserted into the eleventh chapter of First Corinthians. What we have in these anti-female passages is the doctrine of the religions of the Nations -- where women were not even allowed into the temples and congregations. In fact, one of the allegations of the so-called orthodox Christians against the Spiritual-Gnostic Christians, was that they permitted women to teach and speak freely with regard to spiritual matters.
What is the true give away, though, is that the author of Galatians knows that the biblical narrative of Abraham and his two wives is an allegory, something which the Greek author of these anti-female verses does not appear to understand when he holds all women responsible for the sin of the world in the seduction of Eve by the serpent.
What this Greek author who was writing under the name of Paul demonstrates is a total lack of fundamental scriptural knowledge from a spiritual perspective. From the higher perspective of Divine Wisdom, the connection of positive and negative, active and passive, as represented in the polarities of male and female, must be understood in relation to each other. When Peter said to his disciple Clement: "For, since the present world is female, as a mother bringing forth the souls of her children..." -- that means that everything in this world is female in relationship to its male counterpart in the realms beyond the three-dimensional limitations of this world.
It is for this reason that James used the feminine gender when he wrote: "Ye adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God?"(James 4:4-5). It is again for this same reason that the author of the Imitation of Christ used the feminine gender when he wrote: "I WILL hear what the Lord God will speak in me. Blessed is the soul who hears the Lord speaking within her". To even begin to understand the scriptural symbology of Adam and Eve, one must understand that even the male sex in this world is feminine in relationship to the soul. Since we are dwelling in a realm that is not only female, but likened to a mother by the Apostle Peter, we must begin to apply our knowledge of genetics and understand that in the Divine Order of the greater vision of reality, the male sex is active female, and the female sex is passive female -- which means that subjection of the wife to the husband has just as much to do with men, as it does women.
When the scriptures speak of the wife being in bondage and submission to the husband, what is being conveyed is the necessary relationship of the positive and negative forces within the mind and body of the disciple. From the dynamics of the teachings of The Way, a person cannot even begin to be a disciple if there is division and separation within him -- and these polarities of mind and body are often represented in the biblical allegorical portrayals as men and women, brothers and sisters, fathers and daughters, and husbands and wives. In the same way that the author of Galatians is correct when he tells the people not to be fooled by the carnal interpretation of Abraham and his two wives, the author of the anti-female passages in Paulís other Epistles simply did not possess the same knowledge of scriptural dynamics.
In the vision of the higher wisdom of Creation, the perception of both male and female are not only different, and are in fact physically drawn from a different sphere of mind within the spheres of the Tree of Life -- but in their separation, each are equally flawed. Truth can only be envisioned when the perception of the male and female are harmonized into a third reality that is greater that the sum of its two equal parts. That the Hebrew holy man could apply this understanding to every aspect of his search for the Eternal God, is what gave him the edge over the philosophy of the poets and the Nations, the Eastern religions, and the form of Christian Buddhism which is found in the Epistles of Paul.
Central to the thinking of the Hebrew was the harmonic balance of the relationship of husband and wife. Unlike other religions, a Jewish man is cautioned not to even study Hebrew mysticism until he as reached a certain age, and he is married. That the term equal, is not the same -- i.e., that each of the sexes possess their own spheres of dominion with regard to strengths and weakness -- and that these spheres must not be negated, but rather merged into a higher and more complete reality -- is one of the foundational principles that caused the religion of the Hebrews to be of a higher order than the religion of the Nations and those associated with Eastern philosophy. It is for this reason that the author of the Epistle to the Romans compares the religion of the Spiritual Hebrews to a cultivated olive tree that has grown in the soil of the True Word, and the religion of the Gentiles to be of the same species, with the flaw being that it is a wild olive that was grown in the uncultivated soil of the Nations.
The problem that evolved was that the people of the simple faith who called themselves orthodox, were too carnal in their perception to understand either the true dynamics of the scriptures, or the cultivated olive of the Spiritual Hebrews. Thus, when they removed Jesus from the natural foundation that brought him forth, and adopted the Pagan customs and mindset of the Nations, they polluted and destroyed the very foundation of New Covenant teachings. In failing to observe the very clear warning of Paul when he wrote: "...be afraid. For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either. Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off" (Rom 11:20-22 NIV) -- they neglected to understand that they were "cut off" by their own actions, and their calling upon the name of the Lord was in vain as they caused themselves to become a spiritually barren people.
What the modern Christian must come to terms with is the fact that he has inherited the philosophy of a spiritually barren and degenerate people. There is no fault with the fundamentals of the olive that has been placed in our hands in the form of the Word -- but rather, the flaw is seen with the earth that we have attempted to plant the Word into. If we are to mature spiritually, we must once again plant the olive in the cultivated earth that is the natural foundation from which the Word sprang.
What I am saying goes to the very core of the parable of the sower and the seed -- i.e., we must make ourselves the good ground that brings forth fruit one hundred times what was originally placed in our hands. In this respect, our faith-based religious concepts cannot lead us in The Way, because they are founded upon the thinking and mindset of the Nations, and are incomplete. In order to walk in The Way, and be genuine disciples of the New Covenant, we must possess the knowledge of the dynamics of the polarities that merge the two into one -- with the one being greater than the sum of its two parts.
Where the philosophy of the Gentiles and the Eastern religions attempt to escape this world through denial, it was the Hebrew holy man who saw the wisdom of completing every element of this realm (female), by merging it with its parallel (male) dimension. By merging the two into one, instead of attempting to make the one dominate the other polarity, the door to the Kingdom was much more easily opened. In the pattern and example of Jesus, we have the manifestation of a truth that was beyond the understanding of philosophy of the Gentiles and the Eastern religions -- who, because of the limitation of their thinking, were only able to gaze into the Kingdom from a distance, rather than become the Offspring of the Kingdom.
Once the dynamics of male, female and a true and genuine marriage is envisioned, we must then begin to apply this concept to every aspect of life. 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, then we must also realize that culturized carnal man only utilizes less than one percent in the pursuit of walking in The Way. Unlike the Hebrew 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 things 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, the Bible represents as a viable spiritual marriage. If these three dimensions of consciousness are female, then the unfaithful wife is portraying 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 that 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.
From the perspective of the Apostle, 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, and permit what he has to be merged with it opposite polarity that exists in the parallel relms 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 and make it good, 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 represent 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 exist 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 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, 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 to 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 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 to 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 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 that the others 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, 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 28:9-10KJV).
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.
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 either 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, 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 fashion, and a cyclic recurrent (reflective-female) 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 Yehshua (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".