The following is drawn from a talk that I was invited to give at a Unitarian Universalist Church (UUC). What set the stage for my presentation was the constant assertion I had encountered among the UUC congregants with respect to their perpetual complaint that Fundamentalist Evangelical Christians were not only irrational extremists who they viewed as a negative influence upon our present-day society, but that some how they (UUC congregants) were more enlightened. While it is true that the Fundamentalist Christian does not understand the symbols of Armageddon, it is also true that nether does their critics. Perhaps more important is the reality that, to simply ignore this very important Hebrew/Christian doctrine with respect to Armageddon and the end times, will only bring about our own personal demise.
In order to understand the following written manuscript, it is necessary to first read the Prologue to my book which is attached at the primary document when this web site is accessed. In the following there will be many allusions to the uniformity of thought among the modern men of science and the Hebrew/Christian visionaries who composed our scriptures. The following text, then, presupposes that the reader is already familiar with what has been written in the Prologue.
ARMAGEDDON LOST: Since the dawn of time mankind has contemplated both the beginning and the end of the world in which we live. While the beginning of life has always been in sharp dispute, in the wrong hands the powerful images of man’s fate that have been continually portrayed by the religions of the world has always remained a means to control the masses of people. The reality of life is that there has always been a class of politically elite men who have sought to rule over the lives of their fellow brothers and sisters, and history has time and again demonstrated that a man who fears is much more easily manipulated, conquered and governed. Thus, religion, which by virtue of its very nature of a revelation defining and predicting a reality that exists beyond the three dimensions of this realm, has always been a powerful tool in the hands of those who desire to rule over the lives of their fellow mankind. This fact was true in the past -- it remains true in our present time -- and regardless of the measures we take, will continue to be true in the future.
In each generation which man has dwelled upon the face of the earth, there has arisen a class of pseudo-prophets and priests who have been able to effectively employ man’s almost universal innate belief in the end of the world -- speak to the imagination of the people so as to stir their emotions to adhere to blind acceptance of counterfeit manmade doctrines -- and convey this false vision of imminent doom to the collective belief of the masses of people in a manner that serves the false prophet’s own personal monetary and political goals. As just one example: Pope Gregory I, who was supposed to be infallible, convinced the landowners throughout Europe that the end of times was so close, that if they did not at once hand over all their land to the church, they would be forever cast into the fires of hell when the great day arrived. The result was that the Papacy became the richest landowner in Europe.
Perhaps just as phenomenal is the fact that in continually ignoring the lessons of the past, the masses of people have subsequently fallen into the same trap in each and every succeeding age since the dawn of time itself. Generation upon generation of dooms-day prophets have successfully been able to induce the people to ignore the fact that each and every prediction that has been continually made by each and every subsequent generation of dooms-day prophets, has failed to come to pass.
Yet, the resolution to the problem is not a simple thing -- and those who reject the concept of Armageddon, as well as the Atheist and non-believer, have often fallen into a greater error than those who they oppose. Just because the predictions of these dooms-day prophets have in every generation failed to manifest with respect to the immanency of the end times, that does not mean the symbolism and spiritual meaning of what is portrayed throughout the scriptures as Armageddon is wrong. Those who believe that Jesus and the Hebrew prophets possessed an enlightened wisdom, and were able to see beyond the barrier of this three-dimensional realm in which we presently dwell, must recognize that the warning these visionaries conveyed to us was very real, and not to be taken lightly. In this respect, the problem this great dilemma presents to us is demonstrated when the pseudo-religious politicians in his day confronted the Master on the issue of the resurrection, and his words are as true today as when they were first spoken: "Is this not the reason you are mistaken, that you do not understand the Scriptures, or the power of God?" (Mark 12:24 NAS).
That the most authentic visionaries of both the Hebrew and Gentile elements of the church have long warned us that the scriptures are not a history book -- but rather, spiritual events that come to pass in the life of the person in search of Truth, well confirms Jesus’ warning that those of a carnal mind are incapable of understanding the true meaning of the Bible and other Sacred Writings. Thus, Origen, the early Father of the Christian Church writes: "It is sufficient however, to represent in the style of a historic narrative what is intended to convey a secret meaning in the garb of history, that those who have the capacity may work out for themselves all that relates to the subject." And with regard to what would otherwise be historical symbols and events that would appear to us as the knowledge of superficial episodes of the past, Origen writes: "I believe that every man must hold these things for images, under which the hidden sense lies concealed" (Origen - Huet., Prigeniana, 167 Franck, p. 142).
Students of Hebrew Mysticism will perceive that what the third-century Christian Church Father Origen wrote was no different than what is contained in esteemed Jewish writing known as the Zohar, where it states regarding the literal meaning of the written word of the scriptures: "The narratives of the doctrine are its cloak. The simple look only on the garment, that is upon the narrative of the doctrine; more they know not. The instructed, however, see not merely the cloak, but what the cloak covers".
These great truths are again demonstrated in the words of Moses Maimonedes, one of the most respected of Jewish theologians, historian, and Talmudist, where he writes about the nature of scripture: "Every time that you find in our books a tale the reality of which seems impossible, a story which is repugnant to both reason and common sense, then be sure that the tale contains a profound allegory veiling a deeply mysterious truth; and the greater the absurdity of the letter, the deeper the wisdom of the spirit". These same truths are again conveyed to us in the words of the Christian Church Historian Eusebius: "Many were led astray by reading the allegorical contents of the scriptures literally in the method of the Pharisees and Sadducees". What Eusebius is in fact saying is that our modern Fundamentalist who attempts to read only the literal meaning of the Bible, is in fact imbued with the same exact error as was the Pharisees and Sadducees who Jesus condemned.
What these spiritual symbols truly mean is perhaps best expressed by G.R.S. Mead in his celebrated work, Fragments of a Faith Forgotten, where he explained that, once properly understood, the true meaning of what is "…projected onto the screen…" of the scriptures, "…was in reality a picture of their [man’s] own minds". In view of the fact that Jesus himself taught that the Kingdom of God is within us (Luke 17:20-21), that the scriptures are in fact a blueprint of man’s own mind begins to make a great deal of sense. If the words of Jesus are true, and the Kingdom of God is within us, then the search for the Truth and Light must be accomplished through the development, expansion and Spiritual Anointing of our own Minds. What are the implications? To have faith and remain spiritually stagnant embracing the culture of this world will not even begin to fulfill the Gospel mandate to be Genuine followers of the Lord.
Even in our modern times one of the great truths that men such as Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell acknowledged is that the scriptures are written in a language that utilizes what they called universal symbols which are employed to convey deep spiritual truths to the mind of carnal man -- who in his natural state, is plagued by the congenital limitation of only being able to use less than ten percent of his potential of mind. That the scriptures are filled with many terrible visions of man’s fate -- while not true from the perspective of the dooms-day prophet who perpetually preaches the end times -- is nonetheless very real in the greater spiritual reality of mankind that Jesus and the prophets attempted to warn us of. Once this is recognized, the meaning of Armageddon is something that should truly be feared by those who ignore its implications, and celebrated by those who embrace the spiritual reality it conveys. The problem is that when we permit false religious authorities and quasi-priests to interpret these sacred symbols from a carnal perspective, we are no longer free to make either rational or informed decisions with respect to this great event that none of us can escape!
Not to lessen the fact that in every instance where the preverbal events of what has come to be known as Armageddon has been portrayed in scripture as something to be feared, there is another element to the theological equation that is rarely ever mentioned or discussed. This can be demonstrated by simply examining how we translate Matthew 24:8, where the King James Bible states that Armageddon is the "…beginning of sorrows"; the New Living Translation states it is "…the beginning of the horrors to come"; with the correct and little used interpretation by those who stand on our street corners proclaiming that we should repent being found in the Revised Standard Version where it reads that "…all this is but the beginning of the birth-pangs".
Perhaps the answer to the problem was best put into perspective by that 60’s philosopher Bob Dylan during that time of his life when he was a student of Hebrew Mysticism, when he said: "He who’s not busy being born, is busy dying"! The problem is that we continually listen to those who know the least with respect to the Mysteries of God -- false shepherd’s who are either monetarily or politically motivated -- and we ignore those who know the facts based upon their own first-hand spiritual experiences. Why? Because we close our minds to our own higher reality, and cause ourselves to dwell in a cultural box that inhibits our spiritual growth and development of mind. For the most part we are afraid to think differently than others, and we fear becoming disenfranchised from the temporal things of this world -- temporal things which, due to the impermanence of both this world and the very physical body in which we presently dwell, we will quickly lose regardless of our choices in life.
While the modern believers who perceive themselves as being "saved" will immediately reject the idea that God would abandon them, the answer to their dilemma is readily found in the Bible they claim to champion. God does not abandon the truly faithful believer who follows the Lord as the pattern in their life and manifests the biblical mandate to be in the world and not of it! What believers fail to realize is the absolute necessity of this world in the life and development of the biblical portrayal of the prodigal sons of the One Father-God. What we therefore fail to recognize is the reality that the authors of our scriptures were ultimately concerned with the process of overcoming division -- first the division that separates our physical, soul and spiritual natures -- and then the division that separates the conjoined physical/soul/spiritual being from their Creator God -- which process is portrayed as the return of the prodigal son to the father.
The first obstacle to overcoming our state of division is the separation of polarities of mind that exist within us. The holy men and women who composed our scriptures comprehended that when the Bible conveys to us the great reality that "God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them" (Gen 1:27 KJV), that God Himself possesses these same Male and Female polarities that are manifest throughout all of Creation. From the perception of the spiritual language that is employed in the scriptures, in the same way that a fetus dwells in the womb of its mother until it has reached the necessary stage of maturity where it can be born into this world, the ancients understood that the three-dimensional world in which we dwell is very much as the womb of Mother-Earth.
The implications of this spiritual reality -- though absent from our comprehension today -- are profound with respect to our understanding of life as we know it. In the same way that the body of a fetus is formed from an embryonic state, we are ourselves in the process of being born into the next level of Creation, and our psyche must then be perceived in a similar seed-state of mind. What this means is that we are only capable of utilizing less than ten percent of our potential of mind, because our physical-consciousness is embryonic -- and in the same way that the physical body of a fetus must develop to be born into the kingdom of man, our minds and conscious awareness must develop in order to be born into the kingdom of our soul and spiritual natures. The implications of this long ignored reality is that in many respects, the Atheists are more correct than those who believe in life after death, because those who fail to be born into the Kingdom while still alive in the physical body, cannot accomplish what is required in an after-death state.
When the Jews of a carnal mindset asked Yehshua (Joshua/Jesus) when the expected kingdom would come, to their own demise he spoke of a great truth that has been continually ignored by the dooms-day prophets and the people of the simple faith who were influenced by the manmade doctrines of the Church of Rome. Yehshua (Joshua/Jesus) said that the kingdom will never come upon the earth in the manner that carnal men predict, because it is "inside of you" (Lk 17:20-21). That the disciples of the Lord experienced these "pangs of birth" when they were themselves born into the kingdom, can be seen in the words of Peter at Pentecost when he said: "Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. These men are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: ‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. I will show wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord’" (Acts 2:14-21 NIV).
In the comprehension of this eminent truth pertaining to the absolute necessity of our striving to be born a second time, we can begin to perceive the great difference between the teachings of The Way, and the doctrines and dogma of the Roman Church which we unknowingly continue to cling to in our present time. The Bible warns us that we will know the false prophets -- and detect what is spurious -- by judging the tree by the fruit it bears. With respect to the true creator of the modern church: It is easy to observe that the Emperor Constantine was not a great spiritual leader who desired to lead his fellow man along the narrow path of The Way, and into the birth of his soul and spiritual natures. Constantine was a man who desired to rule over his fellow man -- and in the symbolism of the teachings of the New Covenant, he saw a means to accomplish his goal.
Because we exist in an embryonic and incomplete state, the purpose of the teachings of The Way is to first awaken a person to their soul and spiritual natures, and then develop their true essence and maturity so as to enable the person to be born into the Kingdom. Throughout the scriptures it is continually suggested that carnal man dwells in a kind of stupor -- hypnotized by the forms and sensual realities of this world. Some places in the Bible represent this condition as sleeping, others as death -- i.e., "Another disciple said to him, Lord, first let me go and bury my father. But Jesus told him, Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead" (Matt 8:21-22 NIV).
Throughout his Epistles the Apostle Paul writes that the carnal mind is dead to man’s spiritual reality. Why? Because his perception is limited to the three dimensions of this realm that is associated with his physical body, and the ability to perceive the soul and spiritual realms that man’s higher consciousness simultaneously dwells in, must be developed. In this respect, we can begin to see the concept of waking up from this stupor, sleep, or death that is associated with physical life in the words: "But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment" (Matt 12:36 KJV).
Why? Why would Jesus warn us that we will be judged for merely speaking an "idol word"? It must be understood that to be consciously aware of "every idle word" requires one to be in total control of their mind. That this total control of one’s words begins with a total control of one’s mind can further be seen in the commandment of the Apostle to "…take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ" (2 Cor 10:5 NIV). Moreover, how can the same Apostle who states that we are saved by faith, rather than works, expect those who call themselves Christians to "…take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ"? Thus, we begin to see that in the religion that was preached by both Jesus and Paul, there can be no meaningless idle expressions that are easily seen plaguing the lives of the modern Christian.
James, Jesus’ brother, the man who was the first leader of the New Covenant Church and was known as a true holy man, wrote that in order to fulfill the vision of the Gospel, one had to "…bridle the whole body" (James 3:2 KJV). While this may appear totally alien from the perspective of the modern Christian who fully indulges in excesses of our present-day cultural lifestyle, the Apostle Paul confirmed the validity of these words from a New Covenant perspective when he wrote of the necessity to "…beat my body and make it my slave..." (1 Cor 9:27 NIV). Moreover, that faith meant an entirely different thing to the Apostle than what is being preached from our pulpits today, can be seen in Paul’s commandment to all who would call themselves a Christian to "Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature" (Col 3:5 NIV). The problem is that these biblical commandments have absolutely nothing in common with the doctrine of faith that was developed by Martin Luther in the Middle-ages.
These biblical verses are rarely used today because they represent concepts that would be considered extreme and fanatical from the perspective of both believers and non-believers in our modern-day culture. In fact, everything in our present-day society has been engineered by what the Apostle calls the god of this world, to inhibit the fulfilling of these necessary ingredients in the process of the next stage of birth that the Bible states is absolutely necessary if we are to enter into Life.
Thus, we must pose the question: Are these requirements that are very clearly set down in the scriptures really extreme and fanatical, as we believe today? If it is true that our natural seed-mind is embryonic, and if we do not succeed in being born we will fail to inherit the eternal life that is promised in the scriptures, then there is a whole other dimension to the controversy that few believers or non-believers today have even begun to contemplate. The fact that throughout the scriptures we are continually presented with the theme that man has three natures -- physical, soul and spirit -- conveys the great reality that in order to become complete and fulfill the requirement of Matthew 5:48 pertaining to the need to be perfect, like our Heavenly Father, we must ourselves evolve through three separate and distinct stages of birth.
Carnal man who is of a natural organic state of physical being is limited to less than ten percent of his potential of mind, because the mind associated with his physical body is embryonic -- i.e., a seed that has been planted in the physical vessel he is presently inhabiting while in this world -- and it is the teachings of The Way that guides him through the next stages of birth that permit him to become a being of Permanence, and thereby enter into the Life that is promised in the Bible. If our failure to develop our seed-mind to where it is able to be born into the Kingdom is synonymous with a fetus that physically fails to develop, then our fate will be similar to that of an embryo that has miscarried -- and from the perspective of our absolute need to be born in order to enter into Life, then the warnings with respect to Armageddon are neither extreme or fanatical! Moreover, the above requirements where we are told to be conscious of every word, and capture every thought to Christ, and bring the natural passions of the physical body under control, would then be understood as being absolutely necessary to the development of mind in order to embrace the next stage of development and eventual birth in spirit.
One only has to open the pages of the Bible to see that the whole of the New Testament teachings is concerned with ethics, morality, and the manner in which each of us treats our brothers and sisters. The requirement is that we must be perfect, as our Heavenly Father is perfect (Mt 5:48). This state of perfection is referred to as the fulfillment of the Royal Law of God, and is measured in our forgiveness, acceptance and love of our fellow man. From a New Covenant perspective, whatever is divisive, and not in accord with the Royal Law, is of this world, and is an obstacle to our birth into the Kingdom. It is from this perspective that the requirement in the Book of the Revelation is set before us 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). And this same truth is expressed in the words of Yehshua (Jesus/Joshua) when he warned: "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it" (Matt 7:13-14 NIV). The "narrow gate" that Yehshua (Joshua/Jesus) speaks that we must open in order for us to be born into the Kingdom, has its parallels in the birth canal that serves as the gate that each of us has emerged through when we physically entered into this present world. That the next stage of birth has its similarities, is merely the result that all realities are designed in accordance with the same Divine Pattern of Creation.
What is truly important for us to see in these solemn words spoken by the Lord, is that only those who "enter through the narrow gate" will enter into Life -- i.e., it is not those who believe, but those who follow in the footsteps who are the Genuine Christians. The people who embrace the culture and thinking of this world, even when they call themselves Christian, are those who walk the "broad… road that leads to destruction". What Jesus warns us is that we cannot walk two paths -- it is either the one or the other -- and philosophical Christians will neither go to Heaven, to Glory, or inherit eternal life -- without entering through the narrow gate that is the entrance to the Kingdom. Moreover, if this is not accomplished while we are alive in the physical body in which we presently dwell, then we will have failed.
The Bible continually warns us that the path or the second birth and entrance into the Kingdom is not easy. The strife of the inner war within ourselves as embodied in the symbols of Armageddon is seen in the words: "We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God" (Acts 14:22 NKJ). Thus, in the same way that a woman travails in labor to bring a child into this world, we must ourselves endure the "…many tribulations" of spiritual labor to be born into the Kingdom of God. Since the Kingdom is within us, and Armageddon is therefore not an historical event -- but more factually, a spiritual event in the life of the disciple in search of Truth -- we must then totally re-evaluate everything we think we know about both the Gospel Message, and the life we are presently living. In fully comprehending these biblical statements in relation to the whole purpose of the teachings of The Way, let us again examine the definitive statement which conveys to us the very essence of the Gospel -- and especially the Revelation of John: "Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie" (Rev 22:14-15 NKJ).
If the text of the Revelation represented the end of the world, as is commonly believed by the majority of Christians today, then why are those who remain outside the city portrayed as "dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie"? Armageddon, then, indicates the disciples personal tribulation described as the "pangs of birth", as he endeavors to overcome his own lower carnal nature through the crucifixion of what is symbolized by the flesh, in order that he can possess the Knowledge of the fruit of the Tree of Life, transcend the natural barriers of this world, and "enter through the gates into the city".
To those souls in search of Truth in their quest to be born into the Kingdom, perhaps the most important scriptural references are those which were removed from our Bibles by the Roman Church. Has our scriptures been corrupted by Constantine? In the words of Prof. Bart D. Ehrman in his book, The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture: "...theological disputes, specifically disputes over Christology, prompted Christian scribes to alter the words of scripture in order to make them more serviceable for the polemical task. Scribes modified their manuscripts to make them more patently ‘orthodox’ and less susceptible to ‘abuse’ by the opponents of orthodoxy" -- which orthodoxy was the Church of the Roman Emperor Constantine.
One of the most important aspects of man’s reality is conveyed to us in the 84th parable of the recently acquired Gospel According to Thomas that is contained in the Nag Hammadi Library of Christian scriptures where the text reads: "Jesus said: when you see your likeness, you rejoice. But when you see your images which came into existence before you, which neither die nor are manifested, how much will you bear!". What does this mean? Your likeness that you rejoice when you see is your soul which has existed since the beginning of time. The images which came into existence before you, are the previous lives your soul has lived prior to the incarnation which you are at present. These images which represent lifetimes in the manner that we are presently living, are alien to the soul, and can be compared to miscarriages with respect to the next level of birth which is the paramount theme of the Bible. In becoming part of the culture of the time in which they lived, and not living in accordance with the scriptures and the Royal Law of God, they possessed no valid spiritual substance, and therefore remain failed attempts of the soul to manifest itself in the Kingdom.
With respect to man’s physical, soul and spiritual natures, because all that exists is in conformity with the Divine Pattern of Creation, we can take the truths and realities of this world, and apply them to these other parallel realms that are beyond our perception and carnal comprehension. In the symbology of this world, these previous images can be compared to the eggs of a woman that possess the potential to be a person -- but having never developed into a mature fetus, were never physically born into this world. What this means is that we all have the potential to be born into the Kingdom -- and the Christian who has received the testimony of the Word can be likened to those eggs of a woman that has been fertilized -- but whether we are actually born into the Kingdom, will depend upon our ability to embrace the Word in its absolute fullness.
The modern believer will of course oppose such a reality, saying that Jesus came to save those who are lost. Yet, it was the Lord himself who warned: "But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living" (Matt 22:31-32 KJV). Thus, those who are worthy of the resurrection are those who follow in the footsteps of the Lord along The Way. What this means is that, where the fetus has the potential to be born into this physical world, we have the potential to be born into what Jesus called the Kingdom. The images portrayed in the Gospel of Thomas that Jesus states "neither die nor are manifested", having failed to develop and mature, never attain the second birth spoken about in the third chapter of John that Christians widely quote today.
Admittedly, these biblical and historical facts can only begin to make sense when we perceive the reality of our pre-existent soul and the foundation of New Covenant teachings with regard to the Kingdom coming within the mind and being of the disciple. In two important recent Christian archeological discoveries known as the Oxyrhynchus Papyri and the Gospel of Thomas, we can see an essential teaching that Constantine removed from the Bible which Jesus conveyed to those who asked him about the coming of the Kingdom: "When the Lord was asked by a certain man, when should his kingdom come, he said unto him, when two shall be one and the without as the within, and the male with the female, neither male nor female". That this is an authentic saying of the Lord which was at one time in our scriptures is affirmed by St. Clement, the disciple of Peter, in his The Second Epistle of Clement where he writes: "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, ‘When two shall be one, that which is without as that which is within, and the male with the female, neither male nor female’". What these important teachings convey is the reality of an inner Armageddon, and the spiritual birth of the disciple in the Kingdom within.
What we fail to understand today is the fact that these strange sounding concepts are so very crucial for the modern Christian to understand, that no amount of words can possibly do them justice with respect to their immense importance. What I will demonstrate throughout the text of my book, is the great fact that in these words are the very essence of what the Bible calls the Key of Knowledge. What they convey to us is the Divine Pattern -- i.e., in the same way that each of us came into being through the intermingling of the polar opposites (male and female) of our physical parents, the disciple is born into the next world by the merger of the paradoxical opposites within his own mind and being. Thus, where in the expression of the sexes each of us already moves within the forces of Creation throughout every aspect of our lives, now we only have to learn to apply this knowledge to make the two one, the inner and the outer the same, merge the feminine and masculine powers, and thereby open the gate that Jesus spoke of as existing within our own selves. That the Apostle Paul very clearly understood man’s extended reality is very clear in his assertion that man is not saved by ritual works as practiced by the carnal secular-minded Jews -- but rather, by faith that if one lives in accordance with the Word, that the indwelling Son of God will break down the walls of division within us, send us the Holy Spirit as our Teacher and Comforter, and manifest within us the Promise of the Gospel.
The great truth that has been continually expressed by both Jewish and Christian visionaries and the authors of our sacred writings, is that the knowledge of the mysteries of God and the Divine Plan begins with the knowledge of ourselves in the biblical portrayal that we are the Prodigal Sons of our Heavenly Father. It is for this reason that the second-century Church Father Clement of Alexandria said that it is "…the greatest of all lessons to know one’s self. For if one knows himself, he will know God; and knowing God, he will be made like God… and that man becomes God, since God so wills". In his treaties on The Soul and the Resurrection, St Gregory writes that "the Resurrection is no other thing than ‘the re-constitution of our nature in its original form’", and states that there will come a time "…when the complete whole of our race shall have been perfected from the first man to the last".
The reason these great truths are no longer the focus of the modern church is best captured in the words of A. Powell Davies: "Biblical scholars", he writes, "were not disturbed by what they found in the Dead Sea Scrolls because they had known all along that the origin of Christianity was not what was commonly supposed to have been" (quoted by Millar Burrows in More Light on the Dead Sea Scrolls). What Davies was referring to was the fact that the Church of Constantine so altered the focus of the teachings of the New Covenant, that what we call Christianity today has its doctrinal legacy of birth in the fourth century, and has little in common with the religion that the Son of God revealed to man at the beginning of our Common Era.
While it is true that the Church of the Roman Empire is gone, and what is today known as the Christian religion is no longer under direct government control, because certain key elements of Jesus teachings have been obscured, and even removed from the common understanding of the body of believers, the church continues to cling to traditional beliefs, dogma and understandings that are very incomplete -- and thus, make it extremely difficult for the modern Christian to embrace the fullness of the Word of God. If we were truly Christian, and we understood the whole message of the scriptures, we would view the doctrine of faith as being merely the beginning of man’s walk with God, and we would never permit our children to be imbued with the quasi-Darwinist mindset that predominates our culture and educational systems today.
The problem is that we cannot do that -- i.e., we cannot remove our children from a system of education that inhibits their growth, because we do not even understand the basic fundamentals of what life is about or what we are here to accomplish. As previously explored in the Prologue, our men of science know that the source of all things in this world is the result of the interaction of the field that brings all matter into existence -- and yet, we haven’t the slightest idea why? We not only do not possess the ability to see into and understand the field that controls all of life as we know it, we have no means of comprehending why the field controls all matter and the world in which we presently dwell in the manner it does.
In our schools today we imbue young children with the thought that they not only have choices, but that they are in control of their life -- and yet, we fail to convey to them that there exists what men of scientific vision call a field that is working and influencing their life from an unseen dimension which is the source and true controlling factor of all that ever was, ever is, and ever will be throughout every aspect of their lives. And yet, the Bible itself confirms what the modern scientist has only now come to understand, as seen in the words: "Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered" (Matt 10:29-30 NIV). Thus, both science and the scriptures equally agree and confirm this great truth that is the paramount force in the life of each individual, and yet this profound truth is not even discussed throughout the educational experience of our children.
How can we call a man who graduates from our universities educated, when he hasn’t the slightest idea what is either the cause, purpose or objective of the very primary controlling factor in his life? Regardless of the level of educational achievement, without this primary knowledge, when this person expresses his opinion, his opinion is ultimately little more than a snake-oil salesman with credentials that are ordained by a like-minded body of snake-oil marketers. Is this statement extreme? Not when we begin to seriously contemplate the words of Einstein when he admitted: "We may therefore regard matter as being constituted by the regions of space in which the field is extremely intense… There is no place in this new kind of physics both for the field and matter, for the field is the only reality" (quoted in M. Capek, The Philosophical Impact of Contemporary Physics). If it is true that the "…field is the only reality", then how can we call a man educated when he knows absolutely nothing about the field?
Quasi-religious authorities -- like their philosophical secular experts who call themselves educated because they have graduated from our universities -- are forced to preach to their listeners and congregations that God moves in strange ways, only because they lack any understanding of the field that controls every aspect of life. Yet, we flock to churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples to hear snake-oil salesmen preach their message of faith in the unknown. In like manner, we listen to secular authorities who promote their time-worn theories and philosophies that amount to nothing more than a different brand of snake-oil, because they haven’t the slightest clue with respect to why the field is interacting with matter in the manner that it is. And when we ask: What other alternative do we have? The only possible answer is that we must do whatever we can to restore and embrace the pure teachings of The Way -- and understand that both the political and counterfeit religious authorities will always oppose the Truth.
Man’s pursuit of the truth always begins when he searches with an open mind and heart! It is impossible to learn the mysteries that the Apostle Paul warns is beyond the comprehension of carnal man, so long as we think we know! Neither can we mature and grow spiritually, while we continue to cling to the elementary doctrines of the Christ that Paul warned were meant for those who are merely beginning their walk in The Way!
Impossible, many will say? Our philosophers who teach in our schools and universities will claim that they have done everything they can to expand their knowledge and understanding of life! Our religious authorities will in like manner claim that they have embraced their respective church’s teachings to the best of their ability! While this is true -- and while it can be said that it appears they have done the best they can -- there is one thing that they have failed to do that would make the greatest difference in their search for Truth -- i.e., they have not applied what the Bible calls the Key of Knowledge in their lives. How could they, when the political and counterfeit religious authorities of the fourth-century wiped out the very people who God ordained to safeguard the Key of Knowledge and the teachings of The Way?
If the scientist is correct in his understanding that: "We may therefore regard matter as being constituted by the regions of space in which the field is extremely intense… There is no place in this new kind of physics both for the field and matter, for the field is the only reality" (Einstein quoted by M. Capek in The Philosophical Impact of Contemporary Physics), then we must take the next logical step and recognize that both the field and the matter it creates remain an intimate and integral part of each other. Only when we begin to recognize this all-important truth, are we able to comprehend the reason why Jesus placed such great emphasis on overcoming one’s state of division! In fact, the Bible continually condemns both the reasoning of secular philosophers, as well as counterfeit religious authority, because in failing to overcome their own divided state, these worldly experts and quasi-religious authorities are little more than snake-oil salesmen who perpetuate error!
It will be reasonable to ask the question: How can I state that all of our secular and quasi-religious authorities are all in error? The answer is because the biblical vision of life that I have portrayed is exactly the same as that which was preached by the Apostle Paul. All modern Christians who place such great emphasis on education must ask themselves why Paul would write: "Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a "fool" so that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight. As it is written: ‘He catches the wise in their craftiness’; and again, ‘The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile’" (1 Cor 3:18-20 NIV). Paul knew that the wisdom of this world would always be in error, because it was always three-dimensional and incomplete. Moreover, while our modern scientist has succeeded in detecting the parallel realms that are perceived to exist in the field which surrounds and is the controlling factor in the existence of all matter, because the archons and political/philosophical rulers of our culture persist in clinging to a Darwinist perception of Creation, the knowledge of modern science cannot be incorporated into the thinking and life of the society in which we live.
Because the secular and quasi-religious authorities that we rely upon have never used the Key of Knowledge to overcome and eliminate the division between what the scientist calls the field, and what the Apostle calls the carnally based mind of natural organic man, our society continues to embrace the false wisdom which the Apostle warned us not to subscribe to! What I am saying is this: While it is within the ability of each and every individual to know the Truth -- this Truth can only be known when they possess the Key of Knowledge, and apply this Key in their life in their endeavor to walk in The Way. Moreover, the faith envisioned by the Apostle Paul was based upon the higher perception and knowledge that when we live in conformity to the Word, the result will be that we will be able to overcome our own inner state of division. If we accept that Jesus was indeed correct when he stated that the Kingdom is within each and every one of us (Luke 17:20-21), then each of us has the ability to consciously connect with this inner Kingdom, and know the Truth of all Truths! In fact, the only obstacle that inhibits us is exactly the same today, as it was when Jesus spoke these very words -- i.e., carnal man continues to adhere and follow the teachings of the snake-oil salesmen that lead them along the broad-way to destruction.
Without possessing the far-reaching knowledge that each of us is born into this life as an image of our own pre-existent soul, and that the life we are presently living has been directly choreographed and created not only in accordance with our own spiritual needs, but as a result of our own soul’s past accomplishments, the spiritual meaning of both the scriptures, and life itself will continue to remain an elusive enigma. The result is that because we fail to understand the true depth and meaning of life, as well as everything we think, do and say, we will continue to squander away the very opportunity of life that we have been given.
If everything we are and will be is the result of what exists in the field that forms both our physical body and the life we live, then we must begin to ask the question as to why the field of one person is different than another? What is in the field of each individual that causes people to think differently -- perceive life differently -- and pursue a different objective in the life they are living? In our failure to understand the relationship between the field, and the matter that the force of the field brings into existence, we will continually remain a victim to the circumstances of life that we have little to no control over.
We must ask the question: What are the implications that the past has borne upon us in our present time? In practice, the modern church can in many ways be compared to an ostrich with its head hidden in the earth while its body remains exposed to its attacker. What few people realize today is that it was you, the reader of this book, who was violently raped and ravished on that fateful day in the fourth century when Constantine sent forth his armies to purge the empire of the heretics. It was you who was being plundered of your most valued possessions. It was you whose broken and naked body was pushed into a burning building. And in not knowing the difference between the Yeshua (Jesus/Joshua) who calls from within, and the Jesus of Constantine in the without, it was you whose life was severed from your soul and spirit. Moreover, because of the ruthless brutality of the soldiers that day, it was you who have suffered in the very depths of hell. How? Because you have personally and individually paid the debt in the form of lives of suffering and anguish that has been levied upon all of the human race as a result of the horrendous crimes that were committed in the name of the god of the emperor.
If you are an Atheist today, then you are an Atheist because the soldiers of Constantine killed the genuine people of the New Covenant in order to silence them. If you are a Jew, then it was the actions of these soldiers which have intimately effected your life, and alienated you from the very essence of your own religion. If the truth was told, the legacy of the Jews is that they were the people who gave the Christ/Messiah to the world, rather than those who crucified the Christ. While it is true that secular minded Jews opposed the Christ/Messiah, so do many people who call themselves Christian today -- and all who turn away from the Lord and embrace the god of this world crucify the Christ within. If you call yourself a Christian today, then you have been diverted from The Way, and you have been estranged from the pure teachings of the Word that is implanted in your heart by the very hand of those soldiers who were ordained by the fourth-century church which called itself of Christ.
Mohammed learned about the wholesale corruption of the Word of God from the monks who had been banished from the empire -- and having seen that the teachings of The Way had become defiled by Roman Pagan political influence, he began the Islamic religion. From his perception, both the Jewish and the Christian religions had become so corrupted by the secular political powers which controlled them, that they no longer possessed any spiritual value to those in search of Truth. While many believers today will oppose this reasoning on the part of Mohammed, what they fail to recognize is the exact same statement expressed in the very pages of the New Testament where it is written: "You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men" (Matt 5:13 NIV).
In the Koran it is written that both the Jews and Christians are to be considered heretics, and either converted or killed. Was Mohammed wrong? In scripture the wise man must recognize that the portrayal of people represent traits that each of us possess. Thus, the true Muslim who immerses himself in the religion of Mohammed, will come to understand that the portrayal of the Jews and Christians in the Koran represents elements within their own mind that they must convert.
True holy men and women do not initiate any hostile act towards others. While the Jesus of the New Covenant would not tolerate an act of violence towards any other living being, Mohammed’s perception that the Christian Church which was at that time ruled by the Imperial Roman Emperors was evil, was quite factual in its assessment. In fact, it was the very Christian monks that Constantine and the succession of emperors who followed in his place banished from the empire with the threat of death, who taught Mohammed both the scriptures, and that the vision of the Apostle had come to pass, and the predicted forces of Satan was ruling the Christian Church. Mohammed therefore rightfully portrayed both the political Jews and the Roman Christian Church as being satanic.
What Mohammed failed to clarify was that there were spiritual Christians and Jews, and carnal Christians and Jews -- and those who remain carnal, are always out of The Way, and apostates to the Royal Law of God. But once it is understood that neither the genuine spiritual Jew or Christian would ever embrace a secular religious institution, much less the Church of the Roman Empire, it must then be recognized that the Jews and Christians who Mohammed condemned were impostors from the perspective of their own religions. The lesson that all Jews, Christians and Muslims today must learn, is that the Lord does not condone any act of violence toward any other being -- when there is a means to avoid such an act of violence.
That both the Jews and the Christians had been severed from their common spiritual source was true -- and this severance from their source was carried out by those ordained by the Roman Church to seek out and destroy the heretics who refused to embrace the religion and the god of the emperor. That there is One God that is the Source of all Life, means that the God of the Spiritual Jew is the same as the God of the Spiritual Christian, and is again the God of the Spiritual Muslim -- and each has a common enemy who endeavors to disenfranchise each group from its own Spiritual Essence.
If you are a Roman Catholic, Evangelical Christian, a Jehovah’s Witness, a Presbyterian, Methodist, Lutheran, this Orthodox, that Orthodox, a member of any number of varieties of the Church of God or Christ, a Unitarian, Universalist, Quaker, a member of any flavor of the many all-inclusive Liberals, a Conservative, or even just the average Jane or Joe -- your life today has been personally effected in ways that are beyond your comprehension by the horrendous actions of the soldiers of Constantine when, on that fateful day, they snuffed out the Light which the Lord had left to guide mankind into the Kingdom.
What may sound strange to the modern reader is that only a very few people alive today even know and understand the genuine teachings of the Messiah Jesus. Fewer yet have ever gazed upon the Pure Word of the Gospel that is preserved in a Consecrated State in the True Temple of the Eternal God. To your own demise, the majority of those who preach the gospel in our churches and religious assemblies today have absolutely no knowledge of the Gospel beyond that which was ordained by the emperor and his fourth-century church. Thus, the plight of the modern believer is that they have been robbed and spiritually raped and plundered of the very essence of their own core religious understanding. While more pure copies of the New Testament Gospel has been found hidden away from the satanic forces who had sought to destroy the original message of the scriptures, these copies are rarely ever mentioned because they appear very strange to the modern Christian believer.
In our lives today each of us continually makes a series of choices that, in many instances, has the effect of bringing about our own downfall and ruin. Why? Because the most enlightened and knowledgeable men and women who have ever lived, as well as the most pure copies of the New Testament Scriptures, has all been silenced -- some by the sword of destruction, others by the wholesale censorship that is common to our politically correct society today. The result is that we only possess a very superficial understanding of life. In lacking direction, we squander away our many opportunities that are presented, and we continually embrace elemental things of no real significance in the greater scope of reality. For the most part, we squander and waist away our lives until the inevitable comes to pass, and our time in this world is finished.
While it is true that we live in a time of great enlightenment with regard to the ability to put information at our fingertips, the cruel dark reality that plagues us is that we do not possess even a semblance of genuine knowledge with respect to the question of who we are -- what we are doing here -- or where we are going. Are we the product of sin in the Garden of Eden, or have we emerged from the green slime of a dark lagoon? That both of these philosophies which are accepted, disputed and ardently rejected by many, are equally in error because of our own incomplete understanding of life itself, and fail to convey to us our true identity and the nature of our being -- which nature and being is beyond even the contemplation of the majority of people who we look to as intellectual and religious authorities in our modern culture.
It is of course necessary to educate our children -- and yet, because we lack any understanding of the true depth of life, we send our children to schools that actually alienate them from the Source of True Knowledge. Why? Because our focus is in reverse of man’s greater reality. Instead of attempting to program the child’s mind through memorization as we presently do, we must instead teach the child to draw upon its own source of inner knowledge -- the knowledge of the soul that under the Darwinist perception of life that we currently embrace, we have no means to tap into.
While it is true that religion is most often a beneficial force in the life of the individual, and the faith embraced by many people is presently a force of good in our modern-day society -- it is also true that we only possess the symbols of the Genuine Christian Message which the Apostle Paul speaks of as the "milk" of the gospel (1 Cor 1,2,3). The problem is that because we embrace a culture that is based upon in incomplete vision of both science and religion, the culture itself is responsible for alienating us from the true being that is manifest in our soul. Why? Why is our own choices based upon a flawed perception of life most often the very cause of our own demise? Because we are the Prodigal Sons that Jesus spoke of -- and each of us was raped, plundered, and robbed of the very Life that should be our Inheritance from our Heavenly Father.
Where religion today is often seen as a secondary force in our society, what we fail to realize is the all-consuming role that religion played in the lives of the people who lived in the ages of the past. Thus, while it is true that we readily reject the forms of government that were common among our ancestors, we make the grave error of embracing many of their tenets of belief -- beliefs that were brought about as a consequence of direct expressions of quasi-religious doctrines that were literally forced upon the people by the same barbaric and heathen governments which we reject. Thus, Constantine, Justinian, and a whole host of pseudo-religious infidels continue to live on in our minds and our hearts, as we unknowingly embrace their doctrines of belief.
Among the secular powers of the ancients, religion was viewed as the most powerful force in the hands of man -- and in secular man’s endeavor to control and rule over the masses of the people, the teachings of the Messiah Jesus was redefined in order to empower the politically elite in the cultures and societies of the past. To oppose either the governor or his secularly ordained pseudo-priest, was to oppose god (or the gods) -- which grave consequence was taught to bring about one’s permanent suffering in the regions of hell.
Fear is often the greatest force in the control of the masses. In our modern world where the role of religion is no longer of a secular nature, and has thus once again benefited from the freedom of secular restraint and control that has enabled it to become more pure in its unrestrained expression, this freedom is the result of the fact that it is no longer needed as the tool which the government and its pseudo-church uses to control the people. The end result is that the majority of believers today neither ascribe to, nor are even aware of the theological positions that were adopted and ordained by their own churches in the past. The legacy of the church is that people were Christian because it was either against the law not to be, or they feared to oppose the religion of the government. In the book, The Catholic’s Ready Answer, by Rev. M.P. Hill S.J., hell is not only a place of punishment for the damned, but a place where all must go after death. "So great is the holiness and purity of God", writes Rev. Hill, "that nothing in the least degree defiled can stand in His presence". The book then goes on to explain that: "all people …must be pure as the driven snow before entering heaven". For those of us who have not quite attained the necessary level of snow-white purity needed to gain entrance into the Kingdom, the method of cleansing is to burn by fire.
In his book, The Teachings of the Catholic Church, by Dr. Arendzen, he tells us that: "If all that was ever written, or painted, or carved expressive of the tortures of hell could be brought before us at a glance, it would certainly fall immeasurably short of the truth".
In a Roman Catholic pamphlet for children this description of hell was provided in order to mold the thinking of young impressionable minds in the proper direction: "Little child, if you go to hell, there will be a devil at your side to strike you. He will go on striking you every minute forever and ever without stopping. The first strike will make your body as bad as the body of Job, covered from head to foot with sores and ulcers. The second stroke will make your body three times as bad as the body of Job. How, then, will your body be, after the devil has been striking it every moment, for a hundred million years without stopping? Go tomorrow evening at seven o’clock and ask what the child is doing. The devils will come back and say ‘The child is burning’. Go in a million years, and ask the same question. The answer is just the same: ‘it is burning’. So if you go forever and ever, you will always get the same answer, ‘it is burning in the fire’".
Even after the Reformation, many of the core teachings of the Roman Church remained very much in tact. In a book of Protestant sermons this vision of hell was found: "When you die your soul will be tormented alone. That will be a hell for it. But at the day of judgment your body will join your soul, and then you will have twin hells; your soul sweating drops of blood, and your body suffused with agony. In fire, exactly like that we have on earth your body will burn forever unconsumed, all your veins roads for the feet of pain to travel on, every nerve a string, on which the devil can forever play diabolical tunes of hell’s unutterable lament".
While these concepts are no longer emphasized today, they were very much employed as psychological tools which the governments and their secular ordained churches of the past readily used and applied in their endeavor to control the thinking and lives of the common people -- a people who lived in fear of opposing the politically elite and their god. To even speak out against either the church or the government, meant that one’s body and soul was condemned to the fires of hell F-O-R-E-V-E-R! Moreover, to kill one deemed a heretic -- i.e., a Jew who was a Christ killer, a person who was thought to be a witch, or anyone else who opposed the doctrines of the church -- was viewed as merely a means of receiving the blessings of the god named Jesus. Guilt or innocence did not really matter -- i.e., often the philosophy of kill them all and let God decide who is innocent and who is guilty was the paramount theme which was embraced during the many forms of inquisition that transpired. It was reasoned that if, in the course of the many religious tribunals, the victims of the government-church were innocent, it was understood that the Jesus god would give them a reprieve. Moreover, it was reasoned that if they were innocent, they would go to Glory that much sooner -- if they were guilty, then they would meet their fate sooner, and their removal from this life was merely part of the cleansing that all faithful Christians were ordained to carry out. That mistakes were made, and innocent people were tortured and slain, was not perceived as a crime that was held accountable to those who were merely doing the will of the god Jesus.
The result was that the darkness which prevailed in the minds of the masses were imbued and controlled by a doctrine of fear and superstition. In one German town, the effects of the many tribunal type inquisitions that consumed the people left the community literally without any women whatsoever. All females, whether young or old, had been deemed to be the disciples of the devil, and had thus been burnt. No one was safe. Land and business owners were routinely declared to be satanic in order for the church-government to obtain their business or landholdings. Political obstacles were in like manner dealt with immediately. The masses of people were literally terrorized into submission. People were routinely tortured to get a confession -- and whoever they implicated while being tortured, were themselves in turn tortured in the endeavor to get a confession as their supposed accomplices were brought before the tribunals in order to cleanse the world of the disciples of the devil.
Though the majority of the people who were tortured and burned were innocent of any wrongdoing, the many inquisitions that were routinely carried out had the stilling effect of insuring that no one opposed the doctrines of the church -- which church was not authentic -- but rather, very much the religious arm of the government. The most despicable examples of men ruled in the name of the god Jesus. King Henry VIII was declared the divine representative of the Jesus-god throughout all of the earth by his citizenry -- and yet, he despised reformers such as Luther, severed relations with the Church of Rome because he was not permitted to divorce, and had a number of wives and their relatives killed in order to be rid of them. Regardless of his crimes, he was proclaimed by the Church of England to be infallible and divine.
In the same way that the first man to translate the Bible into the English language was burnt at the stake for violating church cannon, so too was any copies of the written word that did not conform to the corrupted scriptures that had been ordained by the church. What I will demonstrate is that, not only did the church which was created in the fourth century initially adopt the most tainted copies of the scriptures that existed at the time, but the church itself then further altered the written word in order to make it acceptable to the religion of the emperor. In many instances, more pure copies of the scriptures were either buried or hidden so they would not be burnt and destroyed.
What we fail to realize today is the fact that the being who the Apostle Paul portrayed as the god of this world who would soon rule the church that called itself of Christ, with good reason viewed the authentic copies of the Bible as a threat to his power over the people. Throughout the history of man, whenever these more pure copies of scriptures were found, and put into use by sincere believers, they in turn gave birth to an uncountable number of secret societies that existed as underground movements both within and without the secular church at Rome. Officially, these movements were deemed heretics -- and being enemies of both the church-state and the Jesus god, they were hunted and wiped out whenever found.
The result was that the genuine believer who embraced the Truth and the Light had to remain silent. With the death and destruction of the holy men and women who remained as the emissaries of the Light in this world, and the obliteration of the genuine written word of the scriptures, the world was plunged into the very depths of the abyss of a spiritual darkness and despair from which it has yet to immerge even in our own day.
While it is true that many sincere members of the clergy in our present time have attempted to restore the purity of the gospel, because these well-meaning men and women were never taught directly by the Lord -- and neither have they ever seen an uncorrupted copy of the scriptures -- they haven’t the slightest idea what the original Gospel message looked like prior to being corrupted by the Church of Constantine. The result is that even though a great number of our modern-day clergy are often sincere in their desire to be a congregation of the Lord’s people, their heartfelt attempts have fallen far short of what is required to embrace the Light in the fullness of what Jesus originally taught. Because they are totally dependent upon man’s very limited perception and natural reasoning, and they do not possess more pure copies of the scriptures, they are severely hampered by the fact that they view the spiritual concepts of the original teachings of the New Covenant as heresy. From their perspective, many of the core doctrines of Constantine and the Roman Church make more sense to them -- having been so publicized and ingrained in the minds of the people, when a more pure copy of the scriptures is discovered, the Genuine Word of God is immediately rejected. Why? Because the very essence of New Covenant teachings was often deemed the writings and interpolations of the heretics when the church was recreated as a secular institution of the Roman Government.
It is not so much that many good men and women do not desire to worship the Lord in Spirit and Truth. The problem is quite clearly portrayed by the Apostle when he warned the flock of believers: "But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned" (1 Cor 2:14 NKJ). What this means is that, so long as we remain divided and separated from that part of ourselves that the scientist calls the field, man’s true spiritual reality and the true meaning of the Gospel will remain "…foolishness to him".
The result is that, as natural men and women who perceive life through the senses and reasoning of an organic mind that is very much of this world, when we rediscover these more pure copies of the scriptures that were hidden from the hands of the corrupters, discard them, and judge them to be the work of the heretics, we are ultimately endorsing the reinterpretation of the written word by the fourth century Imperial Roman Government. Why not! It is the Apostle himself who warns us that the Spiritual Word of God will appear to us as foolishness! Thus, we unknowingly perpetuate the error of the past generation of people who called themselves Christian. Before we simply attempt to ignore these more pure copies of the biblical texts that were altered from their original form in order to make the apostate Church of Constantine appear to have a semblance of a biblical foundation, we ought to first consider who initially judged these writings to be the works of the heretics? These facts present a very serious problem to both the modern Christian, as well as the people of the world in our present time.
Knowing, intuitively, through a deep connection to their soul, that there is a spiritual void in our modern-day understanding of the gospel, there has arisen a spontaneous movement of sincere believers in many of our churches today who perpetually call upon the Lord to open their minds to the Mysteries of the Gospel. Thus, if the promise of the scriptures is true, and the prayers of these many sincere believers today are to be answered, and a higher understanding of the Gospel is to be revealed to them, the Truth must once again be set before the people in order to permit them to knowingly make a choice with respect to the path in life they should follow. This is necessary because it is impossible to become a disciple of the Light, and walk in The Way that was revealed by the Master, while the believer continues to cling to the doctrines of Constantine and the Church of the Roman Empire. What the believer must begin to understand is the reality that the Son of God did not enter into this world in order to teach men what to believe -- but rather, what they must do in order to walk in The Way, learn directly from God, and as the Prodigal Sons of their Heavenly Father, enter into Life as they return to their True Place of Origin in the Kingdom.
As you read this book with respect to the events reported in the Prologue, the important and looming reality which people today fail to realize is that the events which took place that day when the Spiritual Christians and Jews were silenced by the power of the sword, and during that period throughout the Roman empire in the fourth century, was ultimately one of the defining points which totally altered the course of human history forever. In the words of President Roosevelt, it was truly a day that would go down in infamy -- and only now can the story even be told -- a story that each of us should know, so that we might begin to comprehend the reason for the human sufferings and misery that have been brought about because of that sad and fateful day that equally effected the course of all men’s lives. In many respects, the horrendous actions of those soldiers -- the rewriting of the scriptures -- and the recreation of a Living Spiritual Church into a secular puppet shadow institutionalized church -- has so impacted the people who call themselves Christian in our present time, that they do not even perceive the spiritual essence of New Covenant teachings. The result is that the body of modern-day believers have been so alienated from the Word, that the Genuine Son of God is a virtual stranger in our churches today.
With respect to the above statement in the book, The Catholic’s Ready Answer, because we no longer understand our own spiritual essence, our true relationship to the historical man Jesus, or the means by which the soul of man is perfected, we have totally lost any understanding of the truth embodied in the words of Rev. Hill when he wrote: "So great is the holiness and purity of God, that nothing in the least degree defiled can stand in His presence". This statement is not only biblical, but it is factual to a degree that is beyond our modern-day comprehension. The great truth that I will demonstrate throughout this book is the fact that when the pseudo-church of Rome removed the teaching of the pre-existence of the soul from the teachings of Jesus, and alienated believers from any perception as to the means by which the words of Rev. Hill are brought about, that the very essence of the New Covenant teachings were lost, and replaced by a series of manmade doctrines that has the effect of disenfranchising mankind from his own true reality. The purpose of this book, then, is to re-establish the biblical mindset that is necessary for the Word of God to grow and flourish within the body and mind of the faithful flock of believers.
If it is true that our soul pre-existed the body which we presently inhabit, then we must ask a number of crucial questions: What is it like to remember one’s past lives -- an ability that has been referred to as distant memory by those who possess this faculty of far-sightedness? If you say you don’t believe in past lives -- that you don’t believe you have lived prior to your birth in this life -- then you must ask yourself upon what basis you reject this belief? Do you reject the belief in the pre-existent soul that has lived many lives in this realm in search of its own perfection, because this belief is not clearly defined in our present-day Bibles? Because it is not preached in our present-day churches? You will be shocked to know that there are copies of our New Testament Gospels that exist today that very clearly teach that the soul of man lives many lives in fulfillment of the Biblical mandate that he must be complete and perfect as his Heavenly Father (Matt 5:48). The grave reality which you fail to realize is that, what you believe today, has little in common with what Jesus actually taught, and has in fact been molded by those barbaric soldiers on that fateful day so long ago who robbed the world of its spiritual essence.
While it is true that the ability to remember one’s distant past is only present in about twenty percent of the population -- and most of these people are women -- the fact that you fail to embrace the concept of reincarnation, or even understand its impact upon your present life, is because of the ruthless actions of those Roman Soldiers on that tragic day that altered the course of human history. Moreover, the subject itself sounds foreign, and you are unaware of the facts of history because of the prevalent censorship that exists today and the lack of knowledge with respect to the above events that took place throughout the Roman Empire in the fourth century.
One of the paramount problems that confront us today is seen in the fact that what our children are taught is severely censored. They learn only what our culture desires them to learn, resulting in the fact that they unsuspectingly use a very censored and politically correct curriculum when they learn about history. In fact, it can be demonstrated that our public school system is often more narrow-minded and biased than the most parochial of religious schools. The children in our modern-day educational systems never learn that there were spiritual Jews and Christians who were slaughtered because they did not proclaim allegiance to the god of the emperor. Because of censorship, our school children are not even prepared to properly evaluate the tenets of a spiritual religion, and understand it’s foundation of belief. They are therefore not even prepared to make a conscious choice in their lives with respect to many of the things that are of an ultimate importance. The result is that the story of the rape and plundering of religious communities that did not profess allegiance to the god of the emperor, and the wholesale corruption of the written word which is presently found in our scriptures, is simply not contained in the school textbooks our children use in our present day. Moreover, until the advent of the internet, even those sources of knowledge and reference that we consider to be most impartial and reliable, has thus been edited by both religious and secular authorities who are politically motivated, and desire to conceal the facts of the past.
Castration Of Reference Resources
As just one example of the censorship: In 1920 the Encyclopedia Britannica, which was a British institution, had gained popularity in the American market. Therefore, the fourteenth edition had both an American as well as a British staff and publishing house, and it was dedicated to both King George of England, as well as President Hoover. The eleventh edition, which was published in 1910, had gained worldwide notoriety, and was known as the Scholars Edition. The twelfth and thirteenth editions were basically updates of the eleventh.
In the years before the release of the fourteenth edition when it had begun to emerge in the American marketplace, it was immediately met with resistance. England, which is a Protestant country, tended to openly publicize the corruption of the early church. The position of the Protestant Church has always been that since they have the Bible, and the Bible was the pure word of God, the corruption of the church prior to the Reformation did not impact them. It must also be understood that this openness with respect to the history of Christianity was understandably frowned upon by the Roman Catholic Church in the United States. Thus, this boast was made in the 1928 Westminster Catholic Federation in its annual report: "The revision of the Encyclopedia Britannica was undertaken with a view to eliminate matter which was objectionable from a Catholic point of view and to insert what was accurate and unbiased. The whole of the 28 volumes were examined, objectionable parts noted, and the reasons for their deletion or amendment given. There is every reason to hope that the new edition of the Britannica will be found very much more accurate and impartial than its predecessors." (Note: For an example of the modern castration of the Wikipedia, see http://TheThreeLies.com#TrueProphet )
If one compares the eleventh edition with the fourteenth, the differences between the two represent a rather drastic and profound rewrite of numerous important historical facts. So much so, that the eleventh edition can still be found in many of our libraries today -- can be accessed over the internet -- and is often referred to as the un-castrated edition of the Britannica. While the Roman Catholic Church viewed the many detailed articles contained in the Eleventh, Scholars Edition of the Britannica, as being biased and objectionable from a church perspective, the result of the censorship that had been adopted by not only the Britannica, but all such works of reference, has had a profound effect with respect to the disenfranchisement of the student from the actual historical facts of the past in the study of religion.
The present story of Matthew the Ebionite elder which I used in the opening Prologue, has only been brought to your attention because it is drawn from my own memory of the more distant past lives that my soul has lived. Can I prove what I allege? Yes! But many believers and non-believers alike in our society today will readily condemn the many truths that will be revealed to you in the following pages of this book. Why? Perhaps this question is best answered by quoting directly from one of the famed sermons by Charles G. Finney:
"Probably there is not one of you, who has not known many individuals professing Christ, whose lives have been such, that you have been struck with wonder, that they could dare to call themselves Christians. But very likely their hearts have been so hard, that they have sincerely believed themselves to be accepted of God, notwithstanding their foul deeds. This was the case with the Scribes and Pharisees who persecuted Jesus. They doubtless thought themselves to be true saints. Paul, while he was breathing the very spirit of hell, deemed himself a real servant of God. The reason why people make this mistake is, because their hearts are so hard that they are mistaken as to what Christianity is — they are utterly in the dark as to what the true spirit of religion consists in, and as to who and what Christ is. The influence of hardness of heart is illustrated by the great difficulty which exists in overcoming false hopes. How remarkable it is, that the same persons to whom I have just alluded, are the most difficult persons in the world to be convinced that they are not Christians. Christ in his parable of the wise and foolish virgins, alluded to these individuals, when he said, ‘afterward came the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us.’ Yes, those very persons who are influenced by the spirit of the devil, will often imagine that they are influenced by the Spirit of Christ; and they will not give up their delusion, but will soon in blindness, and at last cry, ‘Lord, Lord open unto us.’ Yes, they will not be put down by preaching, or by anything else; until at last Christ will say unto them, ‘depart, ye cursed, into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.’ Think how hard their hearts must be; they will not yield their false hopes, even if an angel from heaven should warn them so to do; they will cling to them, till Christ will banish them forever, to the lake of everlasting torment."
With respect to these words by Charles Finney: I already know that no matter what I write -- no matter what evidence is presented -- even if the Lord Himself was to again come -- there exists a great number of people who claim to be believers whose hearts are so hardened, that it will be impossible to open their minds to anything beyond what they presently believe.
Returning back to that time in the early part of the fourth century of our Common Era when my soul lived as an Ebionite elder named Matthew, I was not surprised by the presence of the soldiers as they combed the countryside in search of the religious groups who had been declared heretics. Since the Council of Niece, Ebionite and Nazarene communities, as well as the genuine Christian groups that had been deemed unorthodox because they were of a spiritual mindset, had been raided by the emperor’s army. As I looked into the eyes of the soldiers, I saw that the very presence of the forces of evil was at our doorstep -- demanding to know if we accepted the religion of the emperor -- which ultimately, is a question that each and every person living today must ask themselves.
Now, as I looked out at my own community, the very presence and reality of the forces of evil was here -- at our doorstep -- demanding to know if we accepted the religion of the emperor -- which ultimately, is a question that each and every person living today must ask themselves in their search for the Truth.
Do you accept the religion of the emperor? Does this sound like a strange question to ask in our present day? Though it may sound strange, what you fail to realize it that you have already affirmatively answered the question. Each person reading this book, as well as every other person they know, has already accepted the religion of the emperor! It is embraced in our churches. In a de-ritualized and secularized form, its system of belief is presently being taught in our public schools under the cloak of Darwinism. Its mindset and philosophy is one of the foundational axioms of our modern culture. People of faith -- i.e., Jewish, Christian and Muslim -- as well as Atheists alike, equally embrace its tenets. Its essence is not only fundamental to our cultural manner of thinking, but it is in fact a moving force in every decision that people make in our world today. How can I say this? The answer is simple: If the majority of people were able to hear the sacred truths that Jesus taught his faithful disciples, and know and see the higher reality of man that they were permitted to gaze upon, then we would immediately change every aspect of the lives we are presently living.
All the wars and the many struggles of mankind pales in comparison to the great loss that all the people of the earth have personally suffered on that day when the spiritual descendents of the Lord were silenced and killed. The rape of the women, and the beating of the men, were merely emblematic of the assault upon all the people of the earth who lived during every age and generation that followed. In fact, every person alive today has suffered a greater loss than did the innocent people whose lives were senselessly snuffed out on that day so long ago. Moreover, if you could bring together all the gold, all the jewels, and all the riches and wealth the world over, its accumulated value would not compare to the treasure that was plundered on that fateful day when an impostor church was conceived and ordained by the forces of evil.
What died was truly a great deal more than the lives of a few innocent people. What perished that day was the very Keys of Knowledge that permitted the believer to comprehend the truth depth of the Word of God -- Keys that had been placed in the hands of man to unlock the door to the Kingdom. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the name Ebionite, in Hebrew it means the poor ones -- and was adopted by many of the Essenes and followers of Jesus in response to his words which are found in the Book of Matthew, fifth chapter, third verse, where he blessed those who are poor in the thinking and ways of this world, because theirs was the Kingdom of Heaven.
Over the course of the next three hundred years after the crucifixion of the Lord, the Ebionite/Nazirene community continued to preserve the teachings of The Way in the same purity with which it had been placed in their hands. As the true people of the New Covenant, our elders possessed the ability to move beyond the natural limitations of this world into spiritual realms, and meet with their Lord and Teacher. There, in the Spiritual Temple of the Lord, we were taught the Mysteries of God and the Revelations of the Light. Unlike the religion of the emperor, our lives that we lived while in this world was dedicated to bringing the Light into this realm that was under the dominion of the supernatural being known as the Prince of Darkness.
Often, the Lord sent many of the elders on journeys to help both Jewish and Gentile communities who were worthy of receiving instruction and guidance with respect to using the Keys to the Kingdom. We lived as the Lord’s emissaries -- traveling the byways of the empire -- bearing the message of the Good News -- and bringing the Spiritual Gospel of the Word to the people of the simple faith who were genuinely sincere in search of the Light and the Truth.
As the person who has authored this book, it was an endeavor I began almost twenty-five years ago -- and yet, in a very real perspective, this book was originally envisioned almost seventeen hundred years ago -- and the spiritual fire that it ignites, was set by the very fire that burned and silenced the prayers of the true people of God so very long ago. Throughout the remainder of this book I will use the name Jesus in reference to the Master of The Way who healed and taught the people on the shores of Galilee, but I do this to present the name the reader is accustomed to hearing. In like manner, I will not hyphenate the name of G-d in the manner of the most Orthodox of Jews -- and yet I fully understand their reasoning that it is both an abomination and impossible for man in his natural state to speak the True Name of the Lord. In many instances I will speak of Christian Truth, but it will be clear throughout this book that Truth is not only universal, but its New Covenant essence is far beyond the understanding of the church. As someone whose soul lived in a life as a first century disciple of the Messiah Jesus, what I will reveal to the reader in these pages is not only unique because it represents the witness of one who was physically present throughout most of the important events of man’s history, but its ultimate uniqueness will be seen in the fact that it will put the vision of one who has himself stood in the Presence of the Light, and returned from the heavenly realms, into the modern language and understanding of present-day man.
To contact the author: Allan_Cronshaw@nazirene.org
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